It's been a CRAZY Weekend....
- I wasn't at church this weekend so we decided ahead of time to do something we've never done: I video taped my entire message beforehand and showed the video instead of asking somebody else to fill in and teach. I was told that it was super effective. What I found interesting was that instead of shooting it in a creative setting we simply set me up on the stage and I taught to an empty room. I thought that was a mistake heading in because I assumed in order for the video idea to work it would have to be more creative...but the word is that students totally responded. I helped, I suppose that much of my lesson was built around a fun story and that we had a live "teacher" set me up and wrap it up.
- While we were in the dessert dirt bike riding we got word that my dad had suffered a heart attack (he has had several heart attacks and strokes in recent years), and had been placed on life support. We packed up, headed into town and have spent the last couple days and nights at his side. He has specifically requested no drastic measures be taken to spare his life, so we took him off the medication that was keeping his heart somewhat stable...so far he is still very much conscious so we have had some great time together. The doctor originally said that when we took him off the medicine he could survive anywhere from 10 minutes to several days.
- My dad loves the Lord and has been an incredible example of faithfulness over the years. He has always questioned his effectiveness of a father because we struggled financially so much while we were young and he has always seemed to carry an enormous amount of guilt over his "inability to provide for us". He brought this up in conversation at the hospital and we had some great conversation reminding him what some of the true measures of a man really are...all of which he has faithfully fulfilled. I would appreciate your prayers.