Archive for August, 2012

Bill Cosby is not dead

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2012 at 5:40 am

Honorary Chief Hospital Corpsman Bill Cosby delivers remarks during his pinning ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.  February 17, 2011 (Credit: U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jay M. Chu)Comedian Bill Cosby has died five times, most recently this week.  To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.  The latest version of his death notice appeared on an “R.I.P. Bill Cosby” Facebook page that sparked a Twitter frenzy and prompted more than a million Google searches.  Back in 2010, the last time this happened, Cosby spoke to CNN’s “Larry King Live” to prove he was still around.  This time he responded with a simple Tweet of his trademark sweater.

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Meet the Kids of Buen Samaritano, Honduras … They Are About to be Fed

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2012 at 5:40 am

Meet Alan. He’s a little boy who will BEG and FIGHT for your attention. As you can tell from the picture, we were trying to see if the camera was working … and unexpectedly it was.

This is sweet Angie, Paco & Kelin. They LOVE when you will sit down and play games with them.

She LOVES hugs

Most definitely my favorite little girl … Stephanie. Look at those dimples.

Meet Daniella and Emma … they will melt your heart.

Everyone knows that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a little community in Honduras called Buen Samaritano. It’s one of the poorest communities you’ll find in Honduras.  It’s built on a hill right outside the dump where we work. Many of the people who live there, including the kids, have to work in the dump to try and live. The children there will just steal your heart … they have mine. Any time Marc asks, “Where do you want to work this year when you and your group are here?” I respond, “Let’s go to Buen Samaritano.” He’s always more than willing. We’ve done special one-time feedings there, built MANY houses there, done medical clinics there, but we’ve been unable to feed kids on a regular basis.

What this little community has desperately needed is a feeding center where the children can eat one meal a day … 5-6 days a week. Something they aren’t guaranteed now. That would SO bless these children who are so malnourished. When we were there this summer we visited one little home where the momma and her 2 year old baby had not eaten in 3 days because they simply didn’t have any money. It broke our hearts. This community has GOT to have a feeding center that can feed kids and also be used as a church on Sunday.

Yesterday while standing in a store, I fought back tears when Marc Tindall messaged me and said, he found a building and plot of land in Buen Samaritano, that we could have for a feeding center.  If we could come up with the money to buy it, we could be feeding children in that little community by the end of the year. More tears … and I’m not a big emotional person. This was an answered prayer.

The cost of the building and plot of land is … $6000. An amount that looks HUGE, but isn’t.  It’s really small compared to God.  Marc will be in Childress in two weeks and we plan to present him with a $6000 check to get that feeding center open. If you would like to help with the opening of this feeding center you can, but even if you can’t, it’s okay. We WILL have it open by end of the year. If you want to help, you have two options …

(Send a tax deductable check to)  Childress Church of Christ, PO BOX 239, Childress, Texas  79201 (attn Feeding Center)

OR

You can use my Paypal that is on this page, but please understand … it’s not a tax deductible donation.

If you have questions … please feel free to email me.  Oh, and I’ll be releasing all the details on my December Honduras trip in a week. I’d love to have you join me on the trip.  One of the things I PRAY that we’ll be doing is spending a day working in a new feeding center in Beun Samaritano. :)

Children should never go hungry … EVER!

 

Habitat for Humanity Design Duel

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Dallas Habitat for Humanity is once again launching their “Design Duel” to raise awareness for their Dallas Habitat ReStores. The ReStores sell new and gently used home decorating and improvement products such as cabinets and light fixtures at 50 to 70 percent off the retail price. All proceeds go toward the construction of new Dallas Area Habitat homes.

 

“Design Duel” will put the skills of two top design firms, Breckinridge Taylor and Pulp Design studios, to the test. The Challenge?  They are given only $3,000 dollars and three weeks to redesign two deserving families’ living rooms using only materials found in Dallas Habitat Restores. Once the designers have completed their rooms, your votes combined with the votes of a panel of local interior designers and media personalities will the determine the ultimate “Top Designer”.

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Hurricane Isaac bearing down on New Orleans

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Jason Preston closes shutters on a house as Hurricane Isaac approaches Gulfport, Mississippi, August 28, 2012 (Credit: Reuters / Michael Spooneybarger)Seven years ago today, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, killing 1,833 people and causing $108 billion in damages.  It was the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans and the surrounding area.

This morning, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are responding to Hurricane IsaacThe storm has already killed 24 in Haiti and five in the Dominican Republican.  The Category 1 storm made landfall at 6:45 PM last night near the mouth of the Mississippi River, driving a wall of water nearly 11 feet high.

At this hour it is headed toward New Orleans, where forecasters say the city’s skyscrapers could feel gusts up to 100 mph.  More than 400,000 homes in the area are without power.  The storm is expected to pass west of the city with winds close to 80 mph, then head for Baton Rouge.  Some people are staying in their homes while others have retreated to shelters, but most are remaining calm.  All need our prayers today.

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Why are prisons filling with prostitutes?

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Police arrest a young woman for prostitution as part of an intervention program in Dallas (Credit: AP/ LM Otero)Beatryce Hall was arrested for prostitution 32 times in 17 years.  She has been in and out of prison 11 times since 2001.  That’s the year a Texas law went into effect that allows prosecutors to charge prostitutes with a felony and send them to prison after three misdemeanor prostitution convictions.  But now, with more than 350 prostitutes in the state prison system, lawmakers are reconsidering their options.

Today we’re hearing that some Texas state officials want community-based programs to receive more support.  It costs $18,538 to house a convict in state prison for a year, but $4,300 a year for community strategies that provide substance abuse treatment, group therapy, life skills coaching, and help with job searches and places to live.

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2 Upcoming Strong Marriage Workshops

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Lea and I will be doing two upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops in …

  • Plainview, Texas – We’ll be at the Garland Street church on October 5-6. This will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop.  For more information contact the church at 806-296-2708 or Steve at 806-787-2790, or by email (sgauntt6@gmail.com or gscoc@yahoo.com).
  • Silverton, Texas – We’ll be at the Silverton Church of Christ on October 12th-13th. This also will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop.  For more information you can contact Gary Weaks at rockcreek@midplains.coop
  • IF you need more information … please feel free to contact me on the email address on the right of this page.

We think our “Stronger Marriages” is a great way to strengthen your marriage … whether your marriage is good, bad, struggling or great.  Whether you are a newlywed or have been married for 40 years, this workshop will bless you.  Here are some of the things we’ll be covering …

  • 10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife
  • 10 Things a Wife Needs from Her Husband
  • If there is 1 thing you can do immediately to impact your marriage … it’d be “this!”
  • Myths about Marriage
  • 5 Ways to Kill Your Marriage
  • Are You Roommates or Soulmate?
  • Sex & Intimacy … The Way God Designed It.
  • Q & A time.

In our Stronger Marriage workshop we use videos, PowerPoint and handouts that go with the material presented. Sometimes we have  book giveaways. We believe the workshop to be fun, upbeat, and hands on (no pun intended).

We are looking forward to meeting some great couples who are simply wanting to strengthen their marriage.

Great marriages don’t just happen, they take work. So spend a day making an investment in the most important relationship you have … your marriage.

A tale of two Armstrongs

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Radioshack team rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. poses on the podium in Paris after the final 20th stage of the 97th Tour de France cycling race between Longjumeau and Paris July 25, 2010 (Credit: Reuters / Eric Gaillard)Lance Armstrong is one of the most remarkable people of our generation.  Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25 and given only a 40 percent chance of survival, he went on to win seven Tour de France titles.  But then came years of doping accusations.  Last week he decided to stop fighting these allegations; in response, on Friday the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from professional cycling for life and vacated his Tour de France titles.

The cyclist says that his most important race goes on: promoting cancer awareness and research.  The cancer survivor has raised nearly $500 million since the Lance Armstrong Foundation started in 1997.  As the father of a cancer patient, I sincerely hope he continues to raise money and awareness about this horrific disease.  At the same time, it’s hard not to be shocked at the way his amazing cycling career has ended.

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Tiger likes Rice on Augusta menu

Posted by    |    August 25th, 2012 at 5:40 am

The logo for the Masters Tournament made of flowers, in front of the clubhouse of the Augusta National Golf Club (Credit: Torrey Wiley via Flickr)So headlined The New York Post after Tiger Woods voiced his support for Augusta National‘s inclusion of Condoleezza Rice as a new member.  As you know, the club that hosts the Masters golf tournament announced this week that it is admitting its first two female members: the former Secretary of State, and business executive Darla MooreAugusta National Chairman Billy Payne called the event “a joyous occasion.”

The club opened in December 1932, composed only of male members.  Over the years, despite numerous protests and attempts to encourage change, Augusta has steadfastly refused to discuss membership issues.  As a result, this week’s announcement came as a surprise to many.

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An iPhone 5 video you should see

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2012 at 5:40 am

a camera photoshopped with Apple and iPhone logos (Credit: Adam Sacks via YouTube)We’re learning this morning that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled on September 12 and available in stores nine days later.  September 21 is also International Peace Day, but if previous chaos at Apple Stores is any clue, there won’t be much peace around the new phone’s launch.  Search traffic has already skyrocketed, fueled by rumors about the phone and its predicted capabilities.

Ahead of the launch, a video genius has produced a spoof on the new phone.  You’ll have to watch it to get the full effect, but to summarize: the iPhone 5 does nothing but photograph restaurant food so we can send pictures to suggest we’re more socially active and popular than we really are.  When I saw the video yesterday, my first thought was that it is really funny.  My second thought was that it is really sad.

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You might be a Christian if. . .

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2012 at 5:40 am

American Bible Challenge with host Jeff Foxworthy promotional badge (Credit: GSN via Facebook)Jeff Foxworthy has made a career of finishing the sentence, “You might be a redneck if . . . ”  He has sold millions of comedy albums, written bestsellers, and worked for years in television, most recently as host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Now he’s hosting The American Bible Challenge, which premieres tomorrow night on GSN.  Teams will play each other, trying to prove their knowledge of God’s word while winning money for charity.  When I heard about the show, I wondered why the “redneck” comedian would host a game show about the Bible.  It turns out Foxworthy is a strong and sincere Christian.  In 1998 he said that money and success hadn’t made him happy, but stated, “Since I have decided to walk with God, it has changed my entire life.”

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