Archive for August, 2008

Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts (Virginia Trip)

- I just got back at 3am from an extremely fun and action packed trip to Virginia for a wedding!

- It took us 12 hours to get back when it should have only taken us 9 hours. I have come to the conclusion that southerners don’t know how to drive. I’m blogging about this one this week! I have a lot of frustration to let out.

- My friend Ruben got married to my other friend Vanessa. I know them from college.

- It was a beach wedding! I had never been to a beach wedding before! Awesome!

- I got to be the videographer! I hope they like their wedding footage.

- It was great hanging out with so many of my college friends. The lack of sleep was getting to me though.

- I’m going to post some pictures later today and tomorrow.

- I got to hang out at Virginia Beach for a day. Cool place.

- When I finally decided to swim in the ocean, I saw a shark and totally freaked out! It ended up being a dolphin, but who cares…dolphins still have sharp teeth. Right? I’m sticking with swimming pools.

- Jamestown, Langley AFB, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge are all within 20 minutes of where we were. Did we go to any of those sites? No, but I guess we did cross that bridge which was the first time I gladly paid a toll with a smile. Unbelievable bridge! :)

- Five weddings down, one more to go!

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Here’s a couple of pics to get started…

Ruben and Vanessa –

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Isn’t Leah a beauty?

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Gang signs or something…

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More to come!

Video: Handy-Man Blues

Another video for you:

Video: My Biggest Fear About Babies

Today, I am kind of returning to the baby video theme. The video that I posted HERE a couple of days ago, seemed to be pretty popular so I figured I would take the baby videos to the next level.

***DISCLAIMER*** - I could barely watch this video myself, so you may want to turn away. Having a waste basket near by is highly recommended. Kevinmurrell.com is not responsible for any illnesses that may occur from watching this video clip. :)

Funny Church/Wedding Moments…

I’m getting ready to leave for Virginia for a wedding, so I’m kind of taking the week off from “heavy” blogging. I am just going to post some funny/weird videos for your viewing pleasure each day.

I don’t think I have ever posted this one. Have I? This is a compilation of some funny church/wedding bloopers. Pretty funny stuff…at least I think.

Check out my other YouTube videos HERE.

Has any of this stuff happened to you?

The Near Future For so Many!

So many of my friends now have babies, are about to have babies, or are trying to have babies. I’m sure that Leah and I will have our day soon! For now, I am enjoying just sitting back and watching everyone’s lives change around me. It consists of a lot of free entertainment at times.

For some, a typical Sat. morning might consist of getting up and going shopping, taking a day trip, golfing, doing yard work, watching TV etc…

For some, especially a lot of my friends right now, a typical Sat morning might consist of…well…watch this and see for yourself…

(If you are really brave, close your eyes and just listen to the audio)

Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts

- I have fully recovered from camp!

- It’s only taken two weeks!

- I’m not getting old! I’m not getting old!

- I got a ton of stuff done last week. Very productive, I feel, considering that my car died for good. May it RIP.

- I’ve been doing a lot of planning and brainstorming for student ministry in the Fall! Can’t wait! I’m going to be meeting with student leaders and adult leaders asap.

- I’m continuing to receive some great stories about our camps! I love it!

- Leah and I hung out with the rest of the church staff on Friday night for a BBQ. It is a great group of people!

- Mark Batterson did an awesome job speaking this past weekend at Northway. I’m loving his new book…Wild Goose Chase. Make sure you pick up a copy when it fully releases.

- Leah and I are headed down to Virginia this week for WEDDING NUMBER FIVE for the year! Lots of friends from college will be there. (Including this guy!)

- The wedding is on Virginia Beach! (On the actual beach…like with the sand and everything!) Should be pretty cool! Do I have to wear a bathing sit to the wedding? I’m so confused!

- Leah just picked up her bridesmaid dress, and the store had ordered and delivered the wrong one! She is going to have to wear the granny dress they gave her unless we can figure something out this week! Do you think we can get a dress in three days that normally takes 3 months? We can do it! (At least that’s what I’m trying to tell her.) I’m trying to relate, but it’s just hard sometimes. :)

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As Leah was working out details about her dress disaster, I was walking around the Clifton Park Mall. Ever hear of Fly 92.3′s Last Student Standing? College students are competing for scholarships, a free car, free apartment, and more by being locked up in a store in the mall. They are on display! It’s pretty funny to watch them in there like caged animals. Ckeck it out…

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Help! Gas or Electric Scooter? Help!

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I think it might be official! Leah and I are going to get a motor scooter! Not the nice old lady kind, or the motorcycle kind, but the the eleven year old kind with a motor attached! I can get a decent deal on Craigslist or Ebay!

One of our cars just blew it’s transmission, so we are down to one car, which needs work itself! Grrrrrr. We were thinking about how we can survive on one car, but maybe we can do it. Leah only works 1-2 miles from where we live, so she can potentially scoot her way to work each day. IT WAS HER IDEA! By the way, I can’t wait to hide along her scoot route with a video camera so I can post it on Youtube for you! Shhhh.

Anyway, theres my story, but I have some questions for you scooter enthusiasts! Please chime in!

- What is better, gas or electric? I figured if she gets stuck, then gas might be the better option. She can keep a mini gas can in her purse or something.

- Do they sell scooter umbrellas for rain? Snow? Ice? Hail?

- Are there laws about helmets? I have a Red Sox baseball helmet, would that be acceptable?

- I noticed that there are some scooters that have the option for a seat. Does that throw off your balance?41jqm50me5l__sl210_.jpg

- How are motor scooters on mountain roads in case I want to scoot to church on the weekends, so Leah can drive and meet me at the later service?

- Would getting a scooter just be way too silly?

Please let me know what your thoughts are, even if you can only answer one question! I need your help! :)

(By the way, NO! Leah would not scoot through ice and hail…just rain and light snow!)  :)

QFAS: Sticking With It After Camp!

(Did you check out the new camp pictures that I posted below yet?)

(CLICK HERE to view the other “Question From a Student” posts.)

question-from-a-student-pic.jpgQUESTION: How do I stick with the decisions that I made at camp now that I am home?

This is the question that I am being asked the most from students and parents now that we are done with both of our camps. Camp is powerful, and God really works in the lives of those that go, but what about when you get home and all the temptations and old junk come back?

Honestly, I think that it is a pretty easy concept, but it’s just very hard for all of us to actually do. It’s one of the most basic things we should do as a Christian. Are you ready for it? Here it is… MAKE THE DECISION TO REPLACE THE UNGODLY THINGS IN YOUR LIFE FOR THE GODLY!

You can’t make a decision for God and say you want to give your life to Him, but then only actually do it one hour a week at church! It has to be a lifestyle. Find the things in your life that are holding you back. What are the negative influences in your life? Certain friends? Music? TV? Internet?

Here are a few thoughts: 

- Start with your eyes and ears. I have written that 100 times on this blog, but it is so important. Everything that comes into our minds, which effects our heart, comes in through our eyes and ears. (In Vermont, they would call that having “IDEARS”. Get it? Your eyes and ears give you idears. haha…I know…pretty corny) Things we see, and things we hear. If your eyes and ears are turning into trash cans, then you will naturally end up leaving your God-given desires on hold. Let positive stuff invade your life.

- Use Philippians 4:8-9 as a filter. In whatever you are doing, use these verses as something to compare it to. It says, “You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.  Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

- If you are doing something destructive to your body or thought life, then don’t make excuses for it. Call it what it is…destructive.

- Look at the amount of TIME you spend on things. That usually can tell you where your heart is. is stuff like church second and third to sports or work etc…? If so, then you need to re-prioritize. I see students all the time making the decision to put other stuff before God and church. EVERY TIME they are struggling with staying connected to God. Don’t let that happen to you! Make the decision to commit to God now and stick with it.

- How do you stay positive? Read the Bible! Start in Philippians, because it has so many truths for the Christian to hold on to and apply.  PRAY! Do you talk to God regularly? He is always ready and waiting for us to talk to Him and tell Him what is going on in our lives. Get plugged into church! When you worship God and meet other people that are just like you and trying to do what is right, then that is one of the best things that you can do for your life. UNITED and our all-new c-group program will be starting soon. Make it a priority! God should come first in our lives.

I know that this is all pretty basic stuff, but it is something that I have tried to focus on in my own life. It works. Do I slip up? All the time, but I keep getting up and getting back at it! Don’t quit! You can control most of your situations if you are pro-active and focus on God.

More to come!

More Camp Pics!

I wasn’t really able to get the time to sit down and do a full blog post today, but I did get some great pictures that some people sent to me.

Here are a few:

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For these first two pics, what would your first thought be if you didn’t know these were taken at camp? Hmmmm.

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Well…maybe these too!

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Please…Please…Please…Don’t tell Leah that I posted this picture! Crap! I think she reads my blog! (By the way…that weird bright object at the bottom of the picture is somehow Leah’s shoe)

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One morning I walked into the building where we ate our meals and it smelled like the building was on fire! Instead of running away, I decided to be brave…you know…in case someone is stuck inside the building still or something. Well, I made it to the cafeteria and found out that Michelle almost burned down the building while toasting a bagel! Everyone else’s bagel came out fine. Go figure. :) Oh…and James Michel ate it!

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Enemy With a Mission: Steal, Kill, and Destroy

We have an enemy with a mission! He wants to kill our joy and make us ineffective. I’ve been thinking a lot about students and the fact that they just got home from camp. Is coming home going to be easy? How do they stay true to the decisions that they made at camp, and not lost their passion for God?  I am going to be posting a couple things in the next couple of days answering those questions.

Any time you step it up for God, the enemy immediately will want to get in and knock you down. If you have accepted Christ into you life, then he knows that he can’t have you for eternity. That means that he will make it his mission to make you ineffective in your Christian walk. He wants you to sit on the side lines and stay far from the game.

When students come home from camp, there is an incredible “spiritual high” that is awesome. The enemy wants to distract us from God by throwing in our faces all of the stuff that effects us physically, spiritually etc… It could be old sin. It could be tough situations. It could be with relationships etc…

I know that it has been happening with me. The two things that I use the most for my job…my phone and my car…have basically been destroyed. I sat on my PDA phone and cracked it so that it only partially works, then as I was driving to church on Sunday, my car blew it’s transmission. :) Crap! It’s happening. That might seem like not a big deal to some, but to me right now that is pretty HUGE. I could sit back and feel sorry for myself, and ask God…Why are you allowing this to happen after such an amazing week of camp? etc… The fact is that God is the only ONE that knows everything and loves me unconditionally. It’s not His fault when bad things happen! There is an enemy that is seeking to steal, kill, and destroy! (John 10:10)

Anyway, I’m going to hit some of this stuff in the next couple of days!

I will also be posting more video and pictures from camp! I promise! :)