Hoody time

Today is a a glorious day. The first time this year it truly feels like fall. Yes, it’s cold, gray, rainy and wet. However, this is the first time this year I can go to my closet and pull out a glorious item of clothing known as the hoody.

I truly do love being able to wear my hoody. It means that the perfect time of year is here. Not so hot that I am sweating like a mad man, but at the same time, not so cold that I’m freezing and have to put on another couple of layers and a jacket. No, a hoody means I can be active, a little cool, but snug and warm as well.

For some reason the hoody makes everything better from wanting to be outside playing in the leaves with my kids, to even the desire to be out watching football. Yes, I do love my hoodies.

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my fantasy crashed into reality…

ffootballIt was a rough weekend for me in the world of fantasy football.  Last weekend, I basked in the glory of winning both of my first ever fantasy football games.  That glory came to a crashing halt this weekend.   In one league, my dreams died with the the walking wounded receiving corp of New England Patriots.  A good 20 to 40 fantasy points were in street clothes, thus leaving me with what looks to be a big loss for Week 2.  In my church fantasy league,  I had several players who just didn’t play well, and unfortunatley some lower ranked players on the other team played out of their minds.  So, here I sit, hoping I will do better with my lineups and possibly pick up a few good players off the waiver wires before next week.  Who knew a fantasy world would be so emotionally draining???

caught in a fantasy…

ffootballFor years I have laughed as I have seen friends getting involved in fantasy sports leagues.  Their constant checking of stats and talking about teams as though they were actual franchise owners was very amusing to me.  Due to a lack of quality internet connection and not really having anyone near me that I knew of having a league that I could participate in, I abstained from joining in the fantasy madness.  Little did I know this would be the year I would jump in head first.

Now, after years of not participation, I not only joined my first fantasy football league, I actually joined two.  One league consisting of guys at my church and another of various guys that have Moody connections.  Quickly, I went from laughing about my friends fantasy football addictions and complaining about how ESPN always talks too much football, to looking at stats and injury reports for players that I otherwise would never care about.  I added the fantasy football apps to anything I possibly could so that I could be as connected as I possibly could.  And after one week  of league play I have seem to have done ok so far, winning both of my first week games.

While, I have enjoyed getting into fantasy football, one of the biggest things that I am enjoying so far is just the opportunity to connect with old friends and make some new ones through the competition.  Sometimes in the midst of living rurally and being busy in ministry friendships and just times hanging out with the guys seems to be few and far between.  So the little bit of friendships and camaraderie that fantasy football provides has been a big encouragement.

Now, if I can only keep winning!

FCA Leadership Camp Day 1 Update…

students singing praises to Christ during our opening Chapel service @ FCA Leadership Camp

students singing praises to Christ during our opening Chapel service @ FCA Leadership Camp

Greetings from Campbellsville, KY where we are attending the 2013 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University.  After a lot of fundraising and much prayer from many of you we arrived safely at camp on Thursday around noon.   The students were really excited to get registered and find out where they would be staying and what huddle teams that they would be competing with and doing small groups with this week.

During Thursday afternoon the students competed in various competitions outside on the sports fields here at Campbellsville.  The favorite game as usual was “Tubemania” where the students basically play a version of  Tug-o-war with inner tubes.  They also kept busy playing versions of flag football and ultimate frisbee.

The highlight of camp so far has definitely been our Chapel time.  The worship band has been excellent and really connected with the students through they way they have led them into a time of praising God.  A football player from the University of Louisville came and shared his testimony about how he learned to trust God instead of thinking he was #1.  Our main chapel speaker was excellent as he spoke with our student about how in our faith in Christ we need to be Relentless.  He talked about how we need to be relentless in courage, relentless in not shrinking back from sharing Christ, and relentless in being bold for Christ in all we do.  As he spoke from Hebrews 10, you could really feel God working in the lives of the students.  During the closing music several students went forward and you could tell that God was working on their hearts.

Please keep praying as we continue with camp today and for the rest of the weekend that our students will be open to God’s leading.  Pray that as leaders we will gain wisdom and a deeper passion to work with our students.   God is faithful and He is working!

Phineas and Ferb…

Over the past 26 months of being a parent, I have experienced many new things as a parent.  Among many of the new things has been the various baby and toddler television programs.  While I have blogged before about Maeven having her favorites like Bubble Guppies, Curious George, and Mickey Mouse.  Throughout this barrage of shows, I have found one that brings me great joy, Phineas and Ferb!  The clever writing and jokes usually have me laughing pretty good even on a rough day.  The sad thing is tonight I find myself home alone with my family out of town and rather than watching a manly football game I found myself watching an episode of Phineas and Ferb!  I know…pathetic….but yet I had a good laugh!

FCA Concert….

For the past couple of months I have been working with our FCA Leadership students to prepare our first ever FCA Concert Outreach.  On December 1st, in the Youth Haven Bible Camp gym we will be hosting a concert featuring The City Seen.  A UK football player will also be sharing his testimony with the students as well.  Our concert is free to attend, with concessions being sold to help pay for our students to attend FCA leadership camp this summer.   If you would like to come please bring your youth group, family, friends, or anyone else who enjoys good music and that you want to hear the Gospel!  Also please pray for us over the next few weeks as we get everything ready for this outreach!

FCA Leadership Camp 2012 – Day 2

2012 LCHS FCA Leadership Camp Students

Today was another great day here at FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University.  Things got off to a rocky start for Erin and I as Maeven decided waking up at 3:30 am and not going back to sleep was a good thing.  Thankfully she got a good nap in later in the day!

In this morning’s chapel time the speaker talked to the students about Esau selling his birthright to Jacob.  He compared how Esau felt a temporary hunger and sold some thing precious to try and fill that void to how we are hungering for Christ and try to fill the hunger with whatever this world has to offer.

After the morning service the students went off in their huddles for both small group time and competitions.  They competed in everything from basketball, softball, volleyball, various other sports, and yes “tube mania!”  While the students were busy during this time I attended a class with other adult leaders where we had a Bible study and prayer time for your huddle groups.  It was definitely a very encouraging time for me!

Maeven decided to sleep through lunch and so I walked across campus to the campus Chik-Fil-A to get lunch for our family.   The sun was so hot on the way back I ignored the burning sensation on my arm.  Turns out the chicken was so hot that through the bag it actually blistered my left arm.   Ouch!!!

During the afternoon the students attended a session on how they were going to share their faith in the community on Saturday.  Following that session they had more competitions and then some free time where they could play, swim, or sleep if they wished.

Strong Man breaking a baseball bat

After supper tonight we all attended a strong man show, where a weight lifter showed his strength on the bench press, tearing phone books, breaking bats, ripping apart full pop cans, and twisting frying pans!  He then shared with the students about how they could use their athletic abilities to reach others for Christ and how sometimes that’s not easy because people have messy lives.  Yet even with the mess we must still show them the love of Christ!

The evening chapel service was once again a blessing.  The praise and worship team led a great time of praise and really helped focus the students for the testimonies and messages they heard.   The speaker talked to the students about having the mind of a leader.  The mind of the leader sees what God can do in a situation and knows what dreams God gives them.  The mind of a leader proclaims and says what God wants him

evening chapel service worship service…

too.  And lastly the mind of a leader seizes the opportunity that God gives him.

It’s been a great day and hanging out with our students I can tell that they are enjoying themselves and that God is doing something powerful in their lives.  Keep praying for them and for the rest of our camp this weekend!   Also, pray that burning foods will stay away from me!!