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.
- 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)
- 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:
- 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!
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.
- I was running a bit late for service this morning; well it was later than I normally get there, anyway. I usually arrive at around 7:00, but this morning I arrived at about 7:30.
- Chris greeted me in the lobby between services or before, I can’t remember. But he was upset that he forgot to make two picks last week in the second chance league. He will probably use that as an excuse when I come back and over take him for the league lead!
- The worship was a little different than normal for a couple reasons.
- Jesse was sick so he did not sing. Instead, Mike B. led worship and did a great job.
- There was no keyboard so Bill grabbed an acoustic and I played the bass.
- That left Julie on back up vox, Josiah returned to the electric twanger, Jesse played rhythm guitar, and Alex was the beat machine and was fantastic as usual.
- We sang “Salvation is Here”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Your Love is Extravagant”, and for communion we sang “Holy is the Lord”.
- This was Paul‘s last Sunday with LPC. He will be missed. Trav took a week off from speaking as Paul was bringing the message on this his final Sunday.
- For his encore, Paul spoke today on Jonah regarding obedience to God. It was appropriate considering this time of change was also a time of obedience to the Lord’s call in his life.
- He also recounted the story of his first week here at Life Pointe in which we were snorkeling for lobster in the middle of the night and his experience trying to dive without weights. He also noted that it was only his second time snorkeling ever. I was not aware of that at the time.
- Paul has promised that he would blog the answers to any questions anyone would ask. I look forward to his update since it has been a while. It must be a big occasion for Paul to blog!
For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, be sure to visit:
Chris’ Tossed Salad
Jesse’s “From the Stage”
******In other news, there is a tornado watch for all of South Florida until 8:00 PM. They also say we could experience sustained winds tonight from 25-40 MPH and gusts up to 60 MPH. Please be advised.******
- What a great Sunday morning at the Flagship Cinema as Life Pointe Church met for our Homestead services.
- This morning, I had to go to work. Report time is 0540 for briefing. On weekends, they take volunteers to go home since we are overstaffed. I decided that since I got called in for OT on Friday, my wallet could afford to volunteer to go home. So the cool part is that I got paid 4 hours to show up for briefing.
- I had to make a trip out to the office to grab the keyboard since it was not planned that I would be playing. Jesse threw me in the mix on the keys and I was glad to be able to join the team this morning.
- Mike B. was on drums for the 8:30 service, Alex played drums for the 9:45 and 11:00 services, Jesse played rhythm on the electric and sang lead vox, Bill played bass, I was on the keys, and we were short our lead rocker this morning. Nyrian and Reina sang back up, Mike B sang back up vox for the 9:45 and 11:00 services.
- For music, we sang “Point of Difference”, “Your Grace is Enough”, “More Than Enough”, and for communion “Devotion”. During the greet we sang U2’s “Where the Streets Have no Name”.
- The message was amazing. If you were not here with us, you have to hear the podcast when it is posted.
- Tom Sterbens who is on LPC’s Strategic Team spoke. He pastors in Tennessee in the same fellowship as LPC and has a very professorially manner when he speaks. He claims also to be ADD and LLI. Since I haven’t seen him limping around, I would have to assume that he is talking about Low Latent Inhibition and not Leg Length Inequality I was definitely captivated by his message and the delivery.
- He spoke on forgiveness. Some of the key points is that forgiveness is necessary for you, it is not a noble gesture on your behalf. The text came from Matthew 18:23-35 which is the parable of the unforgiving servant. Why do we think that we can be made whole by getting back what someone has taken from us when we have been given so much by God? All we need is God’s grace. Unforgiveness screams in the face of God.
I have to work the next three days. That means I need to get sleep tonight so I can get up at 4 AM. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the Plantation service. Stay tuned to some of our other most excellent bloggers for other perspectives on Life Pointe Church in Homestead and Plantation Key.
-This morning at 7:28 AM I arrived at the Flagship Cinema, location of the Homestead campus of Life Pointe Church.
-As I was walking to the door, Chris Day (The Major) arrived. Usually he’s there before me, but he said that he’s probably not going to be there for me anymore. 🙂
-The 8:30 service was a little more underattended than usual, but the energy was incredible.
–Alex played drums in the 8:30 and 11:00 service, Ritz played drums in the 9:45 service (and he improving greatly). Jesse played rhythm on the electric guitar and sang lead, Reina, Julie, and Nyrian sang back up, I was on the keys, Josiah played lead guitar and Bill played bass guitar.
-The worship music this morning was uplifting and enjoyable. We sang “Point of Difference” (I really loved this new song for us) and “Your Love is Amazing”, for communion we sang “Did You Hear the Mountains Tremble”, and during greeting we sang Julie led Bob Marley’s “One Love”. Flashbacks to yesterday! For closing, we sang U2’s “Where the Streets Have no Name”
-In the 8:30 service, Pastor Paul said he had the urge to “roll” his connection card after we sang One Love, very funny!
-The message was on Jonah’s Prayer, a continiuation of the Jonah series. Check out Chris’s blog for more detail on that.
-The service was so much fun today. I look forward to the possibility of being more involved and available each week.
-Time changing stinks, even when we get a free hour. I prefer that these knuckleheads would pick a time and stick with it. Heart attacks leading up to the Fall time change and directly after the Spring time change are much more probable statistically.
-This morning I made it to the church around 7:10 AM, and Chris Day, my mom, and Tom Little were outside unloading the car with the coffee and food items. Those three are some of the hardest working and most durable parts of the Sunday morning experience for set up and hospitality.
-In Pier 2, Zech was tweaking the sound and production set up. He told me he was only given less than an hour the previous night, but was able to get everything accomplished.
-In the service, we went back a few years to do some old school praise and worship a little bit on the rock side. Jesse was on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Julie on background vox, Josiah on lead guitar, Alex was on the drums, and I played the bass and sang back up vox.
-We sang “Friend of God”, “I Could Sing of Your Love”, U2’s “All I Want Is You”, and for communion “God of Wonders”. In all three services, the music was rocking in a big way. From a technical standpoint, there was nothing better or worse from any of the 3 services except a slow start to “Friend of God”.
-After the 3rd service, Alex jumped on the guitar, Jesse was on the bass, and I played the drums as we played “Better Days”, then we did musical chairs and Jesse grabbed the drums. We jammed to “Break On Through” (Doors), Marley’s “Redemption Song”, some jazzy riff with no name, and then Jesse gave a killer drum solo. Cool stuff!
-Overall, it was an awesome day albeit tiring.
-I am in the car with my brother Trav, as we head to Plantation Key for the 4th Life Pointe service of the day. We are stopping at starbucks for some coffee. I reserve the right to amend my blog to include those details.