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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Saturday, January 14, 2006
Medicine Hat Update
For those of you who are unfamiliar, please read my other "Medicine Hat" entry first...

I spoke with Lou again earlier this evening. It isn't looking like I will be called there, but you never know. I learned a bit more this time. Lou isn't speaking on behalf of the whole congregation, and was offering me the opportunity to come and preach one or twice if I was able, and hopefully drum up some local interest in evangelism.

Their situation makes me sad, no converts in about two years (though Lou himself has led a fellow to the Lord in this last year, but he ended up going to a different church), and no organized leadership. The pastor is sort of a part time guy, but he is more or less running the show and has no real time to devote to long term goals etc.

The church is mostly seniors (which would have been my dream church! all that wisdom and grace under the same roof - a perfect church for a new pastor), but as I listened to Lou I sympathize with his frustration, nevertheless, he is not really authorized to be speaking for the whole of his congregation. He and three other couples are considering leaving the church unless it gets its act together, and his call to pastor Bill was originally for advice, and not that he was seeking a pastor for his church, but rather counsel, prayer, and possibly evangelical meetings.

So I thank everyone who has prayed for me. Pray still that the Lord would help this church. I am going to stay in touch with Lou and continue to pray for him and his church, but unless the Lord moves in an unforseen way with this, I think this isn't going to end in a call.
posted by Daniel @ 10:32 PM  
14 Comments:
  • At 10:26 AM, January 15, 2006, Blogger BugBlaster said…

    Continuing to pray for you and for the Medicine Hat church (been there, it can be discouraging).

     
  • At 3:23 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    Hi Daniel,
    It sounds like the Lord made it pretty clear that this is not going to be a call for you. I love it when He answers prayer so clearly. You are blessed.

    (you new avatar: no comment)

     
  • At 3:27 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    I can't help my self: You should go back to the old avatar, you look so ... so ... so ... fed-up. IMHO ...
    :~)

    vword: uukmovr
    (I've never done the vword thing, but maybe this is a message from God that you need to move to the UK) ;~)

     
  • At 5:48 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    Fed up? hehe.. I think I was more tired than fed up. How is this one?

     
  • At 6:03 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    This one looks "incredulous."

    (you are funny.) (my 10 year old son thinks you are funny, too.)

     
  • At 8:31 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    I was going for "incredible-ous" - sooo close...

    :-)

     
  • At 10:05 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger pilgrim said…

    Well Medicine Hat is still a nice place to visit.

    Hopefully things will work out for them.

    Truly a matter for prayer.

     
  • At 10:05 PM, January 15, 2006, Blogger pilgrim said…

    Well Medicine Hat is still a nice place to visit.

    Hopefully things will work out for them.

    Truly a matter for prayer.

     
  • At 7:05 PM, January 16, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    Hey Daniel,
    You still look incredible-ous. I have a photoshop question for you: did you use "pinch" when you made "the gimp"?

     
  • At 7:05 PM, January 16, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    My eyes hurt.

     
  • At 7:23 PM, January 16, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    Rose I used "iwarp"

    Nice eyes. <eerie music plays>

     
  • At 8:36 PM, January 16, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    Can't find "iwarp" in my Photoshop filters. hmmm... you must be some photoshop whiz or something, whilst I am still learning.

     
  • At 10:51 AM, January 17, 2006, Blogger Daniel said…

    Rose,

    "The Gimp" is the graphics software I used to make the animated gif. It is a free program that allows you to "photoshop" images. The specific tool that I used from the Gimp menu was called iWarp.

    In the fast-paced world of image manipulation, "photoshop" has entered the genre vernacular as synonomous with all sorts of image processing. To say that I "photoshopped" an image therefore (in the vernacular) is to say that I modified the image using photoshop, or even a similar tool.

    Sorry about the confusion. I suppose if I were going to name my weird morphing image, "The gimp" would be appropriate.

    I haven't used Adobe photoshop in a while, so I can't really help you there. Maybe Frank Turk can help?

     
  • At 3:33 PM, January 17, 2006, Blogger Rose~ said…

    Oh, thanks for clarifying. Funny how words take on different, evolving meanings! (like the word Photoshop)

    The main reason I asked is because I am trying to learn more, being a graphic designer and needing to keep current on things graphic, which I am already behind on after having been a stay at home mom for 7 years.

    Thanks for the link!

     
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