Archive for June, 2008

Monday Night, Date Night

Posted in Journey to Fatherhood with tags , , on June 17, 2008 by themousas

Leslie went to her small group tonight, so it was a date night for Cadence and I. We enjoyed some nice outdoor Pittsburgh weather and then some play time before downing a few bottles of formula. Yep she’s growing and put down 2+ bottles (about 6oz) in over an hour. We watched some CNBC: I’m trying to balance out the Baby Einstein, Reality Shows, MMA, and with some real world knowledge. Then waited for Mommy. If you haven’t checked Cadence’s site in a while she’s posted some new pics.


Monday Reflection on Sunday

Posted in Church Planting, Iron City Church, Religion with tags , , on June 17, 2008 by themousas

Didn’t get time to post this yesterday, too much time with the groups and celebrating my first Father’s Day. Here’s my thoughts on Sunday @ ICC

  • Still loving One Prayer…Perry’s message was simple, but extremely challenging
  • First attempt at video messages went off without a problem
  • no one openly complained about watching a pastor on the screen instead of on the stage
  • 2 mission groups with Power Plant in town to help us out: Brookwood from OK, Pleasant Grove from NC
  • They were a huge help Sunday: mainly by streatching our regulars into new roles as facilitating their task.
  • Man Day 2.0 was awesome, We have some great cooks at ICC amongst the men. Ian made some killer ribs, and Michael’s Italian sausage and pasta begged for multiple helpings.
  • Bob is doing a great job with song selection and organizing the band during the summer
  • With all the help, our systems were pushed and I think they responded nicely…a very controlled chaos
  • Taught again in ICK; I get pumped each week by hearing those kids talk to God.
  • Some of their prayers for their lost family members broke me
  • Tommy broke a very expensive plastic pitcher…give him a hard time about it!!!!
  • We could really use a rear projection screen and riging, it’d help a lot with appearance and stage space.
  • Speaking of space, our trailer is about maxed out, good thing we have an FedEx guy helping us each week.
  • Summer small groups start this week!

It’s Begining

Posted in Church Planting, Iron City Church, Religion with tags , , on June 6, 2008 by themousas

One Prayer


One Prayer starts this Sunday, but you can already begin the journey by joining with others around the world in praying for this event. Join the conversation by going to

I’m so excited that Iron City Church is one of the 1,300+ churches participating in this unifying campaign. The coolest part to me is join with everyone in prayer, fasting, spiritual pursuit, and international church planting. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, come be a part of this groundbreaking movement at Iron City Church! Stay tuned to as I’ll be updating you on what I see God doing in my life and around ICC over the next four weeks.

Sunday @ ICC

Posted in Church Planting, Iron City Church, Religion, Thoughts on Christianity with tags , , , on June 2, 2008 by themousas
  • Set-up went really smooth; it always helps when TD stays away till needed
  • New vocalist helping out while B does his camp counseling
  • taught in ICK, probably will be doing this a lot this summer
  • right before teaching the DVD player went out, not cool! Lucky we’re a little oldschool and we actually had a vcr/tv combo and a tape laying around that worked beautifully into the lesson that was planned
  • Took the kids on a hike…awesome hearing them talk to God
  • Summer Slump hit us about 3 weeks ago
  • Stoked about One Prayer starting next week!
  • Saw some peeps that I haven’t seen in a while, great to catch up with them
  • Lots of praise reports
  • But also a lot of spiritual battles being fought
  • Lunch with summer small group leaders…love’n some mexican food
  • Somealot of the people attending really get the vision and make sacrifices each week to see it happen
  • Leslie & Cadence come home tomorrow…can’t wait it’s been to long
  • the other kids (daisy and roscoe) and I took a long walk through the woods this afternoon
  • Have been watching a lot of MMA this past week. Great fight between Pulver and Faber tonight
  • Forest Griffin–“the juice is worth the squeeze” reminds me of this; also a great thought for those of us battling the spiritual warfare thats running through the ICC peeps and leadership.
  • Can’t belive…actually yes I can believe what Gary told his guys today
  • Busy week ahead!

My Cleaning List

Posted in General Blogging with tags , , on June 2, 2008 by themousas

Not the chores, but the music played while getting ready for Leslie and Cadence to come home:

  • Kansas: just one to start the day Carry on My Wayward Son
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
  • Chasen (2x’s through)
  • 3 Nails (most of you have no clue, local band from SC, no longer around but a great base line throughout)
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Foo Fighters
  • Good Charlotte
  • Fred Hammond: really like the old school This is the Day

A good day of work and play!



A Married Bachelor

Posted in Religion, Thoughts on Christianity with tags , , , on June 2, 2008 by themousas

So I’ve been “batch’n it” this past week; as has a good friend who shall rename nameless. He and I were talking about the process of preparing the home for when our wives return. We concluded that it is a delicate balance of clean and utter mess (usually this outweighs the cleanliness) that you live with long enough so that you only have to clean once before she comes home.

Today it dawned on me that this has some deep spiritual applications as well. I feel that a lot of my life I live in a delicate balance of clean and utter mess. More often than not I allow the utter mess to keep me away from my time with God…and the mess continues to pile up. Instead of regular maintenance on my spiritual walk and drawing close to God, I just go when I’ve had enough and need to straighten some things out. Wow! That may work for my house and wife; but I don’t think this flies for my spiritual house, the temple of the Most High. Somethings got to change.