Tuesday, November 25, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 30-some...
Last night, Cathy and I attended a reception in the home of a local civic leader. We didn't previously know any of the other guests but shared stimulating conversation with a number of individuals. One couple had moved here from Davis during the same month I came as pastor at Bell Road. Most of the guests were members of the LDS (including two of their missionaries--one from Canada and one from Utah). We also met a member of the Salvation Army.
Joe and Sharon are coming to visit with us for a few days. I'll drive down to Stockton to pick them up later today. We found out last week that Sharon is pregnant.
In this week of thanksgiving, I will count some of the blessings I have experienced in ministry. Several years ago, a man named Tom Robershaw contacted me about a like-minded Christian (Rodney Edwards) who had been networking with others to help the people of Liberia. Both men eventually corresponded with my primary contact in Liberia (Pastor Richard Wesley).
Tom and Rodney also served to encourage and strengthen Cathy and me in our faith. During subsequent years, I have had the privilege of meeting both men personally. Recently, I checked in on Rodney Edwards. He wrote back a couple days ago:
It’ s great to hear from you. We continue to work with Pastor Wesley and are providing a generator to him for use on the compound where the church, clinic, training facility and radio station. He is certainly a busy man.
I trust things are good with Cathy and the family. How are things at the church?
Service To Servants
November 24, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 30-some...
On Saturday, Cathy, Daniel and I sat on the steps of the State Capital and listened to Margaret Cho, an attorney, and several activists speak against Prop. 8 (and share their plans for the near future). It was a rather interesting experience for us. Mary's little dog, Lily, was with us.
We had a good time in church yesterday. I served as the teacher in the Genesis Class. We covered the material on Romans chapter 14.
This morning I uploaded yesterday's sermon. It is on the player in the next column (entitled "Thankfulness: God's Way).
Last night I watched the Directors' Commentary for "Facing the Giants". This morning when I awoke, I watched all of the special features. Moved with inspiration.
November 22, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 30-some...
On Friday morning, when Cathy and I were up on the hill, we checked the newspaper headlines. I quickly read a bit about a gay-agenda group who were to meet on the steps of the capital at 2pm.
Later, the day's activities took us in the vicinity of the capital so we stopped by. I was just planning to be in the crowd and listen to the statements made by the platform personalities.
I stopped by Governor Schwarzenegger's office and left him a handwritten note in which I asked him to uphold the voters' decision on Proposition 8. (As of Friday at 8:30pm, I hadn't received a reply).
At 1:30pm, it seemed obvious that the group wasn't scheduled for Friday. When we got back to Auburn, I found the story online (click here) and learned that it will be today. We had an interesting conversation with a street preacher (Mark from San Jose) who was stationed on the K Street mall.
We scheduled our evening around helping a man have supervised visitation with his son. That was at 5pm in Rocklin. During the course of our evening we located a few 'Coach' DVDs for use in a compilation of scenes I may someday present. Fair use of thematic elements could possibly include scenes from 'Coach Carter', 'Remember the Titans', 'Hoosiers', and 'Facing the Giants'. I might even consider using a scene from 'The Mighty Ducks.'
And what, pray tell, would my documentary have to do with making one's calling and election sure?
Maybe, as we watch and pray, we'll see.
Tonight is our monthly outreach at the Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento. It takes place at 7:30pm. If anyone is interested in attending with us, we'll meet to eat (free supper) at the Rosenau's first. Call me for more information: (530) 366-2924
November 21, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 30-something
rode along with me to the
Deacons' Prayer Meeting. She
sat in the car and worked on
her BSF study while she
waited for me.
Afterwards, we went up to the hilltop for the panoramic view to pray as the sun arose.
Last night, the Spirit sent a man named Rod to our campus. Bellroad Bob and I were standing next to my car talking about regional church issues when Rod drove up in an impressive, white truck.
Rod (looking to be about 6'5") stepped down from his truck and, across the parking lot, loudly asked,
"Is the office open?"
"Is the pastor here?", he interjected.
"You a revenuer?" I asked with a toothless smile (if not toothless at least with the best Kentucky drawl that my heritage could appropriate in the moment).
Transitioning from light, informal first impressions to seriously personal introduction, Bob and I quickly recognized the sanctity of the moment.
Yes, Rod had been prompted (even 'driven') by the Spirit to come here last night. Something had been weighing on his heart and mind for several years.
I will finish the story on Sunday morning as an illustration in the SundayMessage entitled:
"Thankfulness: God's Way"
A church service was 'disrupted' in Michigan (click here).
Monday, November 17, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 30
Cathy and I returned last night from a few nights in San Diego, a day trip to Mexico, and a weekend-to-remember in Monterey.
After the weekend marriage conference in Monterey, we drove to Carmel-at-the-Sea and walked along the beach.
Here's a 3-minute video that we uploaded at the Auburn Journal. It was uploaded on Friday and already has had over 1,000 views.
Seniors: "All Aboard!"
November 10, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 23
One of the newest members of our local church has joined the blogosphere. "Lady of the Plains" describes herself as a Christian, Married, Mom, Homemaker, Veteran, and a Country Girl at Heart. Although seemingly quiet in person, "Lady of the Plains" has some rather strong views expressed as she writes. I appreciate her invitation for interaction from others:
"Comments welcome!! Agreement not required!
This is just a little place for me to comment on
whatever is on my mind at any given moment
of any given day."
After 'Breakfast with Lou' at Wings, I will prepare to vacate northern California for a week away with Cathy. Tonight we hope to be in El Cajon for our 2008 Pastors' Conference. David Jeremiah is speaking at 7:50pm and one of my former professors, Dr. John Shouse will speak at 8:35pm.
On Friday, I posted Calling California Singers at the Auburn Journal. I was somewhat surprised by the first comment left by someone named 'gulliver'. After a thoughtful interaction with gulliver, I was touched by his/her re-thinking that first comment (that our church might 'hate' a certain group of people).
I am thankful that the Auburn Journal is providing free access to internet connectivity with others.
November 7, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 20
Office around 4:30 this
morning. Lately, when I've
awakened around this time
and I get up ready for the
assignment ahead, I have
heard the reverberation of a
hidden in my heart.
When I was in high school, I competed in local, regional, and statewide competitions for two years. On days that I would have to leave really early for an important event, I would go over to Grandma's house. She made me breakfast and then sent me off with the same phrase each time. I thank God for the memories I have of both of my Grandmas. Both sisters in the Lord died during the 90's.
I decided this morning to again delay a trip to see the remnant of my Michigan family (...maybe in the Spring).
At 6:30am, I plan to head up to the Newcastle Exit
and fulfill the weekly diaconal delight of
360◦ panoramic prayer.
A familiar passage (2 Corinthians 4:18) will serve as the inspiration for this morning's reflective petition. I have published it here in the King James Version due to a friend's mention of it yesterday.
But if our gospel be
hid, it is hid to
them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
who is the image of God,
should shine unto them.
For we preach not
but Christ Jesus the Lord;
and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
For God, who
commanded the light
to shine out of darkness,
hath shined in our hearts, to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
We are troubled on
every side, yet not
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about
in the body the
dying of the Lord
Jesus, that the life
also of Jesus might
be made manifest in
our body. For we
which live are
unto death for
Jesus' sake, that
the life also of
Jesus might be made
manifest in our
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
We having the same
spirit of faith,
according as it is written,
I believed, and therefore have I spoken;
we also believe, and therefore speak;
Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus
shall raise up us also by Jesus,
and shall present us with you.
For all things are for your sakes,
that the abundant grace might through the
thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen:
for the things which are seen are temporal;
but the things which are not seen are eternal.
For several years, my buddy, Jebby, and I used to share a weekly VisionWalk. I miss those days of intimate friendship but alas, there's a time for different season in our lives. Still, we both enjoy watching certain reruns. I know my friend would also enjoy exposure to the following: its only a northern song of vision-expansion.
Yesterday, in the corporate prayer meeting, I voiced the acknowledgment that the Lord had truly opened a door for Proposition 8 in the circles of media influence up here in northern California. It amazes me how an unsolicited request for a news story traveled (in one day) from 707 Bell Road in Auburn to 22,000 households; from there to Sacramento and to media recipients all over northern California.
In memory of the VisionWalk (past-present-future), I present a brief compilation of related media stories:
Prop 8 Signs Questioned
The following day, Journal reporter Bruce Warren called me for a brief interview. Photographer, Ben Fertado arranged to meet me at the church for a photo op. The next morning, I was surprised to see that Bruce's story and Ben photo headlined the Oct. 31st edition of the Auburn Journal. There are ____ home subscribers, an online presence, and a great number of news racks (click here).
ABC NEWS 10 clip On Friday, Deborah Hoffman showed up at the church to gather footage for the 6pm News.
from their website: KXTV was one of the first Sacramento stations to initiate digital broadcasting services, including a high definition television (HDTV) signal. KXTV broadcasts digitally on Channel 61, although this channel appears as a subset of Channel 10 on most digital receivers. In January of 2001, KXTV adopted News10 as an overall brand name. The brand symbolizes the pride the station takes in its news efforts and speaks to the overall dedication of the staff and management to presenting timely, accurate and thorough information.
CBS NEWS 13 clip Later that night, Mike Dello Stritto showed up at our Harvest Festival to gather footage for the 10pm News. It was also on Saturday's 'Good Day Sacramento'.
from their website: CBS13/CW 31 is part of the CBS Television Stations Group, which reaches 35% of the U.S. TV households with stations in 8 of the top 10 markets. Our stations deliver advertisers' messages to more than 38 million homes. The "CBS is Always On" initiative extends CBS13/CW 31's local market reach beyond TV to broadband Web and wireless content distribution 24/7.
CBS13/CW 31’s goal is to be Sacramento, CA’s online portal and play an important part of users’ daily lives with news, weather, traffic and must-know community information through the unique integration of both local TV and the Web.
This unprecedented commitment at CBS13/CW 31 reinforces our position as Sacramento, CA’s indispensable source for easily accessible on-demand news & information.
Stories that are in the Auburn Journal's Religion Section don't get many views so I reposted the original article on placeropolis with the original title and included my comment-response:
Signs of Tough Love
As a footnote to this quick chapter, here are two of the letters which were published in the hardcopy edition of our local newspaper:
Letter to the Editor : Negative (with public comments)
Letter to the Editor : Positive (with public comments)
This morning an email was sent to various pastors and leaders who spoke on behalf of proposition 8. With humble resolve the writer glorified God for what He had done in California with such a diverse mix of people. He spoke of those who were so angered by the movement to affirm the traditional definition of marriage. These words may prove especially helpful in guarding one's heart and mind during the months ahead:
must love those who hate and
persecute us. Pastors tend
to be understandably
pastoral. . . . It is hard
to evangelize those to whom
we have to be prophetic.
Pastors, like all persons,
like to be popular. Thus it
is easy to slip into a
'people pleasing trap.' But
we cannot. The church has
had to be prophetic during
this time. . . . The Lord is
now identifying creative
ways for us to love those
who are so angered by the
Prop 8 vote. Let us love
those who hate us."
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 19
Up at the Office really early this morning. There's quite I bit that I must journal before going to the Gym. Gotta hurry because I have an 8:30 appointment with my history pal, Rex.
If anyone wants to see our Senior Drama Team and Choir perform "Bound for Glory", their debut performance is at 2pm today. The venue is in the Atrium at the Oaks of Auburn. Call our church office for more specific details:
"The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the apparent passage of a ballot measure to eliminate the right of gay couples to marry, the agency said Wednesday."
defining marriage passed in
here for the CNN
from yahoo news:
Gay activists jarred by California marriage defeat
Ellen DeGeneres laments gay marriage ban
At last night's prayer meeting I was blessed, first, to listen to the prayers of certain loyal yokefellows in the faith. I was given the 'yea' and 'amen' by the Spirit in affirmation of their intercessions.
I began the voicing of my heart-mind petition before the Lord, I read these verses aloud:
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 18
As I pray for our President-elect, I will try to remember these thoughts that he shared with Rick Warren during the Civic Forum at Saddleback. May God bless Barrack Obama with wisdom and courage today.
|Who are the three wisest people in your life?||
|What is your stance on abortion?||
|What do you consider your greatest moral failure to be? What is America’s?||
|Does evil exist?||
|What do you say to the people who oppose you answering these questions in a church?||
|Name one instance when you flip-flopped on an issue.||
|Name one instance when you went against party loyalty.||
|What cause is worth our troops dying for?||
|Why do you want to be president?||
*note: these questions are excerpts from the full interview
Below is my excerpt from John McCain's speech to concede the race for presidency to Barrack Obama:
"A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters.
America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States.
Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.
Sen. Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer him my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day. Though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.
Sen. Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain.
These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.
I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."
(click here for the full video)
Yesterday, Richard C. went to Encore Music with me to pick up my old Alvarez acoustic that has just had its fret work finished. After the corporate prayertime, we went to Oaks of Auburn to scout out the performance situation.
We had a call from Placer Elections Office asking that we remove Lou's Korean War memorial flag from the Atrium. A woman had called to complain that these words were offensive to her: "Freedom isn't free."
quickly complied. I called
the Elections Office and
explained to my contact
there that Lou had decorated
for Veteran's Day Sunday
(this week). We are having a
special service which will
also feature our State Youth
Choir. Besides that
situation, all went well at
the local polling place.
Cathy and I came back at 7:50 and stayed until final lockdown of the premises at 9:30pm. I was so tired from a long day that I slept through the night--only to check the ongoing election results upon awakening this morning.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 17
The churchhouse has become a public polling site with several precincts represented. I've been here since 4am doing some 11th hour cleanup and hospitable tweaking of the facilities for today's guests.
on her way in at 6:51. We
plan to spend some time
together filling out our
mail-in ballots and we will
turn them in here. There is
already a line forming with
people ready to vote.
Lou Robohm was here yesterday. He set up a flag in the Atrium. I took our freedom bell out onto the front court and placed a four-way sign upon its base that simply says 'VOTE'.
Today's corporate prayer time (11:30am) will probably take place in the sanctuary (or the library) since the Genesis Room is being used for voting.
I am excited. Jean Harjo called me last night with a nationwide request to pray Psalm 27. Our Atrium Bible is set up under the Ten Commandments and is opened to Psalm 27.
Last night, Cathy and I went to the bargain show of Bill Maher's 'Religulous' at the Old State Theater. I'll probably write about it sometime soon.I question some of his research; I'm skeptical of the validity of certain claims to comparisons of Horeb and Krishna to the Christ story.
I certainly wouldn't recommend it for a good laugh. Cathy had to nudge me a couple times to stay awake. However, Maher's closing statement is worth hearing again. Perhaps there is a transcription online somewhere.
Monday, November 3, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 16
I came to the Office at 6am thinking (mistakenly) that the elections people were dropping off polling booths at this time. My weekly breakfast club with Lou happens at 7am so not a big deal to wait around.
Last night Jon and Daniel shared public testimonies.
My message was focused upon this Scripture: John 13
A song written in connection with my own testimony from last night can be heard here: Some People (lyrics)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 15
are a California voter,
please acquaint yourself
with this page that relates information relevant to Proposition 4:
click here for Sarah's Law (proposition 4)
Here's a WB33 news report on Planned Parenthood
staff who have violated the law regarding minors
who admit that they are having sexual relations
with adults: click here
Saturday, November 1, 2008
40 Days of Corporate Prayer: Day 14
click here for the story that was on Channel 13
With recent internal church conflicts and controversial publicity, it might be hard for those who don't engage in frontline, spiritual warfare to see the connection.
So, please-please, attend a church that plans to preach God's Word tomorrow. Hear the Word, Trust Him, and Obey what He tells you to do.
Tomorrow's message at BellRoad is entitled:
"How to Share Your Faith"
Great turnout for a fun evening of harvest festivity last night. I slipped out to attend the Corporate prayer meeting at 7pm but Cathy called me. She didn't know where I had gone. She wanted me to hear Pastor Mike Geohagen sitting in with the Worship Team (on the drums).
That's when News Reporter, Mike Dello Stritto (CBS 13) showed up!. He interviewed several of us about our prop 8 signs and related issues. I suggested an interview with my daughter, Mary (17). She and her dog, Lily, were both dressed as angels. Although last night's 10pm story coverage was quite acceptable, Mary and Lily didn't make the cut.
Mike Dello Stritto wrote to me and apologized for getting my last name wrong (Peterson-Patterson, which is it?). I told him that Grandma's maiden name was Peterson (so no offense taken). He informed me that they had fixed it for a clip that should appear on "Good Day Sacramento" this morning.
Make sure to scroll down and watch the clip from News10 (embedded in yesterday's journal entry). I was surprised to see the story as the main headline on the frontpage of the Auburn Journal. I sent a copy of the paper to my Dad (because the story that I had written myself was in the very same paper).
I won't have time to watch it this morning. We are having a Men's Breakfast at 8am, then Cathy, Mary, and I are taking our last run down to Galt. We're trying to get the rest of the tiling done before the sisters move in.
There isn't currently a link to last night's story at CBS 13's website.
However, here's yesterday's clip from News10:
Deborah Hoffman from News 10 (Sacramento) stopped by Friday afternoon for a brief interview in our parking lot. Later, she came back and met our neighbor, Ty Yarnell, in our parking lot. That gave me an opportunity to meet Ty as well. We had a cordial interaction. She was very respectful and shared her heart on the matter. Ty was interviewed first in the Fri-Sat Auburn Journal (still on the stands today) here's the link: Prop 8 Signs
Here's Deborah's clip from their website: click here
I noticed from Deborah's biographical sketch that she ran the San Diego marathon some years ago. Cathy and I accompanied our son, Daniel, to San Diego so he could run the same marathon last summer.
Here's a 'remix' of yesterday's excerpts:
Here's a note from Alisha (Rancho Sordo Mudo)
Dear Pastor Rob,
Hello from Mexico! I just found out last night for sure that I am coming home December 26th- January 1st! I am very excited!
One thing I am excited about is that the movie they were making about the Ranch and getting people motivated to step out in faith for God, is done now! It is set up that people watch the movie ( it is over an hour but I don't know the exact time). Afterwards, people are invited to join in a five week Bible Study on stepping out in faith and following God's call.
I would love to be able to show the movie when I am home and was thinking that maybe someone would want to volunteer to facilitate the five weeks afterwards. There is going to be a five-minute video for you pastors to watch and learn how it all works that you could give the person facilitating. One cool fact is that I am in the movie/documentary!
I'll be home on Sunday the 28th of December 2008 and that would be a good Sunday to show it. Let me know what you think. I am still praying lots for you all.
Love, your sister in Christ,