Thursday, December 21, 2006

Niagara Falls vacation video

Here is the video that I made of our trip to Niagara Falls:

O Canada

Jami and I are back from our vacation to Canada and Niagara Falls. We had a great time eh! Jami has started to put pictures from our trip on her flickr site. I will have a video of the trip up here soon. The falls are amazing. I can't imagine those loneys that go over them in barrels. Anyways we had a great time!!! Check out pictures here:

Trip Pictures

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Men's Leadership Breakfast Week 2

Sorry I am late posting this, but here are my notes for week two of the Men's Leadership Breakfast:

- Do you see opportunities as seed or harvest
- Don't insulate yourself from adversity
- Opportunities often look like insurmountable obstacles. So if we want to take advantage of these opportunities, we have to learn to see problems in a new way--God's way. Then our biggest problems may just start looking like our greatest opportunities.
- I think we'd be amazed at the percentage of prayers aimed at problem reduction.
- It's our past problems that prepare us for future opportunities.
- Maybe prayer is less about changing our circumstances than it is changing our perspective.
- Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshiping what's right with God.
- The most important choice you make everyday is your attitude.
- Lion chasers are more afraid of lifelong regrets than temporary uncertainty.
- There will always be an element of uncertainty.
- The reward for good work is more work.
- Tiny differences in input can quickly become overwhelming differences in output.
- Good is often the enemy of great
- One courageous choice may be the only thing between you and your dream becoming reality.

There are so many more quotes I could have added, but I didn't want the list to get too long. Next week is the last week, so I will add chapters 7,8,and 9 notes next week.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Reading List

Over the last two years I have tried to read more. I have done this for several reasons, the main one is just primarily for personal growth. It is imperative that we continue to constantly improve ourselves and one of those ways is by constantly learning. College obviously provides for some of that, but I feel the need to read more about personal growth and leadership. I have decided to write down here the books that I can remember reading over the last two years. This way I have a record of what I have accomplished. I have also put the last 4 books and the one that I am currently reading in a recommended books on the sidebar to the right of this blog. I will always try to keep it updated with book 1. being the current book that I am reading and the follow them with the order that I have read the other 4 books. So here is the list:

1. The Tipping Point; by Malcom Gladwell (Currently Reading)
2. In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day; by Mark Batterson
3. Often Wrong, Never In Doubt; by Donny Deutsch
4. Today Matters; by John C. Maxwell
5. Life @ Work; by John C. Maxwell
6. Nine Things You Simply Must Do; by Henry Cloud
7. Black Box; by Larry Jones
8. The Heart of Worship Files; by Matt Redmen
9. It's Not the Big that eat the Small, but the fast that eat the slow; by Jason Jennings
10. Trump Strategies for Real Estate; by George Ross
11. The Goal; by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
12. He-Motions; by T.D. Jakes
13. Jack: Straight from the Gut; by Jack Welch
14. Trump: How to Get Rich; by Donald Trump
15. Trump: The Art of the Deal; by Donald Trump

I think this is it, but if I remember more I will add them.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

In the kitchen

Last night I made this wonderful meal. New York Strip steak w/garlic whipped potatoes. The steak is seasoned and then seared in olive oil. Once the sides are cooked I put more olive oil and garlic on top in put it in the oven. The potatoes are boiled until fork tender then drained. Add butter, garlic, and a little milk, whip them with (as Emeril calls it) the boat motor thing...add parsley to everything and serve!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

2006 GCC Food Drop

Saturday Dec 9 was the annual GCC food drop. Every year our church teams up with Feed The Children. This year we were able to provide 7 truck loads (over 150,000 pounds) of food to the michiana area. Talk about a church that makes an impact on it own community!!! I love this church. Here is the video that Corey Mann produced for to capture the event:

Food Drop Video

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Men's Leadership Breakfast Week 1

I am participating for the next 3 Wednesdays in the Men's leadership breakfast at Granger Community Church. We are Studying a book by Mark Batterson called "In a Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". Pastor Mark Beeson is leading the discussions. The book is about Benaiah who kills a Lion in a pit on a snowy day.

20 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. 21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men. 23 He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard. 2 Samuel 23 20-23

Who better to put in charge of your bodyguard than a man who has killed a lion? This book illustrates how we all have obstacles that cross our path, and it is how we deal with these obstacles that make the difference. This first week we covered the first three chapters of the book. Here are some of my notes:

- Normal people run away from Lions
- God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time
- God is always using past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities
- the biggest risks are the greatest opportunities
- Goodness is not the absence of badness
- Do the best you can with what you have where you are
- Spiritual maturity is seeing and seizing God-ordained opportunities
- Lion chasers grab life by the mane
- Sometimes God won't intervene until something is humanly impossible
- one of the most exhilarating things in the world is doing something that no one thinks you can do
- most of our problems are not circumstantial they are perceptual
- God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.
- Don't accumulate possessions accumulate experiences
- Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive
- The cure for fear of failure is not success, but it is failure.
- Jesus never ran away from his detractors or persecutors, he chased them.
- We are in a world that says "you can't do it"
- Somebody has to take responsibility
- The more responsibility you have the less freedom you have