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Thankful for Friends

Yesterday I had a situation where I needed to get a hold of a friend and ask him to hold me accountable on some stuff. I knew that I would make the wrong choice if I didn’t bring someone else into my struggle. Text messaging him and bringing my issue into the light was hard at first but it was completely liberating in the end.

I am so thankful that I have a friend who will love and accept me no matter what. Do you have someone in your life that you can call on with confidence in your time of trial and trouble? I pray you do.

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Categories: Confession, Friends

Introducing Jon Towey

April 5, 2008 1 comment

A good friend of mine has started blogging recently. I’ve been bugging him about it for a long time, and now that he has finally entered the blog-o-sphere I’m digging it. His blog is a collection of political, social, psychological, and personal commentary.

One of his more recent posts is on the idea of happiness. Here’s a sampling,

One of my interests and pursuits in life is happiness. This will be another ongoing topic you will find me writing about. It is something that eludes many of us on a regular basis. It requires work, intentionality, and choice. Read more…

Welcome Jon Towey. You’re now officially on the sidebar Blogroll!

(Man, I’m a nerd!)

Categories: Blogs, Friends

Coffee, Friendship and Preaching

Had coffee this morning with a good friend of mine. He is a pastor in our town and he emailed me earlier in the week inviting me to join him in thinking about his sermon schedule for the next year.

It was great to be back in the environment that I love so much. We talked about people, what the community needs to hear, what creative ideas are floating around the ministry world right now, different preaching/ministry styles, male headship, and a whole host of other things. I probably could have spent hours there if my Caramel Americano hadn’t run out and if I didn’t have to go to work. I can’t wait for the day God opens the door for me to return to a place where I can spend my time thinking about and planning to preach.

Another bonus of the morning was simply being with an old friend. While we don’t agree on everything anymore, he is a follower of Jesus whom I have tons of respect for and a man that has invested volumes into my life. His mentoring and friendship have meant much to me through the years and spending some time with him again felt good.

Categories: Friends, Preaching

A Few Questions

Life gets really dirty and hard sometimes.

I have a friend who is in some serious trouble. This person is headed down an extremely dangerous road with some pretty major, painful consequences and I don’t really know how to help. There is an addictive, possibly neural chemical element to it all that I don’t know how to deal with.

Knowing my own sins and shortcomings I can sympathize with this person but even so, I can’t fully wrap my head around the situation. I wish I could just smack him/her straight.

What is the best Christian response I can offer my friend and his/her spouse?

What do you do when someone you love is caught in a vicious cycle of sin/ repentance/ re-offense/ and regret?

Categories: Friends, sin

To My Small Group

April 14, 2007 2 comments

Small group,

After all we have gone through discussing food and fasting and sacrifice I think that we deserve to indulge our appetites a little bit. I suggest that we make this wonderful dessert. If any of you are up to it click here to get the recipe to something amazing.

Hungry with anticipation of your participation,
Brenton

(HT: Gary Lamb)

Categories: Food, Friends

The Morgans are Moving

January 12, 2007 Leave a comment

Congrats to Tony Morgan and his family. They are leaving Granger Community Church and moving to sunny South Carolina where Tony is going to be joining the New Spring team, which is led by the always dynamic, passionate and occasionally in-your-face Perry Noble.

Here is Tony’s post about it on his blog.

Here’s what Perry had to say this morning about it.

Here are thoughts Granger Senior Pastor Mark Beeson shared about it.

I have gotten to know Tony over the last year through his blog, through emailing and through our occasionally Google Chats. Tony is a cool guy who loves Jesus and wants to use innovation and creativity to lead others to Christ. I am excited to follow his transition and to watch how God uses him at New Spring.

Categories: Friends, Ministry

Christmas with the Becker’s

December 22, 2006 Leave a comment

We had our first Christmas gift exchange last night with our neighbors and good friends the Becker’s. Stephanie, the kids and myself have really enjoyed getting to know and sharing our lives with Daryl and Amy. They are great people who have done many things to help us out. We are sad to see them move 10 miles away from us, but we are excited for them as they build their house and await the birth of their first child.

Stephanie got a really neat Beth Moore Bible study called ‘David: 90 Days With A Heart Like His,’ which takes the reader on a personal journey and study of the life of King David. I got C.J. Mahaney’s book, “Living a Cross Centered Life.” Plus the kids got some fun sticker/coloring books.

Thank you Daryl and Amy for being such wonderful neighbors and friends. I hope you have learned as much from us as we have from you.

PS- Daryl don’t keep your gift all to yourself. Share the love.

Categories: Books, Friends