It’s the 5TH Sunday of May in 2009, and here are my takeaways from Life Pointe Church in Homestead Florida this morning:
– Richie N. is on a mission every Sunday morning at 7:20 AM.
– All he wants to do is transform a movie theatre lobby into a church lobby.
– Anne J. was back in town and taking charge of the Hospitality section.
– J.T. gave free tours of his hot new bright red sports car in-between services.
– J.T. stated that he is NOT having a mid-life crisis.
– J.T. does NOT make old age noises while getting in and out of his low-rider.
– J.T. does NOT wish to get a speeding ticket on the Turnpike.
– Kelly D. was looking for material for her Monday morning show on CALL-FM.
– She may talk about … JUICE.
– Everything was back to normal for the early 9 AM service.
– That’s because Rita B. was back where she belongs.
– Pastor Travis led this week’s teaching subtitled ‘Men Of A Revolution’.
– Jesus Christ is my role model.
– He sparked a revolution.
– I wish to constantly lift Him up – not myself or others.
– Nobody even comes close to Him.
– I choose to love God in public.
– I love Him more than any one and any thing.
– I choose to be a revolutionary man.
– The world should be able to clearly see God’s glory in me.
– Where your treasure is – that’s where your heart is.
– Just because you’re strong doesn’t mean you’re superior.
– Just because you’re weak doesn’t mean you’re inferior.
– Jesus honoured us by becoming weak and loving us as is.
– Jesus died for us so that we could live.
This week’s teaching was based on the following Scriptures:
– 1 Peter 3:7
– John 1:1, 14
– Colossians 3:19
– 1 Timothy 2:8
– Titus 2:1, 2, 6
– Ephesians 5:31-32
– 1 Corinthians 7:1-7
As I begin this post it’s barely after 7 AM on a Saturday morning, but I’m ready to go all ‘Retro’ on you right now ! The fact of the matter is that I’m leaving for the Florida Keys with a buddy in a couple of hours, and we may head all the way down to the end of the road – Mile Marker Zero – in the heart of Key West. If we reach the end then we probably won’t be back until late tonight, so I wanted to get this posted now in that event.
About 21 years ago during the Spring of 1988 my Mom, Dad, and Brother visited me here in America’s Riviera for the first time ever. We actually stayed at a popular hotel resort in Key Largo (bayside), and we drove all the way down to Key West in our rental car. (I didn’t even own a car at the time.) I think it was the very first visit for all of us into the Florida Keys.
I’ve actually visited Key West via cruise ship more so than via automobile. In fact I’ll be there again on the Tuesday after Labor Day in September as part of another short Carnival cruise that I’ll be on. Key West is a fun town. It’s a nice place to visit every now and then. It seems so far away from Homestead and points north – besides its geographic location. It’s like a whole different world down there.
21 years ago in 1988 when we were discovering the Florida Keys for the first time this tropical song was emerging as a megasmash on the radio. As it turns out it became the biggest-selling (platinum) and longest-running single of their long historic careers. I’m talking of course of the legendary Beach Boys. Here’s their ENORMOUS 1988 smash “Kokomo”.
– ‘Be alert for new opportunities in business or pleasure.’
– I went to work at 6 AM this morning.
– And I just got home about an hour ago (6:30 PM).
– But I didn’t just get home from work.
– I was at work for 10½ hours.
– 3 of those hours were inside a conference room giving briefings.
– I’m all talked out.
– My voice is hoarse of course of course.
– I don’t think I’ll speak again until … tomorrow morning at work.
– After 10½ hours at work I proceeded directly to Downtown Homestead.
– I met this good friend at this cool place.
– The White Lion Cafe is Homestead’s finest dining establishment – by far.
– I don’t care what Patricia and Venus say about it !
– Any meal out is a real treat for me.
– Eating food is one of my favourite hobbies.
– I could do it all day.
– But where does it all go ?
– It all goes in all of the normal spots, but I just hide it better than others.
– Bigger shirts help out.
– I’m too sexy for my shirt – too sexy for my shirt – so sexy it hurts.
– No not really – not even close.
– Don’t mind me I’m just full of … FOOD !
– So yeah tomorrow is Friday.
– I’ve got your ‘Blogroll Review’ planned for tomorrow night.
– I have a general idea of who will win this week’s ‘Major Bloggie’ award.
– But it’s not too late to get your considerations published on the interwebs.
– Blogging is my ministry.
– It’s my way of helping to expand God’s Kingdom.
– If I can lead one lost soul to God then it’s all worth it.
– I’ve already done that, but I’ll never be satisfied.
This is one of my favourite songs of my 1,000+ day journey. It’s Columbus Ohio dude John Reuben hangin’ out with one of his good buddies – fellow Ohioan Matt Thiessen (of Relient K fame). This is their 2005 Christian Rock smash “Nuisance”.
John Reuben is currently touring the Great U.S. Midwest. Relient K are currently wrapping-up production of their new studio album titled “Forget And Not Slow Down”. It is expected to be released this October.
You know you want it:
1. In just about a week Homestead has gone from brown and crunchy to green and lush. That’s what 10 inches of rain – over a foot in some areas – will do to the surrounding landscape. We are now right smack in the middle of a tropical rain forest. That’s why they call this ‘America’s Riviera’.
2. I could use another three-day weekend like this past weekend. I used Saturday and Monday as my ‘stay-at-home’ / ‘get-caught-up’ days, and I used Sunday as my ‘play-outside-with-friends’ day. I enjoyed all three days in their own special ways. I’m thinking about repeating the scenario this weekend by taking Friday off. It all depends on my requirements at my workplace.
3. Yesterday was Memorial Day – a day that we set aside each year to honour those who served, fought, and died defending our country and our freedom. Unfortunately in this new day and age our Armed Forces are not recognized and respected for the hard work that they do for us around the clock and around the world. Our military heroes should never ever be written off or forgotten.
4. Say what you will about this recent Miami Herald article, but I think that the news of Homestead’s death has been greatly exaggerated. I strongly believe that she will recover rather nicely once the global recession eases and the full-blown economic expansion presses forward full blast. Thousands of people moved down here to Homestead from 2002 to 2007 for a reason, and they will resume their MASSIVE migration southwestward sooner rather than later. There are already signs that this is starting to occur. History has shown us over and over again that with each new recession the expansion that follows is bigger and stronger than any previous one before it.
5. The month-long celebration that is my 42ND birthday continues for another couple of weeks. I’ve already celebrated it with my family over in North Texas, and now I hope to do the same with my friends and family here in Homestead. If you’re looking for that something special to treat me with for my very special day then you simply can’t go wrong with … FOOD !