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reFUEL Rap Songs August 16, 2009

Hey guys what’s UP!!! Last night was AWESOME!!! Special shout out to MICHAEL BERRY and my team the RED TEAM!! You guys killed it last night!  Here are all of your Rap Songs from last night!

  • RED TEAM: to the tune of Soulja Boy ” SUPERMAN”

Here with Jesus is how we ROLL

reFUEL is the place to GO

Watch me crank that PINEAPPLE

Watch our Dreams FLOW.

What me PRAY on a SUNDAY

Read my BIBLE EVERYDAY

Jesus got my back I say

Red team going all the wayyyy!!!

  • GREEN TEAM:  to the tune of T.I & Rihanna “LIVE YOUR LIFE”

Workin in a pineapple field

livin my life like Doc. Phil

Give advice makin everything Nice

Tryin to keep it real.

Just live your DREAMS

like the GREEN TEAM

Just live your DREAMS

Be a PINEAPPLE  KING!!

  • BLUE TEAM: to the tune of Flo Rida ft. T-Pain “LOW”

Shawty got them

Pineapple dreams

slippers with fur

the produce isle

was lookin at her

next thing you know

she ate it whole

Shawty said  got yum yum yum yum..

  • YELLOW  TEAM: to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “THRILLER”

Got to get that pineapple

I just dream about it all night

Like Sponge Bob the Friendliest cartoon dude.

Really he’s obnoxious

But my pineapple all poky is sweet

want to get some of that yellow

like a marsh mellow out of my head.

 

Great Job guys!!! Remember next Sunday at reFUEL is Spirit week. So REPRESENT your team!! You can make banners or whatever you wanna do & I’ll let you come early to set it up. Just let me know.

 ALSO.. Don’t forget to make sure you sign up for the “TRUTH PROJECT” life group. SATURDAY August 22nd is our “MISSION Project CURE” be at church by 8:30am till about 12pm.  You have any questions just ask! See ya guys this weekend!!!

Devotional Video #1: FRIENDSHIP PINEAPPLE

Hey guys, wanted to give you a preview of the video refuel media team made this past Saturday.  You’ll get to see this on ReFUEL Sunday. 

They’re going to be making a series of devotionals that will be found on our website.  Be sure to check them all out!

ReFUEL June 14, 2009

I believe I should start at with apologies to Spencer & Michael who were juiced last night!   But hey you got a free T-Shirt & other free stuff.  haha

ReFUEL was a blast last night!  You guys came up with some creative stories once again.  In our series ‘HOOKED’, we’re in week 3 & talked about “Getting Rid of the Hook”.  We learned what we’re supposed to do when we get hooked.  Satan is like a fisherman.  He’ll keep trying different baits to hook you. 

Well, during the night in small group times you had a task.  Write a funny story of someone getting hooked on something.  It couldn’t be the normal drugs or alcohol.  So once again, here are your stories ReFUEL:

GROUP #1:  TAPOUT

ADDICTION:  Making Goats Faint

“Back in Africa, in a country called Mozambique, I made a goat faint.  Then I laughed, it filled me with such joy that I continued to do it.  It was awesome, the goats all of a sudden made better milk.  The goat said, “Milk me!”  But then the goat started to fly & became SUPER GOAT!  Eventually, the goat started to fly away.  And you couldn’t catch him anymore.  It flew too far & ended up in heaven.  Making goats faint brings them closer to God.”

GROUP #2: CHOCOLATE ROBO-COPS

ADDICTION: Sniffing People’s Socks

“So there’s this guy…& from he outside he looks like your normal squirrel, but do not be deceived.  He really is a 1 eyed, 1 horned, flying purple people eater.  With his humongous nose he loves to sniff socks.  He lives in the locker room & takes people’s socks.  From babies to old men, he smell them all.  And…it’s awkward.”

GROUP #3: CHIMICHANGAS

ADDICTION: Josh hooked on hot dogs & Scorpions

“One day an orphan named Josh O’Bannion owned a hot dog shack full of snakes & scorpions.  He was poisoned & the only thing he could eat was a hot dog.  He lived in the mountains like a caveman.  His best friend Keith Suggs was in town being held for ransom & the payment was 4 hot dogs, a box of scorpions & a chili cheese fry.  Josh lost 350lbs. & decided not to be hooked on hot dogs & scorpions.  5 days later he was called to be on the Pastor Phil show in regards to his addiction.”

GROUP #4: THE ALPACAS

ADDICTION: Jacob Preciado Hooked on Nail Polish

“Jacob Preciado got hooked on nail polish.  His favorite colors were hot pink & rainbow.  His favorite brand was PRO.  He is allergic to acitone & peanut butter.  One day it was sunny & Jacob brought in Phillip’s tighty whities to refuel.  He was wearing purple nail police & was showing it off to everyone at refuel prom.  Then he wore phillip’s, ate soup & became a ninja with tighty whities.  THE END.”

Well, there are your stories.  Don’t forget to get your refuel wrist bands!  Coming soon…T SHIRTS & MUGS!

Running Away with the Gates

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Well everyone from ReFUEL, I just wanted to say hey & hope you’re all having a great day!  Just wanted to let you know our new podcast will be up later in the day.  We had a special guest with us this week.  It was Eugene Scott, so be sure to check it out! 

A thought occurred to me of just exactly how much destiny is over the head of my generation! 

Think about this just for a second…

God gave a prophecy to Abraham, & we are part of that same family…

Genesis 22:17 – “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

Samson fulfilled this prophecy when he carried away the gates of the city where the Philistines were.  The gates of the city was where politics were debated, Proverbs said that a virtuous woman would make her husbands name known in the gates of the city.  The gates were the protection of the city. 

So if you possessed the gates of a city, you pretty much possessed that city!  You could have access to that city & take it over…

I have never walked down the street & had a gate jump up & smack me in the face!  The only reason you have a gate is to keep things out & protect the things that you possess…

There is the same prophecy that was spoken again in the New Testament to be fulfilled…

Matthew 16:18 – “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

MEANING:  There is a strong message of destiny echoing through time directly to me!  HELL CAN’T KEEP ME OUT!  And HELL CAN’T PROTECT WHAT IS POSSESSES! 

I make a strong statement when I say this, “I REFUSE TO ALLOW ANYONE TO USE THE EXCUSE THAT THEY ARE A LOST CAUSE!”  – Don’t make me pray about something…IN JESUS NAME, I’m coming for you!

I’m going to take the gates of my city, TEMPE IS MINE!!!!

So I challenge you to be God’s answer to hell’s challenge…Start taking the gates down…

A Life of Happiness or a Life of Meaning?

There are 2 different paths in life…

You can either have a life of happiness or a life of meaning….BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE BOTH…

They lead separate pathways in life:

Life of happiness – live in the present, no thought of before or what lies ahead

Life of meaning – condemned to wallow in the past & obsess about the future

It’s a decision everyone has to make. One might argue that a life of meaning is truly happiness. But a life of meaning is truly a lonely road. So in the true meaning of happiness is lonely happy? Myself, much like many other this day are at a crossroads…which life will I choose?

I keep thinking about Christ’s walk for a life of meaning…was his life a life we really are wanting to take?  We may think living a life just like Jesus Christ is happy…but is it? 

I sometimes feel convicted by the over romanitcizing of all the happy clappy things about Jesus.  Because I often neglect the moments of intense sacrifice, incredible loneliness & many hardships & temptations to overcome. 

A Follower of Jesus Christ,

Josh

The Membership Linebacker

Well, our media team is at it again.  Here at our church we finally found the answer to increase our membership.  We got our very own membership linebacker! 

By the way, membership is this Sunday following 2nd service. 

To people who signed up for media team don’t forget about the lighting seminar on June 13th!  Spots are pretty limited, so let me know if you want to come.  Saturday from 8-Noon.

Sr. High Life Group

Ok Sr. High guys & girls…this is hot off the press.  I just got the go ahead & details in order for this.

Starting Tuesday June 16th at 6:30pm we’re doing a life group for only our Sr. High guys & girls.  We’re meeting up at Lary Peterson’s house. 

The only thing you needs is a Bible.  We’ll take care of the rest the 1st week & then explain the rest!

Hope to see you there!

Josh

A Gradual Progression…

Sorry this has been a little delayed…but just another thought.

To piggy back off of my last post….love makes you do the strangest things.  It makes you get outside of your character & personality. 

In my devotional time earlier today I was thinking about this Scripture verse…

Psalm 1:1 – “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

It’s a progression towards apathy & civilized Christianity. 

1st WALKING… When you trip up, you can easily recover from it, just keep walking.  But when you’re walking on the wrong path, it’s going to have a progression…

2nd STANDING… This gets you to stop.  You’re walking, going fast, getting to where you need to go, then all the sudden you slip up.  So you’re at a ‘stand’ still.  Standing means you’re questioning what you’re doing.  You’re standing just like sinners.

3rd SITTING… This means you’re willing to do the wrong thing.  Then you sit scornfully rationalizing what you’re doing.  Scorn compares yourself to others.

  • EXAMPLE:  Jesus told Peter if he followed then he would die.  Peter then asked what would happen to John the beloved.
  • Jesus said, “What’s it to you?  I’m talking about you…not John.” 

“The greater the kingdom responsibility, the greater the sacrifice, craziness of faith & commitment.”

I DON’T want a Relationship with God!

I knew the headline would get your attention.  But I’ve been thinking…”Do I really want a relationship with God?”

Coming from a broken home I’ve seen what relationship can be.  BROKEN!  Relationships vary from all types.  Relationships can be great!  But somewhere along the way the relationship becomes strained or stagnant…possibly & sadly even break!  Relationships can become abusive, inspiring, using & demanding.

Wow there’s a thought…a demanding relationship. 

So I have come to the conclusion…There is NO way in my right mind that I want a relationship with Jesus Christ!  I will never tell anyone to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I apologize to all those who I have told that…

I WANT SOMETHING BETTER THAN RELATIONSHIP!

I want a thing called “ONENESS” with Jesus Christ.  Jesus said it this way… “I am the vine…I’m in you & you’re in me.”  (At least that’s how it’s supposed to be)

Relationship is great…but the thing is…you can only be so close to a person.  In relationship you’ll never truly know every part of that person, what they’re really thinking & all the secret parts. 

But when you’re in oneness with God, that means you’re in the mix, that so called, “vein”.  You know where God is moving & headed.  There’s no question about it.  No hesitation with anything.  You know what the Spirit is thinking. 

This isn’t a church thing either!  We drill people into thinking that as long as you go to church then you’re safe.  And people equate salvation with the church.

But oneness is an every day thing.  Day in & day out.  Relationships can hurt you.  I hear they can make you or break you.  But oneness will always keep you.  Because God always picks me up where my limitations drop me off.  And God will never leave me where the world drops me. 

Desperate for Him,

Joshua O’Bannion

F.R.E.E.

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Well folks, my friend Natalie Lopez & I am are now proud owners of our very own 365 Card from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  We get free coffee (which I hate coffee) & a free doughnut everyday for a year. 

I love things that are free.  Pastor Brendon woke me up this morning & told me free doughnuts were still available.  Well, you don’t have to tell me twice, I’m husky & love doughnuts!  Free & food when put together are magic words for me.  I’ve woke up early for free denny’s pancakes, free breakfast, free chik-fila & now free doughtnuts.  I’m not even a morning person!

But it’s just amazing that many people will wake up early, drive for miles & wait in lines for hours for something free.  If starbucks was giving away any free drink, I guarantee millions (including I) would wait for our free starbucks!

My question then comes, why do we chain ourselves up spiritually when God calls us to freedom?  Simply put, Jesus said, “I have a better life for you.  It’s full of peace & joy.”  Granted it’s not problem free, but does come with free peace, joy & freedom. 

I get so frustrated with myself & others like me that put ourselves in bondage.  The thing that God keeps troubling me with is, “Neither give place to the devil.”  My Pastor talks about it all the time.  That even though our heart is filled with God, Satan comes & takes a small piece of our heart.  And even though we kick him out, we still will battle with him in that area for the rest of our lives.  Because he knows how to get in.

My prayer today would be to live like I’m free.  Not careless or ignorant believing I can do whatever I want to do.  But living free through Christ!

Living Free,

Josh

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