Sunday, December 30, 2007
Well it's been a whole year already! Today Kyle and I are celebrating our first anniversary. In a way the time seems to have flown by, but on the other hand it feels like we have been married forever :) We both have grown immensely over this past year, and the Lord is continuing to teach us more and more everyday. Marriage has definitely been a sanctifying experience for us as we learn to daily die to ourselves and serve Christ through each other. We are so thankful to the Lord for the gift of marriage. Looking back we are amazed at God's great faithfulness in our lives and the grace that He has shown to us. Lord willing, we look forward to many more years of marriage together. I'm so thankful that I can truly say that I love Kyle more than I did a year ago. Thank you to our friends and family for all of the prayers, love and support you have given us over this last year. We love you!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Rejoicing in the faithfulness of our sustaining God,
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Christ by highest heav'n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Friday, December 14, 2007
Anyway, I'm happy to not have to think about this anymore. Conducting research was a really good experience for me, but I NEVER plan on doing it again. Right now, I'm sitting in the lab waiting for my Commputer Mediated Communication final to start. After this I only have two exams on Monday and then I will officially be a college graduate. I can't wait!
Thanks to everyone for all of you love, support, prayers and encouragement this semester.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,and give thanks to his holy name!
~ Psalm 97:12
Monday, December 10, 2007
Okay, I'm now going to give you some valuable information, the time and place of my presentation. I honestly don't expect any of you to come, but if you would like to, my session is a 10:00 am this Friday in room 2066 of the Health Science Center. I am third, and each presentation is about 20 minutes. Therefore, mine should be starting around 10:40. There will be six presentations total, however; you may come and go in between presentations just not during.
Well that's all I have for now.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
~ Hebrews 12:1 and 2
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The good news is yesterday I starting really believing that I am going to graduate in 16 days. As I am writing my final paper, it is beginning to sink in that I'm almost done! As much as I haven't always enjoyed the process of doing research this semester, I'm very thankful for the experience. I didn't think I was ever going to say that, but I really have learned a lot.
I am currently taking a break from editing the draft I just finished writing of my final paper. As of now it is 39 pages. However, after I get some feedback from my professor I'm sure I will be adding another 10 pages on to it.
Well that's all for now, sorry it's just about my paper but it has been one of the primary sources of thought for me over the last few days. I will post more interesting stuff later!
Some Random Updates:
* Matt and Nancy are engaged! We are so excited for this and have been waiting for it for sooooo long :) The wedding will be sometime this summer!
* Kyle presented his Philosophy paper last night and I thought it went very well. His presentation was supposed to be twenty minutes, but people had so many questions that it was almost an hour long! His topic was presuppositional theology. I would explain what that is but I'm still not 100% clear on that :) A copy of his presentation is available here.
* Michael and Rachel's baby is due between May 20th and 26th. Rachel had her first ultra sound on Monday and we got to see the pictures.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Megan is coming over in a little while, I'm looking forward to catching up with her. We haven't seen much of each other this semester.
I'm really looking forward to being done with school. It's weird to think that I only have a month left as a student. It will be nice to be able to spend more time doing "wifely" things around the apartment. Well that's all for now! Sorry my post doesn't have much substance today, but hey at least I posted something :)
Monday, November 12, 2007
We had a great day yesterday over in Austin visiting Rachel's family. We never get to see family quite as often as we would like. It was a good day of relaxation and hanging with the in-laws.
We have our much anticipated Thanksgiving break coming up next week. It will be a busy time but we trust a good time shared in the company of friends and family.
Not much interesting happens in our day to day schedules. Rachel has been busy conducting interviews for her senior project and will be presenting her findings on December 10 (I think; she refuses to tell me when and where). It guaranteed to be a good qualitative study and I'm so proud of the work she has been putting into it. I have been working on my senior paper. I am defending a position called Reformed epistemology. Really what this means is that the foundation of all knowledge is that God has spoken in his Son by the Scriptures and understood by the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit. Try walking into a classroom full of unbelieving people and defend that one! It is hard but I really like it and it challenges my mindset. I am amazed all the time at the degree which secular thinking has infected me, the roots run deep.
Well, we hope this finds all doing well! I promise I will get my more creative and entertaining wife to post on this soon.
Striving to Boast in Christ With You All,
Thursday, November 1, 2007
All this talk about time going by quickly has been a good reminder to me to use my time wisely. Our lives on earth are but a vapor when compared to eternity. It is often easy for me to get caught up in the things of this world, and in the hum drum of my daily life. I have been trying to be more conscious of living with an eternal perspective; with my eyes fixed on Christ everyday.
Well there is my thought for today,
"All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” 1 Peter 1:24~25
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
* Rachel got IRB approval for her research project and is beginning to set up interviews with participants for her study. By utilizing the admissions office, so far she has found 5 people meeting her criteria!
* Kyle has been helping to organize our churches youth/college retreat to Honeyrock, a camp in northern Wisconsin. We are super excited because there are around 25 people going this year.
* Scott and Julie came over this past weekend and we had a great time with them!
* Yesterday Kyle came to Sarah Lohse's rescue and killed a bat that was trapped in her basement.
* On Friday night when we were carving pumpkins at the Ruiters, it was confirmed that Rachel doesn't have an ounce of artistic ability in her body. Hopefully Kyle's artistic ability will even out Rachel's lack of it and our children will at least be average.
* Rachel paid tuition for the last time today!
That's all for now!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Today is Scott and Julie Borg's 30th wedding anniversary! Kyle and I are so thankful for their example of marriage to us, especially during our first year of marriage. I personally have been so blessed by them, and I'm so thankful to the Lord for bringing the two of them into my life. They really have become like second parents to me and I couldn't ask for better in laws. We love you!
~ Rachel :)
Friday, October 26, 2007
Deadline is the best-selling story of a politically-correct journalist forced by tragic and mysterious circumstances to come to terms with his own mortality. In the process, he must also deal with the consequences of his skewed perspectives on life. Deadline portrays friendship, family, faith, morality, social decline and media bias in the context of an unpredictable and hopeful story of personal crisis and change. The second story line, on death's other side, compliments the who-done-it mystery.
Dominion (semi~sequel to Deadline)
Clarence Abernathy, an Oregon columnist and suburban middle-class black, is dragged into a world of inner-city gangs, drugs, violence and racial conflict. Clarence's anger at injustices that he cannot control pulls him onto turf that becomes more dangerous by the moment. This story offers profound insight concerning our perceptions and conflicts, and points clearly toward the only true hope for racial reconciliation.
Deception (spin~off of Deadline and Dominion)
Ollie Chandler is a brilliant and quick-witted homicide detective with exceptional deductive skills and street smarts. He's a police department legend for his off-beat methods that solve crimes and coax confessions. But he's a risk taker and a rule-bender who drives his procedure-conscious superiors crazy. If not for his success rate, he'd have been squeezed out of the detective division years ago.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
1 to 1 1/2 bags of romaine lettuce
1 c. cashews
1 handful crasins
4 oz. shredded swiss cheese
1 apple, cubed
1 pear, cubed
1/2 c. sugar, I have been cutting the sugar down to 1/4 to 1/3 a cup and still tastes good.
1/3 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Mix all dressing ingredients, except oil. Once mixed, add oil. Mix all other ingredients. Pour dressing over salad just before serving. You can also have the dressing in a bottle on the side to so the lettuce doesn't get soggy. That way you can save the leftovers! Enjoy :)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
As Kyle wrote on an earlier post, I am very relieved to have finished my literature review and methods section of my senior research project. This definitely was the most daunting part of the whole process for me so I am glad to be over that hurdle. The next step is for me to find my participants and begin interviewing. If anyone knows someone who was home schooled and has made the transition into college it would be SUPER helpful if you could let me know. Preferably I would like to do my interviews face to face so people around the La Crosse/Austin area would be ideal. I appreciate your help in advance!
This coming week shouldn't be too exciting. Kyle and I both have a busy week of school, work and ministry. It would be great if you pray for wisdom for the pastoral church committee of our church as they are in the process of finding the man the Lord has called to be our new pastor. Kyle has been very busy with that committee lately.
Jake (my brother) is now a cook at TGI Friday's so it's been fun working with him again. We've pretty much worked at the same place since we were 9 and 10 years old and we did our paper routes together. Then we both worked at the Chatham Street Cafe and Clasen Jordan Mortuary together. It's made things easier for Kyle and I only having one car because often Jake and I work at the same times. Well, I think that's all for now. I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!
Friday, October 19, 2007
I also had quite the busy week. I've been studying and preparing my second sermon on Jude. Who would have ever thought that in a book which is only 25 verses long you would have to be so picky and choosy about what you could speak on. Seriously, I am given three weeks (for which I am very grateful) but I have no doubt that one could preach through the book of Jude for months. After all, both Thomas Manton and William Jenkyn penned nearly 400-page commentaries on the book. I have found Manton's to be of particular use and have profited much from it. Aside from plugging away at that I also led our off campus Bible study on Hebrews 2 this week. We had a fun little discussion on the writers (we'll call him Paul) use of "tasted death for everyone." I also did the youth group stuff. We took a break from our regular Westminster Confession study and took at look at a piece by Jonathan Edwards and the surrendered heart. It was very encouraging. I've also started writing my final philosophy paper. It's going to be about Reformed Epistemology (gripping eh?) We also had call committee last night, it's getting down to some exciting times, the labor is paying off!
Well that's about all there is to report from the Borgs. We apologize (to all you vast amount of readers) that we haven't been writing much, it's been a busy week.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! ~Psalm 31:19
Friday, October 12, 2007
So on Wednesday, our last day in San Diego, Kyle, Brian and I went to the beach in La Jolla, CA to see the sea lions and while there I injured my foot. We were walking on the rocks in the cove and I, in all my gracefulness, stubbed my big toe on a rock and split the top of it open. It didn't hurt a lot at the time, but it was annoying because it kept bleeding and I was wearing flip flops so sand was getting into the cut and irritating it even more. Yesterday I worked a double at TGIF, and the longer I was on my feet the more my toe hurt. After working all day I developed quite the limp, and it now hurts a lot to walk. Unfortunately I had to give up my closing shift tonight because I couldn't walk very well. I felt kind of like a baby, but it really does hurt!
Enough about my toe though :) On the plane ride home I read a WONDERFUL book that I bought at Westminster entitled, "The True Woman" by Susan Hunt. She was talked about what true womanhood looks like and how we need to be women of the Word, not women of our current culture. I highly recommend this book!
Anyway, well I'm going to hang out with Kyle now. Remember to pray for him as he is preparing to "exhort the congregation" during this week's "covenant renewal ceremony." You should all come and hear him :)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I enjoyed a great lunch with Westminster's very own Julius Kim. He took Brian and I out to eat and spent a good deal of time talking about things. It was refreshing, edifying, and very encouraging. I also spent some time in the bookstore that day, until my eyes glazed over (okay, not really).
All in all, it was a WONDERFUL trip. Rachel and I are really looking forward to moving out there next year. I must admit it was a slap with reality when I walked back into UWL classes (especially when in my first class I guess I had a midterm). For now that's all there is to report.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Today was a good day in
Most particularly I loved how he put suffering into perspective. He categorized most people into two areas, those who avoid suffering and those who play the martyr; both are bad. Those who avoid are avoiding identification with Christ and those who play the martyr glory too much in their suffering and in so doing, “take Jesus off the cross and put themselves up there.” He spoke of the need that in the midst of our suffering we need to cast our eyes on Jesus and not be defined by our suffering but rather be defined by eternity. That was so good to hear! There were a lot of other wonderful things I wish I could reiterate but in all it was such an edifying sermon.
Rachel really appreciated the emphasis that the Pastor put on baptism. He did a wonderful job giving the Presbyterian and Reformed view on baptism while encouraging us all to remember our own baptisms. For even when we feel God is silent and we struggle we may look back and be assured of His faithfulness. He emphasized the necessity of the girls claiming their baptisms in faith at a later age or else they shall find that this blessing is a curse. Rachel was so thankful for the clarity and seriousness in which the sacrament was applied.
After Church we went to the beach. Sam and Rachel laid on the beach and sunned while Brian and I played Frisbee. Due to my massive skill at Frisbee our poor Arobe was lost to the tumultuous waters of the sea. Brian and I proceeded to relive our days at Shamineau and we fought in the shallow waters, in the end the strong current and waves won out. The four of us walked to the end of a pier and enjoyed our time together. We came home and the girls made some great salmon for dinner. We took a dip in the hot tub and are now relaxing eating some of Sam’s mud pie.
We are so thankful for this time out here and are growing increasingly excited for our arrival out here.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
When we returned to the Lunds, the four of us decided to eat lunch at Chipotle and then head down to San Diego for the rest of the day. We took a scenic highway on the way there. It was great to see more of the area! The road went along the coast and it was beautiful! When we got to San Diego we toured the USS Midway, which is a huge old Navy ship that is now permanently docked in San Diego. It was really cool. Although, I think that if there weren't arrows telling us where to go I would have gotten lost very quickly. Anyway, that was a lot of fun!
After that we headed to the Gaslamp district for dinner. We met a couple of Brian and Sam's friends from seminary there and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe. The food was good, but our server was kind of annoying and I think she had more tables then she could handle because she wasn't very attentive. Maybe I'm just too critical of servers though.
We just arrived back home and I'm SUPER tired. However, I told Kyle that I was going to blog everyday and he didn't believe me so I had to write a quick post :) Tomorrow we are off to church in the morning, and then to the beach if the weather is nice. Check back for more updates!
Friday, October 5, 2007
The Lunds picked us from the airport and took us to a very festive Mexican restaurant in Old Town San Diego for dinner. It was delicious! We had a great time with Brian and Sam, and we are super excited to spend a whole week with them!
This morning Kyle and Brian are off to Westminster Seminary to attend class. Needless to say Kyle is beyond excited :) Currently I have parked myself at a local coffee shop where I was planning to get some work done on my literature review, however that hasn't happened yet. I sat down to work, and this friendly old man on the other side of the shop called me over to look at some pictures of buffalo, geysers and mountains that he took on his trip to Yellowstone Park last month. It turns out that this man was really nice and a fellow believer so it was a fun conversation. He reminded me of my Grandpa in many ways :) Anyway now after the 30 minute slide show I should probably get to work on my paper.
Kyle and I will continue to post updates on our trip however boring they may be :)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
If you are interested, Kyle's sermons will be available to listen to online here.
O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89:8~14
Monday, October 1, 2007
We have some VERY exciting news for our first post! As of 7:20 this evening Kyle is a member of the Westminster Seminary California community. In other words, Kyle got accepted into seminary!! Needless to say we are super excited! Lord willing we will be moving to San Diego, California some time next summer. It was such a blessing to receive this news today, because we are off to visit the seminary on Thursday. We are greatly looking forward to our trip out there and the time in fellowship with some friends who are currently attending WSC. We are extremely thankful for the much anticipated break from work and school.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! ~ Psalm 34:8