Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Don't Date Until ...

We wrapped up the final month of the school year at axis with a series on dating.  I personally feel like it was one of the best series we've done on dating in my 9 years at Grace Community.  I've seen so many teenagers either take dating TOO seriously at this stage of their lives or the simply don't take it seriously enough and give too much too early emotionally, mentally, and physically.  So, we tackled 4 different topics

Don't Date Until ...
- You're Willing to Slow Down (If you are dating, move slowly, be patient, don't give too much too fast)
- You Know What a Man Is (Focused on what God calls out of us as guys)
- You Know What a Woman Is (Focused on Proverbs 31 and 1 Corinthians 13)
- You're Willing to Ask Questions (Took Questions from students)

As much as I want our kids to have great relationships ... as much as our kids want great relationships ... God wants them to have great relationships even more.  We tried to focus on how to make that happen.

My next few posts will be an attempt to answer questions on dating that we didn't get a chance to answer at axis last week.  There were a TON of awesome questions.  I think it will be fun to try to offer some practical advice.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our Smart Phone Addictions

My good friend Jeremiah (aka Jeremiah) brought this article to my attention today.  I thought it was a really good reminder about how to control our phone usage and become addicted to the "Crack-berry."

The Family Catch-up Post

It's certainly been awhile since the last post.  The schedule has been very full lately and I just haven't made the time to update the blog.  But, here is the update and it will revolve mostly around family ...

We had AMAZING Mother's Day services at Grace Community.  It was really fun for me to watch our son be a part of the Mother's Day music.  In case you're wondering ... he is the one in the middle getting a little more in to it than everyone else.  He really like the "drum" part of the song.  Also, you'll notice he's wearing a tie.  My wife really wanted him to wear it for Mother's Day so she pulled out all the stops to bribe him to do it ... a lollipop AND a Spider Man cartoon after church. 

To celebrate our son's 4th birthday, we decided to go camping.  While we still buy gifts for our kids' birthdays, we are trying to focus on doing more experiential things.  So, we went camping for our son's birthday.  Yep, me, my wife, our 4 year old, 2 year old, and 6 month old.  It was so much fun!  But, bedtime did prove to be a challenge.  Here is Mercy peaking out of the tent when she was supposed to be going to sleep. 

Torah continues to grow and grow and is just the most beautiful baby!  I describe her smile to others as peaceful and warming.  Seriously, when she smiles at you the world just become a better place.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Mini-Van Winner Is ...

For Mother's Day our church had the awesome opportunity to give away a mini-van to a single mom in our community.  We ran an essay contest in which people were to nominate a single mom and explain why she could use a new mini-van.  We also had 10 runner-ups and those ten received $500.00 each.  It was such an awesome privilege to be in a position to be able to honor single moms in that way.  Above is a picture of Heidi, the winner, before she drove off for the first time in her new van.  This video  is on Pastor Jim's blog and shows how we told her that she was chosen as the winner.  It's worth your time to watch it. 

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