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.
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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.
At the Passover celebration where Jesus was with his disciples for the last time, Jesus gave a new commandment. It’s interesting we as believers look for that awesome power of God, and we should. Yet, in Jesus new commandment, it wasn’t His miracle working power that He declared w0uld show the world that we are his disciples. He didn’t say that when we healed the sick, cast out demons, or raised the dead that the world would know we are His. He said to love each other. This is the key! Faith and hope are great, but love is greater. In the context of I Corinthians 13, we can prophecy, speak in all languages, and have so much faith that we could move mountains, but without love it all means nothing. Power without love is temporary, because all these wonderful miracles will cease one day. Love will last forever.
John 13:34-35 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
I Corinthians 13:13 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
- 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)
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.
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maybe even Jesse.