Why Can’t I Be A Better Friend?

Director of Development

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As I posted about on Monday I had a big birthday this weekend.

By all accounts, I am old. 30 really has me feeling old.

Ok, so not really  but thought I would try that out.

This weekend my wife gave an awesome party for me. Quite a few of our friends and family showed up in some of the most outrageous clothing you can find.

Everyone was challenged to dress as something that starts with a ‘J’.

Here are a few examples:

What does this have to do with being a good friend?

Sunday morning after all the party pictures were posted and the

Birthday Rap for My 30th Birthday! Incredible!

Director of Development

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I don’t know about you but I like to start my Monday off on a good note.

There are very few times I feel I can guarantee you a funny video that will make you smile, well today I feel I can promise that.

It just so happens that my brother and wife had a special video made for me and it includes them rapping.

One of the most awesome things I have seen!

I hope something that was a huge blessing to me personally can give you a bit of a kick as we head toward another week of work!

Now you will see one of the many reasons why I had a great birthday on Saturday!

Enjoy!

Face To Face With the 15-Year-Old You

Director of Development

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My wife Aly and I have spent the week teaching the bible classes at Ouachita Christian School, an amazing school that we both graduated from.

There are a large number of reasons why it is funny for me to be back at OCS and of all things, teaching a Bible class. But none the less it has been great.

On Monday and Thursday Aly and I shared/ will share together but on Tuesday and Wednesday, I took the classes by myself.

I walked them through the same process we took the men of Family Church through in Warrior Camp.

It has been a great experience to be able to talk to 16-18 year olds that are in the exact same position I was in almost 11 years ago.

What happened today in a passing conversation caught my attention though.

I was talking with some of the older guys before class started about football at OCS.

I told them that when I first went to school there, I joined the football team and late in the season

I Don’t Want To Live Without You

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Three years ago this past Friday my wife Aly was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Aly and I were incredibly blessed to be able to celebrate her life together on Friday.

We had many conversations during her treatment that looking back now truly blow my mind.

When a spouse is sick there are conversations and thoughts that should never pass through the mind much less the lips.

Many of you have heard of ‘for King & Country’ and their music.

I came across this song and story this weekend and was needless to say, moved.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

What do you do when you don’t get better
Strong arms get to, get to weak to hold her
Oh God give me and just enough strength to make it through
Sleepless this madness is walking me out to the ledge
And stands there beside me shriving out on the edge
Oh God all I, all I ask is a little relief
Just a moment of peace

I don’t want to live without you
I’m not ready to live without you
So let’s dance a little
Laugh a little
Hope a little more
Cause I don’t want to live without you, without you

This thorn in my side
Though it cuts and stings me
As opens these eyes
I’ve never seen so clearly
And oh God I thank you
Cause you bring me to my knees
Back on my knees

I don’t want to live without you
I’m not ready to live without you
So let’s dance a little
Laugh a little
And hope a little more
Yes let us dance a little
Laugh a little
And hope a little more
Cause I don’t want to live without you, without you

I heard a voice from the other side
Singing “hold fast, love last”
As winter turns into summertime
Singing “hold fast, love last”
Heard another voice from the other side
Singing “hold fast, love last”
As winter turns into summertime
Singing “hold fast”

So let’s dance a little
Laugh a little
And hope a little more
Yes let’s dance a little
Laugh a little
And hope a little more
Cause I don’t want to live without you
No, I don’t want to live without you
Without you

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Just Give Me Jesus

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The last few days I have had a kids song on my computer playing on repeat. Yes, I said a kids song, but it’s a worship song with words that consume me.

“When I take my eyes off Jesus and confusion starts to win,
When my worries overwhelm me and the battle reaches in”

The last six months for me have been for the most part “overwhelming.” When my family, without plan or notice and literally overnight, went from a family of 4 to a family of 5, life took a toll. Our newborn foster blessing is honestly the most precious baby I have ever laid eyes on, and my heart does flips when I think about the joy he has brought to our lives.

But to say the transition has been bumpy is an understatement. Having a newborn changes the dynamics of a family, no matter how much preparation has been made. Babies are expensive, time consuming, and exhausting.

Going from two kids to three means the adults are outnumbered. And living in 1000 square

Sunday Services Are Now Online!

Did you know that all of our services are now right at your fingertips?

Here is Part 1 of our new series, Forward.

On our recently updated website, familychurch.org you can watch our Sunday services right on your phone or computer.

So, now you have no reason to miss a thing!

Here is our service from this Sunday!