A New Post

July 12, 2017

I think I’m blogging fresh content on another site.

I just posted this over there.

http://clintziemer.com/wilderness/2017/07/12/dog-gone/

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Something

August 18, 2010

I should write something here.

I really should.

I wonder… what’s stopping me?

Indefatigable

March 10, 2010

Indefatigable – That’s the name I suggested last weekend for the eight person crew that had assembled around our table for a local high school athletic club’s trivia night.

“What does that mean?” Someone questioned. And not wanting to be incorrect, I reached for my iPod Touch to check the definition. Alas, I had no WiFi signal, however someone else, with a smart phone was able to provide the definition. It went something like this:

indefatigable |ˌindəˈfatigəbəl|
adjective
(of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly : an indefatigable defender of human rights.

ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from French, or from Latin indefatigabilis, from in- ‘not’ + de- ‘away, completely’ + fatigare ‘wear out.’

Since I first learned that word, many years ago, I have taken it to heart and internalized it by means of self-description. I like to think of myself, most times, as “not completely worn out.” The thought sort of gives hope to the day, doesn’t it?

It is Scriptural as well. OK, not that exact word, but the thought is very much in line with Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia where he writes, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)

We could all do well with an extra measure of indefatigability, could we not?

How about you? What is it that “really wears on you?” It may be physical, psychological or spiritual. Are you even aware of those things that are draining on you?

Once you’ve named them, what is your plan to “stand firm” against their affects on you?

Paul wrote the Galatians encouraging them to keep focused on the end result of their efforts. Would that work for you? Is the solution to “giving up” a change of focus?

The trivia game went on into the night well past 10:30. That was after a long, eventful day. Most of us were exhausted, but we stayed with it and ended in the top five out of twenty five groups. Of course, it wouldn’t have cost us much, save our pride, had we given up that night and chosen to go home earlier.

Who can count the cost of giving up on doing good?

Rain

March 9, 2010

It rained today. No gully-washer, just a soft, gentle rain. It was the sort of rain to wash away all of the last remnants of winter’s ice and snow. A rain that works the frost up from the ground and turns the soil into muddy mush. A rain that calls home the robins.
I can hear the rain, even now splashing against my window, the even tempo pitter-patter proclaiming spring is near. I prefer the gentler rains of spring against the brash, boisterousness of thunder-storms, though those, too, will come, in time.
For now, simply let it rain.
Drip.
Drop.
Welcome, Springtime!

Lent

February 19, 2010

So here we are two, nearly three, days into the Christian season of Lent. Most churches, mine included, have pretty much lost touch with much of the ancient Church calendar. That seems to me to be an unfortunate occurrence. I think that there is wisdom in the order of the seasons as first established by the early church: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. All of these tell the story of Jesus and the faith. Even the so called “Ordinary Time” serves its purpose within the framework of worship. I understand that some churches are “rediscovering” these seasons of worship within their services. I think that’s a good thing.

I wonder about this season of Lent. Tradition says that this is a time of “giving something up.” This is held to be a time of fasting, prayer and study as we prepare ourselves for Holy Week and mark our Savior’s sacrifice. There are many things that I could give up. Quite a few of those, perhaps, that I should give up. But what, if any, will I give up. You see, both Lent and sacrifice are matters of the will. Do I will to surrender anything at all? Do I choose to embrace a life of sacrifice? Will I be Christlike?

That is the question, now, isn’t it?

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Listening to: Only The Overcomers from the album “The Early Works” by Harvest

Presently enjoying dinner w/ Jonathan at college

February 19, 2010

Bible Study

February 17, 2010
Just back from a great time at Bible Study. God is good.

National Day of Mourning in Haiti

February 12, 2010
One month on… Lest we forget.

Haiti marks 1 month since quake.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=9814981

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Clint Ziemer
Sent from my iPod

Proclaim Liberty

January 25, 2010

Sermon for January 24, 2010

Text: Luke 4: 14-21

Premise: At the very start of Jesus’ ministry, He proclaimed from the book of Isaiah that His would be a ministry full of might, on mission and with a potent message. As His “sent ones,” we have a similar calling.

  1. Might
    1. This is how things are accomplished in God’s Kingdom
    2. Zech 4:6 — Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’  Says the LORD of hosts.
    3. At its heart the message of Jesus is a spiritual gospel.
    4. That same Spirit upon all of us. — 2 Cor. 1:21-22
    5. Paul’s ministry — 1 Cor. 2:4
    6. To be effective as individuals and as a church for Christ we have to be founded by and rooted in the living God.
  2. Mission
    1. Why did Jesus come?
    2. The prophet Isaiah wrote about a Person who would come and set God’s people free
    3. Anointed to preach
    4. Sent
      1. to heal
      2. to proclaim liberty & light
      3. to set free
  3. Message
    1. the acceptable year of the Lord
    2. the year of liberty — Ezek. 46:17
    3. the jubilee

Conclusion

  1. What can we do to bring about this ’year of the Lord’s favor’, the year of Jubilee? What is our responsibility as Christians? The church is called to reflect God’s character in the world. The message of the prophets of Israel was that God loves things like mercy, justice and truth, and hates things like greed and injustice. The prophet Amos cried out, ’Let justice flow down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream’ (6:24). So what can we do? Faith in Christ must result in action.
  2. It’s because of Christ’s saving power that we can proclaim a message to deliverance and then seek to live it out in this the age of Jubilee. Of course, God will work his purposes out but he invites us to join with him in bringing about and being part of his kingdom.

The Awesomeness Of God

January 17, 2010

Sermon for January 17, 2010

Text: Psalm 36: 5-10

Premise: Some believers have “settled” for where they are in their appreciation of all that God is. We should never “settle.” We should always ask God to deepen our understanding and appreciation of Him.

  1. Overflowing Qualities of God (vv. 5-6)
    1. Mercy
    2. Faithfulness
    3. Righteousness
    4. Justice
    5. overflowing to all
  2. Sheltering Qualities of God (vv. 7-9)
    1. Trust
    2. Satisfied
    3. Your house = communion with God
    4. Pleasures
    5. Fountain
  3. Continuing Qualities of God (v. 10)
    1. to those that know
    2. to the upright in heart
    3. continue = to draw out, prolong

Conclusion

  1. Lamentations 22-23 — The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
  2. Are you experiencing all that God has for you?
  3. Don’t set your sights too low. Determine to become all that God created you to be.