We are continuing the series on "Am I Happy?" in youth and I was talking with one of my students after. She was telling me how in the schools they have groups for quitting smoking (which I've facilitated), drugs, alcohol, bullying and plenty of other things like that. What they don't have is a group for students who are suffering from depression. I know the schools offer services for this but I also know the counselors are overwhelmed and unable to help most of the students that need someone. As I was talking with this young lady I began to see the need for something that doesn't exist in … [Read more...]
I know it's an old joke, but we had our first real fight at church tonight. It has come close more than once. A couple of weeks ago I had to break something up before it happened. Tonight I was brought in after the damage was done. One of my adult leaders was outside when it happened and got it broken up pretty quickly but it really ticked me off. I stayed calm with the boys, but I feel like it was the steely calm that I am prone to get which people who know me will identify as extreme anger. I talked with both mothers and with the students involved and those that were around. I think it … [Read more...]
I am not a huge fan of Gospel tracts. I don't feel that they really work most of the time, but I don't think that is exactly the fault of the concept. I am talking through witnessing with my Young Adult's class. I am giving them a series of challenges each week and then we are talking about how those challenges went. What was effective, what wasn't, and why? I am more interested is teaching a lifestyle of living the Gospel. A life of prayer for the lost and action on that prayer. This week the challenge revolves around Gospel tracts. Everyone was given 3 sets of two different tracts. … [Read more...]
A lot of things happened this past weekend. So much that I'd likely have a ton of blog posts if I would remember to write them. Of course I'm likely to forget sooner rather than later so I am forced to try and decide what to share. I could write about Angel Food again. This was Angel Food weekend and it was great with a few exceptions. We had a lot of volunteers, several new people came out, but there was a pretty big mix-up on the truck so that caused some stress. I could also write about the annual church business meeting on Sunday. This was quite possibly the highlight of my weekend. I … [Read more...]
So it is time for March madness. The thing is, I use to love basketball, but I am just not that into it anymore. I think a big part of it is that I just don't keep up with it. This is why I'm not writing about basketball. Instead I want to deal with something that was brought up in the comments of yesterday's post. Sherry Meneley mentioned that she watched a young lady get baptized that she felt was not ready. As I understand it the young lady behaved in a rather un-repentant manner. I might be understating this because Sherry said she felt that the girl would come up from the water changed … [Read more...]
Tonight was the first night of a new series on the path of Christ to the cross. I focused on Mark chapter 11 and the purpose behind everything that was happening there. Next week one of my students is preaching and I'm pretty excited about that. Today was St Patrick's Day and I wore my special shirt. It is a vintage style shirt with a Rubik's cube on the front. It shows the blue, yellow, and red faces of the cube on a charcoal fabric and white text. If you are having a hard time keeping up the shirt has no visible green. I say no visible green because a Rubik's cube has green on the … [Read more...]
I wonder how hard I make God laugh when I start planning things? I figure my plans must be worth days of entertainment. Of course that's not really much when we are talking about eternity, but still, it sure seems like He would clue me in a bit earlier. Of course I know I can't blame Him. This only happens when I start making my own plans. If I seek God and His plans then I tend to get shockingly accurate details. For example, I've done my sermons a year out the past couple of years. I take time to pray before, not just a quick breath of prayer before my pen hits the paper but days of … [Read more...]
I understand the dark side has cookies, as well as all the cool force powers like force choke and lightening. Plus they have James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader. I mean how cool is that? The force isn't the only thing with a dark side ... well darker side. To say dark side would assume that there is some evil to it. It isn't evil per se, just less than enjoyable for anyone in their right mind. What is this "darker side" you ask? Church politics. This week I will be involved in way too much on the political front. We have our sectional meeting tomorrow. My denomination is based … [Read more...]
I am still fighting this stupid blog. I am trying to setup a WordPress MU blog which will allow me to host multiple blogs from one installation. I did a test install in the past and it went swimmingly, but for some reason, now that I need it to work, the stupid thing insists on breaking. I will continue to fight this and I know I will eventually win out, but for the next few days this blog will be experiencing some weirdness ... more than just the things I write. Now back the the regularly scheduled youth night follow-up. I have to admit, last night was unbelievable in so many ways. I … [Read more...]
I’m still working on some issues from a pretty significant switch in the underlying framework on this site. Mostly you won’t notice anything, but there are some significant advantages to how I am doing this that will really help me with setting up a design business.
While I work on all this I wanted to post the sermon I preached Sunday. In the past I had a separate blog for this but I will be integrating things a bit more with my new features and overall setup.