Thursday, April 26, 2007

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Talented Son

Our son, Sam II, is a very talented videographer.  Among other things, he produces video shorts that are used to illustrate sermons at the church he and his family attend, Stafford Crossing Community Church.  The link below is a sample of the kind of work that he does, including the narration for this one.

Poison of Pornography

Awesome work for the Lord!  We are very proud of him. (Of course, that is an unbiased opinion)

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Friday, April 20, 2007

Letter From a Christian Citizen

 Worth checking out:

Douglas Wilson, Senior Fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College and pastor of Moscow’s Christ Church in Idaho, has authored the definitive evangelical response to Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation...

Source: ASSIST News Service Article

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

The Day They Kicked God Out of School

A thought provoking video:


 (If you don't see a video above)

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Up To Date Business Language

I received this list today and was reminded of my 24 years in the corporate world.  I wish I had known these terms then!

BLAMESTORMING - sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER - a manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, messes up everything, and then leaves.

KEYBOARD PLAQUE - the disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer keyboards.

OHNOSECOND - that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.

PRAIRIE DOGGING - when someone yells or drops something loudly in a "cube farm" (an office full of cubicles) and all the co-workers' heads pop up over the wall to see what's going on.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE - the fine art of whacking the daylights out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

Thanks to Doris for sharing!

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Car Crash

A woman and a man are involved in a car accident on a snowy, cold Monday morning. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them is hurt.

God works in Mysterious ways.

After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So you're a man. That's interesting. I'm a woman. Wow, just look at our cars, there's nothing left of them, but we're unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days."

Flattered, the man replies, "Oh yes, I agree with you completely; this must be a sign from God!"

The woman continues, "And look at this, here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune."

Then she hands the bottle to the man.

The man nods his head in agreement, opens it, drinks half the bottle, and then hands it back to the woman. The woman takes the bottle and immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, "Aren't you having any?"

The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the police...."

MORAL OF THE STORY: Women are clever and crafty. Don't mess with them.

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I Know I've Been Changed

Friday night we had the privilege of attending the annual Teen Challenge of Philadelphia banquet.  TFC Elkton Volunteer Chaplain Rev. Allan Graham, who lives in Philadelphia, volunteers with Teen Challenge.  Allan invited Margaret and me to join him as his guest at the banquet.  The attendees included program participants, graduates, staff, family, volunteers and ministry friends.

If you are not familiar with the work of Teen Challenge it is a ministry to people dealing with chemical addictions.  Despite the organization name, they minister to men and women of all ages.  Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting many Teen Challenge graduates who are still clean years after graduating from the program.  In fact, a driver in one of our chapel Easter services was a graduate.

The theme for the banquet was "I Know I've Been Changed".  There were numerous testimonies from men and women whose lives were touched by God and delivered from drugs and/or alcohol though the Teen Challenge ministry.  What an awesome, spiritually energizing, experience to hear each and everyone of them giving God the praise for their victories.

The guest speaker, Rev. Chuck Zierle, himself a graduate, who some of his personal testimony.


The banquet was at the Hilton on City Line Ave.  More than 380 people attended.


The Teen Challenge Choir, directed by Sherry McMillan

Allan and Ruth

Allan and his friend Ruth


Some of our table mates (left to right): Ty, back to the camera, a graduate who now works in the program, Dan, a recent graduate and his proud father, Jim, talking to Margaret.

Please keep the Teen Challenge ministry in your prayers!

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Friday, April 13, 2007

Making a Difference

This truly is a moving video and well worth the time to pull it up and watch it. (Have the tissues nearby)

Make a Difference

(Thanks to Bill Henderson for sharing).

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The First Space Elevator

Check out this video:


 (if you don't see a video above)

Kids have come a long way from playing with two empty soup cans with a string stretched between them!

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Liane's Concert

(If you don't see a movie above)

Our daughter-in-law, Liane, is a music teacher with the Fredericksburg Christian School system.  This video is of her directing her students at a recent concert.  Way to go Liane! clap

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Message to Our Troops

(Click if you don't see a movie above)

Thanks to Paige O. for sharing.

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins

What Would Jesus Drive?

     Most people assume WWJD is for "What would Jesus do?" But here, with
tongue-in-cheek, the initials have been changed to stand for "What would
Jesus drive?" car

     One theory is that Jesus would tool around in an old Plymouth because
the Bible says, "God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a

     But in Psalm 83, the Almighty clearly owns a Pontiac and a Geo. The
passage urges Jesus to "pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify
them with your Storm".

     Perhaps God favors Dodge pickup trucks, because Moses' followers are
warned not to go up a mountain "until the Ram's horn sounds a long blast".

     Some scholars insist that Jesus drove a Honda but didn't like to talk
about it. As proof, they cite a verse in John's gospel where Christ tells
the crowd, "For I did not speak of my own Accord..." And, following Jesus'
lead, the Apostles apparently also car-pooled in---you guessed it---another
Honda..."The Apostles were in one Accord".

     Lastly, Joshua drove a Triumph sports car with a hole in its muffler:
"Joshua's Triumph was heard throughout the land".

smile_regular Thanks to Paige Orange for sharing this. thumbs_up

In His name,
Chaplain Sam Houchins