Tim Nellis was interviewed on the 700 club (a Christian News Show)
last Friday, about the fires and the damage to his
church in Rancho Bernardo.
He did a great job in the interview,
check it out here...
If you haven't seen Tim's blog yet,
you must...you can find it here
( The Santiago Canyon Fires burns on as of Wednesday night...the smoke clouds are pretty thick from this fire, even at my house about 10 miles away) courtesy Al Seib, LA Times
(Fire Crews battle a fire on Palomar Mtn. in San Diego County. We are planning to hold our Church's Men's retreat up the mountain from this picture, next April.) courtesy Wally Skalis, LA Times
It has been quite a week here in Orange County.
Most people I know, have been glued
to the TV, watching the fires rage on.
My friend Eric Marsh, an Pastor at Grace Brethren in Long Beach, Ca
sent this e-mail today,
detailing some of the ways, churches are getting
involved in the recovery efforts...
"Brothers and sisters in Christ, Several of you have been rallying resources
for the fire and/or are looking for places to help people give.
Northcoast Church in Vista has been given tremendous opportunities to assist throughout
north SD county. NorthCoast pastor Casey Yorman will be recruiting teams to help
clean and serve communities in the next 7-10 days. Until then, he would love to
have churches in LA/OC help them get grocery and Walmart gift cards into the
hands of the tens of thousands that are in shelters around their church.
If you are interested, encourage those who would like to participate to
include a (simple) note with the gift card. Casey said it would be a tremendous
encouragement for those in the shelters to know that families to the north are
praying for them.
If you want to help in this way, RockHarbor's REACH department and Hope for
Long Beach will be coordinating the effort.
We will plan for drop-offs Friday,
Sunday after church, and early next week.
Feel free to contact me via e-mail (fastest way).
Other good options:
- Revolution took a truck of water/supplies down to San Diego today.
Their website is http://www.revolutionfamily.com/
- Saddleback has current serve ops on their website, http://www.saddlebackfamily.com/
- Vicki Barilla from Grace Seal Beach did some great research. The e-mail
sent to their congregation is
- As of tomorrow, the ServeDay website will updated with current
needs.Thanks for rallying the troops.
In Christ,Eric Marsh
of Mars Hill in Seattle have an interesting
sermon series they are preparing
You have to check this out for yourself.
click on this...Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington
It feels a little American Idolish (which is not cool),
but the intention of the series
the give and take answers between Paul and
the church in Corinth of
1 Corinthians is really cool (and more importantly theologically interesting).
how one minute we can be at a conference
I love Y.S. because it makes being a youth pastor feel
1. Loving Jesus
One of the highlights of my weekend in San Diego,
The reason the photo is blank, is because the guy who took our photo
never pressed down on the button. Arrgh.....
But I think it is for the best.
It is kind of weird to have Christian celebrities.
In 1st Corinthians 11, Paul tells us we should
imitate him and his faith in Jesus.
So it is not wrong to look up to other Christians
and want to be like them.
But when it all comes down to it,
we all look to Jesus,
who is the author and perfecter of our faith.
Jesus is the ultimate one we admire and want to be like
in our everydaylives.
the other day, only to be hit with the putrid smell
of Axe deodorant.
Axe is the foulest smelling deodorant I have ever had the
priviledge of inhaling.
Haven't ever smelt Axe?
Just imagine, windex cleaner, a can of lemon lysol spray
and wet wipes all colliding at once, and you basically
have the deodorant, Axe.
Yet, for some crazy reason, the majority
of the High School and Junior High Guys at our church
As a Youth Pastor, I spend a tremendous amount
of time studying youth culture in order to understand
the students I work with.
For the life of me,
I haven't ever been able to understand the popularity
of Axe, until...
for this blog posting, I went on the Axe website.
It was sad.
The axe marketing campaign is,
wear Axe, get girls, lots of girls.
It is a really stupid and sophomoric campaign,
but it seems to be working with high school guys.
This makes me sad, but it also makes me mad.
I am so tired of companies like Carl's Jr, Sports Illustrated and
Axe going after the temptation button of our High School guys
in order to sell burgers, magazines and smelly deodorants.
When will it stop?
When will we as men,
stand up and speak...no demand,
that our culture stop throwing sexual images
at our adolescent guys?
The pressures of being a high school guy have never been greater.
Willie Mays, the Greatest Baseball Player of All-Time...kneeling on-deck
awaiting to bat
in the 1960's...
Here in Orange County this means it is 71 degrees outside
instead of 72 degrees outside.
5 Reasons I love the Fall...
#5 - Playoff Baseball (mlb.com)
#4 - College Football (click here to see one of my former youth group student's, now playing at UCLA; Matthew Slater's season stats)
#3 - Oak Glen/Apple Picking (want directions?...click here)
#2 - New episodes of "The Office" arrive (click here to see this week's episode)
#1 - 3 Words: Pumpkin. Spice. Latte.
Here is a home recipe for making a PSL
Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 heaping T. canned pumpkin
2 T. Vanilla syrup1 t. Ginger Spice syrup (or sub 1/4 t. ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)
1 cup milk
1-2 shots espresso (1/4 C. espresso or 1/2 C. strong brewed coffee)
To make a pumpkin latte at home: In a small saucepan, stir pumpkin puree into milk.
Add syrup and cinnamon. Heat gently until steaming, stirring occasionally.
Blend on high for 20 second until foaming.
Pour flavored milk into a tall glass and pour coffee over.
Dust with ground pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg.
3. Jesus is the true and better Abel who through innocently slain
5. Jesus is the true and better Isaac, who was not just offered up
6. Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled
8. Jesus is the true and better Moses,
10. Jesus is the true and better Job,
11. Jesus is the true and better David,
the best Jazz/Blues artist of alltime
I had the blues today.
Do you ever have a day like this?
You just walk around kind of feeling sorry for yourself.
This was my day.
Whenever I have one of these days,
I get in a mood to go to Barnes and Noble,
listen to Coldplay in the music section
while sitting on one of those strange wooden curved back chairs,
and read books on sports.
I know it sounds really weird,
but somehow it sounds oh so comforting to me.
But today was Wednesday, the busiest day of my week,
so no time for moody book chain adventures.
I was broken out of my state of sadness
by 2 things.
The first was our HS Associate Peter Pizzuto's
message tonight, which was great.
He spoke from 1 Peter 2, about our adoption
as Christians into God's family.
The second thing that snapped me
out of the blues, was a talk I has tonight with
one of our students named Tyrone.
Tyrone is an African-American, who has grown up
in the toughest parts of Southern California.
He has been shot, stabbed at and abandoned.
He currently lives in a group home.
As I talked with him after our Wed Night gathering
I felt God's heart for him.
God loves Tyrone so much.
God is pursuing Tyrone in incredible ways.
I have been watching this pursuit over
the last 4 months.
There is this really great passage in the Bible,
that I have always thought is great,
but great in one of those nice, safe, half-smile, isn't that special
for us, type of ways.
It is this passage...Ephesians, Chapter 1,
4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
(click here to listen to a great sermon on Ephesians 1 from Mike Erre, Rock Harbor)
Tonight as I talked to Tyrone and heard him tell me more of his story and heard him explain how lucky most of the students are in our High School group to have families...
and as I reflected on Peter's message tonight, this passage from the Bible came to my mind.
And you know what?
It rocked me.
It took on new meaning for me.
It isn't just a nice, that is so true, half-smile type
of Bible passage.
The idea that this passage is communicating is amazing.
No better than that, it is life changing. It is incredible.
We once were orphans, separated from God,
lost without a family.
God picked us.
He bought our lives at a price.
He calls us, choses us to be connected to him.
We are adopted by the King.
Suddenly, today, a day of feeling sorry for myself
turned into a night of joy as I realized this reality
of how things really are.
We are adopted.
My prayer is that Tyrone will get this truth
in his everydaylife...right now as a a 16 year old.