Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Quartet at Contest

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This past weekend, my quartet, Makin' Waves, competed in the District competition in Corpus Christi. We had a blast. We got 2nd place out of 24 quartets. We scored a 78.4 which is very good for us. Not bad for 2.5 months of work with a new bass.

Our new bass is a past international champion in the barbershop society. He sang with a quartet called the Dealer's Choice. The judges seemed to think we could end up in the medals at international if we can keep working like we have and work out some of the sync and matching problems that comes with a new quartet. That would be a dream come true.

The last time I sang in a quartet on international stage was with my dad in 1992. It was 6 months before he died. I always said that I was going to win a gold with a quartet after that. Maybe I've found a quartet that can go all the way. We'll see.

I really missed being at church on Sunday morning. I always miss being with the praise team and leading worship. Jeff always does a great job though. I know he had fun.

Monday, October 23, 2006

My Allergy to October

I seem to have developed in recent years an allergy to October. It seems around October, I get tonsilitis or bronchitis, or something else itis. This year it is acute sinusitus. I always develop the symptoms close to a major singing event which is this coming weekend. Last year it was a Fall show for the VM. This year it is contest with the quartet.

So, as of today I'm on Z-pak, Mucinez DM, a nasacort spray, and a sinus rinse kit. If this doesn't work, then I don't know what will. I thought I was getting better and was in fairly good voice yesterday for worship, but during the Pepperdine rehearsal yesterday afternoon, my voice went downhill in a hurry.

The rehearsal was great though. The group is starting to sound great. We rehearsed with no music just to see how much they knew of our material. They did surprisingly well.

After the rehearsal I had a couple of hours of silence. It was funny trying to communicate to my wife without saying things. You should try it sometime. You will get a kick out what the other person thinks you are trying to say.

Have a blessed day.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Saturday Night

On Saturday night our praise team will be involved in a progressive dinner at the elder's houses. This will be a great opportunity for our elders and praise team members to better get to know one another.

Last night the praise team rehearsed at the Wiggins house. We go to their house once a month and rehearse and then they feed us like kings and queens. Last night was Seafood Gumbo, Salad, and gourmet bread. Deborah Wiggins has to be one of the better cooks on the planet along with my wife of course.

My wife prepared enough chili to feed an army for the New Friends New Life meeting last night. My wife makes excellent chili.

Well, time to go run cables for some wireless mics. Have a blessed day.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Do I look like someone famous?

Have you ever wondered what famous people you look like. Here is a site I saw on another blog and thought I'd give it a try.

Here is my beautiful wife.

My kids. Just look at who comes up for them. should have known.

I have no clue why Micah came out with all girl faces. I tried two different pictures. I guess he is just going to be one hot young man as he grows up. Girls are going to love him.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Colossians 3:12-17

This passage spoke to me powerfully at the Zoe conference in Nashville. Read it below:

Col 3:12-17
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

For me the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts has captivated my attention. I've tried to think about all the things that go on in life and try to examine to see if the peace of Christ is ruling in that part of my life. There are times when I'm frustrated with something or someone, I get sarcastic and the peace of Christ is far from my heart in that situation. What I find is that the key to the peace of Christ is the qualities that we need to put on as God's chosen people.

As God's chosen poeple, we are not to put on a critical heart or a sarcastic attitude, but compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and above all love. Oh, yeah, and we need to forgive one another.

If we could live with the peace of Christ as the body of Christ, how many things that we complain and grumble about would go away? I am the first to admit that I grumble and complain. The problem is a lack of the peace of Christ.

I want to encourage all of you to find the peace of Christ and let it rule all of your life, even the grumbling and complaining parts of your life.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I hate colds

I've had a cold for the past couple of days. I can't quite shake it. Last night I could hardly sleep. I think I ended up with about 3-4 hours of sleep the whole night. Oh, well. I've actually been surprisingly awake considering the night I had.

Zoe Conference was great. I wish I could've stayed for the whole thing, but had to get back to Dallas to lead worship. My backup was on vacation.

The family and I had a fun trip though.

My nephew, Andrew, got 4th place in the KY state golf tournament. Way to go Andrew.

Time to go blow my nose again.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I'm Here

Well, it is 11:45pm and we are here in Nashville. One great thing about our hotel (comfort Inn & Suites) is free continental breakfast and free high speed internet access. What more can you ask for in a hotel. Ok, the rooms are spacious too. That's a plus when you have a family with you. Well, I hope I have more to report as the Zoe conference starts tomorrow.