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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jana and Baby Update

The hospital has blocked Facebook and other sites AND I needed something to eat (the dining services basically don't serve between 10 and 11:15???) so I am at Sheetz. However, the Internet here is very slow. So, I have been here longer than I wanted to already.

Jana and I went home on Monday night around 9:45 PM. On Tuesday morning we called and found a chiropractor in Sunbury who would see Jana. The visit seemed very encouraging and she had about an hours worth of relief from the painful migraine! But, as has been the case for three weeks, the pain began to return. Thankfully, we had an appointment for an ultrasound and to see the doctor for the final time before next weeks delivery. The longer we stayed the more Jana complained of throbbing. The Doctor thought it would be best to send Jana to Labor and Delivery i.e. The Family Place, to see if they could help with the anguish. We stayed another night there after they gave Jana some morphine (it sounds really bad but they say it is common) and a sleeping pill. The MS doctor came in and gave Jana a thorough exam and believes this "headache" is hormonal and not MS related.

Today the pain was a little better but we aren't sure what will happen next. We continue to pray for some reprieve and for wisdom for the doctors.   They were hoping to be able to break this condition but haven't had any luck.  Jana's blood work and blood pressure have been great and the baby continues to give good readings.  It is just this blasted migraine we can't control.  Both Jana and I appreciate your continued prayers. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

An Update on Jana's Headache

Here is a short and sweet udate on Jana . . . after two shots of something or other and an Ambien yesterday, Jana was finally able to get a little relief and fall asleep (around 7:30 PM Sunday). The pain came back this morning, however, followed by another shot of something else and then another pill of something. We are hoping she will be able to come home and "manage" this migraine until next week when the delivery will take place. She has gotten some much needed rest, seeing as she hasn't slept well for about 3 weeks. Thanks for your prayers because without some intervention, Jana will have to suffer through this thing for a little while. She is willing but I am hoping she can get a break from the pain.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Courageous: "A Mom's Got To See" Movie

Jana and I have had the opportunity to preview the new Courageous Movie (see trailer here) a few weeks ago.  The boys (and gals) from Albany, GA continue to produce entertaining and faith based movies.  Their latest offering (see a synopsis here) was thought provoking, entertaining, action packed and funny, just like the Sherwood movies in the past.  Also as in their past projects, there were those unexpected twists that made you have tears at one point only to be laughing the next.

I was pleasantly surprised by all the action scenes and loved the clear presentation of the Gospel.  Some might think having the Gospel message in the movie might keep non-church goers from coming but I believe the movie was done in a way that people won't be offended and hopefully (and prayerfully) some might even respond to the message.

Going into the theater before the preview, I did have one concern. . . being a youth pastor, I was concerned that a movie about fatherhood might not be relevant to teens.  I was wrong.  First, teens today need to know the importance of being a great and Godly father.  Second, there are so many other themes in this movie that kids, women and men need to see that and hear.  It's not JUST for fathers.  And, it is very entertaining as well.

I love the fact that someone is doing action packed, humorous, family films AND that people are showing the industry that those movies need to be made.  You should go to see this film and take your family and friends.  (Note: there is some violence so be careful who you take.)  This is definitely a "Mom's got to see this one" movie.

Friday, August 12, 2011

This Morning's Promise

I had an unusual experience in our living room this morning - an indoor rainbow! It so happened that one of our CD's was laying upside-down at the right place at the right time when the sun pierced through the window. The result was a rainbow effect on our ceiling. While I know this "sign" isn't the same as a real rainbow which is given with a promise, it still reminded me that God is in control of all things.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Luke Dowler, I.J.M. and Human Trafficking

I am passing this along from Andrew Jones of Converge Music . . .

I wanted to let you know that Luke Dowler has an incredibly powerful new single that just came out a couple days ago, and 70% of the net proceeds are going to International Justice Mission (an internationally recognized leader in the fight against slavery and human trafficking). If you would jump on to and watch the video we’d really appreciate it. If you like it, please join with us to help break the silence with this great song! Tweet, E-mail, facebook, phone, call someone over from the next office…whatever you like! Any help to get the word out makes a difference and is appreciated!

Here's the video.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The "Jesus Christ Lizard".

A promotion for our service on Sunday at RMC! Yes, I know you can look up the answer on the internet, but it is meant to peak your interest about the topic from the book of Mark for this week!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

RMC 2010 Baptism Video

We have a Baptism Service coming up at RMC on Sunday night so I thought I would make a short video from the pics from last year's Baptism.

Camp Through Ben's Camera

I "stole" pictures from Ben Sieber's Facebook page and quickly made an Animoto video. this is the result (in 240p).