Friday, October 31, 2008

Seems like the right thing to do

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Just figured I'd re-post this...

You Are Scary

You even scare scary people sometimes!

Anybody else out there as scary as me?
OK, I can't stay on long. I have to get ready to go to church for our Harvest Party. I'm dressing up as The Punisher. I think some of you have seen me wearing the T-shirt. So, I'll be scaring the little kids there, tonight. What fun !!!
Actually, I volunteered to help out with one of the craft tables. One of the crafts has something to do with making designs with beads on some sort of template, then transferring them to special paper by gently ironing the paper over the beads. P.Dave wanted a responsible adult to handle the iron. He's getting me...
In any event, I hope you all enjoy your evening. I'll be happy if I can get just a couple of Baby Ruths.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quote for 10/29/08

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."
Marcus Aurelius


Monday, October 27, 2008

It was wonderful

I had a wonderful birthday! Thank you all very much for your well wishes.
This was my birthday dinner.

Mom really loves me. It's a kinda preview for Thanksgiving, isn't it?

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quote for 10/26/08

"To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love."
Alan Bleasdale

See next post


Another year

Some of you already know. Others of you may have been able to guess from the above Quote. Today I turn 43.
I will say this year, as I do every year, I don't feel any older than I did a year ago. But I have to admit that I certainly do feel older than I did when I first started blogging. I've been through a lot in 4+ years. Some of it has taken it's toll on me. Much of it on an emotional level. Still, I've grown as a person.
However, over this last year I've had some incredible experiences that I will never forget. I know I've posted about most of them. So, in a way, you've all been able to share in those experiences with me. And it's always good to have friends around for such things.
This year I believe I'm right where God wants me to be. I have been given glimpses of the plans He has for my life, and I walk in my path towards those plans everyday. I am blessed. My kids love me - and think I'm pretty cool, I have plenty of friends who care deeply for me, there's a roof over my head, reliable transportation in my driveway, I've got a good job. What more could one ask for on their birthday?

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Spreading God's love even further

OK, I've been going on and on for a long time about the amazing sunrises and cloud formations I get to see at work. I even took a bike ride last week so I could get pictures of what I get to see through my work window each day - not to mention the fall colors I've been blessed to see. I was excited to share those with all of you. But this, you - are - not - going - to - believe...

It was a very simple act of obedience. I was heading to the restroom when I heard the Spirit speak to my heart.

"Look out the window."

So I did.
There was just enough shadow in the corner of the window to leave an area without any reflected glare from the overhead flourescent lights. I could just make out the beginnings of the sunrise through that shadow - and it looked awesome.
So, I did what I had set out to do. Then I stopped by the window for a closer look. I was dumbfounded. The colors were just starting to show in all of their glorious violets and reds, with traces of orange just starting to appear. I had to tell the others - my co-wrokers.
You see, I've been blessed to be working with a few ladies who are also in the habit of watching the sunrises and cloud formations through the windows we share. But from their particular vantage point, the glare from the overhead flourescents were obscuring the view that I had already seen from the one darkened corner of the other window. So they weren't really excited about the sunrise when I first said to look at it. I insisted, very emphatically, that they get up and cover their eyes to see what I had already seen.
They humored me, and were amazed at what they were seeing. And as the moments passed, the sky became bright enough to break through the reflected glare on the inside of the windows. So we continued to watch the sunrise with a deep sense of awe. And we were not alone.
Others around us had noticed us looking out the windows when we first looked through with our hands shielding our eyes. They came to look also. The word spread. More of our co-workers were taking a moment to walk by the windows to see the sunrise. All of them expressing their awe.
It was at this moment that I realized I had my camera with me. It was at my upstairs work-station. I wasn't going to go to get it, but my co-workers were insisting that I should so I could take a few pictures. Nobody wanted to miss this, and we all wanted to have the pics to remember it by. The only problem was that my camera had somehow been turned on earlier. My batteries were dead.
But do not fret, another of my co-workers ahd a camera. She took three pictures, and e-mailed them to many of us. Now I'm going to finally get to share one of my sunrises with all of you;
See ?!?!?

Now you all know what I'm talking about when I mention the sunrises I get to watch.

What was truly incredible about it all was the fact that our supervisor was watching it for a few moments with us. Our co-workers were coming to see it from halfway across the production floor, and everybody was thanking me - yes, me - for sharing it with them. And all I did was tell my closest co-workers to look out the window.
The entire episode took a a little more than a half hour to get through. The colors were changing every few minutes with the wisps of cloud bringing different shades to the forefront and background the whole time. It was magnificant!
After it was all done, and the sky was fading into it's normal hues of blue and gray, I turned to one of my co-workers, with whom I've been having some good spiritual conversations, and told her,
"That is my calling; I encourage people. And everybody who got to see that sunrise has just had their day brightened in a way they could never have imagined."
It was my one simple act of obedience, looking out the window at the right moment in time, to see the rising sun, and more than 40 of my co-workers were blessed by it. And also, all of you, my dear friends.
And that's how the love of God is really spread around, isn't it?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quote for 10/21/08

"Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Monday, October 20, 2008

Taken by surprise

I would've posted about this yesterday, but I was otherwise preoccupied by the Steelers win over the Cincinatti "Bungles" - and some personal correspondences that deserved my full attention.

I had to officiate the service at church yesterday.
It seems that P.Dave was on vacation, and while JT had called me on Saturday night to inform me of this, he also told me that there would be a substitute. Since P.Dave's substitute was supposed to lead worship and give the sermon, I came in to the service with expectations of doing very little - no preparations. However, the substitute was a no-show, and that means that I had to take the reins.
But as you've all read, in previous posts, how God really watches out for me, yesterday was no different. We had a guitarist - someone who hasn't been to church in quite some time, and boy were we glad to see her. And not just because she's my guitarist, but because we all missed her. So we didn't have to do a sing-a-long for worship. And the Lord had already put a message in my heart all week long. Thus, I didn't have to search for anything at the last minute.
I spoke on John 14:12-14. It reads;

12 "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!"

Jesus wasn't lying, was He? Is the Church doing greater works?
We all agreed that as the Church, we are doing greater works. Jesus healed many who came to Him with their afflictions, but they had to come to wherever He was. And He fed thousands at a time, but only in the places where He was teaching. But the Church is healing people all over the world, everyday, by operating missions and hospitals and various aid organizations. The Church is also feeding the hungry through many of those organizations (Compassion International being my personal favorite), as well. But what about the rest of the passage?
Do we believe that we can ask anything in Jesus' name and He will give it to us?
Most of us don't really believe that anymore. And while we can easily dismiss the idea of praying for a Mercedes or a Ferrari, because the motive behind asking for those things is certainly not right, but what about the things we truly need, or the things that we deeply desire in our hearts? Do we really believe that Jesus wants us to ask for those things? Was He lying about this?
We've lost our faith in the miraculous. We no longer believe that God wants to do miracles for us, through us. We've allowed science to explain away the miracle that is the sunrise, the sunset, or the colors of the autumn leaves, and thus anything else that might be called a miracle. There's no struggle to getting the things we need to live. We simply go to the Super Wal-Mart - 24/7. And so we've lost our dependency on God to meet our needs. Our self-sufficiency has taught us how to be gods in our own little worlds. So we no longer ask, and we feel as if we're bothering God when we do. But He wants us to ask, and trust Him to do what we've asked. He wants us to depend on Him. He wants us to see His hand at work in our lives. He wants us to be able to glorify Him for the way He provides for us.

The conversation was good. Everybody had some input. Everybody enjoyed being a part of it. And that's what I was hoping for. Just to get everybody thinking, and maybe talking a little bit.
Not bad for the last minute...

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

See through my eyes

I've been wanting to share a few things with everyone lately. Particularly with all of the colors of fall happening in all of their brilliance. So I strapped my bike on the rack and took a little ride this morning.
It was a brief ride because it was freakin' cold out this morning. And I didn't go to the Yough Trail for the ride because I wanted to share some of the things that I get to see nearly everyday. It was too cloudy this morning (and I don't even want to think about how frigid it would've been) to try to get a shot of the actually sunrise today. So I waited for better lighting before I took my ride this morning.
So, below you're going to see pics of some of the wonderful, scenery that I get to admire on an almost daily basis. I won't spoil the view with unnecessary words, but I will give a few explanations as they are needed. I do hope you'll enjoy this journey into my world and the way I see it.

This is on the rose bush in my front yard.

And this bud wasn't quite ready yet.

I actually took those shots earlier in the week, but hesitated on posting them since I wanted more pics to go with them. And I'm glad I did, because this is what the bud looked like this morning before I started my ride.

I love that fact that I got the red from the leaves on my dogwood tree in the background of the first capture of the bud, and I have the yellows and oranges in the second shot. Incredible!

These next ones are from the Park-n-Ride lot.

You can see my car sitting there in the corner by itself.
And then a little closer look from this same angle.

Did a little ride around the lot to get these.

And this one from the back of the lot, just because I think it's so cool.

A couple more shots along the way.

And I had to share this with you because this is pretty much the view I get to see everyday at work.

Yes, I rode my bike to the parking lot at work, and walked up to the window of my most current work area, just so I could take these two pictures for everyone.
The one below is a shot of where I get to see the sunrise.

During the fall, the sun usually comes up in the opening between the two stands of trees. But during the summer it came up behind the stand of trees to the left of the tower. So now you all know what I'm looking at when I describe the sunrises I get to behold.
Finally, the last shot from when I got back to the Park-n-Ride lot.

Welcome to my world.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Guess what

Today is JT's birthday!
Just thought I'd share that with everyone. Feel free to wish him well.


Quote for 10/17/08

"The Bible, as a revelation from God, was not designed to give us all the information we might desire, nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed, but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest."
Albert Barnes


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Most enjoyable

Last night was awesome! And we didn't even get to see the concert...
As I mentioned previously, JT and I were there as volunteers for Compassion, and as such, we were responsible for staffing the table and helping in any other ways necessary. And since the show was a sell-out, there were no seats available for any of us - and there were well over a dozen volunteers at this show. But this is what happened anyways.
We headed out around 4:00 because I knew we would be going through 'dahntahn n'at' during the start of rush hour. It was a smart move because we also knew we'd have to stop somewhere to eat, which we did at 5:00ish. We stopped at Wendy's. From there we were only a few minutes away from the church where the concert was taking place.
We arrived shortly before 6:00 and the security people let us in and escorted us to the Compassion tables. There were a few volunteers already there, but the Event Coordinator, John, was still having dinner with some of the other concert/event staffers. So we just mulled around and started to talk to one another about the children we sponsor, where they live, how long we've been involved with Compassion, and so on... It was unfortunate that JT kinda drifted away for a few moments at this point because he isn't a sponsor through Compassion. He has a child through a different organization, so he was a little out-of-the-loop for this conversation. But he was still excited to be a part of this.
I know I've mentioned before that when JT and I get together, there are always tons of jokes being hurled about at lightning speed. JT is quick with his sarcastic wit and I am the perfect straight man to set the jokes up. We are a great team. And last night was no different. Even better was the fact that there were a few people among the volunteers that actually "get" our twisted, warped and oft times demented, sense of humor. We were getting plenty of laughs.
Sometime before 7:00 John came to the table to tell all of us what was expected, and to fill in the first-timers on just what's going on with an event like this. He also informed us that there would be a "packet pass" between performances. More about that later.
The focus of the event was actually going to be orphans. Both Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman are supporters of Compassion's ministry. But Steven also has a heart for orphans - having adopted 3 of them from China, himself, and has his own ministry that focuses on that. That's how this tour came to be called The United Tour - both artists have brought together the ministries that they are passionate about. From what we were told, every child packet at the event was a child who had lost a parent. There were also several child packets with little green dots on them that represented children who had lost both parents - many of them to AIDS. These were the priority children, but their info packets were not allowed to leave the table unless they were sponsored and paid for that night. It was just too important to risk their info being lost.
John started everything with a prayer and then left us to do our thing. Several of us began to wander about with child packets to try to get peoples interest in any way possible. Some were, but many would simply avoid us. That was sad, and I'll be sharing more about that later on, too.
In any event, JT and I found a decent location, near the cafe - Yes, the church has a cafe! - and we stood beside the cafe with child packets in hand, and at times called out like the vendors at a sporting event "Kids here! Getcher kids here!" or "Children here! Getcher children here! They're fresh, They're crunchy and delicious!"(that one was JT's - I had nothing to do with it). Yes, JT and I started out with the sick, twisted humor right away... Oh, it gets worse, much worse, later on.
As the start of the concert drew closer the crowds thinned in the corridors. So JT and I headed back to the tables to just hang out. We weren't too disappointed about missing the concert because there are several screens in the main lobby area that were broadcasting the concert for the viewing pleasure of those not inside. Unfortunately, there was no sound available - there were speakers, but no sound. No explanation was given for this. But we didn't really mind since we were having fun just being involved.
At some point in our non-activity, JT really got started with his witticisms. I was rolling on the floor laughing, and so were a couple of the other volunteers. It was great. And it only got better. JT and I kept coming back to something that was said when we recorded my review of Creation for the podcast. The line that JT coined was "If you don't sponsor a child, you're dead inside!". JT talked about putting it on a T-shirt, until he came up with a better gimmick. "If you don't sponsor a child, God will kill a puppy." No! That's not the worst of it!
It came time for the packet pass. Those of us who were picked to do this headed into the auditorium and waited for the speaker to do his thing. With a packet pass, a speaker will share something about Compassion's ministry and will even talk a little bit about their own experiences with Compassion. When they finish they ask anyone who feels lead to sponsor a child to raise their hand so one of the volunteers can give them a child packet. Packet passes are usually inspiring enough to generate a good response, and it's always done in a positive way - and not to provoke a sense of guilt in anyone. Compassion would rather people be moved to sponsor a child out of a sense of compassion (Duh! hence the name), or even their desire to serve Christ. Rather than out of guilt or some sense of religious obligation. It's a good approach that works well. I personally handed out 6 child packets to people who raised their hands.
Afterwards, there was a brief intermission and JT and I headed back out to the stairway leading to the cafe. We were bound and determined to get as many people as possible to see the child packets we had. And being as big as we are, it's kinda hard to miss us.
It was at this time that I got the only picture of the evening.

This is me with Rose. Rose is the producer/co-host of a locally produced, but nationally syndicated conservative, radio talk-show called The War Room. She's been in broadcasting for quite some time and has many awards to vouch for her talents - including a few from MTV for a Christian video show that she used to produce called Litemusic. She is one incredible lady and I was blessed to finally meet her face to face after years of listening to the show. What was really great was that she didn't seem stand-offish as some people in the media can be. Instead, she spoke to me like she was catching up with a long lost friend. She liked my hair, I showed her my Ink-n-Fire. As we talked I explained to her that I haven't been able to listen for nearly a year because of where I'm located in my building - I can't get no reception. So she told me to send her an e-mail and she'd hook me up with a free subscription so I won't have to miss it anymore. What a wonderful lady! I also managed to bless her by telling her that I can see (hear?) the impact that her faith has had on the host of the show, Quinn. And I could tell that this was her calling and the purpose that God has for her. We hugged each other and I went back to pimping the child packets...
Perhaps "pimping" wasn't the right choice of words, but you know what I mean!
Intermission ended. Now, allow me to say things are about to get really demented because it was around this time that JT took the puppy thing a bit further. It was no longer God who was going to get the rap for killing puppies if children weren't being sponsored. JT started to joke about being the one who would do it. He suggested having a box of puppies by the table with a sledge hammer beside it, and on the box a note "Sponsor a child or else..." Or one that said "Don't make me..." Yes, it was sick and twisted, but worth every laugh between us and the handful of other volunteers who heard it. Believe me, this was not the kind of stuff that we wanted to be loud about. It could have had a negative effect on any future involvement with Compassion, and we both love this too much.
We lingered some more, joked around some more, talked with the other volunteers some more, and waited til the concert ended. At which time we would have one last rush of people and then we could start packing up all of the materials.
When the show finally ended JT remained in the middle of the corridor with another volunteer as I stayed at the table helping people to fill out forms and answer questions. JT was amazed by how people reacted to his being there. He noticed that many people would look him right in the eye as they approached, until they saw the child packets in his hands. Then they would turn their eyes to look at the wall rather than continue to look at JT. Now, he did say that some of the people would walk by and tell him "Oh, we sponsor a child in..." and then name some country, or they'd name some other organization. And that's cool. But we can't figure out why people would simply turn and look away. Wouldn't it be easier just to say "I'm sorry, I just can't afford to do this right now.", or something to that effect? or would that have been lying? Was it simply a matter of knowing in their hearts that anything they said, other than "OK", would've just been an excuse?

I'm sorry. I don't mean to sound judgemental here, but this troubles me deeply in my spirit. In fact, it troubles me enough that I've got tears welling in my eyes as I type this. I am a single parent (for the most part), I have a mortgage that eats up all but $40 of one of my bi-weekly paychecks, I have a car payment and enough utility bills to leave me with less than $150 of my other paycheck to live on for the month - and I sponsor a child! I know that I am wealthy by comparison to these kids. And not only do I sponsor a child, I add the $8 for the HIV/AIDS initiative, and I give money to the child that my church sponsors (in addition to my tithe). I also volunteer my time and make the trips, at my own expense, to wherever it is that I can be a part of a Compassion event because I know this is what Jesus told His disciples they should do! I also know that I can't afford to sponsor another child, yet, so this is my way of helping other children to become sponsored. Yes, Compassion pays for my admission to the events I go to, but I'm still responsible for my own gas and food while I'm there. This is by no means a free ride. This takes commitment, and sacrifice. I'm not saying that I'm any better than anyone else, but I know this is what Jesus said would distinguish His flock from everyone else in the world. These kids have nothing. We live in the most blessed nation on earth, and we have people, who call themselves Christians, who aren't doing anything to share those blessings with those who are truly in need. It saddens me, and I'm sure it breaks God's heart even more.

But I'll get off my soapbox now.

We ended the night with 65 sponsorships, out of a crowd of about 1500. That's pretty good. And I am thankful to God for every one of them. That's 65 children - and their families - whose lives will be changed eternally, and 65 people - and their families - who will experience the joy of helping a child to live to his or her fullest potential. That's what makes all of this worthwhile for me. And I can tell that it had an impact on JT too. I can't wait for the next event...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This should be good

Just wanted to let everyone know about tonight. JT and I are going to the Michael W. Smith/Steven Curtis Chapman concert, two of the most prolific songwriters/performers in contemporary Christian music.
We'll be heading out pretty much right after I get home from work, and will probably not be back til sometime near midnight. So I've scheduled a vacation day for tomorrow to avoid any possible conflicts between my need for sleep and my responsibilities at work - especially since I can never go right to sleep after a concert. This will also give me the chance to write a really good post about the evenings activities. So all of you can feel as if you were there, too - and that's why you all love me so. I take good care of yinz!
I'll take my camera, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get any pics. My camera is just no good when the lights go down. Besides, we are going as volunteers for Compassion International, so we'll be spending a lot of our time staffing the table. But there's always the possibility that we'll be in the auditorium for a "packet pass" - because both artists are HUGE sopporters of Compassion's ministry. So I may get some shots, or not.
OK, have a great day, and I'll be talking to everyone tomorrow.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

It's happening again

Well, I've been moved to a different area at work recently and I'm learning some new stuff. This is good. I always look at things from the perspective that the more I know, the better off I am. Especially in the current economic climate. From where I stand, I want to know so much at work that if the day ever comes that there are layoffs or whatever, I want my name to be on the list of people who Respironics can't afford to let go.
But all of that aside...
Anytime I get moved I tend to see it as God's way of telling me "I have something special for you to do here." And this time is certainly no different.
Over the last few days I've been able to have some amazing conversations with one of my co-workers. I haven't worked with her very much before this new move, but we have had some brief discussions prior to it. Well, those discussions have become much more frequent now and more in depth.
I am truly blessed!
Once again, I seem to have taken on the role of a teacher to someone who has questions about spirituality and the Christian faith. And the timing couldn't be better. I had been feeling less engaged at work lately, but now I'm feeling energized again. And my co-worker has had some affirmations for me without even realizing that she's hearing from the Holy Spirit. So we're both growing through this situation, and mutually blessing one another.
Once again, God has shown me just how much He cares about me. How cool is that?

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Quote for 10/9/08

"Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow."
Ali ibn Abi Talib


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Why stop now?

OK, after yesterday's post, I figure I may as well share another video post with everyone today. The theme is along the same line anyways. Besides, it's a really great tune that I think most of you will enjoy.

JT, you may want to check into getting these guys for your podcast - if you haven't already. They're on an indie label...

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Spreading God's love

Have you seen the commercial from Interstate Batteries yet, the one about God's Love?
You have to check this out;

At a time when most corporations are distancing themselves from the very mention of the word "Christmas", it's unheard of to see a company boldly proclaim their (or, at least, their Chairman's) faith in Christ. How cool is that?

But then again, if you were to go to the page where this video is posted on YouTube, you'd see a hideous debate going on between several people who love the vid for it's Christian over tones, and several others who hate it for the same reason. Go figure...
It's actually kinda humorous since it used to be the Christians who would get upset and offended by something on TV, now it's the atheists. And instead of the atheists telling the Christians "You can always change the channel.", now it's the Christians telling the atheists "If you don't like it, don't watch it." The atheists aren't pleased with this ironic twist of fate.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Quote for 10/5/08

"Yeah, that's it! Live from the heart, with no regrets. The head may have logic, but the heart has your soul."
Rob Cross

See explaination below.


I think he gets it

This is my explaination for today's Quote.
Rob and I talk a lot. Every so often, during those conversations, he'll come up with something simple, yet truly profound. Yesterday was one of those times.
We were discussing his part in the upcoming school play, his new-found popularity at school, and his approach to friendships/relationships. As we talked about these things he shared with me that he has been deciding to do a lot of these things simply because he wants to. I explained to him that what he's talking about is what I have come to call "living from the heart." He also explained that when he makes the decision to do something he often feels a little worried at first, but he hears another voice inside of him telling him to just move forward - to live with no regrets, which was one of the messages he brought home from Creation, from, of all people, Justin Lookado (the speaker in this picture).
As our conversation continued he came to realize that our hearts want us to take risks and act on what it is we truly desire to do for ourselves. But it's usually our head that will come up reasons why the risks outweight the benefits. But Rob is learning to listen to his heart. And like myself, he has come to find that he is more satisfied now than he ever was before. He has learned from me, and I have learned from him. Apparently, this wasn't only the greatest summer of my life, my son seems to have had a great one as well. And how awesome is it that we shared it together?

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Coveting your prayers

I should've posted this much sooner, but things have been hectic.
My best friend in the whole world, JT, is in the hospital, and has been since Tuesday. It's nothing life-threatening, but it is kinda serious. He had minor surgery earlier today and is now recovering. So, please, keep him in your prayers.
And please keep his ministry in your prayers also. His podcast has become so much more than the simple, weekly podcast that it began as. He has really poured his heart and soul into it, and it shows. It's unfortunate that his current health dilema has prevented him from posting any episodes this week. Hopefully, he'll be back at it very soon. He's expecting to be released on Monday, let's hope he's feeling up to recording shortly thereafter.
Thanks all.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Quote for 10/2/08

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge, that myth is more potent than history, that dreams are more powerful than facts, that hope always triumphs over experience, that laughter is the only cure for grief and I believe that love is stronger than death."
Robert Fulghum


Quotes from 9/2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Perhaps most of you have noticed that Autumn is upon us.
Around here, it's actually kinda chilly outside today. It's been raining off and on and the sky has been changing from sunny to cloudy to dark and ominous, and back again nearly every half hour it seems. And I'm reminded that Summer is, indeed, over. Unlike most years, when I welcome the changing seasons, the cooler air, the clear night skies to watch the stars by, I'm truly sad to see Summer go this year.

I can say, with a great deal of certainty, that this was the best Summer of my life. It has been one continuous adventure from the very beginnning. And for those of you who've been reading my blog all along, I'm sure you've noticed that sense of on-going excitement in nearly everything I've written since May - when I did my first event with Compassion. There was the Summer Slam Fest, with Alakrity and Eowyn, and the Moraine Park Summer Festival with Pillar. And of course, there was mine and Bob's time at Creation. As well as our visits to Purple Door and Vertical Fest. Not to mention Ren-Fest, Parts 1 and 2. And countless smaller (mis)adventures in between them all.
It's been great to share a lot of my time with my son - who is at an age when most sons want nothing to do with their dads - and to have him tell his friends that I'm cool. It's been great to see him growing spiritually. It's also been great to spend time with some of my closest friends, like JT and P.Dave. And it has been great that I've been able to share all of it with you, my faithful readers. Thank you for being a part of it.
"Every day is a glorious new adventure with God." I wonder what God has in store for me this Fall...

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