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Monday, January 30, 2006

Real Life One Hour Photo

Do you guys remember the movie One Hour Photo with Robin Williams? His character becomes obsessed with a family who brings in their photos to be developed. Well, my wife comes home from Walmart's one hour photo lab and tells me that when she picked up the photos, the lady goes, "Oh, you've got the little boy that just got his hair cut and had a birthday party." Uh, she had to look through the photos pretty good to know that. Um, ok. Can you say... FREAKY. I'm hoping this doesn't turn into some movie gone real life on us.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Message From Carter

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What, you can't read that? As I was typing an email out (with Carter on my lap) he decided that he wanted to get in the mix. So, since everyone's not up to date on baby talk (yes, this is what baby talk looks like when it's typed out) I'll translate for you. It says:
Yo, what up to my homies in da cribs. I hit the bit one two a few weeks ago. Dats right, I'm one year old now. I'm crawl'n for da most part. But yo, check this out... I just took like 12 steps at church on Thursday. A'right, I gotta let pops here get back to his email. I'll check y'all later. Holla back at me.
He gets the hip hop ghetto from Jami.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast – Revolutionary Life

Live A Revolution P-votional – Revolutionary Life Luke 6:27-38

The fourth edition of Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast. This week we'll learn how to revolutionize our love life.

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Next Tuesday... "Crippled by Kryptonite?"

Transcript of Podcast:

“Give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry, a leader of the American Revolution, had a great influence in the fight for freedom from British tyranny. This dude didn’t fight for tea. He fought for and expressed ideas about a whole new way of life – a revolutionary life! You know, Jesus calls each one of us to a new way of life – a revolutionary life! Check it out:

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. If someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.” Luke 6:27-30 (The Message Remix)

The normal way of life says repay evil with evil. The ultimate revolutionary, Jesus, says repay evil with love. You see, the message of the Cross is love. Jesus didn’t just die for those who love Him. He also died for the very people who murdered Him. He died for a whole new way of life – a revolutionary life. Will you be a revolutionary?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Top Ten Current TV Shows

Here's a list of my Top Ten Shows currently on TV:

10. Miami Ink

9. Late Night with Conan O'brien

8. UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)

7. Cops

6. American Idol

5. Wanted

4. 24

3. Texas S.W.A.T.

2. E-Ring

1. The Shield

I know I'll probably take some heat for Lost not being listed... but if I have to be a martyr, I have to be a martyr... I can deal with that.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Carter Got His Hair Did

Well, I guess it had to happen at some point. Although I could have waited a little bit longer, but Carter had his first hair cut yesterday. It was relatively painless, especially when he noticed the cameras.




Just before it comes off... he doesn't even know what's going to happen.



What the heck is going on?



Watch the ears. Watch the ears.



If I just look at mommy it will be ok.



Got my binky, got my binky.



Hey, it's not that bad. Halfway done.



Ya, I kind of like getting my hair cut.



Here's my stylist, Debbie. All the stars have one.



And that's all folks.

P.S. Tyler, it wasn't that bad... you were right. Oh ya, and just like you said... I do look more mature – like I'm one and a half now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast – Oil Change

Live A Revolution P-votional – Oil Change Psalm 51:2, Psalm 51:7, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9

The third edition of Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast. This week we'll learn why we need to get our spiritual oil changed.

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Next Tuesday... "Revolutionary Life"

Transcript of Podcast:

Everyone who owns a car has had to get an oil change at some point. You’re suppose to know when you’re due for one because they put a little sticker on the top of your windshield. I don’t know about you, but it seems like I’m always caught off guard. I never notice my car needs an oil change until the light flickers on and off when I come to a stop. And even when that happens, I’m always putting it off until that warning light flickers more and more while I’m driving. This last time the oil changing guys actually told me I needed to watch my oil level better because when they drained out the old oil, barely any came out. I guess that’s a bad thing. No, I know it’s a bad thing. You know, there are times we need a spiritual oil change. And this is how it goes down. Check it out:

Psalm 51:2
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51:7
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Proverbs 28:13
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

You see, we all have these warning lights going off and on in our minds. We know when we need to have our spiritual oil changed – when we need the old stuff drained and the new clean stuff put in. We know most of the time when we’ve sinned. But it’s easy to keep moving and put off that check up with God saying we’ll get to it tonight, we’ll get to it in the morning. It’s easy to say, I can’t pull over now. I’m too busy. But we all need to take the time to schedule a check up where we say, God, look at my life and tell me if there’s anything wrong. Remove the old junky stuff and replace it with your clean, new spirit. We all need a spiritual oil check from time to time if we don’t want to wreck our lives… the question isn’t if… it’s when… maybe you’re due for one now. If so, don’t put it off any longer… it could wreck your life. God wants to clean and fill you up with His Spirit.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.

This is a popular time to call in sick for work. According to a recent survey done by careerbuilder.com, they came up with the 20 Best Excuses for Calling in Sick. I've pasted the 20 excuses below if you don't want to read the entire article... enjoy.

  • I was sprayed by a skunk.
  • I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious.
  • My bus broke down and was held up by robbers.
  • I was arrested as a result of mistaken identity.
  • I forgot to come back to work after lunch.
  • I couldn't find my shoes.
  • I hurt myself bowling.
  • I was spit on by a venomous snake.
  • I totaled my wife's jeep in a collision with a cow.
  • A hitman was looking for me.
  • My curlers burned my hair and I had to go to the hairdresser.
  • I eloped.
  • My brain went to sleep and I couldn't wake it up.
  • My cat unplugged my alarm clock.
  • I had to be there for my husband's grand jury trial.
  • I had to ship my grandmother's bones to India.
  • I forgot what day of the week it was.
  • Someone slipped drugs in my drink last night.
  • A tree fell on my car.
  • My monkey died.
And now... ummm, hmmm, I have to go... my dog pooped in my shoe... I mean, I'm feeling sick.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

He Said What?

At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, "Who gets the highest rank in God's kingdom?"For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me.
Matthew 18:1-5

Friday, January 13, 2006

Podcast to Pick

If you love the Longhorns and are excited about Texas winning the College Football National Championship, then you'll be excited about this week's Podcast to Pick. Located in Plano, Texas, Prestonwood Student Ministry has got some cool stuff going on like Freedom '06 and SPOTS (their small groups). Designed to reach students with the hope of Jesus through innovative media and relevant messages, Prestonwood Student Ministry is reaching students in the greater Plano - North Dallas area. If you don't have iTunes you can find their podcasts on Prestonwood's Podcast site. Thanks for your commitment to students. This is one ministry where I'll be sure to keep up to date with their podcasts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Shield Fiasco

Last night was suppose to be the night. I've been looking forward to it for weeks now. FX has been promoing the heck out of it. And when it all went down at 10 p.m. last night, there was nothing but garbled conversation... that's right, the audio was all messed up. Couldn't understand a thing. Checked back at the 11 p.m. replay... you guessed it... same garbled mess. I've been in conversation with a couple of friends, and from what I can gather, this is a Comcast Cable screw up. Hopefully FX will replay this episode during the week. Until then... life goes on.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast – Trashed

Live A Revolution P-votional – Trashed Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 11:12, Proverbs 16:27

The second edition of Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast. This week we'll deal with gossip and slander, and learn how God feels about trashing other people.

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Next Tuesday... "Oil Change"

Transcript of Podcast:
One thing I’m going to miss about the holidays is the white elephant gift Christmas parties. I actually never really liked going to a party where people brought their trash to give away as gifts. But over the last couple of years I’ve found that some people actually want and trade their stuff for a gift that some people consider trash. That’s what’s fun about going to a white elephant gift party… to see what trashy gift will be turned into someone’s treasure. You know, something similar happens to people, God’s treasure, when we trash them with our words… when we gossip about or slander someone. And God’s got something to say about trashing his treasure. Check it out:

Proverbs 16:28
Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.

Proverbs 11:12
Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense.

Proverbs 16:27
Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.

You see, when we use gossip and slander we’re saying that the person we’re talking about is trash – that we don’t place any value on that person. But the cool thing is, is that God traded what he had for that trash. We were all white elephant gifts at one time, but God traded his Son for each one of us… his treasures. We’ve got better uses for our language than that… like giving thanks and using our words to love on people. So let’s not trash the treasure that God traded for… that Jesus gave his life for… and instead trade our gossip and slander in for the gifts that God has given to each one of us… people and the relationships that come with them.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The Birthday Party

Well, this past Friday Carter turned 1 year old. So we asked him what he wanted to do for his big milestone... he said, let's throw a party. Ok, he obviously didn't say that. But we did have a birthday party for him... well, the 1 year old birthday party is probably more for us (the parents) than for him. In any case, here are a few photos. We really need to get better at taking other shots besides Carter... you know like of our friends.




Happy Birthday!!!!!!



Holy Cats! That's a haul.



It's so fun to wear my party hat.



Mommy's teaching me the finer things in life found in a birthday card... you know... boogers!



Oooooo, what's in here?



And why am I sitting in just a diaper in front of everyone? How embarrassing.



Mmmmm, cake.



Time for a break. Everyone needs milk with cake.



I wonder if I can taste the cake if I put it in my ear... nope.



And... I'm done.



Wes, and Jess. All the way from Virginia.



Was there any doubt these would end up on Corey's head just like this? I don't think so.



Abby... thanks for coming to my party.

I'd like to thank everyone for coming to my party. I like all of my gifts. But more importantly, I loved hanging out with everyone. Thank you for your greatest gift ever... your friendship and love. That beats them all.

P.S. Tyler, sorry for smacking you in the face.

-Carter.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Chase and Be Chased!

Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth
hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God,
and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play
hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him,
can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: "We're the
God-created."
Acts 17:26-28

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Road Kill

Well, if anyone needs to hire a hitman to take care of any squirrel problems... like if they aren't paying up on their nut loans... aparently my wife and I are the ones to call. Earlier this week she killed a squirrel with her car... today, I took care of one with mine. So get the word out... the Ruth's have declared war on all squirrels!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Podcast to Pick

If you've had someone tell you to get a life, you know it's not a good thing. Similarily, if you've never been to church, you may think the same thing... not a good thing. Well, this week's Podcast to Pick from Life Church in the Temecula Valley of Southern California (between L.A. and San Diego) asks you to get a life and come to church... only their aim is to make both experiences a good thing. A vision that was given by God to Pastors John Ruhlman, Jimmy Smith, Jeff Paschall and Eric Beeman, Life Church is a 21st century church that seeks to be Bible based and culturally relevant... oh, and NOT boring. I recently listened to the 11.25.05 podcast called In the Zone, part one. I'll be listening to part two tomorrow. If you've got a chance, see what life's about at Life Church.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Thursday's Schedule

8:15 a.m. Watch Imus on MSNBC
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Play with Carter, and watch The First 48 Hours (It's a marathon day)
10:15 a.m. - 12:20ish Cater's nap time, and record next P-votional
12:20ish - 2:10ish Feed and play with Carter and watch more of The First 48 Hours
2:10ish -5:20ish Carter's nap time, and edit play with P-votional recording and watch more of The First 48 Hours

As you can see, I got a ton done... ok, it doesn't really look like it on paper... but I really did. In any case, iTunes sent me an email saying that they accepted my podcast submission. I think I may have to change the category, but we'll see. Below is the feed if you wish to subscribe to it:

feeds.blastpodcast.com/livearevolutioneveryday/index.xml

Tomorrow... Carter's 1-year-old birthday party!!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Embracing Grace


One of my Christmas gifts was a gift card to Barnes & Noble. Well, with that card I picked up Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us by Scot McKnight. Here's a clipping from chapter one:
A local church always performs the gospel it proclaims. This may sound odd, so let me emphasize the word "always." A church always performs the gospel it proclaims because its performance is its proclamation. If you look at a church and what it does and how it operates you will see the gospel of that church. The important point to make here is that the deepest indicator of that church's gospel cannot be limited to the pastor's sermons, or the Sunday school teacher's teaching, or the doctrinal statement's affirmations. The sure indicator of the gospel in a local community is how those Christians live.
May I perform the gospel that I claim.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast Debut

Live A Revolution P-votional – I'm Sinking Matthew 14:28-30

Introducing the first ever Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast. It took a little work, but I figured it out! I'll be working on some things that could be better that I and my editor (my wife) noticed for the next one. You can expect a new Live A Revolution P-votional Podcast each Tuesday... Enjoy!

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Next Tuesday... "Trashed"

Monday, January 02, 2006

Under the Hood Update

Well, I was able to pick up my car on Sunday. I don't know what I was more afraid of... the bill, or having to face the people who saw the inside of my messy car. There's nothing like having to look a perfect stranger in the face to help push you to clean your car out. In any case, two good things... it was just a broken alternator belt – cost – $121.00. It could have been worse... and two, I didn't have to face anyone who saw the inside of my car. I guess that means I can put off cleaning it until the next time something goes wrong.