Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

I love presents. I love getting them. I love giving them.

I embrace the fact that after reading The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, it was obvious that my number one love language was indeed GIFT-GIVING.

In modern American culture, there are two common days for getting presents – Christmas and one’s birthday.

I want to give a very big THANK YOU to my parents for having me on June 20, 1981. Being born on June 20th is about as close as you can get to having the two major present-receiving days exactly six months apart. Every six months, I’m rolling. It is awesome. I have always felt sorry for those people who are born on December 20 and their birthday gifts get lumped into their Christmas gifts. Those people do not even know the goodness of spread out gift days.

This year was no exception.

For the first time since 1996ish, I was not at church camp on my birthday. My wife was amazing (as always) by inviting 20 of my closest friends over to the house. We had amazing food, good weather, and great conversation.

I got this book

And five movies on blue-ray that I have not seen yet – Avatar, The Blind Side, The Book of Eli, Invictus, and Sherlock Holmes.

It was a great birthday. Thanks to all my family and friends who made it possible. I love you all!

Now it is time to own being 29.

Dear Facebook,

What’s up? How’s life? Things are going pretty well in Brian-world, but there are a couple of things we need to talk about.

We have been friends now for a few years. I have seen you grow up and mature over the years. I have seen you overtake Myspace as the #1 social media website. I have been been there every step of the way as you’ve made changes – some good, some bad. But it’s time we have an honest, one-on-one conversation.

I’ve been patient through these changes. I’ve sat through numerous changes to my wall and my news feed. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the fact that I can invite my 1000+ friends to a weekend cookout using the new events section. I love the fact that I can tell people who I don’t really talk to “Happy Birthday”. However, you’ve crossed the line.

I’ve started hanging out with another social media website. Her name is Twitter. She is pretty cool. We are just friends. I have not totally abandoned you for Twitter, but you’re not making this easy. I feel like you are jealous of our new friendship. If you would just give her a chance, I think you would really like her. It doesn’t have to be a competition. I can be friends with you BOTH. You could even work together like the good ole’ days when I first introduced you to each other.

Remember back in the day when I could update my Twitter and my Facebook status at the same time? One status update on two different social media websites working together to make my life easier. It was beautiful. Now, I update my Twitter and it shows up on my Facebook News Feed but not as a status update. Therefore, people who only look at their friends status updates are not seeing the Internet goodness that I am trying to communicate. You have put Twitter on the same level as Farmville and the Twilight Quizes. What happened between you two? You were working together so well.

We need to get this problem fixed as soon as possible for 2 reasons: 1) To make my social media life easier and 2) People need to read my status updates because I am that important. (Kidding…but really…I am…)

Sincerely,

Brian Cromer

After last year’s tidal wave of popularity, Sulphur Springs Workcamp will feature more “Deep Thoughts” by B. David Vos. You won’t want to miss what B. David Vos has in store this year at Sulphur Springs Workcamp 2010.

Check out http://www.facebook.com/eat.sleep.serve for more information on Sulphur Springs Workcamp and how you can be involved. More people = more houses painted = more lives changed = SSWC2010.

This video tells the amazing story of three friends. These three 8th grade guys have skateboarding in common. But their relationship with each other does not end there because one of the friend had the courage and cared enough to share Jesus.

Here is their story…

“Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers.” ~ Matthew 18:12-14 (Message)

Are you reaching out and sharing Jesus with the ones in your life that are lost, lonely, hurting, and fallen away? These guys challenge me to take an honest look in the spiritual mirror to see if I am taking ownership of God’s call to be fishers of men.

I am proud to have these guys in my life and in REVOLUTION. They are world changers!

Breaking news….

I will speaking this Sunday at the Shannon Oaks Church in Sulphur Springs, Texas. I served at SOC for five years as youth pastor from 2004-2009. Heather will be coming with me this weekend. I am very excited to share a message and catch up with some very good friends this weekend.

Funny story from this morning…

I got up early this morning for my workout, went to the gym, knocked it out, and drove home to clean up before work.

Around 8:15am as I am getting dressed, my doorbell starts repeatedly ringing. I am rushing to put on my clothes but the person at my door starts machine gunning my doorbell. It was the “this is not a casual house call but something urgent is going down” doorbell ring.

I open up my front door and a visibly frazzled woman is standing there seemingly out-of-breath. Immediately I knew something was wrong because she was straight up keeping it real – pajamas on, hair all over the place, no makeup, etc. She frantically explains to me that she is one of my neighbors from across the street and that I am being robbed. She goes on to describe the man rummaging through my open garage as a large, bearded man driving a running, unmarked white 15-passenger van.

As I try to keep myself from laughing, I let her know that everything is fine and that I am not being robbed. Last night my REVOLUTION and NORTHchurch coworker Michael Bergstrasser, who was driving the church van, stayed at our house. He was rummaging through my garage looking for something he could scrape the ice off his windshield.

Two things stick out to me from this experience…

1. That lady was brave. She ran from her house to a house that she thought was being robbed. That takes guts. She even was yelling at him the whole way over, but Michael could not understand her. No regard for her own personal safety, only what was best for the neighborhood. Good to know my neighbor has my back or could possibly be a ninja.

2. I am very glad that I was actually home. If I had not been home, I think Michael would have been in trouble. From the perfect description she gave me of the potential robber, Oklahoma City police would have an APB on this guy right now…

This video was used at REVOLUTION during week 3 of “Happily Ever After”. This is one of my favorite videos that I have ever made. Thanks to Michael Bergstrasser and Lauren Sheppard for starring in this video.

Enjoy…

This completely ridiculous video actually has a point. Emotional intimacy can be just as dangerous as physical intimacy. Remember Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart,¬†for it is the wellspring of life.”

And yes, I some how managed to throw in Scripture to this blog post.

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