Monday, November 27, 2006 

Reflections on Thanksgiving

I love the holiday of Thanksgiving for many reasons and this year was no exception. This was however, not the typical Thanksgiving. My earliest memories of Thanksgiving go back to spending time at my grandparent’s house. Eating this huge meal that my grandmother had very skillfully crafted. Then enjoying watching football which always includes the UT and A&M game which is always fun because my family is split down the middle of who they want to win the game.

This Thanksgiving was different. This year my wife did not have off for very long and so we did something different. My mother and my sister who both work in retail had only a day or so off and my mother (who would normally cook a thanksgiving feast) had to work the night before until10:30 P.M. So we planned a little adventure. We booked a hotel room for all of us in a nice hotel on Galveston Island and then the next day way ate at this Thanksgiving feast at the San Luis resort in Galveston. Now when I say feast I mean a feast. They had mountains of every kind of food that you could imagine and for $20 you could eat all you wanted. The walls were lined with your traditional thanksgiving food but they had things like veal, mahi mahi, prime rib, shrimp, crab, and full ice cream bar and much more then I can possibly think of. It was a meal of epic proportions. In the middle of this meal something strange happened to me. In the past Thanksgiving had always really been about food, family, football, and just plain relaxation. Yet at this meal I have this moment of true thanksgiving. I think about all that God has given me. I thank him for all of it in my mind. My mom notices me thinking about asks if I am ok and then I just can’t help but share how truly thankful I am. Now some of you reading this are saying yeah this is kind of a preacherly thing to say and yet I promise you from the bottom of my heart I understand for perhaps the first time the tremendous blessings that I enjoy in my life. I say that because I very reflective the rest of the day. I think about the fact that all of the servers that are at this amazing meal and here on Thanksgiving Day so that I can stuff my face. This really does bother me. I realize that somewhere probably close to the very hotel where there are these mountains of food, that there are most likely people that do not have enough to eat. This bothers me so much that I blurt out to a server, “So what happens to all the left over?” She just looks at me like I am crazy. I am very serious though and so I ask another. They say that they actually throw all of the food away! What! You can’t be serious. Yeah , we have tried to give the food away in the past and some people had sued the catering company because they got food poisoning. I just shake my head.

I really do have so much to be thankful for and I am excited about sharing this new found thanks with others.

That night my wife and I decide that we might do something crazy. We see all of the ad’s for the crazy sales in all of the stores and I decide that I would like very much to have brand new computer system for only $200. So that night neither of us can sleep so we decide to be sneaky and go to one of the stores early, at 2 A.M. to be exact! So we drive up to circuit city and what do we see? About 200 to 300 people wrapped around the building waiting in line for these great deals. I am shocked! People are not only lined up at 2 A.M. but we learn that some have been waiting at the store since 10 P.M. for a store that will open at 5 A.M. ????!!!??!! I wanted a good deal on a computer but not that bad. We go home and go to bed. What a strange thanksgiving! Strange yet a time that I needed to fully realize all that I have.

Things that I am very thankful for:
1. A God that loves me enough to sacrifice His son in order to show me that love.
2. The people that took the time to share with me the face that God does in fact love all of us, even me!
3. A beautiful wife that is truly my best friend. I don’t deserve her!
4. A family that loves me.
5. A house over my head, food in my stomach, and all of the other basic needs in life.
6. Friends that always make an effort to let me know that they care. This is a gift that I take for granted far too often.
7. The freedom that I have to worship God , to speak my mind, to live where I want and how I want. I do truly thank God for this country.
8. Life in general. Each day is a gift that I look forward to unwrapping to see what might be in store for me. Not that my life is perfect, it is just that I truly love this gift of life!

Thursday, November 16, 2006 

Just something to make you smile!

Just a random blog to make you smile!

These are some answer that some children gave our real tests at school.

The future of "I give" is "I take."

The parts of speech are lungs and air.

The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.

A census taker is man who goes from house to house increasing the population.

A virgin forest is a forest where the hand of man has never set foot.

Water is composed of two gins. Oxygin and hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.

(Define H2O and CO2.) H2O is hot water and CO2 is cold water.

The general direction of the Alps is straight up.

A city purifies its water supply by filtering the water then forcing it through an aviator.

The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 opossums.

Most of the houses in France are made of plaster of Paris.

The spinal column is a long bunch of bones. The head sits on the top and you sit on the bottom.

We do not raise silk worms in the United States, because we get our silk from rayon. He is a larger worm and gives more silk.

One of the main causes of dust is janitors.

A scout obeys all to whom obedience is due and respects all duly constipated authorities.

One by-product of raising cattle is calves.

To prevent head colds, use an agonizer to spray into the nose until it drips into the throat.

The four seasons are salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

The word trousers is an uncommon noun because it is singular at the top and plural at the bottom.

Oliver Cromwell had a large red nose, but under it were deeply religious feelings.

Syntax is all the money collected at the church from sinners.

The blood circulates through the body by flowing down one leg and up the other.

In spring, the salmon swim upstream to spoon.

Iron was discovered because someone smelt it.

In the middle of the 18th century, all the morons moved to Utah.

A person should take a bath once in the summer, not so often in the winter.

Saturday, November 11, 2006 

The Wonder of Myspace!

Chances are that you have heard about If you have not then you would be amazed and what a simple idea can turn into. In my mind myspace is a true glimpse into the life of a person. It includes pictures, slideshows, videos, music and so many other ways to learn about a person. I got off of myspace because of all of the junk on it. My great little sis taught me more about filtering your account so that you would get the "fake" spammers sending you stuff and I have come back to the crazy world of myspace. The thing that is amazing to me is simply the vast number of people on myspace. I can find most friends from college and even long lost friends from highschool. I have really enjoyed that experience. Want to check it out.

Click on this address to see my myspace account: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 08, 2006 

What does it mean to be a community?

Technology has dramatically changed the world in which we live. The use of the internet, cell phones, satellite, PDA’s, and many other devices has made this information age. We have information at our fingertips waiting for us twenty four hours, seven days a week. Some have referred to the time in which we live the communication age as it is easier then even to get in touch with someone. While I enjoy all of this technology and the convenience that it provides my life, I also see some negative aspects of technology. I am talking about the erosion of community.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I do not think that this scripture is saying that if you mange to miss one Sunday at church that you are going to hell. I believe that this scripture is pointing out something much deeper. This scripture warns us to not forget how much we need each other. This scripture calls us to encourage each other as the Day is approaching. The Day of course is when Jesus Christ returns to claim His people. When we gather together to worship as a church family our first purpose must be to worship the Lord in spirit and truth but the very important secondary purpose involves encouraging one another. I talk a lot about having real relationships with one another but maybe I have forgotten to mention that bigger picture. We need to understand the importance of community. I am not talking about civic clubs or things of that nature; I am talking about this church family.

We are a spiritual community joined together by Jesus Christ. Jesus does not want us sitting in front of our computers, TV’s, and any other device we might own while neglecting the body of Christ. Jesus does not want us floating through this life sitting in front of our TV’s. Jesus wants us interacting, eating together, laughing together, and praying together. Loneliness is something that we should never experience in the church. If being a part of a loving community of faith is a taste of heaven, then certainly isolation is a bit of hell, and to that degree, here on Earth, we decide in which state we would like to live.

So turn off your computer and put down the TV remote and get to know the people that you worship with. Pick up your phone and call a brother or sister and do something together. Make a point to be more involved in the life of this church family. For that matter get to know the people that are not in the church. Get to know the people next door, your workplaces. We need to grown as we get to know all kinds of people. As we consider the church, together let us encourage one another until Jesus returns to take us home.

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  • I'm Michael Potthoff
  • From Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
  • My name is Michael Potthoff and I am 27 years old. I was raised in League City, Texas (close to Houston) I have a beautiful, godly wife name Ruth who makes me a better man! I have been in ministry close to 5 years now and Jesus Christ is my passion. Preaching His good news is something that I truly love! I am blessed to be able to do something that I truly love.
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