So, I was kind of bone-headed last month. I’ve been the key speaker at our Sunday night services and I decided the first Sunday in January to teach about keeping resolutions.

Here is what I told people I wanted to do this year:
1) Read through the entire Bible (everyday) by December 31. I’m using one of the plans offered on my iPad Bible app that actually is taking me chronologically through the Bible this year.
2) Write 26 blog posts (1 every 2 weeks) by December 31.
3) Disciple 2 more guys this year every other week, beginning April 8, 2013.
4) Share my faith with 12 people (1/month) by December 31.
5) Drop my BMI 3 points by December 31. (Currently 24.3; want it to be 21.3)

Well, let me update you on how I’m doing so far…
I am doing great with reading the Bible daily. Kimberly and I are holding each other pretty accountable to this – asking before we go to bed if we’ve read yet and, if not, getting it done. We are both reading a chronological account, which has been a fresh approach for both of us. We are also reading a different translation than we typically read – the English Standard Version (ESV).

Blog posts? Well, you’ll figure out pretty quick that this is my first post since August 2012, so I’m off to a slow start. However, it not impossible to catch up. So, here’s hoping that I’ll write another one later this week or next week to get on track.

No progress on goals 3 and 4 other than making them both a matter of daily prayer. I’ve told several people about these goals, so I actually have them praying for ME in this endeavor. Isn’t that pretty cool? Having people praying for you to have opportunities to share your faith?? Those are exactly the relationships we need to have in our lives.

As far as the BMI goal, I’m working on it. Ran a marathon in January so that has to count for something!

I’d love to hear about your goals for 2013 so feel free to post something about them on Twitter or Facebook. Let’s help each other this year!


What a great weekend at our church! We hosted an event called iDisciple as a way to show our leaders how to be disciple-makers, using Jesus as our model. We looked at six criteria essential to disciple-making. Disciple-makers:

  1. Accept the CALL to follow Jesus, as demonstrated through His first disciples leaving their jobs and families to learn all they could from Jesus;
  2. FEED others, not solely meeting a physical hunger (illustrated by Jesus and His disciples feeding 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish), but also a spiritual hunger, imparting the truths of Scripture into the lives of others;
  3. SERVE others, following Jesus’ example of servant leadership through His washing of the disciples’ feet;
  4. Find opportunities to WITHDRAW from distractions in order to spend quality time with God – through prayer, personal study of the Bible, and solitude;
  5. Consider the COST of disciple-making, through denial of self, sacrifice, and following Jesus in all circumstances; and
  6. GO – taking the next steps to seek someone to invest themselves in to follow the same pattern.

We took our people on an interactive journey around our campus and explained each component by utilizing all the senses as best we could, through video, music, taste, story-telling, personal testimony, and worship. We ended the experience by asking everyone to pray about and write the name of one person who they’ll take the next step towards disciple-making. This is such an important task for all Christians. We need to learn how to reproduce ourselves – not really ourselves, but Christ-in-us. If we aren’t in the business of making disciples, why bother going to church? To feel good about ourselves? I hope not. The mission we’ve adopted at Lexington Baptist Church is the same mission of every church in existence. It’s the same mission Jesus gave His disciples before He ascended into heaven: to MAKE DISCIPLES. Our prayer is not that those who showed up were impressed with their staff for putting a lot of work into an event, but that they were moved to embrace the call to follow Jesus with reckless abandon and help others do the same thing.


Its almost 11:30 PM and I’m sitting here thinking about my need to blog. I read a great blog this afternoon from Michael Hyatt talking about cutting down his number of blog posts each week from 5 to only 3!!! Are you kidding me? I’d love to have 1) the energy to write 3 posts/week and 2) something to say 3 times a week!
Needless to say, playing around with this is the only way I’ll start writing something with substance, so whoever you are looking at this, bear with me. My guess is that you may not even find this post on here once I get up in the morning – I usually am so put out by what I “put out” that I definitely don’t want anyone else’s eyes on it. So, this is it…
Let me insert the picture I wanted to put here now:


How about that? That was my last 45 minute run from last week. My goal now is to blog each week giving you an update as I train for my upcoming marathon. Alright – I’m pleased. Time to get some sleep so I can delete this in the morning.

Will post soon. Testing the link to see how it looks.

9 Miles by jbfreeman2001 at Garmin Connect – Details.

Its Memorial Day – home of the 3-day weekend, barbeque, lake (or beach), hanging out pool-side. Memorial Day is more a day in which we honor the fallen, those who served valiantly in battle to protect the freedom we sometimes take for granted. We had our annual Concert in the Park this evening featuring the Lexington Baptist Church Orchestra. I look forward to this concert every year. They play some familiar Christian hymns and a medley of patriotic hymns and songs. We include a moment of silence for the brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty, calling by name those who were closest to audience members. Taps is played followed by a prayer thanking God for their service and to ask His blessings on family members left behind. I read the following just before our moment of silence:

“On this Memorial Day we all pause to reflect upon the principles that have made our nation great. We pause to remember the true cost of freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we all cherish: The rights of all people to determine their own futures, free of oppression and fear.

“Memorial Day is one of our nation’s oldest and most significant holidays, born solely of our shared American heritage. Together, we recall the glory and sacrifice of all who have set their personal aspirations aside for the preservation of our society. Whether it is the doughboys of World War I, our Greatest Generation in World War II, our Cold Warriors who served in Korea and Vietnam, the liberators of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, or countless others who served and sacrificed in smaller American actions around the world, we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women who took up arms against the enemies of the United States, laying down their lives to ensure a brighter future for the loved ones they left behind.

“Around the country, memorials bear the names of those who have given of themselves to secure our freedom. We must remember, especially today, that behind each of these names is an American hero who gave his or her life so that we may live in peace; a mother or father who mourned the loss of their child; a spouse; a child, left behind to carry on without them.” I can’t take credit for this message. It was written by Jay Agg, National Communications Director, and Brittany Barry, National Publications Editor of (See link for full message:

I understand what it means to live by a code: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. I thank the US Navy for its influence in my understanding of these core values. However, there is someone else in my life I thank more for instilling in me the strength to live by such conviction. Pictured above is the National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC (my hometown). My father, GySgt Roger Clinton Freeman, Sr, USMC, who fought in Korea and Vietnam, is buried there. Thank you Dad. I miss you and I love you.

On our wedding day, a little over seven years ago, my best man gave a toast at our reception. He said, “May today be the day you guys love each other least.” At the time, I hate to admit, I thought he got the phrase wrong. I guess I thought he said to love each other less from now on. Who knows – I had already been so nervous that day (not wanting to mess up Kimberly’s dream wedding) that I couldn’t be responsible for anything I heard! But everyone seemed to think he was right on track, so I went along with it. But, you know, he was on to something. As I think about our relationship today, I do love Kimberly more today than I ever have.

 What are the reasons? They are too numerous to name, but I’ll give you a few:

1)      She’s my babies’ momma and she’s awesome at it. When I run out of patience with them, she jumps in with a fresh calm demeanor and diffuses the situation.

2)      Everybody around me thinks she’s awesome – the staff at her school are completely enamored by her; she is sought out for godly advice wisdom; her opinion seems to carry more weight than mine (which I am not surprised by in the least).

3)      She loves me for me – no need for false pretenses with each other. She accepts my faults and brings out the best in me.

 She let me off the hook when it came to Valentine’s Day. She told me there was no need for flowers or chocolate or anything else. You’re thinking, “She’s setting you up. She is telling you that she is not getting you anything for VD, but you sure better not forget her!!” But it’s true. How does she know I love her? Well, I tell her everyday – several times a day (before we leave the house, in every e-mail or text, before hanging up on the phone). I show her – by cleaning up around the house, washing dishes, clothes, making the bed, vacuuming, you name it. I learned a long time ago that I express my love language (see Gary Smalley’s Five Love Languages for a better explanation) through acts of service and she seems to respond to those acts of service.

 I’m glad she’s on this journey with me and I pray we continue to love each other least today.

 I love you Kimberly! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Only a preacher’s kid will wind up with 4 Bibles before he or she turns 3!! I did not grow up as a PK and remember my first Bible being a Gideon’s NT I recieved at some point in elementary school. Nevertheless, Maddie seems to have ended up with 4 different storybook Bibles and a book of Pslams (paraphrased for children).

Tiny Bear’s Bible (, ISBN-10: 1-8598-5852-X) was her first. It’s a great rhyming board book, centered around God’s promises and His care for us. Not a whole lot to say about it other than it was a favorite night-time read for us for a good while – it was easy to read all the way through pretty quickly, especially when you figured you could read every other story from time-to-time.

Kimberly and I wanted to find another Bible for Mads just for some variation from Tiny Bear. My Toddler Bible (Tyndale Kids, ISBN-10: 1-4143-2013-2) was a good solution. It had the same stories from her first Bible, but also included others like “Joseph’s Big Brothers” and “Jonah and the Big Fish.” I had to remind myself that this was no longer a rhyming book, but more a storybook. I loved how it introduced each person in the story – “This is…baby Moses, David, Daniel…these are the wise men…”

Somewhere along the way, we decided she needed yet another different Bible. Reading to her at night was now a habit and we were looking for something that gave more detail and might be more fun to read in bed. The Read with Me Bible for Toddlers (, ISBN 978-0-310-71877-2) read like a comic book or graphic novel and some some great illustrations throughout the book. I thought it did a great job painting a picture for us, now that Maddie is at a place where she likes to look at the book with me while we read. For so long I was able to get a way with just reading beside her bed and she’d go to sleep along the way. Now I am in bed with her, she’s on my lap, making me hold the book at a 10-2 position (yes, like I am driving a car!) and she turns the pages – sometimes when I ask her to! This is going to be a fun Bible to go back through with her soon.

Our (Kimberly’s and my) favorite has become the Jesus Storybook Bible (, ISBN 978-0-310-70825-4). The illustrations are great, the stories are better. Like the other 3, the Jesus Storybook Bible walks us from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It is a long storybook, but every story points us to Jesus, just like the Bibles you and I read. Take, for example, the opening story about Creation. The author writes, “God looked at everything he had made. ‘Perfect!’ he said. And it was. But all the stars and the mountains and oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them. And so it was that the wonderful love story began…”

We’ve really taken this “hiding God’s Word in our heart” thing seriously. We want the stories about Jesus to be so familiar to Maddie and Hudson. These aren’t the only stories they hear at night. There are Dr. Seuss books-a-plenty and nursery rhymes and classic children’s stories. We are just taking advantage of the time we have right now to invest as much as we can into what we know is forever. I hope you don’t have as much trouble finding a Bible for your kids as we have. Trouble is not the correct word. We like the variety and we like the fun these books have put in to telling these great stories.

Good journeying!