Posted by: Ed | June 23, 2009

GRAN TORINO & the WEEKEND that WAS

Honestly, this weekend wiped me out. It seemed like about every minute was spoken for. The hard part too, was that I had an unusually high number of meetings throughout the week, so I felt a little bit like I was running on fumes. I know I’m supposed to say the following (this would be a cliché warning) but it’s absolutely true: God seemed to sustain & strengthen & keep me engaged.

•    ANOINTED WORSHIP – I needed it! I love how God waters our souls as we declare His wonders, cry out for help, sing of our marvel at His mercy in our lives. Something about doing this together is so cool. I’m grateful for our team that leads us without getting in the way.
•    DAD’S TRIBUTE – We put together a cool father’s day tribute. While we looped pics of dads & their kids that we had taken a few weeks ago, our band did a killer version of  “Little Wonders” by Matchbox twenty or Rob Thomas. Silas Dobbs destroyed!

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•    GRAN TORINO MESSAGE – This was my favorite movie of the lot. I shared that I have been a long time Clint Eastwood aficionado, and lived close to Hmong people while in Fresno. I was a little thrown by a couple of complaints that people lobbed my way about the rough language in the movie. However, I believe this was the most redemptive movie that I’ve seen in a long time. The challenge was to limit the number of redemptive threads woven in the fabric of the story that I pulled on. I could tell that God was speaking to people during the message & have gotten a lot of feedback to that effect already.

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•    GRAN TORINO THE CAR – I love the cherry on top of the Sunday that our team brings to weekends. We had our car people looking all over from someone that had a Gran Torino. Butch Whitely knew a man named Gene Fisher who had a black one & was happy to let us have it out front. It was a little dirty (by his standards) so he was going to buff it out a little. Instead, he just REPAINTED THE CAR IN THE EXACT COLORS OF THE ONE IN THE FILM! Wow! Gene & I talked after the service & I got a mini education in cars, why that particular model was only made for one model year, why they are so rare. I’m not a car guy, but I love being around car guys. I think it made Gene smile to see how many of the dads & their kids were taking pics by the car for father’s day. It was cool. Pray for Gene! (I’ll post more pics when I can round them up) _DSF8834 copy
•    SPORT MEMOROBILA SHOW – this has become a tradition for Father’s day. I love it. This year I brought my Phil Jackson signed game ball over. Thanks to Roger Sevier.
•    SATURDAY WAS DAVID’S GRAD PARTY – we did a group open house with 4 other of David’s friend’s families. They are all musical so they played for everyone, which was fun. Brian Berry kind of MC-ed & led a great prayer for them at the end. I’m so grateful for our student ministries at Journey – speaking as both pastor & even more as a dad.

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•    WILDNESS FOR DAD’S DAY – my brother & sister in law were down from No Cal with their little guys for dad’s day. They are doing a week at Legoland. The kids are awesome… but crazy. I was hearing – “can you blah blah Uncle Ed” in my sleep. Js Nathan & me photo
•    SURF REPORT – finally got back in the warm water (about 65-67) for a sanity restoring surf session today.

There it is. The weekend that was. Now… GET OFF MY LAWN! (Gran Torino ref)

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Responses

  1. Ed,

    Thanks for an incredible message this Sunday. Gran Torino is one of those movies that I definitely wanted to see, but probably wouldn’t have found or made the time for quite a while except for it being a topic on Sunday. I enjoy watching movies with my wife, but movies like that take some active and persistent coaching to get her to agree to watch. The movie was not only incredibly well done, but was a testament to the sacrifice of giving yourself completely to others – oh and Heather loved it too! Double-bonus!

    Top that off with the great sports museum (which was cool until I had to convince (prior to him ever getting a finger on one) my 3 year old that NONE of the signed die cast Nascar models were for him to play with on the floor), the incredible worship session + solo and slideshow and the cars out front and it was a GOOD day indeed to be at JCC.

  2. Man, I’ve been loving this series. A friend from work has come the last couple of weeks and I think he is digging it. Definitely a seeker, a lot like I was a couple of years ago. I love that all I have to do is get them to the door and then the awesomeness of what God is doing at Journey with the people he has there takes over. You guys are da bomb!

  3. Infinite gratitude Ed for always giving so much of yourself!! ‘Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” :)

  4. Call2Fall Sunday
    July 05, 2009

    The Lord has impressed on me the need for us, as followers of Jesus Christ, to take responsibility for the broken state of our nation and go to God. But we must go to Him on His terms, in humility, prayer, and repentance as outlined in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Then and only then can we claim the promise of God’s forgiveness, healing and the renewal of our lives and our land.

    Visit http://www.Call2Fall.com and click “I’m in” to participate in this nationwide effort.

    The day after we celebrate our “Independence,” we need to re-declare our “Dependence” upon God in humble and repentant prayer. At minimum, we hope that you will spend at least a few minutes literally on your knees in prayer during worship services on Sunday, July 5th.

    Tony Perkins, veteran of the Marine Corps, former State Legislator in Louisiana, pioneer leader in the Covenant Marriage movement, an ordained minister, and President of Family Research Council in Washington, DC

    Here are 2 areas/scriptures for us men to grapple with:

    Ezekiel 22:30 “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.

    God is searching for men to stand in the gap. In Ezekiel’s time he found none. Can we as men fulfill the conditions so that He will be searching for us and the men in San Diego County to stand in the gap for the land?

    Jer 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns that can hold no water.

    Can we as men repent of making our own broken cisterns – and return to the fountain of living waters?

    Thomas Bush, Prayer Ministry Director, Vision San Diego

    Let’s create a revolution of praying men. Men who will stand in gap and interfere with the plans of darkness. To take our stand against injustice against all people groups and our nation.

    Men like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino who are prepared to die to preserve and save the lives of others.

    Matthew 16:24-26 (New International Version)

    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

    We live in a time where we must live as martyrs! Living Martyrs!!! In order to do that we must live the crucified life that is willing to give it all away for the sake of Christ our Lord and intercede for our families, churches and region!

    Steven Johnson
    Journey Prayer Ministries

  5. Great message on Gran Torino. There was a sub-message in the character of Sue who demonstrated a wonderful approach in dealing with racism. She didn’t show her offense by the constant stream of racial slurs from “Wally”, but rather just bounced them back at him. Sue became humanized in Walt’s eyes and eliminated the prejudice in him. My favorite scene was Walt in the neighbor’s bathroom looking in the mirror saying he had more in common with these people than his own family. Wow! What a transformation! Sue was more effective than all the cultural awareness training sessions I’ve attended.

    P.S. Loved Gene’s car, too. Gene has a history not unlike Walt’s. I had a fascinating conversation with him after the service.

  6. Mike,
    Brilliant observation. Well put! This could have been a series in itself, huh?

    Ed

  7. Call2Fall is a political stunt.
    Read the prayer targets on the Call2Fall website.
    This violates the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14

    On July 5th I will pray but I will not attend church on July 5th.

  8. Call2Fall for Journey is a chance for us to pray corporately for our state and nation.

    No corporate meetings scheduled.

    Call2Fall is requesting that we corporately bend the knee in prayer and repentance during the 07/05/09 Sunday services – over 40 thousand churches will be participating across America.

    If this cannot be incorporated then to do it as individuals in our homes or at work or before church. They desired to keep this simple and manageable for all participating.

    Let’s move beyond the arguments about political stunts and just simply bend the knee and repent and pray together to represent JCC before the Lord on that day.

    Steven Johnson

    I would be happy to meet with you 15 minutes prior to service so that we will have the opportunity to pray together, to seek the Lord and repent proclaiming our dependence on the Lord alone. No Stunts, no politics just the people of God before Him in humility who love justice and mercy.

    I attend the first service and can be found around the prayer banner.


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