the beast

Here's a picture of Emma tonight. She?s getting more fun every day. She?s growing up: learning more words, showing more love and, as you can see, developing her full potential for really bad hair. Her little personality is getting more complex. Tonight she was putting on a show for her grandparents, laughing and playing, eager to please. Tomorrow someone she doesn?t know might try to talk to her and she?ll start acting shy, clinging to my shirt and hiding her face. The other day she ordered her breakfast very specifically. She wanted bacon, Honeycombs (she calls them ?big?, because they?re bigger than the Cheerios she usually eats) and milk from a particular cup. Everything she does is fascinating to me. I knew that being a father would be fun, but I didn?t know just how it would make me feel. For instance, just yesterday I was sitting on our patio in a lawn chair, reading a book while Sara and Emma played in the yard. I looked out at them as Emma ran around the tree and found Sara. It felt like one of those moments you see in movies that people are always trying to get back to when things have gone wrong.

A very useful website

Do you wish you had a Bible on your computer that you could use to search word, compare translations and copy and paste text? Most decent Bible programs cost over $200. You can get a lot of the same features using a free website called Bible Gateway. Check it out and let me know what you think.

No call list

My friend Brendan was just telling me that the telephone woke him up at 7 am this morning . . . and it was a telemarketer! We promptly enrolled him on the Missouri no call list. If you don't like getting calls from telemarketers, then I recommend this. It's easy to do over the internet. Just go to http://www.ago.state.mo.us/nocall/. Put in your information and they'll send you a packet in the mail that will tell you how to report violators. State legislators are also considering a no-email list, which could help eliminate some of the spam that clogs your in-box. Check out the news story here.

What is a blog?

If this is your first time visiting this site you may have a few questions.Q: What is a blog?A: Blog is short for web-log. Its a type of website where one person posts messages and others can read them, post comments, then read other peoples comments and post replies to their comments, and then read the replies and . . . well, you get the picture. Its basically a way for people to communicate about topics or info that I post.Q: Is this the official web site of Adrian Christian Church?A: No. Hopefully an official site will be in our near future (especially if this blog is successful and shows that church members are interested in interacting over the web.) So things posted on this site do not necessarily represent the views of the church and its leaders.Q: How do I post a comment?A: Under the blog entry you want to comment on, click the link that says Post a comment. Under from, select anonymous. Type a subject, and then type your comment in the big window. Then hit post comment.Q: Can anyone besides you post a new entry or discussion topic.A: No, not unless you get your own Live Journal account.Q: How do I get my own Live Journal account?A: Go to www.livejournal.com. If you need help, just let me know.

New CDs

The ACC cd library just received a new shipment of music. Here's what we got:Newsboys: AdorationApologetix: Grace PeriodStacie Orrico: Stacie OrricoThird Day: Offerings IIKJ-52: Collaborations DVDAnberlin: Blueprints for the Black MarketThe Cross Movement: Holy CulturePeace of Mind: Peace of MindSeventh Day Slumber: Picking up the PiecesVerbs: UnlockedThe Outsiders (DVD)

Deleted Scene 2: Book of Common Prayer

One thing I didn?t talk about Sunday morning was a practical way to incorporate the Psalms into your prayers. There is an ancient method for doing this that is becoming more popular among Christians today. It?s called the Daily Office or the Book of Common Prayer. It?s a bunch of readings, mostly from the Psalms, arranged according to the calendar. You can pray the Psalms and not have to just pick one at random. This is neat for two other reasons:1. When you pray these prayers you are praying the same thing on the same day that thousands of other Christians are praying. This serves as a reminder that we are part of a community of Christians that goes beyond denominational and geographical boundaries.2. When you pray these prayers you are praying the same things as many Christians from the last 2,000 years. This serves as a reminder that we are part of a community that extends over a long period of time. We are not isolated in space or time.Here?s a couple of links to check out if you?re interested:Book of Common PrayerPray With the MonksLet me know what you think. A bonus question: Do you think tradition is a good thing or a bad thing?

Deleted Scene1: The saddest Psalm

This morning I said that all of the Lament Psalms end with an expression of trust except for one. The one that doesn't is Psalm 88. The closing line of the Psalm is " the darkness is my closest friend." Read the Psalm and then come back and we can discuss it by posting comments.Here are some questions:What could have caused the writer to be so bummed out?What is the saddest point in your life so far?Have you ever felt like you were calling for help and God was hiding from you (cf. verses 13 & 14)?You guys can come up with some questions, too.

Coming Soon

Check back in tomorrow. I plan to have 2 deleted scenes from my June 1 sermon at ACC. There are a couple of things I thought were cool, but I couldn't quite fit them in. I hope you can handle the suspense

My brother's Blog

If you know my brother Mike you may want to check out his blog, Puppies are Special Friends. It's pretty fun. Mike is so funny and clever. In fact, he was the inspiration behind my blog. Mike, did you ever know that you're my hero? You're the wind beneath my wings.P.S. While his blog is admittedly much cooler than mine, it won't be very interactive for you. You can post comments back here and tell me what you thought of it.

Shout out to Erin

Since Erin is about to blast off to Florida I thought we could all write a little something to her here. Just click Comments. (You'll have to post as an anonymous user) Put out the word. Erin will have some fun stuff to read in FL.-danny

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