Archive for September, 2010

Last night at youth group, two girls came up to me afterwards and said they had an idea.  My ears perked up since I love getting ideas from teenagers!  This year for Halloween, they want to go trick-or-treating with a purpose.  Instead of asking for candy, they want to ask for donations to help support the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Hershey.  As a youth leader always challenging students to step out of their comfort zone and help those in need, this made me very excited… not to mention extremely proud.  To me, this is what church is all about.  I am doing what I can to help get the ball rolling to make this idea a reality.

So far I have contacted the Children’s Miracle Hospital and have spoken to two people who are pointing me in the right direction.  Unfortunately, because of Hippa laws and other guidelines we won’t be able to make any personal deliveries, but that’s ok.  I was told the children in the hospital love to receive cards and other gifts such as coloring books and crayons/markers.  I will discuss these options with the girls.  I think rather than making a cash donation, their goal will be to raise enough money to buy some gifts, and also make cards to be given to children.

Things could certainly change as this is unchartered territory for me.  However, I am extremely excited about this opportunity as I have told my wife before that I would love to be able to get connected somehow to the Children’s Miracle Network (or something similar) to help out.  Ultimately it would be awesome to have a child that we could personally visit, but at this point I’m not sure how we could do that.  I will keep searching and putting out feelers.

I will be posting updates to the blog about this.  If you would like to help, be involved in this with us, or know of information that could help us, please toss it in the comments.

The ball is rolling…

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Now matter how you look at it – the quarterback position right now in Pennsylvania is pretty wild.  On one side we have an accused rapist, and on the other we have a convicted dog killer.  How many other states can say that?  While we still wait to see how Big Ben will perform when he returns in a few more weeks, Michael Vick has certainly turned a few heads in his shot at redeeming himself.

What else can you say about Vick.  So far it has been an incredible comeback story.  He goes from jail, to back-up quarterback, to starting quarterback of 1st place team in 2 years.  Things are looking up for the former Mr. Ron Mexico.  He is becoming a star in a town with perhaps the toughest fan base in all of sports.  If he keeps playing the way he has, he could land a spot in the Pro Bowl, if not the Super Bowl, later this year.  Certainly this is quite an accomplishment considering all he has been through since April of 2007.

So how should we feel about Michael Vick?  Is he starting to become a hero?  Or is he still a villain?

I want to continue a conversation that actually started on a friends Facebook page.  Here are some of the comments.

First… the “tough to root for him crowd” :

Hooray for the 52 non-convicted felons on the 53-man roster of the 2010 Philadelphia Eagles

I have no respect for someone who hurts/neglects/maims/kills children or animals. What Vick did was totally and completely reprehensible, killing another living creature for the fun of it and/or because you can is WRONG.

I can’t even bring myself to watch the eagles anymore.

These are real thoughts from real people. I understand their feelings and respect their position.

Now.. the “time to move on crowd”:

you can’t crucify someone for the rest of their lives for a mistake they have made in their past

The entire point of our criminal system is to punish and rehabilitate

[does]n’t his “redemption” benefit society more by calling attention to and, subsequently, reducing the occurrences of the animal cruelty cases that caused this whole problem to begin with?

This is tough.  On one hand, what he did was irresponsible and incomprehendable for most of us.  We cannot imagine being involved with something so cruel.  On the other hand, we have no idea what his past is like, and what we would do if we had to grow up in his shoes.  Is it fair to rank one’s offense as unforgivable?  If we start “ranking” people’s faults, are we basically playing the role of God?

Is Vick sorry for his actions?  Honestly I’m not sure, I’ve never met him.  He seems legit, but anyone can be coached to say or act a certain way in front of a camera.  I’ve read that he’s accepted Christ and is now a changed man.  But really… haven’t plenty of other athletes used the “I found Christ” to regain public approval?

What do you think?  Should we root for Mike Vick to succeed?  Do we need more time to allow the wounds to heal?  Or do you find yourself rooting against him?  Is there a line that once it is crossed, it takes more than a few “sorry’s” and “I’m now a Christian” to generate a forgiving heart?

Discuss…

Naomi’s Room…

Posted: September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today is Tuesday, September 28. Naomi is officially 14 weeks + 1 day old. Counting the day she was born, she is 99 days old. Tomorrow she will celebrate her 100th day here on our planet. She is such a bundle of joy.  I know my wife and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be her mommy and daddy.

She is growing up fast and is beginning to do things that just crack us up. Take for instance last night. Vicki was trying to rock her to sleep but she was wanting none of it. So Vicki throws our little night owl over her shoulder to pat her back and instead of closing her eyes to go to sleep, Naomi is focused in on her own shadow on the wall. As she was staring at her shadow she would occasionally let out a quick laugh. It was comical to watch her be so fascinated with a simple shadow.

Also on Sunday morning during church, I was missing her badly.  Both Vicki and I admitted to each other after the service that we had wanted to get up and go get her from the nursery.  When I finally did get to see her, she was being held by a lady in our church.  As I walked up Naomi looked at me, stared for about 3 seconds to process who this person in front of her was, and then let out a big smile as if to say “Hey.. that’s my Daddy!”.  Talk about making a dad feel special.  At 14 weeks old, she’s already a pro at that.

We spent last weekend working on her room. You may wonder why we have waited until she was 14 weeks old to start working on her room. Well, our intentions were to be in a different house by now – but that never happened. We have since stopped looking for a house for the time-being and took our house off the market as well. I am so thankful for friends like Chris Stough, Jimmy Cameron, and Ben Mathew who took time out of their busy schedules to come help me install a new floor into Naomi’s room. It took us most of the afternoon/evening on Saturday but aside from a few finishing touches, her floor is basically finished.

Last night I began putting together her crib. It was fun working on the crib as Naomi literally sat and watched me while sitting in her mothers lap. We were working together as a family and it was quite enjoyable. There was no music on, no TV on, not even Monday Night Football. It was just the 3 of us.

Naomi is blessed to have the greatest mom in the world. Vicki is constantly sending me texts, pictures, videos and other updates throughout the day of all they are doing at home. I love getting these random texts and videos from her.  It always makes me smile and usually is the highlight of each day.

Here is a great video I captured this weekend.  I love how the leg of this doll is all she needs to be happy:

Below are some before and after pictures from this weekend.

This past Sunday, the Praise Team and I led worship in our church.  For those of you that don’t know, I play guitar and lead our part time Praise Team.  This happens about 3 out of every 5 weeks in our church.  Our congregation is a mixed crowd of those who like traditional worship music, and those who like contemporary worship music.  Occasionally, when introducing a new song, we have to assume that most of the crowd has never heard the song even if it’s played frequently on contemporary Christian radio.  Yesterday was one of those days.  We were breaking out the awesome new song “Our God” by Chris Tomlin and I figured it would be wise to start out with the chorus to help the congregation get more familiar with it.  Well… let’s just the say the leader (uh, yea… that’d be me) was WAAAY off on the key we would be starting in.  I was playing my guitar in the key of Em, and my voice was in the key somewhere near the country of Tim-buk-too.  I wish I could have seen the look on our others singers faces because I’m sure they had that startled “ok you’re on your own with this one bub” look on their faces.   So after a really awkward “Our God is greater, Our God is higher” I stopped, laughed at myself, and said “uh… yea… this one is new for me too… let’s try this again” all with a big embarrassed smile on my face.

Embarrassing moments are great because they always provide something to look back on and laugh at.  Do any of you have any embarrassing moments?  Let’s discuss them and laugh at each other in the comments section.  Don’t be shy… who’ll be first?

So What’s the Point of All This?

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

So it has officially been 2 weeks since my first blog post, and so far I have really enjoyed writing this blog.  It’s new for me so I am still in “experiment” or “testing” mode as far as what to post, when to post, how often to post, etc.

There are a ton of good blogs out there so why do we need 1 more.  Well here are a few reasons:

  1. As I have heard many bloggers say, it causes them to be more disciplined.  This is one of my goals, that I will get in the habit of waking up early enough to post before leaving for work so I’m not always typing blog posts during breaks at my real job.
  2. I read a lot of blogs, and enjoy reading them, but occasionally I feel like I have something to say as well.  I guess with this avenue, now I do.
  3. I am interested in so many different things.  Family, Worship, Youth Ministry, Silly things, Sports – all of these things will occasionally pop up on my blog.  If you don’t like the post one day, please come back the next day to see what is happening.
  4. I hope to create a community where we can have discussions in the comments sections.  There will be no judging of any kind in the comments section, nothing is off limits.  Be yourself and speak freely and don’t worry about what others will think.
  5. I have created a schedule as to help me come up with ideas to post.  Below is that schedule.  This will probably change, but this is what my plan is for now…
  • Monday – Recap from Weekend, Sunday Services, Possibly mix in sports
  • Tuesday – Fatherhood Thoughts, Updates on Naomi, Family
  • Wednesday – Busiest day of the week.  If time… Randomness or Thoughts about Youth Group
  • Thursday – Life Lessons / Observations / Recap from Wednesday Youth Group
  • Friday – Fun / My Pathetic Attempt at Humor

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I am also still learning how to set this thing up and while doing so I accidentally turned off comments before last Friday.  They are opened back up, so feel free to leave comments or questions whenever.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

It’s Friday, which means around here it’s time to have some fun.  This week it was officially announced that Steven “Screamin” Tyler will be the next judge on American Idol.  Now I used to be a HUGE Aerosmith fan, so if anyone is allowed to make fun of Steven Tyler it’s me.  When I first heard this news – my first thought was “oh cool, so just like golf there is now Senior American Idol Tour – only people above 50 are allowed to try out”. That’s nice! Then I realized “Oh this is the REAL American Idol, and Simon is being replaced by Steven Tyler… yea this has tons of potential”. Really? Steven Tyler?  Isn’t he a little old for this gig?  I mean… like Kramer, his face literally does look like a catchers mit.  No seriously, I’m actually sure that he’ll do quite well in this roll, I just hope he doesn’t end up face down on the stage like he has so many times before.

But hearing this news did remind me of my past.  Not the face down on the stage part – but the obsessed with Aerosmith part.  I was first introduced to Aerosmith when they released their Nine Lives album back in 1997.  I was 17 at the time and immediately fell in love.  For Christmas that year, I remember asking my girlfriend to buy me the box set (yes… the BOX SET!) that included their first 10 albums!  I even started putting together a notebook (I think I still have it somewhere) that included all their album covers and every lyric to every song they ever wrote.  I read their autobiography called “Walk this Way” in about a week.  Did you know that Steven Tyler wrote the song “Dream On” on a piano when he was 17 years old.  Did you know the line ‘Every time I look in the mirror, all these lines my face getting clearer” is not about the lines in his face?  You know the bass drum near the end of “Living on the Edge”?  Well… he stole that from his high school was he was expelled and used it in that song over 20 years later.  Yea… you could say I was obsessed.  Over the next 3 years, I would see them in concert 6 times!  My greatest concert experience happened at an Aerosmith concert in Pittsburgh when my buddy and I pushed our way to the front of the crowd and were literally about 10 ft from the band as they belted out Dream On!  Total awesomeness!

Ah yes, those were the days.  It’s been almost 12 years since my first concert experience at the Bryce Jordan Center. I’ve moved on and made many changes since that stage of my life. The most recent concert I attended was the Casting Crowns.  These days – I love the Casting Crowns – they are my new favorite band.  I’ve seen them in concert 4 times, and I’m sure that number will continue to rise.  My wife and I even had the privilege of meeting Mark Hall and the rest of the band members of Casting Crowns at that concert. I’ve also seen Jeremy Camp twice, TobyMac, Pearl Jam, Skillet, Kutless, Steven Curtis Chapman, Lynard Skynard, Dave Matthews Band, Disciple, plus others I probably can’t remember.

So today for fun day Friday…  Let’s talk about concerts.  I’m curious oh loyal readers…  what was the last concert you attended?  What was your best concert experience?  And if you won a trip to the concert of your choice… what would it be?

How many of you like to go bowling?  Most people enjoy bowling.  Imagine showing up at the bowling alley and you go to the counter to pay, they give you your sweet looking bowling shoes and assign you to a lane.  Then you enter your silly names in and grab your ball and you are ready to go!  You look down the lane and all of a sudden you notice something… there are no pins.  You figure you’ll try rolling the ball down to see if they reset… wrong.  No pins again.  You go to the counter, and the man behind the counter says “oh yea, we’re trying something new tonight… no pins”.

Do you like to read?  Can you imagine reading a book, and as you were getting very excited at the end of a cliff-hanger chapter, you turn the page to find the next chapter blank.  You flip ahead and the rest of the book was blank.

How about video games?  Can you imagine playing a video game like Halo and after you work super hard to beat a level, you watch a cool video to explain what’s happening and to set up the next level and when it starts you are in a wide open field… with nothing… anywhere?

In all these cases, there would be frustration and let-down simply because of one common factor: Something important is missing!

In my years working with teenagers, I feel like the biggest struggle in teens is something is missing.  Many are filled with emptiness.

I don’t know if this is because from a very young age we are constantly being entertained, and that mind-set carries into our adolescent lives.  The fact remains, most teenagers are empty on the inside and they struggle with the question of how to fill it up.

What are some things that emptiness can create in our lives?

  1. depression
  2. loneliness
  3. anxiety
  4. stress
  5. anger

Whenever there is a void, it must be filled with something.  Popular fillers include:

  1. drugs/alcohol: Great article about effects of marijuana/alcohol
  2. relationships/sex: Watching porn, having sex before marriage can cause you to not enjoy sex with husband/wife
  3. work/money: Will always lead to greed, selfishness, potentially damaging to your family
  4. thoughts suicide/cutting: Leads to depression, ultimately death

Can you imagine holding a firecracker in your hand and once it is lit just standing there and watching it explode?  That would be stupid, right?  Many teens are playing with fire when it comes to these areas in their lives.  Why do we continue to go down paths when we know there is potential for our lives to blow up in our face?

Imagine if one of you showed up next week dressed totally different.  Maybe you are not a skater, but you show up dressed like one, acting like one.  Perhaps you are not a gangster, but next week you show up wearing a gangster rag, pants draggin on the ground, wearing big $ bling around your neck, and talking like Flava Flav.  What would most people call you or consider you to be?

You know who the biggest poser, biggest faker, biggest loser, biggest wannabe in history is… The DEVIL!!  The Devil is trying to defeat you and we are falling for his tricks.

So, like Steven Furtick, I’m proposing that the next time Satan gives you a “what if”, respond with a “so what”

  • What if you lose friends… SO WHAT!
  • What if you look stupid… SO WHAT!
  • What if you lose a boyfriend/girlfriend or they break up with you for someone else… SO WHAT!
  • What if your single until your 25… SO WHAT!
  • What if you fail and look stupid… SO WHAT!

I with GOD, on GOD’s team!  So what!

Matthew 14:22-33 talks about when Peter walked on water.   Peter was far from perfect, just an ordinary guy.  When Jesus said “Come” I’m sure there were all sorts of “what if’s” that Satan threw at Peter at that instant.

  • Those waves are strong, what if you fall in?
  • What if the other disciples laugh at you?
  • What if the other disciples think you’re trying to be Jesus’s #1 guy
  • What if you are attacked by a sea creature  (ok I kinda doubt this one.. but you never know)

At that moment… Peter said “SO WHAT!” I’d rather be out there in the water with Jesus and EVEN IF I do FAIL and FALL IN – JESUS IS OUT THERE!  THAT’S WHERE I WANT TO BE!

Can we commit to giving God our best?  No matter what?  Are we willing to change the way we think?  I read an awesome illustration from a post at Bryanallain.com which explains when we allow “viruses” to fester in our hearts and minds – they will inevitably come back to haunt us, and potentially shut us down.  Romans 12:2 says to be transformed by the renewing of your minds.  In order to overcome the struggles we face as a result of our emptiness, we must choose to transform our hearts by renewing our minds and change the way we think about God.  We don’t instantly become involved with drugs and alcohol, we don’t instantly become addicted to porn, we don’t instantly fall into bed with a boy or girl.  We find ourselves with the opportunity to participate in these activities and we’re not prepared with what to do.  And we fall.  And we fail.  And the virus that is inside us has won. And will continue to win if we don’t remove the viruses by changing the way we think, transforming our hearts and renewing our minds.

When I went home yesterday to eat lunch, at one point, Vicki handed me Naomi.  As I held her up in the air she proceeded to spit up on me.  At that moment I had a decision to make.  I could clean off the milky blemish on my dark black shirt or choose to put on something new.  If I choose to live the rest of the day “as is” I would carry this with me.  People would notice, and after a while it would probably even start to smell.

Is Satan is spitting up on you?  Through your thoughts or attitudes?  Perhaps you are using drugs, alcohol, or have other addictions such as work, money, sex, relationships, pornography that you are allowing to blemish your life. Is Satan is causing you to become depressed, angry, stressed out and full of anxiety.  Will you allow him to continue?  Or will you change the way you think, the way you live, the way you are… WHO you are?

Don’t give up on God.  FILL UP on God and trust HIM to do the impossible.   But be prepared for pain, hurt, battle.

Are you willing to give God your BEST?  It will be worth it… I promise!

What is your definition of success? For me, tonight was pretty successful.

For those of you that don’t know, I am a part time Youth Specialist. “Specialist” is a cool name for an un-ordained youth pastor. Every Wednesday I have the privilege and honor to spend the day at our church planning, preparing, and praying for our youth group that evening. Usually we have between 40-50 teens each Wednesday night and they are all like family to me. Most of these teens come from unchurched homes.
In some cases their parents discourage them from coming. I really feel like I’d be willing to die for most of them. I pour my heart into their lives and I love every second of it.

Teens today have it so hard. As a 30 yr old, I wasn’t exposed to the things they are exposed to and I lived a far-from sheltered teenage life.

We have teens in our youth group who struggle with homosexual thoughts, athiesm, drug use, alcohol use, anger, cutting, and suicide. On the outside, the impression is they are happy and everything is ok, but at the core of their hearts, these struggles are alive and in some cases growing deeper. It breaks my heart to hear some of their stories.

Tonight was an awesome night. We had over 40 teens in attendance and there was a real good spirit among the group. We had at least 1 visitor plus 3 or 4 teens return that I hadn’t seen in a while. After dinner (pizza and subs!!) we sang some worship songs and I spoke on how to deal with emptiness in our lives. I will post notes from this lesson tomorrow. At the end of the lesson, I asked all the teens who were willing to give their best to God to stand up. I’m not sure what their best is, but if they’re willing to give it, then I’m willing to push them. About 25 teens stood up! Success! Praise God!

Please pray for our youth ministry. We need it if we are going to continue to be successful.

We are the Champions!

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
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I’ve paid my dues, time after time
I’ve done my sentence, but committed no crime
And bad mistakes, I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting – till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions – of the world

Unless you live in Cleveland, you’ve probably sung that song at least once in your life.  Perhaps it was after a youth league championship or maybe when your favorite team won a championship, that song by Queen is the perfect celebration song.  Well last night, Vicki and I felt like champions!

Naomi has officially entered her 3rd month of life.  She is over 13 weeks old, and as many of you have probably experienced with your children – you know how tough it can be when they start teething.  Lately, and understandingly, she has been very cranky and upset most of the day.  After spending a week at the Outer Banks, Naomi was not happy to leave.  The 7 hour drive home took closer to 9 hours.  On Sunday evening, we went to some friends house to hang out and watch football and she didn’t really want any of that either.  We spent most of the night trying to rock her in different positions.  She’d fall asleep for about 10 minutes and then wake back up again.  Yesterday was much of the same.  While I was back at work trying to get caught up, my wife was home with Naomi again dealing with our hurting little angel.  I know my wife has had a rough day when as soon as I walk in, with a grin on her face, she asks me to take “your daughter”.

I’ve been home with Naomi enough to know that it’s a full-time responsibility to take care of her on days like yesterday.  So I felt compassion and sympathy towards my wife and knew she deserved some peace and quiet.  I volunteered to basically do whatever with her and told Vicki to go upstairs and relax for a little.  She took her Bible and a few other books and went upstairs.  For about the next hour I watched her.  And after that, between my wife and I we tried our best to keep her happy and content.  Even when she gets tired, she fights it.  It seems like she hates to sleep.  We tried putting her down a couple of times and each time she kicks her legs out and begins screaming.  She loves to stand up.  She can’t stand on her own, but if she is crying and we hold her up – she loves it.  I had an idea…

For about 15-20 minutes she kicked herself up and down in this little thing.  But it still didn’t solve the problem.  As you can see where her mouth is, she could easily grab and bite the swing.  She did that almost the whole time.  We felt bad for her, but tried to entertain her as much as we could.  Finally she had enough of that and wanted out.  I took her out and went to the rocking chair.  By this time it was about 9:30 at night.  For the next 25 minutes I rocked her and as she went in and out I even sang to her, whistled to her, and finally just listened to her breath.  It was a sweet daddy moment with my daughter.  It wasn’t the first and won’t be the last, and although it took lots of work it was worth it.

I slowly stopped rocking the chair to see how she would respond.  She was still.  At peace.  I walked into our room and gently laid her into her pack-n-play and while she squirmed a little, her tiredness overtook her and she quickly fell back asleep.  My wife was staring at us.  Waiting for the cry to come out of the crib.  It never came.  After about 10 seconds I threw my arms into the air as if to declare VICTORY!  We had done it!

We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions – of the world

Unless it’s an NBA game where Tim Donaghy was the referee, the best part about sports is the fact that the unexpected can happen at any time.  The underdog always has a shot, whether it’s the Miracle on Ice,  Music City Miracle, David Tyree catching a ball on his head, Boise St running plays we ran in the back yard, Michigan St faking a field goal, or Brett Favre throwing 3 interceptions, you never know what to expect.  (Ok that last one is pretty much expected … buuut … you get the point).  I love sports! Mainly because in sports – anything is possible!

Think about this year’s NFL season for a second.  two prominent teams, with high expectations coming into the season are 0-2.  Many people pegged the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings as potential playoff teams and possible Super Bowl contenders.  As a matter of fact, both Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison both picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl before their game last week against the Redskins.

On the other hand, four teams that were expected to be mediocre at best have come flying out the gates.  The Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have defied the odds that were stacked against them and started the season 2-0.  Even the Pittsburgh Steelers who are without their first and second string QB’s won their first two games against two very good opponents.

You could say they are playing easy opponents, but that is not the case.  The Chiefs beat the Chargers, the Dolphins beat the Vikings, the Bears beat the Cowboys, the Steelers have beaten a tough Falcons team and shut down the Titans running game.  These were tough games in which the underdog beat a team they were not expected to beat.

Let me tell you about something stupid.  I once downloaded a racing game for my iPhone.  I say game, but to call it a game would be mis-leading.  Basically, the concept was I choose my car and hit “race” and then the computer generates the outcome.  Based on the outcome I can make changes or adjustments to my car and try again.  It was about the lamest thing I ever had and I deleted it almost as quickly as I downloaded it.

I say that to say this.  Wouldn’t it be ridiculous if sports were like that?  Basically, each week we would push “play” and whoever the computer or the people thought was favored would win the game.  There would be no action on the field, just random outcomes.  At the end of the day, teams could make a few adjustments perhaps try and trade a player or two and then hope for a better outcome next week.  That would be horrible, un-entertaining, boring, and unwatchable!

Unfortunately that is the exact same thing that many of us do with our lives.  So many times we think we already know what the outcome will be before we even step on the field.  We tell ourselves we can’t do something, but we fail to even try.  We convince ourselves that something is bad idea but we haven’t even thrown the idea out there.  We give up and “lose” the battle without ever really putting up a fight.

I am so guilty of this and so many times have talked myself out of something because of this thing inside me called “fear”.  I tell myself it won’t work, I can’t, I don’t have time, it’s useless, or some other excuse that I come up with.  My idea then eventually fizzles away and vanishes.  Meanwhile, nothing changes and if I’m not careful I start going through life living the same today as I did yesterday, hoping for a better outcome.  Much like my racing “game” or the Dallas Cowboys, or my beloved New York Mets.

Have you ever found yourself like this as well?

Well maybe God has a greater purpose inside of us.  God wants to take our families to places we never imagined they could go.  God wants to take our churches or our businesses to higher heights.  God wants to perform a miracle in our lives.  God wants to change our lives and defy all the odds and take us somewhere we never imagined was possible.  God wants to take our struggles and help us become over-comers!

Just like the Dolphins, Chiefs, Bears, Bucs, and Steelers, lets play the game and start making positive things happen.

With God on our side, the results may surprise you.

Check out this awesome video of someone who defy’d the odds stacked against them…