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Useless Friday Info

Well just like I said, it’s back!

What better way to get the blog rolling again than with this week’s edition of Useless Friday Info.

Up, Up and away!

Stampede Pass, Washington averages over 430 inches of snow per year.

The largest snow flakes ever recorded fell in the state of Montana in the United States of America.  The snowflakes were 15 inches in diameter.

To take the lumps out of a bag of sugar, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

The first Ferris wheel was built in Atlantic City in 1869.

It takes 3500 calories to make a pound.

All swans in England are the property of the queen or king.

About 8,000 people must live in a community before the U.S. government calls it a city.

You Christmas candles will last longer and burn longer when you put them in the fridge for at least an hour before lighting them.

The word pound is often abbreviated as lb.  This comes from the Latin word libra which literally means “balance” as in scale.

Dry cereal for breakfast was invited by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century.

Taking a break!

It’s about 8 a.m. on Sunday.

I just put a 13lb turkey in the oven.  Now you may be asking yourself, “Isn’t he supposed to be on stage in just a few minutes?”  And the answer to that question would normally be, “Yes!”  But today is the one Sunday of the year that we take a break at Crossroads.

We have lots of volunteers who work hard each Sunday and since most of us are busy with family and friends and all of the holiday festivities, then we thought it was a great idea to give everyone a Sunday off.  This is something we’ve been doing for the three years that Crossroads has been up and going.

For me its a time to spend at home with my family….no, I didn’t go to church.  After speaking nearly 200 times this past year, I slept late and I’m not preparing a little lunch.

Have a great day and I will see you next Sunday as we begin our new series “Pursuit”.

One of my favorites

Christmas Eve is one of my favorite times of the year at Crossroads.

I’m not going to waste a lot of time today….so just let me say that we would love to have you at one of our two services.  The first service is at 3 p.m. and the second is at 5 p.m.  Both are identical.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at Crossroads for Christmas!

What’s your worst?

We all have lots of favorites when it comes to Christmas.

Some of us love the food.

Some of us love the friends.

Some of us love the giving and receiving.

We all have favorite’s when it comes to Christmas.

But I want to know what is the “worst” thing that happens around or is associated with Christmas?  What is one thing that you could say is associated with Christmas that is absolutely the “worst”?  What’s your personal “worst” when it comes to Christmas?

I’m not going to even give you an suggestions….just let me know!

Two on Tuesday

With the Christmas holidays in full force…..I was sure to find lots of opportunity for “disappointment”on my Tuesday!

As most of you know, I take an opportunity on Tuesday’s to let you know a couple of my “light-hearted” disappointments from one day of the week.

Here is this week’s “Two on Tuesday”:

  • Did you know that some of the McDonald’s now have an automated drink filling machine?  It seems that those machines just can’t get the ratio of ice to soda right!  Don’t believe me?  Then try the McDonald’s on West Main Street in Lebanon.
  • Why does it seem that the traffic lights get slower at Christmas?  Really, why does it seem that they go so slow?  I think it is a conspiracy to keep us in the parking lots of the stores!  Just give some of the lights at the malls a closer look over the next few days.

That’s it for this week.  Enjoy each day and get your shopping done early!

If you need my sizes, just email me.  But gift cards work the best!

Sunday Rewind

A great week two for our new series “Born”.

I think the pillow monster was on the prowl this morning at our 8:30 a.m. service.  Some of you must have felt mighty comfortable in the bed.

We picked up in services two and three…..and we had a great time.  When you miss getting together on Sunday, you miss out on the start to a great week.

Here are a few things I noticed about Sunday at Crossroads:

  • God continues to open our eyes about Christmas.
  • Great to hear about what God is doing in the lives of people at Crossroads!
  • Thanks to our volunteers!
  • You guys really helped us out with our “Bite Back” campaign.  We exceeded our goal and that is a good thing!  We can buy more nets for the children of Africa.
  • It was great meeting some new visitors today….that never gets old!
  • I always feel like somebody’s watching me!
  • Today was the first day of giving for our Christmas offering.
  • I’m really looking forward to 2010….I believe God is going to do some big stuff!
  • Thankful that Crossroads can help out some other local churches.
  • Have you decided which Christmas Eve service you will attend?

That’s about it for now.

Have a great week and bring someone with you next week as you come to Crossroads!

One word

I hear people use words to describe all kinds of things.

Words like:





All of those words are used to describe something that is part of the current conversation that someone is having and they are using “one word” to very accurately describe the topic of conversation at the time.

If you were to use “one word” to describe Christmas, what would it be?

Sunday Rewind

What an amazing start we had to our new series “Born”.

I have this bitter/sweet thing when it comes to Christmas.  As most of you know the story is the same every time Christmas rolls around. 

It’s the same wise men, the same animals and all of the other characters.  Those things just don’t change.  The wonderful thing about the story is that it is part of the greatest story that any of us will ever know.  The challenge for us as church leaders is to try to approach it in a new and fresh way each year (that can be the bitter part).  I love the challenge, but not near as much as I love the story.

Take some time this week and listen to week one of our new series “Born”.

It may be a little late, but here is the “Sunday Rewind” for this past weekend at Crossroads:

  • It’s starting to feel (and  fill) and little like Christmas.  We had the decorations up and the temperature was like it should be this time of year.
  • I loved kicking the day off with some Christmas music.  We didn’t do enough last year so this year we are kicking it up a notch.
  • It was great to meet so many new people on Sunday.
  • Sorry the Titan’s lost!
  • Thanks to all of those who are walking a little extra so that the parking works out for our visitors.  I actually parked in the Music City Star lot and walked.  Just wanted to see what kind of time it took….why did I pick the coldest day of the year?
  • It’s great to have warm coffee on a Sunday!
  • Thanks to all of you who invited visitors….it showed.  We had several people out-of-town but attendance was great in all three services.  We still have lots of room, so keep doing your inviting.
  • What’s your perspective of Christmas?  Are you a ground level person?
  • Thanks for so much feedback…I love hearing from you guys.
  • Did you catch the Christmas offering challenge?
  • Thanks to Rhett and the band for a great job.

That’s about all for now…..catch you on the flip side!

Christmas question

We all love Christmas.

We get to spend time with family and friends.  We get to eat all of those amazing dishes that only get prepared once a year.  And then we get to open the gifts.  Everyone just loves the gifts.

But here’s the question.

What was the “crazyiest” or “worst” gift that you received for Christmas 2008?

I’m waiting to hear…….?????

“Xmas The Series”-Video Week Three

Here is the final video from “Xmas The Series”.