The Summit Church Office

•June 7, 2009 • 5 Comments

Picture 2Well, unfortunately I can not post the full video online. For several reasons, one being that it is too big of a file. It’s a full episode, 20 minutes long. Also, there may be some things that happen during the episode that some may call inappropriate. But I thought I would atleast share the story behind the project.

I have the pleasure of working with some great people. Funny people with a great sense of humor, which makes for a lot of fun times. For some time now some of us have been joking about the fact that it would be cool to have camera’s following us around to capture all of the funny moments, like the show The Office. Well, the opportunity came up for us to do something with the idea. Our Executive Pastor, Jim Hines, was geting ready to leave us. He is now working full time with one of our ministry partners, SCPI. He loves the show The Office, and as a going away present we decided to film an episode of our own Office, re-living some of the funniest moments of the last year. So we set off to do so, brainstorming some of the greatest events, even creating a story board and all. The process itself was so much fun, and the end product was great. We watched the episode together as a staff at Jim’s going away lunch this past Tuesday and everyone found it funny, which was a relief to those of us who made the video. Anyhow, here is the intro to the video with the theme song of the Office from the Scrantones. If you want to watch the full video you’ll just have to come by the office.


Special Project

•May 23, 2009 • 8 Comments

Summit Office

The Office + Summit Church = Good Times

More to come soon!

A Desire for Crazy Love

•May 18, 2009 • 4 Comments

I recently began reading “Crazy Love” from Francis Chan. (click here to check out the site for the book). At first I thought the book was going to be okay but it started picking up in the 3rd chapter. As the title suggests, the book is about love: God’s unending, unconditional love and the love that we are to have for Him and this world.

When one becomes a father you begin to understand God’s love a bit more. You make/create this being which you love before it is even born and you know no matter what he/she does you will always love them unconditionally. My mom always told me that when I had a baby I would begin to understand the type of love she has for me and she was right, the love I have for my girls is like nothing else. But Chan brings up another point using this human fatherly love example that I had never really thought of, which is God’s desire for us.

“Sometimes when I come home from work, my little girl greets me by running out to the driveway and jumping into my arms before I can even get out of the car. As you can imagine, arriving home has become one of my favorite moments of the day. My own love and desire for my kid’s love is so strong that it opened my eyes to how much God desires and loves us. My daughter’s expression of love for me and her desire to be with me is the most amazing thing. Nothing compares to being truly, exuberantly wanted by your children. Through this experience, I came to understand that my desire for my children is only a faint echo of God’s great love for me and for every person He made.”

This example really resonates with me. The hugs and kisses I get from my daughter Emery are the best in the world. I melt whenever she puts her little arms around me and rests her head on my chest/shoulder. And her  little kisses are the best ever. But recently she has become a lttle dry with me and has learned to use the word “NO”. Whenever I ask for a hug or a kiss she says “no”, which kills me. I desire for my little girl to love me, to hug and kiss me and to play with me. But yet this is only a faint echo of the desire that God has for me. That the eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful God of the universe desire’s my love is mind blowing. That he desires for me to intimately know Him anf pursue Him is too much for me to comprehend.

So here’s the thing, take a moment to think about God’s love today. Thank Him that He loved you so much that He gave His life for you and that He, the God of all, desires You. Peace!

Awakening Book Project

•January 26, 2009 • 1 Comment

Here’s an excerpt from Louie Giglios blog about the book they will be releasing later this year. 

“Knowing we were going to encounter beautiful and varied faces, cultures and hues on the Passion World Tour, we asked Jeremy Cowart to bring his unique eye, genius creativity and array of lens along for the ride in an effort to capture the essence of a six-continent journey to some of the great cities of the world.  And capture he did.  Over 18,000 images in all document every grand cityscape as well as the minute details some might miss.   Now the process begins of narrowing that ocean of photographic thread into a tapestry that can articulate what God is doing around the globe in this generation.  Combined with Jeremy’s images are my reflections on the vision of the WT and a taste of what we encountered along the way.  Our hope is that Awakening’s pages will inspire those who read it to take their place in God’s epic story.”

Click here to check out the website for the book, as well as a 4 minute video with over 2,000 pictures, to get a glimpsse of what this project will look like. I am a big fan of Jeremy Cowart’s work, and love the ministry of Passion, so I am excited for this to be released. We have Jeremy Cowart’s “Hope in the Dark” book here at the Summit offices, and it is amazing how he captured Africa through his lens.


Chinese Fortune Cookie

•January 26, 2009 • 2 Comments

So we made our move to Estero from Cape Coral this weekend. It will be a while before the place is done. We now have about 450 square feet more than before, and we didn’t even have enough furniture to fill our old place. Our hope is to have new furniture in the next couple of weeks as soon as I get my tax return. My stepfather, Albert, is graciously painting all the rooms this week for us, which is such a big help, since I would not be able to get it all done before Ella is born. It’s been a long weekend, with few hours of sleep, but I can’t wait to be settled in and at home here in our new place. Thank you to all that helped with the move; Van, Jenny, Josh, Lilly, Albert and my mom.

Anyhow, as for the title of this post, Jessica and I just had some chinese takeout for dinner tonight and the quote inside the fortune cookie was actually pretty good and worth sharing. “A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.”

What are some of your goals for this year, month, week, whatever?

Please share in the comments. Thanks

When Blogging Was Easy….

•January 16, 2009 • 3 Comments

I remember a time when blogging was easy for me. Now a days it seems impossible for me to update this thing. I never have time and when I do have some time, it seems so hard to put all of my thoughts ona single blog. I started to write a post earlier this week and ended up deleting it all because I could not clear my mind and focus on what I wanted to say. So here’s just a quick update.

1. Priscilla is coming to the Cape this weekend

2. We hopefully will get approved by the homeowners association tomorrow

3. We will be moving to Estero next weekend (pending approval from #2)

4. I will be leading “worship” this weekend at all services, Saturday, 2 morning services on Sunday and Sunday night for youth

Pretty busy weekend. Which means next week is all about boxing, cleaning and then moving. Not to mention that the follwing weekend I have to clean and paint our place in the Cape before our lease is up. And finally, after all that is done, we are expecting Ella early February. I normally would be very anxious about all this, which I was last week, but God has given me great peace during this time and I pray and hope that it will continue these next couple of weeks.

I’ll end by asking, what has God been teaching you lately? What scriptures is He speaking to you through? Please comment. Thanks!

Priscilla, My Blog is Updated

•January 6, 2009 • 8 Comments

Yes, I have finally updated the blog. Priscilla, please remove me from my probabtion status as I plan to keep the blog updated weekly. Above you will find my new header, which is an awesome picture that Naty or Bryan, not sure who took this one, took when Emery was only like 3 months old. Also make sure to check out my “Current Playlist” to see what I am currently listening too. Check out some of the bands, you might actually enjoy some of it. Thanks for being patient.