Top 5 Church Bugs…

There are bugs in churches across this nation and literally in churches all over the world. Bugs are not a respecter of denominations, in fact they do not mind if the church is Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, handles snakes, wears robes, has a drum set or uses an organ.

It seems that the bugs that get into our churches are interdenominational.

An interesting fact about these “church bugs” is; they are not the same bugs we commonly use in sermons as illustrations, like the caterpillar and the butterfly. Instead they are rarely used as illustrations if at all. And maybe that is why they are showing up… they are saying “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

Here is a list of those faithful bugs….

#5 – Water Beatles

Regardless if you baptize by sprinkling or immersion these black bugs seem to show up. You know they are present when you hear screams from the ladies bathroom. Mistaken for roaches, these guys are always around. Their walking style is very odd, which makes them a little creepy. They also love to hang out in the baptistry and like to float in the water on the morning you are going to baptize a new convert.

4. Zacchaeus Ants

These “wee little things” show up from time to time looking to take what isn’t theirs for their own profit.

Organized without committees or teams they have one central mission… they want food that was blessed by Jesus.

The preschool gold fish are what they often go for first… but be careful they may make it to your kitchen and become little surprises for your next communion service.

3. Spiders

Now I know what you are thinking, Spiders are not bugs. However if “you are what you eat” and spiders eat bugs then at some level they’re bugs… right?

Spiders come in all shapes and sizes. They are reminders that all is not good in the world and are capable of making a grown man scream like a girl.

I had a big one in my office last summer that put me on top of my desk. After I got up enough courage to kill it, I went looking for the second. They always travel in twos.(I am sure this is in response to a command Jesus gave…)

Soon, I found the second and sent it to its grave. Shaking the whole time I was trying to kill it.

Most of the spiders I saw in the church growing up looked something like this…

Just a weird exoskeleton looking sort of thing that was designed to creep kids out in church.

I am sure of it.

I am not sure what this type of spider eats but I do know that if there are pieces of water bugs in a corner, at a door or by a window there is a bigger more terrifying spider than the one pictured here, somewhere in the room.

The pieces on the floor are either the remains of what he did not want to eat or a tithe of his food to God.

Regardless, at this point, I leave the room.

2. Zombie Crickets

Here is a normal cricket…

Here is a cricket that has died and come back as a Zombie…

Now, if your church has a basement chances are you have these.

Ugly, deformed or mutated, back from the dead and scary looking.

They can jump higher than a human can… which brings on heart issues for most people.

There is only one redeemable quality in my mind concerning these bugs…

they eat spiders.

I am willing to not kill them for that reason alone.

1. Potluck Flies.

Coming to the sanctuary the Sunday after your potluck.

Most flies die after a few days but potluck flies seem to have eternal life. I have actually smashed one flat only to see it get up and try to fly again.

Even if you do kill them it seems they haunt the area where they lost their life.

Yes, they come back as ghost flies!

How do I know this?

I have seen a fly seemingly appear out of thin air, then by the time I turned around with my fly swatter it was gone.

Seemingly disappearing in thin air!

So there you go… it would be cool if you would comment on this post and tell about your experiences with church bugs…

if not… I understand… you need to sleep tonight.

October Music


So, as I write this, we have 1 Day 21 hours and 44 minutes before the beginning of our October Music season for 2016.  Yes it begins on October Eve (September 30th) as soon as our eyes open on that day.  With the exception of Sundays, it is the only music that we play in our house for the whole month. October music (in case you do not know) is a mix of fun and biblical music to aid in our celebration of this great month and fall season.

Yes, fun music such as – “October” (U2) – “Monster Mash” – Carman’s “No Monster’s Song” – “The Adam’s Family” – “Sitin’ Up with the Dead” (Ray Stevens), “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” and “Ghostbusters” to name a few…

And Biblical tunes that express the battle we are engaged in with darkness and celebrates the victory we have in Christ.  Tunes such as Shane and Shane’s “Embracing Accusations” – Keith Green’s “Dear John Letter to the Devil” – Gungor’s “The Fall” – Carman’s “Champion” – John mark McMillan’s “Skeleton Bones” – Toby Mac’s “Somebody’s Watching” and Jars of Clay’s “Good Monsters”.

This year we have added some additional tunes that deal not only with our battle with the Devil but our battle with darkness and our victory over the grave.  The new tunes that we added this year are….

Card Please…🙂


Navras (Juno reactor & Don Davis)

Keep Me – Crowder

Run Devil Run – Crowder

Demons – Chris Daughtery & Jencarlos

Ghostbusters – Pentatonix

October – North Texas Wind and Symphony

Graveyard – Mitch Grassi

Shouting Grounds – Crowder

Back to the Garden – Crowder

Forgiven – Crowder

Promised Land – Crowder

All We Sinners – Crowder

and a few others..

October Music now has 206 songs and is a delight to listen to… a reminder that yes there are evil things in this world but we have the victory in Christ over anything scary or demonic.

For us it’s a great way to start the holiday season… for right after October music ends Thanksgiving music begins…

So because you asked…

here is a quick List of some of the other songs…

October – U2

The Scare Floor

Halloween Spooks

Grim Grinning Ghost (If you’ve ever been to disney world you will recognize this)

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music – Larry Norman

The Devil went Down to Georgia (Clean version)

The Fall – Gungor

Long Black Train – Tonic Sol-fa

Dear John letter to the Devil – Keith Green

Can’t Break Me – Rhett Walker Band

Embracing Accusations – Shane and Shane

Shadows (fet. Lecrae) – Passion (David Crowder)

Main Theme from Jaws

Sittin’ Up With the Dead – Ray Stevens

Ain’t No Grave – Crowder

Neighborhoods – Big Daddy Weave

Dead Man – Jars of Clay

Great Pumpkin Waltz

Set me free – Casting Crowns

Skeleton Bones – John Mark McMillian

Haunted House – Jumping’ Gene Simmions

Wednesday’s Revolt

Adams Family Theme

Good Monsters – Jars of Clay

Monster – Skillet

Monsters, INC

Monster Mash

The Munsters Theme

No Monsters – Carman

They Don’t Scare Me – Mickey Mouse

God is Bigger – Veggie Tales

On Halloween Night – Joe Scruggs

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

Oogie Boogie’s Song

Blue Light Red Light – Harry Connick JR

Somebody’s Watching – Toby Mac

A Witch’s Invitation – Carman

Poor Unfortunate Souls

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? – Tonic- Sol-fa

Shake Your Bones – Marco Marinangeli

The Pink Panther Theme

On Our Own – Bobby Brown

Cleaning Up the Town – The Busboys

Satan Bite the Dust – Carman

Linus and Lucy

Spooky – Countdown Singers

Purple People Eater

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

This is Halloween

A Way to See in the Dark – Jason Gray

Dry Bones – Gungor

Beg (Acoustic Version) – Shane and Shane

Carmina Burana: O Fortuna

Supernatural – DC Talk

Hey Devil – Tobymac

No One Believes in Me An More – Keith Green

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Boston Pops

Last Day on Earth – Steven Curtis Chapman

Next 5 Minutes – Steven Curtis Chapman

Ghost Train – US Air Force Heritage of America Band

Red Baron

I’ve Got No Strings (From the Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Teaser)

Jurassic World Soundtrack Trailer Theme

No Fear – Clay Cross

Circus For A Psycho – Skillet

The Entire Monster Mash Bobby Borris Album

End of October – U2

So that isn’t the full list but enough for you to start your own October Music Play List.



We all know those people, though sometimes we may wish we didn’t. The ones that no matter what you do with them there is always “a break out of drama” that stirs up strife and causes division within the group you are with no matter how big or how small.

These experiences can be emotionally frustrating and though you have tried to understand and fix the situations that come up – you still wind up – scratching your head – wondering “how in the world did this happen. This is CRAZY.”

Some people just want you to bow down to them and they use drama to get you to do it.

For some of us its some people we go to church with who are constantly stirring up some issue about the church or the people in it.  For others of us it comes from a set of relatives and regardless of what you do with them something winds up going wrong.  Others hope that we do not have to endure our child being in a class with the kids of those parents who never seem to be happy with the school or the teacher… again this year.

So what is the answer to “how should we as believers handle these people?” Do we walk on eggshells and endure till the end?

No – Walking on egg shells is exhausting, and doesn’t work because they are not happy unless they are upset at something. Unless they are stirring something up.

Do we smack them?  I wish I could say yes… but the answer is no unfortunately.

Does God’s word say anything about this? – Yes it does.


Not too long ago I ran across a few verses in the Bible that gave me some much needed direction when it came to people who stir things up with their drama.

“But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.”  Titus 3:9-11

In short you do not have to be around them anymore.  Have nothing more to do with them.  Yes, you can forgive them without having to show that forgiveness by being around them.  You warn them and then if they do not stop you have nothing more to do with them.

You are free to avoid these types of toxic people.

So quit feeling guilty because you don’t want to be around them anymore… It’s Ok and God wants you to stay away from them.

Be Free!

Unmistakable Habits of Utterly Authentic People

Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.

To live authentically, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs. This can be a difficult thing to maintain when external forces pressure you to do something you’re not comfortable with or to be someone you’re not.

Most people have experienced the discomfort that comes with failing to behave authentically. Researchers from Harvard, Columbia, and Northwestern joined forces to measure this phenomenon scientifically. They found that when people failed to behave authentically, they experienced a heightened state of discomfort that’s usually associated with immorality. People who weren’t true to themselves were so distraught that they felt a strong desire to cleanse themselves physically.

It’s clear that our brains know when we’re living a lie, and like all lies, being inauthentic causes nothing but harm. But how do you start living authentically? That can be tough, especially if you’ve been playing a role for most of your adult life.

“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” – Oprah Winfrey

Authentic people are deeply in tune with who they are and what they want. Their ability to live their life in harmony with their true selves comes from some clearly discernible habits that any of us can study and incorporate into our repertoire.

They help others to be their authentic selves. Authentic people don’t expect others to play a role either. They don’t make people feel as though they have to fit into a certain mold or to project a certain image to be a part of their lives. Their commitment to being authentic gives other people the freedom to live authentically too.

They let go of negative people. Authentic people have too much self-respect to put up with people who treat them badly or have ill will toward them, and they have too much respect for other people to try to change them. So they let go—not out of anger, but out of their need to be true to themselves.

They express their true feelings and opinions, even when they’re not popular. Authentic people don’t live a go-along-to-get-along lifestyle. They’re simply not capable of acting in a way that’s contrary to what their principles dictate, even if there are repercussions. They prefer not to lie to other people, and they especially can’t lie to themselves. This means that they’re willing to live with the repercussions of staying true to themselves.

They are confident. Much social anxiety stems from the fear we have of being “found out.” We’re afraid that somebody is going to discover that we’re not as smart, experienced, or well-connected as we pretend to be. Authentic people don’t have that fear. Their confidence comes from the fact that they have nothing to hide. Who they appear to be is who they really are.

They prefer deep conversations to meaningless chatter. Eleanor Roosevelt nailed this one. She once said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” You won’t find authentic people gossiping about others or giving their opinions on the latest celebrity scandals. They know all of that stuff is nothing more than cultural trappings, and they choose to talk about things that matter.

They don’t take anyone’s advice without evaluating it carefully first. It’s not that authentic people aren’t willing to take advice; they are. But they don’t put that advice into action just because other people have. First, they’ll run it through the wringer from a critical perspective so that they can be sure it makes sense for them.

They don’t complain about their problems. Complaining is what you do when you think that the situation you’re in is someone else’s fault or that it’s someone else’s job to fix it. Authentic people, on the other hand, are accountable. They understand that they—and no one else—are responsible for their own lives, so there’s no point in complaining.

They’re internally motivated. Authentic people don’t sit at their desks thinking, “Well, if my boss would just make this job worthwhile, I’d do a better job.” The carrot-and-stick approach just isn’t relevant to them. They’re motivated from within.

They make the best out of any situation. Authentic people have a very firm grasp on reality. When things don’t go their way, they don’t get trapped in denial, and they don’t sit around whining about how things should be different. They simply take stock of the way things are and, if there’s nothing they can do to change the situation, they figure out a way to make the best of it.

They don’t get stressed or upset when someone doesn’t like them. It’s never fun accepting that someone doesn’t like you, but a lot of times that discomfort comes from trying to figure out what you did wrong or how you can fix it. Authentic people don’t have that anxiety because they would never try to change themselves to influence someone else’s opinion. They accept that other people have a right to be authentic about their own feelings, even if those feelings are negative toward them.

Bringing It All Together

Living authentically is a perpetual challenge that yields great rewards. It’s a noble path that you won’t regret following.

What are the benefits of living authentically? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

What do you care about?


What do you care about?

I am sure every reader will answer this question differently and some will give the answer they perceive this blog is looking for.

Some people care about video games and how well they do at those.  They are attracted to them and play them every chance they get.

Some people care about having things and being able to be cool and in control.

Some people care about clothing and if their wearing the latest and greatest, while others reject anything cool intentionally to make a point.

What do you care about….

at church?

Some church goers care about the music, the style, the manner in which it is “performed”.

Some church goers care about what the church can do for them, wanting the church to revolve around their needs, their wants and their desires. They want church their way.

Some church goers care about being able to network in a church. Others want their church to be big while others want it to remain small.

What do you care about at church?

The answer?

It is the very thing that would make you want to leave. Not the thing you say made you leave but what really – deep inside – made you leave though you do not want to vocalize it. That is what you care about…

It’s the thing that makes you irritated or the reason behind your irritation.

But is it what Jesus cares about?

Way beyond the color of the carpet, the style of music, or all the other things we “want” in a church is what Jesus cares about…

He doesn’t expect perfection, he knows there isn’t a perfect church, he knows there will be struggles an issues in every “local gathering of believers” and he is ok with that.  He knows people will not always act right, he knows people will not always “do church His way” but he never gives up on the church because what Jesus cares about is…


and their salvation

and discipleship.

He cares about rescuing people who are lost.

And that is really what we should care about too.

And when we do have our eyes focused on that goal, all the other things we think are important “pale” in comparison.