Showing posts with label Church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Church. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Unintended Consequences

The rule was supposed to keep beer joints away from churches... but now churches can't use some locations because of their proximity to beer sellers:
“Land just wasn’t available,” Arnold said. “To find 6 or 7 acres of land that you could build on that was affordable was very difficult, but there were plenty of lease spaces … the problem we were running into were landlords being apprehensive about leasing to a church because of the beer permit laws.”

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Sunday, September 18, 2016

End Times


Sunday, September 4, 2016



Friday, May 20, 2016

Where to go?

Potentially, I could have been at:
The United Methodist General Conference
The NRA Annual Meeting
The Dayton Hamvention
Where am I? Sitting at my desk at work listening to a webinar to get continuing education credits for my PMP.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Live Forever

Live forever (or a few years longer on this big blue marble) by going to church.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Praise God and Pass the Ammunition

So, I was splitting a case of 9mm with some of my buddies at church. Since I paid for the ammo and took delivery at church, it was literally "Praise God and Pass the Ammunition!"

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Liturgical Mysteries

Want a cheap thrill? Slim introduced me to these books about a small town police chief/organist/writer. While I am not Episcopalian, the church humor is easily translatable to my own experience. I hear if you are a member of a choir, there are lots of jokes for you that probably went sailing over my head. I was sick over the week-end and read a couple of them during my downtime - easy, fun reads.

Less than a buck if you want the Kindle version... if you click the link below to buy, I get a cut of your $0.99. No one has ever used my Amazon links before, so I don't even know what that would be.

If you'd rather go to the author's site directly, click here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Good Company for Lent

So Coach gave up sweets for Lent, too.

wesrucker247 Cuonzo Martin also said he promised wife/boss Roberta that he'd give up sweets for Lent. "So far, so good, but that's a fight I can't win."Mon, Feb 27 12:31:16 from TweetDeck

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Last year I gave up Cokes (really anything but water, milk, and coffee) for Lent. As I have been told recently, you shouldn't drink your calories. I still have the occasional Coke or Mountain Dew Livewire (usually as the result of stress), but have dropped them from my daily habits.

This year I am going to give up desserts. I doubt this will continue beyond Lent.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cool Call Sign

His e-mail address beings with "loco4christ@" and his call is KZ4GOD.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Three Percenters

From Ambulance Driver:
"It is estimated that only 3% of American colonists took up arms against England. Only 10% of American colonists actively supported the fighters with arms, munitions and materiel. Only 20% or so of their neighbors even supported their cause at all. Fully a third of the American colonists considered themselves loyal British subjects, and a third more had no strong opinions either way."
It also reminds me that I recently heard that the average giving in our church conference is about 1.5%. My church is much better at 3%. (Yes, sarcasm.) As I continue to prove, I ain't real good at the maths, but 3% is pretty far off from a 10% tithe I think.

Monday, July 25, 2011

UMC Infant Baptism

I like the idea of infant baptism in the United Methodist Church. It is a commitment by the parents, but also by the church as a whole to raise the child in the faith. The congregational response:
"With God's help, we will so order our lives after the example of Christ that this child, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal."
What an awesome responsibility and I am glad for the reminder every time we baptize a child.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Cost of Faith

Powerful faith... I don't know if my faith is that strong. I can't help thinking about my family and not wanting to miss a minute.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Seeking: Motivation

The lesson in Sunday School today was 2 Kings 18 (NIV).

3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.
4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.

Hezekiah was a different king. He did what God wanted. As one reads further in the chapter, you see there was an obvious benefit in doing what God commanded. Hezekiah seems to have a very practical side. Should that change how we evaluate Hezekiah's faithfulness? Is the faith of the downtrodden, less fortunate greater than that of the rich man? While the rich may have their own problems (eye of the needle/getting into heaven), it still seems more desirable than the alternative.

I've really not come to a definitive answer. In the end, it is by Grace that we are saved - not our actions or our motivations.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Seeking: Do I see what is right in front of my face?

The lesson in Sunday School today covered 2 Kings 16 and 2 Kings 17 (NIV).

35 When the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites, he commanded them: “Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice to them.
36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt with mighty power and outstretched arm, is the one you must worship. To him you shall bow down and to him offer sacrifices.
37 You must always be careful to keep the decrees and regulations, the laws and commands he wrote for you. Do not worship other gods.
38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods.
39 Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”

40 They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices.
41 Even while these people were worshiping the LORD, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.

Despite the words of prophets, being eaten by lions, suffering at the hands of their enemies, they failed to do as God commanded. It makes me wonder what obvious signs I am missing in my everyday life.

Financial Commitment Sunday

Today was Financial Commitment Sunday for my church. The Gospel reading was Matthew 6:19-21 (NAS):

19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Of course, I'm in the midst of thinking about what radio I want to order. I've been flipping through catalogs and researching on-line. And, I've been thinking about ordering an AR or maybe picking up a Glock. At least the Glock won't rust since it is a "plastic" gun.