Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Go Cyclones!

Here are some pics from today of the Proctors boys. (Can you tell they are brothers??) The boys say, "Go Cyclones!!" Caleb's shirt, if you can't quite make it out, says "Cyclones fan since birth." We had Caleb's 2 month appointment yesterday and he is weighing in at 13 pounds, 3 ounces, and is 23 inches long. He had 5 shots (ouch!) but was quite the trooper. Samuel has a couple of 2-year molars coming through and is now speaking in full sentences...though the grammar isn't always stellar. Mommy laughs out loud every time he asks to have his brother on his lap by saying "Samuel hold it."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Christianity and the Movies???

CNN posted an interesting article on the cross-section between Hollywood and Jesus.

Specifically, the article discusses the success of filmmaker Tyler Perry. I love this line: "What the critics hate about Tyler Perry’s films is what I appreciate: A willingness to tell stories about love, redemption, family and God and do so in an entertaining way. He is an unapologetic Christian."

Go check out the article and then go watch these compelling movies.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

How Children just might be hearing their Sunday School Bible Stories:

Through the eyes of a child:
The Children's Bible in a Nutshell
In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.
Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.
Then God made the world.
He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.
Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.
Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.
Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.
One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.
After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.
Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.
God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff.
Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.
One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.
After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.
After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.
One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.
After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.')
During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats.
Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.
Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.
But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.
Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

Thanks Aunt Sue!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

David Robinson's Hall of Fame Speech

If you have not listened to David Robinson's (former Spur's basketball player) Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Speech, take the time to hear a person who honors his friends, family, coaches, fellow players, and his Lord. David did an honorable job!

Read this post on how one writer compares Michael Jordan's speech to David Robinson's:

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

More pics

Here are just a few more pics taken of the boys over the last few days. Caleb, as you can see here, is filling out quite nicely. He's also sleeping wonderfully at night, for which we are very grateful. Samuel is sporting his new PJ's from Aunt Heather and Uncle Jase - he's loving being Superman!!! Between bathtubs and streams, he can't get enough of being in the water.

Monday, September 07, 2009

New Sermon - "Two Ways to Come to Church" - Luke 18:9-14

I preached this yesterday 9/6/2009. If you (like me) have ever struggled with being self-righteous and/or if you (like me) have ever desperately felt in need of God's mercy, this message may resonate with you. There's a 1 minute prelude of music, you can just skip to the 1:15 mark if you want to find the sermon

If you want a very sloppy manuscript, you can always ask :)