Monday, June 25, 2007

A New Birth

This past Saturday was one of the most exciting days of my life, I think. One of the mothers of two of our bus kids got saved! It is awesome to see that God still is able to change lives, and He even lets us have a little part in it. It is also exciting to see the power of prayer in action. After Anette had prayed clear through, she told me that it might sound strange, but she had been feeling that people were praying for her for a little while. I really wasn't surprised, because I knew that people had been praying for her, and I believe that God honors our prayers. Sunday she came to church and there was an obvious change in her. Please pray for Anette as she would come to your mind. She is going through some very tough situations in her life, but I believe that she is going to make it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Great Father's Day

I hope that they rest of you fathers had as happy a father's day as I did. Missy made my first father's day really special. And I must admit, I am pretty proud to be the father of a little man as handsome as this!

They Say I Need More Pictures

My sister-in-law informed me that I need to post more pictures on my blog. Hopefully this will maker her happy.

Actually, I think that she wanted me to post more pictures of Devin. So, Sarah, here you are.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Happy Anniversary, Missy!

Today is our second anniversary, and I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that I have the most wonderful wife I guy could ever ask for. It is hard to comprehend how much love can grow and mature in two short years, and very exciting to think about the years ahead. Devin also has an awesome mom. When I work with some of the broken families on our bus route, I often think about how blessed I am. Missy, thank you for being my best friend, for just being you. I love you very much.

P.S. It just dawned on me; I guess mother-in-laws are good for something afterall, considering every wife has to have a mother.

A Sad Reality

I came across this article tonight; it is one of the saddest, and most disgusting things that I have read in a long time. Obviously, our nation needs a lot of prayer...

Washington- In a rare public discussion of her husband's infidelity, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that she probably could not have gotten through her marital troubles without relying on her faith in God.

Clinton stood by her actions in the aftermath of former President Clinton's admission that he had an affair, including presumably her decision to stay in the marriage.

"I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right, regardless of what the world thought," Clinton said during a forum where the three leading Democratic presidential candidates talked about faith and values.

"I'm not sure I would have gotten through it without my faith," she said in response to a question about how she dealt with the infidelity.

The forum, sponsored by the liberal Sojourners/Call to Renewal evangelical organization, provided an uncommon glimpse into the most personal beliefs of Clinton and rivals John Edwards and Barack Obama. The three candidates were invited by Sojourners founder Jim Wallis; most of the other Democratic candidates appeared on CNN later Monday to discuss their faith.

The most intimate question came about the Clintons' relationship, one of the world's most debated marriages but one that the husband and wife rarely speak openly about.

Clinton said she's "been tested in ways that are both publicly known and those that are not so well known or not known at all." She said it's those times when her personal faith and the prayers of others sustain her.

"At those moments in time when you are tested, it is absolutely essential that you be grounded in your faith," she said.

Edwards revealed that he prays - and sins - every day. The crowd gasped loudly when moderator Soledad O'Brien asked Edwards to name the biggest sin he ever committed, and he won their applause when he said he would have a hard time naming one thing.
"I sin every single day," said Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential nominee. "We are all sinners and we all fall short."

Edwards, wearing a purple tie to match Sojourners' signature color, promoted himself as the candidate most committed to the group's mission of fighting poverty. He said he doesn't feel his belief in evolution is inconsistent with his belief in Christ and he doesn't personally feel gays should be married, although as president he wouldn't impose his belief system on the rest of the country.

"I have a deep and abiding love for my Lord, Jesus Christ," Edwards said, but he said the United States shouldn't be called a Christian nation.

He said he has been going to church since he was a child and was baptized as a teen. He said he strayed from his faith as an adult and it came "roaring back" when his teenage son died in 1996.

"It was the Lord that got me through that," Edwards said, along with both of his wife's cancer diagnoses.

Clinton acknowledged that talking about her religious beliefs doesn't come naturally to her.

"I take my faith very seriously and very personally," she said. "And I come from a tradition that is perhaps a little too suspicious of people who wear their faith on their sleeves."

Each candidate was given 15 minutes to appear before the packed auditorium at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium and a live audience on CNN. They were questioned by O'Brien and by church leaders across the country.

Obama's appearance focused more on policy than the personal. Asked whether he agreed with President Bush's portrayal of the current global struggles in terms of good verses evil, Obama said there is a risk in viewing the world in such terms.

He said he believes that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were the result of evil. But he said that the United States' treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay is unjust.

"The danger of using good verses evil in the context of war is that it may lead us to be not as critical as we should about our own actions," Obama said to applause.