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Monday, February 25, 2008

19 Baptisms on the Westside



Praise the Lord... This past weekend at Shepherd of the Hills West L.A. we baptized 19 people into Christ.

We do not have a baptistry at the Wadsworth Theatre, so we use a baptistry at a Christian church in Westwood.

Many family members and friends came to witness this wonderful event. We baptized children... fathers'... mothers... it was AWESOME....

If you have know of anyone who lives on the Westside... invite them to come visit us... http://www.mywestsidechurch.com/

Week after week...it's keeps getting better... A BIG THANKS to the staff and all the volunteer leaders who make this campus a shining lighthouse on the westside.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Laughing up at Big Bear



My friend, Brian Lee, took me skiing recently... It was a holiday... and the story you're about to hear is the truth.....

I had not been skiing for over 10 years... It was absolutely beautiful.... and I did NOT fall (while skiing) the entire day.... oooooohhhhhhhh, I was feeling good about that!!!

But before our final run down the mountain.. I suggested to Brian that we take our picture with the LAKE in the background...

So Brian is trying to set up his camera, but the camera is REALLY THIN and we can't get it to balance on this little bench....

Brian tries his best but he is just not able to balance this camera... he just can't do it... so I say.... LET ME TRY IT...

So... I accomplish this task in just a few minutes, and am really proud of myself...

ONE LITTLE NOTE: In order for the picture to look good... Brian and I have to stand about 10 feet away.. and it's down this sloped area... and it's kinda icy...

So he is standing there... on this ridge... down the slope a little... about 10 feet away.. .

I get this camera set... it was NOT EASY....
and I set the timer..... 10 seconds... 9 seconds... 8 seconds...

and I have to get UP from this table with OUT jiggling the camera or it will fall over... so I have to get up SLOWLY from the table... and by this time... I KNOW that I only have a FEW seconds left... to climb over Brian's snowboard... and get down the slope... to get in place before the 10 seconds are complete...

I step over the board... I am racing down this little ledge... to get in place..
and drum rollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

I catch an edge with my boots and I literally FLIP upside down, and WHAM the camera CLICKS!

We go BACK up the little slope and look at the picture...
And.. Well... You can see the picture above.....

We both LAUGHED and LAUGHED and LAUGHED... and I thought YOU might enjoy laughing at my expense as well...

Thanks, Brian, for bringing your camera... I owe you BIG TIME....

I am still laughing...

For more laughs... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy8Ho-dmALc

Monday, February 11, 2008

Dream of Destiny

We are starting a new ministry in our church called Dream of Destiny. Byron Davis will be spearheading this endeavor as we strive to be a church that pleases the Lord in reaching people from all nationalities.

This week, I will be traveling to Florida to invite other pastors to come alongside our dream.

In the middle of Dr. King's famous speech in Washington, D.C., he addressed those that were in the audience that day, who were NOT African American. There were many people at the mall that day who were of different nationalities, and Dr. King comments on WHY they (those who were NOT African American) were present. I don't want to tell you now... but see if you can look up his speech and find it!!!

Byron is going to help us mentor and develop young men from different ethnic backgrounds and prepare them for ministry and preaching. We are also going to be attempting to raise monies for scholarships for those who would like to attend bible college and can't afford it. We are going to ask churches to offer internships for those of Asian, Latino, and African American heritage.

In a few weeks, I will be mentioning this in church, but pray for me as I travel to Florida to talk about this challenging task of helping all churches to be racially diverse. It is sad that Sunday morning at 10:00 AM is still the most segregated hour of the week. Heaven will be anything but that....