Sunday, July 6, 2008
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse
And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?
Lights will guide you home,
And ignite your bones,
And I will try to fix you,
High up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down on your face
Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down on your face
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
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Thursday, June 5, 2008
The movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic remains true to the Christian allegory and biblical lessons of the original book. The positive messages are enhanced with dramatic character development and visual effects. What lessons can we learn?
Faith: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 Jesus Christ, like Aslan, will never abandon us or forgot about our need. He is always present, patiently waiting for us to call on His name and follow His guidance. Maybe we don’t always see Him because we are not really looking sometimes.
Trust: “…And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5 How quickly we have “forgotten who really defeated the White Witch”. Remember the battles are already won when we trust that Jesus is the Victory.
Choice: “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods…on the other side… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 Lucy faced the important choice: follow the lion that she knows or give into a doubting crowd. Christians have a similar choice: follow Jesus or follow the gods on the other side. This struggle is not easy, comfortable or popular, but the right thing to do.
Temptation: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 Sometimes, even when we think we have things “sorted out”, the “White Witch” of sin tempts our faith. When our eyes are upon Jesus, watching and praying, we overcome the enticement and win the battles.
Pride: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 Peter’s impatient plan of attack fails in futility and disastrous loss of life. How often do we make costly choices to fight the enemy in our own way instead of humbling ourselves to God’s Will?
Humility: “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” 1 Peter 5:6 Aslan confirmed "Good, if you (Prince Caspian) had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not” ready for the Kingship of Narnia. Remember, when we humble ourselves under the will of God, we submit ourselves to the purposes He created for us.
Monday, June 2, 2008
but in humility consider others better than yourselves”
Philippians 2:3 NIV
humility = putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve
It’s not all about us. Humility is a difficult virtue to practice sometimes because it conflicts with our sinful tendency to be selfish, self-centered and self-serving. As Christians, we are called to “consider other better than ourselves”. But, how do we really do that!? Teach it well to our children? And model it to others, when our self interests, ego and arrogance get in the way?
Jesus is the way. Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. He modeled it in His sacrificial love and servant leadership. He emphasized it throughout His teachings and continues to train us in the way we should go. He wants us to be humble, just as He was humble. When we show true humility even when we think we deserve recognition, we put the focus on God rather than ourselves.
- God deserves all praise and glory. No one and nothing can compare with Him.
- Remember that He is our Creator and our purpose is to praise, worship and follow Him.
- When we are humble, we point others away from ourselves and to God.
© 2007 The reThink Group
Monday, May 26, 2008
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
When they come I will stand my ground
Stand my ground I'll not be afraid
Thoughts of home take away my fear
Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears
Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me
Never more shall I see the sun
For I fell to a German's gun
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Why do we do this? Awaking with the birds on a peaceful morning with the mist burning off into the warm sunny breeze. The calm evening as the waters still, the sun sets and the moon rises. The echo of the loon. The sight of moose. Wildlife and trees, mountains and hills, cliffs and valleys, ragging rapids and spectacular waterfalls. The splash and bubble of a paddle pulling through the cool water as gentle waves lap along the canoe. The crunch of the path under our boots with everything strapped to our backs. Trail mix. Freeze dried meals. Sleeping on the ground in a thin nylon tent feeling "safe" from the bears. Campfires and euchre. The fellowship of hanging the bear bag. And the experience of the "necessary box" in the woods.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Change is constant. Change is the fabric of life. In spite of ourselves, our success, our age, experience, preparation or position, no matter what, the storms of change come. The winds blow and the floods rise. Our lives are constantly stirred up, never settled completely, even when things appear calm. Change is usually outside of our control, against our will, effected by circumstance, influenced by others, never what we fully expect, good or bad.
Change sometimes happens when we least expect it or least want it. Or change does not come soon enough. We may anticipate change and work toward it, but the results and reasons always surprise us, maybe bringing exceeding joy, expectation and hope. Or catching us completely unprepared and devastating us; leaving us weary and heartbroken.
God never changes. He is always faithful. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” Deut 7:9
In the midst of change, we must remember “…the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.” Ecc 12:13
Faith: the foundation that we trust will either prepare us for the storm or destroy us. “…whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49
Forgiveness: the command required in the emotional conflict of change. “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts” Col 3:12-15
In faith and forgiveness, we trust that God has something to teach us, to change in us; we understand who we really are and what God calls us to be. Change encourages growth in our faith and forgiveness. Therefore, understand that change happens for a reason. Trust that God is good and sovereign. And He uses change to accomplish His Will through us.
Through faith, facilitate positive change by initiating forgiveness, build kindness into relationships, treating others the way you want to be treated (Matt 7:12, Luke 6:27-31), make the wise choice (Prov 1:5) and trust God no matter what. (Prov 3:5-6) No matter what the change.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
patience = waiting until later for what you want now
It's not fun to wait! Sometimes it's frustrating to do the right thing, especially when we don't see any results for a "long time". We want others to have patience, but sometimes we are not interested in exemplifying it in ourselves. This month, we learn the benefits of waiting patiently.
- God created patience and He models patience as He waits for us to take our eyes off all the worldly things that distract us and make Him our focus and priority.
- God instills patience in us as He shapes us to be more like Him. When we understand God’s patient nature, we become "big picture" people who don’t become tired of doing the right thing.
- God uses patience in us to influence and impact our families, friends, and neighbors. As others notice patience being lived out in our lives, we have more opportunities to tell them about Jesus. As they come to trust Jesus, they’ll influence others as well.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The Spring weather was in bloom and perfect for hiking... except for the day we attempted Monticello in pouring rain. I took hundreds of pictures of the beautiful rolling hills, mountains and farmland of the Shenandoah including this photo at Antietam. Fun driving adventures, theological conversations, political discussions, coincidental meetings, fierce card game competition and the relaxing hotel pool & spa made for a memorable trip with "the guys".
And we will always depend on priceline.com for the best deal, even if we have to book our lodging in the parking lot.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Joy. Finding a way to be happy, even when things don't go your way. How do you do that!? Be happy, no matter what the circumstance or situation? Philippians 4:4-9 inspires the understanding of the joy that God desires for the believer. Joy comes from a deep intimate relationship to the Lord Jesus, surrendered to His Perfect Will, obedient to His Commands, complete in prayer and humble in thankgiving with a predisposition to meditate on whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good and praiseworthy.
Joy is found in Jesus always and only. Never can we really find joy on our own. Never in and of ourselves. Only in living out our faith in gentleness to others and concentrating on virtue can we find real joy.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
As Buffalonian sports fans like to say: "there's always next year!!!"
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Joy = Finding a way to be happy, even when things don't go your way
A virtue is something God does in us to change the world around us.
- God created joy and exemplifies it. God is love, Giver of joy.
- God instills joy in us as He shapes us to be more like Him. When we mess up, God is always willing to forgive us, no matter what the offense, and give us joy again.
- God uses the joy in us to influence and impact our families, friends, and neighbors. As others notice joy being lived out in our lives, we have more opportunities to tell them about Jesus. As they come to trust Jesus, they’ll influence others as well. When we forgive others and show real joy in our actions, we show others who God is and what He’s like.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Trust God No Matter What
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
Make The Wise Choice
Proverbs 1:5 "A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel"
Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated
Matthew 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Luke 6:27-31 "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise."
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Kids of all ages (that's me) learn that if we just listen and follow our heart, good things can happen. Our bumbling, yet lovable, Horton thinks he hears a call for help. His compassion leads to confirmation that the Whos were in trouble and needed his help. For a while he's on his own because no one believes him... "if you can't see, hear or feel something, it doesn't exist!" But Horton knows the speck is special and he holds the fate of Whoville on a clover wrapped in his elephant trunk. Horton's new sense of purpose encourages him through ridicule and danger because "I meant what I said and I said what I meant: An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!"
The Whos yell out "We're here!!!" so the world can hear and all of Whoville is safe because an elephant in a jungle took the time to listen and answer a cry for help. Now the Mayor's 96 daughters can again share one bathroom, whatever that is?
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalms 46:1, 10
In the midst of the battles, in times of trouble and fear, when the world comes against us, God is sovereign and God is good. A prayer to acknowledge that God is God. He loves us, protects us and fights the battles for us. Though judgment comes, be still and know God is in control.
Friday, February 29, 2008
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1-12
Our lives seem ruled by calendars and time schedules. Today, we are reminded "to rejoice, and to do good" because everyday is a "gift of God". On this extra day, let us redeem the "time to be born, to plant, to heal, to build up, to laugh, to dance, to gather, to embrace, to gain, to keep, to keep silence, to speak, to love... a time of peace."
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
What was God's original plan? You know, if Adam never sinned. C.S. Lewis' Perelandra asks a similar question in the story of a planet that never fell to the temptation of sin. What if there was no death and everyone lived forever? Assuming procreation was part of that plan, where would the billions upon trillions upon gazillions of people live? Would earth be on huge city of skyscrapers, like Coruscant in Star Wars, one city one planet? Speaking of sci-fi, I guess maybe that explains why God created an infinite universe of solar systems and planets. Maybe He intended for us to populate the entire infinite universe. It's intriguing to think of 10,000 years of sci-fi solutions, space travel, technology and other cool things that may have developed if we were obedient to God's sinless plan and rested in His love? An odd thought, I know.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
1050 BC Saul, David, Solomon
930 BC Divided kingdom: 20 kings of Israel, 20 kings of Judah
“for so it was… the children sinned against the LORD their God… they did not obey, but they followed their former rituals… So these nations feared the Lord, yet served their carved images; also their children and their children’s children have continued doing as their fathers did, even to this day.” (2 Kings 17:7-40)
Bold personalities present themselves as saviors and kings to a nation founded on a Covenant promise and Godly Law. Leaders whose obedience to the LORD is suspect and rebellion to His WORD is evident. The downward spiral of sin, ebbing and flowing between temporary obedience and fundamental rebellion. A chosen people choosing “evil in the sight of the LORD” and continuing to do “what was right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
The LORD gave prophets and warning, miracles and hope, protection and forgiveness. Yet, the nation rebels and appoints “kings… like all the nations… to fight our battles”
722 BC Assyria scatters the ten northern tribes of Israel
586 BC Babylon captures southern Judah for 70 years
2008 AD United States of America… a nation rejecting… a nation refusing to obey… a nation falling.
But the hope of salvation does not reside in a president, politician or king. The LORD is faithful and “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign…” (Isaiah 7)
“behold… He who… was called Faithful and True… KING OF KINGS” (Revelation 19:11-16)
Jesus Christ… KING.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
However, it's hard to pack up 94 years of life into a cozy room and a closet. For the last few years, my Gram, in her wisdom, had begun to give away alot of her things. Her good health and wit has allowed her to ask each of our family what we could use or would want.
Today, I received "the toaster". This appliance has toasted bread for sandwiches for lunch that my Gram has shared with me for the past decade or so. Every few weeks, I had opportunity to stop at her apartment to enjoy lunch. Now, the toaster sits on my countertop reminding me of my Gram and our special lunches.
Next week, maybe my Gram and I will start a new tradition. Maybe I'll meet some of her new friends. Maybe we'll play a game. Maybe I'll bring a sandwich to share. Toasted, of course.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Actually, we enjoyed the latest Veggie Tales feature based on a Silly Song from Larry. Our friends Pa Grape as George, Mr. Lunt as Sedgewick and Larry as Elliott entertained and educated us. When I asked my almost 6 year old nephew, "what did you like best about the movie?" He answered "the whole thing!!!" (even the angry cheese curls)
The pirates did actually do something for 90 minutes. In famous Veggie Tales silliness, we learned a lesson that laziness gets in the way of being the hero that the King wants us to be.
The movie was a ton of fun. Go see it with a kindergartener or a friend or a friend that's a kindergartener or acts like one. You'll be humming the song "Rock Monster" for days :)
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Take these shoes... Click clacking down some dead end street
Take these shoes... And make them fit
Take this shirt... Polyester white trash made in nowhere
Take this shirt... And make it clean, clean
Take this soul... Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul... And make it sing
Always pain before a child is born
Still I'm waiting for the dawn
Take these hands Teach them what to carry
Take these hands Don't make a fist
Take this mouth So quick to criticize
Take this mouth Give it a kiss
Always pain before a child is born
Still I'm waiting for the dawn
Still waiting for the dawn, the sun is coming up
The sun is coming up on the ocean
His love is like a drop in the ocean
His love is like a drop in the ocean
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?
Take this city A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city If it be Your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart Take this heart Take this heart
And make it break
Monday, December 31, 2007
Every year about this time, there are the lists. Lists of the best. Lists of the worst. Lists of lists listing the lists of lists. Every year there is the best of this and the worst of that. The top 100. The bottom 3. What's number 1? Who's the worst? The winners. The losers. Every year there's the best/worst newstories, quotes, commercials, celebrities, people, tv, movies, music, sports, books, cars, toys, games, photos, fashion, food, techology, gadgets, etc, etc, etc.
Today 2007 enters the history books. Tomorrow begins 2008, a new year with hope of new opportunities and new blessings. But just like any year, we will witness the best. And the worst. Joy and sorrow. Excitement and dissappointment. Success and failure.
Yet, it's not about making man's list. But making God's list. The best will come and the worst will go. Always God remains. His desire for us. His love. His grace. His forgiveness. Never will we fully know what the best can be until we surrender the worst to Him.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all." Ecc 12:13
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I am now an AP (Accredited Professional) adding to my (PE) Professional Engineering License (PE)... the alphabet soup of letters after my name. This job requirement expands our company's engineering offering in energy savings and conserving the environment in building green buildings.
Kermit the frog would be proud :)
Monday, December 24, 2007
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
Friday, December 21, 2007
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:8-14
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Ralpie knew what he wanted. Specifically. An "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle". We all did this as children - focused on that one thing. It was simple, uncomplicated, naive. Our enthusiasm and excitement would sometimes overwhelmed us, but as a child it just seemed right. But, we do grow up... sorta.
Even as adults, we sometimes focus on that "one thing". Sometimes, we learn what Ralphie learned almost immediately, that a "Red Ryder" has consequences. How many times have you "shot your eye out" thinking Christmas would be just perfect if you had this or that? In our commercial world, the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the "get" and the holiday sales. Sometimes we forget or ignore the consequences. Selfishness. Materialism. Debt. Danger. Disappointment. Delusion. Distraction.
Distraction from the CHRIST in Christmas. Yeah, I know this argument is fought every year, a news story about someone offended by a nativity in public or saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". The consequences become significant, personal, important.
In the end, when the turkey has been eaten by the dogs and Ralphie put down his "Red Ryder", the family sits down in a quiet Chinese restuarant, laughs at what could have been, and sings along with the waiters, a Christmas carol. The consequences have lead to a special moment shared with family and confirming the love that is Christmas.
On December 24th, TBS is broadcasting A Christmas Story 24 hour marathon... I can't wait.
Friday, December 7, 2007
I know it's 5+ months away, but Walden Media's adaptation of CS Lewis's classic story is important to promote in contrast to all the hype this week regarding another "children's story" The Golden Compass movie (based on book trilogy written by professed atheist Pullman).
Both Narnia and Compass stories include main characters of children and talking animals. However, the ideology is very different. CS Lewis painted a picture of moral absolutes and clear Christian allegory within a fantastic children's adventure. Pullman's His Dark Materials Compass points in the wrong direction, slowly removing moral absolutes, vilifying the church and eventually killing God in the end. The new movie will sanitize much of the religious overtones, but the books tell the real ideological bankruptcy of Pullman's atheistic worldview. And it's the marketing of these books to kids that is the real crime. Parents beware.
For more information
Watch the Prince Caspian trailer and promote the spiritual truths… it's an exciting story to tell
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
"...there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live." Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
Three questions define happiness:
- something to do... "how am I serving Him today?"
- someone to love... "who have I shown kindness, forgiveness?"
- something to hope for... "where do I place my faith and trust?"
"You will make known to me the path of life. In your Presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand there are pleasures forever."
Choose joy. Choose Him. Be happy :)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
But a boy can hope he's getting some place
But you see, I'm running from the very clothes I'm wearing
And dressed like this I'm fit for the chase
'Cause no, there is none righteous
Not one who understands
There is none who seek God
No not one, I said no not one
So I am thankful that I'm incapable
Of doing any good on my own...
Caedmon's Call – Thankful
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We read throughout scripture of people making choices to either follow God or go against His will. In the end, those are really the only choices we can make. To follow Him or not. Each day is a result of the choices we made the day before. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Trust Him. Ask Him. Seek Him. Know Him. Align yourself in His Will. And He will make your decisions right. A perfect promise. Yet, we struggle. Struggle to believe the promise. Struggle in our sin nature to place our faith completely in Him.
Read Genesis 16 & 17. Abraham struggled for 13 years with the consequences of a fateful decision. In chapter 12, God commanded Abram to leave and go in faith, establishing the covenant (a promise) of a great nation. By chapter 16, impatient and lacking faith, Abram decided to not trust in God's promise and tried to do it on his own. Impatient and lacking faith? Sound familiar? Chapter 17 begins 13 years later with God, always faithful, reminding the rebellious Abram of His promise. God never changed. God did not forget. God always had a plan. Yet, Abram needed to learn the consequences of not trusting the Lord with all his heart.
As I reflect on my past 13 years, I recognize God's faithfulness in spite of me. I am blessed developing a career here in WNY with the opportunity to stay close to family and the familiar. I have grown up in a healthy church ministry serving Him in a fun and creative way. My home has provide both financial structure and a place to build relationships with fun gatherings and neighborhood activity. Yet I continue make some bad decisions, deal with the consequences and anxiety and conflict. But through it all, I see God working in my life. Sometimes my expectations do not match up. And sometimes I am surprised with blessing. I learn, sometimes late, that God is always, has been always and will be always in control of my path… along this 7 mile journey… a faith walk with Him… 13 years, 13 days, 13 minutes, 13 seconds from my last decision.
I pray. I hope. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Our "let it snow" poll was unanimous for Christmas Eve. Sorry, this November 6, 2007 will be the first official snow of the season.
I hope you got out the vote today. Pray for those elected to office. "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior" 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I had a great weekend of games with friends this weekend...
Saturday morning was another perfect Fall day of football in the warm sun... in November!? We had a great effort in a tough loss :(
In the evening, I hosted a fun game night with alot of laughs and great competition... "Last Word, Pictionary, Moods, Apples-to-Apples, Blockus, Split" With the clocks turned back, we played until late. And with some homemade chili, awesome desserts and great friends, it was a very enjoyable evening.
33-21 Win #4 for our Buffalo Bills! Yeah! I had the privelege of sitting in a corporate box with my friend Rich the "Bills Fan". It was an entertaining and exciting game... thanks for the invite Rich!!! Too bad the Colts lost. Watch out Patriots, the Bills are on a winning streak!
So ends a fun weekend of games. I love how games bring out the best (and not so best) in people. The stress of competition and performance, an ideal way to enjoy relationships and learn more about our friends and teammates. Games and how they are played reveal much about who we are, deep down... a humble winner or the sore loser? Win at all costs! Or tentative shy? Take a chance or quietly strategic? Which are you? And what are some of your favorite games?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Honestly, I never really enjoyed halloween. Even as a kid, I never liked trick-or-treating much. I always thought it odd and scary to dress up in a costume that I had to wear under a coat because it was too cold out, going out in the dark, walking up to strange houses, begging for candy I didn't really like, while trying not to trip over the steps because I couldn't see out of my mask... ugh! I dreaded it each and every year. As I got older, I went to costume parties, which were more fun and warmer and the apple cider and powdered donuts were yummy.
However, as an adult I noticed more and more of the evil and ungodly overtones to the whole holiday. For a few years, I just boycotted the whole thing and said it's all bad. I read alot of articles that agreed with me and I thought, wow what a great holy Christian I am (not!)
That, however, is not what God wanted for me. When I moved into my house, in a very family neighborhood, I realized that I would have dozens and dozens of kids coming to my door. And I thought what a great opportunity to show Jesus' love and invite them to church. So, for the last few October 31st's I've opened my door, greeted the (mostly) cute children with a smile, dropped more than one kit kat in their bag along with a small card:
Monday, October 29, 2007
Our furnace poll is now officially closed and the winner is "She controls the thermostat". I am not surprised, nor are all the "shes" reading this. Since I do not have a she in my household (yet, praying someday) but grew up with 2 sisters and a mom, I understand. Also, working in the HVAC industry, the "put a sweater on" answer does not cut it for our clients.
So, it's time for a new poll just in time for election season. No it's not political, but it is controversial depending on the length on your driveway and tolerance for the white fluffy stuff. Yes, when do you like the first snow fall? Vote early, vote often.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My Dad and I just got back from an extra long weekend in Charlotte NC and Morgantown WV visiting my sister and friends. We traveled by road... 20 plus hours with plenty of opportunity for talking, talk radio and the random map check. And when you think you've missed an exit, just drive a little while longer and another one comes along. We had dinner with some old and new friends, played some golf, hiked Cowders Mountain, saw a minor league hockey game, walked a museum and enjoyed a visit to Forest Hill church on Sunday morning. Both towns are busy and growing with lots of construction and something always going on. It was good to get away. It is good to be home.
Buffalo sports weekend update:
- Sabres lose two, 75 games to go, my predictions in jeopardy, 75 games to go, 75! No worries (yet)
- My friend Earl did not win the emcee contest, but he had a fun experience. Great effort, we are proud!!!
- Bills win their second game, Trent Edwards starts again this Sunday... J.P. who?
- I'm going to the Bengals game in a couple weeks... sitting in a corporate box... nice.
- Our football was rained out last weekend so I didn't miss a game while on vacation, but it's rescheduled this Sunday morning, so I miss the game anyway... I can't win.
Speaking of winning, I have yet to turn on my furnace due to our very pleasant October. Maybe in a few days, maybe not. My poll question has run away with "she controls the thermostat" Surprised? Not really. Thanks everyone for participating. The poll ends when I turn on the heat... maybe November.
Back to work today, ugh!
KW rehearsal tomorrow night, yeah! We continue to prepare for exciting new changes for our children's ministry. Visiting Forest Hill church this past weekend was excellent because I got a tour of their children's area... lots of great ideas and confirmation of our direction and needs for growth and creativity.
Last thought, life is complicated and very noisy sometimes...
Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
...more on that another day.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
In other news, Trent Edwards will be starting this Sunday versus Baltimore... let the controversy begin! Buffalo is still reeling from the MNF loss to Dallas. Is a coaching change a possibility? Can the Bills pull out a 4-12 season? (especially playing Miami twice) Will the "Super Bowl" Bills (Kelly, Thomas, Tasker, Smith, etc) buy the team when Ralph Wilson buys the farm? Questions only sports radio fanatics can answer :)
I'm going to the Bengals game in November... my second game this season after "Family Day" preseason craziness. I hadn't been to a game is years and years. Basically because the Bills have stunk since the mid 90's and I really didn't care. But, now I guess free tickets make it worthwhile.
Speaking of football, last Saturday our team won in a close matchup to bring our record to 3-3. It's been a seesaw season with a rotating roster and a few miscues. We still seem to compete well in spite of ourselves. It's fun and in the end it just doesn't really matter... it's an amateur league with a bunch of "has been"s and "wanna be"s... except for me, of course, I never was nor will be :)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The power that be... or not to be (that is the question)
So the generators continue to hum along in Eggertsville... national grid estimates Friday night for restoration... last night I plugged in my TV and, lo and behold, my cable works!!! And my phone... but alas, no power... With 2800 watts I have my furnace, refrigerator, lamps, microwave and my alarm clock illuminating the night sky... a beacon of technology in a sea of tree desolation.
This morning, as I drove to my second day back to work, the utility truck caravan of 100+ vehicles was head to my neighborhood... Tonight will be one full week, 7+ and counting days without that edison invention and still I continue to habitually flip those disconnected light switches... arggg!!! how dependent we become...
I've been eating good... grilling and camp stovin' everything in my fridge... I understand that all calories have been cancelled during this disaster... good thing :)
All the branches are cleaned up and piled at the curb... basement is dry... so now we wait, wait for "the juice", those famous electrons, the power to rescue us from our Amish existence (if Amish had generators, of course)
And we have learned, learned to work hard, help a neighbor, share a shovel, a bucket, a gas can, an extension cord and batteries... teamwork and tolerance... a smile of understanding... life became simple: food, heat, friends & family... reading by candle light, going to bed early, working hard, waking up with the sun... striving toward the hope of normalcy, but changed. In months to come, we will look back and thank God we are safe, warm and loved. New friends, new understanding, new appreciation of the important things and the survival skills of working a chainsaw, starting a generator and the everlasting knowledge of Lake Effect snow in October.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday was an odd weather day… morning was very hot, humid and sunny playing football, then pouring rain, then sunny in the afternoon long enough to cut the lawn, then evening rain and a lightning storm in the middle of the night… 85 degrees in October!? What's up with that!? No furnace yet :)
Sabres are 0-2… ok, 80 games to go.
Sunday was a busy and unusual day… the preK kids loved participating in our story this week "God made the world and everything in it". We built these sorta terrarium things with water, rocks and dirt. We realized that dirt comes from dried mud which made clean up, well, muddy.
Ms. Debbie was in town for a visit. We missed her since she left for South America in Spring for a Spanish adventure (check our her blog on my favorites). Deb is originally from Dallas TX and claims the Cowboys will win big tonight… now I think they are ready for an upset loss at the hands of the Bills!!!
On the way home from church, Pastor Brek and I spent some "quality time" on the side of the road waiting for a tow to pickup his broken down vehicle. We observed some very interesting "Sunday driving" as people made their way around the blinking hazard lights. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon of fellowship under the overpass :)
Sunday night we had a great time roller skating with KW kids and families. It was so much fun rolling along with all the kids and moms and dads and friends. I have blisters on each foot… ouch.
Friday, October 5, 2007
It's amazing how much I remember (and don't remember) from the trilogy that defined my childhood and adolesence. Okay, okay, I own all six movies and the special DVD's, plus a bunch of Lego and Kenner stuff and talk with my coworkers all the time about the next Star Wars thing. I guess I'm just an overgrown 10 year old.
And by the way, I won the game! It was a tough battle, but the Force was with me.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
We are reminded that war has always been with us since the beginning of time from the first world war in Genesis 14:8-24 to today's war on terror. We know the purpose of armies are to kill people and break things. We seem doomed to repeat the horrific tragedy, heartbreaking loss and destroyed lives beyond recognition, over and over and over again. 10,000 years of human history and we have never stopped warring among ourselves. A constant struggle, a never ending conflict for power, land conquest and political control.
Why? Sin exists. Evil exists. Remember "your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8
We have hope. Hope in the redemption of His story. Throughout scripture we see God's grace, love and salvation through Jesus Christ. Although, we battle sin and fight against evil, we know the war, the war against sin, is already won. In His coming and His coming again… "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4
Let's pray for all our soldiers fighting today. Remember their sacrifice for the greater good. For love of country. Protection of our families. To battle evil and establish freedom.
May the church rise up and define for this generation, why we fight. May the church reveal The Light that dispels the darkness. May the church, built within each believer, in our individual influence, wherever we are, whomever we are with, tell His Story of faith, hope and love.
"From this day to the ending of the world
We in it shall be remembered
We band of brothers"
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus."
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Our Saturday touch football team record is now 2-2 after a tough loss today... something like 35-21. Not enough of the good bounces, I guess. I did have a touchdown catch which always feels good. We'll have to bring some game next Saturday to stay above .500 and work toward playoffs.
Football... there's nothing like it on a Fall day...
Friday, September 28, 2007
In Genesis 1 the 6th day was probably a Friday (remember the Jewish sabbath is Saturday). That means on Friday, God created man & woman. And He said it was very good. Is that why we thank God? The next day, the 7th day, God created a day of rest. Why didn't He rest on day 4 after creating the sun, moon and stars (that's a lot of work) No, He rested after creating us. Not because He was tired, but because in His omniscience (all knowingness) He knew we'd need a time to stop, reflect and rest. Since Christ has risen, Sundays have become that day of rest. It's the one day that God set aside (a sabbath) for us to worship and rest. Rest!? There's too much to do to rest!
If you work in ministry, especially kids ministry, the weekend and Sunday mornings is the busiest time of the week. Sunday mornings are filled with preparation, presentation, perspiration. I love Sunday mornings, the best time of the week! After a crazy Sunday morning (aren't they all crazy in kings world, a good crazy) there's the lazy Sunday afternoon… a nap after a good big meal, some football (go Bills! please, just go!) maybe a family game, another meal, another nap. If Sunday is rest day, then Saturday is "Man Day" (grunt) and those weekend warrior home improvement projects, cutting the lawn and college football (go Buckeyes!).
So Friday. TGIF. Thank God It's Friday. Hmmm, is Friday the only day we should thank God for? Maybe we should thank Him for each and every day. Fridays are cool. But maybe sometimes it's that stressful Tuesday morning or that crazy busy Thursday evening when we need to thank God. We have much to thank Him for, not just for the weekend, but for the whole week, every week.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
My inspiration for the greater part of my adult life has been God's Word, the incredible story of His redemption, grace and love. Luke 24:13-35 tells the humbling, somewhat humorous at moments and hopeful story on the road to Emmaus. I relate to those two traveling companions, so caught up in the happenings of the day, too busy with stuff, so worried about the whatever, that they missed Jesus walking along side them all the way. We all travel a similar road, 70+ years, several mile markers, seven miles from the place we've been, seven miles to where we're going. On my seven mile journey, I want to journal about the things which have happened... something serious, something silly, something special, something simple, something along the road, a thought, a picture, a poem, a prayer along the way.
I hope you, my traveling companions, enjoy reading about me, make a comment once in while and vote early and often. That reminds me, it's September 27th, 60 degrees and raining, I need to go put a sweater on!