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  • Joey 4:23 am on March 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    If time flies then it must be at… 

    If time flies then it must be at the speed of light in my life. It seems like just yesterday I was walking through life and serving the Lord alongside of my best friend. Honestly there is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about Clint, the life he lived, the people he loved, and the God he glorified most. I honestly believe friends like Clint are once in a lifetime. For what seemed like such a brief time I was blessed to walk with a man of great integrity, character, and love.

    I often teach my students the importance of influence. How they can be a person that influences those around them and point others to the message of Christ. Without a doubt Clint influenced people everywhere he went. I will never forget the scene of a funeral packed to the point of people in the choir loft. Not just people he grew up with or went to school or church with, but waitresses from restaurants we ate at, people from other stores in the mall where he worked, people who may have only had 5-10 min conversations him, people he influenced in a moment. Those are the same people I walk by in my everyday life and pass by not even thinking about how I have the opportunity to impact them. God forgive me for missing the opportunities to influence those around me; those that you allow to cross my path because I am called to be the Salt and Light but I just keep going on about my business.

    Tonight as I left the church I stopped and just sat on the corner where the accident took place. I was amazed by the power of the mind as I was flashed back seeing between the blurs all to clearly… the noise, the people, the lights, the panic, the fear and the short direct questions I nearly shouted in fear. It was like stepping back in time. As I sat there I began to pray for his family and friends left here. His mother, sister and brother whose resilient strength is awe inspiring to say the least. I thanked God for using Clint for His glory. That’s how I can make sense of the tragedy, by resting in the sovereignty of God and that all things bring glory to Him. It was in this moment when I noticed something that had been there for a while but I overlooked it. See, after the accident it was obvious that the traffic pattern needed to be changed. A turn lane was added and a concrete median was placed in the middle lane creating a right turn only onto Hwy 17 or a “One Way” exit from the shopping center. I just stared at the One Way sign in awe of God. “One Way” was the title of one of our favorite worship songs we played together and if I’m not mistaken we played it that very night five years ago. “I lay my life down at your feet ’cause your the only one I need, I turn to you and you are alway there, in troubled times it’s you I seek, I put you first that’s all I need, I humble all I am, all to you…One way Jesus, You’re the only one that I could live for.”

    If Clint were here today the cry of his heart would be that there is only One Way to an eternity with God. One Way to spend eternity away from pain, loss, heartache, troubles and trials. The One Way is Jesus Christ. The question he would ask us all would be “Do you have a love relationship with Jesus Christ?” A true and real relationship with Jesus, not just an act or religious ritual. Are you walking and talking with Him each day? Are you being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and being transformed more each day into the image of Christ? Oh, God I pray for those I influence that they see the One Way shining through me. I pray my Christian brothers and sisters that they would stand boldly for you in every place they go. God thank you for my dear friend who you are holding in your arms today. Thank you for his example and influence in my life. To your glory!

     
  • Joey 3:45 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Crossover Sunday! 

    What an exciting time this morning as we had a whole new group of students come into our 7th grade middle school program. God has truly blessed our ministry with awesome students, parents, and a leadership team that allows Gods work to be done with excellence. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for these students as they began their teenage journey. Be  in prayer with me for these students and also those who are leaving and going into the ninth grade high school ministry. I pray that they would become great leaders of significance not necessarily successful but significant.  There are many successful people in life but the lives they live have been for themselves. A teenager who desires to be significant is one who wants to impact others for ETERNITY! God I pray for our students and parents that they would partner together and live for significance. 

     
  • Joey 2:32 pm on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    What’s going on? 

    It has been a wide open fun filled few weeks since my last post. I am so relieved to be on summer break from my school work and glad to have four classes behind me. This past weekend was awesome as Matt and Elizabeth were married! It is great to see how incredible God is and how he aligns people together who are so perfect for each other.
    Last night was an awesome night as we saw nine students take the next step in their faith for baptism. I always enjoy these services and look forward to seeing how God uses these students in the future. If you have accepted Christ and haven’t been baptized it is time to step up and move forward!
    On a completely different note, DNOW is going to be crazy cool this year. On Monday I went to Ft. Caswell with some of our production guys to take some more stage measurements and finalize some details. You don’t want to miss out on this weekend. It’s gonna be huge!
    Speaking of huge! Detour 500…Uh don’t miss next week! The new change will blow your mind!

     
  • Joey 9:49 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Love these guys!

     
  • Joey 9:04 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Last Night! 

    WOW! We had an incredible night last night as God had some really big plans for our students. I was talking with pastorJon after the service and he made the statement that God wanted those students so bad last night that he blew enough wind to cancel out whatever else was going on to bring the students to Detour.

    (Matthew 8:23-27Then he got into the boat and his disciplesfollowed him.24Without warning, a furious storm came up on thelake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’regoing to drown!”

    26He replied,”You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up andrebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

    27The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Eventhe winds and the waves obey him!”)

    I think it is awesome how God works. I want to encourage you to continue to pray with your door closed. Get alone and spend some quiet time with God. I know it’s hard to actually get alone and concentrate fully on one thing. We live in a culture that has trained us to multi-task like never before. We’re driving, texting, updating our facebook status, eating and listening to music all at the sametime. But God wants you to get alone with Him so that He can begin to do an awesome work in your lives. If the first time you get alone with God and you can’t seem to concentrate, don’t be discouraged keep coming back it may take a little practice.

    Something else that may help would be to designate a spot that will help you focus. I know many times I am laying in bed praying, but find myself falling to sleep in mid prayer. What you may want to think about is kneeling at the foot of the bed, not because it’s more Holy, but it puts you in a position that is purposeful. The only time you kneel at the foot of your bed is when you’re praying, that’s the focus. Find a purposeful place to talk with God, He’s waiting to hear from you!

    Remember to Pray for the three things we talked about last night:

    1. Protection from Temptation

    2. People in your life that don’t knowGod

    3. Things you are Thankful for!

    Press ON!

    Joey

     
  • Joey 9:04 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Windsday 

     
  • Joey 4:22 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “back to school, back to school” 

    So, over the past couple of weeks I have entered a new arena of life. This is a cool arena, but at the same time scary. Kinda like a MMA arena. They look cool from the outside, but from the inside you realize it is on! You begin to learn new challenges, get faced with new obstacles and there is work to be done!! I have recently started my masters degree work at Liberty University Online. God is teaching me soooo many new things that if you follow me closely you’ll see my ears drip from information overload (it looks kinda like wet Cheetos!!). It is an awesome thing to be challenged and it is already making me more disciplined, which is what I really need (though I still hate getting up early in the morning). I don’t remember the last time I read a book in three days!! Oh yeah I do, it was Clifford the Big Red Dog, and that was last year. In times of challenge always remember Gods promise found in Philippians 4:13 “I can do ALL things through HIM who strengthens me.”

    PRESS ON!

    JOEY

    To be clear, this is a picture of the Halloween edition of Cheetos. When they are wet they turn blue. YUMMY!

     
  • Joey 4:24 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    I wanna ride!! 

     
  • Joey 7:23 pm on November 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Big night tonight! Wrapping up the Re(ac… 

    Big night tonight! Wrapping up the Re(act) series at Detour is always a sad time for me because I really love spending time in God’s word and being challenged to react to the needs of others. It is so amazingly clear in God’s Word how important it is to Him that we care for other people, help the poor, feed the hungry, but we allow these passages in scripture to pass through our fingers as we thumb through the Bible looking for the next place to start. I pray that as we wrap up this series that this next year we will not allow ourselves to become so consumed with life and ourselves that we miss what God wants to do through us. May we remember that God is Love and he has equipped us with the tools, resources, time, and money to help others. WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO GOD MUST BE IMPORTANT TO US!

     
  • Joey 4:53 am on August 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    unity, teamwork, and drums! 

    Unity and teamwork are two words that surround my work environment everyday.  In order to accomplish all of things for Detour and Echoloud no one person can do it all.  Unity and teamwork takes time, patience, and a lot of practice. But when unity and teamwork are a mastered craft, the result is a product that blows the mind  and leaves you in awe.

    Through school I was really involved in marching band, (yeah go ahead and chuckle its okay) it placed a lot of structure in my life and gave me the experience of first hand leadership and teamwork. But as I look back the most important thing it showed me was true unity.  Unlike other sports or team activities when one person is off their game it can’t be made up/covered up by anyone else, the individual out of step with the others just stands out and makes the entire group look or sound bad. They’re are no superstars of the game that scores the points or saves the team at the buzzer, its only the group!

    Every once in a while something amazing happens when unity truly clicks.  Outside of high school marching band there is another level of musicianship that truly rocks the house and that is DCI or Drum Corps International.  This is the NFL of band if you will.  These men literally, live eat and breathe music.  They sleep on buses, gym floors and travel across the country for months practicing anywhere there is open space. In 2002, a corp by the name of the Cavaliers, put on one of the greatest live music performances of all time.  With a score of 99.125 they had reached the highest score in DCI history. While all corps in DCI are full of talent and the greatest musicians, the Cavaliers locked into the key…UNITY!

    Whether you know anything about band at all is irrelevant.  When you watch this video notice the precision, duplication, and synchronization that takes place. As you watch ask yourself “Am I showing unity in my life? With my work, school, team, marriage, relationship with God and others?”

    (if your in a hurry move up to 4:28, if not enjoy the show)
    p.s. the shapes on the field are not actually “making” anything imparticular…(common question)

     
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