We in student ministries have a mild
prank to pull on the rest of our
I will report it later if it goes well.
Wired.com recently posted this:
Top 10 April Fools' Pranks for Nerds
By Jose Fermoso
Here are 4 of my favorite from their list:
(I will personally be attempting #2 today as I bask in my computer nerdiness)
1.Re-map the Keyboard of Your Excitable Co-worker Every company has a sales rep who uses exclamation marks excessively ("C'mon guys!! We can do better this quarter!!!"). Use a program like KeyExtender, a registry hack that re-maps their keyboard so that exclamations and question marks are switched. They may begin to question their sunny outlook in life: "C'mon guys?? We can do better this quarter??? Guys??"
As they paw helplessly at their keyboards, sidle up and 'fix' their problem. Don’t forget to smile.
2. Change the Language Settings on Google When a co-worker leaves her computer unattended for a minute, quickly go to Google's home page and click on "Preferences." There, you can choose the interface language of the search engine. Klingon, Hacker and Yiddish are all excellent choices, but Elmer Fudd is our personal favorite. As Elmer, you can use the Google Diwectowy, perform a Google Seawch or find out if you're ‘feewing wucky.'
You'll be amazed how few people realize you can do this. The change-the-language trick also works well on cellphones.
3. The BlueScreen of Death Screensaver The BlueScreen of Death error in Windows has driven lots of users to the fringe of computer homicide. Tap into the river of pain by installing the BlueScreen of Death Screensaver on a friend's machine. It's available at Microsoft's IT website Technet, but there are several others out there. Just make sure it doesn’t have a real virus.
What’s likely to happen? The victim will reboot his machine by hitting the restart button. Hopefully, they didn't save their work!
4. Change Autocorrect in MS Office People are too reliant on some common programs that help them cheat, such as the Autocorrect feature in MS Office. Capitalize on their laziness by adding a few of your favorite "alternative" spellings.
Common words like "about" or "together" work well. Even better, try subtly adjusting the spelling of your victim's name. It's so hard-wired into most people's fingers, they hardly look at it.
in front of my laptop.
I was trying put together a powerpoint background
for our new Sunday series on the Gospel of John
yet was feeling so sleepy because we had spent
a great but long day at SEAWORLD in San Diego.
My eyes were getting heavier and heavier and...
It sounded like someone took an axe and swung it at our front door.
My heart leapt in my chest, I immediately became totally alert
and rushed to the window next to the door.
I then focused my adrenaline and realized there could be something
really dangerous on the other side of the door...
So Jason Bourne style, I slowly lifted one solo panel of the blinds
to see what I was dealing with.
Do you know what I saw?
Water and balloon schrapnel.
We had been water ballooned.
It sounded like something way louder than that.
Marie came rushing in and that is when I saw it.
Water all over the inside of our door and on the hardwood floor.
Then I looked out the blinds again and saw some punk
kids running around the school across the street.
I got mad.
So I did what any white, 32 year old, out of shape guy would do.
I called the police.
As a junior higher my friends and I did some pretty dumb things:
1) climbed a tree above a busy street and squirted mustard at cars
2) stole cokes from vending machines by reaching inside the machine, breaking the guard and then shaking the entire machine
3) Threw cherries at summer campers at the Christian camp near my house as they exited nightly meetings
In 2 of these 3 instances, the police were called and in one of the them (the third), we were caught and yelled at pretty good by the SVPD.
Now here I am on the other side,
calling the police on some punk junior highers.
I like this side better.
Over Easter weekend, Marie and I saw a clip of a film
portraying Jesus with bright blue eyes.
We both laughed about it agreeing it was hard
to take a portrayal of Jesus seriously with a look
that didn't seem very accurate.
So the question is, what did Jesus look like?
The Bible tells us there was nothing in his physical appearance
to draw anyone to him.
Does this mean Jesus was homely looking?
It almost seems blasphemous asking such questions.
What is your take on what Jesus looked like?
Watching the Oakland A's destroy the ESPN Red Sox live from Japan. Baseball season is upon us
and as a truly devoted fan
I will be glued to the internet
tomorrow at 3am to watch
opening day live.
I wonder if I will regret this commitment?
I will post about it later in the day
Tueday Night: I thought it would be rougher getting up this morning than it actually was. I was really excited to see the game. The A's looked solid until Huston Street entered the game. I plan to get up at 4am tomorrow to watch that game as well. I know the crash will come eventually, but right now I feel great....
Doan's new system: Sleep 4 hours a day: Get more accomplished!
was a skit done to the music of a Lifehouse song
It was such a powerful moment
to witness today.
Here is the original skit done at
a Knoxville, Tennessee youthfest back in 2006.
(warning: the skit starts off kind of lame,
but it really builds into something powerful...)
58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.
The Bible, 1 Corinthians 15
before and after our Good Friday service tonight.
I haven't watched the Passion
since I saw it originally in the theater
4 years ago.
It is such an intense movie,
a person has to be really prepared for it.
In fact a few people tonight were not
and had to leave half-way through the screenings.
Overall, the movie was so stirring for me.
Here are a few thoughts:
1. Satan is portrayed as so vicious in the film. It is a wake-up call
to me that the enemy is real and I need to take the weapon of prayer more seriously.
2. What must it have been like to be Simon, the guy who helped Jesus carry the cross to Golgotha? The film gives a great take on his experience.
3. Jesus was so silent for the majority of the experience to the cross. In the Gospel texts, this isn't as obvious or powerful as it is on film.
4. When Jesus did speak, his words were loaded with implications, fulfilling prophecy, offering compassion to his mother, speaking to His Father.
5. It strikes me as strange that both the Romans and some Jewish leaders openly mocked and yelled out at Jesus while he suffered on the cross. It seems that the gruesomeness of the punishment would have been enough to satisfy their anger.
6. I can't believe it is actually true that the God of the universe chose to take our place and take the wrath of our sin upon himself. I deserve hell for my sins. Jesus blood spares me from what I deserve. Incredible.
7. To call myself a follower of Jesus is the most amazing honor I could ever imagine
a time when we stop and remember the incredible
sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Jesus was the innocent lamb who suffered
on the cross on our behalf.
The suffering that Jesus endured was so intense.
I don't think I really got this until watching
The Passion of Christ a few years ago.
In the Old Testament book of Isaiah
"I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. "
In Matthew 27 we read about Jesus crucifixion and we read about Isaiah's prophecy being fulfilled
27Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
He was spit upon, whipped and even had his beard hairs pulled out.
I have been growing out a beard this week and even tugging on one hair on my face hurts. I can't imagine having chunks of hair ripped off.
Jesus endured this.
Why did Jesus endure so much suffering?
So that the authority of sin over people could be destroyed and the enemy Satan
could be defeated.
In Revelation 12 we read,
9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.
10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,
“It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.
This is why I love today so much.
It the day we remember the cross and the suffering that Jesus
endured, even having the hairs of his beard ripped away.
But it is also the day we remember the enemy that snake Satan
has been defeated and our sins have been paid for by the blood of the Lamb.
The thing was all coiled up, ready to go.
and is amazing.
What is the best dining experience you have every had?
There is a Catholic Church a few miles from our house
who started a tradition a few years ago to do a prayer walk
through their neighborhood streets on Palm Sunday.
They pray for peace and for God's blessing to be on a neighborhood
that each year faces the pressures of gang violence, addictions and financial pressures.
It is so cool to see a church take ownership over their neighborhood like this.
I wonder if my church could do something like this in our neighborhood?
What would our suburban neighbors think or do?
called "Opposite Way" (track #4)
Go buy it off I-tunes right now.
It is super poppy and maybe border line cheeseball
for the past 17 years, changed positions this week.
She has been given a great opportunity to move over to another place in our church
becoming the executive assistant to our 2 new executive pastors
and our senior pastor, David Mitchell.
I am excited for her, but it has been strange to walk in the office this
week and not have her there.
Lois and I have worked together almost daily for the past 9 years.
I am so thankful for her.
She has been like a second mom to me at times,
a friend and mentor in other situations
and an all around great co-labour in the work of showing high school students
She has watched me go from a 20 hour a week intern fresh out of college
to a 32 year old high school pastor with a family.
She had such grace with me over the years like the time I left behind 215 student permission slips that were suppossed to go to Hume Lake and she had to Fed Ex them
the next day or even just a few weeks ago when we had to get students to fill out a waiver form
at the last minute just before we left for our Mexico trip.
Lois and her husband Alvin have housed interns, discipled students in small groups
hosted many of us to their home and been the biggest fans of student ministries.
Thank you Lois and thank you Alvin,
God used in you in mighty ways in the lives of our students
and in my life.
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in my life as a youth pastor
came last June when
Marie and I attended the wedding
of 2 of our former students,
Doug and Jesse Brown.
It was so encouraging
to see them date well
as they loved God and
fell in love with each other.
Their 1st dance as a married couple
has become somewhat of a YouTube
sensation with 345,000 hits
since it was posted a few months ago!
Check it out...
If you squint really closely
you can see me holding my daughter Lily
at one of the tables...
By the way, Doug starts as our college intern
at church next week!
They are going there to pick up the 2 newest members of their family, adopted children, Sophia and Elijah. Susan's brother in law is one of the director's for the A&E series, "The 2 Corey's" and the MTV series, "Rob and Big"and will accompany the Clark's to Ethiopa to film a documentary on their adoption.
He plans to make the documentary into a film to be distributed in the future.You can follow his blog here as he follows Randy and Susan to Ethiopa.