Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Go To My New Blog

Just in case anyone ever reads this blog or discovers it through a search of some sort. I want to encourage you to go to my new blog: Chad Stuart's Prose

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Need for Change

Hey Y'all here is a link to an article I would encourage y'all to read. It was written by Frederick Russell and it is entitled: Is There a Better Way? I believe there is a better way and we need to start pressing our leadership to step out in faith and make real changes for our denomination! I appreciate Elder Russell's precient voice in regards to this issue.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Resolutions 2010

Here are some New Year's Resolutions the first is the most ridiculous as you can see if you ever come and check out this blog--

1. Update my blog more frequently!
2. Read at least 1 book a month.
3. Try to keep my car from becoming my personal trash bin.
4. Continue to run, but add some weight training as well.
5. Grow as a leader.
6. Be more faithful in my daily devotions!
7. Do a better job about having a date night with my wife.
8. Visit more folk.
9. Pay more attention to our daily finances.

Okay there are 9 I can think of. What about you? What does 2010 have in store for your personal growth?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yes Another Heritage Singers Song!

Gotta love Adventist music videos! This is one of my all time favorite Christian songs--great message, no matter what the music. My mom was trying to find it online the other day, so here it is mom.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Family Expecting Guests--What To Do With Your Shoes

Christina was raised in Guam and Singapore, not living in the United States 'till she was 11 years old. In those cultures the custom was always to take off your shoes when you enter a home or even some buildings. The culture in our country though doesn't have clear expectations in this area. And because there are no clear expectations there can be confusion when going into a person's home for the first time. I have walked into people's homes and made my way into the living room, only to be asked, "please go take off your shoes." I've also gone into a person's home, removed my shoes, only to be told, "oh go ahead and keep your shoes on." The custom is not clear. So here is what I have done to overcome the custom confusion. When I enter a home I look at the host's feet. If the host has shoes on, I leave my shoes on. If their shoes are off I will take them off. I take my cue from the family members that live in the home! Church life can have a lot of unfamiliar and undefined "customs", even if you were a Christian raised in a church, attending a new church will bring about an entirely new set of customs and expected actions. Therefore we as the family need to help our guests out by making it clear what our "customs" are. When it is time to sing, we should all sing--even if we can't sing, or if we don't know the song as well we can do what my choir teacher used to teach us, "even if you forget the words just keep singing quietly 'watermelon, watermelon.' People will still think you are singing:)." When it is time to fill out the "Connection Card" or to turn our "Connection Card" in we should fill it out and turn it in. Our guests will take their cues from the family. Remember you may be very familiar with church life, but not everyone is and the worst spot to be in is to be standing at the door not knowing what to do with our shoes. So help our guests out, not by saying anything, but by demonstrating our "customs." The guests will take cues from you the family, and just maybe they will one day take off their shoes, kick their feet up, and stay--as part of the family!

A Family Expecting Guests--Be On Time

Andy Stanley once said, "A church should be and act like a family expecting guests." So recently in the weekly e-mail I send out to our church family I started a new section entitled: "A Family Expecting Guests"--I thought it might be of some interest to y'all to receive these little postings as well.

Most of us have been invited to another persons house for one occasion or another. When I go to someone's house for the first time I usually don't know what to expect. I am not sure about the food, or the temperature of the house. I am not sure if the conversation will go well or not. But here is what I do know, the person that invited me will be there waiting for my knock to open the door and welcome me in. What am I saying? When I am a guest I expect the residents to be waiting for me when I arrive. I won't have to wait on the door step, I won't have to let myself in, I won't have to sit there awkwardly petting the dog wondering if anyone is going to show-up. When a guest comes to our church it is nice for them to see that the family is waiting. A lof of us arrive late...later than many of our guests. I wonder what this communicates to our guests? Some of us have small children and their schedules can throw-us off. Others of us may run into some other quandary in our church preparation. There will be times that we are all late and for good reasons. But for a few of us maybe we have just never thought about the significance of a timely arrival to church. If that is the case I want to encourage each of us to consider in the weeks, and months, and years ahead that we are a family expecting guests and we want to make sure we are home before they get there!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Greetings Y'all I am on Twitter, so if you want to follow me through twitter my twitter account is: cnstuart.