Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Amadeo Church Plant Meeting

We had a good meeting Monday night. A lot of people showed up and Ben kicked off the meeting explaining the plan for the first few months. We will be meeting in the Power Ranch Clubhouse for the first few months and it seats 75. We will have to setup before and tear down after each service until we get a building of our own. It looks like Patty and I will be working with the high school students under Robert. Our services will be on Monday nights until we grow.

I am excited about this plant and am anxious to see what God has in store for us. We will be going to the building this coming Tuesday to practice setting up and planning the logistics of setting up and tearing down each Monday night. Then on the 11th we are having a potluck, prayer, communion and Ben will speak. Then on the 18th will be the first official Amadeo church service.

Father God,
I ask that you be with each and every family going on this church plant. Protect them from the enemy and give them peace, grace, good health and mercy. Fill us with Your Spirit and let the people of the Southeast Valley see your love in each and every one of us.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Theology on Tap

This guy in Wisconsin is holding a nine week Bible Study at a tavern in Wisconsin and Guiness is even sponsoring it. How cool is that? This is a great example of the church going "into" the world and bringing God's Kingdom to their neighbors in their own culture. Amen! Check it out here:

Theology on Tap

Look out Arizona

My daughter Shannon passed her driving test yesterday and is now a licensed driver. It was kind of funny how she described her test. She had been getting instruction from the AAA driving school and she was out with her instructor Katherine. They were out on the freeways the first hour then exited and she just did what the instructor told her to do and ended up back at our house. The instructor then told her she passed. The thing is, Shannon didn't even know she was taking the "official test" while she was driving.

After Patty got off work she took Shannon to the DMV and Shannon received her drivers license. I then went online to put her on our insurance and I was absolutely FLOORED when the new premium popped up on my screen. It freaking doubled my premium. Unbelievable!

So Patty and I laid down the rules of her first few months of driving alone. She cannot use her cell phone while driving. And no friends in the car for the first couple of months. As a parent it is going to be hard for us while she is out driving. I will not be able to relax until I know she is home safe and sound.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Matisyahu live + interview

make sure you listen to the interview after the song. I have always liked reggae music. Something about a Jewish guy singing reggae is strange to me but I really like this guy. He will be at The Mesa Amphitheater October 13th and some of the reviews I have read on his shows are awesome. If you're interested in checking him out, ket me know and we can all go as a group. Make sure you listen to the interview after the song. This guy is the real deal folks.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Unfriendliest Club in Town?

I am re-reading Dave Burchett's excellent book When Bad Christians Happen to Good People. Here is a portion of that book on pages 27-29.

Governed by Grace
Phillip yancey has written a wonderful book about grace entitled What's So Amazing About Grace? that I would put on anyone's must-read list. One of his most compelling illustrations comes from an alcoholic friend who attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His friend says, "When I'm late to church, people turn around and stare at me with frowns of disapproval. I get the clear message that I'm not as responsible as they are. When I'm late to AA, the meeting comes to a halt, and everyone jumps up to hug and welcome me. They realize that my lateness may be a sign that I almost didn't make it."
Wouldn't you love to see this scenario play out at a local church: I walk in as a visitor and stride to the front of the sanctuary during the multimedia drama presentation about accepting others' differences. I turn to the congregation and announce, "Hi! My name is Dave. And I'm a sinner."
"Hi, Dave!" the congregation responds. "We love you and we are here to help."
More likely an associate pastor would gently take me by the arm and try to lead me quietly away while a deacon called the straitjacket express. Today's succesful twelve-step support groups have become what the body of Christ could and, in fact, should have become. And while the roots of Alcoholics Anonymous are firmly planted in Christian grace, why did it even have to be developed? Shouldn't the church be the place to which such hurting men and women would instinctively be drawn to receive the help they need?
Even a quick study of the life of Christ would reveal that any of us could have quite comfortably walked into His "twelve guy" program and announced our status as sinners. In fact, that little confession would have moved us right to the head of the class and could very well have made us teacher's pet. So why has the local church repelled so many of those who have the very needs we are equipped, through Christ, to address? I realize that it is not entirely the fault of the church that the spiritually ill stay away. But it seems to me that we had better examine what part of the problem is our responsibility.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Scum of the Church 2: What churches should learn from ‘80s youth ministry

Friday, August 25, 2006

Matisyahu - King without a crown

When Matisyahu emerged with his debut album, Shake Off the Dust...Arise, in 2004, his musical persona seemed to some a novelty. Here was a Hasidic Jew, dressed in a black suit with a broad-brimmed black hat worn over a yarmulke, and sporting a full, untrimmed beard, who nevertheless performed toasting raps about the glories of traditional Judaism over reggae beats in a dancehall style directly from Jamaica, punctuating his performances with stage diving. It may have seemed like a joke at first, but Matisyahu was serious, and he began to attract press notices to go with the enthusiastic audiences that packed his concerts.

I first heard of this guy when he sang vocals on a few songs on a P.O.D. cd I have. he has become very popular and I just found out he will be at The Mesa Amphitheater in October. Anyone wanna go? Here is his bio...

Matisyahu was born Matthew Miller on June 30, 1979, in West Chester, PA, although his family moved to Berkeley, CA, when he was a child before settling in White Plains, NY. He was given a traditional Jewish upbringing, against which he rebelled at first, considering himself a Deadhead and a hippie by his early teens. But at the age of 14, during a camping trip in Colorado, he reconciled himself to Judaism and soon after visited Israel. After returning to White Plains, he dropped out of high school and traveled the country to attend Phish concerts. Back at home again, he agreed to let his parents send him to a wilderness school in Bend, OR, where he became enamored of reggae and hip-hop, and began rapping at open-mike competitions. He returned to New York at 19 to attend the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, but also joined the Carlebach Shul, a synagogue where his musical interests were encouraged. Meeting a Lubavitch rabbi, he became interested in the strict Lubavitch Hasidic sect of Judaism and renamed himself Matisyahu.

Continuing to perform, Matisyahu assembled a backing band consisting of Aaron Dugan (guitar), Josh Werner (bass), and Jonah David (drums). They recorded Shake Off the Dust...Arise, released by JDub Records in 2004. A concert held in Austin, TX, on February 19, 2005, yielded the follow-up release, Live at Stubb's, which was released by Or Music on April 19, 2005, then picked up for national distribution by Epic Records, a division of major-label Sony BMG, which reissued it on August 23, 2005, as Matisyahu toured around the country and prepared a second studio album produced by Bill Laswell. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Scum of the Church: How the drive for “excellence” is driving young adults from the church

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Interview with Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf

Pat Seals describes what the band are hoping to achieve with their music. "The point of doing this band," he says, "is to communicate Jesus' love through what we do and just be who we are. And actually try and flesh it out and point to God in the midst of our shortcomings. Which are many!" Lacey adds, "Obviously we can do that in anything we do. It's not just the band that we want to do that with, it's everything. Because obviously we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow and if it was all over tomorrow we'd still want to do that. Just like Pat said, we want to be who we are. I think what's cool about being in this band is that it's not really in the Christian world so much. It's in the world and not of the world. It's a light in a dark place. Just by being who we are and not being ashamed of it no matter what the controversy is. No matter who we're gonna upset. We seek to be loving and we want to tell the Good News. We understand as a band what it's like to not believe in God. We understand what it's like because we play with people who are offended by Christianity all the time and we understand that. We don't push our beliefs on people. We are who we are in front of them. We just show love as much as we can. Because personally I know what it feels like to be offended by Christianity because I was. Normally it's not the Gospel messages that we reject, it's the 'religion' that they've seen."

So how was Lacey offended by Christianity when she was younger? "Like everybody else, I think I saw a lot of hypocrisy." She pauses to think, "It's not Christianity, if you're defining Christianity as what Jesus taught. It's the traditions that WE teach. It's the attitude that WE put ourselves in. The holier-than-thou attitude. Like, we take on our convictions for ourselves. Like, let's just take drinking. For me, it's a conviction for me that I can't drink at all. I know about abusing it. I know about it destroying relationships and I've seen it. But I'm not gonna push that on someone else and I'm not gonna look down on them if they drink. I'm not gonna say that they need to not drink either. That's my conviction. For me, I know I'd abuse it because I've done it in the past. So I know it's wrong for me. So if I see somebody else doing that, that's their thing and they have their own thing. So that's how we approach everything. The Bible says if you know something is a sin and you go ahead and do it then for you it is a sin. And maybe my faith is weak in some things where I can't do certain things that other people can do. The main thing, which I love, Saint Augustine, in Confessions said, 'Love, and then do whatever you wish.' Because if it really is loving, as the Bible describes loving: 'Love is patient, love is kind, it's not jealous or rude or proud. It keeps no record of wrong, it's not self-centred, it's not boastful.' If you test it all that way then you are being loving and you can do whatever you want so long as it's in love."

Sunday, August 20, 2006

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

G.K. Chesterton
British author (1874-1936)

What a morning!

I had a wonderful morning this morning. First off, one of my best friends at VCC of Gilbert and his wife had their baby dedicated this morning. They had a lot of family there with them and also asked Patty, myself and Shannon to stand with them as baby Luke was dedicated to the Lord. Bless you Jeff and Trish. Bless your marriage and your jobs as parents.

The second thing that happened was the sermon that Pastor Jack gave this morning. Have you ever been in church and it seemed like the sermon was directed directly at you? Well it happened to me this morning. Without going into any details of exactly what happened, let's just say that when we left the church where we had attended for 10 years (the last 2 years serving as the youth pastors) it was not really on good terms. To this day I still harbor a grudge or bitterness towards the Pastor there for what happened. Me holding that bitterness is wrong. Pray with me and for me as I am going to humble myself and seek to reconcile things with him. I believe it is the right thing to do. I do not know when this will happen, but I am praying about it and asking the Lord to show me when and how. Please pray for me.

Be moved by Love because you are!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Review of the concert at

Crowd roars for rock at Family Values Tour

Lita Beck
Aug. 19, 2006 05:34 PM

Traveling hard-rock fests are becoming a dime a dozen these days, but Korn's Family Values Tour showed everyone in Cricket Pavilion how a rock show should really be done.

First rule: Get good bands, ones that people care about.

With a main-stage lineup that included Stone Sour, the Deftones and Korn, it's hard to think of ways this tour could have been stronger. The different performers all brought something slightly different to the table, and all the pieces put together what may have been the best rock show of the summer. And while the buzz wasn't great on a couple of the second-stage bands, that's part of the beauty of a second stage - everyone gets to sample music they might not otherwise hear.

Fans were passionate about the music, and it carried over to the performances. Despite Friday's heat - around 105 degrees during Stonesour's early evening performance with temperatures still lingering at about 96 degrees during Korn's set - the crowd was roaring to go.

You could tell it was going to be a memorable night the second Korn hit the stage. People had been chanting for the band, and you could taste everyone's anticipation throughout the stage setup. As soon as frontman Jonathan Davis appeared, all that energy exploded. It was still hot, but no one was worn out. The pit was in a frenzy, and the rest of us thrashed around to "Here To Stay" as best we could in our seats.

The depth of the audience's passion for Korn helped elevate the entire performance. People sang along and whipped their heads around, keeping the energy level so high it never really dipped with the occasional pauses (most likely for Davis, who was diagnosed with a blood disease earlier this summer) in the set.

A disclaimer: I came to see Korn, probably my favorite band. It's easy for me to get carried away when talking about Korn. But I wasn't the only one, as evidenced by the girl next to me who almost came to blows with a guy in the row behind us after he insinuated that Korn's performance couldn't possibly top the Deftones.'

But the true beauty of Friday's show was how well the bands fit together. Korn and the Deftones, of course, share a history, one we were reminded of when Deftones frontman Chino Moreno came onstage with Korn for "Wicked," one of the night's highlights. And Stone Sour, riding high of the release of its second album earlier this month, hit the stage and proved it was more than "just" the side project of Slipknot's Corey Taylor and James Root. (Even though, of course, both had been in Stone Sour before joining Slipknot, but who puts it that way these days?)

The Deftones in particular demonstrated why it is quite possibly the most innovative rock band out there today. The band is heavy, soft, poetic and hard - all at the same time. It had the crowd on its feet for the whole set. My one complaint: The sound mixing could have been better. Sure, you could feel the bass rumbling up your body through the concrete, but it also served to overpower Moreno's vocals. And what's a Deftones performance without Moreno's haunting voice? There were moments when the mixing was just right - such as during "Change (in the house of flies)" - and Moreno's voice wove through and carried over the music. Sadly, for much of the performance, while you could see him pouring everything he had into the mic, you couldn't actually hear it very well.

At a time when it seems like there's more than enough rock festivals, the Family Values Tour reminded us that, at the end of the day, it's all about the music. You could see in how people banged on their seats for an encore when Korn left the stage and in how the crowd moved in unison with the Deftones. All the other carnivalesque stuff to entertain fans between sets is nice, but everyone comes for the music.

Flyleaf TVU

Now before people judge me for going to a Korn concert, listen to this. Flyleaf was on the tour with Korn. Check out this interview with them. They are not ashamed of their beliefs. And niether am I. What a mission field for them to be on tour with these bands.


Friday, August 18, 2006


Ufest2 was all I though it would be. Loud and rowdy! But man oh man let me tell you, I still don't know why they have outdoor concerts in Phoenix in the summer. It was like a sauna where we were. And it didn't help that 20,000 people were crammed together. It was a sweaty hardcore rock and roll show at The Cricket Pavilion tonight and I am spent. We got there at around 4 o'clock. Got to see the band 10 Years and they were great. After them came a hardcore outfit from Japan called Direngrey. Very different. The music was okay, but I couldn't understand a word the singer was singing. He could have been singing in Japanese for all I know. One thing that stood out though was they had a very loyal female following. They were entertaining, but I would not go to a show that they were headlining.

After that came the band Flyleaf. This was who Patty and I came to see. They are fronted by a female singer with some pipes and they hail from Texas. They played a great set but since they were early on in the show and were mainly openers, they were limited to 30 minutes. But they gave their all and I really enjoyed them. Apparently the lead guitarist had a death in the family and was not there so guitarists from the other bands on the bill filled in on different songs which I thought was very cool.

Next came the band Stone Sour which is a side project of the lead singer from Slipknot. They were just straight forward, in your face hardcore rock & roll. I was impressed. Basically, at least to me, they sounded like Slipknot with some different folks in the band.

After them came the Deftones. These guys blew me away man. People were climbing the fence from the lawn and storming the front of the stage. I think security had all they could handle and Korn hadn't even hit the stage yet.

Korn came on after a very lengthy wait. I waited until Jonathan Davis played the bagpipes and then we left. Korn is a pretty dark band and I have seen them before. Plus we wanted to get out before the crowd left. You haven't seen anything until you've seen people moshing to the bagpipes. We did miss them play their cover of Pink Floyds Another Brick in the Wall. I had seen them do it before but we had had enough for the night. Korn fans are too nuts!

Good nite all. Be Moved!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I am now a partial season ticket holder

Well we went downtown and met with the guy that was in charge of the Phoenix Roadrunners Season Tickets accounts. We picked our seats and then discussed the prices. They play a full 72 game schedule that includes 36 home games. The price for the seats we want to sit in were a bit out of our price range for all 36 games. So we went for the 18 game half season tickets and we get to pick the 18 games we want to go to. We will also be able to attend the parties throughout the year and mingle with the players. I am lookin forward to it. The seats we picked are in section 113 nehind and to the right of the penalty boxes. We are right at the blue line that thr Roadrunners attck for 2 periods. Our seats are 13 rows from the ice and the seat numbers are on the aisle seats 16, 15 and 14. So it's almost hocket time in Arizona and i'm gonna pick the games i want to see which will be cool.

Be Moved by Love because You are!

For Pinay

This is for my friend in the Phillipines. She has posted on her blog about too much to do in too little time. I thought of her when I read this today. Actually, we could all use this in this hurry up world these days. This goes out to you Len! God Bless you!

Slowing Down
My days are so crowded
and my hours are so few
And I can no longer work fast
like I used to do.
But I know I must learn to be satisfied.
That God has not completely denied
The joy of working
-at a much slower pace-
For as long as He gives me a little place
To work with Him in His vineyard of love.
Just to know that He's helping me from above
Gives me strength to meet each day
As I travel along life's changing way.

Helen Steiner Rice

So I have the day off today. I had been lax about the gym and my running throughout much of the summer just because the heat really bothers me a lot. But I have made a commitment to get back into it again and have done really good this past week. Just started a lifting and light running routine every other day to ease back into it. I would like to run a couple of half marathon's this winter. Our dog Peyton is ready to start running now and it will make it fun when I can take her out. I will ease her into it just like people have to do so she doesn't hurt herself.

Pray for Patty. She is struggling with work stuff. She submitted and application and resume to manage a top line hair salon. She was getting her hair done there the other day and the stylist mentioned that they were looking for someone. So she put in for it. patty is very good at what she does and would be an asset to the salon I am sure. while she was in Ireland she received several words from people specifically about her job situation.

I am really struggling in my relationship with my daughter so pray for me in that area. I know that teen girls have hormones and sometimes say things they don't really mean. But last night during an argument she really said some hateful stuff to me and it hurt me really bad. Stuff about the past. Plus, she's a teenager and is really in that rebellious stage. I remember at men's group one night when J had a word for me regarding this situation. I just have to let God be in control of it. I know I put my parents through hell and did much worse stuff and I turned out okay. It just took me 25+ years to get there and a good dose of the Holy Spirit.

Pray for Shannon too, that she will seek the Lord in her life and be the young lady that He wants her to be. I know it's tough being a teen these days so I know it is not easy for her.

Tonight, Patty, her sister and I are going to US Airways Arena to get a personal tour from the staff of the Phoenix Roadrunners Hockey Team and will look into getting season tickets or a mini season ticket package.

Tomorrow Patty and I are getting off work early and going to UFEST2 at Cricket Pavilion featuring Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Direngrey. Doors open at 2 pm and the main stage acts start at 4 pm. There's a second stage that starts earlier but we don't really care about that. Patty really wants to see Flyleaf and they start at like 430. It's gonna be a very LOUD and hardcore night that I am very much looking forward to. I just hope the heat doesn't kill me. We do have reserved seats though and are under the canopy so we won't really be in the direct sun, but it will still be stuffy and hot I'm sure.

Be Moved by Love!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Portland girl healed of cancer

I was on Jeremy Del Rio's blog today and he had a post on there of a miracle in Portland. Praise God! Check it out here. It also has a link to a CNN video of the story.

Miracle in Portland

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Here is a brief exerpt of a post by Anthony Bradley on being missional.

Loving God and neighbor (Matt. 22:36-40), being salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), doing good work (Eph 2:10), going to the nations (Matt 28:18-20, Acts 1:6-8), are all biblical imperatives identifying God’s people as his chief agents for spreading shalom to a sinful, broken, fallen world. Living missionally means that Jesus followers are examining their relationship to Jesus, their families, neighborhoods, bars, high school sports teams, parks, schools, campuses, cities, nations, etc. asking God to equip and send them to bring shalom to a world in desperate need of it. This role in God’s ongoing redemptive work is a profound and invigorating mystery. Shalom.

Read the rest of his post here:

Toward A Missional Worldview: Life’s Not Supposed To Suck

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Tool - The Pot

I was never really that much of a Tool fan until recently. These guys are so awesome musically and they remind me of a harder and much more current version of Pink Floyd. I went and bought their latest CD which has this song on it. I tried to get tickets to their concert at Cricket Pavilion on Sept 9th but when I logged on 45 minutes after they went on sale all of the reserved seats were sold out and only lawn seats were available so I passed on them. Anyone in the Phoenix area that wants to unload a pair of good seats for a reasonable price please comment me and let me know how to get in touch with you.

This is a pretty cool video. For those that do choose to view it though, there is one use of the F-word in it so don't watch it if that would offend you.

I was on Jeremy Del Rio's blog today and read this post about Billy Graham that I thought was just awesome. It is an excerpt from the latest Newsweek cover story which he links to in his post. It is good stuff man! Be moved by Love!

Pilgrim's Progress

Funny Headline Contest

I was driving in my car the other day listening to my favorite radio station, 98KUPD Arizona's Real Rock. They were having people call in with funny or strange headlines to win concert tickets to the Ufest2 concert featuring Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour and Flyleaf. Anyhow, some were stupid and some were sort of funny. After listening to several people call in the DJ wasn't impressed. Finally this one guy called in with this one.

"If you're suffering from schizophrenia, You are not alone."

He was awarded the concert tickets immediately and I gained control of my car again after uncontrollable laughter.

Have a great day folks!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Good times

I have so enjoyed having my family back home. Monday night my wife and I went out to her favorite place to eat for our anniversary. Red Lobster of course for those who know Patty well.

Today my daughter started her final year of High School. She is a Senior this year. I don't really know what she plans on doing yet and I don't think she does either. After returning from Northern Ireland she voiced interest in serving over there for a year. We'll see what happens with that. Keep her in prayer.

Tuesday we both had to work. That evening we were invited over to the Cloud's house for dinner with some other families that are going to Amadeo. Things are looking good for our start-up. In the near term we will be meeting at the Power Ranch clubhouse which seats about 75. There is a bigger building called the barn house or something like that that will seat 200 should we grow beyond 75. Ben spoke about an area at Recker and Pecos that Amadeo is looking at for a building of our own. He also said that we're good to go financially through the first year thanks to some generous donations, the main one coming from our parent church Vineyard Community of Gilbert, which donated a huge amount.

We will actually be meeting on Monday nights to start out with. Our first real service will be Sept 18th. Sept 11th will be the kick-off dinner for all that are going on this journey, which I believe is around 65 or so. I am excited to see what God has in store for His people.

Be Moved by Love!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Welcome Home

Well my girls are back in the States safe and sound. They had a great time serving in Northern Ireland, but I am glad to have them home. My wife and I have been married 19 years today! Happy Anniversary babe. Patty is up this morning but Shannon is still in bed. So I am going to spend the day with my family today.

Be Moved by Love!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

the reason

This is a song I would like to dedicate to my lovely wife Patty on our 19th anniversary. Things were bad for us for a long time. But that all changed almost 6 years ago. I'm sorry I hurt you all those years. But thanks for sticking with me, loving me, being there for me and praying for me. I love you sweetheart. Happy Anniversary!


Engaging Youth Culture

This is a very good article by written by a guy named Jeremy Del Rio, a law school graduate who quit his legal career to do street ministry after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Friday, August 04, 2006

Flyleaf-I'm So Sick

Thursday, August 03, 2006

"Well, you know, I am not a very good advertisement for God. So, I generally don't wear that badge on my lapel. But it is certainly written on the inside. I am a believer. There are 2,103 verses of Scripture pertaining to the poor. Jesus Christ only speaks of judgement once. It is not all about the things that the church bangs on about. It is not about sexual immorality, and it is not about megalomania, or vanity. It is about the poor. 'I was naked you clothed me. I was a stranger and you let me in.' This is at the heart of the gospel. Why is it that we have seemed to have forgotten this? Why isn't the church leading this movement? I am here tonight because the church ought to be ready to do that. --Bono in response to Thunderstruck's question about how faith motivates his activism, asked during a press conference at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky


"That's one of our goals, to bring hope to the front of suffering, despair and all that stuff that heavy rock songs are usually about...I used to be an obnoxious atheist...When I was about 16, I planned on killing myself that day that everything changed for me. And there was a miraculous sequence of events that happened to me, and then I knew that there was a God. I didn't really know if it was Christianity or not, so I studied it for myself to find out what Christianity is all about. The pieces totally fit together with the miraculous experience I had. And then I understood that my faith tells me that I'm created for a reason and that there's a reason for me wakin' up every day, and it's not about myself. It's just about the fact that I have some sort of purpose, and hopefully my story will help other people."--Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf

This band kicks ass man. A hardcore band with a female lead singer. Patty and I are gonna see them on Aug 18th with Korn, The Deftones and Stone Sour. We saw them open up for P.O.D. and Staind awhile back.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

19 years (almost 6 of those blissful)

So Monday my wife Patty and I celebrate 19 years of marriage. But we joke around and say it's really only been 6 years because I quit drinking almost 6 years ago.

I am so blessed to be married to such a wonderful woman. Sure we went through hell for many years, but she was always there for me and prayed for me. She is my best friend and I am looking forward to many many more years with her.

Thank you Patty for being who you are. I am blessed to have you as my wife and I love you dearly.

Love Always,

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

3 excellent articles about shock rocker Alice Cooper who is building an awesome hangout for youth. He is also a longtime Valley Resident.

School's in for Cooper

Rocker Alice Cooper to break ground on Phoenix youth center

Alice Cooper envisions music, sports center for at-risk Valley kids

2 Types of Relevant