Thursday, August 30, 2007


well, the Deal or No Deal experience was something. long story short, we went, we sat, we waited, and left. we didn't get on the show that day, so they are going to fly us back out. i guess another trip to california won't be that bad! i get to eat @ In-N-Out again. Burgers, Fries, and really cool shirts!


my first big boy event. that's right, i'm doing an event for adults at two rivers. it's going to be a blast for all of our singles. my good friends brent gambrell and aaron loy are leading it, and i'm looking forward to it. it's going to be friday and saturday and it's going to be a time for people to relax and enjoy friendships and worship God.

we've changed the look of our chapel recently, so it's going to be an event in the round. that means that you'll be closer to the action than ever. you'll be right there with aaron as he leads the music and sitting right in front of brent as he teaches. i can't imagine having anyone elsse be a part of this event...brent and aaron are solid guys that have marinated in a relationship with Christ for years, and their hearts will come out during this time.

i'm looking forward to it!

Monday, August 20, 2007

i'm heading out to...CALIFORNIA

this week i have the opportunity to be a part of a cultural phenomenon. one of my greatest friends in the world (that's a whole story in itself), Paul Teller, is going to be a contestant on the game show, "deal or no deal" this week, and i've been picked to be one of his supporters. that's right, i'm going to be on tv. (check him out at the show is scheduled to air in November, so don't get too crazy just yet. we're flying out wednesday, tape the show on thursday, and home on friday.

i'm praying that God will be glorified in all of this. who knows, Paul might make history and walk away with a million bucks, or he could walk away with 20. the coolest thing ever is that he gets to do it, and he gets to take his faith with him. no, he won't be preaching, evangelizing, or wearing a turn or burn t-shirt (which either relieves or infuriates you), but he WILL be taking his personal relationship with Christ with him on this journey. no one can take that away.

go Paul!! pick the right case...or better yet, just be YOU and kknow that it's all going to be fun! ever been to California on someone else's dime?? neither have i...

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

i know the what was that question i was going to ask???

the answer, as churchy as you might find it to be, is Christ. the question however is what i'm searching for. i have begun to realize that the only thing truly worth investigating is Christ. to find out what He wants for me is the most important. to find out what His plans are...that's where i am now. i have many questions in my life right now, but regardless of the question the answer seems to always come back to me learning ot empty myself out and make Christ bigger in my life. (Micah 6:8; Proverbs 18:12 come to mind)

missy got a call yesterday from the neurosurgeon's office. they need to reschedule Lane's pump surgery. thursday wasn't going to work for the, they had something come up...which i'm sure is often true in the world of opening up people's brains and spinal chords. when she called me though, she wasn't cheerful, rather, she was troubled. she was troubled because we have both been praying since last week that God would show us clearly what we need to do in regards to Lane's surgery. we were both relieved that his surgery was rescheduled last week because we were both uneasy about proceeding. then when the call came in yesterday...the relief was there again. why? were we supposed to be relieved? were we supposed to proceed or were we supposed to see this as God's hand?

we chose to halt. we're waiting now. waiting on God to either say GO or NO. we don't have either, so the best thing to do is spend some time with Him...see it all really does come back to Christ!!


Monday, August 6, 2007

give up what?

the wife and i have felt God leading us to give up something that's important to us, so we can focus on Him...that's a fast. it's time in our lives to seek God's wisdom. with all kinds of things happening (Lane having surgery thursday, Mom STILL in the hospital, and even more junk) we thought why stress, why not just go before God and get some advice?

i realize that some will think we're nuts...and we are, but not because of this. some will think we're super spiritual...we're me, and some will watch and see what happens. everyday you have a choice.

what are you going to do with all of your 86,400 seconds today?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

pain hurts...

i talked to my mom today. she's been in the hospital since monday, when she had to be taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. she has pneumonia...or at least that's the "best guess" the doctors honestly have right now. she can't breathe well. she's got a fever, chills, and she can't get out of bed without that general "i think i'm going to pass out" feeling.

i know we all have pain. sometimes pain is mom's. sometimes pain is emotional...because we don't have an answer to why we hurt. sometimes pain is impossible to when you have to hang up the phone when you're in another country and your kids are at home.

regardless of how we might describe it, pain is real. today you might be the one bright spot for someone else's pain. you might be the one suffering. regardless, where are you going to go when you have pain? are you going to resolve yourself to pain or are you going to do something? the choice is yours. if you're experiencing pain today, my prayer is that you will find Comfort...and not in a bottle, pills, or an injection. not in the eyes of another person. not in a self-help book, but rather, in a Creator that loves you.

listen to a song by a guy named John Waller...the blessing. realize that your words are huge and can turn someone else's day from night to day. realize that if you're hurting, it's ok to need someone else.

--mike ><>

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


since when did technology get so amazing? i don't have a clue how to edit a video or even copy a dvd, but today i posted my first video on youtube! it's the myLIFEspeaks promo video, and i'm really proud of it. i can't believe that i can now send people over the web to view something. WOW. what will happen next? i don't know if i really want to know the answer to that question...