How’s your day going?

Wait.

Before you answer that question, let me tell you about my friend John.

John’s an upper-level manager at Cisco.

He makes really good money.

Yesterday, John had to fire a handful of his employees.

…Unexpectedly

…13 days before Christmas

And he couldn’t tell them why…

So, as I was asking, how’s your day going?

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Budgeting Idea

This is from the ‘Friday Funnies’ at the girl talk blog….

“It’s funny because it’s true” :0)

Update on Jennifer and the Cortez Family

Last week, I posted about the awesome opportunity to reach out to my sister Jennifer and her family this Christmas season.

Again, the bullet points are

  • 7 people
  • 2-bedroom apartment
  • 5 children under 14 living together in one bedroom
  • Dad out of work right now
  • Opportunity to rent large house for less rent

So far, I have heard from a few of you, mostly via email, and I’m so grateful for the awesome response!

This weekend, I spoke to Jennifer, and she gave me some better details. She says they are moving forward by faith, and they have to be out of the apt by 12/10. She said their two greatest needs (besides prayer of course), are

  1. Money for the move
  2. Christmas for the kids

If you are interested in helping with the move, that would be awesome! I’m going to put the expenses on my credit card, and I need you all to help me pay the bill (and I swear I will give you some evidence — ie receipt or something — that the money went to good use!

If you are interested in sending toys/clothes/games/etc for Christmas, that’s even better! And I need to correct my previous post about ages of the kids… I had them a little mixed up:

There’s:

  • Sarah, age 8
  • Earl, age 12
  • Monique, age 12
  • Mariah, age 13
  • Joey, age 10
  • Angie, age 7, but living in Texas right now and in less need

Please help us show the love of Christ to these kids this Christmas! Let me know if you’d be willing to help in any way!

Don’t waste your life

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DontWasteYourLife.com — One of the best resources I’ve seen in a long time. Check it out…

 

 

Powerful Video (featuring my boy Louie :0)

Saw this on ‘Take Your Vitamin Z‘ and thought I’d pass it along…

It features snippets from the ‘How Great Is Our God’ DVD by Louie Giglio, and the song ‘Never Let Go’ from the David Crowder Band’s ‘Remedy’ album.

I wish I had more time to do stuff like this :0)

Me on Stephen on Shannon on Mark Driscoll on Joel Osteen (Pt. 1)

Having some fun with the title there :0)

For anyone visiting, this is my response to the discussion from a previous post. Read the comments there, and the title will make sense too…

So, first, I’m sure this response will be fairly long. So wait ’till you have 10 minutes to read it.

Second, I am LOVING this discussion. I really, really don’t see it as a couple of cocky 20-something theologians arguing about something they don’t understand amounting to morons… This is an amazingly important discussion right now, especially in light of the world we live in. The so called ‘prosperity gospel’ is more popular than ever. A couple days ago, Steph and I were in the gym, and there was a special on the morning news about how a US senator is trying to audit the 6 main ‘prosperity’ teachers to figure out how they spend their money. It pointed out how Creflo Dollar has TWO Rolls Royces, Joyce Meyer bought a $23,000 toilet bowl, and an $18,000 kitchen table, etc… It made christianity look like a bunch of crap. Half of me wanted to cry, and the other half wanted to throw up.

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Mark Driscoll on Joel Osteen: humble but firm

This video really speaks for itself. It’s 10 minutes long, but worth the time, especially if you’ve been thinking about buying Joel’s new book, “Becoming a better you”: