December 30, 2010

We’ll Regret This

Filed under: Marriage,Personal,Pictures — Neil @ 7:00 am

Last night around 10:00 we opted to go to Waffle House for a late night snack.  Amanda posted this as her status on facebook:

Thankfully, my annual physical isn’t for another 11 months.

December 28, 2010

Amanda and the Rhinos

Filed under: Marriage,Pictures — Neil @ 7:00 am

December 26, 2010

Hot Dog

Filed under: Pictures,Roscoe — Neil @ 9:45 pm

This afternoon Roscoe got of his bed (rare occasion in that it didn’t involve food) & made his way to the fireplace.  He’d warm himself on 1 side & then turn & warm his other side.  Last night he was shivering laying in his bed (our house was 67 degrees).  Amanda covered him w/ a beach towel.

Beginning of the End

Filed under: leadership,Pictures — Neil @ 9:00 am

December 25, 2010

Close Doesn’t Count

Filed under: Pictures — Neil @ 4:00 pm

This may be as close as we ever get to a white Christmas in Clinton, MS.

Merry Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Neil @ 6:00 am

John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.)16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.


December 24, 2010


Filed under: Pictures — Neil @ 12:27 am

December 22, 2010

Christmas in New Orleans

Filed under: Personal — Neil @ 7:49 pm

We made our 4th annual trip to New Orleans during the Christmas season.  Here’s a rundown of our trip:

  • We stayed at the Sheraton on Canal.  As usual I booked it through Priceline & saved about 1/2 off of their posted rate.  We paid almost as much for parking as we did for the room.
  • Amanda shopped at Canal Place, Esplanade & Lakeside Malls & along Magazine.  I found a lot of good coffee shops & read while she shopped.  PJ’s had my favorite cup of coffee.
  • We spent Tuesday afternoon at the Audobon Zoo.  It has to be the best deal in the city.
  • Our #1 activity when visiting New Orleans is eating.  We go to the nice places at lunch & do something lighter/cheaper at night.  Here’s where we ate & a few suggestions:
    • Palace Cafe – our 3rd year in a row to eat lunch here; good food & servie; great view of Canal Street.  I had the Catfish Pecan & Amanda had the Pasta St. Charles.  We split the Bananas Foster for dessert.
    • Cafe Maspero – supper on Monday night; I had a shrimp poboy & Amanda had red beans & rice.  Good food @ reasonable prices
    • Emeril’s – our 1st experience at 1 on of his restaurants.  1 of the best meals we’ve ever had.  We both had the 3 course lunch (just $18).  Amanda – gumbo, chicken & waffles, & creme brulee; Neil – gumbo, grilled shrimp, chocolate & peanut butter pie
    • Taqueria Corona on Magazine – 1 of our favorite places to eat in New Orleans; we had a combination of chicken & steak tacos, chicken burrito, shrimp flauta & cebollitas
    • Bourbon House – another Brennan’s restaurant; we had planned on eating @ NOLA’s, but didn’t realize that it’s only open for lunch Thurs – Sunday; good meal, but didn’t compare to Emeril’s.

Now it’s time to get back to the gym.

December 14, 2010

Goodbye Email

Filed under: Media,Videos — Neil @ 4:00 pm

I found this video while doing some research in preparing for a talk to teens on the topic of social media.  For the article that goes along w/ the video click here.

I’d personally be ok if the forward & reply all options were eliminated from email.

December 10, 2010

Backwards Thinking

Filed under: Videos,Wednesday Nights,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 11:54 am

This past Wednesday we concluded Backward$ (learning to have a biblical view of $) as well as our Student Worship service for 2010.  We ended the night by giving our teens some examples of people/organizations who think backwards about their $ & possessions.

Here are a few of the examples:

charity: water
mycharity: water
8 year old girl raises $7,695 through mycharity: water

DudePerfect – Texas A&M college students who have used basketball to spread the Gospel & to raise money for Compassion.

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