I was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, now am Minister to Senior Adults & Pastoral Care at Plymouth Park Baptist Church (multi-ethnic church) in Irving, Texas. My fun ministry (volunteer) is serving as one of the Irving Police Department Chaplains. I am Papi (granddad), and my wife, Becky and I are so blessed to have 7 grandkids, Harper, Ellie, Evans, Sawyer, Tate, Whitt and Forrest.
I tell my kids all the time I love them, and we are so very grateful to the Lord that He has honored His promise to Becky (her name means - "To Tie" in Hebrew and Ann means "Gracious" in Hebrew) and I. We raised them in the Lord, and as a result of that they are living today for Him. Dr. Cin (Cynthia (name means "Moon" and is a Greek name) Nicole (is a Greek name and means "Victory of The People")) is a Chiropractor and MidWife, but now is a stay-at-home Mom to raise her child, Harper ("Harp Player") Joseph ("God will Increase" in Hebrew). She has given up her practice for now because they feel she should be a fulltime Mom. What a blessing in today's economy to be able to do that. If you follow God's perfect plan for you, He will richly bless you. Dr. JimBob ("Supplanter" in Hebrew, and "Bright Fame" for Robert) Haggerton, my son-in-law, (Jim as he calls himself in a show on stage in Branson, Missouri) is a fulltime Chiropractor (running his own practice, Lifetime Family Wellness) and owns Gentle Beginnings Birth Center. Cin met him while attending Plymouth Park Baptist Church faithfully (the best place to meet your future mate is in church). He is everything that we prayed for, and best of all is that he loves the Lord, his wife and his son. Marcy ("Brave" in Latin) Lynn, ("Near a Lake or Pond") who we affectionately call Marcy Lynner, is our youngest of two daughters. She just recently graduated from Texas Tech (Guns Up), and resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Marcy just got hired by the University of Phoenix as an Enrollment Counselor, and so she continues to reside in Colorado Springs. She is our world traveller, but what we are most proud of her is that she stays faithful to living for God. She is in the market for a husband, (Joel ("The Lord is God" in Hebrew) is the male in her life right now) but be warned that I am a jealous DAD. She has very high standards for her life and we support her in that. Kids, Dad and Mom love you very Much! blessings, Papi
Hey my dear friend, Todd Gaston blogged about being a responsible dad, well tonight I got to be a responsible "Papi" (granddad). What a joy to be able to be at Harper's house in 15 minutes, cook supper for the kids, and make Harper laugh!! I love that little fella, and pray God's blessings on him each and every day. blessings, Papi
I want to continue with the Ten Secrets for The Man in The Mirror. This has been a favorite series of mine, and here is #6: Stewardship
"For most of us, the idea of stewardship is like a mothballed sweater only pulled out of our vocabulary closet during the annual "stewardship campaign" at church. We cringe at its mere mention because we expect a verbal spanking about tithing or the lack thereof. Biblical stewardship encompasses money, but so much more. Biblically, everything we have comes from God.
I understood today what my need is: "...we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy." Psalms 126/1,2 This is the description I need said of me!!! The Scripture later says, "Then it was said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them". I am seeking this joy again, and I want this to be my testimony.
Scripture also tells us that unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. I realize that much of my labor was for naught, and I did rise early and stay up late. DEAR GOD - I NEED YOU!!!
I just finished reading a most interesting book, "Mexican Enough", and I want to share with you a paragraph from that book. I share it with you so that we can understand why we need to love the foreigners on our doorsteps. We need to really love them in Jesus' Name if we claim to be Christian. Here goes: " It goes without saying that I will never be truly Mexican, not even if I moved there for the rest of my life and acquired the requisite customs and traditions. Because what binds a people are their bedtime stories. The songs they sing on road trips. Political and historical events. Fads and crazes. Shared memories. Not skills that can be acquired, like language or dance. Which isn't to say such pursuits are worthless endeavors. Cultural preservation is sacrosanct. But there is no point striving for an unobtainable state of being."Friend, the foreigners here are for us to love on in Jesus' Name, not to make them upstanding USA citizens. That is a noble activity; helping them to become upstanding citizens, but more important is to meet their spiritual need of Jesus Christ. Happy New Year 2009