Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Although it's not been advertised, Steve Edwards has been gracious enough to let me have the privilege of leading tomorrow night's prayer meeting. We'll be starting a journey through Psalms and Proverbs that we'll employ on Wednesday nights. Sunday morning, we'll be discussing "Who God LONGS for you to be" - the first of a two part series. Sunday night, we'll begin a study on Christian history, theology and what the church holds true and, more importantly, why.
What do I need from you? First, I need you to pray fervently for the work of Christ in our church and community. We need revival in our nation as we never have before! Second, I need for you to pray for my family as we begin this new journey. Third, I need for you to pray for your staff at CBC. We have an exceptional staff! Pray the Lord's protection and provision over them, their families and their work. Finally, pray for yourself (I put this one last because we seem to never fail to do this one anyway!). Ask the God of all wisdom and grace to guide you.
That's it for now - check back to find more of my nonsense.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Monday - We went to the Alamo and the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Alamodome. Both super cool! While I've been to the Alamo many, many times ( I once had a job that had a significant amount of travel around the state and San Antonio was a regular stop), I never cease to be impressed by it. It stirs the love of history and Texas within me and causes me, once again, to thank God for this amazing and wonderful land in which we live.
As for the Cowboys,I've long wanted to go to Training camp just for the experience. It was no disappointment! It was great to see the Cowboys up close - I'll never be able to afford seats that close at the new stadium - and the best part was it was FREE! Since we had parked downtown, we didn't even pay a parking fee!
Tuesday - Literally, we did nothing. We slept late, swam in the hotel pool, ate a late lunch and went shopping. My favorite stop was Half-Price books. I'm such a book junkie!
Wednesday - We went to SeaWorld! Julie and I went to the one in San Diego a few years ago and I'd been to one like it when I was a kid in Arlington, TX, but it was still mega-cool to me. Of course, Shamu was the star attraction for much of it, but we spent a good part of the day in the water park, a wonderful and welcome addition. The crowd was light - Julie and I walked on to the Great White Roller Coaster with no wait at ALL! - and the weather wasn't as hot as it had been so it was great! The bad part was my best Nike shoes had a blowout while we were there. Strangest thing - the air pocket on the right heel expanded creating a lump of air for me to walk on the rest of the day!
Thursday - Came home, but not before we went to the Outlet malls in San Marcos. I had to have a new pair of Nikes!
So now its Saturday and, for the first time in a long time, I'm not preaching tomorrow. I'm not really sure what to do with that other than wait expectantly for Monday and my first day in the CBC offices. If you're a CBC member, pray for us as we begin this journey together!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
And yet, in this change and the accompanying loss, there's a quiet confidence in my heart. A confidence that yes, this IS INDEED God's plan for us. I don't know why and I can't express with clarity what happens from here. For all human intents and purposes, this looks like insanity. Yet I'm fully convinced and convicted this is the plan of the Lord.
To my friends at FBC Frankston: Thanks for allowing us to serve the Lord here for the last two-plus years. We're indebted to you in so many ways. Your love and encouragement has meant so much and I'm thrilled we're not going far. For those who are disappointed we're leaving, I take that as a great compliment of your trust and love for our service here. Yet I ask that you trust the Lord and me, just as you have for the last two-plus years. Please know of my prayers for each of you and for our beloved FBC.
To my new friends at Central, Jacksonville: Thanks for trusting the Lord and me enough to call me as your pastor. Please pray for me as I seek to serve the Lord faithfully in that role. I look forward to seeing what the Lord has for us together as we begin this journey together. There's much to look forward to as we get started. We'll see you on August 30th!
Monday, August 03, 2009
A CAREER IN PUNS
My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned. I couldn't concentrate.
Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.
After that, I tried to be a tailor, but I wasn't suited for it -- mainly because it was a sew-sew job.
Next, I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was too exhausting.
Then, I tried to be a chef -- figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the thyme.
I attempted to be a deli worker; but any way I sliced it, I couldn't cut the mustard.
I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn't have any patience.
Next, was a job in a shoe factory. I tried but I couldn't fit in. I became depressed and soulful.
Then there was the professional fisherman job. But I discovered that I couldn't live on my net income.
I managed to get a job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.
So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn't fit for the job.
After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as an historian -- until I realized there was no future in it.
My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.