Monthly Archives: December 2006

family pics

Here are a couple of shots of the family, that I don’t think I posted before.

They are from a fund-raising dinner we had a little while back to help launch our west-side church. I’ll post more about that after the 1st of the year. The guy in the middle is JR, the pastor that I get to work with in leading this ministry (along with some others) out here in LA…




Praying with the Psalms


This morning I read the following, and I remembered reading this a year ago. I had one of those moments when the whole of 2006 kind-of flashed through my mind. Some thoughts about 2006 were regarding the amazing things God did, some thoughts sad, some exciting, some confusing and some we’ll have to wait and see. I do remember on December 30, 2005 reading this however & it giving me much hope.

Psalm 147: 3-6 Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. For the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the faithful rejoice in this honor. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds. Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands�

Eugene Peterson: The ‘faithful’ shatter every modern stereotype of the pious saint. There is not a shred of timidity in them, not a vestige of solemnity about them — they whirl in dance, brandish swords, and raise exuberant songs of praise as they use every resource of voice and body to express delight in the God who delights in them.

Prayer: O god, forbid that I should ever turn your glorious gifts into something dull and humdrum. I want to be among your faithful who convincingly demonstrate the freedom with which you set us free, and exhibit the joy that can only be sung with a new song, in the name and Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.

In Hoc Anno Domini (belatedly)

Sorry a little belatedly…

Vermont Royster’s annual Christmas message.
This editorial was written in 1949 by the late Vermont Royster and has been published annually since.

In Hoc Anno Domini

Clippers game

Last night, I had a chance to go to the Clippers vs. Celtics game, courtesy of a new friend out here (Josh) that I am getting to know. He got a couple of free tickets from a friend of his, and so we got to sit in $60 seats at the Staples Center for free.



We both commented on the fact that we would have never paid $60 for these seats; especially for the Clippers. From all of the empty seats last night, it appears that L.A. is still a Lakers town.

Anyway, it was a really enjoyable evening with Josh. We even got access with our seats to the ‘Royal Room’, which I thought might be a place where I could bump into some movie stars or something. No such luck however — it was simply a semi-private bar, that we walked in and walked out of.

Another nice thing is how easy it is to get to Staples from home. Simply about 15 minutes on the Metro…


and I was there.

Praying with the Psalms


Psalm 145:1 I will praise you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

E. Peterson: Praise raises a banner, blazoned with God’s name and attributes, high into the air. Thrust against the sky, the celebrative flag catches the attention of the wandering and aimless and leads them in a parade of joy.

Prayer: God, I want to fill the air with the notices of your goodness and attract drifting minds to a new allegiance to your Lordship, through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

Pastor Buck the rescuer


An article on North Korea’s refugees, that is really worth reading.

What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?

I vehemently disagree with the author’s other writings on ‘ethics’ & philosophy, however THIS ARTICLE is a very interesting thought on giving.

I know that is always dangerous telling people what they ‘should’ give, we don’t live in a communist society — where mandating giving would be the only way to make this work, and you may not agree at all with the article & that’s fine — but it does make a person think.