Archive | May 2005

This song is dedicated to Jerry, Jackie, and Josette Hwang.  Jerry, learn this song!  I have the sheet music for it!  It’s another GM/SCC production (quality work, folks!).  The song is called “The Keeper” and is about Jesus who is the Keeper of His children’s lives.  The updated version of this song (on the album, A Beautiful Sound) was slightly changed after the Moores adopted Anna Grace from China.


Fun fact: Geoff has said that when he and Steven Curtis Chapman would co-write a song, they would determine who would get to have the song on their record by arm wrestling.  Let’s compare!



Geoff is about 6’3″, 210-230 lbs. I would say.  Being generous, I’d say Steven is about 5’6″, 140-145 lbs.


How Steven arm wrestled “The Great Adventure” and “Speechless” onto his records is beyond me!  I just thank and praise God for these two men who are really down to earth if you get a chance to know them (well, Geoff at least).  He has used their work to touch countless people’s lives.  Let me stress that it’s not these men themselves that are so great (although they are genuinely good guys).  It’s what God has done through them and their music that is great!!!


The Keeper
Words and music by Geoff Moore & Steven Curtis Chapman


A big black book in her small fragile hands
The words she read I was too young to understand
Between the thee’s and the thou’s and the verily’s
I watched my grandma live the truth in front of me


A little boy wakes from a dream in the night
Runs down the hall to where she left on the light
But I stopped when I saw her down on her knees
Where she prayed every night for me
In a whisper I heard


Chorus
Jesus, the Keeper of this life
You are my Refuge, my Savior, my Guide
Watch over this little one tonight
And guard his every footstep
As he travels this life
And in some quiet moment
Draw him to Your side
That he may come to know You, Jesus
As the Keeper of this life


Thirty years have come and gone since that time
I can still see my grandma’s face
In my little boys’ eyes
And you will find me tonight somewhere down on my knees
As I whisper a prayer that was once prayed for me


Chorus
Jesus, the Keeper of this life
You are my Refuge, my Savior, my Guide
Watch over my little girl tonight
And guard her every footstep
As she travels this life
And in some quiet moment
Draw her to your side
That she may come to know You, Jesus
As I have come to know You, Jesus
The Keeper of this life

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!


Today is 05/05/(20)05!  Is there a term for days such as today and 06/06/(20)06 and so on?

Test drove this today (Tuesday) during my lunch break:


I test drove a 2006 BMW 330i Sedan (without the sport package).


Power: 255 hp 3.0 inline-6 is quiet and smooth.  I can’t say that it felt like it was a powerful as my Scooby (currently around ~250-255 hp, 3,085 lbs curb weight) though.  This car has a curb weight of around 3,500 lbs.  The throttle response wasn’t anywhere close to what I thought it would be.  It seemed like there was 1/8-1/4 inch of pedal travel before the revs started to increase.  I know the Bimmer is drive-by-wire whereas my car is not (WRX STi’s are though).


Suspension: This car soaks up bumps and road imperfections so much better than my car!!!  I would attribute this to the heavier weight of the car and the suspension settings (MacPherson struts/springs in the front, rear shocks/springs in the back on a new five-link rear suspension).  I did turn the DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) off for much of my drive, but I didn’t really get to drive the car hard in any turns because of other cars in front of me.  I don’t know if the vehicle had BMW’s Active Steering or not because I didn’t even bother checking out all of the options on the vehicle before I got in it, because I just wanted to DRIVE!


Brakes: I didn’t hit the binders (what some racers call brakes) that hard on any occasion.  By the end of the test drive, I still hadn’t gotten a good feel for them.  I naturally ease off the brakes as I come to a complete stop to reduce “bobbing.”  The New BMW 3 Series is able to electronically do that automatically provided you’re not trying to execute a “panic” stop.


Transmission: The car was equipped with BMW’s 6-speed automatic STEPTRONIC transmission.  I spent most of the time in STEPTRONIC mode.  Even in that sport mode, the shifts just seemed way to slow and too early before redline.  I’m sure the 6-speed manual probably would be a lot of fun.


Interior: I actually didn’t spend much time looking at it or checking it out because I was in the car to DRIVE!  The upholstery was black leather and the interior had the burl walnut trim.  The vehicle was not equipped with navigation or BMW’s infamous iDrive.  The turn signal “stalk”/switch on the left side of the steering wheel is based on the current 5 Series’ turn signal switch.  I never totally got the hang of it.  I felt like I was going to break it initially because it doesn’t really click and settle into place like a turn signal switch does on most vehicles.  You tap it for a few blink or pull it up or down for a second or two to blink regularly until the turn has been completed or you cancel it out.


Overall: I believe it would make for a great commuter car with some sporting ability.  With the new 3 Series, I believe BMW has raised the bar in the entry-level luxury sport sedan segment once again.  Although its sticker price tends to be higher than its competitors’, remember that BMW includes full maintenance for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.  Would I call it “The Ultimate Driving Machine?”  I don’t know about that.  I still would rather be behind the wheel of my ReX so much more than the new 3 Series.


Update: It looks like I will indeed be transferring to the Pacific BMW’s Service Department!  May God lead me and guide me through this transition.


I’ve been in a mood to listen to my favorite female artist, Nichole Nordeman, lately.  She hasn’t released anything for a couple years now that she’s a mom.  But that’s totally okay!



EDIT: I just read that Nichole has a new album, Brave, that will be released on May 24, 2005!  And there was much rejoicing in all the land!  But not as much as when one who is lost is found!!!  PRAISE GOD for the friends of Monet and Jocelyn coming to know Jesus as the Keeper of their lives!


From CCM.com: 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jars of Clay


Holy
By Nichole Nordeman and Mark Hammond from the album Woven & Spun (©2002 Sparrow Records)


How many roads did I travel
Before I walked down one that led me to You?
How many dreams did unravel
Before I believed in a hope that was true?
How long? How far?
What was meant to fulfill only emptied me still
And all You ever wanted…


Chorus
Only me on my knees
Singing holy, holy
And somehow
All that matters now is
You are holy, holy


How many deaths did I die
Before I was awakened to new life again?
How many half-truths did I bear witness to
‘Til the proof was disproved in the end?
How long? How far?
What was meant to illuminate shadowed me still
And all You ever wanted…


Chorus


And all I have is gratitude to offer You


Chorus

My last post was so self-centered…


There are definitely more important things and people in this world than me. 


I was totally convicted by the Holy Spirit of how much and how often I limit God’s love to me and the people I consciously care about.  His love extends well beyond you and me.  Let’s live lives that truly reflect with a belief and conviction that His love reaches to the heavens, His faithfulness stretches to the skies, His righteousness is like the mighty moutains (YEEESS!!!), His justice flows like the ocean’s tides (Psalm 36, mainly verses 5 and 6, NIV)


Thank You, Lord, for opening my eyes and heart again to Your heart and soul for people in this world–not just people I know, but all people who are created in Your image and valuable and precious to You.


Lately, I ‘ve been thinking of the song “My World View” by Audio Adrenaline from their album Don’t Censor Me (©1995 ForeFront Records).  I just bought from iTunes.  This is the first song I’ve ever purchased off iTunes.  Quick ‘n’ easy!


My World View


I want to see the world through Jesus’ eyes
See through Jesus’ tears
I want to see the world through Jesus’ eyes
My vision’s not as clear
I want to feel the world with the hands that made it
Know the pain and appreciate it
Hear the cries and I hope to understand


Chorus 1
My world view
It’s how I see the world
It’s how I look at You
My world view
It’s how I see the world
Would you like to see it too?
My world view


I want to place my foot upon the Rock
The Rock that doesn’t move
For upon the Rock the Kingdom’s built
And here’s the Kingdom view
I see creation and I see Adam’s fall
I see through the years and I can see it all
All things come together for the good


Chorus 2
My world view
(I can see, I can see forever)
It’s how I see the world
It’s how I look at You
My world view
It’s how I see the world
Would you like to see it too?
My world view
(I can see, I can see forever)
It’s how I see the world
Would you like to see it too?
My world view


Coming into view, coming into view, coming into full view


Chorus 3
My world view
(I can see, I can see forever)
It’s how I see the world
It’s how I look at You
My world view
(Coming into view, coming into view)
It’s how I see the world
Would you like to see it too?
My world view
(I can see, I can see forever)
It’s how I see the world
It’s how I look at You
My world view
(Coming into view, coming into view)
It’s how I see the world
Would you like to see it too?
My world view
(I can see, I can see forever)
It’s how I see the world
Would you like to see it too?
My world view
(Coming into view, coming into view…)


Let’s see what else has gone on this weekend…


Mark (Prior) got lit up like a Christmas tree/the Fourth of July by the Houston Astros today/yesterday (Sunday).  He gave up a grand slam (on an 0-2 count) to Mike Lamb and a 3-run home run (HR) to Adam Everett.  He is now 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA.



Subaru World Rally Team’s Petter Solberg finished 2nd in this weekend’s Rally Italia Sardinia.  Unfortunately, his main rival in the championship, Citroen’s (French automobile manufacturer) Sebastian Loeb, won the race to take the lead in the 2005 world rally driver’s championship by 1 point over Petter after 5 of 17 rounds in this year’s World Rally Championship.