Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas Eve Wii Boxing Match

Here's a short video of some Wii boxing at our Christmas Eve gathering.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Worship Set: New Harvest Church

Today our songs were awesome!

"All Because of Jesus" - Fee
"Everything Glorious" - David Crowder Band
"New" - Bethany Dillon
"God is with Us" - Michael Olson

There were 9 or 10 baptisms...lost count there were so many!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Waiting in the Doctor's Office

Bored and in pain...let's get this diagnosis underway!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Front Entrance

Looks nice eh?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Date Night

Yesterday we got some gift cards from our boss! Movies, chipotle, and starbucks! So we decided to go out last night. We saw Alvin and The Chipmunks. It was actually really funny...especially the first act. Most people won't give the movie a chance, but it's a good family flick. You'll at least have to rent it.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Blessings

There are many, many blessings that I enjoy in my life. Many things that are comforts, not necessities. In ministry we have blessings or tools that we use. I am overwhelmed with the recent blessings our student ministries department has received from individuals. A family recently donated 6 brand new black-leather-couches with 3 area rugs (pictures to come later) and another individual bought us a new iMac with new visual support software (propresenter) and even a new printer/scanner! There's new sound equipment and staging and theatrical curtains! I'm telling you...we are blessed and I believe we are being blessed because God is creating something here. He's creating an environment where students and volunteers will experience life-change. A place where students will be inspired to live above reproach, to honor Christ with their lives and change the world for the glory of God! I'm blessed. I'm feeling blessed. How about you?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cheronn Sent Us This Video

Catalyst (High School Ministry Environment)

Thank You to Joshua Dildine for the design on our logo for Catalyst. I will be chronicling how launching a new high school ministry environment changes the feel and look of our junior high school ministry environment (Turnpike). I'm very excited and can't wait for January 6th to roll around. I think students are going to be very surprised at what we've got planned for them. Check back frequently to see our progress!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Man Down! Man down!

A fish almost died tonight...until Kelly pulled it out of the drain and I gave it the ol' 1, 2, 3, clear!

How has God been faithful?

Here are two responses that students wrote.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tech dude

Focusing the lights right now. Also doing a bit of interpretive dance.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Preview

Are you ready for Sunday?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Power of Positive Prevention

This post is of special interest to any parents of teens, college students, youth leaders, or human-kind who might read this blog.

Yesterday I recieved a bi-monthly newsletter that the Youth Transition Network, (they also run this site) puts out. Recently they conducted a survey of on camera interviews, which are partially viewable via youtube, with 700 high school and college students. Here are some of the highlights from their article entitled:

"The Power of Positive Prevention!"


"The interviews seems to indicate that students with open parents who invest in relationship rather than rules and allow their teens to make decisions about the activities they will participate in are more mature and leading much less of a dual life than the students whose parents depend upon restrictions and consequences to protect and prevent sin in their teens' lives...

...The parents who laid down their lives for their daughter, focusing on discussion and relationship while sacrificing their control over her, gave her no reason to hide her sin. In fact, she said during the interview on camera that, the thing she will miss most when she leaves for college next year is her ability to talk with her parents about everything in her life...

[This paragraph is about two families. One that put a lot of rules in front of their daughter and another who allowed her to make more decisions on her own.]...Their [parents] percieved gamble [releasing control over their student] paid off; their teen, who attends parties (like Jesus and the disciples did), is a non-drinking virgin who sees the foolishness of the party scene for what it is. The other girl whose parents depended upon restriction and consequences, had a daughter who, with the help of her Christian friends, subverted the rules when to parties, ended up having sex and the ensuing guilt has led to even deeper issues in her young life...

...Recent studies show that adolescence is lasting longer and longer, ranging into the mid-twenties in our youth culture today...

...In short it appears that the longer we treat them as kids, the longer they behave like kids!...

...In Biblical times, this [maturity development] happened young: at 12, 13, 14 years old they were getting married. As our culture has become more dangerous, we have extended our protection and thus attempted control of our teens up to the day they graduate and then boom (!) they leave home and the freedom hits them in the face...

...Unfortunately it appears many parents believe that the rules and control are working because their teens are obedient at home and getting good grades...

...They say they are great actors and liars and that they are getting aroudn the rules and controls, because they work together to do so!...

...Thus, they do not learn, but rather wallow in their shallow and destructive victory over a perceived oppression...

...Maybe God designed our kids to start making some important decisions for themselves, younger. Maybe when we control them past twelve, they really do take this as a lack of belief and trust, as they say they do. Maybe this robs them of the most powerful prevention tool: 1) The relationship of a parent that offers belief in their ability to follow God and make good decisions. 2) The trust that teens seek, which Jesus extended to His disciples even after they deserted Him. 3) The grace to not pounce when they, like the disciples, do dumb things."

What do you think?

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jim Gaffigan - Comedian

I got this text from my mother-in-law just a few minutes ago and I'd thought I'd share the treasure she found with the world.

"There is a comedian that we watched the other night. His name is Jim Gaffigan. If you go on youtube he does a bit on hot pockets that is hillarious"



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Psalm 147:1

Praise the Lord.

How good it is to sing praises to our
       God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise
       him!

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Last Sunday @ CW - It has come and gone!

Yesterday was a huge day in for our church family. We put a lot energy into making the last day at Clovis West High School special and different. In our student ministry environment, we did a little exercise. The whole morning was about Faithfulness and the definition we gave the students is this: "Faithfulness is doing what you've committed to do, no matter what the circumstances." I gave our small groups each a poster board. On that board they were to answer this question, "How has God been faithful to you?" We got the whole range of goofy to amazing. One student wrote, "He kept me alive when I didn't want to live." This student tried to commit suicide a couple of years ago, but God kept him to finishing the job. Another student wrote, "I've never broken a guitar string." So, as you can see...some students really engaged the topic, while others saw it as an opportunity to let their goofiness shine brightly. I love both extremes!

After our services we had to move all of our equipment (the whole church enventory) to our new site! Wow, that was energizing. More on the move and what happens as a result in the days and weeks to come.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

American Christmas Spectacular

Seriously funny! These guys make me laugh. Good luck with the event guys!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Launching Catalyst



High school students don't necessarily want to be around these types of hands on games. At least ours don't. But let's imagine for a minute that there were no junior high students in their environment. Oh look, now's there's room for the goofy students to shine, the loud ones to roar and the stoic ones to be stoic in the midst of crazy high schoolers.

I am really excited to see how our high school dynamic changes when we launch Catalyst!

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Celebrate: Leaving "Lecture 1"

There are a ton of negative and positive things about using a school as your meeting place to "do" church. It is awesome for students that go to that school becuase they are already familiar with the campus and can find their way around. It's terrible for students that go to that school because it feels like "school" instead of a church home. That's why I'm really excited for our move into the Plant. We have ONE last Sunday @ Clovis West High School and then New Harvest Church will be in it's very own facility! It's funny and strange the various expectations people have for a church that is mobile verses one that's not. I've heard people say things like, "I can't wait until we move to the place because then we can have adult Sunday school classes" or "I can't wait becuase people will start wearing their Sunday best." Are you kidding me? Let me tell you my "I can't wait" list.

I can't wait because...
  • We'll have our own space that doesn't feel like a school
  • The room students meet in won't be called "lecture 1"
  • We can blow people's expectations out of the water by not becoming "churchy"
  • We won't need less volunteers (as some people suspect) but many more for the hundreds that will be coming to check us out
  • My commute on Sundays will be shorter :)
  • Set-Up/Tear-Down...not much
  • We will be able to launch a new ministry for high school students (Catalyst)
  • Re:action, our new college ministry, will be able to move into a larger space than my living room
  • Erica's car won't be full of supplies all the time :P
  • We can have adequate space and technology to train our volunteers like they should be trained
  • God is going to rock our socks off with how he's going to use the facility for his glory
  • The community can see a physical presence to represent we are a real church
  • People who come every once-in-a-while because they hate sitting in our folding blue chairs, will be there more frequently
  • 5th and 6th grades will be able to launch into their own environment (once we build the team)
  • Turnpike, our Jr. High environment, will be without High Schoolers for once...which will enable them to grow (because small trees don't get much light in a tall forrest)
  • All of our High Schoolers will have no excuse for serving during the 10:45am service hour, because their environment will be moved to the evening!
  • And more...
Do you have a list?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Happy Birthday

Today we went to Ryan Clark's birthday party and we're at Kristina Solberg's birthday right now. Happy birthday to both of you!

Volunteer Lunch

Today, we had an inspirational lunch and volunteer meeting in the new building!

Check out all these volunteers! Wow!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Genius - You must be mistaken!

I was reading a blog today and was directed to a website that tells you what your "blog reading level" is. This is what it said about my blog.

cash advance

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

To Engage or Disengage Culture? That is the question.

About a month ago I received an email from a concerned parent of one of our students. She gave me the down-low about a new movie coming out entitled The Golden Compass. I think you know what she's talking about. There's all kinds of hype from my brothers and sisters in Christ about how evil this book and soon-to-be released movie is. Here's a thought though. Why don't we, adults, watch the movie and/or read the book and learn what's going on in culture. I heard the author of the book say this quote on T.V. a couple of weeks ago, "My books are about killing God." But why are we so afraid of a human's effort to kill the divine. I got news for ya, it ain't gonna happen. Even if all belief in our great God ceased, He would not die. He's not dependant upon our belief for His survival. However, we're dependant on His. From everlasting to everlasting our God reigns and there's no man that can shake that solid truth. I might see the movie because I want to be able to answer the questions and engage in conversation with people when they have just come out of the movie. Instead of getting up in arms about it, let's embrace the opportunity to talk to people about it. Just some thoughts...you can read what others (Guitarist from Third Day) are saying as well.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

FreeRice.com

If you are bored, need to kill some time or want to update your vocabulary you can fulfill all of these things by visiting freerice.com. You can give rice to families who need food, for free just by playing a mulitiple choice word definition game. Play and give!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dinner with Grandma Potter

Last night Erica and I went to dinner at my Aunt Marty & Uncle Larry's house. My cousin Hannah and her husband were there as well as my Grandma Potter, AKA Jingle-Bell Grandma. We had a great time talking, laughing at my ketchup addiction and then we played Mexico Train Dominos. Grandma is coming over this Friday for dinner at our house.

I left last night completely relaxed. There are certain people that radiant a peaceful presence. One of those people is my Grandma. When she touches my hands, it's ever-so-lightly, so gentle that it almost tingles. Erica had to drive home because I was alsmot asleep when we walked out to the car. I love my Grandma. Her presence demands that my soul be still before the Lord and find rest.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

As Promised My G.I. Joe Costume from Halloween

Re:action

Re:action is a new college ministry that we've started. We've been laying the ground work with a few students and hope to grow into the hundreds...becuase our vision is huge and our vision is never as big as God's. Be faithful with a few, and He will entrust many! If you know of any college-aged people (18-25) in the Fresno/Clovis area that need to get conntected into a relevant environment of Christ-followers...please let me know.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

3 Sundays left

We have only 3 more Sundays for New Harvest Church to meet at Clovis West High School! The building is almost ready! December 16th is the day!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Friend Wheel


This feature is crazy! In Facebook you can add an application called the "Friend Wheel." It shows all your contacts and which ones are connected. The crazy side of my wheel is Pepperdine (mostly) and the less-crazy is Fresno/Clovis (mostly). Wow!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Kristian Stanfill EP

I just got it in the mail today from DASH. I've been debating buying it for a couple of months, but now I don't have to. I would highly recommend it. It's called Hello...and it's got a great song called Beautiful Jesus.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I'm back!

As much as I love hanging out in Mexico with a bunch of teens...I love being home with my wife more. Happy to be home!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Dodgeball and Mexico

We are now back in the good 'ol USA. We're eating some lunch in Carlsbad. But here's another picture from our trip. There's nothing like teaching kids how to play dodgeball on a soccer field.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Soccer

We're playing soccer now with the neighborhood kids!

Friday, November 09, 2007

In Mexico

We're about to mix cement!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Student Ministry Wins

Here are some wins from this past Sunday!
 
Here are some comments I received from this past Sunday...
 
"The band was rocking!"
- a volunteer
 
"What a great Sunday morning at Turnpike.  The worship was almost perfect.  The Holy Spirit used Greg to speak excellent truth.  This all added to some great discussion in the 7th grade boys group."
- a volunteer
 
"let me just say that worship today was AMAZING. you guys played my three of my favorite songs, ever. it really spoke to me, so thanks! :)"
- a senior student

"
I thought Sunday was great as well.  Greg spoke truth and it provoked some good questions.  I had the 8th & 9th grade girls but they didn't seem to discuss the message like I had hoped.  Later that night as I spoke with my student and I asked him if his life looked different then his non Christian friends.  The conversation got pretty deep.  The short version is sometimes he feels like he is missing out on what looks like fun, cool behavior because he is a Christian.  Anyways maybe you can turn that in to a message some Sunday.  I know I felt that way as a teenager & as an adult some times.  I'm sure there are other kids out there that feel the same way."
- a volunteer and a parent
 
Other wins we experienced on Sunday:
4 new students
4 new Student Impact sign-ups
3 Possible new volunteers in Turnpike (1 for sure - to be with the 8th grade girls group)
1 Possible new addition to the worship team (a first time visitor expressed interest in singing)
 

 

 
 

Monday, November 05, 2007

New Chris Tomlin Song



Here's a new song Chris Tomlin did at his concert on Saturday. Found this video on Josh Bayne's Blog. Thanks for sharing!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Chris Tomlin concert

It's half-time at the concert. I just heard Louie Giglio speak and I can't imagine anywhere I'd rather be than in the throne room itself right now. I am floored and speechless. Our God is a great and holy God who saves!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

G.I. Joe

I was G.I. Joe last night at our costume party...pictures will be coming soon.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Outreach Event - Last Night

Last night was an all-clovis outreach event. The speaker was Stephen Lungu - his story is amazing! You've got to read or hear it for yourself. Because of what God has done through him approximately 40 students walked forward to give their lives to Christ. Wow. Amazing.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Now thats hungry! « This sort of Amazing Life!

Now thats hungry! « This sort of Amazing Life!

Click above to read a ridiculous story about a 6-year-old driving himself to Applebee's!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wildfire 101 at Pepperdine via CNN

Wildfire 101 at Pepperdine

If you visit the link above you're going to see some remarkable imagery of the wildfire currently raging in Malibu, Ca. The Malibu Castle, Malibu Presbyterian Church and several other private homes have burned down. Students on Pepperdine University's campus were "evactuated" to the field house, library and cafeteria. Nathan Rix, senior, was there to report it all.

Nathan was on CNN. He'll be on FOX News and Hannity and Colmes later today. Click above to watch his CNN interview.

A wildfire driven by powerful Santa Ana winds threatens Pepperdine University and forces the evacuation of hundreds of homes in the Malibu Hills.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Erica's 24th Birthday

On Oct. 13th, last Satuday, Erica turned 24 years old! We had a week long celebration. She has had several gifts for her birthday. The first of which was partially the Wii system that we bought for my birthday. However, that gift was mostly for me. I've also bought us tickets to the Chris Tomlin Concert here in town. A couple of weeks ago I bought her a season pass to download Grey's Anatomy from iTunes because we're not home to watch it on Thursdays. But the best gift of all, well I'll have to make her write about that one. Bottom line, I got points for the last one.

More later...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

How Many?


This is a picture of Tokyo taken by Matthew Clark Photography.

Look at all those lights! It's crazy. I wonder how many of those lights represent the people who follow Christ in Tokyo. I've been thinking about the shear mass of people on the planet and the percentage of that mass that actually follows Christ.

On a typical Sunday morning I think, "Wow, that's awesome that this many students chose to come to our student ministry environment today!" But lately I've been attending some high school football games and it has opened my eyes. We have just a few handfuls of the students that are in our community. There are actually thousands! Thousands of lost souls, thousands of empty-dying people, thousands of people Christ loves and wants to be close with!

I want to start praying this prayer: "God, give us Clovis. Not for our glory, but Yours!"

Keeping It Fresh

I'm addicted to iTunes New Music Tuesdays! Every Tuesday I look forward to opening the program and browsing the store. Why? Because I'm looking for something fresh, something new, all the time. When I find that sound...you know the one...the one that makes your soul want to scream (but you can't because you're in the office and that might be weird). Today I'm buying Michael Olson's cd Where Fear And Faith Collide. I know, I know...it's not new. But I only had one song off the cd and wanted to check out the rest of it. Here are some other suggestions for those of you who crave a new song:
Fee - We Shine
Robbie Seay Band - Give Yourself Away
David Crowder Band - Remedy
Leeland - Sound of Melodies
Jackson Waters - Come Undone
Tim Hughes - Holding Nothing Back
Hillsong United - All of the Above


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Church Conference Webcast - Free

Watch the Innovate Church Conference Online for Free | churchrelevance.com

I've been catching snipets of this webcast. Basically they put the entire conference ("Innovate") on the web for free. You didn't even have to go to be a part of the conversation and see what creative things churches are doing. Check it out, it's awesome!

Monday, October 08, 2007

BIG WIN

Check out this email I received from someone who visited our church for the first time yesterday! Awesome, eh?

"Hi, my name is __________. I am a senior at Clovis West. I attended New Harvest for the first time today and, I must admit, I fell in love. For the first time, I really opened my heart up to Jesus and felt the power and grace of our Savior. I am looking forward to joining the youth group and was hoping for some information about that. Where do you meet? What times? And any other important information. Thank you and God bless."

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Not Up To Par

Last night's concert at the local fair was not at all what I expected. Casting Crowns and Leeland are awesome bands, but it just wasn't great. Something was missing. Perhaps that's the nature of fair shows and outdoor concerts, but I thought Kutless did a great job last year. Anyway, here are some pictures. We had fun anyways.



Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Give Us Clovis!


I just came back from a lunch with some youth workers (Northpark, Mountain View, New Hope, FCA, Youth For Christ, EV Free the Bridge) in the area. They invited me to Fugazzi's for a free lunch...how can I say no? Evidently the bistro is owned by a Christian and gives free lunches to this network of youth pastors and workers when they meet there. (So, go support them, it's good food.) The purpose of the meeting was for Red Ribbon Week, which is a big deal in the Clovis Unified School District. Since these churches and organizations support what the schools are trying to do through RRW, they capitalize on the events they do. Locally, we're bringing in Stephen Lungu to speak at several Clovis and Fresno schools. Following those assemblies, there will be two huge outreach events. The Clovis even is scheduled for Oct. 24th @ 7pm-8:30pm. It will be at Clovis Hills. Basically the goal is to hook students through the speaker and assembly, offer them free pizza if they come to Clovis Hills that night and then while they are there...share the gospel. The follow up work will be done by the youth workers that volunteered to help. We're praying for God to give us Clovis. Give us the hearts of these teens so that we can point them toward Jesus. It's a pretty cool event and opportunity.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Courage


Tomorrow morning I'm speaking at Mountain View Christian School's Wednesday morning chapel service. I've done it three times now and it's one of the most rewarding guest-speaking engagements I regularly accept. The students know me by name there. Only the problem is, my name is not my real name...they know me as "the cheez-it guy." I guess if you tell something memorable to elementary school kids, they remember it because it was funny. Evidently, I was funny that first time I spoke about what I've found in my couch cushions.

Tomorrow's topic will be Courage. I'm going to use Deuteronomy 31:1-8 as my story. But the main verse is famous, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." In my elementary years I had many instances where courage was required...don't you remember being afraid to be in the dark? On the side bar I'm going to create a poll of fears, please click the ones that have applied to you.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Culture: Physical Fitness


On Saturday we joined a gym here in Clovis, Ca. It's called GB3. It's the first time I've ever done this sort of thing. I'm not a very fit person and I don't regularly workout. But now, now that we've spent...I need a return on my investment. We're going to try to get to the gym for an hour four times a week. I'm starting out on the tredmill. Yesterday we went for about fourty-five minutes and I ran 1.5 miles and biked. On their bikes, as long as you pedal you can surf the net. It's a great feature. I checked up on the blog world while I biked! Love that!

Part of the reason I wanted to join a gym is because it's a huge part of our culture here in Clovis/Fresno. Most people here spend an average of ten to fifteen hours a week at the gym. (statistic totally and completely fabricated by my own perceptions) Seriously though, the students I work with are fitness crazy. They won't eat donuts or candy (much) because they know they'll have to work harder in the gym! I was not that way. I was a McDonald's once-a-day kind of guy while I was in High School. So this whole healthy thing, it's new to me. But I know it's better in the long (and short) run.

Check back to see my progress.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Back In Business


After more than a year I'm getting the itch to write again. This time it's not short stories, screenplays or books. It's simply articles. I've written in the past for Relevant Magazine and Campus Crosswalk. So, check back in a few days and I may have a link to a new article.

One more thing, I added a new blog link. Check Phillip McCart out, he's got some great insights into student ministry.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

See You At The Pole


Today, all across the country, students met at their local school's flagpole to pray at an event called See You At The Pole. I went to Buchanan High School and watched students come together of their own accord and pray for their schools and friends. God is good! I think BHS had about 150-200 students, Clovis North (the new school in town) had just under 100. It felt good to see students like Andrew Balch, Taylan Bennett and Kaleb Smith join in the circle. If you've never seen this sight in person, you should watch next year. It's good!

Twenty-Six Years Old

On Sunday, the 23rd, I turned 26-years-old! We had a little party at the Solberg house. It was great. Lots of family and a few close friends. Eric, Jamie, Paul and Jenn. Here's some pictures from our fellowship.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Random Picture From The Scott-Calhoun Wedding


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Concert Crazy


Chris Tomlin is coming to Fresno and we're going to the concert. Last time I saw him was about a year ago at Great America. It was THE best worship experience I've ever had. His songs resonate with what my spirit knows is true. The concert is Nov. 3rd (Sat.) @ Warnor's Theater. Get your tickets here.



We are also going to see Casting Crowns, Leeland and John Waller @ The Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 3rd (Wed.). We'll be there with Paul and Jenn Haugen. You can get your tickets here.


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Buckhead Church & Baghdad Schools

Recently I posted about a church in Georgia that challenged their congregation to donate school supplies for kids in Baghdad. They did one announcement, one email, and one blog post and this was the response they got...

You can check out their blog post here.

God is good!



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Monday, September 24, 2007

Podcast Reaches Over 1000 hits!

The Turnpike podcast has now reached over 1,000 hits. The intended audience is parents of teens that attend our ministry, however we've reached a much larger demographic than that. People from Europe, North America, South America and Australia have found the podcast and downloaded it. Pretty crazy. You can check it out by clicking here or scrolling to the very bottom of this page and clicking on one of the podcast episodes.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Rosenthal Family Needs Your Prayers



Our Pastor of Community Life needs your prayers. Kelly Rosenthal and his family are on an emotional rollercoaster. Please read his latest blog entry and put him on your prayer list and your church's prayer list.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Other wii Pictures

Paul has finally posted his version of our battle. Check it out here.

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Hope is a gift and YOU have the power to give it!

I've recently started reading the official church blog of Buckhead Church in the ATL (AT). Last Sunday, September 16th, they challenged their church to gather school supplies and raise money to provide help for kids in Baghdad that have nothing. They just did a series on stewardship and felt that they shouldn't waste the momentum that had been built up. You can read about the challenge and follow up at the two following links:

Buckhead Church Blog: From Buckhead to Baghdad

Buckhead Church Blog: From Buckhead to Baghdad, Part

My challenge to you is to get on board with someone doing something great to change the world for Christ. You can jump on the Buckhead bandwagon or choose something else, but please give.

In Fresno on Oct. 6th there's something called "Light the Night Walk" to raise support, awareness and money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Participants can walk with a red balloon or a white balloon (white is reserved for cancer survivors). If you live in Fresno, that's one way to give.

No matter where you live, there are hundreds of opportunities for you to volunteer or raise money for a worthy cause. You can order a pair of shoes from Tom's Shoes and the company will automatically match your purchase with a gift to a child somewhere in the world who can not afford a shoes.

You can pledge to give $30-35 a month to make sure one child somewhere in the world, usually a third world country, will eat, get education and be introduced to Jesus through your genorosity until they are old enough to care for themselves. (World Vision and Compassion International)

(Pictures from Mission Mexico '06)

My birthday is this coming Sunday, September 23rd. I'll be 26-years-old! If you intend on sending me a card or gift, I'd like you to do something different. Don't give me anything but an email or comment that says, "I decided to take my twenty bucks and give it to a charity." Or something along those lines. That's one of the best gifts I can get. Give my gift to someone in real poverty, someone without hope, someone who needs to be filled with the joy of the Lord.

God bless you and remember that hope is a gift and YOU have the power to give it!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

More Wii Madness

Check out what I came across today...any challengers? Jason?

LucasArts to Unleash the Force on the Wii in Spring 2008

Star Wars™: The Force Unleashed™ Coming to Nintendo's Platform with Exclusive Duel Mode

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Sept. 18, 2007 - LucasArts today revealed that Star Wars™: The Force Unleashed™ will come to the Wii™ home videogame system from Nintendo next spring, offering owners the unique chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remote™ as a lightsaber while using the Nunchuk™ controller to torment foes with their Force™ powers.

The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The game's expansive story is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.

The Wii version, in development by Krome Studios, will also add an exclusive duel mode in which players can compete head-to-head with their friends to determine the ultimate Jedi Master.

"The Wii is a great platform for The Force Unleashed, because the console's motion-oriented controllers really bring the game to life," said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts. "We've worked hard to make the Wii version of the game unique in order to truly let you unleash the Force."

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Monday, September 17, 2007

J Mac - The Stuff of Legends

Remember this?



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Wii, Wii, Wii...all the way home.

This past Friday, Erica and I went to Game Stop to purchase a gift card for her cousin's birthday, Bobby (10-years-old). We went in and I had been viewing a video about the Wii earlier in the week on another blog. We both gravitated to the wall with the Wii and the games. We went in with the intention of buying a gift card and came out with the card + a Wii! We're counting it for our birthdays!

Here's some pictures of Erica and Jenn (Paul's wife) playing a racing game and boxing. Enjoy!

Paul will have his pictures up soon on his blog.

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