A week ago Jeff poured the foundation for our new home. Today you can see the entire frame just about finished. Jeff's an amazing home builder if you live in the San Antonio are and are even thinking about buying or building a house take a minute to talk to him. Check out his website to see some of the other homes he's built/is building: http://japhetenterprises.com
In my seminary course we are studying the New Testament and in our textbook was a copy of The Apostles Creed. We used to recite this in the church I grew up in, but it's been a long time since I've read these words. I never really understood/appreciated how powerful it was for a congregation to pronounce these words together. I usually cringe when I even hear the word tradition, but something about this one really moved in me when I read through these words today. I hope these words can stir in your heart as you read this as well.
The Apostles Creed I believe in Jesus Chris, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontious Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
I realized I hadn't posted it yet on here, but I'm going to be a Dad! Katie and I are going to the doctor tomorrow and should have a due date tomorrow. We do know that the due date is sometime in July. I'm sure this will be the center of my blogs over the coming year as it seems to consume my thoughts. Katie started a blog with weekly updates about our growing family: http://nilsandkatieplusone.com. I had been keeping this info off of our blog since we hadn't told my mom until Christmas. We took video of her reaction so you'll all get to enjoy that when we get it uploaded. I'll work on my writing skills in future posts, my thoughts seem to be pretty choppy.
Well, I'm making a commitment to all of my many readers that I really will blog in 2009. I'm committing to you all 3 resolutions in 2009: 1) A commitment to blog weekly, 2) I WILL lose 50 pounds in 2009 and be a healthy Dad, and 3) a commitment to grow through reading various books, the Bible, podcasts, lectures, etc. I dont know how to define this last one, but I often get caught up in doing and forget to focus on learning and growing. 2009 is going to be a great year and I look forward to sharing it with you. Updates to come on this blog about my thoughts on becoming a Dad, building our first house, life in ministry, etc.