Scripture

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

-Phillipians 4:6

around the web

March 11, 2018
The Power of Girls Skateboarding in India

Atita Verghese and Lizzie Armanto spreading the stoke in India. Watch the video from Vans Off the Wall here.

May 17, 2016
Muppet Mass Choir

A friend of ours shared this on Facebook. It's an old video, but it's new to us. Funny and joyful at the same time.

March 25, 2016
One of the best. Ray Barbee on Vice.

Ray was always one of my favorites. He was the one who got us into doing flatground lines back in the day. Click here for the video.

January 7, 2016
Losing a child is so heartbreaking. I have a friend who went through this, and it was devastating. Read about one family's journey through heartbreak.

November 1, 2015
I came across this article on Jenkem through a friend on Facebook. Beatrice Domond is rad.

quotes

"You don't have to clean yourself up before you come to Jesus. If you come to Jesus, He will clean you up."

-Greg Laurie

managing money

from Focus on the Family

Do you set financial goals for your family, or do you live by faith? Actually, those options aren't necessarily in conflict. Biblical stewardship is using God-given gifts and resources (time, talent, money, relationships) for the accomplishment of God-given objectives. When you're convinced that He has given you a goal, there's an element of faith involved in pursuing it. A faith goal is an objective we believe the Lord has directed us to move toward.

This isn't a question of having everything lined up. Instead, it's about stepping out. It has been said that "God doesn't steer a parked car." If I set a faith goal and move in that direction, the Lord can intervene and clarify the goal in time. The important thing is to get moving.

Also, bear in mind that goal-setting is dynamic. Write your goals in sand, not concrete. A financial goal is something you can put on paper in a specific, measurable way, but it won't be a realistic goal unless it's flexible. Prayerfully seek God's leading and take action. The key is to keep our goals in perspective and hold them lightly, maintaining the attitude that "if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that" (James 4:13-17 ESV). In the final analysis, God is always in charge—and gives wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5).

apologetics
articles from around the internet

How can God exist when there is so much suffering? from God and Science

"Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion" by Os Guiness

What are We to Make of Jesus Christ? by C.S. Lewis

contest: pool party qualifiers & pro practice

Had the day off for qualifiers, so I shot some photos Click here to view.

contest: girls combi pool classic

Didn't get to go on Saturday this year, but I was able to hang out with some of the girls on Friday for practice. Click here to view.

inspiration: lance mountain

Lance Mountain has been an inspiration since I first watched Future Primitive. He has become an even bigger influence on me since I have become Christian.

Check out this Nine Club episode, where Lance talks skateboard history, God, The Firm, and life.

contest: girls combi pool classic

The Combi Pool Classic was madness this year. Big congrats to Nicole Hause on taking home top honors Click here to view.

inspiration: nora vasconcellos

No one has as much fun skating as Nora.

Sit back and watch Nora be Nora from her childhood to where she is now. From all the praise from fellow pros to the people she inspires around the world. Nora is one of a kind. Congrats adidas.

inspiration: christian hosoi

Christian Hosoi shares his rise, fall and restoration. From The Sanctuary church in Costa Mesa.

I first met Christian Hosoi through Pastor Jay Haizlip after Jay struck up a conversation with me after he saw a cross in my grip tape at the Vans skatepark in Orange. This was back in 2005. He told me Christian was sharing his testimony at his church in Huntington Beach. Back then, The Sanctuary was in an old strip mall and only had about 30 people. I had only seen Christian in videos and in two contests live, one was an NSA contest in 1989 at the Vans factory in Orange and the Skate Escape in Irvine back in 1988.

I'd been a Christ follower for a few years when I first heard Christian's testimony. It was great to see him share his story of redemption and restoration. My wife and I introduced ourselves after service and I told him how happy I was for him. He is my brother in Christ and am honored and stoked to call him a friend.

Today, The Sanctuary is in a big building in Costa Mesa and holds multiple services every week. They even have a satellite church in LA. It is amazing what God has done for the church. I pray God continues to bless The Sanctuary and their congregation.

session: Prince Park

The crew was killing the park in Oceanside. Norcal local, Kevin Reynolds Texas plants in the samll bowl. Click here to view.

Events: Vans Park Series

The girls slayed the Vans Park Series in Huntington Beach. Check out the photos here

inspiration: miracles

I think for most unbelievers, miracles of the bible are foolishness. If someone doesn't believe in a God who created the earth, how can they believe He can part a sea, or raise the dead? Monumental miracles such as the plagues of Egypt may have been common in the days of Moses, but today we don't see those types of events. Today, the small personal stories of God's grace that have no explanation are what we have. Some stories, even though inexplicable, most non-believers will still be skeptical. Even if it happens to them, they are sure there has to be some explanation. For other non-believers, it can change their whole world.

Miracle stories are all around us, we just don't hear about them often. Here is an article from Reader's Digest I came across.

inspiration: chloe

A story of Infertility, Adoption and God's Love. From Moving Works

For years, Walt and Annie struggled with infertility, but in a single moment they realized that God was writing a beautiful story for them that was over 20 years in the making.

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This really touches home for us. We are very blessed with two wonderful daughters, but many couples who desperately want children are not able to have kids. Our friends have been trying to have a baby for several years now. They have been let down on more than few occasions through IVF and adoption. They are in the process of possibly adopting a child soon. If you are willing, help us to pray that they will get to experience the love only a parent can know.

life lessons: devotional

A Father Who Loves the Mother

Daily Devotional from D. James Kennedy Ministries

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. If you are going to be a godly dad, you need to forsake all others with heart and mind and soul and love your wife. We are to love our wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for us.

It is in loving each other that parents create a stable and good home. Besides loving his wife in order to be a good father, a man must commit to be there for his children.

It is really very easy to become a father, but it is very difficult to be a godly father in the home. You must, first of all, be a godly man. Second, you must—very obviously, but today, importantly—be in the home, because if there is one place where tens of millions of American fathers are not present today, it is in the home. Eighty percent of all of the families in the inner city are fatherless. Eighty percent!

Without fathers in the home, children will lack the emotional center a father provides, crime will go up as will all the troubles that lack of guidance and fathering bring upon a family.

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There have been times when I struggle to be the husband my wife deserves. We have been through some tough times in our 15 years of marriage. With prayer and communication, we have come out of some rough times. Being a father of two daughters, it is my job to show my daughters how a man is supposed to treat a woman. I don't want them to grow up and be attracted to men who treat them badly and for them think that's how they are supposed to be treated. That is not what love is. Love is unconditional. Love never fails. Love always wins.

interview: lea taylor

Stoked on this little interview with Lea Taylor. Click to view.

photos: combi session

Back at the combi after a long break Click to view.

resource: the bible project

The Bible Project is such an amazing resource to understanding different books of the bible. Right now, the project covers every book through Hebrews. I was turned onto this from a friend at work, and I'm so glad that he shared. The production on the videos is outstanding. It is also a great way to have devotion time with your kids. I have not watched all the videos, but I would recommend watching them once through before watching with the little ones.

This project is crowd source funded, so take a look and donate if you're able.
THE BIBLE PROJECT

burning stoke: ray barbee

Came across this interview on MS Skate Ministry Ray talks about racism and his yearning to find something that was always missing from his life.

burning stoke: lance mountain

At over 50 years old, Lance Mountain continues to inspire. Check him out on the Nike SB Chronicles, Vol. 3.