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Wednesday Quotable

Though Albert Schweitzer espoused a view of the scriptures that had no rigid belief that the Bible is innerant, he also lived his life in service to others in need. Truth is truth, regardless of who speaks it.

Two great quotes from Schwetzer regarding his service as a doctor in Africa and regarding his belief in the reverence for life:

The time for speaking of older and younger brothers has passed.

Ethics, too, are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.

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The EIB Award

This week’s winner of the EIB award for excellence in blogging knocked it out of the park. The entry contained some nostalgia, pictures, and a look ahead at what might be! But first, it was a close week and I have to give credit for the runner up.

Jesse gives us a glimpse at his fine acting skills in a new motion picture with some still shots of his starring role as a grocery store floor man. Just in case you can’t quite make his face, he tagged them.

And the winner is…
Kelly’s Yikes Ike blog. It has a little of everything. Some cuteness from Kourtney, Julie, and Sara, a nostalgic look back at a past hurricane with Manny and his fam teamed up with Trav and his fam to make it through the times without electricity, and a look ahead at the projected path of Ike (that we don’t like).

Congrats Kelly!

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Wednesday Quotable

“When you are through changing, you are through.”
Bruce Barton

Barton was an author and congressman who was big on optimism.  He continued his tone of optimism, hard work, and self reliance throughout some of the most difficult times, including the Great Depression.

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Saturday Top 5: Reasons to Attend Life Pointe Church

I thank the Lord for my job, and His provision through my employment, but the unfortunate part is that due to my work schedule I cannot be at church with my Life Pointe brothers and sisters every other week. Being at church on Sunday morning is something I look forward to each chance I get. Life Pointe is a fast growing body of believers in Homestead, just outside of Miami in South Florida. We meet in a theater off the Turnpike and Campbell Drive. We also have a large number of people in the church who have blogs. Above all things, the best thing about Life Pointe Church is the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus that is shared each week. This week’s list is going to review the top 5 reasons to attend Life Pointe. Feel free to add to the list anything I may have left off.

#5. St. Arbucks. Along with Ela (who is definitely a saint), Nancy, Arlene, my own mom, and many other saints, St. Arbucks is available to provide caffeine to all who seek. Along with tasty treats like bagels and the occasional donuts or muffins, the free fresh hot Starbucks coffee really helps get you going on Sunday morning.

#4. Rockin Music – Along with some of the best and most current praise and worship, the Life Pointe band (led by TSP’s Jesse Santoyo) kicks out smooth tunes from U2, Dave Matthews Band, and the Eagles, occasionally some street sounds like Rapper’s Delight, bluesy Bill Withers stuff, and some solid rock tunes from the Beatles, ZZ Top, and Pink Floyd.

#3. The Coolest Videos – Jesse, the worship and arts pastor produces some of the funniest videos. The recurring cast in the comedic bumper and promo videos include Alex speaking Charlie Brown, mischievous Nathan, an arrogant Chris, cell phone Gio, crybaby Ritz, Venus rolling her eyes, Scottish Zech, and others. You can count on fake old western style handlebar mustaches to show up literally everywhere in the videos. Other videos and short movies are dramatic and contain deep meaningful messages that prick our conscience. As a Life Pointe attender or member, you have a chance to be cast in a video clip or movie.
#2. Come as you are. – At LPC, legalistic judgmentalism is not what we specialize in. Life Pointe people specialize in loving each other. Discipleship, training, obedience to God’s commandments, and the great commission are necessary parts of the Christian walk, and Life Pointe does also specialize in these areas. If you are comfortable in shorts, or a suit, you will fit in at LPC. We don’t speak fluent Christianese, so you don’t have to break out your thee’s, thou’s, hither’s and whence’s. We have the friendliest volunteers and staff, and there will always be a place for you!
#1. The Message – The messages on Sunday morning will not leave you seeking a translator, lexicon, or theologian in order to understand. Pastor Travis brings a message that will land in your lap, and can be used wherever you are in life. Sometimes the delivery is funny, sometimes serious, but always congruent with the Word of God. The website has podcasts and vidcasts available so you can see and hear what to expect on Sunday morning.

A list of only the top 5 is too short to truly detail the reasons to attend LPC, and I hope others will add on. It is definitely the highlight of my two week schedule. I hope to see you there!

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Friday Bottom 3: Things I Hate to Have to Do

There are a few necessary evils, things I just can’t stand doing ever so often. Grocery shopping, filling the car with gas, and going down to the bank while a pain come nowhere near the following frustrations.

#3 Setting up utilities or making an adjustment to utilities. I hate going down to the City’s public utility office. It smells, it’s dirty, sometimes crowded, and most of the time I walk out feeling like I just applied for some type of government assistance.

#2 License/tag/insurance. Well, almost anything having to do with a legal requirement to operate a motor vehicle on the public roads are bigtime frustrations. I have reduced much of it to online transactions, but occasionally I still have to go to the DL agency or AllState. Ugh! I guess I could easily throw car maintenance in there too. Who likes to go to the shop to get an oil change? I have a friend who is going to help me learn to do my own oil changes and spark plugs and such. That should save a little bit of money, and probably some time too!

#1 Filing taxes. This is the most frustrating event of all. I know a lot of it is due to my own lack of preparation in advance. In any case, even if I was prepared, I would still be frustrated with all the forms and seeing how much money has come out of my own pocket to fund our bloated government. I need to be prepared and just pay someone to do it for me.

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Thought Shells

-My mind has been on fishing for weeks now. With lobster season officially kicking off yesterday, I’m dreaming even more.
-I found a good spot to catch lobster. Friday night I am going to grab a few, and Saturday or Sunday, I will get a few more.
-Football season is approaching. Available Saturdays will be spent watching the Canes whoop up on their opposition.
-There is some optimism that the Canes are moving in the right direction with Shannon at the helm. I believe the Canes will be bowl bound this season.
-Who would have thought that a Canes fan would be setting his sights on making a bowl game? We are supposed to compete for National Championships, not just bowl games and conference titles.
-I still haven’t decided if I am going to be able to get season tickets this year. I should. It has been about 3 or 4 years since I’ve been a season ticket holder.
-My low carb trend has been good. It has pushed me into a new realm of BBQ skills. Last night I smoked some chicken and grilled churrasco. Excellent!
-I am having some weird swelling and itching on the side of my face and the knuckles of my fingertips. It might be some type of allergic reaction or mosquito bites.
-Once again, I cannot wait to be at church this Sunday. Jesse and the crew are going to rock the house!
-I have to say, blog traffic has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks. August 1, I actually set a record and it nearly doubled my old record.
-Blogging has been a pretty fun adventure. Trav has been trying to get me started for several years. I am glad I listened.
-I spent yesterday at Marcela’s classroom while she set up her bulletin boards, desks, folders, etc, for school which starts next week.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • 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!)

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Thought Roll

-This week has been a blast. Marcela returned from her trip out west and we have been able to spend a lot of time together.

-Tuesday, we headed over to one of my favorite places, Brandsmart. I found a great deal on a stainless grill.

-Brandsmart has a no return, no exchange policy on their BBQ grills because some boneheads in the past were buying them for the Super Bowl and returning them after the game.

-I still haven’t even opened the box but here are the details. It’s a 68 inch 45,000 BTU grill with cast iron grill plates, stainless steel outer shell, 5,000 BTU side burner with a griddle.

-My goal is to set up the grill on Saturday and break it in that night. I am going to part with my old grill that needs a little minor work if anyone is interested.

-I watched “There Will Be Blood” last night. Daniel Day Lewis is an amazing actor. I don’t really understand the purpose of the movie, other than that greed destroys people.

-I think my brother has forsaken me, so I will be lobsterring with someone else on Wednesday and Thursday. I do have a plan for a very productive day. We will see!

-I will enjoy three days off as the overtime is zero for this weekend. That means I will see you at church. I can’t wait!

-National Polls are showing that 48% of the USA thinks McCain is a safer choice for president, while 41% think Obama is. Yet the same poll claims that Obama is leading McCain is losing in the head-to-head with Obama 47% to 41%.

-Marcela was reflecting on how she liked Estelle Getty’s character from “Golden Girls” in the wake of her passing. I have to say that “Golden Girls” was one of the least interesting and most annoying shows! Sorry to all GG fans, but that’s the way it is. Estelle Getty RIP.

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Monday Morning Shenanigans

After staying up way past my bedtime last night installing new apps on Marcela’s BlackBerry, I woke up at 4 am to the sound of my own voice yelling at me from across the room on my alarm. Marcela thinks it’s the most annoying alarm in history, and I just consider it to be the most effective. I goofed off a little too long on the internet this morning, so I was running 10 minutes behind schedule. Late, even by 1 second, at my job is unacceptable. After 4 lates, you are unemployed. After 1 and 1/2 years here at Turkey Point I have yet to be late.

My plan for avoiding lates at work is that I must be on the road by 5:15, not one second later. I am usually driving by 5:05, and it takes roughly 10 minutes to get to the plant on a normal day, and then another 5 minutes to process into the plant. Briefing starts at 5:40 sharp, so that leaves me with a 10 minute cushion for getting my equipment and paperwork when I leave at 5:15. I usually use that 10-15 minutes for a cup of coffee too. I subtract 10 minutes from my start time during the outages due to increased traffic.

Because I was running late this morning, I didn’t get a chance to eat my breakfast at home. I took some scrambled eggs in a small container for breakfast, which I ate prior to briefing in the break room. Marcela will find the frying pan this morning when she wakes up. I also had to put my lunch together this morning, which is part of my morning ritual. That ritual includes getting up at 4AM to read some blogs, message boards, and emails, shower and shave, iron my uniform, polish up my shoes, cook breakfast and lunch, turn on the birdies’ lights, and kiss Marcela goodbye for the day. I hop in the car and listen to my music on the way to work.

So here it is, 6:46 AM as I type, having armed up and relieved the night shifter, completed my paper work, inventory, and radio check. The rest of the day is usually in cruise control when I get in an easy rotation.

Many times I accomplish more on a Monday by 7 AM than some people do all day. 🙂

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Friday’s Greatest Hits

This is the entry that highlights some of my favorite reading and web hits for the previous seven days. There are some real high quality posts available to choose from this week.

Jesse talks about his time here in Miami, his expectations moving from Chicago, and declares that he loves it!

Ritz (aka Frank) tells his story about a little confrontation with one of the radio personalities from “The Call” on the air! It’s all good fun.

Pastor Travis started an interesting discussion on middle names. This was one of the most fun and funniest threads.

The Major spills his brains! This is his most spontaneous blog entry of the week; he plans it that way.

Billy Finch posts his “I (heart) Homestead” 4th of July edition with a few pictures from the event.

David Corrado gives a rundown of his Tuesday night life group and some of his thoughts about knowing God.

Guest writer Ol’ Atom Splitter gives his rundown of Sunday’s service at Life Pointe on this very blog.

Kelly’s blog get’s the Citizen Cane’s prestigious EIB award (Excellence in Blogging) for the week for her high quality entries about her church and family.
In part one, Kelly blogs “The Many Faces of McKenna”.

In Part 2, Kelly gives her Sunday Life Pointe review a name, “The Chick-kabob”. Great work Kelly!

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