Pen Explosion
Posted: Jun 23, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

So one of my growing list of pet peaves happened to me again today. As I was jotting down some notes for an upcoming meeting, my pen exploded in my hand staining my hand black. This has happened to me several times in recent memory. Maybe I need to invest in some better pens? Anyway, this reminds me of a time in the middle of a church service several years ago with my good friend Brian Smith. Brian and I were sitting in church listening to Dave Roever speak in Rockford, IL. I used to chew on my pens a lot. Note the words used to. As I was chewing on my pen, it exploded in my mouth. The worst part about it was that I didn’t know about it. Brian got a few good laughs in before finally explaining that the reason he was pointing and laughing at me was that I had ink all over my face. I think he let me keep it on my face for several minutes before telling me. What a nice guy:)

Today, when the pen exploded, I went into the restroom to try to clean off the ink stain that was on my hand. I absolutely despise having my hands dirty. It is almost an unhealthy obsession. So needless to say, it was a bit frustrating trying to get this ink stain off of my hands. After several minutes of scrubbing, there was still a noticeable black stain on my hand from the evil pen. As I walked back to my office, the thought occured to me, “this is a perfect picture of sin.”

We try so hard sometimes to clean ourselves up. Yet each and every one of us at sometime in our lives have had the stain of sin covering our lives so much that we can’t possibly scrub it off. It is like me in the restroom trying desperately to scrub off an ink stain that just won’t come off. Yet while that may seem depressing, what a freeing thought it is that there is somebody who can make us clean. As the old time hymn says,

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

I am so thankful for the blood of Jesus that washes me white as snow. I tried for so many years to figure out a way to remove the guilt on my own, but I couldn’t. Yet by simply turning my life over to Christ, the stain of sin that I had tried so hard to cover up was instantly removed. So the moral of the story today…..Jesus paid it all for you and, invest in some good pens. You won’t regret either decision.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Gone Fishing
Posted: Jun 16, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Well I did something last week that I haven’t done in quite a while…..you guessed it, I went fishing. I few of the guys from our church who fish religously convinced me to go with them. My good friend Jason Maupin was in town so the two of us joined the 2 fishing pro’s and we attacked the Calloosahatche river. I don’t know if you can imagine this or not but before we could fish, I had to get a fishing liscense. I went to Walmart and paid $17.50 for the right to salt water fish for the next year. I even bought a pair of $11.00 Sunglasses to help me look the part. I had my shors on, my ventilator shirt and my cool $10.00. I was ready to go.

When we got into the boat, my flip flop fell into the water…..awesome. I got that squared away and in the boat we went trolling the one of Cape Coral’s canals. I even got to drive the boat for a while! Once we got to our spot, the game was on. First of all, I have absolutely no clue how to do any of the following:

1. Tie a hook to the fishing line
2. Bait the hook
3. Take the fish off of the hook once I catch it

Needless to say, I needed a lot of help getting started. Once the hook was tied and the bait was set, I began my journey to catch a fish. I didn’t care what kind of fish I caught….I was not going to go away empty handed. Not long after we began, everyone started catching fish. After everyone but me caught a fish, I was beginning to get a bit nervous. How embarassing. To be the only guy not to have caught a fish. Then, all of a sudden, bang. A fish hit my line. The best part was that I was talking to my wife when the fish was caught. I felt like such a man. I reeled the fish in and it was by far the smallest catfish on the face of the planet. I didn’t care. A fish was a fish. By the end of the day, our group caught about 30 fish every one of which was a catfish. The guys we went with were a bit disspointed. I however, was thrilled. I attempted something I don’t normally do and was successful. Now I didn’t bait my hook or tie my line or take the fish off the hook but that is besides the point.

What are some ways that you can challenge yourself today? Don’t just get caught in the same rut each and every day. We have each been given 1 life to live. Live it to the fullest. Be all that God has created you to be. Go fishing!!!!

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Sleepy time
Posted: Jun 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I am pretty sure I have found out what one of my favorite things to do as a dad is. This morning as I was getting ready to leave, I stopped by Addison’s room to give her a kiss goodbye. When I walked into her room, she was sleeping away. For Addison to be asleep at all is nothing short of a miracle. She has more energy than any person I have ever met in this life. She ALWAYS wants to crawl, and play and walk around and get into things which she isn’t supposed to. When the time comes to sleep, I think she thinks “I don’t want to sleep….I don’t want to miss out on anything.”

So, needless to say, watching Addison sleep is not something I get the opportunity to do very often. However, this particular day was the exception. When I walked into her room, she was sleeping away. She was in la la land dreaming about swimming pools and cheerios and my blackberry which is her favorite toy on the planet. As I sat there for a moment and watched her sleep, one thought entered my mind. That thought was, “I would do anything for this little girl.” Now I know that as her dad I can’t give her everything that she wants. That would not be what is best for her. I can, however, attempt to give her everything that she could possibly need (and some of the things she wants as well:)) to make her successful in this life.

Did you know that God feels the same way about you? Sometimes He can’t give us everything that we want because that is not what would be best for us. He always gives us what we need to become the person that He has created us to be. God loves you so much. In fact, Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. They are plans for hope and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

God wants what is best for you. I believe with all of my heart that you make him smile. Have you ever sat back and watched your kids sleep before? Does a life and compassion come over you that says, “I would do anything for him or her?” That is the way that God feels about us. God wants us to realize how much He cares about us. I leave you with Romans 12:2 in the message translation.

“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.”

Embrace what God has done for you today. Doing that will make Him the happiest daddy in the world.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Historical Lunch
Posted: Jun 2, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I had a question posed to me this past week that I thought was very interesting. Aside from Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to sit down for an hour and have lunch with? I have to be honest with you when I say that this question actually stumped me for a bit. The Bible is literally jammed with stories of incredible people that lived extraordinary lives. One of the things I love so much about the Bible is that it is filled with stories of people that were just like you and me. They had problems, expecations, experienced joy and success as well as sorrow and defeat. They had highs, lows and everything else in between. Yet it seems that there was always something inside of them that helped them to step up to the plate and more times than not hit the ball out of the park.

Aside from Jesus, if I had to pick one person from the Bible to have lunch with I think it would have to be Joseph (the old testament Joseph:))

What an amazing man he was! I want to know what he was thinking when his brothers disowned him. What ran through his mind when he went to prison even though he was innocenet. What were his prayers like in the dirty, rat infested dungeon? What was it like to go from living in a dungeon to living in a palace at the snap of Pharoh’s fingers?

Joseph could answer those questions. Joseph knew what it was like to be mistreated. He knew what it was like to have sibling rivalry. He knew about high expectations and how to survive when the weight of the world seemed to be on his shoulders. Any of those things relate to you? I know they do for me. If you were to have lunch with a Biblical character who would it be and why? What would you ask them and more importantly, what can you learn from their life than can help you become all that God has intended for you to be?

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com