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Friday, September 28, 2007

Aldrich Meets Penzance

I thought of Kevin Millikin, Mr. Shoop and Josh Lucas as I watched this. Paul has been here at least two times. Very funny guy. I enjoyed this.


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Dulp! Did I Ask That Small Group Question?

I was working on stuff for our small group ministry at church and found these "Top Ten Worst Small Group Discussion Questions". I have listed numbers 10 down to 4. You will have to click here for the last three.

10. Share the worst sin you’ve ever committed.

9. If you were God, who would you punish first?

8. Which person in this group do you think needs to find Jesus the most?

7. Which people at your church do you wish would find a different church, and why?

6. If you could erase any verse out of the Bible, which one would it be?

5. Share the juiciest piece of gossip you know so we can pray about it.

4. If you could have anything from your neighbor’s house, what would it be?

Monday, September 24, 2007

RC Racing Starts Tonight


Here is a picture of our Ministry Assistant's RC car he will be racing tonight in the Family Life Center. It is a Protoform DNA-1 body. The colors are metallic blue, corsa gray, and gunmetal. The car is a new Associated TC5.

Racing begins at 7 PM (I believe). They are racing street and oval style courses every Monday night. The new web site will be up soon. I will keep you up to date.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tony Dungy Envy

Just got done reading Jana Grant's blog. I am sooooooo jealous . . . She had the opportunity to interview Tony Dungy for the weekly radio show she co-hosts! I want to interview Tony Dungy! No, really, I would like to someday have the opportunity to meet Tony Dungy, but I am happy for Jana. You really need to visit her blog and read the funny story about it.

I have been a colts fan since I was a little boy - when they were the BALTIMORE Colts (and I have to admit that I didn't root for the Colts for about two years after they moved to Indianapolis. I am over it now). I love what Dungy has done for the Colts organization both on the field and off. He has been a great example so far. I pray he continues to keep Christ first in all he does.

Good job Jana!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Five Second Rule Might Be Correct!

You know the "Five Second Rule"? - If you drop food on the floor, you have five seconds to reclaim it before it's contaminated. . . Well, according to the "Toolkit" newsletter sent out by Mennonite Mutual Aid(all I have is a hard copy. I couldn't find a link), two Connecticut college seniors, with their microbiology professor's guidance, had fun putting that rule to a test. The biology major students dropped food onto the college's busy cafeteria floor, then measured how long it took for bacteria to form. Their "wet" food, an apple slice, didn't attract bacteria for one minute on the floor, while their dry food, Skittles candy, was safe for five minutes.
Maybe you don't want to try this at home.

Monday, September 17, 2007

19 Years Later, He Awakes!

Found this on ThatsWeird.net. How amazing and what a great story of devotion. Read the entire story here. I have posted a snippet of the article below.

A comatose man woke up after being asleep for 19 years, to find that his
world had changed beyond all recognition.Polish railway worker Jan Grzebski lost
consciousness in 1988 after being struck by a train. He suffered horrific
injuries when his head was trapped between two carriages.He didn't come out of
his coma until Sunday June 3 2007 when he opened his eyes to see his devoted
wife Gertruda's face looking at him. She cared for him all through his coma.Mr.
Grzebski was given only about two years to live after he slipped into
unconsciousness in 1988 and doctors discovered he had a tumor on his brain.But
he remained in good health due to the tireless efforts of his saintly wife
Gertruda. She fed and washed her husband's motionless body every day and moved
him every hour to prevent bedsore infections.Jan's doctor said she had "done the
job of an entire intensive care team."Her devotion was rewarded when at 65 years
of age Jan came out of his coma. He told members of his family he had vague
memories of family gatherings and relatives talking to him, trying to provoke a
response.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fun Night at Band Night


Went to one of the local high schools' "Band Night" on Wednesday night! Had a good time. Got my pic taken with our pastor's son Seth and his "special friend" (that's what my mother calls it when a guy and a girl are dating) Janelle. Let me know if you can tell which one of the three of us they call "Lumpy"


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Thanks Josh Griffin

I really appreciated this from Josh Griffin. Josh is the manager of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, a pastor at Saddleback Church and dabbles in community with Simply Youth Ministry. He is also one of the world's largest geeks and co-owns TheForce.Net.

"Worship" vs Worship

A funny thing happened at church yesterday.

My wife has been bringing her friend with her to church for the past couple of weeks. As we launch into the 10x10 vision, we're committed to doing our part as God directs. Part of the way we're reaching out is asking an unchurched friend and her son to visit church. And last week, she accepted Christ!

She was so excited to see my wife this week in church they began talking excitedly together. They were buzzing back and forth during the first song and well into the second. There was talk of Jesus love, baptism and even a few tears. It was a powerful moment - I was moved sitting just down from them seeing a life so dramatically and instantly changed.

But I could tell the woman in front of us was going to blow a gasket.

She looked back once or twice with "those eyes." She looked at her husband a minute later and rolled her eyes. She shrugged to her friends. She even kind of scowled back once, I think trying to use ESP to tell the 'bubblygirls' behind her to be quiet. Finally, near the end of the second song, she just had to say something.

"I'm sorry, but can you guys talk to each other later? I'm trying to worship."

During her "worship" she missed the most beautiful expression of worship ever. Angels were dancing in Heaven and she was ticked on earth.

Now, in her defense, my wife's friend IS loud. She does get a bit excited and I'm sure it was distracting. She doesn't know the "rules" of church and even stopped the offering plate later in the service for an extra 4 minutes to write her check. But isn't that all OK?

Sometimes I like Christians more before they know how to act like Christians.

Why am I so worked up about this? Because I've done it before. As my wife and I talked about it after our post-baptism-celebration lunch, she admitted to doing it, too. Busting someone without knowing the whole story. Getting frustrated without knowing the other half. In fact, I now realize I'm doing that to this lady in front of us, right? Is it possible that this was her last Sunday to live and she is living knowing she's terminally ill? Is it possible she brought her jaded son and daughter-in-law to church for the first time after years of trying - and some jerk behind them is being loud and distracting?

Hmm ... not sure where I'm going with this, other than to say maybe we should loosen up a bit in church. Maybe we should empathize with each other a bit more. And maybe our first reaction to a disruption in the service is that God is up to something, instead of someone being distracting.


JG

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Band/Cheerleader Bloopers

I played the tuba in the band. The tuba thing is really funny to me. I hope no one was hurt making this video. Sorry if you have already seen this.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Thank God For His Word

"Therefore we do not lose heart ...
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
-- 2 Cor. 4:16-17

Thursday, September 6, 2007

It Begins TONIGHT!!




Vs
Saints
Tonight
8:30 PM

NBC

Perfectness!

Review: HotelReservations.com

I would like to introduce you to a website that could be helpful if you travel at all - http://www.hotelreservations.com/ They can get you hotel reservations, airline tickets, condo rentals, vacation packages, cruise tickets, car rental and more for destinations in the United State and throughout the world. There are special rebates and hot deals offered as well as discounted club memberships to go along with their already discounted pricing. If you have a group, there are special deals for group bookings. I used their "Destination Guide" to research the area of Budapest, Hungary for our mission trip next summer.

So if you will be travelling in the near future, you might want to check out Hotel%20Reservations'>this helpful website.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Russian Mayor Bans . . . "I Don't know"

I remind my football players (and others) that the phrase "I can't" means "Won't try". Well the mayor of the Russian town, Megion, has taken it just a bit farther. According to Fox News:

The mayor of a Siberian oil town has ordered his bureaucrats to stop using
expressions such as "I don't know" and "I can't." Or look for another job.
Alexander Kuzmin, the 33-year-old mayor of Megion, has banned these and
25 other phrases as a way to make his administration more efficient, his
spokeswoman said Tuesday. "It's a suggestion to the staff that they should think before saying something," Oksana Shestakova said by telephone. "To say `I don't know' is the same as admitting your helplessness."

Here is the link to the entire story.

Blog Visits from Every State



I have posted numerous times early on about getting at least one visit to my blog from every state in the Union. I just checked and as of today, I still have 7 states left without an visit. Believe it or not Ohio is the state with the most visits?? followed by PA (obviously) and then California (Thanks Josh Griffin).


If you know anyone from Rhode Island, Delaware, West Virginia, Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, and/or Nebraska, please send them to my site.


If anyone visits from those states, please comment me. If I can, I will send a thank you. I know it isn't much, but I don't have much.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

"A League of Their Own" Golf Cart Drive In

I posted a couple months ago about "Salty" Sands who played professional baseball in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Well, last night, while at my family picnic I finally got to see "A League of Their Own". We were at my sister's house and her husband sells used golf carts. So, we took the carts and lined them up around their white shed in the back yard. We borrowed a wide screen projector and showed the movie on the side of the shed and we had a nice golf cart drive in! We made popcorn and drinks. It got a little cool at the end, but it was a bunch of fun.

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