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Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

The ministry years: 1987 – 1990 Petersburg Church of Christ In my senior year of college I opened a new phase of my life, what my college major was all about, serving and working in a church as a youth pastor. I was hired on at my first church, Petersburg Church of Christ in Petersburg, IL. It was a part-time position that I could drive back and forth to while…

Losing Weight, Getting Healthy, Running

Losing Weight, Getting Healthy, Running

So far in 2011 it has been a year of getting healthy.  Since the New Year, I have lost a total of 45 pounds, been eating better, and have been exercising.  The main thing I have been doing is eating less and moving more. I have primarily done it through Weight Watchers.  You can see the blog I started by clicking here ==> My Weight Watchers Story. However, the primary thing…

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

I thought I would focus this part of the journey on my wife, Traci… at least the early years before she was my wife. We met during the fall semester of my senior year in college. I first met Traci when she was working in the college cafeteria, checking off meal card numbers and washing dishes. I realized I now had a greater purpose in hanging out in the cafeteria. It all started…

I Changed Churches This Last November

After about 12-13 years of going to Grace Community Church in Arlington, TX, we felt like God was leading us to move on. Now, I realize that this is not really a HUGE deal and that people do this all the time, but, after a dozen years, it makes it harder to pull the trigger on that kind of a decision. I actually felt like 3 years ago that God…

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire (cont.)

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire (cont.)

This is the second half of my 1988 summer trip to Zaire.  Here is the first half. Haut Zaire The second half of the summer began when Tim Doggett loaded us three interns into his 6-passenger, twin-engine Aztec Piper and flew us over the rain forest to the small village of Bafwasende.  There we met up with a couple of missionary families, the Bairds, and the Waltons. They quickly moved us out…

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire

Joy In The Journey – Part 3 – Zaire

From Springfield, IL in high school, to Lincoln, IL in college, to Zaire, Africa after college. If you missed the first two parts, they are here – part 1 & part 2 This series on “Joy in the Journey” has been about my journey, starting in the summer of 1983, now up to the summer of 1988.  The summer of 1988 will go down as one of the greatest summers…

3 Regrets In My Life

I have lived enough of my life thinking about the past that I will be the first to say that it is a waste of time.  The sooner you let go of the past, the sooner you can get on to living life.  No whining; no bitching; no complaining.  Living life responsibly and to the fullest. With that said, the only reason to think about the past is to teach…

Joy In The Journey – Part 2 – The Butlers

Joy In The Journey – Part 2 – The Butlers

( Here is the link for the previous part – Joy In The Journey – Part 1) After leaving camp, I didn’t have a compass or point on the horizon to guide me. I was 18 years old and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life and what to do with God’s call.  While I was not a new Christian, I wasn’t accustomed to “following”…

Joy In The Journey – Part 1 – The Call

Joy In The Journey – Part 1 – The Call

I believe that if you sit down with anyone, you can find that everyone has an incredible story of the journey they have been on in life.  One thing is for sure when you begin reflecting back on life, or listening to someone else’s story, you realize that life isn’t easy… but if you are honest and can look back and see how you’ve grown, you would agree with Michael Card…

I don’t know… Maybe Obama ain’t so bad

I was at 7-11 yesterday before picking up my daughter from softball practice.  Inside the store there were 5 African-American guys all wearing Obama sweatshirts, buttons, hats, and other stuff.  I thought to myself, “Give me a break.”  He’s just the president.  I voted for McCain.  I am a STRONG support of President Bush.  I despise and think it is deplorable the way people, the media, and the Democrats have…

Sanctity of Life

On January 22, 1973, a monumental decision was passed down by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize abortion in America, better known now as Roe v. Wade. In my opinion, this stands as one of the top 5 dates in U.S. history. Bigger than Pearl Harbor. Bigger than Emancipation Proclamation. In addition, one of the greatest messages on the 33rd anniversary was delivered in Arlington, TX.  This message is now…

Melancholy Monday

I try not to be fake in things… although sometimes my human nature overrides that and I pretend to be someone I am not.  When I am excited about something, I’ll let you know.  If I’m crabby, I try and keep that to myself because no one deserves that from me.  If I’m satisfied, content, and happy, those are things worth sharing.  When I’m sad about something, it’s nice to…