Walk the Line
We Own the Night
What's your favorite Joaquin Phoenix film?
(remember when "Lights Out" Lidge was an Astro?)
I heard a lady recently speaking ill of the jean shorts. I honestly don’t have any myself…um…anymore that is, it’s been a few years. But my first reaction was, “What’s wrong with jean shorts?” Of course I asked this to myself since I try to avoid saying stupid things, and assumed that this would be a stupid question. And contrary to just about every teacher I ever had, there is such a thing as a stupid question.
Oooooh…now I understand.
No more jean shorts…check!
Tampa Bay at Dallas
El Guapo: Tampa Bay
Buffalo at Miami
El Guapo: Buffalo
St. Louis at New England
Trevor: New England
El Guapo:New England
San Diego at New Orleans
Trevor: New Orleans
El Guapo: San Diego
Kansas City at NY Jets
Trevor: NY Jets
El Guapo: NY Jets
Atlanta at Philadelphia
El Guapo: Philadelphia
Oakland at Baltimore
El Guapo: Baltimore
Arizona at Carolina
El Guapo: Carolina
Cleveland at Jacksonville
El Guapo: Jacksonville
Cincinnati at Houston
El Guapo: Houston
NY Giants at Pittsburgh
El Guapo: Pittsburgh
Seattle at San Francisco
Trevor: San Francisco
El Guapo: Seattle
the Monday Night game
Indianapolis at Tennessee
El Guapo: Tennessee
Whether you want to win that new account or inspire your family and friends, bestselling author and acclaimed speaker Mark Sanborn shows us how to make every performance count.Every day, we are called to perform— at work, at home, in our communities. But is it possible to make every performance outstanding, the kind that leaves people applauding for an encore?
Mark Sanborn, leadership expert and bestselling author of The Fred Factor, says that anyone can achieve remarkable performance time after time—no matter what their personality, strengths, or weaknesses. In The Encore Effect Sanborn demonstrates, through his own experiences as well as those of the people he’s worked with in his career, how you can cultivate the traits shared by remarkable performers and achieve extraordinary results in all aspects of your life. The secrets lie in five steps:
Passion: The fuel for remarkable performance
Prepare: How remarkable performance begins
Practice: It won’t make you perfect, but it will make you better
Perform: How to engage your audience
Polish: Making your performance shine
Whether your “stage” is an office, a sales floor, the boardroom, or your own home, Sanborn’s sound advice and rousing encouragement will help you shine in every situation where it matters most.
Buy it HERE.
The Shape of Mercy
by Susan Meissner
I thought this book was great. It began in a mysterious subtle way to capture this reader’s curiosity, which only made me want to keep reading. The story was captivating, enough so that I now want to read more about the events surrounding the Salem witch trials.
The story line certainly had the main character questioning her own life, character and personality, as well as the reader. Certainly left the question in my mind of “what would I have done?”
The book is an easy read, but left me wanting to learn and research more about this tragic time in Salem’s history.
Reluctant heiress Lauren Durough takes a part-time job to prove to herself she is more than a rich girl who’s been handed everything. She becomes the literary assistant to Abigail Boyles, an 83-year-old retired librarian who tasks Lauren with transcribing a diary that had belonged to Abigail’s ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.
Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day; unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.
The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?
Yesterday Tiger Woods served as 59 year-old John Abel’s caddie at Torrey Pines. It was only four months ago that Tiger limped around the course to defeat Rocco Mediate in a 19 hole playoff.
It was this story that lead Dan Patrick, on his radio show, to suggest the question: what would your dream sports scenario be?
With the question he offered the following online poll:
· Play a round of golf with Tiger Woods
· Play H-O-R-S-E with Michael Jordan
· Catch passes from Joe Montana
· Pitch to Barry Bonds
All those are great!
I would add getting some at bat against (in this order) Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, or Randy Johnson.
What scenario would you relish an opportunity to face?
A Table for Eight Click HERE
This is a great message on the hope of heaven.
Rules for the Church Click HERE
The Journey to Deep (A Study of 1 Corinthians): From Division to Unity Click HERE
The Journey to Deep (A Study of 1 Corinthians): From Compromise to Commitment Click HERE
The Journey to Deep (A Study of 1 Corinthians): From Legalism to Liberty Click HERE
The Shaping of a Leader: Worship Click HERE
The Shaping of a Leader: Service Click HERE
The Shaping of a Leader: Study Click HERE
Google Earth: Finding God Wherever You Are: On the Mountain (God's Presence) Click HERE
Google Earth: Finding God Wherever You Are: In the Wilderness (God's Provision) Click HERE
Google Earth: Finding God Wherever You Are: In the Sea (God's Power) Click HERE
Our God is Coming…Tremble (Isa. 40) Click HERE
When Mark speaks…I listen
Grace Reigns (Roman 5:21) Click HERE
God’s Creative Redemption (Romans 4:1-25) Click HERE
A Royal Waste of Time Click HERE
The last bit of the sermon gets cut off, unfortunately that was the most important part
Toward Sexual Immorality Click HERE
Forming an Unnatural Community Click HERE
Forming Integrity Under Attack Click HERE
He’s a BIG God, with BIG plans, to accomplish BIG purposes.
Forming a Dynamic Community Click HERE
Do you love the church?
Your Kingdom Come: The Kingdom is Within You Click HERE
The Kingdom of God is within us, that when lived out transforms us into agents of change.
Your Kingdom Come: The Kingdom is at Hand Click HERE
Your Kingdom Come: Seek the Kingdom Click HERE
And of course Randy Frazee’s, senior pastor of Oak Hills Church (of which Journey Fellowship is a satellite), has been preaching through The Story…Click HERE
Have you listened to a great sermon recently?
Or is there a preacher that you especially enjoy listening to?
Share those sermons and preachers with us by leaving a comment.
Read a review HERE.
You can buy it HERE.
You can listen to it HERE.
But if you would like a free copy (I bought one and got on free) I will give you my extra copy.
All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you favorite Andrew Peterson song is and why.
Me and a undisclosed friend will judge your submissions. The winner receives the disc. It's that easy!
So far only one person has responded to this contest. Don't wait. The deadline will be Monday!
I suppose I'm still holding out hope that someday I'll be able to make a proposal. I figure I'll need at least 4 to 9 good proposal ideas in my life. So I'm always trying to collect some good ones. I think this is kinda cool, but what happens if the ring somehow drops...plus I don't plan on proposing to a gal I just woke up with. Call my old fashion, but I think that should happen a little later on...
- C.S. Lewis
If I was making the list I would have added "don't take your own photo in the mirror for your Facebook profile"...but to each their own...
1. Dress Nice
If you know you’re going to be photographed, don’t wear horizontal stripes or crazy patterns. Opt for neutral colors over bright ones unless you are one hundred percent certain that color looks great on you.
2. Check the Mirror
Do a last-minute check of your face: cover up any pimples, put drops in your eyes if they’re red, and make sure you don’t have food in your teeth.
3. Don’t Shine
If you’ve been sweating or if your face is greasy, make sure to wipe your face. Use oil-blotting papers if you wear makeup, or blot with a slightly damp paper towel.
In a pinch, wipe your face with your sleeve before venturing in front of the camera.
4. Stand Up Right
Slouching makes you look nonchalant, but it also makes you look short and/or dumpy.
Place one foot behind the other, and lean back just a little bit. You’ll still look relaxed, but you’ll also look tall.
5. Twist It Up
Stand facing slightly away from the camera, then twist at the waist to face the camera. Make it subtle- if you overdo it you’ll look like a stray from a beauty pageant.
Read next 5 get even more helpful...check them out HERE...
- Mark Driscoll
But this time I made it. Allow me to recommend Churched by Matthew Paul Turner.
Here's the description: Churched is the compelling narrative of life inside the walls of the local church (building) and what it means to "be" churched, relevant to any and all who are familiar with the evangelical culture, either through first-person experience, or through association with close family or friends, or simply by peering curiously at churchgoers. Matthew Paul Turner's story is one of a regular American kid growing up in the late seventies and early eighties in a small town. He attended church on Sundays and had to cut the grass every Friday afternoon. His voice will resonate with fans of writers like Anne Lamott, Donald Miller, or David Sedaris, who may not relate to exact demographical upbringing, but connect with the writing because of the candid humanity, the wit, and the compelling storytelling. Readers will easily identify with the relationship dynamics between Matthew and his loving-but-firm parents, dogmatic teachers, fear-inspiring, passionate pastor, and supportive, if sometimes misguided, friends. Gen X readers will also connect with the musings and misadventures of a pop culture-loving, music-appreciating boy trying to grow up in the eighties, in a home where even contemporary Christian music was proclaimed to be "of the Devil."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think you will too. Through a narrative format Turner presents his childhood upbring and struggles with aspects of the fundamental church. It is both humurous and thought provoking. While I didn't have the church experience he had I found myself caught up and completely invested in the stories that he told.
You can purchase it HERE.
I receive books time to time from a publishing company, with the stipulation that I read them and post a review here. Well I think it's cool to pass these around and allow others to read them and offer a guest review.
This review comes courtesy of Rhonda.
Rhonda recently returned to San Antonio and began attending a my church and the small group I attend. She is passionate about being a redeemer in regards to the rampent enslavement of women in the global sex trade.
This book was timely for her. Here's her review:
Oh if you are interested in Rhonda's work, click here: Hope for the Sex Trafficked
I got a wedding invitation from a college friend of mine today. Which is awesome and I am honestly really excited for him, so don’t take the rest of this post as anything other than my sense of humor.
In the invitation he writes:
"Hey everyone! I'm getting married to the love of my life, (named removed), and everyone is welcome to come! I know some of you won't be able to make it, but I wanted you to know anyway. God bless!”
Seriously this a great man. A solid man of integrity and wisdom. But I had to laugh at the phrase, “…getting married to the love of my life…”
I’m trying to imagine a different scenario.
“Hey everyone! I’m getting married. Not the to the love of my life, but she’ll do. Quite frankly I’ve decided to just settle seeing as it’s taken this long to find someone even worth settling for. But I would really like you celebrate this union. I am going to make an honest go of it and will need you as a reminder that I’m choosing to love this girl. I know that some of you can’t make it, so just mail your gift in. We are registered at Best Buy, Sharper Image and Spencer’s Gifts.”
What do you think?