Monday, April 16, 2007

Miscellaneous Monday

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives" -- Jackie Robinson.


I loved Dodger Stadium. Located in Elysian Park east of downtown LA, the ballpark oozed tradition with a retro feel. Where else can you get live organ music, mixed with an illuminating message board/scoreboard rimming the lower level?

Two giant murals of Jackie Robinson were fixed to each end of the grandstand (over 60' tall) and were awesome tributes to the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.

As for the game, the Dodgers smoked the Padres 9-1.


When we returned from LA Saturday evening, I checked my sitemeter to discover an influx of visitors from the U.K. I did a little checking around to discover Colin Adams, an associate pastor with the Charlotte Baptist Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, had picked up my blog post on Friday about providing preaching opportunities for the next generation of preachers.

Thanks, Colin for the link and thank you to all those from the U.K. who dropped by to visit.


This quarter, I have had the blessing of teaching our teen class at Woodward Park. Frankly, I'm not sure I've heard another group sing as beautifully as our group sings. Their singing each Sunday morning before our class together is a sweet melody that is sure to please our Father.

Last night, the teens had their monthly Sunday evening devotional and since I was not preaching due to an Ethiopian Mission Report, Mandy, the girls and I attended the teen devo. There must have been 70 people there and once again, their singing just blew us away. Mike led an excellent time of reflection preparing our teens for the arrival of our new youth minister, Paul Cartwright and his wife, April.

"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4.25-32).