Monday, January 19, 2009


I know I will probably get made fun of for this...but I like the new U2 single.

I know that a lot of people will not like it because it is the new U2 single and too hyped up...but I still like it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tomorrow Night

I am excited about tomorrow night because House comes back on as well as a new episode of 24.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Free iTunes Download

You can win a free iTunes download by simply playing this game. I did this on my Facebook for fun but here in the "real blogoshpere" it is for prizes. What i did is put my ipod on random and then I put the first line from the frist 100 songs that came up. If the song name is in the first line then I will put (...) where the title is.

Whoever can get the most songs will win a iTunes download. All you need to get the song is leave a comment with the number on the list, the artist, and if you have the album it is extra points.

Don't cheat...cause it cheating.

1. Heart carved, tree trunk, (...), a sweetheart left behind
2. Take second chances, everyone deserves it
3. Lately I've been waking to the blueset dawns that I once slept through.
4. (...) we've gotta go, gotta go to Idaho
5. Sheena was a really good friend, a really good friend to me
6. The king's taking back the throne, the useless eed is sown
7. (...) a feeling deep inside
8. Why can't you just admit that you've had it your sick of me
9. Train appeared in town one night, for some of us it changed our lives
10. Charades, pop skill Water hyacinth, named by a poet
11. (...) was buried today, They laid him to rest in a special way.
12. (...) and praise the God who mapped the starts up in the sky
13. Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
14. Something is beating on the wall, on the other side
Sally hit the pavement Wineglass in her hand
In the ocean Cut, swim, deep the sky
17. She's got hair like the straigh sea grass
18. A long time ago a crazy dream came to me, I dreamt I as walking in World War III
19. (...) who wishes he would have stayed home
20. Hangin' out with Lars down on 6th street
21. (...) and Ive been bound To the memories of yesterdays clouds
22. You know you've done enough when every bone is sore
You don't know how you feel Are you a dream? Are you for real?
24. Papa's in the kitchen, Mama's in the field
25. (...) this position I've held, it pays my way
26. This song is about a girl who has been off she was dope sick
Well my heart's in the (...) gentle and fair
28. It starts with just a little glance now, right away your thinking abour romance now
29. Receiving department, 3 a.m. Staff cuts have socked up the overage
30. There's no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard
31. Please beware of them that stare They'll only smile to see you while Your time away
32. Johnny and I, we got lost tonight, we got carried away.
33. (...) there's one who delights me Brings me afternoon tea then she leaves me
34. Once upon a time you dressed so fine You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
35. (...) keeps on going on
36. I want to go to (...) lay my weary head down
37. Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
38. There ain't no money to by cocaine sugarbabe
39. I felt for sure last night, at once we said goodbye
40. Do me a favor, would you sing this to me slow
41. Faith, you're driving me away, You do it everyday
42. (...) I would really like to tell you, oh my (...)
43. Why I wonder is my heart full of holes?
44. The breath of the morning I keep forgetting The smell of the warm summer air
45. You're repeating me lines that you think I wanna hear
46. Your lipstick is calling, don't bother angel I know exactly what goes on
47. I'm not going to lie, I'm not going to make up my mind tonight
48. I never fell in love, until I fell in love with you
49. Our signals are getting lost in the ether, thats what she wanted
50. It takes a long time to kill a man, 55 years at least
51. if at first you don't succeed try, try again
52. Moving like the fog on the Cumberland River I was leaving on the Delta Queen
53. You say yes, I say no, You say stop, and I say go go go
54. Are you open to open arms?
55. There are places I'll remember (...)
56. (...) when you say good bye (...) when you make me cry
57. At my door the leaves are falling, a cold wild wind will come
58. Well how many times must we go through this, you've always been mind woman I thought you knew this.
59. Slipping and sliding and playing domino Lefting and then Righting, it's not a crime you know
60. You're on your own my little nightmare, you can not stay here it's far too bright for you
61. When you were young you were the (...), and how you built a tower tumbling through the trees
62. Under the floor between me and the door there is a presence that I can deny
63. So here I am with heart in hand, I need to lift it up to you.
64. If your traveling to the north country fair, where the winds hit heavy on the border line
65. Why do I day dream? Why do I get my hopes up at all?
66. My eyes were sad And my fingers were mad As I wrote this letter that said
67. Meeting her was just so unexpected, I guess I was scared of being rejected
68. Wrenched into the world, deanesthetized, Blurry images fight their way through halfway opened eyes
69. They are sick, they are poor, and they die by the thousands and we look away
70. (...) I met you out in the garden
71. Don't believe what you hear Don't believe what you see
72. In the delta sun, down in Arkansas It’s the great god bird with its altar call
73. (...) I know I know, it's serious
74. I'm the failure  I'm everyone's fool And I'm losing my cool at the end
75. (...) drove to town yesterday to pick out a grave
76. What do you call yourself? What did you call me?
77. Can't tell how long you're gone, can't tell how long you stay
78. (...) got his hands in his pockets, staring over at his neighbors knickers down
79. The (...) ride tonight You better shut your windows tight
80. I want to (...) Does it have to start with a broken heart Broken dreams and bleeding parts
81. Go back to sleep now (...) And I'll keep all the bad dreams away
82. Did I slip, or stumble, did I trip cause I know I fell
83. (...) sets a steady hand upon her brow
84. (...) all my troubles seemed so far away
85. (...) what you doing now? what you doing now girl?
86. I fell in love again, all things go, all things go
87. watching terrible tv it kills all thoughts Getting spacier than An astronaut
88. I can change the world (...) make it a better place (...)
89. It's the same outside, driving to the riverside
90. Ain't no talking to this man, ain't no pretty other side (the original artist...not the cover)
91. sunken ships rest upon the ocean floor where i've made my home to dodge the draft once more
92. These break-up songs make sense again and i really wish they didn't.
93. We ain't got no place to go, so let's go to the (...)
94. Soon she will be hammered in what she calls her silly head
95. A thousand times we've said those words, and now I see just what they're worth
96. I woke the dawn, saw horses gowing out the lawn
97. Nice girls, not one with a defect Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct 
98. Walking through the cross fire heart Feeling heavy and hopeless
99. well I know I', all alone, I say your name slowly
100. How I taught the weeping willow how to cry

 Good luck!

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

Over my trip home for Christmas I was able to read a couple of books (the 2nd review will be up next week) and I found one of them to be very chalenging and inspiring.

Every now and then there will be a book that will challenge the way you think, or the way you live. A few years ago Blue Like Jazz was a book that challenged the way I thought about my faith. Not that it caused me to intellectualize Christianity and hold to a belief system that has not supernatural in it (some people came to this conclusion, although I have never gotten that from any of Donal Miller's writing.

This year I read a book that is challenging how I live. Chan lays out very basic simple truths that most Christians would claim to believe that have no problem with. However, Chan does what few authors have the guts to do, he makes you question whether you really believe what you say. If we believe a certain way then out behavior has to be effected. In fact just this past Tuesday I challenge our students to question what they believe based on their actions. For example, if a man view pronography he is believing the promise that pronography makes.

In the same way, if we believe the promises of God, we as His people, will behave in a manner that reflects what we believe.

Chan does a great job in this book of fleshing out what it looks like to live our lives with a belief in the promises of God. I would high recommend this to and Christian that is tired of living their life in mediocrity.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Series - Heroes

Tomorrow night we are starting a new series at CREW. This series is going to be working through the hall of faith. Looking at the "Heroes of the Faith", which is why we are calling the series "Heroes". However I would like to have a few clips of the show to play before each session. If you happen to have the DVDs and you are willing to let me borrow them for a few weeks then that would be awesome.

Tomorrow I am talking about the obedience of Abraham.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Today is the day that my master plan goes into effect.

What is that plan you ask? To be healthier and drop a few lbs.

I am leaving the office right now and heading home for a killer work out, a quasi-healthy meal, and then to cheer for the Gators.

If you have any good weight loss/getting healthy advice then let me know.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Best Albums Of The Year

10. Ray Lamontagne - The Gossip in the Grain.

The lead single might be a little to cheesey, and the song "Meg White" might be awful, but the rest of this album is fantastic.

You Are The Best Thing

9. The Myriad - With Arrows, With Poise

This is actually one of the more "rocking" albums I would recommend. It is very clever and sounds way to good for me to have bought this CD where I did....Family Christians Bookstore.

You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock

8. Josh Rosenthal - Narratives

I normally would not put a Chirstmas album in my top ten but this album is incredible. It is Christmas music that you could listen to in July and not feel like someone who should be locked up.

Christmas For Cowboys

7.Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology

Every album that Ryan Adams puts out grows on me quickly until I absolutely love it.

Fix It

6. Jon Foreman - Limbs & Branches

I mention this album although I would personally recommend getting the EPs and downloading the bonus songs through iTunes. Jon Foreman is incredible.

Your Love Is Strong

5. The Welcome Wagon - Welcome to the Welcome Wagon

Produced by Sufjan. This album will fill that void that you all feel for having a lack of Sufjan this year.

There are actually no YouTube videos of The Welcome Wagon....injustice. Go check them out on iTunes or at

4. Kate Micucci

She does not have a real album but I really like her sound a lot.

Dear Deer

3. Fleet Foxes

I don't even know what to say about them.

White Winter Hymnal

2. Josh Rosnethal - Renaissance

I know he is is on here twice. Not just because he is a friend of mine but because this album is absolutely great. Feel free to hear the studio version of this song as


1. She & Him - Volume 1

Zoey and M. Ward combine to make an album that has a classic sound. A mix of sould, slow 60's pop, and folk. I can not recommend it enough.

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here

I also really like the Bon Iver CD and throught about it being on this list. It would have been near the top (probably 3). and I would have pushed everything else down one.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Scrubs Season 8

Scrubs Season Eight starts tonight! I am very excited.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Financial Peace vs. Financial Faithfulness

Our church offers a class where we teach Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" which is a big draw for a big need. I think that stupid debt runs rampent in this country and we need to be smart about how we spend our money.

Dave Ramsey has offered this as a great tool to help people overcome their debt. I think that the intentions of this are great, but like so many things we have put what I think can be a bad focus on it.

I have want to share what I think are the differences between debts reduction and biblical stewardship.

#1. Do you want to reduce debt to have more money in the future, or do you want to reduce debt so that you can be more generous with your money. This is more than just giving a larger percent to your church, but also to other ministries.

#2. Do you view your savings as a storehouse for your excess for a rainy day or do you view it as a resource that can be used for the kingdom of God. If you feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit to give your money away to the poor or anywhere else are you willing to do it, even if it means giving up your "dream retirement"?

#3. Does "living on less" cause you to sympathize with those who have even less? It is easy to think that we are doing the will of God be simply not making dumb decisions with your money, but doing nothing but saving is also a stupid decision. Jesus talked about this, with the man that built larger storehouses to hold his excess and died that very night.

#4 Is your savings becoming less and less about making sure that you are financially free to do the will of God when he might call you to something different and becoming more and more about a lack of faith for God to provide us with our "daily bread"? There is a very fine line between saving for the future and hoarding your money.

#5 Are you planning for retirement or are you planning for a freer lifestyle to serve God and others? I recently met a pastor who believes that retirement (in the conventional sense) is a sin. I would have to agree with him. I know that the definition of retirement is very wide, kind of like jr. high students who are "going out" when they don't "go anywhere".

I do not say these things to bad mouth Dave Ramsey, quite the oppostie actually. I just worry that we have taken a good thing and twisted it. I do not think that throwing our money away is good, there is a huge difference between giving money away and throwing it away. Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread, this is a prayer of faith. Asking God to give us exactly what we need to get by, not too much so that we hoard it and grow to have a sense of entitlement, and not too little so that we can't get by.

All in all, I am just voicing this concern in hopes that anyone who reads this will look be finanically faithful and not just think that financial peace is just about saving so that they can have a bright future with all of the money that they saved, but the peace that comes from a life of generosity. To feel the freedom that comes from being able to hold loosely to their money. Spending it wisely so they have more to bless the lives of others as well and not just their own in the future.