Saturday, December 26, 2009

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Thanks to all of our family, friends, staff and young people who came over to Casa de Escudero and made our annual Christmas Open House Party a blast - and those couldn't make it, we missed you. We clearly need a bigger house - and 6pm until 2am was not nearly enough time for all the fun we were having, so we're looking forward to a happy and prosperous new year with each of you. ALL TOGETHER NOW!

Coskun & Baumeister sighting, lol!

Rook, Hand & Foot, Uno, Back Alley, Blokus & Scattergories

Rori and her buddy LaNae in their pajamas!

The happy hurricane named 'friends' that hit Rori's room, haha!

Some homeless guy we felt bad for and invited in for a cup of coffee and warmth by the fire, lol.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Family Christmas Service

What an amazing Family Christmas Service we all enjoyed and had the privilege of participating in this past Sunday. The more than 170 children and young people who call The Rock Church home and family because of transportation made possible by our bus ministry were adopted several weeks ago - and got the chance to personally meet and spend time with their 'adopted' family. Each family gave each child a gift - and the look on the faces of many of our friends who probably wouldn't otherwise be receiving anything for Christmas this year was priceless. TRGYC also gave every family a cd of Rock Church music to listen to 'in between Sundays', and made sure that everyone had a pair of quality gloves to keep their hands warm on subsequent Sunday morning bus rides. The most important gift exchanged was the true, Christ-like Spirit of adoption. In between hugs and high fives, we were able to capture a few of the moments. Enjoy!

Tawni, Rori and I with our sister Corchelle Pleasant - what a fitting last name for an awesome young lady who will be turning 12 soon and integrating into TRGYC.

Anthony and Sara - TRGYC staff & Jr High Leaders - all smiles with a little man named Elijah who grabbed all of our hearts.

Philip and Kate - TRGYC staff & Jr High Facilitators - with another one of our family members!

Ryan - TRC's main drummer - and Kelly Hammonds with some of the coolest cats.

These were just a few of the families who were within iPhone snapshot that we were able to capture. This was an incredible recharge for our community outreach efforts. Much of the inspiration is to be credited not only to our Pastoral covering, but to the awesome leadership of our Bus Ministry Director - Jennifer Pelton - who is pictured below escorting two of our newer friends to find their adopted families.

PS) BIG SHOUT OUT to the 57+ young people who consistently rotate and ride our buses every Sunday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Transition: Moving Time

I have to say I was proud of this post, titled 'IM MOVING' earlier today on 'Duplication Prohibited.' So, here's a shout out to those who have after much thoughtful consideration, packed up and loaded the truck...

I'm moving...
Based on recent occurrences, this appears to be the preeminent venue for delivering a message of this affair:

Dear Bishop and Pastor/Family and Friends/Saints and Sinners,

It is after much thought and prayerful consideration that I post this article. Of course there will be badgering and provocation, yet I truly believe this is the right decision. The last thirteen years at The Rock Church have been invaluable, but it’s time for me to pen a new chapter of my life, and by this I mean, effective immediately, I'm moving...

The Rock Church has been my sanctuary, my birthplace, my refuge and my home. It is here that I received, for the first time, the baptism of the Holy Ghost, evidence by speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gave the utterance. It is here where I went down in a watery grave, buried with Jesus Christ in water baptism, and emerged out of that humble, homemade baptism, a new creature. It is here where God freely gifted me with a church family, the Body of Christ, and in return, required only my loyalty and perseverance. It is here where the Word of God has been masterfully delivered, preaching me under conviction, into repentance, and ultimately driving me to God’s calling and commitment. Numerous conversations, countless sermons, and timeless words of direction from the leadership of Bishop Nathaniel Wilson, and Pastor Myles Young, is indisputably the reason I have reached any amount of success in life.

So, I have decided to move…no, not move away, instead I am moving closer. I am not leaving my church like others, nor is this move a physical shifting, rather I have decided to move closer in committment and cause, of which has remained too far way, for far too long. I have decided to move closer to my God, move closer to my leadership, and to move closer to my church. By moving closer, I am affirming my loyalty, my dedication, and my willingness to serve. By moving closer I am committing to the cause, the purpose, and the driving force of the leadership, “ALL TOGETHER NOW”. With many supposedly finding greener pastures, others searching out selfish aspirations, even some moving away for no apparent reason, I am declaring now, here, and to all…I am here to stay!

Legalism? Manipulation? Ignorance? Self-righteousness? You may label it by whatever most conveniently accommodates your views, your frustrations, or your disagreements. Years from now, when ample water has gone under the bridge, we will all see if this decision to move pays off. In the meantime, more will come than have gone, the church will grow, and God will remain on His eternal Throne.

God bless your endeavors, and please say a prayer for mine.

It's moving time. I don't know who literally enjoys the process of moving - but a preferred destination and anticipated point of arrival can make the obligation and irritation of transition negligible, and worth the while!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pure Religion

There's a lot on my heart, and subsequently also on the tip of my tongue. The danger of imperfect, human articulation of any point of truth or revelation is misinterpretation, which can lead to a total defeat of the honest intention and pure religion behind sharing to begin with. Truth is always relevant. Yet, this is a truth many a people have been victimized by, and a fear many a noble and mighty person has cowered behind. Rather than addressing either, or even sharing my own devotion on the subjet, I post a pericope of Scripture that speaks clearly today. As someone once said, 'Scripture can shed a lot of light on those commentaries.'

Enjoy James' writings from the first inspired chapter (vs 12-27).

12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16: Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25: But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

During this Christmas season, let us not 'err' in being lead away of carnal desires that result in enmity with Christ. Instead, let's participate in 'pure religion' by not just being hearers of the Word, but doers also who manifest truth. Let us not only represent Christ (inwardly as a prerequisite, outwardly as a product), but also present the Spirit of Christ to the world (in conduct) as a witness of what Christ can do within and without. May God help us all - and Joy to the world!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Check it out!

At the risk of seeming somewhat nepotistic I am going to what politicians call 'carry water' for my Pastor - and make no apologies for it. I don't mind carrying water when water can mean life, a sustaining word for someone. Just ask the delta environmentalist, the southern California constituent or the central valley farmer just how vital water is - regardless of their geography, philosophy, demographic or political bent.

So I post, with his permission a link to his blog titled 'What they see is what they get.' More than a play on words, these words speak to the issue of presenting a gospel with our lifestyle (in addition to standards of separation)that matches the doctrine we preach. CLICK HERE

Oh, and the must view compendium I referred to by Dr. Nathaniel Wilson, on a related subject is now available online. Here's part 1 of Clear & Up Close on Holiness - enjoy! CLICK HERE

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Have you heard?

Briefly I break away after an awesome Sunday morning service, and before an afternoon of study (and a cat nap if I am lucky) to excitedly introduce and promote to all of my friends from East Wenatchee to Little Rock, from Calgary, Alberta to the country of Pakistan and all points in between, an awesome new news feed for Apostolics.

In my opinion, this news site spearheaded by Baumeister and Coskun is well on it's way to becoming the Apostolic equivalent to what the comprehensive Drudge Report is for so many others.

Click on ApostolicNews! to catch up on what's going on around the world, and to add the site to your favorites.

Also, you are being tipped off mark Dr. Nathaniel J. Wilson's blog as a favorite, and return to it tomorrow, and each of the nine days following, to view a special ten-day compendium. The series will be available in its entirety after the tenth day.
Click on and visit Dr. NJW's blog now to bookmark the site, and be sure to check it out tomorrow!

God bless, finish digesting your lunch so you don't regurgitate whatever you ate while running the aisles tonight (eww) and grab one of those elusive Sunday afternoon naps if possible. Whatever the case, turn the furnace up, have red hot revival tonight, and where ever you are gathering, make it the place where God, saints and sinners alike want to be!

God bless!

Sunday Morning

Sunday morning, December 6th is less than an hour old. In a few passing moments the saints of The Rock Church will assemble together, just as many of you will at your respective houses of worship. Today has been filled with devotion, study and digestion of Scripture - with a few breaks to keep fresh, grab a bite, spend time with family and send a tweet here and there.

Hold the hammer in one hand tomorrow as you lend the talents invested in you to build the Kingdom, and the Sword in the other to protect and defend the timeless truths that provide protection and defense for us.

Ignore the detracting blue-blood on your way to the house of God. The conviction they live with can only be seared by mockery and vain attempts to justify why they do what they do. They forget it's not about we can or cannot do, it's about what Christ has already done for us. So instead, join the 'new convert' in the aisle or altar (the red-blood who actually remembers the work of Calvary in their lives and is not ashamed) and worship Jesus with your whole heart and soul. Lose your spirit in His and lavish Jesus with the sweet incense of praise that He longs to hear come from you.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Carnival Christianity

I have been amazed lately at how quickly people walk away from what has been so dear to them. I have watched men & women walk away almost callously from their families. I have watched as people removed themselves from the friendships that took years to establish in just a few moments. Even more sad is watching people throw truth away under the guise of spiritual freedom. Experts tell us this is part of the "post-modern" mentality. If it is then my heart is broken for the coming generations that will feel the negative effects of such temporal decisions of the present generation.

There seems to be a blurring of reality. This is why the "virtual world" that the internet provides has become so popular. It is reported that social networking has now replaced pornography on the internet as the most used activity. People are creating "pseudo-relationships" with people from the past and with total strangers, people they would never even be interested in talking to in a real-time relationship. This blurring of reality makes the mind "...a switching center for all the networks of influence"(Jean Gaudrillard). This generation is being bombarded by many influences but is failing to maintain strong personal distinctives and the result is a blurring of truth.

Kenneth Gergen states that in the present condition of "decentered self", confusion will reign and "without external standards and without internal standards there is only cynicism, panic and freefall"(The Saturated Self").

When the moorings that have held generations strong are pulled up...long term commitments become a thing of the past. "Instead of long-term commitment, the postmodern self just moves onto the next game, to the next show, to the next relationship"(Middleton and Walsh) "This is the nomadic self, on the road with the carnival"

I am watching spiritual carnival teams start up very often these days. Their well decorated "carny" buses pass me by on their way to yet another empty lot in the seedy part of town. Bright lights, party music, cotton candy sermons (a lot of fluff & color but not much nutrition) and a different crowd every night. Nomadic ministry....their ‘Christianity’ is a journey spent searching and chasing. It seems to be the new cool trend to be "searching" but "finding" is totally out of date.
I guess this is why I see so many "Rolling Stones"....just walking away... They see themselves as pioneers but sadly they are appearing to be "wandering nomads" moving from tent to tent.

*This blog post was originally written by Pastor C. Myles Young and was republished on by permission from

Short and Sweet

Pastor, Rori and LaNae - a short and sweet blogpost by Pastor Young parallels how our Heavenly Father must feel when we share with others what He has done for us. Read it!

Click here to

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The 'Gift of gLOVEs'

A few weeks ago during one of our early Sunday morning staff meetings we considered the efforts of and proposal by our Bus Ministry Director (Jennifer Pelton) for our upcoming Family Christmas service. In a mere matter of moments, as we began to work through the details that would make such a display of benevolence possible, a sweet spirit of charity began to work on us - and the responsibility of the business aspect at hand became the prospect to practice pure religion undefiled. In that vein Pastor Young taught and preached last night on 'Pure Religion', and concluded the message he relayed on God's behalf with an appeal that gave families and individuals alike the opportunity to adopt one of the 170+ children and young people who ride the bus to be with us in service every Sunday at The Rock Church, to pray for that child every week during family prayer, to adopt them for Christmas and to purchase them a gift of love. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of volunteers claimed multiple crown or angel shaped cut-outs bearing the name and age of their adopted family member - and soon there were more particpants than there were beneficiaries.

This was a blessing in disguise, and the remainder of those who responded volunteered to help TRGYC (the youth ministry of The Rock Church) improve the quality of and give every single one of our friends who ride the bus the 'Gift of gLOVEs.'

Out of the mouth of babes...and a child is to be credited for the inspiration behind this burden as well. It all began on a brisk, Fall morning shortly after our Sunday staff meeting. While being buckled into her car seat Rori Lane clenched her fingers together and exclaimed, 'Mommy, Daddy, my hands are cold - I need some gloves!'

Choked up then and there in conversation, Tawni and I decided to not only purchase Rori a pair of warm gloves, but to, on behalf of TRGYC, also buy every child and young person a pair to help get them through the bitter-cold Sunday morning bus rides that are sure to come over the next couple of months. Again, we were blown away by the response last night by the many young people, parents and grandparents who comprise the faithful, unselfish saints of The Rock Church. God's people are amazing - and because of your obedience to the preached Word, and submission the Spirit's call to charity, more thank 170 young people will have their names called in weekly prayer, will gain an adopted family in The Rock Church, receive a gift during our December 20th Family Christmas service, along with the 'gift of gLOVEs' to keep their hands warm while riding TRC's busses this Winter!

Thank you God, thank you Pastor, thank you Jennifer, thank you Rori, thank you TRC!!!