Category Archives: Faith

Talking bout my God, and my life that’s lived for Him.

Social Justice: Invisible Children / How I got involved in the IC Movement

So I originally heard of “Invisible Children” way back in late 2005. A worship band that I was friends with had produced a video which was dedicated to the Invisible Children organization and used video footage of African children from a visit the band took to Africa. It was also a night where several organizations were highlighted and talked about, and they had one of the filmmakers there to talk about the documentary they produced and the plight of these children who were being abducted to fight in a war that was not their own.

My wife and I were just dating at the time, but I distinct remember watching the Invisible Children Rough Cut DVD together in her apartment living room and just being moved to action. At this point, Invisible Children had been set up as a 501©3 non-profit, and had just been raising funds through their rough cut DVD and apparel. Invisible Children had begun a movement of gathering young people and having them spread the word and hosting playing parties and starting clubs and organizations.

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Just got back…

Hey ya’ll (doh, I’m californian, really!),
I just got back from OneDay. What an incredible experience AGAIN! hehe. I had the priviledge to go to OneDay back in 2000 as well, and this one was again a incredible time with God.

As Nolan said, it was a little crazy the first day (saturday) with the rain, and the thunderstorms, and this californian and his 5 californian friends had to run to the shelter of the rental van for the night. Through it all though, God showed His power! It was amazing to open the van door at 3am and to see streaks of lightning fly across the midnight sky in a spider-web motion. WOW! God was trying to get our attention to tell us that He was there. He certainly was.

The speakers were great, the worship was awesome as always. I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of speakers they had, and before I even knew it, OneDay was over.

For myself, my favorite speaker had to be Beth, even though I guess she was still just sharing the word to us (but she is so amazing, hehe, and I’m a guy!). For worship, I loved both Steve Fee’s set and David Crowder’s set at night, with Worship under the night sky. Steve knocked the socks off some folks. I was right near some Shane-A-holics from the yellow camp (watch one of them be you guys), and they were like, who’s this Stevie guy? I told them a little about him, and they started worship. About 2 or 3 songs into it, they were like, “Where did this guy come from??” (in a serious way). They were bummed that they missed out on him leading worship at The Gathering when they went to try and find where Shane was leading at (which was the Red camp, hehe).

For quick run down for those of ya’ll who didn’t go, the speakers were:

Beth Moore
Louie Giglio
John Piper
Kirk Cameron
Joshua Harris
Heather Mercer

The worship was led by:

Matt Redman
Chris Tomlin
David Crowder
Charlie Hall
Candi Pearson
Nathan & Christy Nockles (Watermark)

And at night the worship was done by:

Shane Barnard & Shane Everett
Amena Brown (Spoken Word, IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!!! PRAISE GOD!)
Steve Fee
Chris Tomlin
David Crowder

Ahhh, so many new songs, it was kinda crazy, but ok at the same time. I have no idea what would show up on the OneDay03 Live CD, but that’s their choice. David did that new “punk” song “There is no one like You” it was great! hahah. Real Relient K feel to it. Good new stuff from all the guys really. And I must say, Candi blew me away again with “Sing to the King.” I’m going to pray that the song shows up on the CD…. And some of Amena Brown’s stuff too…simply amazing and speechless to how God moved in them. Whooo, Praise God.

Why on earth am I up and posting at 4:25am!

Well because my flight leaves in lesss than 2 hours! whooooo!!! I’m so excited. Did I tell you it’ll be my first time in Texas? The grand state that so many worship leaders come from…good stuff. Gonna check if my flight is delayed at all or anything while I wait for Ali and Terrence. Anh’s picking us up, hehe, poor guy had to wake up in the middle of his sleep to drive us.

BTW: The people who I’ve heard rumored of being at OneDay so far are:

Louie Giglio (given)
Chris Tomlin (given)
Charlie Hall (given)
David Crowder (given)
Beth More (confirmed! She’s an AWESOME speaker!! whooohoo!)
Joshua Harris (Very cool, I didn’t like his first book that much, but I LOVED his second book)

That’s all I really found, but I hope Steve Fee and Candi will be there again…no sign of Watermark either… doh…

Ok, they’re here! Off I go!! whooooo, Praise the Lord!

Cool Stuff in my Devos

Well I just woke up and read some cool stuff in my devotional. I’m on like week 6 or 7, and it’s talking this week about Community. Community within church, friends, etc. Todays was pretty cool, because it talked about how we put on masks in life, and when people ask “How are you?” we always reply with “I’m fine.” While in reality, we may not really be fine, and we may be having a bad day, or worse.

The devotional reminded me of a Switchfoot song off their latest album “Beatiful Letdown” (lol, yes, I finally picked it up. I didn’t believe [info]switchette before, but I do now, the album is awesome!). Anyways, there’s a song on there called “More than Fine” where the lyrics spoke to me in that way (even though they were meant in another way, lol). Here’s the lyrics.

More Than Fine

When I wake in the morning
I want to blow into pieces.
I want more than just okay, more than just okay.

When I’m up with the sunrise.
I want more than just the blue skies
I want more than just okay, more than just okay.

I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up now.
I’m not givin’ up, not backing down.

More than fine, more than bent on getting by.
More than fine, more than just okay.

When I’m lit with the sunshine,
I want more than just a good time
I want more than just okay, more than just okay.

More than oceans away from the dawn
More than oceans away from who we are.
More than oceans, more than oceans
More than fine.

current music: More Than Fine – Switchfoot


heh, I really did. It was to write down things that I wanted to post in my livejournal. Weird eh? anyways, yeah….employees who steal from Christian store… and are sent to BOOT CAMP! on the next Maury!

Ok, lesse what’s first….

Merry Christmas! haha, that was like from last YEAR (2002). Uhm, yeah. Christmas was a blast. Got some cash, some Matrix clothes from the next movie, and got a Family Size George Foreman Grill (which my brother wanted, not me, lol). But it came with a belgium waffle maker….now if I can only get some Bisquick. Christmas dinner was alright. The prime rib tasted kinda funny this year (the garlic was overcooked, so it caramalized on the outside and tasted sweet, and the prime rib was also cold…booo). Oh, and the Au Jus was homemade at first, so it tasted funky….I want some good prime rib now…*sniff* House of Prime Rib anyone?

New Years! Happy New Year! Welcome in the year by buying Wow Hits 2003 for only 23.98 at Berean! (wow, expensive, ask me for the hook ups though! hah). Uhm, yeah. New Years was spent over at Ali’s new apartment. She threw a New Years party and a late Birthday Bonanza for Michi. It was fun, and Nate brought out the big guns from the 80s. He brought Connect Four as well as Guess Who?. Crazy how many people loved those games and played it for awhile. I was stuck on the screen playing Grant Theft Auto 3 and shooting and running people over. I got 5 stars once till the FBI came by… I shot their car with a rocket, and I was a bit too close to their car and got wasted…. Oh, the reason I stayed back down here instead of going up to San Francisco for New Years was because I was working like a dog this week. I’ll have like 38 and a 1/2 hours this week. That’s like almost $300 after taxes….taxes, boooo! BUSH do something about Taxes and give us more money back!

So yeah, on to stuff I wrote down on my stolen note pad…heh

Yesterday at work I met a guy named Gary Palacios. (yeah, we were open New Years Day, sucks dont’ it? But I got double pay for it. =) ). Anyways, he used to work at Berean way back when (only 2 of the employees who current are here worked then, oh, this was 14 years ago too BTW). Anyways, he used to work as the Music Manager, but back when each store ordered all their own products. Nowadays, we have a home office in Cincinatti that orders everything for us. Gary told me about his testimony and it was just so amazing. He had been at SJSU as a business major, and left to work at KMart. He was going up at KMart and participating in their managerial program, when God told him he needed to quit, and go work at a Christian store. So he went over to Berean and turned in an application. The mananger told him he had no open positions and asked him why he wanted to work here when he was over qualified. Gary simply told him that God had told him to work at a christian store. The manager found a position for him in the music department. After about 3 months that manager left, and a new manager, Dick, replaced him. After Gary was there for about 6 months total, he was called into Dick’s office and made the Music Buyer. Gary studied up on everything in music, he knew who was in what bands, what song was on what album down to the number on the cassette or lp (no cd’s back then, hah), and set up a lot of good artist to come into the store (Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, etc). At the same time that his career with Berean as the Music Buyer was flourishing, he was asked by his Pastor at Victory outreach to help out with worship. Eventually Gary crossed paths with a fellow worship leader from a then small church of Jubilee Christian Center, Ron Kenoly. He got to oppertunity to see Ron lead worship, and found it stunning. Ron also saw Gary lead worship and said the same thing, and that he wanted to train Gary in worship leading. The two made a nice friendship. A little later Gary had been working with some of the company’s music reps and was working on a contest of sorts where they would find the best new talent in the Bay Area. Ron Kenoly immediately came to mind to Gary and he got Ron signed to Hosanna/Integrity and even appeared on his first album! A little while later, the Berean manager Dick pulled Gary into his office and told him that God had said it was time for him to go. He knew that working here was holding him back from whereever God wanted him to be. He wasn’t firing him but he was telling him that God wanted him somewhere else. Gary had just been recently engaged to be married, and the pay at Berean is nothing close to what can support ya forever. About a week after that Gary got a call for a place that offered him three times more than he was getting, and was right up his alley. He took the job, and God was just blessing the socks off him. After about 2 years Gary was married, just bought a house, was asked to be the minister of music at Victory Outreach, and started his own record label.

Nowadays, Gary is actually the head of all the music/worship stuff for all the Victory Outreach churches. He travels around internationally and does seminars for leading worship and leadership skills. He said that God had called him back to the Bay Area to do ministry though, and he’s starting a new thing called 27:4 which comes the book of Psalms (Psalms 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, and this is what I seek. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord and gaze upon his beauty all the days of my life” I LOVE that verse! It’s one of my favorites. ) Anyways, it’s set out to be sort of a bible study and refreshing time for worship leaders and musicians weekly, to get together and worship and study the bible, pray, and have teachings. He’s wanting to start it up in a couple of months. Exciting! Anyways, yeah, Gary told me he wasn’t quite sure why he told me all that, but yeah, I’m thinking it was God’s plan to bless me with a hope and a future of what’s to come. =)

The coolest thing that I saw was that when Gary went into his wallet to give me a business card of his, he had a Berean business card from way back when. I asked him about why he still had that in his wallet (this was like 14 years old). He told me he had it in there as a reminder of where he came from, and about how it all started for him. Cool eh?

I’ll post about the other two things I wrote down in another entry, this one already is pretty LOOOONG!