Archive | January 2005

For those who didn’t know, the Twin Pines Mall in Back to the Future is the Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry, CA.


More info here: http://www.bigwaste.com/bttf/twin_pines_mall.shtml

I re-aggravated my right shoulder last night (good thing God made me left-handed!).    It was bugging me since early November.  It was starting to feel good again the other day.  Last night, I extended myself trying to reach for an oversized soccer ball and heard/felt it “pop” and it felt the same as when I first injured it.


UCLA 72, USC 69 – Amazing come from ahead loss.  USC led by 18 at halftime.  It was a meeting of no good, the bad, and the ugly.  I’ll be all right!  I’ll be just fine!  Why?  Because FOOTBALL > basketball!  If you look at NCAA Division I-A athletics, it’s almost unheard of to have both an awesome football and men’s basketball teams simultaneously.  Why that is, I don’t know.  For example, USC men’s basketball lost to eventual champion Duke in the Elite 8 in 2001.  Since then however, USC football has ruled the land ever since!


This song, “Corinthians” by ApologetiX, is dedicated to brotha Hanley – randomranting.

Small group rocks!!!  Praise God for who He is and the people He’s brought into my life!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


Plugged my life into Jesus!  This gets my life restored!

I think one of the things God wants me to currently be in my life is a light into the world known as Subaru and BMW car enthusiasts in particular (of course this is in addition to being a light of His to all).  For a more detailed explanation, please IM or e-mail me, or ask me in person.


“Devoted Dan”, a.k.a. “Double D”, got upgraded from Saturday afternoon all the way until Sunday morning (installation was completed around 4:45 AM…I was hoping it’d be done around 9-10 PM Saturday night so I could make Fairway game night!).  At the same time, it was cool meeting other Subaru owners who obviously weren’t believers and talking to them about cars and racing (mostly champ and indy car racing…NOT NASCAR).  For those who may not know, the main reason I named my car “Dan” or “Daniel” was because the name means “God is my judge”, and that He most definitely is!  Aerosim Research, Ltd. – (714) 545-5679, Stephen Ramm, who is Aerosim Research, is a former employee of Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers champ car team and Swift Engineering – and a few other guys performed the install on Dan.  They installed Prodrive springs, STi Group N strut tops, Subaru 4-pot front/2-pot rear brakes and Goodridge stainless steel brake lines.


Springs and strut tops in the box


Profile view before everything was installed (spring and brakes in the trunk ~150 lbs.)


Passenger side front brake caliper (4-pot/piston) and rotor


Passenger side rear caliper (2-pot/piston) and rotor


Profile view after installation of all the parts


When all is said and done


Results:
-Less body roll when turning and less nose dive when braking
-Increased rear brake bias
-Better brake pedal feel
-Ride quality isn’t that much harsher!


I know the main function of an automobile is to get a person or persons from point A to point B.  Driving a fun car like the Subaru Impreza WRX sedan definitely puts a <bsg> (big stupid grin)  on my face at times.  Yet as much pleasure as driving or whatever else your favorite hobbies may be, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I still MUST say that:


Nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord (Oh no!) 2x


And I find myself just living for today
‘Cause I don’t know what tomorrow’s gonna bring
So no matter if I rise or fall
I’ll never be alone
I know…


Nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, Lord (Oh no!) 2x


Philippians 3:7-10 (New American Standard Bible)



   7But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.    
   8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,     
   9and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,     
   10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;


As much of a blast driving can be, I want you all to know that there is NOTHING better than knowing the Holy Lord God Almighty!  Absolutely nothing!  And there’s nothing better than praising Him and giving Him all the glory!  And that’s the bottom line ’cause His Word says so!



BROKEN GUITARS!!!


For those (few) of you in the LA area who would like to see a FREE concert by Rodney Branigan, please check him out Wednesday night at The Joint (Pico & Robertson) 8pm-9pm.  This will be an 18 and over show.  Rodney will be the first performer.  God has blessed this fellow believer with AMAZING talent.  The only time I’ve seen him perform was during my senior year at USC at a Campus Crusade for Christ fellowship meeting.  The man plays with two guitars (and a tambourine) simultaneously like you’ve nothing ever seen or heard!

Video clips of Rodney (dial-up users, don’t even try to touch these links with a stick/10-foot pole!)
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Pray now!  It’s a lost art.  Get your day on the way!!! 

32 years ago – Roe vs. Wade… At least 40 million lives have been lost to this day.
The 2005 Sanctity of Human Life Week ends today.  However, the sanctity of life our God gives all people will never fade away!


http://www.family.org/beavoice/


In “New Americans” by Geoff Moore & The Distance (Home Run, ©1995 ForeFront Records) , Geoff sings (lyrics below are from the end of the live version (from Rome, GA) on GMD’s 1996 Greatest Hits album disc 2):


My country ’tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Land where my father died
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride
Of thee I sing
It’s time we hit our knees
And cry out humbly
JESUS, HEAL US!!!!!!!!!!!


We are the New Americans
Ready to take a stand
Ready to take back the land
We are the New Americans
Rich and poor young and old
Who have been born and can’t be sold
We are the New Americans
Red and yellow, black, and white
Will never ever give up the fight
We are the New Americans
Who vote and buy and make the choice
Speak for those without a voice


We are the New Americans
Who vote and buy and make the choice
Speak for those without a voice
Calling the New Americans
ARE YOU OUT THERE?!?!?!



New music to continue our theme of prayer here!  You’re now listening to “Pray Now (Lost Art)” by ApologetiX.  It’s a parody of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”.  On a similar note, here’s a picture of me and Steve Harwell, the lead singer of Smash Mouth, at California Speedway in Fontana, CA in 1999 at an Al Unser, Jr. Fan Club meeting.  He told me to try to make it look like I was casually talking to him like I knew him while his buddy took the picture of us.  I was trying not to laugh when it was taken!  Steve and Al Jr. (a.k.a. “Little Al”) were good friends back then when Al was still racing.



Chorus 1
Pray now it’s a lost art get your day on the way
Pray now get a jump start get a move on your faith
God is listening you know
Only you can start praying bold


Chorus 2
Pray now it’s a lost art get your day on the way
Pray now for a chapter let me show ya in James
God is listening you know
Only you can start praying bold


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I had dinner with Steve tonight at church and then went to church prayer meeting after that.  Here’s some food for thought: Prayer requests will never cease to exist.  In my opinion, they are ever-increasing.  The people praying for these prayer requests, however, are few and never-increasing. 


<RANT>Yet why does prayer meeting attendance STINK like the Oklahoma Sooners football team did on the night of January 4, 2005?!  I’m fed up!!!  I’m not being a legalist here.  Going to prayer meeting does not make a person a better Christian.  But it sure does allow them to pray for their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ!  And a good number of people (not all) whose prayer requests we pray for aren’t willing to come out to intercede for others?  What gives?!  I think it simply isn’t a priority for people.  Please tell me what (WHAT?!) else could you be doing with your time on a Wednesday night once (only!) a month that could be more important that would keep you from coming regularly?  I can understand important family dinners or what have you on occasion, but every month?  Please.  This is especially for people who live close to our church.  Close as in less than 17.9 miles away like myself.  Can you honestly say that there are *better* things you could be doing with your time than joining with fellow believers to pray?  Well, like my old high school football coach use to say (please pardon my French), “Excuses are like ___holes; everyone has one and they stink.”</RANT>


In Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, the author wrote the following (I couldn’t find my book.  Thanks, Steve!):


MAG3Y3 (12:05:09 AM): p. 28 “A minister from Australia (or perhaps it was New Zealand) happened to be present that morning-a rare occurence. I introduced him and invited him to say a few words.  He walked to the front and made just one comment:
MAG3Y3 (12:05:59 AM): “I heard what your pastor said. Here’s something to think about: “You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning. You can tell how popular the pastor or evangelist is by who comes on Sunday night.  But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting.”
GMooreFan1 (12:06:10 AM): yeah
GMooreFan1 (12:06:11 AM): bingo
MAG3Y3 (12:06:11 AM): And with that he walked off the platform.  That was all. I never saw him again.”


Friends, Trojans, and Xangans, lend me your ears and hearts.  A wise man (Steven Curtis Chapman) once sang:


Let us pray, let us pray
Everywhere in every way
Every moment of the day it is the right time
Let us pray without end
And when we finish start again
Like breathing out and breathing in
(Oh!) Let us pray





I watched what was left of Alias after I got home from prayer meeting.  I noticed for the second time tonight that Ron Rifkin (Sloane) is LEFT-HANDED!  That means Michael Vartan (Vaughn), Victor Garber (Jack Bristow), and Ron Rifkin (Sloane) are all left-handed!  No wonder the show is a smashing success!  Although it is now second fiddle to “24”!  Jack Bauer is the man!

New song on my Xanga!  It’s “The Real Sin Savior” by ApologetiX (http://www.apologetix.com).  Enjoy! 


The Real Sin Savior
Parody of “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem
(Rom. 3:10, 3:23, 5:8, 6:20, 6:23, 8:1, 10:9, 13, Ps. 51:5, 17, John 8:36, 1 Timothy 1:15)


May I have your repentance please?
May I have your repentance please?
Will you tell Him “Save me” and please stand up?
I repeat … will you tell Him “Save me” and please stand up?
We’re gonna have to prod them here
Y’all act like you never seen a nice person before
You oughta hope in the Lord
Your panting tongue is just thirstin’ for more
You started lookin’ around searchin’ cause you’re
Uncertain you’re sure you know where you’re goin’ eternally
If you return to God … ah, wait, no, wait, we’re sinning
We couldn’t get saved with the things we did, can we?
And Dr. J. says — nothing you did is such a grave sin
It costs you salvation
Ha Ha — Heavenly livin’s above every man
“Chick-a-chick-a-chick-a he’s crazy!
I’m sick of them ‘born agains’
Walkin’ around askin’ if you know God — speakin’ of You Know Who
Yeah, but there’s no proof though”
Yeah, probably got a couple of you who think I lack proof
But no worse than what’s goin’ on in America’s classrooms
Sometimes I wanna get on TV and just spread the truth
But can’t — but the school can tell me we come from evolution
“My mama was a fish — my mama was a fish
“And if we’re monkeys you might as well forget original sin!”
And that’s the message that we deliver to little kids
And expect them not to question on their own if God exists
Of course they’re gonna wonder if the Lord’s fake
By the time they hit fourth grade
They got the Easter Bunny and Santa don’t they?
We ain’t shinin’ examples
Well some of the scandals are caused by people posin’ as evangelists
But if Jesus loved His enemies and Pharisees
Then there’s no reason that you can’t get another chance and believe
But if you feel a slight chill — I got the anti-freeze
This is not a fantasy — it’s important and it’s free
I’ve sinned greatly, but Christ’s for real, baby
It’s a wonder He saved me and just didn’t hate me
So won’t you tell Him “Save me”
Please stand up, please stand up, please stand up
Yes, I’ve been crazy, yes, I’ve been real shady
Always wanted Him to save me, but just didn’t say it
So won’t you tell Him “Save me”
Please stand up, please stand up, please stand up
Will Smith don’t gotta discuss the Christian path to salvation
Well, I do — it affects him and affects you too
You think I give a care if he likes my parodies
Half of you kiddies won’t even look at me, let alone stare at me
But J., what if we pray? Wouldn’t we be weird?
Why? Would you guys reject Christ just to fit with your peers
So you can live in fear for the next 60 years
This ain’t imaginary better get prepared
The price of sin yes it costs us dearly with death first
And when that part is over if you ain’t saved it gets much worse
Little chance they’ll put me now on MTV
Yeah, it’s true, but I think he’d scare all the kids — ree ree!
I said now’s when they oughta know and John 3:3
It shows the whole world how they need born again to be free
I’m singin’ you little girls and boys spoofs
All you do is ignore me
Though I have been sent here to inform you
And there’s a million of us just like me  you judge like me
We’re just like triple fudge ice cream; we’re just quite sweet
You watch Saul in Acts 9:3
You just might see you’re just like him — You’re not fightin’ me
I’ve sinned greatly, but Christ He still saved me
From a hundred temptations and death, sin, and Hades
So won’t you tell Him “Save me”
Please stand up, please stand up, please stand up
Yes, my sinned shamed me, yet I’ve been healed lately
God the Father forgave me from messin’ with Satan
So won’t you tell Him “Save me”
Please stand up, please stand up, please stand up
I’m like a breath mint you listen to but I’m only givin’ you
Things you thought about in your head with my religious group
The only difference is I got the call to say it in front of y’all
And I don’t gotta be Paul — the Book I quote has it all
I just get out a Bible and read it and whether you like it you need it
As sure as I can see that better than 90 percent of you happen to doubt me
Then you wonder how can kids give up their values I tell you it’s funny
Cause at the place I’m goin’ when I’m buried
I’ll see the only person in the world I know who’s worthy
He’s the first and last and I’m J. Jackson I’m the worst
And I’m a jerk and Jesus knows that but my braggin’ wasn’t workin’
And every single person needs a sin savior urgently
You could be working on a burglary or sittin’ in a nunnery
Or keepin’ part of the law perfectly screamin’ “I don’t sin that much”
Puttin’ Christians down sayin’ “It’s just a crutch”
So if you’re still waiting please stand up
Cause this wonderful singer’s time is eaten up
And it’s time to get off your behind and out of the row
Come on down — now is your chance — how do I know?
CHORUS
I guess there’s a sin Savior for all of us – Let’s all stand up



There’s a very interesting read at Pastor Ted’s (deadkau) Xanga.  I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with others, Ted.  See below.


since this monday people observe martin luther king, jr. day, i thought i’d write about him and u2. 

pride (in the name of love), by u2

–verse–
one man come in the name of love      mlk?  Jesus Christ?
one man come and go                  
he lived and died
one man come, he to justify           only Jesus can justify
one man to overthrow                  mlk–>racism?  JC–>sin?

–chorus–
in the name of love
one more in the name of love
in the name of love
what more in the name of love?

–verse–
one man caught on a barbed wire fence war? crown of thorns?
one man he resist                     JC’s temptations?
one man washed on an empty beach      baptism? jonah 2:10?  jfk?
one man betrayed with a kiss          JC betrayed by judas’ kiss

–chorus– 

–verse–
early morning, april 4                actually at 6:01pm
shot rings out in the memphis sky     mlk shot in the neck
free at last, they took your life    
referencing mlk’s speech
they could not take your pride

–chorus– 


this powerful song in general is about sacrificing one’s life in the name of love. specifically, it is about martin luther king, jr. with references to Jesus Christ. mlk was assassinated april 4, 6:01pm, 1968 outside his hotel room in memphis, tennessee.

while mlk’s personal life was nothing to boast about (adultery, immorality, dishonesty, profanity), he was the key person advancing the cause of civil rights in the u.s.  largely because of mlk, the united states abolished many of its racist laws and started heading in the direction of recognizing the image of God in all persons.  btw, he is the only individual to have his own federal holiday. 

only Jesus is sinless and deserving of boasting.  no one is innocent and deserving but Jesus alone.

Saw this “quiz” on brotha Hanley’s Xanga – randomranting:

You are Ephesians
You are Ephesians.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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LEFT-HANDED Heisman & NCAA Division I-A National Championship-winning Matt Leinart will be staying at USC for his redshirt senior year in the 2005 college football season (Full story at ESPN.com here).  The 2005 USC Trojan football team will be in the running for an unprecedented third straight national championship!  I was hoping to see some Booty!  John David Booty play that is!  He will be a redshirt sophomore next season.  He skipped his senior year at Evangel Christian Academy in Louisiana to enroll at USC early.  Anyway, I’m still very happy with my fellow southpaw, Mr. Leinart, remaining at the helm of the most potent offense (thanks to Norm Chow) in college football!



Friday night high school unikoi fellowship was great!  I hope God really moved in the hearts of the high schoolers tonight (technically, last night).  May we continually see how holy, awesome, and wonderful You are!


I want to make much of You, Jesus!!!


How Great Is Our God
by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves


The splendor of the King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice
He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice


How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God


Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end, beginning and the end
The Godhead three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
The lion and the lamb, lion and the lamb


Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing how great is our God

As I was driving home tonight, the thought that filled my mind was, “How are potholes formed?”  I’ve always been interested.  I just never took the time to look it up.  My most recent fascination with potholes started on Sunday night as I drove home in the rain around 7 PM.  I was cruising along in the left lane around the Crossroads Parkway exit of the Pomona (60) Freeway going Westbound when I heard and felt two loud bangs that jolted the entire chassis of the car.  When I got home, I checked for wheel/tire damage, but there didn’t appear to be any.  It’s assuring to know that the wheels on my car (Prodrive P1’s 17″ x 7″ made for Prodrive by OZ Racing (Italy)) are rally-inspired!  At roughly 20 lbs. each, they’re heavy for 17-inch wheels, but they are supposedly one of the strongest wheels out there bar none!



Back on-topic, I searched the World Wide Web for some information on how potholes are formed.  Here is my visual, easy-to-understand result:


 Birth of a Pothole (in Adobe Acrobat format – If you are unable to view the file, you can get Adobe Reader here) Courtesy of Michigan Department of Transportation.


I thought potholes were originally created simply by heavy vehicles driving over roads.  As you may be able to see, the (w)hole (pun intended) story goes deeper than that!



In closing, I figured I should type the lyrics to “God Follower” for ya’ll to understand why I chose this particular Xanga username.

God Follower
by Steven Curtis Chapman
from the album Declaration (©2001 Sparrow Records)


My heart is restless as I wander through this jungle
The trees above refuse to let the sunlight through
And somewhere deep inside I hear the whispered longings
That tell me I was made for more than this
A lightning flash, a light falls down into the darkness
Slowly I notice strange new markings on the trail
The crimson dots are calling out to me, “Come and follow.”
“I am the God who made you.  Let Me show you how to live.”
And I cry


I want to be a God follower
I want to go wherever He leads
I want to be a God follower
I want to walk the trail He’s marked for me
And be a God follower


And now I journey on with purpose and with passion
Just like a dead man who’s been given breath again
And though this path can still grow dark with tears and sorrow
I know He will never leave me
So with everything I am
I will say


And when I reach God’s place
I will look into His face
Then I’d look for you
Will I find you there?
Then you’d say with me
“I want to be a God follower.”


I want to be…
More than anything…
I want to be…a God follower



I’m looking forward to small group tomorrow night!  Fight on, take care, and God bless!

My mom found my beanie last night after I told her for the umpteenth time that I brought it home.  She was trying to convince me otherwise the last few days!  It was scrunched up on the side of the couch.  I guess I put it next to my left leg when I got home from Jerry’s late Friday night/early Saturday morning.  When I first got home, I ate some leftover pizza and watched the end (ending at 2 AM that is) of SPEED Channel’s replay of the Wales Rally of Great Britain won by Subaru World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg.  He took the lead on the penultimate stage even though he thought he had a wheel bearing that was about to fail!  It was his fourth out of five wins during the 2004 season en route to finishing second in the 2004 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) Driver’s Championship.  In 2003, the Norwegian, also known as “Hollywood” Solberg for his flamboyant style, won the FIA WRC Driver’s Championship with four victories.  It also marked the third year in a row he’s won the event.  I must have smooshed my beanie while I was watching/falling asleep.