It doesn’t matter what your profession, criticism will be a part of it. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, there will always be criticism. Those with “high-profile” jobs can always expect double the criticism. Just like the football coach who if he runs the ball, everyone thinks he should have passed. If he passed everyone says, “The dummy should have ran the ball.”
I know criticism hurts, especially unfounded criticism. Maybe the best advice comes from a Jewish carpenter who said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
As you can tell I like a wide variety of music. You’ll never find me without some Classic Rock close by. As for worship music, Acapella’s Praise & Worship CD “Heaven is in My Heart” is fantastic.
As for movies on my I-Pod (it’s going to be a long bus ride to Mexico City next month):
What you won’t ever find on my I-Pod:
I also enjoy listening to sermons … here are some I regularly listen to:
I’m really loving this new I-Pod. So, what would you put on your I-Pod?
God must have a sense of humor. Why else would He put polar opposites in families. Let me give you some examples on how families are often so different just from some past events in the Morgan family…
We’re all very different. Families are made up of different people with unique likes and dislikes. Healthy families choose to affirm the value and uniqueness of each person in the family. In the family there should never be a black sheep, no partiality should be shown, and you should be able to be yourself.
God must have a sense of humor and He must love variety. Why else would He build families with polar opposites in them. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” ~ Psalm 127:1.
So, how is your family different?
This week’s sermon is posted (here) if you’re interested. “Faithful? … Who me? God expects us to be faithful in every area of our lives. And you show that faithfulness to God in at least 6 different areas of your life.
Sorry … you’ll have to fill in the blanks.
As I read through a few blogs this morning, I came across an interesting post titled, “Should I go to church today?” It provides an interesting perspective on reaching out to those outside the church. The part that caught my attention said …. “I don’t know any non-Christian who wakes up and thinks, “Gee, I […]Full Story »
An oxymoron are two words that have been put together that contradict one another. Here are a few that make me laugh… Pretty Ugly Work Party Jumbo Shrimp A Little Pregnant Healthy Tan Dressy Flip-Flops Dodge Ram Plastic Glasses Tight Slacks Rap Music Here’s another oxymoron that probably got a laugh from Paul’s readers when […]Full Story »
My friend Dee Andrews has interviewed me this week for your sleeping pleasure. I told her I’d be more than happy to put up a link to the interview today. Stop by if you want and you might learn a few things about me you didn’t know. Thanks Dee for your kindness. Read interview: Here […]Full Story »
Usually I do a long “spiritual” post on Monday about something I’ve been thinking about … but today I’m brain dead! It was a long weekend, and I’m overdue for a vacation. Here are a few things running through my mind… I’m thinking about sex. Got your attention? I’m going to do some posts soon […]Full Story »
(This is part of last weeks sermon: Life is a Highway, Chose Your Lane Carefully) Last summer going through the metropolis of Dallas, Texas we had lots of choices on what road we’d take. If we picked the right lane, we could get exactly where we wanted to go, but if we chose the wrong […]Full Story »
I was in a Lubbock McDonald’s yesterday following a funeral. I had gone there to have coffee with my good friends and fellow bloggers Matt & Crystal James. While there, I also ran into blogger Kathy, who was in Lubbock visiting family. It was an amazing little blogging reunion. A crazy thing happened while standing […]Full Story »
Christianity Today has a good article on seven ways to measure your church’s ministry. The article states that “that most people rate church atmosphere within the first 15 minutes of their first visit.” The below seven areas will most likely contribute to how people rate your church’s atmosphere on their first visit: Sensing the presence […]Full Story »
I’ve preached a lot of sermons over the past 20 years. I’ve seen a lot of “crazy” things while preaching. Here are 10… People sleeping (of course). A child playing a Gameboy. A man on the front pew clipping his toe nails. My zipper unzipped. A man doubled-over in pain in the foyer at the […]Full Story »
Bizarro is one of my favorite cartoonists. He’s got a warped sense of humor and an odd way of looking at life. I think those are the reasons I like him so much. As for the cartoon, I’m sure glad things have changed since then.Full Story »
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 […]Full Story »
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 […]Full Story »
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 […]Full Story »
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 […]Full Story »
Want to see 10 of the most amazing church buildings in the world? I mean “jaw dropping” amazing? Click here But I can’t seem to get enough of this discussion: Is church supposed to be a place that you GO TO or BELONG TO, or is it more about BEING something or someone? We get […]Full Story »
At least once a day I look at the referrals on my stat-tracker to see where the traffic to my blog is coming from. Over 100 of my referrals every day are from Google where someone has searched, “How to keep my wife happy,” or “How to have a happy marriage.” I’m not sure why […]Full Story »
“Dipping into alternative funding: Pastors Ray and Simone Bellevue say corporate sponsorship has done “nothing but good” for their church, formerly Tustin Assembly of God. His church has sold much of the “visual space” in their facility to advertisers, including the bathroom stalls to Burger King, the rim of the collection plates to Hewlett-Packard and […]Full Story »
Wow. I really do think this could qualify is one of the single strangest, jaw-dropping, awkward laughter-inducing, Christian videos I have ever seen. The responses of the audience alone are well worth the admission.Full Story »
It’s been a good week. Busy as always. Trips out of town to check on the sick, hospital board meetings, T-ball games and services at the prison were just a few of the activities this week. GARDENING: Lea and I spent the week setting out flowers in the flower beds. It’s something I’ve learned to […]Full Story »
Last week I sat in a brand new car. No, it wasn’t mine. The new car smell was intoxicating. The gadgets were amazing. The navigation system was mind boggling. As I sat behind the wheel, the new owner explained all the new and latest gadgets to me. I was in awe. It had safety features […]Full Story »
The church is full of “the guy on the left.” What we need is more of “the guy on the right.” Which one are you?Full Story »
10. His Needs Her Needs – Dr. Willard Harley Quite possibly the most used book in my library. 9. The Holiness of God – R.C. SproulChapter 4, “The Trauma of Holiness” is an absolutely fantastic chapter. 8. Too Busy NOT To Pray – Bill Hybels Here’s an amazing book for your prayer life. 7. The […]Full Story »
Nine out of ten affairs begin with an emotional attraction. It usually happens when a need that a spouse is not meeting begins to be met by another person of the opposite sex. I once read somewhere that it may be far easier to have an emotional affair than you may realize. When you find […]Full Story »
I was informed today that there are 50 (mostly teenagers) from the Childress church going to Mexico City this July. Two years ago when we went, we took 30. I am SO looking forward to that week! I LOVE hanging with our youth group! And I love serving people in Mexico. It’s been a grieving […]Full Story »
What’s Wrong with this Picture? You’ve probably read the story behind the billboard (pictured above) in Chicago that says, “Life is Short. Get a divorce.” It wasn’t so much about the partially clothed man and woman on the law firm’s ad. It was the phrase “Life is short. Get a divorce,” that drew scores of […]Full Story »
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 A man bought a brand new Ferrari. He wanted to get a blessing for it, so he went to see his priest. “Father O’Malley, can I have […]Full Story »
I write in my Bible, a lot. I write notes about scriptures and about things that encourage me. Here are 10 things I’ve written in my bible that remind me of what’s important. #1 Jesus was approachable and touchable, I should be too.#2 Enjoy your spiritual Journey. It’s a marathon not a 40-yard dash.#3 Be […]Full Story »
At bed time last night Cooper climbed up in my lap with a couple of books. “The Monster at the End of the Book” with lovable old Grover, and of course “The Three Pigs” were there too. I’ve read The Three Little Pigs so many times that I wrote a post about it a few […]Full Story »
Lance Armstrong has a commercial airing in which he stares into the camera and says, “Remember me cancer? You made me who I am today?” That quote really hits home with me. On May 6th of 2003, I sat in Dr. Pate’s office and he looked at me and said, “You have cancer. You’re young […]Full Story »
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard women say, “My husband just can’t communicate.” I don’t know how many times I’ve heard men say, “I just can’t get a straight answer from my wife.” There is no arguing that men and women communicate differently. God wired-up men and women very differently. While women focus […]Full Story »
Is it just me or does it seem that we’ve lost our sense of just how awesome God is? I think the church and our nation has forgotten just how unbelievably awesome God is. We somehow need to rediscover what an awesome God we have. How will we ever be willing to jump and trust […]Full Story »