Friday, November 27, 2009

Los is going to pump, me up!

I'm a big tub of goo and I'm not going to take it anymore! Yes I am pumped! Times they are a changin' and papa's getting a brand new bag! No I am not going through withdrawals from all of the food on Thursday. It's just that I am joining the "30 Day Holiday Health Challenge" being led by Carlos Whittaker over at Here is a little video explaining what it is all about:

Ragamuffin Soul 30 Day Holiday Health Challenge from Carlos Whittaker on Vimeo.

So what am I doing?

Physical: Drop 10 lbs.

(This will be a big challenge as my wife Janice and I are going on our 8 day cruise for our 15th wedding anniversary during this time)

Spiritual: Memorize the 2 weekly verses that Carlos provides for the group.

Relational: Make weekly one on one time with Janice, Benjamin and Sam!

So there it is. You want in? Go check it out!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

How Are You Doing Today?

We have been doing "Back To School" shopping this weekend. (Taking advantage of the Tax Free Weekend here in SC). We were paying for some stuff and the guy behind the register asked:

"How are are doing today?"

"I am fantastic!", I replied.

The guy chuckled and said "That's the first time I have heard that today." He went on to share that most people say fine or ok. Let me ask you a question...

When you meet people and they ask how you are doing, what do you say? I had a stint where I said "I'm Tired". Was not aware I was doing it until someone called me out. I didn't realize that my response was having the effect it did. Since then, I have tried to be intentional about saying something positive when I am asked how I am doing. You never know what effect it can have on someone or what door may open for conversation to continue.

So... How are you doing today?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Life In Song

Earlier this evening Anne Jackson of Twittered this question:

"If one song could sum up your life this far, what song would it be?"

At first I thought "How can I narrow it down to one song?" (no that is not a song title)

Then it hit me, "Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking for" by U2

I've loved U2 since their debut studio album "Boy" in 1980. I wore an "Under A Blood Red Sky" t-shirt till it was paper thin. I even had the opportunity to visit Windmill Lane Studio after high school graduation less than a month before they began recording “Joshua Tree”, the album on which you will find the song. Here are the Lyrics:

I have climbed highest mountains

I have run through the fields

Only to be with you

Only to be with you

I have run

I have crawled

I have scaled these city walls

These city walls

Only to be with you

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips

Felt the healing fingertips

It burned like a fire

This burning desire

I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I believe in the Kingdom Come

When all the colors will bleed into one

Bleed into one

Well, yes I'm still running

You broke the bonds

And you loosened the chains

Carried the cross

Of all my shame

all my shame

You know I believe it

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

There has always been debate over the meaning behind the lyrics of the song but this is what the song means to me:

There are times in my life when I have climbed and scaled after things I’d made my god. But I never found what I was looking for.

There are times I’ve run and crawled after things that were of God but not God Himself. I didn’t find what I was looking for.

There are times when I have felt the presence of God all over me, but at times I have also allowed sin to make me feel so far away.

I am free because Christ carried a cross and took away my sins. I know that a better future waits for me in heaven because I am a child of God. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

I want to be a Godly husband and father. I want to love my fellow man better than I do. I want to be bolder at sharing my faith. I want to spend more time in His Word. I want to know God deeper. I want to better understand His will for my life. I never want to think I’ve arrived. I never want to stop looking.

Here is the video from “Rattle and Hum”. This is probably my favorite recording. Enjoy!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Your Kids Are Never Too Old

This is my 11 year old Benjamin. Last night he asked me to come lay down with him for a little bit because his stomach was hurting. My initial reaction was "He is getting too old for this and I have too much to do." But then I realized that he is never too old to need his dad and I should never be too busy to meet His needs. Aren't you glad we are never too old to call on God and that He is never too busy to meet our needs?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

God of Second Chances

If you have ever questioned that God is a God of second chances, this video from Pete Wilson and the guys at Cross Point Church will take away any doubt! Thanks Pete for sharing Sheila's Story!

Sheila's Story from Cross Point Church on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

All About The Team

I was reading in 2 Samuel Chapter 10 the other day. David has just received word that the Ammonites hired Syrian soldiers to wage war against Israel. He sent Joab and “all of the host of mighty men” to meet them. Here is where the story picks up in verse 9:

“When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother and arrayed them against the Ammonites. And he said, ‘If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to Him.” - 2 Samuel 10:9-11

Here are some things God showed me:

Joab saw the need and acted: Joab assessed the need to meet the enemy on two fronts and then assigned the people and resources accordingly.

Joab never forgot about the team: Both Joab and Abishai had armies to lead and duties to carry out but not at the expense of the team. If one needed help, the other was to going be there.

Joab stayed focused on the vision: This was not about personal glory, but for the protection of God’s people and His cities. He was doing what was pleasing to God.

Joab showed great character in how to work together as a team. Does your church or ministry show the same character?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It's The People, not the Steeple

Have you ever heard the rhyme “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the door and there’s the people?” It is usually accompanied by acting out the words with your hands. It takes me back to when I was younger.

When you ask most people to define the word church, they will tell you that it is a building, usually with a steeple, where Christians meet. When you look at the word Church in the New Testament, however, it is referring to the body believers, not a structure. This week, I have seen God’s church in action.

Sunday, Daniel Dulaney baptized his neighbor Jordan who he led to Christ and Jordan’s wife. Jordan didn’t become a believer because he walked into a building. It began with neighbor’s talking over a fence about a mutual love for BBQ.

In the same service, two handmade shawls were prayed over. They are being given to a woman given less than 6 months to live and to a woman who just lost her husband. Prayer for these two was happening as each stitch was made.

Last week a good friend named Brad found out that he has prostrate cancer. He is 34 years old. Monday night a group of friends gathered around Brad and his wife to pray for healing.

It is not the buildings that make a church. It is people caring enough about other people to invest their time, treasures and talent so that others can see the love of Christ.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Who Do You Miss?

I’ve missed my bride this weekend. Janice left on Thursday to be with her mom for her surgery. I don’t like it when she’s gone. Even though the weekend has been full of activity, it has not been the same without Janice. Anyone who has a significant other knows what I’m feeling. I miss spending time with her.
If this is the way I feel about being away my wife, my feelings should be stronger about being away from my God. It is very easy to allow life to be filled with activities that take away from my time with God. But do I always miss Him the way I miss her? I miss my wife because we are intimate. God wants an even greater intimacy. The good news is that my wife will be home tomorrow!! The greater news is that my God is here now!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yeah B.O.I.!!!!

Here is the first installment of YEAH B.O.I.!!! for 2009

Raising Your Kids In A Fishbowl: Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.TV. gives insight into how Ministers can help their Kids survive minstry life

Forever and Ever: Watch an interview with David Crowder on how the song was made.

Teenage Boys in Tight Girls Pants...NOT COOL!: Tim Stevens shares Granger Community Church's shares opener from their first mid-week service of the year. This is VERY COOL!

Live Free: Good thoughts from Scripture and Lacrae on the subject shared by Daniel Dulaney at Better Than I Deserve!

Be The Church: Hear Pete Wilson's thougths on why we need to stop playing church and be the church.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Kickin It Old School

At Southside Baptist, we kick it old school on Sunday nights and sing from the hymnals. I typically pick Hymns that I am familiar with that will match Jim's sermons. Every once and awhile, I'll let the congregation pick some of their favorites. Most people will pick what I would call the "Old Stand-By's". These are songs that everyone is familiar with. Every once and awhile I'll get thrown a curve ball and someone will call out one that I am unfamiliar with. Well I found myself stretched more than usual this past Sunday. I am glad I was stretched, otherwise, I may never have sung these words:

"And Can It Be"
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood?
Dies for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be that
Thou, my God should die for me?
"All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus"
Who can cheer the heart like Jesus
By His presence all divine?
True and tender, pure and precious,
O how blest to call Him Mine!
All that thrills my soul is Jesus, He is more than life to me;
And the fairest of ten thousand in my blessed Lord I see.

Aren't you thankful for Amazing Love? How does Jesus thrill your soul?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Anne Jackson is giving away $6100!!!

Anne Jackson is giving away bible software valued at $6100!!! Want to see how you can get in on the action? Check it out at flowerdust,net!

Monday, January 12, 2009

My Dogs Are Barkin!!!

I started working out again last week (No, it was not a New Year's Resolution, I just took the holidays off). When I first start back after taking off an extended period of time, my feet are really sore. (Maybe it is a sign that I am getting old.) When I get up to walk, it takes me a few steps for the pain to stop. I'm sure I am a vision of grace as I hobble along. It's the price I pay for getting out of my routine. It got me thinking about the price we pay when we get out of a routine of prayer.

My Pastor, Jim Crooks, has been preaching about spiritual warfare on Sunday evenings. The material is good stuff. This past week he was speaking on the Armor of God. He shared that the place of our spiritual armor is prayer. He said the reason so many people have trouble praying is because they don't do it on a regular basis. Some people don't even do it at all. He gave some good tips to help with one's prayer life.

1. Pray Accurately: Pray in the spirit; let the spirit direct.

2. Pray Always: In all occasions.

3. Pray in All Ways: Petition, Intercession, Confession, Praise, Confession, Thanksgiving

4. Pray Alertly: Not lazy praying; be disciplined and alert.

5. Pray for All People: Pray for the Saints

Prayer is vital to a healthy Christian walk. Maybe you struggle with having a quality prayer time. It is something that this ADD Worship Minister struggles with every day. It may be painful for you to do. Here is the deal, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. It takes discipline. I went and worked out this morning and you know what? My feet don't hurt as bad.