Thursday, November 08, 2007


Ephesians 3:20-21 says, "Now, all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power to work within us, to accomplish infinately more than we might ever ask or think. Glory to Him in the church, and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen."

If you know know I am a day dreamer. I could waste hours imagining myself in different situations of wealth, success, service, love, anything-you name it, and I always get a little disapointed when I think about how unlikely it is that the things I imagine will come true. But according to Ephesians 3:20-21, God is different. He has a tremendous vision for the Church as a whole, and for each of us individually, that is much more incredible than we could ever hope to imagine or come up with on our own.
Plus, his vision for us is made perfectly possible by God's mighty power in our lives. So, we never need to be afraid to dream big when it comes to God because we can bet that God is dreaming bigger.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that you have plans for me that are much greater than I know, and thank you that I do not have to limit my dreams for your kingdom because I have the oppertunaty to live by your power and not my own. Please accomplish your vision in me and my life. Amen.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Shot At Love? More like A Shot of Sin

I am officially horrified for your generation. After reading this article about Tila's new show I am once again disgusted at MTV (aka The True Anti-Christ). Here we have another "no talent wannabe somebody so i'll just be bisexual cause it's cool girl" trying to make it on TV. It incences me that Satan is lulling youth to sin through such exploitative TV shows. The sad thing is there are so many "unsure of themselves" pre-teen boys and girls out there that either want to be with or emulate such filth as Tila Tequila and their parents aren't doing anything about it. I mean really, a girl who parades around in ambiguity for ratings all b/c she wants to "express herself" sorry sweetie, Madonna did that already and with much better music. All in all i will honestly pray for Tila and the multitudes who will watch this show. I seriously feel sorry for her- I wonder what happened in her short life that has caused her to fall into such despair. But I have hope.

Psalm 9: 18-20 says
18 But the needy will not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
19 Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men.

Join me in praying today:
Almighty Father I pray for the needy like Tila I know you love her and that you'll never let her go. You have made her so wonderful it's just that she doesn't know it yet. She is trying so hard to please man and woman alike. Lord I know we're all sick and we all need something. Tila needs something great to change her heart. Lord do not allow her to triumph- Father I pray that this show be pulled against all odds. Let MTV and it's nation of followers know that you are KING!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

pay what you want?

hey guys check this out. radiohead's new album is out starting today for download oct. 10th- why am i writing about this- b/c they are doing something never before in the music business- they are allowing you to pay whatever you want for the album. that's right you want to pay a penny? it's yours. want to pay 5 bux- it's up to you. however be careful if you're like me and not good at math remember that you have to pay in british pounds but there's a conversion tool link on their site. i ended up paying about 5 british pounds or 10 bux american cause the idea was so great. How do they do it? well they were fed up with people paying so much for their music that they made the album themself no production company at all. are they going to make a lot of $$$$ probably not but i dont think thats their point.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Why worry?

Matthew 6:26-27

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?Someone once told me, "Worry is like a rocking chair -- it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere." How true that is! When we worry it's usually because we have little or no control over a situation and we really wish we had complete control. But does worrying every help anything? What does that say about our faith and trust in God to work according to His will? Jesus reminds us that God takes care of birds and He'll definitely take care of us. Instead of worrying, trust God.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Halo 3 in the Bible?

Question: What gets 10 MILLION advertising dollars and keeps 10,000 stores open all night? Why, Halo 3 of course!
Unless you're a teen icon in rehab, or you really have been away from the planet for a while, you may have noticed the Halo 3 mania that has invaded our planet like the Flood. 7-11, Burger King, Mountain Dew, heck even NASCAR driver Felix Sabatehas an ad on his No. 40 racing car. The world has Halo 3 fever...and the only cure is not more cowbell, but console time baby! Master Chief John 117 is back - bruised and battered, but ready togive humanity hope that the Covenant can be defeated and survival ispossible. (Side note John 1:17 in the Bible is a reference to Jesus Christ...coincidence? I think not!) How is survival possible? Well...skill, strategy, and teamwork come in handy, but when you get down to the nitty gritty, it's all about the weapons. All the quick moves and Elite cleverness in the world don't do a lot of damage unless they are accompanied by our friends The Sniper Rifle and Mr. Flamethrower. No seriously, I really am an adult. But something about Halo 3 throws even the most mature folks back into the childhood days of toy soldiers and backyard war games. Only this game isn't about little plastic guys and running around a field. We're talking about jawdropping graphics coupled with 50,000 audio clips, a 60 piece orchestra and a 24 voice choir all nestled sweetly in 5.1 surroundsound.
Me wanty!
Somewhere in the midst of sipping my Mountain Dew with a Halo 3 ad while watching a Halo 3 commercial on TV and seeing a Halo 3 logo on a Burger King wrapper, a 'things that make you go hmmmm' question entered my mind. What makes this series so popular? Why do an average of 300,000 way-too-much-free-time people log online every DAY to play this game? Sure, it's the mother of all console games with great features, butI think there might be something deeper. Call it a 'save the planet' kind of feeling that runs inside our hardware. Of course, Halo 3 is just a game. We don't really have an invading alien force on our planet with the goal of eliminating human vermin,right?
Well, maybe not in a physical sense. But trust me, there's a Halo 3 battle going on in the spiritual world that is just as real as the 4hour checkout line at Wal-Mart when you bought the game. But don't take my word for it take God's Word for it: Jesus replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Luke10:18) Jesus is referring to a time in the past when Satan was kicked out of heaven like a bolt of lightning, and thus began the war on humanity: For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powersin this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.(Ephesians 6:12) According to the Bible, after Satan was dishonorably discharged from his duties in heaven, he took a mighty army of fallen angels with himand declared war on the objects of God's grace and love: human beings and especially those who are in the Lord's army as Christians. Make no mistake, the dark forces of the spiritual world have marked you for destruction and no amount of quick moves, strategy, or teamwork will win this fight. But the great news is that God gave us a powerful weapon! It'scalled the 'whole armor of God' and here's what it includes: Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers forall believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:14-18) Like Halo 3 , you need to take your time and learn how to use your weapons and defend yourself, but what it basically boils down to is study and memorize Bible passages, living life like Jesus did interms of integrity, holiness, righteousness and faith in God foreverything and of course, stay in a constant state of prayer. If you do these things, you'll be victorious. If you don't, well, you're basically dead spiritual meat. So enjoy jumping into the world of Halo 3 , but don't forget about the real battle being waged in your house, your school, and even in your mind on a daily basis. Put on your armor and let's finish the fight! Article written after getting pwoned these past few days in Halo 3 by youth half my age but with only half my good looks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

sin seeps

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. As much as I want to please God and live for Him, it seems that sin issues continually seep back into my life. Often they're easy to miss because they drift in slowly, not as a big slap on face. I love knowing that no matter what happens, God will always forgive me. And not just forgive me, but make me pure again! I wish I had the same perspective of sin that God does.

Extra time in the Word: 1 John 1:5-10

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

look what i did!

Matthew 6:1

Be careful not to do your "acts of righteousness" before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Doing good things is great, but just as important as the good things you do is your attitude behind it. If you help people or encourage friends just so they'll like you or to impress them, then that's all the reward you'll get for it. Personally, I'd rather do as this verse suggests and do my "acts of righteousness" for God's glory alone and receive His reward. I'm sure His rewards are a lot bigger than the temporary satisfaction that comes from knowing someone noticed me for a second.

Extra time in the Word: Matthew 6:1-4

Monday, September 10, 2007

when people meet jesus

Hey everyone here's a look at our new series called, "When people meet Jesus". Zacchaeus. Nicodemus. The Samaritan Woman. Each with their own story, each sharing a life-changing encounter with the Savior. Through nine unique stories, you'll get a vivid picture of people transformed by Christ.

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Encouraging others is important, not just because it builds people up, but because it actually helps prevent others and yourself from drowning in habitual sin. If you see a friend who's struggling with an area of sin, encourage them. Not just once, not just twice, but daily! Find a group of friends who will do the same for you.
Extra time in the Word: Hebrews 3:7-19

Friday, September 07, 2007

The 20

Great service last night everyone. I pray that "the 20" heard the message and are actively pursuing God's will in their life today. Now the only problem is you have to find out what to do this saturday night.

Pslams 30:8

I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.I love the connection here between doing God's will and internalizing His Word. A lot of people want to know what God's will is for their lives, but they expect to find it without taking time to find out what God's Word already says about it. We can't follow God's plan for our lives without hiding His Word in our hearts. Likewise, a desire to do God's will doesn't come without applying His Word to our lives in the first place. Having a desire to do God's will, knowing what that is for your life and digging into the Word are all interconnected. It's hard to have one part of that without the rest.Extra time in the Word: Psalm 40

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


So if you took a look at the poll last week you'll see that none of those things happened. However, who would've thought that we would have busted by the NAVY, then have to swim a 1/4 mile through shark infested waters--(thanks sean sharpe btw.) Needless to say thanks to all who came. The video from camp will be shown in 2 weeks- if i can't get it up on the blogspot.

Also, remember this THURSDAY 6:30pm OUR NEW HOME and service will be at the old Fitness Center on Barber's Point. If you need directions or anything--please call.
John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. Life is filled with too much turmoil NOT to turn to Christ for peace. It's miserble trying to handle it all on our own, so Christ spoke to give us peace and courage. Plus, this life is not all there is. There's an eternity of peace awaiting us that only God can provide.

Extra time in the Word: John 16:23-33