Sunday, March 30, 2008

I love soccer (or football for my Euro friends)!

Last night Jonathan and I went to the home opener of the Colorado Rapids pro soccer season. They played the L.A. Galaxy who has David Beckham & Landon Donavan. It was a sold out standing room only game with over 18,500 people there. We had tickets right where the players come out of the lockers room and it was awesome getting autographs and high fives. Beckham wouldn't give me an autograph, but it was cool just being a couple feet from him as he came out and back in. I got a chance to meet and talk to Alexi Lalas (former team USA defender and MLS player, now L.A. Galaxy G.M) while he was waiting near the entrance to the field. Very cool dude! The game was intense with two red cards being issued, a penalty kick awarded to Colorado right in front of us and a near fight/scuffle at the end of the game. I have to admit that I still can't understand how people can say soccer is not exciting, last night was crazy!!Beck's makes a cross pass in front of us...The fun begins with the first yellow card of the night...Alexi Lalas in his playing days...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Great Sports Weekend!

Starting tonight, this weekend is poised to be a great sports weekend for me. First, tonight Kansas plays in the sweet sixteen round of the NCAA basketball tourney, then if they win, will play again on Sunday evening. Then tomorrow, Jonathan and I are going to the home opener of the Colorado Rapids, Denver's pro soccer team. The cool thing about this is that they are playing against the L.A. Galaxy who has David Beckham on their team. Our seats are going to be awesome. Right behind the goal and prime location to catch an errant Beckham shot on goal. I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shall we dance?

Today in our staff meeting, we talked about our purpose in our personal life and our ministries. When I thought of what my purpose is in my life, I had to say to honor and exalt God. Sure it sounds like a no-brainer and not very deep, but I think it is one of the deepest things I can think of. I hope I can do this in my marriage and fatherhood. I hope that I can do this in a way that shows the freedom God gives us with His joy. This reminded me of one of my favorite quotes that I pray I can live out daily...
Dance as though no one is watching,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
love as though you've never been hurt,
live as though heaven is on earth.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Steve Jobs on youth ministry

Great video of Steve Jobs talking about something that sounds alot like being in youth ministry...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pot Pourri

- The book of Ezekiel is really hittin me in my devotion time. In chapter 2 or 3 when he says he eats the words God gives him to tell the house of Israel and they taste as sweet honey, really makes me wonder how I look at what God wants me to teach students and if my study in the Word is sweet as honey...
- I filled out my NCAA bracket today. I only fill out one, unlike some guys who fill out 4 or 5. I even filled it out in pen so there's no going back. My final four? UCLA, Kansas, Texas, and surprise team- Tennessee! I have Kansas winning it all over UCLA. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
- I went to swim lessons with my daughters Saturday, and they are all natural fish. Sydney's teacher, though, wears glasses in the pool and has a mullet. A combo for disaster if you ask me, but he actually does a good job teaching.
- Chrissy and I watch American Idol, but lately I have drawn a very high dislike for Paula. She gets on my nerves with her dumb comments, and if some one does bad, she always complements how they look. It's like the American Idol kiss of death.
- I rented the movie August Rush on itunes but haven't watched it yet. It looks really good.
- I've decided I'm going to start riding my bike to work to help get in shape. (fortunately the weather is going crazy in march so I haven't started yet...)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Book Review

The Deity Formally Known as God
by Jarrett Stevens

So I just finished this book that really is an easy read. With so many books written lately on how our culture doesn't like Christians and how the image of God has been skewed for non-believers due to the actions and attitudes of Christians, I was expecting the same old story here. But what I like about this book is that it actually can be applied to the way a lot of Christians view God as well. As an "update" to J.B. Phillip's book "Your God Is Too Small", I thought it did a good job of explaining the different views of God a lot of people can subscribe too. While I didn't feel like it was a real in-depth theological mind stretching read, I think it is still a good read for any Christian. Stevens does a good job using stories to help explain the points and thus making it a read that might be a little more teenager friendly than some other books I've read lately. Compared to some of the other books to come out of Northpoint from Andy Stanley or Louie Giglio, I don't think it was quite as impact-full for me. Anyway, I still feel very comfortable recommending the book. (Plus the graphics design for each chapter was pretty cool)
Overall: 4.0 on a 5.0 Richter Scale

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sydney is 5!

Five years ago today, my wife and I welcomed our second daughter into the world, and what a crazy ride it's been with her so far. Sydney Marie has been our wildest child of our 3 daughters by far, which makes me think she is the child my mom warned me I would have someday. It seems I was the same way growing up. Jumping off things, doing things I knew I wasn't supposed to just to see what happens, and then smiling my way out of punishment. It doesn't seem like 5 years have passed. I can still remember going to the hospital vividly. I hope she likes the Hannah Montana toy guitar we got her, but most importantly I pray she always knows we love her unconditionally in the same way Jesus loves us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

...And He rose again.

I'm beginning a two week lesson series in our youth group tonight called "Easter: What's the big deal?" Over these two weeks I am going to take the students though the meaning and importance of the cross (week 1) and the empty tomb (week2). I can't wait to give the lesson next week on the empty tomb. The reason is because it seems like Easter season is centered on the cross (which makes sense) but sometimes the resurrection of Christ is almost one of those things thrown in at the end. Not that Christians don't celebrate the resurrection on Easter Sunday, but the image most people see when they think of Easter is the cross. I don't want our students to look only at the outstanding meaning and purpose of what was done on the cross, and inadvertently put less importance on the resurrection of the Savior. With out Jesus raising from the dead, our faith is useless. (1 Cor. 15:14) Even Peter argues the importance of the resurrection in Acts 2.
So my goal is to not have a student only think of the cross at Easter, but the empty tomb as well. Pray for me...

Monday, March 10, 2008

I'm a mac addict!

So I new that I love apple and all their products, but I finally have proof of my addiction...
89%How Addicted to Apple Are You?

BTW- I'm typing this on my AWESOME mac book pro!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ezekiel

can say I have never really studied in depth before. Maybe because it is a little intimidating sinceIn my personal study time lately, I have been digging into the book of Ezekiel. It's a book that I Ezekiel's prophesy was so vivid and wild. Much like Revelation, it takes a little time to figure out what is meant in the text, but I'm really enjoying it. To pull out the old commentary and study what Ezekiel is unfolding in his writings while he was in captivity in Babylonia, is making me remember the grandeur of God and how great he is. Plus the fact that in chapter one he talks about the first spinner rims known to man, in his vision of the likeness of God, is awesome! (look it up if you don't believe me: Ezk. 1:15-18) Talk about "pimp my ride"!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

I jinxed it...

Ok, with my last post about it getting warmer (it was 70 degrees yesterday), I must have jinxed something. Today I woke up to blowing snow and frozen windows on my car. I about cried...
You gotta love spring time in Denver.