Laundry Love

When was the last time you did something for someone else? When was the last time you sat back and intentionally thought, dreamed and planned how you could change the world? If the world seems like a big goal, how about your neighborhood, community, city and state? Our Men’s House Church group is going to start a study next month based on the outstanding book by Max Lucado called “OutLive Your Life“. In preparing for the launch, I found this clip about a group that started “Laundry Love”. So simple. So brilliant. When was the last time you dreamed of … Continue reading Laundry Love

A Thanksgiving Miracle

This is a true story and is simply amazing. To be honest, I am still in a bit of shock. This morning, I had a thought hit me sideways and actually twittered it. http://twitter.com/#!/aaronaconrad/status/7424575138701312 Not long after that tweet, I received this one… @aaronaconrad U going to be able to make the event in C-Bus on Saturday? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144985832211292&ref=ts — Phil Brabbs (@Brabbs) November 24, 2010 The tweet above is from Phil Brabbs. I’ve mentioned Phil and his battle several times on this blog. Phil is a hero. He’s a warrior. He’s an inspiration and through the magic of the internet, … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Miracle

Reality Check

I often read the quote “Lord let me heart be broken by the things that break your heart“. Most likely I read them on my iPad while drinking a Diet Coke or a water that I got from our stockpile in the garage. I think about how true that phrase is. Or, like now, I blog about it on my computer through a wireless connection. I do that sitting in an office chair that I’ll probably sit in all day. The office is located in a home that is climate controlled and comfortable. Yep, break my heart Lord… just don’t … Continue reading Reality Check

OutLive Your Life

For months now I have been telling you about the incredible new book by Max Lucado called “Outlive Your Life“. I gave you a brief preview HERE and a more detailed preview HERE. Well the wait is finally over! On Tuesday, Outlive Your Life is officially available from my friends at Thomas Nelson. If I could challenge you to get one book this year, this is the one. It is based on the book of Acts and is a call to action. You cannot read this book and not pause to consider the tremendous opportunity we all still have to … Continue reading OutLive Your Life

Fearless Book Review

This post is not about me. This review is not about me. The subject and the story leading into my review, however, are about me. More specifically, the subject is something that I would venture to guess many of us deal with on a daily basis. So let me begin by being real transparent about that elephant in the middle of the room called fear. It is real. So real that Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors has blessed us all by writing a book to remind each and every single person that reads it who is in control … Continue reading Fearless Book Review

I Have Decided

For those that have been following along, I have been looking/deciding on a t-shirt to wear for the Half Marathon on Sunday. As I said in a previous post, I think it’s important to let people know why you’re running. It is also a great opportunity to spread a message to those around you for roughly 2 hours. Thanks to the UPS driver and Max Lucado, I now have the shirt which will spread that message. It’s all about living FEARLESS! Heather and I have both been reading advanced copies of Max Lucado’s incredible new book FEARLESS. I am honored to … Continue reading I Have Decided

National Day of Prayer

We’re listening Lord, You have our attention. Our friends lost their house The co-worker lost her job The couple next door lost their retirement It seems that everyone is losing their footing This scares us. This bailout with billions. These rumblings of depression. These headlines: ominous, thunderous- “Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What Next?” What is next? We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right. You told us this would happen. You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money. Greed will break your heart, you warned. Money will love you and leave you. Don’t put your hope in … Continue reading National Day of Prayer

Resolutions

Love God more then you fear hell. Once a week, let a child take you on a walk. When no one is watching, live as if someone is. Succeed at home first. Don’t spend tomorrows money today. Pray twice as much as you fret. Listen twice as much as you speak. Only harbor a grudge when God does. Never outgrow your love of sunsets. God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same. When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart. The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number. Never let the … Continue reading Resolutions

We're Listening

Our friends lost their house The co-worker lost her job The couple next door lost their retirement It seems that everyone is losing their footing This scares us. This bailout with billions. These rumblings of depression. These headlines: ominous, thunderous- “Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What Next?” What is next? We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right. You told us this would happen. You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money. Greed will break your heart, you warned. Money will love you and leave you. Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain. You were … Continue reading We're Listening

We’re Listening

Our friends lost their house The co-worker lost her job The couple next door lost their retirement It seems that everyone is losing their footing This scares us. This bailout with billions. These rumblings of depression. These headlines: ominous, thunderous- “Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What Next?” What is next? We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right. You told us this would happen. You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money. Greed will break your heart, you warned. Money will love you and leave you. Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain. You were … Continue reading We’re Listening

Review – Cast of Characters

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was given the honor of reviewing a copy of the new Max Lucado book “Cast of Characters” by my new friends at Thomas Nelson Publishing. I also mentioned that I had the blessing of meeting Max and his wife Denalyn about a year ago. To this day it was one of the best memories of my life. It was great to see that the man behind the books is just as real as his writing. I count it such a blessing that this book came at just the right time for me. … Continue reading Review – Cast of Characters

Quotables

Sorry friends, really busy week this week. In the meantime, I thought I would post some more quick quotes from “Cast of Characters” by Max Lucado. I’ll have a full review before the end of the week (the short version is that it’s awesome!). “Changing Direction in life is not tragic. Losing passion in life is.” “Behind every avalanche is a snowflake Behind every rock slide is a pebble An atomic explosion begins with one atom And a revival can begin with one sermon.” “Getting even is only natural. Which, incidentally, is precisely the problem. Revenge is natural, not spiritual. … Continue reading Quotables

Which Are You?

A long travel day helped me get through rougly 87 pages of “Cast of Characters” by Max Lucado yesterday. I have to save my complete review for when it is all done. I will tell you that this book could not have come at a better time. If it is any indication of how good it is, I am folding corners like crazy with great quotes and insight. One I had to share today was from John 12: 1-9. I am sure that many have heard the comparisons to Martha being a “worker” and Mary being a “Worshiper”. Max also … Continue reading Which Are You?

“Black Friday”

If you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting! 1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be … Continue reading “Black Friday”

"Black Friday"

If you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting! 1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be … Continue reading "Black Friday"

Step in the Basin

In case you were wondering, I have not forgotten or abandon the “40 Days of Hope“. We are still blogging our way through the 40 day devotional from Max Lucado’s “3:16” book. I was just double posting so I decided to only post my thoughts (here). However there was a quote from today’s devotional that I just had to share. Day 25 is entitled “Step in the Basin” and talks about how Jesus washing the disciples feet was “just not right”. Knowing they wouldn’t be there at his darkest hour and when he needed them most, he still washed their … Continue reading Step in the Basin

Because of Love

40 Days of Hope – Day 4 This morning’s devo from Max Lucado’s “3:16” was all about love. Since I have much to learn and this devotional reminded me of that, I’ll just quote Max himself. These are words to ponder today – “…that’s what love does. It puts the beloved before itself. Love goes the distance…” Do I put “the beloved” before myself? Do I go the distance when it comes to love? Do I quit when it gets rough or do I commit to doing what needs to be done for the sake of love? God himself left … Continue reading Because of Love

What You’re Holding

On day 2 of “40 Days of Hope” from Max Lucado’s “3:16” Max speaks directly of Mary as she held Jesus after his birth (“Mary Cradles God”). The image in this post came directly to my mind. This was taken after the birth of our first child. I remember it like it was yesterday. Looking at this small gift that had the entire world ahead of him. I wondered what he would be like. I hoped I could teach him to avoid my mistakes and give him the wisdom to know better. I never knew he would be what he … Continue reading What You’re Holding

What You're Holding

On day 2 of “40 Days of Hope” from Max Lucado’s “3:16” Max speaks directly of Mary as she held Jesus after his birth (“Mary Cradles God”). The image in this post came directly to my mind. This was taken after the birth of our first child. I remember it like it was yesterday. Looking at this small gift that had the entire world ahead of him. I wondered what he would be like. I hoped I could teach him to avoid my mistakes and give him the wisdom to know better. I never knew he would be what he … Continue reading What You're Holding

Where He Went…

This is the first reflection of the “40 Days of Hope” from the Max Lucado book “3:16” that a few of my friends and I are doing together. For day one, Max pointed to the night that Christ came to the earth (“An EXTRA-Ordinary Night”). His quote to end the devotional was rich and classic Lucado – “So he went to the shepherds. Men who don’t know enough to tell God that angels don’t sing to sheep and that messiahs aren’t found wrapped in rags and sleeping in a feed trough.” I was struck by that line. It reminded me … Continue reading Where He Went…

40 Days of Hope

A few of the guys from AC180 and I are going to try something starting October 1st. I figured I would extend the offer to this blog as well. The new Max Lucado book “3:16” is both a book about John 3:16 and a 40 day devotional book. The first 150 pages are Max breaking down the words of that verse. The second part is dedicated to 40 days of short devotionals which he calls “40 Days with the Son“. Beginning Monday, October 1st, several of us are going to go through the 40 days together (wherever you may live). … Continue reading 40 Days of Hope

A Prayer for Tuesday

Below is the other item taped to our treadmill. It’s a prayer from the book “Come Thirsty” from my new BFF Max Lucado. I’m not sure what starts the day better…a walk/run on the treadmill, or breathing this prayer. This just about covers it all. Lord I come thirsty. I come to drink, to receive. I receive your work on the cross and in your resurrection. My sins are pardoned, and my death is defeated. I receive your energy. Empowered by your Holy Spirit, I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. I receive your lordship. I … Continue reading A Prayer for Tuesday

Book Reviews

I had an opportunity the past week or so to read two of the books that I have really been looking forward to. The first was “When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box” by John Ortberg. I’m a pretty big fan of Ortberg and this one didn’t disappoint at all. There are times when it is good to just go back to the basics, take a pause and evaluate some things. This book will do that. You will find yourself taking some stock in what matters most. If you are a fan of John Ortberg’s … Continue reading Book Reviews

Beyond Words…

Have you ever had that question where you are asked “if you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be”? My list isn’t really all that inspiring or extensive. There is one name that would be at the top though. Max Lucado. If I could choose one author that has inspired, challenged and changed me, he would be the one. It’s not that I am a crazed fan or anything, I just would like to shake his hand. Today…I got that chance. Someone must have tipped Max off about the fact that if you want to score points … Continue reading Beyond Words…

Who Loves Ya Baby?

I’ve heard it said that “my wife wakes up grumpy in the morning…other days, she lets me sleep in..”. I’m not gonna lie, I HATE mornings. I don’t sleep well in the first place, and the older I get, the more I hate them. So when I read this line in the Max Lucado book “In The Eye of The Storm“, I guess it hit pretty close to home. Probably because it’s so relevant in my home. “If people love you at 6:30 in the morning, one thing is sure: They love you. They don’t love your title. They don’t … Continue reading Who Loves Ya Baby?

Laws of the Lighthouse

The following comes from the Max Lucado book “In the Eye of the Storm”. It’s an older book by Max (1991), but one I had not read yet. I needed something lite to read on my one hour flight to Charlotte yesterday. When I went to the book shelf, this one jumped out at me. I have not finished it yet, but what I have read so far was perfect timing. I had to share these bullet points in what he calls “Laws of the Lighthouse”. According to Max, these are “God-given, time-tested truths that define the way you should … Continue reading Laws of the Lighthouse

I Choose…

I’m not real big into resolutions but this writing from Max Lucado is a pretty good place to start. I Choose Love… No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. I Choose Joy…. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical….the tool of the lazy thinking. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. … Continue reading I Choose…

Whatcha Readin???

2007 is officially here. I am happy to report that I kept one of my goals from last year. I set out to read as many of Max Lucado’s books as I could in 06. I will admit that about halfway through the year I decided to add in some other books. If you are interested, you can read my complete 2006 list here. There were some life changing reads in there for sure. I enjoyed them so much that I have already begun filling the library for 2007. I am pretty excited about my early list. I thought I would get … Continue reading Whatcha Readin???

My Walking Book Report

I don’t know if they still do this, but when I was in grade school we used to do something called a “Walking Book Report”. Basically you would read a book, usually an autobiography, and then get dressed up as the main character. You would stand in front of the class and give a speech about the book you read. I happened to choose Evil Knieval as my book report. My parents created an incredible costume out of baseball pants, a turtle neck and a cape with the big, stared number one on the back. It was very cool. Still … Continue reading My Walking Book Report

Sweet November!

I for one was pretty glad to turn the page on October and welcome in the month of November. The first reason was actually one day early, but that’s okay. Jeremy Camp’s new CD “Beyond Measure” was released on Tuesday. You can bet it’s been locked and loaded into the iPOD. I am sure there will be future posts featuring a song or two. Reason number two was obviously THE interview which took place yesterday. Still waiting on the decision, but just to get it over with was a huge, huge relief. Reason number three takes place this evening when I … Continue reading Sweet November!

When God Says No

Below is one more excerpt from an excellent book by Max Lucado called “In the Grip of Grace”. “When God Says No” – By Max Lucado There are times when the one thing you want is the one thing you never get. You’re not being picky or demanding; you’re only obeying his command to “ask God for everything you need” (Phil 4:6). All you want is an open door or an answered prayer, for which you will be thankful. And so you pray and wait. No answer. You pray and wait. No answer. You pray and wait. No answer. You … Continue reading When God Says No

Sufficient Grace

The excerpt below is from the book “In The Grip of Grace” by Max Lucado. Next to the Bible, it is probably the best book I have ever read. I recommend it highly. “In The Grip of Grace” by Max Lucado You wonder why God doesn’t remove temptation from your life? If he did, you might lean on your own strength instead of his grace. A few stumbles might be what you need to convince you: His grace is sufficient for your sin. You wonder why God doesn’t remove the enemies in your life? Perhaps because he wants you to … Continue reading Sufficient Grace

My Struggles are about Him – Max Lucado

What about your struggles? Is there any chance, any possibility, that you have been selected to struggle for God’s glory? Have you “been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29)? Here is a clue. Do your prayers seem to be unanswered? What you request and what you receive aren’t matching up? Don’t think God is not listening. Indeed he is. He may have higher plans. Here is another. Are people strengthened by your struggles? A friend of mine can answer yes. His … Continue reading My Struggles are about Him – Max Lucado

What Katrina Can Teach Us – Max Lucado

Several times over the past 6 months I have either referenced Max Lucado or used his material for blog posts. Toward the end of last week, I received an email from his weekly newsletter which featured the sermon that he was to deliver this weekend. He has made the sermon available to anyone that would like to read it or send it along to whomever they would like. While the past 2 weeks have been confusing, overwhelming, disturbing and at times frustrating, Max Lucado has found a way to bring some kind of meaning to it all. Below are just … Continue reading What Katrina Can Teach Us – Max Lucado

A Prayer For America

Max Lucado is one of the most amazing writers I have ever read. His words paint pictures and bring healing to hurting souls, broken marriages, lost people and growing people of faith all over the world. In a time like this, I was reminded of a prayer that he wrote in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. It is almost scary how these same words can be spoken again after Hurricane Katrina. Below are excepts from “A Prayer for America by Max Lucado” We’re still hoping we’ll wake up. We’re still hoping we’ll open a sleepy eye and think, What … Continue reading A Prayer For America

God’s Light – Max Lucado

There are snowstorms. There are hailstorms. There are rainstorms. And there are doubtstorms. Every so often a doubtstorm rolls into my life, bringing with it a flurry of questions and gale-force winds of fear. And, soon after it comes, a light shines through it. God’s lights in our dark nights are as numerous as the stars, if only we’ll look for them. When Larry Brown was the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, he once spent an afternoon at a local men’s store, signing autographs. He was scheduled to spend two hours, but ended up spending three. Pencil-and- pad-toting kids … Continue reading God’s Light – Max Lucado

God’s Light – Max Lucado

There are snowstorms. There are hailstorms. There are rainstorms. And there are doubtstorms. Every so often a doubtstorm rolls into my life, bringing with it a flurry of questions and gale-force winds of fear. And, soon after it comes, a light shines through it. God’s lights in our dark nights are as numerous as the stars, if only we’ll look for them. When Larry Brown was the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, he once spent an afternoon at a local men’s store, signing autographs. He was scheduled to spend two hours, but ended up spending three. Pencil-and- pad-toting kids … Continue reading God’s Light – Max Lucado