Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Ok Wednesday is here!

So i have been busy taking care of the daughter all week. Well, not alone. Becca's mom has been stepping up to the plate as well. Couple of things. Becca has the creeping crud, again. 100 - 101 temp for the last week. I just started a new job; so time off is not going to happen. And Sarah, Becca's mom, has teacher conferences all week. Yes, it has been a week of Sarah staying home morning; Becca staying in Sarah's classroom and spending time with dad in the evenings. Ok, enough. Becca is feeling better and will be in school today. She is going to her aunt's house after school. Then we have Becca's teacher conference and then off to the movie Robots.

Life unscripted.

I have been reading a book called Buck Naked Faith. This was given to me by a friend. I was telling the Gooch that I had read 2 chapters and moving right thru it. Then I felt drawn to re-read those chapters. I am glad I did. There is a section in here that talks about a cycle we get into; the Sin, repent, sin, repent. here is a excerpt (the next 4 paragraphs)

We all know the cycle. Sin, repent, sin, repent, sin, repent -- the cycle continues until we either give up trying to be "good" or we become the old crusty believers who may not be doing "bad" things anymore but sure don't show the passion for life and humanity that true goodness from Jesus brings.

What are the things that you tend to binge and purge on? Depression, lust, ESPN, romance novels, food, XBOX, chat rooms – the list of our personal bulimic vices is almost endless.

Did I touch on a favorite? Have you given up fighting the urge when it comes? Have you found yourself becoming legalistic and judgmental toward the bingers around you in order to feel more righteous yourself?

If, like me, you can say yes to any or all of those questions, then you should now ask,” Jesus, is there a good way to grow that takes me away from a life of pretending, toward real goodness and holiness?"

Wow. I felt like I was reading a part of my life here. I would justify my life and life style and make myself feel better by looking at others judgmentally.

More on this later,

Friday, March 25, 2005

He is Risen...

how do you respond to that statement?

Some may say "So what?"
Others "He is risen indeed"

I personally think we should stand and shout. The type of applause that is heard after a huge scoring drive at the Super Bowl or the Lions actually scoring. That type of celebration.

how do you respond?

Matt 5 1-14

1When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down 2and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

    3"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

    4"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

    5"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are--no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

    6"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

    7"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being "carefull,' you find yourselves cared for.

    8"You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

    9"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.

    10"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.

    11"Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. 12You can be glad when that happens--give a cheer, even!-for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

   13"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

    14"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. 15If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. 16Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

We are the light of the world.

He is risen...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


It is mid week. Busy day today.

Working on (2) major drawing sets this week. I pull together all the information for our installers in the form of blueprints. It busts my brain sometimes but good work none the less.

Meet with my business partners tonight. Lots to talk about. Although we are experiencing some good growth, i await the day it will be rockin along.

Becca's teacher conferences are next week. It is always good to hear how my daughter is doing. Here is a link to her favorite song right now: Forgive me later for it.

TIGGER REPORT: nothing new in the world of Tigger. The "training" is continuing of Becca, er um i mean Tigger. Becca has high hopes she can train this cat.

Watched American Idol last night. Why would anyone subject themselves to that? I don't know.

On with the day.....
Becca's dad.

Monday, March 21, 2005


I am committed to being more intentional about the blog.

After hearing Steve & Nate talk these last few weeks, some other issues cropped up for me. After talking with Nate, he suggested a new book for me to read. I am glad he did. It is list and is called "Buck Naked Faith".

All i can say is this: it is great!

More on that later.

Until then,

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Things going on....

This will be a long blog. I am just warning you. I will try to put headings on so you go to what ever heading you want.

First of all, thanks for checking in. I have been going thru some changes in life and honestly have been silent about it. Mainly because I was not sure where i was going to land. In fact, I was in my life group last weekend, and was called "silent Carter". Um yeah, as painful as that was, it made me think about how I am interacting with people.


Well, the bridge is back into full swing. Because of some personnel changes, my hours were changin drastically. Enough so, that i started looking for another job. The changes would mean not seeing my daughter as much. That is a HUGE factor. So today was my last day at the bridge. I will be working full time for a company in Zeeland. I will be doing CAD and engineering work for them. I am excited! No travel and doing what i love to do. The company is called Audio Systems Unlimited. They do alot of spec type bidding and some design build work. I like it. The employees are cool and great to work with.

In addition, i have another little project to let you know about. I have been working with (3) other guys on developing a business. We are calling it Pulse Intermedia. We are doing several things -- mostly dealing with automation. What the heck does that mean? Well,i would love to talk to you about it some time. Just know, it is cool and lots of fun. We will do lots of commerical and residential work. This will include some consulting, design/build as well as some unique things coming out to market. More on that later. The business is taking off. We are trying to grow it at a steady rate. I am excited about it.


Having a great time. We are experiencing some good things as we figure out what it is to be in community with one another. With the new job, i needed to give up the programming team. I am sad about this as i was enjoying myself. Needless to say, God will bless that team and continue to make it what it needs to be.

I am still playing on the worship team. I really enjoy that.


Yeah, what can i say? group is good. We are learning about each other and what it means to be in community with one another. Jeff is doing a great job. Thompson is doing a great job. I really like Sunday evenings.

Side Note: I am so glad for Becca's (my daughter) commitment to group. In fact, i get in trouble for even suggesting not going. I know it is real with her because of how she reacts when we are not there.


read deurty's blog about the 1% church. he is so passionate about this. I want to be his clone!

Well, more later.


Monday, March 07, 2005


I am not a big fan of Mondays. Never have been; probaly never will. I tend to be a "stay late" person as well. so there is something about having to get up and be somewhere on Mondays. I am not sure if I will ever out grow that feeling.

Overslept this morning. Yup, does not happen often; but it did. i woke up on time. Went to the lving room and sat down; pet the cat; and fell asleep. Woke up to Becca saying -- Dad, i am going to be late for school. HATE THAT FEELING.

Great weekend. I am so glad we went to Chicago. Oh man, it was great to see the Furr Four. But they needed a tune up on their sound system in the worst way.

Programming today. One week before training at the bridge begins.

Gotta run,

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Chicago where?

Hi all

We are north and west of Chicago this weekend. Great trip -- ended up seeing more of the country than i wanted too but...I follow the Yahoo maps to Matt's area. He said to me TWICE "take 94". I should have listened because the Yahoo map said to stay on 90. So instead of going to directly to Matt's, we ended up running way out of the way.

We are here to provide some technical assistance. It is always cool to meet with a church and provides some help. I love it. Anyway, Becca will hang with Aunt Heidi, Izzy and Libby this morning. While Matt and I will hang with the worship team. Can i say -- and i might be bias -- that Libby is one of the cutest babies around? And Izzy is so funny!! So far we are having a great time.

We will miss Watermark this weekend. Becca has already commented.

More later,

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Has it really been that long?

Wow. so many things have come and gone. I am not sure where to start.

First of all, i will make certain i do not let this happen again. I mean blogging. Too long.

Becca had an over-night birthday party this past weekend. WOW. God Bless those parents. (17) Yes I said (17) 10 & 11 year old girls overnight in one house! Unbelieveable. Becca was exhausted from the weekend. I cannot imagine why. I get tired just thinking about it.

Also, GHAPS is showing "the movie" to all of its 5th graders. Oh yeah, you parents know what i'm talking about. So Becca saw the movie last Friday, Sidebar -- i am so thankful to Becca's mom for handling all that wtuff with Becca. She started down this path awhile ago and it is paying off right now. Thanks Sarah. So I pciked up Becca Friday not knowing what to expect. But, we had a great conversation about it and moved on! She told me it was not that way for some of her classmates. there was shocked and horrified girls in her class. Come on people. Talk to your kids!

I almost sounded like a commercial.

Going to Chicago this weekend. A friend of mine just took over a church - as lead pastor - and is having some technical difficulty. So Becca and I are leaving Friday and will be back Sunday afternoon. It will be good to see Matt, Heidi and the kids. (one of which I have only seen pictures of).

There will be a reoccuring theme coming in my blogs for a while. We are going thru a series right now that is challenging me. It is called Living the Truth. I will expand as we journey thru. I have always struggled with identity. I have a need to be associated with something. I was Sarah's husband; becca's dad; tech director at SLWC; musician; funny guy; blah blah blah. I have a real need to have that association.

What i am finding is that is not God's design.

More on that later.