Wednesday, September 14, 2005


'You Raise Me Up' (Josh Groban)

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life - no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Quote of the day

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Ecclesiastes 7:4

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Relief

From our church website:

Lake Avenue Church took donations for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund in partnership with World Relief during last weekend's services. Together our church family raised over $100,000! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Where does the money actually go? If you have been watching or reading any of the news coverage of this horrible disaster, it has become clear that those hit the hardest by this disaster are those in the lower socio-economic portion of our society. It is the elderly, the orphans and it is also those people who were without the economic resources to leave their homes that are in the greatest need right now.

We're partnering with World Relief because it is an organization that works through network of local churches in the area of greatest need. So, in essence, our money goes to the rest of the Body of Christ, the church, so that together we can make a bigger impact for those in need. We're assisting churches who are in strategic locations to help those in desperate need. World Relief has already set up grants to churches in Houston, Memphis, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. These churches will house those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and will send relief supplies to the most affected regions. World Relief is also going to purchase and distribute much-needed generators and providing a plan for housing and resettlement services. Visit their website at to make additional donations and see their plan of action.

So that's were my first donation for this cause went. I've also logged it at "the truth laid bear" for the Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief Weekend

Friday, September 02, 2005

Body of Christ Teams Up to Respond to Hurricane Devastation

How have Christians around the world reacted to the suffering and devastation unleashed by Hurricane Katrina? With prayer and financial giving, according to a CrossWalk report that describes major disaster relief efforts.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: What can I do?

Blogonational and others have come together in a huge blog effort to provide relief for the area where the Hurricane Katrina hit and where the flooding is. Thursday September 1, 2005 has been designated as Hurricane Katrina: Blog For Relief Day. I found out about this over at Robin Lee Hatcher's blog: dig deep & give generously. Update: It has been extended into a Blog For Relief Weekend, September 1 to 5.

There is World Relief article put up at our church website, including news headlines, what you can do and a suggestion where to donate: Hurricane Katrina Devastated the Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama Gulf Coast. Special offerings for Katrina relief will be taken at our Sept. 3/4 weekend services, so that's when I'll donate.

If you don't want to wait until the weekend or your church doesn't take a special offering, here's a link to Donate at World Relief.

More news at - Katrina's Aftermath: 'Big Easy' in Big Trouble

So go ahead: Blog, pray, and donate!