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Thursday, August 6, 2009

As hunting season approaches...what will I do?

I love this time of the year. Football season starts very soon, the trees will begin to yield their colors to the cooler touch of Mother Nature, and hunting season is approaching. I love all of these things, but as I sit here I am coming to the realization that I do not know all of the necessary things that I need to know in order to go hunting. I am sure that I have been out with my father when I was young and he was hunting, but by the time I was old enough to legally hunt he had injured his shoulder and has not been out to hunt since. Now I am in a bind, while I of course know how to use the hunting rifle, I do not technically know how to hunt. At one time man was hardwired to know how to hunt. It was needed for survival of self and of family. Somewhere a long the line we lost the hardwiring and I suspect it has a lot to do with the advent of four dollar cups of coffee and burgers from fast food places that people actually believe to be "the best". Even if my ancestral instincts do kick in at some point and I can bring down a deer, I do not know how to field dress a deer, and there lies a critical problem.

So what does a man such as my self do in this type of situation? I could approach another guy and ask him to teach me, but unfortunately I do not know other men who hunt...I grew up in the city and while I love guns and the outdoors, many here do not.

I am not quite sure where to turn at this point. It is possible that I could figure it out as I go, or I could make so many mistakes that deer stay miles away from me for the rest of my life.

So now I am sending out a call to all of my readers (all dozen or so of you), do you have any ideas as to a solution for my dilemma? I would greatly appreciate any and all help that you could give.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Getting back to my faith

I have not blogged in quite a while, in fact I have not even looked at this blog or any other for a few months now. Many things converged at once that caused this, and once I am out of the habit it is easy to keep me away for awhile. Bringing everyone up to speed, I have a new job working with children who are diagnosed with Axis 1 psychological disorders. This can range from autism, to reactive attachment disorder to ADD/HD. I love my new job and it allows me to use my full potential as well as my degree. I also love my new job because the benefits are great, it came with a $9,000.00/yr pay increase, and I have much more time to spend with my wife and my family. This last one is important because I was not seeing Ashley as much as I would have liked, especially at night and on the weekends.

The new job has also allowed for something else in my life, time to get back to my spiritual life. Now, a few of you have just tuned out at those very words, but I assure you that it is not as boring as it sounds. I struggled with my faith for a few years now and I have been looking for a good church for a loooong time.

But isn't one church just as good as any other?

No. It is not. A year ago I left a wonderful church in Virginia in order to come back to Pennsylvania. The church was everything I wanted and everything I needed. A young pastoral team full of fire, passion and love. A church full of young adults and professionals who worked hard, played hard, and prayed hard. Sermons that focused on God, the Bible, and actually taught me something!

Wait, wait, wait Anthony. All churches teach you, right?

Again, No. A lot of churches preach at you, with you yawning in the pews and never taking anything away. How can anyone expect to live a Christian life if your church is not applying that to your Christian life? The church in VA taught me things, made the Bible relevant to my life right now. God became relevant, demystified and the sermons were not given in a lofty way, they were given as if I was sitting around with a group of friends and God was the focus.

I have yet to find that type of Church where I live now. I usually worked until 2am Sunday morning, which left me in no condition to attend Sunday church, or I worked on Sunday, and I have yet to figure out the physics of being in two places at one time. The new job has been a blessing in many ways thus far, and I believe the most important blessing is that it has freed up time for me to actually attend church, and to look for a church that fits.

I will attempt to update this blog regularly, sometimes with long posts, other times with very short posts from my cell phone, but I will update and take you along on my journey. Sometimes I will share things that I have learned through sermons I see online (the church in VA posts them all online and they are awesome), and sometimes I will share things that I read, or hear and experience in churches that I attend.

I do not intend this blog to become a blog that preaches at people, but if you find inspiration continue to read this blog.

As always, this blog will still discuss the topics that I normally discuss, but do not be surprised to find some of God's handy work sprinkled here and there.

With love,
Anthony