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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I know that God has blessed so many of us, and as the Bible tells us, EVERY GOOD and PERFECT gift comes from above. God has been so good to us with our families, our country, our health and our salvation. Please take a moment and thank the LORD for his bountiful blessing. The LIST of what God had provided for us is UNENDING.

One thing I want to mention are all the BAPTISMS we had this past weekend. We have been preaching on prophecy as it relates to Jesus, specifically Matthew 24 and 25, which speak of the reality of Jesus returning soon. We are living in the "last" of the "last days," and the sermons that we have recently preached have pointed us in the direction of being PREPARED for the imminent return of Christ.

My heart is encouraged that close to 50 people stepped forward last weekend. To me, that announces that people are heeding the sermons and are honestly preparing their hearts for the second coming.

As the Bible reminds us, the Lord is going to return like a "thief in the night," at a time when no one expects. So let's continue to work, serve, and live as though THIS COULD BE THE DAY.

And all God's people said????? AMEN!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Trip to Stanford

I enjoyed recently making a trip to Palo Alto and watching my son play for a few minutes at Stanford. Dallas is a freshman and is still adjusting to the college game, but I'm thankful his head coach, Bobby Braswell of CSUN, is a Christian and a man of faith. I appreciate all Christians who live out their faith in the secular environment.

As you may or may not know my daughter plays for the Matadors, too. You can always read about them at and stop by for a home game sometime. You'll catch me at the girls' and the boys' games for the next few years.

If only I had a parking pass...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Girls Won :)

We have ONE last game to play.

The girls won their first round game against Santa Clarita (see previous post) and now all we have left to play is the championship game at Grace Community Church, on Friday, November 13th, 2008.

We play L.A.B. at 3:30 pm for the championship game... See you there!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Our middle school girls at Hillcrest are undefeated and headed into the playoffs. If you want to enjoy a game, come watch us on Wednesday at 3:30 PM at Hillcrest Christian School. We play Santa Clarita Christian, and if we win, we will play in the Championship game on Friday at Grace Community Church, starting at 3:30 pm. I am VERY VERY VERY proud of these girls.
Come cheer us on!!!

The Election and Prop 8

It’s been a while since I’ve written, so let me get you up to speed on several events, beginning with the election. I am thankful that our country witnessed a momentous event in electing an African American as our next president! This is an historical event that speaks well of our country. Many African Americans believed they would never live to see such a day, but I hope everyone realizes that in America, it is possible for anyone to reach the highest office in the land. In regard to race and issues of diversity, this historic event put me in the group that is thankful that I lived to see this moment during my lifetime. Most of you know that our church is on the front lines in helping churches and organizations diversify. I am so thankful for the strides the United States has made in this regard.
My prayer for our next President will be that God would lead him and direct him, as well as that God would watch over him and protect him. It is in my heart that God would burden our next president to value the life of the unborn child. Most of you know that for me personally, I canNOT cast my vote for someone who is not pro-life. As I read the Bible, the entire Bible is pro-life. It begins with God giving us life and ends with God giving us Eternal life. I personally question any leader who votes in favor of aborting any child for any reason at any time. For me, and you do NOT have to agree with me, but hey this is MY BLOG, so I get to post MY THOUGHTS and for me, I have a difficult time putting faith in a man who votes to allow the killing of innocent children, and so MY PRAYER is that GOD would change his heart and allow him to begin making changes in his policies that value the life of the unborn child.
Having said all that, we the church have to do a better job of supporting those who find themselves in unwanted pregnancies and who feel they have no choice but to have an abortion. I do NOT think that our politicians will ever solve the problem of too many abortions, and I think we focus on them too often for providing us with a solution to this very important issue.

Prop 8... There is so much to talk about. First, I am thankful that Californians stood for Biblical Marriage. I am still waiting for the L.A. Times or the Daily News to write ONE SINGLE POSTIVE article on the value of the MAJORITY voting to declare marriage as a union between a man and a woman. But the protests are proving to show the true colors of the vote NO people. No matter WHAT you hear, you need to know that they already have equal rights. They’ve had equal rights for about 15 years. That is not what they want. What they want is to have acceptance of a sinful and unnatural lifestyle. I have an article on my desk about a rapist who said that he was “born to be a rapist”. Would everyone agree that is morally insane?
Our belief is that God, the Creator of the universe, is the one that has the RIGHT to define what marriage should be. EVERY CIVILIZATION since CREATION has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. To suggest otherwise only speaks to the depth of sinfulness in our society. It should be our prayer that in our society, that we would look to God as the great definer and protector of marriage.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

See you at the Game....

My youngest daughter, Kerri, plays on Wednesday at Hillcrest Christian School against L.A.B. at 3:30 PM... and then my oldest daughter, Kayla, plays at CSUN on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM... Maybe I'll see YOU at one or both of the games.....

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team plays its second exhibition contest Wednesday as it hosts The Master's College in The Matadome at 7 PM. Several Matadors put on impressive performances in the exhibition opener against Love and Basketball, including notable debuts from their newcomers.
Junior Kayla Rutherford, who sat out last season as she transferred from Hope International, led the team with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, against Love and Basketball. She also chipped in two assists and three steals in 31 minutes of action.
Another newcomer, freshman Bridgette Conejo, added six points and five rebounds, four of which were offensive, in 15 minutes off the bench. Freshman Neeta SreeKanth added two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes of play.
Despite losing 81-72, Northridge played hard on both offense and defense, as they forced 23 turnovers and scored 43 points in the second half of the contest. The Matadors reached 70 points only twice during the 2007-08 season.

Calling All Shepherd Members....

Please come out to the Porter Ranch campus to show your support for YES on 8! As you may or may not know, Shepherd of the Hills is one of the polling places, and I would NOT be asking you to do this, but there are people on campus urging voters to vote No on 8. There are voters who have not yet made up their mind on this ballot measure, and we need to do what we can to help get the word out on why people need to vote YES on 8! This will be very close, and literally, every vote counts. Please join me in showing support for YES on 8!

YES!!! on PROP 8

My dear friend, Jim Garlow, gave me a little update on the all day of prayer in San Diego on Saturday. I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of that event. And also encourage everyone to get out and vote today. Please understand that God defines marriage for us in Gen 2:24.

TheCall is committed to mobilizing people from all across America to gather together to petition God for His undeserved mercy for our nation in 12-hour solemn assemblies. Just as in the days of Joel, we believe that now is the time to blow the trumpet across our land, to fast, to pray, and return to the Lord with all our hearts. This past Saturday, 33,000 youth gathered together at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for the very purpose of seeking the Lord in prayer and praising His worthy name. The group prayed from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, twelve continuous hours of corporate prayer. There were between 8,000 and 10,000 on the field standing almost the entire time in the heat, praising the name of Jesus and calling upon His mercy to be poured out on our state and our nation. None of the invited guests and speakers were introduced. Over the course of the day, 200 people prayed into the microphones. They were nameless, faceless. This was not a time to focus on men, but on God. The focus of prayers were, of course, on the elections, the future of our country, and the future of our state. With the very core of traditional marriage being challenged by Proposition 8, fervent hearts were turned to the Lord in prayer. This is the culmination of a 40 day fast and prayer for passage of proposition 8. With three days left before the election, some chose to continue the fast until the election. Between 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, the prayer was focused on marriage and the passage of proposition 8. There was such intensity and fervency in the prayers of these young people. Between 4:20 PM and 4:50 PM, there was a collective sense of victory. It was an amazing and powerful time. Then on Sunday, the worship was just explosive. There was a feeling of celebration in the air, and people were excited. This gathering was the vision of Jim Lou Engels, and his burden for California has extended beyond the passage of Proposition 8. He has the burden to lead a series of sequential 40 day fasts over the course of the next year with a focus on prayer for California. There was a cost of $1 million needed in order to pay for the expenses associated with this event, and the Lord provided in excess. A total of $1.1 million collected. The Lord provided mightily, and we are confident and sure that He will answer our prayers mightily as well.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

My Daughter Kayla Rae

Love and Basketball Edges Northridge, 81-72, in Exhibition Opener

Junior Kayla Rutherford Leads Matadors with 23 points in the Defeat

Nov. 1, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team lost an exhibition game, 81-72, to Love and Basketball Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Junior Kayla Rutherford led the Matadors with 23 points, while junior Katrina Thompson had a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

Rutherford, a transfer from Hope International that sat out last season, finished 8-of-20 from the field and 4-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc in the contest. She also grabbed three rebounds, had two assists and made three steals.

Thompson's 15 boards would have represented a new career high for the junior had the game been an official contest. She was 4-of-9 from the field and also dished out three assists in the defeat.

Seniors Tonicia Tademy, Whitney Ligon and Ashley Blake all chipped in eight points for Northridge. Tademy had a game-high nine assists in the contest, while Blake doled out two assists and Ligon was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

After trailing 46-29 at halftime, the Matadors erupted for 43 points in the second half. They shot 39 percent from the field in the second half and 36.4 percent overall (28-of-77) for the game.

Danielle Rainey paced Love and Basketball with 20 points, including 12-of-16 shooting from the free throw line. Denise Woods also posted a double-double for Love and Basketball, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.

Other standouts for Northridge included senior Crystian Trice, who came off the bench to score seven points and grab three rebounds. Freshman Bridgette Conejo chipped in six points and five rebounds off the bench for CSUN.

Northridge returns to action Wednesday, Nov. 5 when they host The Master's College in the final exhibition contest of the season. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at The Matadome.

Junior Kayla Rutherford scored 23 points in her Northridge debut.