Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I promised you a picture and here it is. Also, I found out his middle name...Trey Thomas Archer. Tommy, Misty & the kids returned home from the hospital today. They are now a family of five. Two boys & 1 girl. I was thinking Trey probably should’ve been named after me, but when you think about it he really is. When it comes to basketball I can shoot the three about as good as anyone. So, it’s sort of like his name represents a part of me. If I can just get him to wear this he'll be good to go.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country" --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --Al Gore, Vice President
"We are ready for an un foreseen event that may or may not occur."
-- Al Gore, VP
Thursday, November 15, 2007
(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.) Question: If you could live forever, would you and why? Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," -- Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest .
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Oh yeah, the $50.00 stories have already been coming in. The videos coming in December should be really cool. Have you given away your money yet? Do you have any ideas? You'd better get busy or I'll take that money back...you think I'm jokin'...Ok I'm probably joking. Later!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Our interview series is going to run for 3 more weeks...and I'll share with you tomorrow who will be coming this Sunday. Have a good evening!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him.
Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him
He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him.
However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping
on his heels, the terrified man runs.
Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in.
His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.
With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.
Bumping and clapping toward him.
The man screams and reaches for something, anything,
but all he can find is a bottle of Robitussin!
Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket and,
The coffin stops
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Believe it or not I've been here...but if somebody would foot the bill I would gladly go back. Plus, I could hopefully be an extra on my favorite show...Lost!
My daughter Madison would flip out over going here but that's not gonna happen.
I'd give my left arm to spend some time in this place...ok maybe from the elbow down.
There are a lot of great places in the world we could go but one place we all want to be is safe. We want safety for us, our spouse, our children, family, etc. Think on this...as Christians we have concluded that God promises safety. Those who are outside God's will, will experience danger. People say, "Get out of God's will and you'll be in big trouble." God's will appears to be a "safe" place for the believer. However, I think scripture teaches something different. I don't believe the center of God's will is a very safe place to be, but possibly the most dangerous place. When I'm out of God's will I'm usually playing it safe. When I'm doing God's will in my life I am constantly placed in uncomfortable situations...places I would never go by my own choice. So, if you want safety...keep doing whatever you want to do and ignore God, but if you want to live a life of danger...get in God's will.
Oh yeah, if you don't agree with those thoughts...go here.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Can you learn from the experiences of others?
I hope so, because that's exactly what we're trying to do in this series...Interview with a _________. Sunday it was an interview with a soldier. I interviewed Sergeant Quentin Bales of the 875th along with his wife Ginger. As many of you know, the 875th was deployed to Iraq for 12 months and they just returned home a few weeks ago. Tag on the 2months training in Wisconsin and that's 14 straight months away from their families. That's a huge sacrifice! Quentin & Ginger shared with us their initial reaction when they found out about the deployment, his experiences in Iraq (he went to Ur...land of Abram...pretty cool!) & how they survived during the 14 month separation. It was great to hear from someone "in the trenches." It's hard to know what really goes on with all the media coverage. One thing is for sure. The sacrifice was huge but it was given for something larger than the Bales...freedom. The same thing is true in our lives spiritually. There is a greater cause...building God's Kingdom. Quentin was willing to sacrifice his family for a year...are we willing to sacrifice that thing in our lives for the bigger vision? That's the tough part.
So, who will we learn from this Sunday? I already know, but you'll have to check back tomorrow!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Because of THIS verse we should seriously check our spiritual pulse on a regular basis. Are your ways pleasing to God or do you please man? How is your attitude? Are you too busy to love, help, and care for others? Are you spending time with God on a regular basis? What needs to be examined in your life today?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I know a lot of you guys have been praying for Melissa Meeker. In case you don't know, there is a website to keep you updated. Go here and type in melissameeker. It's a good way to stay informed and you can even drop her a note.
Unless you've lived in a cave for the past couple weeks you don't know about the game tonight. ASU vs. Memphis. Even if you're not a big football fan it will be fun. That's where I'll be tonight.
I've been studying up on Matthew & Thomas this week. We will look at them this Sunday and see how they were changed after their 3 year time with Jesus. I've really enjoyed this series on the twelve and I know a lot of you have. Several people have made good comments. I think it's because they are so normal. It's amazing how God rocked the world with 12 ordinary men.
We finally decided on a name for our cell group last night. Drum roll please...Becoming less. Except we are doing it like this...Becoming <. Pretty sweet huh? I'd like to say I came up with the name, but I didn't. Cristi Hillis invented the name and here is the verse to go with it. That's right...we have a verse for our name. I know you're impressed. Have a nice evening!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This coming weekend we continue our series on, "The Twelve." We've looked at two sets of brothers who were fisherman. This Sunday the two guys we focus on appear to have been good friends before Jesus called them. And yes, they also appear to be fisherman. Philip & Bartholomew...we'll check these fellows out in detail this weekend.
The Table Tennis Tournament is coming this weekend and I have a new weapon. It's go time!
We had a great new members class Sunday & possibly two more to baptize.
5 more months and Lost is back! Sweet!
If you were at church Sunday you know about the ticket. I was leaving my brothers Saturday night on my way home and I was pulled over by a cop for going 60 in a 45. The funny thing, I pulled over in a church parking lot. I had the wife and kids with me and Madison was afraid we were going to jail. Marinda thought it was funny since I had earlier been bragging about only having one ticket and that was at age 18...so it's been awhile. Well, the streak is broken. However, the cop did do me a favor. He wrote the ticket as Hazardous Driving which cut the price in half, won't hurt the insurance & won't be on my record...so I basically told Marinda it's like I never really got a ticket...she's not buying it. It's a weird feeling when you get pulled over because you automatically become the focal point of all passersby that you have just screwed up. It's a good thing God doesn't operate that way. If he pulled us over, turned on the blue lights & shined a big honkin' flashlight in our eyes every time we made a mistake...well, the life of a Christian would be a little unbearable. Thankfully, God has forgiven us of our sins by sending His Son to die on a cross and when you think about...we don't have to be looked at and laughed at every time we mess up because His word tells us here that He already went through that for us. See ya!
Friday, September 14, 2007
With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.
Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokie Pokie" died peacefully at the age of 93.
The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in........And then the trouble started.
C'mon. You know it's funny.
Still no word on the building.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Oh yeah, if you're not going to the ASU vs. Memphis game tomorrow night...you're very uncool!!!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Sunday, we jump into our new series called, "The Twelve." Of course, it's a series about the lives of the 12 disciples that followed Jesus. It took hours upon hours of creative frenzy to come up with the name for the series, so don't make fun of it. I'm ready for this series to begin. We are not going to take 12 weeks and talk about each individual disciple...probably around 6 weeks. We'll see how it goes. What's amazing about these guys is they were just ordinary dudes who happened to be doing life while Jesus was on the scene. They were ordinary, but the calling on their lives was very unordinary. These guys stuck with Jesus thru thick and thin. At one point in Jesus' ministry He shared teaching so difficult that this happened. However, the disciples stuck with Him. Most of the disciples were fisherman, one was a zealot, one was a tax collector, but the question is...who were they really? That's what were going to look at for the next several weeks because the truth is...they are just like us. Common men with an uncommon calling.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
This picture is our youngest daughter Madison sitting in my lap and driving. By looking at my Mickie Souvenir Key chain you would think we're going about 75 miles per hour down the interstate and if you know Madison very well that would be highly probable. Glad to say we were not going that fast, as you can tell by the speedometer. Plus, we were on County Road 703, not the interstate. 703 is the road we live on and it's gravel. We live almost one mile down 703 so the big thing with the girls is sitting in Dad's lap and driving. It all started when they saw one of their friends from school doing the same thing. When they sit in my lap and drive, all they have to do is steer...maybe blow the horn occasionally. I've actually let them work the gas and brakes some but Maddie's still afraid of that...which is cool with me. When Maddie and Micah sit in my lap and drive they are not in full control of the vehicle. I'm still there ready to grab the wheel, hit the brakes...whatever needs to be done. And for now it's a good thing since they are not capable of driving on their own...and not legal. To me, this is a picture of baby Christians. We get saved, prop up in the pastor's lap and just do what we want to do...play with the radio...work the wipers or honk the horn. For some reason we are afraid to grab the wheel of life and hit the gas. Don't get me wrong, it's OK to sit in someones lap for a season, but for most, that season is way behind us. It's time for us to stop depending on someone to grow us and feed us and have the courage to trust God and take the wheel of our life and follow Him. Someday, my girls will be legal and ready to take the wheel...I may not...but they will...and when they do lookout. I hope we have good insurance. Even if they have a fender bender or two, that's part of life. We all take wrong turns every now and then but the courageous thing to do is get back behind the wheel and try again. Of course, I'm talking spiritually here and not about the girls...if they have a wreck it's back to Daddy's lap...even if they are 25 yrs. old. See you guys on the road!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
One of the main problems Christians have in their realtionship with Christ is hearing from Him. Many times we say, "I just can't hear God speaking to me." It could be that we are the ones not listening. I think most of us spend too much time telling God what we want, rather than listening to what He tells us. My advice is, if you want to hear from God, turn down all the other noise in your life.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
10:30 Service (weigh in)
3:30 Pros vs Joes (ladies addition) all contestants meet at Galactic 30 minutes prior to family day for laser tag.
4:00 to 6:00 family day at Galactic Hurricane.
6:00 to ??? Pizza Inn (across street from Galactic)
August 12th @2:00??
Pros vs Joes Volleyball/Tug of War
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here are the numbers for those interested:
As you can see, Jon came out with the best score, but besides Nick, he didn't get much help. Solid play by the Pros helped us to take victory #4 on Sunday. This weekend will be the ladies in the skills competition. Good times!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tommy will be speaking this weekend on Focus and we have a special guest (Charlton Cupp) leading worship this Sunday. Don't miss this weekend, it will be a blast.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Ok, so I'm ready for this weekend. We are in the "Is He in You" series and it's week two. James hit a homerun last Sunday to set the stage for this series. This Sunday I'll be sharing one of my favorite stories from the Bible and it's not Esther or Joseph. Perseverance is the key word for the weekend. We have like 3 videos to show this weekend...I love videos and slideshows. This weekends going to be good. Also, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 we are going to beat the crud out of the Joes in the shootout. I worked out today and shot around before I left...I've still got the touch and Tommy & Chris will be bringing their "A" game so look out Joes. The summer has been awesome so far. We haven't been under 100 yet so let's keep it going...actually let's not settle for maintaining but let's move forward. We can grow through the summer...just keep inviting your friends and show up yourself. See ya at VBS...if not see ya Sunday!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
VBS is going good this year...I love the sports theme.
I hit 9 for 9 Tuesday night at the Softball Games. I'm expecting 0 for 9 next time.
Washing my truck is like making the bed. Why do it? You're just going to mess it up tonight. I live down a gravel road.
I got a new laptop...it's sweet!
We are going to slaughter the Joes this Sunday afternoon on the hardwood.
I gave my dog leftover chicken bones last night and he ate them slowly. That's very strange. The heat has zapped his appetite.
We have a funny video to show this Sunday. Don't miss it!
I'm sick of hearing about Paris Hilton.
I really am starting to miss Lost. I love that show...come February come.
I stink at golf but I can knock the fool out of a ball on my Tiger Woods Wii game.
We have a couple people to baptize...you will find out soon.
That's pretty much it for now...back to studying for this weekend.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Darts-James Hewitt & Steve Walton
Archery-Steve Walton & Phillip Weese
Basketball Shootout-Michael Archer, Tommy Archer & Chris Moix
Skills Competition-Ladies only! All the wives of the Leadership Team
Volleyball/Tug of War-Leadership Team
Sign-up cards are available at the church, so, if you have the skills...get involved!
Be ready for this weekend as Chris closes out the series "Taming the Tongue."
Have a great Monday!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
The Pump it Up Party Saturday afternoon rocked! We had 60 in attendance...which was a great turnout...and all the kids (and adults) had a blast! Watching Pete & Steve in the boxing cage was good entertainment. I thought Farrah was going to knock James' head off with that joust club. The greatest moment of the evening, however, was when the 5 leadership team guys defeated the 5 laymen in the obstacle course race. The headfirst slide by Steve to win was very cool! That was a little teaser of what's going to happen this July when we kick off the series, "Is He in You?" Each week the Pastor's will compete against the laypeople of the church in a "Pro's versus Joe's Battle." Fun stuff!
Sunday morning we did a little service called "In the Round." Phillip built a stage in the middle of the room and all the chairs circled the stage for a more intimate approach. Scott, Michelle, Zach & Jami all did a great job telling their stories. We had a 130 in attendance, which is awesome for summer.
Someone that's been bathed in prayer during G.R.O.W. each month was in attendance Sunday.
Pete & Kelly Cancilla & Dustin Wheat all joined the Crossroads Team Sunday after attending the Membership Class. Welcome aboard guys!
That's a few things that happened this weekend you might have missed out on. Have an awesome day!
Friday, June 8, 2007
It's amazing what we will risk when we know the whole story. Think about your life as a follower of Christ for a second. How much time do you give God each day? How much of your talent are you using for His Church? Do you always tithe or just when there's enough money left over? Honestly, we all fall short in different areas of our lives. We won't give God our talent because were unsure if it will really matter, our time is held back because we have other "more important" things to accomplish and we refuse to tithe because we simply can't afford it. The truth is, we simply don't trust God will follow thru with His promises. We do something for God and we want our reward the next day. When He doesn't deliver we get upset. I don't know what's going to happen over the next 20 yrs. of my life but I know who's in charge. I've read the end of the book, Jesus wins! So, all I have to do is follow His will for my life. When I do that it will appear that I am taking huge risks when in actuality you would do the same because..."when you know what I know, you can afford to take the risk."
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Abraham's father, Terah, left Canaan with Abraham but for some unknown reason he stopped in Haran and never continued his journey. Did he have a similar call to go with Abraham to the Promised Land? We may never know, but we do know that Abraham continued on.
When enemies kidnapped Lot, Abraham rescued him.
When God commanded Abraham to circumcise the males, he did it "that very same day."
And when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, he went the distance until God intervened and provided a ram.
Quitting is easy, anyone can do it. It's going the distance that seperates you from the pack. The vision God has for us at Crossroads is not a wind sprint. It's a marathon...a journey. It takes discipline, courage & the ability to finish strong. When God calls you to do something He won't tell you later to quit before it's finished. So, if you're considering "throwing in the towel" ask yourself who your listening to, because I can assure you...it's not God.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
On a bag of Fritos: ..You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.
On a bar of Dial soap: "Directions: Use like regular soap."
On some Swanson frozen dinners: "Serving suggestion: Defrost."
On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): "Do not turn upside down."
On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: "Product will be hot after heating."
On packaging for a Rowenta iron: "Do not iron clothes on body."
On Boot's Children Cough Medicine: "Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication."
On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness."
On most brands of Christmas lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only."
On Sunsbury's peanuts: "Warning: contains nuts."
On an American Airlines packet of nuts: "Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts."
On a child's superman costume: "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."
I remember one time I had to put a bouncing horse together for the girls. I didn't read the instructions. I saw instructions as a waste of time. However, after the horse was finished I still had a leftover part. I threw it to the side thinking it was unimportant or just an extra. After closer investigation of the horse I noticed it was leaning a little. The leftover part was needed but I would have to take it all apart and start from the beginning...which I wasn't willing to do. So, the girls rode a crooked horse for the next couple years. Reading the instructions takes time, but one thing is for sure...you'll get it done right by taking that time. It works the same way for us as believers. Reading our instructions (Bible) takes time, but it will keep our lives on the right track. So, if you feel like you're riding a crooked horse in your walk with Christ, check your manual...you probably need to make some adjustments.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
We came back Sunday night for the Gathering. We looked at Acts 5 and focused on the leadership of the 1st church. The way those guys lived is unbelievable. Their lives were forever changed after Jesus ascended to heaven and growth for their church became a natural thing. I'm convinced we will never have any problems with church growth, if we will live our lives as they did.
Next Sunday is Mother's Day. Call your mom and bring her to church. You don't want to miss this Sunday, I promise. We are going to do something I've never heard of and it's going to rock. Don't miss it!
Friday, May 4, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
It's time for the church to come out of retirement and back into ministry. God's ready to change the world and he wants to use each of us for that task. We are are all gifted in some area and we need to get busy using our gifts to build up the body. One regret I have for my life is that I didn't start serving him earlier. I got involved in ministry in my mid-twenties. I feel like I missed opportunities during my younger years. However, I'm glad I did start. Many people live their whole lives saying, "I'll start tomorrow." Well, forget about tomorrow and just start right now. It's never too late. Get involved today!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Number One Idiot of 2006
I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at
the poison control center.
Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little
daughter eating ants.
I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there
would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed
down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she
gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants.
I told her that she better bring her daughter into the emergency
room right away.
Number Two Idiot of 2006
Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to
steal a life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in
getting it out of the plane and home.
Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a
Coast Guard helicopter coming towards them.
It turned out that the chopper was homing in on the emergency
locator beacon that activated when the raft was inflated. They are
no longer employed at Boeing.
Number Three Idiot of 2006
A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the
Branch and wrote "this. Put all your muny in this bag."
While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he
began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might
call the police before he reached the teller's window.
So he left the Bank of America and crossed the street to the Wells
Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note
to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and, surmising from his
spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbor,
told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was
written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he would either
have to fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of
Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, "OK" and left.
He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back
at Bank of America.
Have you ever done anything stupid that makes you feel like an idiot? I have many times. A few weeks ago I dropped the girls off at school and went straight to church....normal routine. I got out of the truck and noticed I had on my house shoes. Marinda got me some nice red house shoes and they are so good I apparently couldn't tell the difference from my regular shoes. Have you ever been driving down the road...listening to your Ipod and reach for the volume button on the car? It doesn't turn up the volume on the Ipod no matter how many times you turn the knob. I've done this before...actually more than once. We do some pretty idiotic things in life sometimes but hopefully they don't mess us up too much. However, as a follower of Christ I mess up all the time. I should pray for someone and I don't, I should encourage someone and I don't, I should do someone a favor and I don't...the list goes on and on. I'm always doing stupid stuff or I don't do the good stuff I need to and therefore I become an idiot.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I forgot to give out some vital information this past weekend. I told you I would keep you informed and I didn't. God please forgive me. I will be on 95.9 The Wolf Thursday afternoon at 4:00. I get to push the buttons, pick the songs & talk for 30 minutes. Probably 29 minutes of music with a 60 second interview with M. Archer, but hey it will be fun. I've always thought being a DJ would be cool. I'll let you know Sunday how it went.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I think the skittles illustration went over pretty good Sunday...we had a $21,000 dollar offering. Ok, that was just a cruel joke...but think about how excited you were for a moment when you read that $21,000. God's big enough do that and so much more if we will just be obedient. Ok...enough money talk. We have some cool stuff coming up so write down the list below and then do something ludicrous. Show up! Wow, that's crazy!
I did pick up all the skittles that landed in the floor so no leftover snacks for you.
G.R.O.W. tonight 7:00-8:00
We split up in groups for 1 hour and God shows up...it's great!
Nick asked me to remember the Guntharp family in prayer. They lost their son Judah last Friday so if you can't make it tonight remember this family.
Gathering this Sunday night @6:00
James is speaking and he will not mention that we won the Doubles Tournament. Oh, I just mentioned it...sorry.
Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00 Stuff Eggs.
We have eggs to stuff for the Community Hunt and the Crossroads Hunt.
All cell groups will meet at the church for this event.
April 8th Easter Sunday.
We are having dinner & an egg hunt immediately after the service. Invite your friends and family and let's pack this place out.