Archive for March, 2009

NCAA Tournament Challenge

It’s time again for the NCAA Basketball tourney…I’m inviting you to participate in a FREE and friendly competition through ESPN.com called “Tournament Challenge.” The group is called “AZ Bracketologists” and our motto is “Where total morons think they are geniuses.” Please feel free to invite others who you think might like to play as well.

If you’d like to participate, simply do the following:

1. Go to http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/group?groupID=97372

2. You will be prompted to either enter your existing ESPN.com member name and password or create a new one for FREE

3. Create only one bracket for this group (give it a name and pick some winners!). All selections must be finalized by the morning of Thursday, March 19. For additional rules and scoring info, go here.

4. If you have other friends you’d like to invite, pass this to them.

5. Check back along the way to see how you’re doing.

May the best moron win!

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Who Was St. Patrick?

Check out this informative and motivating post from Dave DeVries about the history of St. Patrick.

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Something God Won’t Forget

It’s sort of silly to talk about things that God won’t forget — after all, he knows everythin (past, present and future) and always will. But Scripture does say that there’s something that should be an encouragement to those who are doing loving, heartfelt, behind-the-scenes ministry. I know at Second Mile, these are the people who really make a difference in a bunch of ways that aren’t always seen or known.

Here’s the promise:

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. (Hebrews 6:10)

This is a great encouragement to do things today to please the Lord and serve people even if it doesn’t earn us immediate recognition or thanks. God won’t overlook it.

May the Lord bless you with the joy of doing unknown ministry that only he will notice. That will be a much better reward anyway.

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Moving to Perry High School April 5

Well, after a few months of meeting for Sunday Worship Gatherings at the ASU Poly Student Union, we’ll be moving to the Perry High School Auditorium beginning April 5th (the week before Easter). This is an exciting change because it gives us the opportunity to reach into a new community with the gospel, provides space to grow into the future, and will make our Sunday ministry environment even more flexible for creativity and celebration.

How can you help? Glad you asked…

  1. Invite a friend to join us for Easter. Our hope is that the timing of this move will help us maximize Easter and we’d love you to be part of it.
  2. Join us on Tuesday, March 31st at 6pm for a setup run-through. We’ll need help on our setup and teardown teams, so come learn what’s involved.
  3. Join a Volunteer Ministry Team in another area. As we grow and develop, more opportunities to serve and grow will surface. If you call Second Mile home, you need to be part of this.

UPDATE: I’ve had a few requests for the address. It’s 1919 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert, 85297 — but neither MapQuest or Google Maps have the address correct. Below is a map with a more accurate view of where it’s located.

perry-map

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How to Stay Afloat in a World that’s Circling the Drain

It’s mind-blowing how fragile the American psyche currently is. It seems like each new day brings to light another aspect of the “crisis” our country is in. How do you deal with these trying times?

Let me recommend a series from a mentor and friend of mine, Tom Shrader, called “How to Stay Afloat in a World That’s Circling the Drain.” It’s from his marketplace Bible study, Priority Living. You can download these studies in mp3 as well as order CD’s for absolutely free (a great resource to send to friends). Also, be sure to check out the PL study schedule for a mid-week study near you.

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Have a blog?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I’d love to know whether you have a blog and, if so, what it is. I’d like to create some links to other Second Mile bloggers or blogs of those who follow us. If you can, just take a minute to comment and include a link to your blog (for you Google Reader users, go ahead and take 30 seconds to come to the actual page…please!). Thanks!

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