Archives for October 2008
- First, it was nice spending the entire day with so many people from the church.
- Second, we were able to attend LCBC’s normal Saturday evening service. It’s always nice to be able to occasionally worship and take everything in without having to be the one speaking or watching to make sure everything is running smoothly.
…if you’re guessing still at church, you’d be right. We’re working on installing some lighting in the sanctuary and as usual this is turning into an all-night project. Have a few moments free while Andy is doing stuff only Andy can do. Got caught up on all the sports I missed tonight, some e-mails and so thought I’d quickly blog. This reminds me of last year this time when we did this kind of thing almost every night for about 6 months getting ready to move into the building…wow I had forgotten how much these nights really stink…not sure how we did for months on end. Ummm…think I hear him coming…act busy!
Towards the end of 1999, I felt God leading me to read the Bible from cover to cover in only 1 month’s time. Now up to that point I had usually read it at least cover to cover each year and sometimes twice, but this was going to be a huge undertaking. In January of 2000 that’s exactly what I did…one of the highlights for me was being able to so quickly read the words of Jesus and see how they all fit together. In other words I could see how things in John chapter 1 and John chapter 21 fit together because I read the entire Gospel in 1 day.
I bring all this up because up until now that was the only time I’ve ever had an experience like that and obviously it’s not easy to pull off on a consistent basis. But last month I was asked by WaterBrook Publishers (a division of Random House) to review another book for them. The book they sent, The Greatest Words Ever Spoken will allow both you and me to experience something similar to what I did back in 2000.
In essence what author Steven Scott has done is take every word that Jesus speaks in the Bible and categorized them by topic. Want to read in one sitting every word Jesus ever spoke about heaven…turn to page 143 and start reading. How about how to handle anger…there’s every word on page 474. Now yes you could do this same thing with a good concordance and the willingness to look up every scripture, but what I’ve found in using this book for a week now is that not having to stop to look stuff up really benefits you in keeping the flow of what Jesus said going.
In total the book is broken up into 9 sections, with over 200 topics covering over 1900 statements that Jesus made. In addition Steven Scott has written introductory comments to each of the 9 sections that helps you prepare your mind for the topics that are about to be covered.
With Christmas coming, this would make an excellent gift for you to ask for or give. Highly recommended!
- We had cup stacking as one of the games people could play.
- A young kid named David saw it and is really good at it…he stopped by and started showing his stuff.
- It was drawing big crowds to our booth so we encouraged him to keep going…and he did…for 3 hours!
- I joked to Brian Miller that we might have to pay him for his services.
- By the way, I was the cup stacking champion amongst our people.
- Not that I’m competitive or anything…just wanted to get that out there in case you were sitting there at your computer wondering, “Hmmm…who was the best cup stacker at our booth on Saturday?”
- The other fun part for me was standing just outside our tent as people were walking by and yelling out, “Free Popcorn…who wants a bag of free popcorn.”
- Fun because I got to work mostly with the Miller twins and fun because I make it fun.
- For example, I’d yell it out but would add an “Except for Cowboys fans” or “Except for Penn State fans” if I saw someone with a ridicilous amount of team gear on.
- My favorite moment came when I spotted an older gentleman about 30 feet away with his name on his jacket.
- Right away I started yelling, “Free popcorn for anyone named Paul…free popcorn for anyone named Paul.”
- He keeps walking on by and finally it dawns on him what I’m saying…he looks at me and says, “My name is Paul”. I told him he was in luck and to come on in and redeem his free popcorn.
- Ah the little things I do to amuse myself.