Tunes10 Mar 2006 09:14 am

I stayed up late last night working on a project and was surprised when I woke up at 5:20 for my devotional (after only about 4 hours of sleep). As I slid the Bible open, it fell to Psalms 112. Songs of praise flowed for the next chapters. It would only be fitting to offer a praise hymn then as the Friday tune.

This has been a great week for me personally. For many around me though, this has been a tough week, and I offer prayers that you have found joy in the passing of this week, and that you have reason for praise.

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long:

Praise Him! Praise Him!
Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.

Praise Him! Praise Him!
Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever.
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong.

Praise Him! Praise Him!
Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!

Encouragement09 Mar 2006 08:51 am

at Adams Blog. Great posts on the church, as well as Lent and Easter. My post on servant leadership is mentioned.

Business Thoughts06 Mar 2006 09:47 am

Andrew Fastow is expected to testify today in the trial of Kenneth Lay, and Andrew Fastow. Fastow, is the ex-Enron CFO, who was the architect of the Raptors, and the dubious LJM partnerships. Fastow attempted to funnel millions in illegal profits.

“Fastow might not make the most sympathetic or believable witness because he lined his pockets,” said former prosecutor Kirby Behre, now a partner at Paul Hastings in Washington, noting some believe Fastow’s personality may turn off jurors.

I am curious to see how loudly Fastow sings. I think the Feds were so bent on getting Lay, that they gave Fastow a lighter sentence to sing. Considering what Fastow has confessed to, I wonder if he got off light.

Fastow’s credibility did come under attack late last year after newly unsealed documents in the case showed the former CFO denied being involved in a tax conspiracy with his wife. Despite the earlier denials, his wife, Lea Fastow, later pleaded guilty in the tax case while Andrew pleaded to other charges and agreed to testify against his former bosses.

Business Thoughts05 Mar 2006 08:15 pm

1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 corinthians 2:1-5

Servant Leadership is not about weakness or fear.

Servant Leadership is not the exercise of abdicating authority to employees. A leader who has been put in a position of leadership has been placed there by God.

In the scripture above, Paul describes how he comes to serve in weakness and fear, but in demonstration of the Spirit’s power. Paul in his person brings his hangups and fears, but to his audience he appears composed, confident, wise, and energetic.

When I was a kid, I loved the Wizard of Oz. In the end, the wizard is shown to be a timid man, who with microphones, smoke and curtains becomes the great and powerful Oz. Paul is the man behind the curtain, saying “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” Man behind the Curtain

Servant Leadership is a powerful transformational process. From our weakness, to his strength, to serve our employers, our employees, our customers, and our vendors.

Business Thoughts04 Mar 2006 10:36 pm

I have often described by management style as servant leadership. It sounded good, and it was something that I worked to try to live by. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with several people who I felt were great Servant Leaders. As time goes by though, I look back on their leadership, and my own leadership and wonder if Servant Leadership, as I have defined it is really what my management style is.

I have defined Servant Leadership as the process of leading teams by serving them. That is, to emphasize the role of the team members, and to deemphasize the role of the leader. The idea of Servant Leadership is based on Jesus’s call to his disciples to service.

25Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28

Over the next days, I will share my study of Servant Leadership, and encourage all observations.

Encouragement03 Mar 2006 04:49 pm

Remember the story of the autistic boy who hit 20 points off the bench. He was the team manager, deemed to small to play ball.

It turns out his 15 minutes of fame may last a little longer.

At school, he’s now signing autographs for just about everybody and their sister.

Hollywood is also hounding him to sign. McElwain’s mom, a dental hygienist, says they’ve already heard from Disney and Warner Brothers.

“We’ve got 25 right now,” Debbie McElwain says of the offers, adding “we’re gonna decide what to do.”

From CBS.

Tunes03 Mar 2006 10:52 am

Spent this morning watching Thomas sing in the play at school. Thomas “introduced” Ed Sullivan, who introduced the Beatles. What a blast the kids had in pretending to be everyone from Elvis (Thank Ya, uh Thank ya very much) to the Supremes, with James Brown thrown in for good measure.

Whether your taste runs from DC Talk, to 4 Him, to Sandi Patti, to The Gaithers, this weeks Friday tune is one that you enjoy. And after watching his angels sing, what more is there to say; God, How Great Thou Art.

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Encouragement02 Mar 2006 12:30 pm

Sorry Guys. I should not have written about the Vols yesterday. Went and Jinxed them. Oh well. What a great season though. I can remember a few years ago Kentucky coming into Knoxville and just flat out whipping them, so this is progress.

I had a great boss one time who was a great servant leader. He was always encouraging progress. He wanted the company going forward, yet he knew that we would sometimes hit failures. How you respond to those failures was the difference in whether you would be ultimately successful. By recognizing progress, and dedicating ourselves to hitting the target next time, we spent less time thinking about the failure.

Encouragement01 Mar 2006 11:16 am

When it comes to college sports, I bleed Orange, and this years incarnation of the mens basketball program has brought pride to a program which was temporarily humbled in football.  Bruce Pearl has brought an enthusiasm that is contagious to the campus.  From exhorting students in the cafeteria, to bringing his team into the stands on a road trip to thank the fans who came, Pearl is proving to be a fantastic coaching addition on the hill.

At the Orange and White game last spring, he made a point to come over and introduce himself to Thomas and Elisabeth.  We had heard about him before this  time, and I really didn’t know what to think.  For so long, Tennessee mens basketball fans have had little to cheer about.  When Thomas and I went for our annual Father/Son football game, Bruce was dancing the jitterbug on the sidelines at halftime with the Pride of the Southland Marching band.

Hopefully I have not jinxed the team as they take on Kentucky tonight in Knoxville.  They have the opportunity to sweep the Cats this year, which would be tremendous.  Regardless, Bruce Pearl with the extremely Orange Sports Coats, and Sweaty Suits has brought pride and enthusiasm and has been a blast to watch.  GO VOLS!

Business Thoughts01 Mar 2006 10:58 am

David Delainey, the former head of the energy services unit, said that Skilling signed off on a controversial accounting move that involved shifting losses. “There was no business purpose but to hide the loss and I knew that was not proper,” he testified. In a moment revealing Skilling’s softer side, Delainey testified that Skilling became overcome with emotion when Delainey told him that his unit was so profitable that it would give the company financial flexibility for a few quarters. “He gave me a hug,” said Delainey. from the WSJ Law Blog.

In his book Conspiracy of Fools, A True Story, Kurt Eichenwald (who is a very good business author), portrays Jeff Skilling as a ruthlessly ambitious, yet conflicted individual. On one hand, he wants to quit Enron to protect his family, yet on the other hand he is working the angles so hard and fast, that ultimately the corners become round. In Eichenwalds book, Andy Fastow is portrayed as the chief crook, while Kenneth Lay, and Skilling serve as willing and silent accomplices.

Fastow’s guilt is easy to see. It is written in checkbooks, and legal documents everywhere. Lay and Skilling’s crimes are harder to see. I have felt, that the truth to this, as is most often the case lies somewhere in the middle, and that Lay, and Skilling were complicit in the crimes. Their crimes were not written in emails, contracts or checks, but in the consience of the team they served. This testimony seems to validate this.

Business Thoughts and Encouragement28 Feb 2006 12:29 pm

Came across this christian podcast site today:
Bible Stories My Kids Like – Just what it says.

Business Thoughts27 Feb 2006 01:33 pm

Free Money Finance has a great post on being faithful with what you have. While their emphasis is on money, it is equally important in all aspects, including time.

Sermons27 Feb 2006 11:40 am

From the 2/26 Sermon a book was mentioned – The Barbarians Way:

From Amazon:

Erwin McManus wasn’t raised in a Christian home, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn’t know the rules of the “religious club.” He didn’t do well in Shakespeare courses, so he didn’t really understand the KJV Bible he was given either. But he did understand that prayer was a conversation, and he learned to talk to God and wait for answers. Erwin’s way was passionate and rough around the edges-a sincere, barbaric journey to Christ.

Barbaric Christians see Jesus differently than civilized Christians. They see disciples differently, and they see Christ’s mission differently. The Barbarian Way is a call to escape “civilized” Christianity and become original, powerful, untamed Christians-just as Christ intended.

Interesting  editorial review.  I will let you know more after I have read the book..

Sermons27 Feb 2006 10:23 am

The Sunday sermon this week was on the Army of God. The church is described as the bride in combat boots (heh). One of the ideas that really stuck with me was the idea of the aggressive soldiers.

That certainly makes sense. You would hardly expect a soldier in battle to tiptoe around an enemy, afraid to hurt them. Aggressiveness is rewarded on the battlefield, or on a football field, but not so much in most workplaces, in homes, or in the church.

Aggressiveness is looked upon as a bad thing. An aggressive businessman is someone who cuts corners, cheats employees, and is not someone you want to be around, right. We all are witness to aggressive drivers.

Aggressive: having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends.

This definition of aggressive does not seem bad though does it. We need to stop thinking of aggressive only in the negative.

As Christians, we need to show determination and energetic pursuit of telling the world the great news of Jesus Christ.

Update: Ambition is another forbidden word:


  • a cherished desire; “his ambition is to own his own business”
  • a strong drive for success
  • Thats not so bad.  Speaking of ambition, a new season of The Apprentice starts tonight, and I am sure it will yoooge!

    News26 Feb 2006 02:29 pm

    I never met Don Knotts, but like most who saw him, he brought much enjoyment.

    Some notes on Don Knotts (from the IMDB).

    1. Enlisted in the United States Army at age 19.
    2. Is a member of the fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa.
    3. Veteran of the Second World War who was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with Carbine Bar) and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.
    4. Attended and graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, with a BA in Education graduated 1948.
    5. Took an early job plucking chickens for a market when he was told he didn’t have a future in acting.

    I am glad that Don Knotts gave up plucking chickens, and didn’t listen to the naysayers. Not only did he have a future in acting, his acting left quite a shadow.

    Thank You Don Knotts.Don Knotts (1924 - 2006

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