Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dirty and Left Out

I've been listening to a lot of Dave Ramsey lately. He's a financial genius. His book is on the way to me in the mail. I'm trying to figure out how much sooner we can get our house paid off and all of that. We're still dealing with a lot of medical bills from our ordeal of a couple of years ago as well as stuff that has happened since.

Work is good. The semester is winding down and I'm trying to keep up with the pace of the classes and help the students at the same time.

We've done a little Christmas shopping but still have a lot left to do. We pretty much know what we're getting everyone though.

In March I am going on a mission trip to Belgium so I need to send out fundraising letters this week.

My weight is a bit of a concern for me lately. I haven't been gaining great amounts and I have been doing strength training but I had to go up a size in pants since the massive weight loss. I guess some of that is normal but I refuse to go back where I was.

I'm tired. That's enough for today.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Ok, I finally finished with my plans. I hope I didn't leave anything off... I probably did but I'll have about another month to figure that out and add dollar figures to each point in the plan. For those of you who don't know, our youth ministry is called Voltage. We exist to equip students to Plug In, Charge Up, and Shine Out. Over the next year I will be focusing on hitting the seven checkpoints of youth ministry from the book by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall. The seven areas we will be focusing on will be:

Authentic Faith
Spiritual Disciplines
Moral Boundaries
Healthy Friendships
Wise Choices
Ultimate Authority
Others First

Of course this could all change. These are the main points for our Sunday evening service. I'm hoping to get small groups going in the near future for Wed nights.

A Prayer for the Future

I'm sitting alone in my room with a large mug of coffee, my laptop, some relaxing music on the stereo and the task of laying out our ministry plans for 2008 ahead of me. We have finance team meeting tonight and they would like everyone to bring their plans for where they feel like we are headed in 08. We don't have to bring dollar amounts yet. They want us to plan for things based on the direction God leads and not based on trying to meet a certain dollar figure. In my opinion,this a fantastic way to do a budget. It makes people in leadership positions focus on where God really wants to take us and doesn't depend on just figuring a little increase from last year and then figuring where to divide that money. This is yet another thing I love about my church. I've been working on this here and there for awhile now but it's time to put it all together. Please pray for me that I would clearly hear God and would have an obedient heart to follow exactly what He tells me to do. Thanks.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Late Night Jottings...

It's late at night. Actually, it's quite early in the morning. I'm still up. I'm supposed to be workin on my message but not much is getting accomplished. I'm in Edwardsville for Valerie's wedding. We had the rehearsal tonight and the wedding is tomorrow afternoon. Then we have to head back up to Winchester so I can preach on Sunday morning and run youth on Sunday evening.
I'm trying to put together a plan for our next year of ministry so I can then form a budget from it. I'm really trying not to forget anything so that I can feel like I have a complete plan; at least to use it as a guide.
I really want to edit this page and sort of make it my own but I can't figure out how to. I'm not really good with HTML or anything like that and I don't want to screw up the sort of cool thing I've got going on. I guess I don't have the time to donate to it other than just writing. The writing is the important part for me.
I got the new Emery album and it is fantastic. It's very dark but much of it is just pointing out and admitting our sin as humans. It's musically exciting and fun and quite a deep listen. Check it out.