Category: Just for fun

Valentine’s Day Extravaganza!!!

The gentlemen of our church planned a very special Valentine’s Day treat for the ladies this weekend (Our group is mainly made up of married couples).  The brothers took the children starting at around 11 o’clock, allowing the sisters time to have tea together and get ready for the evening’s activities.  The menfolk worked on plans while the ladies surreptitiously made them chocolate covered strawberries.  The guys came to pick us up at around six o’clock, and this is what they did before we left:

The guys are so sweet!  After this they took us to Applebee’s in Hot Springs for dinner where we met up with Chris and Diane.

Aren't they cute!

We had a great dinner and a great fellowship time was had by all.  After dinner the boys took us to the Arlington for dancing.

Then we had to come home and get the kids.  It was a wonderful evening.

Karaoke Night!

We had a great time last night at Dino’s Main Street Cafe!

Les started us off with a little “Feliz Navidad.”

Rebekah continued with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  Rebekah told us about a blessing she had this week in the form of extra money to pay her bills.  Praise God!

I had a little fun singing Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”   Anyone who complains that I put a bad picture of them on the blog, remember that I posted this one of myself!

April regaled us with a rousing rendition of “Sleigh Ride!”

Brittney sang a delightful “What Child is This.”

April and I (and Neo) sang a way too high version of  “O Holy Night.”

Brittney and Ali harmonized “Silent Night.”

David, Jeremy, Les, Adam, Marty, and Nathan sang the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Brandon and Mark showed up about halfway through.  Awwwwwwwww.

After Adam and I left, Brittney did an a cappella “First Noel” which I’m told was pretty awesome.   And Jeremy sang “India Arie” which I’ve never heard before but I’m sure was quite excellent.

All in all, we had a great time!

Post titles explained

In light of the rush of new traffic to this blog, Adam thought that it would be appropriate if I explained some of my recent post titles.

Adam looks like Clint Eastwood

Adam was covered up with a Southwest-style blanket at the Sellers’s house, and Ali remarked that he looked like Clint Eastwood.

France is Bacon

This came from a reddit post.  When we were telling funny stories on Thursday night, I told this one.   A young man often heard his father give the quote, “Knowledge is power – Francis Bacon.”  He understood the first part of the quote, but “France is bacon” didn’t make any sense to him.  He asked one of his teachers to explain it, and the teacher explained the knowledge is power part.  The young man asked, “France is bacon?”  The teacher said, “Yes.”

I don’t tell it as well as the original, but you get the idea.

Watchman Steve

I don’t remember how this one came about, but I think April had something to do with it.  Watchman Steve is what we say is Watchman Nee’s American name.  It makes reading his work a little less intimidating!

That’s it.  Nothing too mysterious; just sharing a little of the fun we have at our meetings!

P.S. By the way, “France is Bacon” is one of the search terms people are using to find this blog!

Thursday night and vampires

Howdy, everyone!  It’s been a bit of a slow blogging week for me, but here’s a recap of last night.  We met at the Maisen’s house for pot roast, veggies, and crackers and caught up with each other for a bit.  The guys went to go help with the Harris’s move once again while the ladyfolk kept up with the chillens.   Not an extremely exciting meeting, but one where we were able to be the body and help each other out.

What?  Vampires?  What makes you think I’m going to say anything about vampires?   Well, if you insist…

Think about infatuation for a moment.  What are some of the things a person says to someone they are infatuated with?  How about:

I can’t live without you.
Apart from you, life has no meaning.
You’re perfect.
I’ll die if you leave me.

This of course makes me think of the Twilight series, which I have actually read and enjoyed.  But if you aren’t really involved in the story, the number of times Bella and Edward say these types of things really makes you want to vomit.  I have several teenage friends on facebook, and whenever they have this kind of stuff in their status updates, I want to laugh, groan, and cry at the same time.  It’s a normal part of life and a normal part of relationships, but infatuation with any person on Earth eventually fades.

Now just like we did with the secular songs, take those statements and think about saying them to Jesus.  What was once cloying and saccharin becomes holy and pure.  It brings to mind 1 Corinthians 13:12

Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (NLT)

Infatuation in an earthly relationship is temporary and incomplete, but “infatuation” with Christ the real deal.

“And your bird can sing”

Yesterday, I posted the lyrics to the song that Brandon shared with us at our meeting.  Are there any “secular” songs* that you make “sacred” in your head?  Songs that either you would sing to Jesus or that He might sing to you?  Post them in the comments!

*Yes, I remember what Neil Cole said about the separation of sacred and secular.  This exercise is actually a way to start blurring the lines a little bit!

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