Time to give my buddy, Geoff Moore, some love!  I was inspired to put “In Christ Alone” up after seeing Anthony’s (Xanga: heyjuke) entry.  Without further ado, here‘s “In Christ Alone” sung by Geoff Moore and Adrienne Liesching (a.k.a. “Mrs. Jeremy Camp”).  I was originally going to put up “Creed” by Rich Mullins as performed by Third Day on their Offerings II album, but that song starts out pretty loud which might startle some of you out there.  I wanted to put “Creed” up because The Apostles’ Creed was mentioned today during Jonathan Bates’ baptism “service.”

In Christ Alone
Sung by Geoff Moore and Adrienne Liesching

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

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

No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Cal (UC Berkeley) fans are worse than UCLA fans (your mileage may vary)

Yesterday, I went to the Cal vs. USC football game thanks to Don (Xanga: udonoogen).  They said so many nasty things to me.  I was in a Cal fan section with my #3 Carson Palmer replica jersey, red USC hooded sweatshirt, and red USC cap.  As I was walking up the aisle (by myself) to my seat before the game, the Cal fans chanted “Take off that red shirt!” (Technically, I was not wearing a red shirt.  The last time I checked, a jersey is not a shirt.  I guess that shows how intellectually superior they are to me.) and called me an “a-hole” simply because I was wearing what I was wearing.  They were quiet when all was said and done though.

For comparison, I was in a UCLA student section last year that wasn’t nearly as rude and classless.

Praise God for His lordship and salvation in Jonathan Bates’ (Xanga: yutaka731) life!  Today, Jonathan made a public profession of God’s faithfulness and work in his life by getting baptized.  For those of you who are believers who haven’t been baptized yet, don’t worry about being “ready.”  I encourage you to simply follow God’s command to be baptized.  You also don’t need to worry about being able to answer questions others may ask such as, “Why does a loving God allow evil to exist/happen?”  The important thing is God uses it all for His glory and His will to be done whether you want to believe it or not.

Jonathan became a believer/follower of Christ his freshman year at USC through God working through InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship (IVTCF) and his roommate, George Deur (Xanga: DrAku34).  I remember meeting him at “Frosh Frenzy” in Fall 1999.  We sat in an oval and shared something unique about ourselves.  Jonathan said something along the lines of “I’m the only one here who weighs over 300 pounds.”  I sat there and thought, “Oh man.  That’s not cool.  He shouldn’t be thinking along those lines.”  As God drew Jonathan closer to Himself, He gave Jonathan a better understanding of how much He loves him and who he (Jonathan) is in Christ (alone).  It’s been a pleasure and privilege to be there from “the start” and it’s even better knowing there will never be “an end.”  Praise God for who He is, what He’s done, and what He will do in Jonathan’s life!

Jonathan went with my family and me to Las Vegas for Christmas 2001.  We went to the Las Vegas Bowl which USC lost 10-6 to Utah.  It is one of the two reasons I have placed a self-imposed ban on myself at USC bowl games.  The other is the 2006 Rose Bowl against Texas that USC lost 41-38.  There will be no more mention of these sad days in the Pete Carroll era.  The cool guy in the middle of the above photo is Jason Lau who is another dear brother of ours from IVTCF.  Man, I miss that guy a lot.

Shock therapy

Daily Bruin: Student shot with taser by UCPD officers

YouTube (video contains violence and foul language): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g7zlJx9u2E

Here’s my take on the incident where an UCLA student was tasered in Powell Library after not leaving because he didn’t have his ID.

“You do the crime, you do the time!”

Let me explain myself.  He was asked to leave a few minutes prior to when the video was shot because he didn’t have his ID.  The incident began when the officers returned to remove him from the premises for not complying with their request to leave according to the rule the library has in place for people who are not supposed to be there.  He could’ve gone back home or wherever his ID was and come back if he really needed to stay and use the facility.  Since he didn’t have his ID, he technically shouldn’t have been there.  The situation was easily avoidable.  Yes, the officers used excessive force.  However, we need to remember that the situation was easily avoidable.

Should I make a “Don’t taser me” sign for the USC vs. UCLA football game? j/k The only people that will be shocked at the Rose Bowl will be the UCLA fans who just witnessed their eighth straight defeat to the USC Trojans after thinking the Bruins had an actual chance to win.


This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to God for who He is and all He’s provided me.  I will elaborate more later on how He’s especially been faithful to me concerning my work situation since May with a detailed (yay!) analysis of His goodness.

It’s after Midnight!  I failed to meet my targeted time of completing this entry before it became Monday.  Oh well!  I know you all love reading my entries and listening to my music anyway.

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

4 responses to “”

  1. udonoogen says :

    sorry to hear you got the red shirt treatment. i thought that you had actually managed to avoid that. if you were sitting around older alumni (further left), you’d find most of them are friendly and definitely not so foul mouthed. though it’s no excuse, this game meant a lot to the fans. glad you could come, i think my dad liked sitting next to you.

  2. SportyABG says :

    i find it interesting that cal fans would be brave enough to jeer a USC fan, esp since it’s being played IN southern cal!! weird.

  3. Strikezone says :

    Glad you survived the Cal fans. It was a great win and it’s encouraging to see the team get better each week. I probably won’t be able to make the turkey bowl this year so hit a couple of homers for me.

  4. lilonani says :

    whatever. we’re going to win this time. you just watch and cry.

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