I have the privilege of joining up with some of the other warren PA youth pastors for breakfast every first wednesday of the month at the plaza restaurant. The waitresses know the group well since they’ve been meeting for something like ten years, and the waitresses love spilling coffee all over the table when they pour it. But they keep your cup filled, I think I’m still awake now at almost 2am because of it.
Anyway I shared about what I wrote in my last post about my students being bored and Pastor J pointed out that the students we work with are so used to effortlessly being spoon fed new things every two seconds, if things aren’t new, or it takes effort it automatically become boring. Hmm…
Jon Barnes, a former Maryland youth pastor and personal mentor, talked about this negative effect of modern technology which inspired a blog that I posted somewhere else probably a couple years ago. I might repost it here if someone asks nicely.
I’m not really saying anything here, I guess I’m just asking how do we engage and teach in this culture?
I don’t think its an age thing, I think its an effect of microwaves and high speed internet which feeds our instant gratification and need for new. I find myself right now really bored with something trivial like my profile picture. I think I had more of a variety of pictures when I used to 365.
Anyway, not sure if this makes sense its 2am I need to go to sleep. Got thoughts on this? Leave em in the comment section.
Model – Sophia Dorozio
– Kona Hawaii 2008
Last night we were reviewing what Corey had talked about the week before at Higher Calling. Cages that hold us back from what the Holy Spirit wants to do.
One of our students said something to the effect of
“I think we’re just bored with the stagnant routine.”
I asked them to be honest and raise their hand if they were bored with their Christian walk. Almost every hand was raised.
I asked them if they thought the early church was bored.
They snickered and said no way, they were like healing people and stuff…
Maybe its good that our youth have gotten bored with stagnant Christianity.
One of the biggest things I took away from the conference we just went to is this…
Rivers FLOW and if water is just being poured in and its not flowing out then it becomes dead and stagnant.
What if when Jesus said “ALL authority has been given to me…therefore go…” He really meant it… and we were really suppose to live that way.
Bill Johnson said this at the conference…
“Its hard to have the fruit of the early church when we honor a book they did not have more than the holy spirit which they fully relied on “
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
oct 31 2008 – kailua kona, hawaii
Last year Sandi Walrod and Jess (then) Stiles (now BAKER) came dressed to the Hallelujah party at my apartment in Kona as me. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. 😉
Crazy that a year later we’re all still hanging out only this time in Baltimore MD for the VOA conference, luckily neither of them are dressed as me. (At least I don’t think Sandi is 😉 she’s at the conference today, Jess and I took the day off)
It has been GREAT to run into some friends at this conference. Friday night I ran into three friends Augustine and Sarah Park and Hannah Brogi. I met them in Comitan, Mexico on a missions trip. There I saw the greatest outpouring of the holy spirit that I have seen to this day during a worship service.
We also ran into Jared and Brianne Miller too. Jared is the brother of my good friend Mark’s wife Jeanette. He and his family are just pursuing revival in their home town by being intentional with the people in their neighborhood. They are partnering with other local churches in the area and they said that they have seen God do the most in the liquor store on the corner.
I think I realized that I’ve hit my traveling quota for right now. Jared asked me how far I lived from here at lunch yesterday and I just stared at him blankly and could not figure out where I was.
Tomorrow we are back to NY with the help of a lot of good people.
p.s the new Cory Asbury album is epic, i’ve been listening to it over and over again all night.
changing spark plugs
So about 4 hours into our trip to baltimore Jess turns down the radio and asks “whats that noise?” and I hear a loud clicking from the engine… we pull up to the toll booth pay the toll and the car stalls out. I start it back up and get off of the exit and pull into a parking lot in time for it to stall out again. Real long story short, got towed, guy wanted $187 for a tune up, called Brian Adelgren, he told me that was a rip off, the Walrod family came to our rescue (they were headed to baltimore from jamestown NY too and were about an hour behind us) we picked up the parts on our own and Tim Lease walked me through how to do it over the phone. Car still didn’t work correctly so I left it sitting at a gas station in Breezewood PA right off of the turnpike.
my spark plug changing friends
(Jess, Bob, Linda, and Sandi)
I am seriously surrounded by the most GENEROUS and AMAZING friends ever. The Walrods rerouted to come pick us up and Bob paid for the parts that I needed. Tim Lease took the time to walk me through how to change my spark plugs over the phone. My parents are driving us to Heidi Fraisers house and then she is going to drive Jess and I back to Breezewood on Sunday and Nate Adelgren is going to drive 4 hours from Jamestown to Breezewood and drive us back to Jamestown with our car.
worship last night at Voice of the Apostles
We are here in Baltimore for the Voice of The Apostles Conference. We have seen hundreds of people receive physical healings, hearing testimonies of creative miracles and metal in peoples bodies dissolving. Major things, minor things all being healed in the presence of the Holy Spirit. We have sat under some of the most amazing teaching from modern day apostles like Bill Johnson, Che Ahn and John Arnott. It’s been a blessing to be at this conference. Heidi Baker is speaking tomorrow.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” – Romans 10:14-15
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
My heart is pounding with excitement and I have a huge smile on my face as I write this post. Jess and I are headed back overseas for a 10 day trip to KENYA!
We will be in Kenya late January early February. It seems like forever ago that I’ve done any international missions work. And this will be our first international trip as a married couple!
I have been asked to go and do portraits for some of the orphans at an orphanage in hopes of getting them furthered sponsorship. I’m excited to do something so significant with my photography.
Jess and I along with two other adults from our church, and two of our students from the youth group will be teaching english and the bible to students in the Msomi Academy.
Please click here to find out more about where we will be working!
If you are interested in supporting this trip financially or through prayer please contact us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Taken in Oahu March of 2009
(yes I realize that’s not a goose)
Our students were awesome tonite, they had a pastor appreciation ice cream party for me and Jess, unfortunately Jess was home sick this evening.
Corey Errett came and spoke tonite. He taught out of Luke 18 and 19 and asked us who we were more like… are we the rich young ruler who simply wants a ticket to heaven? Or are we Zacchaeus who wants Jesus and is willing to climb a tree to see Him.
Corey also taught from a book that has been instrumental in his life called “Wild Goose Chase.” by Mark Batterson. The premise of the book is that in the gaelic language the word for Holy Spirit is also the same word for wild goose. Corey explained that following the leading of the Holy Spirit is meant to be an adventure.
Corey outlined 6 things that hold us back from really following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
He asked the group to share which one they felt like they struggled with and how we can help one another along through these things.
This is what I took away from the evening.
While we cannot negate responsibility, we also cannot fall into the trap of trying to control everything, we still have to TRUST in God’s goodness and provision.
Mudane routine is only as mundane as we allow it to be, we have to seek the adventure of where God has us. Sometime it simply takes a perspective change. Seeing things as God sees them. And a willingness to step out and take risk.
Our assumptions need to meet TRUTH.
Our guilt needs to meet FORGIVENESS.
Our failures need PERSPECTIVE on what we are seeking to win and what our reward really is.
Our fear needs an encounter with BOLD PERSISTENT LOVE.
This weekend was Chris Hidey’s wedding. I snuck a quick pic of Hidey brothers and me in the bathroom right before the service.
Jess and I had the honor to attend one of the most fun and beautiful weddings we have ever been to. It was held at the botanical gardens in NYC.
I read scripture during the service in English and then Sharon’s cousin read it in Chinese. We read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Right after the wedding service we were taken downstairs for cocktails and finger foods which included a sushi bar. Then back up stairs for dinner, which was AMAZING. I had the filet mignon. You can tell by the number of forks how many courses there were.
Chris and Sharon were a stunning bride and groom. Congrats!!
And here’s an iphone pic of Jess and I from the hotel right before we went to the wedding. Third time wearing a suit in 3 months, and I’ve got to wear one next month too…
Grandpa Stiles (Jess’ dad’s father) on his 90th Birthday(iso 1600 shot with the g11 for you photo geeks)
We’re hanging out tonite in Youngstown Ohio. We just spent the evening with Grandpa Stiles who is ninety today. When I asked him how it feels to be ninety he replied, “I don’t know how’s it suppose to feel?” He said that when we turn ninety he’d be there to sing to us
Jess sitting with Grandpa as he opens his cards.
Just a quick update, back to Jamestown tomorrow and NYC on saturday. Baltimore on Wednesday for the Voice of the Apostles conference. Yup… on the road again.
When Woody Woodson was here speaking he spoke so much on vision.
“You can’t receive it until you can see it.”
We are having a ministry fair at our church this weekend (Jess and I will be in NYC for a friends wedding) but as I was preparing a dream list of needs for volunteers, I began to see these things taking place. I saw our sanctuary filled with teens. I saw small groups forming in peoples homes providing a place for teens to be transparent and real and form real healthy relationships and encounter Jesus.
Mike Montes has been working with our staff and has been trying to prepare us for when we add another zero to our number. Making sure that we have a framework in place that will be able to support that change. I feel like we have this season until 2010 to get ready and get prepared, to get a foothold and then watch out we’re running forward.
We’re headed out to Ohio in a little bit here to go to Jess’ grandfathers 90th birthday party. We had a great time with my grandparents last night. We spent some time doing some photography together. My Grandma is a digital photographer you can see some of her work here.
I’m actually off to go get that hair cut that I was talking about yesterday but never got because I canceled it.