Catchy Jingle
Posted: Apr 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

So I finally did it. After months and months of hearing the “5…5 dollar….5 dollar foot long,” commercial from Subway, I enjoyed one of their sandwiches today for lunch. Advertising works regardless of what some may say. Maybe that is just the voice of my dad coming through as he has been in radio advertising for the past 30 years. Ever since the invention of DVR or “tivo,” companies have had to take a step up in regards to their commercials. Let’s face it, almost none of us actually like watching commercials on a tv program, (maybe with the exception of the Super Bowl.) The commercials that are the most successful are the ones that get stuck in your head. Today was a great example.

Tim and left the office at about 12:30 and went to lunch. As is typical for most days, here was the conversation in the car leaving the parking lot.

Corey – “Where do you want to go for lunch?”

Tim – “I don’t care…You decide.”

Corey – “It doesn’t matter to me.”

Silence ensues

Corey – “How about a Publix sub…those are good”

Tim – “Yeah I like those.”

Corey – “Wait, how about one of those 5 dollar foot longs. I haven’t had one in awhile.”

Time – “Sounds good.”

Hopefully you weren’t to board from our conversation.:) Have you ever considered the random things that we have memorized. We can remember movie quotes and catchy commercial Jingles and lines from our favorite t.v. shows. Our minds have the outstanding ability to remember things. The problem is…many times we remember the wrong things. We often remember things we should forget and forget things we should remember. Psalm 119:11 says “I have hidden your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

How well do you know God’s Word? Do you have more movie lines memorized than Bible verses? If so, now would be a great time to switch that trend. Allow God’s Word to so soak into your spirit that it affects every fiber of your life. It’s freeing:)

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Gross
Posted: Apr 21, 2009 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

Do you have certain foods that are just plain disgusting to you? I know that I have plenty. I guess overall I wouldn’t consider myself to be a picky eater. When I was growing up, my mom was a manager at McDonald’s. I had 3 brothers and we unfortunately had dinner several nights a week inside the golden arches. I know, probably not the healthiest place to eat but the price was right. :)

To this day, there are several foods that literally make me gag. First of all, butter. I don’t know what it is about butter but I get sick to my stomach every time I think of butter….ah man there it goes again. :) I guess it all started when I was six or seven and my mom put butter on my toast just like she had for countless days before. Something must have happened that day because I got very sick and haven’t been able to eat butter since. Not on potatoes, toast, popcorn, anything. Butter to me is just plain nasty!

I also have a difficult time with spicy foods. Growing up in the midwest, I am correctly personified as a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I could have meat and potatoes every day for the rest of my life and be completely content with that. I actually like bland food. Spicey food, although very tasty at times, is something that I have a difficult time with. My lips start to burn, I break out in sweats, my stomach goes crazy. When someone asks me how well I can handle spicy foods, I say, “Let me put it this way, to me, Fruity Pebbles are spicy.”

As I have grown up, my appetite has definitely expanded. Vegetables are now a daily part of my life. I absolutely love fruit and have actually started eating salad believe it or not. There will, however, still be several restaurants that I will never be able to eat at again because of a “bad experience” that I may have had there. Do you have any restaurants like that? One bad meal that you had completely turned that place off for you and you will never eat there again. I absolutely understand your plight.

Did you know that we serve a Holy God? Sin is absolutely disgusting to Him. He is completely blameless. I think sometimes we as Christans forget that. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful for the grace of God without which I would be completely and totally lost. Jesus loves us just the way we are and no matter how much we may disappoint Him, His love remains constant. However, if we have been saved by the grace of God, our attitude towards sin in our own personal lives should be the same as that of our savior. He loves you so much….its the sin He doesn’t like. May we feel the same way about the sin in our lives as we do about that food item that just completely makes us gag.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Life on the swings
Posted: Apr 14, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

What is the first memory that you have and how old were you? I have a friend of mine from Illinois who swears up and down that he remembers being inside his mothers womb. I know, sounds a bit crazy and for the record, I don’t believe him either. My first memory was from when I was about 4 years old. My parents moved around quite a bit when I was growing up. At this particular stage of life, my parents and I along with my at that time 1 younger brother (aaron) lived in a small Illinois town called Lindenwood. At that time, my best friends name was Michael. He lived across the street from me and from what my parents tell me, we hung out all the time. Michael had an older sister named Emily (who at this time would have been about 7) who sometimes would play with us. On this particular summer afternoon, we were swinging on the swingset behind my house. Well, more like Emily was swinging and we were watching her. She was after all the oldest which meant that she was the boss. Mike and I were getting kind of bored and decided to go inside. I must have forgotten that emily was in the swing and sure enough I walked right in front of her while she was swinging and WHAM, I got knocked onto my four year old rear end. I remember getting the wind knocked out of me and being afraid of going on the swings for the next season of my life.

This specific memory crossed my mind last week while on a walk with Addison. Julie, Addison and I have a little bit of a tradition. Each day when I get home from work, we take a walk down to the park a little ways away from our house in Fort Myers. Once we get to the park, we take Addison out of her stroller and put her in the baby swings at the park. I can honestly tell you, watching her laugh on the swings is one of my most favorite thing in the world. You know what is so crazy? At this stage of her life, Addison has no idea that swings could potentially be dangerous. The only thing that she knows is that she has a blast while on the swings. Do you know that we have only 2 fears that we are born with….heights and loud noises. The rest of the fears that we develop over the course of our lifetimes are learned. The Bible is filled with instances with God telling His people to “Fear not.”

What are your fears at this stage of your life? I challenge you today to give them to Jesus and allow Him to help make you into the man or woman of God that He is intended for you to be all along. Get back on the swings and enjoy this precious gift that we have been given called life.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Opening Day
Posted: Apr 7, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Yesterday was the opening day for the 2009 Major League baseball season. Most of you know that I am an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan. I can honestly say that I have been a Cubs fan since I was 4 years old. Opening Day is such an exciting time. Every team is filled with such hope and expectancy with the dream that this year could possibly be the year that they win it all.

I remember to this day the very first Cubs game I ever went to. I was 4 years old and was completely enamoured with Wrigley Field. Like the Cubs or hate em, I have never met a person that can tell me that they can’t stand Wrigley Field. There is no better place to watch a baseball game than Wrigley. From the day games to the old fashion scoreboard to the ivy to the friendly neighborhood, Wrigley Field is loaded with charm and mystique.

About 10 years ago, I had the privelage of attending an opening day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were absolutely terribly the previous year but as is typical with Cubs fans, we had no doubt that this would be the year. The Cubs were playing who at that time were the Montreal Expos (they have since been relocated and have changed names to the Washington Nationals.) It was a cold, brisk day in April with temperatures in the low to mid 40′s. Definately not baseball weather. I attended the game with 3 of my friends. As is common with young men of that age group, we were not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed if you know what I mean. One of has had the brilliant idea that we should all take our shirts off and each paint a letter on our chest that would spell CUBS. I think I was the B. We thought we may have a shot of getting on tv (which we did :) ) The people sitting behind us felt so bad for us that they bought us numerous rounds of hot cocoa throughout the game. The Cubs ended up losing that day but we had a great time.

I am frequently asked, “Corey why in the world are you still a Cubs fan After all, the last time the Cubs won the world series was 1908. That is nearly 100 years ago!” I can promise you one thing, there is noone more aware of the history of the Cubs than me. They have broken my heart time and time again and yet without fail, when opening day roles around each year, my heart is filled with expectation that perhaps, this could be the year that they actually win it all.

I am so glad God doesn’t feel about me what so many fans feel towards their sports teams. We live in a what have you done for me lately society. People are fans of whatever team is winning. Where is the loyalty? The Cubs could never win a title in my lifetime and I still will be their number one fan.

God loves and cares about you no matter what your past looks like. His plan for you are that you will have an incredible hope and future. Though we sometimes may disappoint Him because of repeated mistakes, he never fails to give us another chance. I am so glad I don’t serve a what have you done for me lately God. Oh, and for what it’s worth, the Cubs won yesterday and for at least one day in the baseball season, I am the fan of a first place baseball team.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com