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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup: ‘Ol Atom Splitter Edition

Today’s service at LPC was the second in the series entitled, “Loaded”, and
dealt with treasure, possessions and values.

The warm-up video featured a new “Our man-on-the-street,” Phillip, the
Citizen Cane, Johnson, who interviewed ‘youts’ on a street, er.. sofa,
about what their idea of a Life Group was. Each had a take that diverged
significantly from what makes our Life Groups kick, and therein lies the
irony of the humor: each stated they had never attended one. Come on
peeps, step up and sign up while there is room up in here, in
the Life-Group of your choice. Great man-on-the-street, great vid.

Who needs The Gypsy Kings? The musical portion of the worship was all
male and all guitar. While we missed the beauty of the female voice, harmonies and the ease with which they can be looked at, the good
ol’ boys featuring two Santoyo Bros led us in worship and left us to
greet one another in the interlude between music and message with a
classic Good  Ol’ Boy  Johnny Cash Song, “Ring of Fire”, and
Alex failed to resist the  temptation to say in conclusion, “Hello, I’m
Johnny Cash!” We all knew he was lying with our eyes closed. It simply
re-enforced the myth that every real man fantasizes about being a
red-neck. There were loads of laughter at the improbable as we greeted
each other. Those Santoyos are such a gas, you gotta love ’em. We cannot
overlook Robert and Billy Finch and their wry sense of humor, especially Robert’s preference in nail coverings.

Well, the message by Trav was so interesting and so real-life because it
was so true. Our possessions, like our pets, wind up owning us.
Americans are rich and do not appreciate the richness and loftiness of
our financial status amidst the nations of the world. If an American
household makes $20,000 per year, it is in the top 5% of the world’s
richest households.

But, we are blessed to be a blessing according to Genesis 12:1,2 and we
must realize our possessions are temporary while our futures are
everlasting. We have a treasure principle outlined in Luke 12:15-21 and
Matthew 6:19-21: you love what you invest your treasure in. If you want
to change your values, change where you put your treasure and,
inversely, if you want to change your treasure, change your values.

The big takeaway for me was the aphorism, “if you don’t need it, seed it
where it is needed.” 1Timothy 6:17.

That’s the Ol’ Atom-Splitter’s take on August 31, 2008 Life-Pointe
worship service.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • 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.

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