Archive for February, 2011

Under the Dispenser

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Cool Stuff just for you

 

We have all probably heard the story about the man that was in a flood and as the waters rose he got up on his roof.  He prayed to God “Oh Lord save me from this mess!”  Just then a boat came by and offered to give him a ride.  He said, “No thanks, the Lord will save me!”  So the boat moved on.  A little while later a helicopter hovered over the roof and offered to throw a lifeline to him.  He again shouted at the copter “No thanks, The Lord will save me!”  Finally the waters rose and the man drown.  He died and went to heaven where he met the Lord.  He said, “Lord, what in the world?  How come you didn’t save me?”  Jesus answered “What else did you want me to do?  I heard your cry and I sent a boat and a helicpoter, but you refused them!” 

My friend Jeff and I were chatting this last week about life and how sometimes it doesn’t seem like God answers our prayers.  We both faced some challenges and were discussing them when he said something that made me think.   He said “I pray to God at times, on why things don’t happen, but if I look at it, I have not done enough to put myself in a spot for him to help.”

Immediately I thought of that joke and about the self serve soda dispensers in some of our local fast food restaurants.  We have the drink all paid for, and we can even go back for refills, but if we simply sit on our butt and never walk over to the dispenser we will go thirsty.  So we need to do our part. 

We can’t expect that if we pray and ask God for something that he will just have it fall in our laps.  We need to, first of all, make sure our prayer isn’t self serving and then ask ourselves where we need to be to receive the blessings of God.  If we need a job, then have we applied at places?  Have we filled out the paperwork?  Have we made it a point to go around and talk with the folks that we need too?  We can’t just sit and home and wait for a phone call.

Or maybe it’s a health struggle.  Changes need to be made, but we are unwilling to make them.  How can God heal us if we ignore our responsibility?  He is not a big candy man in the sky.  He gave us a brain and the ability to do his will, so it goes without saying that we should probably be obedient to at least attempt to position ourselves in a place to receive his blessings.

This applies in about all areas of life.  We should be asking for God’s help with life, but we need to be willing to do our part as well. A lot of times we will blame God for bad things that happen in life, when He never wanted that for us.  The question is, are we under the dispenser?  Or are we still sitting at the table hoping that somehow magically our drink will show up?

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#108 Future Faith

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Cool Stuff just for you


Play the podcast FUTURE FAITH

This time on Take Him With You- The Seattle Garden show, the Ipad 2, Netflix surprise for Trekkies, the DVR and a contest to win the Message Bible MP3s. We play promos for the new Mash 4077 podcast plus the new Amazing Race podcast FastForward. We also discuss the future of faith in the world today. We play some more music from Larry Norman, Blacksheep and Holy Soldier. It is a crazy show this time. Come and enjoy!

#107 The Benefits of Kindness
February 20, 2011


Play the podcast THE BENEFITS OF KINDNESS

Join us for a wonderful new show with discussions on the movie I am number four, the new album called The Covering from Stryper, a new Indiana Jones parody song for The Last Crusade, and update on Catherine learning to drive and more. Then we have a big discussion on the benefits of being kind. We play some great music from Chris Tomlin and Glen Campell plus some Daft Punk. Oh yeah. ENJOY!

 

Yep, that’s us at our wedding almost 25 years ago.

by Rick Moyer

Love is not so bad. Almost 25 years ago we lit a unity candle at our wedding.  We were so young, and had no idea the things we would encounter.  If it wansn’t for choosing to love each other, we would have never stayed together.  

Isn’t life like that though?  Our parents try and prepare us for it, they give us advice and we only kind of “half” listen.  Then we get out into the world and begin to pay our own bills.  We have our own responsibilities and it isn’t nearly as easy as we thought it would be.  I mean, a few years on my own and I realized that I was the one that was stupid, not my parents!  My parents loved me.  Well, not only does love tell us the truth and try to help, but sometimes, it chooses to ignore our faults.

I think love is blind on purpose.  If we got slapped on the face with all the hard things in life right off the bat, well life wouldn’t be so fun.  Love covers a multitude of problems.  It can really set us up for success if we let it.  You see, love sooths our soul.  It causes us to look outside of ourselves to what, not only we can be, but what other can be as well.

Don’t buy into all the hype over Valentine’s day.  Even though it’s all about one day of candy, flowers, cards and romantic dinners, it really should be celebrated all year round.  And not just by couples.  Love should be celebrated by each and every one of us, every day.  One of the reasons there are so many problems in our lives and the world today is because our world is love deficient.  Instead of giving people grace, we pounce on them like a pack of wolves.  Then we make movies about it, read articles on the Internet and act all high and mighty because so and so got what was coming to them.  Our world thrives on gossip and seeing people beat down.  For some reason it makes us feel better about ourselves.  Well, it shouldn’t. 

What if for a moment, every person that read this newsletter decided to love a little more and despise a little less?  What if we looked around and instead of pointing a finger, we lent a hand?  What if instead of gossiping we decided to give that person the benefit of the doubt?  What if we celebrated someone around us instead of just tolerated them?  I wonder what kind of world we would live in?

A chapter in the Bible talks a bit about love, and I like how this is put–

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.

   Love cares more for others than for self.

   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

   Love doesn’t strut,

   Doesn’t have a swelled head,

   Doesn’t force itself on others,

   Isn’t always “me first,”

   Doesn’t fly off the handle,

   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

   Puts up with anything,

   Trusts God always,

   Always looks for the best,

   Never looks back,

   But keeps going to the end.

 Love never dies.

Love is a good way to live our lives.  It is healthy and helpful.  It is energizing and giving.  True love is rare, so why not be the one that truly loves?  Be someone most people aren’t.  Take a risk and dare to love God and others.  By doing that you not only love yourself, but you make a difference.  And isn’t that what it’s all about?  Making a difference and fulfilling the life we have been given?

I am grateful for those that love me in my life.  Mostly to God for putting up with me right where I am, and of course for my wife who I have no idea why she stays with me considering the crazy nutso person that I am.  I think those two are the best examples of love in my life.  My kids are cool too, and then of course my parents- they believe in me and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.  I have the best friends from all around the world that a guy could have and I want to say thank you to all of you.  I love you.

Take a moment today to commit to loving more.  You won’t regret it.  Happy Valentine’s day. Live it.

Feb 13th, 2011

Take a listen to the Podcast EXPECTATIONS ARE EVERYTHING

This episode of Take Him With You is a lot of fun as me and Amy talk about Valentine’s day, Chick flicks, Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, my parody song for Amy called fifty ways to KEEP your lover and more! We discuss the cool feature of running our DVR on our ipod. We also announce our contest winner and discuss why people are afraid of Tech and Social Networking. To post or not to post, that is the question. Then we cover the topic of Expectations and how they affect our lives. Our expectations really do make a huge difference in how we live our lives. We also wish my dad a Happy Birthday! Happy Valentines day everybody, we love you! Thanks for listening.

http://www.mw-orbit.com http://www.startrekparodies.com

Podcast friends:

Knights of the Guild
Fringecast
Treks in Sci Fi
Fastforward
Waffle On
Champ Podcast
The Anomaly Podcast

 

Years ago I ordered satellite television.  With the package came a very innovative technology called the DVR or Digital Video Recorder.  This is a tapeless recording device that uses a computer hard drive to store video recordings.  It can pause and rewind live programming, or let me watch my programs whenever I feel like it.  I love it.  It also allows me to skip the commercials, which I do frequently, saving me time when it comes to simply watching the shows I want without all the distractions.  It makes a 60 minute program 45 minutes.  I like saving time. 

 Amy and I went on a recent overnight stay in a Seattle area hotel and were watching the nice TV in our room when I wanted to pause and then rewind something we were watching.  Well, we couldn’t, it wasn’t the DVR technology.  So I realized just how spoiled I had become in my reliance on being able to manipulate my television programming. 

 Yesterday as I was watching the 45th Super Bowl I did the exact opposite.  I don’t care much for football, so the only reason I was watching was for the commercials.  Since they pay so much to air these spots (up to three million per spot) advertisers go all out with elaborate commercials that are creative and innovative.  I did watch the game a bit, but really didn’t care who won.  It felt strange watching commercials since I normally don’t. 

 This is actually becoming a problem in the entertainment industry.  People are fast forwarding through the commercials, so the advertisers aren’t getting the exposure they are paying for.  Huge discussions have taken place now on product placement within the programs so there is no way to skip through seeing them.  They are even considering making it impossible to skip the commercials on the newer DVR technologies. 

 So as I am thinking about all this I realize that I wish my life was a DVR.  Don’t you?  I mean, we could fast forward through the tough stuff, and play the things that we like.  But alas, that is not reality is it?  I find myself wishing I could live in a fantasy world, but it isn’t practical.  I guess in life you take the good with the bad and let things even out. 

 I think we all go through seasons.  Some times are easier than others.  The point is seasons never stay the same.  They change.  That is good because it means if things are really hard, they will get better.  It’s not always comforting, but when things are really good, they are bound to get hard sometimes.  I think the wonderful part about life is that if we have faith in Jesus, then no matter what our circumstances find us in, he is with us.  He holds us in his hand and cares about us.  He comforts us even when we are down and  celebrates with us when we are up.  When you think about it God is really the only constant in our lives.  He is the only one that doesn’t change on us.  He always believes the best about us, is for us and really does care about the outcome of our lives.  I’m not implying that we should be selfish here, just that God loves us.  When we serve him with our whole heart we are assured that has our backs, even when we don’t think he does.

 We may not understand everything that happens to us, and  we may want to fast forward through the commercials in life, but I do know that God is with us through the whole program called life and that is good

#105 The End of the World?

Direct link:  PODCAST 105 THE END OF THE WOLRD?

Join us for a podcast that you won’t soon forget. On this episode we share about how our new dog is doing, Catherine gets here driving permit, a review of NBC’s Harry’s Law and more! Plus I play my new Star Trek Voyager Parody song to the tune of Cold as Ice. Then we discuss the topic of the week- is the end of the world really near? We read your facebook and twitter comments and share what Jesus said about the end of the Age. Music from Larry Norman, Gramatrain, Ali Mishaka and more! Don’t miss this episode full of geeky goodness!

Promos played:

MW-ORBIT http://www.mw-orbit.com

Knights of the Guild
Fringecast
Treks in Sci Fi
Fastforward
Waffle On
Champ Podcast
The Anomaly Podcast

Songs played: From the Bandslam Sound Track- I want you to want me
Rick Moyer- Encased in Ice (parody song of As cold as ice)
Larry Norman- I wish we’d all been ready
Gramatrain- Six O’clock News
REM- The end of the world