Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ponderosa Pines High School Camp

We're headed to Ponderosa Pines Winter Camp tomorrow afternoon. Please pray for us. I'm hoping that this will be just as meaningful as Hume Lake without the drive and or car troubles... ;)

I already know that the benefit of this camp is going to be the snowboarding on Saturday. Hume Lake didn't have a Snowboard option. There was a hill and some snowboards, but I wouldn't really call it a snowboard park if you know what I mean. Still fun though...

I can't wait!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Cool Stuff - Part 2

What an awesome weekend! Pastor Dave and I have been working on some creative stuff for our services lately. I have to say, it's been an interesting year (I can't believe it's almost been a year). Dave is a Worship Leader and to bring me on staff was a bit of a stretch to say the least. He had to reliquish his worship leading duties and any worship leader knows how hard that must have been! Let me say that he's done it with style.

Think what it would be like, after leading every weekend for years to all of a sudden not get to play every week... or month... or months! He's expressed his desire to get back in the mix multiple times, but both I don't think either of us knew how difficult that would be. Every time I would schedule him, it just wouldn't work out. Sooo, he and I (mostly he) have been working on ways to get him back in the mix.

We've still got a long way to go, but the last 2 weeks have been a great start.

Click here to check out the mp3s.

On top of all this, we had the Youth Band Lead worship this weekend and they brought it like never before! And the kids in the congregation were bringing it themselves. They were jumping all around and having an incredible time. What a weekend! Probably one of the best since I've been there.

Here was our set...

Marvelous Light (Charlie Hall) The Middle Schoolers learned this at Hume Lake and we've been doing every Tuesday night since they've been back.
King of Majesty (United) This is a 411 favorite.
-welcome- (Elena was out of breath from jumping around with the kids.
Everything Glorious (DCB)
I still believe (Jeremy Camp)
Jesus Paid it all (Kristian Sanfill)
Blessed be Your name (Matt Redman)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Cool Stuff!

I just got out of a meeting with our Senior Pastor and I'm pretty stoked... We're doing some cool stuff this weekend! But I'm not telling.

You'll just have to wait and see. I'll give you a hint though... I've been wanting to do this for a long time. Here's another hint... think Joseph Garlington meets Jeremy Camp!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Deadly Viper

So about a month ago I went to lunch with Mike from "The Deadly Viper". He had posted on his blog how he valued getting to know people and wanting to make more of an effort to do so this year. So I volunteered to be his first.

What a great deal that turned out to be. He really encouraged me on some Pastoral things and then gave me a cool calendar from "The Junky Car Club" and his new book titled "The Deadly Viper".

At first I thought, "great, just what I need... another book." But as I've begun to read it I realized just how much I really did need it. It's a great book!

One of the things that I've really been struggling with is the way that a lot of people look at me. The perception that I get a lot of the time is that of, "a good guy", or a "Good Pastor". Some people might take that as a compliment (and most of the time I do), but to be honest, I don't want to be known as the "Good Pastor". I want to be known as, "that radical crazy guy that's living what he believes."

Tonight in our Bible Study "The Truth Project" Del Tacket made the comment that "if we really believed what the Bible taught, our lives would look a lot different." That is the truth and actually, the book "Deadly Viper" is a lot about that. By Mike's own definition, The Deadly Viper is about living with radical integrity and radical grace.

Thanks for the book Mike. If you get a chance, check out some of his other stuff over @ "Ethur"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"That's Awesome!" and my Hume Lake Experience

Greetings from the land of smelly cabins, boxsled races and late night ramblings.

We had an incredible time at Hume Lake and I’m pretty sure the Middle School kids did too! ;) Not to mention all of the kids that made significant commitments to Christ while we were there. Let me just say that Hume Lake lived up to its reputation! It was awesome!

We had an incredible night @ 411 on Tuesday as well. We showed the Hume Lake Highlight video to the whole group, Chris Reinhart (an 8th grader) shared a gospel presentation and many of the Hume Lake kids shared about their experience. It was very powerful and 8 students raised their hands in commitment to Christ. God is already doing some incredible things through those kids as a result of Hume Lake!

One of the craziest things that happened was that my car broke down on the way up. I have to say that it was one of the most encouraging things I’ve ever experienced. Yes, that’s right, I said encouraging. Some of you may remember a message that I taught a while back where I encouraged our Church from the book of Romans “rejoice in your trials and tribulations knowing that they bring about perseverance, character and hope…” (Romans 5:3-5). A key phrase that I used in that talk was “That’s Awesome”. Well, I didn’t realize the impact that this message would have on my life. Neither did I realize the impact that it would have on the Middle Schoolers. Let me explain...

As we were driving up the I-5 freeway on our way to Hume Lake, my car began to lose power. I began praying, “Come on God, you wouldn’t do this to your kids… please don’t do this to your kids!” In frustration and defeat I pulled off the freeway and called Gary our Middle School Director for help. He quickly pulled off the freeway and found me, defeated and standing in front of a Burbank Taco Stand with 4 of the kids. When he and the other kids arrived at my car, they met my frustrated demeanor with a cheerful thumbs up and a unanimous shout of, “THAT’S AWESOME!!!” I couldn’t help but smile with humility and affirm their declaration. And to be honest, that in itself was truly awesome.

Well, as He always does, God had a plan and through it all we were able to rent a newer, more spacious and comfortable van for the trip. We continued on to Hume Lake with the confidence that God was in control. We arrived right on time and as you know, we had an incredible time. Oh yeah, and my car is just fine. The mechanic couldn’t find anything wrong with it and said it was just a fluke. A fluke? I don’t think so.

One of the most exciting things that happened while we were there was the boxsled race. Each Church was asked to bring cardboard and duct tape. We were challenged to make a sled that holds anywhere from 2 to 10 people out of nothing more than cardboard and duct tape. We made a Thundercat boxsled that broke into individual sleds after our cry of "Thundercats Hoe!" The rest was history. Our kids crashed so hard that they modified the course when we were done. One of our girls thought she lost her teeth. It was Awesome!

So, how was your weekend?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Hume Lake '08

I'm heading to Hume Lake this weekend with out Middle School Pastor and a bunch of Middle Schoolers. I'm one of the drivers...

Pray for me!

I've heard a ton of incredible things about Hume Lake, but I've never actually been. I was surprised when I called up there and they had spots available. I knew we had to go for it, so we did. I can't wait...

Have you ever been?

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