Amazing California Fire Fighters

You just have to check this site at the Boston Globe. They have put together a collection of incredible photos of the California fires that are blazing away this summer. Smoke has been constantly in the air here in the San Francisco Bay Area for weeks now.

Click on the photo below to see all the pictures.

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July 4 — Fireworks — and Jesus!

It’s the 4th of July weekend here in the USA. It represents FREEDOM.

I love that word, FREEDOM. And I have experienced it first-hand. I have enjoyed this freedom in my work, with my family, on holidays, and in my spiritual walk as well. I have learned a lot about what the term means.fireworks in dc

When I think about the founders of this nation, there are many examples where God, faith, and an aspiration live the values of God’s Word was evident. They left us many important lessons that involved listening to each other, but not compromising that moral compass that led them to stop and worship their creator.

The scriptures state that the cornerstone or foundation of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ. Jesus was not a beaten-down-and-defeated-just-a-good-teacher figure in history. Like the buildings all over Washington DC are inscribed with Biblical passages and faith-inspired messages, God wrote His laws on the tablets of our hearts.

I love celebrating. I love FIREWORKS. I love the USA. And most of all, I love JESUS! And there will be that day that I anticipate so often, when He brings a light show that will blast us all into eternity!

For when the Son of Man returns, you will know it beyond all doubt. It will be as evident as the lightning that flashes across the sky. Luke 17:24

What is Twitter?

I have been using Twitter for a number of months and it is becoming increasingly popular. What is it? Here is the quickest way for you to find out. My Twitter name is RevTim on Twitter and is found at http://twitter.com/RevTim if you want to “follow” me.

Emergency Surgery

surgeryHad a scare over the weekend. On Saturday, May 10, I felt a pain in my abdomen.

Quick summary: A small part of my intestines got “twisted” and the blood flow was cut off. I was in extreme pain and life pretty much stopped.

My wife rushed me to the emergency room, “Indy Style” and within an hour or so I underwent a CAT scan. They called in a surgical and recovery team and once they arrived I was rushed into surgery. They “untwisted” the intestinal loop, watched the purple color disappear, and sewed that piece to my colon.

This is kind of a gross summary of what happened, but the surgeon said that it was actually life-threatening and in a matter of hours could have been dramatically worse.

Thank you for all the prayers, I am doing MUCH better right now. That’s three major surgeries in the past 15 months. Time for a break. The prognosis is very good with a full recovery in sight.

God is good! w00t!

Easter is AMAZING!

On Sunday, I will be speaking on the “AMAZING!” life of Jesus Christ. You can’t deny it. History reveals it and the Bible unwraps it even more thoroughly.

Easter_2008_webThe principles, morals, stories, and truths of God’s Word have changed my life. It’s more than positive thinking, adopting a philosophy or learning “religious” terms. When you get really practical and build a true relationship with Jesus, it MUST change you. So now, when I help the poor in a Third-World nation or when I pray for a crying girl on public transit, it makes a lot of sense.

Jesus set the example to LIVE out the life He called into. One that is all about knowing God and making Him known. Meditation doesn’t cut it, being “nice” isn’t enough, and as admirable as social work is — it is nothing — unless you introduce the love that was authored God.

So we celebrate Easter this weekend, and actually take the underlying message of Easter with us daily.

Matthew 12:23 “The crowd was AMAZED. ‘Could it be that Jesus is the Son of David, the Messiah?’ . . .

Randy Stonehill in Concert — THIS SUNDAY, December 23

Christmas Family Fireside Service
with RANDY STONEHILL

 

Central Assembly
570 Appian Way (at Argyle Rd)
El Sobrante, CA 94803 — 510.223.2240
http://RestoringHope.com

Public always welcome!
We meet each Sunday at 10:30 AM
with a live band and lots of
REAL PEOPLE just like Y-O-U!

 

Randy Stonehill will make a very
special appearance this Sunday, December 23!

He will bring Christmas classics as well as some
all-time favorites with his unique acoustic style.

Join us for refreshments, coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider,
and a Cafe’ Hope style that will bring special warmth for the season.

Randy Stonehill

Where Were You When the 9-11 News Started?

Twin Towers AttackI remember it like it was yesterday, not like it was 6 years ago.

I got up early here on the West Coast and a few minutes before 6 heard the report on the local radio, KCBS, that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Towers.

I have been fascinated by those towers since 1976 when my family took that very rapid elevator to the top. We actually got to go out onto the roof at least until they called us back in because of high winds.

On 9-11-2001 I hurried upstairs and grabbed a video tape, tuned into a cable news channel and recorded hours and hours of what would be seared into my mind until I die. The other incredible thing is that my son, who wasn’t to wake up for school for another hour was up and asked if something was wrong!

I told him what I knew and said that I believed we were watching history unfold! While I was explaining my thoughts about a clear day and a passenger jet crashing into a known landmark, we actually saw the second plane fly into the 2nd tower. It was chilling as you all know.

The other crazy thing about that day was what my wife was going through. She was 650 miles away on business and was waiting to go to the airport to catch her flight back home. Well, obviously, because of the grounding of all flights she was stranded!

Instead of taking her rental car back to the airport, she drove all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area … it took her about 11 hours. And when she finally pulled into the driveway and came into the house she hadn’t seen even one picture or video of what had been happening. She was listening on the radio, but hadn’t stopped long enough to really see what we all observed.

Those images, faces, chaos, Rudy, the President, and all the events are still being sorted out today.

2974 dead. And as a direct result of this tragedy we must also remember that some 4000 others have died and that we are at war. So much has changed in the past 72 months!

Where were you on 9-11? And what have you learned personally? Please leave a comment, we would love to hear from you.

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Great Title — Haley Joel Osment — DUI

‘I see handcuffs’: Osment charged in DUI – Yahoo! News

‘I see handcuffs’: Osment charged in DUI

Fri Aug 18, 3:22 PM ET

GLENDALE, Calif. – Teen actor
Haley Joel Osment, who suffered a broken rib last month when his car struck a mailbox, faces up to six months in jail on charges that he was driving drunk and possessing marijuana, authorities said.

Osment’s blood-alcohol level after the July 20 crash was measured at .16 percent, twice the legal limit, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The 18-year-old actor was charged Thursday with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, marijuana possession and driving under the influence with the special allegation of having a blood-alcohol content of .15 percent or higher.

He also faces a vehicle code infraction of being under the age of 21 and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent or greater.

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Free Speech Gets Squashed in SFO

It is interesting to me that 25,000 can speak their minds in SFO about their beliefs, but the powerful San Francisco media machine just touts the opposition of the “40”. Article.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. impacted and changed our world. Although we still have many difficulties, he certainly did more than dream. But that dream helped me to be a person of acceptance and has brought many friends of diverse nationalities into my life. I was only 9 when he was killed, but the aftermath of his life is still powerful. We should constantly evaluate if we place individuals into categories and do some real soul searching if it is evident.