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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • My Talk Soup posts are typically focused on the musical portion of our corporate worship service.
  • This morning’s music was as good as it has ever been, in my opinion.
  • Joe and Jesse led worship this morning, Julie, Reina, and Curtis (a new addition) sang back up.
  • Josiah played the electric twanger, Jesse played rhythm on the acoustic, Matt played bass, Alex totally kicked tail on the drums, and I played the Roland FP2 keyboard.
  • We opened with Point of Difference, next was Friend of God, then Holy is the Lord.  For communion and after the message, we sang a new song, Beautiful by Phil Wickham.
  • Mike spoke on perseverance in the 9 AM service.  He did a great job.
  • In the 10:30 service we had Fred Garmond as a guest speaker.  He helped explain the Anthems project and what will be accomplished in Cambodia.
  • His testimony was memorable.  I loved the way he spoke of himself in the third person.  Since it was my first time hearing the testimony, I didn’t really know who he was talking about at first.  Then as he started talking about the young man in the testimony being the first to get a Masters of Divinity from the COG Theological Seminary, and then a Doctorate from Regent University, I was able to put 2 and 2 together.

For another perspective on LPC and the Sunday happenings, be sure to visit the other LPC bloggers:

Ritz

Chris’ Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Pastor Trav

Kelly

maybe even Jesse.

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Chilled Thoughts

-The weather station on the front porch read 42 degrees this morning. My front porch is facing west so it captures and holds some heat in the afternoon. I estimate that it was below 40 degrees F this morning.

-I was prepared thanks to Chris’s cold weather alert this week.

-I’ve had a second jacket come up missing at work. I left it in one of the security waiting areas and it disappeared. It’s frustrating that I can’t even leave my jacket on a designated coat hanger at work without someone just straight up stealing it.

-I’m taking Kourtney and maybe McKenna to the Metro Zoo on Monday. Kourtney is excited to be going to the zoo for her first time. We’ll see the chimpanzees, tigers, and elephants for sure! Hopefully we will get a chance to see my favorite part of the zoo, the Wings of Asia aviary.

-I’ve booked my cruise for April 5-12. We’ll be departing Miami for Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios Jamaica. I got an excellent deal on a private balcony for less than $600/person. If anyone wants to go, there’s still plenty of tickets available.

-We will snorkel in Cozumel and Grand Caymen (with the stingrays), and hike Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. It should be a fun-filled and action packed time on land with plenty of relaxation time on the ship at sea.

-Last nigh, Marcela and I got a head start on the cruise by having one of the best dinners I have had in a long time. We had rib eye steaks medium rare on the grill, and Bahamian rock lobster tail with drawn butter. I could have eaten 2 more of those lobster tails even though they weighed in at around .4 pounds a piece.

-I’m looking forward to my third week in a row at church. Last week we were over staffed and this week is my regularly scheduled weekend. I’ll see you there!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • What a great day at the theater as Life Pointe came together to corporately worship and be with each other.
  • Luckily, we had plenty of extra people at work this morning, so I was able to go home without any penalty.  I know there were several who wanted to go to set up their Super Bowl parties, but this is only the second time I have gone home.
  • As for our corporate gathering, we had a great time in both the 9:00 and 10:30 services.
  • Travis kicked off the New Testament Challenge series, which will run through March 22.  The mission is to read through the New Testament in the next 60 days while we study what Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and Peter had to say about the revolutionary man who is God, Jesus.
  • In music, Jesse led one song (Say So) and played rhythm guitar for his tune and lead for the rest, and Matt on the rhythm guitar led “Grace Like Rain” and for communion “Come Thou Fount/Amazing Grace”, and “Nothing but the Blood”.  Alex was on the drums, I played keys, and Bill played bass.  On back up was Julie and Reina.
  • Come Thou Fount was so cool, and you could feel God’s presence as people really expressed their worship.  It was pretty cool to take a hymn and put a modern feel to it.  The percussion was solid and Matt did an awesome job singing and leading.
  • For “Meet and Greet”, Jesse and Matt sang DMB’s Maker with Alex kickin it on the drums.
  • It was sweet just letting loose and jamming after church with Alex on the drums, Matt on the bass, and I was playing with the keys.  Matt and Alex rocked, but I thought Alex showed off a little (he’s good enough).  Then Jesse started playing some Latin thing on the piano, Matt and Alex jumped in and it was pretty cool.

For another perspective on Life Pointe’s Sunday morning at the theater, be sure to visit Trav, Chris, Ritz, Kelly and maybe even Jesse.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • We had a great time this morning at the theater in pier 2, as Life Pointe came together to worship corporately.
  • The music was led by Reina and Mike.  They both did an excellent job.
  • Alex was on drums, I played Jesse‘s keyboard, Josiah played rhythm on the acoustic guitar, Bill played lead on his Fender, and Matt laid down the bass line.  Julie and Joseph sang back up vocals.
  • For our music set, we sang “I Am Free”, “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble”, and for communion we sang “Heart of Worship”.
  • Trav spoke about Dwight L Moody in the ongoing “Dead White Men” series.  It was really cool to hear what an awesome work God did through a humble man with no formal education and no major expectations.
  • At the close of service, Alex and Matt totally rocked the house as the jammed to some fusion/rock/jazz/funk riff that they created.

For different views and perspectives on Sunday at Life Pointe, be sure to visit Chris, Trav, Ritz and Kelly for their Sunday wrap.  I will be heading down to Plantation Key tonight and will follow that up with some fishing at Channel 5.  See you tonight!

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This Historic Day – My Silly Perspective

While at Lee University, for one year I played bass guitar and attended Mount Eagle Missionary Baptist in Tennessee.  I know what it’s like to be the only one in church different from everyone else, because Mount Eagle was a small black American congregation.  I was the only Caucasian in the congregation of about 100.  When we had the singing fellowship with the other churches of the area, I was still the only Caucasian in the congregation of about 250.  I know just a little about what it must feel like for a person to attend a church and then to be the only one of a particular color or race in the congregation.  While the people were extremely friendly and hospitable, and while the wonderful people at Mount Eagle did everything possible to make me feel welcome as a part of their family, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was an outsider.  It was as much or more my doing/feeling than anything they could have done to make me feel different.  Even with those experiences, I understand that I can never know exactly what it feels like to be a black man living in a white area.  I struggle with my preconceived notions of what other people should be doing, thinking, and feeling.  But when I think back to my short time at Mount Eagle, it tempers those prejudices with a little perspective.  Try to imagine what it’s like to live in a world that looks different than you.  Hey, you may not need to imagine it.  Maybe that is you.  Today is a pretty good day to reflect on that as we welcome a new leader, the first black man to serve in the office of POTUS.  Let’s enjoy this history we are making, and put aside our political fight for another time.

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Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • I am keeping it pretty brief today, since I will be heading out to Plantation Key in about an hour.
  • I got to the theater this morning at about 7 AM on the nose.  We needed to make a run down/quick rehearsal of the music set as a follow up to Thursday’s practice.
  • I played drums for the first time in a worship service in about 2 years, I think.  Jesse was out finishing up his Anthems project in Atlanta.  Bill Finch was on bass, Josiah was on electric and played rhythm, and Robert R played rhythm and lead on the Les Paul.
  • Music had a bit of a classic rock feel this morning.  It was right up my alley.
  • We sang “Friend of God”, “Open the Eyes of my Heart”, “Amazing Love”, and for communion Julie led “Here I am to Worship”.
  • We had a throwback to 1985 for meet and greet as Robert rocked the house Rod Stewart/Jeff Beck style to “People Get Ready“.  It was rockin.

For more information on service at LPC, be sure to check out our other bloggers…

Ritz, Pastor Trav, Kelly, and The Major (Chris) all have a Sunday Life Pointe wrap feature.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • Mayhem, madness, chaos, and pandemonium could have been the words to describe the technical aspects of today’s service, the last before the new year begins.  I say could have because those words do not describe the service this morning because of the excellent work of Mike, Alex, Jesse, and Ritz.
  • The lights, sound system, and other technical equipment were out of whack before service started, but Alex, Mike, and Ritz jumped on it and fixed the situation.
  • We were short on microphones because Zech had a problem getting to church today while we all thought Zech had the equipment with him.  Alex decided to mic the bass drum, and provide Jesse and Reina with mics.  We had to scrap “It Is You” and replace it with another song.
  • Mike B was on the drums, Jesse on rhythm guitar, and I was on bass, while Jesse led vocals and Reina sang back up.
  • We sang “Point of Difference”, “Say So”, “Holy is the Lord”, and “Mighty To Save”.  For the meet/greet, Jesse did his best Darius Rucker impression while singing “Time” to welcome the new year.  It was pretty cool, except at the end we didn’t really get it down in either service.  De-d-deh deh.
  • During the message, Travis reminded us of some of the memories over the past year that were interesting, funny, touching, exciting, and wonderful.  Overall, it was just a great Sunday morning.
  • It was also cool to have some of my cousins in the second service and to go to lunch with them.  That was a treat.

For another persepective on the Sunday morning at Life Pointe in Homestead, be sure to check out these quality bloggers and their Sunday wraps when they’re posted:

Chris Day gives his Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Ritz writes a Goosfaba

Trav has a Wrap Up

Kelly makes a Chick Kabob

Jesse sometimes writes From the Stage

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Saturday Top 5: New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is time for a new beginning. We all know that it’s a time to reflect on the old year and all the things we want to change. We always use it as a time to improve ourselves. Well, this is a list of the top 5 New Year’s resolutions.

#5. Get Organized – {hand in the air yelling “GUILTY”} This one is a resolution I have made for myself many times.  I am not the most organized person.  I think I will make this one of my resolutions this year.  Automatic bill pay is about the only thing that has kept me afloat here.

#4. Go to Church – I’ve heard people state this one as if it will fix the other issues down the list.  As if they were to start hanging out at the mechanic’s, their car would get fixed.  It’s a little more complicated than just going to church.  But, it’s better than nothing.

#3. End that Bad Habit! – For some, it may be smoking, for some it’s drinking, for others it may be cheating on a spouse with the secretary.  Those habits are done!  Why?  Because the calendar says so.  I jest.  Many people look at the new year as a time to make a new start because they are not satisfied with the direction of their lives.  I think if more people were believers and leaned on the Bible and prayer for God’s direction, maybe they wouldn’t wait for the New Year to stop destroying their lives.  JMOFWIW

#2. Lose Weight – Why do we always weight until the New Year to commit to lose that 10, 20, 30 (or in some cases 80) pounds?  Because it gives us that hope that we will actually do it this time?  Maybe because it’s such a good starting point.  I think with weight loss, motivation is everything.  We need something to kick us in the pants to get us going.  Good luck!

#1. Exercise or Get in Shape – Yes, I already listed weight loss as a resolution, but I consider this a wholy seperate resolution because there are many people who do not really need to lose weight but they feel they are not healthy because of lack of exercise.  Besides, we all know the truth is that we can lose weight without exercise, and we can exercise without losing weight.  So, how many of you will commit to just 15 minutes of exercise every day?

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Saturday Top 5: Christmas Activities

For me, Christmas is a time to reflect on the previous year, to be with family, and to think about other people. It really is the most wonderful time of the year to me. I know that for many of you, it is the toughest time of the year because of hurt and loss. Just remember that the true meaning of Christmas is Jesus. He took on a robe of flesh and lived a life filled with temptations, rejection, and physical pain that we could live. These are the top 5 activities at Christmas time.

Honorable Mention
Listening to Music – Regardless of what you may think based on previous posts about bad Christmas songs, I enjoy Christmas music. I like everything from old tunes by Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to soft Celtic Christmas to rockin Mannheim Steamroller and Trans Siberian Orchestra. I even like country Christmas songs.

#5. Christmas Dinner – We usually do a Thanksgiving redux at Christmas, but sometimes we have something different. The best part of Christmas dinner is just being with family at the table. My mom’s cornbread stuffing is pretty dern good too!

#4. Light Seeing – One of the Christmas traditions is to drive and look at Christmas lights. The Johnson family has several favorite spots that we have been visiting for years. We always take a thermos with spiced apple cider, hot chocolate, or some other tasty hot beverage. Unfortunately, getting cold weather at Christmas is like playing a slot machine. You pull the handle and just settle for whatever you get.

#3. Christmas Movies and TV Specials – 3 or 4 times a week for the past several weeks, Marcela and I will sit down to watch a Christmas movie. I don’t really prefer one style over another. I like the serious tear-jerkers, the silly love stories, the family specials, clay-mation or cartoon, and the goofy comedy Christmas movies. They’re all great!

#2. Christmas Plays – Dramatic Christmas presentations, Cantatas, and living Christmas tree type presentations are great fun. The plays by the kids are great as are the more professionally arranged church plays. A really well done Christmas play has a way of transporting you in mind to the birthplace and time of Jesus to view the representations of his humble birth, Mary’s obedience and faithfulness, and Joseph’s loyalty. I really love the nativity scenes best.

#1. Giving – I really do love to make Christmas a time to give both in service to others and in gift giving. It’s so neat to see the look on someone’s face when they receive something that they were not expecting.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

This one will be short since I am a little lazy today.

  • At 7:02 AM when I made it to the theater, there was already plenty of action in Pier 2.  Zech, Josiah, Ritz, Jesse, and Alex were there tooling around and setting up.
  • I am off caffeine for a while, so I had to fuel myself on decaf.  I didn’t really notice the difference today.
  • With the new holiday schedule, we have two services.  One is at 9:00 AM, and the second at 10:30 AM.
  • The music in the first service was a little off from a technical and aesthetic standpoint.  It’s cool how God can move in spite of our lack.
  • Mike was on the drums in the 9:00 and sang back up in the 10:30, Alex drummed in the 10:30, Jesse played the guitar in the second service only.  Josiah did an excellent job on the electric in both services, I played keys, Reina was on lead vocals, and Julie and I covered the back up vocals.
  • We sang “Every Day”, “We Are Hungry”, “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”, and Julie led “Shout to the Lord” for communion.
  • In the service, Travis went into details of LPC’s plan to raise $500,000 for global missions including a project in Cambodia through “Anthems for a Broken World”, an album by The Saturn Project.  There is a possibility of $20,000 in matching funds to be donated for the project.
  • The albums will be sold in bundles at churches, schools, and organizations and 100% of the proceeds will go to global missions.

For another perspective on the goings on at Life Pointe throughout the day, be sure to visit our many capable LPC bloggers.  As of now, only Chris has posted his Sunday Morning Tossed Salad.

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