I'm working for Coldwell Banker, a real estate agency, doing their computer/website development and such. It's really fun!
And now I'm saving money for a car, college, and other related things.
Music is another biggie.. I just bought Scotty McCreery's album, "Clear as Day", and it's pretty good with the exception of a few words. But I can edit those out! :D
Not too much in this post... but pictures that I've taken will come later. :)
Maybe! I know it's been a while, guys, and I'm sorry. Sometimes it's difficult to get out of the habits of Facebook and short or nonexistent status updates. I've been a bit lacking in my writing, and I figure a blog entry is in order. SO. Onto the great chasm that is known as the pleonast of Andrew!
So this thing called "College" has taken over my life. It's somewhat scary in a way, but also peaceful, like the strings of sleep pulling across your eyelids. Haha. As you can tell, I have mixed emotions about this one. It's a lot of work: sometimes a little frustration when something doesn't go your way; sometimes waking up like an undead and not really understanding much of anything until you get to class (and then hopefully some knowledge is absorbed! . . . HOPEFULLY!); sometimes just having a peachy day, and other times having a "I wish I could do that over again" day; sometimes taking a test in 20 minutes, and other times taking a test in an hour; sometimes having fun in Chemistry la-wait, I ALWAYS have fun in Chemistry lab-; but it can also be a source of great contentment, knowing that you have conquered the trials and rigors of daily schoolwork out in public that you dreaded for your entire childhood. And as the Scriptures say, godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6). :) Life's a wonderful thing.
On that note, I'm taking FIVE classes this semester. That sounds like a lot, but here's my schedule:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday- Chemistry for Engineers, 8:00-9:50 AM; Intro to Theatre, 10:00-10:50 AM
Monday/Wednesday- U.S. History II, 1:10-2:25 PM; Macroeconomics, 2:35-3:50 PM
Tuesday/Thursday- Federal Government, 2:35-3:50 PM
That's not too bad, honestly. Theatre is an easy class so far, and I can pretty well handle Chemistry. My favorite teacher is teaching both History and Government, and I love history/politics, so that's going to be a cinch, Lord willing. And Macroeconomics.. it's difficult, to be honest, but I think I can do it. I'm sure my friends (those who still get on pleo) would be willing to help, right? :D
So this semester is turning out to be a blessing. It's taught me discipline. I have to get up in the morning or I get an absence. Too many of those and I'm dropped from the class. And that means I lost money. That's not good economics, by the way. ;) It's also taught me self-control. I have to shut my yap and listen to the teacher, instead of allowing my mind to wander. I've also learned how to budget my time more effectively and to cultivate a greater understanding of the Word in the passages that talk about diligence. As Christians, we should do all we do as to the Lord (1 Cor. 10:31). So we strive to be victorious in every endeavour we face! Whether it is on the spiritual battleground, or the scholastic warfield, we press onward!
Some of the other random assorted things (mostly macadamia but some cashews) in my life are:
* I preached at Conroe, TX for the Woodland Heights Church of Christ for both the morning and evening sermons! That took a lot of work, but it was well worth it, and I got to visit at a member's house afterwards and meet lots of new friends! :)
* On the drive to Conroe, it rained! WHAT?! That's amazing! Then it rained here in Brenham!! Okay, I know it doesn't take a lot to stun this fellow, but WOW!
* I'm using 88.41% more exclamation points in this post than I did last year! And 70% of all statistics are made up on the spot!!!!!!
* I got to visit with some good friends at a gospel meeting in Baytown recently. Among those, Tori Proctor was there, but Daniel wasn't! D: Oh well.
* I got my driver's license! Driving teaches one how to remain calm in many situations. I have to get the restriction (of having a 21 year old licensed driver in the front seat) taken off, but it's a full license besides that. :)
* I paid for books and school tuition, or half of it, anyway. Ouch...
* We took a trip to Florida and visited my Grandma while also going to Orlando after that! We went to Epcot and had a great time. :)
* Dad and I went up to Waco for the preacher's study there and saw some good friends, and heard a good study presented on self-defense and another on technology in the church.
* The Rangers are going to the playoffs!!!! YEAH!
* Was given money for an iPad 2 and bought one! It's really a lifesaver for taking notes, Bible, and everything else. :) Plus it has Angry Birds!
* I'm looking to start up some fictional writing again sometime soon. I need to spend my free time doing some more interesting things. "A fellow who does not do interesting things is not interesting." I call it Andrew's Law. ;)
* I got some new speakers for my computer (Well, new to me, but old speakers) and a subwoofer. I have been listening to Legend of Zelda music ALLLLLL day. Wow. Just wow.
So yeah. That's about it for this edition. :) My first update in forever. I miss Indiana..
Until next time,
Hey, pleo! It's been a while. Unfortunately, I've been unable to use computers for extended periods of time to write profound and thoughtful blogs. Thus, I have been on FB until this day. Inasmuch as John Isaac Edwards hath influenced me with the Authorized Version, my speech shall sound strange. Bear with me in a little foolishness. ;)
Well! I think I'm going to limit this blog to the Preacher Training Program up in Indiana. Even then, it's probably going to be a bit long and wordy. We first started off going to the airport on Saturday, Houston Hobby, and my flight was to Indianapolis, with a plane change in Chicago. Keep in mind, this is the first plane flight since I was 18 months old, and I'm completely on my own. I took quite a few pictures of the clouds outside the windows- what an amazing way to start off the trip to Indiana! "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork (Ps. 19:1)." It's a very frightening experience just taking off, at first, but it's really cool. I just had to force myself not to read the manual on how to escape if the plane is in some dangerous situation. X-P
Once I got to the airport in Chicago, I thought about getting a bite to eat. I looked in the food court.. And there was a Ben and Jerry's right there. As tempting as THAT was, I decided to pass it by and have sustenance by my cheddar crackers. :P When we arrived in Indianapolis, it was drizzling a little- and I saw one of the longest rainbows ever when I was going down to baggage claim! God's providence surely works today. Even if it wasn't for me, I was definitely encouraged by it.
So, I went down to baggage claim and got my luggage, and then held up my sign to be picked up. And waited. . . . And waited! Finally, the Downs' granddaughter (I was staying with the Downs'), Allie, came down to claim and brought me to where they were. Apparently, I had completely skipped them going past the food court! I felt a little silly after that, but oh well.
That night on the drive back to Spencer, IN, it stormed SO much! And Allie was CALLING the thunderstorms. The thunder and lightning was probably the closest and loudest that I have ever heard! When we got to the house and I got all unpacked, I was informed that since I was the youngest of the 3 that would be staying there, I would receive the purple room. It was a little lighter-purple than my kind of purple, but I was grateful all the same. The other 2 trainees didn't get there until Sunday night.
The next day, Sunday, I woke up around 7 to 7:30 and showered, got ready, and listened to the Ellettsville 10-minute radio program before services. I studied a bit for the class that morning, titled "Who Am I"- and the verse for that week was "He became a husbandman and planted a vineyard". Of course, me being the NASB stalwart that I am, I thought he said "husband", but then I figured out that it was KJV and looked it up. It was Noah, and the adult class was the most participative that I have ever heard! It was very profitable. The Sunday morning worship service progressed well- I was blessed to sit by 3 or 4 of the trainees that had already arrived- and John Isaac brought the lesson on Scriptural Baptism. The entire Sunday was quite good! We would definitely need the encouragement to make it through the two weeks.
Okay, so, I don't really remember what we did each specific day. But some of the events, lectures, and exercises we did are listed below:
+ Connie Adams preached to the class about "Issues Old and New"- Instrumental music, sponsoring church arrangement, missionary societies, etc.
+ Johnie Edwards (eldest) preached an acrostic sermon on "Sixty Years of Preaching"- the SIXTY YEARS was the acrostic.
+ Learned how to conduct weddings and funerals
+ Sang all but one or two mornings right before class!
+ Studied the epistles to Timothy and Titus- heart of the PTP- outlined each chapter
+ Learned how to outline properly
+ Got TONS of material- three boxes full!
+ Putting together a sermon
+ Studied stage fright and how to overcome it
+ Got some file folders and worked on the Goodall Filing System
+ Learned how to be good houseguests and good listeners
+ Studied religious error and how to respond to it
+ Memorized passages of Scripture and the plan of salvation
+ Studied an overview of the entire Bible
+ Listened to a tape of Foy Wallace on "Keynotes of Scripture"
+ Did several different exercises about public speaking and being prepared- first of which being giving instructions to a place in your town, second being a "grab bag"- you take an object out of a bag and speak about it for 60 seconds in front of the group, making spiritual application if possible- third being taking a strip of paper with a verse from Timothy or Titus on it and speaking about it for 60 seconds
+ Were fed like REAL preachers! I probably gained 2 pounds, which I needed. :P
+ Studied on "The Two Covenants" and how the OT relates to the NT while not contradicting
+ Published a church bulletin
+ Wrote articles on various subjects
+ Studied on the value of Part-time preaching
+ Were given an "I CAN" packet and studied it
+ Stayed up nearly every night until 2 to 3 am, woke up at 6:30 and left by 7
+ Studied the work of a preacher
+ Studied "The Bible and Contemporary Churches"
+ Studied Divorce and Remarriage
+ Studied how to read the Bible effectively
+ Studied how to read Scripture out loud
+ Studied how the church grows
+ Wrote many sermon titles down
+ Was involved in many inside jokes. My nickname is now "The Preacher of Death".
+ While staying up late doing homework, many Turtsie Rolls were thrown across the room and eaten, and also ice cream and cookies and sweet tea (not me, the other two)
+ Had a great time discussing spiritual topics with the other 17 men and the instructors
+ Were taken in by the congregation and treated like family
+ Played 6 games of volleyball in a row at a "pitch-in"- potluck
+ Made many, many new friends and is very much encouraged to "Preach the Word"!