This is a photo of me and my good friend Greg at the closing of Skate Legion skateboard shop. This place has had loads of Pro’s come through over the years. The first time I came to Portland in ’02, I met Greg and we have been good friends ever since. It was a sad day to say goodbye to my shop and to reflect on all the memories of the ministry that took place there daily through my friend Greg and his wife. I love this photo because it shows the boldness of Greg holding the Word of God which was always in the shop.
I’m excited to see what God does with Greg and his wife in the next chapter of reaching our city for Christ.
Jesus is Lord
I just got home from a huge festival in New Jersey this past weekend called Revelation Generation. I was stoked to be with my friends from BFC and Outcast BMX. We had a local skate ministry come out and shred with us too. We performed 6 demos throughout the weekend and shared the good news of Jesus. On that stage behind our demo area, we had bands like The Devil Wears Prada, Anberlin, and August Burns Red. The good news is that throughout the weekend the name of Jesus was high and lifted up. I had a blast and now I have some time to finish up some filming before flying around next week.
All for Jesus
I went to Rolla, Missouri this past week to visit my family.
People have asked me over the years how I got into freestyle flatland skating. The answer is simply this: I grew up in a small rural town where the only place to skate around my house was this slab of concrete underneath the deck. This is where I created and invented many of my freestyle tricks that are seen today. This made me think of how God seemingly throughout the centuries has used people that are the least likely from the least likely places.
I never thought I would have a full time job speaking & skating, creating and performing tricks that only a handful of people on the planet can do. As far as I know, I’ve been the only freestyle skater in the industry who has had a full time job for an entire decade skating flatground. I just smile when I think of sharing the good news of Jesus over the years with 100′s of thousands of people and this silly stick with wheels has been my vehicle into so many hearts. It all started on a back porch in a small midwest town that most people have never even heard of. This is also the place where I gave my life to Jesus.
I did an outreach in Battleground, WA this weekend. I was stoked to be so close to home and sharing Jesus. This was a tough event for myself & the crew who invited me out. These guys did a great job with running the contests and having give-aways through out the day. The skate park was a huge concrete mass that had everything you would want to skate on. I had my humble flatland surface on a stage near by where I skated and shared my heart. The crowd for the most part was tough, with somewhat of a “locals only” attitude, which I completely understood. We were outsiders coming in to preach the Gospel.
God used us, and Liz and I were able to pray and connect with a whole bunch of kids and adults throughout the day. Our ministry had more to do with us being relational and caring, not so much to do with being a Pro skateboarder with a bag of tricks and a message from stage.
All for Jesus!
Last Thursday before I was preparing to fly out the following morning to Dallas, I decided to go for a quick skate session at my church. I went up for a wall ride on my board and my foot slipped off the back and I drove my left knee straight into the ground. As I fell, I did the splits putting all my weight on my twisted limb.
I heard and felt this awful popping & ripping noise like everything just tore apart.
A rush of thoughts came into my mind that I was done skateboarding and my traveling ministry would be on hold.
I stood up fast in pain and leaned against the wall and cried out to my Father and I was reminded of the power of I have in Jesus. As I prayed with authority as a child of God, my leg snapped back together and I felt no pain. I even walked for a bit to make sure (ye of little faith… right?).
I made it to Dallas TX the next day for a youth conference. I had to make a trip to Home Depot that night just an hour prior to my stage time to pick up my wood for the stage. To make a long story short I dropped a piece of wood on my big toe and smashed it, turning my foot into a weird shade of blue and purple. I still felt the Lord strengthen me that night and I skated and shared Jesus.
The next day I was off to Brooklyn N.Y. to speak and skate for 3 youth services at the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was awesome and again I felt God’s presence and power upholding me and giving me the words to speak. People came to Jesus and I made it home to Portland Monday at 2 am. God is good.
All for Jesus
Last weekend in Chicago went really well. An individual in the church that hosted me booked and handled all of the logistics. He found one of our Reach Your City mailers at his church and decided to pay for everything and have me out. This man and his family were such a blessing and I was stoked to share Jesus and ride my skateboard in the windy city. I am now getting on another plane and heading to Dallas/ Ft.Worth for a youth conference tonight and then onto Brooklyn N.Y. tomorrow to share at the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle on Sunday. I will then arrive home to Portland, Sunday at midnight. I need prayer for my strength and energy. I just want people to know Jesus.
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