September 26, 2005

New Writer

If you hadn't noticed, I have a few other blogs.

One of my favorites is called Let Me Not Wander. I have a button for it on my sidebar, that looks like this: Daily Bible Reading

It is a daily Bible reading blog. I post a verse a day, Monday through Friday. I try to keep the commentary on that verse simple. If you would like to read a full explanation of that blog, read here. And if you would like an explanation of the name of that blog, read here.

I have really enjoyed this blog since I started it, but from the very beginning, I have known that it would be a difficult project, so I have been looking for another writer, to help with the load. And I think that I have finally found the person... My Sister!

If you have never checked this blog out, I would like to strongly encourage it. Especially if you aren't currently in the Word every day, this would be a great way to start. Swing on by and check it out.



Daily Bible Reading

September 23, 2005

Math... it even helps the dull!

"...those who have a natural talent for calculation are generally quick-witted at every other kind of knowledge;

and even the dull, if they have had an arithmetical training, although they may derive no other advantage from it, always become much quicker than they would have been."


~Plato~





(Being a math teacher, I couldn't resist posting this quote. Dang, I want this guy's beard!)

September 22, 2005

Sent Home

My church had a team down along the gulf coast. They were helping at a church, and doing several other things while they were down there. We were also going to send another team down this weekend. They were going to leave last night. My wife was very excited because she was going to go on this trip.

Unfortunately, because of Hurricane Rita, the fire dept. of that city was going around encouraging people to evacuate. The team that is currently down there is packing up their stuff and heading back.

I do think that there is a family that they are bringing back with them. We had decided, as a church, that in addition to any supplies and work that we could bring to the gulf, we also wanted to help at least one family completely relocate.

So, a couple of weeks ago, we had an impromptu offering and collected $25,000 (in one offering). Needless to say, we were all stunned. So, we are going to use that money to help a family, that lost absolutely everything, to relocate to Greenville.

I still can't believe that the same area is being hit again. We need to keep them in our prayers. We also need to be praying that the church can stay strong, so that God will be glorified during these disasters.

flyin'

My sister has become quite the photographer. The last few pictures that I have posted on here have been taken by her. Maybe I am biased, but I think that they are very good.

She just scanned this one and sent it to me the other day, so I thought that I would share it with you.

I love this one because this is exactly what Sam likes to do. He likes to swing, and I think that he could literally swing for hours. If I am working outside, I usually make him go out there with me, and he will usually hop on the swing and within a few moments, he has himself flying through the skies.

Can you remember when it was like that? Life was so simple then wasn't it?

September 20, 2005

NHCC Hurricane Relief

If you have been reading my blog lately, you may have noticed that I was able to take a trip to Pascagoula, MS. It was absolutely amazing. It was really hard work, but I was filled with joy every step of the way.

Well, my church has decided that they want to finish strong with this endeavor. They do not want to start something up, and then after a few months we have no involvement with those who are in need. It will take years to get this area back to normal, so we want to be a part of this for as long as we can.

Because of this mind-set, there is more than one way that we are trying to help. This was never meant to be a one time trip down there. This was also a scouting party. We went looking for needs, and man did we find them.

We have already adopted a family that lost everything during the storm and helping them relocate. We have lined up housing, job interviews, and have started purchasing all of the necessities of life. Everything from the kitchen table to living room furniture to bath towels to... you name it!

Also we are sending a second work team down there. The church that we visited during the first trip was almost entirely staffed by people who had lost their own homes. There were people who basically had no where else to go, so they decided to spend this new-found time at the church, sorting donations. But a person can only do that for so long. Eventually they will run out of energy, and they also need to spend some time on their own families needs.

Well, my wife who was dying to go on the last trip, is getting her wish. The second work team is going to be leaving on Friday and returning on Sunday. My two sisters are graciously going to be watching my boys on Friday.

I hope that her trip goes well. And I hope that they are able to minister to many people while they are down there.

The name of Christ is being lifted up on the gulf coast, because of the work and dedication of the Christians. May His name continue to be glorified!

Stupid!

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1 (NIV)


This is one of my all-time favorite verses. It has been for quite some time. But I had forgotten about it until yesterday. My pastor, who is currently preaching through the book of Hebrews, mentioned this verse, in correlation with the passage that we were studying.

I originally liked this verse as a teacher. It came in quite handy when I was trying to correct a student. There are always those students who just don't handle being corrected as well as other students. So when one of them got a little testy, I would break out the Bible and have them read this verse.

Now, if you didn't know this already, when someone is being corrected and they are handling that correction poorly and then they are asked to read this verse, their reaction can be quite interesting. Mostly because of that one word... stupid. Notice that it doesn't say that there were stupid actions taking place, it says that the person who hates correction is, in fact, stupid. If you are being corrected and you are not liking it, well then, you are stupid. At least, that is what God says.

Now I could never actually walk up to a student and say, "you're stupid." I would be getting a parent phone call, and I am sure I would end up in the principal's office. I have been there many times before, and I don't want to go back. But when I have the child read it for themselves, then it isn't me that is saying it. It is the author of the Bible!

Oh sure, I can echo the words, but I would never want to claim them as my own. That would also be stupid.

But as time has gone by, I have begun to appreciate this verse for other reasons. I have realized that it doesn't just belong to the young. It doesn't just belong to the students and the children, it belongs to us all. The discipline of God should not be hated, it should be loved. Not that we are a bunch of oddballs who love pain, but that we love the result of the discipline. We love the God who knows what is best for us. His disciplines can be hard, but the reward is worth it!

Don't be stupid today.

September 18, 2005

Voice Mail


Thanks to the people at Google, there is now a brand new messenger out there. And I must say, I really like it. I have even had a few voice conversations with my mom, who lives about 12 hours away, and she is still using a modem. But the conversation sounds good.


But I would also like to thank the people over at HotRecorder... They have an application that will work with Google Talk and several other Voip applications. It has a recorder, player, and even a voice mail feature.

Today, I recorded my first Google Talk Voice Mail Message. And this is one unique voice mail, because I used my newly acquired guitar and guitar skills (both thanks to my sister) to compose a voice mail song.

Click here to listen to my new voice mail message.

September 17, 2005

Blogger for Word.

I am typing this post in Microsoft Word.

Blogger recently released an add-on for Word, so that you can type your Blogger posts in Word, and publish them from there. I can definitely see the benefits to this, but I don’t know if I will actually do this.

If you would like to try it out for yourself, then simply go here.

Some Trip Pictures

(To see a large version of the picture, just click on the thumbnail.)

Here is a picture taken at the donation site. My wife, who really wanted to go on this trip, but was unable to, ended up being one of the major contributing factors in making the trip a success.




In front of the church there were mounds of clothes that had been donated. Just try to imagine losing everything that you own... That is what those people are in need of.




They were also pumping free gas out in front of the church. We talked to people who had been waiting in line for over 2 hours for free gas. One lady's car died right when she was the next one up. When I popped the hood to take a look, there was mud up around the engine. Many of the cars in the city had been flooded. The Church parking lot had 4 feet of water at one point.




This is where we set up to prepare the food. Over the course of the day we fed nearly 1000 people. We brought meals and lemonade to the people in the line for the free gas. We also took meals out to several of the apartment complexes. There were several different groups of children out playing that we were able to bring a warm meal to.




Each room in the church had been converted into a store room of sorts. This picture is of the "water room." They also had a canned goods room, a toiletries room, and a medicines room, along with about anything else you could think of.




Here is a picture of the Pastor's wife when we gave her the banner from our church. The Pastor, his wife, and many others at the church had lost their homes due to flooding, yet they were there at the church donating their time and energy to helping others in the community.

September 16, 2005

Behind

Man, I am so far behind, that it's not even funny!

I am so glad that I was able to go on this trip, but now I am paying for it. Don't get me wrong, it was definitely worth it, but I have spent the rest of the week trying to catch up.

Hopefully after the weekend I will be all back to normal. Which for me is only a little bit behind.

September 13, 2005

Home

I am back home.

But already, as I sit here, I am thinking about all of the people that I met in the last few days that don't have a home to go to. I am specifically thinking about the people at the church where we were helping. Some of them had lost everything and there they were with a smile on their face, dedicating all of their time to the church.

Amazing.

Hurricane Katrina Relief - On the Road Post #4

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this is an audio post - click to play

September 9, 2005

a start

water signEven though in the last two weeks the school where I teach has put together over 300 shoe boxes of toiletries for the victims of the hurricane, and even though they have had bake sales to raise money, and even though they have had "t-shirt day" fund raisers, and even though they only had two days' notice...

They still wanted to help with the trip that I am getting ready to go on.

They called each other on Wednesday night and then they promoted it in their classes on Thursday. And by the end of the day today, the highschool had donated over 80 cases of water.

water

Thank you Shannon Forest!

September 7, 2005

We're Going!

Well, after much distress and trial, we have a truck.

Cardinal Moving and Storage has graciously donated the truck and they are also going to pay for the fuel. It took them a little while to find a truck that wasn't already scheduled for something, but they pulled through.

Also, I thought that I would mention the ministry that is working on supplying the food. It is called Food for Life ministries. Paul Blumer, who is the head of that organization is working with the pastor of my church to organize this effort.

As far as I know, the town that we are going to was hit pretty hard, and I don't think that they have been given any type of aid from anyone else yet.

The whole thing is pretty exciting. Mostly because I feel like God has used me in some small way. And there just isn't anything better than being used by God!

I will keep you informed on how it goes.

By the way, if you live in Greenville, or know anyone who lives in Greenville, and would like to donate to the cause, we will be parked with the truck outside of North Hills Community Church on Sunday Morning.

Thank you for your prayers.

September 6, 2005

A Possibility...

During the summer I am a mover. I work for Cardinal Moving & Storage, a North American Van Lines agent. So, today I called my boss and asked him if he would be willing to donate the use of one of his moving trucks and the cost of fuel, so that I could go down to the New Orleans area with a shipment of supplies. Now, I don't actually have any supplies, but I just wanted to ask.

My boss said that he would love to do that, but I still needed some stuff.

So then I called the Red Cross. I think that they are a little overwhelmed with donations and help, and they said that they really appreciated the offer, but they didn't have anything that needed shipping, that wasn't already being taken care of.

So, truck... but no stuff.

Then I called my church, North Hills Community Church, and sure enough, there was a guy that was organizing supplies for a town. He had a truck that was going to be used, but the offer kept falling through. So he had stuff but no truck.

You might be wondering why the title of this post is "A Possibility..." Well, I am still waiting on my boss. I need to know if he has a truck available from the 11th to the 13th. He is supposed to call me back tonight to let me know.

If you are a praying person, I would like to ask you to pray that this all works out. I should know by morning whether or not the truck is available. But we are also in need of some plastic totes to put the supplies in. We are hoping that we can get enough totes so that when we distribute supplies, we can just hand each family a tote full of supplies.

I will post as soon as I know if the truck works out. And then I will keep you posted on any other developments.

Thank you for your prayers.

Google's Earth - Sightseeing #2

GoldenGateAre you ready for some more sightseeing?!?

Here we have the Golden Gate bridge, located in San Francisco, CA.




GoldenGate_closeThis shot is a little closer. You can even see the cars.


September 5, 2005

Labor Day

Literally...

I know that it seems like being a teacher, you get all of these days off. All of the holidays, and special observances, but it only seems that way. In reality, as a teacher, I stop looking at these three day weekends as a short vacation, and start looking at them as a chance to get caught up.

My whole life I have been about one step behind where I need to be. Always having at least one more thing to do before I was completely able to relax. So, being a teacher, this has only been heightened. Every night I bring home about 3 or 4 things that I really need to get done, and I think to myself, "If I could just get these few things done, I would be completely caught up." But it never happens!

I get home and I want to see the kids, and I want to chat with my wife, and there is this errand to run, etc.

So, when an extra day comes along I think to myself, "...an extra day! Man, I can get caught up!"

Unfortunately, in my house, I am the only one who thinks of these days as extra work days. So, I end up in the same boat... not getting anything done, staying behind...

Oh well, I guess they made Labor day for something.

September 1, 2005

Flickr!

I have been using Flickr to host all of my pictures since I started blogging. I have never had anything to say against them. They have always treated my well, until today!

For some reason they have changed the way they host pictures, so now, all of my pictures have the wrong name, so they aren't showing up on the blog. This is very frustrating.

Google's Earth


I pretty much like about everything that Google does. They do cool stuff.

One of my favorite new programs that Google has come up with is called Google Earth. To the right I have added a picture of Google's Earth. I know that it may not seem that impressive at first glance, but then you start to zoom.

All of the images are real satellite images. And you can really zoom in. It is awesome! Find your house, find your school.

But then, I really got to thinking about this. I could see the sites! I could visit (via Google's satellite imagery) some of the wonders of the world! So I have started a trek, and I would like to share it with you.

I decided to start with one of the oldest, and most impressive ancient wonders. The great pyramids. I looked along the Nile River, and there... right where they were supposed to be... The pyramids!

Of course, I could only see them from the top, but it was still awesome! I was looking at THE pyramids. And the coolest part about it is that this picture was taken from a satellite. I can't get my mind around it.

So here they are. And I have come to the end of my first Google's Earth Expedition. But before I go, I will zoom in on one of these pyramids, so you can see the ruins in front of the pyramid.

Enjoy.