Archive for October, 2005

Ministry: Make Disciples, Not Converts.

October 28, 2005

One of the greatest experiences a person will ever have while on this earth is to personally witness a person make a life changing decision. The greatest of life changing decisions is when a person becomes a disciple of Christ. In the Bible, Jesus commisioned His disciples to “Go and make disciples..”. The word Jesus uses here is not passive, meaning, “if you feel like going and making disciples” but it was emphatic, GO, do it. I desire to be a doer. I want to make disciples, not a bunch of converts. My prayer is that this is the message I send in the ministry I am a part of. I want people to sence the urgency of disciple making in my life. This is why I believe I am on this planet. To make disciples and communicate this with urgency.

Entertainment: More of Wilma 2.

October 27, 2005


Here is a the last of Wilma. I promise. Check out this video of the ferociuos “back side” of Wilma. I bet you didnt knoww that Wilma has some serious junk in the trunk!!

Entertainment: More of Wilma.

October 27, 2005

Wilma was quite a hurricane. Much more than I excpected. The pictures on this post are sequential. The first picture I took during the second half of the storm. It was pretty nasty. Then you can see the eye wall as it passed by.

That was eerie! You know how on the Weather Channel they talk about the eye wall and how it will pass and so on and so forth? Well, its true! We saw it!!! Its the real deal! Nice picture, huh? We had no damage but alot of mess in the yard. It only took about an hour for us to clean up our yard. The next picture you will see is about 2 miles down the street form us. I dont know, I guess about 9-10 electric poles were broken like twigs. Kinda crazy!I have been through many hurricanes (most were really sissy storms) but this one will sit in my mind as the strongest storm.

We still have no electricity. So, we have to depend on others for wash, oven all of the stuff you take for granted. My parents house suffered some minor damage, while Bethany & David (my sis and bro-in-law) had some damage too. It seems like life is on hold. Gas lines are literally hours long, and Starbucks doesnt even have pasteries available!!! Speaking of Starbucks, I must give them props! I am writing this post from our local franchise. Its a beautiful thing wireless net!! Enjoy the pics. I will have more video available soon.

Entertainment: Well, kinda.

October 24, 2005

We are sitting in our living room with the howling of 90 mile per hour winds in the background. Click on the photo to the left to see what we are experiencing. Wilma, you sure are a strong girl!!

Family.

October 24, 2005


For the past week I all I’ve heard about was Wilma. “They” have been telling us shes coming. Kinda like Santa Claus, but a woman, unpredictable. I was not going to buy into the hype. No way. Tonight we went to a Hurricane Party at my sisters house. It was the gathering place for all of the family and friends after hanging shutters, bringing in patio furniture and the like. Well, Penny and I pulled in furniture, but we did not hang shutters. I was not going to buy into the hype. After playing games and eyeing the news for Wilma updates, Penny and I decided it was time to go home. It was around 10:30 pm. When we got home I was all about chillin’ on the sectional and getting caught up on todays NFL games. The tv was on The Weather Channel. My mind was made up, it was just more hype. There was a guy, dont ask his name, he was old and bald. One thing that caught my attention was his calming, collected way of communicating to his audience. His message was convincing enough for me to get up off of the sectional, and get busy. It wasnt ten minutes later (11:30 pm) that I was outside hanging shutters on my house. It wasnt the hype that convinced me. It was the gentleman that calmly communicated the urgency of the situation. We are now ready for Wilma to visit. Thank you old, bald, calming guy.

Ministry.

October 23, 2005

Each and every Sunday I get up and go to church, “my church”, it’s just what I do. Today was a little different than each and every Sunday. Because of our friend Wilma (I need not expound) my church was forced from of its meeting place, therefore we had a choice to make, where will we be going to church today? I havent had to ask that question for years! The answer was a no brainer for Penny and I. We knew where we would worship today. You see, around a year and a half ago a good friend and coworker of mine, Mike Wiggins was called to start a church. That church is where we worshiped today. One of the coolest things is watching a friend go and do what is so difficult, start from scratch. Since beginning the church, it has like quintupled or septupled in the number of congregants. Pretty cool. It is obvious that the Lord is doing a great work in this church. I didnt go to “my church” today. It was church, God’s kids, hanging out, studying from the Word, worshiping Him. Thank you Lord that You are doing a work in Your church, not just “my church”.

Family.

October 22, 2005

As we await Wilma or the possibility that this hurricane may come towards Florida, my family will be getting together tomorrow to watch the latest Smallville episodes (props to Jeff T) and eat alot of food. Its amazing that a storm 600+ miles away can effect a whole region. I mean Home Depot is out of plywood for crying out loud. The gas station down the block is out of gas!! Well, as I prepare for a weekend of no responsibility (oh yeah, Wilma shut down our school district!! Therefore we have no church!)…..anyway, no responsibility, and getting caught up on family-time and sleep. I have one word for Wilma…..yabadabadoo!

Entertainment.

October 21, 2005

Please indulge me. I love tv. There are a few shows in particular that I really enjoy. Smallville, Lost, Sportscenter. But last night Penny and I watched a VH1 special called “40 Greatest Pranks”. The number one prank was so unreal!! It was from the show “Scare Tactics”. The name of the episode was “Attack of the Rat Monster”. The scenario, a lab assistant is terrorized by a genetically altered mutant. This guy was a PETA member and was totally freaked out (heck, I would have been too!!). If you click on the photo you can watch it. You’ll crack up!!

Adoption.

October 21, 2005


Over the past two days Penny & I have been interveiwed by our social worker. In order to adopt our children from Russia, we must be approved by a state approved social worker. I guess they want to make sure we aren’t dirt bags. Anyway, Pam (our social worker – see picture with Penny) was very nice. She asked the basic questions about our family lives growing up. It was nice telling her about my experiences with my family. I shared with her my times camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with my parents and sister. She asked how I was disciplined, and what I envisioned my role as a father will be like.
It was a benchmark for us in this whole adoption process. We feel like we have passed through the first of many tests that lie ahead. Please pray for us as we move forward. Pray that God provides funds, patience and a great experience. Please see our Russian Adoption Blog at goeppneradoption.blogspot.com

Family.

October 17, 2005


On Saturday my parents celebrated their 39 anniverary. Penny called my mom and asked her what she was going to do with my dad that evening. She said she was going to make dinner and have the family over. Mom said she just wanted to spend time with us. Pretty cool. Id say thats the key to longevity – selflessness. Pouring into others.
we went to my parents house, ate and played PIT. This PIT game is amazing. There is nothing like 10+ people shouting “two” “three” “two”……fun stuff. I thank the Lord for my parents and thier example for Penny & I. We observe and apply.