Tony Dungy (Quiet Strength)

“God’s definition of success is really one of significance-the significant difference our lives can make in the lives of others. The significance doesn’t show up in won-loss records, long resumes, or the trophies gathering dust on our mantels. It’s found in the hearts and lives of those we’ve come across who are in some way better because of the way we lived.” Continue reading Tony Dungy (Quiet Strength)

UNC 82 Texas 63

That sound you hear is Tar Heel nation exhaling. I’m not sure about everyone else, but this was the last one I had circled on the old schedule when it came out. This was the last one after MSU, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and even Long Beach State. I guess maybe I should have included that UNLV game, but who knew? They made it through a pretty tough schedule and while we’d all love to see that perfect record, I’ll take the 2 losses. In typical Roy Williams fashion, this team is getting better as the year goes along. Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not … Continue reading UNC 82 Texas 63

Time To Replace The Filter?

Every summer, we turn on the AC and within a few days there is ice forming on the pipe that leads from the central air conditioning unit outside to the furnace inside. There is condensation in the basement and ice forming on the outside of the furnace. The temperature also doesn’t change much in the house. I was sick the day they taught anything related to home repair, so a neighbor came to our rescue… Neighbor: “Did you change the filter?” Me: “What filter?” Sure enough, we changed the filter and our house is cool and comfortable again. It also … Continue reading Time To Replace The Filter?

Pitching out of trouble

I won’t act like I’m not a proud Papa. “The Boy” has become the top pitcher on his team already this spring. He has started both scrimmages (one against the 10-11 year old team). He is yet to give up a run which in this league, at this age, is saying something. Basically, if you get a single, it becomes a triple because the catchers don’t have the ability to throw out runners that steal bases yet. He started off todays game by giving up a leadoff single. I had the video rolling as the next play unfolded (54 second … Continue reading Pitching out of trouble

Thoughts on Tiger

Like most of the rest of the world, I just watched the streaming video of Tiger Woods statement of apology. Unlike most of the internet world, I am not going to offer an analysis, judgement or opinion. There is a family in need of restoration. There is a marriage in need of repair. There is a man in need of help. Any words I put on this blog are not going to change those things. As a man who has personally been shown more grace than I could ever repay, I offer Tiger nothing but the same. I won’t stand … Continue reading Thoughts on Tiger

Sermon Notes – As Expected

This week continued the sermon series based on the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” as we looked at the question “Does Life Always Turn Out As Expected”. It is so funny how this happens. I could have just waited a few days on the post I did last week about “What Might Have Been” and used that for my personal application to this sermon notes. I sat listening to the sermon and thinking how just 24 hours earlier we were back in Charlotte, North Carolina where life very well may have “turned out as expected”. You all know the story … Continue reading Sermon Notes – As Expected

Sermon Notes – Do Angels Have Wings

Sunday we began our first message in the “It’s a Wonderful Life” series with the question, “Do Angels Have Wings”. Below are my notes followed by a personal application: 1. Ministry of Angels Towards God A)Worship Him (Rev 4:6-8) B)Serving Him (Psalm 103:20) C) Ruling -Over evil men -Over Nature (Rev 7:2) -Over powers of darkness (Eph 4:12) 2. Ministry of Angels Towards Jesus A)Birth – Predicted (Matt 1:20-21), Announced (Luke 2:8-12) B) Life – Protected (Matt 2:13) and Provided (Matt 4:11) C) Resurrection (Matt 28:1-2) D) Ascension (Acts 1:9-11) E) Return (Jude 14) *Note – Notice where they were … Continue reading Sermon Notes – Do Angels Have Wings

Praying For Tiger

On Friday afternoon, I sat watching football with family and reading the ESPN ticker reporting the details of Tiger Woods “minor accident”. With each passing hour, the details were more and more odd. That little alarm in my head was ringing that something just didn’t seem right. The truth is that no one except the Woods family knows what happened that night. Maybe we should leave it that way. The tabloids are all over this story. Each time I launch Google Reader, there is another news feed with details. This morning, Tiger released a statement to respond to many of … Continue reading Praying For Tiger

Sermon Notes – Thankfulness

When I started posting “Sermon Notes” late in the summer, I was surprised by the emails and comments from those that follow this series weekly. Those notes are just from those that were willing to send some encouragement to keep posting. My hunch is that there are some out there that read them and have not written in or commented. I count it a blessing to have the technology to share church with each of you once a week. I actually thought of each of you tonight as I sat down in front of my laptop. The service this morning … Continue reading Sermon Notes – Thankfulness

Sermon Notes – A Church Made To Go!

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XubM62q9nlw As you can see from the clip above, we wrapped up the series from Acts 3 – 7 yesterday by taking a look at witnessing. Specifically, we looked at Phillip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-36. Reasons Most Christians Don’t Witness: Not able to do evangelism as well as professionals Too timid Fear of how people will respond Elements of Effective Evangelism Obedient messenger (vs. 26) Hungry heart (vs. 27-31) God’s Word (vs. 34) Gospel and Jesus (vs. 34-35) Public profession (vs. 36-38) Phillip’s Principles For Effective Witnessing: Obey the spirits leading Look for hungry hearts Approach people with … Continue reading Sermon Notes – A Church Made To Go!

If The Boy Was President…

“The Boy” sent me a Power Point presentation that he put together this morning. Yes, you read that correctly. My 9 year old actually put together an entire Power Point. That amazes me because I work with grown adults that don’t know how to use that program. I did not assist him or help with this at all. It came straight from his mind. It was too good to not pass along this morning. Hope it makes you all laugh like it did for me: “If I Were President” by “The Boy” – I would make cotton candy for breakfast. … Continue reading If The Boy Was President…

Opposition

On Sunday morning, we looked at Acts 6:8 – 8:3 and how Stephen faced the “ultimate opposition”. In preparation for home group this week, I found an interesting story regarding opposition. Chuck Swindoll shared this story in one of his messages: In the northeastern United States, codfish are a big commercial business. There is a market for eastern cod all over, especially in the sections farthest removed from the northeastern coastline. But the public demand poses a problem for the shippers. At first, they froze the cod, then shipped them elsewhere, but freezing them takes away much of the flavor. … Continue reading Opposition

Sermon Notes – Suffering

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzfdyjyahNk Yesterday morning we had a guest Pastor speak at our church. Steve Smith, Assistant Pastor/Youth at Lindworth Baptist Church (not the wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers), spoke on the subject of “Suffering” from the text in Romans 8:17-28. While Romans 8:28 is one of the most quoted verses, suffering is something that none of us want to talk about. Ever. Below are my notes from the service and the personal application (my take-away). 1. Suffering will be worth it all for our inheritance. A. New glorified bodies B. We will rule with Christ C. We will be with … Continue reading Sermon Notes – Suffering

Sermon Notes 10/4

Week 3 on the series “A Church Made To Grow” from Acts 3-7 This weeks sermon: “Generosity” Acts 4:32-36 Generosity can be identified by the actions of the heart. It flows out of the heart in 5 ways: 1. Connected to others (vs. 32) 2. Doesn’t claim possessions as their own. (vs. 32) 3. Commits to meeting the needs of others (vs. 34) 4. Trusts the leadership (vs. 34-37) 5. Filled with grace (vs. 33) Grace is what gets you through. Grace can be seen in our giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6 Grace giving should be generous Grace giving should be … Continue reading Sermon Notes 10/4

Sermon Notes 9/27 – Handling Opposition

We continue to be in a series from Acts looking at “The Marks of a Healthy Church“. Specifically this morning we looked at Acts 4 and how to handle opposition. 1. Opposition is expected (John 15:30) – Comes at the least likely time – Comes from the most unlikely people 2. Opposition is an opportunity to tell the truth – Emboldened them to speak to their critics (Acts 4:10-11) – Emboldened them to claim Christ (Acts 4:12) (Matthew 7:13-14) – Silences your critics (Acts 4:14) 3. Opposition is a test of our love and loyalty – What do you talk … Continue reading Sermon Notes 9/27 – Handling Opposition

Sermon Notes 9/20

This week continued our series from Acts 3-7 entitled “The Marks of a Healthy Church” Last week we looked at two marks which were: I. They get involved with hurting people II. They are filled with wonder and amazement This week we looked at three more ways to identify a healthy church. III. Deflect the glory away from themselves and on to God (vs. 10-11) “If you can explain it, then God is not in it” -Bob Cook “It was all God, it was all grace” IV. Be faithful to speak for God A. Speak the truth (13-15) B. Speak … Continue reading Sermon Notes 9/20

Sermon Notes – 9/14

Church Made To Grow – What Makes a Healthy Church? (Acts 3:1-8) Yesterday marked the start of a new sermon series from the book of Acts. Specifically, the fall series will look at how scripture instructs the early church to grow. We looked at the story from Acts 3:1-8 where Peter and John encounter a man crippled from birth. Their interaction and reaction to this man can symbolize the marks of a healthy church. Below are my notes from yesterdays sermon: Two Marks of a Healthy Church: 2. Get involved with hurting people. A. Stop to see people in need. … Continue reading Sermon Notes – 9/14

Sermon Notes 8/23

Today’s sermon was entitled “With a Little Help From My Friends” and was based on Proverbs 1:5. This was a continuation of the sermon series by Andy Stanley called “The Best Question Ever”. Before I get to this weeks notes, a quick “heads up” that there won’t be any sermon notes from me next week. Heather and I are crazy enough to be running in the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon next Sunday morning and sadly, will miss church. There has to be an easier way to skip church than running 13.1 miles!!! Outline: 1. Wise people know when they … Continue reading Sermon Notes 8/23

Sermon Notes 8/15

Today’s sermon was a continuation of the Andy Stanley Series on “The Best Question Ever: Fool-proofing Your Life“. The topic today was entitled “Living on the Edge” and dealt specifically with the issue of our morality. Powerful, powerful stuff. For some odd reason I was reminded of this photo of Andre Agassi in Dubai (see video at end of post). He and Roger Federrer were invited to play a game of tennis for fun on this court. Each time I see this picture, I wonder if the thrill of the moment and game would have taken them one step too … Continue reading Sermon Notes 8/15