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Faith like the Devil



Anyone can say they believe in God.

I believe in diets! Does not mean I am gonna loose any weight until I start to follow one by eating as it says.

Until words line up with action it is stagnant.

There must be some sort of movement for God in order to see our faith grow. All the talking, reading and speaking in the world will never grow your faith in God like doing something. The Devil has a great deal of faith in God cause he is doing everything in his power to defeat Him. The more the Devil fights and is defeated by God the more his belief grows that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will Do. What should I do then you ask? Well for some it is as simple as going to church, for others it is serving or giving to someone else, and for others it may be leaving their family and going on a mission trip. It is all relative to where you are in your walk with God. Bottom line is to get moving, do something! The more you move for God the closer you get to Him and the greater your faith grows.

I don't want the Devil to beat me at anything including my level of faith in God!

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What is this?



A antenna for my car lighter/power plug?

Signal booster for my radio?

Satellite antenna?

Adapter to play Wii in the car?

No, this is for all you conspiracy theorists and super heros who need to get off the grid for a while. It is a GPS scrambler that when plugged in to you lighter/power plug scrambles all GPS signals for about 5 meters, perfect for when you are trying to shake those mysterious black helicopters the government has following us. What, you don't see them too?

The other use I thought about would be to have some fun following tourists using the GPS in their rentals! I know I am twisted!

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Answering Machine

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You can't stop the digital advancements!

The World of Graphic Design is about to be turned on its head!

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Sometimes?




I ride down the road and run over these for a really long time.

Am I the only one?

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The Final Countdown!

10 Days!

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Times Change, Tactics Change


Begging, panhandling and asking for money is as old as time itself. Being someone who drives 800-1000 miles in town a week I see a ton of crazy stuff.

This happened to me and I had seen it before, but with gas prices skyrocketing I suspect we will see it more and more. You pull up to pump and put in your credit/debit card and start pumping. The beggar approaches you with a gas can and explains they ran out of gas and need enough to get home. Now it is hard to say no cause hey you are already filling your car and what is a little extra? Well when gas was $2 a gallon you could fill a gas can for $4, now a can could cost up to $20 depending how big it is.

What do they do with this gas? I imagine they sell it at a discount, the way to tell is to watch and see if the beggar looks at the pump to see how much you gave them or if they have the can marked by gallon.

I have to say my attitude on this is still to give, even though they may not be genuine in their intentions. I know God will honor my giving irregardless. Anyway, I just see this as a growing trend and wanted to give you all a heads up, cause the first time it happens to you it catches you off guard.

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So why not just buy a real guitar?

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Public Transportation, Japanese Style!

I am all for public transportation, but this is a little much and gives new meaning to packed like sardines.

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Crotch-_ _ _ _ _ _ ?

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How cool can a kitchen faucet really be?

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If only I could find $.50 I could get him!



I have a customer that has a crane machine which does not have kids, but live lobsters. It costs $2 for 30 seconds and suffice it to say I have witnessed a couple hundred dollars go into the machine and no lobsters coming out. I asked the owner how much he makes off of it and he says he averages about $750-1000 a week! Sick...

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The only way to travel!



Well I boxed her up today and airfreighted her to Oklahoma today! Alright maybe not in the box, but I did send Rachel to Oklahoma to see her dad for her birthday. So it looks like it is party time for me and the boys!

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I LOVE HER



I know she is a beauty on the outside, but see her heart and you will see love!!!

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Hexcavation?

Close your eyes and imagine going into work and seeing a co worker wearing their blue College sports shorts under their clothes. Better yet what if another brushes his teeth and chews black licorice every hour. While another eats only chicken the day of a big presentation, and then draws a symbol that means “To Life” on their desk before every meeting. How about playing with dirt and talking to them self? Making sure to step on each step with both feet?

Alright, so you can't close your eyes and read this, but you would be off if you thought any of the above behavior was normal. Yet, in baseball these are some common actions for the professional player. Can you guess who does what above? Does not matter cause it seems the whole sport has gone to the nut house!

Well apparently some fan of Boston buried a David Ortiz jersey during construction at the new stadium. Now this was buried under a few tons of dirt then concrete and was just a claim by a zealous Boston fan. There was no proof besides the fan's word. Well in order to reverse this curse and with the help of some construction workers, the Yankees unearthed this curse to the tune of $50K. A grand 'Hex'cavation indeed! I could just imagine Ford spending $50K to remove a Chevy emblem under one of it's plants? NOT! Read The Full Story Here



Why is it so acceptable to behave this way in sports and no other profession?

Is is just me or does it seem off?

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THIS MORNING...



I WANT A DO OVER!

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Relative to the price of gas?



Seeing as the cost of educating our children has improved relative to the quality of the education they receive, the dramatic cost rise difference is justified?

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I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUNDAY!



For the past two years I have been blessed to be part of a an awesome new start up Church in Tampa. Being new and having the need for help every weekend I did nothing else all the while there were churches I wanted to visit.

Well in recent weeks we were able to get some time off from the volunteer schedule to visit different Churches in the community.

This last Sunday Rachel had to work and I took the boys to a very large not to be named Church I have wanted to attend.

The reason I share this is two fold: First is the humor side and Second is the educational side.

Now for the Humor:

I have attended quite a few Churches over the years. From Joel Osteen's Lakewood with 57,000 members to a south Georgia Baptist Church of about 20 members. That said I have become very comfortable going to any type or size Church.
Sunday that all changed, you see like I said I have been blessed to go to a Church that was rather laid back in many areas. I felt something out of place as I walked up to the Building, but I really could not figure it out till I got to the door and the Suits 'uh hum' greeted me? I realized at that moment that as with some careers out there, some Churches still exist which get dressed in something other than SHORTS! Yes, I was in a building with a few thousand men ALL in suits and ties.
Turns out it was I which was what was out of place as the ONLY one wearing shorts. Of course they weren't dress shorts either, you know the American Eagle Cargo type. Suffice it to say I was a little less than comfortable. Although I just kept on trucking cause hey I was just visiting, how bad could it be?

Now for the educational:
As I entered the massive atrium area sticking out like a sore thumb I searched desperately for a sign, an arrow, lights or anything to show me what I was to do with my children. I thought for a moment of bringing them in service, but that would probably make me stick out even worse than I already did. So, I turned back toward the entrance and found a counter with an official looking woman standing at it talking to three of her friends. I asked her if she knew where I was supposed to take my children. She turned back and asked another official looking lady to take me to the children's ministry. As I followed this woman she made comment to me that she "thought it was upstairs, but was not certain?" I said to her she obviously did not have kids and she humored me saying yes that was true. This woman as the first one had on name tags which I could not read so I couldn't get any official title.

Upon filling out a form the length of a tax return and confessing "I'm a faithful follower of Brother John Birch(this is for all of you born before 1970)" I followed another lady who was cordial, but made it a point to stop to hug and talk to everyone we passed. Upon dropping the boys off and the half mile walk back we got no directions as to how to get to the sanctuary. Jared and I saw two ushers standing in a hallway. I approached feeling the glare of the men at my naked shins and asked if we could enter the sanctuary through the opening they were standing in front of, the response was "of course loser(OK, I put the gratuitous use of loser in)?" Now the rest of the service was good and I quite honestly could not wait to get out of there and put on a suit! Alright maybe not.

The main problem that was exemplified here that I have seen over and over is not so much how I was treated cause that could be deemed subjective on my part. The thing which I feel isn't so much subjective is my being a visitor and sticking out like Yao Ming in a pygmy village.

You see one of the things Churches miss in teaching their volunteers how to effectively volunteer is one of the most important job requirements. This should be how to identify visitors, make them feel welcome and help them. This as Ford would say is job number one! Top Priority, cause truth be told I could not tell you what songs we sang, how fancy the light show was or what versus were quoted.
But, I can tell you the local Churches that make me feel like top priority when I go and which I would be comfortable returning to.

I hope someone gets something from my experience, I know I sure did! I have burned all my shorts, J/K!

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Seeker Sensitive?

I hate this term!

It is so over played and miss used in Church.

First off, all Churches are looking to increase their populous, what church would say no we don't want anymore members?

Second, it is not "Seeker Sensitive" it is really "Worldly Sensitive." Because as the goal of "Seeker Sensitive" is to make the world comfortable in a relative environment to the current culture.

I will get off the soap box now, thanks for listening!

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Don't Fail

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A walk in the park(I mean zoo)!

Took the boys to the Zoo today since they are on Spring Break and had a great time!




Jayden said he liked this Goat cause it has a goatee longer than mine!



Jackson made a new friend and was wanting to trade him in for a brother or two.



I love Spring Break!

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Proud Poppa

Jared is growing way to fast!



That said he had his District Track Event on Wednesday. He did really well beating his personal record for the two mile with a 11:10. This is a 5 minute 55 second mile. He also was the only freshman not to get lapped, which again was another first.



Suffice it to say a prouder father I could not be! Even though I had nothing to do with his speed, seeing as I am at about a 10 minute mile!

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THE VOICE OF THE VOTER... CRUSHED BY THE SUPERDELEGATE

I LOVE OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM!

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Get this guy an "I LOVE MY WIFE!" bumpersticker



Husband jumps on croc's back to save wife

April 3, 2008 - 12:32PM

A woman has escaped with bite wounds after her husband rescued her from the jaws of a crocodile while they were swimming in a Northern Territory national park.

The 2.5 metre saltwater crocodile was trying to drag the 36-year-old woman underwater at Litchfield National Park yesterday when her husband jumped on the reptile's back and wrestled her free, police said.

"The animal released the woman and swam into a concrete culvert," police said.

The woman was taken to Woolaning community for first aid treatment for eight puncture wounds in her right thigh, a puncture wound in her left thigh and a severe cut to one of her fingers.

She was last night transferred to the Royal Darwin Hospital and a spokeswoman today said she was in a stable condition.

The woman was attacked about 5.30pm (CST) yesterday while wading in water only 1.5 metres deep at the Bamboo Creek Crossing at Litchfield, a national park popular with tourists and about 160 kilometres south-west of Darwin.

The crossing is not a designated swimming area.

Ranger Luke Playford said it was the first crocodile attack in the Litchfield National Park, which is regularly trawled for the reptiles.

"The water is only 1.5 metres deep where the crocodile attacked the woman - which highlights that at this time of the year, following the wet season rains, saltwater crocodiles can find their way into rivers and creeks where they are not normally found," he said.

Mr Playford said it was an "opportunistic attack" and that parks and wildlife would today survey designated swimming areas and set traps for any crocodiles.

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Car Thief Gets Locked In Car... Before police arrive he cuffs himself!

Police: Waterloo man locked in car he tried to steal

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) A Waterloo man has been charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a truck and getting locked inside.

Cash Burch, 24, was arrested Wednesday after the owner of a Ford Explorer found him inside his vehicle and called police.

The owner, Mark Laures, says Burch could not get out because the Explorer has an anti-theft device that activates when the battery loses power. Laures says Burch wore down the battery trying to start the Explorer and became locked inside.

Burch damaged the dashboard trying to escape but was still inside the truck when officers arrived. Police opened the door from the outside and charged him with third-degree burglary.

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