Friday, August 28

Going to be a great Sunday preaching to ME.

I am excited about this weeks church. You see I preach to children in the morning and to the teens at night. This week during prep for these two messages I have found myself challenged and motivated toward God. I will never understand the absolution of God’s love. No matter how selfish I get, God still moves, loves and works. It is so easy to open, read and study God’s word out of obligation and totally forget that this IS HIS living word, alive and active and sharp! I think for me; I need to approach it with a little more caution. I never want to take God for granted or even carelessly acknowledge Him. He shouldn’t be spoken about in a past tense because He is present tense.

Tuesday, August 18


Tony my brother who 3 weeks ago had a major heart attack is possibly going home today. He called last night and claims to be feeling great. He still has a trach in his throat but the docs don't think it will be a problem.
He sounds like his is back to his old self (minus a few bad habits). There is no reason for this fast recovery except for GOD! Everyone told us that IF he came out of this, there WOULD be months of rehab. Some much for med school!!! I absolutely love it when our Creator makes fools of us.
As for me, I am finally catching up and getting back into the swing of things. I feel refreshed and ready to move forward. We have been working to better define what God has called us to be doing here in Greenville. We know what and why we are here: we just want a clear way to explain it to people. Why do we(us Churches) feel so compelled to explain, in just a few words, what God is doing when even God needed 66 books to explain?

Until next time: spend time with God.

For those of you at Discovery

If you still haven't converted to dog lover and admitted that dogs rule:
enough said! may just be my new fav website!

Friday, August 14


Gloomy day, it is somehow heavy. How does that even happen. I try to focus but nothing, Things keep going wrong and this little demon puppy is into everything it's not pooping on. Can I get a redo?

But then, as I am typing this, the day turns at 7:58pm with the surprise arrival of a smoothie! All is right with the world again.

Tuesday, August 11

Learning to love

"take a look at a rose. Is it possible for the rose to say, "I'll offer my fragrance to good people and withhold it from bad people"? Or can you imagine a lamp that withholds it's rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in it's light? It could do that only by ceasing to be a lamp. And observe how helplessly and indiscriminately a tree gives it's shade to everyone, good and bad, young and old, high and low, to animals and humans and every living creature-even to the one who seeks to cut it down. This is the first quality of compassion-it's indiscriminate character."

Not mine, better than I can say it.

Thursday, August 6

Still kick'in

As most of you already know, my brother Tony age 45 had a massive heart attack Tuesday (7/28) at about 3:30pm. 911 was called fast and got there fast and Tony had cpr going almost immediately. This is what saved his life. He has been In the hospital since and hasn’t really gained, what I would call, conciseness. Tony has opened his eyes and even tracked back and forth to people who were talking, we have one foot wiggle and one hand wiggle on request but that is about it.

The doctors don’t know how much “Tony” is left in there but we keep seeing little things that tell us he may be there. His wife (of one month!) brought in a cd player and loaded Tony’s worn out Pink Floyd cd and Tony seemed to respond. He smiled at our good friend Chris Kules and he teared up the first time mom, dad and myself went in and talked to him.

They cannot wake him up until they get the tubes out of his mouth. This means they need to put a trach in his throat. This is our newest frustration: why they will not go ahead and do this! There is nothing else scheduled and he is stable and moving in the right direction. Either way, we wait.

Well that is the update on my brother.

Thank you for all of your prayers and everyone that is keeping the wheels rolling in Greenville for me. I will miss our youth lock-in and swimming trip and that is a major bummer!

These are truly weird times and everything seems so unreal. There are times that I cannot even think of what to pray, then there are time where I cannot stop praying. We have been on a roller-coaster ride with good news and then bad news and good again. I am fine with that as long as we always end with good news.

Hopefully we will see our Greenville Friends real soon and have good news when we do.