Wednesday, October 04, 2006

LifeGroup, Dreams, Pizza and Gab

Monday night we had our LIFEgroup meeting in the midst of a tornado warning. You can possibly tell which of us pay any attention to news be seeing who was there and who wasn't. I found out about the tornado warning on Tuesday morning. Oh well. We had a good time discussing 1 John 1:5-7 and walking in the light and fellowship. We'd planned to study more but spent more time on verse 7 than I'd expected. Still it was a good conversation about the nature of Christian fellowship and how we should make time for one another and care for one another. We also had an interesting conversation about dreams before we started the Bible study. I mentioned I had been woken up in the middle of the night by a nightmare about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (this is why I don't watch horror movies, I get nightmares from the commercials). One bad part of the dream was where I realized it was a dream and woke up, only I was still in the dream. Eventually I woke up for real, before I got shredded, and spent about 20 minutes praying and reading scripture. Anyway that led to conversation about being able to control dreams once you realize it is a dream, recurring dreams, and good dreams or dreams you enjoy. After the nightmare I had had an interesting dream about the editorial board of a journal I read and had remembered specific facts from real life that made the events of the dream plausible. I remember certain kinds of facts anyway but it was odd to find the memory in the dream. A lot of people had flying dreams and at least one other guy shared the problem I often have in dreams where I'm fighting somebody and my punches have no impact.

Tuesday night was our Pizza and Gab time with the youth for this semester. As the name implies this is a night where, instead of our usual format of hang-out, game, teaching, worship, small groups, we order pizza and then sit around talking about stuff. Usually we have students submit questions over the previous couple of weeks and then we select some of the questions and all talk about them together. In the past this has been completely open to any questions students want to ask. This time we tried to have a theme to give it a little more focus. We chose Heaven, Hell, Angels and Demons. We talked about the resurrection body, reincarnation, what Hell is like, and how to get to Heaven. Because our question cards said to ask about anything we also discussed what to do when your parents are getting a divorce and what the Bible says about divorce. It was a good time. We had 23 kids, which may have been our biggest turnout this year. There were three visitors and a couple of regular kids who weren't there.

Verse of the day:
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7 (ESV)

Quote of the day:
"When we get our new bodies could it be like an animal you want to be?"
Student question submitted for Pizza and Gab

Gratuitous Coen Brothers' Movie Quote in anticipation of this weekend's marathon:
"Son, you got a panty on your head."


Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

When did you see a commercial for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre? The original came out umpteen million years ago, and the "remake" came out over a year ago, didn't it?

Glad to know the tornado warning for you turned out to be no big deal. I was watching some of their footage on from the storms in the Chicago area, and it looked bad.

Everett said...

There's a prequel coming out soon. We've had some exciting weather in the last week or so.

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Okay, since there was no point whatsoever to the first movie, how on earth are they going to write a prequel?

ann said...

That quote is one of my very favorite movie quotes ever--perhaps my number one. I'll have to think about that for a while.

Tooz said...

Isn't that quote from Raising Arizona? I didn't realize it was Coen Brothers movie. Talk to you later--love you.

Becca said...

I remember having a sleepover once in middle school, and Mandi brought Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We couldn't follow it since it didn't make sense and laughed at it, mostly.

I like a *good* scary movie now and again, but there are so few. I refused to watch any Nightmare on Elm Street film because I always had very vivid dreams and nightmares and didn't need Freddy coming after me. When I was a wee thing, before school, I used to have nightmares starring my grandmother (Mom's mom) who used to stalk me through an old three story house with an attic. I would wind up in the attic, huddled behind a trunk and she would appear, with carrots sticking out of her ears and cucumber slices covering her eyes, holding an ax. I told my mom about that dream exactly once. Imagine how horrible it was for me that such a terrifying image sent my mom into gales of laughter, complete with tears?

ann said...

I had a nightmare about an older relative once, too, but it didn't involve any vegetables.

Also, I used to dream that fighting dream a lot--maybe as a kid, maybe into high school. Don't remember that part. Anyway, that was a frequent one for me. I used to also dream about flying pretty often as a young kid, and then about drowning, though I was a good swimmer.

I'm not a big fan of scary movies anymore. I no longer like to be scared.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Bub. I had a dream about you the other night. You were eating strawberries. That was a dream, wasn't it?

Your friend,

Everett said...

Yeah that'd have to be some kind of weird dream. I haven't eaten strawberries much since I was a little kid in the backyard on Clayton Ave.

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

My brother had a strange fascination with the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. He even made his own Freddy Kreuger glove. Those movies scared the heck out of me, but at times they made me laugh. Still freaky, though. And imagine my discomfort when we moved to San Antonio and I discovered that, if we live here long enough for Jamie to go to middle school, he'll be going to Kreuger Middle School!

Becca said...

Why am I not surprised that Joel made his own Freddy Krueger glove?

Another reason I couldn't watch the Nightmare movies was that Robert Englund played Willy in the V series, and WIlly was a wuss. Who could be afraid of Willy, glove or no?

Everett said...

Willy was one of my favorite characters on V