Band Practice, Organizing Worship, and our Dream House

  • Just got home from band practice. It was great! I am really excited about our student worship service this week. Our team that went to Ecuador will share with their fellow students how God worked, how their life has been changed, and why other students should do missions. It will be powerful. I think it will be even more powerful because we tried to plan our worship songs to go along with the theme of missions Wednesday. The students know there is one theme- sharing Jesus- on Wednesday night. They will not be able to escape it. The Holy Spirit will deal with them as they are focused on that one theme. The worship and the message should ALWAYS have one central theme. Your service should head one direction, not multiple ones.
  • Our set list this week is: Where The Streets Have No Name (U2), All Over The World (Matt Redman), Lord Of All (the new Kristian Stanfill tune off the Louder Than Creation cd), We Fall Down (english and spanish version), and There Is Nothing Like (Hillsong United).
  • We got to see our dream house today. If our house had already sold, I would have made an offer today. It was everything we want in a house. It is huge- 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, and plenty of room- two living rooms and a bonus room. It is a phenomenal deal because it is in forclosure. ANybody have 200,000 they want to give us? Pray that our house sells!!!!!!

Busy Weekend and Sad Weekend

  • We have such a talented group of students at FBC! Many have had their end of the year performances this week. On Thursday night, we went to go see Matthew Olseon perform in Grease over in Valley, AL. Last night, we went to go see a lot of our girls that are in the ballet perform “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” at the Troup Auditorium. Tonight, we are going to see a ton of our kids that are in the LaGrange High Chorus perform their spring concert. It has been a busy weekend, but awesome to see our students do what they’re good at and support them.
  • Charlie stayed with NiNi and MawMaw (Katie’s parents) this weekend so we could do everything without paying $1000 in babysitting expenses. We miss him. He got part of a haircut on Thursday. Katie’s parents took him to get a haircut, and about halfway through he decided it “hurt the hair.” What a mess. Can’t wait to see him tomorrow!
  • I learned yesterday that two families actively involved in our student ministry lost relatives yesterday. The Hutton family (Vivian teaches Sunday School for me and her sons Paul and James are in the student ministry) lost Vivian’s dad after a bout with cancer. The Conrad family (Two girls in the student ministry- Lia and Kara) lost their grandfater in a tragic farming accident. Please be in prayer for these families.

Last Night Was Great!

  • We had an incredible night at church last night. Our band was smoking! We played Happy Day (one of my personal faves) with the “official” drum loop in the background, Forever, Let Me Sing (off the new Northpoint live cd), Mighty To Save, and Famous One.
  • Our message last night was called “Worry Wart.” The mp3 message will be up on our student ministry website later today. So if you’re worried about something right now, go give it a listen.

 

 

 

 

 

  • I am super excited about next Wednesday- our Ecuador Mission Team will be sharing about what God did in and through them in Ecuador. I am already fired up about it.
  • We are also revelaing all of our new summer events and programs next Wednesday night. There are some really neat things coming, so make sure you are there!
  • To update you on the fishing tourney Tuesday night, we caught lots of bass. But, alas, only one of them was a keeper. Most teams only caught one to two fish. We caught 8. But, if they’re not big enough to weigh in, tough luck. We just couldnt find any fish of any size. That just means we’ll have to fish another tournament and redeem ourselves. 🙂
  • Today begins a blitz of student performances. Tonight, we’re going to see Grease. Tomorrow night, we’re going to see A MidSummer Night’s Dream. Saturday night we’re going to see the LaGrange High School chorus’ spring concert. We have very talented students.
  • Yesterday I started my quiet time in Romans. This morning I was in Romans 1: 18-32. Here’s a couple of tidbits I got. Verse 20: God is so awesome that all creation points to the majesty and mystery of Him. Even if a person has never picked up a Bible, by the very innate qualities of the earth itself, everything points towards a loving creator that designed with purpose. Verse 25: How true, unfortunately. How often do we worship created things rather than the Creator himself? All we’re doing is giving ourselves a cheap imitation of the real thing and missing out on the grandness of God. Verses 26 and 27 are best described in The Message translation: I’ll copy and paste for you here: “Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches.”
  • That pretty much sums up much of what’s going on in society. We’ve forgotten how to be human. We’ve forgotten that life is actually valuable. We’ve forgotten how to be men. We’ve forgotten how to be women. We’ve forgotten that there is more than lust; there is actually such a thing as pure love.
  • The good news is that as messed up, geeked up, broken, and depraved our society is, God sends redemption to us. Grace is there. Truth is there. Forgiveness is there. God, help us show our world how we can be human again.

Discipline and other Tuesday thoughts

  • My project in my personal life right now is discipline. Spiritual discipline and physical discipline. Spiritually, my goal is to get up earlier and do my quiet times early in the morning. I’ve come to realize how important it is to have your quiet time early. Before I interact with my wife. Before I interact with my son. Before I amswer the first phone call. Before I reply to the first email. Before I talk with the lady behind the counter at the gas station. Before I do any of those things, I need to have spent time with Jesus and have him shining through me. Physically, it’s really simple. I need to eat better and exercise. Although there’s nothing better than a #1 value sized with sweet tea at Chick-Fil-A, that’s not good for me. It’s back to salads and water during the week, and a little trash-eating is permissible on the weekends. 🙂  
  • And I want my faithful blog readers to help keep me accountable with this. If you read my blog, ask me how I’ve been eating and if I’ve been doing my quiet times early. I promise to tell you the truthful answer.
  • I am excited about what I’m doing after work- I’m fishing a Tuesday Night Bass Tournament on West Point Lake. If we can manage to get one “kicker” fish (5 lbs or up) I feel we’ll be taking home some money. Pray for big fish tonight.
  • Katie took some pictures of the painting I did and will post them on her blog today. Be sure to go check them out.
  • Well, back to work- more coming later today!

Goin’ To Medieval Times

  • I’m really excited about tonight. Two of my best friends and our wives are going to Medieval Times in Atlanta to collectively celebrate our 30th birthdays. I’ve always wanted to go to Medieval Times. I’ve heard its lots of fun. Basically, you go to a castle, eat a medieval dinner, and watch medieval knights on horseback duke it out. Sounds kind of like a deacons meeting to me. 🙂 I’ll let you know what it’s like. Here’s a picture:

Back From The Beach and Back To The Blogging!

Now our little mini-vacation is over, I’m going to get back in the groove of writing on my blog daily. But here’s a little video from our trip to the beach. It was so fun! Enjoy!

 

The Rest Of Monday

  • We had a great day yesterday! We went to Pompano Joe’s for lunch. That is one of my favorite places to eat lunch in Destin. The amberjack sandwich is always good. The restaurant is right on the beach, so the view is beautiful.
  • We took several pictures on the beach after lunch. It was waaaaaay to cold to go to the beach yesterday for fun, so we tooka couple of really fast pictures. Here’s a picture of Charlie and me looking at a seashell we found.
  • After we tooka few pictures, Katie noticed a dolphin surface. And then another one. And another one. There was a school of about 6 dolphins right off the beach behind Pompano Joes. It was awesome to watch.
  • After lunch, Katie and I went to the outlet malls. It was great to spend some alone time with her after we were apart 2 weeks. We had so much fun and laughed a lot. We even found some great deals. If you didnt know, Katie is queen of finding bargains. Go look at her blog and you will see what I’m talking about.
  • When we got home, I walked to one of the golf course ponds. I didnt have long to fish, but I caught a 2 and 1/2 and a 3 pound bass pretty quickly! Here’s a picture of the 3 pounder. Florida bass are much darker than Georgia bass.
  • After I took a quick shower, we went to Landry’s for dinner. The food was great. It is kind of funny going out to eat here, though, because it is deserted. Everybody’s spring break is over, and the summer eason hasnt started yet, so there are not that many people in Destin. It is actually rather nice. No long lines, no traffic jams. We’ll have to start coming at this time of year more often. 🙂
  • I can’t wait to see what today holds!