Friday, March 19, 2004

Friday's Questions Speak

1. Have you ever hated God?
No. I have been hurt, confused, angry and
disillusioned but I don't think I would characterize
any of those times as hate.

2. Ever regret posting or writing something? If what?
Oh MANY TIMES. I can be so passive aggressive that
email is a great way to vent. One of the most notable
was the time in 2001 when I went after my pal Scott
Carle pretty hard. We were really going at each other.
But God is great and we smoothed things out and now
Scott is a dear brother in the Lord and friend. I think
it goes to show that words are just words and God is
bigger.

3. When was the last time you apologized for
something?

This week sometime I'm sure and probably to my wife.

4. When was the last time you were a peacemaker?
Yesterday. My wife has some issues with a supervisor
at work. I could have done a better job of trying to
create peace.


5. Ever use an unusual object lesson, if so what was
it?

My fave is doing a sermon on Elijah and using beanie
baby typed stuffed animals. I make two altars on a
table. One is the false prophets of Baal and I make it
with ornate candy dishes so it looks great but it
doesn't burn. Then I have twelve rocks and place the
other cow on it and tell the kids it is Elijah's
altar. I douse the cow with TONS of water. Then I take
a fire starter and the cow goes up in flames. The
trick is this. I fill the water bottle with rubbing
alcohol. Done quickly, the smell doesn't hit the kids
and they freak out when the cow burns. I usually keep
two bottles. One is filled with water and I drink
from that one at some point and hide it when I grab the
alcohol filled one. Kids ALWAYS fall for it. Just be
careful to not burn down the building. It is a great
object lesson and kids take time trying to figure it
out which normally lets me talk about trying to figure
out God too.

6. When was the last time you felt like quitting?
Yesterday. It snowed 7 inches here. I HATE living in
Maine. I know I am in a mostly good situation so I
HATE myself for feeling like this but everyday I wake
up not wanting to live here. Thank God I have a good
church and a great Youth Group.

7. When was the last time you were encouraged?
Last week when one of my small group leaders told me how
often the girls in her small group talk about things
I have told them through the years and they have taken
to heart.


Bonus:

A. If you were to give advice to an organization in
helping hurting youthworkers; what would it be?

Shower with love and I liked the previous post that
talked about financial assistance as well.

B. What is one unusual thing you thought, "Ummm did I
really just say that?"

Last week in Youth Group when I MEANT to say
"sitting shiva" during my message. I think you can
figure out where that went wrong! The kids CRACKED UP!

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