Making My Blog Count

Scott, I care too!

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finally one I’m happy with

I’ve played around with tons of layouts for this blog over the past week.  I finally got one that’ I’m happy with. I think I’ll keep it

what do you think?

Celebrate Mistakes (redux)

 love the band Number One Gun. I remember several years ago when I first heard them and immediately went and got their CD Celebrate Mistakes. In the title track, there’s a lyric that states “

Could it be so bad (to follow all these dreams) I have (and use them for Your glory).

I remember having conversations with my good friend and fellow #1G fan, Matt Evans, about this very line on a ride home from school one night. We talked about taking your passions and using that to glorify God. As I sit here in my office and listen to that line is sparks a desire to make my passions count. I think God is much more pleased in us when glorify Him, when he is  a priority seen in our lives, via who we really are. Far too many times in the church, we feel that we have to fit a mold that others have made.  I have heard “he may be the next Billy Graham” from many pastors and others (not about myself mind you, but I’ve heard that used in descriptions of others).  Billy Graham is a great man of God who’s influence on America  for the sake of the gospel may never be duplicated; however, I don’t think God wants anyone else to be “the next Billy Graham.” God wants me to be a man who follows after Him completely and uses my passions for His glory.  

I guess the point in all my ramblings is to say, just be yourself. I will just be myself.  If not, then we are failing in keeping His commands – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”- Col. 3:17

she’s entered the blogosphere

You should check out my wife’s blog –

http://www.maryelizabethjohns.blogspot.com 

She’s pretty crafty, and that’s what it’s mainly going to be about – all her projects. I’m sure she will mention her craft room.  Yeah, I set that up.  I know, I know, you’re thinking, “man, what a husband and incredible guy you are. Brandon, you are one outstanding human being” 

Thanks for thinking that. I really appreciate it, but I take no credit for her awesomeness. Check it out!

Oh and highland park people, I’m starting a new blog for all of us to be apart of. It’s going to be a place where we just share what God is doing in our lives. It’s called hpstudents.wordpress.com. more info coming soon!

Follow me

So I just read a book loaned to me by our music minister called the Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. It was an incredible book that made me look at the 3 characters in the story known as the Prodigal  Son in the story in a whole new way.  Then this morning as I sat down to have some Time Alone with God (I call it TAG time, I know that’s cheesy, but I’m a cheesy guy) and I it was my day to read about when Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James, John (the thunder boys), and Matthew to be his disciples.  [By the way, I’m following a 30 day plan I got from Elevation Church’s New Thru 30 – you should check it out]

For 4 of these men, Jesus did a sign, helped them catch a ton of fish, for them to believe. They saw that he must have been sent from God and so they followed him. For Matthew, all it took was a phrase.  Jesus said follow me and he did.

But as I read the last few verses about Matthew, I was quickly reminded about the book I just finished reading.  The Pharisees started on Jesus’ case because he was eating with what they would call “sinners.” Jesus tells them that he’s come for the sick, not the well.  Then he says something interesting- “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (M@ 9:13).

I guess I write all this to say, if you are like the younger brother in the story, don’t ever think that you are too far away from the love of God.  If you are an older brother, or Pharisee, don’t think that you are good enough on your own to make God love you.  We are all sick.  We need a healer.

If we ban together, it can happen

Guys, as we speak, i am drafting a letter to Taco Bell. The contents of this letter could be earth shattering.

Who among us doesn’t love ice cream?  And I wouldn’t be stretching the truth to say that Taco Bell is the best fast food restaurant around (not to mention that they have no creepy, face-painting, big shoed, red-froed, too tall spokesperson).  Think of all the joy that TB (that’s Taco Bell, in case you were wondering) has brought you, not only with their delicious array of food, but with their slogans, commercials, mascots,etc. Who among us doesn’t remember the little chihuahua with the most famous Spanish phrase sense “Aye ca rumba.”  Or what about when TB emphasized not only eating great, but physical health when they encouraged us to RUN FOR THE BORDER! There’s no walking, burn those calories!  I mean TB created an entirely new category of eating, a new time to eat (fourth meal).  In all their incredible-ness, there is one  area that has fallen.  One small item overlooked. The Chaco Taco.  Yes, many of us will remember how incredible that the Chaco Taco was. In the words of my good friend, Scott Moore, who wouldn’t want a “delectable array of taco shaped frozen goodness”

So I urge you America, to join with me as we unite to see the dream of bringing back the Chaco Taco become a reality.

God bless America

Will the radio be silent?

I will admit that I love to listen to sports talk radio. Every day, i hear Finebaum talk on my way home from work.  Occasionally I will listen to Colin Cowherd, and rarely, but a few times per month, I will check out Mike and Mike (I’m not much of an NFL, Notre Dame, or Yankees fan, which is what dominates the conversation there).  We have a local sports talk station here in Florence, which is affiliated with ESPN radio, so I get a lot of good stuff.  Here in Alabama, only one thing has dominated the airwaves of sports fans… the BCS National Championship game.

I am looking forward to tomorrow night. It should be a good game and, although I hope Bama takes the trophy, am not overly optimistic that they will.  I would say I am cautiously hopeful.  I’m that guy that gives the odds at 55%/45%.  But one thing I am 100% sure on is this.  Sports radio will not be the same after tomorrow night.  I am listening for bird chirps, coughs, and alot of throat clearing to be going on this weekend. Here are some things that you guys could talk about to fill the gap. so to speak.

– NBA: talk about the whole Gilbert Arenas gun thing.  (But please make sure to mention that he’s related to Javier Arenas, cornerback of the Tide)

– NHL: The St. Louis Blues are off to a very mediocre year this year.  (One team with a color-esque mascot is the Alabama Crimson Tide, who is playing in the National Championship Game., by the way)

College B Ball – First year head coach,, Anthony Grant is in his year one of rebuilding the Bama basketball team, if he follows in the footsteps of  his gridiron counterpart, NC implications next year.

– Auburn’s basketball team is mediocre as well. Translation  – basketball will ALWAYS be second rate sport in the state of Alabama.

– Kentucky off to a great start.  I guess spending a lot of money on a head coach really is worth it.  (see bama: Nick Saban)

– MLB: Braves are making mind-numbingly middle of the pack moves that will hopefully work out okay.  (if you need a laugh, read comments made on http://www.braves.com. It doesn’t matter what story you pick, they are always funny… oh and FIRE FRANK WREN!!!)

– This just in, Yankees spend 17 trillion on whoever they want

Now that that is over, what will the radio guys do with the rest of their time on the air? Hopefully they will talk about how Bama looked unbeatable in the NC game.  RTR

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