Monday, March 31, 2008

Barack Does Not Want To Punish His Daughters....

with these:

"When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include -- which should include abstinence education and teaching the children -- teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual," he said.

"But it should also include -- it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old," he added.

"I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby," Obama said

He compared having a baby with a STD, which makes no sense, I am sorry when I see my daughter and 3 week old son, I do not compare them with HIV. My daughter was NOT planned and was a surprise to me and my then girlfriend now wife Lauren, not once have I looked at her and felt "punished". Everyone says that abortion is a very difficult choice, I agree, but we are not talking about anything less than a HUMAN LIFE!!!! This is not a small issue, again look at the numbers for those that think the Iraq war is worse, go down a couple of posts less than 200,000 people (4,000 Americans) have died in Iraq in 5 years, yes that is a huge number that represent real people, so is this number 6,150,000 babies dead in 5 years of abortion, these represent real people too!

Click for whole Article Here

You Mean Christians Should be in Culture??

Rhetorical question...if you really are pondering this, the answer is yes! City on a Hill Church here in Albuquerque joined the city in the annual Aids walk downtown, what a way to meet people, love people and share with people! Here is a video from Greg Qualls a shepherd in training at City on a Hill...

Young, Restless and Reformed

Tim Challies has a review of a new book, "Young, Restless, Reformed" by Colin Hansen out that discusses the new rise of reformed theology among younger men and women. This book features chapters about some of the pastors, teachers and movements that have contributed to this new emergence of reformed theology such as Louie Giglio, Mars Hill Church, New Attitude Conference, and of course Dr. John Piper. I am stoked for this book and am also blessed and humbled to be part of this emerging passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples!!!
For me this is an awesome time for this book to come out, as it was 4 years ago this April that I went from an Open Theistic ideology (unknowingly, I was a new Christian) to a Reformed and more importantly Biblical understanding of God and Scripture. It was this simple Scripture that sweetly devastated all I knew.
"For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen." Romans 11: 36

Click Here for Challies' review.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Obama Suggests Jesus is Not The Only Way

While answering a question about his Christian faith, Obama said he believes that Jesus Christ died for his sins and through God’s grace and mercy he could have “everlasting life,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

But he also believes Jews and Muslims and non-believers who live moral lives are as much “children of God” as he is, according to The Associated Press.

As an example, he spoke about his late mother who was “not a believer.”

"[S]he was the kindest, most decent, generous person that I have ever known," Obama said, according to the Times. "I'm sure she is in heaven, even though she may not have subscribed to everything that I subscribe to."

Very Interesting, read the whole thing here

Props: On Earth as it is in Heaven

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hit A Wall

Have you ever had those days where you just feel like you hit a wall? I feel exhausted, and beat up right now. It is not because I had "The Well" last night and got up early, thats not it. Honestly it is because of sin and darkness that I see in the lives of those I love. I am just in a valley right now where I am fully aware of how messed up this world is and how lives around me are broken and hurting.

How do I get out of this valley? Is it to just fool myself with "positive" thinking like Oprah tells me? Do I just pull up my bootstraps and work harder to make lives less broken? Do I just ignore it all? None of these work, none of these provide a sufficient answer to the reality of pain and sadness that seem to surround me. I need something real, I need something that does not ebb and flow with how I feel and what my reality is at any moment, that all changes. I need something that does not change!!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

As I type this I am not "feeling" like my situation is completely better where all pain is gone and so forth. What I do feel though is security that even though I am in this valley, I have a hope that is real, and does not change. My hope in Jesus is unshakable because it has nothing to do with what I need to do, or what i have to do to change things. It is about what someone else has done, namely Jesus Christ. The Creator of the Universe the Father in Heaven sent His Son, Jesus, to save, messy, broken lives, to redeem us from our crap and mess we love to dwell in. We did nothing to deserve this, we loved the mess we were in, we had no want to be with God, we were self deceived and loved it! In spite of this Jesus died for us, took our punishment for our mess, then He rose from the dead to show that He was God and that the power of sin in our lives has been broken. This fact does not change with my feelings, or my circumstances, this fact is how I know God is loving, good and cares deeply about me. This fact will get me through today!

Tim Bradley one of our elders has encouraged us as a staff to constantly be meditating on Psalm 130 all day, I encourage you to do the same:

130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

Taken from ESV Online

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Cost of Life in 5 Years

Shaun Groves at SHLOG put these powerful pictures up about the cost of war, I added the last picture to show what the cost has been in 5 years of abortion. I do not want to get into an argument about whether our troops should be out or if we need a president that will pull our troops out, but what I do want to show is that babies are being slaughtered on a scale more massive than any other tragedy man has ever been apart of ! Abortion has taken more life, innocent lives, lives that were never given any choice, than any war ever has , and continues to do so to this day. For more info go to abort 73.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Already Sponsored

Brayden just signed a 23 year, $60 million dollar deal with Nike. This is his 1st photo shoot with dad's championship ring he won with the Lobos in 2005. Brayden has already ordered a Louis Vutton Pacifier with diamonds that spell out "Baby Bling"....

Yes I have become one of those cheesy type parents!

Love and Worship

Los (yes another Los) over at Ragamuffin Soul tells of an amazing story of what love and worship look like. This happened at Los's church, Buckhead in GA.
I’m in verse 2 and I look to my left and am hit like a blind side pick and roll.
Swaying on the front row was a guy I later learned was named Matt.
Standing in front of him was another guy named Jefferson.
It was a moment that stands out above all else in my 11 years of leading worship.
You see Matt and Jefferson were worshipping God, together.
Jefferson has severe cerebral palsy. He has little, if any control over his body.
Matt was standing behind Jefferson.
Holding Jefferson.
20 minutes.
Dancing with Jefferson and singing at the top of his lungs.
Jefferson was singing too. I think could hear him.
And it was the most beautiful song I have ever heard
There are hundreds of thoughts, emotions, and lessons that could go along with Matt and Jefferson.
To watch them sing out and dance was a thing of beauty. Obedience. Unbridled Joy.
Thank you Matt and Jefferson for a shifting moment in my life.
What can we all learn from this picture of Authenticity?

Click Here to Read More of Los's Account or His Wife's

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter...Fear the Bunny!

A Heart for My City

I took a drive around Albuquerque yesterday, and when I say around I mean literally around. I traced my trip on Google Earth and above you can see. I started going south and from there I circled the city.

For me drives are times when I pray and think through things. Yesterday's drive was for me a time to pray for the city that I live in. I drove around noticing the diversity Albuquerque has and how easily you can go from a upper middle class neighborhood to a area filled with homeless and rent by the hour motels. I need to be reminded that Albuquerque is not all suburban "utopia" and that Albuquerque is a broken city filled with broken lives, this is true in every neighborhood. I was honestly refreshed for ministry and feel a renewed burden for this city that I think in some ways I had sort of lost sitting in a church office everyday. I wonder how many times Paul walked around the cites in the Roman Empire? Acts 17 shows he was observant of the surrondings he ministered in.

I hope to fit these drives in more often and include my family in them too, as we pray and seek what God would have us do in this city. Dave Bruskas, pastor at City on a Hill Church here in Albuquerque said that our city is beautiful to look at from the mesa or east mountains, but it is filled with broken lives in need of Jesus, never is that so apparent then when you take a 2 hour drive around this city.

What is your city like?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

What a 2nd Day...

With my head pounding and barley able to breathe due to allergies I stayed home all day yesterday and sat like a lump on my couch and watched 12 hours of basketball. It was fantastic! The biggest draw back was, was that I missed our Good Friday service at my church, but my head and congestion was so bad I had no energy to go anywhere. So there I sat and watched as the double digit seeds showed why this is the greatest sporting event in the world! My bracket is a total bust, but it has been worth it.

Day 1 had Belmont almost taking down mighty Duke, almost, but Duke has sold their soul to Satan so of course they would win.

Day 2 had buzzer beaters, 2 overtime games in a row, a "big" name school losing to a no name school, what a day!

The 2nd round will be starting in a couple of hours, man I love this month!

Check out ESPN for all the scores!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Madness Day 1

I love this day, it is the beginning of the 1st round of the NCAA tournament. It is when Cinderellas shine at the ball and Goliaths are slain (symbolically speaking). I have the afternoon off as well as tomorrow, so if you need me I will be on my couch enjoying the Madness.

It is not as fun due to the fact the New Mexico lost last night in the 1st round of the NIT, but it is still the greatest month to be a sports fan. I remember 2 years ago watching George Mason, a team no one heard of, they did not just get one special victory they got 4 wins and found themselves in the Final Four! I also remember when I was in elementary school and the UNM Lobos were in the dance and we would spend the day watching the game, it was great fun.

Seriously what other sporting event is as fun to watch and enjoy as March Madness??

New Again, Brad Paisley and Sara Evans

I am not a huge country music fan, I do not hate country music but I am just not prone to listen to it, sorry Torres. But this video is great and I think seems fitting for the season.

August Rush Is An Amazing Movie About God's Sovereignty

It was not made as a "Christian" movie, it was not advertised to churches. Local mega-churches did not rent out theaters to show their people this movie, but August Rush is an amazing treatise on God's providence and sovereignty. This movie was like the Biblical accounts of Joesph and Esther wraped up in a 2 hour film. To see how bad things and good things all work themselves towards a ultimate purpose shines forth how God brings forth both calamity and well-being (Isaiah 45:7).

Lauren and I watched this movie on Monday night and it still is sticking with me. It was a movie that had amazing music (click here for soundtrack) and just a great storyline. I think we as Christians sometimes will throw rocks at movies that are not "Christian" and think they have no redeeming value, although usually the opposite is true (e.g. Left Behind). This movie deals with real life issues, and shows their consequences, sometimes in harsh and gut-wrenching ways. This movie though through this shows a God that is concerned with the orphan, and a God who is soverign over all.

Put this on you Netflix today!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

East Central Ministries From a High School Senior

One of Desert Springs' High School students blogged about our recent Friday night venture to hang and serve with the people at East Central Ministries (ECM) here in Albuquerque. I could explain what makes these nights special and why we love doing it but let me let Leah explain:
Every 3rd Friday night of the month, Paradox, our youth ministry, and the Well, our college ministry partner up alongside some leaders in our church and travel down to the War zone and the Trumbel la Mesa neighborhood. Our meeting spot- ECM, short for East Central Ministries where we started consistently serving about a year and a half ago. Since that time, we have done numerous things serving at ECM such as, going to the nearby community center to play with kids and barbecue, go to the new school that was recently opened up in an old drug traficking house (praise God for that one :o)) and then last Friday, serving at Casa de Shalom. Casa de Shalom is a new thing that the staff at ECM have been trying to start for awhile, alot of meetings and preperation and prayer have been put into this idea and it is now in the making. About a year ago, Becky, our ECM leader and others alongside her thought of the idea of a Christian intentional living center. They began looking for land to do this and finally closed a deal a week ago today. Its a piece of land that has an apartment complex of 6 units, 2 houses, and a unit of 3 mini houses. These are gonna be used for about 14 different families and a couple of the staff down at ECM. They intend on using this Christian living center to help babysit each others kids, make cookies together and just really uplift and encourage each other through simple things that make a Christian family live out the gospel. When we got to ECM Friday night, we were all expecting to paint but Becky told us John had some other stuff planned for us that he needed to get done before we started on painting. We all took the short drive over to Casa de Shalom and began raking up piles of dried up pine needles and leaves that were basically a fire hazard waiting to happen. This was definitely an amazing time and probably one of the BEST times I’ve had since we started at ECM. It was cool to see our well off, spoiled kids and college kids get messy. We never stopped laughing and had so much to catch up on, all over a dozen rakes and shovels, alot of dust, and a box of white cheddar cheez its. Its amazing to see that stuff like that can bring us together, and show others who we are without words but rather actions. Alot of the families were moving on and a couple already had moved in and came outside to talk and watch the kids ride bikes. It was amazing to see them watch us and wonder why we were there but by the end of the night be talking and laughing with them just as much. Its a blessing to be a part of the Lord’s family when we are privileged enough to do stuff like that. Like the college ministry at DSC says, “we are just a bunch of messy people lifiting up one Great, AMAZING God.”

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Monday, March 17, 2008

A Great Way to Spend 90 Minutes

I just got done watching this video of Tim Keller's visit to Cal Berkeley. It was a great discussion and was broken up in 2 segments, 45 minutes of lecture then 45 minutes of Q and A. I am currently reading Dr. Keller's new book "The Reason for God" with a friend and am enjoying it very much. Dr. Keller is a very smart and well read pastor, but explains things in such a way that anyone could understand. I really encourage you to sit down and watch this video! Listen to the audio here.

How does this relate to March Madness, well like Dr. Keller the Lobo Basketball team is heading to Berkeley, to play the Golden Bears on Wed. Night, how do you like dem apples!

Props: Reformissionary

Which Hillary Are You Today?

Props: Ragamuffin Soul

Pistol Pete

Zach posted this video of the Pistol and his sick skills. Sam Storms posted this story that makes basketball look like, well a simple game. God changes hearts, all hearts, whether we are speaking of drunken, frat kids like myself or NBA legends!

Maravich openly and proudly rejected the God of Scripture. He pursued every possible option in his relentless effort to find meaning and purpose and joy in life. He tried Hinduism, but that didn't work. He dabbled in Buddhism, but that left him as empty as before. He immersed himself in astrology, hoping to find in the configuration of the stars and planets some indication of the meaning of his existence, but again to no avail.

He embraced reincarnation and spent time trying to discover who he was in past lives and who he might become in future lives. He experimented with astral projection, investigated UFO's, became a vegetarian, and eventually gave himself over to drugs and alcohol.

Nothing satisfied him. Nothing filled the hole in his soul. Until one night in 1982, as he lay quietly in bed, for the first time he cried out to God for help. He fell out of bed and got on his knees and committed his life to Jesus Christ. From that point on Pistol Pete Maravich became an outspoken, devoted, passionate disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, proclaiming the gospel to everyone he met, declaring for all to hear that in the person of Jesus he had finally and fully found purpose, satisfaction, hope, and the forgiveness of sins.

Six years later, in January of 1988, at the age of 40, Maravich was playing a pick-up game of basketball in a church gymnasium in California, together with noted Christian psychologist and author James Dobson. He made a shot, turned to Dobson and said: "Boy, I feel great!" Whereupon he collapsed, dead before he hit the floor.

Props: CJ Mahaney, Sam Storms, and Vitamin Z

March Madness....

It is that time of year, and I am stoked, well kinda stoked. The UNM Men's basketball team did not get an invite to the NCAA tournament, and while there was a slim hope that would happen it was not surprising. The sad thing though was that Arizona, Oregon, Villanova all got in with sub par records and even below .500 records in their conferences. This tournament in my view does not have the 65 best teams in the country, but nevertheless it is an exciting time of year.

The Lobos while being disappointed with the fact they are not dancing, even more disappointing was the fact that they have to travel in the NIT to Cal. Cal was a higher seed eventhough they were 16-15 and finished in 9th place in the Pac 10. They will be televised on Wed. on ESPN 2 at 9pm Mtn.

As far as my Final Four Picks, I am still working on them, but think you will be surprised by who I have cutting down the nets in San Antonio in April!

Friday, March 14, 2008

You Know it is March Madness...

when the mascots fight!!! From this years Summit Conference Championship.

Stott on Pride and the Preacher

This quote cuts me to the heart. Oh what a prideful man I so often am, how I boast in my ability in my heart, that the Lord would allow me to repent and crawl to the cross by His grace alone is simply astounding!!!! Please pray for humbleness in my heart.

Pride is without doubt the chief occupational hazard of the preacher. It I has ruined many, and deprived their ministry of power.... In some it is blatantly obvious. They are exhibitionists by temperament and use the pulpit as a stage on which they show off.... Other preachers are not like Nebuchadnezzars, however, for their pride does not take the form of blatant boastfulness. It is more subtle, more insidious, and even more perverse. For it is possible to adopt an outward demeanor of great meekness, while inside our appetite for applause is insatiable. At the very moment when in the pulpit we are extolling the glories of Christ, we can in reality be seeking our own glory, and when we are exhorting the congregation to praise God, and are even ostensibly leading them in praise, we can be secretly hoping that they will spare a bit of praise for us. We need to cry out with Baxter, "O what a constant companion, what a tyrannical commander, what a sly, subtle and insinuating enemy is this sin of pride!" (John Stott, Between Two Worlds, 320-321)

Props: Desiring God

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Baby #2-Lessons from the Frontlines


Brayden is now 3 days old and doing very well. We had a trip to the pediatrician this morning for a post birth check up, it went well. He even had some projectile poop that took out mom and almost got the nurse, dad and sister were safe. Although earlier in the day dad did take a shot to the arm, forgets that changing boys' diapers is different than girls, boys can aim!

I have been home for the past 3 days helping Lauren as we adjust to life with 2 kids. Needless to say that moving from 1 kid to 2 is a huge leap. Bill Anderson an elder at my church told me that 1 is like none and 2 is like 20, it is so true. I am working to be a serving, humble and loving husband to my wife. I am not good at doing this, I am selfish and sinful, but press on to imitate Christ to my wife. I failed horribly when Jordyn was little, I was not gentle and not very helpful around the house, I thought that my job was to make the money, but when I got home that was Lauren's area for her to perfect. I was an idiot! Through Godly men in my life and through being broken by God, I realize that I must yes make the money, but also serve my wife when I am home, I must work to love my wife like Christ loves the Church, be willing to die for her, or be inconvenienced when I get home and do dishes! I am far from where I want to be in this journey but feel I am better at this the 2nd time around only by God's Grace.

That's all for now!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Say Hello To Brayden Nestor Griego!

BORN MARCH 9, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

A Day At The Zoo

In a effort to take our minds off the fact that Lauren is due today and there is no urgency from our baby to come out, we took Jordyn to the zoo. It was a great time, and the first time in a decade I had been to our local zoo which is one of the best in the country...It was fun.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Where Do You Worship On Sunday???

Props: Think Christian

Friday Fun

I thought these guys were a legend, like Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster, but they are real, maybe someday they will come to my church!!!

Props:Think Christian

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Why Timothy Needs Paul

I am the College Minister at Desert Springs Church and often times for me this means leading younger people and hoping to be someone worth imitating in as far as I work to imitate the Lord, failing often at this. I am not an elder, and am so blessed to have Bill Anderson as the elder/pastor (same word, the NT does not show a difference) over the ministry and me. Having Mr. Anderson (you have to say this like the Agent from The Matrix) as my elder means we try to meet once a week. Often we talk about the ministry, but more than not this is just a time of talking about life. This past Wednesday morning we met at Starbucks (where all good meetings take place) and when I got there he was sitting with another older man. I went and got my coffee and sat down to listen to their conversation. This man was disclosing to Bill his struggles with his marriage and his serious contemplation about divorce. It was a very, very sobering discussion. The man at times was angry and blunt about his anger, he cussed, and he spoke harshly of his family, things that honestly made me uncomfortable. I sat and listened and learned so much from Bill’s response to this man. He did not tell him to watch his language; he did not condemn the man or even argue with him. Bill instead showed love, patience and care in the way he honestly listened to this man. Bill showed a pastoral heart for this man (not sure if he was a Christian) by urging the man to press on and fight for his marriage; he shared personal stories about life and struggles he faces. Bill did not give “good” simple Christian answers, but was real and honest with this man, yet never strayed away from Biblical Counseling; it was amazing in how he handled this situation. I was able to share with this man some of my own story of struggles, but only because I saw Bill do this first.

I share this story to first say how blessed I am to be in a body with elders like we have here at DSC. These are men who have jobs and busy lives, but who also take time to live life alongside people in and outside the church! Bill was the definition of missional in the sense that whenever I meet him at Starbucks there are at least 4-5 people that stop and say hi and talk about what is going on in their life with him. Just the fact that this guy had been sharing very personal stories with Bill shows that trust and a real relationship had been built.

Young punks like myself are so quick to say the church should be this way or that way, this past Wednesday was a time for me to shut up and learn (which I should do the majority of the time). I saw that being an elder/pastor means loving people, I mean really loving them, willing to walk through life with them even in the mess and gutters. This is what Bill Anderson, Tim Bradley, Ryan Kelly, Tim Ray, Barry Lawrence and Ron Giese do and model for our body, not perfectly but in a way that points to the grace of God! This is why we need “Pauls” in our life, we have so much to learn, so much to gain from these relationships, without them we are often heading into battle with no map, and no direction.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

How To Ruin A Ministry

The people over at The Resurgence posted this handy guide on how to ruin a ministry. This was aimed at Women's Ministry, but being over a College Ministry I think that this is very, very applicable to me. I often find myself falling into one of these categories of how to effectively ruin the ministry, I have a long way to go, and God is so gracious in continually humbling me...

Here are the steps:

1. Make women's (or for me College) ministry your first priority.

2. Become territorial.

3. Resent your God-given authority structure.

4. Ignore life issues or stages of life that you haven't experienced personally.

To read each of the examples and explanations of each of these steps click here...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Favre to Retire

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons.

FOX Sports first reported Tuesday that the Green Bay Packers quarterback informed the team in the last few days. said that according to Favre's agent the quarterback told coach Mike McCarthy of his decision.

Only two years removed from perhaps his worst season, Favre had a resurgence in 2007. He broke several career records. Among them was Dan Marino's career mark for career touchdown passes. He powered the Packers to an NFC North title and a 13-3 regular-season record. He was named to his ninth Pro Bowl.


O-Bama! O-Bama! O-Bama! O-Brother!!!

Ok I am convinced, if Jessica Alba and the dude from the count of Monte Cristo are on board count me in... The only ones that seem to not be cheering in this video are the million babies killed last year from abortion that O-Bama supports. But if Alba is voting for this Baby Killer then how can it be wrong?? <---Heavy Sarcasm

Seriously this is creepy and makes me start to think the Anti-Christ is here...

Props: Veith

Monday, March 03, 2008

This Pic Creeps Me Out

Clintons and Osteens: Yeah that makes sense!

Props: Purgatorio

This Pic Makes Me Smile

Yes Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler are giving Dap to each other!!! If you were on stage with Dr. Piper you would too!!!

Props: Acts 29