Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Postively Tuesday

Once again it is Tuesday, and I have something positive to say about someone who has been encouraging to me.

My buddy Joe is one of those guys everyone should meet. Joe's the guy that got me to be serious about what being a follower of Christ means.

Joe is the kind of guy that really shows faith, commitment, and trust in God. His life, and he's family, center on service to God and listening to and following what He has planned.

With Joe's help and encouragement, I got back into having daily devotional time, opening up to others about my faith, and actively pursuing Christ in my everyday life. Joe's daily walk, including the struggles and strife that come with it, have given me the perspective to lean more on God in all things and not just on the "leftover" bits that I thought I could trust to Him.

Joe does a great job doing what Paul writes of in Romans:
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.(Romans 12:9 - 13 NIV)

Joe, thanks for being you and being such a positive example of discipleship. God bless you.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Positive Post Tuesday

Positive Post Tuesday

Seeing that it's Tuesday, it's time for something positive....

This week I've been reminded what it means to have people you can really talk to. I don't mean someone who watched the Olympics last night and can complain with you about how that one judge had it in for that one gymnast. I mean having friends that you can open up to without worrying about them running away in disgust and/or horror when you talk about the hard things in life.

One of these people is Paul. Dr. Paul to be exact. Paul is a modern day Renaissance man: college professor, professional technologist, sailor, author, thinker, husband, father, son, friend, and Christian.

I feel like I can talk to Paul about pretty much anything. About a year and a half ago, we started talking about work, life, and faith. Paul really helped me understand that I didn't have to compartmentalize my faith in relation to the office. It was very refreshing and freeing to "have permission" to be Christian at work.

Paul has also encouraged me over the past few years by being in my corner when it felt like nobody else was. He and a few others really showed me what being a good friend is all about.

Working together again feels like we getting the band back together...

Thanks Paul.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Singalong with Phil

Phil Wickman released his new album, Singalong, today. Go on over to Phil's blog and get your copy for FREE!

It's a great listen. Thanks Phil!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Positive Sounds

It's Tuesday again so let's be positive.

This week I'd like to introduce you to Anthony. Or AntG, as the cool kids call him. Anthony is a husband, a friend, a father, a son, a musician, a producer, an educator, and so much more. He and his family started up Hopewood Academy in Greenwood 5 years ago and Anthony started up Addeybug Music, Windup Rocket, and a solo career.

AntG is the kind of guy that you just like to hang out with. Like Tim, Anthony has been active and outgoing with his faith in God. Over the years (since around middle school I think), Anthony has been an encouragement to me. It took a few years for me to realize the importance of that encouragement, but I'm glad to have known (and still know) Anthony.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. (Philippians 2:1 - 2)

Peace and Blessings, bro.