“All you need is LOVE!” – part one

So I get the privilege of doing the talk this weekend on the subject of LOVE.  Our church had the idea of “what would happen if we chose to leverage the music of one of the most popular bands ever and find some common themes in their music… and then see what God had to say about those themes?”  This is the result.  “The Beatles: Life.Love.Faith.”  When was the last time that you felt “love”?  When was the last time you KNEW love?  In our culture these two things can be very, very different.  Our culture tells us that love is based on feelings, circumstances, it’s something that effects your emotions and is something that you fall in and out of.  The love that the Beatles write about is no different.  “Love me do”, “She loves you”, “Hard Day’s night”, “Can’t buy me love”, “I’m looking through you”, “hide your love away”, and “All you need is love” are just a few songs that, if you took a look at the lyrics, you would find their particular circumstance affected how they felt, how they wrote, and, ultimately, how they loved.  Love can be easy to give and feel when everything is going right… but what do you do when the bottom falls out?  What do you do when love is not reciprocated?  what do you do with rejected love?  What do you do when your love leaves you?  Do you just stop loving?  Do you hide your love away?  How does God’s love differ from this?  And what difference does it make?  After this sunday’s message… I’ll let you know! 😉


Phillies WIN!

so I was having this conversation with my dad about a month ago.  My dad and I talk sports like it was our job.  Like I am Tony Reali and he’s Woody Paige.  anyway… I was telling him “I’m not sure if anyone can beat the phillies… they look pretty strong.”  He wasn’t quite sure.  But after they DESTROYED the LA Dodgers… it was just a matter of time.  I knew that the Rays would put up a good fight for a while… but Cinderella didn’t have her final dance this year.  It was good for MLB to have a team like the Rays this year who give everyone hope that you don’t have to be a dope head, steroid using idiot to be good at baseball… you need a great team.  Great season Tampa Bay.  But even great season Philadelphia.  Hamels was a dominant pitching force!  as a former pitcher (not major leagues… I wish) I totally respect how he went out every time he was handed the ball and stepped up to the challenge and said “you want to try and hit my fastball?  Here it is!”  Look out for this dude in the future!

new adventures in painting

I had NO CLUE how much I disdained painting… until I had to do it for the past 2 days.  My wife and I are in the middle of packing all our stuff up from our apartment and moving into our new house… but before we can do that… we had to paint the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms.  I feel like I’ve done nothing for the past couple of days EXCEPT paint.  I can’t wait until the painting is over.  I hope that we can get all moved in just in time to watch the World Series!  It’s a highlight of my fall every year!  HERE’s TO MOVING IN!


ALOHA!  (once again… all the other ones were taken )


There is nothing better in youth ministry than having a GREAT team to work with.  OSM has a great group of volunteers that serve and give of their time, energy, and money!  I view myself more like a coach and they are the superstars of the team.  I want to help them be the best youth ministry volunteer team that they can be… and one of the coolest things is… they already have a head start.  They were great to start out with, so I can’t even imagine their potential.  A big “WAY TO GO!” to the volunteers of Oakbrook Student Ministries!

what do you do on your day off?