Friday, March 28, 2008

In Local News....

"Don’t miss the big parade around the square at noon Saturday when the Bean Queen and the Rib King will be announced."

I kid you not..... it's often like a time warp in G-town.

Cannot help but love it no matter how much I try.

unChristian - The Book

If you haven't read unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons... Brother G and I greatly encourage you to do so.

While it is a tough book to read in some ways - it is a necessary one to understand "what a new generation really thinks about Christianity and why it matters."

Our local church body's book club is reading unChristian currently at our recommendation. They will be discussing the book in detail next month.

You may find unChristian on Amazon for $12.23. It is worth every penny and more.

Time to reach out to a new generation and show God's love today... this moment.

It is not ours alone to receive or keep.

Lawn Pastor......

For those who have inquired....

Yes, Brother G is still being the lawn pastor for G-town and our highly secure gated community. If you or someone you know is in need of lawn care and home visits - he'll be happy to make arrangements with you.

Depending upon the individual - services could be provided for free.

You may contact him the following ways:

1) Call our home number
2) Call his cell number
3) Drop by our home
4) Call the physical church building
5) Or catch him on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings.
6) Via comment here
7) Via email

For the record: My mother is not his secretary. Please do not leave a message with her. Feel free to leave one with one of our sons should they answer the home phone.

What exactly is a lawn pastor? It's a pastor who takes care of more than just the lawn.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Please Pray....

Esther S. was just involved in a car accident outside the front gate of our highly secure gated community. The older gentleman who hit her car is on fire and they are working to get him out of the it. Esther is seemingly okay at the moment although quite shaken up as to be expected.

Please pray for all involved. And please use extreme caution when traveling on that particular highway as there have been numerous accidents and serious injuries/deaths on it as of late.

Thank you.

Questions Answered.

The last few days I've been asked a series of questions from several individuals. The following are my answers. They are in no particular order.

1. No. I am not working on a book at this time. That's part of why this blog was started. I know you say that God is telling you that I am supposed to be writing one right now - my schedule says otherwise.

2. No. I am not going back to school at this time. Again - my schedule won't allow it. I might take more classes here or there but not pursuing any more than that. Every day life is a classroom. And all my guys are in school as it is. That can be crazy enough...

3. Austin is at LBA. Travis and Parker are both still currently in public schools. That could change if public schools go even more in a direction we disagree with. At no time have we turned over their education to the public system and/or the government.

4. No. I'm not going through a mid-life crisis because of turning 40 next month. I embrace turning The Big 40. I've never been healthier in all my life. If you don't like my hair - I'm sorry. And it's more than okay if you don't find it sexy either. It fits my current schedule to a T. And no - I do not plan on dying my hair to cover my grays.

5. Yes. I have said and will continue to say that Brother G does not "complete me"... nor do my sons, my job, or anything or anyone else other than God. Want to learn more about that? Come to our marriage class.

6. Parker is a touchy feely kid. I rather like him hugging me in public. At ten most kids want nothing to do with hugging a parent where and when they might be seen. I encourage it - not discourage it. Besides, I'm a hugger myself.

7. No. We did not give the car to charity. It was in the shop. I am the charity! And I still have a blast driving. So frankly - I do not care what type of vehicle I drive.

8. No. I will not be attending the annual golf tourney in memory of my dad. I will be at work. I do not have a golfing bone in my body. Why pretend that I do? Have fun without me. My brother will be there. Spend time with him since he does not live here. Yes. I do enjoy driving the golf cart on the streets of the highly secure gated community we live in though.

9. Yes. I did say that I hope we do not stay at two services for very long. I'm praying for Spiritual Awakening and Spiritual Revival every single day!

10. Yes. My mom is allowed to date. Austin is not. (Read: She's 65 and is a widow. He's 16. There is a difference.)

There ya have it... My answers for today.

As always - you have been prayed for this moment.

And you are loved by The One who truly matters the most in life!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bible Studies - Women & Co-Ed

Please continue to pray for our Bible study groups.

Today, my women's class will be diving even deeper into the Sermon on the Mount. Heavy hitting stuff for most of the women in it. As a teacher, I do not want women taking any of my classes just to check it off a "To-Do List." Please pray that it truly penetrates every moment of their life.

Brother G and I are starting a new class this Wednesday night. We are teaching on marriage and how to make it work in today's world. This is a subject that we are passionate about. One of the reasons of course being that we know firsthand that God and each of our own relationships with Him must be at the top of our marriage on a daily basis. This is a co-ed class and will run at the same time and room as usual. Cannot wait to see what God has in store for this group!!!

Randal's class will continue to meet as usual as will the other women's only classes.

Have you picked up God's word since Sunday and dived in? If not - what are you waiting for?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Picture Time!

All pics taken at The Main Event either for Spring Break 08 or Park's 10th b/day!
(Disclaimer: Sorry.. I did not get all the students and adults who were there.)

Love G-town Testimony

Via email from Micky on Saturday:

What a great day!!! That is just all we could say after our Love G-town service project this morning. Everyone had a great time and we wanted to give all of you a report on how things went today.

First of all, we had one group at the Brookshires Grocery Store helping to bag groceries, doing customer carry out and cart return. We had approximately 150 kindness cards handed out by that group. Many of the customers really responded when our folks handed them a kindness card and told them that "God loves you." A number of Brookshires customers offered to make donations to us, which flung the door wide open for us to explain that what we are doing is totally and completely free...just like God's love is free!! The Brookshires employees were very appreciative of the extra help our people provided and one of them even asked me "can't you guys stay until 9:00." The manager on duty this morning told us that he would love to have us back any time we wanted to come.

Next, we also had a group at the Brookshires service station. From 9:00 AM to 12 Noon today we went retro and converted the station from self-service into a full service station. Our people greeted the station customers as they pulled up to the pump by explaining that we were from LBC and that we were doing a free community service project this morning. We offered to pump their gas and wash their windshields free of charge with no donations accepted. A number of people almost seemed shocked that we would be doing that sort of thing, but said "in that case, sure go ahead." While someone pumped the gas and another washed the windshield, another person was able to hand the customer a kindness card and engage them in conversation while they waited for their gas to finish pumping.

We had some really great conversations at the gas pumps and even had a couple of people share some pretty heart wrenching stories with us and we assured them that we would add these names to our prayer list. I'll just share one with you in this email. One was for a lady's husband, whose name is H.D. Ms. D came through the line at one of the pumps and when we handed her the kindness card that said we were doing this project just to show God's love, she nearly broke down in tears and commented, "we really needed God's love this week." She related how her husband had gone to the oncologist earlier this week and had been diagnosed with advanced prostrate cancer that had already metastasized into his bone. She went on to explain that along with the shock of getting that sort of devastating medical news, they were also dealing with the fact that he was apparently misdiagnosed by another doctor earlier this year, so they are also having some anger issues as well. She seemed so grateful for us taking the time to listen and to put her husband on our prayer list. As I said, we gave her a card and we told her to be sure and call the church if we could do anything at all for them. We did not sense that this family was connected to any church body and we think this could be a wonderful ministry opportunity for our church.

We handed out right at 200 kindness cards at the service station! So all in all, we handed out well over 300 cards between the two groups. What a great day it was. Please pray with us that God will send forth other Believers to water and nourish the seeds of kindness that were planted today and for the ultimate harvest that God will reap through His Holy Spirit. God bless!

Reminder: Our Kindness Explosion is April's Love G-town. Please watch for more details.