Friday, December 26, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

To all my friends and family,

I wish you a Merry Christmas. This day represents so many things to so many people that I wanted to share with you the true meaning of Christmas. Instead of quoting some biblical scripture, or preach a message on the birth of our Savior, I thought I would share with you a video that explains what Christmas truly stands for. I hope that you enjoy it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Friday, December 12, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thursday Thinkback

Some thoughts from the past week and the upcoming weekend:
  • We did a lot of things on Sunday!
  • For such a busy service, it sure felt smooth.
  • I really enjoyed the worship set this week.
  • Pastor Jon and the creative team did an amazing job with the set.
  • This Sunday's schedule will seem empty compared to last week (that's a good thing!)
  • Have you heard we are doing a Christmas Concert?
  • Did you know we are going to 3 services? (it starts January 4th)
  • Are you serving yet at the church? (I need ushers and greeters)
  • After this month I think I just might collapse for about 2 years. Can I do that?
  • We planned this weekend's service on Monday, and it kinda got me excited for church.
  • Did I mention Christmas is just 2 weeks away!
  • Oh yeah, pick up your BTLOG Poster and tickets at church this sunday!
Have a blessed week!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hi!

Howdy everyone!

Well, I hope that my last series of blog posts was educational for someone! Not too sure, as I didn't hear from too many of you!

So, now is the time for stress!

Just like so many of you, our family is going crazy right now. We have too many things going on or preparing to happen in the next few weeks.

I am not sure where it all came from. Yes, we naturally like to stay busy. It is how we are wired. Yet, for some reason, everything we have been doing all is coming to an end at the same time.

Autumn is pretty good at measuring my stress level and as she was pointing it out lately, I was trying to figure out what it was that wasn't helping me reset my stress level.

I began thinking about it and quickly realized that my schedule was so hectic, that I had not been reading through the Bible, nor had I been blogging. These 2 things are what help drain my stress and slow me down to focus on what is really important.

Let me encourage you this holiday season to take the time and remember why we do all the things we do in life!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!



Friday, November 28, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Bonus!

Family and Friends-

I wanted to spend some time thanking all of you for the impact you have had on my life. Then as I began building a list, and then the need to thank God, my wife and kids, etc. etc. etc. I quickly realized that it was going to be WAY more work than I was willing to spend on a holiday.

So I took a better approach...

To everyone I know and to those of you I don't...please accept this video as my way of giving thanks this holiday season!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator - Final Thoughts

This is part 7, the final part, of a series on addiction to Pornography. You can view the earlier posts here:

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - My Story
Part 3 - Addiction or Perversion?
Part 4 - Embarrassment
Part 5 - You can't do it alone
Part 6 - Letter to the Spouse

This is the final post in this series on addiction to Pornography or sexual sin. I hope that something in the these 7 posts will have a positive impact on your life. I would love to hear from you and how this has impacted your life. Feel free to send me a comment or send me an email to the email address in the upper left corner.

Today I want to finish by talking with you who are currently struggling with this addiction.

First, to you who are fully engulfed in this addiction and have yet come out with it. You need to come clean. You need to sit down with your wife and tell her everything. I know, what if she leaves you. That is something that you are going to have to deal with. However, you can never lead a Godly house if you intentionally are living in this sin. The best hope you have is to come clean, repent and recover and show to your spouse that you CAN be a Godly leader of the home and the healing process can begin. Do it today. If you can't do it alone, man up! Go see your Pastor, a buddy, someone who can encourage you to do what you need to do...and do it today!

Second, to those of you who have done this and are on the road to recovery. Let me encourage you. This will be a very difficult road, but it is doable. There are many great success stories of men just like us who are completely clean of this addiction. I will promise you that it does get easier as the grip of this sin on your life gets smaller and smaller. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you continue to fight this addiction:

  • Don't be Selfish! First and foremost, put your wife's needs ahead of the needs of this addiction. No matter what happens, be honest. Tell here everything! You made the decision to get where you are and it won't be all roses on the road to recovery...and rightly so! Don't give up. Even when you feel like she is beating you up too much, keep being honest. Anything that you keep from her will prevent your relationship from healing properly.
  • Be Accountable! Make sure that your accountability partner is doing just that...holding you accountable. If your accountability partner is giving you a pat on the back when you screw up and saying "try harder"...find a new partner. You need someone that gets up in your face when you screw up, someone that makes sure you fix the problem so you can't make that mistake again, someone that makes sure you are telling your wife EVERYTHING! If you accountability partner isn't doing that for you, you need to evaluate your choice for an accountability partner.
  • Use technology! There are some wonderful cyber-products to protect your Internet access. If you still can't stop, then eliminate Internet in your house. What ever it takes, put those measures in place. If it means quitting a job to get a way from the addiction, then I would say find another job. (Jobs come and go but God gave you this one marriage...which is more important). Note - if you install the software yourself, make sure you don't know the passwords...you will bypass it if you know it!
  • Feel your mind with the Word! Listen we all know that after looking at these images for a very long time, for some over many years, that they are carved into the recesses of our brain. It does not take much to feed our addiction and our need for gratification without ever looking at an image. So, how are you going to hide, or eliminate, those images. You need to replace them with something else. My suggestion, and what really helped my recovery, was I replaced that addiction with an addiction to read, especially the Bible. Feed that addiction with reading from the Word, read books about Christianity, leadership or some other wholesome topic. When the desires well up, turn to something that can truly bed them down...God! It will make a difference.
For most, these steps and a lot of determination will lead to great success. For some, you are so far involved or are having such a difficult time that you may need to seek professional help. There are some great support groups, in-patient and out-patient programs, and counselors that can help you. I certainly do not have detailed knowledge in these areas. If you feel that this may be something you need, let me encourage you to talk with a Pastor or other professional.

Well, there you have it. My thoughts and ideas on dealing with an addiction to pornography or other sexual sin. This is on the rise, especially in the church. This is an addiction, which used to take 18 months + to acquire, that people are committed to in as little as 60 days. I think that there just are not enough resources out there and we, as a church, need to begin to be more public about this, so that people can feel safe and encouraged to deal with this problem.

I realize that I am certainly not an expert on the topic and did not completely cover this topic thoroughly. I do hope that I may have sparked a discussion or encouraged someone in some small way.

Thanks for reading my posts!

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

For those of you who regularly follow, this video is not what you would normally expect. During this season of Thanks giving, I wanted to share something a little different...I came across this video and thought it was a good fit. Pray with me that our focus would be a simple focus on Him and not the things of this World.

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator - Part 6

This is part 6 of a series on addiction to Pornography. You can view the earlier posts here:

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - My Story
Part 3 - Addiction or Perversion?
Part 4 - Embarrassment
Part 5 - You can't do it alone

I want to wrap up this series with two last posts. Today, I want to take a few minutes and talk with the spouse. In most cases (not all) this will be the wife and so I want to take a few minutes and talk with you today.

Before I begin, I want to remind you that as I share some thoughts keep in mind that when I discuss someone with this addiction, it is someone who has accepted their addiction, admitted their problem, is repentant of their problem and is eagerly willing to seek recovery.

You ladies take sexual sin very, very personal. It is an emotional issue that goes very deep. Understandable! When your spouse confessed you felt betrayed, you felt angry, you felt....fill in the blank! A stream of emotions, all rightly deserved. It is important to work through those emotions, or the healing process cannot begin. However, in order for the healing process to begin, you must work through these emotions so that you can begin healing with your spouse. The reality is, your spouse is not going to be able to cut it cold turkey and it will require some grace from you.

I know what you are saying...Jason that is just an excuse so they can continue to do what they are doing! That is not what I want to imply. There is no valid excuse for a return visit to their addiction. However, statistics show that even with a good accountability partner, systems in place and a supportive wife, there will be some slip-ups. Keep in mind that there are millions of images locked in his brain and sometimes it doesn't required any new material to be able to play out the gratification portion of the addiction.

I think that there needs to be a balance between encouraging them to succeed without enabling them. All to often, women feel as though the only acceptable option is to provide "punishment" when they slip up. They fear that if they show too much grace or understanding that they are enabling their husband to continue in their behavior. Let me ask you this?

What do you think would of happened to us, if Jesus would have punished us, every time we slipped up? Do you think he has given up on us? The point I want to make, is that you can truly encourage and be a supporter through Grace; while holding them accountable for their actions, with providing clear and concise boundaries that prevent him from feeling enabled.

I don't know where that balance will be in your relationship. I think that it will be something you will have to find for yourself. However, take the time to find it. Find where that balance is. Communicate with your husband and let him know that you want to encourage him to succeed but that you are not okay with the behavior continuing!

Remember that we, men, are not perfect. We are going to need a lot of support and patience as we fight this addiction.

For a great article on understanding the balance between encouraging and enabling, please read this article here. I used some of the article in my post today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator - Part 5

This is part 5 of a series on addiction to Pornography. You can view the earlier posts here:

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - My Story
Part 3 - Addiction or Perversion?
Part 4 - Embarrassment


You finally realized that you are addicted to pornography or other sexual sin. You have come clean to your spouse and you have agreed to never "look or act" again.

I am sorry to tell you, but you just lied!

Oh, it is not that I don't believe your heart. I truly believe that you want to change, but it is far more then that. The fact is that it took you a long time to get where you are at. You are not going to be able to quit with a promise.

Think back to those New Year's resolutions...how is that work out schedule going? How is that weight loss program working? The case with these ideas and our quick idea about stopping instantly is that we are focusing on an external behavior change. We do this by trying to ignore the bad habit.

The reality is, we cannot and should not ignore the habit. In fact, what we should be doing is dealing with the habit or addiction face on. This needs to be something that begins with the heart and works our way out. As we begin to put other people's needs (especially our spouse) and our true needs first, we can then begin to make a change.

We also, cannot expect to do this on our own. We need to go through a period of true cleansing. We need to be spending as much time with God as possible. We need to have a good accountability partner during our recovery, and we need to be completely honest with our spouse, even if we slip up! Your spouse will not be able to begin rebuilding your trust, unless they know that you are going to be completely honest with them.

A few words on your accountability partner. It cannot be your spouse. Your spouse is your partner, they are one with you and they are not your parent. It is not there job to hold you accountable. It is your job to seek accountability to honor them. Find someone (of the same sex as you!) that can hold you accountable daily. They can ask you the tough and embarrassing questions and insure that if you do make a mistake that you come clean with your spouse and put things in place to prevent a repeat.

Here are a few things and resources I can recommend to you:

Here is a good article that talks about the difference between a behavioral change and a hear change. You can read it here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator - Part 4

This is part 4 of a series on addiction to Pornography. You can view the earlier posts here:

Part 1 - Introduction
Part 2 - My Story
Part 3 - Addiction or Perversion?

One of the biggest reasons why I think that people (especially men) struggle with pornography and sexual sin is embarrassment.

It can seem very embarrassing to talk about things like sexual sin, pornography, masturbation; let alone, to talk about those things in context of an addiction. It can seem very embarrassing to admit that you are doing one or all of these things.

Why?

I think partly because we, as a society (especially the christian sub-culture) , have decided that open discussion of sex in any aspect is something best left to private discussions between us and our Pastor or counselor.

The reality is God invented sex for great things, when done properly within the context of a healthy marriage. Anything else was something invented by people of this world.

It is ironic how many drug addicts can openly admit their addiction and we accept it as something they can't control...even if it was by choice that they began experimenting with drugs in the first place. The reality is, an addiction to pornography is no difference, except for how we view those people who admit it.

My suggestion is two parts. First, to you who is addicted to pornography...get over it! You made the choice to get into this mess, and yes it is an addiction. If you truly want help, then accept the embarrassment that comes with it. Why? I have experienced that once you move past that initial embarrassment, you begin to develop a true conviction. I have become truly convicted to rid this from my life, as well as share with others, so that they can rebuild the relationships in their own life.

Second, to the rest of the world who judge those who "come clean" with their addiction: don't make them feel embarrassed. Treat them the way you would treat any other addict, regardless of what their addiction is!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator - Part 3

This is part 3 of my series on the addiction to pornography.
You can read the early posts here:

Part 1- Introduction
Part 2 - My Story

Addiction or Perversion?

I want to spend a little time today to discuss whether or not the struggle with pornography is an addiction or simply a perversion or habit that we are not willing to deal with.

I think that pornography starts out as a curiousity, an accident, or a perversion. As you first begin to experience how the pornography makes you feel, you begin to move a little bit further beyond that initial interest. For some, it first becomes a simple habit, or "non-harmful aid", that is used for sexual arousal.

However, after a significant time of use, pornography does become an addiction. I realize that some of you, including some spouses, are simply asking how this perversion could possibly be an addiction. That means that you can't control it! Isn't that just an excuse to justify your actions?

Let me clarify. This entire blog series is written with the idea that the addict is 1)honest about their problem, 2) repentant for their actions, 3) willing to do what it takes to seek help. If the person is not willing to admit a problem, or is still hiding or lying about it, then they would not fall into the category of addicts I am referring to!

With that being said, let me explain what I mean about the addiction part. A great deal of this explanation came from 2 articles that I read that helped me to be able to explain the addiction portion. These articles can be read in their entirety here and here. I encourage you to read them when you are done with this post, as I am sure I will not do them justice!

Basically, do you remember that old guy named Pavlov, who had a dog? Do you remember how he was able to get that dog to salivate with a bell? This is known as 'Classical Conditioning'. The average male begins masturbating between 10-14 years of age. After 10 years they have masturbated an average of 1000-3500 times, clearly they have conditioned themselves. Whatever the case, when a man ejaculates he receives the most potent chemical reward the brain can achieve—the brain releases into his system the highest level of endorphins and enkephalins, naturally occurring “pleasure chemicals” which are about 4 times stronger than morphine! This is where the brain becomes addicted to this pleasure, and the addiction has been established.

If the person waits until they have been addicted for 20, 30 or even 40 years the brain has become extremely addicted to this chemical reaction. Notice I said the addiction is to the chemical reaction and not the things being viewed. I say that because even if you remove all possible way for an addict to view images, websites, pictures, etc. the desire will still be there, and will most likely be fulfilled if no other protectors are put into place.

So why go into this detail about the addiction portion? As I continue this discussion over the upcoming posts, I want you to keep this in mind: if you are someone struggling with this addiction, you need help and you have to realize that it is an addiction and to walk away cold turkey is probably not something you will be able to do. If you are a spouse of someone who is struggling with this addiction, you need to realize that the support needed is more than just removing the smut from their lives. It requires good accountability, a grace-filled and supportive spouse who realizes the addict wants nothing to do with this stuff any more, but they are fighting a very strong addiction.

If you are someone who is addicted to pornography, begin praying immediately that you can take this addiction public and get help.

If you are the spouse of someone who is addicted to pornography, begin praying immediately that they would have the support system to help them beat this addiction.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator - Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my series on Pornography. You can read my first post here. Please be aware that as I share, some of the things that are discussed may be offensive. Please understand that my intent is not to offend the innocent, but rather bring light to a growing problem in the church today.

As I continue my discussion about Pornography, I thought that the best place to start was with a brief testimony of my own journey. I feel that if you understand what I have gone through, then perhaps you can appreciate even more the information I want to share.

If you are someone struggling with this addiction, please let my story show you that any one can overcome this problem if you are willing to seek help.

I grew up in a non-Christian home. Since there was no guarding of pornography, I was first introduced to it at a young age, probably 8-9 years old. A year or so later I was introduced to masturbation by our neighbor’s son, who was probably 5-6 years older than me. As you can imagine, if you put those two things together, it was a recipe for disaster.

I truly don’t think that I was out of control, or addicted, to pornography until later in life. The main reason is that I grew up at a time when the internet was still relatively new, and the only way to purchase pornography was through mail catalogs or at a store.

However, as an early adult when the internet began to take off, I found it very easy to find pornography. At first it was through online stores, where I would purchase videos, etc. Eventually, it became where I could find what I was looking for with just a few key strokes of the computer.

Through the decade of my 20’s the problem rose to a true addiction. I was using women for sexual satisfaction, I was masturbating multiple times a day; and much like a drug addiction, it continued to take more and more to fulfill my “high”.

Then I met my wife and we began dating. During our dating life, we decided to start attending church as we began thinking about marriage. It was this time that God started convicting me of my habits. I decided it was time to come clean with Autumn and to quit my nasty habit. That was when I realized it was not a habit, but rather an addiction.

I got rid of all my pornography and my means to get the pornography. However, the damage was done. There were (and still are) so many images burned into my mind, that the only way I can block them is to cover them up with something else (I will get to that later).

As far as my wife thought, as we entered our marriage the problem was eliminated. I admit it had been greatly reduced, but it was not gone.

Until about 5 years ago, when I read a book called Every Man's Battle. This book explained to me that what I was still doing (masturbating to images in my mind) was still an attack of our marriage. I also truly understood for the first time that it was an addiction and that I needed help.

Autumn and I read the book together. I came completely clean of everything I have or had done. We made a commitment to work and solve this problem together. I have remained completely transparent with her and as I struggle or stumble I share with her immediately. I am blessed that in our marriage I have not strayed to fulfill this addiction. It has been limited to self gratification.

I realize that this is just a snapshot of the journey we are on. There is so much more to the process. I plan to spend most of next week breaking this down and discussing it in more specific detail. For now, realize that I know what it is like and let me encourage you and your spouse that if I can overcome this struggle, then so can you!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Man's Most Deadliest Predator

I have in the past not spoken up much about major struggles in the Christian World or with certain groups in general.

I was really trying to decide what (if anything) I wanted to blog about, as I have been rather drained of ideas lately, I was reading through Romans and came across a verse in Romans 2 that struck me.

"This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ..."
- Romans 2:16


As a victim and attacker myself, it amazes me how many people in the Christian World behave as Pharisees. We are quick to point out the sins of others, all the while hiding our sins close to our heart, where we think they cannot be seen. The reality is they are being seen by the only person who truly matters...God.

I was wondering, why it is that we get in the habit of hiding our struggles from our brothers or sisters in Christ, who can help us to over come them. Of course, the obvious is the fact that we are all acting like Pharisees, but if we were to take that out of the mix, why is it we hide these things?

I think that some of the reasons is lack of resources within the church to help. I also believe, though, that a main reason is that there is a feeling of embarrassment and pride that interfers with our transparency. Yet, those little secrets go on to destroy our marriages, families, friendships and ministries.

I decided some time ago that I did not want that to happen to me and my many relationships and so I decided to seek help. I want to spend some time over the next few days discussing my struggles and what I have done to overcome them, in the hopes that it may encourage others to do the same. Perhaps we can create a movement of Christians who openly seek help from one another so that we can all grow closer in Christ.

So here we go!

I want to spend the next few blogs discussing my addiction to pornography and how it almost destroyed my life. It has been amazing how God has moved in my life to overcome this addiction. The tools that God has placed in my life, in the form of books, accountability partners, and a wonderful wife are all necessary for a successful recovery.

The next few blogs I will cover topics like:

  • Addict or Pervert? Is it really a disease?
  • This is not something you can do alone....literally!
  • You can't be embarrassed if you really want help.
  • It won't be cold turkey, it does take time.
My intent is to be as transparent as possible, and so I may include stuff that could be uncomfortable for some. Please read with caution as I share with you the journey I have taken.

P.S. Please keep my in prayer that I won't back out of where I feel God is leading me!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Ahhh...a beautiful thursday morning...my friday, I took tomorrow off!
  • Gos is good. This has been a great day!
You can follow my thoughts as they happen on Twitter

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Today is a special day. It is Jordan's birthday and it is my friend's birthday. Happy Birthday to you both!
  • Hmm..payday. I wondered why I worked so much...
  • Lunch...finally. Off to see my family for lunch.
  • a great time with my family tonight...I enjoy them very much.
  • I just had a great father/daughter moment....I just love those!
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Book Worth Reading!


Ok, I make a point not to pimp anyone's book unless I believe it is something truly worth talking about. I came across this book. It will not be available until February, 2009.

If you serve in ministry, whether full-time or as a volunteer, then this is a book you need to read. This is a book about ministry burnout and ways to identify it and avoid it. Let me encourage you to read it when it comes out.

If you want to pre-order the book, you can do so here:

Order from Amazon: Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic

2009 Goals...Is it time to plan?

I was updating my blog the other day, and was reviewing the goals that I had set for myself. As I looked back over the year and the things that I have accomplished I realized that my revolutionary goals have had an amazing impact on my life and the life of my family.

However, these weren't goals I came up with on a whim. In fact, you can go and read this post and this post and learn about the process that I went through in selecting my goals

Have I been 100% successful in them? No. Have I grown spiritually, emotionally and relationally? Heck Yes!

I plan my goals over a couple of months and I take them very seriously, as I have learned how much of an impact they have on us. Read the first post I gave you above, and you will realize that you only have 2 options. Set direction before hand or accept where you end up, even if you don't have control.

With that, let me challenge you to begin thinking and praying about what you want your goals to be in 2009. It is not to early!

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • good morning World! Feelin' really good today...lets hope it lasts!
  • I hear about all the lines at the polls...one way to avoid that is don't vote! I didn't say it was a great idea.
  • I am so glad that the elections are finally here...that means that tomorrow it will all be over!
  • Gettin ready for creative team meeting...pretty excited!
  • workin @ the church is so rewarding....
  • Well good nught at church. Glad to be home....gunna be praying for our country....!
  • done with work...heading to the church to do some work...day #2 of this week and so far so good.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Catch up day!

Yesterday was the first day of winter hours at work. That meant that not only did the time move back an hour this weekend, I also started work an hour later.

As a result I was very rested going into the work week and Monday became a catch up day. I got a lot of work done while at work. I am almost completely caught up.

I then came home and worked for about 4 hours on the computer getting caught up on bills, finances, and many other things. It felt really good to get caught up.

In life, it is really amazing how things like lack of sleep and a back log of work (whether at home or at the job) can really affect our mental state. I feel so much better, happier and energized. It is a feeling that can become addicting.

Although I realize it is probably a short lived feeling; as soon I will be behind again, with so many things that are going on right now. For now I am going to enjoy it though!

As I have continued my reading through Acts, I have noticed that the disciples are focused and determined. There are many things that come at them in their journey, and yet they continue to preach the gospel. It just amazes me. I don't know if it is because our family is so fast pace we never now where we are at, so it can become hard for us to remain focused; all I do know is that their drive and determination is something to learn from.

So how is your life? Slow paced and easy going or fast lane excitement that requires some braking periodically to allow life to catch up?

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Great night of small group...now maybe a little bloggin' and readin' and then off to bed...time to start my week!
  • Great monday morning. Off to a good start. Let's see how it finishes...
  • Winter hours started this week...that makes for a long afternoon. I hope I can survive..
  • Well made it through the first day of winter hours. I can't wait for summer hours to come back!
  • Our daughter is here for a week. Plus my sisterinlaw from Iowa on Wednesay. Going to be fun catching up with family
  • I got a lot done today. Amazing. I feel freakin' good right now. Time to grab some water and then off to bed to do some readin'
  • Oh yeah, have you read ''The Shack'' yet? I am just over half way and hooked! it is a fun read.
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Monday, November 3, 2008

My Year through the Bible...Can you "Act" like that?

Well, I have made it through the gospels and all their redundancy. It is great reading about Jesus' life on earth and the miracles performed. I must admit, though, after the 2nd or 3rd time hearing the same story it can be easy to zone out.

I started into the book of Acts this weekend and right from the beginning it has been pretty exciting reading.

In the first 4 chapters the number of followers has increased by over 8000 and two of the disciples end up in jail for preaching a revival.

What really amazed me was John and Peter's response to the religious leaders when they were threatened to stop preaching about Jesus. John and Peter made it very clear to the religious leaders that they would not stop preaching. John and Peter responded in Chapter 4, verse 19:

"Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's
sight to obey you rather than God.."

I like to think that I am sold out for Jesus. That what ever he would ask me to do, I would do it. However, as I read about the disciples ACTions in the first church, I begin to wonder if I could take the step of faith that they had to take.

I sometimes think we have it pretty easy, especially in America. We can preach openly and freely with no fears of being imprisoned. At most, people may laugh or ignore us.

The question I have to ask myself is this, "Would I be willing to sacrifice my life so that others may find Christ?"

I don't know if I will ever be able to truly answer that question unless given a chance to prove it. The same probably goes for you as well. In the meantime, I am going to seek God every chance I get and allow him to work through me...the best I know how. That is going to have to do for now.

How about you? Where do you stand?

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Great day! So glad to be back at it. I miss church when I am gone!
  • man it sure felt good to be back @ church. Pastor Dave finished the series with an awesome message on the Holy Spirit!
  • I am now spending some time with my source of power...if I keep her energized I stay energized. Men think about it!
  • Had a great afternoon with Autumn. Now a quick dinner and get ready for small group.
  • Small group in T- 37 minutes. I can't wait!
  • Hangin with small group hommies....
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Quick Sunday thoughts on Sunday

Well, today was just one of those days that required a mind dump. Every now and then I have a weekend that just won't allow me to wait until my usual Thursday thinkback. So here are some of those thoughts for you:

  • This was my first Sunday back after a 3 week break from serving on Sunday mornings.
  • I sure enjoyed my break, but I am glad to be back.
  • This weekend started with a crazy week, with my jeep breaking.
  • Followed by a great harvest party at the church on Friday night.
  • I helped Autumn get the house ready for a babyshower on Saturday (for my sister).
  • I took the boys and spent the afternoon at the soccer fields for their games on Saturday.
  • Got an extra hour of sleep! Of course, I really didn't because I stayed up an hour later than normal because I knew I had an extra hour...so I really haven't reaped the benefits yet!
  • Had a crazy morning today. It seems like I never stopped moving from the moment I got hear.
  • Pastor Dave laid it down today, talking about the Holy Spirit.
  • For a guy on drugs he was amazing...you would have to be there to understand!
  • We are preparing for a new series "Unshakable" that starts next week!
  • We were at max capacity 1st service today! It was crazy!
  • The third service is coming soon...that will help a lot. I hope we can be ready for that!
  • THE WELCOME MINISTRIES TEAM WERE AWESOME TODAY. THEY HANDLED CRAZY CROWDS OF PEOPLE AND SERVED COMMUNION. GREAT JOB GUYS!
  • We had small group tonight. I love connecting with our group a couple of times a month. Just sharing with each other makes for a wonderful evening.
Have a great week and thanks for listening. I feel much better!

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Soccer Saturday...not to early and so far no rain...shhh don't say anything!
  • Survived soccer and a baby shower...before the rain. Now that's a good day!
  • Almost 9 and I realized the time change tonight....woo hooo.... I can still squeeze in a movie!
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

D-day

So, I haven't blogged much this week. We have had so many things going on.

I finally got my jeep back Thursday all fixed. My friend did a great job getting it fixed and I am glad to have had his help.

Autumn is hosting a baby shower for my sister today, while I take the boys to their soccer games.

It has been a hectic week of planning and preparing but it is almost over.

I feel a nap coming on this afternoon.

Enjoy this cool and overcast weekend and try and stay dry!

Jason
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Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Tonight is halloween...I think that will be a good chance to teach my boys on tithing...after all I am their god at home...
  • the day might be nice after all...
  • finished the yard and leaves before the yard...thank you God...
  • I mean before the rain...
  • gettin' ready to head to the church for our Harvest Party...someone has to see to the security details!
  • halloween @ churxh...kinda feels weird. At least the rain has held off so far.
  • good night..glad to be home. Time to clean some carpets.
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • Its Thursday...I am not ready for the weekend..still too much to do!
  • This day is going crazy...so much still to do before the weekend...
  • rode the motorcyle today...made it home just before the rain...I miss my Jeep!
  • I got my jeep back tonight...I missed my jeep...welcome home ol' friend.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • It is wednesday and the week is about 1/2 over! Yeah!
  • Do u ever feel like there isn't enough time in the day?
  • Creative meeting @ church....be creative..ready Go!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: A Wild Weekend! tinyurl.com/6mmged
  • Did u hear? I broke my jeep. Thank God for fellow jeepers...this could have been much worse!
  • Really draggin' today. I probably could take a nap.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Wild Weekend!

As you can see from the image at the right, this weekend was a bit crazy.

Of course, that picture is not my actual Jeep...my pictures are a lot worse.

Yes, I broke the jeep. It happens when you try and do things like climb over rocks.

Pastor Dave has been speaking on the invisible, such as spiritual warfare, hell, etc. I certainly am not the type that goes around and blames everything on the devil or God. I end up blamming my own stupidity.

However, when this happened on Saturday and while knowing the cost of repair could be astronomical I remained unusually calm. Then God began orchestrating an amazing order of events.

I made it out of the trail before my Jeep was completely useless. I was able to pull it most of the way back to the cabin. I was then able to use AAA to tow it to the cabin. My friend had AAA that allowed me to tow it from Dorrington to Turlock. I took my Jeep apart on Monday and found the rats nest of metal. I have another friend who came over to take a look and said, "I have all the parts you need. Drop it off at my house and I will fix it for you."

Umm...if that doesn't have God written all over it, I don't know what does. I am not sure why God orchestrated the events the way he did. I will say this, if I had chosen on Saturday to allow this event affect my life emotionally, I truly believe that things would have gone a much different way.

Is that a sign of maturity? I doubt it, but it is definitely a sign of how mighty the God I serve is!

How about you? How mighty is your God?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Year Through the Bible...That's All Folks!

I am currently reading through the Book of Luke. It is the 3rd gospel and the final synoptic gospel...which means, yes I have heard all of these stories at least for the second time, if not the third time.

I was reading through Chapter 8, when I came to the story of Jesus casting out the legion of demons and allowed them to possess the herd of pigs. Those pigs then went and drowned in the lake because of the demons.

I have read that story over and over. I have read it before, as well. I never really understood why Jesus would allow a herd of (some say as many as 2000) pigs to die. This is some farmers livelihood.

I decided to spend some time yesterday studying this chapter to see if I could grasp the meaning behind it. I pulled out my commentaries and dusted them off...ok I really just booted up my Libronix software with the commentaries built in. I began to do a search of commentaries to try and see if I could figure this out.

As I read, I realized that the point is not tied to the fact the pigs all died, but rather the village's response. They became scared and angry and asked Jesus to leave.

That is when it hit me. They were more concerned about their stuff, then the man who was saved from the devil...and then it REALLY hit me.

Ouch. Thanks God! I really didn't need to hear that...ok, maybe I did.

It is so easy to pray to God for friends, family members, the homeless guy down the street, the kids in your Sunday school class to be saved. Yet, when God asks us to put our stuff (our money) where our mouth is we begin to squirm in our seats. We become more angry that we would have to give up something (that doesn't really belong to us) for someone else to be saved.

Come on God, you can have 200 pigs, but leave me the rest. That is my tithe. Come on Please God!

Is your hand holding on too tight? Do you need to open up the hand and let stuff go? You and God are the only ones who can answer that question. As for me, I am trying to learn to hold both hands wide open...it sure isn't easy though!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I am really excited now!



Well, the practices have started!

Last week, the troup began practicing for our Christmas Concert, Behold the Lamb of God.

I blogged about it here if you want all the details!

I started attending practices last night to provide sound support and to begin planning out the stage set-up, lighting ideas, etc.

All I can say is, I am excited. I can not wait until the event! It is going to be amazing. Tell all your friends and tell their friends and so on!

My prayers is to see 4000 people see the concert and hear the Christmas message. We are doing 4 shows, so that means we need 1000 people per show to attend. Big Goal? Yes. Impossible Goal? No! Especially with the help of an all-mighty God.

So, look for more information to be coming...website, posters, tickets, etc. that will be available.

Remember, December 20th & 21st, 5pm or 7pm.

See ya there!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Your Dream Job!

Have you ever taken the time to think about your dream job?

What does it look like? What does it allow you to do? Does it pay alot of money? Is it require a huge amount of school? Is it a competitive job market? Could you switch to it later in life?

I have given it great thought. I have shared it with some of you on many occasions and it is no secret.

Yet, I think that sometimes as we begin to think about what our dream job looks like, it can very easily fall back into the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" mentality.

We look at a career path of a friend or relative or even someone we don't know from a far and we think, now that is something I would love to do. In fact, we can even become obsessive about that new career path and begin preparing our lives to move into that career path. That may or may not be a good thing.

I don't think that changing careers is a bad thing. However, the point I want to make is that sometimes our view of a dream job can be very detached from reality. We often get to see the great parts of a new career, without seeing the problems and frustrations of the new career, until we are in that career.

Of course, every career has good and bad parts, and we as individuals have to decide are the good parts worth it to go through the bad parts?

This has been an amazing lesson that I have been going through over the past few months. I have learned alot about myself and about my current career and "dream career".

This process has given me great insite into who I am and what I truly need to feel fullfilled. I still have not come to a final conclusion in my life, and may not until I meet Jesus in person. However, I do want to leave you with this thought...

Perhaps the dream job you have always hoped for is the one you are doing right now!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lactose Intolerant...I don't care!


Lately, we have been testing our youngest with dairy products. We are thinking that he may have a sensitivity to dairy. We are not sure if it is a lactose intolerance or a full blown allergy. What we do know is that when he has it, it doesn't settle well with his stomach.

The other night at dinner, we were having chili and Austin wanted cheese on his chili. We told him that he couldn't have it. He continued to argue with us, telling us how much he really wanted it.

We explained to him the problems that the cheese cause him. That it will give him a stomach ache and that he will be sick the rest of the night. He proceeded to tell us that he didn't care. That he wanted it anyways.

That amazed me. He was willing to endure long term pain for short term pleasure. Why in the world would he want to do that?

Then it hit me. Oh yeah, he's human.

We have to learn not to indulge in short term pleasures to achieve long term pleasures. It is not something we are born with.

Yet, how many of us never learn how? It is amazing how many times, knowing the end result, I choose to do things that bring short term pleasures....like buying something before I have the money, indulging in junk food, etc.

In Jesus' parable of the farmer scattering seed, Jesus explains the seed that is thrown among the thorny ground:

The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.

As Christians we need to be focused on patiently growing our relationship in Him. If we are focused on the short term pleasures of this life, then it will be impossible for us to mature in Him.

Let me encourage you, as I encourage myself, to focus on Christ. The end reward is far greater than the short term pleasure!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What are your priorities?

So what are they? Everyone has them. Maybe you know what they are? Maybe you think you know what they are, but they really aren't.

Here is the deal. We all have priorities in life. The ones we want and the ones we act out in our life. Hopefully they are one in the same, but a lot of the time they criss-cross, overlap or separate from one another.

So, I thought I would share with you my top 5 priorities in life. First, I want to give you a disclaimer....you can't argue with me. These are MY priorities. You may or may not agree with them. Too Bad. However, my wife has ultimate permission to push into my life when I am not living them out in this order:

  1. God - My Lord and Savior. This MUST be first and foremost in our life. I quickly find when I don't put God first (and it does happen, way to often) it effects everything else I do. I cannot be affective in the next 4 if I am not doing this one right.
  2. Autumn - My spouse is very important to me. Next to God, she is the most important person in my life. Imagine if my priorities were the building blocks of life, with God as the foundation. My spouse would be the framing that holds up the rest!
  3. Children/Family - My boys and my family are amazing. I get so excited when I get to spend time with them. They rejuvenate me and give me the energy I need to work. They give me vision so that I understand why I work and do the things I do.
  4. Church - For some, this may be difficult to think that I would put my church before my job. The reality is, my church and my church family are more important to me than my job. God gave me my job and he will find me my next one when the time comes. That knowledge gives me the freedom to be there for my church if and when I am needed.
  5. Job - Let's face it, we all have to work. There are not that many of us who are independently wealthy and don't have to work. For the rest of us, we have to work. Often times, though, we forget and make our job the most important thing in our life. It just simply isn't the case. We do need to work hard, do a good job, and give it our best when we are at work; we also can strive for advancement and increasing responsibility and pay so that we can give our family more. However, it cannot come at a cost of the above 4. If we sacrifice the above for our job, then what are we working for?
If you have a different top 5 I would love to hear about them and why you chose yours.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Year Through the Bible...It finally happened!

Well, it finally happened. I didn't see it coming, but it happened. I learned a lot about the process that it takes to make it happen.

I am pretty excited that it happened. I decided I wanted to share it with everyone.

As you know, one of my goals this year is to read the Bible from cover to cover. It has been a pretty cool experience. I have been reminded through some of my readings about the areas in my life that I need to focus on. It has helped with my prayer time being more consistent. It has done a lot for me.

One thing that it had not done for me, ever, until now, is answer a specific question that I had for God.

I have read the blogs of people like Perry Noble, Scott Hodge, and many more and have heard about going to the Word for an answer for a specific question. Yet, it had never happened to me before.

The other day, during my study of Matthew, I came with a very specific question and need. I have been really struggling with some decisions in my life and really was feeling frustrated and defeated. In fact, I left work early that day because I was just feeling beat up over it.

I decided to get alone with God and spend some time in my study of the Word. I was reading through Matthew. So, before I started I spent some time with God and just explained how ignorant I am when it comes to discerning God's Will. I asked him to make it very clear to me what I should do with the decision I had to make.

During my reading, the Lord showed me, IN VERY CLEAR TERMS, exactly what I need to do. It was truly amazing.

Now, the secret....I simple had to open up my mind and my heart to hear and read what God wanted me to hear and read. Wow, that was simple. I wish I had thought of that before.

So, I am here to tell you, that if it can happen to me...it can happen to anyone!

Oh, in case you are wondering what the decision was, I will post on that another time!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Santa Cruz

Last Friday, our family loaded up with another family and 8 of us made the trek to Santa Cruz. This completed one of my goals for this year, to do 10 things that I have never done before.

Our friend's parents live there and so we were able to crash at their house.

We spent Saturday at the boardwalk and then back to the house for BBQ steaks and a movie.

Sunday was a leisurely morning and then we packed up. We went down to Aptos to visit my Dad and see his new house.

After that, we began what seemed like the longest drive home ever! When we drove over on Friday, it seemed like we were there in no time. There were no issues, everyone was quiet and "bam!", we were there.

Coming home, we had sick kids, tired kids, cranky kids, hungry parents and tired parents. We had a mix of it all. It seemed like the drive went on and on and on. When we finally got home it was such a wonderful feeling to be back and knowing that I was going to sleep in my own bed again...much like Pastor Dave talked about last week.

Did the drive home ruin the trip. Absolutely not! I had so much fun spending the weekend with my family and friends. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

I admit, I really missed church yesterday. I have blogged in the past, that when I miss church I feel like I miss out on something amazing. However, sometimes you have to spend time with your family and friends. I will be blogging about that tomorrow, when I talk about my priorities in life.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday Thinkback

Here are some thoughts I have about this last weekend and about the upcoming weekend:
  • Pastor Dave spoke about Heaven. Wasn't sure what to expect.
  • I really like how Pastor Dave talked about Heaven. I like the approach he used.
  • The day seemed kind of weird. Not a lot out of the ordinary was scheduled.
  • Tuesday was our brainstorming session. I was in Fresno so I had to conference call in.
  • I missed being at our brain storming session live.
  • This Sunday, Pastor Dave is talking about Hell.
  • I am not going to be there this Sunday.
  • No, not because I don't want to hear about Hell.
  • I am taking my kids to Santa Cruz this weekend. First Time!
  • I just realized I have successfully completed 1 of my goals. I am almost complete with another 1.
  • Did I mention I will be missing Sunday? I hate missing a Sunday.
  • It seems like every time I miss a Sunday, all the cool stuff happens.
Well, have a great Sunday and I will see ya next week!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Have you seen it yet?

Well, have you?

Autumn and I went to see it last night on the big screen.

Uhhh...wow!

Guys, if you take your wives to see this, bring LOTS of tissues....its a tear jerker... and if you are man enough to admit it...you will need some too.

This is an amazing journey of a man far from God and his marriage who learns how to love his wife all over again, through the help of Jesus; even when his wife will have nothing to do with him.

Don't wait on this one. I am sure it won't be on the large screen much longer. Don't miss it! You do not want to have to wait for it to come out on DVD. It is well worth the $20 bucks to go. Go tonight!

The amazing thing is the Kendrick brothers (through the help of God) have produced another amazing story on a shoe string budget...and you don't even feel it.

See ya at the movies!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Unordinary Post

For those few of you who follow my blog, you know I don't usually write blog posts on the weekend. I typically try and blog during the week, and take the weekends off so I don't feel the pressure of having to write something.

However I was sitting here tonight (Sunday) and was reflecting on this past week:
  • I lost our dog on Monday
  • I mourned on Tuesday
  • I had an awesome meeting with my Pastor on Wednesday
  • My day Wednesday went from thinking one way, to thinking a totally different way.
  • Autumn's car broke down on Thursday
  • I had to work late on Thursday
  • Autumn had to miss her "girls night out" because of the car problems.
  • Friday was a fairly normal day
  • Saturday we had 2 soccer games in the rain.
  • Autumn was gone all day for some training with the church
  • I spent the day with the boys and took them to a movie
  • I would not recommend paying to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • We had yet another amazing service on Sunday
  • We had an awesome small group tonight.
I sit here now wondering...what can I expect from this week. As you know I am constantly praying for God to Wow me this year...and that is starting to scare me (in a good way).

Well, what ever God has planned for us this week, I know that it certainly won't be boring.

I wish you well this week and I am eager to know how it goes!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/4z6hnl
  • It is stormy and chilly...Fall is definitely here. Off to soccer in the rain.
  • Wet soccer games, but the boys did great!
  • hanging with my boys today...hmmm I wonder what we'll do.
  • Well its official...the boys have decided what w're doing!
  • on our way home to meet mom...been a great guys day!
  • Hangin at friends watching Ironman. Kids are excited.
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Friday, October 3, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • 21:15 New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/4y4qsq #
  • 08:15 New Blog Post: Funny Friday Fun tinyurl.com/4parg7 #
  • 08:24 Good night sleep, payday, friday....I feel a good day coming. #
  • 11:03 In a meeting about air pollution with vehicles...man it gets confusing. #
  • 14:43 hmmm...no plans tonight...kinda excited about that. Soccer is WAY to early tomorrow. #
  • 17:26 just finished helping a friend set the stage for the series...going to be cool. #
  • 17:59 the storm is a brewin'....hunker down! #
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Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/4qhyva
  • so have u ever started ur day thinking 1 way, and by evening u are thinking the opposite?
  • Stressful day...WAY to much to do...way to little time!
  • Watchin the Saddleback Civil Forum, learning a lot about Obama
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/3stefw
  • New Blog Post: Sad Day! tinyurl.com/3u33ku
  • back to work...chuggin' along. New hope. We'll see how it goes.
  • Lunch with an old friend today. Excited! (I am referring to a friend I have had a long time, not a friend who is old in age) hehe
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Sad Day!

Monday night was a very sad day in the Hicks household. We lost a dear member of our family...my dog, Sadie.

I have had Sadie for over 12 years. She would have been 13 in January. I truly do miss her.

How did she die? It was very unfortunate. She got into the garbage and found a cereal bag. As she was trying to eat the crumbs in the bag, she got the bag caught over her head and she suffocated. I share that unfortunate description for a very important reason. I believe that as she realized what had happened, she came to the back door. The back door was open. There was only a screen between her and me (who was sitting in a recliner 10 feet away). I sat there oblivious as my loving, obedient, pet was dying.

For me that was the hardest part of the whole experience.

I spent all day Tuesday at home, I was very melancholy. Then God did something that amazed me...as he always does! He showed me that what I did with Sadie, is something that we Christians sometimes do with others.

We can be sitting in church, at work, with friends, in a supermarket (or anywhere for that matter) minding our own business and the person next to us could be suffocating in sin, debt, depression, etc. We get so busy in our own lives, that we don't hear their struggles...we don't notice there gasps for air, and yet when they die in their sins or struggles we are surprised to hear it.

Let me challenge you this morning. Don't let life get you so busy that you miss the opportunity to breath life into someone that is gasping for air.

God Bless!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/48xlx8
  • New Blog Post: Pastor Appreciation Month! tinyurl.com/3pwaul
  • Tough last 24 hours....more to come tomorrow...be watching my blog.
  • Spending the day vegging doing NOTHING...is that ok?
  • Almost the end of a very long day. I need sleep!
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Pastor Appreciation Month!

Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation month?
What do you have planned for this month? How do you plan on honoring your Pastor?

Here is a great article I found in Today's Christian Magazine that I think we can all learn from. If you want to read the article in it's entirety you can visit the website article here. Otherwise, here is a quick list of those 8 things we can do to honor our Pastor:

  1. Cut the criticism
  2. Pray regularly
  3. Express appreciation in writing
  4. Use your skills to Bless
  5. Squelch gossip
  6. Offer to meet a need
  7. Be openly responsive
  8. Throw away the measuring stick

Of Course, I think we can apply these principles all year long!

I believe that Pastor's are under appreciated in many circumstances. They AND their families undergo amazing stress, criticism and attack. They are victims of spiritual warfare. Yet, somehow, they get back up the next day and are willing, nah, passionate about starting it all over again, so that people can find the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

That is simply amazing!

So, this next month, let me challenge you to do something amazing and spectacular for your Pastors!

It is the LEAST we can do!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/4onxg6
  • Its Monday. A new week, new opportunities and new dreams...howz that for optimism!
  • Quick lunch @ home and back to the grind. Almost month-end and still a lot to get done.
  • Day is almostv done! Dinner and soccer practice and then relaxation.
  • I love leftovers...u get the best of each meal...all at once!
  • Soccer is done...I am home and ready to crash...
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/4jcuqe
  • Baptism Sunday...these days always make me cry.
  • At a winery in Tracy listening to Bluegrass....kinda fun!
  • Great time in Tracy. Picked up my son and just got home.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/3swsug
  • Early socccer games today. 10:30 and I am tired!
  • My wife loves reading my twitters!
  • We have our daughter this weekend...we really miss her. She is growing up so fast.
  • 1 daughter + 1 son + 1 wife X 1 trip to mall = lots of $ disappearing....hmmm
  • Build a Bear with Austin. First time ever...pricey but fun!
  • Back home...only gone 3 hours..but I am whipped...soccer kicked my but this morning...
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/45kmca
  • Its Friday! I worked late last night, I got here early this morning...I am tired.
  • New Blog Post: Funny Friday Fun tinyurl.com/4c222j
  • Mom had knee surgery today...she's doing great.
  • Finally took my dad to lunch today for his birthday....had a good time.
  • I was going to work over, but on 2nd thought....its Friday and I am going home.
  • Family night dinner...Qdoba...mmmm good!
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Funny Friday Fun

Every Friday I post a video that is funny or fun or just plain enjoyable to watch. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This is meant to be something enjoyable, if you don't find it funny or enjoyable, then please turn it off.
I didn't make them, I simply shared them. Chill out a bit will ya!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day!

  • New Blog Post: Ridiculous Random Thoughts of the Day! tinyurl.com/48pkyf
  • New Blog Post: Thursday Thinkback tinyurl.com/3rbrhk
  • I have to ACTUALLY work today....hmmm hope I can do that.
  • Lunch with a friend today. Yeah!
  • Great lunch and conversation. Sometimes just dreaming ideas is great!
  • Very long day...glad to b home.
  • Autumn is out, so hanging with the boys tonight...good times.
  • Well, boys are in bed. A little reading and then off to bed for me too...
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Thursday Thinkback

Here are some thoughts I had from the service on Sunday and this week and thoughts about the upcoming weekend:
  • Didn't you read my blog post from Monday? Well, here it is.
  • I do think changes are in order, IF we do outdoor services again.
  • Every year in September, it rains this last weekend. Hmmm...Divine intervention?
  • I had to miss the creative planning meeting this week. I really enjoy those meetings.
  • There is a whole different energy to worship when we are outdoors.
  • It is a good energy!
  • Pray for our church! I sense great change is a comin'...
  • Pray for our church anyways....the church always needs our prayers!
  • Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation month?
  • I think every month should be pastor appreciation...do you realize how much they do?
  • Baptism Sunday is a coming...this will be another amazing day of wonderful stories.
  • Have you been baptized yet? If not, why not?
  • This has been a rough week. There is a lot going on.
  • Soccer is great, but it adds a whole new level of stress!

See ya on Sunday!