Friday Tidbits

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  • Normally I don’t post pictures, jokes, etc. I get in my email, but this was too great to pass up. This picture was titled “Redneck Condos.” All I could think about was that it looked like a trashy version of Beverly Hills 90210.
  • Our house is showing today. Pray that it sells!
  • We’ve got a rehearsal dinner to go to tonight, so Ms. Amy is keeping Charlie. He’s excited.
  • My 30th birthday is Tuesday. It isn’t shaping up to be a good day- we have staff meeting and weather.com says it’s going to be 45 degrees. ­čśŽ

Thursday Thoughts: Happy Birthday Mama!

  • Today is my Mama’s birthday. (Yes, I am a proud Southerner. We don’t say “mother” down here. Mama all the way!) I was reminded of 2 Timothy 1:5 this morning, which says, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” My mother (and you too Daddy, but it’s Mama’s birthday)┬ádid a great job of passing down her faith to my brother and I, which was passed down to her from my grandmother, who really loved the Lord. It just reinforced to me, now I’m a parent, about how important it is to capture all the “teachable moments” you can with your child and pass on your legacy of faith. Happy Birthday Mama! You’re a great mom and I’m proud of you!
  • Last night the “Songs” service was off the chain! We had a great crowd and everybody really got involved in the service. Let me give a shout out to the band- Brent, Trey, Beth, Joel, Jake, Rusty- y’all rocked! My boy Curtis from Jim Bob’s was laying down the fat beat on the bass. You rock man. We’ll have the mp3 up on the student ministry website soon.
  • If you’re a pastor or in the ministry, you really need to check out the book of 1 Corinthians. You really see Paul’s passion for church health come alive in the book. The Corinth had some issues going on. And let’s be honest- our churches also have issues. You know why? Because churches are made up of people. And people aren’t perfect. Yes, this includes you. I once heard Bryant Wright, the pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church ┬áin Marietta, GA, say, “If you ever find a perfect church, GET OUT! You’ll mess it up!” The difference between us and Paul is that we let unhealthy people and unhealthy situations continue to mess up our churches because we are afraid of confrontation. We’ve got to stop being more afraid of confrontation than leading an unhealthy church. Sometimes it will be an easy fix. Sometimes it will be a battle. It love 1 Cor. 4:21. Paul says, “What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” Paul was prepared to talk it out if words were enough. If not, he was ready to put the pop-knot on somebody’s fanny. Lead boldy today and embrace health.

It’s always cool to see God work on your behalf

Okay, this will give you chills. If you didn’t know, our student ministry is taking a mission trip to Ecuador before too long. On Sunday, we had a training event. Brent, one of our adults who is going on the trip, approached me Sunday after the training event and told me that he had a contact at the airport. This contact had helped them do check-ins before for their group and had always expedited and eased the check-in process.┬áBrent offered to call his contact and see if he would help check our Ecuador mission team in. Well,┬áBrent called his contact and the guy asked where we were going on our trip. When Brent said Ecuador, they guy said, “No way! I’m from Ecuador!” This guy’s parents still live in the area we’re going to. You know, I shouldn’t be surprised about stuff like this. God always goes ahead of us when we step out in obedience to Him, but it is still WAY COOL to watch Him work!

Tuesday Thoughts

  • God continues to kick my teeth in (in a good way, of course) as I read through 1 Corinthians. This morning I was reading in chapter 3, and Paul writes about there being quarelling over who follows who. Some followed Paul. Some followed Apollos. I think in our culture that fosters a super-star mentality in Christianity, we see this today. Some say I follow Andy Stanley, or I follow Steven Furtick, or I follow Louie Giglio. (Disclaimer: This is not a bust on these dudes. They are some of my heroes in ministry, so I am using their names.) As verse 5 says, these guys are only servants. Well, servants that have come to an understanding of how God works and are capturing the purpose for which God made them. In verse 6, Paul says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” The church has to be very careful to always remember that any spiritual growth we see in our faith family is not a result of awesome programs, relevant preaching, or awesome worship leading. Growth belongs to God, and God alone. Our role is to plant or water. We are to come alongside people and either plant the first seends of the gospel or continue to nurture what someone else has planted. As we continue to walk through life with that person, we are able to see God make the Gospel explode to life in them. Verse 9 calls us God’s fellow worker. Make sure you labor alongside God this week, not in place of God. Some of my ministry heroes I mentioned have been successful in ministry because they have taken their place alongside God and have been devoted to working their tails off to fulfill the role God created them for.
  • Band practice went great last night. Wednesday night is going to rock. You really need to be there. Seriously.
  • We’re providing lunch today for the BCM at LaGrange College. It’s always fun going to the college and hanging out with the students there.
  • I had a burst of excitement thinking about the DAWGS this morning. Do you realize how loaded we (when I say we, I mean Georgia fans. If you like another school, especially Florida, you are not permitted to read any further) are for this season? Stafford continues to look like a 1st round NFL quarterback. Plus throw in several stud wide recievers that are fast as lightning, and you’ll see lots of points on the board. I’m even hearing rumors of some 5-wide sets this year. Running back? You’ve got Heisman hopeful Knowshon Moreno toting the rock, along with Caleb King who is insanely fast. The biggest question is at Defensive End. But we had questions about defensive end last year, and I think Marcus Howard did an adequate job this year. ­čÖé If you don’t Know Shon, you don’t Know Squat!
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“Songs” service this week! (featuring songs by Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Steve Fee, and Kristian Stanfill)

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  • I am so excited about our “Songs” service this Wednesday night! We did this service about a year ago, and it was one of the best worship experiences┬áof the year! The whole service will be some of our favorite worship songs, but we will take about 4 or 5 minutes between each song and talk about the scripture behind the songs and how God inspired the writer of the song. It will be powerful- don’t miss it!
  • Here is our set list for the “Songs” service: Let God Arise by Chris Tomlin, Hungry by Charlie Hall, Salvation is Here by Hillsong United, Better is One Day by Matt Redman, Everlasting God by Brenton Brown, Sing, Sing, Sing by Chris Tomlin, Forever by (you guessed it) Chris Tomlin, Spring of Life by Kristian Stanfill, and We Shine by Steve Fee.
  • I can’t tell you how excited I am about Wednesday. I know schedules are crazy with spring sports, ballet, etc., but don’t miss this. Be there and bring a friend!
  • Go to facebook and RSVP if you’re coming. Click here to RSVP on facebook.

Told you I would catch a big bass!

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Today I went fishing with Greg Oleson. (Thanks Senor Greg!). This was the first time I’ve been fishing in 2008, and my first fish was the 4 pound beauty. Hopefully this fish is an indicator of a good fishing season this year. I caught 5 today. Not bad for February!

Saturday Stuff: Blue Reeboks and Fishing

  • I bought a pair of really blue shoes. They are cool and I know I look cool when I wear them. Especially since they were only $25 at Hibbetts.
  • Katie and Charlie have headed off to Douglasville to see baby Sam. They were looking forward to it!┬á
  • I am about to go fishing for the afternoon. Maybe next time I write a post, I’ll have a picture of the huge bass I caught. But for right now, you’ll have to be content with my blue shoes:
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