Garfield's Christmas Special

Posted on December 27, 2008 by Pastor Derick in TV

I don’t know about you, but as the father of two little ‘uns and two bigger ‘uns, I’m still looking for fun Christmas specials to watch and enjoy with the family over the holiday break.  Today I ran across this classic Garfield Christmas special.  Yay!  Pop some popcorn, get out the laptop, and enjoy! part […]

I don’t know about you, but as the father of two little ‘uns and two bigger ‘uns, I’m still looking for fun Christmas specials to watch and enjoy with the family over the holiday break.  Today I ran across this classic Garfield Christmas special.  Yay!  Pop some popcorn, get out the laptop, and enjoy!


part 1

And here’s the rest:
Part 2

Part 3

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Elevate Student Ministries in 2008

Posted on December 27, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Elevate Update

I love my “job”, if you can call it that.  I guess it is, but it’s hard to call it a job when you love what you do so much! I love our STUDENTS: they are authentic, passionate, real, and raw.  They are not perfect.  They have their shortcomings, just like anyone, but these guys […]

I love my “job”, if you can call it that.  I guess it is, but it’s hard to call it a job when you love what you do so much!

I love our STUDENTS: they are authentic, passionate, real, and raw.  They are not perfect.  They have their shortcomings, just like anyone, but these guys are chasing hard after God and they’ve inspired me in more ways than I can recall.

I love our LEADERS: we’ve got a small team of commited leaders that can out-work, out-love, and flat out-show so many other larger-scale teams that I’ve seen in action.  I’m so proud to be able to watch these guys in action.  They generally want to hang out with, encourage, and equip this generation to another level in their relationship with God.  They are truly an amazing team!

God did so many truly incredible things in the lives of students in 2008.  Let’s take a walk down memory lane together:

* Students’ Prophetic Words going into 2008

* Remember the floods of early 2008?

* Watch the Teen Internet Workshop (for Parents)

Valapalooza: featuring the Backstreet Boys-inspired promo, my crazy Valentine’s dance (seriously, it’s crazy!), event pics, and the highlights video

* 10th Anniversary Celebration Testimonies

* Newsboys @ the Civic Center

Good Friday video highlights and pics

* Fire Conference Student Dance

* Baccalaureate Service

* Newbies’ Night: Michael Fugitt concert and bowling/welcome-rally highlight videos and pics

* 8th Annual Elevation Talent Show

* Camp videos: promo, day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, “Pduh”, and testimonies; also see the camp pics

* Car Wash Fundraiser

* Hills Alive Music Festival

* Praying through the Neighborhood

* Senior High IHOP Trip: pics, video, and Steph’s rose

* @ the end of summer, we got together for a backyard party at the Lombard’s residence, held our annual parent info-meeting, and started promoting next summer’s trip to Creel: “I Heart: Mexico”.

* See You @ the Pole

* Red Ribbon Event and Angel Dean Concert

* Snow-Inn 2008

* Youth-led Services

* Elevate Christmas Party

It’s almost hard to believe that we did all of THAT in just ONE year!  And… we’ve still got the New Year’s Eve Teen Blast coming next week!  2008 has been an absolutely incredible year for us; I can’t wait to see what happens in 2009.

How to Administer Bad Medicine

Posted on December 26, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Family Life

So, my two littlest girls have been dealing with nasty colds over the holidays. Bella actually had pink eye last weekend and Kella has had a fever the past couple days. Today, Deanna took them both to the doctor and they each came home with prescribed meds. Bella took hers fine (a surprise!), but our […]

So, my two littlest girls have been dealing with nasty colds over the holidays. Bella actually had pink eye last weekend and Kella has had a fever the past couple days. Today, Deanna took them both to the doctor and they each came home with prescribed meds. Bella took hers fine (a surprise!), but our brand new four-year-old (Kella’s b-day was Christmas Eve) wouldn’t have any of it! We mixed it with a couple different drink varieties and still couldn’t get it down. After a few tries, we decided we’d try it ourselves and we quickly agreed (not in front of her) that this is some “bad medicine” — YUCK!

I called the pharmacist to see if there were any other options. He said “no” but to try mixing it with a few food items in addition to what we’ve already tried. Then, I remembered this following video post from Carlos Whittaker’s blog. Do you think it really works?  I’m willing to give it a try.

UPDATE: It totally worked!  Only four more days of this stuff to go…

Top Posts of 2008

Posted on December 26, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Blogroll

I started this blog back in May of 2007 and, since then, I’ve somehow managed to average about 100 unique visitors a day this year (up from an average 20-a-day last year).  I’m so thankful for all of the friends and new connections I’ve made as a result.  I’m completely hooked!  I’ve had so much […]

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I started this blog back in May of 2007 and, since then, I’ve somehow managed to average about 100 unique visitors a day this year (up from an average 20-a-day last year).  I’m so thankful for all of the friends and new connections I’ve made as a result.  I’m completely hooked!  I’ve had so much fun sharing links, memories, and life with students, parents, and youth workers.  Thanks for reading!  I hope you stick around for more “thoughts, links, and updates on youth ministry, life, and culture” in 2009.

I think it’s funny seeing what the top posts were for the year; check ’em out:

  1. “Jesus is My Friend” by Sonseed (with 6,399 views) – this post features a fun, Jesus-loving song from the 70’s and continues to be the blog’s most viewed post to this day
  2. David Cook Singing “Billie Jean”the show-winning performance (IMHO) from last year’s American Idol winner; I published this right after the show that evening
  3. Ralph ’08the only candidate that had my FULL support!  😉
  4. How to Be a Rebel I’m guessing this post — about a student message series of the same title — got all the hits from the “Rebel Alliance” reference.
  5. Hills Alive 2008a simple post featuring pics and links to the great line-up of artists at this year’s Hills Alive music festival — at least, the ones I was most excited to see

These probably wouldn’t have been my top pics for the year, but since most of my readers seem to come from a variety of backgrounds and geographic regions, I guess I can see how these rose to the top.

Baily-the-Dog Missed His Calling

Posted on December 25, 2008 by Pastor Derick in Animals, Just for Fun

He should have been a reindeer…

He should have been a reindeer…