Life update
November 12, 2008, 10:21 am
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People may be asking “What is Dustin been up too?”  Here is the run down of what I have been doing…

1.  Started my master’s in ministeral leadership last week.  It is going to be a fun 2 years.  It is all online.  The class I am in right now is called “Non-Profit Management”.  It is very interesting stuff.  I am learning right now how to implement change in a church, how to give options, and how your church prayer life should be.  Did I mention I am really excited about this.  I don’t care much for the degree.  That isn’t why I am doing it.  I want to learn.  I am a student of God for life!

2.  Working with the district youth to make this year rock.  Camp is going to be so much fun!  The theme is LiveLoud.  I think it will be one of the greatest camps.  I am really looking forward to it.

3.  I have been enjoying youth ministry.  (Not all pastors can say that!)  I love my teens.  They are really cool to work with.  (Side note:  I threw a stole last week during my message and broke it. Sorry Matt.)  We are in a series now called Wild Goose Chase.  It is going to be a great 6 week series.  We are talking about following after the Holy Spirits and going after your God ordain passions (I threw the stole when I was talking about God ordain passions.)

4.  Learning how to be a parent.  It isn’t easy.  It is some times fun.  It isn’t fun when they tell you that they hate you and that you are mean because you have to punish them for not behaving.  I love her to much not to punish.  I call it tough love.  We do love each other and I would not trade this.  I love being with my two girls!

5.  Doing another book review.  This time it is more of a reference book.  The Greatest Words Ever Spoken.  It is a really good reference book.  I am enjoying using it.

6.  Going to CRAVE conference at SWU this weekend.

Welp that is just a quick update.  I will post something worth reading soon.

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Me Myself & I AM – Book Review
November 6, 2008, 11:57 am
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Me Myself and I Am Created by Matthew Peters in partnership with Elisa Stanford

This is a different kind of book.  It is more like a journal but not your normal journal either.  It is a question and answer book.  It ask things about yourself going up, who you are now, and what you want to do.  It also ask questions about your relationship with God.  I am excited about this book because it is something that years from now I will be able to look at and see where God has brought me from.  I think it will be something really cool to show my kids and grand kids.  It will help them better understand me.

If you are looking for a different book that will make you think about yourself, life, and your relationship with God then this book is for you.

Here is a summary of the book:

A new experience of God comes one question at a time in this fun and provocative journal. Made up entirely of insightful, profound, and occasionally ridiculous questions, Me, Myself, and I AM invites you to open to any page, open yourself to God, and be the author of yourown story.
 
Questions range from spiritually intriguing—
You overhear God talking about you. What do hear him saying?

to thought-provoking—
You are on a long car trip with a close friend who is not a Christian and the conversation turns to faith. What is your biggest fear about what your friend will ask or say?
 
to challenging—
Do you believe that all of Jesus’s followers have a responsibility to tell others about him?
 
to just plain fun—
If your life before you became a Christian were a movie, its title would be:

Animal House

As Good as It Gets

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s a Wonderful Life


Me, Myself, and I AM will entertain, inspire, and get you thinking about your spiritual life from brand new angles. Whether you use Me, Myself, and I AM as a reflective tool, a way to start conversations with friends and family, or as a spiritual time capsule to look back on years later, their own words will create a powerful journey of self-discovery

You can buy this book here www.amazon.com.