The Sweet Well of Bethlehem

Red Mountain Church is working on their 4th CD: Gadsby II. Both the first Gadsby album and this one draw on old hymns from the Gadsby hymnal (which to us means: hymns that we have never heard of before). They posted a recording (not the best quality) of one of the songs that will be on the album. Check out their website (and buy their albums... they are my favorite 3 CDs I own).

Here it is... The Sweet Well of Bethlehem

The hymn with all its verses:

How welcome to the soul oppressed,
In sorrow's vale, by raging thirst,
Scorched by the sun's meridian beam,
Is the sweet well of Bethlehem!

Prophets of old, and saints the same,
In every age, of every name,
Drank of this soul-reviving stream,
The water sweet of Bethlehem.

Water so pure, or half so good,
From nature's fountains never flowed;
There's curse and death in every stream,
Save in the well of Bethlehem.

Wide as the stretch of human woe,
Those death-consuming waters flow'
Spring up, O well! Be this my theme,
Thou water sweet from Bethlehem.

To cheer when faint, when sick to heal,
Its wondrous virtues must prevail;
My sins to crush, my fears to quell,
Spring up, O stream! From Bethlehem's well.

When nature sinks beneath her load,
Amidst the din of Jordan's flood;
With this my every fear dispel,
One sip of Bethlehem's sacred well.


Opinions Needed

I have decided that I would like to buy a couple cheap frames and frame some old pictures of mine to decorate more walls in the apartment. I tried what is a new activity for me, which is using a sub-par picture program to edit pictures. Not having the "whats appropriate for a wall" gene, I thought I may put a few up here and let whoever voice their opinions of which ones are wall-worthy. Let me know.

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Costume Party

I graduated yesterday. A lot of people dressed up in funny costumes. Apparently if you came dressed as a medieval king you could have everyone honor you and clap for you as if you had just led your kingdom in a successful battle. Graduations just aren't as serious and formal as I thought they would be.


Friends, Food, and Narnia

Well, the Narnia movie is officially out in theaters and Natalie's birthday was recently, so there was a good excuse to get a bunch of folks together to eat a big dinner and see a fun movie. The Whatley's cooked up a storm for over twenty of us: spaghetti, ravioli, salad, bread, veggies, and two cake options (or should I say, turkish delight?) for dessert. We all enjoyed the movie. Yet, while it was a good movie, Pri and I strongly agree that it can't come close to the book (the quote that I posted wasn't even in the movie). But a great movie nonetheless.

"the spread"

natalie, the cook

"...and he (Jesus) poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables."
john 3:15b

this is the face that says: "pri, i don't know what you are talking about, and i am looking forward to when you stop"

and this is the face that says: "you didn't stop, and now i am experiencing physical discomfort, and even pain, because of it"

we are all still in middle school, so the guys and girls pretty much stayed away from each other

this is what these four would look like in a old timey "no-smile" type of picture

but this is what they actually look like


A Healthy Fear of the King

"Aslan a man!" said Mr. Beaver sternly. "Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don't you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion - the Lion, the great Lion."

"Oooh!" said Susan, "I'd thought he was a man. Is he - quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."

"That you will, dearie, and no mistake," said Mrs Beaver; "if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."

"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.

"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."

- CS Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 1950


This Makes Me Nearly Cry

I am pretty sure this is the most adorable kid I have ever seen in my life.


"Nick's Thinkpad is a stinkpad"
- Allison Roark, Dec 9, 2005


PCM Christmas Party

This weekend the College Ministry at church had a Christmas party at the Roarks. There were way more people than there was room. That just made it more fun though. Nick made some awesome chili, and Allison made about 40 different desserts. And yes, don't worry, there was a huge tray of Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets. Being as caring and thoughtful as I am, I offered to forego taking up space in the cozy den and just camped out in the kitchen next to the table with the food for most of the evening.

i couldn't fit everyone in. there are people off to the left that didn't make the picture. sorry about that. they will have to turn people away at the door next year so that the group picture turns out better.

even though no one is listening, dave is just preaching away

i dont think i need to comment here

our gracious (and pregnant) hosts

britt stopped by because it looks like he hasn't eaten anything in about 2 months

after some chili and oreo balls, britt looks to be back in good form

i think it's cool when they put images of famous people on the shiny christmas tree balls

We Moved

Last week Pri and I moved into a new apartment. We thankfully worked out getting out of the lease of our old place. We changed sides of town too. We moved from near State's campus to north Raleigh, right across the street from Providence, our church. It is so much nicer than our old place. For whoever it may be useful, here is the new info for us: 4630 Tournament Drive - Raleigh, NC 27612. We also have a new home number: 919.783.0136. I had the fun of being able to host mom and dad last Thursday night. They came up and took up my offer to spend the night with us in the new place. It was a lot of fun having them there to see it, and to help out fixing up a few things.

the den... empty

the den... full

the den... finished


Baptism Services

I love going to the Sunday night services at Providence. It's a great chance to be able to interact with members of our church outside of the college ministry. And such an encouragement lately is seeing the amount of college students that are involving themselves in more areas in the church than just the college ministry. The group from the college class at night services seems to be growing and growing. As many others have recently, Brian Baucum was baptized last month at the night service along with other members of the church. I worked out sitting up in the choir seats in order to get some better pictures than my past attempts. If you haven't come to one of these services, please try to come sometime. It is incredible to hear the testimonies of how God has saved the souls of our brothers and sisters at Providence.


Losing Touch with College Life

My roommate is a nerd. I have known that for a while. What I have realized is that I think I am too.

My roommate and I got up Saturday morning, ready to take on the day. Along with hundreds of other cars, we drive out towards Western Blvd to brave the traffic heading west towards the football stadium. The swarms of red t-shirts and NC State flags are everywhere. We fight our way to Bojangles and wait in line for food alongside countless football fans.

It was then that we realized that our clothes were not red. We took note of the fact that we weren't picking up food for the purpose of tailgating. We observed that our purposes were not aligned with our fellow Bojangle customers and traffic fighters. No indeed. These people were going to a football game, and had no interest in the object of our pursuit: the Wake Country Public Library Book Sale. Somehow, the thought of over 300,000 used books for a cheap price was not the stimulant behind their journeys.

So, accepting the fact that we weren't cool, we made it to the book sale. We then remained at the booksale for nearly four hours, carrying out our prize: each holding a large cardboard box full of books. I, the smaller buyer, came out with 20 books totalling $25. I had everything from a hymnal, to a world atlas, to puritan books, to a two volume set of Shakespeare's complete works, to an Augustine volume of 3 complete works, to a greek lexicon, to an MLA handbook. It was great. Below is a picture of my roommate and I's combined treasure. I still don't even know if State won or not.

I Dressed Up

Last Friday I had the privaledge of spending some time with some quality folks. Before graduating, I attended what may be my last big attempt to be social during my college years. It was the Campus Crusade "Semi-formal", and I was honored by getting to go with a great group of guys and girls that I respect a lot. The weekend before, when I was in Alabama, a few of us stopped at the most incredibly big thrift store I have ever seen, and I scored a pretty sweet brown blazer for $3.88 that I believe fits pretty well. But, despite my stunning blazer, I think I am pretty much not an ideal "date" to an event characterized by "dancing".

these are who I am going to refer to as 'the fellas'. and then there is me, trying to be one.

The entertainment for pretty much the whole night consisted of watching matt and tyler. when they are together, i am pretty sure they are funniest two people i have ever been around at one time.

this is me, making a lame effort to be as cool as chris and matt. notice how matt looks like he actually knows what he is doing. i just stuck my hand up sideways with all my fingers stretched out. not really sure that there is anything cool about that.

chris hodges hosted dinner over at his parents house. so much better of an experience that doing the restuarant thing. and the food was fantastic. cheesecake for dessert.

seth apple. dancing. glorious.

marie is argentina. chris is lonely.


Recent Pictures

I take a lot of pictures in order to make up for my lack of skill in photography. Therefore, out of the miriad of pictures that wind up on my computer, a couple of them end up fun. The first few pictures is from a weekend with "Alive" at Fort Caswell, leading worship at an statewide FCA retreat. The last few pictures are from the "Collision Tour", which involved Robbie Seay, Shane and Shane, and David Crowder.

this is james right before he took a picture of me

i got lucky and then caught james in the split second his flash was going off. this is one of those "i took so many that it had to work eventually" pictures.

these are shoes. there is a fun option on my camera that says "sepia" - which, to illiterate people like myself, means "it makes it look old-timey".

we went out the last night of the fca retreat for some huddle house action. this was my waffle.

this is the waffle going into my mouth

"mmm, mmm, boy oh boy, this is a good waffle."

robbie seay, doing his thing

i tried this picture plenty before it worked out

and this was an accident, but how cool that it came out as a cross

this is taylor, who is the man by the way, tuning his guitar, which he can play really well


Apartment Life

Pri and I are thinking about moving.
Here are a couple reasons why.

For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us
an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
2 Corinthians 4:17