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33 Things @ 33

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Today I bring to you a gift – that’s right a gift for each one of you on this day – May 29th, 2009 – My Birthday – but for each of you a gift.  This gift is a list of 33 random things about me @ 33 years of age.  (Obviously this isn’t original to me – I have some other friends that have done this sort of thing and I thought it was cool).  So bear with me on the length of this post – but if you dig through it all I am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN you will find some things you might have never known about me.  And just a heads up – I didn’t even throw in the most obvious fact about my “Shakyhands Syndrome” of which I have no answer for!

So here they are – in no real particular order – well except for the first few, which are about the most important things to me!

1) I believe that Jesus IS the Christ (Messiah, Annointed One) and He IS the Son of the living God and I have taken Him as my Lord (leader & guide of my life) and Savior (the only one that can forgive my sins and save me to spend FOREVER with Him in Heaven)!!!

I don’t always do a good job of living as though He is Lord in my life, and definitely am more willing to accept the Savior part – but I’m gonna keep striving to do better in the first area.

2) I LOVE my parents(Phil Alligood & Ora Jane Alligood) and I know that I don’t do a very good job of showing/telling them that as I probably should.  I am very grateful for their influence and guidance in my life and being tremendous examples of godly people, parents, and ministers to others.  They are by no means perfect, but are true role models of truth & love as well as diligence in work and being sacrificial servants and great stewards of God’s resources.  I could never thank them enough for all they have blessed my life and upbringing with – first above and beyond all others in showing me the Love of Christ and introducing me into that saving relationship with Jesus.

3) I love my sister and her family and feel very fortunate to spend this season of my life with them ministering alongside of them in this area outside of Atlanta.  We were not always that close growing up (not that we didn’t get along – typical brother – sister stuff), but we do get closer I think as the years go on.

4) My cousin Tara and I probably have a closer relationship than most siblings.  We have always been “joined at the hip” since we were little and will probably always share a special connection.  Many people believe we are the male/female version of one another.  I would and will always be willing to do anything for her.

5) I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up with the rest of the “RBC STAFF KIDS” – now known as Mid Atlantic Christian University Staff Kids I guess!  Neal, Lisa, Tara, Eric, Kevin, Travis, Stephanie, Chris, Michael, Marcus, and Megan were quite the CREW!   Tara, Eric, Kevin, and Travis will forever be like extra brothers & sister to me.

33 B6) I am not married, but contrary to popular belief, I can say that I desire at some point (now more than any other time up till now) to be married – the jury is still out on whether or not to have a family, but if I am being TOTALLY honest, I think I would make a great dad (not perfect – but ready to do a really good job)  — Maybe I can start an online video version of the Bachelor starring “yours truly” – I bet that would get CRAZY RATINGS!

7) I have been an usher or groomsman in 13 weddings (I’m actually gunning for the opportunity to star in my own movie called “27 Tuxedos” ha ha ha) and I have performed 7 weddings – even actually done pre-marital counseling for some couples – how crazy is that right??

8] Kim Moulden is one of my all-time GREATEST friends – she has always been someone I enjoy hanging out with and taking “road trips” with – she is a real encourager to me and I know we will always be friends no matter how much time/distance separates us.  Oh for the memories of the NC State Fair!

9) Connie Gibbs and I will FOREVER be “in a relationship” (HA HA HA HA HA – all my CCF facebook friends may know what that is about!) and yes I do LOVE her!!!

10) I will always have a special place in my heart for Campus Ministry – no matter what ministry doors God opens for me in other arenas – and I will always cherish those 7 years I spent in Raleigh!  Working with Campus Christian Fellowship @ NCSU was a tremendous experience and blessing in my life!

11) I will always have a special place in my heart for Mid-Atlantic Christian University – (Formerly known as Roanoke Bible College) – it was a VITAL part of shaping who I have become and am becoming.  I look forward to the exciting days ahead and a partnership for future years.

12) I have worked in Summer Church camps since I was just a teenager – for a few summers I worked 3 different High School weeks in 3 different camps.  I have done everything from camp nurse, to mail call guy, to evening worship speaker, to dorm dad, to team leader, to activities director, to dean, to rec director, to campfire speaker, to kitchen staff, to missions speaker – I think about the only 2 things I have NOT done is lifeguard and done Worship band leading (we are ALL thankful for that)

13) I really love to travel – I have been able to travel to a good number of places all over the United States and some international travel as well to Haiti, Venezuela (4 times), and India – and do expect that list to continue to grow.

14) I LOVE sports in general but my favorite to watch would be basketball, more specifically college basketball – my favorite to play would be volleyball – indoor or outdoor, but indoor is my preference.

15) I LOVE the North Carolina Tar Heels – most especially men’s basketball, but pretty much all things Tar Heels!  I have a goal to one year spend my Thanksgiving out in Hawaii watching my beloved UNC Tar Heels play in the Maui Classic.

16) I have another sports goal; to go out west at some point and spend a week in California visiting every Major League Baseball stadium and watching as many games in one week as possible!

17) I LOVE to preach/speak at events – and feel like it is a Gift that God has given me to use to bring him Honor & Glory and to challenge people.  It is something I get really passionate about and feel like I do a pretty good job of doing well when I get the opportunity.

18) It is one of my goals this year to enroll in a “Stand Up Comedy” class and learn some finer details of comedy, and hopefully open some doors – this is something I’ve always had an interest in attempting.

19) I was on and episode of “The Price Is Right” back in 1999 and actually got called down to “Contestants Row” to bid on an item – I didn’t win.

20) A few years ago I randomly signed up for the show “Survivor” just sort of goofing around with a  friend – then ended up getting called back and making it to the final 800 people.  The next round would have been for 48 to be chosen to try out in CALIFORNIA – man that would have been awesome, but I didn’t make it.

21) In middle school I played basketball for a small private Christian school – on a high school team – the first 3 pointer I ever hit was at the buzzer against our arch rivals to send the game into overtime – we ended up losing in triple overtime, but was still a pretty cool moment.

22) I coached a basketball team for the small Christian College that I graduated from (Mid Atlantic Christian University) and during my first year we played in a tournament in Philadelphia, PA against some “way out of our league” competition – we lost the first game by 75 points and the game the next day by 97 points – not one of my more enjoyable weekends.

23) I blew out my knee back in 1999 playing pick-up basketball and finished tearing it up playing volleyball a couple months later.  Never had surgery but the doctor feels pretty certain at some point I will need to do that – ending my streak of never having any sort of surgery to this point in my life.

24) The friends of mine back in Raleigh – will always remain very near and dear to me as the first group of people I really got to know as I branched out in life and moved away from where I had been for 25 years – it was my first venture into being totally “on my own” and I will always be thankful for God placing them in my life!

25) I really do miss my Orange Xterra (not so much the car payment or lower gas mileage) and would one day like to be back in some sort of an SUV.  I really like the color Orange, but will probably tell you my favorite color is Blue

26) In my freshman year of college on Fall Break I ended up in the hospital with a  Kidney Stone – the only bout I’ve ever had with them (and hopefully the only one I EVER have)

27) I definitely would much prefer living at the beach than living in the mountains – would prefer living in the big city as opposed to living in the country – am pretty certain I will always be content at wherever God leads me to live, but these would definitely be my preferences.  I enjoy warmer weather way more than colder weather.

28) Growing up I had a best friend named J.J. – I always thought it was cool to have “Initials” for a name and wanted to have that too.  Guess I sort of got my wish when working at RBC/MACU and President Griffin referred to me as NOA (pronounced Noah) – J.J.’s birthday was on May 27th so it was cool that we were born 2 days apart and celebrated some birthdays together.

29) For someone that has not had any type of Math class since High School – have a great mind for math and numbers – I can do lots of math in my head and figure numbers quickly (not like Rain Man counting toothpicks on the floor type stuff – but some pretty goofy stuff)  I enjoy numbers and statistic type stuff.

30) I have NEVER taken any course whatsoever in any sort of foreign language (had a study hall during a French class in High School but that doesn’t count) but have always thought I should probably learn a foreign language – maybe I should give those “Rosetta Stone” videos a shot??

31) I would say I have “Loved and Lost” and am not so certain that it really is better than “to have never loved at all” – well I guess it is, but sometimes I’m not so sure, but it’s a catchy saying so I’ll stick with it!

32) #34 was one of my favorite numbers for sports – it is the # I wore in college for basketball – I loved Nolan Ryan and he wore #34, George Lynch @ UNC wore #34 and was one of my all-time favorites.

33) Larry Bird is one of the most famous Athletes to ever wear the # 33 – but I hated Larry Bird – I do admit he was a TREMENDOUS player, but was one of those I loved to hate, no real explanation but that’s the great thing about sports – there doesn’t have to be a legit reason!

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And that’s it people – hope you enjoyed your lovely gift – now it’s OVER & OUT from the DIRTY SOUTH!

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HAIL TO MAC-U!!!

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Well now it is official (guess I goofed with my last post about this – since they really wanted to wait till today to start getting the word out – MY BAD)

My Alma-Mater – formerly known as “Roanoke Bible College” – had an official Press Conference today to unveil the new name of the school – “Mid Atlantic Christian University” – here’s a lcal piece from Elizabeth City’s newspaper

Here is a lil background from the school as to what the rationale is behind the change.

I am a big fan of the change and the new name – I also think the new website looks great (although it’s funny that for right now it is still connected to the RBC name – oh well some things have to still take some time).

macu-sign-clay-p Here is Dr. Clay Perkins the University’s President posing by the new sign out front of the school – I think he did an outstanding job leading the people through these unchartered and at times very rough waters of a decision of this magnitude!

 

 

The final picture that I want to share with everyone (by the way – there were some GREAT SHOTS of the big day taken by a lot of the students – so thanks for allowing those of us who could not be there, the chance to still catch some of the action!) but the last picture is one that will always be very special for our family.  As many of you who have come to know about the school and hopefully have enjoyed it as a part of your life, you are aware that our family has a very deep tradition and rich heritage in connection with this institution.  And the final picture depicts that very well.  

macu-stone-signThe stone signs that have lined the road there on the campus for many years which held the name “Roanoke Bible College” on them also had the name of my Grandfather – Milton Alligood on the back, in an effort to continue to use these signs (not to mention keep costs of changing to new signs down – oh yeah the Alligood way!!!) they just turned the signs around and engraved the new name “Mid Atlantic Christian University” on what was once the back side, and now my Granfather’s name can be seen clearly underneath the new name.  That is pretty cool to me!

So as much as I would have loved to have been there to celebrate this historic day – I am thrilled to be able to check out all the images and will look forward to hearing the stories as a new chapter in the history of a fine institution is being written!  Praise God for the many years He has used this place, and may He continually renew Mid Atlantic in wonderful ways to continue to grow the Kingdom through training up the next generation of EXCELLENT KINGDOM LEADERS!

Congrats – Dr. Perkins, Trustees, Faculty & Staff – MOM & DAD – Students – Alums & everyone else who shares in this excitement with us!

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The More Things Change, the more they stay the same…

I got a lil reminder about this well known phrase this past weekend.  I had the grand opportunity to head back to my alma-mater, Roanoke Bible College for their annual Homecoming and Gospel Rally (I talked about this some in my last post).

This was truly a memorable weekend since I had the great opportunity to speak on Friday morning for the Alumni Speaker session.  Some of you all have mentioned that you wished you could have been around but were unable to get there – so if you have any interest in checking out the session you can find a link to the sermon here, you can right click on the link to download the sermon(the recording is a lil fuzzy but overall pretty good)

It is always a blast to go back “home” to see old friends and relive great memories, but at the same time to see all the new changes of progress and moving forward for the Kingdom there on the campus @ RBC.  One of the HUGE changes that is taking place is the fact of the “NAME CHANGE” going on for RBC.  This has been a long process filled with a lot of discussion, prayer, and seeking wise counsel.  The school’s Leadership Team unveiled to the RBC family what the new name will be.  

Beginning in July of 09 the school will be known officially as “Mid-Atlantic Christian University” – these are truly exciting, challenging, and anxious times.  I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to have been a part of all of this.  If you are curious as to why all of this is taking place then feel free to go “straight to the source” to find out more info!

So although many things are changing, around my alma-mater – many things have truly “stayed the same” – the wonderful friends, the grand ole stories, the excitement of the future, the tireless servants, and the desire to grow the Kingdom in the ways God would desire!

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Where did all the time go???

So yeah – March has truly been MADNESS no doubt – and I am not just making reference to the beloved “BIG DANCE”  –  GO HEELS!

My schedule has included a bit more travel and then playing catch up once I did return home, so that has led to a real shortfall in the number of posts in the recent weeks, but now I want to catch back up some.

So you got to see about my trip back to NC for the UNC v dook game & then hear all about the wild ride in my Camry coming back to GA.

This past weekend I got the AWESOME and truly HUMBLING opportunity to go back to my alma-mater – the artist soon to be formerly known as Roanoke Bible College – to speak for an alumni session of Gospel Rally.  It is always a great time with wonderful friends and family.  But it is also always a WHIRLWIND of activity.  So I definitely enjoyed it, but it is also nice to be back in GA and back to work.

This month I also had the grand opportunity to hit up the ACC Tourney here in the ATL – even though I had to watch my beloved Heels fall to FSU in the semi-finals it was still a great couple days.  I got to see 8 basketball games in a 48 hour period – EXCELLENT!

Also got the opportunity to preach here  @ C3 on March 15th, about a pretty exciting lil place called HEAVEN – you can check it out online here.

So basketball, travels, speaking, and even a lil volleyball in the mix – this has shaped up to be a pretty awesome month – too bad I slacked off on the bloggin’ but now I am getting back into full swing.

Oh yeah to top it all off – I ALSO FINISHED UP MY TAXES AND GOT EVERYTHING PAID & RETURNED already – so no more concerns about that – now just time to sit around till good ole Pres. Obama starts to send me my own personal bailout!!! ha ha ah

So that gets you “up-to-date” – now let’s keep this deal rolling!

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A little excited, even if YOU think it’s silly….

So ya know how sometimes something comes around in life and it causes you to get a little excited, and it may seem silly or no big deal to others?  Well I sort of find myself there right now – for anyone else that really doesn’t know much about me or the college I attended (also where I grew up) this whole post won’t mean much to you and you will probably be lost, but that’s okay.

I got a call a couple weeks ago from my dad – now first thing you should know is that I really don’t do much of the whole phone deal with my mom or my dad – I am pretty slack like that.  It works out nice that I am living and working near my sister because she keeps me pretty plugged in because she talks to them way more than I do.  It is not like there is some big problem or that I don’t love them etc. etc. – that is just sort of how we operate.  It is sort of the whole – if there is something big or important that comes up we will be in touch – but otherwise it is life as usual, sorry if that sounds bad.

Anyway back to the phone call – so since my dad was calling I figured something was up – we made a minute or two of small talk and then he proceeded to the information he needed to receive or give to me.  He asked me about being willing/able to speak at this year’s Gospel Rally (for those that have no clue what the heck that is – it is Roanoke Bible College’s Annual Homecoming and Preaching Rally).  I was being asked to speak for the Friday Morning – “Alumni Preacher” session.  And here is where we get to the crux of the matter.  For me, this is an honor and it is something that I am excited about getting the opportunity to participate in.  For others they see this as something that has outlived its usefulness and should be done away with or either changed greatly, and I hear a lot of valid arguments on the needing some change aspect.  Ultimately though this is something that represents a great deal of who I am and what helped me to become the person I am today, so it really is something of excitement and a true honor, no matter what anyone else thinks.

Lots of people have lots of DRASTICALLY differing opinions about the college, but this place has been something that has played a major role in my life.  This is not to say that there have not been dark moments in her history or bad decisions and difficult times, but then again what sort of an institution has not had those things happen.  I tend to look a little bit to the upside and brighter angle, the many lives challenged and changed through her work to draw people into full-time, part-time, and volunteer service of our King!  How many countless men and women that have served God in mighty ways and have sacrificed in untold capacities to affect the lives of young men and women.  I am truly thankful to God for allowing myself and my family to have been a part of such a rich tradition.  Again let me remind you that I am not blinded to the negatives and have even expressed my concerns over things in the past and patterns I have sometimes noticed in the present and the future, but all in all I believe firmly and wholeheartedly of God’s guiding hand upon this wonderful place.

So I am grateful for the opportunity, excited about the possibilities, and humbled for the process that now begins over prayerfully listening to what God would have me prepare through the power of His Spirit for that moment in March, when the Gospel Rally rolls around.  I welcome and invite you all to be there, not because I am speaking, but because of the friends and fellow partners in the Gospel who will be there, for the young students who are currently enrolled that we can set an example for, for the faculty and staff that we need to encourage in their efforts of service and to bring Honor and Glory to God for the things He has done, is doing, and will continue to do through the efforts of a wonderful institution.  Not to mention some excellent times of worship through word and song that will take place.

I give a special call/invitation to those who I attended RBC with – those graduates of the class of 1998 – I know last year was our “big push” with it being our 10th Anniv, but I would love to see you all again – and those who couldn’t make it.  Also for those who graduated after us in the class of 1999 – those who we built great friendships with – it would be awesome to see many of you as well.  

This is such a wonderful time to share the joyous times of God’s richest blessings in our lives – to share the tough moments and dark days of struggle that the Lord has FAITHFULLY brought us through – and HECK just to sit back and laugh about those late nights in the dorm, the crazy times at strange events, the random road-trips and everything else in between.  You all know that no matter what your “experience” was like while @ RBC – that as you think about those times in college you can recall a story that brings a twinkle to your eye, a smile to your face, or even a full on belly laugh for all to hear – so why not come back and enjoy this time of fellowship.

I’d love to HEAR from anyone and everyone – drop a line and let us know if you can or cannot make it – or simply leave a lil story about your time from school and let’s all enjoy the moments together!

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