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San Francisco Bay Area High Resolution Video

This video is a flyover of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is totally in HD. You see Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown SF, both during the daytime and nighttime. So amazing! We live here, too!

 

Happy New Year!

Evaluations and lists are everywhere today. Have you checked in to see what your goals in life are for the next year?

Oh, here’s a link to an article placed in the Mechanics Bank “Closer to Home” newsletter about Christmas on the Avenue. We had a standing-room only crowd as the City of Pinole opened up one of their empty store fronts. Ginger Hohm, Evie Haskell-Herndon, and Martin Cantu gave a gift to the city of Christmas music.

Facebook, MySpace, Blogs … Unifyer

I love Facebook. I have been able to connect with dozens and dozens of my current and past friends and family. It seems that not a day goes by when the name of someone I once spent a lot of time with pops up.

For me, that is AWESOME, I really love it.

What if the local church — MY church, CENTRAL ASSEMBLY — was able to connect the like-minded people groups together. Communication would increase. I think there could be a quicker adoption by ministries to connect. Hope Groups could even go to the next steps.

I have been exploring this. There are a lot of social networks out there. And recently I have discovered Unifyer. I am doing research on it right now. Ning, Unifyer, Facebook, and blogs are all ways to make connection.

Maybe you could check the link below, then come back with a few comments as you see it. I would love your input!

Unifyer Review at ChurchCrunch.


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HOSTAGE! ADDICTION

On September 28, 2008 learn how to BREAK FREE! Or help someone else BREAK FREE from addictions. More information at RestoringHope.com, the Central Assembly in El Sobrante, California website.

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Yosemite Fires Bring Me a Reminder

This AP story shows a what is happening near Yosemite National Park. That park is just a few hours from where we live. In fact, we will actually be there next week on vacation.

We love the beauty of God’s creation. We will be doing some 4-wheeling, reading, watching sunsets, and once again we will visit Lake Eleanor — a hidden and pristine lake treasure.

Many years ago, we had a guest Revival Speaker come to our church. Leonard Ravenhill was a brash, straight-shooting, no-way-out kind of preacher. He scared us a little. But the fear was kind of authentic because of what his core message communicated.

The message was pretty simple. In comparison with the Holiness of God — how are we living out our faith? Is it sincere and active and honoring the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY?

Woah, it sure had us praying for a true move of God to be known in our individual lives.

Now for the fire reminder: Leonard Ravenhill was asked to provide promotional materials so we could get more of the public to respond to his visit. You know, we just wanted to advertise the event.

His response? “YOU NEVER HAVE TO ADVERTISE A FIRE!”

And it’s true, fire attracts attention. The attention goes directly to the source of the flames, to the heat and to the available fuel – in this case, believers willing to “burn” in order to keep God’s evidence in clear view.

iPhone Will Meet RevTim on Friday

I think it’s a good match — and I have been waiting for a year for this to happen. On Friday, when the iPhone 3G is launched, I will be in line. I will pick mine up at the Apple store in Emeryville, California. It is just 10 minutes from my house or so.

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I’m trying to decide what is most exciting about the new iPhone. For me, it will start out with the GPS features and the high-quality video. But the new syncing with Mobileme seems amazing as well. There will be a learning curve to get everything set up and running, especially getting things moved over from my Treo. I’m still not sure how THAT is going to work.

Any Treo to iPhone links or tips would be appreciated, just leave them in the comments.

Oh, and a little while ago I got off the phone with Sprint. They offered me a SWEET DEAL on their new INSTINCT. But I’m sure I would regret not getting that new Apple product. I’m kinda hooked on ’em right now.

Suggestions? Comments? Are you getting one?

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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