Wednesday, May 31, 2006

not open minded

this was a typical survey that the only way i would be open minded is if i though men should be kissing men and that all current illegal drugs should be here ya go.
You Are 28% Open Minded

You aren't exactly open minded, but you have been known to occasionally change your mind.
You're tolerant enough to get along with others who are very different...
But you may be quietly judgmental of things or people you think are wrong.
You take your own values pretty seriously, and it would take a lot to change them.

Monday, May 29, 2006

hand bells make a come back

well i must say if anyone can bring back hand bells it would David Crowder. maybe next sunday we will break out the hand bells....ok maybe not next sunday...ok maybe not EVER.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

valley of visions

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision. Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine; let me find Thy light in my darkness, Thy life in my death, Thy joy in my sorrow, Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.
i feel like this video fits the heart of this puritan prayer.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

jesus shall reign

well i wrote a chorus for the hymn Jesus shall reign and tried it tonight at practice. and to my surprise it went really well. i am excited about doing it on sunday. ya know many folks dog the church for its language or its attempt to be relevant, or slam its music. here is what i would say: you suck, i suck we all suck. all of our attempts are not good enough for Jesus but they are our attempts none the less. i agree that some folks may not have sincere hearts but who are we to judge? i know some of you hate the "mega" church and some of you think a church is a failure if its small. I am sick of some folks in the body of Christ thinking they know the way "church:" should be done. what should our goal as the body be? to make much of Jesus. what is your role in this family...let me clarify that...what role do you actually play? do you sit around and complain like a little girl or do you do your best to serve and make much of Jesus?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

puritan prayer of the day

The Deeps
Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach. Help me chastely to flee it and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Thine alone.

Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in Thee, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being. Give me a deeper knowledge of Thyself as saviour, master, lord, and king. Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Thy Word, more steadfast grip on its truth. Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from Thee.

Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in me, Thy beauty golden like summer harvest, Thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no master but Thee, no law but Thy will, no delight but Thyself, no wealth but that Thou givest, no good but that Thou blessest, no peace but that Thou bestowest. I am nothing but that Thou makest me. I have nothing but that I receive from Thee. I can be nothing but that grace adorns me. Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.
man those folks have some awesome things we wish we could say but can't find the words to say.
hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

the valley of vision

well i have some friends that turned me on to this book called "the valley of vision" (thanks Justin and Lisa). It is a book of Puritan prayers and i am shocked at how well they say some of the things that i feel in my heart. check this book out sometime i think you may like it.

also i would ask you to pray for my friend Katie Gro, she is going to africa for 6 weeks. 2 for a safari with school and then 4 to work in an orphanage. please keep her in your prayers. you can check her blog out that she would be able to up date starting in mid June.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

back of guitar

yes i know this guitar is prettier than most of your wives. don't be envious. this is my breedlove c-20 Koa back and sides and redwood top.

the cracked guitar. I am lit but i am so excited about getting my new guitar in a few weeks. it should be fixed in a couple weeks and back to me. here is a picture of it.

Friday, May 19, 2006

shocking baptism

well i watch 722 online and was shocked today when i saw them baptizing people. i am not ripping baptism because i think that's great, so great when adults come to faith. BUT i remember sitting there a few years back when Louie said it was not 722's place to baptize. He was right the church is where that should happen. 722 is not a church and i don't think it would claim to be but i think it may have stepped out of its calling as a para church ministry.
i must say as someone who was ministered to by 722 and its leaders i hope this is not the start of more stepping out of their role in supporting the church.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

the world of opinion

this blog world allows people to say things and think through stuff that really isn't A) important and b) biblical
it's like late night tv folks watch stuff they shouldn't just because there is no accountability.
i honestly just think this blog world may end up like AIM has been for teenagers. Starts out good and a fun way to trade thoughts and ideas and ends up being a place where the darkest parts of people come out. i am not sure what i think of this. honestly disappoints me that we as Christians should be doing our best love our God, love others and hope that as we screw up grace will be extended not shame and rejection.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

why i am not an oprah fan

well may reasons
1) when she interviewd the cast of friends, she asked AT LEAST 4 time "who was going to cry the most" every time they said Jenifer, it go SO old.
2) she makes all of her friend rich...well maybe thats a good thing
3) she tries to be spiritual with no backing just a general spiritualality.
4) she SLAMMED someone for saying that their husband completed her(i will come back to this one)
5) she kept saying "woo tom" when she interviewd tom cruise
6) like tyra banks she talks different to white people than she does to black people
7) she spent WAY to much money on her birthday party...millions.

so back to #4 so she has never been married because she never wanted her husband to be able to just change his mind and leave her. then this lady is talking about how great her husband was and how he completed her. the ophra and her conselor jumped this lady and said he doesnt complete you he adds to you. you can't be completed by a man.
ok well i agree that the opposite sex can't make you whole only Jesus can. But the lady wasn't really acting like she found her identity in her man just that she felt like his gifts that he brought to the table filled in the blanks where she was lacking.
thats what she was supposed to think. God gave us different roles to play and hopefully we can help our mate in areas where they lack. I am not saying i find my completion in camille but i think God uses her to refine me and she is part of Gods plan to complete me.
i mean i could never and i mean never handle the responsibility of being a mom. and thats why need her.. and she needs me for other things. we are completed in Christ alone but just because you have a fear of marriage don't slam someone for feeling like the person they are married to brings alot to the table and makes up for the places where they find thm selves lacking. i am just not a fan of oprah.

Monday, May 15, 2006

sleep real fast sleep is so out dated. i mean who sleeps any more? i wait i know people wihout babies.
so that means we are not sleeping enough these days.
pray for us to sleep. wait no pray for levi to sleep so we can.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

tomorrow is her 1st mothers day
its strange to think tomorrow is going to be camilles 1st mothers day. i know she is going to be the best mom as levi grows up.
i have spent the past couple of days reading over psalms 103:8-13. part of that says: “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. " this is what i hope we can show our son.Wee have been extended so much mercy and grace that we in no way deserve. I pray that camille and i can show levi mercy and be clear with him that is extended only
because of our love for Jesus. I say that because there is no way i would extend grace or mercy with out God putting that in my heart.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

tonight at youth.
tonight the illustration came up about babies not eating even tho they really need to and how are really the same way. i find myself living in this rut at times. I know God is pursuing me, and sometimes i run the other way. my prayer is that i would learn like levi is slowly learning, that food is great for my soul and Jesus is more satisfying that the riches of food (psalm 63) i can't wait to see what God is going to teach me through my boy.

how do you really know your in love?
I am not the cheesey person that always goes into details about how sweet love is and mushy stuff. but i just want cyber space to know what an amazing bride i have. she carried our baby for nine months and now stays awake all night trying to care for him and make sure he eats. And most of all she and i can still look at each other like we did 4.5 years ago when we met. i can say she captures me. i can only hope she knows that she is treasured by me. so yeah thats how i know i am in love.
ps. maybe that was mushy but its whats on my mind tonight.
pss the drink is one of our favs. red orange from romania
the day the calendar wasn't turned
well this morning camille and i needed to go to marietta for camilles Dr. appointment.we planned all week to leave here at 9 since the appt. was at 10:45. as i am walkingto get in the shower at 8:38(i was ready to get clean) and camille scream "my appointment is at 10" so i had to brush my teeth an throw on clothes and get in the car and head to marietta.
on the way down there camille realized she was looking at the appointment she had in april not MAY. we made it just fine to the dr. but the great news is we got to marietta pizza. which i love.
thought: vision. its hard to really put out a clear vision for people to grab onto and people to follow. so i am praying God will allow the leadership of Christ Church to put out a vision that our community can follow.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

well i just spent about 20 min writing a blog then i closed out my browser by mistake and WOW does that stink.
I basically said this...i wanted to be more like Jesus. missional. i want to be a part of this world and not live in a box called the church. i want to be a part of the church that loves and has a heart for the lost. i am excited to see God do some cool things in our church community in the next year.
on to something new.
my boy just had a huge fit. 1st he had to burp(that took 20 min. the he had a diaper that needed to be changed but i didn't know that because i checked it right b4 he burped. so we spent 45 min crying. and i must say that was AWESOME.
but now he is asleep and life is good for him and camille is totally exhausted!
so yeah. thats all i got for now.

well i did the myspace thing by mistake thinking it was a place to blog and
found out later that its just face book for adults.
i suck at spelling and grammer so don't look for much from me in that goal with this blog will be to share what i am reading, learning,writing, thinking, listening to. hopefully someone out in cyber space will
glean something from i am sleepy. my boy thats 2 weeks old isn't on my schedule yet(don't email me and tell me that will never happen i dont want to hear that) but ilove that kid. i can see how much more God has to value his children.
my prayer is that my life will point levi to the cross and when he leaves my house to start his own life that i have equipped him to live in this world and make a difference for the glory for Jesus.i was reading in titus 1:16 and it talk about people claiming to know Godbut with their actions they deny Him.thats what i pray son can never say about me. that levi from His 1st memory of me to his last that he can say his father loved Jesus.this entire baby thing is strange but i am excited about whats ahead and i know that i have the best partner in the world to walk through life with inmy bride camille. she is the hhero of our story right now. i am so proud of her and all that she gives up for levi. this will be her 1st mothers day and
i hope she feels treasured and loved by her groom.