Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Summer Of 69

The year was 1969. I was three years old and not really concerned with what was going on around me, except where was my blanket and binky was. While I wasn’t really aware of it then, the summer of 69 was a world changing season.

At the time when my world was mostly about trying to decide if I liked green beans, others were concerned with some of the following events which happened that year.

The Charles Manson Murders took place. Woodstock and the Hippies were in full swing.

The Vietnam War was raging. The Beatles played together for the last time. Richard Nixon was sworn in as president. Yassar Arafat became president of the PLO.

Golda Mier became the Israeli Prime Minister. Sesame Street came on the TV, and I found new friends. Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of the assignation of Robert Kennedy.

There was one more major event that happened that year. Yes I got potty trained…..well, for the most part.

Actually this year marks the 40th anniversary of a very major event - mans first landing on the moon!


On July 16th, 1969 at 13:32 EDT, a three man crew with each one having two missions under their belt, soared with wings of eagles past the shackles of gravity to another place. It just happens that the lunar module was actually named Eagle.

In past confessions of this highly-caffeinated Christian, I have admitted that The Brewer does not like heights. I get a nose bleed when I put on my ropers and when I think about what these guys went through to leave our atmosphere, it blows my mind. With the computer technology of a modern wrist watch these three astronauts went so far and so high. I can’t help but raise my coffee cup to them.

Neil Armstrong was the Commander; Buzz Aldrin was the Lunar Module Pilot, and Michael Collins commanded the module. On July 20th, the Lunar Module piloted by Aldrin started its descent from Columbia. At 8:17 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, same as Greenwich Mean Time), placed its lunar legs on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong said “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed”. And with those eight words being spoken, a new era of space exploration began. It is interesting to note that the number eight in the Bible stands for “New Beginnings”.

A little known fact about Buzz Aldrin is that he was a Christian. Approximately two and a half hours after the moon walk, he broadcasted to Houston that he would like to take the opportunity to ask everyone who was listening to contemplate the event which just happened and give thanks in their on way. He then took communion, there on the moon, and gave God thanks. This communion kit is in the possession of the Webster Presbyterian Church in Webster, Texas where Aldrin was an elder.


Two thousand years ago, there was a man who left His footprints in the dust of planet earth. Instead of leaving the earth to the heavens, He left Heaven for earth. His impact upon this world is felt today in the four corners of the world.

There are millions who walk in his footprints. As Buzz Aldrin had communion in the heavens, this man had communion with his band of believers on this earth. As surely as Apollo 11 made history 40 years ago, this man made history 2000 years ago.

Man has vowed to return to the moon. This man that I’m talking about, has vowed He will also return and sooner than you think. His name is Jesus. His mission was devine. His goal was accomplished, and his vow to return will be fulfilled.

We may not be able to walk in the footprints of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but we can certainly walk in the footprints of Jesus. He has already cleared the minefields of life for all of us. All we need do is step where He steps….one step at a time.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Nobody Like You

Hello to all our faithful readers out there.

Today’s sip from the carpenter’s cup has a little lipstick on it, because it is coming from the other half of the Brewer, his wife. My name is Leanna and I’m the one who brews the coffee for the Brewer every morning. Like you, I love to read and hear the stories and insight Troy shares with us every week

What a crazy life we live. I can tell you from first hand experience, that we are blessed to be able to do what we do. Troy and I have been married for 20 years, have 4 children of our own and have pastored Open Door Ministry for the past 15 years. We have traveled literally all the way around the world together and the best news is we love each other more today then the day we got married.

We have so many people ask us how on earth that happens. Well I’m here to tell you our secret. Troy and I have always had a lot in common, but as many of you know that’s not enough. What is enough though is the true love for God we share. We were blessed to learn at a very young age how to prioritize God in our own lives.

I know a lot of people believe if you surrender your life to the Lord and to your spouse, you lose your individuality. What you actually gain is your identity.

I can honestly say I am who I am today because of whom God and Troy are to me. I live a life most people only get to dream about or hope for. Now I’m not saying nothing ever goes wrong or we don’t have bad days, because we do. What I am saying is we not only survive those days but we overcome them. They have become fewer and fewer over the years.

Im writing this column for him today not because I’m trying to take over his job, but because he is sick and the deadline is here. As his wife, it is my privilege to help him in anyway I can which can be kinda hard when you are married to an extremely capable man. As many of you wives out there know, you don’t really realize everything your husband does until you try to do it for him but the Lord knows they don’t know what we do either. Can I hear an Amen ladies?

The wisdom I would leave with you today is this; before you criticize what someone else is doing or not doing; try to do all that they do. What one person makes look easy is difficult for someone else. No one can do what you do the way that you do it.

You are very important to the Lord and no one else was created to be just like you. So go to the Lord and be all you were created to be, because you have something to offer that none of the rest of us do.

Psalm 139:14
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

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