Saturday, November 7, 2009

Clarion Call

Hi friends. I’m glad you stopped by today, because I want to share something with you that I found a few years ago.

I’ve been an internet junkie since the mid 1990’s and I would guess that I’ve been to several thousand websites. Roughly 99% of those are garbage, but once in a while, you stumble across a real gem.

I’m talking about a place called Clarion Call.

As Christians, we know that it is important not only to read the bible, but to really study it. That’s what initially drew me to Clarion Call. I found it a couple of years after Astri was born, when I finally began to seek out God. Of course, I know now that I didn’t find it, it found me.

Kay Meyerett began posting her weekly bible studies on the internet more than ten years ago. I haven’t counted, but I would guess there are a couple hundred bible studies on her site now, covering just about any topic you could imagine. Also, the site is very organized and easy to navigate, even for those of us who use screen-readers. You can search the bible studies by topic, title, or scripture. Joni and I read one every night, just before bedtime.

From there, Clarion Call really began to grow and expand. Here’s what Kay says about it:

“At first it was just Bible studies. Then God wanted me to add my own experiences with Him. It didn't make sense to me and I didn't want to put my private life out for the world to see. Since then I've heard from lots of people that they were encouraged in their own spiritual growth by seeing what I went through. Lots of people could also see themselves in what I wrote. So, God knew what He was doing, didn't He?”

Kay has a real way with words. That’s what Joni and I like most about Clarion Call. Kay is witty and funny and has a way of talking to you without sounding preachy. She draws you in instead of pushing you away. I think most Christians would agree that it’s hard to reach out to people without scaring them off.

Along those same lines, she is always emphasizing how important it is to ask God if what you are learning about Him is the truth. There are people who will out-right lie to you, but there are also people who are just mis-informed. Or people who tell the truth, but tend to put their own spin on things based on their own personal experiences. It is up to us to make sure we are learning the truth, and the only way to do that is to ask God. I think that is the most important thing God has taught me through Kay’s bible studies.

I encourage you to take some time to explore Clarion Call. There is a lot of thought-provoking information to be had there. Be sure to look at the “Spiritual Things To Make You Smile” page. The Church Bulletin Bloopers are just too funny.

I asked Kay what she thought was the main purpose of Clarion Call and her response was “Simply put, the main goal behind the Clarion Call is edifying and encouraging the Body of Christ.”

I can’t put it any better than that. I think it’s really awesome that God is finding ways to use new technologies to serve His purposes.

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

1 comment:

  1. 99 percent? Kidding
    I think Kay is 100 per cent awesome! Her wit is somewhat like mine and if I could just hug her I would. She's given us a lot of things to think about. Not that we couldn't think them on our own or with God, but she is like a gentle hand reaching through all the garbage on the internet and actually touching people!
    Way to go Kay!
    And way to go honey. I love the man that you are!The man God created you to be.