I GOT DUNKED!

Hey everyone! So, as I promised I would share with you my baptism story. This may end up being longer than you care to read, so I will apologize now.

As you can read in the My Testimony section of my blog, I have been a Christian since 1998. I was originally baptized when I was a small child. I again was baptized in 1999; one year after my confession of faith. I then was baptized again to join a Baptist church after moving to OKC in 2004. My final baptism was at NorthChurch.tv April 15,2012.

You may be asking yourself, why all the baptisms? What are you trying to accomplish?

Well the latest baptism (and my final), took place because I was not in the spiritual place I needed to be in. I felt like God was telling me that I needed to re-connect with Him. I also had been going through some depression.

The Easter weekend that came before my baptism, my family buried the ashes of my grandparents. During the family memorial, I felt a need to make my life right.

So, below are pictures of my baptism. Thank you Brian Cromer for performing it. You truly are a great friend!

So until next time readers, God Bless!

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Magazine Challenge

Good morning readers! Today we are going to be featuring a blog post from Brian Cromer. Brian is a friend of mine and also the Student Pastor atNorthChurch.tv. His Blog is BrianCromer.com.

(This blog post was originally posted on February 18,2009 )

I have subscribed to Sports Illustrated for years. As a subscriber to Sports Illustrated, the annual Swimsuit Edition (first published in 1964) gets sent to my house every February.

Here’s the cool part…

I have not seen one picture or one article from the Swimsuit Edition in years. Every year my incredible wife gets that particular issue, rolls her eyes at the super models who are not wearing their swimsuits, and immediately throws the issue in the garbage.

My 2011 issue came on Wednesday. It went in the trash on Wednesday and I never knew it came to the house.

I love that she does this for me. The raw, honest truth is that I probably do not have the strength to do it myself. Granted, I might throw it away but not without first taking a peek. (I care here you thinking “but you’re a minister!” Yeah, you are right, I am an honest and real minister.) I cherish the fact that my wife cares about my purity enough to help me succeed. She gets it. She makes me a better person. She makes me a better follower of Jesus.

Some people might think “who cares?” or “what’s the big deal?”

Here the truth…

I know I am not missing anything. My eyes have better things to look at. I have better thoughts to think about. I got a hottie that I am madly in love with and who loves me back. Who needs the Swimsuit Edition? I know I don’t.

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Here’s the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge…

Follow my wife’s lead. If you get the Swimsuit Edition, throw it away. If your husband/son/brother/friend gets the Swimsuit Edition, take the initiative and throw it away for him (like me, he probably doesn’t have the strength to do it himself).

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:27-29 (NIV)

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I hope you like today’s Feature Friday. Go check out more at Brian’s blog. I know you will enjoy what you read.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Time… Is It Really On Our Side?

Hello again readers! It is Sunday, and I hope you have had a great week.

Today at my church, my friend, and fellow Christian, Brian Cromer preached on the message of generosity. He mentioned that we as Christians need to be generous.

Just as he mentioned, being generous doesn’t always mean with our money. Money is a great thing to be generous with though. We just need to be generous with more.

God has blessed us in so many ways. Each and everyone one of us have some sort of talent/gift that God has given. If you know about your talent/gift, how are you using it? Are you using it to serve God and His people?

People often think that we have a ton of time to do something great with life, but in reality we don’t. Life is just a breath of air; a speck of sand.

Brian really struck a chord with me today when he mentioned some statistics.

The average adult works 7 1/2 hours a day, sleeps 7 1/2 hours, is in the bathroom 1 hour a day, and watches 3 hours of tv a night.

The average teenager spends 72 hours a week in media, but only 25 minutes in genuine conversation with their parents.

Isn’t that scary?

All I have to ask you today is:

Are you using your time wisely?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Feature Friday — Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge

Good morning readers! Today is Feature Friday. Today we are going to be featuring a blog post from Brian Cromer. Brian is a friend of mine and also the Student Pastor at NorthChurch.tv. His Blog is BrianCromer.com. Below is the  post on his blog from Feb. 15, 2010.

(This blog post was originally posted on February 18,2009 )

I have subscribed to Sports Illustrated for years. As a subscriber to Sports Illustrated, the annual Swimsuit Edition (first published in 1964) gets sent to my house every February.

Here’s the cool part…

I have not seen one picture or one article from the Swimsuit Edition in years. Every year my incredible wife gets that particular issue, rolls her eyes at the super models who are not wearing their swimsuits, and immediately throws the issue in the garbage.

My 2010 issue came on Friday. It went in the trash on Friday and I never knew it came to the house.

I love that she does this for me. The raw, honest truth is that I probably do not have the strength to do it myself. Granted, I might throw it away but not without first taking a peak. (I care here you thinking “but you’re a minister!” Yeah, you are right, I am a honest and real minister.) I cherish the fact that my wife cares about my purity enough to help me succeed. She gets it. She makes me a better person. She makes me a better follower of Jesus.

Some people might think “who cares?” or “what’s the big deal?”

Here the truth…

I know I am not missing anything. My eyes have better things to look at. I have better thoughts to think about. I got a hottie that I am madly in love with and who loves me back. Who needs the Swimsuit Edition? I know I don’t.

________________________

Here’s the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Challenge…

Follow my wife’s lead. If you get the Swimsuit Edition, throw it away. If your husband/son/brother/friend gets the Swimsuit Edition, take the initiative and throw it away for him (like me, he probably doesn’t have the strength to do it himself).

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:27-29 (NIV)

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I hope you like today’s Feature Friday. Go check out more at Brian’s blog. I know you will enjoy what you read.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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