This past Monday, Leigh-Ann and I decided that it was time to plant some flowers in the window wells of our house. Nearly six years ago, we built the window wells larger than necessary so that we could get more light into the basement and plant flowers.
We envisioned beautiful flowers cascading down the railroad tie bordered window wells. And for nearly six years we have only had the vision…there has been nothing growing in those tiered gardens except for a random weed here and there.
Until Monday….when six years of vision became a reality.
Leigh-Ann and I are the type of people that when we have a little space and a good idea…we go for it.
Monday was our day.
We picked up some free pallets…tore them apart…screwed them into planters…painted them…installed the pallet-planters…dumped in some dirt…poured on some topsoil…planted some flowers…watered them…put everything away…and collapsed on the couch.
Flowers planted…Vision fulfilled…Mission accomplished!
Something very amazing happens when a seed is planted. Under the right soil conditions, the seed which contains a seed leaf, stem and a root can begin to grow.
So far our flowers (which by the way were already growing) are surviving quite nicely.
This Sunday, Pastor Dave will be preaching about seeds and planting from Mark 4:1-20. This is the first in our new sermon series, “Love well. Share well.” For the next seven weeks, we will study what it looks like to plant “spiritual” seeds and see them grow.
I know it’s going to be a great start and a timely reminder that Spring is the time to plant.
I hope to see you on Sunday, Troy
When I was in college our football team went on a missions trip to Ireland to play American football and share our faith. On the way there we spent two days in London.
London was a blast…and we raced all over the city.
While touring, we heard a movie entitled, “Notting Hill” starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant was being filmed. After a burger at McDonalds, we walked over to check out the set.
After watching for a few minutes, we realized that after filming a car chase scene, the car drove off set and down an alley to turn around and get back on set.
Several of us fanned out and when the car carrying Hugh Grant, Emma Chambers and Hugh Bonneville turned to drive down the alley, we walked slowly in front of it and then converged for a photo and request for autographs.
They turned us down on the autographs, but we did get a photo as proof :).
It is difficult for me to communicate how excited we were about the whole opportunity. We could not wait to tell the rest of our teammates and coaches what we had experienced..
We met Hugh Grant on a movie set and had pictures to prove it.
And since we had joked the night before about meeting Margaret Thatcher, we needed to prove it…so we ended up going to a one hour photo developer in London….this was in the late 90’s before digital photography.
I share this story with you to illustrate that when we have a good story and we want to share it….we share it.
This Sunday, I am excited to share a sermon from Romans 10:14-15 entitled, “Good News worth sharing.”
The incredible truth is that while we were super excited about our “movie set” experience and willing to share it with anyone, it is a rare occasion that I get as excited about sharing my faith.
This Sunday I look forward to a candid discussion about sharing the Gospel. I really hope you can attend.
See you soon,
Several years ago I met the late professional wrestler, Randy Savage. He is known as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
When I met him, he showed up at a suit and tie dinner and was the only one out of more than 500 in a tank top. His voice was totally raspy and he showed up late….so late that he missed the entire event. He and his body guard (like he needs one) ended up eating his steak dinner in the hotel kitchen. There were only a few people left so I joined Randy “Macho Man” Savage for dinner in the kitchen of a hotel.
I learned several things about him including the fact that he played minor league baseball before his illustrious pro wrestling career.
After we had chatted a while, I walked away and he finished eating. It was at this time that I had an incredibly clear prompting from the Holy Spirit to share the good news about Jesus with Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
As I walked out to my car to retrieve a pamphlet explaining the good news of Jesus, I told the Lord that if he was still around when I returned, I would give it to him and encourage him to learn more about Jesus if he wasn’t presently a Christian.
I ended up meeting Randy by his Hummer…gave him the pamphlet and asked if I could pray with him. He accepted it all and then drove off…
I have no idea if he ever gave that interaction a second thought…I do know that Randy Savage passed away from a heart condition in 2011 at the age of 58.
When I think of the Gospel (good news about Jesus), I am fully confident that it is powerful and applicable to everyone…normal, everyday people like you and I, Pro Wrestlers and everyone in between.
This Sunday, one of our New Life Elders, James Cottier will be sharing a sermon from Romans 10:5-13. This is an incredibly well known passage regarding the simple Gospel of Jesus that has the power to change lives.
I hope you can attend,
I tend to walk fast.
I’m not totally certain why it is that I walk fast…maybe it’s because:
…when I walk fast I feel like I’m getting more done
…I tend to be impatient and would rather get there
…I learned it from my dad
Even though my dad is much shorter than I am, he walks super fast. I remember as a kid from time to time that in an attempt to walk next to my dad, I would end up walking in front of him. He would then have to put on the brakes to keep from walking over me.
As a dad, I am now reaping what I sowed.
I have three boys who like to walk with me, but often end up in front of me. I think there is an invisible magnetic field that pulls little feet right in front of big ones.
So when we’re walking together, if I don’t look down regularly I can almost guarantee that I will run into the little ones…
This Sunday we are going to look at what happens when people only look down in front of them and fail to look ahead.
You see, the Jews were obsessed with the law….and as a result, they missed Jesus. It was like all they could see was the law and in their obsession with it, they missed Jesus, the fulfillment of the law. In Romans 10:1-4 we read that Christ is the end of the law.
I hope you can join us this Sunday for some Good News…and until then, keep an eye out for little feet.