Thursday, April 28, 2005
What does it mean to you to have a full life?
What does it mean to have an empty life?
How do we stay committed to the things that fill us appropriately?
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
so what do you think on the following subjects?
Vice Taxes? Taxes claimed for schools or other public needs that come from tobacco purchases, gambling, etc.
Monday, April 25, 2005
This weekend was very hard. I picked up my grandma from the airport on Friday. Her health is waning now that she is 80. My parents are considering putting her in a nursing facility. She (like all of my family) is quite stubborn. Then, on Saturday, my grandma fell and hurt her leg and is still in the hospital. Also, my sister is having a surgery in a few weeks. These family events have weighed heavily on my heart. When I visited my grandma in the hospital on Sunday, I was deeply concerned for her low weight and constant memory lapses. I fear aging so much . . . the fact that our bodies slowly die is a very scary reality for me. I am overjoyed to know that my grandma has hope in Jesus Christ. Her physical life may end sooner than I had hoped, but eternity is soon to begin for my beautiful grandma.
Well, the day is young, the week is young, and it's time to get ready for a week of service to God and others.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Great quote of the day: "There is no greater obstacle to truth and revelation than to think you already know what you need to know." John Fischer
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
What culture changes have you seen in the last 10 years the last 50 years the last 100 years, 500 years?
Do you have friends that make you think in ways you normally wouldn't?
Also, this morning I hit the basketball court. My body aches, especially my knee. Who would have thought a 24 year old would really be old? I gotta take on the world. See ya
Monday, April 18, 2005
Questions to consider:
What things are hard for you to believe?
What things have you been told to believe that you want to challenge?
How can faith allow for alternative ideas to be investigated?
I had a great breakfast with a great friend today. I hope it to be the spark I need to get things going today.
Has anyone seen the movie "Finding Neverland?" If you have, what did you think? I will post some of my movie comments later this week after hearing from you.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
My day has been so so, the whole sleep thing isn't fun . . . but my wife has really loved me today. Marriage is awesome. Church was fasinating, Sunday school was encouraging, and I am looking forward to spending time with people tonight.
Friday, April 15, 2005
I started the day with golf. It was fun to have
2 golfers along, one being my wife, who have not
played very much. They both improved throughout
the round. I also spent the day running errands
and working on the house. My wife and I had some
frustrating moments working on our
"soon-to-be-finished" remodeled bathroom.
We are going to have a nice night to ourselves
and maybe hang out with a few friends. But
tomorrow we have a full day.
Questions I am pondering today:
What does it mean to be at peace?
Why does every project take longer than expected?
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Thursday, April 14, 2005
This morning, I was challenged by a seasoned pastor to think deeply and broadly. Many Christians read the same 3 authors their whole lives and never allow themselves to be challenged with a different point of view. I do not want to be afraid to have my views and ideas challenged. And I don't want to think it's wrong to change my opinion.
I am not sleeping long or well. This makes me irritable. I need to be more disciplined.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
I have lots of work to do, and it's getting to the point when I need to focus in for tonight's gatherings.
I am currently thinking through some issues of hypocrisy in my own life right now. I am reading a book called "12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee, like Me" by John Fischer. He has successfully shown my deep desire to judge others and create my own false sense of self-sufficiency.
Does anyone else recognize the Pharisee in them?
Why do we like to be Pharisees when we see it hurts others (and ourselves) so much?
This is one crazy mess . . . that's what I call life.