This is a test for Jackson

Hello all my feeders (all two of you) I am showing the youth pastor the wonders of wordpress.  We might be moving our church’s website over to wordpress.

For the interested, you can check out The Fong’s (think The Fonz) myspace page by following this link: http://www.myspace.com/jacksonfong

And here’s a picture of the studly youth pastor…

oh, and a video for jackson…

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My God, My Savior, Jesus the Christ

I am a believer in Jesus the Christ of Nazareth.  He is the only begotten son of the one true God and is God in the flesh. I write this with deep conviction.  I cannot deny the lover of my soul, the one who has given me hope, power, and joy.

I need him.  I cannot do life on my own and hope to succeed eternally. When I try to live like I don’t need him the worst of human qualities takes over. I become prideful.  Pride manifests itself in many ways:  self promotion, selfishness, arrogance, cruelty, and many more.  Pride manifests itself in such ways because the victim of pride begins to think that they are the master of their destiny and that they are more important than anyone else.  The result of pride is a great fall with extraordinarily destructive results.

Paul the apostle of Jesus wrote, “You have been saved through faith {in Jesus}, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast {in their own ability}.” Mankind has foolishly been deceived into thinking that they can save themselves.  This was the lie in the Garden of Eden.  This was the lie told to and taught by Buddha.  I came across this quote of the Buddha, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” The divergence in viewpoints is huge. One is dependent on God’s power and grace and the other is dependent on one’s own limited powerless humanity.  One takes away our sin from us while the other tries to master and conquer sin resulting in the pride of accomplishment leading to… sin.

Buddha sought enlightenment which is a true and noble goal.  True enlightenment is when we come to the end of ourselves and realize that God is calling us to Himself through Jesus in a small still voice.  And when we listen to that call it will say, “I am the Road{path}, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.” Yes, Jesus is talking to you, inviting you to walk with Him through life to the gates of Heaven. And on that journey….

…May you be covered in the dust of the Rabbi Jesus

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Monday Measurement (7/21/08)

I promise to write more.  Really I do. Last week was Fair Week and that meant that I was busy with Youth Group Taco Booth and my wife was busy with Ticket Sales at the gate.  It was busy.

Despite all that (eating indian tacos with fry bread, all those other ‘once a year’ fair goodies) I have good news:

Weight: 304 (got on and off that scale three times just to be sure) Chest: 54 in  Waist: 51 in  Hips 48.5

I think I see the demise of the 300 lb monster that has been eyeballing me.  I am so hopefull that I will make my goal.  Sub 300 lb by August 1st. 

A funny story about my run this morning.  I downloaded the podrunner pod cast for week 4.  Good beat. I did my best to keep my feet pounding to the beat.  So I am in the last 90 second walk before the last 5 minute run.  The beat is bumpin’ then nuthin’.  The battery died.  So I looked at the watch and started running.  I was gonna finish that workout.

May you be covered in the dust of the Rabbi Jesus.

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Monday Measurements

Yeah Baby!!!  Let the numbers speak…

Weight: 308lb (got on & off the scale 4 times), Chest: 54in, Waist: 52in, Hips 49in.

I’m down 4 lbs, an inch on both my chest and waist. This is good.  I hope to see similar numbers next week. I will be hitting the streets running on Wed and Friday, getting into the gym on Tues and Thurs, and hopefully putting some miles on the bike this week.

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Community Church’s VBS

This week I was the story teller for the Vacation Bible School (VBS) at church.  We were talking about Jesus giving us power to be brave, thankful, helpful, to live forever, and to tell others about God.  It was a good week.  I am glad to have done it.  I am also glad to be done with it.

My wife volunteered me to make a media presentation for church.  I finished it today. I have given it to the worship leader for tomorrow, but decided to try posting it to youtube.  It worked! and here it is…

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Jumping Ahead

Hey there all, well 4am rolled around (it does that everyday, didn’t you know) and I got my booty out of bed to go exercise/train.  As I had mentioned earlier my wife had suggested the Eagle Lake 5K walk/run.  So I was off to C25K.com to get a training schedule.  Since I know that I have been working out I dared to jump ahead of the training schedule to put me closer to my goal.

I chose week 3: 2 cycles of 90 Sec of Jogging, 90 Sec of Walking, 3 Min of Jogging, 3 Minutes of Walking, and 5 minutes each of a brisk walk warm up/cool down.  I lived! I did it. So next week I’ll follow that regimen. It is my hope that my body will respond and I will see a weight loss and increased stamina/endurance.

I’ll keep you posted.

May you be covered in the dust of the Rabbi Jesus.

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5K AND Weight Training

Well faithful readers, I am so very glad (almost giddy) to report that I was wrong in my previous post.  After reviewing the Couch to 5K plan over at Cool Runnings, I can do both.  My thought that I needed to run every day was error.  The plan is for three workouts every other day.  So I can continue to hit the weights on Tues and Thursdays.

I was thinking about how building up my endurance and legs through running might benefit my bike riding.  I have set a goal to ride to and from work by the end of August.  The trip is right at a tick over 9 miles.  I think it is a worthy goal.  I want to eventually take the long way to work (14 miles) that climbs up the mountain and down the dirt road portion of Rice Canyon Road.

Finally, I thought about running and how the apostle Paul talked about setting aside every weight that hinders us in running the course.  I guess in one physical sense, that is what I am doing. I am running, biking, skipping rope, and pumping iron to drop the pounds so that I am more efficient.

May you be covered in the dust of the Rabbi Jesus

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