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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • This will be a short Sunday Talk Soup post.
  • This morning we had two speakers continuing the New Testament challenge.
  • Mark Similey spoke in the 9:00 AM service, and my dad JT spoke in the 10:30 AM service.
  • The topic was forgiveness.  Forgiven people forgive people.
  • Jesus said 7 times was not enough, but 7 times 70, that’s 490 times.
  • Among the Thirsty led worship.  They did an amazing job.  It was the best guest band praise and worship I have heard at LPC.
  • The best thing about their worship set was the way they really led LPC in corporate worship.  The music was awesome, but their attitude of worship was even better.
  • All four of the band members had a heart for God, and it shined through not only in worship, but after the service while they were breaking down.
  • I will see some of you guys tonight at Plantation Key for the evening service.  TTFN! (Ta Ta For Now)

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Music Review: So Alive

At The Saturn Project’s Website I was able to get my free song, “So Alive” from the upcoming album entitled Anthems for a Broken World. Click the above link to get your free song. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the full album will go to move families in Cambodia who are literally living in the dumps into their own homes, provide clean water, and a church for their community. The target is $500,000 raised through album sales. The album will cost $10 each for purchase, which is a bargain for this high quality music.

“So Alive” was previously recorded as a demo by Jesse Santoyo and his band The Saturn Project years ago. This studio version has a very mature sound. The best way to describe the style is energetic, groovy, and adult. The rich piano/string tones lay a foundation which enhance the smooth guitar rhythms. The vocals by Jesse are pleasant and energetic, with really spot on harmonies in the chorus and a bridge with a deep almost gritty vocal accompaniment. The rhythmic groove of this song is very creative. I was not expecting the arrangement to be so rhythmically complex with the snappy beat of the drums countering the groove of the keys, bass, and guitar. It works! This is a complex groove, but it’s not hard on the ears. It’s not annoyingly catchy, but I find myself humming the tune “I feel so alive” as I go about my daily business.

Great job TSP on a cool tune. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the album.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • This morning was week 2 of the New Testament Challenge.
  • I guess I set my alarm wrong because it did not go off this morning at 6 AM.  I woke up at 6:50 needing to be at the church theater by 7:00.  I rushed and got there by 7:20 on the nose.
  • We changed up our worship set this morning because Diego was sick and the plans were for Reina to lead this morning.  Jesse took over instead.
  • July sang back up, Alex was the beat machine and did an excellent job as usual.  Matt played bass, Jesse on the rhythm, Josiah played rhythm and lead, and I played the keys.  It was nice to have the Roland FP2 back this 
  • We sang Always Greater, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever and Better Days with Healer for the communion led by Julie.  Honestly, the music sounded great this morning.  For “halftime”, Alex kicked a seriously funky beat and Matt played a bassline that Alex wrote.  They drew an ovation for their efforts.  One family was heard saying “the music was jamming!” as they exited the theater.
  • Travis had some great nuggets of wisdom this morning as he spoke about the difference between judgment and being judgmental.  Remember that the same manner you judge others, you will be held to that standard.
  • His story about road rage was classic.  He also had some corny lines about Ah-nold in The Terminator.  He wondered why he always wanted to be Bach and not Beethoven “I’ll Be Back”.

For another perspective on this morning at LPC, be sure to visit:

Ritz, Trav, Mike, Jesse, or Kelly.

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Friday Bottom 3: Musical Genre

I am a big fan of music of course. Some stuff we call music is not really music, in my estimation. These are the three worst, in my opinion.

#3. Techno/House – This is ok for a brief time, but it all runs together since it’s so repetitive. Much of this music sounds so similar, it’s hard to find the purpose of so many different songs. If you’ve heard one, you’ve heard it all.

#2. Rap/Hip Hop – The biggest problem I have with this form of “music” is its lack of creativity. Yes, it takes talent and skill to rap and to create some of the beats, but a high percentage of the music is from other songs that have been sampled and looped. The whole prison/street/gang culture which is pervasive in this genre is equally annoying.

#1. Death Metal – This is absolutely the worst garbage that people attempt to call music. Screaming and growling while drums and a guitar pegged to the wall wail unintelligibly is worse than nails on a chalk board. But if that is what floats your boat…

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King David’s Song: Living in Unity

King David was Israel’s greatest king though he dealt with conflict, wars, and murder even within his own family. His children fought against each other, murdered each other, raped each other, and even attempted to usurp his throne. Much of that strife was brought on as a result of his decisions earlier in life. Who would know better the need for harmony than a man whose life was filled with struggle?

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity (or harmony in some translations).

The idea was that living together was a good thing for fraternal blessing.

Just briefly consider “harmony”. In music, harmony does not mean everyone is singing exactly the same thing. Harmony is when more than one part are on different tunes but they go together. There is a saying that I have heard in my family that if two men always agree all the time, one of them is not necessary. It’s always nice to have a little differing opinions in order to sharpen each other. However, while we do not have to all look the same or sound the same, it is good for us to be together in harmony. It is logical then that it is not good for brothers to be in strife or fighting with each other. We don’t necessarily have to be on the same note with each other, but let’s work on our harmony.

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Yule Thoughts

  • Another Christmas movie is under the belt; this time it was Christmas Vacation.
  • So far we have seen Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Home Alone, Elf, The Christmas Shoes, and Christmas Story.
  • On our list of “to see” we have Scrooged, Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miracle on 34th Street.
  • I like sappy family Christmas movies, clay-mation and cartoon Christmas movies, and I like goofy Christmas comedies.  I can’t really say that one is more preferred over the other.  It depends on my mood.
  • I have a couple of things I need to pick up today or tomorrow for Christmas gifts, but thanks to my wife I don’t really have much to do.
  • Marcela has purchased and wrapped nearly everyone’s gift already.
  • We do not yet have a full sized Christmas tree.  We have a couple small ones, but not the big one.  I am not sure if we are going to at all.
  • I am still enjoying Christmas music around the clock.  I don’t have the Pandora thing going yet, but I do have my Mannheim Steamroller, Trans Siberian Orchestra, and various other Christmas favorites of mine playing all the time.  I also have a radio set to 93.9 for 24/7 Christmas tunes.
  • I also plan on making our annual trip to the Clot family Christmas house in Pinecrest.  We usually grab some spiced apple cider and walk around looking at the Christmas displays that this kind family puts up every year for the community to enjoy.
  • We have been going to visit the Clot house for so many years that I cannot even remember how long it has been.  Sometime in the very early 90’s if I am not mistaken.
  • Global warming is really kicking up some winter storms, record lows, and snow storms across the US.  One bonehead was quoted as saying that the rapid cooling shows just how much global warming is accelerating.  Huh?
  • I guess my next thoughts will be on Christmas day.  So until then, Merry Christmas!

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Saturday Top 5: Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas

The Trans Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is a stadium rock band with a classical twist. As a matter of fact, the name of the band is a reference to the Trans Siberian Railroad which connected several cultures which were isolated from each other.  TSO bridges classical music with rock and roll which are otherwise totally isolated. They are most famous for their renditions of Christmas classics and Christmas originals. Their albums also tell a story. I love this band! Last year, my mom took Marcela and me to see TSO in concert up at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale.  I had such a good time.  Naturally Marcela did too.  She introduced me to this group almost 5 years ago.  In the concert, they had a 40 foot hydrolic lift with fire shooting from the side as a guitarist and an electric violinist performed atop.  They had explosions, lasers, and tons of incredible musicians piping some of my favorite Christmas tunes as well as other classical tunes they have not even released yet.  These are my top 5 TSO Christmas songs.

#5. Mad Russian Christmas – This is your basic Heavy Metal medley of Tchaikovsky’s Nut Cracker Suite.  Off the album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories”, this is one of the most layers songs they do, because it takes you from a deep dark serious rock to a light happy dance kind of rock, all while serving up the Christmas favorite Nut Cracker songs you love.
#4. Wizards in Winter – This is a TSO original instrumental of “The Lost Christmas Eve” album which was used in several popular internet videos with synchronized Christmas lights.  Very happy and very rock!  It has a few bars from Tchaikovsky’s Nut Cracker like many of their songs.

#3. Wish Liszt (Toy Shop Madness) – This track is from “The Lost Christmas Eve” album, and bounces around sometimes as my favorite TSO song.  It is a reworking of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt.  It has one of the coolest call and answer/dueling guitar and piano pieces in music.  This was my favorite from the concert I was priveledged to see last year.
#2. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 – This medley of “Carol of the Bells” and  “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” off the Lost Christmas Eve album is by far their most popular and recognizable Christmas song.  The NFL loves to use this song as one their themes for pre game music, and for good reason.  This song will knock you out of your socks like a LB hitting a WR.  It’s the story of a lone Cellist playing forgotten Christmas carols in war torn Sarajevo.  The song structure starts with beautifull Christmas bells leading to an exciting opening romp and ends with one of the most climactic finishes of any rock song I have heard.

#1. Christmas Canon Rock – There were two versions of the Christmas Canon on two different albums. This one is the more rocked up version and seems to have more of an emotional and heartfelt sound. It starts off smooth and moves into a great heavy metal rock groove. “On this night, on this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night!”  The guitar solo on this song is so classically heavy metal/hair rock.  This internet version does not have the killer solo on it unfortunately.

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Thursday Thoughtful Thursday

-The holiday season is upon us. Just like our presidential election season, it’s starting earlier each year and last longer and longer.
-All the decorations are out at the stores, 93.9 FM is now playing Christmas music 24 hours a day, my wife is wrapping presents, and Uncle Sam (Santa Clause) is handing out wads of money to Amex, Morgan Stanley, and AIG.
-I haven’t decided whether I am having a live tree this year or if we will just break out the artificial tree.
-Saturday night, Marcela, my mom, dad, and I will be heading up to Miami for a bigtime Christmas treat. We are going to see Mannheim Steamroller in concert! I love it. I am sure most everyone has heard them before, even if they didn’t know it. If you’ve never had the pleasure of listening to them, you have to give it a try. Their Christmas albums are the standard by which all modern electronic techno medieval classical Christmas music is measured.
-Last year, we saw Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Bank Atlantic Center and that was a blast. They are the standard by which all 80’s hair band anthem stadium rock classical orchestral Christmas music is measured.
-Yesterday was open range for me, meaning I had 4 hours of gun range time. I ran roughly 300 rounds of Federal Premium Hydra Shok through my new olive green Glock 19. That’s nearly $200 worth of ammo just for target practice, and it cost me nothing.
-I also put 12 or so rounds of 00 Buckshot in a 2 1/2 inch cartridge through my Mossberg. Everything was fine until a friend broke out some slugs in a 3 1/2 inch magnum cartridge and convinced me to give it a try. My wrist and hand are still swollen from that one.
-Max was so full of energy yesterday when I let him out. He took off running in the field as fast as he could in a giant circle. We played fetch with a mini tennis ball and he’s getting pretty good at it.
-I figure that if anyone comes in the house unannounced and unwelcome, Max is going to take care of business. What a tough 4 lbs watchdog he is. 😉
-I have an incredibly tough game this week against Fuzzy’s Deadskins. He’s tied with me for the second best record. Whoever wins this game will solidify their playoff chances. Playoff seeding could be determined by this game too.
-I’m really looking forward to church this weekend. I will be at practice tonight, service Sunday morning in Homestead, and Sunday night in Plantation Key.
-If all goes as planned, I may have a job in the next few short months that allows for me to be at church every weekend instead of every other weekend. Pray for that job to come through.
-One last quick though. The Canes have a big game tonight against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies typically grind it out on the ground, run the option, play tough defense, and score with their special teams. If Miami plays to their abilities and avoids turnovers and big plays from VT’s offense and special teams, we should win handily.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • What a great day at the theater!  Life Pointe rocked this morning.
  • The band really gelled, although there were a few issues in the 8:30 AM and 9:45 AM.  The 11:00 service came together the best.
  • Jesse was on the guitar and sang lead, Luis was on the keys and sang back up, Mike B was on the drums, I played the bass guitar, and Zech’s brother played lead on the electric guitar.  Reina, Julie, and Nyrian sang back up vocals, but Reina led one of the songs.  I look forward to Billy Barue returning from hiatus.
  • The song list today was outstanding.  I liked the rock influence!  We sang “Holy Is the Lord” with total funk rock twist, “Better Days”, “Hosanna” led by Reina, and the “New Doxology”.  The Doxology was driving yet very worshipful.  Hosanna was beautifully soulful and moving.
  • Pastor Trav‘s Art of War series continued as he spoke on rest and work.  He stated that you cannot truly enjoy leisure if you do not work, and you cannot enjoy your the fruit of your work without leisure.
  • The next two messages in the series will be “Deeply Invade Enemy Territory” on October 26 and then “Divide and Conquer” on November 2.

For other views on this morning at LPC, visit:

Billy’s Sunday Muddle

Chris Day‘s Sunday Life Pointe Tossed Salad (coming soon)

Trav‘s Sunday Wrap (coming soon)

Ritz‘s Goosfaba (coming soon)

Kelly‘s Chick Kabob (coming soon)

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Saturday Top 5: Phil Collins Tunes

These are my 5 favorite Phil Collins songs.

#5 You’ll Be In My Heart – This song made the Disney movie Tarzan a pretty good film.

#4 I Don’t Care Anymore – Every time I hear this tune, I think of a great episode of Miami Vice.

#3 In The Air Tonight – This has the most famous drum riff in rock music history, in my humble opinion.

#2 Take Me Home – It’s got smooth percussion and a lot of depth to the chord progression. I love listening to this tune.

#1 Tonight, Tonight – This is to me the most intense song that Phil Collins ever sang. I love the rhythm, percussion, and the edginess this song brings.

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