Archive | July, 2008

Top Ten

16 Jul

The Top Ten plays on Sportscenter today was a walk down memory lane . . . The Top Ten MLB All-Star Game plays over the ages. It was actually pretty good . . . Fun to see the old uniforms and some plays I actually remember. I had forgotten that John Kruk was the king of the mullet, but I remember now . . .

Makes me wonder if I could get away with a Top Ten plays at Ebenezer. The Top Ten things, done by EBC members, to build the kingdom of God. Well, first of all, those kinds of things are not really mine to judge. And, I would get into serious trouble with some of the people who think they are top ten material that wouldn’t make my cut.

SO, I guess I won’t do that for now, but it MIGHT just make it into the book I will write about this place one day . . . 🙂

I’ve got friends in low places . . .

15 Jul

No, I am not really a huge Garth fan . . . I leave that to Ed Self. Anyway, I DO have friends in low places, and if you will open your eyes and look around, you do, too.

I am not talking about the same thing Mr Brooks was singing about. I have friends who are really at low points in their lives, really hurting over relationships, disease, death, and some of the other more difficult facets of the journey we call LIFE.

What can we do?? Listen . . . Pray for them . . . Be there. . . IF I am their Christian brother, I will do all I can do to help. (Note I did not write PASTOR. Yes, as a pastor I WILL be there. How about as a brother and friend?? And, HOW ABOUT YOU??)

There are times when we can help shoulder the burdens of others. And, we should. Because there WILL be a day when EACH OF US will need a little help, too.

Jesus said, “They will KNOW you are My disciples if you LOVE EACH OTHER.”

God is in control

14 Jul

Do you Ebenezerites ever wonder what the economic turns of late will do to our new facilities project?? I did, but God really is giving me peace about it. When we started this journey, the price of a gallon of gas was below $2. It is now approaching $5 in California, and who knows when relief will be in sight. And, the scary thing is, “relief” might just be the price stabilizing where it is for a while . . .

No matter how high the price of gas gets, God is in control. If He wants this project to move forward, it will. Our obedience to Him cannot depend on the price of a gallon of gas. And, I know things are tough . . . I am trying to keep cars on the road and prepare for a daughter who will go to college next August. And, yet, God really does give me peace about all of this. He knows I am a worrier and He gives me peace.

He really is AWESOME!

Interesting flavor of Kool-Aid

11 Jul

My pal, Dean, has accused me of drinking the Kool-Aid. All I can say is “Kerry Floyd POURED IT!!!”

Seriously, the MacBook Pro is great and is doing its job. HOWEVER, I have already toppled one old wives’ tale about Macs: I have always been told that you CANNOT LOCK THEM UP.

GUESS WHAT??? I have locked mine up four or five times!!! I guess it took at PC guy doing some REAL work on one to find the flaws . . .

Crossing over to the Dark side . . .

8 Jul

Yes, I did it . . . I caved to the pressure . . . EVERY time I go to a video symposium they laugh when they discover we do our video editing on Vegas on a PC. EVERY TIME. Then they ALL tell me when we are ready to really do the job, we will go Mac.

For a PC programmer from way back, going Mac IS crossing over to the dark side. But I fell. Kerry Floyd helped push me over the edge. We now have a Mac with Final Cut Express.

And it is AWESOME. Hooss and I have been experimenting and playing with it, and it is so easy to use. It really was a good move.

So, now do I have to change the color of my lightsabre???

Today’s funny from Mikey

8 Jul

There were two men shipwrecked on this island. The minute they got on to the island one of them started screaming and yelling, “We’re going to die! We’re going to die! There’s no food! No water! We’re going to die!”

The second man was propped up against a palm tree and acting so calmly it drove the first man crazy. “Don’t you understand?!? We’re going to die!!”

The second man replied, “You don’t understand, I make $100,000 a week.”The first man looked at him quite dumbfounded and asked, “What difference does that make?!? We’re on an island with no food and no water! We’re going to DIE!!!”

The second man answered, “You just don’t get it. I make $100,000 a week and I tithe ten percent on that $100,000 a week.

My pastor will find me!”

Did you hear about the Broadway actor who broke through the floor boards? He was just going through a stage.

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The other side of the coin

5 Jul

Report: Schoolboys Get Detention for Refusing to Pray to Allah

Kind of makes you think, huh???

Freedom isn’t free

4 Jul

This is a video tribute to Michael Monsoor, a US Navy Seal, gone but never forgotten.


3 Jul

We are looking at a new home for our sermon webcasts . . . That is why timing has been so unusual lately. Truthcasting is a ministry related organization that, as you will see, majors on web-oriented communcation for churches and ministries. We might just give them a try.

Here is the link to our channel, and please remember it is under construction:

Eating the pepper

1 Jul

A couple of weeks ago at Willow, I happened upon the booth from . . . I found these folks a couple of years ago and have faithfully purchased video clips from them (those of you at Ebenezer have seen MANY, MANY movies from these guys) so I went over and thanked them for their good work. The dude behind the table said “You want a shirt?” I had no idea they were giving them away, but I said “Sure!” He said, “Well, you have to eat a pepper!”

Nix the shirt idea . . . I explained to him that I couldn’t do that, because I have raging acid reflux. His response was, “Well, do you have a YOUTH INTERN??” “Well, yes, a couple, but neither of them are here.”

“Well, bring them next time. You can make them do ANYTHING!!!”

Needless to say, I left the booth empty-handed. But I have already invited Michael to go next year! I WANT A SHIRT!