Tuesday, April 28, 2009
John the Baptist in the Jesus Film
Time to think ahead for next Sunday. I sang the part of John the Baptist in Jebby's Rock Opera for a couple years. Don't know if I can find a clip of him in Jail--but here's some of the 'backstory'...
I was up around 6:00am and interacted with several people through gmail and facebook. I've been in the Office since 9:00am for a staff meeting. Sat in on some of the BSF lecture. Made an appointment with our very own JimmieB (and have been invited to get some lunch at the same time).
It's time for our Tuesday morning prayer meeting now.
I have a friend who has been involved with a group who puts the Jesus Story into language(s) of the people. Below are 'some' of the languages that have been dubbed.
CLICK HERE to watch any of them
Arabic, Chadian Spoken
Arabic, Egyptian Colloquial
Arabic, Modern Standard
Arabic, Modern Standard (Egyptian Accent)
Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Arabic, North African
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Aztec Nahuatl Guerrero
Bengali, Common Language
Central Asian Russian
Crioulo, Upper Guinea
Dinka, Northeastern (Padang)
Dinka, South Central (Agar)
English, Native North American
Fulfulde, Caka Nigeria
Guarani, Bolivian, Eastern
Haitian Creole French
Huasteco, San Luis Potosi
Huave, San Mateo Del Mar
Inuktitut, Eastern Canadian
Karen, Pwo Eastern
Kasem, Burkina Faso
Kayah Li, Western
Kongo, San Salvador
Kono, Sierra Leone
Kuna, San Blas
Kurmanji - Cis
Mazateco, Huautla De Jimenez
Mbembe, Cross River
Mixteco, Central Juxtlahuaca
Mixteco, Monte Verde
Mixteco, Southern Puebla
Nahuatl, Huasteca, Eastern
Nahuatl, Huasteca, Western
Nahuatl, Sierra De Puebla
Nahuatl, Southeast Puebla
Nigerian Pidgin English
Pak Pak Dairi
Popoloca, San Felipe Otlaltepec
Popoloca, San Juan Atzingo
Quechua, Ancash, Conchucos, Northern
Quechua, Ancash, Huaylas
Quechua, North Bolivian
Quiche, West Central
Quichua, Highland, Chimborazo
Spanish, Latin American
Tamazight, Central Atlas
Trique, San Juan Copala
Western Caribbean Creole English
Yao (Iu Mien)
Zapoteco, San Agustin Loxicha
Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia
Zapoteco, Sierra De Juarez
Zapoteco, Southern Rincon
Zaza (Dersim Dialect)
Zhuang, Northern (Yongbei)
Zoque, Francisco Leon
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Union Gospel Mission Outreach
tonight. Call me for details:
I sent this note out to two of our members today.
April and Alisha:
Since one of you is on the East Coast and the other is in Mexico, you'll miss the morning service at BellRoad.
Lord willing, I will share this illustration of God's People interacting with one another in a video-clip from the DVD entitled "Confrontation" from "Facing the Giants'.
There are three sequences that move me in different ways but are unified around the main theme of this film. If you get a chance (before I preach tomorrow), I'd enjoying reading how one or more of the sequences impacted either (or both) of you.
We will have English subtitles instead of the Portuguese you see here.
Michael Catt, the pastor of the church that produced this movie (Sherwood Baptist, Albany, Georgia) replied to a letter I sent him in mid-December. He closed with these words:
"...I pray 2009 will be a turn around year
for you and the church." --Michael Catt
For the rest of you:
Here's a book that Pastor Michael Catt wrote in which he discusses the leadership of the Spirit as God works with special people in their local church.
Preparing for Rain
Follow the story of Pastor Michael Catt and his congregation as the Lord changes a "typical Southern Baptist church" into a ministry center that reaches thousands through a variety of outreach programs, and has even challenged the Hollywood establishment with a locally produced, nationally syndicated movie, Facing the Giants.
If you own 'Flywheel', 'Facing the Giants', or 'Fireproof', it would be very valuable for you to watch the Director's Commentaries and all other special features.
These can be found on Amazon or through Sherwood's bookstore The Source :
"The Story of Facing the Giants" on the special features gives us an opportunity to hear Pastor Catt share his heart and vision for the ministry of media to reach unchurched people.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Cathy and I have a visitation today in the home of two people who have been attending BellRoad for one year. They think that they are now ready to join.
I'm at the Office to print out copies
of our Constitution and Mission
Statement. If anyone else is interested
in joining our local church, please
review the documents and call me on my
cellphone: (530) 366-2924
(from a sermon outline)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Powerful prayer meeting from 9am-10am this morning.
Senior Sunday School Teacher, Tom R. shared another heartfelt testimony at our Joy Fellowship this morning. He said that DeLynn wrote to him every single day of his incarceration. wow.
I led in a memorial service
for Mary Snyder this afternoon at 2:30
(in the chapel at Oaks of Auburn).
The room was packed to overflowing. I
met some very dear people there today.
I will continually pray for God's Will
and His Plan to
reach out to the seniors of
After the memorial service, I dropped Daniel's Wii and RockBand Stuff to the Boys and Girls Club. That place is hoppin'. I praise the Lord for his placement there as a Youth Development Specialist. I was a playground supervisor for two summers in college. Cathy was a Camp Counselor during college. So, that setting is comfortable terrain for us.
Another friend (Mary) from juniorhigh-high school found me on facebook today (and I chatted with Moonika--one of my adopted-Estonian daughter too. She's 21 now). Zack R. wrote to me there as well. What a blessing that has turned out to be.
Richard C. is now at the very top of the list for the double-transplant that he needs (Kidney, Pancreas). We are praying for all people who are in anyway involved with the circumstances surrounding the phone call that Mom will receive.
I chatted online with Doug from 6:00 to 7:00 this morning. Meanwhile, other stuff was happening as well.
Here's the early-morning assignment from the Director of the self-awarding, award-winning, home-based educational institution: EducationPlus
Mr. Patterson's Academic Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I've been having a good time connecting with old contacts around the world. I posted this at facebook yesterday:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Had a chat with Pastor Matt around 3:30am. I woke up and checked the lines to find that he was on--working on website stuff (although technically he is vacating and
Then I went back to sleep for awhile. When I awoke, I chatted with Heidi and with Doug (Florida). If I have time I wanna post some excerpts from all of these chats because they are useful for the history of what's gonna happen next around here.
For now, click here for the Tuesday chat with Doug
Macdonald Wreh called me this morning. He is going to become a naturalized citizen tomorrow morning at 8am in Sacramento Courthouse on James Street. He is to dress in his Class A Green Uniform. Cathy and I sponsored Macdonald to come here from Liberia back in 2004.
I've gotta run do sound-stuff for BSF.
The morning prayer meeting is at 11:30-12:30 this morning if anyone is within 'getting-here-by-then-proximity'.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I went to the church early this morning to get yesterday's message ready for the Internet. I still have some editing to do toward the tail-end of the recording but I think this is good enough for now.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Pastor Matt has designed a new webpage for our local church, check it out: www.bellroad.org
Update from the inbox: 2:56pm.
Hi Rob, Thanks for the plug in your blog!!!
Hey bro, I've been wanting to call you to tell you my big news: Bob Kilpatrick invited me to help out with his Italy worship conference in May. He wants me to work with the musicians on the worship team that plays in the piazzas. I'm thankful that I have my passport up to date. This has been such a God thing!
Pastor Bill has been very supportive and by the way, Randy Stonehill is going too! Ronda prayed that the Lord would bless me for my 50th birthday and this blessing is pretty hard to beat.
I hope to talk to you on Saturday, Picture of Jesus has to be the most intense this year with busy-ness. I've been on the run for a couple of weeks, non-stop.
Bradley, Billy Neal, Barbara, Jentin, and Elaine Hanley are all in it this year!
This is certainly an answer to a specific prayer that Jebby and I prayed during a VisionWalk™ some years ago!
I've missed the opportunity to work with a cast of actors and musicians to perform a Passion Play since I've come to Auburn. Fact is, though, Jebby moved to Bear Creek Community Church about six months before God moved us up here. Cathy and I took Jonathan to see Jebby's Rock Opera last year. It was the first time that church had performed it. John the Baptist didn't have a singing role last year.
For a couple years, I played guitar in the pit for Picture of Jesus. Then, I sang the role of John the Baptist for two years at outdoor performances for FBC Sacramento.
I suppose that his brother Bradley will reprise his version of John-the-B from the 2-album recording. We'll see on Saturday!
I need your help---for something really FUN
Bonita: Hi Rob, no grandbaby yet...
me: ....oh yeah? We prayed for ya'lI yesterday morning.
Anyway, I was thinking 'specifically' about you for a project
Bonita: OK! What is it?
me: Here's the deal... In preparation for the Passion Play we live out every Easter Weekend, Cathy and I were at the church showing a movie last night. Since we were few in number (actually just the two of us), I chose "Jesus Christ Superstar". She didn't want to watch it at first, so we watched Sunday night's video of our Choir Presentation at the Cool Community Church. After it was over, I asked Cathy if she would watch 15 minutes of Superstar. She agreed.
I turned on closed-captioned featured, so we could try to sing-a-long....
Bonita: I love the music in Superstar
me: with a microphone and I thought of YOU as a co-host for a Friday Night Outreach to Aging Auburn-GrassValley Hippies...
Bonita: Yeah! that's me.
me: We wound up watching (singing and discussing the plotline) until the entire movie had finished. I caught a Vision during that 108 minutes we spent together. The music was cranked up, the mics were hot. We were the only ones there. God was using the film to speak to other issues we have faced in ministry. When I got home, I did an interview (with myself) for a story at the Auburn Journal's website.
In the story, we announced that the church will open our doors for the BigScreen, Interactive Showing on Friday Night at 9pm
(after our community good friday service)...
Bonita: This Friday?
me: Can I count you in? Please, read the article
I already sent it to you! It's pretty cool...What God did for me in providing a neat way to give another personal testimony!
Bonita: OK, then let's make sure My grandbaby is born before then
My daughter, Jessica, is still having pains and not quite yet in full labor. Lets pray for 04/08/09.
me: actually, here's the story: click here
OK -- 04/08/09, AMEN.
Bonita: Ok I will look at it and get back to ya
me: and here's a video-invite to the entire full-Sunday at BellRoad...
Bonita: I think that Jesus Christ Superstar came out when it was supposed to and after "Hair." It was part of that revolution and it changed the world. It brought music into the faith of God. I went to the first Christian Rock Festival (in 1973?) I think I will look into it; I may have music somewhere.
So, that was my chat with Bonita. Afterwards, I ran to the office and shared a powerful time of prayer with Jean, Emma, and Pastor Matt.
Doug Mott is also sharing his holy week online with me (us). He wrote from Florida again this morning:
"For Holy Week at the non-denominational church where I attend we have the last night of Lent tonight. Afterwards, we will watch "The Book of John". I love this movie; they did an excellent job in the making, Since nowadays I have to watch for what is left out. LOL Tomorrow is Passion. Why can't Holy Week be Holy Life?
About Jesus and Hippies: I was taking a bus through Chicago. I was 14 years old--stuck in the bus station no where to go. These two hippies walked up, a pretty young girl (probably 17)--the young man (17-18) had a guitar.
Some people don't believe in angels "I do." I saw them when they walked in to this giant bus station, with stores all around the outside, people every where rushing all around all around us. These two hippies in tie died clothes carrying a guitar walked through the crowd right to us. Sat down beside us greeting us, then no conversation. The young lady asked us if we had ever been saved, did we know Jesus?
I was tough as nails; a14 year old boy born and "baptized" into a Christian family (that was kicked out of the church when I was 9 years old). I looked at the young lady I remember clear as day.
With that tough 14 yr. old boy voice I said, "I know Jesus."
The girl interrupted me and said then you have been born again. Well, this was new to me, "I don't know about being born again but I was raised going to church, I have been baptized, been through confirmation and confirmed, I know Jesus."
She interrupted me again, then you won't mind doing something with me. She took our hands in a circle, told us to close our eyes, and repeat after her.
"Jesus I know and believe that I am a sinner, I know that God the Father sent you, His Son, here to die on a cross and in three days resurrected for my sins..."
Still in prayer, she asked, "Do you believe?"
"Now, when you open your eyes, you will have a new life, you will be born again."
I opened my eyes and it was as she said, it felt like a new day. Everything was (and seemed) so colorful. They stood up and walked out of the bus station. I remember afterwards telling our friends about it in much more colorful words, that they would relate to, but with closed ears.
I have met many Hippies since then (though mixed in the ways and Word of God) but they all were searching for Him."
--submitted by Doug Mott April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Last night, our combined choirs met to sing together in BellRoad's Sanctuary. I am asking people to acknowledge before the Lord this issue of refracted soundwaves in that cinderblock room. We have several seniors who are challenged with a variety of hearing impairments.
Sound Absorption and Sound Reinforcement are points-of-prayer which I included on the Prayer Wall in the Genesis Room this morning (Proverbs 3:5-6).
That isn't a big issue to most of you readers--but I will thoroughly enjoy quoting from this entry on the day that our prayers have been affirmed by God.
TODAY will be a full day of preparation for publication (or publication for personal preparation), so the reader may want to check back for 'updates' to this day's entry later in the evening.
Personal observations of Holy Week:
Sandy B. texted a 'good morning blessing' early Monday Morning from Redwood City, California.
Macdonald Wreh checked in from Sacramento.
Beth from the Auburn Journal called in about our announcement in today's hardcopy.
Kurt prepared and delivered a banner and posters.
Dan helped me hang the banner this morning.
Beverly reported that the workplace gave her Easter Sunday off. Our prayer has been answered. She gets to sing in the choir.
Jebby sent me the promo for Picture of Jesus, 2009.
Pastor Matt called me late last night with the very idea that Dan and I had discussed over lunch earlier in the day.
I told Matt how much we enjoyed his new song from Sunday's Service.
Doug wrote again from Florida on Monday night:
I read your blog when I came home from church. I love the interaction. I can't text--I'm a little slow at moving into the future (and it is 10 cents for each letter). The way I write ouch $$$, so I have to stick to emails.
But I did read from all four gospels and also thought of Malachi 3 1-3 or Psalm 50:3 and Psalm 50:16-21 and portions of Isaiah 63.
Jesus had walked among them, healing teaching, feeding. He rode in not as a warrior king on a great white horse, but on an ass (kind and merciful). He walks into the temple but instead of prayer, he finds a flea market. So now He is going to show a little of His Dad's discontent when He walks in the temple--full of fury.
Easter season is hard for me.
God has been very patient with all of us...
I don't like to say "we" because "we" means Me,
...and I don't believe it is me.
I do believe there is much more that can be done
--and this is where I fall short.
But if God can't look upon sin...
and sin is sin,
all I can say is "Thank you, Jesus."
--and that's what hurts.
The pain is stronger around Easter;
we see Passion playing through our hearts,
minds, and souls, and say, "not me."
Romans 7:12 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but [how] to perform what is good I do not find.
Paul had more zeal than anybody I can think of in our day and for him to wrestle with this, it could break a man down.
...but I say,
hold on to the Word of God during Easter."
We will see Jesus's death umpteen times. So we have to know in our heart that His death on the cross is breath within our lungs, and our lives.
His resurrection is the victory for our souls.
Monday, April 6, 2009 (updated at 2:34 pm)
For those who heard yesterday's message, I
shared that we would go on a seven-day
Please start by reviewing this page about Holy Week.
Here's an excerpt:
...and from our local church in Auburn, California:
CLICK HERE for a Harmony of All 4 Gospel Accounts.
Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 1:1-11,
Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19
and for the
Cleansing of the Temple
CLICK HERE Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19,
Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-22
with any passage from the Bible
that you would like to share with others:
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I just did a quick publication of this morning's message.
Now, I'm headed home at 1:14pm to see who has gathered there for tacos.
Hope to see you at Cool Community Church tonight at 6pm for our joint-worship service with our combined choirs.
A soul was saved last night around 10:00pm, scroll down to yesterday's entry and follow the directions. Join me in some 21st Century methodology...or go ahead, and click here right now:
This article ties it all together in the
My old buddy, Doug, wrote me from Florida this morning. He asked me if he should buy 'The Shack'... After discussing the 'areas-of-concern', I suggested that if he wanted to read it, he should borrow a copy from someone.
He really wanted to read something that he would have a hard time putting down. So, I told him about another work of 'christian fiction' that I had read in the eighties. He found a copy and started reading it.
After the first chapter, he thought that there may be "too many fill words" for him (Peretti was big on adjectives--apparently Doug isn't...).
"...Long story made short it was 1:30am. I was on the 8th chapter wanting to read on to the 9th and put the book on my chest and fell asleep. If I wasn't getting ready for Palm Sunday (like I know you are) I would pick it back up, but I would like to see the rest of the day instead of a book. [LOL]
"Go into town there will be an ass that has
never been ridden... Tell them it is for our Lord."
Why didn't the people that had the donkey say,
"Our Lord? No! He deserves this grand white stallion."?
Maybe they are fill words that didn't need to be in there,
...or this could lead to another story by Douger...
Love, peace, faith and hope
Saturday, April 4, 2009
10:23pm...still at the church. A soul was just saved here!
To get the rest of the story, you should click on this recent Auburn Journal posting and scroll down to the 7th and 8th comments. I'm very happy at this moment!
11:25pm I took
Joe back to the Greens. He's playing games
with Sharon, Cerissa, and Daniel. I came
back to the church because I want to meet
the overnight staff from "The Gathering
Inn." I'm gonna work some more on my sermon
slides for tomorrow's message:
"Steps toward the Cross" which opens with the story of Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
CLICK HERE for a Harmony of All 4 Gospel Accounts.
Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 1:1-11,
Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19
and for the
Cleansing of the Temple
CLICK HERE Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19,
Luke 19:45-48, John 2:13-22
Friday, April 3, 2009
This morning I attempted to update the misplaced location marker on google maps and found that they have a street-view photo of our entrance. So, I posted the google photo at the Auburn Journal and have provided our coordinates for those who are so inclined to find our driveway using their GPS special features:
Click here and see for yourself:
At some point when the satellite updates photos of our parking lot, perhaps our newly-striped parking spots will appear.
It is fun (sometimes) to explore the technology of the day.
Yesterday, a friend admitted that he fell for this particular April Fool's joke that I had forwarded to him.
Google Mobile Brain Search
I guess the poor guy was just too tired from a long night in front of his computer screen. He clicked on the link and quickly followed the directions. Later, as he held his cellphone to his forehead and tried to remember something about his wife, he thought to himself:
"Hey....wait a minute!" (yeah, funny)...
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I just returned from prayer meeting with area pastors-leaders. This morning's local church prayer meeting was especially meaningful to me. I googled the word "eagle" and the phrase "Streams in the Desert" to locate the date of the devotional that DeLynn read for us today. I hope that this will meet somebody at their point of need sometime in the future as I republish encouragement:
Do Not Yield to Discouragement (Dec. 10th)
The waves that roar around thy feet,
Jehovah-Jireh will defeat
When looking up.
Though darkness seems to wrap thy soul;
The Light of Light shall fill thy soul
When looking up.
When worn, distracted with the fight;
Your Captain gives you conquering might
When you look up."
April 1, 2009
I finished reading 'The Shack' today. Eva wrote to me about her opinion. I agree with her last sentence; I think it could be helpful to someone who was struggling with a painful issue.
Hey Rob. So glad to hear (read) that you are reading The Shack. What a great book! I cried like 5 times. lol
I think it's a book that will affect each person in a different way. So far two of my best friends have read it and all reacted differently and cried at different points. I thought it was a great example of Gods love and how all people, even the people who WE consider evil, still have the chance to go to heaven if they accept Christ into their hearts.
So many people always say, "Well if a rapist can get into heaven I don't want to be there!" Oh if only they knew that one persons sin is just as bad as another and that God views them all the same. I hope you enjoy the book and recommend it to many others. For people experiencing pain whether it be emotional or physical I think this book can really help.
Google had a funny April Fool's Joke: Google AutoPilot