Saturday, December 13, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008

dove onslaught

What can you do to stop the onslaught on yourself!! BUT at least start helping cut off the onslaught to our future!!

Purity is only 30 days away...
http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/purity_force/

Friday, December 05, 2008

2012 trailer http://teaser-trailer.com

Interesting to think about... google it!!
A ton of things come up both religious and scientific... 'Tis the Season?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wii Fit Parody

Yeah, so my wife doesn't think these kinds of things are funny BUT I think this is quality humor!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Time Warp- Mind Bending Slow Motion

Sit down and take a minute and forget about the election and enjoy just another great slow motion video...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?

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

August '08 Movie Reviews

As many of you know my birthday was this past weekend and for my birthday each year, I ask for one day at the movies... How that works, since we live in an area that only shows movies for parts of the day is: 12 hours (Noon-Midnight) in August and another 12 hours in February (my half birthday and in time to see Oscar Best Picture pics at the theater)... Thus Thursday I viewed five films, which were chosen to be different and having somewhat good ratings:

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!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Yes! He is that tough...



-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

Ummmm... I Don't Know!!

I have tried to post ove 5 different videos over the past week and NOTHIN'!!!
I guess I will wait a few more days and send a note to blogspot but I do not know what the problem is... Especially since my wife got a video posted to hers the other day!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Batman - The Dark Knight Trailer HD

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

The Blasphemy Challenge

How does this make you feel??
Can you answer their questions??
What should you, could you, will you do about it??

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Zoom 100 Million Light Years From Earth

How Big is God...if He created all of this?? Watch this video to the end... It's worth your time!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Benny Hinn Spoof

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

Quick Change Artists on America's Got Talent

No real spiritual content, I just like it!! I think its amazing!!

P.S. I guess the content could be... No matter who you are you can always change??

What do you think??

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Camp Barnabas Promo

Well we've been gone for 8 days and this video doesn't even give you have the understanding of Camp!! However, it's the best I can do until we finish our video... Enjoy!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Pain Full Moments

the last is my all time favorite video... i used to watch it over and over and over!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

guitar

Thought I would stay with the guitar theme this week!! Enjoy this incredible update to Cannon in 'D'!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

August Rush Acoustic Guitar Slap

I'm so much in love with this song right now!! The movie was great as well... This is a song from 'August Rush' played by one of my good friends and a youth in our ministry... He currently has 130,000 hits (that's amazing)!!
Enjoy!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hyperactive - Lasse Gjertsen

I really wanted to re-make this one BUT Chris (yes, you know who you are) is too slow!! Either way... Enjoy!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Free Hugs Campaign.

This is an amzing story of one guy who didn't like what he saw was going on in his society but instead of becoming a jerk or blowing it off HE MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!

Make a difference today... Give a total stranger a hug!!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Just a quick note...

I just wanted to make a quick comment about the post a few days ago (mike yaconelli)... Did anyone actually watch the whole thing?? What did you think about it...

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

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Mike Yaconelli

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

scrolls to books

The GCC staff recently saw this at a conference and thought it was hilarious... Change is hard!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Skit Guys - Meet the King

The Skit Guys are the funniest two guys on Earth... And I figured since its Wednesday I put one up about 'Spiritual Things'!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kitchen diaries

This is currently my favorite beatbox video!! Beatbox for those of you who are going, "umm, what's that?" Beatbox is sounds made completely by someones mouth and throat not keyboards or music editing software... Watch and enjoy!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

New Vision...

So after several days (almost weeks) of nothing, I have come to the conclusion I don't like to blog... At least my thoughts!! I have found that much of what I ponder is a conversation with God and others and doesn't translate well into words on a blog... Thus I have a new vision for 'Sight and Sounds': Videos!!

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):

Evolution of Dance

Currently the #1 watched video on the internet...83 million views and couting...'Evolution of the Dance'

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Joseph and the Crucible of Abandonment

Following Christ into the Crucible: How God Transforms Us through Testing
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

The Podcast is up...

Hey All... Yes, all four of you!!
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

We have started a new series at GCC this week: Following Christ into the Crucible: How God Transforms Us through Testing...

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

Since many cheated on the last post about how many orphans are in the world I wanted to go ahead and respond with the entire point of the two posts together... Most people believe there are about 150 million orphans in the world and that number alone is very defeating and depressing BUT think about this: if 7% of the world's professing Christians (which is under what most of you said were "real" Christians in the world) would adopt one child permanently, the world's orphan population would be completely eradicated!!

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

So surprisingly, most of you said under 10% to the question from our earlier post...you guys are negative!!

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??

New question:
How many orphans are there in the world?

I promise I will write back sooner this time... :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Many of you have heard this from me recently but I wanted to post it so just in case, now everyone has (because as you know, this blog is read by the world!! :))

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... :))
Roughly...2,000,000,000

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

This evening was interesting... I was cleaning up in the kitchen (because my wife made another wonderful meal for the family... And in this house, if you cook you don't have to clean) and the kids and Court were playing in the living room!! I was minding my own business (i.e. cleaning plates off and putting them in the dishwasher... yeah, washing a plate so it can then sit in the dishwasher and get yet another washing, interesting but that's not the event) when all of the sudden crying come from the living room area!! As I peered around the corner I see Jackson getting helped up by mom and he again climbs back onto the toy that just hurt him... At first reaction I thought, "adda-boy for getting back on the horse", but before I could finish my thought, off he fell once again onto his head and crying!! Yes, hurt once, an accident...hurt twice, ummm think dude!! But no just then mom helps him up and says "buddy be careful" to which he yet again starts climbing up only to fall and hurt himself... Court's response, (catch this...I'm closing with this...stay with me) "Well, buddy why do you keep doing it if your hurting yourself!!"

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

Though movies are not a new found passion of mine, the opportunity to watch films in one sitting, has become one!! So yesterday, being my day off, I went to Tulsa (Southroads 20) and bought my first ticket at the 1:45pm time slot. Only a mere ten hours later I had accomplished my mission...the day at the movies!! Though I was looking for a day off, it seemed God was able to remind me that "everything is spiritual" and today would be no different...

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 good people." If you love movies, then I recommend this film. (i.e. If you think Will Smith is the best actor of "our generation" you should pass, not that anyone would say something like that :))

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 movie 3D concert was great and made me feel Bono’s sweat however it also gave me a close look at his new head band:


Below is the graphic a little clearer…


Yes, “coexist”, using the Crescent from the Islamic faith, the Star of David from God’s chose (the Jews), and a Cross which Christians believe Christ (Jesus) was crucified on… Thus we should all coexist in harmony!

What do you think about this??

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So here we are... One of my goals this year was to start blogging on a consistant basis and I still haven't convienced myself I should BUT... I figured since my wife is going to check daily I should write something!!

So I begin with a question... What do the below words mean to you?

'APATHY' & 'DISCIPLE'