Archive for February, 2011

The Meaning to Life: Livin’ La Vida Loca Pt. 3 of 5

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

After a couple of weeks, we pick up where Solomon left off. He’s in search for the meaning to life. His next quest for purpose leads him down the road we coin as “PARTYING”. Or, as Ricky Martin would say, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. Solomon assumed that purpose must be found at the bottom of the bottle or being the life of the party.

He comments in Ecclesiastes 2, “I thought in my heart, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good’…I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives.” (more…)

Please Don’t Be Mean to Your Minister/Preacher

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2011 at 4:40 am

There’s a clear line between constructive criticism and simply being a critic. I’ve always welcomed constructive criticism, believing that I can learn and grow from anything that’s said in a loving spirit.

I’ve also never been one to wear my feelings on my sleeve. In fact, I’ve always felt I have thick skin when it comes to people’s criticism or unkind comments. That’s why I’ve had a hard time writing this. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, whining or being thin-skinned, because I’m not. I just would like to make a point … there is a shortage of preachers/ministers in this world, and one of the reasons is because of unkind criticism and unrealistic expectations. (more…)

5 Things You Won’t find on my iPod and 5 Things you Will

Posted by    |    February 25th, 2011 at 4:40 am

WON’T
  • Celine Dion – I’m a man, don’t make me explain.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn – I’m just not a big fan of the bluesy rock stuff.
  • Country Music – Yes I live in Texas, but sorry, just can’t do the country thing.
  • Nickleback – Sounds like the lead singer needs to clear his throat.
  • Bluegrass – When the boys were growing up if they would argue in the back of the car, I punish them by turning it to the bluegrass radio station. With in seconds they change their attitude. :)
WILL
  • Lots of Rock (Classic & Modern) – Steve Miller Band, Boston, Journey, Creed, Collective Soul, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, etc
  • Lots of the 3 J’s – Jack Johnson, James Taylor & John Mayer
  • Some Chris Tomlin
  • ColdPlay – Love them!
  • Coffeehouse music – Ray Lamontagne, Ben Harper, etc (it’s a sure sign I’m getting old)
What IS and ISN’T on your play lists?

Making a Difference in the Dump

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 4:40 am

It’s obvious we’re making a difference in the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Here are a few things I’ve seen …

* a purification system was put in this past December that provides clean water to the area.

* a day care is being run just outside the dump and parents are encouraged to being their children there instead of taking them in the dump.

* weekly feedings that take place every Wednesday. Today at noon the people in the dump will get to eat a plate of hot food.

And then yesterday, Marc Tindall wrote on his Facebook status about another way we’re making a difference in the dump. His words were …

“More than a year ago, a group from the local University in Honduras, started construction on a place in the dump where people could clean up & shower. When the money ran out this project was stopped. Yesterday in thanks to Dump Day 2010 and Bread for a Hungry World, construction restarted.”

I just want to say thank you today for all you’ve given through this blog to make this possible. Dump Day 2010 was a huge success and no doubt Dump Day 2011 will be just as great.

10 Signs You Might be a Lukewarm Christian

Posted by    |    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:40 am

Katy is the book winner from last week’s giveaway. Congrats. I will be sticking a book in the mail to her later this week.

Lukewarmness is a battle I have to fight regularly. Being lukewarm as a Christian is NOT good. Lukewarmness is found somewhere between being hot (on fire for God as he demands) and being cold (having no desire to follow God). Revelation 3:15-16 has always been tough for me to comprehend, because Jesus is SO hard on the lukewarm. He actually says he’d rather you and I be “cold” rather than lukewarm, and that lukewarmness is disgusting enough to God to make him vomit.

I don’t know a better chapter on lukewarmness, than Chan’s in his book, “Crazy Love.” So with that in mind, here are 10 signs you might be a lukewarm Christian … (more…)

Women Drivers

Posted by    |    February 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am

After school this past Wednesday, Cooper ran to my pickup instead of going at his usual leisurely pace. He was in a hurry to get to the barbershop so he could beat everyone else and not have to wait.  He was out of breath when he jumped in my pickup and said, “Come on Dad, let’s go. I don’t want anyone to beat us there.” I assured him I was going to get him there as soon as I could.

I took off at what I thought was plenty fast, but within seconds of when we left Cooper franticly says, “Come on Dad, can’t you go any faster? Why don’t you try and drive like Mom on Sunday mornings when she’s late for church!”

And so I just had to ask, “So … just how does Mom drive on Sunday mornings when she’s late for church?”

“Like a maniac,” he said without skipping a beat.

Now that’s good stuff right there!

Hungry Kids are Being Fed … Again!

Posted by    |    February 16th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I mentioned two weeks ago that the feeding center in Nueve Oriental, Honduras had shut down due to financial struggles. It broke my heart.  GREAT NEWS: Yesterday the feeding center reopened thanks to some generous donations by many of you. There were 250 kids fed yesterday. That makes yesterday a GREAT day. Thanks for caring about hungry kids…

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Super Bowl Breakfast: 2011

Posted by    |    February 6th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Every year, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Bart Starr presents the Bart Starr Award to a current NFL player, voted on by his peers, for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. Chris Mortensen from ESPN emceed the 2011 Super Bowl Breakfast and New Orleans Saint Quarterback Drew Brees was this year’s honoree.  You+ representatives Scott Wallace, Josh Spake and I had the honor of attending the breakfast.

We are in the process of editing the footage of the breakfast on behalf of Athletes in Action, a fantastic organization whose mission is to build spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sport so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.  Stay tuned for You+Dallas content covering this breakfast. (more…)