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Live Your Name

This past Sunday I had the "day off" from Sunday programming, so I decided to attend my church's North campus.  I did not know it, but it was the last Sunday that their Teaching Pastor would be at the church.  I'm glad I got to hear his last sermon; it was a winner and it was just what I needed to hear.

He looked to John 15 (ironically, the chapter I just blogged about...) and centered on the verse that begs the Disciples to "Love one another as I have loved you."  He went on to talk about how, often times, a person's name become their identity and urged the church to live out their name: Calvary, a place where Love was shed for the entire world.  I did some research (okay, a Google search) on my name.  I've always known it was French (which is weird because I'm not...), but I never knew what it meant.  Apparently, Jacqueline means "to protect."  Cool.  Protect what?  That's the question I've been thinking about...  We'll …

John 15: the agony and joy of pruning

This past Sunday, the pastor at my current church of employment gave a heart-felt message from John 15:1-11.  This is the portion of scripture that references the Vine and branches with the commandment to "Abide in me."  In my lifetime, most sermons on this passage have focused intensely on the abiding and not so much on the first few verses.  I had a moment last night during Small Group that explained SO much about my journey into missions that I just had to share.

Verses 1 and 2 state, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser.  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit."  I've always understood the first part of verse 2: if it's not good, God's going to take it away.  Cause, effect.  What's not so easy to understand is the second part: EVERY branch that DOES bear fruit He prunes (cuts off some of the good stuff) so that it will actually bear…

In the Face of Fear

Hi, my name is Jacqueline Faye Olson and I'm a chronic worry-wart.  My worrying began in childhood when I had far more responsibilities than most American kids ever will and was perpetuated by expectations to be the best, smartest, fastest, or busiest in a class of 42 geniuses.  However, by the grace of God alone, I am healing.  I'm putting my chronic worrying into remission -- yes, I AM, one choice at a time.

Here's the part of my journey into missions that isn't so eloquent.  However, because God is working in my life for my good, I will not deny Him the chance to show His power in overcoming my fears.  But the fact remains: I get kinda nervous about this whole thing sometimes.  One of my favorite songs lately has been "Strong Enough to Save" by Tenth Avenue North. (YouTube it!)  My favorite part is the verse, "But wait, everything can change in a moment's time.  You don't have to be afraid because fear is just a lie.  Open up your eyes." …