Pepperdine Lectureship 2013

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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 that are available. You can find them here:

http://preachermike.com/2013/04/13/the-new-pbl-app

Hope to see you there.

Trey

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

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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 some issue. Sadly, Sonya was with him at the time. Marc helped buried him. Sometimes we have to use funds from Dump Day to bury people. Last year we buried 2 kids and 4 young men who were killed in different ways.

Last Thursday, Sonya stepped on a nail and the next day her foot was about 3x normal size. We have her on some powerful antibiotics so her foot will get better. We also went to buy groceries for the house because she can’t work for the coming days. The Dump Fund is how we are able to provide antibiotics and food for the poor.

Jesus said whatever you do for the least of these you have done it for me. I guess we took care of Jesus wounded foot and bought him some food. He just happened to be in the form of a 16 year old girl living a very difficult life.

Dump Day is May 8th. I hope you’ll help again this year.

Can You Imagine A Life Like This?

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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 ALL that … Wendy just learned that she had cancer. A public health doc told her that she could start free treatments in about 8 months, but her cancer doctor told her that if she didn’t start treatment now, she would be dead in 8 months.

Private treatment cost $2500 and is impossible if you only make $25 or $30 a week working in a dump and have 5 children to support. My friend Marc wept with Wendy as she told him her story. They also prayed for a cure and that these 5 kids won’t be orphaned. It was then that we stepped out in faith and decided to help her get treatments. The money we are using is money dedicated to building our mission house because we believe that Wendy’s life is more important.

The annual Dump Fund contributions that are given help with needs like Wendy’s. We believe helping and serving the poorest of the poor is something God wants us to do. Food, shelter, medicines and many other needs are met through our Dump Fund donations. This year’s Dump Day will be May 8th. Be praying about how you can help on Dump Day.

6 Reasons NOT to Cheat on Your Marriage

cheating_marriage_problem“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 it cheating or being unfaithful. God calls it adultery … which is sin. No matter what you call it, it’s pretty clear on how God feels about adultery.

He doesn’t like it!

Here are a few things I took note of from the book of Proverbs this morning…

“Adultery is a brainless act, self-destructive … And a reputation ruined for good.” Proverbs 6:32

“…He who sleeps with another man’s wife, or even touches her will never go unpunished.” Proverbs 6:29

“Be faithful to your own wife… don’t give your love to just any woman. Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. Let her love always make you happy and hold you captive. My son, don’t be held captive by a woman who takes part in adultery. Don’t fondle a woman who is not your wife. The Lord sees everything you do, and he watches where you go. An evil man will be caught in his wicked ways … He will die because he does not control himself…” Proverbs 5:15-23

Here is what I take from this text in Proverbs 5, “Seek wisdom, delight in your own spouse, and keep your pants zipped around others.”

I’m not sure anyone ever sets out thinking, “I want to have an affair.” It just slowly happens. Sadly the consequences are far worse than you ever imagined. Think about this when it comes to having an affair …

  1. It’s wrong! Plain and simply … you know better. It doesn’t matter if it feels “right” … it’s wrong. It doesn’t matter how bad your marriage is … it’s wrong! Don’t do it. It’s a sin in God’s eyes, and He won’t take it lightly.
  2. You will hurt MANY people in your life. You will hurt your spouse. It will damage your children. They will pay a HUGE cost emotionally, relationally and psychologically. Your family will suffer … greatly.
  3. You will regret it .… plain and simple.
  4. It will bring you more pain than it ever will happiness.
  5. You promised to be faithful. You made a commitment and covenant to your spouse and to God. He expects you to keep that. If you are having marriage problems, seek professional counseling. If your spouse isn’t meeting your needs, seek professional counseling. Just don’t listen to satan, others or the world … an affair is wrong.
  6. It will wreck and destroy your reputation. No one, including your peers, family and children, will respect you.

Instead of pursuing a relationship with someone other than your spouse … just pursue your spouse. If you will expend the same amount of energy into your marriage as you would an affair, it would be a wonderful relationship. If the grass LOOKS greener on the other side of the fence … WATER your own lawn. Make magic in the relationship that already exists.

Don’t have an affair … it’s wrong.

“Adultery is a brainless act and self-destructive … and a reputation ruined for good.” Proverbs 6:32 (Message)

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 Lunch
1-1:30 – “6 Ways to Kill your Marriage”
1:30-2:30 – “Making Your Love Life SIZZLE”
Q & A

Here’s a list of our upcoming Stronger Marriage workshops …

http://www.facebook.com/StrongerMarriageWorkshops/events

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… http://www.facebook.com/StrongerMarriageWorkshops 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 lapoynorcoc@gmail.com 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 (sgauntt6@gmail.com or gscoc@yahoo.com). Silverton, Texas […]

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11 Things I Learned On My Anniversary Trip…

Lea and I snuck off to the Dallas/Fort Worth area this week for a few days. Lea actually planned the 3 days perfectly. We stayed in some really great places, ate some amazing food, watched some baseball and enjoyed celebrating 24 years together. Here are 11 things I learned this week from my trip… 1. […]

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College Students: How To Stay A Christian During College …

College should be one of the best times in your life because you are out on your own and making your own choices. BUT college should NEVER be the time you ditch God and your faith in order to experience the world. I read recently where 70% of college students quit Christianity during college … despite […]

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HEY MARRIED PEOPLE: QUIT Checking Out People You’re NOT MARRIED TO

Believe it or not, I married the most gorgeous girl … ever!  I believe that with all my heart because I have chosen to make Lea my standard of beauty. I love hearing husbands praise their wife’s beauty, and I love when wives talk about being married to the most handsome man in the world. […]

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The “Bratty” Little Girl at VBS

Last night at VBS there was a little girl that was the last one to be picked up. While we waited for her ride she playfully called me “butt-head” and other names that’s weren’t all that bad, but inappropriate for a little girl age 7. At one point she leaned over and said, “I’m gonna […]

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Hobo Nick

Meet my new friend Nick. Nick is a homeless man who is hanging out in Childress today. Nick is in day 104 of a trek where he is walking (no rides) from Florida to California. He told me he was doing all this so he can learn to put more of his faith in God […]

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11 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Children

LIE FOR YOUR KIDS. When a parent writes their child a note to school saying their child was sick or had a doctor’s appointment, and really they just over slept …. YOU are teaching them it’s OKAY to lie. Don’t you get it? NEVER lie to help cover up mistakes for your kids. DON’T GIVE […]

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Honduras Trip 2012

It was an amazing trip once again to Honduras. God lined up the perfect group of people to come together and work to bless the people of Honduras. We built houses for the needy, fed the hungry, worked and fed in the dump, did two medical clinics where about 500 people were seen by doctors […]

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One Of The BIGGEST Mistakes Couples Make In Their Marriage

By far, one of the easiest ways for couples to kill their marriage is when they stop pursuing one another. Your goal everyday should be to work just as hard to keep your spouse as you did to win him/her in the first place. Let me explain. Before marriage you put a LOT of effort into […]

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Thanks For Your Help

Just want to say a BIG thank you to all those who sent boxes of supplies for our trip to Honduras. We were overwhelmed with boxes and will have so many things to share with the poor in Honduras. You have blessed out trip. Again, thank you SO much. ~Trey

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It Take More Than Sperm To Be A Dad

Want to know who holds the record for fathering the most children by one wife? It’s a Russian father who has 69 children. Unbelievable? Nope, it’s true. This Russian father has 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. Humble yourselves dads – you’re not as prolific as you thought […]

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103 Very Special Beanie Babies

I got a box in the mail this week that had exactly 103 beanie babies in it. It was a special box of beanie babies. They were the stuffed animals of a sweet 16 year old girl named Jackie. It was Jackie’s mom, Tammy who sent them to me. 13 years ago Tammy experienced the […]

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7 Things I Need For Honduras … Can You Help?

A group of 50 of us are heading to Honduras in a little over a month.  We’ll be feeding the hungry, building homes, doing medical clinics, visiting the sick, etc.  I just thought I’d ask this morning …. would you, your church, your work, social club, etc, be willing to help gather things up for […]

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Can Facebook Cause Marriage Problems?

Yesterday I looked through some of the referrals on my blog. Those are the little stats that tell me what people were looking for in Google that brought them to my blog.  Here were a few I saw within seconds… “How to tell my wife she spends too much time on Facebook” “Husband is hiding […]

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Soulmate or Roommate?

I’m starting a class this Sunday called “Soulmate or Roommate?.” Marriage was never intended to turn in to simply cohabitation with someone of the opposite sex, yet often it does.  Sometimes we become roommates with our soul mates because of laziness and selfishness that creep into our marriages without us doing something about them. So […]

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My Friend Darrell

I was 12 and Darrell was 10. We grew up 2 houses apart and were the best of friends. Our summers were spent outside playing make-believe games, dreaming of girls and just doing boy stuff. Every childhood memory I have includes Darrell, but no memory is more vivid than the summer that everyone carried a […]

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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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