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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A good article to read.. a paragraph that will get your attention

Justin Taylor recently did an interview with Russell Moore, the president-elect of the ERLC. I would encourage you to read that article here

There is one paragraph that stood out to me.  I have copied it below so you can read it.

I struggled with a calling to Christian ministry as a very young man, maybe twelve or so, but then drifted away from that toward a political career. A very risk-taking congressman, Gene Taylor of Mississippi (who was and is my hero), invested a lot of time and effort in me, giving me opportunities that I can’t imagine now why he would give to someone that green. My wife Maria and I dated with her on the campaign trail with me, at little county fairs and fundraisers all over south Mississippi. After I sensed the call to ministry, I wondered why God had allowed those years to go in that direction, and I suppose I assumed they were “Jonah to Tarshish” years, even though I thoroughly loved them. I now see something of how many of the threads of God’s providence fit together.

Did you notice where Russell Moore speaks about someone who made a difference in his life by giving him opportunities?  Are the days of people making substantial investments in the lives of others over?  Are there people out there willing to take a risk and heavily invest themselves in people?

I would love to hear your thoughts!

Some thoughts on potential


Have you ever thought about the term potential?  We use the term a lot in different forms of conversation.  Do we really know what it means?

Potential as defined by the dictionary is expressing possibility, capable of being or becoming, a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.

I have been reading a book Raising A Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis.  We are currently studying this book each week in our Men’s Bible Study. As I was preparing for this weeks study, I came across a brief section on potential that really gripped me and I want to share it with you.

General Ulyssees S. Grant, whose victories at Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and elsewhere sealed the conflict for the Union, is considered one of the heroes of the War between the States.  But Grant’s success is remarkable when you consider his background. You see, prior to the war, Ulysses S. Grant was a confirmed failure.  He had failed as a farmer, a peddler of firewood, and as the proprietor of a leather store in Galena, Illinois.  At one point, he was so broke that he pawned his gold watch–a family heirloom for $22.  But deep in his heart, Ulysses S. Grant knew he could succeed….No matter how hard Grant tried, no one seemed to sense his potential. [pg. 124-125 Raising a Modern Day Knight]

We know the rest of the story how Grant would later be known as of one the greatest Generals of the Civil War.  How is it for us today?  Are there people around us that possess great potential and we pass them by or ignore them.  What if Grant languished in his failures which were already evident in his life?

I like what the Bible says in regard to failure and potential:

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on, that I may hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead – Philippians 3:12-13 NKJV.

The Apostle Paul realized the importance of forgetting and reaching forward.  We would call this perseverance.  Refusing to live in the shadows of our past failures.  Learning from them and moving forward.

Is there someone around you that has potential in a particular area?  Maybe you can be a difference-maker in their life by encouraging them.  A tiny bit of encouragement from someone can go a long way in the life of another.  We call that mentoring.  A big word for a relatively simple concept.

photo credit: Krissy.Venosdale via photopin cc

Talking Texas

Recently, Business Insider listed Texas as the 8th fastest growing state in the US.  Another article listed the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as the 2nd largest growing city in the US.  Another feature that makes Texas an attractive place to live from an economic standpoint is that it has no state income tax and is one of the top states for job growth.

For those of you who live in Texas,
what are some of the things that you like/dislike about living there, besides the heat, snakes, etc?

I hope to hear from some of you that live in the Dallas area as well as those who live in other parts of the state.

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

On vacation

Right now I am on vacation and I have not had consistent internet access to be able to post. When I get some time and access, then I plan on posting a good bit. I have a couple of restaurant reviews, some lessons that I have learned while being on vacation and a few other things. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned.

Happy New Year

This really happened…

One Sunday evening, while I was helping in the collection of the evening offering, I saw something that I have only heard about and have never seen until that point. I was passing the offering plate during our observance of the Lord’s Supper. I was at the next to last row and as the plate came towards me I noticed that it was quite full, lots of loose bills. As it came to the end of the row, a lady put a $10 in and then started to grab money out of the plate. I grabbed the plate and told her that she could not do that. She said that she needed $7 back. I had heard of people making change, but this was unbelievable and she was not discreet by any means. When I got in the lobby and the other ushers were there, I told them what had happened and we got her $7 and I took it back to her discreetly.

Took a lot of guts to try to make change on the fly, but next time, make change before you leave home… or better yet, give the whole $10 and let God bless you later one instead of trying to nickel and dime God with the tipping that most people do!

Five Years Ago

Five years ago today, my mother went home to be with the Lord. It was a relatively short battle with cancer. I miss her very much not only for myself but for her two grandchildren. Joseph recognizes her picture but he was only 5 months old when she passed away. My daughter is 8 weeks old and we honored Mom’s memory by giving her name as Catherine’s middle name. We had actually decided on Catherine’s middle name before her first name.

A lot has taken place in the last five years. We are thankful for Mom’s life, the legacy and memories that we have and will be able to pass on to her grandchildren. Most of all, I am thankful that Mom was a believer. She put her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and I had the privilege of baptizing her upon her profession of faith.

2 Cor. 5:8 – …to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

2010 in review from WordPress

( I should have waited for this — they did a better job than I did !  TL)

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 46 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 265 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 861kb.

The busiest day of the year was October 24th with 40 views. The most popular post that day was iOverload – do we have too many devices?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were Google Reader,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dan conry, acapulco restaurant mn, god turned his back on jesus, dan conry fired, and five guys maple grove.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


iOverload – do we have too many devices? October 2010


Dan Conry and Clear Channel May 2008


Acapulco Restaurant – New Brighton, MN August 2009
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T-Mobile @ Home Nightmare Over – We have phone service!!! August 2008


About the blog July 2007

Thoughts on serving on a church staff

I found this statement the other day regarding the philosophy of serving on a church staff:

In an effort to facilitate the ministry of the entire church, we have called upon a few members to work in a full-time (paid) capacity.  Whether making church bulletins, counseling members, or planning children’s ministry curriculum, the staff enhances the collective ministry of CHBC.

Staff members each fill specific roles.  The Pastoral staff members, made up of our Pastors, Pastoral Assistants,  and the Children’s Ministry workers, help the elders to shepherd the congregation. The Administrative staff oversees church finances, facilities, and IX Marks Ministries.  This group together provides an administrative backbone for the body of believers now covenanted together at  CHBC.   (statement taken from Capitol Hill Baptist Church website)

I found this statement very interesting because whenever churches have a vacancy on their staff,  they go to the outside to fill it.  What about looking within your congregation for your next pastor or assistant pastor?  If this were the norm rather than the exception, then most of the internet sites that cater to people looking for ministry positions would be non-existent.  Why do churches look outside of their own membership instead of either looking within or better yet, praying to ask God to raise up someone within the body to meet the need that is at hand?

Looking forward to seeing your answers/comments/questions on this topic.