Yup, that was year ago…

Today I celebrate 36 years of being on this earth

In these 3 decades of life I have learned a little bit.

1) You are never too old to ask for help/directions

2) You will fall flat on your face in life, but that is ok because you are trying

3) You can not live life alone. Life is to be celebrated with awesome people

4) You need to learn how to laugh at yourself

5) You need to learn not to take yourself too seriously

6) Don’t waste your times on things that do not matter

7) Don’t try to please everyone.

8) Confession is good for the soul

9) You’re a fool if you don’t learn from other people’s mistakes

10) You’re double the fool if you don’t learn from your own mistakes

11) A good name  is far more important than you think

12) Don’t dwell on the past too much for you are more than your past

13) Never be afraid to ask question

14) Be quick to ask for forgiveness when you are wrong

15) Be quick to forgive

16) Insecure people will brag about everything

17) Quite people often have the wisest things to say…if you let them talk

18) Inspiration is everywhere if you stop looking for it

19)  When you stop living for “you” the world looks a whole lot different

20) Grace was freely given to me, I should then give grace freely

21) Being a parent is scary

22) Getting older is scary with the thought of “What will my legacy be”?

23) Just because “you can”, doesn’t me “you should”

24) The one who shouts the loudest is usually and idiot

25) Having kids will show you how selfish you really are

26) Being married will show you how selfish you really ara

27) There is always two sides to one coin…unless all you have is a dollar bill

28) We are not promised tomorrow <<< Think about that

29) Don’t take family, health and friends for granted, because in an instant it can be all gone

30) Beauty is fleeting, sexy is forever

31) “Find a good spouse, you find a good life— and even more: the favor of God!” – Proverbs 18:22 <<< Halle-lu-yer!!!

32) I am the product of the influences that I allow into my life…Good or bad it’s all on me

33) I should always act on behalf of the helpless/orphan/widow/homeless when I can

34) I don’t think I know as much as I think I do

35) Without Christ’s sacrifice, I would be a man with no hope

36) So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?

There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. – Romans 8:31-30 (MSG)




A Blessing…

May God bless you with a restless discomfort

about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,

so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.


May God bless you with holy anger

at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,

so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.


May God bless you with the gift of tears

to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, 

or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out 

your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.


May God bless you with enough foolishness

to believe that you really can make a difference in this world,

so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

Monday Mind Dump…

Haven’t done these in awhile…

  • We had a great service yesterday, it wasn’t perfect, we had a few hiccups, but Jesus was glorified and the gospel was presented. We will work out those hiccups
  • I spoke on the doctrine of hell yesterday. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be.
  • After a year of church planting experience I am still learning so much. Not that I thought I would have it all down, but man. lol
  • I’ve always heard the we are the products of our environment. Today we had our fall teacher conference. Our boy’s teacher had some great things to say but one thing she said was this…”he says he wants to play for the church and be David Crowder when he grows up”. Environment, meet your product.
  • check out the new myspace…not too shabby [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/50071857[/vimeo]
  • I never thought I could love my wife more…but oh I do.
  • I love our Revive Church Community, we are still young as a church, but they will rock your socks off with their big hearts.
  • Yesterday was good, today will be better, tomorrow will rock!

Lucky #7

On August 31st, 2005 a boy by the name Cephas Alexander Ortiz was born in Round Rock, Texas. I say it every year, but wow, where has the years gone. My boy is 7 today and in those short 7 years he has lived in 2 states, 3 cities, 3 youth ministries and he has helped us plant Revive church (oh yeah, it’s a family commitment).

He never ceases to amaze me. With his random quoting of movies, to his creative side or drawing and coloring, to his wanting to be a rock star and many more things…if you know him, you know what I am talking about. I love this kid. He has changed my life and I am better man because of him.  

I can not believe that I get the honor to raise such an extraordinary boy. I see so much of me and so much of my wife in him, but my heart’s desire is to see Jesus in him. May God show me grace, mercy and patience to raise him and that my life be such a reflection of Jesus to him and may that be the greatest treasure/heirloom I leave behind for all our kids.


Monday Mind Dump

1) I love Love LOVE my wife! Her birthday is tomorrow and she turns the big 30. I have known her since she was 19. I am blessed to be married to an amazing woman of God, a great mother to our kids, a great wife who is my partner in crime and an all in all awesome chick.

2) I have been holding on to this statment the past few weeks

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him”

3) My last three sermons have probably been the hardest since the start. Not content wise, but delivery. It’s been weird,strange and frustrating to say the least. It’s like my eyes and brain aren’t in sync.

4) I love our revive team!!! We are so blessed to have people from their early 20’s to 50’s come every Sunday morning to set up and tear down a cafeteria and classrooms to turn it into revive church. I am still amazed and honored by these men and women that give up most of their Sunday to do this.

5) We had some old friends visit us from Dallas who have it on their heart to plant a church in the DFW area. That excites me so much!

6) I am finding it easier to make excuses to not workout than to work out. That so needs to change.

7) As a church we have a pretty big decision to make soon (it’s a good one), but if you could pray that we use wisdom and God’s leading either way that would be great.