Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
He left today for a week as Crew Chief in Savannah, GA. He is the only one from our church on this trip (our two groups leave later in July), so even if you don't know him, freak him out with an "E-Couragram" email. On the form the church group is Denmark FBC, Denmark, SC Thanks for encouraging our solo World Changer! Andy the Parson
Here is the link...(good through 07/02/09)Savannah, GA E-Couragram!
Monday, June 22, 2009
I know, I know...you thought I was probably envious. Are you kidding? I'm glad it was them and not me...the price of oil changes, the fear of parking it where is could get stolen, or scratched.; dealing with how church members would talk! It would be torture!
Nope, I'm happy with my car that cost less than 1/10th of that car! Still, it's not every day you see a 200,000 car that will one day be in a landfill like everyone else's car!
We all need to remember the biblical truth: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21 No matter how expensive a car is...eventually rust will win!
1 Thess 5:6-11 indicates that Paul would agree: So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Life comes at you fast...STAY AWAKE for the important parts!!!
Note: If you want to see a video report of the star faced teen, go to
UPDATE: I just found out...you guessed it...she lied! Read about it here:
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Now, in honor of our dads....okay, okay, the first one is humorous...the second, however, reminds us also of our need (whether we are fathers or not) to: a.) be thankful for those people who have influenced us the most for the good (the best being those who influenced us in our walk with Christ), and b.) make sure we're influencing others in a way that when we're gone, they'll have reasons to thank God for what we gave them, showed them, or pointed them toward!
First the funny...just click on it!
And then the serious...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sunday, June 07, 2009
If you aren't sowing generously as a Christ-follower, something is wrong. Maybe you've forgotten just how much you've been given, or, at least, forgotten how grateful you should be!
Here is a preview of the video "Corner!"
Saturday, June 06, 2009
I went to a local graduation last night. Though our current economic conditions might dampen the Class of '09's immediate optimism, I'm sure those graduates who want to work hard will still be able to "harness the power of their dreams." I'm sure something like that was said in many a graduation speech over the last few weeks. Oh, I have nothing against dreams, but as a guiding principle of one's life, one needs to make sure his or her dream is a good one and a worthy one.
Still, our graduates are FREE to dream and to pursue dreams, only because other graduates 65 years ago today (D-Day) were willing to invade France at Normandy to turn the tide of the second world war. Many of the allied invading force were in their late teens or early twenties, including 160,000 troops, and 195,700 allied naval personnel in over 5,000 ships.
Graduation is a time when many graduates get letters of affirmation from family and friends. Such letters are filled with expressions of love, affirmation and pride. Imagine, however, if they were to receive a letter like the one given in 1944 to the 1000's of young allied soldiers set to invade Normandy by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower:
You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
His response may have been literal, but I can’t help thinking the astute farmer meant it figuratively as well. We all need to pick the fruit from our past and burn what’s left. We need to learn whatever lessons the past has to teach us and move forward with more wisdom under our belts and more optimism in our spirits.
Otherwise, we would be like another farmer in Mr. Claypool’s situation who drags the fallen tree into his barn or house, in a vain attempt to hold onto the glory years of his beloved tree. Over time, of course, the tree’s fruit would spoil and turn rancid and the timber would draw insects of all kinds. It would become a terrible obstacle in his daily life on the farm. Yet the farmer would refuse to change the absurd decision because he is holding onto the “good old days” with a vise grip.