Monday, December 31, 2007
I guess we're old now - Julie and I, of our own accord, decided to stay home on New Year's Eve. We made a rolicking trip to Tyler today to trade in a gift we received duplicates of and to purchase a new Bible for my use here at home (my old one took a swim in Florida and has, somehow, never quite been the same!). Wow! What a thrill! Well, for us, it was fun. We we're back before 5 PM, driving quickly past the crowded Beer stores in Coffee City.
It's amazing how much effort some people make in celebrating the entrance of the New Year but make almost no preparation for the actual New year! I hope that's not you! My plan is to read through the Bible at least once this year and to read through the New Testament at least twice. In the days to come, I'll share with you some of the things I do in my personal walk with the Lord to keep it fresh all year long.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
There's no way I can adequately describe it, so I used my handy-dandy camera on our new Blackberry and captured these shots. Trust me when I say these pictures don't convey the powerful emotion I sensed while I was there. Such a graciousness among the volunteers. Deep gratitude on the behalf of the recipients. The pride of the administrators that it was moving along so well and the joy at the thought of the happy children on the other end. Amazing. Take time today to thank God for the work of the Salvation Army. Take a moment to pray for those who needed the help. Take time to thank God for his goodness to you and your family.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
You see, I deeply desired an iPhone - you know, the coolest phone on the planet? But I couldn't stomach the $400 price tag. Nevertheless, we were due to get new phones, so we looked around carefully. Our guy (who helped us through getting a mess straightened out - thanks Dale!) showed me his Blackberry, the newest one. Get this - we caught them on a one-day manager special on the stupid thing, so it was the same price as a Razor. I'm no fool! Give me the Blackberry! It has more features than I'll ever learn to use, but it connects with my machines (already tried both work and home machines with it), tracks my whereabouts on it's nifty little GPS, has a browser, cooperates with my gmail and hotmail emails, watches movies and plays music - it just doesn't "look" as cool as the iPhone. For the$300 difference, I can live with it! Ask me about it and I'll happily show it off!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The other thing I got resounded within me. As a pastor, I'm bombarded with emails and requests for protests and boycotts, especially at Christmas. (On a related note, the abbreviation "X-mas" is not "X"-ing Christ out of Christmas, but shorthand for the Greek name for Christ. A Greek X translates to a "Ch" in English). While there is a time and a place for those, many times they lead to Christians appear angry, bitter or divisive, a mis-characterization the media is all too willing to oblige. I received a "Letter from Jesus" about this issue and thought it worth sharing. Here you go:
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santa's and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
Don't forget; I am Jesus and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :
I LOVE YOU!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The ninth candle, in the center, is called the "shamash." It's used to light the others.
Generally speaking, this festival is always in December. The shame of this celebration of light is that although it foreshadows the "Light of the World", the people of the Jewish faith still live in darkness. Pray with me for the light of truth, given to us by Jesus Christ, grant illumination to their hearts.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Put it this way - I'm in distribution. God's the management. What He does is according to His good and perfect pleasing will!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Taylor's shower, complete with bench. Notice the band of Cowboy blue and silver around the tub. A nice touch, no?
The men behind the mission. L to R, Tile cutter Ryan Davis, Glenn Holmans, Dalton Bruton, Master tiler Dean Bruton and Chad Davis. Notice the picture on the far left edge of this shot - it's an anonymous donation. A 2003 team picture of the Dallas Cowboys autographed by Tony Romo.
Bryson Bean (l) and Dwayne Parrish (r) place the roof together.
Bryson (front) and Andy (rear) on the frame.
How many Aggies does it take to put a roof on? Apparently at least five - L to R, Chuck Goocher, Monroe Menke (on ladder), Dwayne Parrish, Jim Smith, Phil Parks and Andy McLaughlin.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
We didn't get nearly as far with the Tippett's on the first day. In fact, we didn't do anything other than make our plans and get our materials order. Here's where we started. As is clear, the roof has multiple issues. You can see the space between the existing mobile home and the addition on the right. I can't even tell you how long we debated or how many times we stomped around the house and up and down the ladder before we settled on the pole barn idea. It'll be a lot of work, but I genuinely think it's the best fix. No shifting of the mobile home will create a problem and the issues inside are repairable by making the house water-tight. Pray for us - this is a big job and will probably consume most of our week. Praise the Lord we're meeting real needs for this family.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
It's been thirteen weeks since we started and it's amazing how much changes in that time. I didn't know a single student on the team when we started. Now, I know them all and some of their families. I've never been more proud to be associated with a group of young men than I was this season. We're blessed with some of the finest boys in the state. I hope you'll let them know that when you see some of our high school students around town.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
By far, the best part of the weekend was my dear brother James Lankford. James brought challenging messages, bringing the Word of God in truth and power. I knew he would - that's why I invited him to come. I knew you'd be blessed by getting to share fellowship with him and hear his heart. Pray for his family. Pray for his work in Oklahoma. Pray for the various ministries he's involved with, like IWitness Ministries. Caleb Hilburn went with IWitness to Cologne, Germany the last several summers.
My favorite part, however, was the time you never saw. We spent Saturday afternoon watching the Longhorn game, after worship Sat night just talking about where God has us and how God is using us and Sunday afternoon just doing what we've always done - sharing a friendship that has endured the distance between us. James and I were just pups when we met. It didn't seem that way. We thought we were so grown up when we got started. As I've reflected on that time in life, it seems clear that while it was a surprise to me to have joined the ministry where James and I met (I hadn't planned to, but felt the Lord's leadership that direction), it was clearly ordained by God. It's funny - we only get to talk a few times a year, but when we do, it's like we pick up right where we left off.
This is off-topic but while I'm here. . . there's one other commonality James and I share - a deep indebtedness to Mr. Charles "Chuck" Flowers. For whatever reason, Chuck poured himself into us (and others). His selflessness and love for the Kingdom of Christ made a deep impression on me. His constant challenges to use all that God has given us led me to do PhD work. I'll never outrun his shadow. That's why when you read the preface to my dissertation, you'll find Chuck's name listed prominently. Thanks Chuck!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
A Recovering American soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Thursday, November 08, 2007
That's what makes this story so significant. Mr. Sam Sabbagh has had in his possession since 1947 a page from the Aleppo Codex (here's a link to the full story). Eight centimeters square, it contains a citation from Exodus 8. This is it in the picture. Mr. Sabbaugh said he rescued it from the Aleppo Synagogue when it was burning down. We know it did burn about that same time, so it's plausible. Why now? Where has it been? Mr Sabbaugh kept it with him for the last 60 years, sort of as a good luck charm. He moved it with him when he left Israel and had it with him when he emigrated to the U.S. to live in Brooklyn. So why is he surrendering it? Mr Sabbaugh passed away recently so he's no longer in need of it.
Stories like Mr Sabbaugh's make Indiana Jones look pretty tame, don't they?
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
"Included in the program will be the reading of elementary, middle and high school compositions on Veterans Day related themes, the recitation of the pledge of allegiance by elementary students, the singing of the National Anthem by Eric Spears, a musical performance by Adam Johnson and Abbey Thomas and a patriotic medley by the Methodist church Men's Gospel group."
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
An unbelievable night. Absolutely unbelievable. We're not entirely sure how many showed up at the Park last night, but we registered 183 children. We're relatively sure there were some who didn't register and we know that many families came with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Our best guess at total attendance is somewhere over 400. We ran out of hot dogs, popcorn and some of our soft drinks - but we didn't run out of candy! :-)
We owe a special thanks to several: Irene Goocher did a great job in coordinating the entire event. Delight Bristow and Diane Beard (aka the penguin twins) did a great job with the gazebo / Noah's Ark. Cody Bristow was an outstanding Noah! Dr. Larry Lummus made a great clown. The Pairs and Spares (Ed and Francine Paris, Chuck and Linda Moore, Lorraine and Luther Ray Doughty, Johnny and Judy Burks) class with the ring / bottle toss and the football throw was exceptional. The Young Couples class with the fishing booth and the sucker pull were awesome. The Lydia Ladies made sure we were all well fed and watered. J.C. Welch, Charles Garner, Luther Doughty and Will Hinkie made sure our hot dogs were hot, slaving over a BBQ cooker all evening. Julie Bacon and Jerri Hinkie kept the cakewalk going while Britt Bacon, Bryson Bean and Mark Chalk kept the hayride running smoothly. Mark Bostick and Pinnergy, Inc. provided the light (and when I say light I mean LIGHT!). Katrina and Glenn Holmans made the pirate booth look exceptionally cool. Jennifer Rhodes and Ruth Dark kept the bean bags tossing while Barbara Railsback, Flo Bussey and Lorraine Doughty got everyone signed in. Tammy Bostick played the music and acted as emcee. Julie Wood took everyone's picture who sat still while Chelsea and Valerie McLauglin wandered to and fro snapping pictures on the fly. If you missed it, go to our church website (after 4:00 PM today) and you'll see pictures of our evening in the Park. Above, meet the winner of our 24" gumball machine - I can say with certainty he'll enjoy that!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
- The BGCT is only a shadow of what it once was. Too many poor decisions and too many self-defeating visions. But it's not dead - yet. The Convention MUST do a better job of allowing the annual meeting to at least FEEL like there's something to be decided. For example, when the Budget proposal was presented, complete with a $500,000 cut to Missions and Ministries and an increase to Baylor University, it was passed. There was only slight discussion because I honestly think people are either (1) in agreement with it, (2) complacent about it or (3) have realized there's not much the body can do. I was disappointed with the budget so I didn't vote yes or no.
- The BGCT simply MUST do a better job of appealing to younger leaders. Aside from Rick Warren's message on Monday night and Howard Batson's powerful message Tuesday morning, it was like someone encapsulated a conference from 1955 and opened it right there! It felt defitively aimed at those in the 50+ crowd.
- The fate of the BGCT hangs on who is chosen as the new Executive Director. Retiring Executive Director Dr. Charles Wade is a fine man with many admirable qualities. But the future really hinges on who will replace him.
- Swift action is necessary or more cuts in the BGCT are coming.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Here's the link!
When you go to the site, you'll be asked for your contact information and your phone number. Let me know if you have problems - we're doing this as an experiment for Olan Mills, so we'll see how it goes!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
"After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call….I am hereby declaring that I will enter the presidential primary in my native South Carolina, running as a favorite son," Colbert said on his show Tuesday night. "I defy any other candidate to pander more to the people of South Carolina — those beautiful, beautiful people." - Stephen Colbert
Here's a link to the full article.
Some people are good at somethings - others should just leave them alone. We'll discuss this issue again later.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Would you like to volunteer? We need those too! Please send our church office an email (take the spaces out of the following to send an email fbc @ firstbaptistfrankston.org) and we'll send you the details as they come available.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I found this quote in one of my newsletters this week and realized how little involvement Mr. Rock (aka Robert Ritchie) must have with Christians. You can't say you love Jesus and hate his bride. But the perception the media drives ahead is definitively anti-Christian. If there's an issue with a church, no matter the size, it will be magnified by the anti-Christian cadre. They are driven, in my estimation, by Satan himself. Is it any wonder people no longer trust the church? Or her ministers? I'll confess that many times when I meet a stranger and they ask me what I do, I'm hesitant to tell them for fear of the judgmental condemnation that is sure to come. The real problem for many is they've confused the messenger for the message. People will infallibly let us down but that doesn't negate the message.
So what can we do? Recognize the privileged role God has given us as messengers of hope, grace, mercy and love and pour ourselves out making a mockery of the straw-man the media wants us to be.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
OUTCOACHED - again. Stop me if you've heard this before. I'm a big fan of coach Mack Brown and his style (my wife calls me a "Mack apologist), but let's be honest. Mack Brown and the UT coaching staff were (again) taken to the woodshed by Coach Bob Stoops - again. Talent-level, it was just about even. Yet for the 6th time in 8 years, our coaches found a way to lose a very winable game. Intolerably frustrating is a fair description. Combine that with poor decisions by (I believe) an injured quaterback and you have a loss. Another year of just hoping we can make it to the Holiday Bowl. Don't get me wrong - San Diego is not a bad place. It's my favorite vacation spot to tell you the truth. But that's not the goal. Nor is 2 conference losses before October 10. Ugh! In case you're counting, the Longhorns are 25-6 in the 2000's for the month of October. All 6 losses are to OU.
As for our beloved Frankston Indians, there are a few things I haven't told you. This year, I've been serving as team chaplain and general go-fer. I've also been serving as one of two team videographers. As such, I get to stand on top of the press-box with my partner. Can't ask for a better view, home or away. It's not all good, however, as last night proved definitively. We played at Mildred, near where we lived for more than 7 years, Corsicana. I was genuinely looking forward to it, win or lose. As it turns out, we lost a hard-fought game, 21-14. I can live with that - our kids played hard - it just didn't work out this time. What bothers me was some of the things I heard from the Mildred coaching staff. I don't know those men, but it always concerns me when I hear men who are charged with helping boys become men use "salty" language. Furthermore, at one point, one athlete was clearly not in the game mentally. One of the coaches, from the roof of the press-box over the crowd for all to hear, shouted down to the athlete telling him "I'm up here! Come up here if you don't like it!" I was embarassed for him. A grown man talking to a 16 yr old boy. Unacceptable. Is it a wonder many of our boys are confused as to what a man is supposed to be about?
In closing, I've just one thing to say - GO COWBOYS!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
So, because I married so very well, I try to make her birth-month an extra special celebration. We're going to a symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas later in the month. I've got a few other secrets in the hopper, but I can't tell you about them here - she might be reading this! - see me in person for more info!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Rev. Lankford is the Student Ministry and Evangelism Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He and his wife Cindy have two girls, Hannah (10 yrs old) and Jordan (7 yrs old). They reside in Oklahoma City. Don't believe anything he tells you about me. :-)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
When I read this, I thought how much a church could make the same mistake - the truth is we're in the water business too! Only we're offering LIVING WATER! While many churches underestimate people's need for LIVING WATER, we're not going to make that mistake! We're going to show them the Savior in love and grace, with gentleness and patience. We live in a society literally dying of thirst while churches debate the color of the sky. Let's make sure our vision is clear - we want to see the lost come to faith in Christ - and our planning specific - let's hold nothing back in our pursuit of helping people come to faith in Christ!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
It's not often I endorse books, but there are times when it's easy. I just finished reading Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy, coach of the Indianapolis Colts. To say it blew me away would be an understatement. In his exceptional work, he presents himself and his coaching style in a powerful and passionate way, underscoring all of it with his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He draws back the curtain on the integral role of faith in his life and the life of his family allowing us to see a side of Coach Dungy not everyone has observed.
I've been a fan of Coach Dungy since the mid-90's when he was the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. I saw a program on ESPN about the Vikings preparation for an upcoming game and was struck by how different Dungy's life was as compared to the other coaches. I became a Tampa Bay fan when he was there and a Colt's fan now that he's there. It's not the successes that got my attention as much as the struggles - struggles he shares in the book in detail. Losing his son to suicide; getting fired by Tampa Bay; the "inability" to get over the hump against the Patriots. It's all there, the good, the bad and the ugly. Take time to read what I believe is one of the best books I've seen in a long, long time.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
In recent years, another movement has arisen. Known as Intelligent Design, it holds that creation demonstrates a design so complex, so creative, so intricate that there simply HAD to be a master creator, even if it wasn't God. The Discovery Institute has led the charge for this option, despite the fact some, such as the U.S. National Academy of Science have decried it as "not science" or "junk science" (By the way, anything they're opposed to is probably a good thing - they're a sister organization to the U.S. National Endowment of the Arts - the people who brought you the crucifix in a jar of urine and called it "art."). I would expect that in a public school setting - heaven forbid we should allow our children to bow down to anything other than the altar of Darwinism!
The surprising thing is that Baylor University, the oldest university in our fair state and, at least traditionally, a school of religious heritage, has engaged in a war against Intelligent Design. (here's the link) I was always under the impression that one of the fundamental purposes of higher education was to teach one to think critically. To do so means to critically evaluate all possible options. Of course, to do that means one has to have all the options available! To discredit one is, definitively, NOT academic freedom.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Thompson's Funeral Home on Hwy 175 in Frankston.
Mr Cook made an investment in so many lives there will be many who want to honor him. You can be sure of this: Mr. Cook lived a life worthy of honor. His investment in the lives of the students over the last 40 years will continue to pay dividends. His passion for students is what set his work apart. It was definitely not a job to him - it was a calling. Thanks, Mr. Cook, for showing the love of Christ through your work and for demonstrating a passion for seeing lives changed.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Identifying With the Poor: 9 Steps to Third World Living
First, take out the furniture: leave a few old blankets, a kitchen table, maybe a wooden chair. You've never had a bed, remember?
Second, throw out your clothes. Each person in the family may keep the oldest suit or dress, a shirt or blouse. The head of the family has the only pair of shoes.
Third, all kitchen appliances have vanished. Keep a box of matches, a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a handful of onions, a dish of dried beans. Rescue the moldy potatoes from the garbage can: those are tonight's meal.
Fourth, dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, take out the wiring and the lights and everything that runs by electricity.
Fifth, take away the house and move the family into the tool shed.
Sixth, no more postman, fireman, government services. The two-classroom school is three miles away, but only two of your seven children attend anyway, and they walk.
Seventh, throw out your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, insurance policies. You now have a cash hoard of $5.
Eighth, get out and start cultivating your three acres. Try hard to raise $300 in cash crops because your landlord wants one third and your moneylender 10 percent.
Ninth, find some way for your children to bring in a little extra money so you have something to eat most days. But it won't be enough to keep bodies healthy--so lop off 25 to 30 years of life.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
By now you've probably heard about my experiences last Saturday at Lake Palestine. Damon Hopkins and his family threw a wonderful party at their home on Lake Palestine. They had several Sea Doo Jet Skis which if you've never ridden one, they are a blast! Julie and I have ridden them before without incident. This time, however, would be different!
There I was, riding along at around 30 MPH about to take a left hand turn to head back toward shore. Les Hopkins had warned me "That one's a little squirrely!" Oh that I would have listened! As I made my turn, the jet ski turned - I didn't. I continued in a straight line, right off into the water! Fortunately, the key came with me so it didn't keep running right toward shore. I swam and caught up to it (now without my sunglasses which the lake ate when I fell!). All I had to do was get back on, right? Right! . . . .Uh. . . Houston, we have a problem. Either I was too heavy or the jet ski was too light or my legs were too long - No matter how you frame it, I couldn't get back on the stupid thing! After flailing at it for 10-15 minutes, Andy and Chelsea McLaughlin had pity on me and came to help. After three or four tries and dumping myself back into the lake at least one, I made it on board. I couldn't drive it back to the dock fast enough! In spite of that, we had an amazing time - it was a blast! Glenn Holmans brought his ski boat - we hooked a tube to it and took everyone (brave enough to go) tubing. It was awesome! Thanks to the Hopkins for hosting such an amazing party and for being so very generous with their blessings. Next time, I'll try not to embarass myself! :-)
Monday, August 20, 2007
Pretty ridiculous, no? I don't mean the permission part - I mean the reincarnation part!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
One of the best parts of pastoring is connecting with children. Ryan and Jenzy Bizzell were kind enough to invite us for supper on Thursday evening. We had an amazing time! The Bizzell's oldest, Brink (4 yrs old) had created a masterpiece for me to commemorate the occasion. It's a wonderful rendition of he and I standing together. Not bad likeness, no? He certainly got the height differences correct. And I really love the height markers out to the side! As any great artist would do, he signed it for me and even made an envelope! Thanks Brink!
First a confession - we're M&M people in the worst way. We keep some around our house for rainy days. . . or sunny days. . .or snowy days. . .okay, any day at all will really do! :-) We found something curious in the last package. An M&M representative of the Trinity!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Let me be clear about our response. Jesus loved all people, regardless of their lifestyle or their backgrounds. Yet even in that love, Jesus DID NOT condone any activities of sin. Rather, he called them toward repentance with the statement "Go and sin no more." As a church, we will always show people love, grace and mercy as commanded by Jesus and, hopefully, as reflected by our character. We will not, however, be backed down by those who wish to force their ideas upon our beliefs. Intolerance is a two-way street!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
It reminds me of the man in Luke 12:13-21 who made bold plans with no consideration for the heart of God. The plans collapsed and he died quickly thereafter. It's my earnest hope this gentleman can avoid the same fate.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
On a related note, we bought the sixth and final season of "Hogan's Heroes", a sit-com both of us dearly love. Wouldn't you know that our DVD player pooped out the day after? It's okay, really. It makes it okay to want a new Xbox 360!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Kudos also the Kayne Parrish who took all our video and photographs today. He had to pull double duty today since we discovered this afternoon the deadline for youth camp is upon us! We got ourselves together and took care of it!
Hopefully, I'll get back to a regular pattern of posting soon - much is on my mind to visit with you about!