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following up

first...i apologize for the use of abbreviations...btw (by the way) it's a habit...

so, cctv=closed circuit TV - it's what we'll have installed in all the nursery/preschool rooms, as well as check in and on the playground. to bring larry and the rest of you up to date...it's a process (tech speak for it's not working exactly as it should - it's working exactly as it shouldn't...figure it out)

to follow up on another post from a long time ago...i posted almost a month and a half ago about a church that's meeting in a bar (since that time, i've found out about others that are doing the same...) - you can read the post and find the article here...here are my follow up thoughts and thanks to the couple of people that responded...great interaction and comments!...my thoughts...
first, the article doesn't give us enough information to really be able to understand the vision of the church or the heartbeat of the pastor for lost people - so, we don't have enough to go on at this point which is too bad...

let me say this...i have no problems with what this pastor and his leaders are doing as far as reaching those people that don't know Christ or perhaps have a previous relationship with Him. the only thing i have an issue with is the communion element that is in the service...my issue is that is such a sacred and thoroughly Christian event that for someone that don't know Christ, it could be misunderstood - or, it could be a stumbling block for someone.

that said, i do agree that it's a shame that bar-owner sees this as a way of drawing business...but what can we expect - he's a businessman, not a believer (at least that's not indicated, we don't know).

so, let me wrap up by stating why i have no problem with this - this pastor is going where the people are; it does not appear that he's inviting his local church to come "party" and listen to a sermon, it appears, he's going where the party is, and bringing the sermon to those that need it. while it's true that Jesus did spend time in the synagogue and temple, its also true that he spent his time in the marketplace of the common man, at the well (hmmm, wonder if the woman at the well is the type of person that would go to a bar today? - just a thought...), he spent his time at the shore and in the countryside...in short, Jesus went where the people were.

finally, vince had a couple of posts on his blog awhile back on this...i don't normally copy text straight from another's site, but this is such a cool story - here it is...

Tonight is our service in the bar (and we wouldn't mind your prayers). Yesterday I heard about something I had somehow missed.

There's a bartender/waitress at this pub where we're meeting who is very pregnant. She used to be a stripper. (Let me make it clear that I have this information second-hand. I have seen her wait on tables, but I have never seen her strip.) Apparently there's not much call for pregnant strippers, so she had to find a new job, which is why she's now at the pub.

Anyway, a couple of our Forefront ladies decided to throw her a surprise baby shower. So a few weeks ago they showed up early on Tuesday night, with all kinds of presents for her! (How awesome is that?!? No offense to any one else's churches, but we have the coolest people on the planet!)

So, as you might expect, this lady is all shocked and surprised and grateful. But then she tells our girls that no one else has thrown her a baby shower! Not her stripper friends, her bar friends, no one. The only baby shower she's had is the one a few Christian women from Forefront threw her; women who had met her just a few times.
Also, he had this post that had a great last line - please, go read it!

cctv

today, I learned how to set up a cctv system...tomorrow, i'll learn how to install it.

my blog...my rant

ok, gotta tell you i was disappointed that kentucky couldn't muster the manhood to finish the job...they had AMPLE opportunity. BUT, what i'm even more disappointed in is the AJC...i check the headlines last night before going to bed and they read something like..."No SEC Title Game for Dogs"...no, they couldn't put in there that the Dawgs put the smackdown on the tech football team...then this morning i check again and it says something to the effect of "Dogs' streak rolls on, though SEC title out of reach" come on ajc just admit it...your little pet in the ATL called tech lost AGAIN for the 7th time...

here's my headline for the day...this is what i want to read as the headlines since we're in a drought...

"Georgia Beats Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Tech(ATL) so ALL THE WATER GOES TO ATHENS" or "Athens owns the Southeast, they get all the water!"

okay, rant over...comment if you'd like...

they said it

"I do enjoy encouraging people. I do enjoy trying to help people succeed. I don't feel like I need anything personally to make myself feel good. Some people might have to be the play caller. I don't think I have to be that at all. I enjoy trying to help coaches succeed. I enjoy trying to help players succeed on and off the field. That fires me up."
Coach Mark Richt

i encourage you to re-read the above...this is the essence of leadership in any situation...corporate, educational, volunteer, etc...it's about others...helping others succeed...not having to be in control...seeing the big picture...

thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to swear their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in holy scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.“We know that by his divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people.“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.“But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.“It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

Signed: A. LincolnOctober 3, 1863

thankful

part two...
  • again, my wife!
  • my Savior
  • my redemption
  • the life i have in Christ
  • the Holy Spirit
  • friends
  • long-lost friends that i come across occasionally
  • my amazing kids
  • laughter
  • my dad
  • my mom
  • my step-mom
  • my brothers and sisters (including the ones that i got when i got married)
  • my cousins (much laughter always follows)
  • our church
  • the fact that i get to serve on staff at our church
  • our pastor
  • the other leaders i serve with

thankful

first in a series of posts...
  • thankful for my wife
  • my God
  • my life
  • my kids
  • another day
  • georgia winning on saturday...finish the drill...one to go!
  • coffee
  • sleep...good night!

christmas gifts for Christians...



ok...so i don't really want one of these...although an ipod or iphone would be really cool (or an imac)...but just in case you're wondering...one of the gifts that i enjoy the most is starbucks gift cards - i somehow feel less guilty when the $$$ doesn't come out of my wallet...

Pray!

got a call that my grandmother had been admitted to ICU-i just ask you to pray for me and my family-we need strength. It doesn't look good-thanks for praying.

Test

Testing moblog!

win-win

great day today...my son's last game was today...we showed up w/only 9 players! a 10th got their shortly after start - so for the entire 70 minutes we plated 11 vs. 9 or 11 vs. 10 - at the end of the day we had won the game 5-2 - he played the best game of his life at keeper having only one goal scored on him and stopping about 4 or 5 direct shots on goal. he played about 55 minutes in goal and made me an extremely proud dad!

45-20! - blackout! - success!
georgia proved to the nation today that they can take a few hits (very rough opening of the 3rd quarter) and get their head back in the game! great game today dawgs!

gut check

so the last few days have been a reality check...here's what i took away from it all

God is faithful
i love my wife more than ever
i take way too many things for granted
people all around are hurting
busyness robs me too often of the chance to enjoy the moment


the end of a dynasty

they fought a valiant fight, they left it all on the field of conflict, they sacrificed their eveything...
but...
in the end...
they lost.

my daughter's team lost their semi-final game tonight 8-5...things started out great as we were pitted against the #1 seeded team (undefeated, very good players, very well coached) and quickly went up 2-0...but it wasn't enough to carry the win - a great season that ended 4-4.

HOWEVER, on a side note and one the greatest moments in the game and season was when my daughter scored her 2nd goal in as many games - in fact it was the first goal of them game...

it was a thing of beauty...fast break, defender putting pressure on her, 2 v 1, she followed her initial shot, it was deflected, she was there and put it in the back of the net!!!!

way to go daddy's girl!!!!