Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
In reference to an Alexander Day - Here is the story - it is a book that I read to my children when they were growing up. I was first introduced to this book in a youth group at Shades Crest Baptist Church. Our Youth Pastor, Danny Thetford, used this book as an example of all of our complaints in the flesh. I think I can still recite the majority of this book and I certainly will never forget it. Alexander thinks he will move to Australia - some days that doesn't sound to bad....
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
When I called this evening to check on my students - one was crying and crushed, one was dismayed and praying.
Here is the story as I understand - I do realize that I only have one side of this story and there are always two:
When snowman and manga arrived back at their dorm this past Sunday from Birmingham - there phone was not working. They called SS to report the problem. One of their friends in the dorm told them that he could fix the problem with the phone and made plans to come over in the evening. Snowman went to church with a friend, while Manga stayed home to study. The friend came to help work on the phone and they used the phone once it was operational. Class began the next morning at 8am - they left for breakfast at 7:30 - class ends at 9:15 - Snowman arrives back in dorm room around 9:25 - Andrew is still in class working with the teacher - Snowman does not know what time they are to leave for work, so he placed a call to Pinecone - no answer - Snowman is changing clothes - the phone rings - Pinecone wants to know where they are - He is waiting outside and has been for 20 minutes. Snowman rushes to the car - get in backseat - Where is Manga? - He is still in class - GO get him NOW (with finger pointed in face) - Snowman gets out of car and walks to classroom - Manga is still talking with teacher - Snowman urgently tells Manga come, come - Namlley is waiting. Manga rushes out the door - Both return to back seat of car - Namlley begins to tell them: they are irresponsible - they do not want to work for their education - he is paying alot of money for them - they are unappreciative - Stephen was the only one who deserves an education - they are NOT going to be blessed by the Lord - all they care about is their families back home - they do not work hard enough - they do not follow instructions - they do not finish a job started - they are not studying well - S4S is doing them a favor - they used his telephone in the apt - he will send them back to Sudan and they will never ever get another opportunity for a good education - this list goes on and on and on. He was angry because they hadn't checked their email at 7am for his message - he was angry because their phone was busy the night before (it was broken and being worked on).
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Cindy Willingham just posted on the site "Praying for Daniel" that he is gone. Daniel requested to be an organ donor and the family is honoring his wish. Daniel and Spencer became friends in 3rd grade and were in every class together in 7th grade.
I will forever remember Spencer and Daniel playing baseball together and the many many parties at the Willingham's pool.
My prayer is that Daniel's life and death will cause someone to take notice and make a different choice in their actions.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Here's a great interview with Rick Warren.
You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has with his wife now having cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
'Purpose Driven Life ' author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life?
And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity.
One day my heart is going to stop and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity.
We were made by God and for God and until you figure that out -life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort;
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest,
I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth.. I don't believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track,
No matter how good things are in your life,
And no matter how bad things are in your life,
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:
If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people,
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before.
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit..
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church,
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism?
Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.
That's why we're called human beings, not human doings..
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Angel Friday began by providing random acts of kindness on Friday's. Pass will be more of the same random acts of kindness as we work to show, share and scatter Christ with the Nations.
Miriam Webster Defines 'pass' as follows:
v. passed, pass·ing, pass·es
1. To move on or ahead; proceed
2. To extend; run
3. To happen; take place
4. To gain passage despite obstacles
5. To move past in time; elapse
6. To be transferred from one to another; circulate
7. To be communicated or exchanged between persons
8. To be transferred or conveyed to another
9. To undergo transition from one condition, form, quality, or characteristic to another
10. To come to an end
11. To go by without stopping; leave behind
12. To be allowed to happen without notice or challenge
13. To undergo an examination or a trial with favorable results
14. To serve as a barely acceptable substitute
15. To be accepted as a member of a group by denying one's own ancestry or background
16. To be approved or adopted
17. To hand over to someone else
18. To pronounce an opinion, judgment, or sentence.
19. To be voided
20. To cause to move
To be accepted as or believed to be:
bring to pass
To cause to happen.
come to pass
pass (one's) lips
To issue or be spoken
pass the hat
To take up a collection of money
pass the time of day
To exchange greetings or engage in pleasantries
pass the torch
To relinquish (responsibilities, for example) to another or others
Provide Adventure Sowing Seed
Purposeful Acts Sharing Savior
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'