"Children See, Children Do"

I’d like to focus some posts this week on families. We’ll be covering a few things like parenting, marriage, and traits of healthy families this week.

I want to start the week off with a powerful video. Since we are such visual learners it makes videos, such as this, a great teaching tool. Watch, think and learn from this.

Warning: Violent Content

How does this video make you feel? As a parents or grandparent, what are your children seeing in You?


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Happy Birthday, big Sis … It’s 47 Today!

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I know some are keeping up with the sermons. “Winning the Spiritual Super Bowl” is done. Click here to listen to it (or sleep through it).

Super Bowl Coaches known for Christian Faith

For the past two weeks the media has only focused on the fact that, for the first time ever, the two Super Bowl coaches are both black. The following is another story that I found about the similarities between the two coaches that you probably won’t see in the paper. I thought it was extremely cool.
MIAMI (BP)–Super Bowl XLI will feature two teams making their first super game appearance in two-plus decades, two Midwestern teams separated by only a couple hundred miles, but most importantly two coaches who are strong believers in Jesus Christ.

Head coaches Tony Dungy of Indianapolis and close friend and fellow Christian Lovie Smith of Chicago gave credit to God following their respective teams’ victories in the conference championships Jan. 21.

“The Lord set this up in a way that no one would believe it,” Dungy said following the Colts’ win over New England. “The Lord tested us a lot this year, but He set this up to get all the glory.”

The news that two witnesses for their personal faith in Jesus Christ would have a two-week international spotlight for their beliefs thrilled Christian leader William Pugh, executive director of sports ministry Athletes in Action, a branch of Campus Crusade for Christ.

“We are so excited to see the Bears and Colts in the Super Bowl,” Pugh, a close friend of both head coaches, said. “We could not have picked two better coaches to represent all that is good about sports.”

AIA organizes and runs the annual Super Bowl breakfast the day before the game. Last year, Dungy was the keynote speaker just weeks after his son’s tragic death, giving an inspirational message about God’s love in the best and worst of times.

Smith is in his first tenure as a head coach and hasn’t had the public opportunities to share his faith like Dungy, but he has told the Chicago media he believes in Christ, listens to Christian music when driving his car and does not smoke, drink or curse.

“I’m so happy for Lovie who does things the right way, without cursing and shows things can be done differently,” Dungy said of Smith. “We give God all the credit.”

Dungy has served as the cover spokesman for a special Super Bowl witnessing video and tract. Several of his players, including star tight end Dallas Clark, put out a special faith-based DVD titled “Power to Win” about their faith in Christ and their need to honor Him in all that they do.

While the media will concentrate on the game itself, the men in charge of leading their teams to the big game plan on sharing the most important things in their life, something that has nothing to do with runs or passes or even the final score.

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The Church and Fighting Over Change

Many people are uncomfortable with the words change and church being in the same sentence. Some people are comfortable with the way things are, and don’t want anyone changing things up. Many Christians want things only done one way. Because of this many people have often come to blows over change in the church. Some want to change everything. Some want to change nothing. There must be balance. (And then there are others who are content doing nothing but sitting back and complaining.)

Actually, change is inevitable. In just the past 10 years, you and I have changed physically, emotionally and spiritually. Your hair has changed. Your weight has changed. Your furniture has been moved. You are probably driving a different car. You probably now carry a cellular phone that you didn’t have 10 years ago. Your life and mine is full of changes. Not many things actually stay the same.

The same is true with the church. Change is inevitable. And for the church to grow and mature, it must change & make changes with the times. If we’re not willing to change, we’re not going to grow. But understand not all change is good. There are certain things that shouldn’t ever change. Our problem is figuring out what we can change and what we shouldn’t change. We sure don’t want to all change in an area God doesn’t want us to change. So what things are changeable and what things shouldn’t be changed?

1. Things that are Changeless in the church…

  • The Master is Changeless (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus should always be at the center of everything we do. Jesus needs to be the focus of the church. We need to strive to be like him, serve like him and love like him. Don’t change Jesus.

  • The Message is Changeless (John 3:16). Our message must be the gospel. The message must be that eternal life is available for everyone. Don’t ever allow the message to change.

  • The Mission is Changeless (Matthew 28:18-20). The great commission wasn’t the great suggestion. It isn’t an elective. Jesus said our mission is … go. Let’s don’t change the mission of the church.

2. Things that are Changeable in the church…

  • Our Methods should Change (1 Corinthians 9:20-22). We can’t always keep doing the same things the same way. I know that the Gospel Meetings of old that were used for reaching out to the community don’t work here like they used to. So we’ve had to change our “methods” of outreach. We’ve replaced Gospel Meetings with Friends Day and other community outreach events. Don’t be afraid to change methods for outreach, because the 7 last words of a dying church are, “We never did it that way before.”

  • Our Mindset should Change (Philippians 2:5). Our mindset needs to change to be more like Jesus’ every day. Jesus was a giver and a servant, and that’s the mindset we should have. Every person has a gift that God wants them to use to show others Christ. We need to become people who aren’t afraid to wash feet and get our fingernails dirty. Our mindset is how we think, and we need to get off our rear-ends and be more servant oriented like our Savior. Don’t be afraid to change your mindset.

  • Our Ministries should Change (Acts 10:1-48). Who are you ministering to? Jesus ministered to those who no one else would. He ministered to the sinner, the tax collector, the prostitute and the less fortunate. How many times do we overlook the drug addict, the homeless and the divorcee to reach out to the new middle class family that moved into town? It’s time we start looking for the ones that Jesus would look for. We definitely need to change our ministries.

It’s been said there are 3 kinds of people in a church: Risk Takers, Care Takers and Undertakers.

  • Risk-takers are willing to try something different to reach more people with the message of Jesus.
  • Care-takers are just satisfied doing what they’ve always done. Don’t stir the water and leave things just as they are.
  • In the last 100 years more churches have closed than opened. We don’t need more undertakers .

What kind of “taker” will you be? Hopefully someone who’s not afraid of change. Hopefully you’ll be a “risk-taker” for Jesus.

How to tell if it’s Going to be a Really BAD Day!

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My Top 4 Favorite Quotes

I love a good quote. I have a lot of favorite quotes … here are four of my most favorite:

  • “Preach always, if necessary use words.” ~ Saint Francis

  • The biggest difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.” ~ Anne Lamott

  • “Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better I’d have come running with a bucket.” ~ Nancy Spiegelberg

  • “Church was a weekly reminder that there was something worse than school.” ~ The comedian Gallagher, reflecting on his childhood church experience.

Do you have a favorite quote? Share one!

On The Soap Box Today: Bashing the Church

I heard it again this week. Someone was speaking negatively about the church. Seems lately it’s the “in” thing to beat up on “church.” For example, recently a lady told me, “I love God. I love Jesus, but I don’t see any need for the church. Besides, the church is nothing but a bunch of […]

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New Sermon – "Real Church Family"

Kassidy, my friend… Here’s Sunday’s sermon you asked for. You’ll be proud, I’ve finally learned to post them myself. Thanks for all you’ve done to help. You’re the best!PS – Make sure you have a pillow close by while listening to it … it’ll make you sleepy

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TAGGED

Well, it happened. I’ve been tagged by a couple of new “blogger” friends. Actually, I wasn’t sure what that meant at first, but from what I’ve now been told, that means I’ve got to reveal 5 things about myself that others in the “blogger world” might not know about me. So I guess I’ll play […]

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Just Call Me Jax

I’d like you to meet Jax (or “Jaxion” if you ask his mom). Jax , is the 11 month old, only son, of our youth minister Nate and his wife, Kristin. Jax likes to talk. In fact Jax likes to talk a lot. He doesn’t really use any words, but he can babble with the […]

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FREE PORN OR PORN FREE

“I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.” ~Psalm 103:3 Today 68 million people will use Yahoo, Google and other search engines to search for “free porn.” Unfortunately a very small number of people will search for something that will help […]

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The Church Is Not A Fad

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 (sermon link) Sunday I talked about how the early church was a “devoted” church. One of my points is that “church” to them was not a fad, it was a committment. Fads have come […]

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Bad Weather… Again & SUPER BOWL XLI

“Well It Finally Happened” That’s the way it’s been feeling around here. After a week of freezing temperatures and a huge ice storm that shut everything down, the weather men are now calling for a massive snow storm to hit this area Friday night and Saturday. Six to ten inches of snow is predicted. Don’t […]

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"Worry… Do You Not Trust God?"

Wouldn’t it would be a lot easier to enjoy your life if there weren’t so many things trying to kill you every day? The problems start even before you’re fully awake. There’s the fall out of bed that kills 600 Americans each year. There’s the early-morning heart attack, which is 40% more common than those […]

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The Lights are on at Wrigley Field

Growing up, I remember my brother and I laying in the floor watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball on TBS. It was the only baseball that was on television at the time. We watched every game we could. I also remember whenever the Atlanta Braves played the Chicago Cubs it was always a day game. […]

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Ice Storm Shuts Down My World!

Wow, did we ever get hit with a major ice storm this weekend. Our usually busy town of Childress has been shut down for the weekend. School has already been cancelled for Monday. Church services were cancelled about an hour before they were supposed to start. Man, I had a great sermon prepared for this […]

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A Father’s Love – PART 2

The following is another video about “Team Hoyt.” An interview with both Dick and Rick. My favorite part is about 5 minutes into the video when they asked Rick, “what’s the first thing you’d do if you weren’t handicapped?” You know what he says? Sorry, you’ll have to watch it yourself. It’s much more powerful […]

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A Father’s Love – PART 1

If you’ve never heard of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, you’ll be absolutely amazed at this father’s love. I was moved to tears the first time I saw it, and again last night getting this ready. It’s too good not to share with you. Together, Dick and Rick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) have run in […]

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5 Ingredients to Making Good Kids

Just like it takes good ingredients to make good food, it also takes good ingredients to make good children. There are so many negative things battling for our children’s lives these days. Television, friends and negative things of this world are just a few things that are constantly influencing our children. I know not all […]

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Birthday’s When I was a Kid

That’s my birthday cake. Yum. I turned 41 today! My good friend Becky made me a Jeff Gordon cake. She knows I’m a big NASCAR fan. Becky gave it to me Sunday, but I haven’t let anyone eat it yet. It’s too cool to cut into. Thanks Becky, you’re too good to me. Last month […]

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"The Holy & Inspired E-Mail of God?"

I love email, and I hate email all at the same time. Let me tell you why … Here are the reasons I like email: It’s quick. No paper, no pen and no stamps. Hit the “send” button and it’s there! It’s amazing what I can accomplish with email, and it’s amazing how fast I […]

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Single Mothers, Role Models, Heroes and Villians

An AP poll was released last week that included these categories: Worst role models:1. Britney Spears (29%)2. Paris Hilton (18%)3. Mel Gibson (12%)4. Tom Cruise (9%)5. Michael Richards (6%) Best role models:1. Oprah (29%)2. Michael J. Fox (23%)3. George Clooney (12%)4. Angelina Jolie (8%) Biggest villains:1. George Bush (25%)2. Osama bin Laden (8%)3. Saddam Hussein […]

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8 Signs You’re "Growing Up" Spiritually

Things that live, must grow. If a baby doesn’t grow we take it to the doctor to see what’s wrong with it. If a farmer plants seeds that don’t grow they are fertilized to stimulate growth because you must grow to live. How about spiritually? The Bible says you are supposed to be growing up […]

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Christian Maintenance

Here is a quick question for you to think about today. Is there such a thing as “Christian Maintenance?” Do we maintain our Christianity? Notice I didn’t say “maintain our salvation” because I know I don’t maintain my salvation … God does. But what about maintaining my spiritual growth? I preached this past Sunday about […]

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Toilet Lids, A Man’s Weekend & God’s Will

Due to a few accidents, problems and down right craziness in our home, we’ve often been told that the television show “Home Improvement” could have been based on the Morgan family. I believe God knew this, and that’s why He sent Lea into our lives. She does a “Superwoman” job of being both a mother […]

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New Year’s Resolutions and Poll for 2007

The New Year is upon us. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Well, if you’re like most Americans (88 percent according to a recent poll), you have at least one resolution. And, if you are like the majority of these promise-makers, your resolution is probably related to health and fitness. But how about some […]

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The Dallas Cowboys, Disappointment & Heaven

Wow, what a weekend. Christmas was great, but the Dallas Cowboy game was a bitter pill to swallow. I’m still pretty much in shock. As most of you know, our family attended the game (if you want to call it that) in person. I can’t get over the fact that I spent months stashing back […]

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Night at the Museum, Dallas Cowboys and a Merry Christmas

Saw “Night at the Museum” this weekend. Loved it. Well worth the time and money. If you’re looking for a holiday movie to watch … this one is for the whole family. I always want to put a plug in for a good clean movie. —————————————————— Go Cowboys: I’ll be in Dallas for Christmas with […]

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ROAD SIGNS OF LIFE

Not long ago while traveling in the car, we played a game to help pass the time. We tried to see how many spiritual applications we could make out of road signs we passed. We came up with a bunch. Here’s a few… NO U-TURN: Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No one who puts his […]

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Watch the Little Man Go

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TOP 10 REASONS I’M EXCITED ABOUT HEAVEN

For the past three weeks every kid in America has been able to tell you exactly how many days until Christmas. They’ve had a hard time falling asleep just because they’re anticipating Christmas. This time of year you’ll hear phrases like, “I’m so ready for Christmas,” and “I can’t wait until Christmas.” How do you […]

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A Few Things that I Think about Grace

FIRST: I think it would have been better for me if Jesus would have ended the “lost” stories of Luke 15 with the story of the Prodigal Son. Instead he added the “older brother” into the story. When he did, he added me into the story. Ouch. SECOND: I think I need a better understanding […]

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A PARTY FOR A PROSTITUTE

Thought I’d share a favoring story of mine told by a great storyteller, Tony Campono. You’ll forgive me for the length of the story once you start reading. It’s well worth your time. Campolo, tells a story of being in Hawaii a few years ago for a Christian conference. It was 3:00 in the morning, […]

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CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS A KID

I grew up in a large family with little money. There were 9 of us in all. I had 5 sisters and a brother. My family survived on the one check my dad brought home each week. $114 a week to take care of all nine of us. Christmas’ were the best. We’d start asking […]

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"He called me by my NAME today, Dad!"

I was picking up my 10 year-old son, Connor, from school last week when I inquired about his day. “Dad, today was one of my best days ever.” When I asked what made it so great he said with excitement, “My P.E. teacher, Coach Gaylor, called me by my name today.” “You know what that […]

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Blessed By Billy

I love good preaching. I say “good” preaching because there is definitely a difference between just preaching and good preaching. And when it comes to really good preaching, I’m never without a good sermon or two on my mp3 player. When I have some quiet time or when I go running I’m often listening to […]

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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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