Love will ask nothing from us, but demand we give our all

Fireproof was such an awesome movie.  I cried at serveral points.  I was laughing so hard I cried at others.  It was a great film.  The story is one that I could watch over and over.  I really don’t want to give anything away that happens in the movie, but I do highly recommend that you and your spouse go see it.  It is a great film for couples.  I went to see it with Kim this morning.  I am not really sure that the middle and high school aged kids that we were in there with got much out of it, but it will help to strengthen the relationship between many couples.  I am so glad that there are movies being made these days that glorify Christ and spread His message of salvation to everyone who see them.  It was so cool to go to a theater and watch a movie where the Gospel is clearly presented in a way that everyone can understand.

Published in: on September 26, 2008 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Praise God from whom all blessings flow…

It feels like forever since I have blogged.  It is because I have been completely tied up with typing a paper that is due next Monday, but thank God I just finished it.  It is a philosophy of religion paper (you know really light reading for your free time), but I think that it turned out pretty good.  It has been a busy week so far though.  I led the chapel service for Cumberland Christian Academy this morning, and it went really well.  I talked to the kids about having a proper view of who God really is, and how that affects the way we live our lives.  I used the passage from Luke 15 concerning the prodigal son.  God is our loving daddy, and he always welcomes us home after we have strayed away.  It went well though.

I would also like to ask you to pray for my brother today.  He is having a sentinel lymph node biopsy this afternoon to see if he has melenoma that has spread.  I know that God can heal him if he does, but I am praying that he does not have cancer.

The final thing that I leave you with today is somethign that I am excited about.  If you read my wife’s blog (which you can link to from the menu to the right, it is called Kim’s Blog), you know that the movie Fireproof is coming out tomorrow.  At the end of chapel today one of the teachers from Cumberland asked if I wanted to join them tomorrow to go see the movie, because they are taking all of the students to see it.  This is because the headmaster of Cumberland Christian Academy is the father of the Kendrick brothers who wrote and directed the film.  Anyways, Kim and I have been invited to go see the movie with them in the morning.  We are both very excited about it, and I think that this movie is going to make a big impact in the next few weeks.  Pray that God will use the movie to glorify Himself, and mend broken marriages.

I hope that everyone has a great day, and go see Fireproof this weekend if you get the chance.

Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 11:09 am  Comments (1)  
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We open our hands and You reach for us

I just wanted to say something simple this morning.  Well I guess really I wanted to ask a question.  Are you, or your church, making a difference for the Kingdom of God?  I mean really.  Does your life make an impact in this world?  This is sort of a follow up to yesterday’s post, in that, God does have plans for your city, wherever you may be, but is your church cognizant of those plans.  In his devotional book, The Man God Uses, Henry Blackaby asks this question in reference to your community, “Is the darkness getting darker because the churches and Christians are busy, or is the light getting brighter because churches and Christians are obedient?”  Every Christian and every church needs to ask itself this question, and answer it honestly.  Please let me know what you think.  I know that there are many people who read this, and I would love to know your thoughts about it.

Published in: on September 19, 2008 at 10:57 am  Comments (1)  
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Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city.

I don’t have a great deal to talk about today, but I would like to give you a few thought to mull over.  I picked this song lyric for today because I have been thinking about doing ministry in the city where God has placed me currently for ministry.  I know that God still has big plans for the city of Mableton, GA.  There is no way that we would still be here if God did not have plans.  I know that there is something looming on the horizon that God has planned for the people of Westside Baptist Church to be involved in.  The question is whether or not the people of Westside will be waiting expectantly for the invitation from God.  I am of the belief that the current season of spiritual dryness that Westside has been in for the past couple of years has caused the members to be unmoved by things that are happening around them.  Since I have been here at Westside for the past few months, there have been things going on that encourage me.  God is beginning to move in this community of believers.  My fear and concern is that the people here have become so hardened and apethetic  that they are blinded to the movement of the Lord in our midst.  I think that within the next few months that God is going to amaze the people here with what he can do. 

I also wanted to share an awesome experience that I was able to be a part of earlier this week.  At chapel this past Monday at school, a few of the students from the Korean program led the worship.  The first song that they sang was “Draw Me Close.”  The woman singing sang the song through in English.  Then she repeated the dong in Korean.  We were all singing with her as she led in English, and when she restarted the verse in Korean all of the Korean student joined her singing in Korean.  All of the American students continued on in English.  It was an awesome moment of praise.  I know that so often that I get lost in the fact that we often think of Christianity as being an American religion.  The fact is that it never has been an American religion.  It started in the Middle East and spread out.  Christianity is a global religion, and it is moments like that on Monday afternoon that remind me of the fact that Christianity is not isolated to English-speaking Americans.  On the contrary, Jesus is a force that transcends language and cultural barriers.  He is bigger than anything that we can fathom, and He is more powerful than anything we can do.  Jesus dies for all that they may receive eternal life through Him.

Well this ended up being longer than I thought it would be, but I hope it makes you think.  I hope that you will leave your comments and tell me what you think.

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm  Comments (1)  
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I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about you, it’s all about you Jesus

Sorry that it has been a few days everybody.  I had a busy weekend.  After I moved into my office on Wednesday I had church and then I was off on Thursday and Friday.  I had a great weekend though.  Thursday was a marriage enrichment day with Kimmie.  It was such a great day!  We dropped AG off at my parent’s house, and then we went to enjoy a romantic breakfast at Waffle House.  I know that it sounds sarcastic, but it was nice to actually be able to spend some time just talking to each other.  Do not get me wrong.  I love my daughter with everything that is within me, but it was really cool to have some time with just the wife and me.  After we ate breakfast, we went to walk around Michael’s so that Kim could get some stuff she needed to make a cake this weekend.  We used our free movie tickets that we got from American Eagle for trying on a pair of jeans, and we went to see the movie Traitor.  It was a pretty good movie.  I enjoyed the time sitting with Kim.  After the movie, we went and walked through Harry’s Farmers Market.  I love that place so much.  It is always fun to walk through even if we don’t buy anything.  All in all it was a great day.  I love getting to spend time with Kimmie.

Friday was great as well, because I got to have a daddy-daughter day at the house.  I love her so much.  We had a great day together.  The rest of the weekend was spent on finishing homework and watching football.  Church was also a big part of the rest of the weekend as well. 

I am currently in class at seminary.  I love coming to school.  It is so great to get to come to school and sing songs from the hymnal and pray and talk about Jesus.  I mean how awesome is that?  It is a long day at school, but it is enjoyable.  I hope that you guys have a great day.

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 9:53 am  Comments (1)  

I have seen the light, shining in the darkness…

I used this song lyric today because I am very excited.  I am blogging to you from my new office!  It has finally happened.  I moved in this morning, and everything is not perfectly set up yet but at least I’m here.  It is pretty cool having my own office.  I have never had my own office before.  It makes me feel like a big boy.  I am all grown up and living an adult life.  I guess it is the little things in life that can go a long way toward making someone feel good.  I still need to do some decorating and stuff, but I am in here for good.  Another thing is that I don’t have a phone in this office yet, but that will be remedied soon.  I also need a couple of chairs so that visitors can have a place to sit when they come in.  I am very excited about the whole thing though.  It has been a long time coming, but it is finally for real.

I am also excited today because tomorrow is my “All-day-with-Kimmie” Day.  I think that it is going to be great.  We don’t really get to do this that often.  It will eb nice to have her all to myself.  Do not get me wrong.  I love AG to death, but it is nice to get to work on Kim’s and my relationship every once in a while.  I love her too, you know.  I think that we are goign to eat breakfast together at the restaurant of her choosing, and we are going to see a movie (not sure which one yet).  Other than that, I guess we will have to see where the road takes us.  I am really looking forward to it though.

I hope that everyone has a great day.

Published in: on September 10, 2008 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

And the glory of it all is He came here for the rescue of us all…

Great song!  If you don’t know it then you need to go buy David Crowder Band’s album either “Remedy” or “Remedy Club Tour.”  One is the studio version and the other is the live version.  It is a great song though, in that it talks of how God was there in the beginning and He will be there in the end.  The chorus talks of how it is so glorious that God came here to rescue us, and believe me we needed to be rescued.  But that is not the real reason for my post today.

I guess that the body of my post today is really more of a response to my wife’s post for today.  I think that something crazy happens in a woman’s brain when she becomes a mother.  She suddenly becomes incredibly hard on herself.  Kim is a fabulous mother!  She does so much to care for Anna Grace and me at the same time.  She has this mindset, however, that she is failing in all categories.  This is simply not the case.  She does a great job of balancing everything that she has going on in her life.  Motherhood, wifehood, studenthood, and everything else in between.  She is the best wife that a man could ever ask for.  She is so loving and so faithful.  She is the greatest mother that a child could ask for.  She provides, teaches, and care for AG like none other.  Unfortunately, Kim is often blinded to the fact that she is doing a great job.  She sees a few mishaps and the world is falling apart for some reason.  I love her with every fiber of my being, and I want her to know that I think that she does a wonderful job.  She said in her post today that she thought that she had failed in several categories of motherhood.  I think that makes me want to pinch her.  She has not failed in any aspect, even in the slightest.  I understand that you are always your own worst critic, but sometimes it can be taken to the max.  Kim, you are a great wife, mother, and friend!  I love you very, very, very, very much, and you are doing a fine job of caring for our family.

Published in: on September 9, 2008 at 10:37 am  Comments (2)  
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I hide my eyes with my face to the ground in the presence of your majesty

I do not really have a lot to say today.  I am in a bit of a funk today as well.  I am so stinkin ready to move into my new office here at the church, but it looks like it is going to be at least one more day.  (Stink bottom)  I just really want to finally have a place to call my own here at the church, and a place where I can have a little bit of privacy.  I mean the way it is right now, everything that I say to someone on the phone or anyone that comes in to see me is right out there in the open for everyone to hear.  Not that I am saying things that are bad or super confidential, but it would be nice to not have certain people listening to everything that I say.  Also it would be nice to have a place where I can close the door and practice songs for the coming Sunday or listen to a new song without bothering everyone else.  I am just ready to move in.

Other than that, I am really looking forward to spending time with Kim later this week.  We are going to have a full day of just me and Kimmie time.  I am really excited about it.  I hope that you guys are having a great day, and enjoy life.  It is more fun that day.

Published in: on September 8, 2008 at 1:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Let me sing, louder than creation to you…

Ok, so it has been a couple of days since I blogged, but give me a break.  I am a very busy man. 🙂  The title to my blog today is part of a song by Todd Fields called Let Me Sing.  You should listen the rest of the words to the song by clicking HERE.  Now that you have heard the song we can move on.  I just listened to it again, and if the words to that song donot lead you to worship then something is severely wrong with your head.  Yes, all of creation declares the glory of the Lord, but I want to be one who is singing louder than all of creation back to Him.  Jesus said that if we don’t praise Him then the very rocks will cry out.  I can promise you this:  as long as there is breath in my lungs there will be no rock to cry out on my behalf.  I will praise the Father and the Son all the days of my life, and then I will do it for all of eternity in heaven.  I cannot wait for that day to come when I close my eyes in this world and open them to see the face of my Savior.  I simply cannot help but to tear up as I even type those words.  Think about it!  As a Christian, the very next thing I will see after I close my eyes and breathe my last here on Earth will be the face of Jesus.  WOO-HOO!!!  It makes me want to shout!  I cannot wait to meet my Savior face-to-face.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do not have some morbid death wish right now.  I claim the words of Paul when he says, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  I love getting to be a very small part of God’s bigger plan while I am here, but just think of the reward that awaits when I get to heaven.  I think that it is awesome! 

Another cool thing is that Kim and I have some friends who adopted a cute little baby boy this time last year, and tomorrow is his first birthday party.  We are so excited for little Eli.  I think that the party is going to be one kicking shindig.  I am looking forward to it. 

The final thing that I will leave you with for today is the recount of an incident that occurred yesterday evening as Kim and I were leaving the house to go out for a few minutes.  As Kim and I were getting the munchkin into the car, we both heard a noise.  Kim said, “What was that?”  I responded with, “I sounded like someone yelling outside.”  I thought nothing of it, but then I heard the sound again.  This time I thought to myself, “That does not sound like someone yelling.”  I stepped outside to listen again.  I heard the sound a third time to which I responded, “Oh heck naw!  The people across the street have a goat in their backyard!”  Sure enough, Kim and I both heard the goat bleating across the street.  It was the craziest thing that I had been witness to in quite a while.  I thought Kim was going to fall out of the car she was laughing so hard, and I was simply speechless with astonishment.  I mean really who has a goat in their backyard in a suburban neighborhood.  I think they only have it there for one reason.  They are going to fatten that thing up and kill it and roast it.  Of course, you have to understand that these are people who seem to be a bit strange.  They always have about 47 cars in their driveway, and they like to yell at each other outside as opposed to inside the house.  I don’t mean anything ethnically off color by this, but they are Hispanic and Hispanics do historically eat goat meat.  Not that there is anything wrong with eating goat, but they could at least go buy some that was already slaughtered.  I just think that whole situation is funny though.  I thought that you might find it humorous as well.

Well, I guess that I will talk to y’all later.  Have a wonderful day!

Published in: on September 5, 2008 at 10:07 am  Comments (2)  
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Sing, sing, sing and make music with the heavens…

I love that song!  I think that I am going to teach it to the congregation very soon.  Again I must give my apologies for not bloggin more frequently.  I am simply a very busy man, and blogging gets pushed to the back burner.  That being said, I do have a few thoughts.  I received my copy of the new Chris Tomlin cd in the mail on Friday.  I know a full four days before it comes out in a retail setting!  I was super stoked.  Let me just say that the album is AWESOME!  Chris has a gift of listening to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit in his heart and putting pen to paper in a way that glorifies the Lord magnificently.  If you do not already own a copy of “Hello Love,” you must stop what you are doing at this very moment and go buy a copy.  It is full of songs that the church will be singing for the next few years. 

I am also very excited about this week.  I officially get my own office this week.  Thursday is the big day, and I am looking forward to it with great anticipation.  I will feel like such a big boy with an office all to myself.  I think that it will be cool.  I will be able to practice songs and stuff like that without bothering everyone else in the main office where I currently have a cubbie.  I think that it is going to be fun.

Finally, I would like to give my thoughts on John McCain’s choice for his running mate.  I think that Sarah Palin is a great choice.  She is very conservative.  I like this because we will more than likely agree on many issues.  She is a mother of five who lives in Alaska, so you know that she is hard core to the Nth degree.  She will help bring the female population vote to McCain’s side of things, and she was a total surprise.  That is always a good thing.  Also let me add that I think that it is retarded how the media is making a huge deal about Palin’s 17 year old daughter being pregnant out of wed-lock.  I do not by any means approve of Bristol’s actions that got her to her current situation, but at least she is taking responsability for her actions and she is going to try to marry the father.  Yes she made a stupid mistake, and she should have to face the consequences, but the media has no right the drag her through the mud in order to make a story out of it and try to paint a soiled picture of Sarah and how she is a terrible mother.  I just think that the media needs to mind their own business.  I must also give credit to Barack Obama for taking the high road and saying that families should be totally off limits durning a campaign.

So those are my thoughts for the day, and I hope that they made you think and wonder about the world.

Published in: on September 2, 2008 at 7:28 pm  Comments (1)