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 morning. Looks like I’m already a step ahead for next week’s sermon.
So, my plans are to hang around the house today, build a fire in the fireplace, have a devotional with my family and watch two NFL playoff football games. Hopefully, they will be as good as the two Saturday games.
For those who were able to attend worship services somewhere today … I hope you heard a great sermon and were uplifted, encouraged and challenged. So the question for the day is, “What did the preacher preach about?”

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 that way :)

If you want to read more about Dick and Rick Hoyt you can click here or you can watch another video about them by clicking here. Have a great weekend.

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 marathons, competed in triathlons, and once even trekked 3,700 miles across America. It’s truly astounding when you consider that Rick Hoyt is unable to walk or talk. But with Dick supplying the ability and dedication and Rick the inspiration and motivation, Team Hoyt exemplifies the power that is in “Together.”

The Scriptures tell us “two are better than one” for God designed us to live in community and accountability with one another. Other Christians help reprove, refine, and ultimately reinforce our walk with Christ. Separated, we are weak. Together, we are strong.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

What do you think of love like this? Does it in any way remind you of our Father in heaven? More tomorrow on Team Hoyt and “A Father’s Love…”

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 television and not all friends are bad, but as parents we should be the number 1 influences in our children’s lives.

I don’t have all the answers to raising children, but here are 5 ingredients you can add to your children’s lives to impact them in a positive way:

1. Model your values and integrity. Don’t be the parent that says one thing and then does another. Be the parent that’s brave enough to get up and turn off a television show that doesn’t need to be on. Don’t lie for your kids to get them out of trouble. Let your children see you consistently living what you preach. Be consistent.

2. Pray with and for your kids. Nothing is more intimate than prayer with your kids. When you pray with your children, they get to see your real heart and you get to see theirs. Once while praying with one of my children, they prayed about something that was really bothering them. I would have never known it was a struggle for them had we not been praying together. When you pray, make sure you ask them if there is anything you can be praying about in their life.

3. Love your children. There are different ways to spell love. T-I-M-E spells love. You can’t have quality time with out quantity time. Love is spelled L-I-S-T-E-N. Your kids know when you’re listening and when you’re not. Love is spelled T-O-U-C-H. It’s important to touch your children. Nothing is better than one of my children’s arms around my neck, whether they are 17 or 5 years old. Love is spelled R-U-L-E-S. Believe it or not, it really is.

4. Serve with and to your children. Let your children see you serve others and have them serve others with you. It’s so important for our children to learn to serve others without expecting something in return.

5. Commit to the Bible. Teach them the truth of God’s word. Teach them about God’s loves and about having a relationship with Him. Teach them that God will never leave them and will always forgive them. Today our children don’t need a small dose of God but a large dose.

Do you remember Noah? There are many who think Noah was a lousy preacher. For over 100 years, while he built the ark, he preached to the lost. And when he was done preaching and the invitation was given, no one but his family got on the ark with him. When I see that story, I see Noah as a great success, and I pray I will be as successful a preacher as him. For when that great day comes and God calls us all home, if the only people I’ve brought with me to heaven is my family … then I’ve been tremendously successful.

So those are 5 ingredients that I think are essential to making good kids. What other ingredients can you think of that should be added to this list? Post a comment and let me know.

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 I had a lot of fun posting about “Christmas when I was a kid.” Since today is birthday time, I thought I’d mention something about birthdays when I was a kid.

As I mentioned previously, I grew up in a large, blended family of 9. Since Mom stayed home to take care of our “Brady Bunch,” Dad’s job was the only source of income. We didn’t have a lot of our own things growing up. Instead, we mostly shared everything we had. The seven kids shared one bathroom. It didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t need a lot of time to get ready anyway.

Birthdays were pretty special. I loved that my birthday always fell a couple of weeks after Christmas. Then I could always ask for the things I didn’t get at Christmas, or the new things the neighbor kids had.

Growing up, there were no big parties with lots of school friends, but there was always lots of family. Our birthday party usually consisted of a couple of gifts from mom and dad (one being clothes… yuk), a homemade cake, and then the birthday boy or girl got to choose what was for supper. Picking what was for supper was a really big deal back then. Steak, eating out, and other expensive things were out of the question, but it didn’t matter because I’d always pick the same thing, “macaroni and tomato sauce!” Yes! How could you ever go wrong choosing a large pot of macaroni and tomatoes for your birthday supper? While my sisters didn’t share my taste of fine quisine, my little brother and I knew what the really “manly” foods were in life.

I’m not sure what the plan is for my 41st birthday today, but I hope it includes my boys. I’ve also asked my sweet wife, Lea, to include a little macaroni and tomatoes on the menu. Just for old times! So what special things did your family do for birthdays when you grew up?

"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, Tell Me God Won’t Take My Baby"

She wasn’t breathing when her parents found her. They had called 911 immediately and within minutes the ambulance was there. I was one of the paramedics on call that day on our little volunteer EMS service. I had found a great ministry in volunteering with EMS while serving as a local minister. When we arrived […]

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Oh, What Is That Smell…Christ?

“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing…” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:15 I made a mad dash this morning for a donut from the local bakery. As I walked in the door I noticed that the aroma from the donuts were thick in […]

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Trouble at the Inn

My favorite Christmas story ever is about a young boy named Wally. I don’t know Wally, but I’d sure like to have a heart like his… Here’s the story: For years now whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace […]

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I DON’T LIKE CHURCH

I’d like you to meet Cooper! He’s my 5 year-old son. Last Sunday on the way to church, Cooper revealed to me something that I didn’t know about him. He looked up at me with all seriousness and said, “Dad, I’m sorry, but I just don’t like church.” I was floored, shocked, and had I […]

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Top 10 Worst Christmas Gifts Ever

Here’s a list of a few items that people said was their worst Christmas gift ever… 10. SELF IMPROVEMENT GIFTS – Nothing says, “I love you” like giving your wife a thigh-master, exercise video or diet book. Even if the package is adorned with multiple bows, it is impossible to give a gift of this […]

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My Kind of Hero

Being the father of 4 boys, I’m always on the lookout for good role models to point out to them. In my search I recently found the story of Ben Hamilton. Ben plays football for the Denver Bronco’s. Coming out of college Ben was a 6-foot 5-inch, 285-pound center on the University of Minnesota football […]

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Healthy Dads, Healthy Families, Healthy Churches

Strong families and strong churches have strong dads. How can you and I be strong dads? God wants us to be – Authentic & Available! AUTHENTIC1st Thess 2:12 says, “We are to live lives worthy of God.” This is lived out in your every day life. Your wife, children, coworkers and friends have video camera […]

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"Leap of Faith – Baptism"

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HOW TO SURVIVE AN ANACONDA ATTACK

Tim Shields tell about a Peace Corps instructional bulletin for the young men and womenheaded toward the Amazon jungle. The bulletin is a practical guideline on a very important issue in that region and is entitled, “How to Survive an Anaconda Attack.” It goes something like this: ”If you are ever attacked by an anaconda, […]

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Rediscovering Real Church

I was recently reminded by my children that we have forgotten what “real church” is. While traveling on a trip they kept pointing out all the “church buildings.” “Wow, dad look at the size of that church building,” was their constant comment. We put so much emphasis on church buildings that we have forgotten what […]

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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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