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Let me start with this:

Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40

That’s one of my favorite scriptures, and songs (Everlasting God by Chris Tomlin). A couple weeks ago, Jen and I took a huge step of faith – not that we are special or even smart, but we feel we were being obedient. It was immediately apparent that God was blessing that decision because we felt so much peace (even in the face of uncertainty), and our decision was supported by our church, friends, and family. But that left us with no job and no real direction – just in a place where we had to trust that God had a plan.

Well, he did (have a plan), and I can’t wait to tell this story!

Exactly one week after I resigned my position, I got a phone call. That phone call led to a face to face meeting. And that face to face meeting led to one of the most amazing things that has happened in our lives:

We’re going to be moving to Rancho Community Church! I’m so humbled to be taking the position of Communications Pastor there where I get to work with both the church and their school.

God is so good, so faithful. That’s really what is going on here. Not us, but God. It’s him all over the place guiding, directing, and drawing us into his plan for our lives. All it took was our obedience and he did something amazing.

We’re so excited – not for the reasons that are obvious, but more for the fact that God’s hand is all over our lives in the past months. We’ve learned to listen more, to trust more, and to expect more.

Lastly, we want to thank EVERYONE who’ve been praying for us – we feel it, we need it, and we appreciate it more than you can ever know. Thank YOU for the support, and thank GOD for his faithfulness.

More details to come over the next weeks…

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As you know it’s been a little quieter around here than usual – actually went 10 days without blogging! Let’s get right to it – I’ll try and be brief and to the point.

On Wednesday, January 7, I resigned my position as Executive Pastor at LifeChurch. After serving at LifeChurch for 5 years, Jen I and I made the decision that in the best interest of our family, and the church – I needed to resign.

Of course there are 2 big questions that come up:

1. Why?

2. What are you going to do now?

So I’d like to try and answer both questions as honestly as possible.

1. Why? There’s a couple reasons why. Mainly, I was not in a position where I really felt called or necessarily gifted. Don’t get me wrong – I love the church, and love working in the church and have always been excited about stepping up and filling any need. And I really tried my hardest over the past year to learn new skills and lead in a manner worthy of the calling – but in the end, I just wasn’t feeling passionate about the role of Executive Pastor. There’s other things that helped us make this decision such as burn-out & differences in leadership style, but overall – we just didn’t feel that this was a healthy fit any longer.

2. What now? Well we really don’t know to be honest! This is a huge step of faith for us. Some may think it’s foolish… Bad economy, churches cutting budgets, people getting laid off, losing their homes, etc. All we can say is that it was time. For me, I’ll always do what needs to be done to take care of my family, and that’s what I intend to do – however I can. We’ve decided to downsize our lives – not that we were living large or anything! But we’re moving to a smaller home, selling almost all our furniture – just lightening the load. Another thing we intend to do is to rest – I feel like I’ve been running a sprint for 5 years. I want for me and my family to connect with each other and God on a deeper level – to learn to trust him more and hear his voice during this time.

Here’s what we need. Prayer. That’s it really. We know God has a plan for our family – much better than anything we could conceive. So pray that we can learn to trust him more and yield more and more of our lives to him. Some of you already know of this decision and have been nothing but supportive and encouraging – we cannot express our gratitude enough – THANK YOU!

And lastly, let me say this as CLEARLY and EMPHATICALLY as possible. We love LifeChurch, all it’s pastors & staff and families – we will miss it dearly! There is no animosity, anger, or things left undone. God’s hand has been in this process from start to finish. LifeChurch has been extremely gracious with our exit and we will conitnue to pray for the success of LifeChurch, for God’s supernatural blessing on it as a church and the pastors and staff as they seek to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the Temecula Valley.

There is a God-sized story developing here and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Yeah, I posted a little something yesterday. I was hoping to blow the doors off this place with a cool new theme, layout, some awesome news, and all that… Well, seeing as I couldn’t get the theme to work properly, and timing is off – I just decided to come out of hiding and just blog. That’s all – yeah we got a new theme, and it’s aight. Yeah we got some awesome news, but I can’t really elaborate until Saturday. So until then, it’ll just be the same BetterThanBlank that you’ve come to know and love!

Until then, enjoy this:


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I gotta throw some love out to @locustfist for hookin me up with a new server. The guy rocks, no… more like he’s a good person & friend. You should definately be hookin up his blog and his mad web skillz.

This election was pretty interesting, especially in the use of social media/web 2.0. I think one of the coolest things about what has happened over the past few years is the web has brought us closer to the action – inviting us to participate more. Some would argue that social media has caused us to be isolated behind a 15 inch screen, I disagree. Not being a big political person – I’ve been drawn into the discussion and actually look forward to conversing and learning more and more – because I’ve been invited to be a part of the discussion; I almost feel like I’ve been given a ‘behind the scenes’ pass to what’s happened over the past few months.
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While not a laughing matter, I thought about titling this post “Apple is Gay!”, or “Burn the Macbooks!”. But seriously, this from Apple today:

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.

ht: Apple

For those of us in California, Prop 8 is the highly debated proposition that would define marriage as one man and one woman (via a constitutional amendment). Not sure where you stand, but California has been entrenched in this battle for a while now and this Prop would really seal the deal for marriage between man and woman.

Biblically I believe the definition is correct; morally, that’s my personal conviction. The ramifications of busting open the doors on marriage are scary. Yet I just heard a sad story of someone who lost their “life partner” who was a police officer. Now they have nothing because of the laws of our land. So if we are going to impose this prop, the church better get busy meeting the needs of people like this.

And it goes without saying that this is my personal conviction and has not reflection of my church.

Do you think it’s governments role to define marriage? Again, is it our responsibility as Christians to make that our agenda? Am I getting myself into hot water? Tough times.