BUFFALO SPRINGS HALF MARATHON

WHAT I LEARNED…

  • This course provided two of the biggest hills I’ve ever seen in my entire life. These were Mount Sinai sized hills.
  • I’m thrilled they put off the start time until 9 a.m. to give it time to warm up. It was just above freezing when the race started.
  • I was excited to get to see Steve German, from Lubbock (not pictured) and James Henderson, from Mexico City both running the race.

WHAT IF STARBUCKS MARKETED LIKE THE CHURCH?

Two words: Painfully realistic!

(Comment of the Day: Anonymous said… “There was a lot of truth to that spot. Especially the part about drawing attention to new comers and making then fill out all the paperwork. My wife and I will never fill out those visiter cards because if we don’t like the message the church offers then we don’t want to be contacted. One other thing that is the norm but was not addressed in this video was the greeter vultures. We will usually get turned off from the start about a church if the greeters are too overly friendly. Sound odd? There is a difference between a warm welcome and someone who is trying to be your best friend in the first 2 minutes that you’ve met them. We were literally invited out to lunch with a group by a greeter that we had known for a minute or two. That’s just creepy!!! We as visitors like a warm welcome but then we want to be left to enjoy and take in the message. If we like the message we will come back and before you know it we will graciously give them all of our info and even go to lunch with a group or two.”)

TRUSTING GOD ENOUGH TO JUMP

I still remember the day Cooper learned to climb up on the top bunk of the bunk-beds all by himself. I had rounded the corner and there he sat, grinning from ear to ear. “How did you get up there?” I asked him. I believe his answer was, “I climbeded.”

I reminded him he wasn’t supposed to be on the top bunk and said, “Okay, let’s get down. JUMP!” He shook his head and said, “No way.” “I’ll catch you,” I told him while holding out my arms. Again, without any hesitation, he shook his head no. I spent the next 10 minutes coaxing him to trust me and jump into my arms. He finally got to the point where he’d get really close to jumping and then change his mind. Finally he got too close to the edge and went past the point of no return. His eyes were the size of saucers and he screamed bloody murder as he flew through the air and landed in my arms. Right then he realized he was safe and immediately shouted with excitement, “DADDY, THAT WAS GREAT, LET’S DO THAT AGAIN!”


Place your fears in the strong arms of your Heavenly Father, and then trust Him enough to jump without reservation.

Trusting God is not much different. No telling how many times God has called us to take a risk and jump, and we shake our heads and say, “No way!” How many times has God called us to take a risk in our faith, and we’ve just wanted to play it safe? I think you should trust God to catch you, even when He asks tough things. Maybe God is calling you to …

  • Forgive someone you haven’t been able to forgive (and then tell them about it).
  • Confess the sin you’ve been hiding.
  • Make a phone call to someone who would never expect to hear from you.
  • Apologize and say, “I’m sorry.”
  • Invite a friend to church.
  • Come back to God.
  • Give something away to someone who has a need.
  • Tell someone about God.
  • Something else?

Place your fears in the strong arms of your Heavenly Father, and then trust Him enough to jump without reservation. When you’re not willing to jump, you miss out on the spiritual ride of your life… your eyes big as saucers and screaming at the top of your lungs, “THAT WAS GREAT … LET’S DO THAT AGAIN!”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” ~ Proverbs 3:5

(Comment of the Day: sherryfisher said… “That’s my favorite verse Trey. And truly, we just have to quit leaning on what we THINK we know…(being afraid)…and trust that the One that loves us most(beyond our comprehension) will lead us…catch us…hold us.”)

SUMMING UP THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Here are some of my favorite quotes from other bloggers who have tried to sum up last night’s presidential election…

  • My son kind of stunned me with this thought: “Just think, Daddy, it was only 50 years ago that black people weren’t even allowed to vote in some places.” Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s politics, you can’t deny that this was a good night for the soul of America. (A Family Runs Through It)

  • The next person who whines in my presence about having to wait in line to vote is going to get a punch in the throat. Millions of people around the world live in Third World toilets where any clown with enough men and guns can declare himself “President for Life”. What do you think citizens of such a country would endure to have a vote? How dare any American gripe about minor inconveniences when so many people risk their livelihoods and lives to cast a vote, or don’t get to vote at all? (And Another Thing)
  • If your candidate won: proceed with caution. Don’t put too much trust in any leader. If your candidate lost: take a breath. The future is not nearly as bad as you expect. (And Another Thing)
  • I believe that respecting and honoring will be the most difficult for some. We have already shown a propensity to let down our moral guard and participate in slander, mockery, joking, etc. about our opponents, and seem to easily justify sin. But we are Biblically commanded to honor and respect those in authority. That should affect the things we watch on TV, the emails that we forward, the jokes that we tell. Sadly, it doesn’t and won’t for some disciples of Jesus. (The Blog Prophet)
  • There is much work to do today. Because the media leads off their coverage this morning with the words, “The first black President”…there is still racism in America. Because the Secret Service broke up a plot against President-elect Obama’s life last week…there is still hatred in America. Because the food lines at local homeless shelters are longer than the election lines were yesterday…there is still poverty in America. Because the churches of America were not packed out this past Sunday…there are still people far from God that will not be going to Heaven when they leave this Earth. Even though someday changes are coming to America…there is still much work to do today. (Church for Men – Florida)
  • The spending this year was amazingly atrocious… like two fat kids at a jello eating contest. (Murphy’s in American Samoa)
  • There is a country where there is no president to elect, there is only a King. He is the Monarch of Monarchs and the King of Kings. His rule is just and perfect; His power is holy and awesome. There is none like Him, no not one. I relish myself in the thought, that when I awaken tomorrow to read, see and hear the news of the new president, it does not matter because my goals are the same … Heaven! My King is still my King, my work is ever before more, and I must bring the truth into everyone’s presence whether great or small. (The Preacher’s Pen)

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (The Apostle Paul)

What are your feelings this morning?

(Comment of the Day: Monalea said… “I know I vote, but it is God that puts kings on thrones and men in power.So if I keep my eyes off the waves and focus on Christ I can walk on water.”)

"AAUGH!"

Why is it that when I pull into the drive up at the bank I get behind the person who is slower than molasses going uphill in January? Just recently I pulled in behind a person who was obviously trying to refinance his home through the drive up window. That little drawer went in and out so many times that it was actually hot-to-the-touch when I finally got my turn! “AAUGH!”

Why is it that when I go into Wal-mart there is NO ONE going through the checkout lanes. Cashiers are standing around just waiting for someone to ring up. But just the second I finish and I turn my basket towards the cash registers, there is a mad rush by every shopper in the store to see who can get in line first. I then find myself at the back of a ten person line holding only three items. “AAUGH!”

“Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” ~Ephesians 4:2

So, what makes you go, “AAUGH!”

(Comment of the Day: Lana said… “The people in the drive-up window at Sonic who order a meal for 10 people while I’m just wanting a large diet coke with extra ice!!!! Why don’t they go to the car hop station???????”)

FREAKY FRIDAY

I’ve got to have an anatomy discussion with my 7 year old son. He told me a couple of nights ago when his stomach was hurting, “Dad, it’ll be okay, it’s just my ovaries.” I didn’t know he even knew the word “ovaries.” It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen Taylor, our oldest. He’d […]

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I AM A MAN

I am a man and I love it. I don’t wear pink. I don’t own a sweater vest. I don’t listen to Clay Aiken, and I don’t like to chit-chat on the phone. I am a man. I love the smell of diesel, the smell of a new set of tires and the smell of […]

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WHAT I REMEMBER ABOUT HALLOWEEN

Halloween was a big event around my house when I was a kid. It meant two things: dressing up to get candy and Christmas was right around the corner. We didn’t get a lot of candy growing up, so we couldn’t wait to start knocking on doors in the neighborhood. When it came to costumes […]

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PREACHING ABOUT MY WIFE

Holy Smokes, did this ever hit home!!!

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A GOOD PREACHER JOKE

Nothing is funnier to me that being able to laugh at yourself or what you do. I have an arsenal of preacher jokes, but here is one of the ones that is at the top of my favorites list… Three ministers and their wives were on a cruise. A tidal wave came up and swamped […]

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WAZZUP!

I laughed and laughed when I saw this… In case you forgot, “this” was the original.

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PORNOGRAPHY AND MARRIAGE

Last week I did a post on “Sex and Men,” (read it here) and the difficulties of staying pure in your marriage. While the post dealt more about men staying pure, a nerve was touched when I mentioned pornography in marriage. I received countless emails from people shouting the dangers of pornography in marriage from […]

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2008 PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN

I had a great weekend. About 200 runners showed up for a 12.2 mile run in some of God’s most beautiful creation. I wasn’t sure if I could do a run this difficult, but shoot, you’ll never know what you can do if don’t try. The thing I’m still learning is that when you put […]

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THIS WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY is the PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN: I’m going this Saturday to Palo Duro Canyon for a 20k (12.5 mile) run. It’ll be a monster of a run because 99% of it will be on dirt trails and up and down hills. Last time I ran this race it was only 9 miles, but […]

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PURE TERROR

God has put me in some sticky situations that have left me a little concerned about my life … I’ve ridden public transportation in a foreign country. I’ve had military police with machine guns, in a foreign country, board my bus to find out who I was. I’ve run at night through parts of Mexico […]

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MEN AND SEX

I’ve heard the quote that on average men think about sex every 7 seconds, I personally think that those numbers might be a little on the conservative side God is the creator of sex, and He made it to be GOOD (can I get an “Amen” here guys?!) in the confines of marriage. Yet, due […]

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THE DAY OFF

It’s healthy to take time off to rest and play. Yesterday the Morgan’s went to the Henderson’s farm to hide out. Here are a few things we enjoyed on our day out… Playing Rummy & Jenga. Watching the movie Transformers. Riding 4-wheelers (for a short time, due to the rain). Having the mother of all […]

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COLUMBUS DAY

My kids are out of school for Columbus Day today, so I’ve taken the day off. To celebrate the day, I thought I’d share a very special blog post today called… “10 things I never do when my kids are out of school and I’ve taken the day off on Columbus Day …” 1. Blog […]

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PREACHING POLITICS FROM THE PULPIT

Big news story, “Pastors to Preach Politics from the Pulpit.” Me? I’ll be preaching Christ this Sunday!

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

Here are a few things I found really interesting this week. Click on the “this” to check them out. This was a great article on Men and Sex! Ever wonder which Presidential candidates are the best and worst charitable givers? Me too, you might find “this” interesting. I know I did. Pornography brings in more […]

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THE WORLDS WORST DAD AWARD GOES TO…

This dad who was wearing his “World’s Greatest Dad” shirt when he was arrested for trying to pick up a 14 year old girl. Sheesh! Who knows maybe his, “World’s Greatest Pedophile” shirt was in the wash. Come on guys … be a real DAD!

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THE ECONOMY IS BAD, BUT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

If you’ve watched the news lately you know that… The stock market is down. Gas prices are high. The economy is bad. Unemployment is up. The future is bleek. And yet, I haven’t lost one single second of sleep. In fact, I haven’t worried or even really given it a whole lot of thought. My […]

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ANOTHER REASON NOT TO HANG OUT WITH EVIL PEOPLE

Psalm 1:1  “Blessed are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do.”  And obviously, blessed are those who don’t play golf with Vader.

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CHEERLEADING IN MARRIAGE

I know a lady that never has anything nice to say about anybody. She is by far the most negative person I’ve ever met, and occasionally she has the audacity to say, “I don’t know why my husband doesn’t want to hang around the house with me more often.” Wow, do I ever have to […]

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE MOVIES

I’m honestly not a big movie watcher, and most of the movies I do watch are after they come out on television (helps that they are edited). Someone recently asked me to name my 10 favorite movies of all time. I thought that sounded fun, and I thought it’d be cool to know yours too. […]

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THANK YOU

No post from me today. Instead I just want to say “Thank You.” You have blessed me through this blog with your comments, your friendship and with you just simply stopping by. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this new little ministry God has dropped into my life. From the bottom of my heart, “Thank you!” for allowing […]

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MARRIAGE, SHOES and MOVIES

HIS NEEDS HER NEEDS (HNHN) – Amazing, 13 couples came over last night for the HNHN bible study. I think it’s great that 13 of us want to improve our marriages. It doesn’t matter if your marriage is great, good, poor or bad, if you want to improve it you can, but it does take […]

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BEING A RELEVANT CHURCH

I think our country is full of seekers. People seeking God. I get that idea from things like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren writing books that go to the top of NY Times best seller list. It means someone out there is searching for answers. There are people who are searching for meaning in life […]

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A "Happy Birthday" Favor

Today is Taylor’s 19th birthday. It’s also his first birthday away from home. His work in AIM continues to go well. Lea and I are proud of him. If you get a second today, would you drop by his blog and wish him a “Happy Birthday?” I know he’d enjoy getting some birthday wishes. (www.taylorrossmorgan.com) […]

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TOP 5 WAYS NOT TO INVITE SOMEONE TO CHURCH

#3 really made me laugh!

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A CUP OF COFFEE WITH AN ALCOHOLIC

The Christmas card I carry in my bible is over 10 years old, and still serves as a powerful reminder of how simple Christianity can be sometimes. The card came from a sweet teenage girl named Cindy. There’s nothing fancy about the card, but the words still rip at my heart. Cindy’s dad had been […]

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I INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM TO TELL YOU…

I really liked this story! Check it out and if you have a second, leave them a note! Thanks

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WHY I RUN (Church Edition)

I’m a runner and I run because … You never know when you might have to outrun a little old lady at potluck who’s trying to get you to try the beets she made. You never know when you might have to outrun the man at church who always has a “job” for you to […]

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WHAT I’M THINKING TODAY

GIVE AWAY: If you haven’t checked to see if you won a book from last week’s contest, then check the list and email me your address if you find your name there. HIS NEEDS HER NEEDS (HNHN): Since about 20 HNHN’s books are going out, Lea and I have decided to go back and read […]

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SUNDAY MORNING MADNESS

Have you noticed that Sunday mornings are one of the most pressure packed mornings of the week? Why is getting the entire family ready for church services so tough? We get our families around fine for school, but Sunday mornings are almost pure madness. People running everywhere, everyone fighting for bathroom time, everyone running behind […]

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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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