Church Growth Lesson from the Bees

Church Growth Lesson from the Bees

If it seems like I’m talking a lot about the bees lately, it’s likely because Spring is the busiest time for beekeepers. It’s the time when the colonies are coming out of winter and expanding rapidly because there’s just so much in blossom. With lots of nectar coming in, the queen starts laying profusely and colonies are sensitive to Spring weather fluctuations. If it’s cold and wet (as April & bits of May have been), not only is there less nectar available, but they consume the nectar that they’ve already collected, as opposed to storing it for honey.

So… let me tell you a bit about the week and then share what the bees taught me about church growth.

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Amazement in 4 Yards

Amazement in 4 Yards

Have you ever seen honey-bee eggs before?

If you look closely at the feature pic associated with today’s post, you’ll see what look like little, white grains of rice at the bottom of the cells of the bees-wax comb. Those are bee eggs.

When I think about them, I’m amazed at God’s creativity.

Let’s take a quick look back at the week…

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Someone Sprouted Wings

Someone Sprouted Wings

It’s been said of Canadians, that we’re not particularly patriotic…. UNTIL we go abroad, and I’d say there’s some truth to that. When Canadian young people travel abroad, you are almost undoubtedly going to see them brandish a Canadian flag on their jacket or backpack.

For this reason, when Dominic jetted off to Spain this week, we couldn’t let him go without a little bit of Canadiana and his backpack bore a little Canadian pin.

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The Lord Provides

The Lord Provides

One of the thoughts / worries / doubts (not sure what to call it really) that has dogged me nearly continually since we arrived in France is ‘We don’t have the right tools to get the job done.’

I was trying to do some clean-up in the church yard yesterday and after having had the chain saw tuned up & the blade changed, the guy tested it out & it ran well. Yesterday however, I spent the better part of two hours or more, priming, choking & pulling the cord, but do you think that foolish thing would start? Nuh-huh.

“Yet again,” I thought, “we either don’t have the right tools or what we do have doesn’t work.”

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1 Month… Say What!?

1 Month… Say What!?

There have been times, every now and again, where I’ve missed a week, perhaps two, but as I sit down to write this morning, I realize that it’s been a full month since I’ve touched base via the blog.

Oh, it’s not as though I’ve really ‘touched base’ though other means either though, at the expense of the blog. Sometimes, there’s just not enough ‘umption to gumption’ as my grandma used to say.

Sure, things have been a bit busy – but that’s never really stopped me from fitting in some blog time in the past. Hmmm… Not quite sure how to diagnose the patient other than to say I guess I just haven’t been feeling it.

Want to play ‘catch-up’, the March version?

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We’re All Mixed Up

We’re All Mixed Up

Good Saturday morning to you. The sun is up and there’s a pair of mourning doves nesting in the pine tree out front… their cooing is easing us into the sounds of the day which will soon become cars going by and yard equipment humming.

Spring is still undecided and our temps have gone from 18˚C on Wednesday to 9˚ yesterday (60s to 40s˚F). However, it’s dry enough to get a good start on Spring clean-up, and a few other things that made up our week.

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Spring is Undecided

Spring is Undecided

Three days ago, we had temps of 20˚C (68˚F) and today the high is expected to be 7˚C (44˚F)… so although Spring is officially several weeks away, we’ve gotten our lips whet and it feels wonderful. With so much still either on lockdown or impossible to do after a 6pm curfew, having warmer days and ever lengthening evenings has made things a bit more bearable.

Daffodils and crocus are up, the mimosa trees are in full, mustard-yellow bloom and even a few camelias are already brightening up yards with various shades of pink, salmon and white.

And… as you can see from today’s feature photo… the bees are busy gathering pollen, but that’s not all. Let me share the week in four pictures.

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Strange Light & Slightly Blurred

Strange Light & Slightly Blurred

You’ve seen this windmill before if you’re a regular reader. It’s located right on the outskirts of Les Trois-Moutiers, in France’s Vienne department. Today’s pic however was taken on my way home from Angers the other day as the fast-fading afternoon sun lit it up in almost an eerie, golden glow.

There’s no filter on this pic… the lighting is as it was that afternoon and if you look toward the bottom, you’ll also see that the grass along the roadway is slightly blurred. Taken together, it makes it a pretty good illustration of today’s post.

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Château de Touffou

Château de Touffou

It was New Year’s Eve.

I had driven Dominic to a friend’s house where he’d spend the night. Sophie had come along with me just to get out of the house and we were on our way back to Châtellerault.

We’d passed it numerous times, but this time, there were just two easily spontaneous people in the car who were in no particular rush. We stopped…

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Flood Waters & Student Lives

Flood Waters & Student Lives

This week I was shocked in my English classes.

There’s been a lot of talk on the news about the impact of the pandemic on the lives of students. Whether elementary, middle-school, high school or university, there’s no question that schooling looks very different, but I’m not sure I was prepared for some of the things my students had to say about it in their own words…

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