I had a great time this past weekend in Florida. I did an outreach right outside Orlando in a town called Titusville. I cannot say enough good things about the people who brought me out to do ministry and skate. The church is called New Venture so if you are in that area, you gotta go meet these folks. I was so stoked that we did an event in the local park and everyone was invited, even a few homeless that slept at the park joined us. I met this one guy named Zack who has been on the streets for a long time. He was one of the coolest guys in the place. I really enjoyed hanging with him and talking about Jesus. It was great to see people from all different backgrounds gather together.
I shared the good new of Jesus and a few people raised there hands- it was awesome! I want to give a huge thanks to Pastor Charlie, Steve (video), Chris (sound), Jerry (for building my skate stage) and everyone else at New Venture Church. God bless you guys.
Liz and I went with this church plant in 2004 when I moved here from Missouri to work with Luis Palau. We planted with a few hundred people and began meeting in a local middle school. This past Sunday was our annual service where the whole church gets together for one big gathering instead of having multiple services. I shot this photo because, off to the right if you look close, you can see little pools and hundreds of people waiting to be baptized in the name of Jesus. This is us in a local stadium because there isn’t a building that can fit us all at once. We preach Jesus and Him crucified and it’s so cool to see all these people coming to know that truth.
All for Jesus
This is a little something I got out of this book I’ve been reading by Kris Vallotton.
Keeping covenant with God is the mark of a true disciple. Jesus had 12 apostles. He kept saying that one of them would betray Him. It is a little scary to me that the 11 other guys who lived, slept, ate and ministered together in power for 3.5 years still had not realized that Judas was a betrayer. Judas must have been able to heal the sick and cast out demons as well as the other disciples, because otherwise his lack of power would have been a dead giveaway that he was the betrayer. Then, on the night of the passover, Jesus basically said, ” let’s make a covenant.” He took bread and said, “This is my body that is broken for you” (Luke 22:19). As soon as Judas realized that covenant was required, his cover was blown. Judas was a false apostle. He betrayed Jesus with a kiss because he pursued intimacy without covenant, see? (Luke 22:47)
He was in relationship with Jesus because of what he could get out of it. When he realized that Jesus was about to require him to sacrifice himself for the sake of Christ, he sold out what was left of his stock in Christ for 30 peaces of silver. He didn’t want to be in a relationship that cost him.
The nature of false apostles and false leaders is that they are not really loving, caring fathers. They cohabitate with the body for what they can get out of them. When they finally get caught in their own sin, they try to create their own redemption (Judas hung himself) instead of receiving what Christ did for them. When we went into that baptismal tank with a cross on our back we emerged with a crown and a covenant to be co-laborers with Christ. We are meant to rule in God’s kingdom by loving, shepherding and caring for those around us no matter what.
Jesus is Lord
When your skate shoes flex and bend like this it is time for a new pair of feet… Wait. Rewind that. I mean shoes. This is where I pay the price for being such a frugal man. Even though I’ve been getting free shoes since 2001, I still hold on to my old stuff.
This can be a good object lesson for holding onto things that hurt us. Therefore it is up to us to throw out our garbage and come to grips with the obvious need for change and take action. This can also illustrate the point of turning from our sin nature and trusting in Jesus for salvation. Woooh’ caffeine rush… its my blog for the day.
I had an awesome opportunity to share the Gospel at a big (non Christian) event called Sundown Fest in Junction City Kansas. I did a few demos each day on the 2nd and 3rd. I was stoked that people listened as I shared the good news of Jesus. I even got to pray with a few people. My skating went well, or I should say better when I started drinking more water and less coffee…. imagine that?
The strange thing was I shared the stage with a daredevil stunt show. This guy was breaking bricks on his wife’s stomach and chopping up watermelons on her, too. We had to clean up the mess so I could skate each time. You can see the low quality picture I took of our stage before anything was set up.
I was surprised to see some good FMX riders there as well. The riders had to be some heavy hitters in the industry from what I could gather. The pic is of their demo ramp set up. I just like to see back flips on motorcycles, and they were pulling those in their warm up. God is so good, my flights were on time & I got free upgrades to First Class both ways. Sharing the love of Jesus and skateboarding is the best job in the world!
Glory to God.
My church makes a lot of artsy items for visuals during the messages. This stuff in the photo is what they tossed out and now I get to skate it! I’m actually going to shoot a wall ride photo on this, so keep an eye out for that coming soon. What some people consider trash I see as a beautiful peace of art waiting to be touched up by my skateboard.
This past weekend I had a crazy trip to New York City in terms of travel.
I missed my connecting flight in San Francisco due to high winds. They placed us in a holding pattern above the city for 30 minutes. In that time, I got to share Christ with a girl that I was sitting next to who saw me reading my bible, so that was good. We finally landed in San Francisco and I had missed any chance of leaving at a decent time. I was supposed to land in New York Friday night but instead got in the following morning at 10 AM after catching the last flight at 1 AM. That meant 10 hours in the airport! I got off the plane and drank a whole bunch of coffee, met the nice people who brought me in, and did my demo on stage and shared the Gospel. The skating was difficult, but then again, I never in all my years took a red eye flight to get right off the plane and go straight into skateboarding.
God is good and he used my humble effort. The event was filled with music and testimonies throughout the day. I got to meet some great people and hear their stories. This trip was fun and I was so thankful for the nice hotel and great food.
On my way home I got a complimentary upgrade to First Class on the 5.5 hour flight home so, that was awesome! I even got to share Jesus with this sweet 80 year old lady that sat next to me.
They say the apostle Paul was a tent builder…Well I built a deck this year and we finally finished in time for Summer! Maybe I can have a Building Stuff for People Ministry.