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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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Friday Bottom 3: Classic Rock Male Vocalists

These rock icons made it big despite their horrible sounding voices.

#3 Joe Cocker – While I really do enjoy Joe Cocker’s music and his raspy voice is not exactly unappealing, nobody can listen to “You Are So Beautiful” and say that he has a great voice.

#2 Bob Dylan – He was a great song writer whose style and return to the basics had a huge impact on rock, but his vocal talents surely did not garner him any accolades.

#1 Neil Young – His lack of talent on the guitar was not only matched, but far surpassed by his horrible voice.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

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

Ritz’ Goosfaba

Jesse From the Stage

Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad by Chris Day

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From the “What’s Up With That?” files

If Trav can, then so can I!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • I made it to the theater this morning at 7:37 AM to find David getting out the flags, and the LPC set up crew in full swing. It felt different this morning, like something really cool was going to happen.
  • Set up and sound check was complete by about 8:05, and the band got a chance to run through the worship tunes for the morning. We hammered out some rough parts and were finished by 8:35.
  • The atmosphere this morning in service was electric. The early service was energized and the crowd numbers had recovered from the previous week’s downpours and squalls from the outer feeder bands of Gustav.
  • The music this morning was “Salvation is Here” followed by “Your Grace is Enough” both led by Mike B, and finally “It is You” which I was forced by Jesse to lead. The band was Alex (The Beat Machine) on the drums, Billy Barue on the bass, Jesse on rhythm guitar, I was on keys. Nirian, Julie, Jesse, and Reina, Mike B, and I were on vocals. The band and voices were exceptional this morning particularly because the corporate worship was so unified. I especially liked “Your Grace is Enough”. For greeting the band went blues brothers with the shades as we sang “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. For communion, Jesse led “You Are My King”.
  • The message by Pastor Trav was very engaging, and relevant. He finished the series “Loaded” this weak and talked about debt. For more on the message, be sure to check out the take by Chris and Trav. I really took home a lot from this message.
  • The bumper videos were excellent, especially the promo for the upcoming Habakkuk series. It looks like it will be a great series that kicks off as we go to three servics, 830, 945, and 1100. The regular attenders were asked to step up and attend the 830, I will join you there. Jesse also asked us to “Pass out and invite our friends.”
  • After church, Bill and his fam, Kelly and the kids, my dad, and Tammy joined Marcela and me at Sonny’s for some good ole BBQ. We had a great time.
After service, lunch at Sonny's BBQ.

After service, lunch at Sonny

  • Following that, Paul and Trav met up with me at my mom and dad’s house to complete our Life Pointe fantasy football draft. My team is loaded! Of course, there are only 8 teams.
  • Hey, don’t forget to check out Kelly’s Chick Kabob too!

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