Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Latest sermon....

Reno Vineyard February 8, 2009 from reno vineyard on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Put your political views aside for a moment. Today was a great day for America. Today saw the first non white President sworn into the White House. That feat, 60...50...40...30..20 years ago would probably almost seem impossible. Today it was achieved. President Obama conducted himself with dignity and class today. I pray that the Lord just lead this new leader of our country in His ways.

Many have asked me where I think Obama stands in his Christian beliefs. I am asked how can we support a man who show's little respect for the unborn child, no value for it's life yet declares his Savior is our Lord Jesus Christ???? Is that what Jesus would do? That is a tough question. That is normally followed by some claim that he is Muslim, a Terrorist, a Communist.....This is tiring me! These are comments from Christians who are straight up judging a fellow man! So what if he was raised a Muslim! Jesus saves! George Bush was an alcoholic and you know what? Jesus saves. News Flash - You and I are both sinners and you know what? Jesus Saves. Obama is doing what he believes is right for this country and best for it's people just as Bush did. I applaud that. I really do. Do I disagree with him in some areas? Sure I do (I value the unborn child but I also value the innocent victim who was killed in areas of war that could have been avoided) But I also I agree with him in many areas.

Today we have seen one man take over the reigns of our country from another man. Both of these men claim Jesus as their Savior. I believe that. That doesn't mean they haven't and won't make mistakes. They are men! Sinful men like us all! That is why Jesus came! They have tried and will try their best. If they seek the Lord first in all they do...this country will be greater than any of us ever imagined. That is my prayer. Thank you George Bush for your efforts and here is to supporting Barack Obama and believing he will serve his term in Faith.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election day.....

Today is the day that this country elects it's new leader. Today is the day that peoples hopes will be crushed. Today is the day that people will be ecstatic for the winner. Today is the day that thousands pray to God to put the right leader into place. Today is the day that people pay for protection from their opposition. Today is the day where people make a judgment. Today is the day that families can become divided, sometimes to the point of tears. Today is the day that people place their hope in something that will not last....

Today should be a day where people realize God is in control. Today should be a day where people realize true hope can only be found in Him. Today should be a day where we are ecstatic for Christ and His love. Today should be a day that people pray to our Lord for what he did in Jesus, because He is who we should follow, He is our leader!! Today should be a day we thank God for His protection. Today is a day we should not judge unless we be judged. Today is a day to become united in Christ, sometimes with tears of Joy! Today should be the day that people realize they need to put their hope in the one that was, and is, and is to come....

Tomorrow will not not come by having the earth turned by McCain or Obama. Tomorrow will come by having the earth turned by our loving, never failing, glorious heavenly Father!!

The Lord is in control. Praise be to God!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Things I am thankful today....

On one of my other blogs I have been sharing ten things (or more) each day that I am thankful for.

1. Our last Sunday at our old Church location
2. 20 Kids turned up for kids Church on memorial day weekend.
3. Rachel and Roberta for bringing round home made Strawberry shortcake - ridiculously good.
4. Early Golf tomorrow
5. NBA playoffs
6. Watching Kobe speak Italian (you learn something everyday)
7. Movie night with my wife and a classic by the name of Indiana ;)
8. Friends
9. Family
10. Decisions coming clearer regarding our future
11. Our baby and the prayers we are receiving from friends and family daily.
12. Blackberry and Macbook pro.
13. Youtube
14. Redemption Youth.
15. Clean apartment
16. Homemade cooking.
17. That Sarah and I both have awesome parents - very blessed
18. The wifey herself :)
19. That Jesus loves me and provides me with strength and peace everyday.
20. This video....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Prince Caspian....

So at the Reno Vineyard this past weekend, we took our Youth to go watch the latest movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series, Prince Caspian.

I for one loved the first movie, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and was expecting great things from this follow up. I had heard bad reviews Saturday morning and thought I would just try to enjoy the movie for what it is and not cast too critical an eye. I need not have worried. What a phenomenal movie!

I will refrain from spoiling the plot of the movie for those of you who are yet to see it but I will say keep an open ear for the numerous deep lines regarding the Christian faith. To say some of these lines are powerful would be an understatement.

Once again, Aslan wonderfully depicts our Lord. He shows great love and power that is available to all of us if we only turn to Him, for he is there all along. The dialogue between Aslan and Lucy is wonderful and the level of unbelief by Peter is something we can all relate to at some points in our l

The movie is powerful, challenging and humorous at times (look for the big bear with the soft voice and the crazy attempt at a love story between Susan and Prince Caspian) and definitely worth seeing on the big screen. It's always expensive to go to the movie theater today but if you can go, do so. If you can take your youth do so. And follow that up with a time of discussion and prayer. This movie is a great tool to enter into talks about scripture that is literally endless.

P.S. On a side note, the actor who plays Peter (William Moseley) just cracked me up through the entire movie. Moseley spent the last year at acting school in NY city. His latest rol
e requires him to be a little macho and arrogant. At times he pulls it off. At other times, he wonderfully portrays a piece of wet lettuce holding a sword, which in itself is very entertaining.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

GeoCaching and the world we live

It's a crazy thing. Some people love it. Some people hate it.

If 10 years ago I was told that I would be using an electronic device smaller than my cell phone (well back then it wasn't hard to make something smaller than cell phones. I am sure you remember those days where you had to assemble cell phones like you were assembling a rifle in the army) to search for hidden key rings, boxes, plastic eggs, ammunition cylinders (all commonly known as caches) I would have laughed at you. I am sure you would have too. But we are there. We have this opportunity to partake in this crazy fun adventure that combines the outdoor life with some pretty specky technology. I can't understand for the life of me why more people don't enjoy it??? Sure, some have never heard of the thing. That's a fair reason. Others, well they seem almost disappointed with it. When they find the cache there is an air of "well, is that it?"

Seriously people, how spoiled have we become? The last 10 years have been the most significant technology advancements in history. Cars can now run on three types of fuel. The internet no longer needs a gazillion wires as we now use thi wonderful thing called 'wireless.' Our TVs are of such quality I can see sweat fly from Kobe's brow as he makes a slam dunk! We can log onto our computers and at the click of a button be talking to someone face to face in Australia without a delay. We are living in a Jetsons cartoon folks!

So I love technology (tempting to sing that song isn't it?). I love what it has to offer. But is it moving to fast? Something like geocaching would have been seen as so amazing and maybe not even possible 10 years ago can now be seen as a little boring? Kids would rather play their 360 or myspace. How sad is that? Seriously.

I for one love geocaching. I will continue to love it as 'Team Snitchen and the Drifters' continue to devour caches. But I will be making an extra special attempt to be amazed at what man (who God created in His image) has created and not take it for granted. I shall enjoy this technological age we live whiles being awestruck by the world God created as we climb another mountain in search of a cache. I for one, think Geocaching is the perfect hobby that shows the best of the natural world and the world of technology. Call me old fashioned, but I am not ready to take technology for granted when their are people in the world who don't know where their next meal is coming from. If I ever do so, you have my permission to slap me and call me spoiled.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The First one

With these blogs there are always the first posts. The posts where people say the customary 'hi' and how they are excited to share their thoughts, life etc and normally finish with popular 'check back soon!' I will not do that. I shall refrain from all the cliches and simply ask a question for my first post

'Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?"

You can send your answers in on a postcard or simply post below :)