Sometimes Christians are the worst people

4 09 2009

I have had this pastor on my mind for a few days. After hearing parts of a sermon he gave  “Why I hate Barack Obama” Mark Arum of WSB 750 replayed some of it this past weekend. It has deeply upset me, that someone who calls themselves a believer can stand upinfront of others he is trying to lead to a relationship with Christ and say that he prays at night that “Barack Obama would die and go to hell.”

Regardless of Obama’s poicies or even live choices he has made, nothing he has done has warranted this prayer from this man. Even if one would say he was evil (which i don’t) the bible would say pray for your enemies, pray for everyone’s salvation. Love one another, your neighbor etc. I am deeply troubled by this man preaching this about anyone, let alone our president. Though i an Obama supporter politically, i do pray God would lead him in leading our country. For God asks us to pray for our leaders.

So i pray now for Stephen L. Anderson to realize the true word of the bible and understand the love and grace that is poured out through our relationship with God. I pray that God can change him so he could be someone who could lead people to God not down the “religious” path that is hurtful and excluding. The “religious” path that so many people are mistaking God for, and not the church.

I just hope what this pastor has talked about hasn’t turned anyone away from the grace of Christ. Because Stephen Anderson isn’t a good representation of the body of believers.

Here is the link to the sermon i am referring to Click Here here is the link to the church he pastors Click Here.

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95 Hours

7 07 2009

There are only 95 hours til I get married.

As for the wedding we are good to go. just couple things left to set up before Saturday. Today i met with Tim Harman and we are really excited for him to be our photographer. Amy is getting her roots done today, actually as i type this now. We are a Joseph and Friends.

The question i seem to keep being asked every few hours by someone is “Are you nervous?” Honestly i am not i have been thinking about i guess you would call it reflecting on our life coming up. Watching the movie Marley & Me this week sort of summed up alot of the thoughts i have been having. I do wonder if when we are 5, 15, 25 years down the road if i will be looking back at my life and wondering what if. I sure everyone does this when they get older regardless of their relationship status. I have though a lot on this and decided i am sure i will look back and wonder what would have happened if i didn’t leave SSR, or didn’t let her speak first, or go through and buy the ring and give it to her. All i know now is that i have no regrets of my past. I have NO regrets of today. I am more excited in what God has in-store for us. I don’t know how to formulate the words.

While i have learned some basic “guy” emotions and random thoughts don’t go away. I have learned that it feels as if i would forget to breathe or how to eat if i lost Amy. I know I know that is LAME and WEIRD. But i never thought i would love and other human being with as a fervent heart as i do with her.

So with job change, moving, Africa, agent appreciation day, and getting married all happening in 4 months, i would have to say 2009 has been by far the best year in my life. I have grow so much closer to God in my relationship with him. Watched my fiance, develop her relationship with Him too. It is all a little overwhelming. Also knowing that in a mere 94 hours i am going to stand in front of most of the people who have helped shame me into the man i am today, and say i will love, hold, and care for Amy for the rest of my life.





It was the best of times, and the worst of times.

19 06 2009

Today is the last day for me here at Solid Source. The company that took me to Africa, and saw the grace that is there in the worst of conditions. The company where I learned the difference between raster and vector and how to use them. The place where I decided to come back to church and give it another go; the time where I met my just about to be wife, and people who I was able to produce three shows at the fox theatre for. I have been in a wonderful place and God has used this time for me to grow, spiritually and professionally. I know that I would not understand what I have found in Amy to be so amazing if I wasn’t in this stage of life. I have learned and taught myself so many things. I am all mixed up about leaving.

On one hand I am excited for the new experiences, and the end of some of the hassles I deal with here. I have seen a lot come and go, people loving and hating this place. I know we all both love and hate a lot of our jobs, even at the same time. But Solid Source was good to me and was very helpful in many ways. From the new car, new talents, and new places I have been. I have loved them all; I will miss this place and some of the people.

On the other hand, I am nervous; nervous that I could be making a mistake. I know I truly believe God is leading me away from Solid Source, you know there is a small thought that maybe you are dumb to do this 22 days before you get married. I am glad Amy and I had come to grips with what this means to leave here and find the next path for the next season in our life. But you know God brought her all the way from New York to be here in my life. I am sure he is going to lead my life in the new direction. This is the time I need to leave I cannot and will not allow us to start our life together in a position where I do not feel happy, challenged, or good about my work. She deserves me to be happy, challenged, and confident in my work.

So now I move on and look for other things, I have some leads and I definitely have the ability. I just keep praying and trusting that the next step will be the correct step.

I guess the one thing that SSR gave me, was the confidence to believe in myself, and confidence to know who I am and that God REALLY does love me.

So thank you God, for bringing this into my life, and thank you for giving me the courage to leave it behind and the ability to stand firm and walk away with my head held high.





I bless the rains down in Africa!

27 02 2009

 


Ndola, AfricaFrom March 12, 2009 to March 23, 2009 I am going to trave to Africa. Ndola, Zambia to be exact I am traveling with a group called Wiphan. The hold that area to help support Widows and Orphans. Solid Source Realty, the company I work for has purchased a school and began a feeding program for part of the area. We are traveling there to film, serve people, worship God, and let God lead us. We are filming to show our agents what we have done with their dues. To show them how great God is. So I will be writing and posting some pictures etc while I am there. So stay tuned as I show you all the details etc of the trip. Below is where we are going i will put up more information so you can intercede on our behalf.


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Thank You Jesus!

23 12 2008

Today is two days before Christmas. Two days before the day that we represent as the day Jesus was born. Two days before God sent his son to be come a savior. This year is a special one for me. This year God changed everything for me forever. I remember last year where Christmas morning I sat at home watching a movie til some of my friends got done with their families so I can have some company. I am not saying I don’t have a great family, it’s just I was one of the few without my own family. So my sister got to get up and see her children excited cause of Santa and my other sister too. My mom got to spend her 18th Christmas with her husband (my dad). I was laying on the couch watching superman, I said a little prayer, “God I know you are in control and I know you have a plan, I just hope I can have my own family.” As in an act of foreshadowing 18 days later I stopped and said a little prayer, “God please let me know if she is the one. God grant me the patience and calmness with this one she seems special, and I ask you to be apart of this.” Fast forward 345 days later, I wake up this morning to get ready for work, I squeeze my fiancé and giver a kiss and wish her a good day at work. In those 345 so many things have happened but I see how God has answered my prayers from last Christmas and this past January. He brought me someone who I am starting my family with and he is a part of our relationship. I never thought I could or would have someone so beautiful, smart, logical, realistic, loving, caring, humble, woman as I have found in Amy. Plus the fact that we both are seeking Gods path is truly amazing. I have so much to be thankful for, but I want to thank you God for giving me something I have wanted since I was a little boy. The chance to have a family, and be the husband and father my father wasn’t. The birth of a family of my very own. So Merry Christmas and thank you God for you have done all of this and brought the two of us together. I love Amy Buschor, and I will continue to love her after she becomes Amy Hoover.

Oh what a year 2008 was.

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He Was a Teacher!

15 09 2008

I have been watching the news lately of the election coverage. So i have been breathing Palin, Obama, McCain, and Biden. I am addicted and one of the arguments that have been swirling around that has bothered me. It has been them saying that Jesus was a community organizer, and he was capable of leading. Trying to say that Obama is able to lead, and that Pontius Pilot was a governor. Now come on you are going to compare the leaders in this election to the Savior of the Jews and a Roman leader. Seriously, comparing Obama to Jesus. I mean the guy is a good speaker and has a good presence. But he isn’t God’s son, he isn’t saving the world.

But beyond that Jesus wasn’t really a community organizer, he was a teacher. Read the bible he went around talking to people and teaching them lessons with his countless stories and examples of how things should be. He did miracles and was humble. Very humble. He didn’t own anything, he didn’t make money. He was not an organizer, he did more to disrupt the society and establishment of how things were in that land. He was there to teach those disciples who he was, why he was there, and how to find him. Not to restore jobs and improve the economy of the area. So even though i am not the biggest supporter of Obama. I don’t think it is a good thing to say Jesus was a community organizer to prove why Obama should be elected. Jesus was a teacher and his teachings are still growing and impacting millions of people now.





Mr. Stanley talking about the next President.

10 09 2008

Well these next 50+ days we are going to elect a new president. It is a wonderful expierence, and this election has truely been one to make the history books. I wrote a month or so ago about a series my church did called “letters to the next president” and i posted the letter i would like the next president to read. I have included in this post a video from my pastor talking that. So regardless what you stand for or who you want in the white house. Check this site out! Write a letter you cannot create something you want or something different without talking about it and letting it be known.