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If you need help you can call 1-800-394-HOPE(4693).  Also, check out the the official To Save a Life site, the Need Help page, and the Resource page for youth pastors, parents, and students.  Let me know what you think of the movie, and how you plan to use it and its message with your students, church, or school.

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Here’s the 1-13-2010 edition of the 642 news.

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Friday just got a little heavier than I intended.  Here’s what’s been going on as I take you through my train of thought.  Warning!  This may be scary.

1.  Spoke at revival at Liberty Wesleyan Church this week.  Had a great time and felt the Lord speak to me and through me.  Awesome to reunite with Travis and Autumn Ward who I used to watch wrestling with every week.  God challenged me so much through the messages and was faithful to help me overcome a cough that has progressively gotten worse.  Speaking got all sorts of topics going through my head.

2.  Found out late Wednesday night that my grandfather(on my dad’s side) has cancer and only a few months to live.  Papa Robert is 90 so they are still looking at options.  This has got me thinking about the things I don’t know about so many in my family.  I want to hear their stories, disappointments, and ask questions like,”what would you change if you had it all to do over again?”  I want to capture all of this on video.  What if genealogy could jump off the page and speak to us?  All of this got me thinking about my regrets.  This made me glad that…

3.  We didn’t have Facebook or Myspace when I was growing up.  I think if I were to look back I would be embarressed and ashamed by some of the pictures, statuses, and tweets I would have posted.  It would have been weird hoping my parents never saw my page and revealing my true self to the whole world.  On the other hand, it may have kept me honest because maybe I would’ve made better decisions if I knew the whole world were watching.  I just think that changing my relationship status once a week and posting “couple” pics would be weird.  Would I have cussed on Facebook as much as I cussed in real life?  Maybe I would’ve cussed less, cheated less, and been a better person.  Oh, I went to church more than anybody and am thankful that the influence of Godly parents, Sunday School teachers, neighbors, pastors, youth pastors, and friends won the day and helped me avoid a whole lot of regret.  I realize now that being there didn’t “save” me, but in a way it did.  I still had to choose Jesus for myself, but all those hours at church and with the church opened my eyes to what life truly was about.  It’s sad how many “good” kids I see go through this downhill progression where they forsake their faith and party hard all for the world to see.  It will be hard to tell your kids not to drink when they’ll be able to see all your underage drinking pictures on the internet.  I guess it’s odd that what used to be secretive and only your closest friends knew is now posted for the whole world to see.  You used to hear stories of people partying, but now we’ve got pics, updates from the party, and statuses from the morning after.  I think we’ve gotten so sensitive to not want to be judgmental that we don’t exercise any judgment at all.  There’s this attitude that sin is unavoidable so you might as well go with the flow.

4.  I try to use the internet and Social Media to share my faith and encourage others.  I think they are wonderful tools to communicate with the world.  I think that all of these things are making it possible for my children and (hopefully) grandchildren to know my story.  I want to make it a great one…one they can be proud of.

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Here’s the link to the video from last week’s appearance on The Techology Show.

Check out my review of Rob Bell’s tour here.

My friend, Josh Buck, is featured in Rob Bell’s new book.  Josh and his wife are starting a movement at real time church dot com.

Working on 2 HUGE projects this week on top of blog updates, being a child of God, husband, and dad, youth pastor, Love/Mercy stuff, Fall/May/Mocktober Rally.  Pray for me as I make the final preparations to speak at Liberty Wesleyan Church next week for their fall revival.

Thanks to everyone who has checked out Chase Your Lion dot com and sent such encouraging emails, comments, and Facebook messages.  It is appreciated.

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Sorry this video is so shaking. I’m just too excited!

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The past week and a half has been a whirlwind.  Situations, planned and unplanned, have been a source of stress for me and my family.  There have been a lot of “rubber meets the road” ministry opportunities.  Nothing was covered in any class, seminar, or training that have ever been to.  It has made me painfully aware of the grip that sin has on our small town.  I have mentioned before the sense of oppression here.  That things are never going to get better.  That things are the way they are and that’s the way it is.  I have seen and heard things recently that literally blow my mind as to how Satan is attacking out town, our children, and our families.  Stuff you hear on the news is hitting right here at home.  Too often, there is a “no worries” attitude about it all.  I think I want to call it “Bible Belt-itis.”  We live in an area where everyone “goes” to church or knows someone who “goes” to church or used to “go” to church.  This is American Christianity in a nutshell.  It’s like getting your oil changed.  Get it done every once and a while at the cheapest and fastest place you can find and everything will be alright.  The Bible talks very plainly about people who don’t tithe, aren’t active as the body of Christ, sin freely, spend foolishly, engage in sexual immorality, neglect their families, and speak with untamed tongues.  It says those people are lost, foolish, heathen, will not inherit the kingdom of God(Galatians 5:19-21), and are to be chased after like a lost sheep, coin, and son(Luke 15).  I am taking a hard look in the mirror today.  Am I doing enough to shed the love and light of Christ in this town?  What price am I willing to pay to see all 2,000 residents won to the Kingdom of Christ?  You cannot actively rebel against the will of God and be a Christian.  You can’t be living in sin and expect to see the gates of Heaven, pearly or not.  I am too tired and too old to be beating around the bush in regards to the sin that has overcome so many people I know and love.  I want to be a little more like Peter and little less like a pansy.  So, to everyone in Denton, if you’re looking for a youth pastor who’s cool with your kid never having their Bible with them…I’m not your guy.  If you’re fine with your sons looking at porn on the family computer with no accountability…can’t help you.  If it’s okay with you that your daughter dresses like she just walked off of the set of MTV’s Spring Break-Out…sorry.  If you’re looking for someone to cry with you when your child, whom you’ve never modeled the Christian life for or tried to seriously engage with Jesus through an active church youth group, turns up pregnant, drugged up, dropped out, alcoholic, porn addict with an STD you can’t pronounce then I will be happy to hold your hand, answer the “how” question bluntly, and do everything within the power God gives me to see you and your child redeemed by the blood of Christ.  This afternoon, I will be making phone calls.  I will be laying it on the line with lots of kids.  God, forgive me for not doing and being this sooner.  What’s that smell?  Smells like a Revolution to me.  Who’s with me?

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Here’s a post from over 2 years ago.  Ironic that we just finished painting the youth room in Denton.  Anyway, here’s what was going on in my life 2 years ago.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Beginnings

Current mood:  tired

I write this in the kitchen of the house we have just moved into.  We are renting(for now) and praying that the Lord provides the money to buy.  I don’t know whose wireless internet connection I’m using, but thanks.  I’ll get my own this weekend.  Before I get into serious matters, only a woman would choose to move into a house without tv capabilities the day before NFL Kickoff.  Maybe I can bootleg some cable too.  Today has been a day of what could’ve beens.  I don’t like those days.  I am being made to feel, unintentionally I hope, by some people that I may have been the biggest roadblock to numerical growth at my former job.  99% of the people I talk to are concerned with what’s going on with us right now.  The other 1% seems to call to tell how great things are now that we’re gone.  I want things to be great.  I want God to do amazing things.  I don’t even think these people know that the way they are conveying information to me makes me feel like a big ole pile of poop.  But, it does.  Never in my entire ministry have I needed my creativity more than I do now.  It just ain’t there.  I have a 450 square foot youth center that I can do anything I want with.  The only problem is that funding is limited.  Already we have a stinking huge TV and someone donated an 8 channel mixer.  We’ve got a ping pong table, pool table, and foosball table that we don’t really have room for(well, it’s them or room for people).  So, here’s my dilemma.  How do I make a cool room with enough space for people to sit while maximizing my resources?  My brain doesn’t even work to pick out colors.  I am so desperate that I am blogging about it after hours of prayer.  Actually, I think this blog is a prayer.  A reminder to God that I’m where He placed me.  A reminder that it’s His kingdom to build.  All I have to offer is a 460 square foot two car garage and a bunch of people who are willing to paint and work.  What’s weird is I’m trying to get people to see that this is only a temporary solution.  I want them to dream about a new Family Life Center.  I want them to realize that this isn’t our destination, but a pit stop.  So, there you have it.  Would it be nice to have the money to go out and buy a bunch of stuff?  Absolutely, and I would do it in a heartbeat.  But that’s not where we’re at in our journey.  No, God is stretching us.   Some days it feels like we’re going to snap, but I know that one morning i am going to wake up and the light bulb is going to come on again in the creative side of my brain.  Then, it’s on.  Gates of hell shall not prevail kind of stuff.  Can’t put a price on that.

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