Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Nearly Ten years ago while we were living in Kansas I sent "thank you" cards to many of my "Heroes" in the faith. Great men who took time to befriend me and their friendships proved to be invaluable.
Over a period of several days I sat down and wrote or typed my heartfelt thanks to the many men who had a great spiritual influence on my life. I go back and read the copies of those cards occasionally and I always weep from a thankful heart.
In the ensuing years there have been a whole new crop of men spring up and take on the role of friend in my life. They have joined the others as my encouragers, role models, teachers, mentors, confidants and defenders. I thank God for these friends.
I suppose it's time to sit down and write a whole new stack of "thank you" notes to these additional friends and spiritual heroes that God has placed in my life.
However, I have been thinking about a totally different class of friends in the last few days leading up to Thanksgiving. I don't really know what to call these friends.
"Friends I haven't seen in a very long time and that I hardly ever talk to any more but I still think about and thank God for on a consistent basis because I could Not have faced certain parts of life without them."
You know what I'm talking about? If you are young, perhaps you don't. It is like this: They are like friends I had in high school that I believed were life long friends. I would never be separated from them... No way!
But I haven't seen some of those high school friends since graduation day over 25 years ago. If I have seen them it was briefly at a funeral or wedding or the WHS Alumni banquet I attended in May that was about as exciting as a wedding and as sad as a funeral in a weird twisted kinda way. I digress.
What happened to those high school friends? We didn't get mad. We didn't argue. We didn't choose new friends or dump old friends. Life just moved on and we moved with it. It is the way life works.
But the friends I have been thinking of were more important to me And my family than high school friends. We shared much more!
We shared spiritual experiences, Campmeetings, revivals, baptisms, dedications, Sunday school, Wednesday night prayer meetings, weeping altar services, singing, shouting, healings and the list goes on and on.
We shared meals... Lots of meals!
We have had long conversations about doctrine, preaching, music, temptations, food, feelings, fears, faith, families and numerous other subjects.
In other words we connected deeply and stayed connected for years. These friends were as crucial to me then as my dearest friends are now.
But life moved on. Time, distance, several cross country moves, jobs, college, kids and the general busyness of life has interfered with some of our friendships. Of course the fact that my calling keeps us on the road most of the year and we relocate to a different city every week hasn't helped the cause any. Lol
I have been thinking of friends that fall into this category. These are the friends I have been wondering about this week. These are the friends I have been thanking God for this week.
I have been thanking God for them and asking God to bless them for the close times we have experienced. I am a better man for knowing them and for the investments they made in my life. I am a better Christian for the prayers they have prayed and the seeds they have sown in my life.
So I give praise and glory to God on Thanksgiving Day for Friends I haven't seen in a very long time and that I hardly ever talk to any more but I still think about and thank God for on a consistent basis because I could not have faced certain parts of life without them.
If you happen to be one of the folks I am thanking God for today, please know that I love you, we love you and we pray for you and will always cherish the part you played in our lives.
Oh, and call me any time!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We absolutely love our friends the Metzgers in Montana along with all the fabulous folks from Sun Valley Church. Our family cherishes these people. We loved spending a few weeks with them this summer. We love their beautiful state. We love worshipping in their church. We will forever be grateful that they took us in and loved us as their own. I would love to be apart of their Thanksgiving traditions and eat the wonderful meals I know they will prepare.
But I am Soooooooo thankful I am not there this week! The picture above is their temperature right Now! The pictures below are of the forecast the next few days. It's 80 today here in Gainesville, Texas and going down to 44 tomorrow and the 20s tomorrow night. But ZERO in the daytime on Wednesday before Thanksgiving???
No, I'm sorry, Bro. Metzger, I am Very Thankful NOT to be in Montana today.
Build a fire, crank up the thermostat I need some heat!
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving day. May God bless you and your family.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Just like Wal-Mart though, you stop for a few $1 items but you always pick up a few must haves and a few super bargains. Before you know it you've spent $100! You saved $2 on this, $1.50 on that and $3 on something else. You keep saving money at that rate and you will soon be bankrupt!
Well that's Camping World in a nut shell. Just like Wal-Mart except for RVers. I am running in as we pass by on our way to church because I really need to replace a few things. I should be spending less than $30... We will see...
Let's all say it together as we walk inside....
I won't spend $100...
I won't spend $100...
I won't spend $100...
I won't spend $100...
Oh forget it, I'm not fooling anybody but myself, where's my debit card?
UPDATE: Only Spent $74.45... But they didn't have the MAIN thing I stopped for! Lol
Monday, November 22, 2010
Or a Ron's Double Big Daddy, Mountain Lion in Montana or Spanky's Two+ lb cheeseburger...
Or Kelly Jo's German Sundae, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp or Burrito from Humberto's...
Or Green Chili or a huge Chicken Fried Steak from Cotton Patch...
But I can dream can't I?
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We will be preaching Tuesday night at Victory Tabernacle in Watauga. Bro. Ben Shaw is the interim Pastor there. We love being around Bro. and Sis. Shaw. They are great folks. We were at Victory in February for a benefit singing and we are looking forward to going back.
God bless you all.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Bro. Larry and Sis. Rosemary have labored as missionaries to Mexico and beyond for over 20 years and Bro. Jeffery, Sis. Rebecca, Madeline and Andrea have recently joined them on the field. They are doing a great job in reaching people in several parts of Mexico for Christ. We believe in their ministry and whole heartedly recommend them for support.
They arrived a little early for church and we really enjoyed visiting with the whole family. As you can see in the pictures my new hat was very popular.
Revival services have been good so far. Keep praying for us.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
You can get a better view of my encounter with the Cheetah. It really spooked me! I thought it may have been my hat or chair he didn't like. Sis. Rosemary Landress said he probably sensed my weakness.
I really was afraid when at Sea Lion show they brought my Cheetah "friend" out on just a leash! I know she saw me. Her dog companion was also there with her. The dog did it's job well,keeping the cheetah calm.
The Sea Lion show was interesting! It was very well trained and entertaining. A little girl helped them some in the show. She was a brave girl, doing everything they asked her to do.
We saw Mom's best friend at the zoo, the Grizzly Bear. This Grizzly was a black one. I think Mom was happy just seeing him in passing on our bus tour. LOL
The other shots are just various animals. It was a good day!!!