A few blog posts back, I wrote about an outreach called The Door. At that outreach we were able to pray with a few skaters to receive Jesus. I’ve noticed whenever God does something huge and miraculous, it is often times hard to put those things into words.
These boys have grown up with a lot of hard stuff to deal with. It is amazing to see and be around someone who receives Jesus and begins to grow and walk in that new life. Yesterday I met the guys at church for an afternoon skate session. We prayed and talked about some stuff and about baptism. Last night during our 6 o’clock service, the pastor talked about baptism and the guys stood up and went forward to be baptized. It was incredible! It reminded me of the radical change that I experienced when I gave my life to Jesus. I remember just going to God with my heart and mind opened to whatever His will was for my life. Meeting these skaters and spending time with them has had such a forever impact on my life and ministry. God has used all this to show me that there is so much more He wants me to do besides fly around on planes and go in and out of ministries all over the U.S. I have such a burden for the kids and people in the Portland area who are neglected and broken. We are completely willing to give up everything to see others become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. Please pray for my wife and I.
I did an outreach here in Portland this past Friday. The people who brought me out were awesome & I just wanted to serve them the best way that I could. This was a “family night event” with 100′s of little kids running around with all sorts of energy. The kids were so hyped and that is what made it so fun when I skated. The difficult part was sharing a message that was sensitive to a wide range of ages as well as people who had never heard the Good news of Jesus. God used us and it was great to have my good friends there too, especially my wife.
I was reminded of Matthew 18:1-5:
When the disciples asked Jesus who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ” Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ” Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
Last week was awesome!
We got to help out at a youth outreach called The Door. The event outline and planning was completely led by high school students. The goal was to reach out to their peers with the good new of Jesus. My friends from Passion For People did the follow up training and invited me to share a bit of encouragement with the student leaders. (Matthew: 14 vs.15-17) “Loaves and Fishes” is what God put on my heart to share and that is exactly what happened with the effort that was put forth. God multiplied this humble effort as 200 kids showed up on Thursday night and 80 decision cards to follow Jesus were filled out & turned back in. Liz and I got to meet and pray with some skaters who showed up with their school guidance counselor who invited them. We were there until the very end skating and sharing life with some really amazing kids. God is good!
All for Jesus
Liz (my wife) sent this to me the other day. These are her thoughts on a sermon we heard on Easter. I thought it was nice and simple and encouraging so I thought I’d post it:
Because of the resurrection anything/everything is possible.
Expect good things. After Jesus told the disciples many times that He would rise from the dead, they didn’t expect him to. We should expect God to fulfill His promises/word. Don’t be disappointed or discouraged when He doesn’t fulfill His promises in our time frame. He is sovereign and all-knowing. His time is perfect.
Everything happened according to God’s plan. God’s plan is perfect. Our plans are not. When we plan, we should leave room for His plan and not be disappointed when things don’t happen according to our plan. God’s plan is perfect and He will accomplish His will. I want to be used by Him to accomplish His will. I don’t want to be so distracted with my plan or will that He cannot use me.
All for Jesus!
I was filming this skateboard trick today, which sounds like messing around right? However, this is a serious endeavor when it comes to being a professional skater. (I am going to try and bring some relevance to this point so please bear with me.)
The trick combo I filmed by its technical name is: Nollie flip & 1\4 to rail, drop back to manual, 360 flip to nose manual then shuvit out. Only a very small fraction of skaters can appreciate the technical difficulty and make sense of the above equation. Most skaters could care less and the people who don’t skateboard (most likely you who are reading this) usually cannot understand any part of what is being described in written form.
What if instead of describing the trick to you, I simply demonstrate the actual trick combo in a quick video clip? Now the image of something that sounds so confusing when being described in written form would become clear and obvious, and maybe less impressive or underwhelming. Some would conclude that this is simply another way to ride a skateboard. Others will take it very seriously, while most will consider it absolute foolishness.
So, the point…
If we only describe to others why we believe in Jesus and the power of God, it can easily sound ridiculous, complicated, and confusing just as in the above attempt to describe one of my skateboarding tricks. However, when demonstrated, it shows a clearer picture of the power and love God has for His creation.
Just something to think about….
“All for Jesus”
My good friend Kei invited Liz and I to come share at a small youth group gathering at a local Korean church on Friday. I was able to skate and share the Gospel and encourage them to continue to live for Jesus. This was so different from a lot of other outreaches or groups we had served with before. The kids and young adults were so respectful and kind to us. This one guy I was praying & talking with for about 10 minutes was so polite that he didn’t want to “offend” me by just getting up and talking to some friends. I had to tell him that I would literally talk to him all night if he didn’t get up and go quickly!
We had so much fun and everyone loved the skating too! This really gave us a new passion & desire to serve and minister in the local youth gatherings who never have events or guest speakers or even a full time youth Pastor. Liz and I are thankful for the leadership at Onnuri & for the open door to come and minister, and to be ministered too as well. Kei sent me this pic yesterday. He is an awesome man of God. Thanks, Kei.
All for Jesus.
In the mid 90′s I was in Jr. High School and all out for skateboarding and absolutely nothing else. My skateboarding idol of those days was Rodney Mullen, the most innovative and progressive skateboarder of our time. Rodney Mullen still has, to this day, the best professional contest record in all of skateboarding. Rodney won almost every contest, placing 2nd only one time in his professional career as a freestyle skater in the 1980s. A world champion for an entire decade! Today he is seen by many as the genius innovator behind street skateboarding. Anyone who knows their skate history could go on and on about Mr. Mullen and his contributions to the sport. I am however honing in to make a particular point that has had an impression on me personally for over 15 years.
I remember reading an anniversary edition of Thrasher mag in the mid 90s that featured legends of the sport such as Rodney Mullen. Context: I was reading about my hero as a small town kid with big hopes and dreams to become a pro skater, make money, and travel the world. The words that impacted me the most, and still to this day, was when Rodney talked about how futile his achievements felt to him. He described his past skating career as having a castle that he could never go inside and enjoy, but instead spent all of his time guarding it on the outside. Even now, all these years later, I can appreciate more than ever the honesty of Rodney Mullen back then and now. The crazy thing is he wrote those words when he was my age now back then. I don’t know where Rodney is in his walk with the Lord Jesus or how he is doing. I’ve met him just a few times in passing and we really never connected. I am however still a fan.
As I now move into my 10th year as a professional skater and minister and take an honest look back over the years, I can say it has never been about winning contests or how many sponsors I have or making money. There has been a battle here and there for those things… BUT, My focus has always been about seeing people come to know the Lord Jesus and have a relationship with God.
You see 10 years ago I died to all those things the moment I gave my life to Jesus Christ and from that moment on all the things of this world and this life are seen as passing away and futile. My heart goes out to those who still feel that they have to stand guard outside their castles. I know, for me, Jesus Christ lives in me (my castle) and He can rearrange and decorate whatever He wants at anytime. After all, it’s all His to begin with. As my focus continues to be on the eternal things of God and not living for the approval of others or material stuff, I must say I have really enjoyed all the years I have been able to shine the light of Christ through this silly toy called a skateboard.
This photo is of Rodney Mullen and me back in 2002.
My trip to Minnesota went well but really short. I flew out at 6am and arrived in the afternoon for a 6 to 6:30pm slot on stage. I skated and shared the love of Jesus and the response was good. This was a pretty good size building we were in and about 400 students showed up. I am now at home and working on filming for my latest project. God bless and thanks for your prayers.
All for Jesus
We decided to stay at the beach this weekend on the Oregon coast in Cannon Beach. This photo is of the famous Haystack Rocks that were featured in the 80′s classic The Goonies. Sometimes it is good to just get away from things and retreat, pray and spend time with my beautiful wife.
The rich man thinks of his wealth as an impregnable defense, a high wall of safety. What a dreamer!
Money cannot provide safety- there are too many ways for it to lose its power. The government may cease to back it; thieves may steal it; inflation may rob it of all value. BUT God never loses his power. He is always dependable. Where do you place your hope for safety- on uncertain wealth or upon God who is always faithful?
All for Jesus.