We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the world’s been turning.

In case you have not heard, I finally got a firewood rack for the back patio.  It came yesterday evening, and I put it together and Kim and I filled it up.  I really like it.  It came with a cover that fits it perfectly, and it looks really nice and neat on the patio.  It will really be nice to have all of the wood up off the ground and away from the side of the house.  All but a few fires worth of wood fit on it, so we still have a little pile of wood on the ground.  But that is okay, I guess.  I am just really glad that all of our firewood is in one location that is up off the ground and away from the house.  It looks really neat and clean.  I am so ready for some fireplace weather.  I love the fall.  It is my favorite time of the year for weather.

Today is also a happy day, because my best friend David got engaged this morning.  I am so happy for him and Katy.  I really look forward to his wedding and being a part of their new life together.  I wish them all the best for sure.

I hope that everyone has a great rest of the day, and enjoy some time in corporate worship tomorrow.

Published in: on October 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Take my life and let it be all for You and for Your glory…

I love those lyrics.  They fit in perfectly with what I am talking with the youth about tonight.  I am really excited about the possibilities of what God can do through our group.  I am talking with the youth this evening about John 17 and The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus.  There are several things that we can learn from Jesus in the way that He prays to God.  In John 17:4 Jesus states, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”  God take my life and let it be all for you and for your glory.  That is all about doing the work that God gave me in this life. I plan on challenging the youth to begin coming about an hour earlier on Wednesday evenings so that we can become a group that does great spiritual battle through prayer.  I think that so often teenagers are so focused on themselves, and I want to try to get them for at least an hour to be focused on the Kingdom of God.  I believe that God can use our group in a mighty way.  I know that as we pray, His presence can fall on us, and we can be changed.  My prayer is that we can come together each week with an attitude of expectancy, and that God’s presence is so heavy on us that we cannot even open our eyes for fear of being encountered with the very image of the Lord.  I want God to use us, and I want for the youth to grasp hold of the importance of interceding on behalf of our church, our families, our country, and our world.  I will let you know how things go tomorrow.  Have a great night.

Yours is the kingdom, Yours is the power, Yours is the glory forever

Day three of camp has been amazing.  God has made his presence known in a grand way.  This morning we spent the entire session following the music portion in prayer for our churches.  It was a powerful and very moving time.  I think that the youth are starting to understand the importance of taking time to pray for those who they rely upon so often.  I think that the youth can begin something amazing at our church.  It all comes down to a matter of whether or not they are willing to step up and take responsibility for the calling that God has placed on their lives.  I tried to get them to understand this evening that they are going to be the leaders of the next generation at Westside whether they want to or not.  I would ask that you pray for the continued development of the understanding that the youth have.  I do not want them to miss the opportunity this week to experience the presence of God in this context.  Sorry for the short post tonight.  It has been a long day, and I am very tired.  Continue to pray for us.

Do they only see who we are when who we are should be pointing them to Christ…

Last night went pretty good I guess.  I just feel that sometimes the message is lost with some of the kids that are there.  I feel like they focus on making fun of the people who are in the video rather than the message that the video was trying to convey.  I want so badly for the youth to get an understanding of what it means, and how easy it is, to share the love of Christ with others.  Last night was the story about TOMS shoes, and some of the kids simply laughed it away as if I was telling a joke about these poor children in Argentina.  My only desire is to show the youth how they can plug in to the work of God on earth.  I wish there was some way to just implant the desire in their hearts to help others.  The lyric for today is from a song entitled “Mistaken” by Warren Barfield.  Everything about us as Christians: the way we interact with others, the things we say, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the places we go, and the people we associate with should all point others to Christ.  This is the message I am trying to convey to the youth at my church, but at times it seems as though I am talking to a brick way.  I know that there are times in ministry when it does not “feel” like things are going right, but I could really use some encouragement right about now.

Son of God shaper of the stars, You alone the dweller of my heart…

It has been a while since I blogged, but it is not like I haven’t been busy the past two weeks.  Sophie is now two weeks old, and she is doing great.  Anna Grace has really taken to her, and I think that she loves her new little sister.  AG is really protective of her.  It is sweet.  Kim is doing great as well.  She looks fabulous, and is starting to get into the groove of taking care of two little girls now.  I help as much as I can.  There is no way that this could be done without a team effort.  I cannot stand to hear about the stories of fathers simply shucking the task of helping raise little kids.  I want to be as much a part of their lives as I possibly can be.  I have fallen head over heals in love with these two little girls in my house, and I love getting to see them grow and develop.

I am also really happy with the way that the summer has begun for the youth group here at Westside.  Things seem to be going really well.  We have so much stuff planned to do this summer, and I really think that camp is going to be an awesome time for everyone that is going.  I am looking forward to it with great expectations for what God is going to do.

Well that is pretty much all for today.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful day, and I promise that it will not be nearly as long until I blog again.

Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I can’t wait to get on the road again…

I am back at the church.  It was a nice week last week being down in NO, and I get to go back in less than a month for another class.  It will be nice when I go back though, because Kim and AG are going with me.  It will be Kim’s first time in NO, and I am excited to show her a few things.  I love getting to be away from the office for a week, but there is always so much to do when I come back.  I have to sort through all of the mail I got, check emails, return emails, return phone calls, and many other things.  I am trying really hard to get back into the swing of things quickly.

I don’t really have much going on to talk about.  I have made a decision to try to blog every day from now on.  Of course things will come up I know, but for the most part I will try to at least check in every day.  I am excited about the new study that we are starting tomorrow night with the youth.  We are going to go through Francis Chan’s study that follows his book Crazy Love.  If you have not read that book, you need to very soon.  It is a great book, and it is super easy to read.  It causes you to think about the things that are really important in this life.  We so often get caught up in trying to live the Christian life as if we are lone ranger Christian, but that is most definitely not the way that God told us to do it in the Bible.  We are called to live in community with other believers.  This is what the youth and I will be tackling over the next few weeks.  I really think that they are going to enjoy it.

I guess that is really all for today.  I hope that everyone has a great afternoon.

Published in: on March 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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