Saturday, December 31, 2005

an early morning read

I awoke to fear for the first time in a long time. I know what to do with fear by now though. In fear the enemy pulls me to my own musterings but in fear God draws me to himself. So i opened my heart to God's answer to fear. Immediately, familiar scriptures flooded my mind.

"My times are in His hands... How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues. Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. Ps 31:15, 19-21.

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

While thankful for the faithfulness of God in scriptures i was, i guess, a little dissapointed to have to be pulling my "it's going to be ok" scriptures on the last day of the year. I love New Years Eve. It is the day like no other when we can lay aside the failures of our past and look hopefull toward a better future. I resented my old nemesis for scraping himself off the pavement where i left him and trying to darken my outlook with his exhaustive storytelling.

But then something quite unexpected, and... (looking for a good word) wonderful..., (no that's not it though it made me wonder).... Marvelous, (close cause is did marvel),... galvanizing (it sure did)

God showed me a scripture. One i had worn before but this morning it came with such context. It's like God just put a new window in my house.

Thanks God.

Isaiah 43

Israel's Only Savior
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

3 For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush [a] and Seba in your stead.

4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.

5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.

6 I will say to the north, 'Give them up!'
and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth-

7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made."

8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.

9 All the nations gather together
and the peoples assemble.
Which of them foretold this
and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, "It is true."

10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD,
"and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.

11 I, even I, am the LORD,
and apart from me there is no savior.

12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.

13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?"

God's Mercy and Israel's Unfaithfulness
14 This is what the LORD says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
"For your sake I will send to Babylon
and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, [b]
in the ships in which they took pride.

15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel's Creator, your King."

16 This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,

17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

18 "Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas in O'ville

you see, we know how to do Christmas in Orangeville. That was georgious. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Luana's Christmas Present

Well the cat's out of the bag. This is Luana's Christmas present. Thanks to Dave for your "help" in building it. It was a lot of fun.

Merry Christmas everyone. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Another life changing experience

I can't wait. we're cooking this recipe right now...

It is going to be amazing.

You read right. Coka-Cola roast beef. It's like two of my best friends coming over for dinner.

I'll tell you how it goes.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Christmas Pageant

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For all of you who think the Buckle men are a little slow...


Merry Christmas

Bags of Blessing

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On saturday a team of people from Orangeville Alliance Church went to downtown toronto to deliver survival kits to the homeless.  Our church has been participating in this ministry for 3 years now and it continues to grow every year.  On a personal note this is fast becoming one of my favourite Christmas traditions.  Not because it is easy to see people in such need, but because Christ tells us that whatever we do for the least of these, we have done for Him.  It is a privelage to care for these people that many try so hard to ignore.  I hope this video inspires you to care for someone in your sphere of influence this Christmas. 


I want to extend a special note of appreciation to all of the generous people who faithfully brought the items that made up the survival kits for the months leading up to our delivery day.  Let me also thank Highlands Youth For Christ for bringing their @ street Level van to transport the bags to Toronto, and to the Salvation Army and Paws and Claws in Orangeville who made key donations when it counted.

Friday, December 16, 2005

sniff sniff

Look at all the hair on that kid...
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Thursday, December 15, 2005

new sidebar

I have a new and improved sidebar...

Now you can see what's happening at church anytime you log on to Jogging on the spot.

Plus you can subscribe to my site using a newsreader or by clicking on the icon on the bottom right hand corner of your firefox browser.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


So on monday I took the kids to see Grampa and Gramma. My mom wanted them for some kid sized Christmas adventures. That and Luana and I could really use the break. While in Hamilton i bought some LED Christmas lights for the tree... You see our tree was almost all done when something wierd happened to the top string of lights. They got crazy bright and then all burnt out. wierd... So I bought these economical, but expensive lights to redo the tree. we got the tree unassembled again. I plugged in the new lights... and luana didn't like the colour.

the lights I bought were "clear" but LED "clear" is different from old fashioned "clear" so today i went back to Canadian tire to return the lights.

I ended up buying the good old fashioned clear lights this time...

Doing my husbandly duty I unpacked them and put them on the tree. i got all the way from the top to the bottom and had 4 or 5 branches left when my wife started to make noises... Don't pretend you don't know exactly what i am talking about. Noises that say I am doing something wrong but come without words attached to them.




"Its just that i can see the wires at the top"

"That's cause there are no ornaments on the tree yet"

"I just"


"I just don't know if they are going to bug me all year"


"The wires"


"Don't worry, it's not like i'm going to have time to look at the tree"

("I can't beleive she just said that like now I should feel guilty for putting up the lights wrong and not helping her nurse the baby this Christmas")

"I can't believe you are going to make me take down 5 strings of lights for the 6 inches on the top of the tree"

"next year i'll do it myself"

("I'll hold you to that")



"Fine I'll take down the lights, but i'm going to blog this"


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Rights of passage

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This is the video journal of abigail's first, and first day of school.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Christmas Past

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I was looking through some old files and found last years Dessert Theatre Video.  It has some great memories.  The Santa Claus Parade, Josh in a Bikini.  Well maybe not. 

We have a ton of fun at our church.  I love being a part of what God is doing there. 

Sunday, November 27, 2005

type cast

Ok so you may or may not have noticed the new addition to my sidebar...

if you follow the link you can choose to do a mini profile with a smaller amount of questions or a full profile with a larger number of questions to get a more accurate reading...

Me, having the personality i do thought. i don't have time to do a full profile... but i want a mostly accurate result... so i did the middle one...

I am the Godfather... cool.. no wait. controlling. maybe a bit.

I thought i had better do a more accurate testing. so i did the full profile...

I am... still the Godfather... That's spooky.

I don't know if i want to live a life of organized crime...

although it might be fun making people offers they can't refuse...

Friday, November 25, 2005

Pizza Night

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I love pizza night. Luana and Abi working hard in the kitchen and i carefully watching the process.

Happy Day's reunion's will never be the same.

I wonder if this isn't the man you wanted to be also. He was cool had great fashion sense, a lot of fantastic cars that he would give to spoiled boys.

Wax on Miyagi-son. You will be missed

Thursday, November 24, 2005


I have a good friend who posted a tough post...

I know he'll probably put this up on his blog as well but i was so thankful when this encouragement came into my inbox this morning that i thought i would take the encouragement it gave me and send it along to all of you.


November 24

Spiritual Warfare and Sin: Seek God's Remedy

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not
sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous.
--1 John 2:1

I wish it were possible to anoint the head of every Christian
preacher so that he would never sin again while the world stands.
Perhaps some would consider that a happy way to deal with the
subject. But, in fact, if any person can be removed from the
possibility of sin, he or she can only be some kind of a robot run
by pulleys, wheels and push-buttons. A person morally incapable of
doing evil would be, by the same token, morally incapable of doing
good. A free human will is necessary to the concept of morality. I
repeat: If our wills are not free to do evil, neither are they free
to do good....

But what was the sinning priest to do? Should he give up to
discouragement? Should he resign himself to failure? No! There was
a remedy. And what about ministers and all of God's servants today?
In a time of temptation and failure, should they simply quit? Should
they write a letter of resignation and walk out, saying, " I am not
an Augustine or a Wesley; therefore, I give up"? No, if they are
aware of what the Word of God says, they will seek God's remedy.
Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts, 75-76. A.W. Tozer

"Thank You, God, for Your glorious remedy! Thank You for Your love;
thank You for Your grace; thank You for constant forgiveness in
Jesus Christ. Amen."

I hope this encourages all of you. Let's choose well today.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Drum circle

Jacob and Adam working the crowd. They rocked!
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Kids these days

I have to confess i don't understand kids these days. The just seem to have different values. Take little Emily. I'm starting to think little Emily doesn't like what i like. It all started last Easter Sunday. I was preaching a dazzling sermon on Christ and kept hearing this sound from the congregation. At first i wrote it off as another member weeping under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Then i realize that the sound... well it wasn't sobbing it was snoring. That's right little Emily slept all the way through Easter sunday.

Well this past Saturday was the Orangeville Santa Claus Parade. I get excited about the Santa Claus Parade because it gives our church a chance to be involved in the community and to share a little bit of the Love of God with people. That and it's a stage... and I like to make the most of a stage. This year we had a homely looking igloo, some inukshuks, a manger and the Goudrealt boys on the congas providing our very own inuit drum circle. We even had a seal hunt... kindof. The kids loved it... at least i thought. My daughter abi was sitting with Emily on the dog sled... I wonder if Emily is trying to tell me something. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

jogging on the spot

by the way, has anyone followed the sidebar link and done the mini personality quiz.

I want to know. Do you have a personality and what is it?

Pic from Sonlife

This is a picture from our day at the Sonlife Youth strategy seminar in Erin. You have to admit, Josh really is very spiritual. In that Sherlock Holmsian kindof way... Posted by Picasa

number two

hope you guys get a chance to see your shots. cheers. Posted by Picasa

an afternoon in erin

I'd like to be able to tell you that this was me... but it wasn't. Josh and i were having a break during our day @ sonlife in Erin, and these guys had made themselves a little slice of winter. Hat's off guys. That's commitment and some serious air considering the conditions. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


d'lovely Esther catching 40 winks before her 2nd course. Posted by Picasa

Yes we smell it too.

Well we've all been kindof moping around for the last few days fighting sickness...

but we decided that we couldn't hold back any longer.

normally Luana has the tree up nov 1st.

sickness prevented it but it sure is nice to get this show on the road.

may your days be merry. Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 04, 2005


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I've got a quandry

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

special greeting for halloween

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This is Abi and Shiloh getting stoked for the happy halloween food drive. It was an awesome night. we collected a van full of Groceries for our local food bank

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


normally we don't suggest this kind of thing but Jenny seems to think it will be all the rage this fall. Posted by Picasa

the few

have you ever had a hero? I know there aren't many to go round. I'm not talking about mom or dad here although there exploits are stupendous. I'm talking about people who don't just change our world they change everyone's world.

I hope you know a hero when you see one.

we lost a hero today.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Esther in the Dark

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I can't help but play with my parents camera while its here. They leave tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Look she has my chins

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guilty as charged

Ok i admit. i slept through the night last night...

but i'm on the morning shift. Morning shift is important too.

It's when Dad waits patiently for little angel to peep so he can rescue her and mom recovers from night shift with sugerplum advil.

... shhhh, did you hear somethin

Friday, October 21, 2005

My little surprize

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I thought i had it figured.


First i thought we were having a boy because, well...


I've learned my lesson 

my new obsession

Our birth announcement is coming soon but here's a little something to tide you over. Posted by Picasa

A dream come true


I've been waiting a long time for this...



HAIR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... ?... !

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

an amazing gift

So i figured i had better explain these last few weeks. My parents have given us the most amazing gift. They took our kids for a couple of weeks before the baby came... now i admit we expected the baby to have come by now but they haven't complained at all... and it has now been well over 2 weeks. in fact on friday it will be 3 and well we won't really be ready to have them back on friday.. for good reason... which i will comment on later.

anyhow. amazing parents who take their grandchildren need cudos.

thanks mom. love you...
thanks dad... owe you.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Luana is having trouble sleeping so i am having trouble sleeping. so once the sun had come up i decided to go out and look for sacred space in Orangeville... found it. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

You know what they say... kids and wildlife

well i have to say...

i've been concerned about the apparent lack of readership...

and you know what they say... kids and wildlife...

so as my kids aren't pulling in the crowds.

here is a Pandacam

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

well Sunday Luana started at 5 and went pretty consistantly until 10 ish so we went in... it was a false alarm... kindof dissappointing Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 09, 2005

This means war?

Something strange is happening.....

Luana is listening to football pre-game music.....

I don't understand....

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Luana frozen in carbonite... what it could happen. I'd save her...  Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 07, 2005

Another night on contractions... but as you can see... Luana felt it necessary to journal them... probably means nothing... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Path of Spiritual Formation

We have been talking about Spiritual Formation at our college and carreers group at Winchester Arms. I think there are at least 2 parts to spiritual formation.

the informational part or the pursuit of knowledge or spiritual truth or experience
the applicational part or the pursuit of moral transformation.

i don't just want to know more, i want to do more good.

Anyways, last night i was reading the Bible - Proverbs 4:26-27 says Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.

Last night we were wrestling with how to develop a moral compass in the midst of complex and often changing circumstances, and in the cultural milkshake that is this world.

I think however that there are even greater obstacles to spiritual formation than complex cultural and circumstancial environments. I think people have forgotten or abandoned the value of watching the paths of their feet. They don't fear turning anymore. Right or left. and they don't care where their feet do go.

But for those who would desire to grow spiritually they must do more than learn, they must watch their steps and learn how to walk straight paths.

Watch your step folks!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

good friends. Francois and Steph. hope steph can come to babysit once the baby comes. Abi and shiloh would like that. Great picture. Posted by Picasa

We had another theology pub tonight. We were trying to figure out how to discern where to orient our moral compass. Met a guy at the bar named Marco who is going to join us next week. Posted by Picasa

the window is opening

... 2 CM!

Went to the Doctor's office today... Posted by Picasa

I'm pretty sure my son is giving all of you a big 'L'... no wait... he's giving me a big 'L'... who taught him that? Posted by Picasa