Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Free Coldplay song- Violet Hill

For a week, you can get a free download of the first single from Coldplay's upcoming album Vida La Vida or Death and All His Friends (yes, that's really the name of the album. Seems like they could have added some of the words from this album title to their last album title. And some of the good songs too). The song is called Violet Hill and it's a little bit of a departure from their earlier sound, but it's still Coldplay, for better or for worse.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bocce In Ferndale!

From the Times-Standard:

After almost a year of fundraising and a lot of volunteer work, Ferndale has a three-lane bocce court. The court lanes are 13 feet by 91 feet and are surfaced with crushed oyster shell flour. One lane is configured to provide easy access for those in a wheelchair.

The concept of building a bocce court for public use started with a dream by a small group of local men talking over morning coffee. That dream resulted in the formation of a volunteer committee, working with the city, dedicated to constructing a three-lane court at the city park. The goal was to raise the necessary funds through fundraisers and donations, with the work being done by volunteers. After many months of planning and design, groundbreaking occurred on Aug. 15, 2007. Donations, both in dollars and materials, kept a volunteer crew busy pouring concrete walls, installing more than 60 tons of compacted base material, 20 tons of clay bedding, landscaping and fencing. Five tons of crushed oyster shell flour topping, for the playing surface, came later, after the winter rains.

Ferndale now has a bocce court that meets International Bocce Federation standards and is looking forward to hosting many bocce tournaments in the coming years. A Ferndale Bocce Club is presently being formed and will be open for membership soon.

The bocce committee is hosting a grand opening at noon Saturday (April 26), and the public is invited. For more information, call Richard Hooley at 786-4686.

Bocce is a great way to spend time with friends and meet new folks out on the courts. Get your bocce on!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Together For the Gospel 2008- Audio

The 2008 Together For The Gospel conference is going on right now in Louisville, Kentucky. Tim Challies has been liveblogging the conference as it goes along (and causing me to have some serious book envy).

For those who are interested, all the messages that have currently been given are available for free at the Sovereign Grace website. All the messages from the 2006 conference are also available for free.

Get some Gospel.

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Fleet Foxes- Free Song

So I am pretty much gaga over this band Fleet Foxes. And because I think you should be gaga over them also, please download their lovely song White Winter Hymnal.

Gracias: Stereo-Dentyne

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

42 Things To Know About Jackie Robinson

Today is Jackie Robinson Day, celebrating the day that Jackie Robinson had his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers that ended approximately eighty years of baseball segregation

Here are 42 facts about Jackie Robinson (he wore number 42):

1 MVP award and Rookie of the Year award won
2 Number of World Series HRs
3 Number of ABs in his first game
4 Number of sports lettered in at UCLA
5 The youngest of 5 children
6 Number of World Series appearances
7 Number of seasons he scored 99 or more runs

Inning that he stole home in Game 1 of 1955 WS
8 More runs than strikeouts in World Series career
9 Number of times he was hit by a pitch in rookie season
10 Number of seasons in MLB
11 Lifetime BA of .311
12 Number of HR in his rookie season
13 Traded by Brooklyn Dodgers to N.Y. Giants on Dec. 13, 1956. Robinson retired rather than play for the Giants
14 Most times he was hit by pitch in a season (1952)
15 Made his debut on April 15, 1947
16 Number of home runs in his MVP season
17 Dodgers play Montreal Royals on March 17, 1946, with Robinson in the lineup marking the first appearance of an integrated team in organized baseball this century

Named first-ever Rookie of the Year on Sept. 17, 1947, 11 days before the last game of the regular season
18 Number of All-Star ABs
19 Career high for HRs set in 1951 and 1952

Number of times he stole home in his MLB career
20 Family moved to Pasadena in 1920
21 Number of World Series walks
22 Number of World Series runs
23 Branch Rickey announces signing of Robinson on Oct. 23, 1945

Selected for MLB HOF on January 23, 1962

Inducted into MLB HOF on July 23, 1962
24 Number of more points he had than runner-up Larry Jansen in ROY voting
25 Number of years after his major league debut that he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2 of the 1972 World Series
26 Years it had been since a NL player stole their way around the bases, which he did in 1954
27 Number of extra-base hits in his final MLB season
28 Age he was when he made his MLB debut
29 Stolen bases in rookie year
30 Played in first World Series game on Sept. 30, 1947
31 Number of doubles in his rookie season
32 Number of postseason hits
33 Price of postage stamp in 1999 when U.S. Postal Service issued a Jackie Robinson stamp as part of their "Celebrate the Century" program
34 Average number of strikeouts per 162-game season
35 Age when he stole his way around the bases in 1954

Number of Negro League players in HOF
36 Number of strikeouts in his rookie season
37 Age during final season
38 Number of postseason games
39 Entered UCLA in 1939
40 Career-high for strikeouts set in 1952
41 Played pro football for Honolulu Bears in 1941
42 His number retired by MLB
from espn.com


ESV Study Bible- Coming October 15, 2008

Crossway has launched a new website for the ESV Study Bible, coming October 15, 2008.

The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way—to understand the timeless truth of God’s Word as a powerful, compelling, life-changing reality. To accomplish this, the ESV Study Bible combines the best and most recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV Bible text. The result is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published—with more than 2,750 pages of extensive, accessible Bible resources.

The ESV Study Bible was created by a team of 93 outstanding evangelical Bible scholars and teachers. They were chosen, first, because of their deep commitment to the truth, authority, and sufficiency of God’s Word; and, second, because of their expertise in teaching and understanding the Bible. The team of contributors comes from 9 countries, representing nearly 20 denominations and more than 50 seminaries, colleges, and universities.

Here are a couple of endorsements:

“I can’t imagine a greater gift to the body of Christ than the ESV Study Bible. It is a potent combination indeed: the reliability and readability of the ESV translation, supplemented by the best of modern and faithful scholarship, packaged in an accessible and attractive format. A Christian could make no wiser investment for himself, a pastor could recommend no better resource for his congregation.
C. J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries
“The ESV is a dream come true for me. The rightful heir to a great line of historic translations, it provides the continuity and modern accuracy I longed for. Now the scope and theological faithfulness of the ESV Study Bible study notes is breathtaking. Oh how precious is the written Word of God.”
John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Check out these pages for more information:

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Free Hotel Rwanda screening

College of the Redwoods will be having a free screening of the excellent film Hotel Rwanda at their Eureka campus on Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 pm. Click on the 'Z' below for more info or click here.


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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Come Weary Saints- Sovereign Grace Music

If you are a Facebook member, you can become a fan of Sovereign Grace Music and get a free download of their excellent new album Come Weary Saints. The offer is good until 8 pm (Eastern time) tomorrow (Friday).

If you aren't a Facebook person, you can visit Sovereign Grace Music and check out the Come Weary Saints page and hear samples of all the songs.

Come Weary Saints tracklist:
  • Hide Away in the Love of Jesus
  • So I Will Trust You
  • As Long as You Are Glorified
  • Oh the Deep, Deep Love
  • Every Day
  • Through the Precious Blood
  • You Have Always Been Faithful
  • Healing In Your Wings
  • Joy in My Morning
  • Glorious
  • I Have a Shelter
  • It Is Not Death to Die
From Sovereign Grace:
Come Weary Saints is an invitation to redirect your focus to the God whose love has been forever demonstrated at the cross of Calvary. As you listen to these songs, may your faith and joy in the Savior be strengthened for the challenges you face, now or in the future.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Nights in Ferndale

Friday Nights in Ferndale...come check it out if you live local.

What is Friday Nights in Ferndale? So glad you asked!

Friday Nights in Ferndale is a group of people that meet to engage with Biblical teaching and build relationships with people through sharing meals, prayer, drinking coffee and hanging out.

It’s important to note that we are not a church and we don’t intend for Friday Nights in Ferndale to take the place of a local church. Our intent is to come along side of the local church and be a place for those who are Christians and those who are not to encounter Biblical teaching and fellowship. All are welcome to attend and all are encouraged to be plugged into a local church.

We meet every Friday night in Ferndale at 244 Berding Street (Google Map link). Dinner starts at 6:00 and the teaching starts around 7:00. We generally finish around 8:30. Childcare is provided.

Hope to see you there!


4 years ago...

On April 4th, 2004, my dear wife made my heart sing with joy when she said yes to the question "Will you marry me?" I am so thankful to God for her and my love and gratitude for her continue to grow.