God Change Things? God Change Me!

God Change Things? God Change Me!

I had the awesome opportunity to preach at Cru (Campus Crusade @ FSU) tonight. I am always grateful for the chance to preach the Word, but I’m always encouraged speaking to this generation of college students. Most that are following Christ, are doing so with a hunger to be different and make an impact and desire for God’s name and renown to go to the ends of the earth. God has really been challenging me with the notion of desiring…

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Happy Bday Jake Taylor!

Happy Bday Jake Taylor!

I guess this post will be one of those self-indulgent, proud daddy-type entries. But I did want to take a moment to celebrate the blessing God gave Brooke and I two years ago when our Jake Taylor entered the world. It has been so amazing to watch him grow and develop. He’s quite a character and is all boy for sure. It’s hard to believe that we were celebrating his first birthday a year ago already. Time has sure flown…

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Becoming like Christ

Becoming like Christ

What a second day it has been for me during this time of ‘Refuge’ here in Bham. I had a great start to my morning by getting some free Starbucks (thanks John) and then getting to check out a Bham staple… the Rick and Bubba show. They’ve got a new studio that was pretty sweet. Refill on the Starbucks, some conversation with God and then I was on my way to Refuge for the morning session. Kristan Stanfill and band…

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A place of Refuge

A place of Refuge

Tonight was a bit of a homecoming for me. I’ve traveled 5 hours up to Birmingham, Alabama for Refuge ’08… a retreat, rest and renewal for student pastors. I come to Bham pretty often to see Brooke’s family, but somehow traveling alone brought back alot of memories and a good feeling as I drove in this afternoon. I guess all in all I spent about 10 years of life, college, seminary and ministry here in Bham. I knew it was…

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Nicaragua:: finally home!

Nicaragua:: finally home!

Back on US soil… I’ll admit it was refreshing but also a little bit of a weird feeling. Especially for me since I stretched across both teams and was in Nicaragua 18 days I guess. For the first time I won’t be eating gallopinto for at least one meal (I had an 18 day streak going). For those of you reading this that were on one of the teams… you’ll laugh to know that I had to remember to actually…

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Nicaragua:: Day 15

Nicaragua:: Day 15

It is going to be difficult to summarize all the happenings from today. We started our morning by visiting the city dump – home to about 1200 residents (800 or so being children). The dump is a working dump and the residents that live their make their living sorting through the trash – looking for food, things to reuse or even sell. They make their homes out of whatever they can find to construct with. I am always overwhelmed with…

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Nicaragua:: Day 14

Nicaragua:: Day 14

Today the campo team transformed into the construction team. We started early with our breakfast and team devotional time and then headed out to Los Cedros to work on the house that our construction team started. It was awesome to arrive to see everything completed… almost! The house had all the walls up, the roof on and just lacking a door, 3 windows and the concrete floor for the main house and the porch. We got right to work on…

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Nicaragua:: Day 13

Nicaragua:: Day 13

This morning we had to load the bus and say goodbye to Campo Allegria. We were all feeling the exhaustion of running a camp and the emotions of having to say goodbye to the kids yesterday. So today became a day of rest for us. It was great to be able to sleep beyond 5 am without a Nicaraguan camper waking us up today! We loaded up the bus for our journey back. The bus ride back to Managua is…

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Nicaragua:: Day 12

Nicaragua:: Day 12

Camp is finished. Those are hard words to type. Even though we are all pretty exhausted from days that started way to early, fun in the sun, swimming, serving meals, facilitating stations, carrying kids around, to just trying to love like Christ – it was very difficult to say goodbye to the kids today. We ran a normal day’s schedule except we introduced the “polar bear” swim to those brave enough (only the boys were) to go for a dip…

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Nicaragua:: Day 11

Nicaragua:: Day 11

It’s hard to believe that camp is almost over for us and the children. God has really blessed our time here – not only in through the activities, lessons and fun, but in the relationships we’ve been able to build. We ran our last full day of camp today. Tomorrow the children will leave after lunch. We had a pretty routine morning with the stations, dance time and then swimming time in the lake. However our evening worship time was…

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