All under one roof

One of the first things we learned about Shiner is that baseball is a big deal.  Yes, everyone told us about the beer first, but baseball wan’t very far behind.  So, it didn’t take Nathan long to catch baseball fever after moving here.  And since we hadn’t learned all there was to do in our new home yet, he was able to convince The Fletcher Five to go to the baseball field in town to run the bases, hit a few balls and basically melt in the July heat.

I kept up with the three kids, but was more than ready for a water break.  Lovely Mrs. Fletcher had brought water for me and some for everyone else.  It evaporated in our mouths.  One daughter in partiuclar was very thirsty and asked the other for some of her water.  “Come on,” she asserted, “we’re supposed to help each other.  Jesus said so.”

YES!  My daughter had heard and was putting into practice the “whatever you did for the least of these” stuff Jesus said, albeit in reverse.  Truthfully, I wasn’t prepared for the next line.

The other daughter replied, “Yes, but Jesus also told the story about the Ten Bridesmaids.  The foolish ones weren’t prepared!”

It was a great moment, but I quickly realized I was raising a Democrat and Republican under one roof.  That’s why I think this video is hilarious; this may be me calling in one day.  I can only imagine some of our future holiday dinners.

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Stay blessed…john

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If you’ve ever recieved a bad gift

Gifts abound!

The holiday season often equates to a gift-giving frenzy.  We like recieving gifts from family, friends, church family, coworkers and neighbors.  Until we don’t.  If you’ve ever recieved what some might call a bad gift, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s Christmas; so, we don’t want to be rude.

That’s why I’ve compiled the top 10 things to say when we receive a not-so-good gift:

10: Oh, that’s unique.

9: I’ve never been on the naughty list before.

8: Where did you ever find one of these?

7: No, I’m pretty sure I don’t have one of those.

6: It is better to give than to receive.

5: And to think you thought of me when you saw this?

4: I will never forget you for this.

3. Shouldn’t have.  You really shouldn’t have.

2: I haven’t felt like this since Grandmas got run over by a reindeer.

1: I know exactly where this is going!


Of course, God gives gifts as well.  God has given us salvation.  God has given us the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gifts us, too.  These gifts of God are all that we need to be faithful and live in peace.  Unfortunately, we’re not always impressed.  “Thank you, God, for salvation,” we say, “but what I really needed was a new car.  Or at least a car payment.”  Again, “Thank you for my family and home, God, but let me tell you what I would do if you let them start drilling my way.”

God is going to keep giving.  It’s up to you and I to recieve those gifts and use them so that God’s will would be done in our lives and in the world around us.

Stay blessed…john


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A powerful Christmas gift

There was a time I would have thought this video was a bit exaggerated. As you watch, you can see where it’s going, but you might be surprised when you get there.

I’m in the habit of scanning through radio stations in the car. The longest drive I make in Shiner is the five minute trek to get the kids from school. During that quick trip, I like hearing the different music and, sometimes, the DJ bits. Then there are those times I find myself listening to commercials because there’s too much static on other channels (Small-town life!). While listening, I’ve been reminded ’tis the season for Christmas parties. Christmas parties abound: White Elephant; Ugly Sweater; Secret Santa; Christmas karaoke. And then there are the ones advertised on the radio. I’m not quite sure how some of those parties are the best way to celebrate the Lord’s coming into the world.

Still, there’ll be a lot of partying going on these next few weeks; because people only party at Christmas time 😉

That’s what’s behind the ad in the video. It’s hard for me to watch. But it needs to be watched. And it needs to be shared. There’ll be some who think it’s a bit exaggerated. Clearly, those people are talking to the wrong families.

I know you’re always wondering what perfect gift to give your favorite anotherjohn pastor. It’s easy. Just spread the word: #DontDrinkAndDrive

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Stay blessed…john