Monday, July 7, 2014

Distance running....

No... a 5K isn't actually distance running.  It just looks cooler to write it that way!  :P JK

But I should start at the very beginning (Which just happens to be a very good place to start! :)):  There's this family camp we're going to this summer for the first time and apparently they run a big 5K one of the mornings.  When I first heard it I thought, "oh cool... I should do that."  Time passed, then I look at it and think, "never mind... I'm not going to do that!"  Not like I'm not up to a physical challenge, cause that's not true... I'm just not terribly ready to kill myself training for a race barely a month away... And then my cousin came to town.  We had a great time, and did some running for fun.  My sister says she's going to run it so I'm finally going, "Okay... I have to do this. Wow!"  

I don't know... You always establish running/fitness routine, but never stick to it, right?   I contented myself by saying that swimming long distances does the same thing to your legs that running does: It makes them sore.  And isn't that what it's supposed to do?

And then it gets worse... My friend (And yes, you know who you are!) wants to establish a competition between him and I while we run together... Long story short, we haggled over the details for a while and finally came to the conclusion that the loser is going to come out $15 short.  Now, I'm not a cheapskate or anything, but $15 could buy me like... a CD... or 13 and a half cups of coffee... (Yes.. the coffee is important for me! )

And now I ramble.......

Well, let me just cut it right here and resort to the idiom: "May the better man win!"

That's right, Kyle!  Hope you enjoy running against me!  (And don't worry, I won't put anything on your back or something else while we're running.... while we're running mind you! :P)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

It's Full of Nothing....

Okay wait.. think about that.  An impossible paradox, right?  Nothing truly comes from nothing... You know, ex nihilo...  But try to fill an empty space with nothing... it can be filled with emptiness....I think... okay maybe it can't!

And now I'm stalling.... Yes... If you have bothered to check this in the past month, you'll see that it lacked... really lacked in posts.  But never fear, people!  I was just thinking about all of you the other day... and trying to think up a time to tear away from everything else and give you some sort of photo update of my life recently... Ah but now the sad part, now is not that time.. But as Mr. Lewis said..."I call all times soon"... Yes, it will be soon.  In the mean time, remember, "Patience is indeed a virtue!" 

So now I've got myself curious.... Can you fill an empty space with emptiness?!? JK

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fall on Me...

In light of my last post (and yes.. I know it's been a long time! ;)) I had been thinking about writing a song about becoming more filled with the Holy Spirit... And guess what? It actually happened!!! Somewhere amidst finishing high school and a ridiculously busy life I got two sessions to write this!  Oh.. well it happened at 12-1 am in the morning!!!

And no.. I don't have a demo of it right now... Like a lot of my other songs!  I really need to crack down and make some quick recordings to share with the internet..... Summer project! ;)

So anyway... hope you enjoy these lyrics!  And maybe you'll get to hear them all someday on a studio release... or better yet someday I can tour through your city!  How's that?! (Well, we'll see where the Lord leads! ;))

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Fall on Me   

Verse 1:
Lord, I need Your power
To walk through every day
From the dawning of the sun
Till it’s going down again
Cause without You I will stay
Walking here in no direction
Till life begins to fade

Chorus:
So would you fall on me, make Your presence known
Breathe on me with Your whirlwind
Rest on me as a flame of fire
Oh Spirit of God, please fall on me,
Again.

Verse 2:
Lord, I need Your wisdom
And knowledge to discern
The good from evil, the right from wrong
And choose the righteous path
Lord, I need Your filling
To let my voice be heard
Lifted up in praise to You
And make my motives pure

Chorus:
So would you fall on me, make Your presence known
Breathe on me with Your whirlwind
Rest on me as a flame of fire
Oh Spirit of God, please fall on me,
Again.

Bridge:
Your Spirit is here to guide me
As day slips into days
Until that final, beautiful day
When Jesus Christ returns

Monday, May 19, 2014

Born of the Spirit.....


So forty days after He rose, He left... For forty days He spoke to His disciples about the Kingdom of God, and then He ascended to Heaven where He will be till He comes again. 

Ah... But that’s not the end of the story.

His leaving was shortly followed by the arrival of His Spirit.  The Spirit was promised (Acts 1:8) to come after Jesus left and sure enough He came!  And His coming was the birth of something completely new:  The Church of Jesus Christ.

It’s been 30 days since we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Now here’s where it gets just a little technical... Not that bad though, I promise! ;)  So Jesus rose on First fruits.  That’s exactly why Paul says he became the First fruits of them that slept...(1 Cor 15:20) Fifty day later came Pentecost... And here’s why that’s significant:  Pentecost was the day the disciples were gathered together in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1) and then a wind filled the place where they were... They were filled with the Spirit and began to speak in tongues and praise the wonderful works of God. (Acts 2:4, 11)

So with a little basic subtraction, fifty days from the resurrection to the birth of the Church minus the Forty days Jesus spent on the earth after his resurrection and before his ascension equals ten days... The disciples didn’t know when the Spirit would come... They just knew they were told to wait and they had a duty to obey.  Their obedience was answered only ten short days later.

And what does this mean for us?  Well, the Spirit is here now... and what’s more, every single person who has received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior has the Spirit available to them!  What a wonderful God we serve!  Now comes our obedience:  It’s found in Eph 5:18... “...Be filled with the Spirit.”  And that’s our duty.  To be filled in an overflowing sort of way, to never quench Him or His work through vain tradition or “long faced religion”. 

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 
-Titus 3:5

Sunday, May 4, 2014

And The Warrant's Out...

Anyone seen this guy on the blogosphere or something?????  We're looking for him!

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 Christian Heritage Conference

Yes... So I know it seems like forever since I've posted.   But April passed up all the other months this year so far in terms of busyness as we ran from ordeal to ordeal... And.... basically, just cut me some slack! jk

Sunday night, I returned from one of my favorite annual events:  The Christian Heritage conference.  I've gone like fie times now and every time is simply awesome!  I mean, as an extrovert, there's few things that are better than being thrown into a center with 3200 other people to meet and spend time with!  This year, Eden and I also got to perform some solos for the attendees!  Everything was fabulous!

And... You've heard this story before, but I took like three pictures the entire weekend. Socializing comes first, people!  Because of this, I'm relying most on my good friend's Paul and Evan's photos!  Thanks guys!

So..... You ready?  Cause here we go!

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Outside a coffee shop... Seriously, need I say more?!

You know... I really don't know that the sink had to fall apart and start spraying water all over the kitchen five minutes after we got into the hotel... But we've come to expect crazy things like that!

 Main auditorium..

Catching some practice Thursday evening in prep for the next evening's concert.

Friday morning starts the conference just as the "mirror selfie" starts Friday morning... Well.. That's NOT a  selfie since there's two people pictured... Actually three but Bethany's just checking her email before making her bed!

Ken Ham (of AIG) was one of our keynotes this year and was simply amazing!  Even though I got to hear very little of him cause of everything I was involved in at the conference, he was so firm in his defense of God's Word and the Gospel.

It's possible to fall in love with books........ (Not me... Inside joke!)

Waiting for mic check with Eden!

Well.... The mic check wait got just a little long.... That's all!

Friday evening is the really neat "Family Night" that Christian Heritage puts together... It includes a concert of homeschooled families/students from the PNW... Here my good friend, Evan is opening up the concert!

And this... well... over the weekend, all I wore was bow ties.  That doesn't often happen for me.  So I took this commemorative shot for a friend who wears them constantly!

Eden did a beautiful job singing the Holy City.  And hey!  I got to perform it with her!


The Revolutionary Etude by Chopin.


I think it's fair to say that this was at the end of the piece!!!


And no... that's just a color correction issue on the thumbnail... I promise, my tux didn't look like that!

Eden and I after the performance...

Great group of friends!

Crazy group of friends... I guess!

One of our, "Who's going where?"pictures.

Saturday included the choral performance... it's awesome to be able to lift your voice in praising God with 250-275 other young people!

Director extraordinaire and great friend to everybody, Mr. Neil Craig.

The Sopranos AKA melody singers....jk

Tenors, basses, and some altos...

And the rest of the altos....

And the whole choir!

Yes.... and Saturday also included a bit of photobombing... Okay... a lot of photobombing!  
But the more you do it... the better your shots become!  I think this one came out awesome!

every year, we always put together a fellowship meal/after party to close up the conference.  Every year it's also grown... This is what I would call one of the more tame pictures of the guys!

As opposed to this...

Yes... I think I had a major glasses fail in this picture!

Yes... And that's all... You still with me?  Well, it was a wonderful end to a wonderful weekend and we all already can't wait till next year!  And if you're interested in coming next year, it's way worth it!!! But you should come and say hi to me cause I'd love to talk! (Who knew, right?!)

Once again, a big thanks to Paul L. and Evan S. for like 95% of these pictures... I just talk to much to talk and take pictures at the same time!  But at least you get my spin on all the pics!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!!!

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
-Matthew 28:5-7