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My Current Favorite Worship Song

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Kristian Stanfill's new CD is amazing. It's a must own for anyone that loves "Passion" style worship tunes.

My Sermon Recap: "Love's Greatest Hits" Week Six

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"Love is a battlefield"
James 4:1-2

- When Beth and I got married we were not very good at anything...but fighting. As a lawyer to be she thought she knew it all and as a pastor I knew I did.
- Where there is love there will be fighting. Where there are people there will be fighting
- Spouses, parents/ children, friends, siblings, coworkers, even church members
- Today comes from years of experience. Beth and I rarely fight anymore. I say it's because we've learned how Beth says after 13 years of marriage and 3 kids we're to tired.

How not to fight
- Criticism - complaining starts with "I" and focuses on actions, criticism starts "You" and attacks a persons personality
- Contempt - criticism with the goal of hurting
- Defensiveness - becomes habit and reflex
- Stonewalling - conveys disapproval, icy distance, smugness

How to fight
- Choose your battles carefully - you don't have to fight about everything. Not everything has to be a battle

My Sermon Recap: Love's Greatest Hits Week Five

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"You Can’t Hurry Love"


• First we sat in 60 seconds of silence

• Point out what we just experienced. How did it feel?

• Thoughts of, “What’s going on, what’s happening, why isn’t something happening, who’s in charge, did someone mess up? When is this going to end, this is awkward, this is weird”

• What happens when our 60 seconds of silence turns to 6 months? 6 months without a job, trying to sell a home, trying to have a child, waiting for test results.

• Or maybe the wait if for God to do something in someone else’s life? How many of us have prayed for a family member or friend to give their life to God? Or for someone we love to “wise up” and stop making foolish decisions? Sometimes those times of waiting are even harder.

• It’s incredibly difficult. We feel like our life is on pause.

• It bothers us to wait in silly ways too: restaurant – 15 min is longer, does the pager work? See other people sitting down. Or a Dr. office with bad tv and old magazines. Nothing to do bu…

My Favorite Mug Shot Ever

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a man was getting a haircut at an apartment in Stamford, Conn., when he grabbed scissors and slashed another man in the back.
David Davis was arrested soon afterward when officers with a police dog found him in a nearby apartment. A police mug shot shows Davis with thick hair sticking up from only one side of his head.
Stamford police Sgt. Cory Caserta says Davis was arraigned Wednesday on an assault charge. The 21-year-old man from New Haven was being held on $5,000 bond.
Authorities say the victim approached Davis during his haircut Tuesday in what he called "an aggressive manner." Davis told investigators he picked up the scissors in self-defense.

The 21-year-old victim was taken to Stamford Hospital to receive treatment for the back wound.

My Sermon Recap "Love's Greatest Hits" Week Three

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“You give Love a bad name”

Several years ago Charles Barkley made a TV commercial, famous quote: “I am not a role model” meaning don’t look at me, I’ll mess up, look at real heroes – teachers, firemen, police, astronauts
Like it or not though Charles was a role model.

The same way whether we like it or not if we call ourselves followers of God then we’re in a way role models. By being a Christian we subject ourselves to be analyzed and over analyzed by every non believer (and believer) on the planet. Everything we do, say, wear, etc is under constant scrutiny
And because we live under such a powerful microscope, our faults are noticed, and we often live down to our reputation. We really give love a bad name.

This is why I could not think of any better song choice then that for this week’s message. But long before Bon Jovi made it a #1 song way back in 1986, and man had already made that phrase famous: Jonah
The story of Jonah is one of the 2 or 3 most famous bible stories ever. Peopl…