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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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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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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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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup: ‘Ol Atom Splitter Edition

Today’s service at LPC was the second in the series entitled, “Loaded”, and
dealt with treasure, possessions and values.

The warm-up video featured a new “Our man-on-the-street,” Phillip, the
Citizen Cane, Johnson, who interviewed ‘youts’ on a street, er.. sofa,
about what their idea of a Life Group was. Each had a take that diverged
significantly from what makes our Life Groups kick, and therein lies the
irony of the humor: each stated they had never attended one. Come on
peeps, step up and sign up while there is room up in here, in
the Life-Group of your choice. Great man-on-the-street, great vid.

Who needs The Gypsy Kings? The musical portion of the worship was all
male and all guitar. While we missed the beauty of the female voice, harmonies and the ease with which they can be looked at, the good
ol’ boys featuring two Santoyo Bros led us in worship and left us to
greet one another in the interlude between music and message with a
classic Good  Ol’ Boy  Johnny Cash Song, “Ring of Fire”, and
Alex failed to resist the  temptation to say in conclusion, “Hello, I’m
Johnny Cash!” We all knew he was lying with our eyes closed. It simply
re-enforced the myth that every real man fantasizes about being a
red-neck. There were loads of laughter at the improbable as we greeted
each other. Those Santoyos are such a gas, you gotta love ’em. We cannot
overlook Robert and Billy Finch and their wry sense of humor, especially Robert’s preference in nail coverings.

Well, the message by Trav was so interesting and so real-life because it
was so true. Our possessions, like our pets, wind up owning us.
Americans are rich and do not appreciate the richness and loftiness of
our financial status amidst the nations of the world. If an American
household makes $20,000 per year, it is in the top 5% of the world’s
richest households.

But, we are blessed to be a blessing according to Genesis 12:1,2 and we
must realize our possessions are temporary while our futures are
everlasting. We have a treasure principle outlined in Luke 12:15-21 and
Matthew 6:19-21: you love what you invest your treasure in. If you want
to change your values, change where you put your treasure and,
inversely, if you want to change your treasure, change your values.

The big takeaway for me was the aphorism, “if you don’t need it, seed it
where it is needed.” 1Timothy 6:17.

That’s the Ol’ Atom-Splitter’s take on August 31, 2008 Life-Pointe
worship service.

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LPC Talk Soup, Fay, and Michael Phelps

As of right now, your regularly scheduled Talk Soup has been postponed until next week. Due to the outage at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant and school being back in session tomorrow, both regular guest writers may be unavailable. If anything changes, I will keep you posted.

Tropical Storm Fay looks to be on a path toward the central Florida area after it crosses over the FL Keys. The projected path sends it over the Gulf of Mexico and past our lat between Monday and Tuesday. PTN may be short on Hurricane volunteers so I may be held over tomorrow. I’m praying that it stays far enough west that we don’t get hit with the nasty wind and rain, and that when/if it lands it won’t hurt those on FL’s west coast.

Last night, I stayed up until after 11 PM to watch Michael Phelps break the record for most gold medals in one Olympic games. In the third leg of his 4×100 M medley relay, Phelps has a lightning fast split. He really pulled away from his competitors to give Lezak a nice cushion for the freestyle leg. It was an awesome moment! I am also relieved for him that now he gets to relax and enjoy the rest of the games without having to compete. It’s great to have seen history made, even though I am worn out and suffering because I didn’t go to bed at a decent hour. Phelps, at 23, is now arguably the greatest athlete in history. Keep in mind that Spitz won 7 golds in 13 races, Phelps won 8 golds but had to race 17 times to get them. Spitz had 7 world records, and Phelps won 7 world records. Phelps has already said that he will compete in London 2012. Congrats to Phelps and team USA!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • “I arrived at the theater at 7:33 to be greeted by Chris Day” was the first words out of Chris Day‘s mouth as he opened the front door at the theater this morning. 🙂
  • The set up was pretty much under way and in full swing by the time I got there.
  • I made it to pier 2 in order to set up my bass. Zech and Alex were coming over later with my amp head to use as a pre-amp.
  • The music today was great fun, and sounded great too. Most importantly, people entered into real heartfelt worship.
  • Jesse led from the acoustic, Rebecca was on the keys, Mike B was on the drums, Robert played lead on his 7 string electric, and I was on the bass. Reina had a bit of a hoarse throat, so she didn’t sing this morning. The vocalists were Kyle (with a short tie), Nyriem, and Julie.
  • The songs were “Those Who Trust”, “Say So”, “You’re My Healer”, and for communion we sang “Heart of Worship”.
  • Paul opened up a new message series, “Consumed”. He did a great job speaking about worship. What is worship? What are you worshiping?
  • Paul also gave the background to the song “Heart of Worship” which was beautiful.
  • After the first service and then the music from the second service, Marcela and I took a tour of the kids’ operations. The 5-12 was quite fun. When we went in, there were kids dancing all over the place to some jammin’ music. The 2-4 year olds were a lot more calm. They were seated nicely at the tables in a quiet and calm atmosphere eating snacks and drinking juice. The 0-2 year olds were all playing with the workers in a great environment. The workers had a great handle on the situation, and the babies (the ones that were awake) were very happy.
  • Following service, I was glad to have my dad over for a BBQ where I got to experiment for the first time with my brand new smoker box. It was perfect! We had grilled buffalo wings with blue cheese, BBQ chicken, salad, and chips with guacamole.

For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, visit Ritz for the Sunday Goosfaba.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • Made it to the theater for Church by 7:33 AM, 3 minutes later than I was supposed to. Jesse, Bill, Mike, and Rebecca were there before me, along with the set up guys.
  • Zech brought a friend today who is multi-talented in a big way. The kid is a “speed metal” banger on the drums, plays some mean electric lead, and also slaps the bass like a pro. I heard he also is pretty dern good on the keyboard too! I am looking forward to playing along side him in the future.
  • In the first service, Ritz drummed, Bill was on the electric, Rebecca on the keys, Jesse lead from acoustic guitar, and I played bass. Kyle, Nyrian, Julie, and Reina sang back-up.
  • The music today was fun to play. In the corporate worship, we sang “Better Days”, “Friend of God”, and “Enough” and for Communion we sang “God of Wonders”. For greeting Jesse led in “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2. The worship was energetic and I could really sense that people were calling out for more of Jesus.
  • After worship, Jesse introduced Paul with a very exciting introduction, to which Paul responded by calling him a “midget Santana who sings like Bono”.
  • The Bumper video on the topic of anxiety featured Alex Santoyo, and was downright hilarious. The best part is Alex stating that he is tri-lingual and speaks Charlie Brown…”Wah wah wah”.
  • Travis spoke on the funk of anxiety. It was very relevant to today’s lifestyle and issues.
  • The youth also had another bake sale and Vic donated a Ken Dorsey autographed Miami Hurricanes helmet to help send kids to youth camp. Kudos to Vic for an item that will alone send more than 3 kids to youth camp!

For a different perspective on this morning’s service, be sure to check out:

Chris’s Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Pastor Travis’ Wrap Up

Kelly’s Chick Kabob (Which will be updated shortly!)

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup, on a Monday

Guest writer “Ol’ Atom-Splitter” handled the duties of writing the Talk Soup for Life Pointe‘s Sunday service(s) at the theater. The guest writer has also tried to rebrand my blog entry “The Sunday Brunch”. I’ll let it stand as written, but be advised that the blog entry will remain “Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup” for all future entries.

Sunday Brunch
by ol’ atom-splitter

Filling in for The Citizen Cane, it’s yours truly, the Ol’ Atom-Splitter, AKA Anne’s Husband and Trav’s and Phil’s Dad.The 9am servicio was mui bien bueno. (Like my Spanglish?) Jesse and Alex strummed dueling guitars, Rebecca tickled the ivories, Bill plucked the bass, Ritzcracker drummed and Reina, Kyle and Julie vocalized on “Those Who Trust”, “Holy Is The Lord”, “Mighty To Save” and others.
PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW
We said goodbye to a very involved volunteer, Ollie Rodriguez, who is returning to New Orleans, from whence she came to Homestead after Hurricane Katrina. Anyone who meets Ollie is blessed from the encounter. She has never failed to say something encouraging to me every time we have even the briefest conversation. We already miss her greatly. Jonathan was overheard to say Life Pointe was losing a key person, but we know God will provide others to fill in the empty slots she fills. I say “others” because it very well may take more than one to fill her niche.

THE FUNK IN TEMPTATION, PHILIPPIANS 2:12-30

Hattie was overhead saying that the message by Pastor Trav was the best she had heard him give. That is saying a lot since he so consistently connects when he steps up to the plate/pulpit. He led with a humorous children’s poem by Silverstein, “Hungry Mungry”. The poem allegorizes about a kid with a humongus appetite that caused him to consume everything, concluding with himself. That’s temptation. Enough is never enough. Yielding continuously to temptation makes one unrecognizable and grotesque. Resist the devil, but run away from temptation. Our Advocate, the Holy Spirit, helps us to see temptation for what it is and, if we listen to Him, will help us not merely love Jesus, but live for Jesus, our walk matching our talk.

SUNDAY’S FROG-STRANGLER

It didn’t merely rain during the 1030 am service, the sky poured buckets of water with lots of wind, thunder and lightning. It gave a cozy warm feeling to be in the House Of God, AKA Flagship Cinema. Our faith and fellowship and God’s Presence turns it into a Sanctuary every time we congregate there. That’s one the many beautiful things about Life-Pointe that is drawing more and more people to Jesus. Despite the inclement weather we had over 400 today.
 Thanks for partaking of the Ol’ Atom-Splitter’s Sunday Brunch.

For some other perspectives on Sunday morning at Life Pointe Church, be sure to visit:
Pastor Trav’s Sunday Wrap Up

The Major’s Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

***NEW***Kelly Johnson’s CHICK Kabob

From the Stage” by Music Pastor Jesse Santoyo

Bill Finch’s Sunday Muddle

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup 2.0

  • Arriving at the theater (Church) this morning, I found Jesse, David C., and my mom (Anne J) already kicking things off. David was working hard putting out the signs and flags. Props to the set up guys for their dedication.
  • I had to fix my own coffee and bagel today, since my wife who volunteer in the coffee department is out of town. She will be in Idaho and Wyoming for a while visiting with her parents.
  • I had to do a little searching for power and direct box since I was on the keyboard this morning. I also brought the miniKorg in order to midi some retro sounds. That set me back about 20 or more minutes just to find the pieces.
  • Jesse took a Sunday to step back, observe, and push others into leadership. Alex, Reina, Julie, and yours truly led songs this morning.
  • Alex was on acoustic guitar, Bill was kickin it on the bass, I played the keyboard, Mike was rockin the drums.
  • The 9:00 attendance was strong, but the music seemed to miss the flow at times.
  • The 10:30 service was packed. The vibe was intense, and the music was on target.
  • We started out with Reina singing Trading My Sorrows, then Alex led a new song “Devotion” that was just very heartfelt and dynamic, the Julie led “You Are My King (Amazing Love)” for communion, and I led “Life Song” to end. After we were finished, we sang a little piece from Coldplay’s Viva la Vida while people shook hands. I loved the music this morning.
  • The videos were outstanding!
  1. First video was of last week’s baptism. The comments from those attending and being baptized were beautiful. As people were brought up from the water, the screen went from black and white to color.
  2. Second video was a pitch from the youth (they actually created the video) to help raise funds for Youth Camp. It was in the form of a news show.
  3. Third video was the intro video for “Got Funk: The Funk of Humility”. Chris Day starred as a not so humble guy on his first date with Venus. WOW he was totally arrogant, but it was funny. Venus couldn’t get a word in edgewise. There were also some characters from previous videos like Alex’s mustache man (wah wah wah), Gio on the phone, and Nathan reading about super sized kids. At the end, it seemed obvious that there would be no second date. The blooper/outtakes were pretty funny too.
  • At 2pm we met in the church office for the Web 2.0 seminar. We discussed the potential of social networking to bring people together and introduce them to LPC.
  • We discussed Twitter, Blogging, Facebook, Flckr, MySpace, and other social networking tools.
  • There was a brief tutorial on setting up a blog, “link-love”, web searches, categories, and what things you would want to avoid putting on the internet.

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • I arrived at the theater to find David Corrado on the street putting up signs and flags for LPC, my mom working in the lobby, and the set up crew totally transforming the theater to the LPC worship center. They do an awesome job every week.
  • As a special treat for the men on this Father’s Day, there were two XBox 360’s with Guitar Hero available for anyone to play.
  • Jesse was in the Pier 2 getting the sound, lighting, and instruments ready, and Billy was tuning up the bass.
  • The 9 AM service was rockin this morning. There have been a great number of people who have made the switch to 9 AM in order to make room for the new people who will attend at 10:30 AM.
  • There were several babies dedicated in the 9 AM service and a special presentation by 3 young ladies in an interpretive dance to honor fathers on “Man’s Day”.
  • We sang Your Love is Amazing, Trading My Sorrows, Holy is the Lord, and I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (to the tune of Crash by Dave Matthews Band).
  • Mike was on the drums, Jesse led from the guitar, Billy was on the bass, and I played keys this week.
  • The intro video was freakin hilarious! Paul’s son is a natural on the camera, and may have a future in Stand-up. You gotta check out the vid.
  • Pastor Trav spoke on the Funk of Suffering.
  • Through suffering you can actually appreciate life, and know that your suffering is felt by God.
  • Trav caught my attention when he said he knows that many of the father’s in attendance today had a drug problem. My jaw hit the ground. Then he said “Your wife drug you to church.” 🙂
  • Once again, following the message, Pastor Trav took questions via text messages to asklpc-at-gmail-dot-com.

For different perspectives on this Sunday morning’s service, visit Pastor Trav’s Wrap Up, Chris’ Sunday Morning Salad, or Jesse From the Stage.

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