Archive for August, 2007

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armor

August 31, 2007

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If you follow the news…you have no doubt heard the debate about body armor and our troops in the field.  Whatever your view on this issue is…we can probably all agree that we want our soldiers to have the best body armor possible.   We don’t for one second want them more vulnerable to attack than they already are just by being there.

Likewise..you don’t want for one second to be more vulnerable to spiritual attack than you already are just by being alive…do you?  Or your children, or your spouse, or your parents…you want them to have the best spiritual armor possible correct?  A wound to our physical body is one thing, a wound or several wounds to our spiritual body carries much more eternal consequences. 

For the best physical body armor around….there are several places on line you can shop, and pay a pretty penny and get the best out there.

To find out what’s available for some spiritual armor…take a look at Ephesians 6:10-18.  Here’s a sneak peek at a few items listed there….

*The belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness..

*The shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 

*The helmet of Salvation

There are even some offensive items as well..like…

*The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

For more information please see the Bible…again specifically Ephesians 6:10-18.

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The whole “tagged” thing

August 26, 2007

So there is this thing going around on our blogs where you get tagged and have to list eight random facts about yourself.

I avoid these type of emails like the plague…and so far I have not responded to it in blog form either. However…I have been "tagged" so many times that I at least better do it once.  I will not though tag eight friends…I have my limits.

1. Recently I have been wearing breast pads.  How’s that for a start!  But not on my chest…under my armpits, because they work really well as sweat absorbers…and…I sweat.  I was looking for something, toilet paper….duct tape…super glue..anything to help…and my wife happened to have a lot of those around because she’s breast feeding. I suppose I could just stop writing now…this one fact will no doubt give me enough grief from people for at least a year…..

2. In some weird crazy way, I enjoy the process of gaining a gut and losing it four to five times a year.

3. I come up with inventions in my head a lot…that I’m pretty sure would be awesome…but I’m too lazy to do anything about them….and  only tell my wife.  I also come up with tag lines for businesses all the time in my head.  As long as I keep them all to myself, I can keep up the illusion that they rock. 

4.  I can’t stand the sound of my singing voice.  I love to sing but don’t like my voice.  I’m working on a chip you insert in your throat…and then choose through a list of what singer’s vocal cords you would like to sing through.  So far all I have is chocolate chips though and those aren’t helping.

5.  I listen to political talk radio just about every day.  I listen to a little of many of them…trying to get all points of view on the war, the presidency, the climate…etc…did I mention I wear breast pads?  (I was beginning to bore myself)

6. I ran cross country and track in high school, at a 2A high school…and had moderate success there.  This means at a four or five or six A high school, I was the track water boy, and I don’t think they have those.  Anyway, when I first got out of school and was considering going to Mt. Hood Community College….I went into the track coach’s office, and told him I wanted to be the best distance runner at his school. I never ended up even trying out for the team.  I still laugh at myself when I think about that.  Now you can laugh too.

7.  Every year for eight years…I have trimmed the bushes around my house….in a fashion that has somehow made my wife cry for my lack of skill and the way the bushes look especially right after hacking them, sometimes with such crude instruments as a hammer if I find a really stubborn limb.  We have made a verbal agreement this summer that next spring we’ll pay a service to come trim.  We went through the same process with my hair.  (jk)

8.   I have a love affair with zip ties.  They can do so many wonderful things.  Fairly recent uses include but are not limited to: 

1. Straightening some wayward arborvitaes bushes.

2.  Securing a bed frame.  No further comments.

3.  Securing a fallen bumper to a car. 

4. Soon to try……securing breast pad to armpit.

The end

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Weird day random thoughts

August 22, 2007

Today has been weird at work.  First off, for the 678th time in my life..I have decided to get off pop for good, or at least till December, or at least a week.  So..I’m in my typical physical state when I get off caffeine where my brain feels like someone hooked up a fog machine to my ears and also somehow made my skull shrink in about a half inch, which makes my brain hurt from the lack of room.

Two of my main ministry partners are gone…one in Alaska on a cruise…one recovering from open heart surgery.  And Ron has been gone on vacation, and my friend Matt who used to work here but doesn’t anymore is still…gone.  So despite the hundreds of kids on campus for daycamp…the office feels very quiet.  Which is great for getting a lot of administration and planning done…but life without people even for a day can be boring!!  Jocelyn and Steph were here today though thank goodness.  On my lunch break I did manage to prank Stephanie’s computer, and I tried to switch their phone lines but Jocelyn caught me.

Rehearsal last night was awesome.  Awesome because of the prayer time I had with the vocalists.  There were real, genuine, heart felt requests about their lives, their families, there hurts, their struggles.  I can’t imagine not being able to go to God with all the stuff in our lives. And I love being in a community with real people who don’t pretend.  It is SO ENCOURAGING!!

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Take 6

August 22, 2007

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One of my favorite groups of all time…Take 6….is coming to Vancouver this Saturday to a Jazz and Wine festival….I think I’m gonna go check them out…anyone want to come?

http://www.vancouverwinejazz.com/Home.php

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blog pressure

August 20, 2007

There I sat in that sterile white office, the man with the small flashlight peering into my throat and in my ears.

Doctor: "Can you describe your symptoms?"

Jay: "Anxiety, stress, indecision…"

Doctor:  "And when did you say you experience this primarily?"

Jay: "Everytime I go to blog."

Doctor: (slides his chair back suddenly and puts down his instruments)  "Well, I think I know what this is."

Jay: "Doc, what is it, tell me."

Doctor: "You have a mild case of blog pressure.  It’s when you want to write but feel like it won’t be good enough to post.  You’re intimidated by all your friends who blog and you think maybe you should just stop blogging all together.  Jay, you’re not alone….I’ve treated hundreds just like you…and the numbers are growing rapidly."

Jay: "Doc…is there a cure?"

Doc:  "We don’t know enough about this yet…it’s too new…not enough research has been done.  I can only treat the symptoms.  I suggest whatever you’re taking now in the form of Oreo Blizzards…double it, and then get back to me."

Jay:  "Thank you Doc….truly…thank you."

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Learning Life

August 16, 2007

This has been an unbelievable summer for me in regards to learning.  I feel like I’ve learned (or rather am learning) more this summer about life and ministry than the previous decade.   And with that learning, I have been reminded again how much there always is to learn.  I sincerely hope I have countless more times in my life where I feel like I do coming off of this summer.  So much of what I’m gleaning is from the people God has blessed my life with.  Some of the people that I work or serve with have been huge inspirations for me lately, and I am so grateful for that!  Some people that come immediately to mind are Aaron Soule, Matt Singley, Julie Reid, Janet Fraser, Chris Krieves, Bob Thomas, Laura Vandergeissen, Jill Hofer, Bryce Schroeder and Robert Hawthorne.   

What are some of the biggest lessons I’m learning?

Life…is about relationships.  I’ve learned a new term.  I’ve always heard the term Excellence in Worship….but I like this specific term better…Relational Excellence. I agree there is definitely a place for excellence in our worship offering to God, but I think a HUGE piece of that has little to do with music and more about loving people.  It is the foundation everything must be built on, because if you don’t have that to fall back on, you don’t have anything.  I have A LONG way to go learning how to love people, but I’m excited about the journey.

Sustaining passion for anything is incredibly difficult.  But it is crucial. So find out what sustains your passion and keep doing it! Starting something with passion is easy.  Sticking with something with passion is where the real adventure lies though.  It’s the same with friendship, marriage, careers, or ministry.

God builds His church.  And there is nothing that can stop Him.  And there is no need too small or large that He cannot meet.  His church may not be what I consider church though.  And I want to be about what He is building…not what I am building. 

I’m learning that life is boring if you don’t take risks.  I want a story with some risk, some conflict, some obstacles.  I want to be a part of a church that takes risks.  I want Sunset to take risks, risks that find new ways to love people. And new ways to reach out.   Risks that put people outside of our walls at least somewhere on the scale of how important we say the people inside our walls are. And risks that involve more sacrifice, more chance for pain and loss, because I’m supposed to be about joining with Jesus in His suffering.  I am learning to be a better risk taker.

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Learning Life

August 16, 2007

This has been an unbelievable summer for me in regards to learning.  I feel like I’ve learned (or rather am learning) more this summer about life and ministry than the previous decade.   And with that learning, I have been reminded again how much there always is to learn.  I sincerely hope I have countless more times in my life where I feel like I do coming off of this summer.  So much of what I’m gleaning is from the people God has blessed my life with.  Some of the people that I work or serve with have been huge inspirations for me lately, and I am so grateful for that!  Some people that come immediately to mind are Aaron Soule, Matt Singley, Julie Reid, Janet Fraser, Chris Krieves, Bob Thomas, Laura Vandergeissen, Jill Hofer, Bryce Schroeder and Robert Hawthorne.   

What are some of the biggest lessons I’m learning?

Life…is about relationships.  I’ve learned a new term.  I’ve always heard the term Excellence in Worship….but I like this specific term better…Relational Excellence. I agree there is definitely a place for excellence in our worship offering to God, but I think a HUGE piece of that has little to do with music and more about loving people.  It is the foundation everything must be built on, because if you don’t have that to fall back on, you don’t have anything.  I have A LONG way to go learning how to love people, but I’m excited about the journey.

Sustaining passion for anything is incredibly difficult.  But it is crucial. So find out what sustains your passion and keep doing it! Starting something with passion is easy.  Sticking with something with passion is where the real adventure lies though.  It’s the same with friendship, marriage, careers, or ministry.

God builds His church.  And there is nothing that can stop Him.  And there is no need too small or large that He cannot meet.  His church may not be what I consider church though.  And I want to be about what He is building…not what I am building. 

I’m learning that life is boring if you don’t take risks.  I want a story with some risk, some conflict, some obstacles.  I want to be a part of a church that takes risks.  I want Sunset to take risks, risks that find new ways to love people. And new ways to reach out.   Risks that put people outside of our walls at least somewhere on the scale of how important we say the people inside our walls are. And risks that involve more sacrifice, more chance for pain and loss, because I’m supposed to be about joining with Jesus in His suffering.  I am learning to be a better risk taker.