Saturday, March 28, 2009
I love Francis Chan!!! We recently had a little lunch across the street from the church and whenever we get together, we spend half the time laughing and the other half just sharing what God is doing in our churches.
Francis never ceases to amazing me because it's like God is ALWAYS moving and stretching him to SHAKE up the Kingdom of God. Francis travels all over the world preaching and teaching and has recently written a book called CRAZY LOVE.
It's a good read and will give you insight into the love of God. He preaches in Simi Valley on weekends and that little hair on his chin just keeps getting longer and longer... hahahahahahahaha
Francis is a Godly man, a dear friend and one day he WILL learn how to hit a golf ball. If you ever get a chance... Go hear him speak and get ready for GOD to SHAKE YOU like a palm tree blowing in the Porter Ranch wind.
Recently, our very own Paula Cracium won an award called the "Woman of the Year" award, an honor recognized by one of our government officials. As you know, Paula is our Special Events guru, and the recognition of her work is very much deserved.
Paula puts together our Easter service, which is just around the corner, as well as anything that involves thousands of volunteers. She is not just the "Woman of the Year," she is WONDER WOMAN and SUPER WOMAN and if you see her sometime... TELL HER HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE her....
PAULA... you are a TRUE blessing to our church and to the Kingdom of God.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My cousin, Jimmy, posted the above picture. This might look like just a bunch of bullfrogs, but to me, it's much much more. My grandfather, Grandpa Jim, died when I was about 4 years of age, and I never got to really know him. He was a powerful preacher and church builder back in the days of the Great Depression. When my cousin posted this picture, he noted that my grandfather is on the far right. My Aunt Ann, who recently passed away, is in the lower right hand corner. My grandmother, Millie, is third from the left. And... DRUM ROLL PLEASE... my dad is the smallest child on the bottom of the picture in a white t-shirt. Hahahahahahahahahahahaaha... And his brother, James, is the other boy standing next to dad.
I know that most of you will probably now have a much lower opinion of where I came from, but hopefully you won't hold it against me.
If you click ON THE PHOTO... You will be able to take a closer look at both my family and the frogs. My cousin, Jimmy, told me that the reason they all look unhappy is that it was EARLY in the morning and that someone had been froggin' all night long and woke everyone up just to take this picture.
I really have NO point to this story except to show you this CRAZY picture. And one day soon... In heaven... I will get to ask my Grandparents MORE about this picture and the kid in the white t-shirt.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Friday night (Tonight) at the Galen Center at 6:00 p.m. Chatsworth High School will be competing for a Div.I City championship led by McDonald's All American Gennifer Brandon.
If you've never seen Gennifer play, and you are looking for something to do Friday night, come to the Galen Center and watch one of America's GREATEST basketball players. Gennifer loves the Lord and plays with such intensity that it's almost unfair to everyone else.
She is the first female McDonald's All American to ever come out of the Valley. Keep on the lookout and you just might see her in one of the services at Shepherd. I am 6'5" tall, so I'll let you guess how tall she is.
She has a full ride to Cal Berkley and she will be a star in the Pac Ten.
Keep her in your prayers... God has GREAT PLANS for this girl. GO GENGEN!!!
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
My youngest turned 13 this past week and it was fun taking her to the Phantom of the Opera. She loves the ARTS and it was a blessing when some friends blessed us with a couple of tickets for her birthday. Kerri is such a joy and every day she honors the Lord in all she does. If you see her wish her a Happy Birthday.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
12-year-old steals day with pro-life speech
Teachers threaten disqualification, but girl chooses to speak against abortion
Posted: February 16, 2009
8:36 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Despite facing threats of disqualification, a 12-year-old girl took first place in a speech contest when she eloquently argued for the rights of unborn children – after an offended judge quit.
"What if I told you that right now, someone was choosing if you were going to live or die?" the seventh-grader begins in a video recording of her speech on YouTube. "What if I told you that this choice wasn't based on what you could or couldn't do, what you'd done in the past or what you would do in the future? And what if I told you, you could do nothing about it?"
The girl, a student at a Toronto school identified only as "Lia," continued:
"Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation. Someone is choosing without even knowing them whether they are going to live or die.
"That someone is their mother. And that choice is abortion."
But what made the 12-year-old choose to speak about abortion?
"It was really a family thing," her mother explained on the blog Moral Outcry. "I saw Lou [Engle] speak at a conference several years ago. I came back to my family with the Life Bands, and we all wore them, made our covenant, and prayed the prayer for abortion to end. … We were invited to participate in a 'Life Tape Siege.' Once my kids heard of this invitation, they all agreed: 'We have to do that!' Since then, Lia's passion for seeing abortion end has continued."
Despite Lia's enthusiasm for her topic, her teacher "strongly encouraged" her to select a different one for her class presentation or she would be considered ineligible for an upcoming speech contest.
"[S]everal teachers discouraged her from picking the topic of abortion; she was told it was 'too big,' 'too mature' and 'too controversial,'" her mother wrote. "She was also told that if she went ahead with that topic, she would not be allowed to continue on in the speech competition."
Lia's mother continued, "Initially, I tried helping her find other topics to speak on, but, in the end, she was adamant. She just felt she wanted to continue with the topic of abortion. So she forfeited her chance to compete in order to speak on something she was passionate about."
Lia's teacher was so impressed by the speech that she allowed her student to advance as the winner. Lia presented her speech to judges in front of her entire school on Feb. 10.
The school principal and teachers called Lia's presentation the "obvious winner" – but the judges suddenly disqualified her the following day "because of the topic and her position on abortion," her mother said.
Lia's father later revealed that the judges had a "big disagreement." One was offended by the speech and voluntarily stepped down while the others reversed their earlier decision – declaring her the winner.
Now Lia plans to take her message of life to a regional speech competition, and more than 100,000 visitors have viewed her presentation online.
"Why do we think that just because a fetus can't talk or do what we do, it isn't a human being yet?" She asks in the video. "Some babies are born after only five months. Is this baby not human?
"We would never say that. Yet abortions are performed on 5-month-old fetuses all the time. Or do we only call them humans if they're wanted?"
She continues, "No, fetuses are definitely humans – knit together in their mother's womb by their wonderful Creator who knows them all by name."
Monday, March 02, 2009
I took some time after church on Saturday night to drive to Universal City Walk and attend a Chris Tomlin concert. There were about 7000 people standing and clapping and singing PRAISE to God.
For about the first half, I did NOTHING BUT CRY!!! It was a glimpse of heaven for me, and it was powerful to see how many Christians there are living in and around Los Angeles. It shows that we do have a voice, and that voice sang in unison on Saturday night to the glory of God.
Chris talked about a website called www.onemillioncan.com that raises awareness for 7 different charities that are impacting our world. The goal of the site is to show what one million dollars can do, and that by doing our small part, we can do something to change the world in which we live. Here is one of the most gifted, talented guys on the planet trying to use his platform to share the Love of Jesus around the world.
Just ONE guy... being USED OF GOD... in a mighty, mighty, mighty way!
Yes, I was tired on Sunday morning, but it was well worth it. I pray that each of us will LONG to be a vessel in the hands of God. God can work wonders through any man or woman who truly dedicates himself or herself to Him. Take a moment and reflect on your availability. God is waiting and willing... are you?