Helpful Advice (Don’t try this at home)

•April 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Kem Meyer from Grainger Community Church posted this list of helpful hints that her mother sent to her.  Go Mom!  I thought it was definitely worth passing on to you.  You might not want to try this at home though.  Could prove painful…

  1. IF YOU’RE CHOKING ON AN ICE CUBE, SIMPLY POUR A CUP OF BOILING WATER DOWN YOUR THROAT. PRESTO! THE BLOCKAGE WILL INSTANTLY REMOVE ITSELF.
  • AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.
  • (Men) AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.

  • FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.

  • A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

  • IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU’LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.

  • YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE – WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN’T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN’T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.

  • REMEMBER – EVERYONE SEEMS NORMAL UNTIL YOU GET TO KNOW THEM.

  • IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU’VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.

 

  • IF YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON HAIRCUTS, USE “NAIR” IT IS ABOUT HALF THE COST OF A CUT, AND IT WILL LAST FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
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Fellowship

•April 28, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I heard a long time ago that a good definition of fellowship was “two fellows on a ship”.  The are in a positon where they are headed in the same direction and share each others companionship.  And each one has to row together or the ship will just go in circles.

Well, this weekend Josh and I spent time at the New Life Christian Fellowship International Spring Convention. That’s the organization that we are both credentialed with.  It was a great time.  We got to meet other pastor’s in the fellowship and put faces with names.

Josh and I also got to conduct a workshop together about “Leveraging Technology To Increase Your Ministries Impact”.  It was a great workshop.  Lots of interaction, good discussion and of course what made it best was sharing it with my son.  We made a pretty good tag team if I do say so myself.  You would have been really proud of how Josh handled himself with such confidence in his first speaking experience in front of seasoned ministers. That’s one of the highlights of my life. 

To understand that, you have to know some of the roads we’ve been down together.  Like me, Josh had some rebel in him during his teen years and yes we did butt heads… a lot. (Maybe it’s because we can be so much alike)  Anyway there were times when we were anything but unified and days when I wondered if we were gonna get through it.  But this week was proof of how God has worked in both our lives over the past few years.  Josh is becoming a fine young man (Both of my sons are) and I am finally growing up myself.  Life is good.  God is great!

Psalm 133:1 says…

See, how good and how pleasing it is for brothers to live together as one!

This weekend Josh and I experienced that.  That is true fellowship.  And I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us next!

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

•April 18, 2008 • 2 Comments

Did you feel the earth move last night.  Here in Illinois there was an earthquake.  It woke us up around 4:35 this morning.  The house was shaking, windows rattled, pictures went crooked and the whole family was awakened. (One friend who works overnights posted this morning that his co-worker dove under his desk-LOL)  Now if you live in Cali that might not be a big deal, but here in the heartland a 5.2 quake is huge. (The last one of this magnitude was in the late 60’s, I am pretty sure the one closet to that was sometime in the 1800’s)

It’s a wierd feeling when everything around you that you have always known as stable and secure begins to tremble.  It’s kind of scary.  Well OK it is really scary.  What do you hold onto when your whole world is shaking?

(In case you didn’t catch it, that was a metaphor for life)

Sometimes our whole world gets shaken by circumstances.  Financial crisis, sickness, marriages that break up.  It can cause us to feel like we are totally out of control and there is nothing stable to hold onto.  When life feels that way, don’t dive under the desk.  Run to God, and remember this word from Isaiah..

Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My loving kindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.

Find your sure footing in the knowledge that God loves you, he hasn’t forgotten you, he’ll give you peace and a solid footing in life’s biggest shaking.

Freedom of Religion? Where do we draw the lines?

•April 15, 2008 • 1 Comment

There is an interesting court case brewing in Texas.  I am sure that you have heard of it even if you havn’t been keeping up with it.  There is a very “traditionalist” Mormon sect in Texas and Utah that pracice polygamy and arranged marriages between underaged girls and older men.  According to reports a 16 year old girl called state authorities to report that she had been abused and raped by her 50 year old husband and that is what started the investigation that brought us where we are today.  More on the story here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbBkVaBiRH0

While the situation sickens me and it angers me greatly that these innocent children had to be put through such things, this case brings up a bigger question.   “Where is the line between freedom of religion and a state’s right to move in and take action?”

The First Ammendment of the Constitution of the United States reads;

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This right is one of the most precious and cherished here in America but it is also one of the most challenged.  Note that there is no where in this ammendment where it states that there is a seperation between church and state.  That was an issue that was mentioned in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a group of ladies in a baptist organization who were affraid of the government interfering with religious practice.

In the case in Texas we have a clear example of religion gone amuck.  What is happening there is clearly damaging to these children and something must be done.  But will this case open the door for more discriminatory cases against religious groups who hold close to their doctrine and beliefs?  Suppose the government came in and arrested your pastor for speaking out against such sins as homosexuality? That is happening in some countries already. 

Where should the line be drawn?  I am going to continue watching this case closely and praying that God will intervene and give these children and their families safety, peace and clarity and help the authorities to act righteously.

What’s your opinion?

More In Common Than You Think…

•April 7, 2008 • Comments Off on More In Common Than You Think…

Today we had an interesting lunch meeting with the staff at our church. We went to Jimmie John’s (I recommend the Billy Club!), got our lunch to go and went to the park together.  It was a gorgeous day.  Pastor Henning and Judy had come up with some questions for us each to answer.  It was a way for us to share something about ourselves that the others might not know.  Things like “Where were you born?” , “How many siblings do you have?”, “What was your first job?”, “What were your childhood hobbies?”, and the toughest question of all, “What were your biggest challenges growing up?”

That last question elicited some interesting responses and emotions.  It’s amazing how things from our childhood can effect us even as adults.  It was really interesting to realize how much we don’t know about each other.  All of us have much more in common than you can imagine.  But I really think that is true for all of humanity.  If we could see the challenges that the addict, the loser, the princess, etc. all have had in life we will find common ground.  It makes you appreciate others and the fact that we are all created equally in God’s image and that there is no temptation or trial that is not common to man.  So the next time you encounter someone that is different, remember that you have much more in common than you could imagine.  It puts them into a different light as a child of God, and a fellow traveler on life’s journey.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (Message)

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

Something is missing

•April 2, 2008 • 1 Comment

Something was missing.  I went to the basement in our house.  (It’s an old house with stone walls in the basement. Very Dungeonesk)  When I flipped on the light nothing happened.  It was still dark. “Who didn’t change the light-bulb!” I yelled to myself.  Nobody was home so I figured I was safe to rant and rave.  After stubbing my toes and fighting off the fear that always comes from dark spaces, I found my way to the shelf where the light-bulbs are and quickly resolved the issue.

Darkness does strange things to our psyche.  When it’s dark you can imagine all kinds of things lurking beyond your sight, every bump and noise takes on an ominous threat of impending danger.  When you are watching a horror film, what always happens before the big scare?  The lights go out.  Darkness is a good cloak for evil deeds. 

The question I have been pondering in the last week is does darkness exist?  Is it a tangible thing or is darkness just an absence of light.   Think about it. 

In the same line of thought, does evil exist or is it simply an absence of good.  Most people (not all for certain) but most who are “evil” have experienced a life void of good.  Maybe its from abject poverty, or a broken home, abuse, etc.  Absence of light, lack of the good things that make life worth living and the resulting effect is “evil”.

Think of all of the places where a light was turned on.  A poor family who receives the light of a hand up from a community minded church, a child from a broken home who received the light of love from a “Big Brother or Big Sister”, a blighted urban community that is turned around because someone bought a piece of run down property and transformed it into a showplace that lit the way for urban renewal.

What are you doing to turn on a light in your sphere of influence.  I believe it was Ben Franklin who said “The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men (an women) to do nothing.”

Something’s missing in this world.  Let’s work together to turn on a light!

Matthew 5:16 

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

My Proudest Moments

•March 31, 2008 • 1 Comment

When I look back on my life and think about my proudest moments I find some pretty amazing things.  No it’s not when I got hired to a major St. Louis Radio Station in only my 2nd year of broadcasting, or when I announced some big name stars at the Family Reunion Concert to over 15,000 screaming people.  (although that one was a buzz)

My proudest moments in life are much simpler.  Like when my wife walked down the aisle with a huge smile on her face after saying I do, the day my boys were born or when they learned to walk or ride a bike. Times like the day Jonah went to LA with some brand new high dollar sun glasses and gave them to a homeless man on the beach because he was squinting really hard in the bright California sun.  Or days like today, when my oldest son Josh started teaching a college group at church.  If you knew some of the roads we have been down, you would understand why that is so significant to me.  Josh is putting himself out there for God (that’s a much better buzz than announcing to a crowd), Joe is growing into a fine young man, and my wife gets more beautiful every day.  Remember what I said about legacy in a previous post.  This is mine.  When my children and future grand children and great grand children are serving the Lord and putting themselves out there for His sake.  Those are my proudest moments.  Did I mention what a great job Josh did tonight? I’m proud of my boys.

Psalm 23:24-25 (The Message)

 Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy! Make your mother proud!