Friday, May 18, 2007

Life in Bend Oregon... Part 2!

Hey Hey...
Here I am again writing on my blog. I must say i am getting good at keeping things updated! yay me! So let's recap since last time i wrote:

ATF-Aquire The Fire was AMAZING! It successfully broke my heart more for the youth of america, specifically the Northwest. My heart sank when i only saw about 3,500 young people in the Tacoma Dome, and when the ATF staff said it was the smallest conference of the 2007 Tour(west or east coast) I wanted to drive around Tacoma and pick up random youth off the street and bring them in to experiance a God who loves them and has amazing plans for them!!! My heart longs to see thousands of young people passionatly holding on to the Word of God and really walking out their faith, not because it is a fad, not because Chirstians Bands are cool, or because their friends are doing it....but simply and purely because they BELIEVE in a life of purpose and a life of more... more passion, more love, more grace... let's just throw John 10:10 out there!

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After ATF, i got back and down to business... Red Robin Bend will never be the same!!! (insert "evil" laugh) There are so many hurting and lost souls at that Bird place!!! Both that work there and that frequant RR way to often! I am determained! To overflow the love of Jesus, on everyone there... no matter how many times a server "yells" at me that some thing is messed up and it's my matter how bad tips matter what NASTY comments people make that make me want to duct tape their mouth shut... I AM DETERMINED TO LET THE LOVE OF JESUS LOOSE IN THAT CRAZY PLACE!!!!! I will say this: i love working there and there are amazing people who LOVE LOVE LOVE Jesus who work there so props to them!

Westside Church is still rockin my world. I am attending emerge on thursday's like the young adult community of Westside, and it's really SWEEET! I had the amazing oppertunity to go to the emerge Spring Retreat at Breakaway Lodge on the Oregon Coast last weekend!!!! PRAISE THE LORD FOR RETREATS!!! I really was able to put faces to names and feel more connected to the Jesus lovin' Young adults. And my oh my did God show up!!! WoW!!! Basically here is what sums up the messages : If you want to know WHO YOU ARE, then find out WHO HE IS, and who HE HOLY(aka set apart)!!! We also had amazing times of "singing worship" that lasted late into the night.... oh oh and ULTIMATE FRISBEE on the beach!!! here are a couple pics to make you smile and think about what a great time i had =) me and my camera took about 200 pics in 2 days!

So this is Chase and yea...neither caught it =)
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And this is one of the AMAZING, INCEDIBLE, BEAUTIFUL, AWE_INSPIRING Sunsets that we got to witness. I like to say the God painted me a picture...and when i think of it like that I think of how much he loves me. and that blows my mind! His love is amazing, it changes me and makes me want to love like him!
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Welp folks; thanks for reading! I'd really love to hear what God is doing in your life, no matter where you are, who you are, what color socks you where, and if you like the color purple! The Word of our testimony will change things. Let God use your life to change things! Be a blessing. Shine your Light. kiss the feet of Jesus in thanksgiving!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Life in Bend...

God is so good....somebody say amen!

I am thrilled to report that the Lord's faithfulness extends to Bend Oregon and beyond!!!! =)
I am loving life here and enjoying my adventure with my Abba. I don't know how many times i have said this week: "God is so good!!" His kindness is incredible!

Training at Red Robin is finished. I am offically an "expo" so basically i get all the food from the kitchen make sure it is perfect and then tell the servers that they better feed their people! It's so different from full time ministry, but i know God has an amazing plan for it all! And the free food for a few days was a rad perk! If you don't know the definition of a Red Robin Smiling Burger... i can also tell you that! it's very cool! ;)

Westside church is already like home to my heart! I love it so much! I've been there everyday this week...just so my heart can be happy!....well kinda. The teaching is great, people are friendly and the Holy Spirit is alive and well! I am signed up to be a member and have been attending 2 weeks! i'm serving in Zone 45 (kinda like The Edge for you NCCTKers) and soaking up the presence of God in that place. Tuesday night i experianced a 180 Sr. High serivice and that was definatly encouraging! I love few things more than seeing young people in America praise the Lord and live passionately. Can i just tell you there are some stinkin' passionate youth at Westside church! woot-woot! Wednesday night i went to Big church and worship with the moms and dads of Westside, also amazing! And tonight i experianced the young adult scene in emerge. It was very uplifting to be in a place with people my age who are lovin' Jesus and desiring to walk in the way of the Lord and experiance more of whatever God has for them!!! I have always been a lover of singing time worship, but this week pretty much proved to me that it's basically my favorite. I know i say that about everything, but I LOVE the presence of the Lord. I Love to see the Spirit of the Lord move over a room and convict souls, change lives, and bring unexplanable joy to people! What an AWESOME GOD WE SERVE! If your planning a visit to Bend, make sure you take a pit stop at Westside and just soak in the Holy Spirit and be with people who LOVE Jesus and live passionate lives. This church has been the balm to the ache inside that misses home and NCCTK. I'm so thankful for it!

well i am off to Aquire the Fire bright and early tomorrow morning, so i better go pack! yikes! be in the Word. Seek Wisdom and Choose Joy. Let your knowledge catch Fire *Ephesians 1:17-19*