Life and Death … It’s the Circle of Life


The circle of life is pretty amazing when you think about it. In the same hospital … just a short distance apart, I saw life and death this week.

I stood yesterday in a room with a proud new mom and dad as they welcomed their new baby boy into this world.  This young family was experiencing emotions like joy, excitement and happiness. My heart was so excited for them.

Earlier, just down the hall at the hospital, I stood with a different family. This family wasn’t experiencing the thrill of a new life. There was no happiness, excitement or joy. Instead, this family had just said good-bye to a mother and a friend. Instead of tears of joy, there were tears of sadness. My heart hurt for them.

Going through my head were the verses from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”

In the same hospital, one family celebrates while the other family weeps. One family welcomes a new birth while the other feels the pain of death. It’s what we call “life.” It’s reality. Sometimes life is incredibly rewarding, and at other times life will crush your heart.

Truth is … everyone will experience both of these, both life and death. If you’re reading this, you’ve already experienced the birth part … now you are just waiting for your turn on the death part. Neither you nor I know when that death will take place, but it will come. Because it will come, live your life well … and live your life for God.

It’s called life, and you are I are experiencing it. Know this … how you live this life will make ALL the difference in the one to come.

Recharging Your Marriage Battery

o-IPHONE-5-BATTERY-LIFE-facebookLea and I have 3 cordless phones in our house. We’ve learned that if you leave any of them off the charger for more than a day, the battery dies. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to answer a ringing phone that has a dying or dead battery. Everyday we have to make sure that we reconnect them to the charger, so they can work properly.

Our marriage, and yours too, is a lot like our cordless phones … leave them off the charger for very long and our “marriage battery” starts to run low. That’s why married couples need to make it their goal to reconnect on a regular basis, especially if you have children in the home. Reconnecting with your spouse can be as simple as going out to dinner without the kids, going for a walk, sitting on the porch to talk about your day or having some quiet-time together after you put the kids down at night. One of the ways Lea and I reconnect is, we have made it our daily afternoon routine to slip away from whatever we’re doing and meet for coffee to catch up. We have found this to be a great way to reconnect and keep our marriage battery charged. We all have lots of relationships, but honestly none on earth is more important that the one with your spouse.

Our marriage is like our cordless phones … leave them off the charger for very long and our battery starts to run low.

Whatever you do, DON’T let the battery on your marriage run low or run out. Be deliberate and proactive in reconnecting with your spouse every day.

We’d love to know …

  • When is the last time you reconnected with your spouse?
  • What are some things you and your spouse do to reconnect?

10 Things I Love To Hear My Children Say …

father-and-child-togetherAbout 5 miles west of Childress is a prison that houses 1200 men.  National statistics say, “85% of those sitting in prison today grew up in a fatherless home,” that just goes to show you the powerful roll fathers play in the lives of their children.

God has blessed me with four incredible boys. As their father I want to be proactive in raising them. They are one of the biggest ministries in my life right now. I’d rather fail as a minister, a missionary or a businessman, than fail at fatherhood.

“Do you wanna have a catch?”

I was thinking this weekend about how much I enjoy being a dad and how much I enjoy hearing my boys say certain things to me. It wasn’t long until I had a list of things I love to hear my children say.  So here are the top 10 things I love to hear my children say…

10. Glad you’re home Dad.

9. Wanna do something?

8. Can you cook something on the grill for supper?

7. Can I ask you something?

6. Can you help me?

5. I missed you.

4. You are a good dad.

3. Do you wanna have a catch? (I still cannot watch this video without getting choked up!)

2. Thanks, Dad.

1. I love you, Dad.

What do you like to hear your kids say to you?

The Worst Sermon I Ever Preached

urlI still remember my first real sermon. It was on a Sunday night in a small country church. They’d asked me to fill in that night while their preacher was gone and this teenager was really nervous about it. I’d done a couple of short Wednesday night devotionals, but NEVER a real Sunday sermon.

I remember that night vividly. I can remember my topic and even the points of my sermon. I still remember the song I decided to lead during the sermon that went along with the topic of my lesson. What I remember most was that none of it went well. I was so nervous I could barely talk. It just so happened that the song I chose to lead, NO one knew. I pretty much did a solo during the whole song, which was pure terror to this teenage boy. The most painful thing that evening was knowing that those poor people had to sit through the worst sermon ever.

As I stepped down from the pulpit following the sermon I remember thinking, “I’ll NEVER do that again. I’m just not cut out for preaching.” As customary, the preacher was to go to the back after the sermon and shake hands with everyone as they left. I took the long dreaded walk from the front to the back. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and I prayed that the Lord would just come back right then and take us all to heaven.

Whatever you do, don’t stop preaching.”

While walking to the back, I looked up and there stood my dad. He’d driven an hour to come hear me preach my first sermon. I gave him a half smile, ducked my head and took my place by the door to shake hands with everyone as they left. As people walked by I got more than a few tips on things I could do better but most people that were nice enough to just smile and walk on by. Then my dad walked by. He stuck out his hand and shook mine, then smiled and said,“Son, that is by far the best sermon I’ve ever heard.” Then he added, “Whatever you do, don’t stop preaching.”

Twenty-five years later, I’m thankful for two things …

  1. I’m thankful that God put my Dad there that night when I preached that horrible sermon.
  2. I’m glad that I took my Dad’s advice.

Change and The Church (Things That Worked) – Part 2

urlThis is a follow up post to the last blog I wrote about making how churches and change. I wrote about how churches need to be constantly looking for areas to grow and sometimes it requires stoping things you’ve been doing for years, and trying new things. You can find that post here … “The 8 Last Words of a Dying Church” 

I would like to start by saying that the church where I minister is not a perfect church. We don’t claim to be perfect, nor do we claim to have all the answers.  We’re simply trying to do the best we can for a church in a small rural community. Our leadership is imperfect. We have and we will continue to make mistakes.

With that being said, I would like to share with you today a few things that we have had success with when it comes to changes we have made as a church. As I have learned, the word “change” and the word “church” used together in the same blog post will automatically draw a lot of interest both good and bad. Remember don’t read into this more than it is.

The changes that I am going to mention are changes in our methods, not changes in our theology or doctrine (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). None of them were HUGE major changes, but all were a bit uncomfortable to people who aren’t big on change.  As you might expect, being a rural congregation, we are still a very traditional church, but we have been willing to make healthy changes that have been both difficult but also necessary. We have been successful with many changes, and have failed at others. Thankfully we have leaders that would rather try and fail, than to never have tried at all. I applaud elders and a leadership that is willing to make changes in order to better meet the needs of their church family, their community, and outreach to the lost around them.

The church in Childress has an average attendance in worship of a little less than 400 on Sunday mornings. In the past 10 years, we have come close to doubling in size, despite the fact that we live in a community of only about 6000 people.

Again, we have done plenty of things wrong, but here are a few things that we have done correctly to this point…

1) We have done away with the old fashion Gospel Meetings and replaced them with Friend’s Day. Gospel Meetings (or Revivals) at one time were a great tool for bringing the lost and “unchurched” into our building. We realized after several tries that not only were community people not coming to our Gospel Meetings, but our own members weren’t showing up either. They were no longer serving the purpose that they used to. We soon began to replace them with Friend’s Day instead. With our Friend’s Day, we have been able to fill our building up every year with people who do not go to church with us. These have directly led to conversions and new relationships. This year we had a special emphasis on only inviting “unchurched” people we had relationships with. We were able to completely fill our auditorium on our Friend’s Day Sunday. We have had relationships built and people led to Christ through this. This has been one of the perfect examples of changing our methods in order to reach the lost.

2) We have decided to become actively involved in our community by stepping outside our building and serving those outside our church. We have placed a special emphasis on community service over the past few years. For example …

  • We started working with something we call the Augment Project where we take old homes in our community, rebuild them into nice, livable homes … and then for the most part … give them away to the needy in our community. We have currently finished four houses and are about to start working on number five and six. There are a lot of details that I am leaving out about how the Augment Project works (such as cost, financing, etc). If you would like to know more, don’t hesitate to email me.
  • We regularly do what we call WATS (We Are the Sermon). Instead of having our regular evening service, we go out into the community and “be the sermon” by serving and helping people in our community. Groups of workers from church mow lawns, cut down trees, haul off junk, pick up trash, etc., all for people who are unable to do it themselves.
  • We have planted a community garden that we use to help feed those in need in our community. Around Christmas time, we have a grocery giveaway and also a clothing and toy giveaway for those in need.
  • All the work and effort we have put into serving our community has been excellent for our reputation in the community. Not too long ago, I had a lady stop me in the grocery store and ask “Hey you attend the Church of Christ, don’t you? Aren’t you the church that… (In my head I was cringing, thinking of every possible negative thing she might be about to say. Instead it went like this…) “Aren’t you the ones that are always doing good things in our community to help people?” I have to admit, I wanted to dance a little jig right there in the supermarket.

“Hey you attend the Church of Christ, don’t you? Aren’t you the church that… 

3) We quit just writing checks for missions and started getting actively involved in them. One of the best things that we have done is get involved in taking our own short-term mission trips to the places we support. We have taken nearly 2/3 of our congregation on short-term mission trips to places like Honduras, Mexico, England, and other places we support. We want to feel like we are a part of the work we are doing throughout the world, and that’s more than just writing a check. One of the blessings of short term missions has been that many of those who go, come home wanting to continue to do missions in our own backyard. The Augment Project and community garden are direct results of short-term missions to Honduras.

4) We have put an emphasis on reaching out to our young families in the community. Over the past 10 years, we have become a very young congregation. Not too many years ago, our young adult class met in a small room in the basement that held about 20 to 30 people. Now that class is the biggest class we have on Sundays with over 70 people last week. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on meeting the needs of young families with classes like marriage enrichment and other things that are relevant. We have a large youth group and lots of young children running around everywhere. Our large group of young children can sometimes be disruptive and loud on Sundays during worship, and we consider that music to our ears.

5) We stopped having a traditional Sunday PM service and have changed to an informal Bible study that we call Power Hour.  It also includes a bible class for the children we call Power Kids. One of the things we realized was that we would have 370 for Sunday morning worship and only 70 come back for a traditional Sunday evening worship. When we asked our young families why they were struggling to come back, we found out they did not want to wrestle their children again for another hour of what they’d done that morning. So we replaced our traditional Sunday evening service with a bible study for adults and a bible class for kids (Power Hour and Power Kids). Adults now come and have Bible study in the auditorium while the kids have songs and a Bible lesson in the fellowship hall. This allows parents a chance to have a Bible study without having to wrestle their children for another 45 minutes. Our attendance for power hour and power kids easily doubled In comparison to what it was on Sunday evenings.  Final results are still out to see how this goes.

There are many other things I could mention, but this post is already long enough. Again, we simply are looking for new ways to do outreach, serve others, and meet the needs of your people. Don’t be afraid of healthy biblical change … and never catch yourself not doing something because “We’ve never done it that way before.”

“FREEDOM” – Sermon Link

    This is my buddy Seth. He helped me illustrate my lesson last Sunday morning as we talked about how people carry around unnecessary baggage in their lives. At the end of the 25 minute sermon, I finally let him put all the heavy bags down and his response was perfect. As he dropped […]

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The 8 Last Words of a Dying Church

I visited with a couple the other day that was absolutely scared to death of anything changing in their church. They knew their church was declining, drying up and dying, but they wanted nothing to do with trying anything new and expected everything to be left exactly the same as it always had been the […]

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The Spiritual Life of Johnnie Lott – Sermon


This is a sermon I preached last Sunday after the passing of one of our leaders, Johnnie Lott.  Johnnie was a great husband, father, brother, and for 32 years he served as an elder in the church where I preach in Childress. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are a testament to the God-fearing, loving and […]

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ANGER – Uncontrolled anger, intimidation and bullying have NO place in marriage. Watch your tone. Anger does NO good, only harm. Remove it. CRITICISM – Listen to me, treat your spouse with kindness and respect. Your job is to build them up, NOT to tear them down. NO ONE wants to live with a critic. […]

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Sermon – 3 Ingredients to a Healthy Marriage

    Sermon Series on Marriage (1 of 3)

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Our marriage material hasn’t disappeared … it’s moved   If you follow our blog for MARRIAGE posts and updates, we’re doing most of those now on Facebook that you can find by clicking here… Stop by and hit the “like” button.

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“Sorry You Don’t Get A House Now.”

My heart is broken … yesterday was a bad day for the poor in Honduras. My friend Marc Tindall, our missionary from Honduras that coordinates all our work there, called yesterday to say he’d been robbed right after leaving the bank. Two men on motorcycles grabbed Marc’s backpack that he’d just filled with money to […]

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WELCOME TO DUMP DAY 2013 … This is a day that we stop to consider how blessed we are materially. A day we stop to be the “Good Samaritan” in the story Jesus told, choosing NOT to pass by on the other side of the road. We choose to help today. We choose to make […]

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Our 5th annual Dump Dayand 30-Hour-Fast is next Wednesday the 8th.  Many have started giving early, and that is totally okay. If you do give early, please make sure you stop back by this blog next Wednesday and let us know what you gave so we can kind of keep a running total. We’re hoping […]

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Dump Day 2013 and the 30 Hour Fast

Dump Day and the 30 Hour Fast for 2013 is right around the corner (May 8th). For the past 4 years we’ve helped raised money for the ministry that takes place at the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Dump Day 2013 is necessary to replenish the dump fund because the dump fund provides… Weekly feedings (a […]

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Pepperdine Lectureship 2013

I am thrilled about making my first trip to the Pepperdine Lectureship this year. I will get to present two lessons on “Marriage and Family” while I’m there. Lea and I are excited about making some classes and seeing beautiful Southern California. If you’re going you might want to check out the follow information and apps […]

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Meet Sonya … A 16 Year Old Girl Living A Tough Life

This is a picture of Sonya and I. She had just come from working at the dump. Marc Tindall met her almost 5 years ago when she was barely 11. She has worked in the dump since she was 9 years old. About 2 months ago, a gang killed Sonya’s boyfriend – to settle a debt or […]

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Can You Imagine A Life Like This?

Wendy is only 28, has 5 kids and rides a bus 3 hours a day so she can work at the Tegucigalpa dump. She spends her day digging through other people’s trash searching for things she can recycle … it’s her job and the only way she can support her 5 children. On top of […]

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6 Reasons NOT to Cheat on Your Marriage

“Famous Celebrity Cheaters” was the article I saw this morning about famous people who had been caught cheating in their marriage. It bothered me to see the list of famous names like Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton, Arnold Swartzenager, Koby Bryant, David Letterman, LeAnn Rimes and others. Affairs. Some call it sleeping around … some call […]

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Upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops …

Lea and I will be in Tulia Texas THIS SATURDAY – March 2nd for a Stronger Marriage Workshop. JOIN US. Here’s the schedule: 8-9 Breakfast in our Java Cafe 9:15-9:45 – “Debunking Marriage Myths” 9:45-10:30 – “10 Things for Husbands” 10:30-10:45 Break 10:45-11:30 – “10 Things for Wives” 11:30-11:55 “Don’t Bankrupt Your Love Account” 12-12:45 […]

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New Marriage Page

If you follow our blog for marriage posts and updates, we’re doing most of those now on Facebook that you can find by clicking here… Stop by and hit the “like” button.

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A Man’s Top 5 Reasons To Grow Up and Get Married…

LOVED the article by Steven Crowder. Here are bits and pieces of it … Sadly, marriage has become a punchline in today’s society. From referring to the wife as “the old ball and chain” to nearly every poorly written sitcom that we watch, the message we’re sending to today’s generation is clear… Marriage = no […]

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News About This Blog

I know I haven’t been updating this blog regularly like I used to … and you’ve been telling me about it.   I had a sweet older lady, that I didn’t even know was a reader, catch me this week and tell me I need to do a better job updating my blog. She is […]

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Upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops

Here are some upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops that Lea and I will be doing… LaRue, Texas – We’ll be at the Lapoynor Church of Christ on January 18-19. This will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop.  For more information contact: (903) 876-4334 or Conway, Arkansas – We’ll be at the Robinson and Center […]

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How Would You Like to Live Here?

I just got back from Honduras. It was a great trip. I have LOTS of stories to tell you, but first check out this picture (click on it to blow it up) … THE BAD NEWS: I took this picture last Saturday in Buen Samaritano of two horrible houses where two different families are living. […]

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11 Ways To Turn On A Woman

Every time I see an Old Spice commercial (like this one), an Axe hair-gel commercial or a TAG body-spray commercial, I just shake my head.  According to the commercials, if you just use these products, women will be uncontrollably attracted to you sexually.  Now men, I’ll be the first to admit, it is important to […]

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Babies in a Cardboard Box … Amazing!

I read this morning that Americans will spend $470 billion dollars buying gifts this Christmas. That’s a staggering $11 million dollars EVERY MINUTE from Black Friday until Christmas Day. I just wanted to remind you that most of the world doesn’t live like you and I do. This amazing picture is of a “modern” neo-natal […]

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When God Puts Someone In Your Life That Needs Help … Don’t Call Someone Else, YOU Bless them.

I love ministry, I really do. But one of my pet peeves is people calling me to do their ministry for them. When God puts someone in your life that needs loving, serving or ministering to … YOU do it.  If you need help, I’ll help you … but you try it first. For example, […]

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10 Things HUSBANDS Should NEVER Do in their Marriage

Earlier this week I posted about “10 Things Wives Shouldn’t Do In Marriage.”  Here’s a list for the husbands…. NEVER be unwilling to forgive. Don’t hold on to all the negative things about your relationship and never bring up past hurts. Instead, remind her that you love her … everyday. NEVER plop your fat rear-end down […]

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10 Things Wives Should Avoid Doing In Their Marriage

Here are 10 things that wives tend to do that REALLY hurt their marriage… (in case you missed it, here is the Husband’s list)  NEVER criticize or belittle your husband in public. A husband’s ego is fragile and being critical of him in public or to your girlfriends is crushing. NEVER withhold sex from your […]

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How To Tell If You Need To Work On Your Romance …

In pure Jeff Foxworthy fashion  …  If your “special” restaurant has a drive thru window … you might need to work on your romance. If you bought her Guitar Hero for Valentines Day … you might need to work on your romance. If the only time the two of you go away for the weekend it’s […]

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We’re Building a Feeding Center and Church in Honduras!

Do you remember this post from two weeks ago about feeding kids in Buen Samaritano?  Marc Tindall needed $6000 to get the feeding center started (which will be used as a church too) … and this past Monday morning we presented him with the money. WOO HOO!  Thanks to all those who gave.

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Information on the December Honduras Mission Trip

I take two trips to Honduras each year (July and December). I wanted to give you detail on the December trip that have just become available.  I’d love you to come join me. Dates: December 4th-10th Cost: Approximately $1400 (covers everything but a couple meals and it’s $100 less than last year.) Who: I currently have 20 […]

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Meet this Kids of Buen Samaritano, Honduras … They Are About to be Fed

Everyone knows that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a little community in Honduras called Buen Samaritano. It’s one of the poorest communities you’ll find in Honduras.  It’s built on a hill right outside the dump where we work. Many of the people who live there, including the kids, have to work in […]

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2 Upcoming Strong Marriage Workshops

Lea and I will be doing two upcoming Stronger Marriage Workshops in … Plainview, Texas – We’ll be at the Garland Street church on October 5-6. This will be a Friday evening and Saturday morning workshop.  For more information contact the church at 806-296-2708 or Steve at 806-787-2790, or by email ( or Silverton, Texas […]

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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