TIME OFF

Yee Haw (That means “Woo Hoo” for those not from Texas). Did you notice? It’s official. Your link at the top of the page should say http://www.treymorgan.net/. I finally got it changed over with the help of a very kind man. Your “rediscovering-church” links should still all work find, so really no need to update on your bookmarks and favorites.

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I really need some time off. And Red River, New Mexico, may be just what the doctor ordered. We’re headed for the Red River Family Encampment today and a week of rest, relaxation and spiritual growth. Here’s the encampment’s theme and scheduled speakers this year. Although I’m sure it will be good, the program doesn’t look very “family” oriented. I didn’t see any classes for families, marriage or parenting.

I really appreciate my Childress family giving me time off and away. I am excited that the forcasted temperatures for the week are supposed to be in the mid 70’s. I won’t miss the 90’s and humidity that we’ve had in Childress.

I’ll have very limited internet capabilities there. I do plan to try and post a couple of times, but I probably won’t be able to comment much. Hope your week is good.

Blessings till later …

Did I mention I got to do a little fly-fishing last year? I hope to do the same again.

THE FIRST BIKE RIDE

Okay, so I did a good job teaching Cooper (age 5) how to ride his bike, BUT I forgot to teach him a very important part …. how to use the brakes and stop. Oops!

Lea and I laughed so hard at this video. Does that make us bad parents?

SEX AND THE BIBLE (Part 1)

Our worlds of Christianity and sexuality are commonly viewed as being miles apart. Someone once said, “Christian sex” is an oxymoron. We don’t talk about sex or preach about sex unless it’s a sermon that deals with “the sinfulness of sex” outside of marriage. When was the last time you heard a sermon preached on the positive side of sex or a sermon from the Song of Solomon. I’m not saying we need to be discussing sex openly, but we’ve got to understand that God created sex. Why not at least tell people what He has to say about it from a biblical perspective?

Believe it or not, God created sex as something good, and the bible actually has a lot to say on the subject. You may think, with all the warning about not having sex before marriage, that sex is bad. The Bible says something quite contrary to that. Sex is biblical, if looked at from a Godly perspective.

Here’s what I see the Bible saying about Sex…

  1. Sex is a Good Thing. Sex was created by God as something good. He gave a husband and a wife this gift as a way for them to express their love for one another. God did create sex to be a beautiful and enjoyable expressions of love, but only between a man and wife (Genesis 2:24; Proverbs 5:18-19; Song of Songs 7:6-7; 1 Corinthians 6:13). God also created sex as a way for a husband and wife to have children or as the bible says, “be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:27-28).

  2. Sex was Created for a Husband and a Wife. Sex is in just about every movie, book, television show and song on the radio. Our world has become lax about sex, making it seem like sex is okay with anyone because it feels good, but the Bible does not agree. God created sex for the confines of marriage only, and He calls us to control our passions and wait for marriage (1 Corinthians 7:2-3; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4).

  3. God wants each Person in the Marriage to Conscientiously fulfill their mate’s sexual needs and desires. Strong sexual needs exist in both husband and wife. Sex in marriage is wonderful! But like all blessings, there can be an accompanying curse. Unfulfilled sexual needs sometimes lead to illicit relationships. God addressed this strong sexual desire and need in humans through the writings of Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:2-5. “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

For more information read Joe Beam’s article on Sex and the Bible or see Focus on the Family’s Sex & Intimacy page. Also an excellent book is Ed Wheat’s book, “Intended for Pleasure.” This book should be a must read for the “about-to-be-married,” the newlywed and the long-time married.

I had Lea proof this for me last night before bed. She said reading this gave her a headache (joke).

FATHER’S DAY

Fathers Day is Sunday. And as I was finishing up my thoughts on this Sunday’s lesson on being a father, it got me to thinking… “When I’m gone, what do I want my children to remember about me?” Here are a few things I hope and pray my children will remember …

  • Dad was not perfect: Lesson – It’s okay to fail.

  • Dad was willing to play with us: Lesson – It’s okay to have fun.

  • Dad was in love with mom: Lesson – Relationships aren’t disposable.

  • Dad loved God: Lesson – God should be number one in my life.

  • Dad told me a million times he loved me: Lesson – It’s okay to communicate love.

  • Dad put his foot down when he needed to: Lesson – Rules are necessary.

  • Dad spent time with me: Lesson – Nothing communicates love more than time.

  • Dad was a good role model: Lesson - Practice what you preach.

  • Dad was a good listener: Lesson – Put others before yourself.

  • Dad was always willing to say he was sorry: Lesson – Ask and give forgiveness.

Don’t forget to honor your dad. Here are a few links and posts on Fathers.

So, what do you want your children to remember about you?

PHOTO IN NEED OF A CAPTION

Sorry, nothing serious here today. It’s been a long week and I could use a laugh. I smiled when I received this photo via an email. I thought it would be fun to see who could come up with the best caption for the photo. So, best caption wins … um … a kudos from me. So let’s work on this over the next couple of days.

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3 We honor our parents in many ways: As a child, by obeying and […]

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VBS (Vacation Bible School)

VBS is all about kids and this week has been great. We’ve had about 285 each night. Tonight will be our biggest crowd. We won’t be competing with little league baseball and other community activities tonight. I love VBS because it’s one of the ways we reach kids. And I love the fact that the […]

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10 SIGNS YOU’RE SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME BLOGGING

Your spouse carries a picture of the back of your head in their wallet because this is what they normally see. Sitemeter goes down and you have a panic attack. The first thing you do when visiting a new blog is to see if your blog is on their blogroll. Your spouse’s lawyer serves you […]

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HOW TO HANDLE CRITICISM

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 […]

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I-POD

My old mp3 player finally wore out so I’ve upgraded. I love my new I-Pod. I’ve just got through loading a ton of stuff on it. Here are some songs you’ll find on my I-Pod. “Awesome God” – Acappella Praise & Worship “How deep the Father’s love for us” – Zoe “You raised me up” […]

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FAMILIES ARE AMAZINGLY DIFFERENT

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… Family Vacations – This summer we’re talking about where we want to go on vacation. Lea would […]

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"GEE, SHOULD I GO TO CHURCH TODAY?"

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 […]

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A LIVING SACRIFICE

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 […]

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INTERVIEWED

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 […]

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THOUGHTS ON A BRAIN DEAD MONDAY

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 […]

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PICK YOUR LANE CAREFULLY

(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 […]

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LOOKING LIKE JESUS

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 […]

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7 WAYS TO RATE YOUR CHURCH

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 […]

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10 CRAZY THINGS I’VE SEEN WHILE PREACHING

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 […]

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OLD TESTAMENT CARD STORE

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.

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WORTH READING

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 […]

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A CHILD IS NEVER TO YOUNG TO LEARN ABOUT GOD

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 […]

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TRUE GRACE and PURE RANDOMNESS

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 […]

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CAREER DAY – What do Preachers Do?

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 […]

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GOING TO CHURCH or BEING THE CHURCH

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 […]

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A "BEAN COUNTING" MARRIAGE

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 […]

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WORST CHURCH IDEA OF THE MONTH AWARD

“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 […]

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STRANGE HEAVEN VIDEO

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.

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MANLY GARDENING

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 […]

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THINGS CHANGE, BUT GOD REMAINS THE SAME

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 […]

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Are You A Church-Goer or a Christian

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?

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10 BOOKS THAT HAVE GREATLY AFFECTED MY LIFE

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 […]

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EMOTIONAL AFFAIRS

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 […]

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A WEEK AROUND THE MORGAN HOUSE

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 […]

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LIFE’S SHORT. GET A DIVORCE

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 […]

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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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