Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Harvest Church | Our Church Home

We have not posted anything in a long while. I know that's ok... this is mostly for us and our memories anyway. That said, here is a little video for our new church home on the Central Coast. You can check us out at agharvest.org.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Forgotten Prayer

I have been clearing out the old files on my work computer and I came across this old prayer I wrote on here. It was about 3 weeks into my job as youth pastor here at Bethel. This prayer has pretty much remained a theme in how I approach what I get to do.
This was from Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.
Lord… you know me. And yet…you love me. I am and will always be forever shocked and humbled by this. I know myself… I see myself… my sin… my wicked heart. I have a hard time looking at myself let alone liking myself... and yet… you love me. You call me your child. You have taken my sin and you have forever removed the stain from my body. You paid for it. You…. You paid for it. It did not and does not go unpunished or dealt with. Grace is not free… it cost you so much. Help me to remember this always. Help me to feel this.
Lord… I give you myself today. I give you my life. I give you my voice. I pray… please… use me in the lives of those in my sphere of influence. Use me TODAY in the lives of my family for their good and joy. Use me tonight in the lives of the students I come in contact with. Use me tonight as I step out and speak for you. Lord… let my words be your words and my heart be your heart. Holy Spirit, use me as your instrument tonight for YOUR glory. I pray that you would bring those—young and old—that need to be here to hear the message tonight. Guide my speech… let it be yours.
Be with me today as I attempt to help lead this ministry, I know that you are the true leader… help me to faithfully follow you today.
Thank you for saving me. Thank you for grace. Thank you for allowing me to know you and to be loved by you. Thank you for allowing me to be called your child.
In Jesus name—Amen 

Monday, November 30, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 30

Today I am thankful for my pedalboard. It seems silly, but I am so very thankful for it. There was a time when music became static for me. I didn't feel there was much more for me to delve into and I was finding my creativity drying up. Then I found a few artists like Andy Othling, James Duke, and a few others that opened up my eyes to a whole new world of creativity. My pedalboard keeps my mind fresh and allows me to experiment and try new things. It allows me to breath a breath of life into my music and a new depth into the worship music I get to play and help plead at church. It is always changing and I am always moving pedals and trading and buying new ones. It is a hobby for me and yet I get to use it for blessing others at the same time. So, today, I am thankful for my board.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 29

Today I am thankful for this random and spontaneous time of worship and prayer with some dear friends. It has always been my desire to create an environment where worship and prayer and going deeper with Jesus and each other is the norm. So, it is these last few times with my students and leaders that are becoming so special and overwhelmingly satisfying and life giving. It is my prayer that they are able to continue this with me gone. It is their time to take up the banner now. But, for now, I am soaking this up as best I can.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 28


       

Today I am thankful for these two kiddos, Megan and Jess, otherwise known as Mess or Mesh, at least to me. I thankful that I was able to spend time with them one last time before we headed out to California. I have spent the last 3 years working with these two, pouring into them, and training them up to lead worship and to serve the church. It has been a joy working with them. There are some parts of being here in Nebraska that I will miss greatly, these two are some of those. I love these two like they are my own kids. I will miss them like crazy, but I am excited to see how God continues to grow them and use them for His glory.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 27

Today I am thankful for this motorcycle. It was not mine, it belonged to an older friend of mine. He let me borrow his Harley for my wedding day... a day that many of my friends and family will never forget. Although, they will not forget it because my wife and I got married that day, they will remember it because of this motorcycle.

You, we got married outdoors in a park. It was beautiful. We thought it would be great if I rode in during the ceremony on a motorcycle. I am not sure who's idea it was...but I liked it all the same. So, I borrowed the bike, we went through the rehearsals, and everything was perfect. We were ready for the big day and my big entrance.

When showtime came, I made my way into the park on the bike, but had failed to think through the grass being damp in certain areas as well as my slick dress shoes. Long story short...I crashed the motorcycle...during my wedding ceremony. At the time I didn't even think it was real - there was no way that could really be happening. But, alas, it did.

As mortified as I was that all this happened - and yes I was fine, the motorcycle was dented but fine too - looking back that crash was the coolest thing that could have happened. Now, forever etched in the minds of my friends and family is the day I crashed a motorcycle during my wedding. They will never forget that day, nor will they ever let me live it down. And I am ok with that. I am ok of always remembering and being reminded of one of the greatest days of my life...the day I married my best friend.

So, today, I am thankful for this motorcycle. May it ever live in infamy.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 26

Today is Thanksgiving, and I am thankful for it. Today I get to spend the day watching the parade on television with my family, hang out and play games while my wife makes an amazing feast for us all, and then I get to spend time with some of the people I love most. Today the Millers, including their daughter Olivia from over at simplylivblog.com and her littles, and Megan came over for dessert, sweet hangs, and a spontaneous worship session. These are all of my favorite things...all in one day.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 25

Today I am thankful for the memories I have from taking our students to the Challenge Conference in Kansas City, MO last year. I love cities and I love exposing students to them. I also love the church and I love exposing students to Christians from all over the world. This conference did that for us. We had opportunities to serve the city, walk the city, and to worship with 4,000+ other Christians and dig into the Word together. It was a sweet time and I am thankful for it.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 24

Today I am thankful for my old band, Every Man's Hero (EMH) and all of the crazy experiences it brought into my life. Because of EMH I was able to travel around most of the West Coast and a lot of the middle states playing music and meeting people from all over the world. I have so many fun memories and great stories from my time with the band. We weren't very good, at least to my own standards, but we had a faithful following of fans that made it great. I could talk about the memories all day, but, the bottom line is, I am thankful for those days. From ages 16-18 I got to experience life unlike most kids my age. I don't want to be in that life again, but I am thankful for it all the same.
Some of these pictures are from tour, playing around different cities, hanging out at shows and what not.



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Monday, November 23, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 23


Today I am thankful for Adele's ex-boyfriends. If they didn't exist, then neither would Adele's music. I am sorry for the pain that she has obviously felt through her relationships, but, that said, this pain has given her a voice that has connected with people all over the world. So, today, I am thankful for the men that have broken our lovely Adele's heart.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 22


Today I am thankful for the sea. Some people are recharged and overcome by mountains, forests, streams, or fields - and as much as I appreciate those things, and I really do, nothing captures my heart or refreshes my soul like the sea. There is something to how big and vast and powerful it is that draws me to worship and awe of my creator. The ocean for me is a lovely muse that has always held my heart and inspired me.

So, as you would imagine, us moving back to the Central Coast is a very exciting thing for me. This is a picture of one of the beaches back home. I could look at these all day.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 21

Today, I am thankful for electricity. It seems like a really small thing... but, like many of the small things in our life, it is actually a really huge thing. Electricity has paved the way for so many amazing things in our world. We have light, warmth, coolness when it is too hot, properly cooked and stored food, even computers, cameras, and the internet. So many things that have changed life as we know have come from the harnessing of this one terrifying and yet beautiful thing - Electricity.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 20

Today I am thankful for Kurtis Heck, my little brother. We have not always seen eye to eye, but we are brothers, and I love him like crazy. I am so proud of the man that he has become. He's a good husband and father, and works his arse off to provide for them and do what's right. A few years back he moved out to Tennessee and I haven't gotten to see him much. He does, though, visit California every year, so I am stoked that moving back means I will get to see him more often.

Here are some picture of him, and a few of both of us. Enjoy.









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Thursday, November 19, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 19

Today, I am thankful for this video. It is stinking funny. And sometimes....you just need funny.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 18

Today I thankful for the older people in my life who have served as examples of what it looks like to truly live. I have several older people in mind that have taught me what it looks like to love God and love people well. They have shown me what it looks like to be a good husband and father (not that I am very good at it...yet), and what it looks like to have fun. I remember as a grade school student, one of my favorite seasons all year was when my classes would go and hang out with people from the retirement care centers and just talk and listen to stories from a generation and time now gone. Those are some very special memories.

I am not sure who these folks in the picture are - but I am guessing they are a ton of fun to hang out with.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 17

Today I am thankful that I have been blessed to work with this guy, Andy Pull, and the rest of the Bethel Church staff for the last 3 years. I feel like I have grown in ways that I never knew were even a possibility. I have been supported, loved, and poured into for 3 years. I am thankful for this today. This picture was a joke BTW. I believe he was thinking of little swimming seahorses. Just sayin.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 16

Today I am thankful that people more creative than myself have put in the effort to use their gifts to encourage my heart when I need it the most. In times of uncertainty on all fronts of my life, it is verses like this one, made into art like this piece, that serves as a reminder of who my God is and who I am in and through Him. I got this piece from my friends at The Verses Project. This was started by a friend of mine as a way to use music and art to help people memorize and know scritpture. I would encourage you to check it out. The artist who made this is Chris Wright from Hand Lettering Co. Go check his stuff out as well. It is so good!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 15

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to play a small part in a few young people's journey. I was privileged to baptize 3 of my high school students! This was my pre-service view this morning at Bethel.
I consider this a huge blessing. My time here in Nebraska is coming to an end, so to be a part of this before we move was perfect and beautiful for me.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 14


Today I am thankful for this record. Rivers, by Josh Baldwin is still one of my favorite "go to" worship albums. Every song is so good! We've used many of them in our worship services and they always get a great response.
If you haven't heard it, check it out for yourself. The lyrics are worshipful and singable, the guitars are so good with some great hooks (played by James Duke & Joey Signa) and the drums are perfect sounding and tastefully played (Jacob Arnold).
So, yeah, it may seem like a small thing, but it is definitely a good thing.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

November is for Thanks | Day 13

Today I am thankful for the safety of my family. I am saddened and heartbroken for the unrest, pain, sorrow, and grief the people of Paris are facing tonight. My thoughts and prayers go out to them, my heart aches for them. I pray that people are able to know and find rest in Jesus.
We take peace and safety for granted every day. It is never promised to us. In fact, for the follower of Jesus it is most often not the case ever. We have been blessed to know peace. And yet, it is in times of war and pain that people's faith is tested, refined, and strengthened.
So today I am thankful for peace, praying for the hurting in Paris an across the globe, and praying that if ever the time comes, I will continue to trust Jesus and remain faithful to Him. Come what may.

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