COOP9002's SparkPeople Blog COOP9002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bryan's Family Earlier this week I was enlisted to officiate a memorial service of a young man who committed suicide. He was once involved in a church about two hours away, but his family has not had much involvement with spiritual things. <BR> <BR> Please pray that the Father would use me to communicate His love and presence in the midst of this challenging time for this family. there are some other issues that I cannot share that make this an especially challenging time to minister. <BR> <BR> Thanks for... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:15:33 EST Doing Well thanks so much for your prayers for Dan and his family. The surgeon believes that the surgery was a success. There is a strong possibility that Dan will not have to undergo chemo or radiation. he will be in ICU for a few days while his body recovers. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your prayers Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:32:33 EST Monday I am heading to the hospital to spend some time with Dan's family. I will post an update on his condition later today. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your prayers. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:52:03 EST Update on Dan We are heading in a little early to spend some time praying for one of our deacons who is facing surgery on Monday morning. While getting a wisdom tooth extracted earlier this week, his surgeon saw something that didn't look back. After sending him to a nearby cancer hospital, they discovered that he has cancer in his jaw. Fortunately it hasn't spread into his chest. <BR> <BR> I have already asked you to pray for Dan and Nicole earlier this week. Tomorrow will be a long day for them. <BR> ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:09:55 EST Beautiful Saturday We are enjoying some beautiful weather in mid-Mo. however change is on the horizon with some storms tomorrow. Our oldest daughter is at work today, and our youngest is chilling here at the house with me, while Mom is out running some errands. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a good Saturday wherever you are. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:19:28 EST oh well Enjoyed a beautiful morning for a run. Yesterday we got some disappointing news regarding a possible ministry opportunity. However, such is life. We will stay the course and keep seeking His will and direction. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:30:38 EST Nice Morning Hope your day is going well. Our weather is beautiful here in mid-Mo and it was nice to go out for a run without having to put a bunch of cold weather gear on. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday, Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:05:04 EST Wednesday Today is a typical Wednesday here at our church. Our day begins in earnest when the children get out of school and join us for some activities. This is followed by supper, Prayer meeting, Youth and Children's events, and praise team practice. <BR> <BR> Makes me tired just thinking about it. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:17:53 EST Update on Chris Thank you for praying for Chris. He is doing well, but has a time of recovery and therapy ahead of him. This will be an adjustment and a financial challenge for this young family. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:49:23 EST Prayer Request Please remember Chris Rackley in your prayers. He is one of our deacons who is having hip replacement surgery today. <BR> <BR> thanks. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:02:36 EST Enjoy your day <em>334</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:23:48 EST Much Nicer today This morning's run was much nicer than yesterday. Here in mid-Mo we went from having 25-35 mph winds to a much calmer 5 mph breeze. It made the run much less taxing this morning. Also seeing some sunshine was a plus as well. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:45:53 EST Windy Morning Today's run was interesting. I was able to get outside with temps in the upper 30's. however, the 25-30 mph wind out of the Northwest was rather challenging at a few points. at one point while i was running straight into it, i felt like i was running on a treadmill. the legs were moving but i wasn't making any progress. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:36:16 EST thursday Hope your morning is going well. My computer is acting funny. oh well, that's the way this Asus always performs. Maybe i can blame it on our funny weather. <BR> <BR> We're expecting some strong storms this afternoon in mid-Mo. Hopefully, they won't be all that bad. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:45:49 EST Enjoying some rain We are being blessed with some much needed rain in mid-Mo. Of course, this means that i will be running inside the rec center for the next day or so. however, i am so thankful to have that opportunity, and to see some familiar faces each morning. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:22:38 EST Something to ponder A question from Brennan Manning is roaming through my mind. <BR> <BR> "Do we truly believe that the Creator of all that is loves us unconditionally?" <BR> <BR> This might be the most important question that we must answer for ourselves. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:34:43 EST a good reminder "...but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13b-14). <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:35:47 EST Sunday Enjoyed worship as our message was preached by our interim youth minister this morning. now I am getting ready for Bible study this evening followed by some hoops. <BR> <BR> Hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:05:29 EST Saturday Road Trip We're heading back to Jeff City to see God's Not Dead with some folks from our church and hang out at some of our old haunts in the capitol city. <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:49:56 EST Friday Enjoyed a nice outdoor run this morning. Now I'm getting some things done before heading to a senior adult luncheon, and picking up Olivia from school. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:49:59 EST Thursday Enjoying the rain, but have a lot to get done today. Hope your Thursday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:30:44 EST Blessings Hope you're Wednesday is going better than expected! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:32:56 EST Have a great day! <em>30</em> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:23:13 EST Thanks for Your Prayers Thanks for your prayers for our interviews yesterday. The Lord is giving us clarity. We still have one more to do. He was unavailable due to some schedule conflicts. Hopefully, we will be able to move forward on a candidate soon. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:39:57 EST Interviews Please pray for our Associate Pastor Search committee as we interview three prospective candidates this afternoon. Two will be by phone and one will be face-to-face, since he lives in our community. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your prayers. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:57:20 EST Back to where it all began This morning I got to run in my hometown's half-marathon. It is dedicated to a young man who was a few years behind me in high school, and was involved in a traffic accident that left him paralyzed. Max has not allowed his disability to shape him. He was at the even this morning offering encouragement to the runners. <BR> <BR> My time wasn't as good as I had hoped in spite of some good conditions. I did get to see some familiar faces and enjoy my time out there. This was the location of the... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:32:43 EST Friday Heading off to my hometown for a half-marathon tomorrow morning. I will be going with a family from here in Centralia. It should be fun seeing some familiar faces tomorrow, although it's supposed to be a little cold and windy. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:18:32 EST a little distracted Hope your Thursday is going well. With March Madness beginning today, I will be a little distracted. Even though Mizzou failed to make the field, I still enjoy basketball enough to watch some other teams compete for the prize. <BR> <BR> Have a great day. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:21:18 EST One Heart, Mind & Soul These next few days I will be camping (spiritually speaking) in Philippians 2. This morning is was struck by the call to unity in verse 2. I often wonder why many of us in the body of Christ spend so much energy seeking to distract each other with useless chatter over things that don't really matter. <BR> <BR> My hope and prayer is that our Savior will focus our hearts and minds upon Him and off of ourselves. He can start with me. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:30:49 EST Ouch! This verse just struck me and I pray that I can surrender my will to His and apply this principle to my life. <BR> <BR> "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves..." Philippians 2:3 NAS Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:20:42 EST Monday Musings I am trying to get some things done at home this morning, while I am still computer-less. Hopefully, it will be in this week, so I can get back to a normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Our weather here in mid-Mo has taken a turn for the better. It was still too cold for me to get outside this morning, however, I was able to get a few miles in at the rec center. <BR> <BR> Hope you're enjoying your Monday. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:21:55 EST Sunday We had a great service this morning as we were led in worship by the Hannibal LaGrange University Chamber Choir. One of these students was one of our own, but they were amazing as they led us in worship through testimonies, hymns and some contemporary worship songs. <BR> <BR> Tonight is business meeting with hoops to follow. <BR> <BR> Hope your Sunday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:43:42 EST Saturday It looks like we have another beautiful day in mid-Mo before a wintry mix comes our way this evening. Winter does not seem to want t take a hint and come to a merciful end. <BR> <BR> Hope your Saturday is going well. We are hoping to get some yard work done later today. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:05:54 EST Friday Morning I was able to finish my final long run before next week's race. Hopefully, this week will go well weather-wise as I taper. I am thankful to so many of you who responded to my prayer request yesterday. I don't have any news just yet, but there seem to be some folks who are willing and qualified to help out this family. <BR> <BR> I will follow-up when I know more. Have a great Friday! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:13:29 EST Prayer Request Last night a mother, whose daughter attends our youth group, came to me asking if I knew of anyone in the church who could help her by spending about 2-3 hours at her house watching her daughter. Her husband is disabled, and the girl has some learning disabilities that have forced her to be removed from our public school. <BR> <BR> I am at a loss, but will try to find someone who can help out this family. Please pray for Sarah, her mom and dad. Pray that the Father would bring someone into t... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:01:36 EST Wednesday Hope your Wednesday is going well. I have to take my car in later today to get the side-view mirror put back on that the deer knocked off last week. Of course, it's Wednesday so that means we have a crazy busy day at church. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:53:50 EST Oh Well Let's just say that this morning has been a little frustrating. At least I was able to run outside this morning. However, I received some discouraging news in a rather callous & uncaring manner. <BR> <BR> I am trying to process this information & move forward in a positive manner. <BR> <BR> Hope your day is going well. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:55:42 EST Interesting week We are looking forward to a special Sunday at our church. One of our local Baptist colleges will be sending an ensemble to lead us in worship this coming Sunday morning. One of our members is a part of this group as well. <BR> <BR> We will follow worship with a time of fellowship at a typical "pot-luck" dinner, and then another short afternoon before the evening activities. <BR> <BR> The weird thing is that I don't have any sermon prep to do this week, since I won't be preaching at all. Ob... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:45:02 EST Short Afternoon Looks like another short afternoon. We were privileged to join in with a birthday celebration for our daughter's boyfriend this afternoon, and I have a meeting at 5. Then it's back to evening worship at 6, followed by some hoops with the guys tonight. <BR> <BR> Hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:54:31 EST Saturday Our oldest daughter is throwing a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend. Fortunately, he doesn't have a clue just yet. She has contacted several of his friends from a drama group that he was a part of in college. <BR> <BR> My wife is helping her decorate, and Olivia and I are just hanging out at home. <BR> <BR> Have great Saturday. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:33:30 EST Not as Planned Last night on my way to a meeting, a deer decided to run into the side of my car and take out my mirror. I was slowing down on the shoulder when it happened. Of course, when I arrived to my meeting, I discovered that they had moved it to another location about 45 minutes away. <BR> <BR> Oh well. At least is was able to get the car looked at, and I wasn't hurt. <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:30:19 EST Thursday Today is a busy day. After work, I have a meeting at our associational office which is about thirty minutes away. I got roped into being on the budget committee, so this could be interesting. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:12:53 EST Wednesday Hope your Wednesday is going well. Our deacon's meeting went a little long last night, which wasn't a bad thing. <BR> <BR> Hope your Wednesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:30:45 EST Tuesday Well things are a little more normal as school is back in session and some of the snow is starting to melt. Hopefully, your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:38:13 EST Monday Our youngest daughter is off school for another day due to the weather. At this point I think they will be done by mid-June <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Hopefully, it will warm up this week, so we can all get outside and get rid of this cabin fever. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great Monday. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:19:59 EST Not so bad Fortunately, we didn't get as much snow as advertised with "Titan". Of course, some other parts of the country weren't so lucky. <BR> <BR> We were able to have services this morning at the church. However, the crowd was about half of what it normally is. <BR> <BR> It's snowing now, so I am hoping that we don't get more than a few inches. <BR> <BR> Blessings upon each of you today. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:58:24 EST Waiting for Titan It looks like we have all the necessities that we need for the impending snowpocalypse. <BR> <BR> At least this storm has a cooler name, "Titan". Hopefully, their expectations will miss the mark and it will much less of challenge than they have prepared us for here in the Midwest. <BR> <BR> Blessings upon you and yours today. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:06:49 EST Friday For the first time since I ran a marathon this summer, I ran 13 miles. Of course, it was a lot of laps indoors at the rec center, but I got it done. Several people from our church and me are going to my hometown to run a half-marathon in about 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> the course is relatively flat with a few rolling hills. hopefully, we'll have better weather than a friend and me did when we ran it about three years ago. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get ready to head to our JOY group at church her... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:49:54 EST That Stunk My computer is not working again. however this time it's my fault. I was moving some books and slipped and dropped some heavy books on it. ouch!! <BR> <BR> Fortunately it's under warranty, and we buy a protection plan to cover my ineptitude. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:57:26 EST Search Committee Our Associate Pastor Search committee met again last night. After thinking we were close to finding the person that the Father has for us about a month ago, it's back to square one this week. However, we do have some candidates who look rather promising. <BR> <BR> Please continue to pray for our church as we seek to find the person that God has for us to serve in this significant area of ministry. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:43:52 EST