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it is 1:02, i just got home. I have to wake up in 4 hours. i have a TON to write, but I just do not have it in me tonight. Stay with me, stay strong. Don’t forget about a brother. I will return tomorrow or wednesday with some powerful stuff from the last couple of days.  learning life at a fast pace right now. 

10m.jpgJackie will celebrate 30 years of living tomorrow. So last night, we went out to dinner with a few friends. BoneFish rocks. Give it up for bang bang shrimp. Following this celebration of taste and  fun we jet-setted over to our local cinema for a little bit of secret confessions. Now before the scandal spreads, the secret confession is not that secret…i like love chick flicks. So for me No Reservations was not much of a stretch. One of my favorite actresses, Catherine Zeta-Jones, a very attractive Aaron Ekhart, and the adorable Abigail Breslin. While at times the film got somewhat slow, overall it was a good film. A love story centered around a little girl who moves in with her aunt when her mom dies. Kate, the aunt and work-a-holic chef in a uber-cool uptown manhattan restaurant, discovers love, life, and a new outlook through the trials of raising a little girl and falling for a co-worker. No surprise, there is not a twist in the plot or anything, but it was a great escape on a Friday night. In the words of my friend, Troy, who does not like chick flicks, “It was no Elizabeth Town, thats for sure.” He is so right, Elizabeth Town is a classic. For more classic chick flicks, head to this site….Devon is doing some cool stuff there. On a more serious note, there actually was a moment in the film that made me think. While Kate was seeing her shrink, and telling him about how she was falling for this co-worker he said to her: “I know you will be able to prevent the worst.” By the worst he was actually referring to a better life. A life where Kate would experience the joy of a relationship, the power of love (luther), the amazement of discovery that can be found in someone else, and what that someone can pull out of you… How many times in our own lives are we living in a way that we attempt to prevent the worst when the reality is, the worst is the very thing that will bring us the best?  

“Now that I have seen, I am responsible, faith with out deeds is dead.” 

albertinelo.jpgAnother late night…another diamond in the rough. Fresh from Australia, welcome Brooke Fraser to your ipod kids. Melodic album full of ballads and vibe. Albertine, the title track, is an tribute to the artists time in Africa. Check the video here. If you like “Starbucks Music” and worship, you will enjoy Brooke’s new album. I have not heard the first record, but plan on finding that today…Great Brooke interview here: Part 1 & Part 2. Some of you may recognize her amazing voice from the new Hillsong United album on the song Lead Me To The Cross & Hosanna. 

  1. Church was smoking tonight. Services like this makes me want to freaking figure out all the crap I do wrong and fix it, fast, so I can do my part to change the world.
  2. I RARELY watch TBN. Just not my speed. Tonight was an amazing show on TBN. A round table discussion with a bunch of guys I have never heard about. The entire subject was about how the church can remain TRUE to being a church and still impact culture. VERY GOOD STUFF. Go here and watch the show. Some good stuff. Also, David and Nicole can sing!
  3. There is a new viral video for the current Kanye West single. I have to tell you, this is possibly one of the funniest videos I have ever seen. 
  4. Rob is a great kid. If you don’t know him, you should. Invest in peoples lives, it is rewarding.
  5. People get confused. Had an odd conversation today with a person who has allowed the faults of men to blur his perception of Christians. Really, life is not about being a Christian…it’s about being a Christ follower. It is not about religion, rules, crosses, churches, none of it…those are all great things but it is about following JESUS. Living how he does.
  6. Big big big sentence that impacted my life today: “If we really love Jesus, than our actions will change to become more like His. The problem is, we often care more about our wants, desires, lusts, and confusion than we care about turning and following Him.” If we really want to follow Christ, we have to change…today…now! 
  7. The world says: “You don’t matter until you do this, that or the other.” Jesus says: “You matter from the beginning.”

Good Night! 

LEARNING THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE So since yesterday that line has haunted me, in a good way. It is perplexing me in a lot of ways. Grace can not be forced. We are saved by grace. Grace is something we do not deserve. How do you attain grace? you can’t attain it, it is a gift. So how do you learn the unforced rhythms of grace? well a few things have to happen. First, you have to spend time with Christ. The verse is clear about that. The more time you spend with Him the more like Him you become. The more you become like him, the more you learn to live in rhythm with Him and his grace. When grace is given, you have to accept it. To accept grace you have to start to change how you do things. You never want to presume on God’s grace. Presuming on His grace is knowing He will give you grace so you sin knowing you can be forgiven. We have to understand the magnitude of Grace and the fact that when you presume on God’s grace you are basically saying that the gift of grace is cool, but you can get it anytime you want….SCARY! That is such an arrogant approach to life. Find your rhythm today. Find the unforced rhythm of grace and start living in the rhythm…. 

In Matthew 11 Jesus is talking. 2 things rocked my world about what he said:

  1.  In talking about how his father had sent him to work and do some things on the earth: “This is a unique father-son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge.” How can we do anything for the father if we are not intimate with him. You gain knowledge about someone by spending time with them. Without the intimacy of God, you can never assume his “ways”. Without intimacy with God you will never be able to achieve the plans and operations he has for you. So how do you get intimate with God? read his word. Study him. talk to him. live with him. commune with him. let him lead. be quiet and hear from him.
  2. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch now how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – This is the Jesus style. Hang out with him. Learn his ways. See how he does what he does. I did not know this verse even existed when I started my journey through the gospels to see how Jesus did life. I want to do life like he does. Also, “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace”…that is what I live for. Rhythm is SO important. You have to have rhythm in your life. Life is full of rhythms. I want the rhythms of Grace in my life. I want to feel, see, and share those rhythms. WHen your life is in rhythm, things flow, bounce, roll…

Find your rhythm today…

cocopic.jpg Here is a hot one. Soul like Lauryn, in a folk, songwriter package, with good pop songs, and she even looks a like a cross between hailey from american idol and jennifer aniston. Great songs. Check out this ablum. I just got it and it is like 1:30 a.m. I can not go to sleep because it is so good. Tomorrow my office will be alive with the sounds of Colbie Caillat: CoCo…its yummy. Go buy this record, you will not be disappointed. THIS IS A GREAT RECORD! 

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