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About Hixon and Margie Frank

We have three kids: Sydney, Sarah-Clare and Grayson. Hixon serves as a Family and Discipleship Pastor in Austin, Texas. Margie is an interior designer. We love Jesus, sometimes you can tell ... other times not so much. But isn't that true for most of us....

“GOD ROCKS!” WEEK: “I Am Ruined” Devo 4-18-11

Isaiah 6:1-5  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:    “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their

voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Setting the Stage:

This is an amazing story about the prophet Isaiah’s Commissioning. He is taken to the temple and experiences the majesty, power and glory of God.   Isaiah SAW…

  • God seated on a throne (Kings)
  • His train (of His robe)  filled the temple (Almighty King, longer the train…more grand the king)
  • Angels (not “Precious Moments” figurine angels either) these were massive, fierce creatures with 6 wings! Ever wonder why every time someone sees and angel they are afraid?  This is why…they are huge, ripped, intimidating, supernatural beings!!!
  • Temple shook with the sound of their voices (love to see a sweet little cupid angel do that!!!)
  • The smoke represented the very presence and Spirit of God.
Look at Isaiah’s response to what he sees: (v 5)  It is as if he is becomes aware of his sin…and not just his sin but the sins of his people. We see later that…
3 THINGS:
ISAIAH’S RESPONSE IS NATURAL – his response is the same as anyone who sees God for who he really is. He is amazed, embarrassed and motivated to change.
ISAIAH’S RESPONSE IS NECESSARY  – everyone who wants to “walk well” with God must understand that He is holy, sovereign and worthy to be praised.
ISAIAH’S RESPONSE IS TRANSFORMING – He is different having been with God.  Are we different b/c we have been with God?  Have you been with God? People will be able to see it.
WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO GOD?
 

LEADERSHIP WEEK: “The Whisper” Devo 4-15-11

I Kings 19:11-13 11 The LORD said (to Elijah), “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

God was not in the Wind

God was not in the Earthquake

God was not in the Fire

God came as a GENTLE WHISPER”

THE PROBLEM: Most of us would never hear God if He came to us in a gentle whisper. In fact we may even miss him if he came to us as a fire!  We do everything we can do to avoid the quiet. Radio, TV, background noise etc… most guys avoid silence because it is in the silence that all of the “junk” comes to our minds”. You know the stuff we hate to think about….like our sin! So we “medicate” our brains with all kinds of noise, distractions and barriers that ensure that we will not have to deal with anything that we don’t like.

Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. So…..even after a long day of ministry and service to the masses, Jesus got up early to be alone and quiet with His Father.  We should probably do the same thing huh!

IT IS IN THE SILENCE:

  1. that God reveals himself uniquely to you
  2. the God reveals things to you about YOU and about Him.
  3. that God exposes our real motives

TRY THIS:

  1. When you get in your car…DON’T turn on the radio. Instead, talk to God.
  2. Confess your sin to God so there will be nothing holding you back from being still before him.
  3. Find a place and time to just be still each day.
  4. Embrace the quiet and stillness before the Lord
THE LEADER KNOWS HOW TO BE STILL BEFORE THE LORD
 
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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

THURSDAY’S “BEST OF”… “7 Questions To Ask BEFORE You Marry Him”

I have noticed that the women in my life (wife and two daughters) are “hardwired” to be attracted to the “mushy romantic stuff”. (thank you Captain Obvious) It is just “IN THEM”. In fact, after fighting it for years they have “won me” over to their side.

SOOOOOO I am publicly (all dozen of you that will read this) admitting that I’m all for “mushy love”…romantic, candlelit, corny love. The kind of love that happens in the movies…in New York City…..in the snow…. at Christmas time. You know… the “can’t breathe without you, if we don’t get married I’ll die, talk on the phone till 2 in the morning, leg popping, Pride and Prejudice kind of love”

Yep ….Thats me.

While I’m at it I have a few more random confessions…

I actually liked “The Notebook” more than I probably should have. I think Jane Austen was a great writer! The movie “Titanic” would have “sunk” without Jack Dawson and Rose. Valentines Day IS a real holiday! I believe in love at first sight, kisses mean something, “Wall-E” was great because a robot finds love. Gladiator was a romance… and the “Princess Bride” could be the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!!

eh-hem.

BUT… Since that kind of “love” usually last till just after the “credits” there are some things that I want my daughters to look for besides “all of that”.

I want em to ask themselves a few simple questions about the man they will someday (presumably) marry:

1. DOES HE LOVE JESUS? Several years ago I stopped talking in terms of “being a Christian” and started asking, do they “love Jesus”?   After all, I live in Texas, EVERYONE IS A “CHRISTIAN”! But just cause he calls himself a Christian, knows some verses and wears the t-shirt does not mean much. Does he Love Jesus? Does he really walk with the Lord? Can you tell?

2. CAN HE SUBMIT TO AUTHORITY? If you have read this blog much you can see a theme here. But so much is written in scripture about a man both having authority and being under it. A man must understand both. If my daughters are gonna marry a young man one day then they gotta go for a guy who “gets” authority. The authority he will hold in the home, and the authority he will need to submit to as he lives his life. Eph 5 and 1 Peter 3 etc… Does he understand the servant leadership that he is charged with in the home that calls him to “love his wife as Christ loved the church”? Bosses, cops, pastors, banks, landlords, housing association, blah blah blah….they all represent authority he will more than like likely have to submit to. Can he submit without becoming the rebellious guy who speaks poorly of those in authority over him?

3. IS HE IN CONTROL OF HIMSELF? When a man is driven by his appetites and not his faith, he is in danger is almost every area. From food to porn he will be at risk for addiction, deception and collapse. A woman wants to marry a man who can control himself.

4. CAN HE SUFFER WELL? Crummy boss, mean co-workers, skipped for promotion, financial setbacks etc….. will he be able to live his life well when his world falls apart? Will he find a job and keep it? Will he bail at the first signs of trouble?

5. CAN HE STAND ALONE? From the moment he leaves the house in the mornings he will be wearing “a bullseye” on his back. This world, our Enemy and his sin nature will attack him and attempt to drive a wedge between him and his wife (and kids). Has he shown that he will be a man who sticks to his convictions when everyone else caves?

6. DOES HE TREAT HIS MOTHER WELL? You can tell a lot by how a man treats his mother. Typically he will treat his wife the same way.

7. IS IT EVER HIS FAULT? I understand that sometimes the things that happen in our lives are not our fault…we are the victims. BUT… is it ever his fault when things go wrong? Can he take responsibility for his own junk? If he cannot, then his wife is going to be the reason for his struggles…cause it will not be HIS fault.

So…. I say “go for the cute one, the romantic one, the rich one, the smart one etc…

just so long as he answers these questions right”!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

LEADERSHIP WEEK: “And the KIDS will Lead Them” Devo 4-13-11

I LOVE KIDS….

But when it comes to LEADERSHIP IN THE HOME the job does not fall to the “10 year old” to determine what is best. It falls to mom and dad.

In light of that fact, may I have a small fit for a moment…thank you!

Some time ago I spoke to a nice family at the soccer complex. We talked about sports, jobs and kids and then the subject turned to church. They mentioned they had tried one of our services and loved it. “Now we’re talking!”, I thought.

Then the dad explained proudly that they would be out most Sundays in the Spring because their son (11) was on a traveling baseball team that plays each weekend in the Metroplex. (We live about 120 miles from Dallas/Ft.Worth).

“So, will you just attend church down there?” I asked, clearly trying to make a point.

“Well, er…eh… we will have church together as a family at the hotel”, came the “honest to goodness” reply.

He also mentioned that his daughter (9) really hopes to be on a traveling Soccer team in the Fall so they hope to be with her most weekends too. (So the plan is to spend most weekends in the Spring and Fall out of town and out of church, I guess they have the summer and Christmas vacation to get plugged in to a local church.)  THEN to cap it off they asked me to pray that she would make the team!

…. make the team? MAKE THE TEAM! What I really hope is that she does not make the team, her brother hates baseball and the family gets in church more than once a quarter.

JUDGEMENTAL? I’m really not judging their hearts…in fact I would say that their hearts are in the right place...but I am judging their actions! I’ve said it before but these are the “same folks” who will insist their rebellious 17 year olds go to church to get “their head straight” and when that does not happen they will blame God, the church and even Abner Doubleday!

1. NO ONE GROWS IN THEIR FAITH ON A SPORTS FIELD (or in bed) ON SUNDAY MORNING. “…but we are tired….but we were up till 1:30am last night…. but we have been so busy this Spring…. but no one likes us there….. but God is everywhere and we are going to have church at the ball field ….. but kids from “our school” don’t go there…. but the youth guys does not even know my name….but little Johnny’s “ex” goes there and that would be uncomfortable… but the church is full of hypocrites…. zzzzzzz ….heard it all before!  I understand that sometime everyone has to miss church. I am not a legalist but seriously. How can you be involved in and grow with a church when you attend only 25% of the time?

TRANSLATION: “Even though Jesus Christ “loved the church and Gave himself up for her” (Eph 5:25 “…just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.) we don’t believe it is all that big of a deal. We will let ya know if we need ya.”

2. YOU MAKE YOUR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL DON’T YA? (applies to home schoolers too) If little Suzie got up one morning and said “Mom”, I don’t want to go to school today because I was up too late last night.” What would you say? How bout if Timmy whined, “nobody likes me there and the teachers are stupid!” What do you say then?  You would say (since you love them) “look whistle britches, get your rear out of bed, put your clothes on, brush your teeth and get in the car!” If you can grab a pop-tart as you run through the kitchen then fine….but be in that car in ten minutes!

TRANSLATION: Church is not that important to us…. we will fight to get them out of bed and to school by 7:15 (cuz THAT is important) but we allow them to drag themselves their into a LIFE group 30 minutes late if they go at all (Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it..)

3. A FAMILY THAT REVOLVES AROUND THE KIDS CAN MAKE FOR SELF-ABSORBED CHILDREN. I am NOT implying that the kids should not get your attention...just not ALL of your attention. They need to know that there are things MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEY ARE sometimes. Things like your spouse, those in need….GOD!  Every time you make a choice to place them ahead of your spouse, those in need and God, you are creating little self-absorbed “monsters”…..ok maybe that was too strong….how bout self-absorbed “rascals”…yea “rascals” is better.

TRANSLATION: You are the most important thing in the world…ya little darling.

THE CHALLENGE TO MOMS AND DADS IS TO LEAD OUR FAMILIES IN THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT FOR MORE THAN JUST “THIS SPRING”

 

LEADERSHIP WEEK: “TRAIN HARD” Devo 4-12-11

See yesterday…

THREE THINGS ABOUT YESTERDAY’S POST…

  • I had all the right equipment for the Race…
  • I looked like I knew a lot about cycling. (not only does spandex make you look silly, but it also makes you look like you know what you are doing on a bike. Wow!)
  • I even went through the motions of training

But when the “heat of the Race” came, I was totally unprepared.

We are often the same way in our spiritual lives…

  • We have all the right “equipment” for the race. Never before in history have we had so many ways to study the Bible. Commentaries, computer programs, apps, devotional guides, books, DVDs, CDs etc…..
  • We all know how to “look” like we love the Lord. Ya go to church, tell people “your are praying for em”, and drop something in the offering plate….
  • We go through the motions of training. Church attendance, fellowships etc….

And when the “heat of the race of LIFE” comes, we are totally unprepared.

Three ways to “NOT COAST”

  1. USE YOUR EQUIPMENT! The Bible is more than John 3:16 and Genesis 1:1. I know some Christian men who can take apart a jet engine and put it back together over lunch and yet they claim the Bible remains a mystery to them. I “get” that reading a 1300 page book (my Bible has 1343 pages) is not easy. So how do you do it.  A little at a time…evey day just plug away at it. You will be amazed how much you can begin to “get”.  (also: use an app, podcast, reading plan etc)
  2. RESIST THE URGE TO “LOOK LIKE A CHRISTIAN”. If your focus in your faith is to “look like a Christian in every situation” you will be robbed of the joy of actually being one! Simply focus on loving the one who saved you from sin and death…then act accordingly.
  3. TRAIN HARD! It is the only way we will ever stand the “heat” of life. How many times have we seen folks who simply got “fat” in their faith and when the difficulties of life came they were “totally unprepared!” REMEMBER: the “heat of life” does not change our faith…it reveals it!

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

 

LEADERSHIP WEEK: “COASTING” 4-11-11

About 5 years ago…..I road in the “Hotter-n-Hell” bike race held at the end of August in Wichita Falls, Texas. It is the largest bike race in the United States and it always lives up to it’s name. “Normal people” can’t ride very far in the North Texas heat without running into problems but us “elite athletes” just need a slight “bump up” in our training and  and a few days of getting used to the bike and we are fine. 🙂  I decided to ride the 100 Kilometer race (about 62 miles) instead of the 100 mile race….not that I couldn’t have done the “whole enchalada” but…… anyway.

I had great equipment for the race.

  • Specialized Composite-forked aluminum Racing Bike (thanks James) …. “black” (aaaww yea!)
  • Helmet (white to offset the black bike)  – to protect my noggin.
  • Speedometer/Odometer to tell me how fast/far I had come
  • Spandex – to cut down on wind resistance. (might have tried to lose some weight to cut down on the wind resistance but that is for another time
  • “clip in” shoes. To push AND pull the crank.
  • Water Bottle. For the journey
  • Cell phone – in case of emergency
  • Extra Tubes in case of a flat
  • Wet towel to keep me cooled off

To go along with the equipment  I LOOKED GOOD! Spandex and all!

After a couple of weeks of “mild training” in the neighborhood, the day of the race came. I had planned my race strategy perfectly: “when I get tired I will stop pedalling and just COAST…. That way I can rest and I’ll still be moving forward…..cuz I’m on a bike, duh!”  That was my game plan…. genius!  After all, it worked in training…(when it was 75 degrees and I rode for about an hour.)

 The race started well… after 10 miles (84 degrees)  I was a little tired but feeling fine.

  • At Mile 20 (86 degrees) I was uncomfortably hot
  • At mile 30 (90 degrees) I felt horrible
  • At mile 40 (96 degrees) I was almost delirious
  • At mile 48 (99 degrees) I stayed at the rest stop for about 20 minutes
  • At mile 55 (101 degrees) I pulled over under a juniper tree ready to “curse God and die” (ha!)
  • Then at mile 61 (101 degrees) less than 2 miles from the finishline…I BONKED. My body literally locked up.
  • So I stood up and COASTED. Then the bottom of my feet cramped.
  • In the flat wasteland that is my beloved hometown, I ended up literally falling over on the side of the road and leaning against the guard rail.
  • After a few moments of cramps and convulsions I sat down in thorns that had grown there with my spandex offering very little protection (but I could not ohave cared less…add thorns in my fanny to the list of ailments at the time).
  • Other riders who came by asked if I was OK and of course I told them “that I was fine” never mind I was sitting in thorns, tears running down my face (kept the sunglasses on)  and could not actually raise my arm to wave them along.
  • I was dehydrated, sick to my stomach and dizzy….AN ABSOLUTE MESS!!!

……… ALL BECAUSE MY GREAT RACE STRATEGY WAS TO “COAST”

MANY OF US HAVE THE SAME STRATEGY FOR OUR FAITH… WE END UP BEING ABSOLUTE MESSES Because our plan is to COAST in our faith.

SO HOW DO YOU COAST?  RATHER..HOW DO YOU NOT COAST???

GLAD YOU ASKED….. cuz we will be looking at that question for the next three days!!

 Philippians 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

SEE YA TOMORROW!


 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Discipleship, Leadership

 

“9 Reasons Nobody Likes “Religious” People”

I spent some time over the last couple weeks on a quiet beach. Perfect for reflecting and evaluating the year that was and the year to come. My only rule was to be as painfully honest I possibly could… In looking back over 2016, I saw traces of the thing I promised myself I would always fight… that is “religiosity”. ..my efforts to somehow impress God with my service, piety or talent.

I have prayed for an “allergic reaction” to religiosity because I believe that Jesus is more concerned with my heart being close to His, my faith being rooted in a dynamic relationship with a living savior that I know and talk to … a lot, rather than a dry, duty-flied obedience to a list of rules and regulations almost completely designed to impress other religious people. In fact I would argue that “religion” has, for centuries, impeded the Christian movement that Jesus established 2000 years ago.(but that is an argument for another post.)

 

From April 2011…

Last week, while I was reading in the book of Hebrews (Hebrews 10:11) and the word “religious” stood out to me. It reminded me of a time, many years ago, I attended a summer church party where soft drinks were being served out of an old metal ice chest. In the afternoon sun I made what I thought was an innocuous comment about the Diet Sprite can looking a lot like a Coors Light (trust me, it would have been hysterical with a different audience). One of the men in line started to chuckle before being “caught” by the “older, wiser” matriarch of the group who informed him that she “did not even know what a Coors Light looked like”.

Her condescension and “snootiness” were unmistakable and the implication was clear….. “if you love the Lord you will be so against the world that you will be totally unfamiliar with anything “evil””. (To make the episode more interesting both her son and her husband are known to have a beer….or two……. or more. So she clearly understood what a Coors Light was…and could probably tell me how much they cost and the best place to get one)

Before I am too harsh with her, I think anyone who really has a committment to live a Holy life has to wrestle with her perspective….that is, wanting to be so far removed from the world that you are unstained by it (even ignorant of it) ….. And then wearing that ignorance as a “badge of honor”.

But the command God gives us to “Love our neighbors”, the examples Paul leaves of “sharing not only the Gospel of God but his life as well” , and of course Jesus’ example of dinning with “tax collectors and sinners” does not leave this option available to us. In pursuing “separation” from the world we have developed the desire to actually be so removed that we are, at best….irrelevant and at worst… irritating.

At our worst…

1. We Believe We are Better Than Other People. It is true. We all spend some degree of effort ranking ourselves against other people. Sometimes it is financial ranking, aesthetics, age, etc…. but for the religious person it is piety. How many or to what level are others aware of my good works? If I am known as a good person then I rank myself higher than someone else….

2. We Extend Grace to OURSELVES and JUDGEMENT to Others. I had a reason for cutting that guy off in traffic. The guy who cut me off is a jerk! Can’t tell you how many times people have jumped to conclusions because they believe that they know another persons motives, thoughts and purposes.We think we are good and everyone else is bad.Luke 16:15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.

3. We See Everyone Else’s Sin but NOT Our Own I have attended a 1000 conferences in my life (at least it feels that way) but I will never forget about 10 years ago watching a man who had to weigh in at 350 lbs explain to us how smoking and drinking were sins. (for the record I did not go to this conference voluntarily!) Strangely he failed to mention gluttony, lack of discipline or slothfulness in his message. He is like many of us…quick to see the “speck in another’s eye” but not the “log in our own”.

4. We Believe that God Owes Us for Living “good lives”. I will behave well and You have to bless me”. That is the deal. “No blessings and I will be disillusioned and frustrated”. If this is our attitude towards God then Jesus can be our “life-coach”, our “role-model” and even our “friend”…but He isn’t our Savior. 

5. We Justify Hate From Homosexuals to Obama to Hollywood. We have made it OK to hate other people. 1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. Luke 6:27 “Love your Enemies”

6. We Believe God is an American… and/or a Republican. He isn’t.

7. We Place “Style over Substance”… as long as we look good on the outside then we are good. Matthew 23:27-28 You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.

8. We Separate the “Sacred and the Secular” Phil 4:8 …finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

9. We nurture “Respectable Sins Things like thanklessness, anxiety, frustration, discontentment, gossip selfishness, arrogance, entitlement, anger, disunity are embraced as pious and upright. While things like lust, murder, smoking, drinking and foul language are considered evidence of a heart far from God. All are sins, yet we have made some acceptable…even desirable.


 

HERO WEEK: “We IMITATE Our HEROES” 4-7-11

I sat across from him and wondered to myself…how could it have gotten this bad? His life, once full of promise, had spiralled into a world of meth, alcohol and abuse. At only 30 yrs old he was ready to quit. The only thing that kept him alive was that he could not bear the thought of leaving his three kids behind. His estranged wife had “moved on” and was already with another guy (actually her 2nd “other guy”).

There he sat…looking at me kind of blankly… I don’t think he really expected me to help much. Ya see he was a church kid and had heard it all before….. “God loves you and has a great plan for your life”, “Lean on Jesus”, “God won’t bless the immorality in your life”, “what you are going through is a natural consequence of the choices you have made” ….blah, blah, blah! …

In a simple act of frustration I said the following…”“Those kids of yours that you love so much…all they want is to be close to their dad! They don’t care about your past…to them you are their HERO…start acting like it!” (yea I know, not my most compassionate moment)

He would tell me later that those words pierced him. At that moment he seemed to realize that someone else in his world needed him to be different, needed him to be better….needed him to be daddy.  He is now (many months later) part of a growing group of folks in our church who are coming back to their faith because they realized that their kids were going to follow their examples.  He has embraced his faith with both arms and is not just involved but is leading others to be involved as well.

Now he “walks with the Lord”…closely

THE POINT: Every one of us has people who look up to us. For a lot of us it is our kids.

As we examine our lives can I honestly encourage my kids to  “imitate me”?.

(1 Corinthians 4:16Therefore I urge you to imitate me”.)

Or do I need to encourage them to ignore me?

Dads/Moms, you ARE your children’s HEROES.

 

HERO WEEK: “Lover, Partner, Friend…HERO!” 4-6-11

Today is my wife’s birthday! And it is completely APPROPRIATE that her birthday lands right in the middle of HERO WEEK! We met when I was 16 and she was 15. Our first date was to the 1983 Round-Up Dance at SH Rider High (see pic below) And while I cannot possibly do justice to the profound impact she has had on my life, I offer this….

Before I ever actually met her, I met her REPUTATION. She was the girl in High School who loved Jesus and loved others. She had friends in every group. Some were cowboys, “preppies”, “druggies”, jocks, “honor rollers” and “holy rollers”. Her key to all of these relationships was not that she changed with each group but that she was the same…every time. She caught some heat from her “church friends” for talking to the girls who smoked, the guys with pierced ears and the “death metal crowd”. But she thought that if Jesus would talk to them then maybe she should too…SHE HAS NOT CHANGED AT ALL IN THIS REGARD. You are just as likely to find her with a friend who is a believer with “it all together” as you are seeing her interacting with someone “far from God”. I love that about her…….. HERO!

Margie is COURAGEOUS. I have seen her in so many situations where she has had to be brave. From the death of her father to standing in front a crowd and teaching what no one else would…… she is a brave woman… HERO!

She gives me COURAGE. In my first church, I was the Min of Students/Music Minister. That’s right I led the singing for the 100 or so folks who showed up! (quit laughing) I was so nervous being in front of a “crowd” that every Sunday morning (first 6-8 months) about 5:30am I would wake up, go to the bathroom, barf my guts out then head to the the living room, sit in the dark and pray. She is the one who came in later…looked me in the eye and said “You can do this!”. She has done that 1000 times since then…….. HERO!

Margie is FIERCELY LOYAL to me. She is always on MY SIDE, always IN MY CORNER and always on my TEAM!! HERO!

Margie is DISCIPLINED. She is a runner….I mean a “marathon running, get up at 5:30am in the freezing cold and run 5 miles before she goes to church kind of runner”. I have learned to work through some very difficult times because of her example of discipline in running …and 100 other things….HERO!

Margie is an terrific MOM. She seems to know “what to do next” in parenting. She can tell when one of our kids acting out of pain or acting out of “rebellion”. Margie can LAUGH at HERSELF. You would think that someone as “freakishly talented” as she is would be “kinda snooty” but she is gracious to everyone she meets…. probably has ever met! ROLE MODEL!

She FORGIVES EASILY. Lets just say it is a good thing she has this quality. (nuff said) HERO!

Margie is the most INTUITIVE person that I know. She just knows things…things about parenting, things about people, things about which way to go etc…She is WISE. HERO!

Margie has close FRIENDS. She has close friends. I mean really close! Margie is georgeous! I mean seriously…who looks that good at “forty-t_ _ _ _” … um…er… her age?

Margie makes me BETTER… a better man, dad, husband and pastor. (Heck, I don’t eat out of a can, belch in public or weight 400 lbs because of her!!) She showed me how to “shake hands and look people in the eyes”, how to look for the person sitting alone and befriend them and how to “speak up” when no one else will. It is an understatement to say if God had not brought Margie to me I would be “lost” in life. (I’m not saying she is perfect, just perfect for me)

HERO!

RUTH 1:16 “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

 

 

HERO WEEK: “My Brothers are my Brothers” 4-5-11

Everybody needs heroes… someone to look up to….someone who has done or is doing “it” the way you want to. These three men are at the front of the line on my “LIST OF HEROES…

Stephen Frank: (3rd from left) Because he is 5 years older than me he has always been one of my HEROES.

  • I really believe that God used Stephen to “save us all”. He was the first of my brothers to embrace Jesus. He was so changed by Jesus that I noticed….and my brothers noticed too!
  • Like most little brothers I grew up wanting to be like him (and make sure he never knew I wanted to be like him). In 1st grade I wore his football jersey to school without him knowing it. I felt pretty coolwith it on in spite of the fact that I looked ridiculous! (way too big!)
  • I have watched him confront people as well as bless them with equal skill and grace. I have often thought that if you can’t get along with Stephen….you can’t get along period.
  • Far from being a doormat, Stephen is a very successful business owner who competes with tenacity and integrity. (qualities that are not often placed together)
  • He is “Barnabas” to me. Gentle, leader, strong, reasonable…”Son of Encouragement” ….. HERO.

Acts 9:27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

Bruce Frank:(far left) I have watched Bruce go from being a “lost soul” (don’t even get me started!) to being the Sr. Pastor of one of the fastest growing Mega-Churches in America.

  • Bruce and I became close while at school together at Texas Tech (I was a freshman while he was a Sr). He and his friends “looked after me” my freshman year.
  • Scratch golfer (really) proud dad, leader.
  • Both of us are in “ministry” so conversations take on a special feel and his insight and wisdom in that regard has blessed me many times.
  • Bruce is as talented a man as I have ever met, but a lot of people are talented. It is his sense of humor combined with intense focus that sets him apart.
  • He is “Paul” to me. Leader, focused, fearless and visionary…..HERO.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

James Frank (far right) (my twin): We have been close ever since college was over (He is an Aggies so I had to wait till he matured…ha!)

  • I can’t tell you the number of times he has “talked me off the ledge”, lent an ear or just plain spoken truth “into” me.
  • His son and I share names…Hixon. They actually refer to him as the N.I.V. (New Improved Version) If we were going to have another it would be James (Jamie) for sure. Of course if we had another one (#4) he would have another one (#5). It is the whole competition thing!
  • He is driven, competitive and bold
  • James is tenacious in his pursuit of….well…anything and he sincerely walks with God.
  • He is “Peter” to me. (cause he will actually “Get out of the boat) Leader, Thinker, Fierce, Sincere….HERO

Matthew 14:29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?