31 May 2006

It is an exciting day. Stadium is on iTunes. Stadium is the youth ministry at First Assembly of God. You can subscribe to the Stadium Podcast through iTunes. Our Student Ministries team will be putting the sermons from our services and a weekly podcast with some of the "personalities" of Stadium on iTunes. Enjoy!

29 May 2006

Just finished an intense round of Phase 10 and can I say... I WON! J, Andrea, Glenda and I were crazy and completed all 10 rounds. This was my first time playing and I pretty much dominated. Saw X-men 3 last night - EXCELLENT - I wont spoil it with who dies but let's just say they are key people.

26 May 2006

Do you remember the old rhyme - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. My wife and I did the unthinkable. We told our four year old daughter that we were going to get ice cream at a favorite ice cream place of ours. We had a 20 minute drive before we get home and all 20 minutes my daughter is ANXIOUSLY awaiting our arrival at the ice cream shop. There is nothing better on a warm summer evening than enjoying some ice cream with the family.

25 May 2006

It is Spring! I love Spring. There is a freshness and a newness that comes with Spring. My daughter, most mornings, will wake up and ask if today is Summertime. I like the summer, but Spring is still the time when you see the grass green up again (hopefully), trees are getting their leaves, the birds are out again, there is a new life about Spring. Synonymous with Spring is growth. I have been thinking a lot about growth lately. My yard is not much to look at. The grass is too tall right now, I need to mow. The landscaping needs major attention, because there really is none. I have two shrubs. For those that care... a variegated dogwood and a "burning bush" (whatever the real name is). Both of these are growing great, but I love great landscaping. It hurts to look at my feeble landscaping and know what it could be. One of the most planted shrubs is a spirrea. They are a fairly durable shrub. You shave them off in the Fall and new growth comes every Spring. If the dead Fall growth is not cut off it chokes out the new growth. I am not a landscape expert, but I do know that the purpose of the shrub is to grow.

Our reason for existence is to grow. I want my kids to grow. I want my relationship with my wife to grow. I want to grow to be more like Christ. Have I been willing to let God trim off the "dead stuff" to make room for new growth? Are we truly committed to growth? Growth looks good but it is hard work. How often do we give up/stunt our growth? I am committed to GROW! Get out and enjoy the Spring!