Archive for September, 2008

Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts

- Last week was a great week!

- I love this weather! The Fall is my favorite season.

- I love going for drives with Leah to explore. This past week our goal was to find random apple trees on the side of the road to pick from. Does this mean we are getting old? Well, what if I told you we also stopped at some antique shops too?

- Brian and Libby are going to have their baby any day now! I’m so nervous. Their blog posts have been pretty funny. Check them out. I never met anyone that had so many competitions surrounding the birth of their child. Hmmm…It gives me some great ideas of how to pay for my kid when that time comes.

- UNITED was awesome last Wednesday! We are building a ton of momentum!

- Don’t forget that UNITED is every Wednesday at 6:30, with an extra big one called UNITED LIVE coming up on October 8th!

- Church was awesome this weekend! Pastor Buddy pretty much did his whole talk while riding a bike and jogging. (He was training for a triathlon thing.)

- Learning the whole “own your own behavior” concept. It’s tuff.

- Baseball’s regular season is over! Red Sox never caught up to the Ray’s, but at least they won the Wild Card. Going to miss the first playoff game becaue of UNITED. Well worth it though! :)

- I hope you all have a productive week!

Video Blog: Inner Strength – George W. Bush

This has hardly been a blog that features any kind of political thoughts or ideas (I mean, look at my last post for crying out loud), but there is something that has been on my mind a lot lately while watching the news. It’s how George W. Bush (GWB) has been portrayed about how he “ruled” during his presidency.

I have always been a big supporter of GWB. Most of that support has come from the fact that I knew there was a man in that office that loves God more than America. Some would say that that would “disqualify” him, but I think it makes him even more qualified. No president is perfect. No president will make all the “right” decisions. GWB had what some say is one of the toughest presidencies since WWII.

Anyway, I’m not going to rant and rave, but just watch this video and let it speak for itself. Especially if you’re a Christian and have ridiculed GWB, then I just hope that this sheds some light on where he is coming from.

I’d be interested to know if you knew about any of the information in this video. Take time to watch the whole thing. It’s worth it.


Inner Strength – The Public Faith of George W. Bush from Kevin Murrell on Vimeo.

Identity Crisis (Don’t Read!)

I feel like since I have started this blog, I have been pretty revealing about who I am as a person. Right? Well, when I was in High School and college, I went through many identity crisis’ (Is that how I say that?). Mostly on the exterior.

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Take my senior High School picture for instance on the left compared to my freshman in Bible College picture on the right:

 

Then there’s my Junior High School picture here on the left compared to my Sophmore college picture on the right:

 

Here are some other pictures that have been taken:

 

STOP! I know what you’re thinking! I know that you’re wondering why I sometimes had a hairy forehead and always had a little scruff under my chin, but let’s stay on track here! Identity Crisis!

At least I was able to research some people you might know, which made me feel a lot better!

Do you know any of these people? These were the REAL pictures that inspired what you saw above.

Seriously…Do you recognize them?

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 MORE? Naaaahhhhhh. Let me see if I keep these guys as friends first.

Everything UNITED

l_c11d6b1caa75ea929ae8afe8991f1852.jpgWe had an amazing kick-off to the school year with our first UNITED last week! Over 20 students accepted Christ into their lives! God is doing some incredible things here at Northway Church and His favor is on this next generation! We are so excited to see what is going on in Northway Student Ministry (NSM)!

As most of you know, we have made some adjustments from last year that are going to help us do even more!

Here are some of the highlights of what you can expect:

- UNITED is EVERY Wednesday night at 6:30 pm, with an extra big UNITED on the first Wednesday of the month!! The once a month “big UNITED” is going to be called UNITED LIVE! (UNITED LIVE in October is going to be October 8th, which just happens to be the second Wednesday) Make sense?

- This means that the next UNITED is tomorrow night, September 24 at 6:30 pm in Clifton Park. The next UNITED LIVE is on October 8th!

- We are opening up a new atmosphere at UNITED LIVE on October 8th, that will feature a “High School Only” section! Trust me…It will be awesome! It will be a more relaxing place for them to be able to hang out with their friends!
- We will also be splitting Middle School and High School for UNITED in October, and then bring them back together for UNITED LIVE once a month.

- In the near future, we will be offering some breakout sessions at UNITED for any students that want to sign up for them. More info to come soon!

I know this is a lot of information right now, but I hope that you can get behind NSM as we move forward in encouraging this next generation to be the best generation for God in all of history!

We brought over 130 students to camp this past summer and so many of them have changed lives! Many of them did not want to go to camp, but their parents got them on the bus anyway! ALL of those students came home thanking their parents! We want to encourage you (parents) to do the same with UNITED. Get them here and let God do the rest. They are worth it!

If you are a parent, then you will be receiving a letter in the mail shortly from me with some of this same information. If you have any questions at all, then please let me know! You can email me anytime at kmurrell@northwaychurch.tv. I would love to answer any questions that you have.

I’m praying for you and your family!

Weekly Re-Cap / Quiz

- I just realized that I didn’t post a re-cap last week. Whoops.

- Things have been really busy.

- We had our UNITED kick-off that was awesome!

- Over 20 students accepted Christ into their lives!

- UNITED is every Wednesday night at 6:30, with a extra big UNITED on the first Wednesday of the month! (Except for the big one in October since it’s on Oct 8th)

- We are going to build a student leadership team this year like never before!

- Who do you know that would want to volunteer in student ministry?? We ALWAYS need more help!

- In any ministry, you never get to the point where you say, “Hmmmm. Wow! I just don’t need any more help!”

- Northway’s parenting series is going awesome! Tons of people have accepted Christ!

- I watched parts of the last Yankee game ever at Yankee Stadium! Whatever.

- I don’t really follow Football until the Red Sox season is over.

- The church staff got a book last week that has to be read by tomorrow. Only problem is that I didn’t get it until the end of the week. It has almost 300 pages. It’s a great book though. (The E Myth Revisited) I love that we are challenged to read business books in ministry.

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For some reason, I am a magnet for email forwards. I get over 100 per week. Most of them tell me to forward them to 10 other people or else I’ll go bald or something. This is what happens when teenagers get your email address.

Here is the official email forward of the week:

I triple dog dare you to answer these easy questions without first looking at the answers below. See if you can get at least four of them correct.

1) How  long did the Hundred Years’ War last?
2) Which  country makes Panama hats?  
3) From  which animal do we get cat gut?
4) In  which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?  
5) What  is a camel hair brush made of? 
6) The  Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?  
7) What  was King George VI’s first name? 
8. What  color is a purple finch? 
9) Where  are Chinese gooseberries from? 
10) What  is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?  

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ANSWERS:

1)  How long did the Hundred Years War last? 116 years  
2)  Which country makes Panama hats? Ecuador  
3)  From which animal do we get cat gut? Sheep and Horses  
4)  In which month do Russians celebrate the October  Revolution? November  
5)  What is a camel hair brush made of? Squirrel  fur  
6)  The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? Dogs  (canines)
7)  What was King George VI’s first name? Albert  
8.  What color is a purple finch? Crimson  
9)  Where are Chinese gooseberries from? New Zealand  
10)  What is the color of the black box in a commercial  airplane? Orange

Video Blog: UNITED Kick-Off Video…CHECK IT OUT!

Here is a video from UNITED on this past Wednesday!

It includes:

- The first few minutes of our UNITED service.

- Tons of pictures

- Band footage

- A clip from Pastor Buddy‘s talk.

Great UNITED Kick-Off!!

We had an incredible time last night at our first UNITED of the year! Hundreds of people left school and work to come hang out at church on a Wednesday night!

Here’s the best part…

Are you ready?

Over 20 students prayed to accept Jesus into their lives!! That is why we do what we do!

Pastor Buddy did an amazing job communicating to our students! They were challenged and encouraged last night!

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UNITED is every Wednesday night at 6:30, with an extra big UNITED on the first Wednesday of each month. (The next big one is on Oct 8th, which is the only exception to the “first Wednesday” thing…haha)

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I’ll hopefully have a video up here later today or early tomorrow.

To view more pictures from last night, go to our Student Ministry MySpace page HERE and click on the “pics” link. The photo album is title “UNITED Pics 9-17-08″. Or try clicking HERE to go directly to the album.

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I’m not sure if this ended well or not.

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UNITED is Tonight!!

l_c11d6b1caa75ea929ae8afe8991f1852.jpgThe first UNITED for this school year is today, September 17th, at 6:30 pm!!

Northway Church – Clifton Park

You don’t want to miss it! Come check out the changes that we have made!
SPECIAL GUEST: Buddy Cremeans
LIVE BAND
CAFÉ / INTERNET STATIONS
LIVE DJ – SPORTS
FREE FOOD!!
VIDEO GAMES (Rockband, WII’s etc...)
OUTDOOR SKATEBOARDING (skating waiver required – CLICK HERE for download)

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I will be “Twittering” throughout the day! I’ll get a video up here hopefully tomorrow about how it all went!

Auto Weekly Twitter Update

(This is me trying the automatic Twitter blog update thing…These were all my updates for the week starting with the most recent) 

Going to bed…big week ahead…I ate an ice cream spread…I feel dead…my name is not Ted…I rhyme like K Fed  from txt

The fact that your phone carries more bacteria than your toilet seat is quite disturbing! Right? (except for my phone…its perfect) about 15 hours ago from txt

Its going to be packed out this morning at the Clifton Park campus! Tons of new people! about 23 hours ago from txt

 

Listening in on the people at the next table… 08:59 PM September 13, 2008 from txt

 

This weekend will be the first and hopefully last time I will ever pull for the Yankees! (They are playing Tampa Bay, and we need them t … 12:12 PM September 13, 2008 from txt

 

New blog post: PG: Parental Guidence Required http://kevinmurrell.com/?p=531 10:50 AM September 13, 2008 from Twitter Tools

 

Its dark early, cold, and raining…trying not to be cranky! Too late! 07:16 PM September 12, 2008 from txt

 

New blog post: Video Blog: Squirrel In My Yard Thought Pool Was Sea of Acorns! http://kevinmurrell.com/?p=529 12:46 PM September 12, 2008 from Twitter Tools

 

@brianhowe…we have good TV watching skills! 10:22 PM September 11, 2008 from txt in reply to brianhowe

 

Is anyone else watching “The Principal’s Office” on TruTV? I think its rigged… 09:30 PM September 11, 2008 from txt

Taking a break from work to go to a church staff lunch and prayer walk. 03:26 PM September 11, 2008 from txt

 

Loving Newmans Own organic coffee from McCafe right now… 03:12 PM September 11, 2008 from txt

 

New blog post: NSM Cardboard Testimonies!! http://kevinmurrell.com/?p=528 11:25 AM September 11, 2008 from Twitter Tools

 

Just spent the past 45 minutes trying to crack my laptop password to install something!! There was no password! Just click “ok”!!! GRRRRRRR! 03:52 PM September 10, 2008 from txt

 

@brianhowe…No it’s not! Im looking right at you. 02:49 PM September 10, 2008 from txt in reply to brianhowe

 

Red Sox are about to be in 1st!!! (again) 11:43 PM September 08, 2008 from txt

 

Just went swimming! I almost broke Phelps record, but my leg cramped on the final turn. (and it felt like I was swimming at the North Pole) 04:34 PM September 08, 2008 from txt

 

New blog post: Weekly Re-Cap / Thoughts http://kevinmurrell.com/?p=526 11:10 AM September 08, 2008 from Twitter Tools

 

Can’t wait to see Leah tomorrow…Its been 5 days! 11:15 PM September 07, 2008 from txt

 

http://twitpic.com/ap2r – This is what my mom had covering my baby picture in the room Im staying in. She is one of those “dog ladies”. … 08:31 PM September 07, 2008 from TwitPic

 

Hanging out with my parents tonight…My dad just told my mom that she is his “mexican dish”. (We are on our way to eat mexican) 06:48 PM September 07, 2008 from txt
 
I think I’ll go to Boston…dah dah dee dah dah dah dah…(Sorry…car radio is broken and Im new to text-singing) (and im a dork) 04:00 PM September 07, 2008 from txt

PG: Parental Guidance Required

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We have a great new series starting this weekend at Northway! “Parental Guidance Required” is going to be a parenting/leadership series. I don’t have kids yet, but I love that I can go to a church that talks openly about this stuff before I do have them. (I’m not saying that I’m having them anytime soon!) I see so many parents these days longing for some direction with their kids.

I know that Pastor Buddy has been working hard, as usual, to make this series relevant to everyone that comes! Check out his blog for the trailer and to read some of his posts about the series.

ATTENTION STUDENTS!!! Don’t forget that we want you guys to sit in the front middle section for whatever service you attend! The front row in the middle is reserved on Saturday nights, but take over the second and third rows on that night, and then the first and second on Sunday! Lead worship from the seats!

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Now Scroll down and watch my squirrel video! :)