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Nine Days to Snow Camp!

11 Feb
February 11, 2008

Snow camp is sneaking up!  The above video is the highlights video I put together last year – it was a lot of fun!  Wow … just typing that “nine days to snow camp” subject line made my heart skip a few beats.

Another local youth pastor, Greg Hodgdon of Woolwich-Wiscasset Baptist Church, and I have been putting together snow camp for four years now.  We’ve pretty much got a good system down now; by renting out a camp (Camp Fairhaven in Brooks, Maine), providing cooks & food, and organizing all the games, activities, talks, and by purchasing the lift tickets, snowboard rentals, ski rentals, tubing tickets, and everything else that goes into three days and two nights of snow camp bliss we can actually charge kids just $60 for the trip and that includes EVERYTHING.  Lift tickets, rentals, the works.  Doing a prepackaged retreat would start at $100-125 per kid, and if they wanted to ski or snowboard, the rentals and lift tickets would be on top of that.  That would effectively make snow camp not an option for most of the kids around here, so it’s exciting to Greg and I that we can come up with a more cost effective route!

It does make it a bit more of a challenge this year, though.  With the Senior Pastor on leave, I’m pulling double duty with Sunday morning sermons and other responsibilities.  Thankfully, I scheduled other speakers for the next few weeks because I wanted to make sure I had time for snow camp … and time to recover afterwards!  So it shoudn’t be too bad.  : ) 

If you’re a local and you know a kid that wants something to do for their February break (the trip is 2/20-22/2008), or you want to know more about snowcamp, just visit the youth website at; you can see the video there as well, and you can download permission slips from the blog!

Strange Sunday

10 Feb
February 10, 2008

Today was kind of a strange Sunday, to say the least …

The weather forcast was for quite a pile of snow to happen during the night.  People literally started telling me on Friday they wouldn’t be at church today – which honestly, I tend to think that decision should be held off until the actual Sunday morning when you can see what the weather is like.  Because what actually happened was this: nothing.  No snow.  In fact, it was sunny out during church, but our attendance was cut in half because of the possibility of a night time snow storm that didn’t happen.

It’s funny in a sad way; I was talking to my tax guy the other day and I asked if he gets a lot of cancellations on these days that we’ve been bombed with snow.  His answer surprised me at first: nope.  People will come out in almost any kind of weather to do their taxes and get their refund.  I guess it’s sad that our priorities as a culture get revealed in such a way; we’ll brave the storm of the century to get our tax refund a few days early, but at the hint of any kind of foul weather we’ll back out of church to be safe.

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely believe that if the roads are dangerous people shouldn’t go to church.  But our attendance was cut in half because a storm that didn’t actually happen was forcasted and people had already decided not to go.  Consequently, even though the weather was fine … they stayed at home sleeping in.

Anyway, that kind of rubbed me wrong.  I guess it just kind of saddens me.  I also changed the message I was going to be preaching late last night – I’m holding the other one for a fuller house – it’s one I believe the whole church needs and I really felt this was the way I was supposed to go, but it always stresses me to change it up at the last minute like that.  So I was already off kilter and three minutes into my sermon there’s an ambulance at the back door taking someone out and one of the elders is bringing me a note telling me that one of the nine year old children has passed out and having seizures.  Wow.  We stopped the service to pray for him, but it was a challenge to get back on track after that.  He’s doing good; I visited him after church in the emergency room, but it was scary for his family (of course).

So, it’s been a strange Sunday.

Oh yeah, and now it’s snowing again.  Sheesh!

McNutt’s weight loss plan

03 Feb
February 3, 2008
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I’ve finally gotten around to summarizing my weight loss plan into an easy to read, short guide.  It’s based on the lessons I learned from Dr. Huizenga, Dr. Altman and Cheryl Fohberg, RD; the experts from the Biggest Loser.  It also has some of my own personal takes on those lessons.  Go to the articles section of my blog to read more about the spiritual side of honoring God with your health – these summaries here are simply the basics of weight loss as I understand it and the primary tools I used.  I hope it helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have – it will help me to refine them further!  Also, I would encourage anyone who wants to download the audio files from my audio page from the Biggest Loser Boothbay weight loss group; in them I explain the plan more thoroughly, as well as answer questions from the group.

McNutt’s weight loss plan

Weight loss journal

Weight loss journal sample (it’s only partially filled in; I’m still working on it!)

They had been with Jesus

03 Feb
February 3, 2008

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.  (Acts 4:13)

I’ve begun working my way through Acts in my Sunday morning sermons at Boothbay Baptist Church, which brought me to chapter four today.  I zeroed in on the above verse; what an incredible concept!  That the only explanation for the incredible things coming out of these two guys’ lives was the fact that they had been with Jesus!  Not that they were some sort of superstars, or some other type of incredible ability – they were every day guys doing things they should not have been able to, and the only possible way to understand it was the knowledge that they had been with Jesus.  And this was coming from their enemies!

As believers, people need to be saying that about us!  They need to look at our lives and see a love, a caring, a Christ-likeness that is only explainable by the fact that we are Christians.  And if they can’t tell that we’re associated with Christ … well, that’s a whole ‘nother issue, and one that needs dealing with!  Anyway, if you want to download the audio, just right click the link below and select “save target as” to save it to your computer.

Acts 4:1-13; They had been with Jesus (February 3, 2008)

Tending the Temple (audio added)

24 Jan
January 24, 2008

Tending the Temple was a message I delivered back in January of 2007.  In a lot of ways, it’s my personal spiritual and physical changes in thinking and practice that took place over the eight months of Biggest Loser and my pursuit of health and weight loss.  I think one of the biggest surprises for me – because I had sworn that I wouldn’t try to “spiritualize” weight loss – was discovering just how much the physical and spiritual are intertwined.  Part of my growth was in recognizing that God created us to be spiritually healthy and physically healthy, and in realizing that I could bring honor and glory to Him through how I cared for my body I found the sense of purpose and excitement to finally lose the weight.  (to save the mp3, simply right click the link and select “save target as” to save to your computer)

Tending the Temple mp3 (January, 2007)

Saving Me notes & audio

22 Jan
January 22, 2008

 January 20, 2008; Saving Me sermon audio (right click and select “save target as” to save to your computer) 

For my message on Sunday morning, I stayed on the subject of Sanctity of Life (after all, it was the official National Sanctity of Life Day), but with a different focus: that people’s spiritual life is so important and valuable that we must be reaching out to the world with the message of hope and salvation.  For the most part we stayed in Acts 1-2, reading about how the disciples, after Christ’s last words before ascending to heaven was telling them to evangelize the planet, literally poured into the streets of Jerusalem with an energy and urgency that is incredible … and thousands made decisions to follow Jesus each day as a result.  As an example of the sense of focus and urgency that we should have, I showed Nickelback’s music video for “Savin’ Me” (you can watch it below).  I absolutely love the imagery in that video of the ticking clocks above each person’s head; that while he has that glimpse all else is forgotten and he is focused on people’s need for life.  The same needs to happen for Christians; it’s very easy to get wrap up in the day to day distractions, but what is truly important – people’s need for Jesus, there is an urgency to that that we cannot lose sight of.

Image of God

15 Jan
January 15, 2008

I spoke on the sanctity of life this last Sunday in church.  My sermon took a different direction than it has on this subject in past years; rather than using scripture to prove the personhood of unborn babies, I focused on the fact that all have been created in the image of God, and as such, there is no such thing as too much cost or too much effort to protect those who bear the image of God.  Every human life has immeasurable value.

Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV) reads, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  Do you see how it is repeated there at the end?  It’s to drive home the point: men and women are created in the image of God.  No other creation can claim that, and as such, as image bearers’ of God, we are worth more than anyone can ever begin to fathom!  When I see stories from peoples’ lives, people who have above and beyond to protect a life, I think I am seeing someone who begins to grasp what this all means, who begins to see the value in a person simply because they exist and bear the image of God, regardless of their age, health, or convenience.  I used the following video as an illustration of one such couple; it honestly blows me away every time I see it, and I was caught off guard to be standing behind the pulpit crying.

*** EDIT:  I have added the audio to this message on my audio page, or you can download it here (just right click it and select “save target as” to save it to your computer)