Monthly Archives: April 2007

Hollywood neighborhood news

Kairos is located in the East Hollywood neighborhood. Within this neighborhood there are smaller little neighborhoods…. like Little Armenia, Thai Town, etc.

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This last week on April 24th — Little Armenia commemorated the Armenian genocide of 1915.

Truth be told, I was not even aware of the Armenian genocide before we flew out a year ago, to look for schools & housing before we moved out here.

It was a really big deal out here in the neighborhood. All of the Armenian kids my children go to school with, took the day off from school. Many of the Armenian businesses were closed & it seemed like all of the cars on the streets were flying the Armenian colors…

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One thing that we absolutely love about living out here — is this city opens you up to so many different cultures, countries, and world events. Not even knowing anything about the Armenian genocide – makes me wonder sometimes about how parochial my world-view maybe was for many years.

Interestingly, Caleb especially out of all of us — enjoys that.

Who knows — maybe he will be called to other cultures. I hope so.


today’s voice

Be still and know. Civilization is littered with unsolved problems, baffling impasses. The best minds of the world are at the end of their tether. The most knowledgeable observers of our condition are badly frightened. The most relevant contribution that Christians make at these points is the act of prayer -determined, repeated, leisurely meetings with the personal and living God. New life is conceived in these meetings.Eugene H. Peterson
from “Earth to Altar”


today’s voice

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication. In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.Psalms 86:1-7


Blinding light assaults the darkness;
Children wait for guns to cease.
In the midst of war’s confusion,
Make us instruments of peace.
Hungry for your visitation,
We are waiting –
lost,
afraid.
You alone,
O God,
can save us.
Heal the wounds that we have made.

Jean McMullan


prayer request

…last night, received this email from Amy (someone who is an integral part of Kairos). She went to Virginia Tech & she got this email/prayer request from a good friend in Virginia. She gave her okay to post this, to have more people praying for Sean.

—–Original Message—–

From: Amy xxxxxxx [mailto: xxxxxx@gmail.com ]
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 10:57 PM
To:
Subject: Fwd: Seans condition
Hey guys,

Below is a prayer request/praise report from one of my friends down in Virginia Tech.

Background: My friend’s friend (Sean) was in one of the classrooms that Cho attacked. He was shot in the head (execution style). Despite that, he still survived, underwent major surgery and now is in ICU at one of the local hospitals. Please remember Sean in your prayers if you can.

Thanks guys,
Amy

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Simon xxxxx <xxxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: Apr 19, 2007 9:28 PM

God’s children,

Thank you all for your prayers. Sean’s condition is about the same, he has a fever right now but it is going down. For now the bullet fragments will be left in there, they say its common. They are keeping a close watch on his brain and they will be setting his jaw once his brain seems better, but this won’t happen until probably 2~3 weeks.

The EMT(Emergency Medical Technicians) who took Sean out of the room came to see him today. They were all very happy to see him. They said they had just been pulling dead bodies out of the room all day and Sean was the only person they took out that was still alive. They were glad they could at least see one person live.

-Fever
-Healing
-Pain
-Salvation


you know it is LA when…

There is advertising everywhere. And I mean everywhere.

As I was driving to an appointment in Hollywood, just a couple of blocks from the Kodak theater — I took some shots of all of the ad’s that are in your face in this city. Many of them, are on the sides of buildings — hundreds of feet across.

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Interesting seeing all of this the same day as reading THIS ARTICLE

Here is an excerpt…

“Unfortunately, patience is not held in high regard in American society. We get faster and faster and we become less and less; our speed diminishes us. Talking at length about the contemplative life under American conditions seems just absurd. It seems such a fragile way of life in this culture of massive technology, arrogant leadership, pushing and shoving, insatiable consumerism. Contemplation? Kingfishers and dragonflies? Stones . . . tumbled over roundy wells? It’s so inefficient, so ineffective. Yet Jesus tells us to do it this way.”


Prayer is elemental, not advanced, language

In his introduction to Psalms in The Message, Eugene Peterson notes something that I need to keep coming back to – that prayer is basic! It is not rocket science. He states:

“Prayer is elemental, not advanced, language. It is the means by which our language becomes honest, true and personal in response to God. It is the means by which we get everything in our lives out in the open before God.”

With everything in my mind this week relating to Virginia Tech, but even more than that — simply all of the evil in this world. I have to have an outlet to process these things. An outlet where my word to God becomes honest, true & personal. Not complicated. Where I get everything in my heart — out in the open before God.

All of the confusion, all of the pain, all of the rage — all of it. I need that, and so do you.


tragedy at Virginia Tech

Our family sends out a newsletter every month or two, to update people with our ministry here in LA. We just sent out our latest one, but I thought I would post it here also, in case you are not on our email list. (If you would like to be added to the email list, simply send an email to greg.larson@gcmweb.org and I would be glad to add you.)

A personal note from Greg….

Our country is still in shock after the horrific tragedy out of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia — regarding the worst shooting rampage in U.S. history. Our hearts grieve with the families who are reeling from the senseless loss of their loved ones in this terrible tragedy.

hitting close to home…

This horrific tragedy, has hit extremely close to home for our small community of faith here at Kairos, Los Angeles. The reason being is that a number of people who have moved out to LA to be a part of this church plant – actually went to school at Virginia Tech, and still have good friends on that campus.

Those who moved out here from Virginia Tech, were involved with a church in Blacksburg, VA called New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF). This church is a sister church of ours through Great Commission Ministries (GCM). As a missions organization, GCM has planted many churches around the US, and around the globe. NLCF is one of our largest ministries in the GCM network with 1,000+ students involved in that church.

Also, the pastor and good friend that I am leading the Kairos Hollywood church with, actually helped to plant this campus church at Virginia Tech, many years ago. This GCM sister church (NLCF) will have an unbelievable burden during the coming weeks, caring for the students that attend the church, and reaching out to the campus community as a whole. Pray for God to comfort and encourage NLCF, and to use them to reach the campus with the message of God’s grace, love and new Kingdom through Christ — in the midst of the pain and wreckage of this world.
Pray also for our fellowship here at Kairos. We had a prayer meeting just last night, to pray for all of those touched by this tragedy. It also was a time where those who came from Virginia Tech & moved out here could process their thoughts and emotions around others in our church. It was an emotional, healing time.

 

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    something to think about

    One of the things that came to mind as I heard about all of this, was the juxtaposition of this tragedy to our Easter celebration we had just a couple of weeks ago. And here at Kairos, it really was a celebration! A celebration of Christ’s victory at the cross.

    A pastor (Andy McQuitty) whom I have great respect for – just sent this out via email, and I would like to share it with you.

    “…and all of this right on the heels of Easter. It’s one thing to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with triumphant music and hopeful sermons in upbeat Easter services. It’s quite another to embrace Christ’s resurrection with faithful hearts and deep conviction when tears and tragedies are falling like rain around us. We must not succumb to the temptation to resent these tragedies even more because they destroy the joy of the season. Rather, we must be grateful that joy of the season and the truth it represents is exactly what we need to see us through life’s darkest passages.

    Easter is not nullified by tragic death. That’s the point. Ultimately, tragic death is nullified by Easter. This does not mean we do not grieve. It does mean we do not grieve as those who are without hope.

    I leave you with a piece written yesterday by my friend Meredith Wheeler, a pastor and a poet (http://www.earthlytents.com/drupal/):

    “Deep sadness for all those impacted by the shooting rampage on Virginia Tech campus today.
    senseless violence . . .
    erupting rage . . .
    futile cries for mercy
    broken hearts
    the darkness of sin . . .
    laughter from the pit of hell . . .
    tears of grief and loss . . .
    where do we turn when life just “don’t make sense?”
    no easy answers in this life . . .
    no trite explanations . . .
    questions for the Holy One . ..
    regarding justice and mercy . . .
    pounding fists on heaven’s door . . .
    faith is hard to bear . . .
    and yet my finitude i see
    and so in the end on bended knee
    i bow to God above . . .
    and abandon my demands to know and understand . . .
    and will to rest in sovereign grace . . .
    borne by the One beyond my comprehension . . .
    who is grieved by the brokenness in the
    world he made
    who in himself took on pain, sadness and evil like this . .
    and one day make all accounts right . . .
    and in that day all things will be the way He designed them to be . . .
    depravity, violence, and grief put in their place . .
    and we embrace the eternal sunshine of his face.”

    So Grateful Still for the Empty Tomb…