Sunday, October 25, 2009

Third Day concert (10.22.2009)

So, I mentioned last time that I was going to go to the Third Day concert. I also mentioned that I was going to go by myself, but I guess that's beside the point.

It was a blast.

The band Glory Revealed opened the show for Third Day. From what I gathered, Glory Revealed is a band that focuses on making Scripture-based songs. As in, literally, their songs are verses from the Bible. They sang Psalm 23, and I recognized Scripture from the book of Isaiah and Romans in other songs. They are a really good band -- I told myself I'd check out their CD's (they have two so far), but I haven't yet. I'm good with my current playlist (mostly Third Day and Todd Agnew), so when I start to get tired of listening to the same thing over and over, they're the next ones on my list. Here's a picture of Glory Revealed:

On to Third Day.

If I had any doubt that Third Day is my favorite band, this concert completely removed that doubt. These guys are just plain awesome. It was great to be able to sing along every song that they played*, and not only that, it just felt like being at church. I say that because the band had us praying more than once, and just being able to sing praises to God among such a great body of believers was pretty sweet. That week I wasn't feeling in the best of spirits, but the concert
definitely helped fill my cup to the brim. :)

*is that bad, btw? I wonder if I was annoying the people next to me. I don't know what concert "etiquette" is :/

Also, at some point during the concert, the band went off stage. I thought we were going on intermission, but what ended up happening was that they came and played among the audience. I mean, they brought the bare minimum as far as instruments go, but still, I don't think I've seen or heard a band that does that. They opened up the floor for song requests, and played one or two minutes of whatever songs people asked for. After a couple songs, they went back to the stage and played some more. I loved every song they played, but I'd say my favorites were "Thief", "Revelation", "God of Wonders", "Consuming Fire", and "Come on back to Me". I highly suggest you look those up on YouTube or something. They're really good.

The concert was about two hours long (if I remember correctly). I'm glad I got to go. I consider it a blessing to be able to not only go to my favorite band's concert, but to be able to worship alongside them as well. I tell you, it felt like church. I will pray for those guys, that God may continue to bless them in their efforts. I will also pray that He brings them back to the Dallas area again. I can be selfish like that. ;D

Anyway, needless to say, I can't wait for them to be in town again. I also look forward to their next CD, whenever that may come out.

Without further ado, here are some pictures and clips from the concert. Btw, the band let us record whatever we wanted from the concert and put it online. Just cause they're cool like that.

Consuming Fire

God of Wonders


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

fall 2009

Well, it seems like not that much has happened lately. Nothing extreme, I guess.

I've been attending the team meetings for the Kairos prison ministry. We are scheduled to go into the prison on the weekend of November 15th to minister to the guys on the inside. There's quite a bit of prayer involved both for the team going in, and for the brothers in white. Let's pray that God may deliver those in spiritual bondage, with the freedom that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ.

As far as other ministries, I've really been slacking in the other prison ministry I was helping out with by translating articles into Spanish. I translated what they gave me, but it's taken me forever to actually sit down and verify they are correct before I turn them in. I really need to work on that. Lastly, I talked to my Pastor about presenting something in Sunday school, but he instead asked me to present it in one of our mid-week services (on Wednesday) to the congregation. Needless to say, I'm humbled by the request -- who knew that I would go from not wanting to be anywhere near a church, to actually standing in front and talking. I praise and thank God for all He's done for and in me. I have been writing down/recording some ideas on how I want to present it, but I guess I'll really sit down and do it this weekend (the talk is next week). I will keep you posted on how it turns out.


As far as actual "events" I've been to lately, I went to a wedding last month. A brother in Christ that I met at Tres Dias was getting married, and he invited all the men from the weekend. I also had the opportunity to teach him and his now wife some salsa dancing before the wedding. They are a really cute couple, and I pray that God will continue to bless them with good health and a strong relationship. Here are some pictures:

Too cute. God bless them.

Me with Hoang-Kim at the wedding. =)


A couple of weeks ago I participated in the Plano International Festival, helping the Vietnamese community in the international fashion show. It was a lot of fun just hanging out dressed in an ao dai. There was a Puerto Rican booth at the event, and I managed to get a bacalaito. We then went to Brio (Italian restaurant) for food and more good times. Here are pictures:

The (mostly) Vietnamese group. =)

Representing. ;D


Oh, the day before the Plano International Festival, I went out with some friends to see the Mary Poppins musical. It was pretty awesome. I'm not very into musicals at all, but that was quite the treat. I thought it would be a lot more expensive, too, but it ended up being around $40. I guess it's kinda steep for two hours of entertainment, but I think it was worth it.


One of the things I'm looking forward to is the Third Day concert, which is this Thursday (October 22nd). Ever since I heard their "Revelation" song on the radio, I got hooked. I've purchased pretty much all their albums, and haven't gotten tired yet. Anyway, some time ago I noticed they were going to be in town, and I got a ticket with the quickness. I'll be going by myself, which I'm not sure if it's sad or not (to be honest this will be the second concert I'll attend) but I don't care. It's my favorite band at the moment, and I'm sure I'll have a good time.

Another thing that's coming up is the release of Tekken 6. I know I mentioned I've pretty much stopped playing, but I think I'm going to get it anyways. I am curious about it, and want to learn how to play my characters in this new version. Some guys from Puerto Rico are going to be traveling to the US for tournaments, and I may join them in one or two. But for that, I have to actually practice first. I'm pretty sure I won't be playing as much as I used to, especially since I've been very busy lately. I haven't even been salsa dancing in quite a while, which is something I used to do on the regular. Oh well. I guess I'll post up whenever I go to a tournament or something.


I won't talk much about it, but recently I met a girl that caught my attention. It seems like I caught her attention as well. More on this later. Stay tuned.