This is the one thing
This is the one thing
The one thing that I know
What is the one thing that I know?
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
-1 Corinthians 2:2 (NASB) (Thanks, Steve, for the reference…biblegateway.com is down ya’ll…my guess…too many pastors were trying to use it at the same time instead of looking in the actual Good Book j/k!)
I saw Jars of Clay last night (Saturday night, 04/09/2005) at Azusa Pacific University. Believe it or not, after all these years, this was my first time ever seeing them live (even though I own four of their albums – the fourth one, “The Eleventh Hour”, I was even convinced that I didn’t own because in my mind, I lost interest in the group after “If I Left the Zoo”). Well, now that I’ve re-discovered Jars again, I suppose will start listening to them more now and share with ya’ll through my lil page here too.
Those of you who are usually pretty observant and/or watch me like a hawk to make sure I’m not getting myself into trouble may have noticed that I was wearing a blue wristband today on my left wrist. This is to remember the Titans. No, it’s not. Seriously though, it is a reminder for me of the 1,000 wells project that Jars of Clay shared about with the audience last night. This project is a part of Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization started by Jars of Clay to promote clean blood and clean water in Africa, to tangibly reduce the impact of the African HIV/AIDS pandemic, and to address the underlying issues of poverty, injustice, and oppression.
“Clean water is a powerful way to begin a large scale conversation about AIDS. The 1000 Wells Project is a simple campaign that has very little controversy surrounding it. It is difficult to argue whether or not a person should have clean water. It is also difficult to deny the equation: $1= clean water for 1 person for 1 year. And it is vital that the church begin to build relationships with African communities. When a well is built, a conversation is started, a relationship between the church and the community benefiting from the project begins. This is the seed of a worldview shift. This is what excites us about this project.” —Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay
“As a fan, I don’t think anyone has had a bigger voice than the activists in Jars of Clay.” —Bono of U2
“Since the introduction of a well into our community, our stomach problems have completely disappeared.” —Bina Community in Kisumu, Kenya
“It is indeed great that Blood:Water Mission has once again done it for the poor faces they have not seen. These are all fruits of your meekness and love to us. Thank you again. You are deeply rooted in my heart and I lack words to express our gratitude. I’ll be visiting the two groups over the weekend to pass the message to them about their new wells.” —Benjamin K’Oyoo of GWAKO Ministries, Kisumu, Kenya
I went to the concert with a few of my good friends from USC’s Asian American Christian Fellowship. Thanks to Angie Lin (Xanga: sarkie12) for scoring the ticket and letting me know about the concert back in February! I also met a few sophomore girls that were seated in my row to my left. Two of them were from Biola and the other from Vanguard. The one that was seated right next to me said that Geoff had visited her church in Grass Valley (NorCal ya’ll) a few years ago! Since she knew who Geoff was and heard his music, that made her cool in my book. They were fun and loud! But some of my AACF friends were “jumpers”, especial when Jars came back out to play “Flood!”
Learn to do good;
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow
Fairway and Sunday School were all right. Aaron & Co. played “In Christ Alone” during their set. In the verse I’m going to paste below, I’m so used to hearing children laughing and shouting for joy in the recording of this song by Geoff and Adrienne Liesching. I just want to let out a “Woooo!!!” (think wrestler Ric Flair-style here) every time after “Up from the grave He rose again.”
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again (YEAH!!! )
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
In Sunday School, I gave a lesson on Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God based mostly from my reading of J.I. Packer’s (drum roll please) Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God. I am really privileged and blessed to get my baptism under fire so to speak with the high school senior class. Being around them is like a breath of life for me. They are young like I once was many years ago and full of life! Please keep them in your prayers as they finish up their high school careers and embark upon the chapter of The Great Adventure known as the real world at an institution of higher learning or into the work force (I don’t know of any seniors going this route, but mentioned it since I’m not automatically assuming that all are going to some sort of college or university).
Praise God that one of the Mark patriachs is back home! Uncle Wilson Mark, Kimmie, Kristen, and Willie’s father, returned home last Thursday!
Baseball (the REAL bball) update of the teams I like:
San Diego Padres – 3-3
Chicago Cubs – 3-3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (proper name, folks) – 3-3 (they should be called the California Angels (I miss Wally World) or Anaheim Angels)
Hmmmm…common theme here?
Congratulations to Subaru World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg of Norway who finished 3rd in this weekend’s 2005 Propecia Rally New Zealand round of the World Rally Championship (WRC). He retains his 1 point lead in the Driver’s championship over the new 2nd place driver in the championship, 2005 New Zealand Rally-winner and 2004 WRC champion, Sebastian Loeb of France. With Petter’s 3rd place and WRC rookie Chris Atkinson’s (of Australia) 7th place finish, Subaru moved into 3rd place in the Constructor’s championship.
EDIT: Congratulations to Jonathan Ng (Xanga: j0nathankng) on getting into The Master’s College! Praise the Lord!