Thursday, August 31, 2006

TAGGED... Rick's answers

My friend Rachel has tagged Dawn & I for a reading list Q&A. Let me begin by saying, I am NOT a reader I think that if you have enough time to read you really should be doing something else – I mean, come on now, sit still and read… not my cup of tea. Dawn, on the other hand reads non-stop. I often start reading a book and then never finish it – especially if it is not exciting material – or I see something shiny… what’s that over there…

One book that changed your life: The Bible – no other book can compare when it comes to life transformation. If this book didn’t change your life, then I think you never really read it!

One book that you've read more than once: Oh come on now – as I said, I rarely read. Oh, I remember, I had to read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, to my son over and over and over and over and… get the picture…

One book that you'd want on a desert island: There is only one book to take here… The official Boy Scout Handbook. And I don’t say this to you just because I am an Eagle Scout …

One book that made you laugh: Rob Bell's Velvet Elvis . This guy has some serious ADD going on… should I explain that to you in the original Hebrew?

One book that made you cry: Nope. No book ever makes me cry, unless it is thrown at me and hits me really, really hard. What kind of wimp cries while reading anyway – now a movie - oh baby… that gets your emotions going!

One book that you wish had been written: No answer here. I would prefer all books be made into movies.

One book you wish had never been written: Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. Fiction, plain fiction… (I don’t like fiction)

One book you are currently reading: George Barna’s REVOLUTION. A must read if you really want to know what is going on church today (or not going on, as the case may be)

One book you've been meaning to read: I don’t mean to read a book. If I want to read one, I just do! Better yet, if I don’t want to read a book – I don’t – I watch a movie instead!

That's it... Dawn can give better responses... later...
Now, who to tag 5 people: Lori Velarde, Michelle Lash, Tim Lasch, Maureen Borillo, Mike Martinez

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Adnan Hadjj??? Working for NBC????

Is Adnan Hadjj trying to incite violence among TV viewers...
Could he be hoping to raise the plight of TV personalities who want to lose weight without surgery?

The left photo is the official first picture of Katie Couric released by CBS at this year's upfront. (TVNewser posted it in May.) The right photo is an edited version of the same photo, from the September issue of Watch magazine, which is owned by CBS.

Things that make you go hmmm.... so how much of what you read, see or hear is TRUTH?

Remember the narrator from "Tales of the Unexpected" TV show...
"A wise man believes only in lies, trust only the absurd, and learns to expect the unexpected"

Has America bought into this type of thinking, or being decieved by it?

Sunday, August 27, 2006


Last Night we went to Revolution's sponsored comedy night called HILARIOUS. It was a blast! The event was MC'd by Revolution's own Charlie Garrison, what a character! The evening started with Revolution's Lead Worshipper Elijah Young doing some incredible original songs and he even made up a song at the end - Elijah is so stinkin' talented. The second act was an improv team from La Habra called Altar Ego a very funny group that took audience suggestions and turned them into hilarious short skits. The final act was Ron McGehee a Korean-Irish christian comic who brought the house down with his hilarious look at his life. The evening was very well done and a great time! Can't wait for the next Revolution sponsored event. Each person who attended was given a set of "groucho" glasses and we all wore them... check out the photos at I have to tell you that the Revolution team puts on a heck of an event. Way to go volunteers!
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Here are some photos of my good friends from work: Chris Spenser, his wife and friends; Trudy Braden and her husband; and Faye Lefurgey and her friends. Thanks for going guys!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Our anniversary

Well Dawn and I celebrated 17 years of marriage this weekend (8/19) and decided to go for a quick weekender camping at Soledad Canyon in Acton, California. We are Thousand Trails members and so we don't have to worry about making reservations or paying for the weekend - so we thought we would give the 'preserve' that boasts having the worlds largest swimming pool, a shot. Well the pool is no longer the worlds largest - yet I have been told it is still the largest in the US.

Nevertheless, we won't be staying at this place EVER again - nor would we recommend it - in fact we would steer anyone interested away from it - - you see the Metrolink runs right along side the campsite and it runs all night long - imagine on the eve of my 17th year anniversary being jolted awake at 1:30, 3:45, 4:30 and 6 am by the BLAST from the air horn on the metrolink train... yeeeeesh!

I would include pictures but this stinkin blog program won't let me upload. Any way, we cut our trip short and I came back in time to get to church and pull the trailer back to its sleeping place.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ramalama Bang Bang

This is my favorite video. It is from my daughter's favorite TV show, "So you think you can dance". It features a song by Roisin Murphy called Ramalama (Bang Bang). Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 14, 2006

How boring am I....

I have nothing of interest or anything remotely creative of my own doing... so tonight I re-post a post I have blatantly ripped off from someone else's BLOG - so, if you feel offended by any of the commentary below you should contact the original BLOGger and complain to them. I think it is stinking funny!
ripped from:

How many Evangelical Christian Bloggers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

In the great tradition of such things, I propose:

1 To change the bulb and post about it

315 To lurk around and make no comment

2 To propose a stack of tags the poster should have put in

16 To complain he should have used categories

4 To flag up a conference on nu-media emerging bulb ministries "The LED Shines in the 80% grayscale-ness" in Ukraine.

19 To point out that if the poster had bought an iBulb then he wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.

4 To point out that it's 'Lightbulb', not 'Light Bulb'

7 To have go at those 4 for being so pathetic.

2 To come back and say they've had to pull out of the Ukraine conference, and the other 2 to post some blurred photos of a bunch of guys drinking beer in a dark room, Apple logos just visible in the shadows. Plus an inaudible podcast of the session they did.

5 To complain that the poster's definition of 'broken' was just liberal nonsense in the first place, and if they had only stuck to the One True Light, which is perfectly clearly explained in the Gospels then all talk of change would be irrelevant.

34 To retort that all talk of 'light' and 'dark' is just relative, and purely down to the culture, context and personal experience.

15 Fundies to rock in suggesting that the bulb was never broken, but rather the power had been switched off as punishment for their straying from the one true source.

2 Aging alt.worshippers to suggest they used tea-lights instead.

18 To weigh in with quotes from Derrida, Baumann and McLuhan and discuss the essential duality of light.

1 To raise the point that Don Carson hasn't needed 'artificial light' for many years, and refutes all physics suggesting light displays dualistic properties.

3 To complain of the lack of ethnic women changing light bulbs these days.

1 to comment that you may have possibly offended someone who changed a light differently than you in the past and they note that commenting on the changing of a light is probably something that should be addressed one on one. Oh, referencing the "Matthew" passage on dealing with conflict.

5 To raise the issue of 'wireless bulbs' that need no power source and can be used in Scooter Cafe.

2 To reflect on this as a model for mission, taking our wireless bulbs out into the dark world.

4 To continue this theme, but argue that the bulbs aren't really wireless, but part of a complex, distributed network of light sources of many different sorts, which interact in loose communal ways and that's what we call church now.

1 To write a huge long, rambling diatribe about the issue of light, how they suffered light deprivation as a child and are now trying to work this out in a small group in Andover, and completely kill the discussion, just leaving...

15 Online pharmacies, porn sites and penny-share stock companies to leave Trackbacks

Sunday, August 13, 2006

This evenings ponderings...

The worship pastor at my old church, Michael Lee, is putting an album together and he is posting in on the web as he develops it

You should check out the album "30 drop frame" online

Man this guy is talented! Keep up the awesome work Michael!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Adnan Hajj at it again!

The latest photo released by Adnan Hajj showing Zionist oppressor Jack Bauer taking aim at an innocent Lebanese woman running from the Israeli aggression....

Thursday, August 03, 2006

On the road again...

Well, the Bambrick's have hit the road again - we are heading out to Rancho California RV Resort - mostly because it is only 10 miles down the road from the Boy Scout camp where Garhett is staying...

This place is awesome... they have 592 luxury RV sites with full hookups. Calling them luxury is a gross understatement; we are talking level concrete pads with plush lawns surrounding each site. Each site here can be owned and those that are truely over the top with landscape/hardscape, BBQ's, gazebos, spas, you name it - these folks know how to *resort*. We are surrounded by the golf course, 5 swimming pools, 6 tennis courts, a fishing lake and 7 or 8 little lakes. This is the most opulent camping we have ever done.

Contrasting that with the camping that Garhett is doing at Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley - very rustic, platform tents, oh, and let's not forget the entry road that time forgot... 11 miles of a dirt road with ruts, pits, ditches, ravines and all sorts of obstacles to overcome. It took 45 minutes just to get down this ridiculous road - in my 4x4 Dodge!

All things considered, we are happy to be camping again as a family - we even have a family friend camping with us - Regan Lasch has joined us! Now, we look forward to 3 nights and 4 days of relaxation! Ahhhh...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Starving Jesus, 40 days of nothing.

"Where is the love?"

"Why are we stuck in the pews?"

"Why is Sunday the only time we see Christians?"

"Are you Born Again lazy? "

"Are you doing everything short of sin to show people Jesus?"

On rare occasions there are those willing to commit a form of spiritual suicide in the Christian subculture. Men and women who will yell from the rooftops, "Church sucks!" Although they are heard, their voices are quickly dismissed and rarely see the light of day. They are labeled fanatics and troublemakers and are asked not to come back. Christ yelled the same type of thing once. It got him killed.

This conversation is on the tips of all sorts of tongues: your fellow churchgoers, your neighbors, your spouse, your kids your friends. And the most important part of this conversation is what you will say. Welcome to the conversation.

Are you Starving Jesus?

Craig Gross and JR Mahon are on a mission to inspire the people to get out of the pews. Too often Christians spend their time praying, talking, and being “spiritual” but not getting their hands dirty.

The book of James says, “Faith without works is dead.” There are too many meetings, too much political posturing, too much condemnation, and too much inaction.

Starving Jesus will challenge you to less talking and more doing.

Craig Gross and JR Mahon run the day-to-day operations of and both live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

A 40 day fast is coming... ...are you ready?

Do something GIVE - PRAY - FAST


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The next day...

Well, a very long day today - mostly I say this because this is the second day without our son being home. I enjoy when our children get to experience times away from us, times when they grow and experience life events that will forever be in their memories... but... I sure do miss them when they are gone. It is the third night (second day) without the "G-man". I pray that God is keeping his courage up and all is going well.

We had lifegroup this evening - we had a 'lifegroup picnic dinner'. I enjoy the times when our group gets together just to hang and share a little food and fellowship. Praise God for providing all these people we can call our friends. We love our lifegroup dearly and enjoy sharing our home with them all each week.

Picked up two new books to read - yeah, yeah, What? Rick read... It is a rare thing - but they haven't made the movies yet... If you have read either of the books, let me know. I would love to hear your insight on them.

Rob Bell's "Velvet Elvis"


George Barna's "Revolution"

God Bless!