7 and counting

As a DAWG, I am extremely thankful to have beaten Tech 7 years in a row. (Since Tech had to forfeit several wins because they are cheaters and played ineligible players, it has been 17 years since they beat us). I hate the Tech game; I always feel like it is a trap game for us. It’s kind of like playing Georgia Southern. If you win, well, you should have won. If you lose, you’ll never hear the end of it. Thomas Brown had an extremely good game tonight. I would have loved to have seen Knowshon have another 100 yard game, but Brown certainly deserved his awesome day. Stafford looked sharp. We had a good game against the #7 defense in the country. We have fared well against good defenses recently. Both Auburn’s and Tech’s defense were highly regarded. I can’t wait to see what next years offense can do. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog. And by the way, Tech fans shouting, “To He** With Georgia” is the ultimate in tacky. That is all.

For The Tech Game #3

For my last Tech pic, this is an American salute to Reggie Ball, one of Georgia’s best ever players. I think the UGA Athletic Assocation is going to retire his jersey. Here’s to you Reggie!  

For The Tech Game #2

For The Tech Game

Enjoy the picture as you get ready for the Tech game this weekend! Let’s try and make it 7 in a row!

Beauty From Ashes

Isaiah 61:3 says, “and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” There has been so much beauty from the Lord in this time of sadness in our life. We were able to expereience how much the people around us cared about us. We reieved so many encouraging phone calls, emails, and visits. People brought food to our house. Most importantly, people prayed. We are so grateful for that. We were able to step back at this Thanksgiving time and be extra grateul for what we have. We have an incredible marriage, a handsome and hilarious son named Charlie, an awesome church to serve at, and wonderful families. The Lord is teaching us so mauch at this time. I am preaching a series on the fruits of the spirit at church. This past Wednesday, I preached on peace. So many times, we try to fast forward through the rough pathes in life. Our prayer is to slow down and fully get a handle on what God is trying to teach us during this time in our life.

The latest on Us

Hey everyone! We just want to sincerely thank you for all your thoughts and prayers over the past week. We found out that sadly enough little baby Cottle didn’t make it. We are sad, but confident in the fact that God has surrounded this situation with perfect plan and purpose. We know that He loves us and we know that you love us through your actions over the past week. Our prayer is that in this situtation God’s glory would be revealed in us. Today we claim the words of Philippians 4:11-13, which state, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” We ask that right now if you want to encourage Katie, just to email her rather than call. Her email address is katiepcottle@hotmail.com. We love and appreciate all of you and we are thankful for the many blessings God has given us.

Email To My Worship Team

After a lot of thought and prayer, I gave my whole worship team the week off. Not because I’m mad at anyone, but because I don’t feel we were in love with Jesus like we need to be. Here’s a copy of my email:

Hey team! Just wanted to remind you why we are taking off this week. We want to take a week off for 2 reasons:

#1) To get refocused on the Lord by spending time with Him daily. The main reason I want you to report on your quiet times during practice is not a legalistic one. It is simply accountability. How can we expect to lead people into the presence of God if we are not going there everyday personally? One thing that last week’s service showed me is how much the student ministry looks up to the older students and leaders, especially the ones in the band. Everyone that won a prize in the costume contest was older and mainly in the band, even though the younger kids had better costumes in some cases. Let that be an encouragement and a warning to you this week. People are looking to you on how to live the Christian life. We’ve got to be setting the tone and the example.

   When we start meeting together again next week, everyone needs to start sharing chapters and verses that they read from during the week. Not, “I’ve really been thinking a lot this week” or “ I saw something in nature that made me think about God.” Nope. Chapters and verses homies. I want you in the Word hardcore. Being busy and overwhelmed is not an excuse. When we are busy and overwhelmed, we need to be in the Word even more.

#2) To refocus our attitude. Rehearsal needs to be a time of fun, laughter, and worship. There are 2 things we need to do to make this happen. #1- Practice your music. If you don’t listen to your cd and come to practice without having a basic grasp of the song, that’s not fair to other band members who did listen to their cd. We’re all big boys and big girls. We are all in our cars enough to listen to 5 songs during the week. Please do this! #2- Check your attitude at the door. I know we all bring baggage to practice from long, busy stressful days. But we’ve got to start leaving that at the foot of the cross when we hit the stage. Our band should be a band that is characterized by an enjoyment of worship and of each other.

The passage I’ll leave you with speaks directly about this. It comes from Ephesians 4:1-6. “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

I appreciate each and every one of you and want to see each of you move beyond the level of Christian mediocrity. My prayer is that you are becoming disciples who lead others in worship.