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pigs in a blanket?

November 30, 2005 2 comments

Got this email recently from a friend…can anybody local help?

My hay delivery guy doesn’t have straw so I have been bedding down the pig’s stall w/hay, but Maynard is still pulling the tarp off my haystack down and wrapping himself in it at night. It’s kinda cute to see him all wrapped up in a tarp in his pen, but then the chickens poop on my unwrapped hay and that’s not so cute. So, does anyone have some old blankets or comforters they no longer need and are going to throw away anyhow? I have one here myself right now to give to Maynard, but I am getting 2 more pigs this Sunday so am looking for some more old blankets to give to the pigs to sleep in at night this winter!! Thanks much if you can help wrap the pigs in a blanket this winter. Don’t go out and buy anything special or anything, just if you have something old laying around you don’t use anymore…..send it my way. The pigs thank you…..

If you can help leave me a comment please. Thanks.

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Quarrier of the Week

November 29, 2005 2 comments

It Tuesday again, which means I get the pleasure of naming the Quarrier of the Week. Today I want to highlight a guy who has been doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes. His name is Tom Moulds.

Tom has taken it upon himself to make things happen when no one is looking. He helps set up sound equipment, tables and chairs, children’s ministry stuff, and anything else that needs doing. He shows up early before church and goes home late after all the work is done.

People like Tom are invaluable to our ministry. When you set up and tear down each week it is easy to get lazy and expect that other people will get the work done. But Tom has been serving joyfully to make the Quarry the very best place possible. I am thankful for him and everyone like him.

(e, I know, leave it alone)

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update on the Quarry podcast

November 28, 2005 Leave a comment

Big thanks to Chris Good and David Russell for getting the podcast ball rolling. I get pumped about followers of Jesus from all over working together. Seems like the kind of thing God smiles at.

The podcats should be available in the iTunes directory very soon. Until then you can easily download Quarry mesages by, clicking here.

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to gain life may mean losing it

November 28, 2005 Leave a comment

Great word about courage from G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy.

[A person] can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.

What are you afraid of today? What part of your life to do need to risk losing so that you can truly live?

– thanks Mom & Dad

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rant about bad customer service

November 27, 2005 3 comments

Yesterday I had two horrible customer service moments.

Around 11:30 am my family and some close friends headed 15 minutes south to the Cabela’s Superstore. The store is filled with really neat stuffed animal displays, including an elephant, lions, bears, wolves, cape buffalo, and a rhino. It was also filled with people. Way too many people. People who would stop where and whenever they wanted with absolutely no regard for other shoppers and viewers. Plus, the isles of clothing and bullets and other stuff were too skinny for shopping carts to go through.

Made me wonder: Why would you put out racks that can’t be walked through by shoppers with carts? Why would you create these huge displays and have no plan for how people should walk through and observe them? Dumb moves.

After Cabela’s we stopped at McDonald’s so they kids could run off some energy in the playland. They had one register going for a line of about 10 people. Nice. Then I heard a manager send someone to break while the sutomers stood around waiting and pondering how our lunch would probably take a year or two off the end of our lives. Crazy.

Makes me wonder about church. Do we make people wait around? Do we crowd them in? Do we allow physical obstacles to close off people’s spirits to their environment?

Customer service (creating an open and inviting physical environment) is not just a business concern. It just might be an eternity concern for people.

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aloha, means hello and goodbye

November 26, 2005 3 comments

THANK YOU to everyone who helped Stephanie reach her sales goal of $10,000. In late January we will be heading off to Hawaii. Sweet.

Stephanie, I am so proud of you. You work hard to take care of our home, our kids, and me. You have a huge heart for other people and you make them feel welcomed and valued in ways I never could. You encourage me and you consistently challenge (though often unknowingly probably) me to be a greater man, leader and husband. Thank you. You deserve this trip more than anyone. Way to go!

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christmas lights gone wild

November 25, 2005 3 comments

Remember that classic scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark brings everyone outside to see the thousands of lights that he has strung on the house, and when he plugs it in all the power on the whole block goes dead?

Well if you think that Clark went overboard with his lights you have to see this. The only catch is that you can only watch it if you promise to keep it a secret, and you swear that under no circumstances (I’m serious) will you tell my wife about this ok? Because if she sees this it might just put her over the Christmas decorating edge.

Obviously I’m kidding. Check this out, click here.

link via Chris Good

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