Archive for May, 2008

reading more in desiring god.

May 31, 2008

Today, while sitting on the beach listening to the waves crash in, I read along in the book I have been discussing…see previous entries as well as current reading list. The chapter I was reading on was discussing the sovereignty of God and how everything both good and bad comes from Him and brings Him Glory. Did you catch that? Everything…both good and bad. Now, I have heard some atheists or non-christians use this to pin God as a murdering tyrant….are you kidding me? I think this one little section in this book lays this subject out as well as anything. Piper used writings from the great pastor and profound theologian, Jonathan Edwards, as well as his own paraphrase to come to a phenomenal conclusion. Piper writes:

Edwards did not claim to exhaust the mystery here (of God’s sovereignty). But he does help to find a possible way of avoiding contradiction while being faithful to the Scriptures (which is a good thing when dealing with a lost person or an atheist looking for a good fight). To put it in my own words, he said that the infinite complexity of the divine mind is such that God has the capacity to look at the world through two lenses. He can look through a narrow lens or through a wide-angle lens.
When God looks at a painful or wicked event through His narrow lens, He sees the tragedy of the sin for what it is in itself, and He is angered and grieved: “I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 18:32).

But when God looks at a painful or wicked event through His wide-angled lens. He sees the tragedy of the sin in relation to everything leading up to it and everything flowing out from it. He sees it in relation to all the connections and effects that form a pattern, or mosaic, stretching into eternity. This mosaic in all its parts – good and evil – brings Him delight.

Piper goes on to remind us that God pioneered our very salvation through His sons suffering…good point. When reading this, the first thing that popped into my mind was something that is still very fresh in my thoughts…the tragedy surrounding Steven Curtis Chapman‘s daughter, Maria. Everyone, including myself, have looked at this and said Why? Why this innocent little girl? And the truth is, we may not and probably won’t know on earth why. But let me submit to you again what Piper is trying to get through to us. First of all, lets try to look at this through God’s narrow lens. This had to break the very heart of God as it did ours…enough said. Now, lets look at it through his wide angle lens and try, try to see the tragedy in relation to what leads into it and what flows out of it. The Chapmans have dedicated the last many years of their lives to adoption and helping people who want to adopt do so. Even little Maria is adopted. If it wasn’t for their vision of Shaohannah’s Hope, Maria wouldn’t have been their daughter. Now this happens and it’s terrible so what do they do but request that people give to Shaohannah’s Hope instead of condolences of flowers, etc. so that more children like Maria can be adopted by families who want them but need help. I can only imagine the amount of money that has poured into this great organization since this event occured. This leads me to believe that more families who want children will be helped in this long, difficult process called adoption because what Shaohannah’s Hope does is helps couples with the financial strains of adoption along with many other aspects. Now, this brings glory to God. Our manager, April, and her husband, Greg, have applied for a grant from Shaohannah’s Hope because they are trying to adopt Chloe. Hopefully, somehow, they will…soon. This is just one of MANY things that may and can come from this awful event…hopefully, souls were and will be saved when looking at this child’s life.

Now, I am NOT by any stretch of the imagination trying to say that this is why what happened did happen nor I am trying to make this make sense for anyone. This was just the first thing I thought of when reading about how all things come from and are made to glorify God. For me, this really put this fact into perspective and made me want to always try to look at my life through both God’s lenses.

my view today.

May 30, 2008

just started desiring god…the book.

May 30, 2008

So I recently started reading the book listed below, Desiring God by John Piper. Robby was right, It does have some difficult to understand type stuff but if you sit and think for just a second and kinda read slow, you get it just fine. The book focuses on our duty to delight ourselves in the Lord and how this leads to happiness but the key is that it is our duty…our job as a christian. Like I said, I have just begun reading the book and have only scratched the surface of this fine literary piece. I look forward to finishing this selection. We just arrived at the beach for the weekend so hopefully I will have time to do some reading while listening to the waves crash in from the ocean.

Also, I will be taking some photos and will most likely post the best shots on here….I need to start a flicker page!?!…will look into that.

On the FDL front, we just uploaded our brand new myspace layout…check it out here. I think Josh and I did a good job on it if I do say so myself.

diggin’ back in.

May 27, 2008

OK. I’m back. I haven’t been updating this blog in a while but I’m back in the game. First of all, you may or probably may NOT have noticed that there was no movie quote monday. Here is the reason: no one is playing. I am hoping because the quotes are hard and not because people are reading and then saying “this is stupid, I ain’t playing no stinkin’ game with no prize” so I am going to re-vamp the movie quote monday to feature a small video clip of a movie quote or quotes worthy of watching. This will commence next Monday. We’ll just say that this monday was off for Memorial Day.

I think I have a few pretty good blog topics and I aim to get them up soon.

video of my drum stuff.

May 23, 2008

I just posted a video of my drum gear at the band’s blog. Go check it out!

not sure what to say.

May 22, 2008

Late last night I got an email with the news that Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter, Maria, had been killed in an accident. Here is a link to the press release. We have had the opportunity to meet SCC a few times and can tell you that there is absolutely no one in Christian music who is nicer and more respected and loved than Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman. Their family has really taken action to help with adoption for many families and have adopted 3 girls, including Maria, from China.

We’re all not really sure what to say to this but I think we should pray for this awesome family that God would guide them through this difficult time and us it for His glory!

Movie Quote Monday #9

May 19, 2008

Sadly, no one even attempted last weeks quote. The Answer was Air Force One with Harrison Ford.

Maybe someone will at least try to take a guess this week….here ya go:

“Well, think me up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut with some of those little sprinkles on top, just as long as you’re thinking. “

why did the chicken cross the road?

May 15, 2008

Ashley sent this in an email and I actually thought it was pretty funny, enjoy!

Why did the chicken cross the road?

BARACK OBAMA:
The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a CHANGE! The chicken wanted CHANGE!
JOHN MC CAIN:
My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON:
When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure — right from Day One! — that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me…….
DR. PHIL:
The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on ‘THIS’ side of the road before it goes after the problem on the ‘OTHER SIDE’ of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his ‘CURRENT’ problems before adding ‘NEW’ problems.
OPRAH:
Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
GEORGE W. BUSH:
We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
COLIN POWELL:
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road…
ANDERSON COOPER – CNN:
We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
JOHN KERRY:
Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
NANCY GRACE:
That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN:
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART:
No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS:
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY:
To die in the rain. Alone.
GRANDPA:
In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS:
Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE:
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON:
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
BILL GATES:
I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of the Chicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never cra…#@&&^(C% ………. reboot.
ALBERT EINSTEIN:
Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
BILL CLINTON:
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
AL GORE:
I invented the chicken!
COLONEL SANDERS:
Did I miss one?
DICK CHENEY:
Where’s my gun?
AL SHARPTON:
Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

do you “get it”?

May 14, 2008

Last night I watched Switchfoot play on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. These guys are great. We saw them about a month ago and they rock…really have the crowd in the palm of their hands. But, more than anything, these guys “get it.” They have figured out that their positive Christian band can work in the mainstream whether it be by radio or video and they do it. Recently, they celebrated their “independence” by not resigning their record deal but rather becoming an independent band just like many other bands like Jars of Clay and The Eagles to just name a few. They have awesome merch, do video podcasts and anything else to reach out to their fans who love them and are in the billions. I’ll be honest with you, we look to these guys for inspiration and ideas musically but even more so business wise. They just “get it” and they are working their plan.

My wife and friends will tell you that I use this phrase a lot. I think everyone will know what I’m saying here. Have you ever known somebody that for whatever reason just didn’t “get it”…whatever “it” is, they just had no clue. It could be somebody who constantly gets caught up in the SAME situation or problems over and over or whatever. Back in college, I read a Dr. Phil book and it listed some life laws. The number one Dr. Phil law was to be someone who gets it. I think this made more since to me than any other thing in the book. Now, I’m not a “Dr. Phil’s the savior of the world” guy. I don’t agree with everything he has ever said but this stuff was really good. Here is a little exert from the chapter on getting it:

  • “When you go through life, you want to ask yourself, ‘Am I one of those who just doesn’t get it?'” Dr. Phil suggests. “And if so, sit down and think about it. Don’t spend your whole life working for what you don’t want, instead of for what you do want. Sometimes it takes risk, it gets scary, but if you’re going to do it, work toward something that matters to you,” Dr. Phil says.

    “One of the things I get so concerned about with people is when they don’t have something they’re moving toward in their life.” Dr. Phil explains that saying you don’t have a direction is like saying there is nothing in your life that you are excited about. “You have to figure out what that is, and you have to make a plan to get to it. And the plan has got to have a timeline. You have to choose something that you can afford to do and then lock it in and passionately do it,” he says.

    He explains an old formula: “Be committed, do what it takes, and you’ll have what you want. Be, do, have. Be committed, pick something out that you’re passionate about. I’ll tell you, there are some things in my life I am very passionate about. And if there weren’t, I would find something. I like to be excited in my life. I go to bed at night and I just want to sleep fast and jump back up, because I’m wasting time sleeping!”

    Are you really living or just existing? Existing is instinctual; it is involuntary, reactive self-preservation, with the primary goal of just getting from one day to the next without regard to quality. Living, on the other hand, is the exercise of certain learned skills, attitudes, and abilities that you have acquired and honed to a sharp and focused edge.

  • i stumped you all.

    May 13, 2008

    I think the movie quote has got everyone scratching their heads…my plans exactly. I’ll give everyone a few more days to mull it over. I have a lot of photos to share from our recent video shoot but have to slow down later this week before I can share them. If you would like to see one and get an update on the video shoot go to four days late’s blog.

    Movie Quote Monday #8

    May 12, 2008

    -if you give a mouse a cookie…
    -It’s gonna want a glass of milk.

    good luck to all!

    ashton kutcher is funny.

    May 9, 2008

    Me and Ashley went tonight and saw “What Happens in Vegas” and it was very funny…good movie. In many ways it was the typical romantic comedy but it still had some good stuff in it. Ashton Kutcher is funny and Cameron Diaz was a good laugh as well. Not sure who it was, but the guy who played Kutcher’s friend was hilarious as well.

    The previews: I got to see the preview for the new M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Happening…looks pretty good. Marky Mark is in it…however, the funky bunch is NOT.

    tipping pitches.

    May 8, 2008

    First of all…this is a baseball related post.

    What is tipping pitches?

    This is when a pitcher does some sort of action, be it small or big, when he is throwing a certain pitch. A good team will pick up on this eventually. A great team has guys watching the pitcher from the start of the game to see if he is tipping anything. I bring this up because of a recent article I read by Pell City, AL native and fellow JSU alum, Todd Jones. He was talking about the subject and some past experiences and different pitchers and what they did to “tip” their pitches. These ranged from looking down the third base line, raising the eyebrows and biting their bottom lip. ALL of which WILL be picked up on…and then you are in trouble because, I don’t care what level you are at in baseball, if the hitter knows what is coming you are dead. You’ve just won 85% of the battle for the hitter.

    My junior year we played Ole Miss for a 3 game set and on Saturday they started a guy that was throwing about 92 MPH consistent and had a good curveball. And, let me say, 92 is pumping it in there pretty good. However, the fastball was pretty flat but he did have a good curveball. Well, about the 3rd inning, one of our guys said “hey, I think everytime he looks into his glove for the grip, he is throwing a curve.” Well, we watched him close for about 15 pitches and sure enough he was…every single time. If he was throwing a fastball he just looked in and pitched. Here’s the thing…he only had 2 pitches, a fastball and a curve. So, he has just let us know every single pitch that is coming our way. A fight at the bat rack then ensued. We knew what was coming every pitch and just sat back and ripped that 92 MPH fastball all over the yard and looked at curveballs. They finally took him out and the next pitcher didn’t have any obvious tells…that we could see.

    Well, as any true baseball lovers would do, we told the guy the next day during BP about his tell. He couldn’t believe it and thanked us. They weren’t in our conference so it was cool for us to let him in on it. That is to say that he later on could still subconsiously pick it right back up again.

    So, as Todd Jones said, if you see a pitcher on your favorite team “tipping” his pitches…tell him. He’ll thank you.

    Movie Quote Monday #7

    May 5, 2008

    Please play my little game…

    “If I’m not back in five minutes… just wait longer.”

    long church name

    May 5, 2008

    I think their website is http://www.faithpentecostalchurchoftheafpcofgodincorporatedworshipservice.com.