Friday, October 26, 2007

Drake Thomas Bastron



Our son was born today at 1:36 pm. His name is Drake Thomas Bastron. He weighs 6.5 pounds and is 21 inches long.

Brittany is doing great and was amazing once again. She is sleeping soundly as I write this. I am so blessed to have such an amazing wife.

We want to thank everyone who has been praying for us and this delivery. We are very excited, and incredibly humbled by the fact that God has once again entrusted us with another child. We ask for your prayers as we get ready for another great adventure with Drake. Our hearts desire is that Drake would come to know Jesus Christ in a real and intimate way, and would serve Christ all the days of his life.

We look forward to celebrating the new life with all of you.

Baby Update

Brittany and I are headed to the hospital here in the next hour for our scheduled C- section. The C-section is scheduled for 1 pm. Please keep us in your prayers. I will update you all soon.

We will have our son soon. Yahoo!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Quote Of The Week


"If you can't accept losing, you can't win."

-Vince Lombardi

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Colbie Caillat:Droplets

Here is some more Colbie Caillat. This song is actually not on her album.



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Friday, September 21, 2007

Colbie Caillat:Magic



Butter. That is all I can say. Butter! I have written about Colbie before. If you have not purchased the album yet, you need to run to the store or computer and purchase it right now. Enjoy this clip. It is just a little glimpse of her silkiness.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Cinderella Boy



Why can I watch this clip 100 times and still laugh everytime? When Bill Murray says he has about 350 yards left, and he is going to use a 5 iron I just lose it. It is too funny.

What are you thoughts on Caddyshack? What are some of your favorite movie clips of all times?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Quote Of The Week

"Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to."

-Arnold H. Glasow

Monday, September 17, 2007

OJ



OJ was arrested? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! It could not be. The glove did not fit. The glove did not fit.

OJ has a temper? What? Little did we know when he was filming those old commercials of him running through the airport, jumping over luggage that it was a flash in to the future of how he would be trying to run away from the law.

Have fun in jail OJ.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Details and My Daughter's Love For Me

Yesterday while I was at work my new Details magazine came in the mail. This month the cover has a picture of Brat Pitt. Brittany and London (my daughter who is 17 months old) went to the mailbox to get the mail for the day. As they looked at it, London pointed to the picture of Brad Pitt and said "Daddy".

Wow, does she love me or what? When I heard the story, I just had to give her a big hug and say thanks.
I have to go now and make an appointment for London to get her eyes checked.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Great 80's Television

I was thinking about the great TV shows from the 80's. What are some of your favorites?

I will throw out a few of mine to get the ball rolling.

1. Silver Spoons
2. Seinfeld-actually aired in 1989 so I guess it counts
3. Threes Company
4. Who's The Boss-I had a mad crush on Alyssa Milano
5. Knight Rider

There is a start. GO!!!

A Few New Blogs

Hey, here are a few new blogs that you all need to check out. I have included them in my link section so you will have them for future use.

Here they are...
An Iowa Boy In Texas
Mattr Of Fact
Steph, Jav, and Hudson
You can see my beautiful nephew there.
KnuckleHeadZoo
Mark Roach
Scarlet Tomato

That is it for now. Hook them up.

Out.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Quote Of The Week



"The true test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time."

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

What are your thoughts on that quote?

Anyone looking for some info on who F. Scott Fitzgerald was, you can find a little of it here.

I also would like to recommend that you read his book "The Great Gatsby". It is one of my favorites.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Mayhem in Minneapolis

I have traveled over this bridge a hundred times or so. When I caught wind of this tragedy a knot instantly hit my stomach. I have friends and family that live there and I knew that they cross over this bridge often.

My initial calls to family and friends found answering machines which increased my heart rate and caused me to feel a little sick to my stomach. After an hour or so of calling I finally reached them and I calmed a bit. However, my stomach was still sick for the people I knew had been involved and for the people who I knew would now be missing a friend or loved one. I could only imagine the people that were trapped under the piles of concrete or the people that would have plunged in to the water. Being trapped in a car as it sinks in to water is one of my greatest fears.

Twenty people or so are still missing from this tragedy. If you have any family members or friends that are still missing or know of anybody that was a part of this awful tragedy feel free to use the comment section here as a board for communication.

If you were there and witnessed it or were a part of it, please write a description of what all went down.

My prayers go out to anyone who has lost someone in this accident or is still missing someone.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20085333/

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Colbie Caillat

Recently I came across a new artist. Her name is Colbie Caillat and her new ablum is Coco. Her voice is as smooth as velvet and I highly recommend that you go and get the album.

This singer-songwriter is 22 years old and in my opinion has a great career ahead of her. He California good looks and attitude shine through in her music, and make it a very pleasant listen. Her song Bubbly is an upbeat song with a simple yet very catchy lyric and melody.

Check it out here.
http://www.colbiecaillatmusic.com/default.asp

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ode To 90210

When I was in high school I was all about the TV show 90210. Luke Perry's character was the coolest. This song is my tribute to 90210. Enjoy, all you fellow 90210 fans.


Quote Of The Week

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."

-Vince Lombardi

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Quote Of The Week

"Don't find fault. Find a remedy."

-Henry Ford




Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I Think The Day Has Finally Come!

I think the day has finally come! I am making the call. Sanjaya is going home from American Idol tonight. Sanjaya's peformance last night was so bad, it was not funny. Not to mention he looked like a biker/cowboy/clown.

His sister was not in the audience this week, and I think that may have had an impact as well. People were tuning in to see Shyamali, and without her being there, I personally think some may have lost interest. Shyamali has been one of the biggest internet searches as of late.

I may be wrong on my prediction for tonight, but let's keep our fingers crossed. What will become of Sanjaya Malakar?
Has Sanjaya ruined American Idol?

Another factor that has American Idol in the hot seat is the fact that the camera caught Simon rolling his eyes last night when Chris Richardson sent a shout out to his friends at Virginia Tech giving them his support after the horrible tragedy that took place on the campus this week.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed at Virginia Tech this week as well. It makes this whole American Idol/Sanjaya story seem very small and unimportant.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

American Idol Prediction

I have been having a hard time really getting into writing my critiques of the American Idol performances. It just feels so dumb, knowing that I should be predicting Sanjaya to go home, but for some reason America keeps voting for the kid. Last night, he once again sounded like a weak little mouse. However, it was probably one of his better peformances. He also decided to sprout a little facial hair for this weeks theme. I could not keep myself from laughing as he kept looking for the camera, and would give us his steamy Sanjaya glare. Does he not know that the world is mocking him? Does he not see Ryan Seacrest basically losing it, everytime he talks to or about Sanjaya? Maybe he doesn't care, since he is going to be the one going on the American Idol tour, and probably scoring some kind of deal. It all is dumb.

I love American Idol. I think it gives people a great opportunity to be discovered and to showcase their talent. However, when people with extreme talent like Melinda or Jordin may lose to some kid who is basically a joke, it ruins it for me. We may be watching one of the last seasons of American Idol.

So since we all know Sanjaya Malakar will stick around another weak to annoy us all, I am predicting that Haley Scarnato is going home tonight. I do agree with Simon that the only thing that has kept her around this long is her looks. Every week she keeps wearing shorter skirts or shorts to show off her legs. Her song last night was very weak, and very boring. So Haley, so long my friend. It has been real. We will see you on the American Idol tour. I guess this is Sanjaya's world, and we are just living in it.






Thursday, April 05, 2007

This Scientist Believes In God

Dr. Francis Collins is the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Read why this scientist believes in God here.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Update on the Reisetter's

I know some of you have been wanting an update on the Reisetter's, so here is the latest email I have received from Matt.

Thanks to so many of you for your prayers, concerns, emails, phone calls, drop-ins, notes, etc. I feel a little sheepish about the attention we’ve been getting – and about sending out another email. But several of you have been asking, plus I said I’d follow up - and this is the easiest way to do it!

Upon returning from Iowa City late this afternoon, we don’t know much more – with any degree of certainty – than we did when we left home. I guess “uncertainty” is the word we live with today and the reality we’ll live with into the short term future.

The ultrasound didn’t reveal any physical markers for either Trisomy 18 (which is lethal within the first year, at least) or Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS – a mental and physical handicap), which is encouraging but not conclusive. Either disorder could still exist in our daughter – but the lack of physical markers diminishes the chances, especially with Trisomy 18.

Jen did have the opportunity to have an amniocentesis, which would’ve given us conclusive evidence one way or the other, but we chose not to do that because of the risk it exposed the baby to.

We’re learning a lot … not just about these disorders and pregnancy related stuff. We’re learning sensitivity toward others who have walked this road before – or who face health concerns of any kind. The comments and prayers and notes we’ve received make us want to be more supportive to others who’ve been in our shoes before and will be in the future.

We’re also learning that the Lord works on a person’s heart in times of uncertainty in ways that he does not work under different circumstances. We want to know what’s going on for sure, and we don’t like uncertainty too much – but the blessing of it is that we’re able to learn to trust God in a whole new way.

Your continued prayers for peace of mind and a sense of “alrightness” and trust in the midst of uncertainty are very, very much appreciated.

Looking forward to returning to Iowa City as football fans rather than outpatients!

The Reisetters

Please!

I am pleading with everyone out there who has been a part of the Sanjaya Malakar joke to stop the insanity. My ears can not take anymore. I am asking any Howard Stern fan who is helping the cause or any person that has been a part of the Vote For The Worst craze to please not vote for Sanjaya anymore. He has got to go home. It has gone too far.

Please send Sanjaya Malakar home from American Idol.

Thank you for listening.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Daddy!

This clip says it all. Get your tissues ready. Make sure you wait for the commercial to end. The story follows the commercial.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

MC Rove

Classic video. This shows that Karl Rove has a sense of humor. Watch this clip and be amazed as Karl Rove turns into MC Rove.
Watch for him on the charts.

(HT: Matt Reisetter)

Heart of the Artist

I received an email from my friend Deanna today. Deanna and I sing together on our worship team at Morning Star Church. She is a great woman, who has an encouraging and fun spirit. Here is a quote she passed on from the book "The Heart of the Artist".

"Most of us have no difficulty encouraging someone whose gifts pose no threat to our place in the ministry. Our character is truly proven when we can root for those who have the same gifts we have. Can you sincerely encourage and pull for someone who has the same gifts as you do? Another test of character comes when someone else gets the opportunities we wish we could have. First Corinthians 12:26 says that if a member is honored, all members should rejoice."

(HT: Deanna)






Wednesday, March 28, 2007

American Idol Prediction


Last night on American Idol Gwen Stefani was a guest judge and coach. Gwen has made a mark in the industry over the last decade with her solo work and with the band No Doubt.
It was a night with some good peformances and some that we could have done without. Of course, Sanjaya had to give us something to talk about. This week it was the hair again. What was the deal with it? However, as we know by now, he is not going home. He will stick around another week and give us something to talk about next week.
Melinda and Lakisah gave their usual great vocals. However, I wonder if America thinks they have enough "star" factor. Gina gave maybe her best performance to date. Phil came back with some strong vocals, and Jordin was good as well.
The weaker performances came from Chris Sligh and Haley. I want to say Haley is going home, but I am going to predict that Chris Sligh goes home tonight. I like the guy, but I think it may be the end of his American Idol run.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Trip To The Dentist

Butch Davis, the North Carolina football coach is undergoing chemotherapy after his dentist removed a growth from his mouth during a routine cleaning. A biopsy diagnosed it as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but subsequent exams show no evidence that the cancer has spread.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

I Think We Are Missing The Boat

I think something is wrong. With all that is going on in the world, we have a girl that has decided to make her voice known by starving herself until Sanjaya Malakar is voted off of American Idol. This is how she has decided to help the world.

Then we have this little girl. Are you kidding me? Are we as parents teaching our kids to look up to the wrong people or what? This girl is freaking out for Sanjaya. Why don't I see little girls crying at church over their worship leader or their pastor? Why don't I see them crying over community leaders? Or what about our soldiers? Why don't they cry when they see the footage of Iraq? Instead we have kids losing it over boys who can't sing, but who can hula.

I am very confused. We as a world need to get a grip.
Don't get me wrong, I like American Idol. This year more than any the show seems to be pointing out some serious flaws in our society.

Oh well. Just my thoughts. What are your thoughts?


This May Be Taking It Too Far

Okay. As we all know Sanjaya from American Idol made it through another round. I know Sanjaya is bad, but this girl is taking this thing way to far. Hunger strike? She may have put herself in a bad spot. Check this out.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

American Idol:The British Pop Invasion

Last night on American Idol there was a "British Invasion". It was not one of my favorite genres that they have ever done on the show. To me it was a fairly boring night on the show. Here is a rundown of the show and my prediction for who is going home this week.


Haley Scarnato: "Tell Him"-She did not sound bad, and actually may have been one of her best performances to date. Her long legs can not hurt her in the voting process.

Chris Richardson: Great peformance. His voice resembles Justin Timberlake, and the girls appear to like him.

Stephanie Edwards: "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me"-Pitchy in spots, and she doesn't seem to connect with the audience. I have been saying for weeks that she might go home. I don't think this is the week, but if she doesn't step it up in the personality department it will be soon.

Blake Lewis: "Time Of The Season"- Sounded strained on the higher notes, but has a cool, current sound. He added some cool dance moves, but I could have done without the beatbox this time. Good performance overall.

Lakisha Jones: "Diamonds Are Forever"-Not one of her best vocals, but she is one of the best in the competition so she will be safe.

Phil Stacey: "Tobacco Road"-Nice energy. Nice upper register, but I have heard hundreds of guys that can sing this good. Phil is my prediction for who is going home this week. Phil, you had a good run, but so long man.

Jordin Sparks: "I Who Have Nothing"-Jordin has mad skills for a 17 year old. It was a cool song. She has huge pipes, and is easily one of the best on the show. We may be looking at a winner here.

Sanjaya Malakar: Even before he sang I wanted him off of the show. Right before they went to break there was Sanjaya flailing in front of the camera with his tongue out. Why is this guy here? Then he sang. All of a sudden he is a rocker? Why was the girl crying? Please help me understand. I want him to go home, but he will stick around another round.

Gina Glocksen: "Painted Black"-Nothing special, but the drummer was getting loose behind her.

Chris Sligh: "She's Not There"-It was kind of a boring performance. I like Chris, but it was kind of a forgettable performance. It was a good vocal though.

Melinda Doolittle: "As Long As He Needs Me"-Amazing vocalist. Reminds me of Natalie Cole a bit. She is relishing every moment and making it count. Melinda should be the winner. She has a bright future.
That is all for now. Out.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Elvis, JFK, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and...

It appears conspiracy theorists believe that Barbaro is alive and living in Montana. Check it out here. Could Elvis, JFK, Biggie Smalls, and Tupac all be there as well?





Monday, March 19, 2007

Be Lifted High

This weekend was a great weekend. I celebrated my 33rd year of life, and my daughters first birthday. I was surrounded with family and had a beautiful time with them. There was a lot of laughter and smiles around my house.

As I sat back and watched everything take place this weekend I could not keep from thinking how blessed I am. The Lord has given me an incredible wife who is not only a great wife, but a wonderful mother. My daughter could not bring me more joy, and my parents and sister love and encourage me. My sister is due in May with her first baby, so I will be an uncle. I live in a beautiful place and have enough food to eat daily. All weekend I just kept saying, "Thank You Lord".

As I drove to work this morning one of my favorite worship songs came on the radio. It is the song "Be Lifted High" which is on Michael W. Smith's new album. As tears filled my eyes, I once again could not help but think I am a blessed man. I am not worthy, but Lord thank you for everything you have given me. He has brought me from darkness to his splendid light. He has been patient with me and merciful to me. Lord I lift your name high. You are my life.

I just want to share the lyrics of the song with you today. I pray that it can encourage you today and you can think about all the ways God has blessed you.

Here they are...

Sin and its ways grow old
All of my heart turns to stone
And I'm left with no strength to arise
How You need to be lifted high

Sin and its ways lead to pain
Left here with hurt and with shame
So no longer will I leave your side
Jesus, you be lifted high


And even now that I'm inside your hand
Help me not to grow prideful again
Don't let me forsake sacrifice
Jesus you be lifted high

And if I'm blessed with the riches of kings
How could I ever feel that it was me
For you brought me from darkness to light
Jesus, You be lifted high

You be lifted high
You be lifted high
You be lifted high in my life, Oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's you that they see
Not I
Jesus, You be lifted high

Oh Jesus, You be lifted high
Oh, You be lifted high
Oh, You be lifted high in my life, Oh God
And I fall to my knees
So it's you that they see
Not I
Jesus, You be lifted high



Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day



Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Click here for a little history on St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Asking For Your Prayers

A couple days ago I received an email from Matt Reisetter. Matt is one of my best friends and someone I respect, admire, and look up to. He is a man of integrity and one of the best guys that you could ever be around. His wife Jen is one of the greatest women I have ever met. She is a great woman of faith, a great wife, a great mother, and a great friend. She is basically a Proverbs 31 kind of woman. Matt and Jen have the kind of marriage that I strive to have. I love these two people.

As I read the email my heart was saddened to hear that they had received some disturbing news. Here is the email that Matt sent me.

Hello friends and family!

Most of you probably know by now that Jen is pregnant with our second child – a daughter, who is due to be born on August 3.

On Monday Jen received results from a run-of-the-mill blood test which indicated that our daughter is at an increased risk for Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (that’s a mouthful …SLOS is easier!) and Trisomy 18. Both are serious genetic disorders. The first leads to significant mental retardation and other serious physical defects, and the second leads to death – either before the end of pregnancy (miscarriage or stillbirth) or within the first year of life.

Based on what the doctors are saying, the chances that these disorders will inevitably occur, with blood test results like Jen’s, are 1 in 31 for SLOS and 1 in 10 for Trisomy 18. So far, based on our first ultrasound, there are no symptoms evident for either disorder, which is initially good news. We’ll be heading to Iowa City for a more specialized ultrasound next Tuesday, which may reveal more clearly where we’re at.

Regardless of the results of these tests, Jen will carry this baby to term or until the pregnancy is naturally terminated … we are decidedly pro-life with our words and with our actions, and I’m proud of Jen for that.

While we trust that the Lord has a plan, and while we believe that his plan – regardless of the outcome – is best, we’ll be spending much time in prayer presenting our requests to him until we know what that outcome is, and we invite you to do the same on our behalf. Here are a few of our specific requests:

1) That our daughter would develop normally and healthily; that neither of these disorders would affect her.
2) That the doctors would have wisdom and knowledge to come up with correct diagnosis and proper administration of tests
3) That God would give us the physical and emotional strength – especially Jen – to face whatever comes
4) That we would have wisdom to communicate as clearly and as appropriately to Mason about all this as possible – he’s pretty excited about having a baby sister, so this could be hard on him
5) That we and others close to us would learn from this experience and grow spiritually in the ways that God intends

Other than being a little anxious about what may come, we’re doing well – so don’t feel like you’ve got to walk on pins and needles around us!

Thanks for your prayers – I know I've forgotten several people who I should be sending this to ... sorry. Please pass this along to anyone else who may be interested.

The Reisetters


I am not writing this post in order for you to feel bad for Matt and his family. In fact in talking with Matt, that is the last thing he wants. He knows that many people have dealt with far greater problems. However, I am writing this to ask for your prayers and encouraging words for the Reisetter family.
God is a God that can heal and is a God of miracles. As you can see from Matt's letter, all the Reisetter's want is for God's will to be done, whatever that may be. Let's pray for that. Let's pray for the five things that Matt listed above, and if you can please leave some encouraging notes for the Reisetter's in the comments section.

Be a difference maker today. Pray. Leave an encouraging word. God has blessed us. Let us bless others.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

So Close, But So Far Away

It almost happened. Sanjaya Malakar was almost given the boot on American Idol last night. It came down to him and Brandon Rogers. They stood there with thick anticipation. Could it be? Could Sanjaya be going home? Then the results were read. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He is staying. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

Do you think that somewhere in the back of Brandon's mind, he is thinking "Did I really get voted off of the show before Sanjaya? Should I just hang up singing?"

I personally think Brandon did not peform well for a guy who has been a backup singer for some big talent. At the beginning of the contest I thought he may have gone pretty far, but it looks as though I know nothing about musical talent.

I was once again wrong with my prediction, Stephanie Edwards did not go home. Maybe I should stop predicting the results.

Okay, well we will have to wait another week. What stunning peformance will Sanjay bring us next? Will someone run on to the stage and just tackle him? Will he cry because Randy and Simon can't stop laughing at him?

Tune in next week. Out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Aries Spears

Here is a clip of the comedian Aries Spears on a radio show doing some ridiculous rap impressions.

Blake Lewis from American Idol would love this, and Sanjaya Malakar from AI needs to take notes. This is talent.
(HT: Sife)

American Idol Prediction

Okay. The final 12 performed last night and it was not that great of night. A few stand out, but that is it. Words were forgotten. Stage presence was lacking. It appears some of them just lack that "it" factor.

My vote for who needs to go home is an easy one. I really can't take another week of him. Last night he sang a horrible version of a Diana Ross song. You guessed it. Sanjaya. America, please send him home. Why is he on the show. It is a singing competition. Randy is right. If it as Hair Idol, Sanjaya would win hands down.







However, I have a very bad feeling. I believe Sanjay will stay, and someone with talent is going to be voted off. I think this girl can sing. However, I just don't think her personality clicks with the viewers. My prediction for who is going home is Stephanie Edwards.







Mark my words. Even if I am wrong and Stephanie does not go home, someone who should stay will be sent home. Sanjaya will be hanging around and singing some weak version of a song, and killing my ears for another week. Who will it be?


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

ConverStations

I was introduced to a new blog today by friend Chris. After taking a look at it I wanted to pass it along. It has some great stuff.

Believing that blogs are conversation stations, the guy who produces this blog coaches business leaders to use blogs and social media as platforms for conversations. He believes blogs help connect with your customers and amplify your relationships.

I suggest you all check it out here.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Quote Of The Week

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."

-E. Joseph Cossman

Sunday, March 11, 2007

NCAA Men's Basketball: Selection Sunday




Today is Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Today team's will have their dreams shattered or answered as they sit, gathered around in gyms, conference rooms, living rooms,and other places watching on televisions just waitng to see their team name pop up with a seed and where they are playing. Then there are those of us who are just waiting to hear the brackets so we can begin trying to figure out who will be the next NCAA champion. Sheet after sheet will be filled out. Pencil in. Erase. Pencil in again. No, wait eraase that. Okay, that is the correct pick.

Men and women will sit around the office, water coolers, and other places just trying to figure out their brackets. Why should I not pick the 10 seed to beat the 7? Watch out for that 13 seed. We will rack our brains, trying to create that perfect bracket sheet, that seems to always evade us.

Then on Thursday starts what I think is the most exciting couple days of sports. Kids leaving it all on the floor. Little schools pulling great upsets. Tears. Sweat. Teamwork. Passion. Guts. Heart. Memories. Guys knowing this may be their last game in their school's jersey. Will this be their one shining moment?

Over the next couple weeks we will all see some great games. We will have our brackets broken. We will see guys make lasting memories for themselves that they will talk about when they are old men. Hold on to your hat, we are in for some great times. March Madness is upon us.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Funny! Straight Funny!

This is possibly one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I had tears rolling down my face the first time I watched this. Apparently the object is to remain quiet while sitting in a library. Watching the guys just lose it when things begin to happen to their friends is the best.



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I Appear To Know Nothing

Okay. So I appear to not be on the same page as the rest of the world. I was only 1 for 4 with my AI predictions. Stephanie deserved to stay because of her talent, but I just don't think she has the personality.

The fact that Sanjaya is in the finals is crazy. Phil got very lucky, and was given another chance because his LeAnn Rimes song was horrible. Antonella's looks could not get her into the final 12, but I am guessing she will have someone hook her up with some kind of deal.

That is it for now. I guess I better go learn something about music and get my ears checked.

Late.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

"You Tube" (A Love Song)

I came across this cat on You Tube. He has a pretty smooth voice and this is a pretty catchy song. I guess this guy is pretty popular on You Tube. David is currently on staff with Warner Chappell Publishing as a songwriter/producer and is currently working with various artists and writers. Check David out here.




American Idol Predictions:Women

In a field with a lot of talented women, this year's competition may be a tight race. However, someone always has to go home and here are my predictions for who is going home tonight on the women's side.
Haley Scarnato seems to be a fairly nice girl, but her voice just can't compete with the other girls. She is going home. Stephanie Edwards is my go out on a limb pick of the week. She has the vocal talent, but I just don't think she comes across as a real friendly person. I think her time is coming to an end on the show.

So that is it. My picks for the week. We will see how it all comes down.
Late.


Haley Scarnato & Stephanie Edwards
So long ladies.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Father

A father plays such an important role in a persons life. I can only hope to be the kind of father that Bill Piper appears to have been. I pray that my children will feel and say the things that John Piper says about his father.

John Piper wrote a moving journal entry narrating his father's death. Read it here.

(HT: Z Love)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

American Idol Predictions:Men

Okay. The show just ended and I think I have 2 picks that are locks. I am predicting that Phil and Jared go home. Phil did a wack version of a LeAnn Rimes song and Jared attempted Stevie Wonder. Don't people know that they should not attempt to sing Stevie. Very few people can pull it off. Okay that is it. I am out of here.

The guys did not sound good at all tonight. Nothing memorable. My vote for the best performance goes to Blake.


Phil Stacey & Jared Cotter
So long my friends.


Likeability Factor

Tim Sanders has an interesting post on The Likeability Factor and how it not only helps with business effectiveness, but apparently with American Idol.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Nia

This little girl is adorable and seems to be making a name for herself. Mary J Blige has been giving her props, as you will see below.




Friday, March 02, 2007

Glory!

Jake Plummer To Retire




This just in...

Jake Plummer is going to retire.

Serious Acting:Fight Scene

1 For 4

Okay. So I was 1 for 4 on my AI picks. I guess I don't think like the rest of the world. I thought Leslie would go home last week, so I do understand that decision, but I am amazed at a couple of the choices.

I was a little surprised by who was booted off of the show on the men's side. There are only a couple stand-outs on the men's side, but I thought Nicholas may stick around for one more week. Why is Sanjaya still on the show? Can someone help me please. He may be a nice young kid, but America come on. The dude does not have pop star written on him anywhere. Yes, he has a nice, pleasant voice, but he does not have what it takes. Maybe the tribute to his grandpa is what got him through. I don't know.

What I do know is that there are about 3, maybe 4 guys that are even that great. I would say Blake, Brandon, Chris R., and Phil (I may even add Chris S.) can give a few of the girls a run for their money, but I would say this year belongs to the women.

Out.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

American Idol Predictions:Women

Okay. Should we just cut to the finals? Don't we all know that it is probably going to be Lakisha Jones v. Melinda Doolittle (my favorite) in the finals? Melinda got loose with her version of "My Funny Valentine" last night, and brought the house down.

Here are my predictions for whose going home tonight on the women's side.



Haley Scarnato & Alaina Alexander

Jimmy V

This is a speech that Coach Jim Valvano gave on the ESPY awards show in 1993. It is one of the most moving, motivating, and beatiful speeches/motivation talks that I have ever heard. I usually listen to it once every few months. If this doesn't move you to tears, I don't know what will.

I hope that you enjoy it. Maybe, just maybe it is something you need to hear today.



Wednesday, February 28, 2007

American Idol Predictions:Men

Okay. So the guys sang last night and stepped it up a little bit from last week. I still think they are miles away from the top women. However, a few guys turned in some pretty nice performances.

Here are my predictions for which 2 guys will be going home on Thursday.



Sanjaya Malakar & Jared Cotter

Sanjaya should be kicked off for his outfit alone.


Quote Of The Week


"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

-Thomas Edison

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More On The Claims Of James Cameron

It appears that Cameron's claims are having holes poked in them. Who would have thought?

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Will Ferrell at the Oscars

For those of you that didn't see the Oscars, you did not miss much. However, here is one of the few highlights.



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Monday, February 26, 2007

8 Highly Important Words

1. I
2. AM
3. GOING
4. TO
5. BE
6. A
7. DAD
8. AGAIN

Friday, February 23, 2007

Senior Pastor: You Are Out Of Here!

Zach posts:

Writing for the Out of Ur blog, David Fitch writes about why we should abandon the "Senior Pastor" model in our churches. His reasons are:
1. Because it doesn't make sense to build a church around a personality.
2. Because there are no supermen(or women).
3. Because isolated pastors can get tunnel vision.


I tend to agree with what he has written here. In most churches, it's an impossible job description and really makes no sense Biblically. (Read this book if you don't agree with that statement)Read his whole post here.

(HT: Z Love)

Film Claims That Jesus' Burial Site Found

New film documents discovery of Jerusalem cave containing ten caskets believed to hold remains of Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene and others.

???

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3368731,00.html

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

American Idol




Once again it is time for me to start making my predictions for who goes home from American Idol. It appears this year that the crop is not that great. There are a few stand outs who are on a whole different level vocally.

The girls dominated the boys. As far as I can see, I am guessing that the final 3 will be girls. At least they should be. We shall see. However, tonight is the time to chop 2 girls and 2 guys. Here are my predictions for who is going home.

Rudy & Sanjaya

Leslie & Antonella
Rudy was 100% on the cheese factor and Sanjaya destroyed his song. He actually made a Stevie Wonder song sound boring.
Leslie I think does not have what it takes to get votes, and poor Antonella let the nerves get the best of her. Her attempt at a Aerosmith song failed. Pretty girl, but see you later. Not to mention I don't think the voters will like her since her friend and her vocalized that they can get any guy they want during Hollywood week.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Are You Serious?



Uhhhh. That is pretty cool.

(HT: Perry)

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Tommy Morrison Comeback

Tommy Morrison is making a comeback! http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/6488410?MSNHPHMA

I remember when Rocky V came out and Tommy Morrison was in the movie. I used to think that he was going to be the guy to beat Mike Tyson. He was fast, he was quick, he was tough! He was going to be the Heavyweight Champion.

I would envision myself with traps and a neck like Morrison as I was lifting weights. This dude was a bad man. When one day we were hit by the news that Tommy Morrison was HIV positive. His boxing career was over.

Now he is coming back. He claims the test was wrong. We will see what happens. He has been out of the ring for a long time. The whole thing seems a little too risky.

By the way, has anyone seen Rocky VI?
Adriannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Questions About Martin Luther




I have always heard different things about Martin Luther. I think his thoughts on grace were right on. However, recently while reading "Jerusalem Countdown" by John Hagee I came across some information that disturbed me greatly. I have worked at a couple "Lutheran" churches and I have never heard an inkling of this. Here is what I read.

Martin Luther
(A.D. 1483-1546)

It was Martin Luther whose anit-Semitism was deeply appreciated by Adolf Hitler. "The worst, evil genius of Germany," wrote Dean Inge, "is not Hitler, or Bismarck, or Frederick the Great, but Martin Luther."
When Martin Luther introduced the Reformation. he was convinced that the Jewish people would be delighted in his new version of Christianity and would join him in an assault on the Roman Catholic Church. He was wrong! In the beginning, Luther made complimentary remarks about the Jewish contribution to Christianity. When the Jews did not follow him, he turned on them with a vulgarity and a vengeance that greatly appealed to the German people.
His doctrine provided many suitable texts for Hitler's program of extermination. The most vicious, Jew-hating statements Luther ever made were to be found in his tract entitled "Concerning the Jews and Their Lives." In it he stated:

Let me give you my honest advice.

First, their synagogues or churches should be set on fire. And whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians...

Secondly, their homes should be broken down and destroyed. Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer books and the Talmud in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blaspheme are taught. Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under the threat of death to teach anymore...

Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to Jews. Let them stay at home. Sixthly, they ought to be stopped for usury. For this reason, as said before, everything they possess they stole and robbed us through their usury, for they have no other means of support. Seventhly, let the young and strong Jews and Jewesses be given the flail, the axe, the hoe, the spade, the distaff, and spindle, and let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses as is enjoined upon Adam's children. We ought to drive the lazy bones out of our system.

If however, we are afraid that they might harm us personally, or our wives, children, servants, cattle, et cetera...then let us apply the same cleverness (expulsion) as the other nations, such as France, Spain, Bohemia, et cetera...and settle with them for that which they have extorted from us, and after having it divided up fairly, let us drive them out of the country for all time.

To sum up, dear princes and notables who have Jews in your domains, if this advice of mine does not suit you, then find a better one so that you and we may all be free from this inseparable Jewish burden...the Jews.

Two days after writing this tract, Martin Luther died!

Now this is the first that I have ever heard of anything like this about Martin Luther. If this information is correct, and Luther did in fact write these things I am ashamed to have worked for a couple Lutheran churches.

Please tell me when Luther said these things. What response was there from others? What does the Lutheran church have to say about these writings and comments? Please let me know. I was amazed to read this. For those of you that attend a Lutheran church or a Lutheran seminary, how does this make you feel? Please respond.

Thank you.



Pastor Claims To Be Divine

Here is a scary story about some pastor claiming to be God.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/16/miami.preacher/index.html

Oops She Did It Again!


Friday, February 16, 2007

The Top 20 Singers






sing·er1 /ˈsɪŋər/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[sing-er] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. a person who sings, esp. a trained or professional vocalist.
2. a poet.
3. a singing bird.


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in·stru·ment /ˈɪnstrəmənt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[in-struh-muhnt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. a mechanical tool or implement, esp. one used for delicate or precision work: surgical instruments.
2. a contrivance or apparatus for producing musical sounds: a stringed instrument.
3. a means by which something is effected or done; agency: an instrument of government.
4. a device for measuring the present value of a quantity under observation.
5. a mechanical or electronic measuring device, esp. one used in navigation: landing a plane by instruments.
6. a formal legal document, as a draft or bond: negotiable instruments.
7. a person used by another merely as a means to some private end; tool or dupe.
–verb (used with object) 8. to equip with instruments, as a machine or manufacturing process: to instrument a space vehicle.
9. to arrange a composition for musical instruments; orchestrate.


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Singing is an art, and to alot of people it is just the cherry on top of a good song. This is essentially true. Without the song, we have no basis for anything memorable. However, occasionally there comes along a singer that can bring the Song to another level, and a Singer who can make a Story come true. They make it come alive in you. You can feel the song as they sing it.

This list is who I consider to be my Top 20 favorite singers of all time. They to me use their voices as "true" instruments. Here it is in no particular order. Feel free to tell me who you feel should not be on the list or added to it.

Males
1. Frank Sinatra
2. Elvis Presley
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Nat King Cole
5. Kevin Max
6. Brian McKnight
7. Steve Perry
8. Seal
9. Anderea Bocelli
10a.Ray Charles
10b.Freddy Mercury

Women
1. Barbara Streisand
2. Christina Aguilera
3. Celine Dion
4. Nina Simone
5. Sade
6. Aretha Franklin
7. Karen Carpenter
8. Whitney Houston
9. Billie Holiday
10. Carole King

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Where There Is Love

"Where there is love there is life."

-Mahatma Gandhi


I find this to be interesting. So would have Gandhi agreed that if God is love, than in Him there is life?

Thoughts.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Friday, February 09, 2007

Thursday, February 08, 2007

No Way! Who Saw This Coming?





Anna Nicole Smith dead at 39.





Here is a life that was destroyed by fame, money, and drugs.

Didn't we all see this coming? A very sad story.









Mike Tyson Is Going To Rehab


Mike Tyson is going to rehab for "various addictions". No way! This couldn't be.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

This Is What It Is All About

This is what Tony Dungy had to say after winning the Super Bowl.

"I'm proud to be the first African-American coach to win this," said Dungy during the trophy ceremony Sunday night, according to the Associated Press. "But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that."

See more here.
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20070205/25616_Dungy_Makes_Super_Bowl_History_%27The_Lord%27s_Way%27.htm

St. Louis Stepping It Up

My home town is really starting to change the downtown.
Check it out at the link below.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/DESTINATIONS/02/05/entertaining.st.louis.ap/index.html

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