May 28, 2011
Hey there-- My little site here, has moved over here:http://donsolin.com/
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So many things to discuss...like the Rapture that didn't rapture?
May 21, 2011
No. I'm not going to wax about that whole fiasco that was "going to happen". No thanks.
Nevertheless I am prepared to talk about 1 thing pertaining to the "end of the world". I as a follower of Christ am very interested in what is happening to and in Israel. I am not at all excited about the "powers that be" that believe that Israel should go back to it's borders before the 1967 war. To many, Israel is no big deal. It is though-- I am grafted into the original vine according to Romans 11, therefore Israel, the Jewish Nation is very important to me and to many other followers of Christ.
You see, I believe that Israel is on the chopping block. That the Scriptures actually speak of the world's hatred toward Israel, and that Israel will show the world some day how much God really loves and cares for Zion. As the P.C. word Peace continues to be used, as the world continues to cry out for peace, Israel will be lifted high and the world will see first hand that the word peace has been a ploy for "others" to try and rule.
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From study in the book of Philippians
May 16, 2011
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Do you ever get tired of competing? Striving? Pursuing? Pushing? Trying hard?
Is competing? Striving? Pursuing? Trying harder-- wrong?
To many today the idea of competition, the meaning for competition is considered a bad thing. Not keeping score is in. Leveling the playing field so all can be equal is in. Why compete? Why work harder than anybody else? Why? Afterall shouldn't everything be at least easy? At least for everyone? Why should someone compete if their veiw or what is being said today is that all things are for all people equally.
One of the problems I am seeing more and more of with those considered NextGenners? Apathy. A non desire...
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Starting a new endeavor
May 16, 2011
Starting a New Endeavor: donsolin.com
New website coming in a few weeks-- check it out!
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Parent of NextGenners and Pastor of NextGen
May 14, 2011
As I begin putting my thoughts about writing a book about 20 years or so of "Doing Student Ministry" I have many thoughts-- running through my mind and hitting the pages of my note book. No doubt there are many many aspects of 20 years of being and doing student ministry. One of those aspects is the fact that I am not only a student ministry pastor, I am also a father. So....
So, back in the day 20 years ago, all I had was an experience view from my dayz of being a student in a youth group that moved to student ministry, being a son in a "church" family view, being a student in a Christian University and so on. Then I started the Youth Ministry career.
I realized right away, that parents were a big part of youth ministry. As I worked at trying to teach and show students about a relationship with Christ that had meaning there seemed to this one step forward 2 steps backward motion with a majority with students. I couldn't figure it out. I would see, literally see students engage with the living Christ only to by the next meeting be right...
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found this lil quote....
May 10, 2011
"Wherever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience" - Thomas Haliburton
I've been thinking alot about leadership, authority, the local church, management, you know the kinds of things that people in my position think about. I lead a team of leaders. I lead a team of leaders committed to Christ, committed to the church, committed to one another, committed to doing what is right. The longer I live the more I see, feel, sense all the connections-- leadership leads, managers manage and authority is found in all the above... really. Oh and leadership in the local church ain't easy. It is true, leadership is authority and "wherever there is authority there is a natural inclination to disobedienc."
Now, I'm going to approach a subject that many would not appreciate-- Authority.
I'm going to start this year writing a book about 20 years or so of doing Student Ministry. It's been a dream I have had for some time now... I think it's time. Interesting that I have worked in and for the church for 20 or so years but I have also been around the church since the day I was born. I grew up in the...
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Chewing on this lil quote from Bonhoeffer
May 9, 2011
"I discovered later, and I'm still discovering right up to this moment, that is it only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith."
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Well, this month I will be 52 years old. Not too old, certainly not young. I have most likely lived over half of my life, I have seen many things good and bad, I have experienced both good and bad. I have sinned little and I have sinned very big. I have been hurt, I have hurt others. I have done things I wish I never did, I do have regrets.
I will admit this: growing up going to church. Being saturated in "christian views" some Biblical and some strictly opinions I have often gone down a path that others scolded me. Some of the paths were good, some of the paths were very bad, and some of the paths I had to take. Living...
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"work ethic, first; structure, second; and skill, third"
May 8, 2011
I just watched an incredible comeback in a hockey game between the Sharks and the Red Wings. The Red Wings down 2 goals come back to beat the Sharks 4 to 3. While I watched this comeback-- I was pulling for the Sharks, I marveled at how hard the Wings worked and worked and worked. Then at the end of the game after the win a Red Wing was asked how did they do it? The answer was an exact quote from his coach..."work ethic, first; structure second, and skil, third." Exactly right?
Yes. It's true. Work hard, always work harder than your opponent. Don't rely on skill first, rely on a work ethic-- go to work and out work your opponent. Then work hard on the system, the sturcture that is in place to help the team out work the oppenent... and finally skill can work for you.
Isn't that the way it really is? Now I have worked with students and my own children for over 20 years-- and in my humble position-- too many are relying on skill before hard work without a system in place what so ever... and this is a huge problem. If a...
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Back at it.
March 26, 2011
Well... I know it’s been a long long time since I “blogged”.
I have been so it seems-- pretty busy-- but in a good way. I thought maybe this blog thing could help me put into words my lil ole life of ministry.
With Twitter, with Facebook, and whatever else there is to “tell what is happening” I have neglected my blog posting.
I have been reading some very interesting books as of late.
Scandalous by D.A. Carson is my latest read. Prior to this new book which has been “exciting” to read-- (I’ll report on this book) during this blog.
Nevertheless, I have recently read Hitler’s Cross by Ervin Lutzer, Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas and I just picked up Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins.
While reading Scandalous the Middle East situation erupted. Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and a few others. I am actually taken by all that is going on. I sense, like many something sinister happening in the world. The U.S. continues to face many areas of unrest.
With all that is going on-- I am disturbed most about this: It seems to me that the Jew, the Jewish people across the world are facing once...
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Honor for the Hope and Light!
December 20, 2010
I desire this Christmas and the next as long as I live-- to honor the only hope and light for this broken world!
The question I asked myself this year as Christmas approaches—is not
How many gifts am I getting— although it is fun to receive and open gifts—I get that and enjoy it like everyone else.
I’m not thinking about time around the tree—although I love being with family.
I do love Christmas and the meaning in and about it.
I know the story—I believe the story—I love the story.
God coming to earth via a virgin—being the one to save the world from its own personal sin. The sin that moved from Adam to all of humanity. Nothing can help mankind’s heart except putting one’s faith in the Christ, the Savior of the world.
Oh baby—I know that if I could change my broken and sinful heart—I tried.
I know that if I didn’t even know the story that I would be like many others—why...
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