Friday, August 14, 2009

My Stock Phrase

Whenever people call into Dave Ramsey's popular financial advise radio show, their first question is often, "how are you?" and Dave's always answers, "Better than I deserve." It's a great stock phrase.

A stock phrase is a witty saying used often. It gets people thinking and spices up a conversation. Best of all, it doesn't take much effort on your part because its your standard line.

So here's my stock phrase. I've been using it for several years. It frequently gets a reaction. Whenever people ask, "What do you know?" or "How are you?" I reply:

"I'm fine, because God still loves me."

Yes, if you know me, be amazed, God still loves me. If you don't know me that well, trust me on this one.

John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 testify to God's persistent, never ending love toward all people. God loves because he created us. God loved us by sending his son Jesus to cover over our sin guilt. God loves us by offering the free gift of salvation. God loves us by giving us a new life in Christ. And still loves us when we trip up, mess up, and screw up.

God still loves me. And you too.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tree House

Mr. Non-Builder here, who is fortunate to make a living with his mouth instead of his hands, actually built a tree house for the kids this past weekend.

The project started long ago with the persistent pestering of my daughter Valerie (pictured in center). For months, she begged for a tree house. When she found a free pile of old barn wood, the project was underway.

I did get some much needed help! Thanks to Jerome (for wood), Jeff (for circular saw and level), Jake (for 4 1/2 hours of help and advise), and Mark at Rice County Builders (for help and advise on the ladder).

Yes, I am proud of myself. And the kids are excited.

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Links to the Intergoogle 8/8/09

10 ways parents can help children get involved in the arts.

A good interview with pro-life advocate and thoughtful author Scott Klusendorf

Chuck Colson writes why same-sex marriage and religious liberty can't coexist--just look at how the courts are deciding such cases already.

Fighting to keep slavery out of Kansas--again
. An article exposing the 2009 version of slavery.

I'm seeing U2 in Norman, OK in October. Can't wait! The stage will be incredible. Here's the set list for the first night of the tour--June 30 in Spain.

Check out this new topical search vehicle: Alltop

Take a minute and watch how AAA baseball player Josh Womack swings a bat.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Spiritual Battle Quote

"Being a Christian does not mean there is no more battle. It means we have a strategic point of attack in the battle. The battle position of the Christian is victory, joy, and abundance. The Lord expects us to do no more than to welcome His assistance."

Corrie ten Boom
Don't Wrestle, Just Nestle
p. 50

Saturday, August 01, 2009

An Afternoon at Prairie Dunes CC

After walking in the gallery at the 2002 women's US Open and the 2006 men's Senior US Open at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas, it was my great privilege on Thursday afternoon to actually play the course myself.

Pictured is yours truly getting ready to tee off the famous # 8 hole. After hitting a perfect tee shot and approach shot just short of the green, I ended up taking a 6. That's Prairie Dunes. The right touch is required around the greens, which are protected by rising inclines.

My score? 102. Worst score of the year, but definitely the best experience!

Thank you Milt and Kevin for the opportunity!
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