Saturday, March 29, 2008

Well, my car is now...

Well, my car is now officially a North Carolina car. I finally bit the bullet, got rid of my Ohio license plates and now it is officially registered in North Carolina after forcing out about $500 for it to pass Carolina safety inspection it now works(?) and it's kind of nice having a turn signal again for years that I have not had one. So, praise be to Jesus. listen

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. . .

One of the best summaries of how the book of Mormon was made that I have ever seen was actually made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, aka the writers of South Park. Now that all of their episodes are free streaming online, all can enjoy it. BTW, the language is clean (for South Park any way).

Fart One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four (There is one "bad" word here but if you get more offended by that then what Mormons say about Jesus, we have a problem. It is no different than what you may hear on Grey's Anatomy, The Office, or any other popular show. Take the meat, leave the bone).

Oh and just for good measure, here's what Scientologists Actually Believe

What are your thoughts?

Well I think my free...

Well I think my free internet's connection in my apartment is now gone for the last week in a half its infatuating. Gain you person that move out that whether use the internet for free since July. Oh well, maybe a nice young person will be moving again and I'll get another free internet connection in our apartment. Jeff this try to make my wife unhappy but, hey that is a break. listen

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Raleigh has some interesting places

I've seen a lot of things for the first time here in Raleigh. One of the weirdest though is a public library inside a High School. The closest Library and the closest High School to my apartment is one and the same. I'm actually there right now typing this. I felt REALLY weird walking into the high school with my laptop, finding an outlet, and going to work. According to wikipedia, it is the only public library/High School library in the state.

Even though I work with teens (and I think it is cool that I can access to a school in this way), I don't know how to use this to the glory of God. I have a heart to reach this area but I have not idea how. For starters (now that I know that they have internet access), I'm going to start coming here once a week to work on my messages. It reminds me of seminary and I feel really smart around all of these books. Plus, this is a lot cheaper than going to Fivebucks all of the time They block streaming video and fan. baseball (which is another work killer for me).

FYI: I also need to use my built in camera more because I like taking pictures of myself.

EDIT: Seemingly at 10:45, the library has tons of students come in. I am feeling little like a fish out of the water.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I've heard a lot of reasons not to marry but. . .

I was watching Extra (when you don't have cable it is either that, Dr. Phil or Judge Joe Brown) and I saw an interview of Jenny McCarthy. The former playboy playmate who is dating movie star Jim Carrey was taking about their reasons for not "walking down the aisle" in marriage. She said jokingly that they were saving a tree and helping the environment by not getting the piece of paper. It was another "we're married in our hearts" excuse for not getting married.

I have to ask, "If it is permanent and you plan on going all the way to death, why not do all that you can to be united in all things including legally?" For example, Wachovia Bank and First Union bank merged not too long ago to become one entity. If they decided to operate under two different org charts and continued to operate as two, would that really work? No, it would leave the door open for one to leave if something would happen. There is nothing wrong with a partnership but two don't become one in that set-up. First Union branches became Wachovia branches and operations merged in the eyes of the corporate world, in their own eyes, and in the eyes of the law. They did everything they could to combine the two permanently and make sure two companies became one.

"But relationships are different!" Yes they are. No one (that's sane) would say that organizing a business merger is a bigger deal than the "love" two people have for each other. While a company is only dealing with money and product production, many in the "married in our heart" relationship will argue that it is easier and it saves money. If it is good enough for a company to go all the way legally, why not for a couple?

When I met Lori, I wanted to do everything I could to show people I wanted to be with Lori forever. Why not tell the Federal Government? If you don't want the "piece of paper", I'm sure the Government can give you a .pdf. . .

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

God speaks to me through songs. . .

It may sound a little "crazy" but there are times that normal pop songs seem to just stand up and speak to my soul. It is like God uses them to tell me something or to encouraging. The one today is Seal's "Crazy".

The chorus goes like this:
But we're never gonna survive, unless...
We get a little crazy
Or the refrain:
In a sky full of people, only some want to fly,
Isn't that crazy?
In a world full of people, only some want to fly,
Isn't that crazy?
I needed that reminder today. As a leader, I'm not going to survive unless I get a little crazy for Jesus. People want to fly but they are wait for someone "crazy" to show them they aren't that crazy.

Here's the Song:

What God calls us to is 100% crazy. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:18:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
I'm not crazy enough, are you?

Monday, March 17, 2008

My NCAA Thoughts

The NCAA tournament bracket is out and now the fun can start. While I did not get to see live what the selection committee decided were the best 65 teams in the country, I liked the fact I could actually look at the bracket with my own eyes before listening/reading any experts analyze it. Here are some of my initial thoughts.

The Lucky Ones:

North Carolina - If the Tar Heels do not advance to the Final Four with their talent and their home cooking, it would be shocking. Playing in Raleigh and Charlotte is definitely an advantage.

UCLA - The Bruins are in the easiest bracket. While Duke is the two seed, they have been under achieving for the last half of their ACC schedule. UConn is in the same boat. The hottest team in that bracket is Georgia (which by the way is the craziest story of the weekend).

Kansas State - One of the few 11 seeds with a home game. They are playing USC in Nebraska. I wonder who will have more fans at the game? The same could be said for Davidson and South Alabama, teams playing their first round “road” game in their home state.

Baylor - I’m surprised they made it into the Tourney. Eric did a good job explaining their case as for the sympathy votes but they played horribly down the stretch.

The Shafted Ones:

Kansas - The Jayhawks are in the hardest bracket. Clemson is playing well. Wisconsin and Georgetown are really solid teams. Vandy has had some big wins this year. Gonzaga, Kent State, and Davidson are some of the better mid-majors in the tourney. Not to mention, Kansas State and ‘Nova are solid 11 and 12 seeds. Plus, their regional is in Detroit, the farthest regional site compared to where the other one seeds have to travel . Good Luck Kansas!

Indiana - With Sampsongate, I understand the reasons they dropped to an 8 seed. They will be playing a tough Arkansas team. If they win, UNC will be waiting for them in Raleigh. This team is too talented to not playing in the Sweet Sixteen but it looks like they won’t make it out of Raleigh.

Virginia Tech - How Miami got in over the Hookies is beyond me. I know Miami had a better overall record but VT took UNC to the buzzer and beat the Hurricanes up over the weekend. Plus, VT had a better conference record. Just my opinion. . .

My final four: Georgetown, UNC, UCLA, and Stanford with the Tar Heels beating the Bruins for the National Championship.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Very Interesting Test. . .


The Norwegian Red Cross, in collaboration with Oslo Health, came up with a very effective way of communicating their message. Experience it yourself, use your headphones and take the test.

(ht to viralblog)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Well, American Idol...

Well, American Idol is finally down to the top 12. I've actually voted a lot this year. Why? I don't know. Maybe, I'm intrigued by the whole vote for the worst idea and I wanna make American Idol to be a mockery and I have a dark side of myself, I don't know but anyway, I'm glad that it's keeping my interest hanging out watching American Idol with my wife. Go, David Cook. listen

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Reason why I am in North...

Reason why I am in North Carolina and not Cincinnati. The 13 inches of snow that they are going to receive today and tomorrow. I am now glad I am a Southerner. Enjoy the snow Cincinnati. Do a snow angel for me, peeps. listen

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

I was working out at...

I was working out at the gym today and I usually take a shower after I go to the gym and not to get to graphic I don't like like most guys you know like walk around the locker room in a [...] so I put my pants on well say its a good thing I did because as I was walking to the sink in our locker room a woman walked in saw me shortly(?) oh these funny stories you see a the gym I love hanging out with people and I love act(?) scenes like that so hurray. listen

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Community is Huge

Over the last week, I've been practically remind of the importance of connecting with others. Since February was such a crazy month, Lori and I lost touch with our connect group. I felt isolated only because I isolated myself.

I've been going through some tough times. This week, I was able to shore up some committed time of hanging out and it REALLY helped. I am reminded that no man can stand alone. . .

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I love my grandma and...

I love my grandma and her QVC shopping ways. Today, randomly, out of the blue, I received in the mail a gift from Lori and I. This great QVC cook book that is awesome. What's great about it is, I've been dying to find a good cook book for me and Lori to use and this looks like it does the trick. [...] not that you'll ever read this, anyway love you grandma and QVC. Bye. listen

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