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Candles on the River: The Galilean Service



I spent time today working on a new little web application that I've been tossing around in my head for a while. I also went back to campmeeting and I'm really glad I did. This evening we went out to the riverside near the normal end of tabernacle service and we were led by the youth worship team (new guys this year, who really added a whole new dimension to it! It was great!!) while watching the candles float down the river.

I'm unsure about the origin of the name "Galilean Service". I know it must have something to do with Galilee. Let's google it...

This special service is a parallel to the Parable of the Sower told by Jesus, and represents the Christian walk. The seed that falls by the wayside and is devoured up by the birds of the air are similar to the candles whose flames get extinguished on their way down the river by the wind and dive-bombing June bugs. Like the seeds that fell among the thorns and the plants are choked out as they grow, the candles that get caught in the brush along the river’s edge will soon be snuffed out. But the seed that is sown into fertile soil and produces an abundant amount of fruit–like the candles that flow unrestricted, glowing bright and strong, will be a bright beacon in the darkness of night, as Christians are to be a bright light in a dark world.

It's really lovely. ♡

Sermon notes

I was finally able to catch a sermon by Rev. Carolyn Moore. Been looking forward to it and she did not disappoint. As usual, they're here in unedited form cuz I'm kinda tired, ahah.


Rev. Carolyn Moore

- Zipline friction braking analogy
- "Touch, don't grab" (lest you get yourself stuck or have the momentum yank your arm which will hurt)
- (Speaker's story) Despite knowing not to, out of fear, I still put the brake on.
- Applys to the rest of life
- Fear breeds death
- Spiritual authority comes from intimacy with God the Father. Authority, trusting that the line is calibrated for our good; Fruitfulness, riding the line without braking
- Exodus 33:7 - The place of intimacy
- Exodus 33:14 - The promise of intimacy
- Exodus 33:17 - The point of authority
- Exodus 33:18 - The prayer of intimacy
- Richard Foster: The desperate need for today is not for intelligent people or (???) people, but for deep people
- (Story: Regulation pushups)
- The repetition of discipline yields results
- We won't always reach our goal
- "I'm not where I want to be, but at least I'm not where I was." PROGRESS, not PERFECTION.
- What parts of our spiritual life can this apply to? Where are we aiming for perfection, rather than making progress?
- Exodus 33:11: [...] face to face [...]
- 1 Corinthians also has [...] face to face [...]
- Back to Exodus:
- The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14 NIV)
- (Exercise) close eyes, absorb that promise (a touch don't grab promise) He will be our rest
- Exodus 33:15-16: To paraphrase into modernity, (What makes us, the church, any different from any other well-run nonprofit?) It turns out, the only thing we have going for us is the presence of God.
- Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:14‭-‬15 NIV)
- Eph 4:15 is a revolution in just a few words
- It's time to grow up, Paul says: to heal, to go on: we won't reach spiritual richness if we don't challenge ourselves spiritually.
- Intimacy breeds →authority breeds → power breeds → fruitfulness exposes → the glories of God
- Prayer: "Show me your glory" -- it is not a prayer for glory, but a prayer for intimacy!
- DO WE WANT....To think His thoughts, receive His wisdom, live as close to His heart as is humanly possible

CRAZY day. I got locked out of my house!

I'm not sure if Hatena Blog is showing the dates correctly but this entry is for Tuesday, July 20th, 2021.

Picking up my car

So this morning I got a call that my truck's rotors had been replaced again and it was ready to pick up. I had to go to the dentist so I grabbed my bike and headed off. But I forgot something -- my keys! I realized I didn't have them as soon as I locked the door and closed it!

I went to the shop and got my car and then went to the dentist's. I went to my parent's house to see if I could use the spare key I gave them, but I picked the wrong ones and still couldn't get in. Eventually I found a way to get in through the window.


I kinda wasted a bit of my day but eventually got up and went over to ERC. I'm really glad I did because there was a great message at the evening service and then I got to catch up with some friends afterward. I'll put my notes below.

Sermon notes

ERC 7/20 7:30 PM

Speaker: Jerry Coleman

Who's knocking at the door?

- Revelation 3:20 (red letters)

- In all of the religions of the world, people are trying to get to the level of God, except one: Christianity, where God comes to our level.

- Jesus is knocking on the door, until you open the door

- Jesus is *pursuing* you and I [expand this: such as a man romantically pursues a woman]

- Note: This letter is written to the Church of Laodicea

Who else is at the door?

- Take heed! Genesis 4:7 - Sin is crouching at your door. It desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

- Sin and Satan are crouching at your door, right now.

- When asked in Job by God, "Where have you been?" Satan answers "I have been roaming the earth."

- Satan is looking to devour. He's a roaring lion looking to tear us apart: every aspect of our lives and relationships

- John 10: He has come to *steal, kill, and destroy*

- A little peek, a little give, given an inch, will take us a mile

- John 8:44 

- You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

- ATTN: *Satan's native language is Lies*

- "Satan, get out, in the name of Jesus!"

Two key words in this message

- IN: Allowing Jesus in

- OUT: Closing the door on Satan: Get OUT! (Satan flees from that name)

When we go out in dark places...when we encounter dreams... when we are tempted.... we can say, over and over for each temptation, each pull: OUT! In the name of Jesus!

- The open door as a beautiful picture of our hearts: a door wide open for Jesus to com

- The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy

- Family, relationships, nation, teams, the church


- John 10

I have come....That they may have life, and have it abundantly

- Jesus is not going to force himself on you. He comes and knocks. Will we open the door?

- This is territory: we are the territory of Jesus. Defend the territory!

My car's brand new rotor snapped in half at high speeds

Holy cow!

Luckily I didn't crash. Have you ever seen a rotor break like this?? It was very alarming. My brake caused my car to veer into the right lane because the left one didn't work (obviously) and it pivoted around the right one. 

Thankfully someone at campmeeting helped me figure out what happened and get it fixed up. ♡

Sermon notes

A message on one part of the Lord's Prayer

- Forgive us our sins *as* we forgive our debtors

- Book mentioned: "There's No Future Without Forgiveness"

- Reference: John 17:20-21 (Jesus Prays for All Believers)

- Just *as*...

- In the Father and Son there is no time and no space: the Trinity existed before time and space and will exist beyond time and beyond space

- God: F, S, HS exists in unity: nothing stands between them

- This is the model of forgiveness: "nothing stands between us"

- Matthew 26: Garden of Gethsemane

- Despite his internal agony, the unity of the Trinity is not broken

- "Yet, not as I will, but as you will" (Mat 26:39)

- Back to John 17:21

- "That they may be one, Father, just *as* you are in me and I am in you" (let the perfect unity of the Trinity be displayed in all believers)

- What does it mean when the air between us is not clear? (Or, dirty air)

- Clear: There's nothing that stands in between you and I

We Can Be One

"It's a kingdom expectation" (?)

- **Forgiveness is the mechanism by which the air is made clean**

- and have nothing between you and another

- and have nothing between you and the Father

- "Forgive, and be forgiven."

- (Missed the verse number) "If you're at the altar and remember that there's something broken between you and another, leave your gift at the altar and go make things right between you and them"

Clear the Air

- "Forgive me....can we clear the air?"

- Matthew 18:15-17

- Mat. 18:21 - The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

- Give and receive forgiveness equally

- Clear the air.

- Find the people with which you have unresolved troubles and ask for forgiveness

Felt like I wasted my day (mostly)

Waking up from my nap, that was fun


My head popped off my pillow, "Oh no"


"I had all day to do productive things and did nothing"

Language lessons

I didn't waste the whole day, but I wanted to go back to Eaton Rapids and just.. didn't. Not sure why. But I did reinstall Duolingo to try to continue learning Japanese. To my pleasant surprise, I kept all my old progress and seem to have retained a great deal of what I learned previously in my head. Of course, developing a Japanese website and extensively researching Hatena has helped a bit.


So far so good. I have to do this if I have any shot at getting hired by Hatena (this is a a pipe dream of mine that I've mentioned before. I've had it for a long time, though if the estimated pay on the Hatena careers site is accurate, it would be a significant pay cut.)

More than that, though, I've made several new friends lately and I want to be able to dispense with Google Translate when talking with them. 


I'm going to campmeeting tomorrow. I'm going to catch up with everyone and try to reconnect as much as I can. I'm really looking forward to evening service and getting to hear the message. 

Thinking about redesigning my blog, and some cable management

Web design

I kinda avoid updating the design of my blog, but mostly because it's very difficult to use Hatena Blog's built-in theme editor. You have to click to expand it and you lose your place whenever you want to click out. The most efficient way seems to be to make your edits in a separate editor and then paste them in, but it's still difficult.

I've thought several times before about writing my own layout system and just using it instead of Hatena Blog's built-in thing, but I haven't really had the time to figure that out.


I went back to the Children's Center at Eaton Rapids Campmeeting today with a bunch of Velcro cable wraps and some cables and organized the AV equipment. I was asked to troubleshoot but I wanted to go above and beyond.





Ta-da! 🎉