LPC Fantasy Football is Here!
Who’s in? The league is open and accepting members. If you want in, send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you want to play. The league will cap at 20 teams. Last year’s league was a little smaller, but we had a great time.
Yahoo will be hosting once again, so you have to register a yahoo ID. The league ID # is 588253, the league name is Life Pointe, and the password is lpc. You can find more at Yahoo’s Fantasy Page.
What can you expect? Lots of trash talk, lots of activity, and some really good fun. We will also be getting together for a draft party on Saturday August 29. More details on that as the final plans are nailed down.
What a great Easter Evening service down in the keys! I got home this morning from a quick spin around Cuba with stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios Jamaica, and thanks to my dad had a stress free trip home from the port. This evening, Trav gave the first message in the rebel series and focused on Peter. He was a tough guy with a special constitution. I thoroughly enjoyed Trav’s sermon; it may have been the best he’s ever presented. The PK campus looks great too! Also, Tom’s testimony was great. After service, we hung out and had dinner together. Pizza, casseroles, pasta, potato salad, chips, beans and rice, and other stuff tasted delish! I was so happy to be at church tonight in a near full capacity service, and I only wish I could have been at the theater this morning.
It’s Sunday afternoon, and that means it’s time for the Life Pointe Talk Soup (intro stolen from Chris Day).
- Pastor Travis, Jesse and Alex Santoyo, and Matt Izaguirre came home from Cambodia/Tennessee this week, and made their return to Life Pointe Church this weekend starting yesterday at the baptism/picnic.
- We saw 6 baptized at the Homestead Bayfront Park yesterday afternoon in the chilly wind and rain. The sun came out for the picnic, though, but so did the “noseeums”.
- This morning I got to the theater and could not find the Roland keyboard; Zech had turned off his phone last night so he didn’t get the message that the keyboard needed to be retrieved from Plantation Key.
- I used Jesse’s famous Saturn Project Casio Privia instead. I had to run to my house to get the extra keyboard stand.
- Music rocked this morning. Jesse was on the rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Josiah played electric guitar lead, Matt was on the bass, Alex “The Beat Machine” was on the drums, I played keys and back up vox, Julie sang back up as well.
- We sang “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, “Your Grace is Enough”, and my favorite “Your Love is Amazing”. For communion we sang “Beautiful”.
- The message was another installment of the New Testament Challenge, the Challenge of Obedience.
- Trav showed pictures and recounted his experience in Cambodia, including his (along with Matt and Alex’s) encounter with a pinoy (a rotten boiled egg), a balut (a fully developed duck fetus in the egg), a beetle, and crickets for dinner. NASTY.
- He also shared what the Anthems for a Broken World project has been and will continue accomplishing through their combined efforts with the People for Care and Learning in the impoverished dumps of Cambodia.
- Jesse, Alex, and the Saturn Project laid it all on the line for the cause of Christ, giving 10 years of song writing and musical efforts to help bring clean drinking water and a real home to hundreds of the most impoverished people in the world. God will bless them for their sacrifice! I am proud to call them friends.
- I bought two of the Anthems CD’s and I will give one as a gift. Also, I am doing everything I can to encourage other people to buy the album and help save someone’s life and soul. You can find out more by visiting The Saturn Project’s website, and you can purchase this amazing music there as well.
I have work clothes, clothes that I wear around the house for house or yard work, clothes for the beach, painting clothes, clothes that I wear to the game, clothes for when I go out, when I go fishing, for weddings and funerals, cool weather clothes (I don’t have any cold weather clothes right now), but I don’t really have a set clothes that I wear for God. I have never worn shorts to Sunday service (you can be sure that most people don’t want to see my hairy legs on Sunday anyway). God does not care if I am in shorts. He sees me when I am naked anyway. I don’t need to dress up to see God. God is everywhere, even when I hide from him or when I sin and reject him. I don’t go to a building where God lives (church) so I can dress up and impress Him. He sees me when my hair is messed up, when my face is unshaven, and when I smell bad. When I dress up, shave, cut my hair, and take a shower, I do it for people. That’s OK. There is nothing wrong with dressing up to go to “church”, but it isn’t God that cares. Man cares, and sometimes it’s for good reason. Does He accept my gift of dressing up for church on Sunday? Probably He does, because he sees my heart and why I am doing it. Does he accept my gift out of obligation? I don’t know; we are instructed to give cheerfully. That does not include telling other people how they should dress as a way to please God. That is the wrong attitude and I don’t think God is pleased. It could easily be seen as legalism.
I think this whole idea of giving God your best when it comes to clothes could be a misunderstanding of who God is. The more that I have grown in the Lord, the less surface thinking I have about Him. I hope the clothes that God sees on me are the robes of righteousness that only He can dress me in (Isaiah 61:10). If I am trying to dress for God, am I not discounting what Jesus did on the cross? Does God look at me like a father laughing at his little boy who so wants to impress him that he misses the whole point? Probably, but I know he still loves me. As a little boy, my efforts are surface, but as I grow I need to stop trying to impress God and just obey him, love him, love my brothers and sister, tell people about Jesus not only with my mouth but also with my life, and live my life in a way that honors him. All the other junk is filthy rags. The clothes that I wear when I “give God my best” is nothing but filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
- 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:
Chris’ Sunday Morning Tossed Salad
maybe even Jesse.
- 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.
- 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!
Well, after this post we will have one more Fantasy Football report for this season. By far this has been the most competitive league I have participated in. All 4 teams making the playoffs had a record of 8-5 and the top scoring team (Bachrach) missed the playoffs essentially by one play, a TD to Steve Smith late in the Carolina game last week.
Round 1 of the playoffs is in the bag and the finals matchup is set. Fuzzy’s Dead Skins has advanced easily against Fuser, and Ritz destroyed me in the bottom half of the bracket. That means #1 Dead Skins will face #2 Ritz in an epic showdown for the league championship.
In the consolation series, Pastor Trav will face off against Mary’s Turkey Buzzards for the tier 2 championship since Trav crushed Paul’s Skins and the Buzzards squeaked one out against Bachrach the best team in the league 93-91. I will be playing the only team to beat me 2 times (Fuser) for 3rd place and Bachrach plays Paul’s Skins for 7th.
Stay tuned for the exciting finish next week.
In pickem, Chris has taken a 1 point lead over Alex and gained 2 points on me. That leaves me 4 points from 1st with 2 weeks left. I can still do this!
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.