Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Camping

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Eve Eve

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thanks to Sherry for an awesome video!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Thanks to everyone who was a part of "Give Your Best Gift To Jesus" this past weekend! It was amazing!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Three Generations Together for Thanksgiving


So, we were a bit out-numbered, but it was fun getting everyone together. This is me, my Dad and my two sisters with all of our children.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Treck #3

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Thanksgiving Treck #2

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Treck #1

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Breaking Out Christmas

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Us with Bob

This picture was taken at two in the morning. Pretty good for six hours of mastering! Thanks, Bob!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Mall Candy

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Finishing Videos During the Service

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Videos Now On Our Website

I'm excited that now you can watch messages from our weekend services in their entirety on our website. Check it out at www.communityoffaith.tv - click the "media/resources"link.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ok - I'm back!

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

This Weekend's Songs

This weekend's songs:
God is With Us
Marvelous Light
Desert Song
Amazing Grace(My Chains Are Gone)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Day Off


So, today I took a day off. We had a wonderful weekend, but it was good to have a day to veg. It was also my little girl's three year old birthday, so we just chilled.
I am not sure why, but I watched a little TV this morning and, for some reason, made a two hour documentary on David Hasselhoff a part of my day. What the heck?
I don't know why - I really don't. Thanks Bio Channel!

A New Creation


New Creation from FC Post on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

This Weekend's Songs

Happy Day
Blessed Be Your Name
From the Inside Out
Father, Will You Come (New Song!!)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Booming in Cancun!

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Puppy

The puppy's name is Jackson - thanks to Riley Kate, who after three days of trying to come up with a name, just blurted that one out and everyone loved it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

PuppyQuest 2008

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cancun Update

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Blogging with Robin

First, apologies for the audio. My computer was set to only record the microphone, not the audio coming from Robin's computer. But, this was already the second time we had done this vchat, so I was not about to ask her to do it again! Sorry, Villa! video

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What we are doing

We had an incredible weekend at COF the past two days. We kicked off our Spanish services at our Houston campus and had a wonderful turnout. We also had awesome services in English world here as we kicked off a new marriage series called "Upgrade." I love this graphic, btw (maybe just because I made it!)
Anyway, I was reading another blog this afternoon and the guy was commenting on a church he had attended last week. This comment caught my attention, "Obviously, the passion that the worship team displays is caught and reflected back by those who attend the church." I love that thought! That is what I want for COF - for our worship leaders to display our passion for Christ and His Kingdom in such a way that our people catch it and reflect it back. What a cool concept!

Friday, October 3, 2008

This Weekend's Songs

We had our community group over last night and one of my new friends requested that I make the song list available to the people coming to worship. He said he likes to get the songs, but they go so fast in worship that he doesn't have time to make a note of them.
So, I am going to try and post each week the song list for the weekend. We don't usually finalize it until Thursday - sometimes Friday, so I will post it on Friday mornings.
Here is this weekend's list:
God Is With Us - Northpoint
Sing, Sing, Sing - Tomlin
Burn For You - Fee
I Want to Live For You - Pocket Full of Rocks
Realize - Colby Caillat

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

POWER!

Thanks to an amazing person named Mike - who worked a 16 hour shift today and then came to our neighborhood on his own personal time and fixed a problem that the power company would not have scheduled for several more days, even weeks. Mike is our neighborhood hero - everyone is buzzing about a guy who would give of himself after working so hard for so many days!
His generosity and willingness to give of himself even when he is at the point of exhaustion is inspiring to all of us!
Thank you Mike!

Still Powerless

Well, we are still without power at my house. Day five. Our neighborhood has thousands of homes in it and there are only 78 left without power - of course, we are one of those 78!
According to the power company, they have left working in our area, so we have fallen to the bottom of the list. If you have seen any of the pictures from Houston on TV, the amount of people without power is still well over 1 million. We do have hot water and a generator, so we are thankful. Many do not.

Please say a prayer today for all of us still dealing with Ike and its aftermath. And enjoy your power today for all of us that can't yet!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hunker Down 8

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hunker Down 7

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Hunker Down 6

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Hunker Down 5

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Hunker Down 4

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Hunker Down 3

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Hunker Down 2

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Hunker Down Houston

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jesus Is My Friend

Well, it is making its way around my world. So, for those of you who haven't seen this amazing clip...enjoy!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Studio Construction Update

Check my post from 7-31-08 to see the difference!
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

I Give It Up (Live)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Seasons

The thing I love about life is that there are seasons. The thing I hate about life is that there are seasons.
I love the concept that where I am is not where I will be in the future - that there will be growth and change, hopefully maturity and depth. I love to look back and see what I have learned and how I have become a better version of me. It also excites me to know that, hopefully, I will continually evolve in the future.
On the other hand, changing seasons means that there are times when life is not so fun, when my outlook is not so positive and my walk with God is vague and dim and lifeless. In those times, I know in my heart that it is just a season and God wants to show me something or prune me. But, it doesn't feel so hot and I get really bogged down. I find myself trying to make the season pass - how funny is that? I try to get in whatever posture I need to be in to learn whatever I need to learn just so it will be over.
Then, I realize I have no more control over the seasons of life than I do the seasons of nature. God is working and if it is winter, I just need to trust that he is birthing something that I can't see - and Spring, close or far, is coming.
If you are in a tough season, hang in there.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Facebook Profile Pics

If you don't use FACEBOOK, just ignore this whole post.

You know how sometimes you will hit a friend from way back and then get into a whole new circle of friends that you haven't really hit before? This past week that happened to me. I got connected with a bunch of people from high school days.

The problem is I may recognize names, but can't really remember who I really knew and who I knew in name only. You know? I mean I haven't seen some of these people in 16 years! And many people are putting pictures of their kids or group shots on their profile pic, so I can't tell. Come on!

Let's all help the community. If you are FACEBOOKing, put a clear picture of yourself as your profile pic so dorks like me can make sure we know you before we ask or confirm a friend request. Save your cute pics of your kids for your picture file.

That's all I'm asking, people.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oaxaca Update 6

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Oaxaca Update 5

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Oaxaca Update 4

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Oaxaca Update 3

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Oaxaca Update 2

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oaxaca Update 1

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday Morning

Hope everyone had a great week!
Here are the songs for this weekend:

Your Grace Is Enough
For Who You Are
From the Inside Out
At The Cross
I Need You

I'm looking forward to a great weekend of worship and preaching before Matthew and I head off to Mexico next week to work with our team on the ground there. Be praying for us as we go make friends in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Read this in a book today and it stirred something in me:
"I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside."

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Beginning to Build Our Studio

We have been blessed with some space to create a small production studio on our 290 campus. Here is some video of the first project in this transformation - building a sound-proof wall.
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Creepy Blog

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Friday, July 18, 2008

When You Really Need the Power

In Mark, chapter 9 there is an account of Jesus healing a boy that has been tormented by a strong demon since he was very young. His father tells Jesus how hard it has been because the boy is mute and has had seizures that jeopardize his life.
The father asked the disciples to drive the spirit out, but they could not. It seems this demon is really strong, and the father desperately turns to Jesus for help. After a short dialogue, Jesus sets the boy free. His release is so violent that the people around think the boy is dead, but Jesus grabs his hand and helps him stand up.
Later, the disciples ask Jesus why they could not drive the spirit out. Here is the moment - as I am reading I am thinking, "Man, this thing was so strong Jesus had to use some special force to deal with it. It was beyond anything that anyone else could do." I am getting excited to read what this great secret power is that only Jesus had the perspective to utilize.
And in verse 29 Jesus says, "That kind of spirit can only be forced out by prayer." PRAYER! No cosmic collisions, no secret angel brigade, no magic, no incantation - just the pure power of communication with God.
If it is the strongest tool Jesus had just maybe it can be that for us!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Writing Songs For My Community

I have been intentional to focus more on songwriting lately. I am not the best at it, but I have discovered the power in a song that is birthed from within a community. There is something special when people connect with a song that was written by someone they know, someone who is sharing the journey with them.
In his book, Matt Casper made this comment about the original songs he heard in one morning service while visiting: "Yeah, I knew they weren't from the same song factory that cranks out the tunes performed at some of the other places we've visited. Maybe that's why they feel totally nonmanipulative as they pull the heartstrings. The best way I can think to describe them is 'organic anthems.'"
I recognize that there are amazing songs written by amazing songwriters much better than me - and I will continue to use them as a part of the worship experiences I oversee. But, I am finding the freedom to step into the joy of writing "organic anthems" for Community of Faith. Songs that come from who we are as a community and how God is calling us to impact our world.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Real World

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Cancun Worship Chat

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Song Posted on CCLI


My song "I Need You" just went live on CCLI's new website today. I am so excited to be sharing some of the music God is giving us with other churches around the world. CCLI's web-blast went out today to 160,000 email addresses and our song was featured in that blast.
I have already had three churches contact me about using the song in their services! Thanks, God!
Check it out here. It is in the OPEN MIC section.
Also, props to our awesome Tech Department for a great video!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Final Prep

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Just Right

Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up with something on your mind that kinda makes you a little anxious? I had one of those mornings. I woke up and went into my office to do some surfing and was reminded about Steven Curtis Chapman's loss of his daughter. So, I checked his site to get an update. Then, I read an email about a friend who's 15 year old daughter has been diagnosed with cancer.
Well, needless to say, I got a little bummed about losing loved ones - and I spent the rest of the morning playing "Hide and Go Seek" with my kids, thanking God the whole time for how wonderfully unique they are.
I was still kinda in a funk, and I sat down to read the Bible for a bit before I headed off to the church. Amazingly, the story that I read in the book of Mark and the follow up devotional point from Max Lucado was exactly what I needed to hear. It is so cool when God sees my heart and goes the extra mile to orchestrate a way to show His love for me.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Love it!

I Love It! They just opened a brand new one five miles from my house. If you are planning on having lunch with me in the next month, you better be thinking Arby's, Baby!

Thursday, July 3, 2008