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August Rush

04Jun08

I don’t know how many of you have seen this movie. It is a feel good movie. From critics standards, it is not a great film. There are lots of holes in the plot and far fetched possibilities, but, in my opinion, none of that matters.

All my life, I have felt something special in regards to music. I have always known there is more to it than chords and scales. Even more than instruments. There is something inherently spiritual about music. People experience music from all different perspectives. They use music or appreciate music for all different reasons. Some can create it. Others listen intently. All of us can appreciate it deeply.

When I watched this film, it put into words many of the things I have always felt.

I believe very strongly that music is a gift from God. I believe that God has blessed us with something that can’t be explained, but only lived out or experienced. This film showed brilliantly how music is a part of everything around us. And most importantly it is always speaking to us.

Music is not worship, but I believe that music is a direct pathway to worship. I think God’s creation is wrapped up in an amazing symphony. It all works in chord and rhyme. It has all beat and timing. 

It’s hard to express all this in words, I can only try and paint pictures.

The character Wizard in the film said this,

“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.”

Young August and Wizard were talking at one point and this conversation took place,

August Rush: “It’s like someone’s calling out to me, only some of us can hear it.” 
Wizard: “Only some of us are listening.”

This interaction happens in the movie as well,

Juliard Teacher: “How do you do it, how does the music come to you?”
August: “It’s like someone’s calling out to me, writing it all down is like I’m calling back to them”
Juliard Teacher: “Who?”
August: “The ones who gave me the music” 

This is the only place where this movie leaves my train of thought. In the movie, August creates his music,  because he believes his parents will hear it and find him. This makes for beautiful cinema, but does not line up with God’s intent.

But August does make this statement,

Wizard: “What do you want to be in the world? I mean the whole world. What do you want to be? Close your eyes and think about that.” 
August Rush: “Found.”

We all are looking for something and I believe that we are all void and in need of being found. I believe, God is calling out to us. I believe that music was created by God to draw us to Him. Some choose to worship themselves through it. Some choose to worship the music itself. Some use the music to seek something else.

But He is there, He is calling, we just need to listen.

 

 


Thought I’d give you all an update on our camping/fishing trip this last weekend.

Dakota and I had a great time. We spent more time on the water than on land. It was refreshing and a blast.

Last night we had a feast. My brother and his family as well as my folks came over and we enjoyed some fresh Rainbow Trout.

How was your weekend?


OK, the title is a bit misleading, cause the fact is, this post is not about my opinion on who George Bush is.

But, this post is about your thoughts on an interesting article written as an editorial by the Washington Post today. The post is a pretty liberal source, and for them to write this either is foolish of them, or they are speaking the truth.

Basically…we look to be winning the war in Iraq, and the stance that our government has taken in dealing with the war seems to be proving to be correct.

Now, I don’t think anyone one here would be against us finishing this war and getting the heck out of there. But my thoughts turn to the upcoming elections now. Do you think, if the war is truly taking a turn for the better, that Obama is going to be politically hurt over this? Hillary could win from this(she supported the war), McCain will definitely win from this( He most definitely supports all aspects of it). But, Mr. Obama wants us to leave immediately(the repercussions could be horrendous) and he wants us to also lay down and cease building many of our weapons( that would be really interesting for our defense and others like Israel).

If Obama wins the nomination and the war is ending and we have won, can Obama still win the election?

Here is the article at the Post.


So, I was worried about this week. Friday-Sunday I was on a fishing/camping trip and generally those trips are all about hamburgers, chips and punch. But, I am happy to say that I took my “day off” on Saturday and enjoyed a great tri-tip feed with french bread and besides that, I was able to find foods that kept me close to what I needed to be doing.

I worked out 3 days instead of 4 last week, cause I spent all my work out time chatting with alot of you 🙂

Anyway, I figured I would not have gone down, maybe stayed even, but I didn’t. I am still moving which makes me happy!

So here are this weeks numbers…

Beginning week:
Weight 213
Waist 41″
Chest 44 1/4″

This week!
Weight 198.4
Waist 38”
Chest 43″

So I still lost some weight and I am down a bit on my waist as well. My chest stayed, but I don’t see that going down much anymore. I am working it pretty hard lifting and most my weigth is around my mid section. So we’ll see.

How are you all doing?!?!

James
Kristen
Joe
Buddy
Dan
Rick
Brandy
Deborah
Joel
Theresa
Steven
Tawny
Kelly
Jen
Ron
Darla
Theresa
Heidi
Lynn
Natalie
Love


Fish Camp 08′

31May08

Right now, I am enjoying an amazing weekend with my son and 100 other guys from our church.

Each year we hold an event called Fish Camp. It is a chance for guys of all ages to hang out together and camp, fish, BBQ and anything else you can do in the middle of the woods. I love it!

This last year our church had the privilege of working with our local BLM to lease a camp facility on a lake here in our area. The lake is called Howard Prairie and the camp is Called Camp Apserkaha. We have worked out a long term lease with the BLM to own this camp faility for $1 a year for the next 10 years. Amazing! We are doing a ton of work to the place, so it is not free, but I am excited to be there this year, because this is our first chance to hold fish camp there. Last fall my son and I went up to the camp facility to have our “sex talk”. You can read about that here 🙂

Here are some pics of where we are staying.

So, I will see you all on Sunday when we are back!


Amazing!

30May08

I am blown away by all of you that were able to join us last night for our live video chat. That was awesome!

Tam and I and the whole family are humbled that all of you would want to take some of your precious time and spend it on us.

We most definitely will be doing this again. We will be changing nights each time so we can offer times where others can be involved to. We will let you know when we plan to go live again.

I apologize to those that had any technical difficulties. At the beginning we found that our internet speed at the house is too slow. So in the future, we will be hosting these events from my office, so we can guarantee signal.

Thank you! Here is the list of people that joined us last night…

Brandy (This Girl’s Life)
Jay & Brooke Sellers (the Tone Guru & his better half)
Love (Love Will Bring Us Together)
Papa & Mama
Evan Rummel
Pete Wilson & Brandi Wilson (Without Wax & Brandi and Boys)
Just Lori
Joel Klampart (CECWorship)
Chris Vaccher (Chris From Canada)
Fred McKinnon
Brian Alexander
Luke Oakman (Giant Idiot)
Jon Squared
CJ Alverado
Jake Miller
Heather Blankenship
Kristi
Cathi Stegall
Julie Persinger
Jenni Catron
Brooke (Oh My Seven)
MikeMotorcade
Mandy Thompson (Just A Girls Life)
Amy (Mudpuppy’s sister)
Sean
Rick (Give Me Jesus)
Steven Russell
Brad Ruggles
Danielle Hodgson
Kim Bontrager
Cool Mom & Cool Dad
Gchyayles
Robin (Actions Speak Loudest)
Scott (Praise 365)
Darla (Overcomer)
Trina (Trina’s Rad Thoughts
Theressa!