Quitter-A Must Read


August 31st, 2012 by chris

Are you a dreamer? Are you wishing you could do something else with your career? If so, let me strongly encourage you to read Jon Acuff”s book, Quitter. It is a great book that challenges you to work hard and achieve your goals all while keeping your day job. I think that a lot of us dream but we don’t really work hard to do what it takes to get there. God rewards those who put forth their best effort.

Now, I’m not trying to be a “name it, claim it” guy. But God puts dreams within us and he asks us to do our part.

I don’t really recommend many books but this is a good book for the lovers, the dreamers, and me. (Rainbow Connection)

Take a look at it!

Legacy


August 26th, 2011 by chris

As I read the paper , I see that Steve Jobs has resigned from Apple. One word: legacy. Steve Jobs has left behind his legacy. For years to come, we will know the legacy of this amazing man. As I type this on my Mac laptop and my daughter has my I-Pod listening to Disney Princess songs (Steve Jobs was on the Walt Disney board), we are enjoying the products he worked. Now I know that a lot of people worked behind the scenes and they don’t get the credit. But Steve Jobs was the visionary and a pioneer in his industry. He left behind many products. But more than that, he leaves behind a great organization with lots of great people. He leaves behind many great ideas. He leaves quite a bit to his family. People will know much about him because of all that He did.

I don’t know that much about where he stands spiritually. I pray that he finds truth. I pray for his cancer.

But it leads to my point: What is your legacy? What is it that we leave behind? We may not create I-Pods or I-Pads but what do we leave behind? Do we leave behind great memories for our family? Do we leave behind a spiritual legacy? What will people say about us when we are gone from this earth?

May we live or lives in such a way that we leave behind a great legacy. Thanks for everything, Steve Jobs!

Kiwis and Carrots


April 15th, 2011 by chris

This is a blog post from a young woman in my student ministry. Great stuff!

To see more about Megan, check out her site at www.shineonministries.com

My mother hates vegetables and fruit. It’s true. At the mere sound of broccoli, cauliflower, or lettuce, she tends to scrunch her face in a disgusted way. All she eats is corn and potatos; and those are actually starches! She even dislikes watermelon, cantelope, and grapes! Let’s just say my mom is a very, picky eater. She says “it’s because everything looks gross”. I will admit some items look tasteless like cauliflower. Textures and outer shells can sometimes lead people to assume the fate of their taste buds. Take for instance a kiwi. On the outside it looks like a coconut shell, brown, hard, and kind of hairy. But, on the inside is something joyously, sweet, decadent, and green. No one would ever know what was on the inside of a Kiwi unless somebody or something cracked it open, displaying its innermost parts.

Sometimes I believe we as Christians are like Kiwis. We have Jesus joyously dwelling inside of us, taking residence in our heart. We have an inexpressible and unsurpassable sense of peace, knowledge of love, and forgiveness of sins, all welling up inside of us! However, many times our outer lives and bodies show a very contradictory attitude of that inner reflection. We become callused by the world’s woes, hurt by heartache, and worn down by everyday, mundane routines. I know at school, I look like a walking zombie in the hallways during passing periods! I am always thinking about my next class, lunch, or my activities after school. No matter if I am having a bad day or not, I seem to always have something on my mind and a distracted look on my face. Recently, God convicted me by showing me that something as simple as a smile could help radiate His love. He also showed me that He wants me to resemble a carrot.

By that I mean, God wants us as his daughters to let the same joy we have in our inner core to reflect no matter what we do. A carrot is still orange whether it is cut, sliced, peeled, or even blended into a shake. A carrot looks like a carrot whether it is in tact or put together. I urge you to start displaying outwardly the joy that God has placed within your soul inwardly! Our outward emotion, expression, and attitude should always display the blessings God has given through redemption of sins. We should want others to see the joy, love, and hope we have, even if we are having a bad hair day. If you don’t feel that joy inside you, ask God to provide an overwhelming and abundant sense of joy. Our hearts should always be of gratitude; sometimes it’s just a matter of letting that joy permeate through us.

I encourage you to shine for him tomorrow by smiling at someone in the hallway. Remember to be a carrot by never letting walls of life’s woes or troubles stop you from letting His love radiate!

In Him,
Megan

Happy New Year


January 1st, 2011 by chris

Another year. Come and gone. And this time of year can be both exciting as you think on a new start, new goals, and a new perspective. Or it can be kinda painful to think on unfinished business and things you didn’t quite finish. But either way, the new year is a great time to make new goals and set direction for your relationship with the Lord, your ministry, your business, and other relationships.

A great book by Andy Stanley, The Principle of The Path, has a great quote. “Direction, not intention, determines your destination.”

A lot us have big dreams and big ideas. But we will only get there if we actually start working toward it. We will never reach our goal unless we do the work to get there. Want to learn to play the guitar? You must practice. Want to know what God wants? Spend time with Him. Want a better relationship with your parents? Be kind and obey.

So, in the new year, dream big. Do great things. But don’t just dream, do. Start walking in it. Start taking steps, even baby steps to achieve what it is that God has for you.

Take some time today to write down your goals and then go for it!

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

Happy New Year!!

Christmas Movies


December 10th, 2010 by chris

What would Christmas be without Christmas movies? What’s your favorite? Miracle on 34th? Christmas Vacation? White Christmas? Charlie Brown Christmas? The Polar Express? How The Grinch Stole Christmas? Home Alone? These are all great classics. I love this time of year because it means that I have the chance to sit down and watch these great Christmas holidays. So many great scenes. So many great quotes.

Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Eddie: Naw, I’m doing just fine, Clark.

You’re a monster. Mr Grinch
Your Hearts an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders
You’ve got garlic in your sole Mr Grinch
I wouldn’t touch you with a
39 and a half foot pole

Think about how the arts have impacted Christmas? We all have our favorite movies and we can’t wait to get our Christmas movies out of the back of the drawer.

So use the arts to communicate the love of God this year. In your church service, use a video clip from a classic film, perform a drama, or do a live nativity. Remember how important drama is in telling the greatest story ever: the love of Jesus.

Jump over to the skitguys.com and grab some scripts. Head over to youtube and find some of your favorite movie clips on-line. Write your own material. (How awesome would it be to have the Christmas Vacation musical at your church this year?)

Be creative as we reflect on Immanuel-God with us.

Teaming with Skit Guys


October 30th, 2010 by chris

Exciting news! We are now Skit Guys approved. We are so excited to be working with our mentors and friends, Eddie and Tommy. Hurt and Manley will now be working under the Skit Guys umbrella. Charissa will now be booking events for both the Skit Guys and Hurt and Manley.

We teamed up with up the Skit Guys to produce our very first video together. We did a Fall Festival promo together this fall. Check it out at www.skitguys.com. It is a great video and was even more fun to make!

The Skit Guys have left such a mark on the Christian community. It is a huge honor to be working with them. I remember seeing them as a young youth pastor thinking I would love to do what they are doing. And now, here we are. Crazy.

We are so excited about the future and to see where God takes us in this adventure.

Thanks Skit Guys for believing in us!

Haven’t I seen you guys before?


October 29th, 2010 by chris

Skitzo Drama is now becoming Hurt and Manley.

For the past 7 years, Skitzo Drama has done many a camp and many a retreat. Skitzo started as a dream when me and a family friend, Terri Taylor, started doing sketches in our local church. It grew from there and then we landed our very first Super Summer. From there, Skitzo was very busy doing a lot of events.

After a few years, Terri moved to Virginia to pursue higher education and search for love. So the hunt was on for new cast members. The other girls were Kristin, Carrie, and Ashley. All were great but God only allowed them to be a part of the group for awhile and then the magic happened.

Hurt meets Manley.

About three summers ago, a bearded man helped us with a improv skit called, “Mama’s Little Baby.” He came in one of the scenes as the late great Harry Caray. The crowd loved it. After that, the bearded one kept stalking and showing up at our gigs.

Instead of calling security and making it difficult, Manley was asked to be a part of the team. For the last three years, Hurt and Manley have been touring as Skitzo Drama.

So, why the name change?

Because of our affiliation with the Skit Guys, we made the name change to re-brand ourselves.

We are better than ever and have been busy writing all kinds of new stuff. So we introduce to you…Hurt and Manley.

Reaching hearts through humor! ( for a long time now..new name, new attitude!)