Monday, February 20, 2006

Mars Hill Church Seattle

As a Chaplain I get the privilage of preaching every week to America's newest soldiers. Every week I dive into God's Word to proclaim the truth. I spend so much of my time minsitering the one thing I have found is that I need to be ministered to. I have to get creative on that front. I don't really have a pastor here. I ahve friends but I don't have regular teaching I can sit under and grow in God's word. There's something about the preached Word that really changes us. I recently got my ipod and discovered the world of Podcasts. One comes from a church out in Seattle. I've sort of adopted their Pastor as mine. Every week I download his sermons to my high tech device. I like the way he brings the message. He's studied, but contemporary. He's funny yet always challenges me to think. If you too are like me and need a boost of good, free, Biblical teaching click the link below. If you live in the Seattle area go check out Mars Hill Church. Pastor Mark is preaching through the book of 1 Corinthians right now and the series is titled "Christians gone wild!" Isn't that a hoot. If you've read 1 Corinthians you know that is the truth. So study God's Word, with technology we just don't have any excuses anymore not to hear great teaching.
Blessings to everyone today!

Mars Hill Church Seattle

Saturday, February 18, 2006

You'll put your eye out!

The middle east is a dangerous place. Especially if you are a Marine. An especially if you are my friend Tony who one night engaged not the enemy but his buddies in some type of a glow stick fight. Glow sticks are those cool little devices that we use as temporary light sources. You break them in half and two chemicals mix together and they glow for about 8 hours. They come in all different colors. And evidently if you are a Marine you throw them at each other. You probably all remember your mom saying, “Stop that, you’ll put your eye out!” Well Tony as you can see from this picture almost did. Don’t worry… he’s fine and heading back home soon. I’ll be officiating his wedding in July and hopefully he will be healed up by then! By the way Tony, we are praying for you and can’t wait till you get back!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

This picture is from 2002 but it still brings back so many vivid memories. I remember crossing this bridge in Nepal. It felt like I was a mile high. It actually was only about 130 ft off the water. The wind blows through the gorge at a violent rate and the bridge swings from side to side. I’m deathly afraid of heights, but my friend Dave isn’t. That’s not a good combination especially when your friend Dave loves to see fear on your face. We crossed about 20 of these bridges in our 100 mile trek. But this one was the “MacDaddy”. Dave ran out to the middle and screamed, “Come on Brad, its OK, it barely moves!” So I took a step out and just when I was about 50 meters out onto the bridge, guess what he does? He starts swinging the thing back and forth. Visions of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, careened through my head. I could see myself falling to a tragic death! I screamed and ran like woman for the safety of the opposite side. I cursed Dave under my breath and then cursed him over my breath. “STOP THAT!” Dave laughed to the point of pain. Ha ha, real funny! Man I wish that guy was afraid of spiders or something! Hope you all enjoy the picture and imagine yourself 130' above the Kaligandaki Gorge. Its the deepest gorge in the world ans quite possibly the most beautiful places I've ever been. If you are interested you can read about Nepal and its geography on the web at:
I’ll go back again sometime in the next 5 years and bring back some more pictures!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Loving Jesus with your mind too!

Jesus was all about getting into the lives of the people he came into contact with. He was always keenly interested in people, in their lives, in their needs, in their pain, and in their stories. He also always told everyone the truth. He never pulled any punches. He never withheld what he thought would either bring the Father glory or bring someone to the Father. He had such a Divine love for people on a very earthy level. What I mean is that he was not benevolent from afar. In our government its great when politicians institute programs that benefit people. Its great as well when we in churches give money to causes that might meet a need that we ourselves can’t physically provide. But Jesus, was in the middle of it, right there. In His time on earth he wasn’t issuing decrees and ruling from a magnificent throne. He was lowly and among his subjects. I like that. In fact I want to live like that. I want to live a life among the subjects, among the warrior class. I want to be outside of hallowed walls and involved in peoples lives. The reason is that I believe the Gospel is that important. There are so many competing spiritual systems out there. They vie for our minds and the souls of those around us. It was Jesus’ love for human beings and this landscape of belief systems that led me into the study of philosophy and of Christian Apologetics. Now I’m no expert but I learned from experts and more importantly I learned from people who loved Jesus as well. They also love people enough to learn about what they believe. I think its crucial that I know what a Muslim, Hindu, Pagan or Buddhist believe. By examining what they believe and learning what they teach, then I pay my non-Christian friend an honor that most don’t do. I’m saying, “My friend you are valuable enough for me to spend time learning about what you believe!”
That’s why I’m encouraging you to check out this link I’ve pasted here. This conference will not just be about how to win an argument, who really cares about that anyway. Besides I don’t believe in conversion through an intellectual decision. What this conference will do will equip you with tools that may help remove barriers for your friends that keep them from the Gospel. God may just use you in their lives. You can demonstrate how you live out your faith by studying and learning about Islam or Wicca. It’ll enable you to love people by genuinely presenting the truth not beating them with it. I think people have been beat up enough anyway. Remember the Lord Jesus said to love Him with all your heart soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself! Remeber your neighbor is anyone you come into contact with, even someone who doesn't beleive like you!
Here’s the link

The songs of life- Thanks to mom

My home was filled with music and people growing up. Mom loved music and can play an assortment of instruments but her favorites are th...