Here are a few things you might find interesting to read …
- No hymnals. No pews. No steeple. No stained glass windows. And no women. Here’s an interesting story about a church that reaches out to just men. Hmm.
- My long time friend, Jeff Foster, is now blogging on a regular basis. Jeff is the minister in Cortez, Colorado and a long time summer camp friend from QMCC. His blog will bless you.
- Frank Bellizzi has written a post about, Harlie Fewell, a man you had a great influence on my life. Harlie played a major roll in me becoming a minister. This world needs more “Harlie Fewells.”
- Two good friends of mine, Brandon and Katie Price, are leaving this week to do mission work in the Ukraine. I love Brandon and Katie, they’ve always had such a heart for missions and lost people. Please say a little prayer for them this week when you think about it.
Have a great Sunday ~ Trey
A new tool called Baby Signs is helping babies learn to communicate with sign language before they can talk. The video below is a 13 month old little girl who is learning to read.
Do not underestimate the learning potential of your baby or the babies in your children’s ministry at church. From this video I see two important lessons:
- A child is never too young to start learning about God.
- Fill your home and church nurseries with items that teach about God.
SUMMER TIME: It been a crazy week around here this week. The last week of school always is. The boys are pumped about being out for the summer. School doesn’t start back this year until the end of August, so they’ll get 3 months off for summer and we’ll need them. Here’s why …
- Summer activities will include a week of Encounter camp the first week of June at Lubbock Christian University.
- Then the following week we hit VBS head on. VBS is a HUGE deal here in Childress. We go all out for the 250-350 people that will be showing up for VBS each night.
- Following a week of VBS we’ll head to the mountains of New Mexico for the Red River Family Encampment. It will be a week of relaxing, listening to other speakers and fellowshipping with friends. It’s a wonderful encampment that tries to make its speakers and program something for everyone. But the main thing I like is that its located in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
- The first part of July, a group of 50 from Childress will leave for Mexico City on a mission trip. We’ll be spending about 30 hours on a bus just to get to Mexico City. There we will work in a children’s hospital, hand out tracts, clean up trash, attend small groups and other wonderful activities. Just for fun, I’m really hoping we get to make a soccer match, bull fight or Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling match). All three of those are huge cultural activities. It’d be like taking someone from another country to a Major League Baseball game or NFL game.
- Ending our July, we’ll have a week of summer camp at QMCC in Oklahoma. I co-direct a session for kids 4th grade through high school.
- Somewhere in all the madness I’ll work in a couple of weeks vacation. YEA.
GROWING UP: Taylor, my 17 year-old, had a GREAT week, in his eyes. He got sent home the last week of school … get this … because he needed to shave. He was PUMPED. He’s been working on his “whiskers” on his chin for months. He came in giving “high-fives” and said, “I’ve reached man-hood.” Then he quickly shaved and went back to school. That was a cause for celebration … lunch at the Deuce (Chinese Buffet) that day.
NATE: I’d like to give a shout out to my partner in crime here in Childress, Nate Bundy. Nate is our youth minister and does a great job with our kids. He has blessed my life as a friend, co-worker and as a spiritual figure to my teenage boys. He has tons of energy, tons of commitment and tons of love for kids. John Maxwell once said, “Those closest to you will determine your level of success.” I’m continually discovering the truth of that particular statement by working with Nate. Thanks Nate for all you do. Oh, and he has a pretty cool wife, Kristin, too.
SERMON LINK: Got a call from a credit card place a while back that wanted to offer me a “True Grace” credit card. I asked the nice lady on the phone what “True Grace” meant. She said, “It means if you can’t pay your bill that month on the due date, you can pay it anytime two weeks after the due date without occurring a penalty.” I kind of made her mad when I told her that’s not “True Grace” at all. “True grace means I shouldn’t have to pay it at all,” I told her. I tried to explain to her what “True Grace” really was, but she said that’s not what true grace meant on this card. I told her she could call me back when she had a REAL “True Grace” card. That got me thinking about God’s true grace and what real grace really was. Here is a sermon on “True Grace” if you want to listen: CLICK HERE. If you are still living in the past and have dial up here is instructions on how to download a sermon: Click Here.
I spent yesterday morning taking part in Childress Elementary’s Career Day. Wow, it was too much fun. I worried about how I could make my “career” as a minister sound interesting and keep the large group of 10 and 11 year-olds entertained.
When the day ended I thought that each group that came through listened well, and I think my talk went well too. The amazing thing was that I was the one that wound up being entertained. Here’s why…
- Preachers understand the Bible. (Sometimes we do and other times we just pretend to.)
- Preachers have fun. (I like that kid.)
- Preachers pray a whole lot. (This one was mentioned about 10 times. I think need to pray more.)
- Preachers get to see and bless lots of dead bodies. (This kid was kind of scaring me.)
- Preachers work only one day a week. (Actually it’s one and a half. Don’t forget Wednesday nights.)
- Preachers help people. (Finally getting somewhere.)
After I was through with each group, I asked them if they had any questions about what I do. Here were a few of their questions:
- Do you get scared when you go to the prison to teach? (That was a good question.)
- Do people sleep when you preach? (It was getting a little too personal.)
- Can you tell things about the future? (I’m thinking the kid that wanted to know about blessing dead bodies may be a little odd when he grows up.)
- Are their mythical creatures in the Bible like my Grandpa said? (I would have liked to have followed up on this one.)
- Why are there big words in the Bible? (Good question.)
- Are you older than my dad? (Probably.)
- Has anyone ever “objected” in a wedding when you say, “Is there anyone here who objects to this wedding?” (I told them, “No, because I always take this part out of my wedding notes. If someone wants to object they should have done so long before now.”)
Kids are so inquisitive.
“And Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
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