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I’ve been thinking recently of the commotion around today’s date, 7-707. People all over the world have waited for this date to go get married, go gambling, or go to Heaven. The number “7” as you know is regarded as the “perfect number” there are numerous historical and scriptural examples of this but the biblical use of this number is not used to signify “perfection” as much as it is used to indicate “completion,” in other words, “fullness.” Just think, all that time you spent living and striving before 7/7/07 was simply incomplete until now... and now how are you supposed to keep on living? What’s life like on 7/8/07? You know, God rested on the 7th day of creation and you never hear about what he did next. I think it’s because the answer was supposed to be obvious, he continued the work of creation. Things weren’t find loves ished after the seventh day, nothing was complete. Then Jesus came. He came not to start everything o G “ a h Paul wit over but to complete it; to bring it into all “fullness.” Moreover, he has extended the invite to us not l. ddle-bal a only to be completed but to work with him to continue the work of creation in the world until it’s comp ” u o y pletion. With Torn Curtain, Christa and I have accepted this invitation and i think we’re just now waking up to the light of the eighth day. I’ve been working with Steve Stanton (incredible photographer and designer) on the new TC Ads for D2S along with a brand new website. Greg and I have finished a new full-length Drama for the Survive tour entitled “Credo” and we will begin shooting video in August. The first official meeting of the board of directors will also be held in August. Financially, it has been a very lean summer, but just when thought we might be in real trouble we received some unexpected money. We’re excited about the possibilities that await us in this last half of 2007 and ask that you pray for new ways we can join in the work of creation with each other. Thank you friends!

Paul

Kevin and Erin in “Ragman”

our friends and Please. For former housemates, the pray. Davis’ as they bring their new daughter to their new house!

For our new housemate Dave who’s a single dad and a great friend. He moves to the “Iris” house in Sept.!

The end of Stella’s 2nd year on planet Earth on July 28th and the start of year number three!

crazy love.

Yes. Completion. I want it, I want to: reach some magic weight where my tummy begins to flatten with no ab work! To know that Stella will grow up and be nice and not hate me. To have good hair. To know that I’ve done all the right things and not missed out. To know for sure that Jesus loves me. I think a lot of people don’t love me and sure, it may just be a matter of time before they realize the wonderfulness of me and love me, but what if they don’t? And if regular people don’t how can Jesus? How can this perfect man love this incomplete, imperfect me? This me who is hateful and jealous and fing petty? This me who is above all scared and fearful and who doesn’t know how to trust and believe? I don’t er-p aint with know. I really don’t know. ing Chr But, I’m learning some stuff. Because of relationships and community I’m learning. I’m learning that when I ista Ste lla & have the boldness to share my “crazy” then sometimes people share their “crazy” back and then, OH then, what beauty happens because now we know that we’re all crazy and God has worked a miracle and given love and friendship where once there was just surface and thin conversation. I’m learning that there is more than this search for completion. If I get out of my head and myself long enough there is a world to live in and people to love. And love. Ah, love. “Therefore I am going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her...Then she will sing as in the days of her youth...I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion...In that day I will respond, I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and oil...I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’”

Hosea 2

Maybe if I’m crazy enough I too, will be allured and where once I was not loved then I will be shown love. Love with justice. Love with compassion. Complete love.

Christa


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