‘green’ PC – will it catch on? catch on fire, that is?

Could this be real?

This weekend in sports

Roll Tide – solid win over Florida

Auburn soared over one of the LA schools

Matt’s football team ‘almost won’ 🙂

Braves win the last game of the season to make it to the playoffs.

Matt came running up after his game and his words are very telling. From a six-year-old perspective – ‘We almost won!!!’. I’ll bet that’s NOT what the Tennessee fans are thinking after the loss to LSU.

Sports bring out passion and emotion and displays of self-control (or lack thereof). People usually don’t mind expressing themselves with shouts of Roll Tide or War Eagle or Go Braves or Way to go Cougars… Or do they? What were the Gators saying during the second half of last Saturday’s beating? What about the Padres who just missed the playoffs? Are they expressing praise for a team that ‘almost’ made it? For people who did great, but someone else literally ‘dropped the ball’ and the season is over?

This is the part where I say that we (Christ-followers) WIN in the end; we’ve read the end of the Book; “Victory in Jesus”.

So why are we not acting like winners? Do we lose a little ‘battle’ and act like we’ve lost the war? Did someone squelch your pet project? Have you net had a ‘pat on the back’ today? Did someone else drop the ball when you did your very best? What if you didn’t know the latest news until “that person” told you; the one you always want to impress?

TEAM = body of Christ   Read I Corinthians 12 – I dare you to read it with an open mind about team attitudes!

Guess what? The last paragraph is Paul saying that we’re a whole body, not a bag of separate parts; we need each other. We need structure and support from each other. We don’t need to be vying for the ‘important’ jobs. And Paul says in the last sentence, let me show you a better way. And that takes us to I Corinthians 13 – the LOVE chapter. If only we would function in love – as a body…

Are you wearing pink?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Do you know someone affected by breast cancer? I’ll bet you do.

Wear Pink! Show your support.

Next Saturday, Oct 9th is the Birmingham Race for the Cure. Want to walk/run it with me ???

Or you can ‘sleep in for a cure’ if you’re not up to the challenge? 🙂

http://www.komenncalabama.org

http://www.komen.org

Vote for Andy Griffith for Sheriff!

Did they vote for sheriff in Mayberry? Did we ever see an episode about elections? I have no idea!

Driving to work this morning I saw a new sign/billboard promoting the re-election of our current sheriff. Oh that we would have someone of Andy’s character to vote for in these upcoming elections!

I did a little search on Biblegateway.com for leaders / rulers / election / character – and the verse below is what seemed to be the word for me today. PRAY. Pray for leaders to rule well so we can go about our lives. I think that means that we can trust them to do their jobs and not have to rehash, worry, protest, talk about politics all the time. What a great place to be! Not worrying about justice or corruption, but focusing our lives on what God wants me to say and do, instead of commenting on how someone else should be acting.

Want some guidance for election prayers? Here’s something. Join me.

I Tim 2:1-3 The Message
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

Words

Lysa TerKeurst emailed a devotion today called Words

This is her main point – think before you speak and give your words this three-part test:

“Are my words kind, necessary, and true?”

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My people, this should not be” James 3:9-10 (NIV)

Hmmm… Nothing like a ‘tongue’ devotion to start the day, right?

Funeral Processions – what should you do?

As I was leaving work for lunch yesterday, I met a LONG funeral procession coming up Columbiana Road. It must have had 50 cars.

Now, Columbiana Road is a four-lane there with a center turn lane. There was no logistical reason to pull over, but growing up in small town America – that’s what you do! It shows respect for the family of the dead – or something like that.

I did a little googling and came up a few tidbits. You only pull over if it is safe and will not cause traffic issues. There is no obligation to pull over if there are no police escorts. In days past, you could tell a procession using the headlight method. Now that some cars had auto-headlights during the day, that’s not possible.

So – do you pull over? Only if it’s convenient? Always?

Personally, I usually do – I was just raised that way…

“The Love of God”

What a concert, what a voice, what a song...

Thanks to a last-minute invitation from friends, I was able to go to a David Phelps concert last night! It was fantastic!! I loved the combination of praise and worship and ‘concert’ songs. One of my favorite moments was listening to the words of the song  “The Love of God”. Fabulous principles and promises in the words of the song – and from Romans 8.

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Rom 8:38-39 The Message
I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us
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Observations from the dog park

I took Molly & Moe to the Hoover dog park last night. It was fun! They got to run and sniff other dogs and greet other people. Amazingly, folks trust other people (and dogs) within the fence. I expected other people to make sure M&M were safe and OK with the other dogs – and they could expect the same from me. It’s the kind of place that usually has someone you don’t know – and maybe someone you’ve met there before. Typically you remember the dog more than the person! When someone would go in or out the gate, we all made sure that no dogs escaped. We kept our eyes out for all the dogs. If one dog was a little bit afraid, the other people made sure she felt safe. People also cleaned up after their dog’s mess – the park provides little black bags for just such things. This makes it more pleasant for everyone! It’s also great to hear how cute or sweet or happy your dog looks; it just makes you smile. The dog park is a great, fluid, dynamic community of people and dogs. It’s a great place for people to relax, dogs to have freedom to run and play, and all to enjoy being outside. The friendliness of the dog park reminds me of the article written about Auburn by the South Carolina guy – apparently he was impressed last Saturday!

So, how does the dog park community translate to the BHM community or the Shades community or the world at large? I’m not sure it does???

How often do we watch out for each other – folks we don’t know as well as our family and friends? Are we trying to make sure everyone stays safe? Are we watching to make sure someone doesn’t get out-of-bounds and into trouble? What about trying to comfort someone who is afraid or lonely or scared? When is the last time I helped clean up the mess from someone who needed help?

One aspect of the dog park is certain – all dogs need water! There is a fountain inside the gate. The bowl is usually kept full by folks who’ve gone before. Everyone wants to make sure that every dog has the water they need. Isn’t that amazing?

What about the Living Water? Do we really care if others have tasted Living Water? Do we even bother to tell them how to find it? The verse below is an encouragement to keep being a community – to share, to help, to serve…to keep going, to not give up!

Galatians 6:9-10 The Message
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of fait
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“Power of the Cross”

Sunday AM sermon – “Attributes of God – Omnipotent”

A. – God has limitless power.
B. – Sovereignty and omnipotence go together.
C. – God can do everything consistent with His character, goodness and love.
D. – God’s use of power is qualified by His other attributes.
E. – God’s power is self-limited to make room for our choice.
F. – God has the power to save AND sustain me AND to keep HIS promises.

I Cor 1:17-18 ESV
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

My friend Shelly Johnson wrote the song below. You can find it on Natalie Grant’s latest CD as well as on Shelly’s CD. I can only call her my friend because we spent a few days serving together in 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa. We were both staying at the Team House and working on projects for Living Hope. I first heard Shelly sing this song in morning worship at King of Kings Church and it captured my heart.

There are other songs with the same title that are wonderful proclamations of God’s power, but the lyrics of this song speak to the freedom that comes through Christ! It’s a beautiful song, with very powerful lyrics. Freedom – seeing chains fall – the message of transformation that the cross brings! Shelly captured it in this song. She was inspired watching the changed lives at a shelter in Nashville where she volunteers. And that transformation happens around the world – in shelters, and churches, and in the wilderness, and the slums – on the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia and even in North America.

“Power of the Cross” by Shelley Johnson

Once in darkness now in light
Once blind now you see
Once a sinner now a saint
Once bound now free.

[CHORUS:]
That’s the power of the Cross See the chains fall
That’s the power of the Cross See the chains fall

Once a stranger now a child
Empty now filled
Once condemned now reconciled
Broken now healed

[CHORUS:]
That’s the power of the Cross
See the chains fall
That’s the power of the Cross
See the chains fall

Once a prodigal now home
Once lost now found
Once an enemy now a friend
Once poor now crowned

[CHORUS:]
That’s the power of the Cross See the chains fall
That’s the power of the Cross See the chains fall
See the chains
See your chains fall!!!!

Roll Tide

Big day versus the Hogs…

First test in the SEC with a road trip to Fayetteville

Bama wins! 24-20 with a comeback in the 4th quarter.

Not a pretty game for Tide fan!