Resolutions (#4)

With the remaining five days of 2009, I wanted to share with you five resolutions for 2010 that I am going to try really hard to follow.

Resolution (#4)

Throughout the last couple years several events have happened in my life that have sparked interest in things that I have never had interest in before. One of those interests include the different charities and causes that are out there, both here in the USA and internationally.

Last year I participated in an event called the Project 4 Awesome. Basically it is a two day event that promotes different charities through YouTube videos. Anyone can make a video that promotes their favorite charity, and then people rate and comment on those videos to get them to appear on the front page of YouTube. Last year I made a video for the World Wildlife Fund. Even though I like what they do, I really didn’t donate anything monetarily to their cause.

Well, in 2010, I want to start donating monthly to a charity that really means something to me. I either want to donate to the American Lung Association or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I just don’t know which one yet. I will let you all know when and which one I chose to donate to.

The American Lung Association is near and dear to me because of first hand experience with lung problems. I have had asthma since I was born. My mother has asthma as well, and my dad has emphysema.

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital is near and dear to me because I really have compassion for what they are doing to help fund cancer research. They accept patients regardless of the family ability to pay.

Do any of you donate to a charity? If so, which one and why?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.

Resolutions (#3)

With the remaining five days of 2009, I wanted to share with you five resolutions for 2010 that I am going to try really hard to follow.

Resolution (#3)

As I have mentioned in a previous post, me and my wife are new to the practice of tithing. Although we have both known about it previously, we just started doing it this month.

Due to the heavy snow that Oklahoma City got,  our apartment complex was a disaster zone. Monday I went out and bought one of the remaining shovels in town and some ice salt. I took it upon myself to shovel and salt the entire walkway  in front of my building. That took about two hours. I haven’t ever done that before.

In December, I started volunteering at my church on the camera team. We film Pastor Rodney’s sermon and post it to the media area of the website. You can check out the sermons here.

In the coming year, I want to serve God more. This will include both my time and money. Even though I am tithing and volunteering in the church, I want to do more to serve God.

How are you going to serve God in the coming year?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.

Resolutions (#2)

With the remaining five days of 2009, I wanted to share with you five resolutions for 2010 that I am going to try really hard to follow.

Resolutions (#2)

I currently have 661 “friends” on Facebook and 257 “friends” friends on Myspace. Now some of those people have both kinds of accounts, but that is a lot of people to be “friends” with. Those people consist of people I went to school with, know from church, or have previously worked with. I put friends in quotations simply because there isn’t really a way to be deeply connected with that many people.

The key word in that last sentence is connected. I want to be connected in more people’s lives on a deeper level that I am currently. 2010 is the year of my high school 10 year reunion. Wow! I want to re-connect with old friends that I rarely speak to. I want to connect with new people as well.

How will you get connected this year?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.

New Year’s Resolution Countdown

Afternoon readers! I hope everyone had a safe and good Christmas last week. My wife and I made it into where we were going around 4pm on Christmas day. Granted we left Christmas Eve. A normal 3 hour trip took about 12 hours. What a great way to spend our first Christmas as a married couple. We will always remember it!

With the remaining five days of 2009, I wanted to share with you five resolutions for 2010 that I am going to try really hard to follow.

Resolutions (#1)

When I was younger, I was, well, the tall, skinny, nerd kind of kid. Around 8th grade, things started to change. Due to my health, I had to start taking steroids. If you know anything about steroids, they make you gain weight if you don’t exercise. So, as you can probably guess, I didn’t exercise and I gained a lot of weight. By the time a graduated from high school, I was 6’1″ and weighed about 230.

Well in the last ten years, I have put on about another 45-50 lbs. I really have no excuse, other than I haven’t really taken care of myself. In the coming year, I want to lose weight and get healthier. This isn’t just for my sake. I want to do this for my wife, and for my future kids.  I want to be around for them, and be active in their lives.

So.. Anyone willing to follow this path with me?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.

Merry Christmas Eve

I am writing this while my wife and I are driving to Texas to see family. It has been crazy with all the wind and snow. Sitting here in the passenger seat isn’t my cup of tea when the conditions are like this and I don’t have control over the vehicle I am in. So I apologize to my wife for being the “driving instructor.”

Anyway readers, I wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas. God Bless you all. See you in a few days.

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.

Commercializing Christmas

Good morning readers. Today I wanted to  go outside our study of Job and bring up a topic that has been on my mind for the last couple days.

With Christmas being only four days away, I wanted to talk about Christmas.

More and more each year, I see the world, specifically the United States, forgetting the true meaning of Christmas. I don’t know when the commercializing of Christmas really began, but as an adult I am able to open my eyes to it more than a small child.

Christmas shopping for some of us is a year round activity. We focus on what we are going to get one another throughout the whole year. Some people’s Christmas shopping begins the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday. Commercializing Christmas has gotten so bad, that it even takes over the holiday of Thanksgiving all together. I first hand have seen people camping out at large retailers during their Thanksgiving holiday just to get the latest gadget for Christmas.

Also, have you ever noticed how people’s attitude changes during the Christmas season? People or more in a hurry, and seem to be more rude this time of year. People seem to want to give more to others in need. Most of the time I believe it is out of guilt, instead of out of wanting to actually help.

Oh, and another thing. People and businesses are more inclined to say Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas in hopes that they don’t get sued. Yes I understand that it may be the ” politically correct ” thing to say, but I believe this contributes to the loss of the real meaning of Christmas.

———————–

All this post is really meant to do is to open your eyes up to the true meaning of Christmas. It is to celebrate the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is also a time to spend time with family and create memories that will last for eternity.

So during this Christmas, remember what you are celebrating.

Without the birth of Christ, there would be no Christmas. Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be a Christmas break, and winter would be really boring.— Shannon Fouts, wife of Pastor Rodney Fouts.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.

Blaming Fate When Things Go Wrong (part 2)

Part 2–

In Job 5, Eliphaz is still offering help and comfort to Job. He tells Job to seek comfort in the arms of God. He encourages Job not to quit and give up on living.

Job 5:6-27 (The Message)

6 Don’t blame fate when things go wrong—
trouble doesn’t come from nowhere.

7 It’s human! Mortals are born and bred for trouble,
as certainly as sparks fly upward.
What a Blessing When God Corrects You!

8 “If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God,
I’d throw myself on the mercy of God.

9 After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts;
there’s no end to his surprises.

10 He gives rain, for instance, across the wide earth,
sends water to irrigate the fields.

11 He raises up the down-and-out,
gives firm footing to those sinking in grief.

12 He aborts the schemes of conniving crooks,
so that none of their plots come to term.

13 He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies—
all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash!

14 Suddenly they’re disoriented, plunged into darkness;
they can’t see to put one foot in front of the other.

15 But the downtrodden are saved by God,
saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist.

16 And so the poor continue to hope,
while injustice is bound and gagged.

17 “So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you!
Mind you, don’t despise the discipline of Almighty God!

18 True, he wounds, but he also dresses the wound;
the same hand that hurts you, heals you.

19 From one disaster after another he delivers you;
no matter what the calamity, the evil can’t touch you—

20 “In famine, he’ll keep you from starving,
in war, from being gutted by the sword.

21 You’ll be protected from vicious gossip
and live fearless through any catastrophe.

22 You’ll shrug off disaster and famine,
and stroll fearlessly among wild animals.

23 You’ll be on good terms with rocks and mountains;
wild animals will become your good friends.

24 You’ll know that your place on earth is safe,
you’ll look over your goods and find nothing amiss.

25 You’ll see your children grow up,
your family lovely and lissome as orchard grass.

26 You’ll arrive at your grave ripe with many good years,
like sheaves of golden grain at harvest.

27 “Yes, this is the way things are—my word of honor!
Take it to heart and you won’t go wrong.”

As I said yesterday, depression is a serious matter. Only God can fully heal any sickness. here is a video I made a while back that I think speaks to what else I want to say about the subject.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

*Thanks for reading! Please take a moment and subscribe to my RSS Feed or for an email subscription click ” Subscribe To This Blog” on the right side of your page.