Windows live writer
April 3, 2009, 9:24 pm
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Yeah, I just installed a new Windows Live program called “Windows Live Writer” on my Windows 7 Beta laptop.

Let’s see how this thing does!!!!


ROG Worship Recap 02.29.09
April 1, 2009, 8:36 pm
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This past Sunday was the third week in ROG’s series on “Faith and Finances”.  It was titles “Act Your Wage” and was geared toward leading the church in a better understand of budgeting and debt and what God says about these things.  A tough one for sure.  It’s encouraging to hear the stories of fellow church members putting into practice the things they are hearing on Sundays. 


Well, we began the service with “I’ll Fly Away”.  ACAPPELLA!!!!  Jen sang alto, I sang tenor, and brother Leo VaVliet sang lead.  What a thrill.  It was the same way that Jen and I had sang it for over 30 years… but I heard from a number of people who thought it was the cat’s meow.  (should I tell them that there are 3 churches in Oakdale that sing that way for every song?  I think not! J )


Here is the set list from 02.29.09  A good mix of old and new if you ask me. 


I’ll Fly Away

Today is the Day

From the Inside Out

Counting on God

I Am Free

Fairest Lord Jesus

Uncreated One

March 22nd 2009 Worship
March 23, 2009, 2:33 pm
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Sunday was another great day @ ROG!  It was the 2nd week in our “Faith and Finance” sermon series and Chad did a great job communicating the need to tithe.  We front-loaded the service with the message which was a big change for us.  I think we get used to church being a certain way and we don’t know how hard it is to change it until we try.  I couldn’t seem to get into auto-pilot mode at all….  and it was awesome!! 🙂

Here are the songs that we laid before the Lord:

Lord Reign in Me

Salvation Is Here

Jesus Paid it All

Came to My Rescue

Mighty to Save

All To You

Bad Song/Good Song
March 20, 2009, 11:56 am
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Ever fall in love with a song just to be turned off by the lyrics?  I have more songs like this than I would like to admit.  I guess you could say I have good taste in lyrics but bad taste in music???  Who knows.  

One that came to mind last night was “Hash Pipe” by Weezer.  I really like the power chords and the walk-down melody.  I have difficulty with songs at times.  I really enjoy the music but I can’t get past the lyrics.  🙂  The band “Rage Against the Machine” exemplifies this problem for me.  They have some killer sounds but their personal agenda ruins their “pallete-ability”.

Do you have a song that you love to hate????  Please share it in the comments section.


March 15th Worship
March 15, 2009, 4:59 pm
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Well, today’s services went well.  Very well.  We sang New Life Worship’s “Counting on God” for the first time.  The church really responded to it.  

We began a four week sermon series titled “Faith and Finances”.  For the next month we at River Oak Grace will tackle the issues that are affecting the people that we worship with.  Contentment, Tithing, Budgeting, and supporting one another.  The sermons can be heard at Each Sunday evening will have a small group meeting where those whose interests were sparked by the message can get some additional resources.  This church body is definitely poised to see God move in big ways.

Here is our set list from today.

Pre-Service hymn – “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

“My Savior Lives”

“Counting On God”

“God With Us”

“Beauty of the Lord”


Ended with “Counting On God” 

Online TV is worth dropping your cable bill
March 13, 2009, 12:50 pm
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I love tech.  Duh…  So here is my gift to you… Call your cable or satellite provider and tell them to eat next month’s bill.  (i’m not ready to do that yet, but if you do, I applaud you) (you can stream movies online, unlimited, for around 8 bux a month)


All the free online TV that you could ever want.

“So Long Self” by MercyMe
November 22, 2008, 4:21 pm
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Man I love this song.  I love the Beatle-esque sound to the arrangement… but the words are perfect.  Can’t seem to figure out who wrote the words.  Anyone able to find the author?