Monthly Archives: February 2009

Cardinals baseball!

Before we start our 31 day Quest, I wanted to post on something not so spiritual. Letha and I enjoyed a Cardinals Spring Training game this afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. It was nice sitting out in the sun and relaxing for a while. The Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 9-0. Way to go Cards!

Enjoy a couple of picture I took with my new camera:

1: The beautiful Roger Dean Cardinals clubhouse and Old Glory
2. Chris Carpenter pitching
3. Catcher, Yadier Molina hitting
4. Molina and Pujols after scoring a couple of runs
5. Pujols holding a Washington runner on base
6. A close up of All Star Albert Pujols batting
7. Final score: Cardinals 9, Washington 0







get ready for some reading

Something very cool is about to begin. Starting on March 1, the people of our church will be reading through the New Testament. Get this: we will read through the entire New Testament in one month! I will be preaching a five part series called “Quest: 31 Days Through the New Testament“, and the idea is to get as many as possible into the Word of God. I really feel directed by God that we need to know and understand His truth. So in order to do this, I am challenging anyone who is brave enough to try it, to read all 27 books in 31 days.

I am making a commitment to not only do the reading but also to post a few thoughts on the daily read. I figure that this is one way that I will be motivated to stay on top of the reading. Maybe something I say will encourage you in what God is saying to you.

So be watching, beginning on Sunday, for 31 straight days of Matthew through Revelation. It’s gonna be great.

Join us for Quest. Show up at one of our services. If you want to follow along, on the Internet, check out our web site: click on maranathachurch.org. We have reading guides that will help keep you on track.

Take the journey with me.


not so fast, Winnie

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” So says Winnie the Pooh. While this used to be true, I do not believe it to be true anymore. Keep doing what worked in the past and you will get nothing now. In fact, you will find yourself going backwards. Many old, outdated methods are now counter-productive. There is no such thing as coasting forward.

Today’s leader has to stay on the cutting edge of effectiveness. This is not to say that because a method is old, it does not work. Some things are timeless. But to keep doing something simply because it has always been done that way is a great way to stop progress.

So, with all due respect, Winnie is wrong. A more accurate statement may be, “if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will get left in the dust.”


Guatemala pix

I want to post some pictures of the beautiful kids of Guatemala. The following photos were taken at Casa Shalom orphanage and at the Rio Bravo feeding center and school. Pray for the kids of Guatemala and around the world.
































It’s an awesome thing when you can see that your kid is better at doing their job than you are at doing yours. If you don’t like to hear people brag on their kids, you may want to find another blog to read today.

We just returned from a quick trip to Guatemala where our daughter Jessica and her husband Josh serve as missionaries. We spent a few days with them at Casa Shalom orphanage and also made a trip to Rio Bravo. It was an incredible thing to watch them in action as they ministered on various levels. They did an excellent job leading.

I will be posting specifics about our trip and will include some new pictures. I just wanted to give a shout-out to the Hansons in Guatemala. Check out their website! Thanks Jess and Josh for your dedication and sacrifice. God bless you and the people you are serving in Guatemala!


prayer wars

Recently, I was involved in an awesome prayer event. There were lots of people participating and it was very exciting. We had a great prayer, thanking God for His blessings, asking Him to help us as individuals and to bless our respective areas of ministry.

The farther we got into the prayer, the more I realized how confused God must get. We were asking Him for different things, actually competing things. I was also glad to remember that God has a will and that, no matter what we do or say, He usually gets His way.

It is funny how we assume that God agrees with us. If I want something bad enough or if we think it is spiritual sounding enough, God obviously also wants it! After the prayer event, I realized that I did not hear one person – out of a solid hour of prayer – ask for or submit our prayers to the will of God. And neither did I.

I think the next time we gather for prayer, I am going to suggest we pray one thing: “Not my will, but yours be done…” (Luke 22:42) Of course, that prayer got Jesus crucified.


friend of the poor

Enjoy this video from the CompassionArt project, music by Andy Park.