I had a "Giant Cavernous Aneurysm" behind my left eye. I went to Dallas for surgery and it was killed...however post op my eye is unresponsive. It is if I am looking out of a steamy shower door. Some days it is better than others. Please pray that my sight will be restored. God has been putting words on my heart that I feel I must put on paper. The following thoughts are those I feel that the Lord is speaking to me lately. Enjoy.

April 30, 2006

Luke Summiting the 70 foot Wall.

Gabe Summiting the 70 Foot Climbing Wall

Gabe on the Monkey Bars

Luke...my incredible climber

April 23, 2006

Nate and His Buddy Milas

Gabe Covering His Man

Gabe Playing Soccer

April 22, 2006

My Beautiful Wife

My Precious Gabe

Samson the Goldendoodle

April 17, 2006

The Boys at South Padre Island

April 02, 2006

The Man In The Middle

As we approach the day that we honor our Lord for His sacrifice and celebrate his unwillingness to decompose in a borrowed tomb, I am taken back to the events of that weekend.

Do you remember the scene that day? Nailed to the cross atop Golgotha, our sin was on display. Our Savior hung front and center, had not only taken the sins of the world upon himself, but ironically, sin itself surrounded him to His left and to His right. Two men who were the worst that the world had to offer hung on either side of the man who was the best that the world had to offer.

To one side of Jesus, a man hung content to die with contempt. On death’s door, he turned to Jesus to scoff, just as those who walked beneath his cross. "So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself--and us, too, while you're at it!" The same calloused heart that killed, lied, stole, swore, and abused was the same heart that hung mere feet away from the One who could change it in an instant. He was at the end of his rope and at the end of his life, and yet all he could do was spew hatred and insults at his Creator.

In a swift rebuke, a voice from the other side of Jesus spoke. "Don't you fear God even when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." In other words, “I accept you as the One who can save me. If you see fit, when you find time, after you’re settled into your new kingdom…please remember this event.” Broken, the man rebuked the darkness of sin and crossed over into the light, seeking forgiveness and grace from the One who invented it.

In agony, Jesus looked the dying man in the eye and said, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." Jesus told the man that they would enter Heaven hand in hand. The newest resident of Christ’s eternal kingdom would be the man who suffered and died just as Jesus did.

Imagine the magnitude of that moment. Just minutes before, with each labored breath, he was painfully reminded of his sin. For hours he hung thinking of how he wished he could take it all back…how he would give anything for a do over. And in an instant, with one utterance from his newfound Lord everything changed. He met Grace. Everything. Gone. Removed. Forever. Suddenly his suffering turned to longing. His fear of death turned to anticipation. His outlook changed.

Which criminal are you? Because, make no mistake about it, you are one of them.

Do you stand at an arms length away from Jesus, watching in disbelief that this man is who he says he is? Do you repeatedly reject the thought that He can change your circumstances? Are you emotionally, spiritually or physically dying, as this man was, and continue to stiff arm the One who longs to save you?
Or are you the man who finally gets it? Through tear-filled eyes, do you extend your hand to Christ, begging for a pardon?

Jesus says, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me.”

If you choose to be the criminal who reaches out, Jesus tells us that we must do so daily. He wants the little stuff as well as the crisis. If we are to “take up our cross,” we must be willing to accept His role…as well as ours. Our role is to simply bring our cares and concerns to Him…believing that he is the Great Physician, the Comforter, the Deliverer, the Rescuer and our Savior.

April 01, 2006

Alisal Ranch in Solvang, California

We just got back from Alisal Ranch. It was unbelievably beautiful. Below you'll see my bride riding like the wind, Shirley Dobson posing, and Dr. Dobson who can't get over the fact that Texas beat USC like a drum in the Rose Bowl. He was bitter at the Texans in attendance.

Lunch with Fess Parker aka Davy Crockett

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