Our Amazing Designer

26 08 2008

Wow! I don’t know how else to describe what I am about to show you in this video clip below than “Wow”! 

Now, I know there are probably many of you have have seen this and researched this and understand the depths of the molecular structure of our body. And I know I am probably way behind the 8-ball here…but this is simply amazing. For those of you who haven’t yet heard of this molecule within your body called “laminin” – you are about to be blown away. 
The video clip I am speaking about was taken from a message that Louie Giglio preached earlier this year. It is based on a psalm that describes all things created. It is a message which gives the glory to God for all he has done. In this short clip he references the fact that in built into our bodies cells and molecular structure is evidence of our creator and the way of salvation – the cross of Christ. I want you to take the 8 minutes necessary and view this clip from Youtube…and then write me back and let me know what you are thinking! I promise you it will strike to the core of your being and cause you to say – “Yeah God!”

Madden 2009 – An Experience Of A Lifetime!

12 08 2008

Alright, let me begin by saying yesterday was a day to remember. My son Jonathan and I have a deep connection through our enjoyment of all things technical. You name it, if it involves computers or wires or electricity — if it is a gadget or a game we probably have some knowledge of it. In fact, we might even have it. We just love to read and research and experience the latest movements in the world of creative technology. For years now, any time I have replaced a phone or PDA my son wanted my old one. When he was younger it was to pretend…but as he has gotten older it has been to learn and use whatever I was passing on to him. Well not to long ago we were able to obtain a Wii (the latest in gaming by Nintendo). You can read the post entitled A Boy & His Wii Little Faith to find out the great story surrounding the Wii. Anyways, lately we have been enjoying the sports games that Nintendo offers. A week ago I purchased Madden 2008 (last years NFL game) and we played it and enjoyed it and competed every free chance we found. The beauty of all of this was that the store we bought it from told me that if I would bring it back within a week, that they would put the full return value towards the new Madden 2009 NFL game. So that is what we did. Only, we returned the game yesterday and couldn’t pick the game up until today, because it officially comes out on August 12, 2008. However, there was one option…the store said they were going to open up at midnight last night to allow the “real fans” the opportunity to get the game 8 hours earlier than everyone else. I actually laughed out loud when the clerk mentioned this…because, I could think of a lot of better things to do at midnight than drive out to pick up a video game at a store! Like SLEEP! Well, Jonathan asked me to consider it…and he had a host of reasons why this would be a great idea. But I would hear of it. I told him he could get it tomorrow just like everyone else around the world.

That was my plan – and I was going to stick with it. Well, that was until I looked at the clock last night and saw the time – 11:09pm. Now my son was already in bed and fast asleep. He was toasty and dreaming (or so I assume). I was already in bed, relaxing, preparing to sleep…when it hit me. This could be a moment that my son never forgets. This could be an adventure of a lifetime. So I did what every good, fun loving dad would do…I got up, got dressed and snuck into my son’s room. He sleeps in a loft bed – so I flicked on the light and climbed up on top and began shouting, “GET UP! GET UP! IT’S TIME! GET UP!” Well, needless to say, he was startled, confused, disoriented and a bit scared! It was awesome. I drug him out of bed – helped him get dressed and then told him what was happening. He couldn’t believe it. He was in disbelief. 
So we jumped in my truck and hit the road. When we arrived the place ushered us in and took care of the paperwork and then directed us to a line outside. We waited. They gave us little bags of Combos (the snack crackers) to keep us satisfied until the game could legally be released. It was so exciting! Everyone in line was buzzing with nervous energy. And then it happened. They opened the doors and gave us our game! We were on our way back home by 12:08am. Only one last thing to do – yeah that’s right, we hit Taco Bell for the 4th meal! Grabbed us some mexi-melts and a tacos and were on our way back home. 
We played one full game and went to bed at 1:30am…which is when my son said, “Thanks Daddy! I love you so much. This was so much fun and I will never forget this.” 
And with that I close. An experience of a lifetime…for both of us! As my Daddy would put it, we were making memories!

Leadership & Legacy

7 08 2008

Well this weekend I have a very distinct privilege of welcoming one of my former students into my pulpit. As many of you are aware, I have been in ministry for nearly 15 years now…and during the mid 90’s I youth pastored in central Georgia. While there I met and became very close with one remarkable young man. Matt was in high school at the time, but had a maturity about him that went way beyond his years. Well, since those days, I have watched from a distance as Matt grew into a distinguished man of God. Currently he is serving on staff where I first met him. And this weekend he will be bringing 10 students to Greenville, SC to share in ministry. I am so proud of all that he is doing for the Kingdom of God. It is with great pride that I welcome him here. If this is what legacy looks like – then bring it on! I am encouraged by the way God uses my little to produce much!

Have a great weekend…

Growing Up!

3 08 2008

Yesterday marked my daughter’s 8th birthday. We followed our regular routine on birthdays – got up early, went to breakfast for our 3-D event (Daddy Daughter Date), did a little shopping and then home to make the exchange with mom. Only this is where things changed…when my wife took my daughter out, they hit the mall. But not the normal mall outing – this one had a greater significance. My wife took my daughter out for the official coming of age event for little girls – she took her to get her ears pierced. I will say this, she looks beautiful – but somehow she seemed to have grown up a little through the experience. She looks older, acts a bit older…and that is where reality sets in. Here’s the thing, one day my little girl will grow up and set out on her own. Some day I will participate in the tradition of “giving her away!” And I have to admit there is a little part of me that wants nothing to do with that. And yet, I will…

Well, here’s to my girl (who will always be “Daddy’s little girl” – earrings and all)! I love her, am proud of her…and am ready to beat back any little snotty nosed boys that come knocking on my door. So be fore-warned!!!
I thank God for the gift He has entrusted me with in Savannah. What a wonderful blessing she is!

Cornhole & Fine Reunions

2 08 2008

Okay, so I will admit it…the title to this post is pretty strange. The thing is, I have two things I want to chat about. First of all, Cornhole has become one of the most fun things I have done lately. I know this must sound very strange – but as the song says, “don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!” Cornhole is an official tailgating party game. It is played with 8 corn-bags (similar to beanbags) and two boards with a six inch hole in them. It is played sort of like horse shoes (but much safer and less difficult). Well, this week I introduced the game to our church and the buzz quickly spread throughout the entire congregation. Both young and old enjoyed it at a recent cook-out we shared together. At one point it even began to get a bit “cut-throat” – but still really fun!!! I have a great video clip I am going to attach at the end of this post. You must watch it…and get ready to laugh!

The second thing I want to say is how exciting it is to finally have my son home after a 4 week stint away with his grandparents. It seemed like an eternity – but all that is over now! I have my son back…yeah!!! We have spent the day together just hanging out and catching up on life. He has shared so many cool moments and great stories of his trip with me, and I yet I still feel like there is more to come. 
Well, enjoy this video and let me know what you think. If you are up for a game…bring it! Later.