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Saturday, February 28, 2009

21 Days of Faith

There is a Biblical principle that is seen throughout Scripture. It brought deliverance to a nation, saw the wall of Jerusalem built in record time and ushered in the outpouring of God's Spirit that eventually changed the world in the name of Jesus.

What's that principle? It is the power of TOGETHER! When God's people unite for a spiritual purpose in prayer and fasting great things happen. God's desire is to move in and through our lives and when we humble our selves in this way, we position ourselves in His grace.

As a church, here in Abington, we will be going on a 21 Days of Faith journey, March 15-April 05. Together we are asking God to continue His awesome move in and through our lives.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Men's Brain Women's Brain with Mark Gungor

In light of Valentine's Day, I thought a little humorous teaching on men and women would be helpful during this season. This video had Rene and I splitting our sides. Hope you enjoy!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Why Valentine's Day?

I was sitting down on my bed room floor as my hand began to cram and my mind raced. What should I say, how should I say it...Should I write "love" or is "sincerely" inappropriate. The anxiety was too much for my 4th grade ego as I sat writing out Valentine's Day cards for my entire class. There really is no cool way to give a Valentine's Day card to on of your buddies you play football with.

Now with a 3rd and 4th grader of my own, I get the questions I use to ask: "Why do I have to give a Valentine's Day card to everyone?" A few decades now removed from this testing experience, I still have no good answer for my boys. WHY??? indeed.

Perhaps this will be one of the unsolved questions of modern America. However, one lesson I have learned from the years of experience is this: "How I say I love you is very important!!!"

The "I Love You's" we share as adults look differently from person to person. Just like filling out those cards for my 4th grade classmates, appropriate wording and expression will either make you or break you. Whether my good friend down in Virginia, my mother in Harrisburg, my 4 children or my dear wife of nearly 15 years. It is important I express "I Love You" to each of these people, but how I do it looks and sound differently.

For instance, my wife hears "I Love You" when I rub her feet, get her a small item when I'm out and about, give her a kiss as I leave home and return, or brag on her culinary skills (which really are amazing). The few college buddies I have kept in contact with and enjoy a good friendship with also hear from me my care and concern. I certainly don't rub their feet, but them may get an encouraging text or a "Wazzzz Up!" message on their voice mail. Either way, what we communicate (whether in word or deed) really does create the world around us.

Wow, as I consider all this, perhaps those cards I dreaded writing (still do with my kids' projects) have had some purpose in preparing me for my relationships as an adult... expressing appropriate "I Love You's." However you do it, make sure you take the time to tell those most important what they mean to you this time of the year. You'll be glad you did.

And by the way gentlemen, kitchen appliances never say "I Love You"... even if you wrap them nicely. Trust me on this one!!! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY