Contagious!!

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Worship today at Zion was contagious!  Our students led the charge for the congregation and many others followed across the room.  Some didn’t, but that’s OK, I’m sure they will eventually or become a minority quick.

Here was the set list:

Holy is the Lord (Tomlin), Everlasting God (Brown), Majesty (Smith/Garrard), Holy, Holy, Holy (Heber/Dykes)

I really don’t feel that the set list was the catalyst, the students were and I hope they understand that the music is not the worship.  What they did with their hearts was the worship. 

Most of Zion worshipped today.  Let’s not stop now!

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The Speed of Life

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This morning I had the privilege of praying with a couple in praise and thanks to God for their brand new baby.  I couldn’t help but remember what it was like with my wife to come home with a new baby, twice!  Those were great days and I love to reminisce sometimes. 

But, I am also really beginning to understand the whole life as a vapor concept.  My boys are 13 and 9 now and I can’t believe it.  It feels like yesterday when I was seventeen and graduating from high-school.  Twenty-three years passed by too fast and I know they just keep getting faster.

Tonight was a hallmark in my life as a father.  As I creep away from my 30s I am reminded that my boys are to become young men and very soon will be much more athletic than I can be.  I stood at homeplate tonight and my oldest son sucker pitched me to strike me out and he felt no remorse.  He knows I have thrown more balls to him, his brother and friends than John Smoltz has thrown in his career and I am sure I didn’t lose his respect.  But, he beat Dad tonight, the one who first showed him how to hold a bat or catch a ball.  What a milestone for him.  I am proud of Michael and Evan both and look forward to the days when I watch them teaching their sons what I have taught them.

Men, if you haven’t read John Eldredge’s book, “Wild At Heart,” you should.  It’s a great book on how we need heroes and we as Dads have our calling.  The calling is to raise these boys into great men of God and being the example of a hero for them.  It takes guts, can you do it.  I am going to try with every ounce in me.

Life is fast, play for eternity.

Your Favs

OK.  This blog is for you.  I need some help.  I am always trying to keep up with new songs and groups in all styles of music.  It helps me to stay somewhat relevant.  So, let me know what you’re listening, worshipping, thumping or humming to.  Hit me!

The Plan

I was reading through my Worship Leader magazine because that’s what I do and I got a kick in the head.  This should wake up all of us church doers!

Here is the quote from the add in the magazine:

The saying is true…”If you fail to plan, plan to fail.”

Yikes!!!  No more procrastinating or we pay! 

We the church are notorious for accepting the mediocre and then wondering why we are not able to compete with the culture around us.  Then we blame people for being more interested in other things than Jesus and the church.  Yes, Jesus is all they need, but they don’t know it yet.  We sometimes are just hypocritical, holier than thous.  Are we not? 

Reflections of Daytona

daytona-beach.jpg  I had a great trip with our students at BigStuf 07 in Daytona Beach.  They are a great group of Christian students.  (Leaders)

Here are a few things said or that I observed on the trip:

  • The church should be growing young Christian leaders, not just Christian students
  • Our students are our next generation of leaders for the church.  (Eric add in:  We better start acting like it all depends on them, because it does.)
  • Life is short.  Don’t waste time on unnecessary things.  Do whatever you want, but make sure you can glorify God by doing it.

These are just a few.  Anyone who went, feel free to add your observations in your comments.  If you love the students at Zion, feel free to weigh in as well.

I am proud of the Zion Students and they have a great leader in Flaviu Pop.

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Our students are leaving in the morning for Daytona, Florida.  I am looking forward to the time with them.  I’ll be Captain “E” while aboard the S.S. Stench better known as the “Vomit Van.”  It’s actually not so bad once the AC gets circulating.  It smells more like boiling hot dogs by then.  Just kidding.  It’s bad though.

I’m looking forward to the time with the students as they learn more about being a Christ follower.  I hope and pray they all commuincate with Jesus this week.  I plan to keep on doing so myself.

I’ll be back by the weekend.

The Love of a Father

Sorry all for dragging my feet in blogdom.  Vacation was great and I took all advantages, including slacking on my blog.  Here we go…

 The Love of a Father

As the proud papa of two boys, I am always reminded of how much I love them.  I could brag on them for hours, but I won’t do that. 

Today, my youngest, Evan is sick with some kind of sore throat virus.  Fearing that he had strep throat, my wife and I made an appointment and hauled him in this morning.  Evan was very sweet, but the usual life of bursting joy was definitely not to be had by him today. 

The doc said that it’s just a throat virus that last a couple of days and you treat it with motrin.  Shoot fire!  These doctor visits get expensive and although I don’t want Evan to be really sick, I would like the satisfaction of a doctor’s visit for more than, “just do what you were doing.”  That’s like taking your car to the shop to have them tell you everything is good and you’re doing it right and then paying them $100 to tell you.

Anyway, after the good news, my wife, Dana set off on some errands and to meet her Mom.  Evan and I had some errands of our own.  He was really cool.  He asked if we could get lunch at Chik-fil-a and of course I stopped for him.  We did happen to make a run to the Lawrenceville Starbucks, but don’t tell anyone, please.  Then we went to the drug store to pick up more Motrin. 

While we were in the drugstore, Evan spotted a truck and trailer that he wanted to buy.  Pardon me, he’d like for me to buy.  I was at my weakest point and I had to buy it for him.  I love him and I would honestly take on his sickness just to see him all well again.

Which reminded me…

How much more does God, the Father love us?  So many of us were given the wrath of God picture as children and were told all about the rules and the disciplines of God.  I am totally for discipline and believe me those two boys of mine get it when needed.  But often we forget about the LOVE of God which is a greater priority than the discipline. 

God doesn’t beat us until we accept his free gift of love.  If he did, it would not give us the choice to love Him.  But He did do an amazing thing.  He took our sickness (sin) upon himself, so that we might be rescued from the results (eternal separation from Him and death and hell) of our sickness (sin).  What an awesome Father.  There is no greater Father and he loves you and me.

If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust?  If he asks for fish do you scare him with a live snake on his plate?  As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing.  You’re at least decent to your own children.  So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?

Matt 7:7-11, The Message