How to Pray for Our Team in Haiti

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On Sunday morning, I will join 8 other folks from our church and head down to Port au Prince, Haiti. We will be working with Baptist Global Response to build cinder block homes. We would all appreciate your prayers. Often when we pray for people doing international mission trips, we don’t know how to specifically pray for them. So I thought I would give you a few ways you could pray for us: Travel Our flight leaves at 8 AM Sunday morning (if you know me, you know I didn’t book that flight). We have a connection in Miami, then fly down to Haiti. If you’ve ever flown, you know all of the different ways air travel can go wrong. Pray for our safety, the wisdom to adapt to unseen changes, and the discipline to not say something dumb to TSA.

Choose People over Policy

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In 2 Chronicles 10, King Rehoboam (son of Solomon) is asked by the people to ease the burden of work given to them. In return, they commit to faithfully serve the king. Rehoboam decides to wait 3 days before giving an answer. He consults two groups of counselors: old men who served under his father Solomon, and young guys his own age. The old guys recommended that he ease the work of the people, serve the people, and speak good things to the people. The young guys recommended that he make the work and the punishments more harsh (maybe because they didn’t have video games back then to inflate their ego). So Rehoboam decides to go with the counsel of the young guys, which meant becoming a tyrant over his people. The people ended up stoning to death the taskmaster placed over them, and Rehoboam had to flee. All to … Read More

Age isn’t Stupid Repellant

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As a young guy, I understand that I will at times succumb to youthful ignorance. I haven’t lived a great number of years, so I haven’t had the education of personal experience for a lot of things. But in our culture we view all the young folks as idiots and all older folks as eternally wise. The former IMF president currently charged under investigation? 62. Arnold Schwarzenegger when he fathered a child out of marriage? 54. The guys behind Enron? Not college frat boys. Bernie Madoff? Gray haired. This isn’t to say that young folks are immune to stupidity. But there are plenty of folks in their teens and 20’s who are working to make a difference in this world. Yet they encounter road blocks because of their age.”They’re young. They just don’t know any better.” This mentality has two seemingly opposite consequences: It enables  young people to keep living … Read More

Sing Your Own Song

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This is the first season where I’ve actually paid attention to American Idol. Normally I watch just the auditions and the finale. But this year I’ve kept up with the final 12. (Soapbox moment: Casey Abrams was far and away the most talented musician in the group. Unfortunately this isn’t a competition for musicality. That kid is incredible.) As I was watching the 2 hour special this past Wednesday night, I went on YouTube to watch a few past performances I had missed. It seems like years ago that some of the former contestants were still around. I had forgotten how talented they were. In fact, a couple of them were better singers than the ones who are left. So why are they gone? If they are better singers, shouldn’t they still be around? There’s one word that separates them from the finalists: Authenticity. In today’s media and news saturated … Read More

A Little eBay Advice

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eBay is great. I’ve bought designer ties, electronics, gifts, and a wide variety of other things from there. I’ve also sold a few things through the years. If you listen to Dave Ramsey, you know he talks about “gazelle intensity” as you start working his baby steps. So I decided to sell a few things in order to get his baby step 1 out of the way. While I’ve used eBay before, it’s been a while since I’ve sold anything. All of my items ending their bidding last week, and I learned a few things I wish I had already known. So let my experience be your teacher for a minute: No International Bidders Be sure to state this in the description of your item. I did for only 1 of the 3 items I sold, and that was the only one that didn’t have an international winner. One was … Read More