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

Points To Ponder

By now you’ve most likely seen or heard about it. Yesterday a video from right here in Columbus, Ohio went viral about a homeless man with a golden voice. Within 24 hours he has been cleaned up, interviewed, offered houses and jobs. It’s beyond a feel good story and will most likely one day be a movie. To be honest, I saw everyone posting the video yesterday and didn’t watch it. Ignored it and went on with my day. Today, I watched this interview with him and was rocked to my socks. While his voice is impressive and the story … Continue reading Points To Ponder

They Came To Serve

I have been blogging about “The Manger” now for a few weeks. Last night we kicked off the first night of this tremendous ministry and the response was overwhelming. The only thought I could walk away with is that there is NO greater gift to receive than the gift of serving, of doing, of helping another in need. Last night, a crowd of people came to “The Manger” to do just that. They came from many different churches They came as families They came to serve With so many people dedicated to serving the needs of “The Manger”, the evening … Continue reading They Came To Serve

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

The Manger

Have you ever been shaken? I’m not talking about picked up and shaken, but rather taken from your comfort zone and life and into the lives of someone less fortunate? While the experience can be uncomfortable, it can also be the source of everything that Jesus taught us. It is a reminder to “Go and Do“. Enter “The Manger” The Manger is a Christmas gift store for needy families in Northwest Columbus.  Its purpose is to help ease the burden of gift giving by allowing parents to shop for their families at greatly reduced prices.  $2 buys three gifts for … Continue reading The Manger

A Giving Opportunity

If you’ve followed the blog long, you know that if I post an opportunity to give or support, it is usually for something near and dear to my heart. Since the time I was born (literally), one of the closest people to my heart is my sister (left in image). She inspires me with her ability to raise and homeschool 4 children. She ran her first half marathon before I ever ran a mile. She has a HUGE heart and you can read that below. To know her is to know the heart of Jesus. Please read this opportunity to … Continue reading A Giving Opportunity

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

DomiNATION

I’d like to introduce you all to my online friend Phil Brabbs. You might remember some earlier posts I made about Phil and what we are doing to support him. We’ve got 2 weeks until the Columbus Half Marathon and I thought it was time for a reminder of my call to action. You can’t watch the video below and not get amp’d to want to charge a hill for Phil Brabbs. Order the shirt Take a picture wearing your shirt and email it to me Pray for Phil and his family Join in the DomiNATION! Continue reading DomiNATION

Eyes Wide Open International

Last night I received a note on facebook from a college friend. After some discussion and prayer, my wife and I made a commitment to help as best we can. Thanks to the internet and social media, I have the blessing of being able to spread the word to each of you as well. Below are excerpts from my dear friend Nicolle’s note: “My husband David has been volunteering, working and building relationships in Haiti since the earthquake hit on January 12. Just two months prior we launched a non-profit called Eyes Wide Open International fulfilling a life long dream … Continue reading Eyes Wide Open International

Doing The Work

Ask yourself these questions:

Q: If tragedy struck your city, would your church be the one they look to for help?

Q: If tragedy hit your neighborhood, would your family be where they turn?

These are the questions that struck me as I have watched the struggles in Nashville unfold. In the midst of the flooding and relief, one church has led the recovery. Imagine that…not the government, not FEMA, not the Salvation Army or Red Cross. A Church and it’s people. Helping the wounded, the broken, those that mourn. The Church and it’s people.

I hesitate to mention the name of the church because as much as I love their Pastor, even he would say that this isn’t about them or their glory. And that is my point exactly. Cross Point Church in Nashville Tennessee is leading the charge to help Nashville get back on her feet again. Make no mistake, this doesn’t happen when tragedy strikes, it happens in the days, weeks and months before. It happens when a member needs a hand. It happens in a home church when a family experiences tragedy. It happens in the parking lot with one brother praying for another. As I often like to say…you have to “do the work” to be prepared.

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Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you … Continue reading Do It Anyway

A Home In Haiti

If you are like me, the devistation and aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti continues to break your heart. If you are also like me, you want to help but at times feel helpless. Cutting a check or giving your credit card information doesn’t give the knowledge of where that money went. We can’t see it, touch it or know that helped at all. Today I was made aware of an effort that is both a necessity and will allow you to know where your generous gift went. A Home In Haiti is a web site which was launched by … Continue reading A Home In Haiti

Giving Opportunity – The Manger

As they say, this “tis the season”. Journey Church is proud to partner with a local giving opportunity called “The Manger“. For those in the Northwest Columbus area, this will be one of those opportunities that will mean as much to you as those that we are able to help. Here is the story behind this wonderful ministry: THE MANGER helps families in need in Northwest Columbus by providing a Christmas shopping experience that is an affordable option.  Through the donations of new, unwrapped merchandise from businesses, individuals, schools, churches and civic groups, parents and caretakers with demonstrated need have the opportunity to … Continue reading Giving Opportunity – The Manger

Buy A Shirt – Save A Life

Last Christmas season, I stumbled across this amazing opportunity to help the less fortunate. As we enter the Christmas season again, why not consider doing something to make a difference while crossing people off of your Christmas list. Last year my wife and I ordered these for, not only ourselves, but for other family members as well. They loved the shirts (as did we) and there was something great about knowing we helped a starving child for at least one month. The shirts are $25. I like the idea so much, I am prepared to do it again this year. … Continue reading Buy A Shirt – Save A Life

Food For Thought – Bono

As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, I am reminded to think of those that are much less fortunate. I have often thought that when it comes to matters of caring for the poor and the least of these, we could sure learn a lot from Bono. Below are just a few quotes to reflect on this week. Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who He is or if He exists, most will agree that if there is a God, He has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives. I mean, God … Continue reading Food For Thought – Bono

Buy a Shirt, Save a Life

What happens when you combine an important opportunity to give and the item of clothing that makes up 80% of my wardrobe? You get the Moju Project. I really like this idea! Those that know me know that I love my T-Shirts. That’s just “how I roll“. So when I heard about the opportunity to acquire another t-shirt while helping to feed the less fortunate,  I couldn’t pass it up. It also makes a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list. For just $25 you can buy a great looking shirt and help a great cause. Very cool. In … Continue reading Buy a Shirt, Save a Life

Got $5?

We’ve all seen the “$5 Footlong” commercials for Subway. You’ve probably seen the $5 deals at Arby’s. Well here is an opportunity that is probably healthier and will certainly mean more to someone. I am honored to take part in The 50,000 in 50 Days Challenge. For just $5 you can be a part as well. Your donation of $5 will provide 2 pair of shoes to someone less fortunate. It’s that simple. Click on the banner below for more details. So how about it….Got $5? Continue reading Got $5?

One In Need

Earlier this week, I received an email from someone I have never met before named Erin. Upon learning of her unfortunate circumstances, we have agreed to create this post. I don’t know how many people read this site per day, or what each ones financial standing is, but I am compelled to at least make Erin’s story available to anyone that might feel the need to assist. If you are able to help this family, please contact Erin directly at her email address (HERE). At the very least, would you mind sending her an email to let her know that … Continue reading One In Need

Know-Act-Give

Last week I received a note in the mail from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In the note there were some unbelievable numbers with regards to what a donation of simply $1 could do. Check this out… Each $1 you send can provide 4 meals for a hungry child or adult. A gift of $16 can provide 64 meals A gift of $27 can provide 108 meals A gift of $33 can provide 132 meals A gift of $55 can provide 220 meals When I considered that one evening out with the family at a typical restaurant could easily near the final … Continue reading Know-Act-Give

Give Me Your Eyes

There is no other song that lyrically describes where my head is right now. You might have noted that in posts like this one, this one, and this one. Or maybe here, here and even here. I guess the point is that God has been working on this area of my life for several weeks. To hear and see this video this morning was right on time. Again, lyrically, it sums it up. I couldn’t help but note that it takes place in an airport. Many of those posts come from my time in the same places. It doesn’t matter … Continue reading Give Me Your Eyes

Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

I received an email this evening from a subscriber to my blog that has an opportunity for each of us to consider. It is my honor to share something this important through my site. Below is an excerpt of the email I received… “I am subscriber of your blog…..I have enjoyed reading and listening your blog for sometime now…. Can you help me with something? I am in charge of the re-release of our film Expelled…The goal is to gain 1,000 new theaters to release the film….over the summer…We are booking new theaters now… The caveat is that we need … Continue reading Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

Saturday's All Pro Dad Day!

Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May. Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. … Continue reading Saturday's All Pro Dad Day!

Saturday’s All Pro Dad Day!

Wow…where did March go? A new month must mean that this Saturday is another All Pro Dad day. The topic this month is “Caring for the less fortunate“. We are privileged to have a guest speaker from Faith Mission in Columbus, Ohio with us. He will share a little bit about Faith Mission, but even more exciting is what will happen between our meetings in April and May. Based on the information from our guest speaker, Dads and kids will have the opportunity to spend the month gathering needed items and raising awareness of the less fortunate in our community. … Continue reading Saturday’s All Pro Dad Day!

The Less Fortunate

The topic for All Pro Dad in the month of April (April 5th) is “Caring for the less fortunate“. I’d like to compile a list of the places and organizations that people contribute to for the Dads and their kids. They can be local organizations or opportunities to give across the world. I’m also looking for ideas and creative ways that Dad’s and their kids can make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. It doesn’t always have to be money. Your responses and ideas are much appreciated! So…What are some ways that you care for the less … Continue reading The Less Fortunate

The “Eckstein Effect”

I was thinking about David Eckstein in my hotel this morning. Wait…that didn’t come out right. What I meant to say was that when it comes to faith and my time on this earth, I want to be like David Eckstein. Let me explain… If you follow baseball at all, you know that David Eckstein is a shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has also played for the Anaheim Angels and won a World Series ring (and Series MVP) with the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet if you passed him in a mall or airport, you would have no idea … Continue reading The “Eckstein Effect”

The "Eckstein Effect"

I was thinking about David Eckstein in my hotel this morning. Wait…that didn’t come out right. What I meant to say was that when it comes to faith and my time on this earth, I want to be like David Eckstein. Let me explain… If you follow baseball at all, you know that David Eckstein is a shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has also played for the Anaheim Angels and won a World Series ring (and Series MVP) with the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet if you passed him in a mall or airport, you would have no idea … Continue reading The "Eckstein Effect"

Everything to Me

Hey, it’s not even 2008 yet and I was hit with at least 3 “surely you can change something” moments this morning! Just for kicks and giggles, I typed surelywecanchange.com into the address bar and it seems that someone else has the same idea. I hope to have a page added to the blog soon for “Surely We Can Change Something” opportunities which will be a growing list. In the meantime, I missed this by a month, but November was “National Adoption Month”. I didn’t realize that until I hit Mark Schultz web site this morning. Take a moment and … Continue reading Everything to Me

Lyric of the Year….

I’ll be posting some of the “Best of 2007” stuff next week, but driving home from Cleveland tonight, I heard this song and thought it couldn’t wait. I think we see a lot of this kind of talk this time of year. I wondered as I drove if this is something we should do ALL year long. I even thought “let it start with me”. So I am incorporating this as my “motto” for 2008….”Surely we can change..something“. And the problem it seems Is with you and me Not the Love who came To repair everything When all the love … Continue reading Lyric of the Year….