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steelers - ravens day!
it's finally steelers - ravens day. here are a few hopes i have for the day:
1. let's hope flacco serves up a couple interceptions as kindly as he serves pizza to the greater baltimore area, and let's hope he throws them straight as a unibrow to the guys in the black and gold.
2. let's hope the ravens fans end up looking something like this. and let it be quiet except for the steelers fans there. i want to hear them.
3. let's hope ray-ray can be put where he belongs. if not behind actual bars, then behind the bars of some significant blocking so that mendenhall can pick up some yardage.
4. let's hope it isn't a 24-23 overtime victory, which puts me in the hospital. please? can we please hope that we squash them?
5. let's hope that after today the only team on top of the afc north is the one from the steel city.
in our church, we are continuing with a series called "letters from Jesus," in which we are looking at the seven letters in the beginning of revelation addressed to seven churches in asia. we are imagining what it would be like if we were to receive a hand-written letter from Jesus to our church. what would it say? how would we be encouraged? how would we be challenged? we've looked at three of the letters now. this week we looked at the letter to the church in pergamum. the letter to them includes some harsh criticism of some of their behavior, but it also says that Christ understands how difficult their situation is. and in case they feel like they are stuck in their sinfulness, Jesus says something amazing to them: i will give you a new name. the world gives us so many names, doesn't it? our parents, of course, give us our birth names. but the naming doesn't stop there. it continues right on through elementary school, high school, and into t
merry Christmas, yinz guys. we've been marking our advent journeys with an annual video now for the last twelve years! for this latest installment, we used the Tractors' version of "Run, Run Rudolph," as a metaphor for all of our running around, and i hope it shows that we've had a real blast this year, preparing for Christmas. you'll see scenes from getting our tree, making cookies, concerts, impromptu dance sessions, making snowflakes, and much more. enjoy.
everybody needs to laugh. one good way i have found to make that happen is to do a simple google image search for 'bad haircut.' when you do so, some of the following gems show up. thankfully, my 9th grade school picture does NOT show up. otherwise, it would certianly make this list! please laugh freely and without inhibition. thank you and have a nice day.