Video: Healthy Growth talk from 2/23/2012 @ New Joy Church

Back in February of 2012 I gave a talk at a Men’s breakfast at local church and had meant to post it and have it available for others to listen to and be blessed by. I neglected to post it but am doing so now. The theme of the talk was highlighting and overview of healthy growth from a spiritual perspective. I also put together a handout that outline the basis of the talk. You can find it here: handout. I hope you are blessed by the presentation. Fair warning I am not a polished speaker and the opening I say “from my heart a lot.”  There was also a moment in talk I lost track where I was, back tracked and repeated a segment. FYI, you will need to view this from a computer as it does not appear the video will show up if trying to view it by phone. If the video does not work for you, you can try directly viewing it at:

Video Selection: On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

Well God has brought a new song into my mind during this time.  My heart is heavy for my Dad and Janie Blake.  I feel ongoing immense emotional pain but know that anything here is but fragile and temporary. All hope rests solely on Jesus the Christ.  There is nothing else that stands.

Amos Story Video by Aaron Ivey Band: An adoptive father’s longing for His children

Just learned of this Video from Troy Livesay as he shared it on his Facebook status.   I learned a little bit of the background of this song at the blog Gentrified. Apparently the song of this video was inspired by Aaron’s longing and wait for his two adoptive children from Haiti, Amos and Story.  The author of the aforementioned blog said the following:

The song expresses the desires of a father who would give anything to be with his children, it is the perfect expression of parents who go through the adoption process, which transfers a child from their current identity, and gives them a new identity inside of a new family. It’s permanent so the child is not simply an outside addition, but seen as the completion of the incomplete family without them.

Please watch the video and let it touch your heart. Please remember that for all the orphans who have been given a home, the earthquake has created countless more. 

My reaction to the video is the same as that of the author of the blog Gentrified.   The longing of connection is clear.  It is a clear picture even of God’s desire to take us from being lost in darkness into His Kingdom.  Not only that, God desires to commune with us and when we are lost and even turned away, He seeks us out and does not give up.  God longs for relationship with us. God wants reconciliation.  God provided a way out of darkness and Chaos into light, love, and wholeness.