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Archive for the month “October, 2011”

Movie: “OCTOBER BABY” opens in theaters on Oct. 28

OCTOBER BABY is the coming of age story of a beautiful and naive college freshman who discovers that her entire life is a lie and sets out on a road trip with a host of misfits to discover herself and the answers she craves. It is a powerful movie that makes the case for life by telling a story that will touch you deeply.

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Testimonial – Stan Buckley

Recently, James shared his story at our church. He did an outstanding job and our people were greatly blessed. I highly recommend James Cruise as a guest speaker. He will simply give hope to those who are hurting.
Stan Buckley Former Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Jackson, MS – Executive Director BUT NOW Ministries

The Mayonnaise Jar & 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full… They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else—the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents… Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked.”

The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

No More Worries…

I decided to stop worrying about my teenage son’s driving and take advantage of it.
I got one of those bumper stickers that says, “How’s my driving?” and put a 900 number on it.
At 50 cents a call, I’ve been making $38 a week.

I asked God…

I ASKED GOD…
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might be wise,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for –
but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself,
my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men, most richly blessed.

Know Thyself

“There are two great days in our lives – the day we are born and the day we discover WHY.” John Maxwell

The Knots Prayer

The Knots Prayer

Dear God:
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
The can nots and the do nots
That I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots,
May nots,
Might nots that may find
a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots,
Would nots and
Should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all,
Dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind,
My heart and my life all of the ‘am nots’
That I have allowed to hold me back,
Especially the thought
that I am not good enough.
Amen
Author Known but to God

COURAGEOUS – Honor Begins at Home

This weekend, please consider seeing and supporting the new movie, “COURAGEOUS: Honor Begins at Home” (from the creators of “Fire-Proof”).

I’ve seen it and it’s awesome and magnificently done…a true “no-regrets” movie about fatherhood. It will inspire and challenge you and your family.

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