Tonight, after being away for the weekend, I was catching up on my reading and I was saddened to read that Kyle Lake had died after a tragic accident while leading a baptismal service earlier this morning. Although I did not know him personally, I am familiar with his writing and ministry as pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. (David Crowder's home church.)
Please be in prayer for his family and the people of University Baptist.
There may be no crying in baseball, but there is crying around the Kelly household on most Sunday nights. It is not my fault. It is the fault of ABC and the hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. So is it just the girls in the Kelly family who cry? I won't say, but I am throwing down my second bottle of Dasani, and headed to the store for another box of Puffs, after watching this weeks episode.
Sure the show has strategic product placement, some very orchestrated moments, some cheesy lines, and that guy Ty who is pretty much the exact opposite of me; but it really is very compelling. Why? I believe it is so compelling because it allows us to look through the window of life change. Is there anything better than seeing someones life turned around for the better? Than seeing people give generously to help someone else?
First - What we view on Extreme Makeover is mostly change from the outside in. That is not to minimize what takes place because that type of change can be powerful and help people gain traction to head in a new direction.
However, the best change takes place from the inside out. That type of change is called transformation. Paul describes the process this way.
Second - Behaviors trump beliefs. If we who follow Jesus really want to bring about change to this world and the people of this world, then we must put a hammer and some sweat where our mouth is!
I only dabble in stocks, but the recent news about Chipotle has me ready to put my money where mouth is. Back in 1993 I frequented the first, and at the time only ChipotleonEvans street in Denver. NowChipotlehasfiled for a $100 million initial public stock offering. Amazingly the one store has led to the current 454 restaurants a cross the U.S. I may be proven wrong, but I think this trend will continue. Plus, I know someone who eats there enough to make this a safe investment.
It was a late night watching the White Sox defeat the Astros in 14 innings. Simply put, the Astros can't hit. Proof is that there was only one Astro who got a hit in the last 11 innings. Good pitching from the White Sox, but...
Anyway, with the baseball season nearing an end, possibly tonight, I must get something off my chest and prepare all of my readers for next season. It's CRACKER JACK not CRACKER JACKS!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game has been sung at most ballparks since the late 70's. Unfortunately, my experience is that most people incorrectly sing "buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks" instead of the correct "buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack". No "S" people. Next spring listen closely and help me correct this travesty when you hear the incorrect version of the song.
Embrace this place, Oh Lord. How we want to see Your glory. Embrace this place, Oh Lord. How we long to feel Your Spirit Lord we sing so You can hear it and receive all the praise.
Draw us near to Your heart, Oh God Let us rest our heads on Your chest Place our hands in Yours, Oh Lord Hold us face to face… Embrace this place
The first time we sung this song I was certainly relating the words of this song to the physical place where I was gathered with 2000 others. However, after a few challenging comments from one of our worship pastors, I began to think about "place" beyond walls and structures and gatherings. Like the place that I am in spiritually, relationally, physically and financially. The place that I am in as it relates to my ministry, my parenting, my now, my future. When I did this the words took on a deeper and richer meaning. Changing the "we" to "I" made it a personal prayer wrapped in corporate song. Very Cool!