Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Though i might not always agree with their music or even appreciate them as people and the choices they make, WE CANNOT IGNORE THEIR MESSAGE IN THIS VIDEO!! Here’s some more food for thought… Are the black-eyed peas the prophets of truth to this generation?? No!! But we are sure letting them (and other “superstars” in media) be the influence to our teens… TAKE A STAND TODAY TO BE A BETTER EXAMPLE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor... Two major problems: 1) Did not return the complete cast from the previous two films and 2) Could not decide what kind of film they wanted to be!! Not returning the complete cast happens all the time but at least write the character off (i.e. make her the step-mom that the son hates), don't try and pass a brand-new actress with a similar accent and voice for the part (though I am actually a fan of Maria Bello, this role should have been passed up just like Rachel Weisz (the original Evelyn) did stating: "different interests with the screenplay", yeah, it was awful)... Finally, if you are going to use cheesy humor and stupid kid jokes, then pull the language and scary monsters OR keep the special effects (which were good) but loose the horrible writing!!
Get Smart… I’m still trying to decide if I really loved this movie or if the previous movie (the mummy) was just that bad!! Steve Carell is always hilarious and Anne Hathaway totally played her role to a ‘t’, The Rock, excuse me, Dwayne Johnson, still can’t act but he’s getting so much better… I can’t remember the last time I literally had to look away from a scene in order to breathe because I was laughing so hard (but the airplane bathroom scene was it for me)!! I think if you liked the TV series (and yes, I did watch it as a kid, but it was a re-run at that point on Nick at Nite) and you like Steve Carell’s brand of humor, you will love this movie!!
X-Files: I want to Believe… Not sure why I decided to go to this movie, since I have never seen one episode of the TV show, probably because I heard from many that it was a stand along film…they lied!! Though there was a self sustaining plot, there had to be more emotion and impact behind a lot of the dialogue and characters if you had been a fan of the TV show (if there wasn’t then it was awful cinematography)… Over all the story was somewhat of a mystery, but for all the hype I’ve heard growing up at X-Files, I expected so much more crazy ‘what the’ scenes and story line that just wasn’t there!!
Hancock… Completely impressed me!! Now, I will say after seeing the first trailer many moons ago, I had no desire to watch this movie (ex. Trailer one: a new powerful superhero who doesn’t give a rip…not appealing), however, then I saw a different trailer (Trailer two: a new powerful superhero that is now losing his powers and is going to die… much more appealing) thus I went to see it… I guess, I felt the script was a new idea that I, at least, haven’t seen on the silver screen before (and that’s saying something ) and though I don’t want to admit this Will Smith did a fabulous job (But Potter…He’s still not the “greatest actor of our generation”)!! Also, for the first time, I thought Charlize Theron was very attractive and Jason Bateman seemed like a good dude… Definitely rent this movie in a few months though (But don’t let the PG-13 fool ya, like all Will Smith PG-13’s, it’s filled with bad language that somehow slips by the MPAA)!!
The Incredible Hulk… If there goal was to “re-boot” the series, mission accomplished!! However, I don’t think it was Edward Norton (though he is the best actor listed in this list that follows) over Eric Bana or Liv Tyler over Jennifer Connelly or William Hurt over Sam Elliot, etc. and so forth but flat out a better script and story… Honestly, could have done with someone other than Tim Roth (nothing against you Tim, I still hold you close to my heart Mr. Orange), he just was too tiny for his character much like Mr. Norton (I understand that’s what they were getting at, but come on!)… Thus, in the end, I can’t wait to go see the next one, especially if it’s going to include Iron Man or “The first avenger: Captain America (nice editing work Marvel)!!
Hey… Stop reading this and go to the movies!!
Side note: The evening before the movie-thon I and some others watched ‘Street Kings’ starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker… and Sucre (Amaury Nolasco)! I didn’t know anything about this film other than it sounded cool (not sure how I missed it in the theaters) and it was very great!! It wasn’t ‘Training Day’ (what is, really?) but far better than David Ayer’s last one ‘Harsh Times’ (obviously nothing against you Mr. Wayne…Christian Bale)… If you like dark action/drama films (or also know as reality) it’s worth every penny of a rental!!
So really… Stop reading this and go to the movies!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
-Chuck Norris recently had the idea to sell his urine as a canned beverage. We know this beverage as Red Bull.
-If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris you may be only seconds away from death.
-The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
-Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
-Chuck Norris once shot a German plane down with his finger, by yelling, "Bang!"
-Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
-The quickest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris' fist.
-What was going through the minds of Chuck Norris' victims before they died? His shoe.
-If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever.
-The following is a short list of things Chuck Norris cannot do: .
-Chuck Norris can slam revolving doors.
-In conversation, Chuck Norris often quotes himself, and then laughs about it.
-Chuck Norris has counted to infinity. Twice.
-When Superman goes to bed he wears Chuck Norris Pajamas
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Yep... Wacthed it this morning at 3am on the IMAX and it was Awesome!! Couple 'for sures' about this film:
- Heath Ledger will be walking home with the oscar in March, no doubt (Figuratively speaking)!!
- Will please you as a stand alone movie and for sure as a sequel!!
- Will make more money opening weekend then any other movie in history (just wait and see)
- Will surprise you!!
I LOVE MOVIES!!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Yeah, its kind of depressing that this goes on... From my vantage point it seems extremely crazy, not because God can't heal people (because He does and is) but because I don't think He would use Benny Hinn!!
See also: "The Many Faces of Benny Hinn" videos on youtube or go buy the movie: http://www.pfo.org/mfbh-dvd.htm
See also: this months issue of World Magazine about how they are now setting up ATM machines outside the "revivals" for easier access during their 30 minute offering time... Are YOU kidding me??!?!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Thursday, May 08, 2008
For a fulltime youthworker, its an incredible video... Many of those same frustration have or do exist for me!! Example: my first two years we (the gcc staff) spent a lot of time on gift tests and personality test, etc. OR I constantly meet with teens who have been kicked out of church for wearing too much black or smoking...
My second year I was here, a man come up to me during our Wednesday night program and said, "Jeff, are you aware that there are some youth out front smoking?" My response, "I didn't, but isn't that awesome that they feel welcome here!!" Over the next few months my life (job) got tough!!
HOWEVER!!!! Do hear how incredible it is today... Grace Community Church, truly is a spirit filled (in the biblical sense) body of believers who are truly starting to get the vision of Jesus when He said, "go"!! It's with our love that we can be Christ's hands and feet in our community!!
Fight the fight, finish the race...and remember that the church is not a building but a group of passionate followers of God
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Mike is the founder of Youth Specialties... I met him my very first year of fulltime youth ministry!! He then past away in a car wreck two years later... This is an awesome 9 minute recap of his years at YS and best talks!! Watch it all and get motavated to love teens... P.S. Post on here where you want to help with Nikao after you watch it :)
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
On a typical week I get e-mailed, told "you gotta see this", or just fall into about half a dozen or more videos from teenagers, friends, family, and even my own surfing... I assume most folks aren't swamped in the youtube world like myself (and shouldn't be with all the garbage out there, but when you work with teens, you do what you got to do to stay current), so I thought it would be fun to give you my favorites or at least a new video every few days...
So without further ado (See below):
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Joseph and the Crucible of Abandonment
Joseph - Genesis 37,39-50
Joseph a cocky Teen (Gen. 37:1-3)
1) Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2) This is the account of Jacob. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3) Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.
4-11) Dreams Happen…
Joseph is Abandoned (Gen. 37:11 - 41:1)
- by His Brothers (family)
o Gen. 37:11 …many were angry, BUT some kept it in mind (saw God in him)…
o Gen. 37:4-8 …simply was who he is – brothers hated him for it…
o Gen. 19-20 …death/sold (they throw him into a cistern)…
- by His Boss (employer)
o Gen. 39:3 …already in pain, yet folks saw God in him…
o Gen. 39:12 …ran from sin – gets his integrity called into question …
o Gen. 39:19 …thrown into prison (even though he does what's right)…
- by His cellmate (friends)
o Gen. 39:21 …more pain (psalm 105:18), yet folks see God in him…
o Gen. 40:12 & 18 …helps friends through a struggle – others have success through him…
o Gen. 41:1 …friend forgets about him (thrown out of his mind)…
Joseph a loving Man (Gen. 50:20)
19) But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God?
20) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
21) So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
“Love, not time, heals all wounds.”
Joseph goes through 13 years of pain and struggle... And because of his obedience through the crucible, he saves an entire culture and people group!!
Have you been Abandoned... How is God using it in your life??
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Wanted to tell you that our new podcast is up and running...
Check it out and leave me super cool review!!
If the above link doesn't work, try the Nikao section of the GCC website and click on 'Jeff's Podcast'...
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This week as you know, if you went or get the podcast, we looked at one of the oldest in our Bible: Abraham and one of his many crucible's of the Sacrifice of his son Issac... This entire series has made me think of the many times we are challenged in our faith each day!!
My question is what has been or was the biggest "test" you have faced in your life thus far?? This may be one you haven't made it through yet or one that you have and you can now see God in it... ((I will post one later this week))
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Reread that last statement... No more orphans in the world, 150 million orphans no longer orphans, if YOU will pray about and take action in adopting one child, whom God loves and tells us to take care of in His word!!
You are not alone in the worries that follow... My family is currently praying about this exact thing and we to wonder... Can we afford it, what about our kids, how will it look to others, can we take care of another child, do we have the time, etc. Many of those worries, I believe, God will take care of, as for the big one, check this out: AnNi Designs or Shaohannah's Hope, companies formed to help people like us adopt an orphan!!
Pray & Take Action!!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Well, obviously no one really knows the answer to that question (God does) but I like to think that their are more folks out there that love God and love others... Not 1 billion but maybe half a billion!! And if there isn't, its our job to "go and make...", the individuals we come in contact with everyday, see the lifestyle God desires in all of us... You with me??
How many orphans are there in the world?
I promise I will write back sooner this time... :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Question: How many professing Christians do you think are in the world?
(Yes, professing...not "how many Christians")
Answer: (don't read on unless you've answered... :))
Yeah, that's billion... It doesn't feel that way does it!!
Question: How many of those professing Christians do you think are really walking the walk (i.e. have accepted God's free gift of salvation through His one and only Son and are trying to live like He would daily by loving others??)
Answer: I have No clue!! But i would love for you to reply to this post with a response...
(Tune in next week for a follow-up question)
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Huh... This is a perfect picture of seeing what God sees everyday!! We get up to start the day, we sin against God (whether that's lying, cheating, being selfish to our family, lusting after other people or things, and even acting out on our thoughts that are unholy) all the while He is looking at us going, "buddy, why do you keep doing things that hurt yourself!!" All the while He continues to watch us closely, waiting for a request for help, or even anticipating the pain we will go through so He can help us back up onto our feet...
May you be challenged today to love God and love others...
And may you see the actions that are hurting you each day, and ask God for help before the pain sets in!!
Friday, February 29, 2008
Movie #1: There will be Blood
A very incredible acting job by (and well deserved Oscar) Daniel Day-Lewis as well as an solid plot of 'Oil!' and what it does and did to people 100 years ago... I found the movie slow at times with light conversation, however, the spiritual context heavy showing man's greed and passion for empty things... All in all, worth watch but not recommended!!
Movie #2: No Country for Old Men
Homerun for "oh my gosh, that just happened!!" I don't want to ruin it for you but the bad guy wins and leaves us thinking, "Why does God allow bad things to happen to
Movie #3ish: Be Kind Rewind/Jumper
The idea is awesome but the execution was...crap! I actually had to leave and find something else to occupy my time (sorry for not buying another ticket). Thus, Jumper is a film that I missed a lot of but now I feel it necessary to rent it when it is released!
Movie #4: U2-3D
The last movie of the night and I even got my own glasses (3D)… If you haven’t been to this and you are a U2 fan, dare I say you are not a U2 fan (yeah, I said it)!! This
What do you think about this??
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
So I begin with a question... What do the below words mean to you?
'APATHY' & 'DISCIPLE'