Month: November 2010

Just a thought…

You can’t complain and have a heart of gratitude…. Impossible.

You can’t express words of thanks and have a heart of complaint… That to is impossible.

Complaining has an attitude that goes with it of… I am not satisfied, I am not happy, I don’t like this. I don’t like that, can you believe what they did? Complaining is always personal… To you and directed personally at the person. This idiots, retards, dummies, etc.. Did this to me… I want to fight.

Gratitude has an attitude that goes with it of… I don’t deserve to be here anyway, I am not better than this person, and we all make mistakes. Gratitude comes from a life that is rooted in Christ, built with Biblical truth, and a stability that is in Christ rather than in what a person has done to me. Value that comes from just being a child of God instead of what people might think of me. Gratitude produces the action of love, a willingness to work things out, a humbleness that doesn’t allow you to tear down someone else. The idea that I am thankful to be allowed to live… In good times and bad.

Complaining at the end of the day is a power rush that runs out quickly in need of it’s next complaining fix.

Gratitude is stability, with no rush, nor an addiction to power. It’s satisfaction is peace from A Christ centered life.

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26 days

26 days of non-stop activity, of music, laughter, horns blowing, bells ringing, sale tales, practices, performances, sweeting, freezing, nervousness, relaxing, football, basketball, paper ripping, check book depleting, children screaming, choirs singing, fun.

Yesterday our family went to the first Christmas gathering of the season. It was good to see family members we do not normally see. There were all the normal things you have at these sort of events. Finger foods, desserts, and presents.

Then it was 27 days.

Now it’s 26.

26 days to remember, to pause, to reflect, to meditate, to praise, to sing, to celebrate, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ… who was born to die so we might live.

We have 26 days of opportunity to stop our nonstopness and remember that.

Will you make time for that?

2012 Teaser

So, tomorrow’s Sermon is a 2012 teaser. There are no graphics, no series names, no sermon title, just a sermon based on the concepts our church will be exploring in 2012… concepts that come… January 2011 will become sermons that will be placed on the 2012 preaching calendar.

The sermons for 2012 will be based off of the teachings/themes in Colossians.

But for now…

… tomorrow you will get part of the concepts God has placed in my heart as points of interest for 2012.

By the way… Just in case you are thinking it…. Don’t worry about 2011… Those sermons are almost completely planned…. Only November and December to go.

Word Slip Ups

I am not pushing political candidate but Sarah Palin’s post yesterday says a lot about words and phrases people take out of context to hurt your creditability. This is an issue we all face from time to time… So Read the following post by Sarah and Stay tuned for a follow up post…

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.

Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline. The one word slip occurred yesterday during one of my seven back-to-back interviews wherein I was privileged to speak to the American public about the important, world-changing issues before us.

If the media had bothered to actually listen to all of my remarks on Glenn Beck’s radio show, they would have noticed that I refer to South Korea as our ally throughout, that I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and that I made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime. The media could even have done due diligence and checked my previous statements on the subject, which have always been consistent, and in fact even ahead of the curve. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? (And for that matter, why not just make up stories out of thin air – like the totally false hard news story which has run for three days now reporting that I lobbied the producers of “Dancing with the Stars” to cast a former Senate candidate on their show. That lie is further clear proof that the media completely makes things up without doing even rudimentary fact-checking.)

“Hope springs eternal” as the poet says. Let’s hope that perhaps, just maybe, they might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding America’s free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Sarah Palin

Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain were two comic characters that were always trying to take over the world as part of The Animaniacs tv show. They were mice, one was smart the other one not so smart. They used everything that was in reach to help them with their plot to rule the world.

If you had anything you wanted at your finger tips and had a desire to take over the world. What types of things would you want at your disposal and how would you use them?

An Unfortunate Recap

It started 2. Weeks ago I would say, our heat pump started “acting up”. No better yet it started before then when our dishwasher stopped draining water and our clothes dryer quit doing it’s job. These were the beginnings of a series of unfortunate events… which included a contact ripping two Saturday’s ago and the killing of my first deer of the season on Monday a week ago, which I used my Audi A4 to do it.

The dryer and dishwasher are now fixed.

I have contacts now…. This is a good thing.

Our heat pump issue will be fixed today or tomorrow… The compressor is the issue.

I am taking my car today see how much it will take to get it fixed. ( we do not have comp which is a surprise to us and is also a part of our string of unfortunate events)

But it’s ok… and we give thanks.

In the past people dried clothes outside and washed dishes by hand. It is a blessing to have these items in our house.

In the past people heated with electrical heat and or a fire place. We have gas logs and our Em Heat works so we have not gone with out the ability to heat our home.

Only 4% of the world has a car and 2% have more than one car. At the beginning of the last century most still traveled by foot or horse in our country and the Wright Brothers were just starting to tinker with their airplane and Ford Motor Company was on the cutting edge of technology. I am typing this on the web, via iPad while listening to the Thanksgiving mix I created in iTunes ( see the blog roll on the side of this page for the link) all concepts they had not even thought of. I am thankful for them and all the things the modern age has to offer that makes our lives a little less harsh.

But most importantly I am thankful for the new life Christ has give to me, not based on anything that I have done but based on His sacrifice on the cross for me and the whole world.

It is a privilege to be His son, apart of His family, and to be set apart to serve Him and others. The dishwasher can go out and venison can come with a large price tag but that is nothing to be compared with the Glory that is to come for those in God’s family.

And I give thanks for all of that.