Tuesday, December 05, 2006
It's the middle of the night. Your family is sleeping. All of a sudden you are awakenened by the sound of gunshots and screaming. Your spouse and children are killed and you are left homeless. Why have these horrible things happened to you? Because the government of the country where you live has decided that people with your skin color should be exterminated.
As unimaginable as this sounds, it has happened and continues to happen to millions of people in the Sudan region of Africa. We, as Christians and as fellow human beings cannot ignore what is happening to these people. To find out more, here are a couple of websites with good info.
And, don't forget...this Sunday (12/10) is the official "Weekend of Prayer for Darfur." Here's a link to a toolkit to help get your church involved.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Things here at the station are nuts!! First of all, my desk was desecrated by Wally et. al. You can see the pictures on Papa John's blog http://john893.blogspot.com/. Plus, they are doing all of this construction around here and everything is out of order. We are broadcasting from the Production Room while the main studio is made over. So, John is working like crazy with his crew to get things done ASAP. Now, I realize that he is really busy and caught up in what is going on around here, BUT he needs to pay a little more attention to his...ahem...wardrobe. Here's a picture so you can understand what I am talking about...
BUT, there is a product available to help. It's the Reemco plumber's shield. I may have to pick one up for John.
Oh yes, it is good to be back!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Apparently, John was still under the impression that there were "little people" in the computer that made everything work. Here he is looking for them....
Then, he kept yelling into the screen..."I KNOW YOU'RE IN THERE!!! WHY WON'T YOU ANSWER ME???" Then he would press his ear to the screen trying to hear the "gremlins"...
From the Gremlin's perspective it was quite a scary sight...
It was really quite embarassing for Bonnie who tried to explain his unusual behavior by saying that the Chick-Fil-A Bold Coffee was to blame. Not sure we'll ever be invited back to that Chick-Fil-A.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
"Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”
“if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.”
The words above are found in the Bible and I think we can all agree that they speak the truth about the depth of God’s love for us, his children. These verses could certainly be used to give encouragement and hope to a friend going through a difficult time. However, the people who spoke these words did not speak them in love or with the intention of lifting up a hurting friend. In fact, it was quite the opposite. When Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar said these words to their friend Job, their intention was to convince Job that it was the sin and error in his life that caused God to punish him.
Remember, Job had just lost his home, his children, his wealth and his health. Instead of empathy, these three friends only offered judgment and condemnation. And, God was not pleased with their advice to Job. In fact, the bible tells us that, “After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.” Job 42:7-8
I believe the lesson here is that there is a big difference between speaking the truth and speaking the truth in love. We can say all kinds of holy and truthful things, even quote scripture to people, but if it’s not done with a spirit of love and grace it is worthless, a “folly”. It is so tempting when someone comes to us with a problem to point out what got them there in the first place, but when is that helpful? It’s also important to remember this when we are the ones listening. Be wary of very “religious” people that use their biblical knowledge like a magnifying glass to expose the sin.
Will you join me in praying that God will lead us to people who are filled with wisdom and love. And, that we will remember to carefully search our own hearts before we offer advice to others.
The WBFJ team invites you to join us this weekend at a couple of fun for the family events. The first stop is this Saturday morning (10/28) from 10-1 at Piercing Light Christian Books and Gifts located in the Summit Square Shopping Center on University Parkway in Winston-Salem. You can spin the RAM Fabrication Prize Wheel and win some fun prizes including Mark Lowry CD's, DVD's and Tickets to Mark's upcoming "Crazy About You" tour. Plus, you can register to win a pair of tickets to see the Carolina Panthers. There will also be free hot dogs and drinks, bible stories for the kiddies, a concert from the Bethany Baptist Church Praise Band and the Winston-Salem Police Department will be there offering free child fingerprinting. SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will also be there with information about child abuse prevention. For more info, visit www.shoppiercinglight.com.
The second event is Saturday afternoon from 3-7 at Chick-Fil-A, Whittaker Square on Peace Haven Road. Bring the kids for a carnival to support the Royal Kids Family Camp, a camp for abused children. Some of the fun will include: Kiss the Cow Booth, Carnival Games, Spin Art, Face Painting, Inflatable Rides and a free concert from Cindy Johnson. Verne and I will be there broadcasting from 3-6. For more info about the Royal Family Kids Camp, visit www.rfkc.org .
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Hospice is hosting several educational sessions this month. They will also help folks prepare their own living wills and powers of attorney at no charge. For more information, call 768-6157, ext. 622 or visit one of the following websites:
David & Hogan wrote the book while in the midst of profound grief following the death of their close friend Kyle Lake. Kyle was the pastor of the church (University Baptist) in Waco, Texas where David is the worship leader. You probably heard about his death, he was the pastor that was electrocuted while doing a baptism.
This book opened many wounds of my own that I thought had closed long ago. Namely those coming from the death of my father 11 years ago. About halfway through reading it I became angry at David and Hogan for forcing me to feel the deep ache of loss and grief again. But, by the end of the book they helped me to realize that I must fully feel and embrace the sorrow brought about by the people I have lost in my life in order to be able to fully feel and embrace the hope and joy that we are promised as Christians.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
After hearing many rave reviews from subscribers of thegrocerygame.com, I decided to give it a try. Every week I get a list of the best deals on groceries along with information about coupons that I can use to maximize my savings. You save money by stocking up on groceries when they're at their lowest price. The list I subscribe to is for Harris Teeter, but there are lots of other options to chose from. So far, I'm very pleased with this service. There's a 4 week trial period that costs$1.00. After that a subscription costs $10.00 for 8 weeks. Give it a try: www.thegrocerygame.com
September is National Coupon Month. I looooove me some coupons :) Here's that website:
Finally, people keep telling me about Angel Food Ministries which "provides discounted food not only for those that need it, but for any others who appreciate deep discounts on quality groceries." For $25 you can buy a food package worth $50 or more. This is open to everyone, regardless of income. Here is the website for more information and where you can find a local host site: www.angelfoodministries.com
And, of course, there's also your friendly neighborhood Aldi store. When you don't have coupons and don't want to spend the time researching the best deals, Aldi always offers low prices. The stores are definitely bare bones, you have to bring or buy your own grocery bags, a cart requires a 25-cent deposit and you can count on a lengthy wait in line. But, the groceries are always cheap and you can get pretty much everything you need there. For weekly specials visit www.Aldi.com.
If you have any tips...I'd love to hear from you! You can post your comment here. Thanks!
Friday, September 22, 2006
On October 14, Erin's sister Mary Beth is hosting a formal dance in Erin's honor. All of the proceeds will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, where Erin spent a week shortly before she passed away. You can find out more about the dance and Erin's legacy by going to the website below.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Adelaide Zindler is a Preschool Life Coach and the author of "The Frizzamyer Principle", a book about the dangers of labeling children. She believes that labels like ADD, ADHD, autistic, etc. can prevent us from seeing the potential a child has. For more information, visit her website: www.pedsplay.com
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
The event at the Mall on Sunday, 7/30 was fantastic. Although it was quite hot, everyone had a great time. I got to meet lots of people including Brian Littrell, Kyle Petty, Richard Petty and Dan Cathy-the President of Chick-Fil-A. But, I think I was most excited to meet Patty Petty. I so admire her determination to create beauty from the pain in her life. That drive has led to the creation of the Victory Junction Gang Camp... a truly amazing place.
Congratulations to Kyle and Patty for the completion of another successful ride across America. Welcome Home!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I just have to give a shout out to Mike Todd Serenity Salon and Day Spa in Winston-Salem. I went yesterday pretty much ready to cut my hair much shorter because it was making me crazy and HOT this summer. But, Mike used a tecnique where he was able to cut out the bulk but leave the length. The picture shows how much of my hair he cut out...but look how long it still is!!! It's so much more managable and comfortable this way.
Looking for a hairstylist? Mike Todd and all the folks at his salon are all experts. And, Mike is a devout Christian, so you're likely to get a bible study and a haircut when you're in his chair!!
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
So, I’m in the kitchen at work warming up today’s frozen entrée for lunch. Todays offering is Lasagna Florentine…a “rich, five layer lasagna, with ricotta cheese, zucchini and spinach”, the box boasts. A highlighted section of the package tells me with great excitement, “Now with Garden-Style Marinara Sauce!” The photo on the cover looks like a dish I might be served at our neighborhood Italian restaurant. And, momentarily, I believe that the lunch I’ll be eating at my desk today is gonna be good….real good.
But then I snap back into reality and realize that this is a $2.00 TV dinner ($1.50 with coupon) and despite the skillful wording and lovely photography on the box, I’m still going to be eating food that has been in a cryogenic state for an unknown number of months (or years). As I peel back the plastic film and take my first bite, my disappointment is confirmed. No, it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever eaten but it isn’t “A Good Thing” as Martha would say.
As I’m chewing the last bite of an elastic noodle, God reminds me that my TV Dinner disappointment is kind of like the times that I’ve let Him down with my worship. I think about those Sunday mornings when I rush around trying to get myself and everyone ready, putting the girls in their pretty dresses so they’ll look nice for church. Husband Alton trims his beard, son Andrew cleans behind his ears, and I, sometimes, even manage to get some make-up on. We pile into the van, pull into the parking lot and head into church…even managing to smile and wave at the folks we pass by on the way in.
And then I, in all my “Sunday Morning Packaging”, step into the sanctuary to worship God. And, even though all the right words are coming out of my mouth, what’s on the inside doesn’t live up to the picture on the outside. I’m distracted, looking around at others, thinking about how bad someone’s singing is and quietly cracking an occasional joke to my husband. My worship, if you can even call it that, has an “off flavor”, it is mushy, flavorless and still partially frozen. Not exactly what you could call a fragrant offering, now is it?
So, I’ve decided that he next time I find myself in church mindlessly singing along to the music and nodding my head at the preacher, I’m going to ask myself this question, “Am I offering God a TV Dinner or a gourmet meal?”