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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I'm at Flour Garden Bakery using the free Wi-Fi access here.

This entry will be brief because I have so much to do here in Auburn today. Yesterday, several individuals came in to the office for dialogue.

I spent the night at the church last night. No internet there at all yesterday.

Had supper with Dan, Renee, and their kids last night. That was really fun. Today, I've spent much time with a guy named Bob. He brought me to this internet-friendly site. Bob knows some people I know.

I'm gonna try to drop in a mutual acquaintance who leads a rather new church in the area:


g2g...more tomorrow

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I'm in Auburn.

I'm sitting out in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn (after an unsuccessful attempt at getting online at the Coffee House). So, this will be short.

Hmm...since I can't write much, I'll copy what our son, Joe, wrote to me today:

It was a Monday afternoon. Since there were no classes scheduled for that day, four well-balanced students chose to go for a long walk around the downtown area and buy some groceries. They would visit a few stores, listen to the birds sing and just enjoy each other’s company. Little did they know the excitement that awaited them.  

This day was almost like any other January day in Baguio. It was not too hot, neither was it too cold – it was just about perfect. The sun was shining; people were out and about (but not too many people).  

The four students enjoyed their leisurely stroll through the supermarket and into the smaller markets along the street. They talked with each other and laughed and smiled. It was a wonderful afternoon spent with new friends. And… it would have been just like many other wonderful friendship building times had it not been for what would occur next.

The students were well traveled. They recognized the need to be attentive and careful. They did not walk out in front of moving traffic nor were they uncertain about their directions. Three of them had been around the city for many months already, and the fourth, a twenty year old boy named Joe, was learning quickly. But this day was not a day of concerns and anxiety. Rather, it was an enjoyable afternoon through pleasant surroundings. What a gift from God. How could it get any better?  

Having completed most of their shopping, the group was heading back to school. They were walking and talking with each other. Then as they were scaling the pedestrian overpass in order to cross the street, what did Joe notice?

At first he was uncertain. Was this really happening? It almost appeared normal enough. It is very common to see a hand unzipping a bag, but this was not a recognizable hand. Indeed, it was in fact the hand of a thief, trying to inconspicuously open his friend’s bag as it hung around her side. Certainly Joe was shocked, but at the same moment out of instinct because of his previous training he shouted, “HEY!” and his hand immediately seized the offender’s right hand. As the thief tried to escape Joe grabbed his jacket as well. (This was later reported by another friend as Joe did not even notice during the short episode.)

Joe was prepared for some kind of physical resistance or even an attack. At the same time, he was staring at the thief’s hand to decide whether anything had indeed been taken. After a few milliseconds, it was decided that the thief had not taken anything and that he was no longer a threat to Joe or his friends. After looking him in the eyes, Joe released his arm and allowed him to scamper off into the crowd. WOW! That was exciting, huh?!

The moral of this story is that it is good to have friends and we always need to be on the lookout for the thief.  There are many times in our lives when the Devil will try to steal from us. Maybe he will go after our joy, our time with God, or our peace. Whatever the situation, good friends can usually watch out for us when we do not even realize that we are being attacked.  They can provide assistance and maybe just something as simple as a smile or an encouraging word. They see other aspects of situations that we do not see and they are alert when we may be occupied with other concerns.

Thank God for good friends and for the exciting adventures that He gives us each and every day.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 

I consider today as Day One of our Auburn Adventure. Jerry is staying behind in Galt and plans to attend Horizon with his friend, Stephanie Stevenson (Pastor Tim's daughter).

Cathy, Daniel, Mary, and I are gonna make the 60-mile drive to Auburn in time to attend Sunday School at 9 a.m. and to humbly participate in the installation of Bell Road's next Senior Pastor: me.

I will listen closely to everything that takes place this morning because I fully expect God to speak to me through the songs, prayers, testimonies, teachers, and pastors who have been prepared.

When it comes my turn to speak, I plan to open God's Word to this passage: Luke 15:1-7 Hopefully, I will be able share our Shepherd's Heart with  a vision for this coming year. If called upon to sing a song, I think it could be God is Good All the Time (since I heard a brief 'call-and-response' to that effect on my first Sunday morning visit).

I called my friend, Pastor Ken Hendon, when we arrived in California last night. We had an important matter to discuss.  I'll also return Macdonald Wreh's call after I get on the road.

from Pakistan this morning:

Respectable Pastor Rob,


Greetings to you in Almighty Lord. How are you and Family? Have a Blessed Sunday.

I not hear from you from many many days. Are you ok?
My Prayers are always with you.

God Bless You with all His Blessings

Pastor Shamas Pervaiz

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Cathy and I are now sitting at the Honolulu airport, enjoying free wireless Internet and waiting a couple hours until our flight back to the mainland.

We received some comments on our photos. 

  (click here)

We sure have enjoyed our time in Hawaii watching evening performance, comedy acts, and spending quality time together.

Now, since we've played so hard we're planning on working really hard in planting, watering, and harvesting during the season that begins for us tomorrow morning.

This is Cathy at a port in Maui outside our ship,
   the Pride of America.


Click on the frame and you can see some recent photos.

  click 'slideshow' after you get to  
  the Picasa site.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

This morning Cathy and I will fly to Honolulu for a first-ever Cruise of the Islands. Sounds like fun, huh? If you're like me (and uh...Judas) you might wonder aloud how many people could be fed for months with the cost of this little vacation.

Well, hey--we got a super deal. Gina's Mom enjoys shopping for Hawaii trips. Patti ought to be a travel agent. She found us airfare and seven nights on the Pride of America for a grand total of $2,016. That's for both of us with the travel, the room, the food, and the festivities. Our homestead and offspring are being managed by the youth leaders at fbcgalt. This gives us such peace-of-mind.

If I have opportunity to publish from the ship, I might.
If not, please look around: read the important letter from
Pastor Wesley and review what God has done with us in Liberia during the last four years: click here

The staff for Conversation About Tomorrow sent a photo of me with this guy named Rick Warren.
I appreciate that God opened the door for me to hang out with Rick and about 249 other pastors for a day back in November. He offered to let us stick around and hear Senators Brownback and Obama, so I did.

Until I checked my INBOX history, I didn't realize that Rick had also sent us the audio of these sessions.

If you are interested in hearing the different sessions from this special event, I've included the audio link below.
I'm listening to it as I clean and organize for the next chapter in our lives. I would recommend these sessions:

click for Rick's Audio

some background:
Form and Content from RICK to Rob  (view more)

For more of that recent history (november 30: click here)
  and here: *scroll down to december 1 and 2)

Yesterday, I addressed the members of the Sunrise Rotary Club. My son, Jerry, and my former T.A., Jenn, were my guests. I introduced them as models of their generation. Then, I transitioned into telling the story of how Rick Warren recently looked me straight in the eyes and spoke four important words. More on that someday, I'm sure.

I was tuned in to KFIA-online on Friday and heard
Greg Denham again. He said that if we wanted to watch him share a message to go to this site below.

Here's an interesting sermon that he shared on July 30 back in the '06. Click on the box to watch it. If you wanna watch
Greg share the Word, plan on about 63 minutes:

Friday, January 19, 2007

On the third Sunday in November, I announced that Christmas Eve would be my last sermon at fbcgalt. At that time I didn't know whether or not the church in Auburn would eventually call me to be their pastor.

When Ross Farrow asked me if Auburn would now become the epicenter, I again told him about the significance of Galt.

I knew that God had simply chosen to send us from this place-of-prayer. Now, we have learned that Mike and Robin McCall are being sent forth from that place. I trust that the Lord of the Harvest is casting forth workers in response to prayer.

On Wednesday, Shirley Dines called me from Kalamazoo, Michigan to tell us that Praise Baptist Church was acquiring more property in the inner-city. Of course, I was thrilled. I prayed and prayed over those streets during the eighties and early nineties. Hopefully, I'll find the time to journal on some of that during the years to come.

Click on this photo and you might gain some perspective about TimeTravel and this believer's reality of relativity.

You should be able to zoom in and read the print legibly (even if it is a jpeg). On my computer, after I maximize the box, I left-click on the jpeg and it zooms in to a point where the print is quite clear.

If you don't understand, don't worry. Scroll down, up or around...until something makes sense to you, OK?

or just ask: who quotes himself...huh?  (view more)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Click on the photo to see the slides of the newly-opened Medical Clinic next to Pastor Wesley's neighborhood church in Monrovia, Liberia. At this point, the clinic is helping people on a small donation basis.

Pastor Wesley asks that we pray for the future of this outreach to meet the practical needs of people in the Sinkor district.

This is also the building where the Ultrasound Machine is set up. It took a long time and much effort to get that donated piece of valuable equipment from a Baptist Medical School in Memphis all the way to Liberia.

This is a slideshow of photos taken at the Rose Garden behind our sanctuary at Bell Road Baptist Church.

I believe that many more weddings will take place here in the years to come. 

Click on this photo to see more:

May God build his church around the young couples who will give their lives to Christ at the same time they are making marriage commitments to one another.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

We were in Auburn since yesterday at 6:00 a.m.  We're home in time to go Bible Study out at Greene's.

So, g2g in a moment. Here's a myspace blog of interest to Mom (about Joe)  (view more)

Tuesday , January 16, 2007  (looking at radio stuff):

Cathy has listened to Greg Denham on the radio for years. Greg ministers through a Calvary Chapel in Auburn. He seems to have experienced an abundant harvest in that context. I wrote to him on Monday asking for some practical help in getting started on the radio in the area. He wrote back to me immediately.

Cool, huh?

Check out Greg's messages from 2006: click here

I discovered a Sacramento station that broadcasts Greg's program Straight Up. KFIA (AM 710) also has a number of nationally-distributed programs, click here

The Gospel According to the BeatlesLast night on KFIA, Eric Hogue
featured an interview with this author
Steve Turner.

They discussed the church's response to the Beatles during the sixties.

I wrote Eric after hearing a commercial about the Beatles program. This was during a segment he was doing about race relations in the church. Yesterday was MLK Day in America. I was the only white guy in my first church back in the early eighties so that topic was of interest to me.

So, I continued to listen to Eric's call-in show until after he aired the Beatles segment.  I was interested that Mr. Turner had pointed out the song 'Nowhere Man' because I had referenced the same song in my YouTube commentary: Unconditional Love

I'll read your email, and enjoy the 7PM hour on the Beatles...I believe they were ripe for the picking, but we (church) were too wrapped up in our legalism and fear. What a shame, Lennon would have made a great born again believer - he tried everything else!
Eric Hogue
"New Talk of Northern California"
1100am KFAX San Francisco
710am KFIA Sacramento

A friend from Michigan, Bobby Gilstrap, sent me an invitation to participate in today's conference. So, I'm listening at some of the other ones.

click here for Bobby Gilstrap's Audio Conferences

a couple recent myspace entries:

Yesterday's Chat with Joe  (view more)

The Full Gospel  (view more)

Monday, January 15, 2007

  pastor rob,

  How was your second sunday
  in auburn?
    ..now that its super official?

<3   jenn


It wasn't my second Sunday in Auburn. I won't start there until January 28th. We were filled up with the Word yesterday.

How about you? How was the class that you taught?

Let me know.     

Jenn was my teacher's assistant back at fbcgalt. I told her that we had been filled up with the Word. Here is a further exploration of this wonderful day set apart for church.

Cathy and I went on a six-hour adventure with our buddy, Mike McCall. He showed up at our door at 8:30 a.m. We first went to Bear Creek Community Church in Stockton.

Our friend, Jebby, is the new Worship Leader there. I am so happy that the Lord has opened this door for Jebby. The band was great, the people were friendly, the place was packed, and the preaching was helpful.
Pastor Bill Cummins spoke on 'The Giving Christian'.

"It is required in stewards that one be found faithful."
1 Corinthians 4:2

Why should I become an excellent steward?

1)  to fulfill my God-given purpose (here and here)

2)  to connect me as a servant in the Kingdom (here)

3)  to manage my life wisely (here and here)

4)  to bless me personally (here)

After the 9:00 a.m. service, we went over to an African-American church where our friend, Pastor Hendon preaches. This church in the inner-city is full of life. Janeen Hendon and Mrs. Simms led the choir and both had solos. I was asked to pray at the altar for the stated requests of the congregation. Pulling from the last point made in Bear Creek's outline, I prayed the Word and included these requests as I went along:

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (here)

Pastor Hendon preached powerfully. His sermon followed the public reading of Titus 2:1 and 2:11-14.
While encouraging us toward obedience, Pastor Hendon told us that oil and water cannot be mixed. Neither is the World and Christ.

"We need to get an understanding of Christ
  or we will lean upon our own."
see this

"When we were in Sin,
  there was no negotiating with it.
  We were handcuffed!

  A little sin is just as bad as a lotta sin."

Cathy and I took Mike out to Applebee's for lunch. Arriving back to Galt at 2:30, we realized that it had been six hours of church for us.

After a nap we went to New Hope Assembly of God here in Galt for their evening service. Our friend, Pastor Dave Ross, preached that we should 'position ourselves for the presence of God.'

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
  the old has gone, the new has come!"
 2 Cor 5:17

  *a few verses later (2 Cor 5:21) reminds me of a song I
      wrote around this idea: the Full Gospel is a  
      message of Complete Trust in the Righteousness of
      Christ. click here for that old song: God Gave Him

"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly 
 nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and
 greed, which is idolatry."
Colossians 3-5

"Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" Galatians 3:3

Pastor Dave was challenging us to overcome preconceived ideas of 'how' God is supposed to move.

We need the dunamis (the Dynamics of the Spirit) to overcome our Mindsets and Heart Problems.

If something at church makes us mad,
  we should ask ourselves 'why?'

"Throw a stone into a pack of dogs
       and you'll know which one you hit...
             ...by which one yipes the loudest."

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Late in the evening, Daniel returned from a Wrestling Tournament. He was wearing a medal which signified that he had won four of his five matches. His one loss was to the guy who went home wearing First Place.

Last Wednesday, Cathy, Beverly, Tom, and I watched Daniel pin the fellow he wrestled at Galt High.

Joe wrote from the Philippines today: click here

I also received this note from Tanzania:

Dear Rob,

Congratulations on this good news. 

We enjoyed our time at Bell Road Baptist Church very much.  I know you will enjoy working with this fine congregation. 
God bless you,
Nancy and Ed Giddens  <giddens@bol.co.tz>

Yesterday, while Cathy was away at an Avon Boot Camp, I worked on fixing broken links in the archives of the old pages from Galt. I had to get into the html code and do 'find-and-replace' from fbcgalt.org to pastorob.com.

Historians will note the anachronistic element in this time capsule...but there wasn't much else I could do. Someone else had bought our first domain name. For a sampling of some of those pages, click here:

January-December 2005

Below is a triad of files to help me remember my first exposure to a Sunday morning gathering at Bell Road Baptist Church on January 7th.

Sharon introduced Cathy and me to each of the Sunday School classes before the Worship Service. As a warm-up I mentioned to a few of the groups that I would be singing a song from Philippians 4 entitled 'Turn Your Worries into Prayer.'

Then, before I preached, Diana Knapp, one of the the members at Bell Road sang called 'On My Knees'.  Interestingly, Diana was a childhood friend of fbcgalt's Christene Santillan.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

It is past midnight. I just returned from a police call. A 75 year old woman received the news that her 48 year old son had passed away. I was called to simply come alongside this woman in her distress. Now, I must get some sleep. Eli Tavarez called me to ask if I would meet for prayer with some men at 7:00 a.m.

Joe wrote on myspace a few hours ago:

Well, everything looks like it will be working out. My friend Masha in Moscow helped me with all of the interworkings in order to get a new flight out ( the original flight on the 11th did not work). So, now I am in Doha (that's in Qatar (that's near Saudi Arabia) and will soon be boarding my plane to Manila, Philippines.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Cathy and I drove to Auburn to look it all over. We listened to Sunday's Message twice. Below is an mp3 copy of Sunday's Sermon (in view of a call).

Remember that our son, Joe, was supposed to fly from Moscow to the Philippines on Qatar Airlines on the 11th? Well, we received this news from him yesterday:

Hey Folks,
Life is getting even more exciting. I went to the Moscow airport to fly out this morning, but I will not be flying out today.
Hopefully they will have a seat for me on the 13th and it will only be US $25 fee.
Meanwhile, I am able to take a tour and help out at the International Mission Board office here and register my VISA.
Just emailing you because I want you to know where I am, and we have an understanding that no news is good news and that I contact you if there is a significant change.

Joe sent this interaction with his contact in the Philippines:
Dr. Dan:

I should be arriving at Ninoy Aquino at 10:45 PM Saturday January 13. The flight number is QR (Qatar Airways)  0644   .
See you there.

(Current Day &Time in Moscow: click here)
      (Current Day &Time in Manila: click here)

On 1/12/07, Dan Russell  wrote:
Thanks for letting me know about the change. Just email again and we will get you. It should be a "warm" welcome compared to Russia.

Looking forward to seeing you again.


Monday, January 8, 2007

The corporate members of Bell Road Baptist Church have formally called me to serve as their Senior Pastor. I will begin with my first sermon as such on Sunday, January 28.

It will probably take a while to get our website restructured. However, I do intend to continue writing daily.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Today, Cathy and I will head for Auburn to meet the people groups who make up the church there.

I have been working diligently to pack and move from the epicenter (and doing quite well in the process).

This is my last journal entry on this particular page.

We are working on a name transfer for fbcgalt.com so, in the meantime, check www.myspace.com/pastorob for the latest news with the Patterson family.

If you hadn't heard about my departure: click here
Not every detail is exact in Ross Farrow's article but it's close. Blessings upon you all.

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