Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Worst Prank Ever

Parents trick kid into thinking he got an Xbox 360.

Reminds me of Luke Chapter 11:9-13, I am glad we have a heavenly father who cares for us.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year Already


I haven't done much writing in the last few days. I have been spending a lot of time with my family. With my 8 year old being out of school and my 2 year old having no day care- I have had my hands full. They keep me busy but I am very blessed to have an amazing wife and kids- who are able to put up with me.

I cant believe we are going to start another year in two days, 2009. That is absolutely insane. I am looking forward to this new year. We are going to start a new series in January called "what would you do?" It is going to be about integrity and getting a grasp on who we are when no one is looking. For so many of us we have two personalities: the one we put out there for people to perceive and the one that is real and genuine which many people don't see. Not that we are all a bunch of "Jekyl and Hydes" who have an extremely wicked side. Its more that we sometimes don't have intimate relationships with people who we can share our passions, dreams, and hopes as well as the hurts, addictions, and behaviors we desire to be free from.

In this new Series we are going to look at what a transparent life looks like and hopefully help people chart a course for a life of freedom through meaningful relationships with God, Others and Yourself.

Happy New Year everyone!!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Elevate Tuesday Night

Had a great night Tuesday. Here is a Video of Alyssa and Tony sharing how God has changed their life and how Christmas is different this year.
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Monday, December 22, 2008

I am Second!


The Cowboys lost on Saturday, I am a Cowboy fan. Sometimes I think i might be a little overly-passionate about sports (OK all the time.) When I was a kid I would cry when the Cowboys lost. I almost did last night because they looked so pitiful. Sometimes a little perspective is needed, to be injected in our souls to help us see things clearly. Found this site did that for me today and thought I would pass it on...

http://iamsecond.com/

Greg Ellis plays for the Cowboys. Great to hear some of these stories.

Friday, December 19, 2008

it is easy to waste time online.

lost frog

(click on it. and then click again. and again...)

I am desiring to live life intentionally, but often I get distracted by foolish things.



Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Great Christmas Chase

Here was the opening Video to Launch the Great Christmas Chase.
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the Final Clue Video, can you guess where they had to go?
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birthday Weekend

Time Fly's. I already have an 8 year old. Can't believe how quick he grew up. We had six eight year olds spend the night on Friday, talk about mayhem.
We let them make their own Ice Cream Sundays. you can see the mess they made. This was one of the occasions that made me think of back when I was a kid. I wondered why my parents wouldn't let me eat all the sweets that I wanted. We put a little limitation on them but mostly just let them go at it. It was kind of funny to see them grabbing their stomach and moaning from all the sugar.
Turns our my parents were right on most things. As a parent you really look back and see all the times your parents didnt let you do something you didn't wanted to and it seemed like they were just trying to make your life miserable, when really they had your best interest in mind.
I find I often feel like God isn't responding the way I would like I want and feel like he isnt present or doesn't care. The truth is that he always has my best interest in mind, and sometimes the struggles I feel like he is abandoning me on are the very things I need to develop some maturity in my life.

Having a perspective with this understanding make make life much either to cope with, and also allows me to draw closer to God both in the good and bad times.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

change over the years


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I am a recent student of branding and design. I am very interested in what catches peoples attention and what keeps them interested. This Pepsi clip is interesting an shows the evolution of their logo and look. throughout the decades they have always been relevant because they meet people where they are at. I think as a follower of Christ it is important for us to take this amazing unchanging truth that we have been commissioned with and present it in ways that catch peoples attention. We live in a world of millions of messages and the greatest message often gets lost because of poor representation by those it has been entrusted with. I am challenged to let my life be billboard that allows people to see the amazing grace and mercy offered by God to all.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Challenge from Steven Furtick

Here is a pastor I enjoy listening to named Steven Furtick, he is at a church called Elevation church on the east coast. He sums up the mission of the church in a few sentences (and pretty bluntly.) Found it pretty cool.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas

I am pumped about Christmas being here soon. Tonight I am going to my sons Christmas play, its gonna rock! He has a solo in the play and I am going to be hoopin and yelling- I will probably embarrass my wife.
Christmas rocked- got the tree up! Great time to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Passion for Wisdom

there are several types of passion- (be careful if you do a google search....) There are passions that get us in trouble and passion that propel us to greatness. They key is that our passions pass through a filter of God's plan for our life....

Got to hang with Jerrod for a while will finish in a bit....

Monday, December 1, 2008

What are you passionate about


A couple of Months ago I did a message at Elevate called "Embracing your Passion." It was about taking what you love and using it for the good of god's kingdom. I took a look back at my previous entries and it was apparent Itended to come from a negative or self loathing slant. It easy to fall into the old religious trap of self-deprecation because of the guilt we carry with us, that God never intended us to lug that around- in fact he was so passionate about it that died for it.
Basically when we loose our passion and start analyzing our every move it gets depressing and in order to feel spiritual or "Christian" we fall into the trap of a sadistic religious ritual of beating ourselves up.
I want to stop looking at the imperfectness that will always be present in my flesh, and stop judging myself by what I do and don't do, and begin to embrace my God-given passions.
Passions are the thing that make you move when its not popular, comfortable, easy, sensible, logical, and all those others things that keep us paralyzed in the circular process of guilt and shame that plagues so many people into nominal unmotivated lives.
In the next couple of days and weeks I want to begin to strive ahead with my passions, embrace my weaknesses and press forward with the gifts, abilities and passions that God has created me with.