Sunday, May 31, 2009

"This Is Our God" Night of Praise

Quick note to say that our Student Choir was phenomenal tonight. We had our end of the year "concert." I put concert in quotations because what it really was was an amazing time of worship. I was blessed personally in a way that I really needed. Praise God for such great students! Here is our sister church at

Turning Point Community Church
11202 Quaker Ave, Lubbock, TX 79424

Sunday, May 24, 2009

You Go, Kris!

Some of you may know that I thought Adam Lambert should have won American Idol, but it's not because I didn't like Kris Allen. I actually thought Kris was a good musician and would have voted for him over a few Idol winners of past seasons. Anywho, I had heard Kris is a worship leader in Arkansas. Several AI buddies sent me this video, which just goes to show that God is glorified when we get out of our churches and engage the world. Kris now has an amazing platform to share Christ. Check out this video of Kris Allen leading worship to "God of This City."

Every Day a Memorial

Tomorrow our nation will honor the many U.S. service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom. Jesus said it himself, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." When I think of how many have willingly given their lives for our country, I feel a strong sense of pride and gratitude. I'm sure you do too.

It is right that we should remember those who died in service to us. However, most of us have never experienced that sacrifice first hand. Imagine if you had someone personally use their body as a shield to protect you from a grenade. Would you limit your memorial to one day a year? No, not a day would go by that you wouldn't think about that person and what they did for you.

In much the same way, we can sometimes think of Christ's sacrifice as being made for the sins of the world. Much like the nameless soldier who died on foreign soil, we are grateful, but it feels as if He died for a cause. All those preachers and songs that say Jesus was thinking of me as he hung on the cross must be wrong. There's no way Jesus was specifically concerned with me, right?

Romans 8 says, "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." We're not talking Calvinism here necessarily, but this passage speaks to the fact that God has a plan. Yes, Jesus died for the sins of the world, but in accordance with God's design, Jesus died for individuals. Individuals whom God "foreknew." What that means is up for debate, but what isn't up for debate is that Jesus died for you personally. A sacrifice like that is worthy of a lifetime of remembrance.

Don't let a day go by without thanking God for allowing His Son to die on a battlefield the day He laid His life down for you. Let's make every day a Memorial Day honoring that ultimate sacrifice.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sweet Southern Girl

My Administrative Assistant is better than all other Administrative Assistants! Her name is Lynne Moses and you just wish your church had one! (Notice a theme?) Anyway, Lynne has been working with me here at HGBC since January 2008 and has done a terrific job. She makes me look good!

I just found out that she has started her own blog. I can't believe that was available. So Lynne has this talent at getting free groceries and stuff. She is the coupon queen! If you want to save a buck or two, mosey on over to her site and check in regularly. Besides the money saving tips, I'm sure she will provide colorful commentary on life, love and other mysteries.

Yeah, Lynne!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stand By Me

My father-in-law sent this to me a few weeks back, but I forgot to put it up on my blog. Thanks to Chas Michael (that's really his name for all you Will Ferrell fans out there) for emailing me and reminding me of this great video. It's an inspirational video of street musicians from around the world singing "Stand By Me." Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


We finally broke down and purchased a Wii last night. We got MarioKart much to our daughter's delight! For those of you trying to convince your spouse that you need one, try the whole "it will provide for fun family time" route.

Celorias rejoice!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy Birthday, Abigail!

I can't believe my baby is 7 years old! Time has sure flown.

We had Abigail's party at the American Girl store in Dallas. A great time was had by all. Abigail was especially excited about her new Nintendo DS.

I couldn't ask for a better kid. Thank You, Lord, for this precious gift!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

New HGBC Website Up and Running!

Our Director of Worship Arts is far better than all other Director of Worship Arts! His name is Hunter Hall and you just wish your church had one! Hunter came on staff in October of last year and has helped us tremendously. We're truly blessed to have him and Becky (and Carson).

So Hunter has completely redone our church website. Want to see it? Go for it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Phishing Scams

I received a "phishing" call today. "Phishing" is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. So my phone rang. It was an 800 number. When I answered it, an electronic voice informed me that my credit card had been compromised and frozen. In order to reactivate my credit card, all I had to do was enter my 16 digit number. Needless to say, I didn't comply. I hung up.

I can't believe that there are people out there who would fall for this kind of a trick. And yet the fact that phishing scams exist tells me such gullible people do exist somewhere. How about you? Would you give such sensitive information so easily? Of course not. But none of us would say that something like this could never happen to us. Given the right set of circumstances, each of us could fall for an elaborate enough scam.

The same is true in our spiritual life. Paul wrote, "If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

Think of temptation as Satan's "phishing" scam. He's out there casting his hooks and hoping some sucker will take the bait. Don't be that sucker. When temptation comes calling, just hang up. How much more important are our souls than our bank accounts?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


So I've started twittering or tweeting or twitting. Whatever it's called, I'm all in and I like it. My url is Check it out sometime.

And if you haven't started twittering/tweeting/twitting, you really should look into it. It's here to stay.