Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Here we go

My wife and I travel to Mexico flying out Thursday morning from Chicago. We are traveling with 2 Mexican friends who are taking us to visit family, attend a wedding, and take in some Mexican sights. We are very excited. We are going to the state of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City. We will see you when we get back in a week or so.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

one of my heros!

Jan Werling was my 7-12th grade Fellowship of Christian Athletes (F.C.A.) huddle leader. FCA is a national ministry that focuses on reaching and ministering to teenage athletes. They have camps, sportinge events, and local ministries called huddles. At these bi-weekly huddles we played games, laughed, studied the Bible, and shared life together. Jan was more than just an adult volunteer. She opened her home, heart, and life to dozens of students each year (thousands of students by now if we added it all up). Jan was the first lady outside my family to give me a hug. She was the first person to tell me she loved me. She is an awesome lady that I am fortunate to still see on a regular basis. Just last week she took me out for coffee and donut . . . it was super fun!!

Thanks Jan for all your love!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Monday, May 08, 2006

Teenage Mutant Turtles Rock!

Take the quiz:
Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle are You?

You've been described as 'the brains' of your family or group of friends. You're the natural born, 'Mr. Fixit'. You're also considered the most reserved, preoccupied with your own little thoughts and ideas. But that doesn't mean you don't hang with your family and friends! But, you still find it easy to get lost in your own thoughts...daydreaming often. You'd rather talk things out than fight. You long for a day when there's nothing but peace in the world, and when you can finally rest with your own thoughts. Violence is something the world could completely live without. One of your labels may be, 'true to blue friend'. You're strong at heart and powerful at mind.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

preaching again

With my pastor not fully recovered this week, I got to share God's Word in the church services today. It was a special day on our church calendar, Teacher Appreciation Sunday. We invite all teachers, principals, aids, bus drivers, etc. connected to the education of young people (from pre-K to college level) to our church once each year (well they can come anytime). But on this particular Sunday we try to bless them with a small gift, an encouraging message, and some kind words. It was a very special privilege to share to our church body and these community servants today. Here's the sermon link - http://www.efcboone.com/sermons/DirtyFeetJesus5-7-06.htm

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Preaching to a Bear - joke

A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.

Seven days later, they're all together to discuss the experience.

Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first."Well," he says, "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, " WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read
to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek.
So I quickly DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus."

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape.

The rabbi looks up and says, "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Heart

The last few weeks have been very good for me personally, good for my heart! After attending a leadership training 2 weeks ago, I've spent some considerable time praying, diving, and opening up my heart to let God work. Jesus has been guiding me in the Word and through the help of a few human guides as well has really helped me engage my heart. (The leadership retreat was taught by Dan Webster, www.authenticleadershipinc.com and I recommend his stuff.)

God has helped me live from my heart more and more each day. I am becoming a little more "real" in my relationship with Him and others. So, when the chairman of our deacon board called this past Friday at 10AM, and told me the senior pastor was in the hospital and asked me to preach . . . I knew in my heart that I should and what should be discussed. Here is my sermon on the heart adn its importance: http://www.efcboone.com/sermons/GuardYourHeart4-30-06.htm
This stuff has really been convicting me so this is a message truly from my heart to yours.