First school, now this. My daughter can ride her bike without training wheels. I still remember the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. As a matter of fact, I drove by the place it happened tonight on my way home. Well, Savannah Grace did great. I'm very proud of my little girl but I'm feeling like I've officially lost my grip on being young. Oh well.
Savannah Grace went to her first day of school today. I thought I'd get emotional or something but it's just not real for me I guess. We woke up early, had breakfast and got dressed. All four of us went to celebrate this day. I'm hoping this is the beginning of her journey to a huge scholarship….I mean, an exciting life of learning.
Here's the latest bumper from Northwood Student Ministries. We're doing a two week series on identity that we hope gives a foundation for our students as they begin the new school year. Enjoy!
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Hi. We wanted to write you to let you know that we're beginning to feel neglected. You've always said that Andy's "Choose to Cheat" message changed you and we've always believed you…until now. Over the last few days you have spent less and less time with us each day. Did we do something wrong? Have we been smothering you? Are we not pretty enough anymore? The two of us got together to see if we could think of anything that would have upset you but I think we figured out exactly what's going on. At first we thought it was the newer, bigger, more appealing stuff that had gotten your attention. Then we thought it was the younger more beautiful women or the more athletic and accomplished women you've been with recently. But then you threw us a curve ball with all the guys you've been seeing.
Look, I'll be brief. We're tired of looking at the back of your head so when you're ready to pursue our relationship again you know, when the Olympics are over, please let us know.
P.S. We've attached a picture to prove our point in case you didn't believe us.
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The Gate is our environment for High School Students at Northwood Church. Tonight we had our biggest night in terms of attendance that we've had in the last couple of months. We're still not where we should be but it's a great step forward. No, we're not just trying to grow numerically. We are however trying to reach as many families of High School students as possible.
This was the second and final week of our Clean Slate series. (Yes Phud, I fixed the spelling error on the video.) The two bottom lines of this series were as follows:
Week 1: It's not about having a clean slate; it's about knowing who to go to when it's dirty.
Week 2: It's not about others having a clean slate; it's about being the kind of person they can come to when their's is dirty.
I felt like this series was very strong from a Character of God standpoint and very applicable as our students get ready to start school this week and next. I'm so thankful to see new volunteers start showing up on a regular basis. We will of course miss our college age volunteers as most of them head back to school this week. I'm so excited about the potential we have as a ministry and the vision God has given us.
This week my staff and I will be reading The Dip, by Seth Godin. The idea behind this book is that in most areas of life there is a time to quit and a time to stick. The hard part is determining which you're supposed to do. I thought this would be a good book because Seth is an amazing writer, everyone I know that's read the book has given high praise and almost two months in I think some of my team may beginning to feel like I'm pushing them pretty hard and they might be ready to jump ship. I hope they don't feel that way but it makes for good reasoning to read the book.
Anyway, I'm excited to have some discussion on this book. If you've read it let us know what your thoughts are. Any other books you'd suggest a young student ministry team to read through together?
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About ten years ago my dad responded. I don't know how else to put it. After raising a family and working whatever job was necessary, he responded to what God had burdened him with decades ago. So he (along with continuing to work his full-time job) went back to school and graduated from Charleston Southern University in 1999. As it turns out, I graduated the very next year. Following school my parents moved to North Carolina to continue my dad's education and to find God's place for them. Well they found it at Middlesex Baptist Church (yep, Middlesex. I know.)
Steve McCart has been pastoring that church for around six or seven years now. They've seen tons of people start attending church, reconnect with God, experience salvation and break free of strongholds. They built a gym. Not because they're a big church and not even to become a big church. Their little congregation decided to follow their Pastor and believe that through athletics they could reach families that would otherwise never darken the door of a church.
Four and a half hours ago my dad left for Honduras on a mission trip. To say I'm proud of him would be an understatement. He's an example of never losing trust in God's call on your life. He's done whatever was needed to provide for his family. He's a great dad. Thanks for loving and caring for us so well Dad!
Please say a prayer for safe travel and ministry over the next week for my dad. Below you'll see a video of where my dad's plane is landing today and why we need some prayer. Thanks.
We dropped Anita off at the airport this morning for her BIG _ 0 girl's weekend with her three best friends from high school. While she's getting a much deserved vacation and most likely hours upon hours of sleep, I'll be managing the house and trying to figure out how to get some work accomplished along with spending loads of time with my two little girls.
In lieu of my late evening conversations with Anita and couch cuddling moments watching television I'll probably be frequenting this new blog I've been following thank to the good folks up at Granger. I think Kem first posted and now Pastor Mark has been posting some links as well. I do feel the need to put a PG-13 rating on it though. Here's a little taste of the hilarity and if you don't get the joke then you probably don't know a lot of 1980's music.