President’s Park

President’s ParkThis area is absolutely packed with history and things to do and see. There is Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Yorktown, Jamestown, Water Country USA, etc.. Tuesday morning we took a short ride down the road to President’s Park. Here are some presidential facts that were interesting to me.

  • John Adams (2nd) – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the exact same day. It happened to be July 4th 1826, exactly 50 years after they both sign the Declaration of Independence.
  • Thomas Jefferson (3rd)- introduce this country to Ice Cream and Spaghetti (thank you, Tommy). He wrote his own epitaph and did not include his service as President of the US or Governor of Virgina
  • James Madison (4th) was 5′ 4″ and weighed in at a whopping 100lbs. Both of his VP’s died in office.
  • John Quincy Adams (6th) – Had a pet alligator, swam the potomac river everyday and said this: “You will never know how much it cost my generation to secure your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
  • Andrew Jackson – When inaugurated he had a saber slash down his forhead and two bullets in his body. (he loved to duel). Quotes: “One man with courage makes a majority”. Asked if he had any regrets, he said, ” I did not shoot Henry Clay or hang J.C. Calhoun.”
  • Millard Fillmore (13th) He was an indentured servant to a cloth maker. Which meant he had to by his freedom. He bought it for $30. Quote: “It is not strange to mistake change for progress.”
  • Abraham lincoln (16th) – Total schooling less than one year. Tallest President 6’4″. First president to be photographed at inauguration. His future assassin can be seen in the photo. Quote: “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. The night he was assassinated, his pocket contained a Confederate five-dollar bill.
  • Andrew Johnson (17th) – Born and raised in extreme poverty; an indentured servant, he ran away at the age of 15.
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant (18th) – He recieve a $20 ticket for speeding on his horse.
  • James Abram Garfield (20th) – Only preacher to become a president. Wrote Latin one hand and Greek with the other, both at the same time. Assassinated four months after taking office.
  • Steven Grover Cleveland (22 & 24) – Worked as a clerk in a store for $50 a year plus room and board. Only president to be married in the White House She was 21 and he was 49. When asked why he did not marry her sooner, he replied that he had to wait for her to grow up. Only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. Baby Ruth candy bar named after his daughter.
  • Benjamin harrison (23rd) – Quote – “Great lives do not go out, they go on“.
  • William McKinley (25th) – Assassinated while shaking hands at a public event. On being shot, he cried out to his guards, “Don’t let them hurt him (the assassin).”
  • Theodore Roosevelt (26th) – Only President to recieve the congressional medal of honor.On his way to give a speech he was shot. The bullet penetrated copies of his speech and his eyeglass case and fractured his 4th rib. With blood running down his shirt, he delivered the hour-long speech before going to the hospital. Quotes: It is hard to fail but it is far worse never to have tried to succeed.
  • Calvin Coolidge (30th) Quotes: “If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it”. “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once”. “I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm”.
  • Herbert Clark Hoover (31st) – Orphaned as a child, he was a self-made millionaire who refused a salary as president. Raised a billion dollars for food and medicine during World War I. Fed millions of people in Europe; Classified by the Germans as a man who would not be detained for any reason. Served in the government for 42 years and accepted no salary.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd) – Quotes: “The test of our progress is not whether we add abundance to those who have much, but whether we provide enough for those who have little”. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
  • Harry S Truman (33rd) – Quotes: “The buck stops here”. “If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen”. Survived an attack on the presidential residence by Puerto Rican nationalist. Twenty-three shots fired. President and family unharmed.
  • Dwight Eisenhower – He signed a bill to include the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. He instituted the interdenominational White House Prayer Breakfast and the practice of opening cabinet meetings with prayer. Quote: “A people that values it’s privileges above its principles soon loses both“. The eve before the invasion of Normandy he said this: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened..”
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th) – Quotes: “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right”. “I’ve learned that only two things that are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it“.
  • Richard Milhous Nixon (37th) – First president to voluntarily give up the lifetime Secret Service protection. When Mr. Khrushchev (Russian) says our grandchildren will live under communism, let us say his grandchildren will live in freedom. Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
  • Gerald Rudolph Ford (38th) – Turned down offers to play professional football from the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions (don’t blame him on the Lions). Served as vice president and president and was not elected to either office.
  • William Jefferson Clinton (42nd) – Quote: “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America”. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit”.

I will have some of my pic’s on flickr as soon as I get a real internet connection.

Wolf Lodge Here We Come!

Me and Team Strickland are headed out for some R&R. It’s been about 3 years since we headed out on vacation to somewhere other that the in-laws for Christmas and I am pumped. A week with the kids, Kelli and my mom at a indoor waterpark, this oughta be fun. Here are a few pics of where we are going.

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Weekend Scoreboard September 16, 2007

Week Two of “Stuck” – Signs

 

Attendance: 450 (New Lifepoint High, this is becoming a habit) – same week last year 226 (99% increase)

Songs:

  • Here Is Our King
  • Never Let Go
  • Love Came Down
  • Nothing Left To Loose – Matt Kearny

Moment/s to remember:

  • Chairs Everywhere (with people in them)
  • Having to go back to the office to print more stuff because so many people were there.
  • More college students.
  • Jeff laying down a killer message while being under the weather. I know I say it every week but this one is worth listening to again. Get it here tomorrow.

Bottom Line: Direction not intentionality determine destination.

Strickland Family Sports Update 9-15-07

Hoggard won it’s big game last night in convincing manner 48-17 so I am pumped. Greenville Rose was a serious opponent, so a win like that is big for us.

Philip and his flag team had the weekend off.

Victoria did great job cheering this week and her team won!

Noah probably had his best game of football to date as his team won 25-0. He had a sack, a cause fumble, a reception on offense and tons of assist on tackles for the defense.

Strickland’s are happy today.

Friday Brain Dump

This has been a good week. Lots going on but lots of room for God to work. Here are some random thoughts that I want to get out of my head.

  • As much as you want to you can’t rush relational evangelism.
  • Respect and understanding of authority has been lost and we need to find it. I can’t believe how kids and young adults talk to and treat those in authority over them. I hear young people disrespecting their coaches, their teachers, their parents, their employers and it scares me. I know for a fact that if I talked to my high school coach like these kids do that I would not have been on the team and if I told my employer that these are the areas that they need to get better at, that my next check would be from the government. The scariest thing is that if we don’t teach this generation how to fall under authority they will never qualify to be in authority. If you can’t respect and honor those over you then don’t ever expect anyone to respect and honor you. Matt. 8:5-13 is one of my favorite scriptures on authority. The centurion qualified for authority because he humbly placed himself under authority.
  • Planning is difficult but essential for success.
  • Planning is only half of the work. Actually working the plan is the key.
  • I am becoming more insensitive to delicate people and their feelings (hope I didn’t offend anyone). Pray for me on this one.
  • My stomach still flips before football games and church on Sunday (and I love it).
  • Spending time with God is THE most important thing you do.
  • I just checked my blog stats and I have 260 comments, then I saw a link at the bottom that says 2645 comments have been caught by WordPress’ spam filter. I was bummed that they are hurting my stats so I decided to check a few of the comments. WOW. Thanks WordPress Spam Hooker Upper Guy! This Blogs for you.
  • Everyone needs to take vacations (Wolf Lodge here we come. Only two more days!!)
  • My wife is awesome.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Big Game Tonight

Rose HoggardWe had a week off last week but tonight is a HUGE game. We play Greenville Rose at home. Greenville Rose has won the last four state 4A championships and eliminated us last season one game short of the championship (31-29). I don’t think that living in the past is a smart thing to do but our guys went 14-1 last year, had dreams of an undfeated championship year and one team ruined that, Rose.

Polls are worthless in games like this but the AP Poll has us ranked 4th in the state and Rose 8th. The game will be broadcast on two radio stations and the crowd should be strong tonight. Not to mention, I feel like I am going to throw up right now.

I will update you in the morning!

Christian’s Break My Heart Sometimes

I just got and email from someone who was offended by our latest mailer and I have to be honest with you, it broke my heart. I will let you read it and then I have a few comments.

Hello,

I found your flyer adorned with a picture of a used-up roll of toilet paper still on its hanger in the mailbox of my weekend getaway in Wilmington, and I think it is, without a doubt, the most vulgar invitation to a church service that I have ever received.

Your targeted demographics, I’m sure, are rock ‘n’ roll airheads who have the crude sensibility to think that your disgusting graphic and its message are cool.

We are certainly living in strange times when a “church” has to resort to bathroom humor to attract worshippers. If this is what Christianity has fallen to– dumbed-down to– in its desperate search for new converts, then it is not worth . . . well, it’s not worth a roll of toilet tissue.

I can just imagine your tacky services with rock and roll “praise” singing, feel-good fellowship, banal and semi-illiterate, insufferable sermons. No dignity. No poetry. No intelligent theology. No majestic, traditional hymns. Nothing of any taste or culture.

“Come, Lord Jesus,

Our guest to be,

And let us rock ‘n roll with Thee.”

Is this your mantra?

When it comes to Christianity, the Lifepoint Church must be the pits. I shall save your advertisement to illustrate the revolting shallowness of contemporary worship services in an article I am writing that contrasts Christian Humanists with Christian Fundamentalists. I believe your church falls into the latter category.

I have to tell you, criticism like this doesn’t make me mad at all and I am serious when I say that it doesn’t make me rethink our mission but when it is from a so called Christian, it saddens me. I definitely don’t think we have cornered the market on how to do church and I think that every Church in town should be at least a little different (there is no one size fits all church). What hurts me the most is people or churches that get so rallied behind a methodology or some theology that their arrogance wreaks and there is no possible way that they are a reflection of the heart of Jesus. Even writing this puts me to close to the line but I hope this is a warning to everyone that our main deal is this:

27He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b]”Love the Lord your God with all your heart,

This is our main task, not policing Churches, not slicing people up with our tounges. We have to stay on task!

If you are wondering, I did respond to this email. Here is my respones:

Thanks for the encouraging words. Our heart is definitely for those far from God in this community and our desire is to love all those rock ‘n’ roll airheads to Jesus (just like He would). I wish you the best as you tell people about Christ love. Have a safe trip home and sorry for mailer.

God Bless,
Daryl Strickland | Executive Pastor | Lifepoint Church