Wednesday, February 28, 2007
My Very hot wife, and me at the Concert
The Whole Team!!
What happens when a group of teenagers gets their hands on a lot of pizza sauce? yup sauce fight!!
I gotta say, I think the hairnet is a stylish look for me
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Eva is the Champion from 2005 and 2006 she is an amazing sharp shooter. This year however she was de-throned and only came in Third Place
This years Champions with the trophy!!! Their names will go down in history!!!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Hey!!! Tonight is our 10th Annual Bridging the Gap Crokinole Tourney! So I'll see you At the Church. Should be a sweet time of mixing our youth with the Seniors. Can't wait. I'll post some pics of the winners tomorrow! Of course we are supposed to get hit with a blizzard today, so our turn out might not be so good.
Life is going pretty sweet. Right now I have my desk full of my old Worship leadership class notes and articles. I'm going through them looking for anything that may be helpful as our church continues to discuss musical styles...... found this really awesome article called "Recovering the Priority of God" From the 1998 Nov/Dec issue of Worship Leadership. Here is a great line from that "God is the first priority of the church. Not People. Not ministry. Not growth. Not success. God and God alone occupies the place of ultimate and absolute priority in the church." and then it goes on from there. Pretty good stuff.
Here's a pic of two of my favorite people. Niki and
Also there is a new J.R.R Tolkien book coming out!! It's called The Children of Hurin. It was started 90 years ago by Tolkien and has just now been finished by his son. Sounds good to me. I always thought it was a shame he didn't write more about Middle Earth. It's scheduled to come out in April. Go over to Amazon to pre-order.
Finally here is an awesome interview with one of my favorite musicians of all time Alice Cooper. It is a really good interview as he shares about his faith and what difference Christianity has made in his life. At the end he makes this great comment “Alice Cooper believes the world needs a shot of morality!” and for more of that you'll have to watch...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
-Mark Buchanan The Rest Of God pages 15-16
Monday, February 19, 2007
"God's wrath is out of fashion. It's not something that we hear about, talk about, or even think about. Like animal sacrifices, God's intense and severe anger toward sin strikes us as rather primitive - perhaps appropriate for dense, uncivilized, ancient peoples - something that God has gotten over. As J. I. Packer has observed, such a view probably comes from our habit of, 'following private religious hunches rather than learning about God from his own Word.'
If we truly want to know God, we must endeavor to understand the God who has made himself known in scripture, the God who cannot accommodate himself to the sin of injustice, who can't get used to it, who continually suffers with those who are brutalized in body and spirit by the arrogance of humans. As J. I. Packer has again helpfully commented:
'No doubt it is true that the subject of divine wrath has in the past been handled speculatively, irreverently, even malevolently. No doubt there have been some who have preached the wrath and damnation with tearless eyes and no pain in their hearts. No doubt the sight of small sects cheerfully consigning the whole world, apart form themselves, to hell has disgusted many. Yet if we would know God, it is vital that we face the truth concerning his wrath, however unfashionable it ma by, and however strong our initial prejudices against it. Otherwise we shall not understand the gospel of salvation from wrath, nor the propitiatory achievement of the cross, nor the wonder of the redeeming love of God, nor shall we understand the hand of God in history."
Friday, February 16, 2007
Before I die there are three concerts that I want to experience. U2, Dave Matthews Band, and John Mayer. Well today at Ten O'clock this morning I got my tickets for one of those three!!! Niki and I are going to see John Mayer on April 26 at the MTS center. I can't WAIT!!! It will be an awesome show. And if he play's Neon, I'll die with a smile on my face.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
What does Valentines Day mean to you? Is it chocolate? Flowers? Candles and romantic music? How about a pillow fight? No I mean it seriously, how about almost a thousand people in the streets of
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” - Exodus 34:14
Question: How do you deal with a God who’s very name is Jealous, a God that proclaims loudly and frequently that He is a Jealous God, and the fact that we as his people are not supposed to be Jealous?
This was the question I faced the other day. How do I respond? So I asked a few people how they would answer it. The best answer I got was, “Because He’s God, so he can do whatever He wants.” Fortunately this was said with a bit of a smirk, so I knew this wonderful woman that I admire hadn’t just crushed my opinion of her. But still…
So these are my thoughts on the topic.
1) Emotions are from God, and so Jealousy is not always a Bad thing.
Emotions are something that are God given, and important to who we are as people. Jesus showed us a wide variety of emotions during his time on earth. Whether it was anger at the money changers in the
2) Really what is Jealousy
Well to answer that last question. First we need a framework, a definition of what Jealousy is. The one I found that actually helped a lot was from Wikipedia (the encyclopedia that allows even idiots to be experts). Anyway, they say. “Jealousy typically refers to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that occur when a person believes a valued relationship is being threatened by a rival.” So then if Jealousy is our reaction when a valued relationship is being threatened by a rival, I think it starts to make a little more sense. We as the creation of God, are created to be in relationship. Because of the fall and some bad choices on our part, or relationship with God becomes threatened by the entrance of sin and Satan. Now maybe I’m putting human emotions on God, but wouldn’t it make sense for God to become jealous when He sees His perfect creation, His relationship with His children so threatened. This definition has helped be understand how God can be jealous, and how that can be a good thing.
But then we are still left with the question, What about us? Is there ever a place where it is right for us to be jealous? I’d really like your input here, because I can’t think of many. In fact the only one I can really think of would be marriage. When a husband or wife feels there relationship is threatened by an outside force, jealousy kicks in to protect that marriage. Now like all other emotions it can be misused and abused. But within the context of marriage jealousy can be a very good thing.
I guess the problem is that there is a very thin line between jealousy and envy. Envy is that desire for things you don’t have. And often it seems like Jealousy gets lumped in with it. But at least to me, I see a difference. I think I can see how God can be jealous, how there is place for us to be jealous. But at the same time the need to walk with care, to make sure we aren’t slipping over into envy. Longing for something that we have no right to.
So what are your thoughts?
Monday, February 05, 2007
No school today, it was like minus a million or something like that. Which once again begs the question, "Why did anyone move to the prairies in the first place?" I mean wouldn't it make sense for us all to move to Florida?
Anyway that's all, just sort of random.
Friday, February 02, 2007
I know that it is still early to be tossing out such a bold statement like Best Video of 2007... but I really think this is it! This would be THE BEST YOUTH EVENT EVER!!!! Now I know that there is some stiff competition in the world of funny videos. One example is the leaked K-Fed Super Bowl commercial (here) but vote still goes to