Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wildwood Visitors

My brother Addison came up with some of his friends who form the Majesty Chorale from Wildwood to Laurelborok this past weekend for a retreat. It was nice to have my brother visit, since I'm usually the one that makes the hour drive down. The autumn weather was just right for some hiking. We paid the Laurelbrook Falls a visit.We brothers.
The daring few who made the hike to the waterfall.
This region has suffered from a severe drought and this is the first time that there's been water at the falls for the past few months. It was a blessing!

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Day to Remember

As you all know, today is October 22. This day definitely is a day to remember, here are a few items that come to mind:

  • It is the 18th birthday of my brother Addison! Yes, we do joke about the fact that he was born on this particular date. The story goes that my mom actually really wanted a girl, and so the day he was born really was a great disappointment to my folks...of course, it was just a joke.
  • Apple, Inc. posts the fiscal report of its most successful quarter in history.
  • It is the 2nd birthday for AudioVerse.org. If you haven't checked it out, visit www.audioverse.org to read about the amazing growth that AudioVerse has experienced and the blessing it has been to the whole world!
  • On a related note, it is the launching of VideoVerse.org! The sister of AudioVerse that provides free video sermons for download. Check it out at www.videoverse.org.
  • First official Board Meeting for Advent HOPE Sabbath School in Loma Linda, California.
  • 163 year anniversary of the Great Disappointment of 1844. If you will allow me to theologize a little here, I really don't find the 1844 misunderstanding of Christ's ministry in the heavenly sanctuary to be a great disappointment at all, seeing that it was clearly prophesied to occur centuries ago in Revelation chapter 10. To borrow C. Mervyn Maxwell's term, it was actually a "Magnificent Disappointment!" The REAL disappointment is the fact that God's people hasn't completed the work God has given them to do and Christ hasn't returned yet!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Houston, we have a problem...

...actually we don't have a problem. Luke and I were in Houston today on a site visit checking out the Hilton and George R. Brown Convention Center for the 2011 GYC. We had a great visit and our report has been submitted to the GYC ECOM for review. In the meantime, here's some photos of our visit here today:

The hotel surprised us with this very classy projection of our logo on a rippled waterfall display in the check-in lobby. They made a good first impression.

Here's a picture of the Houston downtown skyline from the roof of our hotel.

We also got to visit the largest church in America!

Here is Luke taking the opportunity to preach from Joel Osteen's pulpit.

Here's a wider picture of the stage with me trying to keep the audience's attention.

This church is the former Comcast Stadium. Lakewood completely gutted and remodeled it. They have 4 services each weekend with 15,000 people attending each time. That means 60,000 people attend this church every weekend. That's a lot of people.

We had an enjoyable trip. We'll see, maybe we'll be holding GYC in 2011 down the street from Joel Osteen.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Don't Delay!

For those of you who are planning on attending GYC this year. Let this be a gentle reminder to register by October 14 in order to take advantage of the early-bird discount! Don't wait until the last day, we experienced some issues with the heavy traffic that clogged our server on the last day of early-bird registration cutoff last year and would not want anyone to be inconvenienced in their registration process. Don't delay. Register today! Click here.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Students in their Right Minds

Recently I had an activity in my Bible class that engaged the right hemisphere of my students' brains. Here are some of their productions. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what we were studying?








As you can see, I've got some rather artistic students.