Dec 17 2009

Help to Teach Your Kids Manners

If you have ever thought that good manners have sort of disappeared, you are not alone. I think that we all have wondered that at some point theses days. Teaching your kids good manners is not always easy, but I just heard that Chuck E. Cheese wants to help!!! I love this... They want to help you teach your kids good manners by offering them a little incentive, FREE TOKENS! Here is the Link, PLEASE check it out when you can!

Dec 16 2009

What Makes Christmas So Great!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year!  I love the fact that there are so many people open to hearing of Christ’s love.

There are so many things that make Christmas wonderful, like spending time with your family, the ample opportunity to love on others, and all the celebrating, Christmas parties at work, school, in the neighborhood, at church, in the community… they are everywhere!

For me, Christmas brings back such great memories.  I remember the road trips to grandma’s house, the cookies that my grandpa used to make, my favorite are those Russian Tea Cakes!  I remember the thrill of picking out our Christmas tree, and decorating it as mom played Christmas carols on the piano, or the Carpenter’s Christmas record, and of course I loved the presents.  I think half the fun was trying to figure out what we were getting, one thing that was never a surprise, new underwear! (thanks Mom)

I loved being in the church Christmas play every year, I got to be Joseph a lot, that was fun, I am just glad that I was never a cow!  I remember all the band and choir Christmas concerts, and the fun we had, and oh I remember when I was in high school, singing in the Madrigal singing group, I wasn’t thrilled about having to wear tights though!  Ewwwwwww! 

As an adult, I have a whole bunch of new reasons to love Christmas.  Christmas was the first time I kissed my wife.  It is a blast surprising our kids with gifts under the tree, there was that one year though where we found out they peeked… we weren’t happy!  Watching all of their Christmas plays and concerts, and being the dad who pointed out, “that’s my kid!”  I can only hope that our kids will have as fond of memories as I did growing up!

I have lost both my parents now, sadly, both of them passed during the Holidays, which makes it especially hard.  It makes me realize just how important it is to make the most of every moment that we are given.  I hope that you have an amazing Christmas this year, may the Peace ushered in by the birth of Jesus be with you and your family, and may you soak in every moment!

 

Dec 15 2009

TobyMac freestyles about Ugly Sweaters

Here's a few shots from tobyMac's visit to the K-LOVE studios. Toby spent a little hang time in the studio with us, and he shared about everything from whether he was a Coke or Pepsi guy, Pepsi, by the way, to where he was spending Christmas. He also shared about how much fun they have been having on the Winter Wonder Slam Tour! For the first time in a long time, he did some Freestyle rapping, and we will post the video here on the blog, in case you missed it, or want to share it with your friends!!! He will be closing out the Winter Wonder Slam tour in Phoenix, AZ, and he wants everyone that's coming to wear their Ugly Christmas Sweaters!!! Oh Yeahhhh! Got a picture of you in your ugly Christmas Sweater... Post it!!!

 

 

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Willing... Not 'Perfect!'
Sep 25 2013

Willing... Not 'Perfect!'

“God needs people who are willing…not perfect." I shared that on twitter yesterday because it is such a great reminder that in spite of our faults and failures, God can and will use us if we are ‘WILLING.'

I hope it serves as a reminder that God wants to use you to ‘make a difference' in the world. He chose ‘you’ to be a world changer! God wants to work through you! As Pastor Rick Warren writes in Purpose Driven Life, “What matters is not the ‘duration’ of your life, but the ‘donation’ of it. Not how ‘long’ you have lived, but ‘how’ you have lived.”

Pastor Warren then shares this great picture of how God, throughout history, uses us in spite of our brokenness. 

“Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon was poor, Samson was codependent, Rahab was immoral, David had an affair and all kinds of family problems, Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was reluctant, Naomi was a widow, John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least, Peter was impulsive and hot tempered, Martha worried a lot, the Samaritan woman had several failed marriages, Zacchaues was unpopular, Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health, and Timothy was timid.” 

That is a quite a collection of misfits, but God used every one of them! God wants to use ‘you’ too; all you have to do is quit making excuses. We are reminded of this in Ephesians 2:10,

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

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