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90% is just showing up!

It's funny how much people hate "Change". But at the same time they like "New". We don't want things to "Change" unless it gets better. We eat the same 5 meals every week, drive to work the same way every day, park in the same place, have the same thing for breakfast every day, watch the same TV shows, hang out with the same people, listen to the same radio station. Why do we do that? Why is there no adventure? Maybe it makes us feel good because we know what will happen. "New" is OK as long as it's not different. It's great to get a new car as long and it works like the old car.

Several years ago we did a thing called CPAC. CPAC is a thing that allows people who want to be church planters (start a new church from scratch) to come take several tests, make presentations, solve problems..etc to see if they have what it takes to do it. It is a total lifestyle change.  It's hard to survive being a church planter and many of the people who come to CPAC to be evaluated don't pass. We had lunch for them and I was the speaker. The CPAC people came to it and there were a bunch of other pastors there too, about 120. The fun part was that I got to talk about the people at Hope.

I told them about the outside ConeHeads, inside ConeHeads, Scrubs, Setup people, Breakdown people, Coffee people, CD kiosk people, greeters, VBS volunteers, urban Volunteers, Hope House Volunteers, FFF Volunteers….etc. Most of the pastors thought I was talking about some mythical place. They couldn't believe there were people who would stay and help. They were used to everyone getting up and leaving and the pastor standing there by himself….like they were going to a movie or something. That seems strange to me. How can you stand around and watch a bunch of people stack chairs, or better yet, watch your pastor stack chairs, and not help? I just couldn't do that, I would have to help, wouldn't you? It would make me crazy to stand there and watch. 

My friend at Target House did a survey one time asking the people there (families with kids in St Jude) what helped them the most. I figured it would be faith, God, family, the staff…etc. By far the biggest thing they said was "The kindness of others".  I think people at Hope understand that idea…. "I got here by the kindness of others and it's up to me to return the favor".  Some people think "I got here on my own and I don't owe anybody anything". Of course those people will soon learn that that's not true.. The big thing that you miss if you think you don't need to help anybody is the chance for God to use you. That should be your biggest goal as a Christian. You should do whatever it takes to be there. My experience is that being in the right place is more important than being prepared. Being willing is more important than being ready.  90% is just showing up!

God's like that: God says he will never change.."He's the same yesterday, today and tomorrow". And at the same time he says he is "New every morning."  Don't be afraid, God has big plans for you, "New" and Different. Look at it as an adventure. You can be sure of how the adventure ends, but until then, put yourself in a place where God can use you and enjoy the ride.


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

In the far east this is breakfast, but to me this is a warm bowl of pure goodness that is super healthy. A warm blanket, a football game, Lazy boy and a big bowl of Asian Salmon Rice Soup. This is too easy, one pan. Plus it will make you feel better, cure your cold, help you lose weight, whiten your teeth and make you a generally pleasant person. I got this hunting recipes on 

Asian Salmon Rice Soup

3/4 cup long-grain rice .. Jasmine prefered

1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, skin removed, fish cut into 8 pieces

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil  - use half if this is the strong kind(smell it, you'll know)

10 cilantro stems, leave whole so you can pull them out, plus 1 cup cilantro leaves for garnish

1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock

4 cups water

3 scallions including green tops, chopped

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.

Coat the salmon with the soy sauce and sesame oil.

In a large pot, combine the cooked rice, the cilantro stems, the ginger, salt, broth, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Add the salmon to the pot. Simmer, covered, until the salmon is just done, about 5 minutes.

Remove the cilantro stems.

Serve the soup garnished with the cilantro leaves and scallions.

That's it! .. Throw a bunch of stuff in a pot till it tastes good. As long as it's fresh, this works every time..


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 11:28 AM