Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Halloween Groaner

A man was walking home alone late one foggy night, when behind him he hears:

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

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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 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


Be sure and invite someone to come this Sunday and hear what Corey Leonard has to say...should be a good service. I'm about to walk out the door and go here with James & Philip. Tommy & Chris are joining up later this afternoon for our Pastor's Retreat. We will eat, dream and hopefully come back with some crazy ideas for our Church. Later!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Interview With a Quarterback

So, here's the next person to be interviewed at Crossroads. Corey Leonard, Quarterback for the ASU Indians. We're gonna be talkin' football this Sunday at Church and if you're not into talkin' football...well, get into it this Sunday! Do you have any friends or co-workers that need Jesus but could care less about coming to Church? Maybe they're ASU Football Fans...if so, this would be a great weekend to invite them. How will we tie Football & Christ together???'ll just have to show up and find out. See ya Soon!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Interview with a Soldier

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 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

Examine your ways

A guy rushed into a service station one day and asked the manager if he had a pay phone. The manager nodded, "Sure, over there." The guy inserted a couple of coins, dialed and waited for an answer. Finally someone came on the line. "Uh, sir," he said in a deep voice, "could you use an honest hard-working young man?" The station manager couldn't help overhearing the question. After a moment or two the guy said, "Oh, you already have an honest, hard-working young man? Well, okay. Thanks all the same." A broad smile stretched across his face. He hung up the phone and started back to his car, obviously elated. "Hey, just a minute," the station manager said, "I couldn't help but hear your conversation. Why are you so happy? I thought the man said he already had someone and didn't need you?" The guy smiled. "Well, you see, I am that honest, hard-working young man. I was just checking up on myself!"

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


We are planning a series in January called Risk. Here's a thought on this series as ideas have been running thru my head lately. It seems as Christians we put a ton of emphasis on removing evil from our lives. We are always trying to remove sin and we don't like to be around people who sin. Somehow, we consider ourselves more holy by doing this. Maybe we should define holiness not by what we get rid of but what we do. It seems that the greatest tragedy in life is not the sins that we commit but the life we fail to live. Think about this...if we go only where we know and do what we're certain will succeed, what do we need God for?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sweet Memories!

Crossroads' Singles Table Tennis Tournament...that's how I roll!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Success Follows Failure

How do you view failure?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


You know how it're in a hurry but the light is red. After the light changes to green you're still not moving. Why not? Because the person in front of you is looking in the mirror...checking their hair or popping a pimple. You lay down on the horn and the person in the vehicle jumps...realizing they are in a vehicle on a highway with other people around. Once they become aware of the situation they give you (the driver paying attention) a dirty look and stare you down as you pass them. They forgot about the world around them because they were focused on themselves. As we've been looking at the 12 disciples over the past few weeks there's one thing I've noticed about all of them (excluding Judas) after their encounter with Jesus. They got busy doing God's work. I think as Christians we move slow because we are so consumed with ourselves. God has given us the green light to do ministry and reach our area for Him. However, God may be thinking the same thing we think when we're behind someone and the light is green..."go dude, it doesn't get any greener than this." Maybe...just maybe that's what God is saying to us.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Latest

It looks like the building is not gonna happen. I talked to Jon at Fletcher Dodge yesterday and he said his bosses are not wanting to do anything right now with the building. They have other construction projects going on and that's taking priority over the building in Jonesboro. Also, they've added more vehicles to their lot so the parking issue is a problem. They are not sure if they could allot enough room for us to park. Anyway, he said he would call me back today and give me the final word...which according to his gut feeling is a "sorry, maybe later." I'm not getting a phone call...he's never called me before so I don't know why he would now. It would take a move of God for me to receive a call from him. Also, if he did call, it would be another miracle for him to say, "they said go for it." So, there you go. Apparently, God wants us where we are for now or he has something better for us. Right now, you're probably feeling a little sad and disappointed (like I am) but hang in there...what seems to be a loss is actually God setting us up for something bigger and better...I can't see it right now, but I've been around God long enough to know that He operates a little differently than we do. My biggest dreams always come up short from His plan. Have a great time at group tonight!