Saturday, November 11, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
So, this past Sunday was the kickoff to our church-wide outreach for 40 Days of Community called, "3 wishes for the city of Clovis." We asked the city leaders to give us a list of things that they need or would like done and we're doing them. Sunday, we kicked it off with a block party in a neighborhood that the Clovis police department is focusing on to keep kids out of gangs. It was awesome! Some of the guys in the band played and rocked the house and then our choir "New Day," took the stage and worked it. So there are two wishes left and over 70% of our church is involved in a small group and are taking part in this outreach!
So I didn't mention the weight loss thing this week, because as of my weigh-in on Monday, I had gained a pound. Kinda pisses me off, because I was pretty good all week. We had halloween and were able to pawn off extra candy on other people. I was doing great and ready to break through to 40 lbs lost. Then the Percival girls rolled into town. Our friends from LA came up, Christa and her two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kennedy. I love these people, but the brought with them some of their extra candy and then shoved pieces down my throat. Kaitlyn is 3, Kennedy is 1 1/2 and Christa is 8 months pregnant, but they flat out overpowered me and forced me to eat candy and ice cream, and take an extra helping or two of meatloaf. Okay, so maybe they didn't force me, but I certainly did all of that. So in light of that, a pound isn't too bad. I'm back on track though and weighed myself this morning (don't tell anyone, you're only supposed to weigh in once a week) and lost 2 pounds! So, unofficially, because Thursday is not my weigh-in day, I am at 39 pounds lost! I'm hoping 60 by Christmas, though that may be pushing it. Wish me luck, and of course this year, gift cards may be the best gift, cuz who knows what size I'll be wearing!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I'm a great book starter. I just don't finish well. I love the idea of being a reader, but the discipline to finish is something I'm working on. So, even though "Knowledge of the Holy" by A.W. Tozer, is only 115 pages, I've been reading it for months. Tozer is pretty unbelievable. As I sift through all of the theological mumbo jumbo of a lot of other guys, there are only a handful that really bring me to a point where I can see the power of God. Tozer is one such writer. So I thought I'd share. In the last chapter he says we need to "Aquaint ourselves with God." And then he says this:
But the God we must see is not the utilitarian God who is having sucha run of popularity today, whose chief claim to men's attention is His ability to bring them success in their various undertakings and who for that reason is being cajoled and flattered by everyone who wants a favor. The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens, God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the only wise God our Saviour. He it is that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, who stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in, who bringeth out His starry host by number and calleth them all by name through the greatness of His power, who seeth the works of man as vanity, who putteth no confidence in princes and asks no counsel of kings.