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NEVER lose the wonder.

June 19, 2014 — 2 Comments

wonderEvery time my wife and I take our four kids to a hotel, the first thing they do is run around to every room and explore. They jump on the beds, check out all the cool things, play with the hair dryer (even though we have one at home) and gawk at the outdated TV. They love to explore new things and are in a state of wonder when we go to new places. It is actually pretty cool to watch them flutter around discovering amazing treasures.

Matthew 18:3 says “And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.'”

Children live in wonder. Where anything is possible. Remember those days? The days when grabbing an old towel and wrapping it around our neck instantly turned us into superman and we were able to fly. When our toys came to life… When our playroom became an amphitheater and moms cooking pots were our drum set begging to be played for a sold out crowd.

Being adults makes us jaded and hard over time and we lose the wonder. The grace and mercy of God started well before we thought and it goes on forever. Because of Jesus and his great mercy we are adopted orphans of God. We now have access and can approach with boldness the King of kings. Such mystery and wonder and yet our calloused souls forget all about it.

Imagine God is like that hotel… We race around and go from room to room and learn more about Him. We explore in excitement, share our findings and discover God had planned greater things than we imagined. In a normal hotel, once all the rooms have been explored the fun is over, but With God the rooms are never ending.”

Job 11:7-9 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”

Every time we think we have God figured out another door in the “hotel” opens. May we NEVER lose the wonder.

He Lavishes

January 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

Lavish

Hello… My name is Joel Klampert and I am a shop-a-holic. Let me explain myself before I lose my mancard. I love shopping! Ok…That didn’t help much.
The truth is I am very good at shopping. I am amazing at making sure we never pay full retail on anything. I have learned all the tricks and have bookmarked all of the websites. What I love most though about shopping is buying things for my family. Let me break it down for you.

My Wife: I love my wife very much and I want her to want for nothing. I find great joy taking her out to dinner, buying her new clothes and shoes and taking her and the kids out for fun. An example of my savvy is I recently bought her an amazing pair of $150 shoes for $39. Folks it takes years of training to be that good!

My Kids: Growing up we didn’t have much money. I had toys and clothes, but I wasn’t able to get somethings I wanted. As a matter of fact 5 years ago on my birthday my sweet wife gave me a 25th anniversary edition of optimus prime because she knew we were never able to afford it. I am still waiting for the full Thundercats set though. When Kelly and I had kids we made sure to make holidays and birthdays big because it was so great to see our kids so excited. At the same time we have taught them and make sure to instill into them often that God wants us to help others.
Just today though my little girl and I were at walmart and I bought her an inexpensive “my little pony” figure. It was not a holiday or a birthday. I just wanted to bless my little girl because I love her

My goal is not to spoil my family. My goal is to in anything I can make sure I can bless them. I fail at this often, but this is my goal.

One of my favorite songs that I am leading is Jeremy Riddle’s “Furious”. In it there is this line:

“He lavishes His love upon us
He calls us now, His sons and daughters
He’s reaching out”

I love that picture. There is a God who doesn’t need to go to the store. He holds ALL the treasures of this world and He lavishes His love upon us.

The Bride: God loves the bride. His church. He loves to have the bride on His arm and show the whole world how great His church is. He takes great joy in blessing His bride.

The Sons & Daughters: Matthew 6:28-30 says “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?” God does for us exactly what I do for my kids. He makes sure He is by our side in the good times and bad. He spoils us with the riches of His love. He gives us what we could have never afforded. Grace and Mercy. He is constantly pouring out His blessings over His children.

Our God. Our Father. The Bridegroom. He Lavishes

Family of 6?

February 23, 2009 — 18 Comments

If your smart and read my blog then you are already jumping…

If your not smart and don’t read my blog then let me spell it out for you.

My wife and I are expecting a fourth kid!!!!

We are soooo nervous and sooo excited! Pray for us…for sanity and for wife and baby’s health.

Happy 1st Birthday Gavin

October 28, 2008 — 5 Comments

Today our littlest boy, Gavin, turns 1. Should be a good day.

Don’t tell Conner at worshipcity, but my Gavin is cuter. ROFL.

It seems like it’s bad news after bad news, but another person needs your prayer today for the death of a child. This family has already been through tragedy recently with another death.

My heart aches for all of the recent stories of loss. I have very little to say, but God please have mercy and grace on these people. Mend their broken hearts.

Here is the link