Random Life Updates

life has been very full these days, and as a result, my blogging time has been empty.  here’s a few random updates – 2 are big, and 1 is just fun to me.

baby number two is about to debut

any day now we should be racing to the hospital to welcome our little man into the world.  we are so thankful for this gift from God. i don’t know where you’re at or what you believe, but after seeing one new life come into the world, i don’t know how you can get to a place where you don’t believe in an intelligent designer who intentionally crafts and creates each of us. (but that’s for a different post)  i’m so excited to see who this little boy becomes and how God will use him to shape shanna, adelina, and myself.
when will it be??? who knows… God continues to teach me that i should give up trying to plan.  shanna does want this baby out though, that’s for sure!

ministry is all about transitions right now

this past fall lakeshore announced that we’re looking for a new youth pastor to replace me. i’ll be transitioning to the discipleship pastor role on staff once the hire is made to oversee our small group ministry and other discipleship/assimilation strategies.  i’m very excited about the move and i truly feel God’s call in that direction, although i hope i’ll always be a youth pastor at heart. i hope to never stop being a champion for students and hold to the belief that they are not the church of the future but the church of today.

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it has been so fun watching God build the team at lakeshore over the last 6 months, and i’m beyond excited to see who he puts in place in this position.  i’m looking forward to really being able to build into and do life with the next guy.  we are hoping and praying to have him in place by easter.
goodbye moleskine, hello ecosystem 
i love paper journals, but not just any. with these in particular i’m pretty picky. for the last few years i’ve been using moleskine. i love the simple design, their durability, the pocket in the back, and the enclosure strap.  but i’ve been using evernote more and more to try to go more paperless and save more notes electronically in the cloud.  moleskine doesn’t have any journals with perforated pages, which would be really nice for the journal notes that i want to make sure gets scanned and entered into evernote.  i totally drank michael hyatt’s koolaide on this, and am now using the ecosystem journals.  they have all the same features of the moleskines, but with perforated pages.  if you use evernote or want to have the freedom to tear out some of your journal pages, you should check them out!
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The Eagles Take The NFC East

i’m a huge philadelphia eagles fan.
and i absolutely can’t stand the dallas cowboys.

last night was a very good night!

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5 New Year’s Resolution Comics That Made Me Laugh

with the new year now around the corner, i thought i’d share these 5 images.  they made me chuckle.
check them out, and then take the poll at the bottom!

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A Heritage of Faith

For those of us who grew up with a rich heritage of faith, this verse is especially meaningful.  I ran across it this morning as I read through Psalm 71, and it reminded me of…
1) how blessed I am to have grown up in a Christian home with strong values consistent with God’s ideals
2) my responsibility to pass along these same values to my kids and the next generation

“Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.”

(Psalm 71:17-18, NIV)

Lakeshore’s Family Ministries Calendar – Winter 2014

my wife shanna has been creating fun calendars for our children & youth ministries at the church for several years now.  here’s the latest one promoting some events this winter at lakeshore.  you can see one of her other calendars here.  if you’d like the psd/ai files so you can edit to fit your organization’s upcoming events, just let me know.

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