Matt W Cook

writer.former fundamentalist.christianly fellow

Month: January, 2005

Photos for you!

Wow! Ruth has suddenly popped! I swear, two weeks ago she was half this size! Isn’t it cool? I think it’s cool, so should you.

I’m sitting here awaiting the arrival of two good friends, Josh and Lori Anderson. They should be here within the hour. It promises to be a very good weekend.

This is a pretty short blog, but that’s okay, nothing wrong with that. I’ll see ya soon!

Matt

ps – check out my Shawn-the-bro’s new forum right here.

Correction!

On December 14 I said that Isaac Watts wrote Be Thou My Vision. That is a blatant untruth and I don’t know where I got it from. Our dear friend Isaac did write such songs as We’re Marching to Zion, When I Survey the wondrous Cross, Alas! And Did my Saviour Bleed?, and I Sing the Mighty Power of God. To see a complete list of his hymns and poems, please visit The Cyber Hymnal.

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This question was put to us in the last batch of comments:

I wish you younger saints with more living brain cells could answer the question you posed in your musings, why do we spend such a small amount of time on the things that will matter in eternity? It isn’t lack of knowledge – must be lack of desire? We are so double minded at times…

Although I’m quite sure my brain cells aren’t any more alive than the next guy, I think that we already know the answer. In fact, I’m sure that there are a few problems that we have that lead to this insanity of desire.

  • We, as Christians, tend to focus on the wrong things. We focus on the form of religion rather than the spirit of true religion. Often we are more concerned with the colour of the carpet in the Sunday school room or the order of events in the evening service than we are about spiritual improvement and refreshment. When we have this mind-set, truly spiritual things become less important to us.

  • Worse, deep down inside we just don’t care or believe. In fact, apathy about spiritual things and unbelief in them are the same thing. If I truly believed in the promises of God I would know that my life would have no better purpose and my joy could be no greater than if I devoted myself to the service and pursuit of God.

So what’s the real problem? I don’t value God enough. This is not news. This is no surprise. Every single Christian struggles with this (if you don’t please let me know). What’s the solution? Again, nothing new. Just the enduring, coronary pursuit of God through prayer, meditation, fellowship, etc. The more we know God, the more we love Him, and the more we love Him, the more we want to know Him. So, all we can do is continually re-dedicate ourselves to the Living God and fall on His mercy to allow us to hold on to that dedication.

Uh…pray more. Lots more.

Oh, and Caedmon’s Call is coming to Thunder Bay on the 16th of March! Joy!

Study, study, study…

Yeah, yeah, I know, I haven’t posted in a while, I’m a loser, etc, etc.

A few updates from Cookdom. Ruth has been to Mr. Doctor a few more times and has gotten an updated due date for the little child. We are now expecting his arrival on May 20th (Instead of the 23rd). That’s exciting! We are now only four (4) months away from the due date. The days are going by faster and we’re getting more and more excited. Apparently these last months are going to go by very quickly (not quick enough, though).

Our dear neighbour, Stacy (who is a new mother herself) has given us some of her baby gear that her son has grown out of, praise God! We now have a car seat and a stroller and a small library. Yay for Stacy!

Our Pakistani friends have come and gone, thus went one of the most encouraging weekends I’ve had for a while. Special thanks to Ben, Beth, Hilsy and Todder for a killer (and productive) weekend. Next weekend our good friends the Andersons will be visiting and we can’t wait for that. Ruth was just saying that she would love it if some of our friends would just stay for a week and not go home. Friends are good people.

I’m trying to devote myself more to the guitar these days. Instead of an hour every two weeks, I’m trying the whole ‘hour a day’ thing. There are so many things that I’d like to do over the next few years and it doesn’t seem like I have the time (or discipline) to do them. I want to become proficient at guitar, I’m trying to learn Urdu, I want to saturate myself in God’s word, etc. My only problem is that there are rarely actions devoted to these ends. On we go, though.

Anyway, have fun everyone. I’ll see you soon!

Khoda-hafiz!

Next Post

What is the size of a large banana?

Well, let’s see…according to my dinosaur book, a T-Rex’s tooth was about the size of a large banana. Some books are about as long as a large banana. My keyboard is about 2 bananas long. BUT, the most important thing that I own that is about the size of a large banana is my baby! That’s right, according to one of our many pregnancy books, our new little friend is roughly banana-sized (18cm [7.2in]). Cool, eh? He weighs about 300g and is busily moving around and tickling his mother. (You may notice that I changed from calling the baby a she to a he. This is only because some mothers at my church looked at one of the ultra-sounds and claim that it’s a boy.)

Over the last few months Ruth and I have had many dreams about our coming child. Sometimes it’s been a girl, sometimes it’s been a boy. I remember one dream where I was a member of the X-men and we had to save my teenaged daughter from Dr. Octipus. We’re getting more and more excited as the days go by, boo ya!

This coming weekend promises to be a special one. The entire Pakistan crew is planning on coming over to hang with us. We haven’t had a chance to see them all at the same time, well, ever! I expect there’ll be a lot of Indian food and music going on!

Point to ponder:

Joshua was told to take down Jericho. Him and his 30,000 men. These men were not professional soldiers, they had no seige weapons, and Jericho was really big. Seems impossible, eh? Well it was! It would be total foolishness to attack a huge city like that and think of victory! Many godly leaders in Israel probably condemned Joshua of ‘not using the brain God gave him’ or something like that. But, sure enough, Joshua listened to God and Lo and Behold…the walls fell down and everyone (except Rahab and kin) DIED. Joshua wins. Something impossible to do was done, quite easily.

Joshua was told to take down Ai. Him and his 30,000 men. Ai was itty bitty. So small, that Joshua only used a fraction of his army to go get them. This looked like an easy, simple victory, not even worth the whole nation’s attention. Sure enough, Israel was beat here and some people died. Why did they lose? Someone sinned. Someone in the camp of Israel had rebelled against God’s commands and brought the whole camp down. Because of his sin, 36 israelites DIED. Joshua LOST. Something easily done, proved to be quite impossible.

The moral of this story? I see a few:

  • Impossible things are relatively easy, with God

  • Easy things are quite impossible without God

  • The church is a body, when one member sins, the whole body is affected

  • If God tells you to do a crazy thing…DO IT!

    The story is found in Joshua 5:13-7:26. Read it, does anyone see any other lessons/gems for us?

Okay, I’m done. Please pray for my son whenever you find yourself eating a banana (pray for the mother too).

Cook out.