Archive for May, 2007

Divorce Rate is Down across the US

In a recent Time Magazine report, it was discovered that the divorce rate across the country is down to 3.6 per 1000 people, it’s lowest number since 1970.  Cause for Celebration?  Probably Not.

You see, while the divorce rate is down, the number of unmarried couples living together is up 10-fold since 1960.  So the divorce rate is down which is good, but that may be caused by the fact that people are not getting married and living together instead.

Sometimes we have to look at all the factors before we celebrate!  Go here to see divorce rates by state. (Check out the D.C. stats- divorce rate has dropped 50.9%- highest drop in the country!)

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Youth Camp Scholarships

here-and-now-square-theme.jpgThis Summer our youth group is going to the StudentLife Camp in Mt. Bethel, PA for our summer camp.  It is always an amazing time for me to watch as our students grow during that week.  But camp is a little pricy.  The cost for one student to go to camp is $270.  And on top of that, we have about 3 or 4 families that have multiple kids in our youth group.  So we are asking people to provide youth scholarships for our students. 

If you feel like you could help provide a full or partial scholarship for one or more of our students to go to camp, please let me know.  Just leave a comment and I will get in touch with you. 

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What was I doing at 17?

jordin.jpgFor all the American Idol Junkies out there, congrats to Jordin Sparks. She is the 2007 American Idol.  She has amazing vocals and great presence on the stage…and she is just 17.  That got me thinking, what was I doing at 17?   Hmmm. I believe I was preparing for my senior year of high school, working for my father’s landscaping business and just waiting to turn 18.  I believe Jordin has a better answer.

 But now the big question…what on earth is going to be on TV on Tuesday Nights?

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It’s all in your fingers

Check this out.  Scientist have discovered that they can tell how a person is going to do on their SAT’s just by looking at their fingers, specifically the ring and index finger.  Next up, We can tell who you are going to marry just by looking at your big toe!  Check out the article here!

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It’s been a great day!

Today was a momentous day.  At dinner tonight, my daughter ate steak!  It has been a struggle for us to get Addison to even try meat, and tonight she asked for some steak.  What a great Day!

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My Commitment

This past Sunday, I kicked off a new series with our teenagers called “Keepin’ It Real!- Taking the Bible to the extreme.  It started really well and I think the students are looking forward to the next three weeks.  Over the next three weeks I am going to give them some practical trips on how to study their Bible.  I am really looking forward to this series.

At the end of the lesson this week, I challenged the students to make a commitment to read their Bible for 15 minutes a day for the 4 weeks that this series is happening.  I had them sign a commitment card and turn it in.  It will be exciting to hear what they learn over the next 4 weeks.  To really show them I was serious, I told them that I am making the commitment to read my Bible for an extra 30 minutes a day.

So that is my commitment…3o extra minutes of Bible reading a day.

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Cell Phone vs. the Bible

I got this thought in a email from a friend and I thought I would post it here. What would happen if we treated our Bible like our cell phone?
– What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

– What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

– What if we flipped through it several times a day?

– What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

– What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

– What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

– What if we used it as we traveled?

– What if we used it in case of an emergency?

 

I hope the next time you reach for your cell phone, you will consider how much more important the Bible should be than your cell phone.

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