Saturday, June 30, 2007
"Where your treasure is, there also will
your heart be."
Here's one idea for a caption under the photo that will be taken by
the Auburn Journal on Sunday morning:
Auburn Preacher Dyes Trying
to Meet Needs
After the men's breakfast this morning, I'm
scheduled to meet with Nancy Dailey
member who is also skilled in the process of
bleaching and hair-coloring).
Last night it was announced that our
between the Boys
and the Girls
had raised a combined
$1,079 for ministry among children
in Liberia and
The Girls were formally recognized as the
Although I hadn't planned to take up another
I asked for a 5 year old boy and 5 year old
girl to come forward. Sometimes I forget how
special 5 year olds are.
I asked them each
to hold an offering plate--just as we had
done each night of our Vacation Bible
(18), our soundman, then ran up to
challenge other adults to follow his lead
and add to the Children's Offering.
"Surprise...surprise." An additional
amount came in:
$95.00 came in from Girls
came in from Boys (& men)
with the girls still in the lead
More to write from reading today's news but
haven't the time to spare right now.
Google-ads are designed to appear in places of
It doesn't surprise me
to see these links next to the morning's INBOX
50 years ago McCartney met Lennon:
Today's Taliban Militancy in Pakistan:
Friday, June 29, 2007
It was decided last night that my
'hair-coloring' would actually take place
(since some of the children at VBS attend
However, I'm still supposed to show up at
church on Sunday with
How do I already know the color
when the competition isn't even over yet?
Last night the Boys voted
their number one choice. Likewise, the
Girls also chose
Therefore, no matter who wins the
competition, that's gonna be the color of my
So, today's assignment:
We had a really sweet time in Vacation Bible
School last night.
There was a
fifteen-minute invitation time at the end of
the evening and a number of children from
ages 6-12 came forward.
As well, several children 5 and under came
forward to sit at the altar and talk with
the Rosenau sisters.
They came to talk about
all kinds of issues. A lovely sight.
Here's the UPDATE on our Children's Offering
for Pakistan and Liberia:
Learn more about our personal invitation
Holy Spirit to get involved with indigenous
pastors in these two nations:
This is a song I wrote while
I visited Liberia in February, 2004.
For more on Liberia, click
Click here for Pakistan
Yesterday at lunchtime, Cathy and I attended
where we heard a guest speaker address Home
Health Care for Seniors.
Afterwards, we met the key speaker, Buck Shaw,
and expressed an interest in having
Cathy work for his company after we make the
move to Auburn.
Here's a note that came in yesterday:
Hello Pastor Rob and Cathy,
I want to invite you to my workplace to
celebrate my 6th year anniversary on Sunday July
My brothers will be here to help me entertain my
It starts at 2:00 till 5:00, maybe
longer. There will be hamburgers and fixings.
I want to let you know we will be playing
worldly music, plus we get to throw in a few
gospel songs here and there.
So, I won't make it to church but I
will hear it on the internet.
I do enjoy listening to each sermon while I work
in my office. You're very welcome to jam with
Love to you both,
Vicki, YOU are real important to me. I feel that God
wants us to RADICALLY grow this church--in DIVERSE
ways--mostly through OUTREACH.
Is it alright to invite others to come?
Vicki replied: I am so glad you can make it.
I have a Mickey Mouse keyboard waiting for you.
Cathy, we need your talent too. Don't forget the
The answer is yes. Everyone would be
welcome to drop by on Sunday afternoon. Looking
forward to a fun time.
I love the blogging about the Children's
Offering! It's so great to be able to share with
those so less fortunate than we are.
Wish I could have made it to VBS, I know
everyone is having such a wonderful sharing with
Emma and Janae are getting so blessed
....and finally, here is a duet sung
by Renee Clark and son
Anthony (way back in April)
There are No Orphans
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Yesterday, at the Gym, the man cycling next
to me noticed that I had the large print
propped up and was making notes in a
journal during cycle-sermon prep-time.
showed me his book and asked me if I had
ever read it. The guy began 'a spiritual
Turns out that he is the owner of the place
and is deeply involved in ministry at
Bayside of Granite Bay.
His name is
Yeah, when God reveals a name,
it is important to
remember that name.
I woke up early
reflecting upon how to be more effective as
a witness for Jesus Christ.
remember I am turning fifty in July. I have
chosen to let this fiftieth year serve as a
I desire to make decisions based upon a
personal goal of seeking the Lord for a
'quadrupling' effect upon the souls of
I really haven't been keeping count...
...if I helped to reach
first twenty-five years of my public witness,
would like to have helped reach an
additional one hundred
during the next twenty-five years.
Cathy and I went apartment-hunting again
We really want to focus upon reaching
out to unchurched families in Auburn.
About the Children's Offering:
are now in the lead.
Hopefully, the Boys (and men) and
Girls (and women)
will be blessed to give some more tonight.
I still don't know how I'm gonna work out
the hair coloring
for Sunday morning.
I started to mess
around with the possibilities on 'clay pastorob'
in the slideshow at the top of this page.
I wonder if we should ask punk-rock-Lisa
consult with us.
I have my email account with google. The
advertising is low-key and seeks to identify
and target my interests.
I spoke in
Missions Class last night about serving as a
missionary while employing one's interest in
a mission field.
It has often been said in Stewardship
teachings that a quick scan of one's
checkbook will reveal where the priorities
in one's life.
Likewise, taking any sort of
biopsy of one's activities will be quite
Sometime, I'm gonna sit in the thinking
chair (Sparky) and work out my thoughts on 'targeted' advertising.
Watching what google-ads chooses for me has been
I am always interested in hearing about a
person's childhood--especially to learn if
they have had any spiritual background.
'hunting and gathering' current events in the
daily news, I've shown an interest in Paris
So targeted news stories
about Paris shows up in my google-ads.
This is why I have included an
excerpt from Larry King's interview with
feel like God does make
everything happen for a
reason," she said. "And it gave me, you know,
out in life just to really find out what is
what I want to do, figure out who I am."
Educated in Roman
she's "always been religious" and "always had a
sense of spirituality but even more so after
She bought a Bible from
the jail commissary and
read it daily, she said. Asked to name her favorite
passage, she smiled and looked away.
"I don't have a
favorite," she said.
here for more
I think the story above
is worthwhile reading IF
it spurs me on to share
the Gospel more and
A 'time out' has
been good for
the eunuch in his
interpretation of her
Bible-reading may still
be lacking. May God
raise up a witness (like
Phillip) for her.
During this summer of
Vacation Bible Schools,
I suggest that It is
important to prayerfully
leading precious souls
to a 'saving knowledge'
of Christ Jesus.
wouldn't know that I
boundaries and even
if you happen across
this page, exercise your
freedom to click below and answer
this important question:
Wha Yo Nay?
Certain children in our
VBS are showing a
pray that those of us
who are laboring in this
field will be fully
guided by the Holy
I woke up realizing
times--yesterday I was
May today be more
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Here's some exciting news about the
Children's Offering we are raising in VBS.
The final offering will be combined and
prayerfully sent to our personal connections
in both Liberia
from the Auburn Journal is planning to send
a photographer to our Sunday morning service
to find out what color the preacher's hair
is gonna be!
(See yesterday's entry for more details...)
Hmm...maybe someone ought to let the
picketers know that there's another special
event at BellRoad.
To learn/see more about my personal involvement
with the pastors of a local church in
either of these
two nations, please click below:
After VBS last night, I hung out with
until midnight--talking about
that we are certain
God will unveil in the
days immediately ahead of us. Yeah, we
talked until midnight!
I told Dave about the apartment complex that
Cathy and I viewed yesterday.
It is a modest
place but there were many neighborhood
children seen running around in the adjacent
I nudged Cathy and said,
"I am guessing that most of those kids are unchurched!"
The families of unchurched children are a
primary target group that I wanna reach out
toward in rebuilding a congregation for
Sundays at BellRoad:
See souls saved, baptized, delivered, and
I think a final decision about moving here
is soon upon us.
I have been waiting for some time to see a
film that was released earlier this week:
A Mighty Heart (starring Angelina Jolie
as Mariane Pearl).
I don't know when I'll have the chance to
view the movie but I want for that to happen
I googled for showtimes and
notice that it is currently playing in Elk
Grove (near Galt) and in Roseville (near
The film was shot on location in
The locations have personal connection with
our local church for two reasons.
1) Our VBS
Children's Offering is going to
plant seeds of Gospel hope in
At VBS, we are already seeing photos of the
very children our offering will be planted
I welcome the opportunity to travel
vicariously to Pakistan through this movie.
2) After a brief tour of Southern
California venues, our church
be going to
with the New America Singers. There she will
have the opportunity to meet
have made plans to
travel through India with the Team.
has been invited to
Pakistan (by Pastor Shamas)
and this prospect is a matter of heartfelt
Here's are two excerpts from a review I read
in my pre-screening research:
Winterbottom succeeds in presenting a fast-paced
movie that visually embraces the
locations where it was masterfully shot.
Toward the end of the movie, Jolie notes that
is the frontline in the West's battle against a vast
international network of terrorists:
"Wherever there is misery, they find people, and there is
misery in lots of parts of the world."
This is as much of a message as the movie offers.
And it's a postmodern movie moment, for
it's hard to tell if Pearl's speaking or whether it's Jolie,
the goodwill ambassador for the UN commission on
refugees. I suppose the true answer is that it's both.
for this particular article)
(and more about Brad Pitt and
with links to a number of other
issues from People magazine:
Someday, one of our church members will
write me to ask
"Why would a preacher even bother to read articles
about Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie in People magazine?"
I certainly would enjoy talking that out . .
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
"Let us run with
patience the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith."
This is our memory verse for VBS this week.
It looks like I might come to church Sunday
morning with a different color of hair.
the first time in recent history, the BellRoad VBS is having
between the Boys and the Girls.
We began doing that during our years at FBC
Galt and it became a highlight of the week
for many children.
This may be a humble
beginning for my years of working among
children in Auburn but remembering the verse
I am encouraged to keep my eyes on
On Family Night (Friday), I am going
to let the winners vote for which color to
dye my hair.
You know, certain people have suggested that
I 'take care of the gray'...
but I don't
think that any of these concerned
individuals were considering the colors I
have heard mentioned:
to help children in
. . .and the other half will be sent to Pastor
(pictured here) with some children from
at 5:44 AM ...a chat box pops up from the Philippines:
is sharon with you?
day as a
a sign .
But that 'bad Company corrupts good character'...
(I'm reminded of the promo for 'Consider This'...
for me I
Did you hear my Sunday Sermon?
click to listen:
Wha Yo Nay?
"Bless that Wonderful Name of
. . . No
up' at FBC
to GO to
its still an easy one for him to miss because of 'sleeping
in on Sunday' before going to work.
that. Remember his dance in the video
"So You Think You Can American Idol?"
under the Lordship of Christ...
and trust in His Spirit...
Wha Yo Nay?
Monday, June 25, 2007
Throughout the week, I really struggled with
preparation for yesterday's message.
with the support of my precious wife (and
the faithful prayers of my local church
members), I stepped up to preach.
With that behind me, we had lunch with the
Welcome Team that
Les Andrews is organizing.
Then I started setting up A/V for this
week's VBS at BellRoad. I'm serving as the
upfront person during the Rally each night.
We started back to Galt at 7:00 p.m.
I've been getting the Sunday Message ready
for uploading. I hope you enjoy it. It is
nearly 2:00 a.m. as I write.
We're all heading up to Auburn today for
the entire week of our VBS (GameDay
Listen to this week's message:
Wha Yo Nay?
No kidding. I am not a trained
linguist. However, I googled
and then found that someone
had put together
this brief dictionary (as a 'special
feature' for the SermonSeries Director's
having something special
everything is okay
ten fo feif
me ten for five
for a puim
for a swim
is it going
tek yu to cord
will take you to court
won bah dattin tu oh
want to buy that as well
please do me a favour
gimmi tu dalla
please give me two dollar
you very much
are you laughing
Sunday, June 24, 2007
from my buddy, Greg Brayton, in Michigan:
Last couple chemo
treatments coming up. Then we do a CT scan and
find out if itís having any effect.
Two weeks ago yesterday
I went in to the hospital with pneumonia. Bummer
spent a week in there.
Very sick. Last week was spent here at home
recovering. Iím still short of breath sometimes,
still feel like Iím gonna get sick every so
often not very hungry. Finally loosing weight on
this crappy diet! I knew it would happen if I
just stuck with it ha ha.
Iíve still been writing
which is good. I figure God must have more for
me to do. Several folks wanta get in here and
record as well, so Iíll get stronger with Godís
help, and do the work that needs to be done.
Last week I was just
too tired to write or call. So I have a favor to
ask you. Spend some time listening not just
praying to God. Be still for a few minutes. Now,
how does God want you to pray for me? For
yourselves? For your family and friends? People
ask me all the time, how do you want us to pray
for you? Right now I just want to keep my glad
and grateful attitude, my desire to make music
for God, and get healthy in the process.
Ok Iíve asked for
something but notice where I put healthy. Down
the list a bit, because Iíve learned in my short
time here, that if I do things to please God,
many things fall in to place. Not everything.
God knows what I need to go through to make me a
better person for Him. If you really listen to
the Holy Spirit, God will tell you how to pray.
Again I thank you so
much for your prayers and good wishes.
I can feel the love.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
We just received news that
passed away this morning. Jim was attending
a conference at Saddleback Church. He
reported not feeling well last night and
went to his room. Someone found him this
Jim was the Intentional Interim Pastor at
BellRoad for one year and had become dear to
the hearts of many people in Auburn. I knew
Jim from our years together in the Delta
I enjoyed being with my brothers and sisters
in a prayer meeting last night. Sweet,
Google has a channel at YouTube that should
be a place to check regularly for staying
abreast of technological stories like the
Here's a story that pops up this morning from
an Internet news source. Yesterday in Iraq.
Written differently than most I see:
Came to Galt last night...but tomorrow night is
Auburn Family night on the streets of our new
town. So, that's where we will be, Lord willing.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Joe decided to reside at the Airport in
Bangkok for 40-50 hours until his flight
that lets him join his wife in Manila. Due
to ticket problems, they weren't able to
travel together. I tried to get him to go to
a hotel and get at least one night's sleep
on a bed but he seemed determined to make it
work at the airport.
Awhile ago, Deacon
Mike suggested I teach an
entry-level seminar about the Internet and
computers. For various reasons, there is a
significant number of people at BellRoad who
lack knowledge and experience in this area.
One of our seniors,
in yesterday. She told me that she and
have had a granddaughter teach them about
their computer every step along the way.
I've learned much of what I know because we
have kept up with the technology alongside
our growing children. However, now that
they're starting to move on, it isn't as
easy as grabbing hold of a resident
On Sunday, Cathy left her iPod in my
office. For the first time, I decided to try
to figure out how to use the little thing
the shuffle (retail 79 USD).
VCRs have come and gone without my ever
learning how to program one. I've noticed
many of the people at the Gym using an iPod.
Although I like to take a book with me and
study while cycling or climbing, I thought
that it would be good to get in on that
technology--especially since my sermons are
on a podcast
Above was a link I found to my SermonPlayer
and rss but I
couldn't figure out how to get the messages from
there to the iPod.
I plugged the little guy into the USB port and
saved a sermon onto it...but it must've saved in
a data sector because I couldn't hear it.
I noticed that James
Moore was online, so I opened a chat.
He didn't know how to do the iPod.
was online, so in my chat with him, I asked
again. He didn't know.
online from the airport in Bangkok, Thailand. He
didn't know either. He has a different mp3
player but he googled "iPod manuals" and located
this page. That was helpful.
I noticed the unit right away, downloaded the
manual, and learned that I needed to download an
iTunes Library in order to upload podcasts to
Here is a page with SermonPlayers (and podcasts)
from around the U.S. (click
So, now I kinda know how to use an iPod.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I came up to Auburn in the afternoon yesterday
because there our monthly Leadership Council was
meeting. Daniel is working here this week so he
stayed over with me last night.
We discussing plans for September Outreach.
I'm going to concentrate on reading and writing
today. Then, I have some letters to write and
calls to make.
If anything out-of-ordinary comes up, I may be
Here's an interesting story about YouTube's
unique involvement with the Presidential
Monday, June 18, 2007
If you read yesterday's entry, you'll remember
that our little dog was killed on Saturday
After church, I noticed that Mary was holding a
kitten with a handicapped paw. Apparently the
pitiful creature was discovered in the 'suicide
lane' in downtown Galt during a Saturday night
run to SaveMart.
I generally have to be the tough one...'no more
While I was preaching yesterday, I took that
I departed from my carefully-edited sermon
transcript and told a story that I had heard
just the night before.
I named names...
Nothing wrong in my heart(as far as I know)--but
probably the story is better without names...
So, after some reconsideration,
I re-edited the audio to
drop a couple personal references. If you
were thinking along the same lines, I appreciate
Cathy is nodding approvingly.
When this preacher stands to deliver a message
from God's Word, I have prayed over the content
(and form) of what I am about to attempt: to
rightly divide the message of the Bible.
Others have also prayed for me to experience
God's power to preach His Word.
In The Joy of Preaching,
Philips Brooke wrote
"Preaching is Truth through Personality."
I hope that the Truth comes through and (even)
that somehow my personality will be be seasoned
with salt and full of grace.
May you more fully receive the Blessing--
when you choose to
here and listen.
Blessed be the Lord our God and Savior forever .
and on this sunny, Monday
Sunday, June 17, 2007
It is Father's Day. I woke up around 3:30 and
have given about 30 minutes to upload today's
Cathy and I spent Friday and Saturday night in
Auburn. We've have walked the streets of
downtown and old town Auburn (during the day and
Last night, after Caitlin's Dinner for the UGM,
Cathy and I took a short drive to Downtown
Auburn in order to walk a loop through Old Town
Our slow walk took us from 9:20 to 10:30 p.m.
Almost immediately after getting out of the car,
Cathy received a text message from Mary (who was
staying with her brothers last night).
"I've got to talk to Dad"
I called her immediately and braced myself for
whatever was going to follow.
"Dad," she cried,
"don't tell Mom....but
Capo got hit by a car and he's dead."
Of course, I would have to tell Cathy
because she was standing there watching my
facial expressions and listening intently for
any clues about the subject matter of the return
Capo was a small Corgie Terrier that joined our
family in the days that followed the sudden
death of Cathy's mother.
Cathy loved that little dog and Capo was the
perfect pet for her. I broke the news to her and
broke her heart just a little more. I have
delivered that sort of news to my sweetheart
several times during our many years together.
Downtown was rather quiet with just a few small
clusters of people we passed along our way. They
weren't any more aware of our small tragedy than
we were of their night's events.
In Old Town, I heard some raw rock music
playing, so we followed the sound a strong voice
hitting some high notes. A tall, young man
with tattoos stood directly in front of the bar
with his arms folded talking to a couple others
(as I cocked my head to look past him to look
for the source of the sound).
The place has a neon light: California. Inside
was a three-piece band (Strat, Bass, and Drums).
I didn't recognize the song but the singer was
hitting notes out of my range.
An hour later, on the way back to the car, I
broke through my own wall of indifference long
enough to meet a young man named Aaron who lives
above a Pizza Bar with four other young people.
It appears that a couple of them work there AND
rent the spacious apartment above. The young
people were skateboarding on the sidewalk.
We were invited to stop in for Pizza sometime. I
suppose that we will do that and see if we can
invite Aaron and his household up to BellRoad
Well, we've gotta start...
Friday, June 15, 2007
Last night we rented Tyler Perry's "Daddy's
The DVD's special features included an extended
church scene at the Wheat Street Baptist Church.
Tonight, we will be back in Auburn for Alisha's
Mission Dinner. We will learn about her work in
Tomorrow is Caitlin's Senior Project Dinner (to
benefit the Union Gospel Mission).
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Cathy, Mary and I came back to Galt last night.
I've been occupied with extended-family matters
most of the day.
Yesterday, Greg Denham
(from Auburn's Calvary Chapel) called to invite
us to get involved with them in a community
outreach on July 28th and 29th. I told Greg that
I had just opened a sealed 'Visitor's Packet' at
our Outreach Meeting last Sunday. He's a good
guy. He's always the first to offer a prayer at
the end of conversation.
I met Alisha Rosenau
in person last night. We had interacted some
over the Internet while she was still in Mexico.
She'll be home for the summer.
Today, a fellow named
returned my call. He's a gifted guitarist who
had given several years of his life to ministry
at BellRoad. I had called him to talk about
music--hoping that he might wanna come back and
help me with the challenges ahead.
But, alas, he is now firmly grounded in an
exciting ministry at Bayside Church (near
Roseville). Still, Terry has agreed to pray with
me about seeing God bring us
Daniel Teale (below).
He wants to see the kind of ministry happening
at Bayside (100 people a week getting saved...)
occur through 'any' church in Auburn.
Yeah, pray for BellRoad with me, Terrry!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Late posting today...due to being in a long,
vision-driven chat with Brandon (our youth
I cc'd Brandon to another vision-driven chat
with my Australian friend, Daniel Teale
(still working on getting
him to come to the foothills and fulfill all
Here's his myspace profile (click on the frame).
I met Daniel through his YouTube postings.
I had a talk about Baptism with
yesterday. So, I'm looking forward to that.
Cathy, Mary, and I are heading up to Auburn
today. It will be a busy weekend for the church.
coming home from her long-term Mexico mission
and will be presenting on Friday. One of our
Caitlin, is completing her Senior
Project at the church on Saturday night. She is
raising money for the Union Gospel Mission with
a benefactor's dinner.
Caitlin has asked me to perform some
music as part of the evening.
So, there is a wave-of-activity that I've gettin'
ready to jump on and ride through Sunday
Last night, Cathy and I finally watched Will
Smith's movie: The Pursuit of Happyness (a true
story). I kept hearing that it was sad...and
about 'homelessness'...but not much else.
It was an important film for us because we have
a background in being part of the process in
helping people who are on the outside looking
The important meetings and chats of the last few
days are likened to seeds that have been
planted. So, this entry simply waters the
Outreach Meeting, the Membership Class, the
Baptismal Formula, the monthly Remembrance, the
Sermon Series, BellRoad University, Sunday
School, the Artist-in-Residence Program, etc.
Cathy and I are on-the-move...to live in the
foothills. So, its gonna be a whirlwind of
activity ahead. MUCH prayer requested.
The chats are safely stored and excerpts will be
shared upon request by those who show an
interest in VISION.
Brandon is trying out a new website for his
youth group. Gmail targeted me with this site.
The software's analysis of my keywords must
figure that I might be interested in this new
service by a bay area Dad. Brandon and I talked
about the issues and felt needs involved with
click here for Eye to I (this is just
....and then, there's the case of one of our
newest members: Christy.
She's on myspace. Check out her high school graduation photo!
Meanwhile, Christy is probably the youngest
member of our Genesis class. Well,
Kurt) have a business and I've
started to acquaint myself with their webpage:
We've chosen them to be our Mortgage Broker.
They are quite the couple. Kurt is soft-spoken
and Christy? Well, maybe this will help
you get to know her better. I'm thrilled that
they are onboard to help build up BellRoad.
I saw your Sunday vlog and posted a link on my
journal just now..... haha you've got
Well, we're gonna have some fun in the weeks
ahead...with the high-tech church at 707
On my journal last week sometime, I gave a link
to a pretty cool video vlog site....Here is a
guy named Jim Howard, from Florida, who has been
experimenting with this stuff for some time:
people call it guts. My family says, ďitís
no brains.Ē I would say 99.99999% of the
world will never see it, and that .00001% that
does, will just hoot!
Maybe something will come of it. My business is
heading that way, which could be a good thing or
a bad thing depending on your outlook.
I remember when realtors first started to use
photos on their business cards or on their
ads. Of course the best looking photos got the
most response. Are we surprised by this? Nope.
People are artificial, but none-the-less,
technology has enabled us to ďseeĒ who we want,
when we want, and even though I donít think you
can always trust your eyes, seeing is believing!
here for Christy Sandhoff's gutsy vlogs
Monday, June 11, 2007
I haven't skipped this much journaling in
a long, long time. Listen to yesterday's
message and maybe you'll understand better why I
Hey, Paris Hilton
called Barbara Walters and said that God has
given her a second chance. The article doesn't
mention Jesus...but this might be a sign that
the Real God is at work in a small jail cell
down in L.A.
Paris, when you get out, come on up to BellRoad
and learn about Jesus, OK?
Cathy and I had a time of refreshment yesterday
Another Sunday--having 'delivered the goods'--
I sighed a peace-filled release of contentment.
We spontaneously decided to pull off the road
and have dinner at Logan's in Elk Grove (around
9:00 p.m.) before making the final jaunt back to
Such an encouragement:
Mike McCall visited BellRoad yesterday. I
asked him to come up on the platform and serve as
our Reader during the sermon.
This Monday morning has been invested thus far in the editing
of yesterday's message for broadcast purposes.
hope it will refresh your spirit...
CLICK HERE for Yesterday's Message:
At the end of the message, Mike and I shared a heartfelt public invitation to
receive Christ's gift of salvation:
A, B, C prayer
18 year old visitor, prayed from her seat and
gave her life to Jesus!
That made my day! Several people
ministered to Cerissa during the hour that
followed. She was welcomed into the family of
God with great joy by all.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I never got that long walk with the Word yesterday. Last week I had made
a commitment to help deal with someone's family
issue so that's what I did for a couple hours...
At our prayer meeting last night, we read from Daniel 9 to reflect upon
the heart of an intercessor:
. . . in the first
year of his reign, I, Daniel,
understood from the Scriptures,
according to the word of the LORD given
to Jeremiah the prophet, that the
desolation of Jerusalem would last
seventy years. So I turned to the Lord
God and pleaded with him in prayer and
petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth
I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:
"O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with
all who love him and obey his commands,
we have sinned and done wrong. We have
been wicked and have rebelled; we have
turned away from your commands and laws.
We have not listened to your servants
the prophets, who spoke in your name to
our kings, our princes and our fathers,
and to all the people of the land. . ."
We took turns reading while interjecting devotional
thoughts, then concluded the reading with 1:20-23.
While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin
and the sin of my people Israel and
making my request to the LORD my God for
his holy hill-while I was still in
prayer, Gabriel, the man I had
seen in the earlier vision, came to me
in swift flight about the time of the
He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give
you insight and understanding. As soon
as you began to pray, an answer was
given, which I have come to tell you,
for you are highly esteemed. Therefore,
consider the message and understand the
Our time in prayer was encouraging to
me. I heard a sister ask the Lord to be generous
in giving His Spirit. That request blessed me
with a vision of the Holy Spirit being 'poured
out' in fullness upon the lives and
relationships in our church.
My son, Daniel, spent the night with me after the prayer meeting. He is
working all week for a church member.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I had missed the last two weeks of Tuesday
prayer with area pastors. So, I drove to Meadow
Vista to meet with them yesterday. We prayed for
revival among us.
After work last night, Daniel drove back to
Galt. I stayed here in Auburn. Then Daniel is
planning to drive back up to stay with his
employer's house a couple days.
If you have time to check out a new TV blog site
being hosted in Israel. It is an interesting use
of the Internet. Here is a guy in Miami who is
reviewing a site:
He saw me online as a guest this morning and
greeted me. Here is a fellow, Jim Howard,
who has invested years using the Internet.
Obviously this type of study could absorb too
much time but as an introduction to
video-streaming sites, Jim's videos serve that
Here is the site where I was the only viewer
watching Jim's show. He was curious about who I
Today, I have planned to dig into God's
Word--hard copy on a long walk. Tonight at 6:00 p.m. is our
prayer meeting followed by the Praise Team
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Daniel and I are up at 6:00 a.m. and about to
leave for the Men's Breakfast.
Last night, we went to Jimmy and Chet's last
night for a long-table, sit-down supper with
other guests: Heidi, Brandon, Tim, Robin, and
Clarisse (and baby Lukas).
Joe and Sharon called in from Laos around
midnight. They are seeking the Lord for how best
to invest themselves after the NAS trip ends for
them (July 24th).
Ben Rosenau has written from his Mission Trip in
CLICK HERE to
view his letter.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Stayed in Auburn till 9:00 p.m. last night.
Daniel drove to Auburn early this morning.
Planning to do some work for his Sunday School
teacher. I also plan to drive back there today
because I have an evening appointment.
We're moving ahead with plans to move to Auburn.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to a sister in
the church, Ann Reeves,
for working so diligently to help children and
adults experience discipleship this year through
Here is an audio copy of yesterday's sermon. Ann
and others missed out because they immediately
began working on setting up for an after-church
Common (23 minutes)
The entire series is uploaded on the
SermonPlayer at this page (click
Mention is made of ongoing movement in the life
of a youngster known to Kaye and Frank. I hope
that they will tune in.
We had a few families visiting with us yesterday
morning. One was a pastor's family from South
Hello, Pastor Glen Peterson. I hope you make it
over to this page. If so, let me know.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
For today's message:
All Things Common
An excerpt from a pre-church chat this morning.
joseph: hey papa
what time is it?
me: its 6:26 a.m. so, I'm up
getting ready for church departure. mama's
ironing my shirt
She says that she is VERY happy that you're on
the computer today
joseph: ok... VERY happy. We're happy too
Just dont know why--it is raining HARD
me: I just read your letter to Pastor
Thanks for writing to him
joseph: just found out another set of my
friends are engaged
bet you're happy that you're not sittin'
around---all single, and lonely--
watching your friends get married!
me: Is Sharon with you at the moment?
me: mama says, "Hi Sharon!"
joseph: Hi mama
me: On my blog, I have photos from
He's on a NAMB mission trip there for the summer
After church there's a picnic at BellRoad
Daniel graduated last Thursday
me: How long are you two gonna be in
joseph: hopefully we can apply for the
India visa tomorrow
had a short conversation on Friday
maybe we can
or else, they will say GO to Philippines
if we can get the visa, we might go up north for
a few days and then back here to pick up the
visa, then down to Cambodia, then back to
maybe 2 weeks
joseph: dont really know
me: hey, is it alright to publish most of
this blog for my entry today...
joseph: kinda enjoying our time relaxing
and listening to audio books
me: don't have time to write much...
joseph: after June19th it will get busy
joseph: yeah, go ahead
me: it might be synergistic
joseph: and thanks for asking
me: OK, honey.
joseph: we're not just resting
me: so we're praying for you and the visa
joseph: also doing independent study in
real estate, wealth management, audio tapes
we got them FREE
and I enjoy the positive tones
me: I spoke to Macdonald yesterday. he's
the Story continues...
joseph: Sharon and I recommend the movie
Music and Lyrics
Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant
me: not many are reading over our shoulders in
these days...but that's OK too
me: hmm...we've seen it
joseph: pretty great, except for the non
me: WHY...do you recommend that film?
joseph: We thought it was cute and sharon
and I are songwriters
me: oh really?
joseph: it reminds her of the lyrics she
has written many years ago
just packed up in her notebooks
and I am known to write a littly PoP ditty
me: Does Sharon play any instruments or
understand music theory
joseph: *little.. she makes a joyful
joseph: and it's a sweet sound in His ear
me: I'm glad you've got some 'freebie'
audio to engage your minds and stir your
joseph: music is a good way to store up
those bits of knowledge,wisdom and truth
me: Mama says this is like having a cup
of coffee with you this morning
joseph: like Joseph said, there are 7
years of prosperity that come before the 7 years
joseph: you gotta store all the good
stuff away, before the trials come. that's part
of the way out when you are tempted toward any
kind of sin or unhappiness
We just can't wait to get up to Bell Road again
me: Yeah...so for us, we're heading off
to church (the storehouse)
We may not have a house in Galt by the time you get to California....
However, maybe you guys can camp out with
PunkRock Lisa... She's our church's 'homeless'
girl. I've mentioned her before in the
joseph: we may. we're considering buying
a mosquito net
the roof of the church looks like a cool place to camp
Well, Cathy and I are off to church. Hope you've
enjoyed this short 'father-son' talk
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Cathy and I arose early this morning and headed
Angel Island to be with Steve and Marcie for
a Memorial Service. The life of David Legge (Davo) was commemorated through
Scripture, Song, and Story. We then scattered his ashes in the
San Francisco Bay.
Before we left, we had a nice chat with Joe.
He and Sharon are now in Laos. They just
celebrated the two-month anniversary of
their marriage. Upcoming travel will lead
them to meet up with the New America Singers
I received some photos from
Ben who is on a
summer mission trip in Alaska. Click on the
frame to see more.
Ben's mother will be editing his journal. I
will help them publish it. In church last
Sunday we specifically prayed for this young
man and his immediate work under the
guidance of our North American Mission
Friday, June 1, 2007
There is a young woman in our church who
enjoys listening to God's Word being
preached. On Sunday evening, I realized that
the recording of that morning's message was
missing about ten minutes. I asked
to jot down what she could remember.
In her email, I discovered that
Patrice hears sermons
better than I preach them...
I really like the wording in her reflection
of Sunday's Lukan passage involving
"Would praise come out
of my mouth after 9 months of
God's discipline? Or would bitterness and
anger come out?
What's going on inside, in the quiet places
A churning of feelings or a praise of
I encourage Patrice (and everyone else) to
keep listening and then share with your
what you have heard. Positive feedback will
surely spur them on toward the next time
they have opportunity to minister God's
Jerry, Mary, Cathy, and I went to Galt High
School last night to watch
Afterwards, Daniel went to an all-night
event called "Safe and Sober."
Cathy is teaching today. I will be working
on my message for Sunday.