Archive for May, 2011

A $2.99 Hug

Posted by    |    May 28th, 2011 at 5:40 am

I love doing ministry. Just so you’ll understand, ministry isn’t writing a bulletin article or working on a PowerPoint for Sunday’s sermon. Ministry is being among people, loving people, serving people and building relationships with people.

I am very blessed to get to minister to some of the poorest in Childress.  Like a young family that doesn’t live far from the church. The house they live in isn’t much better than some of the houses I’ve seen in Honduras.  On several occasions this little family of four have walked over to the church to ask for groceries … which we see that they get. They have two little girls, age 3 and 5, that are as as cute as they come … but as shy as I’ve ever seen. Due to some bad decisions in his past, the dad struggles to find work. The young mom works when she can, but for the most part they scrape by with food stamps, doing odd jobs for people  and a little help from others. (more…)

Guilty of Being Too Gracious

Posted by    |    May 27th, 2011 at 5:40 am

When he asked me the question, I knew I’d heard that type of question before. It was one of those, “What if a person is doing…,” questions that ended with, “Will that person get to go to heaven or hell?” He was calling someone’s morality into question, and I could tell by how he asked, he wasn’t really asking the question because he wanted to know, but because he wanted to trap me with the question. It was the same thing the Pharisees did to Jesus on many occasions.

My answer was simple, “That’s totally up to God. He’s the one who makes the decisions on who goes to heaven and who doesn’t.”

I could tell my answer frustrated him. Redness was building from his neck up to his face. “I knew that’s what you’d say,” he said with a frustrated tone. “I don’t even know why I asked you. You’re too soft on people.” (more…)

If The World Ends Today … Are You Ready?

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 am

Everyone’s been talking about it all week … it’s coming they say … the Day of Judgment or as some have called it, “The Rapture.” Some self-proclaimed “experts” say they have figured out when it’s going to take place and  it’s all supposed to happen today, May 21st. They say, the world as we know it will end. It’s been a hot enough topic that even my 9 year old son, Cooper, came home from school this week asking if I had heard about it. (more…)

6 Reasons NOT to have an Affair

Posted by    |    May 19th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Today my heart was saddened when I learned that Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair with a member of his staff and his marriage with his wife, Maria Shriver, is ending.

Affairs.

Some call it sleeping around. Some call it cheating or being unfaithful. God calls it adultery … which is SIN. No matter what you call it, it’s pretty clear on how God feels about adultery.

He doesn’t like it!

Here are a few things I took note of from the book of Proverbs this morning… (more…)

Would you hug a person like this?

Posted by    |    May 15th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Physical touch is powerful.

I love this picture … let me tell you why.  This is my friend, Marc Tindall, and he’s being Jesus.  Marc is loving on a person from the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Despite this lady’s stench and despite her filth … he loves her anyway. He’s concerned with her physical, emotional and spiritual needs. He’s being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Could you … would you … hug a person like this? A person who reeked with the smell of rotten trash? Jesus would. Marc would.

It doesn’t matter what someone looks like or smells like …. find someone to love on today.

“And Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man and said, “I will. Be healed!” And immediately the man was healed from his disease.” Matthew 8:3

Are You Hiding Things From Your Spouse?

Posted by    |    May 13th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Keeping things or hiding things from your spouse is a sign of problems in a marriage. A healthy marriage is one that is built on total openness and honesty. When it comes to secrets in marriage, there should be none.

Here’s a test with some tough questions:

  • Do you hide purchases of things you bought from your spouse? (… you shouldn’t)
  • Do you allow your spouse to read your email messages? (… you should if they asked to)
  • Do you share your passwords to email addresses or facebook accounts with your spouse? (… you should)
  • Would you allow your spouse to read your text messages on your cell phone if she asked? (… you should)
  • Do you hide friendships with people of the opposite sex from your spouse? (… you shouldn’t)
  • Do you immediately delete all your messages you get by email, text and facebook? (more…)

Monday Morning Thoughts and Pictures…

Posted by    |    May 11th, 2011 at 5:40 am

I’ve got nothing profound for you today, (Ha, it’s not like I usually do anyway!) but here are a few things going on in my little world …

  • I’ve told you before about my friend Willie (not his real name). We occasionally buy him groceries, help him with clothes and just try to be his friend. This past week he ran out of water and asked me to help him get some (picture below). Willie has no water that runs to his house so he drinks from recycled containers and has learned to bathe from a 5 gallon bucket. I was a little taken back when I helped him get water. I can’t imagine having to provide water for my family by filling up jugs from a neighbors water hose.
Every 2 weeks Willie has to fill up his jugs so he’ll have some water at his “house.” (more…)

7 Things I’ve Learned from Cancer

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Eight years ago today, On May 6th, 2003, I sat in Dr. Pate’s office waiting for him to come in and tell me, “the little lump is nothing, go home and don’t worry about it.” I was SO sure that those were going to be his words, that I had told Lea to just drop me off for the appointment and she could go run errands. I didn’t feel I even needed her there. Those words from Dr. Pate never came.  Instead I remember vividly him saying, “You have cancer!  But you’re young and healthy; you should be able to beat this thing.” Everything from that point on was a blur. I wasn’t sure what shocked me more, the “You have cancer” part or the “You SHOULD be able to beat this thing.”

Dr. Pate told me to go check at the hospital because the first of two surgeries would be the next morning. A few moments later I stepped outside and called Lea. Not a pleasant phone call. Within the next two weeks I would have two surgeries. One of the surgeries was a major surgery so I spent the rest of the summer trying to recover from being gutted like a fish. (more…)

DUMP DAY 2011

Posted by    |    May 5th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Welcome to DUMP DAY 2011

This is a day that we stop to consider how blessed we are materially. A day we stop to be the “Good Samaritan” in the story Jesus told, choosing NOT to pass by on the other side of the road. We choose to help today. We choose to make a difference.

Today we are making a difference in the people who live, work and eat at the Tegucigalpa dump.

People of the dump. Dirty people. People who have names, lives, needs.

We are blessed people. We eat until we’re full. We don’t go to bed hungry. We live in homes that are MORE than adequate. We have an abundance of everything … food, clothing and “stuff.”  Please understand there’s nothing wrong with being blessed with material things, but not sharing what we have is wrong!  Just “realizing how blessed we are” is not enough. Feeling sorry for the hungry and the poor of this world is NOT what Jesus was looking for from us. Poor people don’t need our sympathy or our pity, they need our compassion. The same compassion that the Good Samaritan had, one that took action. For me to sit back and simply say, “How sad,” makes me no different than the Priest and Levite that passed on the other side. (more…)

2 Days Until Dump Day

Posted by    |    May 3rd, 2011 at 5:40 am

It’s only two days away. I’m ready for the 30 Hour Fast. I’m ready for the pledges to start coming in. I’m ready to start giving away the prints of the little boy at the dump.

I sat down this morning and watched this video as a reminder of how nasty, dark and desperate the dump is. The dirtiness and stench of the trash seemed to come right through the computer.

Marc Tindall wrote a cool post called, “10 Reasons to Consider Giving on Dump Day.” You know my love for top 10 lists. :)

Please help support Dump Day by spreading the word to everyone you know.

More tomorrow….