September 22, 2012

  • Gwinnett Hammerheads win their first game in bracket play at the Triple Crown Wood Bat Tournament

    Cassiday‘s bases loaded walk propels Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U past Georgia Jayhawks, 5-3

    Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U jumped on Georgia Jayhawks early on its way to a 5-3 win on Saturday at Sprayberry HS in six innings, scoring four runs in the first inning.

    Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U would not relinquish the lead as Georgia Jayhawks was unable to weather a five-run third inning deficit.

    Georgia Jayhawks scored three runs in the sixth on an error, a groundout byDiSanto, and a wild pitch. Still, Georgia Jayhawks couldn’t draw even. 

    Kevin Coulter recorded the win for Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U. He pitched five shutout innings. Coulter struck out six, walked three and gave up two hits.

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  • Wood-bat Tourney Result: Hammerheads win!

    Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U defeats Peachtree Ridge Lions after late game passed ball, 8-7

    Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U and Peachtree Ridge Lions # one volleyed the lead five times on Saturday, but Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U came out on top for a 8-7 win on Saturday at Peachtree Ridge HS.  Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. A passed ball scored Timothy Chun to give Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U the lead for good.

    Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U’s Ryan Cassiday was perfect at the dish, going 2-2. He singled in the first and sixth innings. 

    Adam Corn pitched lights out for Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U.  Corn held Peachtree Ridge Lions # one hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four. 

    The top of the first saw Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U take an early lead, 1-0. A single by Cassiday, plating Tanner Hanes started the inning off.

    Peachtree Ridge Lions quickly matched Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U’s strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the first. Peachtree Ridge Lions scored on an RBI single by #2, an error, and.

    Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U got one-run rallies in the third inning and the fifth. In the third, Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U scored on a passed ball, scoring Hanes.

    Peachtree Ridge Lions answered Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U’s top inning with one run of its own in the third. Peachtree Ridge Lions scored on an RBI single by #1.

    It didn’t take long for Peachtree Ridge Lions to respond as it scored two runs of its own in the fourth. Peachtree Ridge Lions scored on a bases loaded walk and a hit by pitch.

    A key sixth-inning rally gave Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U the lead for good. Gwinnett Hammerheads 16U tacked on a total of three runs on two wild pitches.

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August 26, 2012

June 24, 2011

  • The Wedding Prayer by Max

    The Wedding Prayer

    Create in us a love, O Lord.
    An eternal love …
    Your love.
    A love that forgives
    any failure,
    any distance,
    any tempest.

    Create in us a love, O Lord.
    A new love.
    A fresh love.
    A love with the tenderness
    of a lamb,
    the grandeur
    of a mountain,
    the strength
    of a lion.

    And make us one. Intimately one.
    As you made a hundred colors into one sunset,
    A thousand cedars into one forest,Shaped by God
    and countless stars into one galaxy …
    make our two hearts as one,

    Father, forever …
    that you may be praised, Father,

    From Shaped by God (original title: On the Anvil)
    Copyright (Tyndale House, 1985, 2002) Max Lucado

May 21, 2011

  • Top 10 on American Idol

    As per previous post, #2 has been fulfilled.  Hayley Reinhart is out as #3 American Idol.

    To push this theory further, my next choice is Lauren Alaina.  If Scott wins…grrr…….



May 5, 2011

  • Top 10 Things American Idol Had Taught Me

    Let me begin by saying that having J.Lo and Steven Tyler as judges is a marked improvement!  

    Got the chance to watch this season on and off, and catch the best singers on youtube (  Throughout that time…and without the inputs of the judges…I was rooting for Pia Toscano to be next American Idol.  Alas, once she got booted off, my interest level went down.  (2nd choice: Hailey Reinhart:  Here’s what American Idol had taught me;

    10. I don’t recall Simon and Paula’s last name anymore…old age.

    9. Voters don’t vote for the best singers…almost ALL the time.

    8. Though the judges had a “Save”, they saved the wrong singer.

    7. Regardless, everyone up there (top 24, and every1 who went to Hollywood) are good singers.

    6. “If you’re not first, you’re last” (Ricky Bobby) is not true.

    5. On the other hand, winning AI is no guarantee you’ll find national success.

    4. If you find great success, it is no guarantee you’ll be happy.

    3. There will be future seasons of American Idol.

    2. My favorite singer will NOT win it.

    1. I find no greater joy than to sing worship songs in the shower, where no one will hear my voice!


April 28, 2011

  • What happened after the Resurrection?

    Christians around the world have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks pondering the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection (and here at the Bible Gateway blog, we spent plenty of time discussing them too). During Easter week, we read the familiar stories of the Triumphal Entry, the Last Supper, the crucifixion… and then with the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, the story ends. Right?

    Not quite. While the Gospels of Matthew and Mark end shortly after the Resurrection, Luke and John provide extra detail about what Jesus did during the time between his resurrection and his ascent into heaven. If your Gospel reading stopped at the Resurrection, you’re missing out on several interesting stories.

    Luke and John both describe at length Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances to his followers. (Mark mentions these briefly as well.) Jesus’ appearance before “doubting Thomas” and the other disciples (in John and in Luke) are well known and contain a number of little details. For instance, Jesus appeared “when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders”—a minor sentence, but one that communicates the terror and bewilderment that must have plagued the disciples in the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion. If you had been one of Jesus’ disciples, what might you have done in this situation—reeling from the death of your teacher, fearing for your life, and wondering if everything you believed in was really true?

    The Gospel of Luke also describes an encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. With tantalizing but confused rumors of the empty tomb still spreading, Jesus appears in disguise to a pair of his followers. After visiting with and teaching them for some time, Jesus reveals himself in a beautifully-described scene:

    When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

    The Gospel of John provides a few more memorable stories. First, Jesus (again, unrecognized at first) performs his last recorded miracle, overwhelming the disciples’ fishing nets with a huge catch. Shortly thereafter is the moving story of Peter’s reinstatement. Peter, who had denied knowing Jesus three times during his master’s trial, is questioned by Jesus… three times. It is during this questioning that Jesus gives Peter the famous charge to “Feed my sheep.”

    Matthew and Mark both close with the “Great Commission,” Jesus’ instructions to his disciples to go out into the world and spread the good news of salvation:

    Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)

    This passage has long been the basis of the Christian emphasis on sharing the Gospel with the world through evangelism and missionary work.

    Mark and Luke describe Jesus’ departure from earth into heaven, “taken up into heaven” after speaking to his disciples a final time.

    It’s clear from the Gospel accounts that the story of Jesus reaches its culmination with the Resurrection. But the tidbits we do get about the post-Resurrection days not only satisfy some of our curiousity about how Jesus’ Resurrection was received by his followers, but also give us the evangelistic direction that guides Christ-followers to this day.

    (see original link here)

April 21, 2011

  • Happy Good Friday!

    If you ever got the chance to watch The Passion of the Christ, you can hardly consider the day of the crucifixion and label it “good.”  Can you imagine standing next to Mary and greeting her with, “Have a good day?”  That’s more insensitive than a good-willed friend who greets a widow in a funeral, whispering, “Don’t be sad.  He’s in a better place now.”

    Yet we *can* label it Good Friday.  While the event in and of itself is tragic, for almost two thousand years, in the context of Easter Sunday–Resurrection Sunday to be more exact–gives us the greater context to label it good, because through it,

    God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we still sinners, Christ died for us.  


    Here’s a brief clip with music:  


    For the more cerebral, you may like this video


    And for those who may not make it to church this Sunday, here’s a sermon I preached on the day of my daughter’s birth, Alissa, who was born on Easter Sunday, and became an immeasurable blessing to us in the midst of incredible difficulty.



April 20, 2011

  • LEAD ME with strong hands…by Sanctus Real

    This song is a “battle hymn of the republic” for men to stand up. 

    I didn’t like it at first, until I read the lyrics carefully.

    It became quite a powerful call to true manhood.

    A preacher once said, “The measure of a man is seen in the countenance of his wife.

    Lord, may you guide me to become the man I ought to be, for my wife, my children…my world.