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!

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 sweetsoutherngirl.com 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

Wii!!!!

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!