Archive for March, 2011

I Bought Groceries for Jesus Today

Posted by    |    March 30th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Yes, I bought Jesus groceries today. Crazy isn’t it … and he only wanted $26 worth of groceries. I did notice that he’s a big fan of cheap, college-kid type food. He bought TV dinners, chicken-pot-pies, root-beer and frozen burritos that you heat up in the microwave. He also asked if it’d be okay if he bought stuff to make a dessert. Of course I told him, “Sure.” He bought stuff to make a lemonade pie.

This Jesus didn’t look like the Jesus in the pictures we see in paintings and on walls. No, this Jesus had black skin, really needed a shower and is incredibly precious to God. There are lots of ways you could see this man … (more…)

Augment, Tulsa, Japan Relief and Power Hour

Posted by    |    March 29th, 2011 at 4:40 am

  • We’ll we’ve officially kicked off our 2nd Augment Project in Childress. The extreme home makeover will become a big three-bedroom home for a family with two small children and twins on the way. We’re excited about this project and can’t wait to get this little family in their new house. I’ll post some more pictures later.
  • I spent most of last weekend in Tulsa at the Tulsa Workshop. It was so good getting to see old friends and make new ones. I got to sit in some great classes by great teachers. I was honored to get to present 3 lessons on marriage and family. They were a condensed version of the Strong Marriage Seminar that I do. It sure was fun. If you haven’t ever attended the Tulsa Workshop, consider it next year.
  • Man, I love my church family. Yesterday our entire contribution went to Japan Relief. $12,500 was collected to help our friends in Japan.
  • POWER HOUR … I can’t wait to tell you what we’re doing with our Sunday nights called Power Hour. Many have seen me make comments about it on my Facebook and have asked about it. We’ve basically removed the Sunday p.m. service we were having and replaced it with an upbeat bible study. Our attendance has almost doubled. I’m going to write something later this week explaining all the details.

Augment House and the workers (AIM from Lubbock) that cleaned the house out for us.

9 Big Lies about Marriage

Posted by    |    March 26th, 2011 at 4:40 am

I’m at the Tulsa Workshop this week talking about building strong marriages and families. Yesterday I talked to a packed house about how to fix a self-centered marriage. The reason it was a packed house, was not because I was teaching … but because marriages and families are struggling, and we’re seeing the value in strengthening them.

Today’s class on healthy families. I’ll be starting it out by reminding them that the best thing you can do for your family is have a healthy marriage. When building a healthy marriage don’t buy into these BIG LIES about marriage (a partial reprint) …

  1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Never! It’s okay when a job separates you occasionally, but taking a job that keeps you away for weeks at a time is asking for trouble. I had a man tell me once that his new job, that would take him away 4 months out of the year, would be worth it because it would gain him over $12,000 a year. I asked him if that was worth losing his family. He said it would never happen … but it did. I’m not saying a marriage can’t survive a job that separates a husband and a wife, but I sure don’t recommend it.
  2. Your spouse shouldn’t be your best friend. Actually the opposite is true … your spouse SHOULD be your best friend.
  3. My spouse will know my needs without me having to say anything. Let me just say, “ARE YOU NUTS!” No way. Just because you are married doesn’t mean your spouse can read your mind. You have to tell your spouse what your needs are in order to have them met. Wives, listen close, you can’t connect the dots CLOSE enough for your husband to figure it out and catch on to what you’re thinking … so just tell him. Dropping hints or just expecting your husband to know what you’re thinking will only lead to MORE frustration. (more…)

Good Compliments Gone Bad

Posted by    |    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 am

I’m not a fan of critics because any fool can criticize.  I figure there are enough critics in this world so I honestly try hard to be a cheerleader with my words.

But sometimes even the best planned compliments come out wrong. Like early this past Sunday morning, when I meant to say something nice, but it came out all wrong. Five of us, 2 guys and 3 girls, had just finished up a 4-mile run and were walking back to our cars in the dark. What I totally wanted to say was, “Girls, this running is making y’all look great. Y’all are getting so skinny.” I figured a compliment like that would make that hard 4-mile run seem worth it every step, but my words didn’t come out exactly like I had planned.  Instead of being a compliment … it sounded more like criticism when I told them, “You girls sure look skinny when it’s dark.” To make a long story short … I was verbally abused the rest of the day by three girls who didn’t see how I was trying to build them up.

God has given you and I an amazing gift …. the gift of speech. With this gift you have the power to use your words to hurt someone or heal someone. Today you have a choice to use your words to either build someone up or tear someone down. I suggest you use them to build up … just make sure you do it correctly.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).

I Love Doing Minsitry … Augment #2

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

We are starting or second Augment Project today. We’re going to do an extreme home makeover on this house and give it to a needy family.

A group of AIM students are in Childress today to begin the cleaning project. In a few months this house will look amazing.

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News from the Morgan house…

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

Taylor, Cooper and Lea at the AIM Graduation

  • Lea and I started a bathroom remodel project about two months ago. Nothing tests your marriage like a home remodeling project with your spouse. Lea and I had our moments, but all and all we did alright. :)   With a little help from our friends, we finished re-tiling the shower, patching the walls, texturing the walls, putting up new fixtures, replacing the counter-top and back splash, and a few other things … all in about a month. For the past month we’ve been waiting for the new shower doors to arrive so we can officially be done. Honestly I had a blast and am ready to knock out the next bathroom.
  • Taylor graduated from AIM (Adventures In Mission) this past week in Lubbock, Texas. I’m proud of that kid and his love for God and ministry.
  • Spring break has been nice. Taylor has been home most of the week, and Parker has spent the week in Honduras with the Sunset college group. I love the fact that my son would choose to spend his spring break in Honduras.
  • Baseball season is right around the corner and the Morgan family is excited about this. We didn’t have any luck on getting tickets for the Texas Rangers opening day, but we’ll have our chance to see a few games at the ballpark this season.
  • We’re headed to the Tulsa Workshop this next week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you don’t know what that is, go back and click on the link and learn a little more. I’m going to be teaching 3 classes on marriage and family. The first class I’ll be talking about “7 Things Husbands Need and 7 Things Wives Need.” The second class I’ll be talking about “10 Traits of a Healthy Family.” And the third class I’ll cover “Ingredients to Making Good Kids.” Look on the workshop’s site and click on “schedule” and pick some classes out to go to. If you haven’t made plans to go … it’s not too late. It’s going to be a FANTASTIC weekend.

DUMP DAY 2011

Posted by    |    March 18th, 2011 at 4:40 am

Yesterday food was taken to the dump and dirty, hungry people were fed.

Hungry people were fed at the dump yesterday.

There shouldn’t even BE people living in a dump. There shouldn’t be people that have to go to the dump to find food. But thanks to you, over the last two years you’ve made a HUGE difference in the lives of the people who live at the dump. Because of Dump Day 2009, Dump Day 2010 and great ministry partners like Bread for a Hungry World, we’ve raised enough funds and awareness to start making some huge changes in the ministry at dump in Honduras…

  • Food is regularly brought in and hungry people are fed.
  • A clean water system has been placed just outside the dump.
  • There is now a child care facility for parents to leave their children and not take them into the dump.
  • A place for people to clean up is now being finished.
  • A massive garden will be started soon that will provide around a million pounds of food per year for the hungry.

It’s not just about providing for the dump people, it’s also about breaking the cycle of poverty and getting them out of this situation.

On Wednesday, May 4th we’ll be having Dump Day 2011. We have some special things planned this year. I can’t share all the secrets yet, but here are a few things I’ll tell you…

  • I’m going to offer some silicone Honduras bracelets. See them here.
  • Like last year we are going to once again call for a fast on that Wednesday the 4th.
  • We’re going to offer a very special Honduras item to those who would like one (details later).

A little child at the dump. She was given food that you provided by giving to Dump Day. I challenge you to click on her picture to see a better view of her surroundings.

Our goal is to continue to bring awareness to the suffering, poverty and helplessness of many in this world who are less fortunate than us. AND we MUST go BEYOND feeling sorry for people and actually DO something about the situation.

Compassion is not real compassion unless it’s action-oriented.

Dump Day 2011 is May 4th.

Thank God This Happened in Honduras Yesterday…

Posted by    |    March 17th, 2011 at 4:40 am

Yesterday food was taken to the dump and dirty, hungry people were fed.

Hungry people were fed at the dump.

There shouldn’t even BE people living in a dump. There shouldn’t be people that have to go to the dump to find food. But thanks to you, over the last two years you’ve made a HUGE difference in the lives of the people who live at the dump. Because of Dump Day 2009, Dump Day 2010 and great ministry partners like Bread for a Hungry World, we’ve raised enough funds and awareness to start making some huge changes in the ministry at dump in Honduras…

  • Food is regularly brought in and hungry people are fed.
  • A clean water system has been placed just outside the dump.
  • There is now a child care facility for parents to leave their children and not take them into the dump.
  • A place for people to clean up is now being finished.
  • A massive garden will be started soon that will provide around a million pounds of food per year for the hungry.

It’s not just about providing for the dump people, it’s also about breaking the cycle of poverty and getting them out of this situation.

On Wednesday, May 4th we’ll be having Dump Day 2011. We have some special things planned this year. I can’t share all the secrets yet, but here are a few things I’ll tell you…

  • I’m going to offer some silicone Honduras bracelets. See them here.
  • Like last year we are going to once again call for a fast on that Wednesday the 4th.
  • We’re going to offer a very special Honduras item to those who would like one (details later).

A little child at the dump. She was given food that you provided by giving to Dump Day. I challenge you to click on her picture to see a better view of her surroundings.

Our goal is to continue to bring awareness to the suffering, poverty and helplessness of many in this world who are less fortunate than us. AND we MUST go BEYOND feeling sorry for people and actually DO something about the situation.

Compassion is not real compassion unless it’s action-oriented.

Have a blessed day.

A Plan to Feed the Hungry

Posted by    |    March 11th, 2011 at 4:40 am

Building a vegetable garden. It's a blessing to know people with heavy machinery.

Within a block of our church building you’ll find some of the poorest people in our community.  We regularly have people stop by and ask for groceries from our food room to help to feed their families.

A few weeks ago a couple of friends of mine, Nathan Hale and Andy Hubright, came through Childress and provided us with a little inspiration on another way to feed hungry people.  These two young men were on their way to Honduras to start a HUGE gardening project that will feed the poorest of the poor in Honduras. We took their idea and ran with it, and yesterday we turned the vacant lot across the street from the church into a veggie garden. The idea is to grow produce to help feed the many hungry people of Childress.

Everybody is helping out with this … even two of our young elementary school aged girls, who had a garage sale two weeks ago and raised about $200 to  help purchase the seeds for this project.

We’re not exactly sure how it’s all going to work, but I do know these two things …

  1. If it feeds some hungry people in our community it will be worth it.
  2. Potatoes go in ground this weekend.

The Meaning to Life: Even Hefner Would Blush Pt. 4 of 5

Posted by    |    March 10th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

So far, Solomon has searched for purpose through education and the bottle. Now, Solomon takes his search for purpose to a whole new level. Ecclesiastes 2:10 records his new course, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.”

AND THAT IS WHAT HE DID!

SEX. SEX. SEX. Solomon’s harem of women would make even Hugh Hefner blush. He had 700 wives! And, if that wasn’t enough, he had 300 concubines… or ”friends with benefits”. He didn’t have a Playboy Mansion, he had an entire resort! His sexual lifestyle wasn’t a myth, but a reality. Solomon had enough women to keep him occupied for the rest of his life. But that still wasn’t enough! He says,

“I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me.”

In modern day terms, he had it all; houses on MTV Cribs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, businesses that top the charts of Forbes Magazine, land, cattle, real estate, the latest in technology, iPADs, iPods, iPhones, everything he wanted. Fort Knox would look like a Piggy Bank compared to his riches.

And, the good news is, HE FOUND WHAT THE MEANING TO LIFE IS! Through all his experiences with education, pleasure, money, status and stuff, he reveals to us the meaning to life in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:”

TO BE ANSWERED IN PART 5!