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Unbelievable?

Unbelievable?

Sorry about the absence of a post from yesterday, but I came home from a morning appointment and found that my cable modem was down. The Comcast guy just came now and fixed it. Anyways, during my long trip to Gettysburg PA and back I was able to catch a little bit of talk radio. Supposedly the Associated Press is reporting that the Gallop (hope I spelled it right) foundation has done a poll over in Baghdad that will astound you. First of all, I was amazed at the report that almost everyone who received the poll filled it out and returned it, asking if they could give more input than just answering yes or no. You know, the things we receive in the mail and throw out because we can't afford the time to waste on them.

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What's My Line???

Today is Sunday and one of the longest days of my work week. I'm not complaining, but it sure does feel good to have a little down time. I guess the next thing that it would be great to tell those of you who don't know me (perhaps you've come across this site by accident) is that I'm a pastor. For the last five years, I've pastored the Abundant Life Center in beautiful Southern New Jersey. And I love what I do! Now, let me put your mind at rest. This is not going to be a religious site. My hope is that much of these posts will be geared toward the family of the church, but that anyone else would feel invited and free to join right in. You see, what I do is not about religion, but about relationship. Some people would see church attendance as an obligation. Others as a punishment. I believe that it can be a very exciting and privileged experience. That is what we try to model at the church. In the AM service I shared that we have a choice in this life. We can live for self, build up our esteem, and make a name for ourselves. Or we can choose to fulfill the creators plan for our life. You may not know what that plan is yet, but let me assure you that you are not here by mistake. Are we a perfect church? Nope...in fact, we are far from it. Am I a great pastor? (And I don't need an answer to that question) I'm just trying to do what I know to do. And let me tell you, this pastor has a long way to go. But the exciting thing is that I'm not on this journey alone. If you want to know what I've learned today, it's that we can be so sure of something or someone. We can boast it up, take great joy in it, and make a big scene about it. But, find out that it wasn't worth it in the end, and go home feeling let down and discouraged. (And I'm not talking about God)

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Football

Football

FOOTBALL - That was the word for me today. During the next couple of posts, I will take some time to introduce myself a little bit. Many of you who check this site out will know me, but there may be some who won't. One of my joys is football. I never played when I was younger, but I sure do like to play now. (Of course being 38 doesn't help that...and I'm feeling it right now). Anyway, I played today with some of the guys from the church. We always have a great time, and today was no exception. It is actually pretty cool to get out there with those young guys and show them that the old man still has a little bit in him. Then later on it was out to watch my 8 year old son (Kris) play in his "taxi" league. They lost, but it still makes for a great day. But I learned a lot today. Maybe, I didn't learn it today, but it was really evident. If we could just do the things as a group of people that a team does on the football field....nothing would stop us. In fact, just a week ago, I spoke a message in service that said your either out on the field or you're just a spectator.

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