Who would have thought that this headline would be on the papers Monday morning? The Dolphins came into the game looking worse than last year, the Patriots were undefeated with 22 straight regular season wins and they still looked like they were favorites to make the Super Bowl from the AFC. When the game ended and Miami had won in dominating fashion, Ronnie Brown looked like one of the new elite stars on the NFL and the fans of the greatest pro team on the face of the earth had hope once again. Brown finished the game with over 100 yards on the ground, one passing TD, and 4 rushing TD’s. Unbelievable! I don’t want to read too much into this singular win, but one thing I did take away is that if Ronnie Brown can stay healthy he will be a legit star in this league.
In the Life Pointe league, I look pretty strong for a win this week against O Beason. If LaDainian Tomlinson has a huge game tonight (I am talking almost Ronnie Brown numbers) then I might lose. The good news is that he is not projected to carry enough times to score that many points. That should put me at 2-0 with one of the strongest teams in the league. The fantasy guru, Pastor Trav, is looking at a possible 0-2 with a loss to “Puttin on the Ritz”. He needs a TD or about 90 yards from Cotchery to win, and 80 to tie. Jesse is going to go 2-0, and Mark Similey’s Dead Skins are going to go 2-0 with a win against Paul’s “skins”.
On Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes looked like the Canes of old as they totally demolished the Aggies of Texas A&M at College Station. Supposedly, College Station is one of the toughest places in college football to win a game. Apparently it is, if you are an Aggie. Texas A&M lost to Arkansas State at College Station earlier in the year. One of the most exciting aspects of the game was seeing the Canes flying all over the field laying big hits on everyone. LB’s were smacking RB’s, DB’s were pounding WR’s until they did not even want to get up, and the whole team was swarming to the football. We also have a leader with some serious physical talent at QB. Marve is the real deal. This coming week we have a nice test against Butch Davis and the UNC Tarheels who look like they could compete for the ACC crown this year. WOOSH WOOSH!
Good afternoon evening friends. This morning was a great time at the theater with my fellow Life Pointe friends and family. This was my first morning to experience three services in the morning other than Easter this year. I had a great time as I hope you did too (if you came). If you didn’t make it out to be with us, I will look for you next time.
The set up was in full swing when I entered the theater at 7:30ish. Mike B greeted me at the back door of pier 2 after a couple of raps on the door. The worship team was a little light this week with Bill out of town and Reina home taking care of their little one who has been sick.
A few tech difficulties interfered with our start and made things a little bumpy early on. But everyone sang along and worshiped the Lord, because He is our audience. The other two services were very smooth without any technical incidents.
The music was a lot of fun today. Jesse was on the guitar with the lead vocals, Mike B was on the drums and sang back up, I sang back up and played the bass, and Julie sang back up vocals as well. We sang “Your Love is Amazing”, “Your Grace is Enough”, and “Holy is the Lord”. It was a great time of singing and worship.
For our regular announcement video, Jesse pulled a fast one on everybody. Halfway through the video, he raised his hand and said “I am here”. Turns out he was sitting in the theater with his camera on and projecting himself giving the announcements live. It was a great touch and very innovative. I think he fooled everybody except those sitting right beside him. Good job!
For a different perspective on the service this morning and the message (on Habakkuk), be sure to visit:
Pastor Trav’s Wrap Up
Jesse From the Stage
Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad by Chris Day
- The service which many attenders experience Sunday morning starts earlier in the week for many, and in some cases weeks in advance. That is to say that bringing an experience on Sunday morning requires preparation, study, and practice. Rehearsal for Sunday’s worship set on Thursday was productive until a lightning storm shut us down.
- This morning at 7:32 AM I was greeted by fellow blogmaster Chris Day and my mom who were already in full swing at the theater. Robert and Zech were in Pier 2 rockin out! Set up in the theater was smooth thanks to the late night maniacs who get everything going while I am busy catching Z’s.
- Jesse was out of town this week, so I was honored to fill in for him on stage. I told him when he asked me to cover for him that I was going to bring back some rock’n’roll and he told me to go for it. I was sweating bullets this morning from nervous energy, but thanks to Alex who bailed me out a couple times everything went fine.
- On the drums and vocals was Mike B, thumpin the bass was Billy Barue, Alex covered the rhythm on the acoustic, Rob (AKA Hyper-active) rocked the electric, I was on keys and vocals today, Nirian and Julie were also on vocals.
- To open, Mike rocked the jungle beat and the LPC peeps jammed. The first tune was one of my favorite praise songs, Jon Egan’s “I Am Free”… ROCK AND ROLL! Then we sang “Famous One”, followed by “Shout to the Lord” led beautifully by Julie. It was so great to feel God’s presents as everyone sang that ‘Nothing compares to the promise I have in You!’. For communion we sang “Take My Life”.
- I was so pleasantly surprised to see Ela Ortega at church this morning. It really caught me off guard. Ela’s hard work and determination is humbling. In spite of her condition, she is determined to be a blessing. She blesses me and Life Pointe more than she can possibly know.
- The message today brought by Pastor Trav was “Loaded” and was on the subject of money. I loved the balanced approach sharing the biblical principles of cheerful giving and stewardship. Many times, either money issues are ignored altogether by the church, or it is overstated to the point that people are duped into believing that their gifts to ministries will grant them instant wealth. Yet, money was one of the most common themes of Jesus’ teachings.
- I particularly found part of the message very useful, “where there is slack, there is lack”. If you are ignoring discipline in an area of your life, be it finances, health, relationship, or family, you can usually be sure that you will lack in those areas as a result.
For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, be sure to check out Ritz and his Sunday Goosfaba.
- “I arrived at the theater at 7:33 to be greeted by Chris Day” was the first words out of Chris Day‘s mouth as he opened the front door at the theater this morning. 🙂
- The set up was pretty much under way and in full swing by the time I got there.
- I made it to pier 2 in order to set up my bass. Zech and Alex were coming over later with my amp head to use as a pre-amp.
- The music today was great fun, and sounded great too. Most importantly, people entered into real heartfelt worship.
- Jesse led from the acoustic, Rebecca was on the keys, Mike B was on the drums, Robert played lead on his 7 string electric, and I was on the bass. Reina had a bit of a hoarse throat, so she didn’t sing this morning. The vocalists were Kyle (with a short tie), Nyriem, and Julie.
- The songs were “Those Who Trust”, “Say So”, “You’re My Healer”, and for communion we sang “Heart of Worship”.
- Paul opened up a new message series, “Consumed”. He did a great job speaking about worship. What is worship? What are you worshiping?
- Paul also gave the background to the song “Heart of Worship” which was beautiful.
- After the first service and then the music from the second service, Marcela and I took a tour of the kids’ operations. The 5-12 was quite fun. When we went in, there were kids dancing all over the place to some jammin’ music. The 2-4 year olds were a lot more calm. They were seated nicely at the tables in a quiet and calm atmosphere eating snacks and drinking juice. The 0-2 year olds were all playing with the workers in a great environment. The workers had a great handle on the situation, and the babies (the ones that were awake) were very happy.
- Following service, I was glad to have my dad over for a BBQ where I got to experiment for the first time with my brand new smoker box. It was perfect! We had grilled buffalo wings with blue cheese, BBQ chicken, salad, and chips with guacamole.
For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, visit Ritz for the Sunday Goosfaba.
Phillip is performing his life saving duties as a nuclear security officer at Turkey Point so I am coming out of my self-imposed vacation to fulfill the responsibilities of co-writer.
The 9:00 a.m. service at Life Pointe began today with a little bit of a twist. Mike B. led worship with a smooth voice while Julie, Kyle, Rebecca and Nirian performed the background vocals. Jesse, Ritz, and Bill were great (as usual) on the guitar, bass, and drums. The repertoire was:
1) Hallelujah/ Your Love Is Amazing.
2) I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.
3) Holy Is the Lord.
4) Amazing Love- which was played during communion.
Jesse Santoyo executed the role of “preacher” today and did a phenomenal job on the last message of the “Got Funk?” series with the topic of “The Funk in Poverty”. This topic hit close to home- especially in South Florida where society tends to focus on appearances, fame, and fortune. The sermon began with a list of things that people think will change their lives: possessions, job security, health, a degree, and retirement. The main idea is that we focus on big things (such as wealth, popularity, and comfort), that we tend to miss out on the little things of life. This brings us to ponder questions like: What if we already had everything we are supposed to have in our lives, would we be happy? Most of us don’t realize that in the U.S. we are wealthy in comparison to the rest of the world. We live in a society that has a non-oppressive government, we are entitled to free speech, we have access to technology (cell phones, TV, IPods, MP3 players, computers, etc.); we own at least one car, have shelter or a place to call home… and we are still not happy. We crave more. We live in freedom but our minds are in poverty. We ignore the subtle moments in life such as the sunrise in the morning, the time we spend with family and loved ones, the quietness of the afternoon in order to pursue the frugal existence of lives such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Brittney Spears. The point is that God’s grace and love are sufficient in making our lives joyful. Let us recognize that we are alive and be aware that we are truly blessed.
- Made it to the theater for Church by 7:33 AM, 3 minutes later than I was supposed to. Jesse, Bill, Mike, and Rebecca were there before me, along with the set up guys.
- Zech brought a friend today who is multi-talented in a big way. The kid is a “speed metal” banger on the drums, plays some mean electric lead, and also slaps the bass like a pro. I heard he also is pretty dern good on the keyboard too! I am looking forward to playing along side him in the future.
- In the first service, Ritz drummed, Bill was on the electric, Rebecca on the keys, Jesse lead from acoustic guitar, and I played bass. Kyle, Nyrian, Julie, and Reina sang back-up.
- The music today was fun to play. In the corporate worship, we sang “Better Days”, “Friend of God”, and “Enough” and for Communion we sang “God of Wonders”. For greeting Jesse led in “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2. The worship was energetic and I could really sense that people were calling out for more of Jesus.
- After worship, Jesse introduced Paul with a very exciting introduction, to which Paul responded by calling him a “midget Santana who sings like Bono”.
- The Bumper video on the topic of anxiety featured Alex Santoyo, and was downright hilarious. The best part is Alex stating that he is tri-lingual and speaks Charlie Brown…”Wah wah wah”.
- Travis spoke on the funk of anxiety. It was very relevant to today’s lifestyle and issues.
- The youth also had another bake sale and Vic donated a Ken Dorsey autographed Miami Hurricanes helmet to help send kids to youth camp. Kudos to Vic for an item that will alone send more than 3 kids to youth camp!
For a different perspective on this morning’s service, be sure to check out:
Chris’s Sunday Morning Tossed Salad
Pastor Travis’ Wrap Up
Kelly’s Chick Kabob (Which will be updated shortly!)
- Day 15 of bachelorhood was spent at church.
- I arrived 7:45 at the theater to find set up in full swing.
- I saw David out on the street setting up signs and flags again, and the early set up folks were kicking it off, and the late night crew already had the core of the pier 2 set up completed. Those guys are awesome.
- In practice, we talked about having dueling drums, but there was only one set on the floor when I set up. Alex came in a little later and let me know that I would need to relocate so he could set up his two-piece trap. The forced relocation, along with the keyboard played by Rebecca on the other side landed me on stage beside Jesse. I made it to the spotlight!
- On drums, Ritz played electric with Alex on his two-piece. The acoustic sound was great and I already have confirmation that it will be returning. Rebecca Longtemps was on the keys, Jesse on the acoustic guitar, and I was on the bass.
- For the worship set, we sang “In the Name of Love” by U2, “Your Love is Amazing” (1030 only), “Better Days”, and “Say So”. For communion we sang “Mighty to Save“.
- I loved corporate worship today. People were participating, and the atmosphere seemed totally energized. God and his love was totally the focus, and it was so cool to see people excited for Jesus.
- While people greeted each other, Kyle spit some serious rhymes! That’s right, Rappers Delight, it was tight!
- The intro video was the best to date. I especially liked Joe Porter’s smirk while he was being beaten to a pulp. It’s funny to see all the recurring characters too.
- Got Funk? The message was on conflict. Pastor Trav explained that the Apostle Paul did not run from conflict, that he actually called out Peter in front of the church for requiring unnecessary requirements on new believers. The question is not how to avoid conflict, but how to manage it in a Godly fashion.
- I enjoyed seeing new faces once again, meeting new people, and seeing old friends for the first time in a while.