Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas

Christmas, it's that time of year where you get together with you're family for a time of fun, giving, and celebration. If you're blessed, you might even get to go to a rocking worship service. This Christmas I got all above the above, but the important thing is that even though I was blessed richly this Christmas, I was able to bless others.

This year and the past 2 Christmases I have been a part of feeding the homeless at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Newport News. It's just a time where we go to an Episcopal Service then feed those who are less fortunate than us a really good Christmas meal. I consider it one of the best parts of my Christmas.

Another important part of Christmas is Christmas Eve at Waters Edge Church. The opening was one of the most impressive I've seen in my 6 years there. It was a message about how a guy didn't believe in the true meaning of Christmas and then he had an encounter with Jesus. That same message is read in reverse order and the message completely changes. If one of the staff can hook me up with a copy of the text, that would be most appreciated.


I also have to give props to my man Mike Dominice for doing a great guitar solo for the WEC rock version of "Carol of the Bells". He pulled it off. Woohoo

Volunteering was also fun. Watching Christmas movies and making crafts with kids is also fun. I also got beat by my pastor's son in Mancala. I taught him, though, so I guessed he had a good teacher.

For those of you interested in what I actually got for Christmas, I'm not going to put an itemized list, but the David Ferrell version.

1. A bunch of clothes
2. The World of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
3. Les Miserables radio drama
4. Money
5. Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2
6. A Meade reflecting telescope

I hope you had a Merry Christmas as well and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Thanks

It's been a while since I've written on my blog. I think part of it was there I just plain forgot, and the other part was I couldn't come up with something good enough to write on here. So I thought I would extend what I taught to my guys in my 6th grade Community Group. I asked them this week to write an e-mail, card, or letter to someone they are thankful for. So I thought, hmm, I can do a blog entry! aha!

But I can't just list one person. There are so many people in my life for which I'm thankful. So I thought I'd list a few and why I'm thankful for them. So here we go.

The easiest place to start is my parents. If it weren't for them I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't be the man I am, and I also probably wouldn't have met my Savior. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

My brother and sister, Peter and Elisabeth. They are really fun people and I have sooooo many fond memories with them, and they are 2 people that I know really well. They are also 2 people who will call me out if I'm making a fool of myself. Even though they have moved away, we still keep in touch regularly. This Thanksgiving was the first that I didn't spend with my sister, but I am thankful that she's coming home for Christmas!!

Joshua Pothen, my best friend for 15 plus years. Josh is one person outside of my immediate family who I can talk to about literally anything going on my life and feel completely comfortable. This year he moved up north, but it's amazing how he's been there when I need a friend to talk to. Thanks Josh!

My collective Community Group. This is my 6th group, but it's always amazing how God grows you through a group of completely different people. It's one of those times during my week where I can just chill, be myself, and talk about what matters most. Pretty sweet.

My 6th grade guys Community Group. This is my first year with 6th grade guys, and let's just say it's been challenging, but in a good way. I think it's the challenging things in life that test us and grow us to be better people. It can get crazy at times, but just when I think they're not listening, they come up with a good answer. Plus there's a satisfying feeling that comes with impacting lives for Christ.

Bobby Pegram. My co-leader for my 6th grade group. His passion for Christ is about as equally as fiery as his red hair and he's a senior in high school, proof positive that the next generation hasn't lost sight of God, and that's something I'm extremely thankful for. He has a strong desire to impact his community and his circle of influence with the Gospel. He's my second hand man and always brings a healthy balance to the group. If it weren't for that, there are nights when I'd probably go insane, so thanks Bobby!

WEC. I've been going to the same church for over 6 1/2 years and there's no end in sight. To be part of a church from it's inception and see it grow from 50 people to close to 2000 has been quite a ride. We've changed throughout the years in certain areas, but there are several things that remain constant that I'm thankful for, the main ones being that we always focus on the outsider and that we aren't dead. We are alive and have seen and continue to see so many lives go from lost to found and that's something to shout about!

The list could keep going, but as you can see I have much to be thankful for. Many times I feel like being negative and my thoughts take me to unhealthy places when I start to complain, but when I take time to see what I've been given, the blindfold is removed and I see how God has always provided for me. So I leave you with this line from an old hymn.

Count your many blessings
Count them one by one.
Count your many blessings
See what God has done.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hello Hurricane

Last Saturday I received something in the mail that I had been waiting almost 3 years for. Little did I know that it would blow my expectations out of the water. I am talking of Switchfoot's new album, Hello Hurricane. Switchfoot is my 2nd favorite band, next to DCTalk. Their last album, Oh! Gravity, was good, but I felt that the band could have done better. The songs were good, but there was something missing. I believe it was the hope that drives the heartbeat of the band.

I ordered the CD/DVD version of Hello Hurricane and immediately wanted to listen to it. I listened to a few songs and then popped in the behind the scenes DVD. The DVD revealed that this was the hardest album the band has ever worked on and for good reason: this was their first truly independent album and they wanted to make it right and something that was truly who Switchfoot was. Jon Foreman, the lead singer, said that the prerequisite for the song being on the album was that you would want to die singing it. While that may sound a bit morose, I believe that is what gave the album it's appeal.

Needless to say, I love the album and believe that it's a tremendous improvement over the last album. I like every song on the album, but here are some of my favorites:

1. Mess of Me
2. Your Love is a Song
3. Free
4. Always
5. The Sound
6. Sing it Out

There is one lyric that is worth mentioning, as I've been pondering it for a while now and it's from the song Always. It says, "Every breath is a second chance." For me this had 2 interpretations that I think are both true but one I like better than the other. The first is that every breath that we take as humans is an opportunity to turn from our wretched nature and turn back to God. The other interpretation is that every breath that we're given by God is an act of grace.

As you can see, one thought relates to the other. As we are given breath by God, it is an act of grace because we as human beings deserve eternal death as our sin separates us from God and thereby the punishment is death. But since Jesus Christ died for our sins, God gives us life and the very breath that we breathe is more than we deserve. Therefore, the gift of life that God gives us should not be used in vain, but be used towards giving Him glory. After all, we are to love one another because He first loved us. But it's an amazing thought that the very air we breathe is more than we deserve and for that gift alone He deserves glory. Yet He blesses us with so much more. How much more then should we live our lives for Him!

These are some of the many thoughts that I have after listening to Switchfoot, which is why I highly recommend the album. It is entertaining, but it also may get you thinking, which I think is a sign of good music. The album is available in stores and on iTunes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MUTEMATH Concert










A few months ago I put up a blog post about a listening party I attended on a bus. That listening party was for none other than MUTEMATH. I had the privilege to attend their Armistice tour at the NorVa last night. Because I got the VIP package I was able to get in 30 minutes before everyone else and secure a spot on the front row against the railing. Surprisingly, before the show, the VIPs also got free refreshments, which was rather nice, both because the food was great and I had never participated in a VIP experience where food was involved.

The show started off very well. The opening band, As Tall As Lions, explained that their lead singer wasn't feeling very well vocally so they did an instrumental set. It was really good. I told myself that I would definitely check out the band. After they had played for around 45 minutes, MUTEMATH came on.

To say they put on a show is an understatement. Last time I saw them, it was with my good friend D Reeves and they put on the best live show I've ever seen. This time around, they stepped it up a notch. I don't know how that is possible, but they did. To explain what exactly happened would ruin the show for someone and I would say that you can't really understand what it's like unless you experience it for yourself. However, I will say this, if something on the stage isn't broken or damaged after a MUTEMATH show, then you didn't see MUTEMATH. They put on that intense of a show.

One thing that was also cool about the experience was I met fellow fans and got to know a little bit about them. It's always cool to meet people who share the same affection for a certain band as you do. It's been amazing to me how so many different people can like the same music and all of them have a different opinion about it. It speaks to how God in his infinite wisdom created us each with our own unique perspectives on life, art, and beauty.

All in all, a wonderful experience that I would do again in a heartbeat.

--David

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

26

It was 26 years and 1 day ago that I entered this world. On Sunday I celebrated that fact. My brother came up from Portsmouth and went to Waters Edge with me. It was a great talk about how to finish strong by one of my favorite people to hear preach, Rob Shepherd. After church I went to Carabba's, a local Italian food chain, for lunch. I had never been and love Italian food so I went there with my family. I had the Mezzaluna, spinach and cheese stuffed ravioli, essentially. Afterwards, we had cake; not just any cake, a Coldstone Cookie Dough Delirium Ice Cream Cake. yellow cake layered with sweet cream cookie dough ice cream with frosting. The girl behind the counter was kind enough to right "Happy 26th Birthday David" on it. It's still not completely eaten. After eating a delicious slice of cake, I opened what I received. The following is a list of those items in no particular order:

1. The Jeeves Omnibus (2 novels and 10 short stories starring P.G. Wodehouse's beloved characters Bertram Wooster and Reginald Jeeves. I can credit Josh Pothen for introducing me to yet another thing I love.)

2. Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1

3. Poirot DVD set 3 containing several episodes of the TV series adapted from Agatha Christie's short stories
4. Focus on the Family's audio dramatization of The Screwtape Letters starring Andy Serkis (yes, that is Gollum from The Lord of the Rings films)

5. Cash (or as my Granddaddy says, "One size fits all", a.k.a. OSFA)

6. A Chick-Fil-A gift card

7. A Barnes and Noble gift card

8. And last, but not least the Josh Pothen gift: Kino's Journey: The Complete Collection. This was one of the most interesting gifts Josh has ever given me for several reasons. One: it was the most unexpected gift by far that I've ever received from him, but in a good way. Two: it is the only anime I own apart from the Animatrix, which, to me, barely counts. Three: one of the last times that Josh and I hung out before he left for medical school we watched an episode of Kino's Journey and I remember it being one of the most thought provoking animated pieces I'd ever watched. Thanks again, Josh, I look forward to experiencing it.

While I'm thanking people, I would also like to thank everyone out there who sent me facebook messages, text messages, phone calls, etc. You know who you are. Merci.



--David Ferrell

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Community

So, once a year I embark on a new journey. I have the privilege of investing and sharing life with 10-12 people in what my church calls a Community Group. A Community Group is nothing more than a place where people gather together weekly to invest in the lives of one another and to experience spiritual growth. Last night was my first week with a new group. I cannot go into the details of that night because that's one of the rules: what happens in Community Group stays in Community Group. But I will say this: after going through 6 years worth of groups, something different happens every year and because I'm with different people each year, I experience new people and God in a whole new way. After last night, I'm really looking forward to what God has in store and what I will learn from my fellow group members.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Yellowstone





So, this year for vacation my parents and I decided to go to another National Park. In 2006, I had the privilege of going with them to visit the Grand Canyon. That trip was amazing and I couldn't help but stand in awe of what God had created. This time, we went to Yellowstone National Park, located in the northeast corner of the great state of Wyoming. We started our trip by flying out to Salt Lake City. There we visited temple square, which was beautiful, but also unsettling, because the entire area was a monument to a god I don't worship. From there we drove to Antelope Island and got to see the actual Salt Lake. There we had our first sighting of the American Bison as well as antelope. The next day we drove to Jackson, WY, just outside of Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Tetons were gorgeous and were unlike any other mountain range I'd ever seen. We saw a lot of sights there including the town of Jackson and a river tour of the Snake River. Once we were out of Jackson, we made our way to Yellowstone. We saw lots of sites there. To list them all would take way too much time, but here's some highlights:

Firehole Canyon
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Old Faithful
Norris Geyser Basin
The Grand Prismatic Spring
Steamboat Geyser

Overall, it was amazing and once again I was amazed by God and his creation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My new group

For those of you who don't know, about a month ago, I signed on to lead the 6th grade guys Student Community Group. Tonight was our first night and it was a lot of fun. We talked about expectations and how in order for you to have your expectations met, you have to be willing to do something to meet those expectations. In our group, in order to get something out of it, you have to be willing to answer questions, to invest in your relationship with God, and to connect with others so that you can learn about God, grow spiritually, and build friendships with others. That's what group is all about.

It's also exciting to be able to reach out to guys who are just beginning their walk with Christ. When I was their age, I knew how to find Bible verses and had even memorized some. But these guys are just learning about the Christian walk and I'm excited to help them grow closer to Christ not only through prayer and study of the Bible, but also by investing in their lives. I can't wait to see what's in store.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

One

One night, one purpose, one God. That's what last night was about. Starting next Wednesday, I'll be leading a community group of 6th grade guys, but yesterday, for one night only, the students of Waters Edge came together for a night of worship. To say it was good would be an understatement, it was awesome! After an opening video featuring 4 of the students that set the tone of the night, Phil and the band came out and gave a spectacular performance of one of my personal favorite songs: "We are One Tonight" by one of my absolute favorite bands, Switchfoot. After some giveaways by Stu and a powerful worship set, Rob came up and gave his sermon and left the students with a challenge to ask God to bless them. Many students answered the call that night.

I really felt God's presence that night and thought that if this is the beginning, I've got to see where God's going to take me next!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day and Isaiah

Ah, I love 3 day weekends. A time to unwind, relax, and have some fun. Today I've already seen a movie and gotten a free sandwich at Chick-Fil-A. Gotta love those promotions! I also have spent some time just relaxing and thinking about life. This morning I read from Isaiah 6 where God calls out to Isaiah after he has entered into His presence. Isaiah said what I think I would say if I were in His presence. "Woe is me, for I am slain!" That pretty much would sum up my feelings, that is if I could speak. But then God asks who he will send to give a message to Israel and Isaiah does the unthinkable and says, "Here am I."

One person told me that the scariest prayer you can ask God is "use me." Why? Because He will answer it and often he will call you to something that will test you and force you to come face to face with your fears. Will you be like Isaiah and be ready and willing or will you choose to let God pass by? The choice is up to you.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

6th Grade

Sixth grade was one of the most significant years of my life. Not because of what happened that year, but because of what it taught me. To say I went through trouble would be putting it lightly. But through it all God taught me 2 things:

1. Love and pray for your enemies
2. Love the outsiders and the outcast.


These 2 things are something that are part of who I am. And had I not gone through what I went through, I may have not learned those 2 things. Also, had I not had people who were there to encourage me, I definitely would not have been who I am today.

For this reason and several others, I am excited that I will be leading the 6th grade guys' community group at WEC. I know that 6th grade can be a hard time for a lot of guys. It's a new environment and there are new people, but more than anything else, 6th grade is a time where either you are identified by the way God sees you, or you get identified by what other people see. This was the reality I lived in. It was my parents and other adults and friends who had to remind me that it's how God looks at us that matters. This is who I want to be for the guys I lead, a person they can count on. A person who invests in their lives and pours into them truth and encouragement and support.

This is also a way God can use me. Before I accepted the job of leading the 6th grade boys group, I had been praying and looking for an opportunity for God to stretch me and a way to further glorify Him through what I do. This is why I'm most excited, I get to show Christ to the guys I'll be leading. I pray I will be used by Him to change their lives.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Armistice Day

Today is it! For the past 2 years or so, I've been waiting for today to finally arrive. You see, two years ago, as mentioned in a previous post, I was introduced to the band MUTEMATH. Read that blog entry for my first impressions. For the past 2 years, I've been waiting for their new album. Today it has arrived. A while ago, I had the chance to listen to it for the first time and it was very good.

For your convenience, I'm placing a link to purchase the album on iTunes. The title is Armistice.

Enjoy.

Click below to purchase the album.

MuteMath - Armistice

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Dark Side of the Rainbow

I can now officially say I've gone to the oddest movie going experience of my life. On Friday night I went to the Naro, my new favorite movie theater, for the showing of what they call The Dark Side of Oz. I had heard for years of the concept. So when I heard that it was showing on the big screen, I had to go.

For those of you who don't know to what I am referring, The Dark Side of Oz, or as I call it, The Dark Side of the Rainbow, is a synchronization of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, to the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Apparently, the lyrics and tone of the music match up with the film itself. So I decided to test this theory.

After the 3rd lion roar, the music starts and sure enough, the music somehow mysteriously and magically matches up with the film. For a complete list of the matches, go here.

If you ever get the chance to watch it, I say go for it. You might be a little confused after it's all over, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

In any event, Dark Side of the Moon is a great album and worth taking a listen apart from the film.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

MUTEMATH Listening Party





For those of you who don't know, I am a pretty big fan of a little band called MuteMath. My love of them started when my friend D Reeves mentioned them. It sounded like he had good taste in music so I went with it and I went and bought their self-titled album. I thought it was really good and enjoyed listening to the album. Then, the two of us later went to their live show. To put it lightly, my positive opinion of them greatly increased after seeing them perform. It ranks as one of the best live experiences I've ever attended. After the show I became a die-hard lover of the band. So, naturally when I heard they were coming to Norfolk again with the release of their new album "Armistice", I went out and purchased the VIP package, which came with a T-Shirt, some album artwork, a digital download of the album, and access to the exclusive listening party that I went to last night.

The listening party consisted of me and other fans of the band in a tour bus listening to the album, and making comments on a sheet of paper while we listened. Essentially, I was a music critic for one night. No, the band was not there, but that in no way took away from the experience I had. Plus, I wasn't expecting the band to show up, so it wasn't a letdown.

How was the album? Well, I thought it was an improvement over the last one. I thought most of the songs were good and about 4 or 5 were amazing songs if not more. My personal favorite was "Burden", followed closely by "Clipping" and "The Lost Year". The only song I really had a problem with was "Odds". It was too repetitive for me. The album was also one of the strongest lyrically I've heard in a while. Which means a lot to me. A song can be great musically, but unless it has an equally strong message, I probably won't like it nearly as much.

It was a fun time, I just can't wait for the album to be released and for the live show ... which brings me to my final point. If you've never heard of MuteMath, but like trying new things and hearing new stuff, check out their album "Armistice" coming out on August 18th. If you like the album, they will be performing live on November 10th, 2009 at the NorVa. If you want to choose one or the other, come to the show. The band's live show is something every concert lover should experience.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The fear of the Lord

First of all, I would like to apologize for the late post. It's been about a month since this blog has been updated. The reason why is that I've been busy and wanted to take some time doing other things rather than updating my blog. While I was doing those other things, God, as he usually does got my attention about a particular subject, which is what this blog entry is all about. Enjoy!


It's a phrase I've thought a lot about lately. "The fear of the Lord". One that I've found in the Bible constantly in my readings and whenever God shows something to me more than once, I pay attention. So what is the fear of the Lord? The fear of the Lord is an expression of piety and honor towards God. A state of mind that is constantly aware of God's presence. An attitude of reverence. To go even further, it's an actual fear of God's wrath. So, what does the Bible have to say on the subject?

It's a number of things. Proverbs 1:7 says
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.


Proverbs 19:23 says

The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction. He will not be visited by evil.


In fact, the book of Proverbs mentions the exact phrase "the fear of the Lord" a total of 14 times. That got my attention. Solomon, the wisest man, who ever lived, wrote Proverbs. Apparently, he knew that the fear of the Lord was the beginning of opening of the gateway to the knowledge that God has to offer.

So, let's take a look at these 2 examples. What can we glean from it? Well, first off, the fear of the Lord is the first step towards knowledge, as I mentioned earlier. Having that level of respect and honor towards God will create a desire to know more about Him and to understand more about the nature of who He is, which is a great thing for a Christian to have, not only for your own benefit, but to benefit those who are around you everyday, Christians and non-Christians alike. But what does the rest of the verse say? It says that "fools despise wisdom and instruction." So apparently to not have the fear of the Lord is foolish because having wisdom and instruction is essential. Having wisdom is necessary for a Christian to decide between right and wrong. Sometimes it's easy to recognize what's right and what's wrong. Some things are just understood, like if I see a wallet on a park bench, I shouldn't take it because that's stealing. But there are some situations where having wisdom can help you make the best decision, where what's right and what's wrong isn't as clearly laid out.

We learn more as we move to the second verse. "The fear of the Lord leads to life". Wait a minute, what does this mean? Well, here Solomon is saying that true life is living God's way. He says that having the fear of the Lord will allow us to "abide in satisfaction." Have you ever sinned and it felt good, at least temporarily? I know I have. That's how temptation works. Satan shows us the immediate benefit and satisfaction of sin, without showing us the consequences. However, once we've committed sin, the Spirit convicts us and the sin that was once appealing and satisfying is now painful and empty. But there is hope. If we have the fear of the Lord, we will "abide in satisfaction". That means if we go God's way, regret and emptiness and depression won't follow. In fact God makes us a promise that if we have the fear of the Lord, we won't be visited by evil. Wow, that's amazing! Just think about it, living for God, having the fear of the Lord in our hearts and minds prepare us for when temptation comes and we respond in the opposite manner that Satan expects us to go. When we are tempted to hold a grudge, we forgive, when we are tempted to lie, we tell the truth, when we want to complain, we thank God for what we already have.

The fear of the Lord is something that all Christians should have. An ever-present awareness of God's presence. A respect for who He is and what He can do. A heart that honors him with your life.

I pray that everyone who reads this will be challenged and will begin to ask the question, "Do I have the fear of the Lord in my life?" and will begin to take steps to honor God with your life.



A complete listing of the phrase in the Bible can be found here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Proverbs 31 woman.


On Saturday I had the honor of attending a very close friend's wedding. (Yeah, another one!) She is pictured here. I totally expected to have a great time and enjoy myself while I was there. What I didn't expect is how the wedding would impact me spiritually. There was a moment during the ceremony where the minister described what the bride, my friend, wanted in a husband. I, having known her, knew what that was already, but there was something about hearing it again at her wedding that made me think. The minister said that she "wanted a man who loved God more than he loved her." I knew that this guy was just the case. But then I realized something, that deep down, that's what I want in a wife. It was at that moment that I realized that I had set my standards lower. Thereafter, my mind raced back to a scripture passage that has become well known for its description of a godly woman: Proverbs 31. There it states that "charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Once again, God's Word had confirmed what my heart was yelling at me. I felt like God was saying "David, don't lower your standards for a woman in order to meet some standard set by man that falls short of what I have for you." God had removed the veil from my eyes. That night, for the first time in years, I knelt by my bed to thank God for what he had shown me and just talked to Him for a while and proceeded to pray for some people in my life as well. Here, 3 days later, I still feel like I'm on the mountain.

I say all that to say this:

1. You have access to this level of intimacy with God everyday if you just take the time to talk to Him and read His Word.

2. Don't lower your standards for a spouse, but at the same time don't fool yourself into thinking that you deserve a spouse wrapped in a pretty package with all the trimmings.

3. Sometimes God humbles us before he can bless us.

4. Pride blinds us from the rewards God places right in front of our eyes.

I pray that God will work in your heart as He has in mine.

--DF

Monday, June 22, 2009

The case for watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in IMAX



So, by now you've seen the ads, you've heard the hype and now it's nearly here. I'm talking, of course, of the upcoming sequel to the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sam Witwicky, and yes, the gorgeous Megan Fox, are back. What I have come to realize, however, is how little people know about the fact that it will be shown in IMAX. So I'm hear to plead the case for why you should see this film in the best format possible and also to explain the difference between the conventional film that's shown at most theaters, the one in fake IMAX (being shown at AMC Lynnhaven in VA Beach and most big city multiplexes) , and the one in 15/70 IMAX (the one at the Air and Space Center and other institutions across the country). Here's my list of the reasons to see Transformers 2 in IMAX.

1. The sound is better. For some people, this doesn't mean much, but for me it's a big difference. Not only do you get to hear it in surround sound like conventional theaters, but the wattage is higher, 16000 watts to be precise, therefore making the detail in the sound crisper and creating a more immersive environment. But you also get great sound in fake IMAX. So let's move to the next reason.

2. The 5 story screen. For many, this is the reason to go to IMAX in the first place. Nowhere else can you see a film displayed on such a large screen. Starting from the floor going 5 stories up, the screen consumes the room. It is massive. Not only does it enhance the images and make them more rich in detail, but it also creates a sense of motion and wonder while watching the film. For most feature films, the film is displayed only in a widescreen format, meaning that you have black bars on the top and bottom of the IMAX screen. However, in the case of Transformers 2...

3. Portions of the film were shot in IMAX. Just as Christopher Nolan did with 6 sequences in The Dark Knight, Michael Bay selected 4 scenes to shoot in IMAX. What this means is 3 things: The first is that these scenes will take up the entirety of the 5 story screen, something you cannot get anywhere else. The second is that you will see 4K rendered animation for the first time ever in IMAX. The third is that you will get to see a full scale version of Optimus Prime on the giant IMAX screen. If you go to a conventional theater or fake IMAX, the IMAX sequences that were filmed will be virtually invisible to the audience, and the picture shown will be cut off. So, if you're going to see the movie, go see it in IMAX.

To see the difference in the film formats, go here.


A video explaining the fake IMAX scam.



Note: I will also add that I plan on seeing the film on Wednesday night. Following the viewing, I will write a review. While I do recommend the format, I may not recommend the film. That being said, if you plan on seeing the film regardless of what I have to say about the film in my upcoming review, see it in IMAX.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day



Today I celebrate along with you the most important male in my life apart from Christ. I celebrate my father. My dad is pretty sweet. For those of you who have met my dad, you would probably agree. What's really weird, though, is how similar we both are. We walk similar, we have similar handwriting, although he won't admit it, we have the same sense of humor, but most importantly, my Dad and I both love Jesus. But that's something that he instilled in me, not something that came by heredity. Basically from birth, he and my mom made sure that I was in church on every Sunday except for vacations and also got me to learn Bible verses through various means including scripture songs, reading the Bible to me, and videos. In fact, my first experience with Anime was a Bible cartoon series called Superbook, which I still think is pretty sweet.

More than all of that though, my dad lives his faith. He feeds the homeless, he helps out around the house, he meets with friends to pray for the local area, he volunteers at Waters Edge Church, and he loves my Mom like a husband should love his wife. Well, on most days, anyways. He also raises his hands during worship, which to me is a big deal. For a man to not worry about what other people think and to forsake pride to show appreciation for who God is, wow, that's big.

My dad and I also work and work out at the same place. I also live at home for right now, so yeah, we see a lot of each other. But as you can see, for the reasons described above, that's not a problem. I love my dad.

So, today, we celebrated him at lunch. We made some burgers and handed out gifts. I got him one of his favorite movies, Master and Commander. I think he really enjoyed it.

Afterwards, my brother, my sister, my dad, and I went over to my Grandparents' house to wish a happy Father's Day to my Grandpa and to play Sequence. It's basically a game where you try to put cards in order based on a game board layout. That was a lot of fun. I won a game. Afterwards, my siblings left cuz they had some stuff to do and I played Yahtzee with my dad and Grandma. We played a total of 4 games. I did horrible on the first 1, ok on the 2nd and 3rd, but the 4th, the 4th was hands down, the best Yahtzee game I've ever played in my entire life. I mean, you're gonna think it was rigged and I didn't. Here's the scorecard:


So, as you can see, not only did I get the bonus from the upper section, but I got every major point score in the lower section, the best possible 3 and 4 of a kind. This is a score that has made me believe that it might be divine intervention and that God may have chosen to bless me with a little thing that gives me joy like a big Yahtzee win. But he blessed me so much more by giving me my father, Steve Ferrell.

Superbook's first episode:
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Free Concert

Last night I went to another concert. In fact, it was another NeedtoBreathe concert. But don't worry, they played some different stuff. They were the opening band, but I actually enjoyed them more than the headliner, Lifehouse. Sure, Lifehouse is good and has several radio hits, but NeedtoBreathe just sounded better to me and I think Lifehouse suffers from radio overplay syndrome. Also, they have that one song that gets played at almost every wedding I've been to and if it's played tonight at the wedding I'm going to, that will be the 4th time in a week that I've heard the song. You know what song I'm talking about. I don't even have to say the name. Still, they played some of their old stuff, which I greatly enjoyed. Plus, I got to hang with some great people from one of my favorite places in the world, Waters Edge Church. Here's a video from one of my favorite Lifehouse songs, just in case you're too young too remember this song, or you're like me and like remembering songs from your past.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Glory at the Gardens: NeedtoBreathe and Revive

















This Sunday I had the privilege to see 2 rockin' bands. The best part is that it was sort of free. I had to pay to get into the venue, but the concert itself was free. I'm speaking of course about Glory at the Gardens, the Christian concert event at Busch Gardens. Last year was the first year, but unfortunately I was unable to make it to the show I wanted to go to. So this year, I decided I'd go. The list of performers were Revive, NeedtoBreathe, and Third Day. I stayed for the first two. Revive was good. My only complaint is that they didn't sound too unique. They sounded pretty much like every other good worship band I've heard of, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. They had some good songs, none of which I can remember, but while they were on stage I was entertained. The second band was the reason I came to the show in the first place, NeedtoBreathe. I had never seen them before, but I did have high expectations after listening to both their albums repeatedly. To say they were entertaining would be putting it lightly. NeedtoBreathe rocked my socks. They have a very different sound and the thing I like most about them is that they simultaneously sing songs about their beliefs and about everyday life. My personal belief is that is the way Christians should do music. Too often I think that Christian bands feel they have to put "Christianese" into their music and not really speak about problems that everyone has to face. This is one of the main reasons why I like bands like NeedtoBreathe, Switchfoot, and Flyleaf. They sing songs that everyone can relate to, not just to Christians. Not only that, but they play with bands like Korn, Blue October, and Lifehouse to reach a wider audience. Isn't that what Jesus did? He went to the places sinners went to spread His message.

After NeedtoBreathe left the stage Third Day played, but I had left the arena before they came on. If you want an explanation of why I don't like Third Day, go watch The Pothen Podcast Episode 6 (available on iTunes only). I ended up spending time with some church friends and rode The Gryffon again. I do plan on going back on the 28th to see TobyMac. Expect a post here after the show.

Songs by NeedtoBreathe that you should download legally from iTunes or other available outlet:

"Knew it All" and "Shine On" (from their album Daylight)
"Streets of Gold" , "More Time", "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)", and "Washed by the Water" (from their album The Heat)

Here's a little video for ya.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Phil Poteat Unplugged

One of my favorite things in the world is acoustic music. One of my favorite singers is the world famous Phil Poteat, the worship leader at my church, Waters Edge. Tonight he's playing at Tuscany's Coffee House and I'm coming to you live from the restaurant. He started off with Move Along by The All American Rejects. It's pretty chill. Everybody's just hanging out having a good time doing whatever and Phil's just jammin in the background. If you couldn't make it, he will be playing on Wednesday at UNO's, which I plan on attending as well. Well, that's all for now. More after the show. Cya!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Film Review - Up


This summer season hasn't been all that friendly in terms of film. It started off horribly. The first movie I saw of the summer season was X-Men Origins: Wolverine and if you read my blog, you know what I thought of it. It was a cliche-ridden piece of filth with equally, if not worse dialogue and plot holes to numerous to mention. Then there was Star Trek. I have yet to write a review of that film, but I will say that I enjoyed it. It was worth seeing, but that was about it. So, up that point my confidence in Summer movies was pretty low, especially after hearing how bad Terminator faired. Meanwhile, the reviews from the Cannes Film Festival came in. And the reviews for this film were overwhelmingly positive. So I said to myself, I HAVE to see this movie. I'm a huge fan of animation, especially animation that exceeds over the rest like Hayao Miyazaki has done with some films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke and Pixar has done that throughout the course of their history. So I was expecting great things. Thankfully, it not only met my expectations, but exceeded them greatly.

Up, to put it simply, is an amazing film. Ed Asner stars as Carl Frederickson, an old man living alone with a dream of one day going to see Paradise Falls. So one day he gets a huge amount of balloons, attaches them to his house and away he goes. Little does he know, that Russell, a wilderness explorer that he met earlier, is outside on the front porch. The two of them take a journey and come across many peculiar things including an exotic bird, dogs with voice collars, and encounters that bring back memories of a time gone but not forgotten.

The film is rich in character and story and are the driving force of this film. What makes it even better is that the rich colors and effects used in the film support it. I've seen so many films that drown out the story by using huge amounts of money on special effects. Up shows the world that a movie is to be more about the next big event or action sequence or one big star, but about the story and the people you meet along the way and what you can learn by spending a short amount of time with them. After I left this film, I felt that I had a little glimpse into the mind of the main character Carl. I had invested so much of my emotion into his character that it felt that some of his experiences I had shared with him. That's the sign of a great film. One that will definitely be remembered by me at the end of the year.

David's rating: SEE IT
David's unofficial rating: ****(4 stars)

David's rating key:

SEE IT - Go see it, it's worth watching
SKIP IT - It isn't worth your time or money.

David's unofficial rating key:

4 stars - I'd pay the full price to see the movie twice and recommend it to everyone (Example: Up)
3.5 stars - Better than good, but I found something a little wrong with it. (Example:
3 stars - good, but not great. I'd see it once in theaters (Example: Star Trek)
2.5 stars - middling. I thought this movie was going somewhere, but in the end was disappointing. (Example: Titanic)
2 stars - A genuinely bad movie (Example: X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
1.5 stars - A genuinely bad movie that didn't have much to talk about, but wasn't the bottom of the barrell (Example: Jumper)
1 star - a piece of trash film that is inside the barrel, but not at the bottom. (Example: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days)
.5 stars - A really, really bad movie that I could barely sit through. (Example: Batman and Robin)
0 stars - I hated, hated, hated this movie and was genuinely offended by it (Example: The trailer for The Love Guru because of course I'm not going to see that movie... ever )

Opening Weekend at Waters Edge

So, yesterday I commented that I was going to the Waters Edge grand opening. Yesterday night and this morning I experienced it and it was amazing. First off, I went to the grand opening picnic last night. It was great fun. I sat with my good friends Scott and his wife Jessie. We had amazing food (barbecue, slaw, baked beans) , giveaways of "Limited Edition Waters Edge Beverage Containers" (how many of those things did they make?), moon jumping for the kids (those really big inflatable things), and a great ribbon cutting ceremony complete with fireworks and a ticker tape dispensing helicopter. Wow!

But that was just the beginning. This morning we had an amazing opening service. For the first time in Waters Edge history we had an acrobat on stage performing her talents on a cloth slightly longer than the length between the stage and the ceiling. Man, that takes skill to be able to balance yourself so well.

Also, the band did a great job. Props to my peeps in the band, Phil, Mike, Jon, Keren, Larry, and the bass guitarist who's still awesome but I don't know his name. They started off with a performance of Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve while a video was playing chronicling our history with footage I haven't seen in a very long time to more recent stuff. The band also played that song while the acrobat was performing. After the performance, Phil entered the scene with Rob Shepherd doing "Get this Party Started", a song by one of my favorite Christian artists, if not my absolute favorite, TobyMac, who, by the way, will be playing at Busch Gardens June 28th.

After that, Stu came up and gave a little introduction with his family and thanked some people who were integral in getting our building built. We then sang two worship songs, including my favorite, "From the Inside Out" by Joel Huston from Hillsong. Then Stu gave a sermon on enduring hardship to find God's reward. All in all an amazing service. I can't to see what else God has in store for Waters Edge. It's gonna be great!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

New in my life


Well, I have good news everyone. I am moving to a different position at my job. Yes, gone are the days of working on this project I've been working on for 2 years and I have to say that I could not be happier. I'll be working in the same building, but moving to a different department, which is probably a good thing since my dad and I won't be working in the same department anymore.

Also, and this is long overdue, my friend Jamey finally got married. He's been married for almost 2 weeks now. (See pic on left)

I also went to my church's first service at OUR NEW BUILDING!!!! Woohoo!!!!! This weekend we're having our grand opening. Games, barbecue, music, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. It should be pretty sweet. Sunday is our grand opening service and we're fully expecting to be it packed. I have to say I love the new building. Gone are the uncomfortable chairs, bad noise, locker rooms, floor mats, and drilling up the basketball hoops (which I kinda miss, actually), replaced with a worship center with amazing sound (though a bit loud) and 2 big screens, a Kid Kraze room that looks like a back alley complete with carpet squares for the small groups, electronic check in, HD screens in the lobby. The list goes on. I love it!!! I can't wait to go back again Sunday.

Well, that's all for now. Later, dudes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I couldn't be more proud




So, this weekend I headed up to Blacksburg. Why, you may ask? Well, aside from there being some awesome mountain views and a great road trip, my sister Elisabeth graduated from Virginia Tech. Her major was in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise, (quite a mouthful, I know). Not only does this mean she has a bachelor's degree, but it also means that all 3 of us are out of college. So, my brother and I headed up from the house to see her on Friday. We ended up staying in a dorm because all of the hotels in the area were, of course, booked solid for a very long time. However, the accommodations were quite reasonable.

Friday night we went to the football stadium for the really big ceremony. Before long, the graduates started filing in and there were a lot of them. Thousands started marching in to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance" naturally.

After they were all seated, the ceremony began and it was pretty good. The president gave his speech and the keynote speaker gave his and there were a couple words from the students. Now the way VT does it is that there are 2 ceremonies, one for the whole University and one for each individual college. So the next day, we went to her ceremony for her college. Here it was short, sweet, and to the point.

After Elisabeth had received her diploma and the cermonies were over, we took a little rest and then a few hours later we went to her house for a celebration with some of our relatives and her friends. It was pretty sweet: good food, good people and lots of laughs. I had a great time.

My sister will be going to Arkansas to pursue her masters, so this after she comes to the house in a few days, that may be the last I see of her for a while, but I will enjoy it while she's here. Congratulations, Liz!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Beyond the Wall of the Cubicle

Have you ever felt trapped in your 9 to 5? Have you ever felt like there's got to be something more to your work than what you do everyday? I feel that way a lot. In fact, right now at my job it's always hard to be satisfied with what I do. I've been working the same job for 2 years and to say I'm tired of it would be an extreme understatement. To add to that, I'm surrounded by negativity. People who constantly complain about their job or stating the way he or she thinks the company should be run. I get so sick of it sometimes. Sometimes I just want to say, "If that's the way you feel about your work, why are you still here?" Of course, I restrain myself and try to get my work done, but it's always hard.

Anyway, I shared all of this with one of my dearest friends and she reminded me that there's more to life than what I do at work everyday, that God has called me to something higher. Work is supposed to be a way to glorify God and honor Him through what you do. Not only that, but in everything you do throughout the day you have an opportunity to show your love for your Creator. I just need to be reminded of that sometimes. I believe God placed inside me a desire for something more that is insatiable outside of His plan for my life. He's laid before me a path to follow and I must choose to follow it in order to experience the best life has to offer. When I make my desires match His, man, it's a beautiful experience.

Will you follow yours?

Take care guys.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Free Comic Book Day

So, after the bad experience of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I needed something to get the bad taste out of my mouth. Thankfully, I knew what was happening the next day: Free Comic Book Day. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Josh, my best friend, had been telling me for months about this comic book shop near him called Local Heroes. It was a great spot. You know how when you think of a normal comic book shop you think of a store in a strip mall with the old guy working behind the counter, with geek written all over him, and the cheap metal shelves? Well, at least that's what I think of. Well, Local Heroes is what a comic book shop should be like. It had carpeted floors, wood shelves, a sitting area with a couch and chairs to read your comic books, and a much wider selection than any other comic book shop I've been inside. If I lived in Norfolk this would be the place I'd go.

So, what is Free Comic Book day? It's basically a time where different companies have a chance to advertise what's new for this year in comics as well as let you enjoy some free comics. I'll be honest, most of the free titles sucked, but the ones I got were pretty legit. DC is doing a Green Lantern story entitled "Blackest Night" where the Green Lantern Hal Jordan will face the fabled Black Lantern Corp, a group with black power rings symbolizing death. The free comic they offered gave you enough background to prepare you for the event happening this July. After picking up that and 2 other free titles, I browsed the store to see if there was anything else that intrigued me. I ended up picking up Kingdom Come, which oddly enough I bought for Josh, but never read myself. That's a story with DC characters about an apocalyptic future. I also picked up Batman: The Long Halloween. This Batman story inspired The Dark Knight so needless to say I was intrigued. After purchasing my books, we talked with some of the other patrons. It was really cool hearing what they thought of comic books. One guy I met, Andrew, is going into Anthropology in grad school, and is doing his thesis on folklore, and will be focusing on comics in that area. I think that's neat! I think a lot of people think comic books are geeky and you can't learn much from them. I would heartily disagree. To me, comic books are our time's mythology. It inspires us to rise up and be heroes in our everyday lives with what little we have to offer. All of us are granted gifts and abilities and yes, all of us have our weaknesses as well. However, as Christians, God doesn't just give us gifts, he gives us His Spirit, the Helper who is strong when we are weak and when we follow his promptings, we can begin to truly live. That's why I love following Jesus. He can make a hero out of all of us if we just listen and obey.

Friday, May 01, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: A Review

So, the summer blockbuster season has finally arrived. The first movie on the list is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Pretty self-explanatory title. The film tells of how Wolverine became who he is today. Well, at least it was supposed to. What I saw was the story of a seemingly invincible character get mad because someone messed with his girlfriend. There is a plot, but you barely notice it because every time the action slows down it is just another plot device to get to the next action sequence. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, a man who has done much better work, just watch The Prestige. And for all of his efforts to do a great acting job, Jackman seems trapped in the limitations of a script that didn't care about it's characters.

Now about the action sequences. Some are quite good, most are cliche. You'll know what I'm talking about when you see it. Like a motorcycle somehow managing to survive an explosion or a hero walking off into the sunset with a girl in his arms. I saw this movie with my best friend Josh and I looked over at certain parts where we were laughing and he was laughing along with me and we weren't the only ones. But it wasn't with the movie, it was at it. There are so many strings of illogical plot points that I was beginning to wonder if the makers of the movie had read the comic books. My guess is probably not.

In case you haven't figured it out, I was really disappointed with this film and I am sure that in the weeks to follow word of mouth will get out and many will save their 10 bucks for something better, perhaps to go rent X2.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Return

So, this past week, I had been thinking a lot about what Stu, my pastor, said about having your mind set on your real home, heaven. I even put up a post of a song that went through my head after hearing him preach. Anyway, as I was thinking about it I couldn't help but think that we, as Christians, are also waiting for the King of heaven to return. You see, Jesus is still alive! One day He will return and take back those who follow Him to heaven. While I was thinking about this it was as if God was trying to affirm what my Spirit was telling me and the next day in my devotional Bible I read Luke 17. In this chapter Luke tells of when Jesus spoke of the end times and His eventual return. He spoke of the conditions that the world will be in and what will happen on that glorious day. He says that it will be like the times of Noah and of Lot. A time when the world is being rebellious. Here's how he described it.
On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.
You see Jesus knew that there are people who cling to this world, who consider this world their home. But just as my pastor Stu said, we should realize that our King is alive and that one day we will meet Him, or He will come and meet us. That's the beauty of Christianity, not only does God promise us eternal life, but He paves the way to Him. Only in Christianity do we have a God that is willing to go all the way to death so that we might be with Him. It's a privilege to follow Him by giving Him our lives. I think that's probably why Jesus followed up in Luke by saying this
Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.


Amen. I hope you can rise to the challenge.

A Bit of News

So I am writing this blog with a smile on my face because not only is Hampton Roads experiencing warmth after a long wait, but I am writing to you from a brand new machine. That's right, folks. I am writing to you from a brand new laptop. It's an HP Pavilion Laptop, 400GB hard drive, 4GB RAM, dual core processor, and it comes with a little remote to play media. So, to put it simply. It's a very good machine. Best of all I didn't have to pay much since I got it at Sam's Club. So, yay! It also has a webcam, which I've never really had experience with before purchasing this machine so I'm excited about trying it. All in all, this is an amazing machine and I got a great deal on it. I will be writing a real blog shortly.

--David

Friday, April 24, 2009

Fiction Family

For those of you who don't know about it already, back in January Jon Foreman of Switchfoot teamed up with Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek to do a collaborative album. They originally called the band "The Real SeanJon" in hopes that the well known hip-hop artist would sue them. Jokingly, of course. Later they forsook that name and decided with "Fiction Family". Jon Foreman said he liked the name because it's two words that a lot of people relate to. Fiction is generally something that we desire. And Family consists of people we cling to and who are near and dear to us. He also said that he and Sean are like brothers and both come from San Diego, CA. Thus Fiction Family was born. They came out with their debut album in January and I finally picked up a copy 2 days ago. It's really good stuff. I placed a song that will get you hopping on my playlist. Below is a music video of their hit single "When She's Near". I hope you like it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tornado!

So yesterday, for those of you who weren't awake, there was a tornado warning for my neighborhood. Not only was it on the radar, but we were in the hot spot! So, my mom and I were at home and we heard the news and shut ourselves with our dogs in our little half bath, knowing that we should be in an inner room with no windows should we be hit. So we were in there about a half an hour. Rain started pelting against our windows, wind started howling, hail started falling. Luckily, the tornado didn't touchdown in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I was thanking Jesus after it passed. Have you ever been in a dangerous storm? Tell me about it!

Sincerely,

David Ferrell

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This is Home

For those of you who attend Waters Edge Church, which is most of the people I know, today's sermon was about focusing on the fact that as Christians are home is not on this pebble in the sky called Earth. Our home is in heaven. Well, anyway, while I was sitting in church this morning, a song kept playing over and over and over in my head. The song is Switchfoot's "This is Home" which I've heard live I believe 3 times. They wrote it as part of the The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian soundtrack. Here are the lyrics:


I've got my memories
Always
Inside of me
But I can't go back
Back to how it was
I believe you now
I've come too far
No I can't go back
Back to how it was
Created for a place
I've never known

Chorus:
This is home
Now I'm finally
Where I belong
Where I belong
Yeah, this is home
I've been searching
For a place of my own
Now I've found it
Maybe this is home
Yeah, this is home

Belief over misery
I've seen the enemy
And I won't go back

Back to how it was
And I got my heart
Set on
What happens next
I got my eyes wide
It's not over yet
We are miracles
And we're not alone

(Chorus)

And now after all
My searching
After all my questions
I'm gonna call it home
I got a brand new mindset
I can finally see
The sunset
I'm gonna call it home

(Chorus)

Now I know
Yeah, this is home

I've come too far
And I won't go back
Yeah, this is home.


Here's the video:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Pothen Podcast Episode 12

Here is the latest from the Pothen Podcast, a production that I'm part of featuring my best friend and his brothers.

--David

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Love of God

Sometimes, I sit back in wonder and think about the love that my God, the creator of the Universe and of me has so richly given us. To think that we, mere mortals, have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. When I think of the fact that we serve the only God who was willing to die so that we might have that experience, when I think of the price that was paid, when I think of who God is and who I am and How much he loves me in spite of it, it makes me want to sing. To think that I, a sinner, who deserved death, was rescued from the fiery pit of hell by the sacrifice of God's only Son so that I may be granted an inheritance born of grace and mercy is amazing. Not only that, but while I'm in earth, he chooses to use that very sinner, that man who was once in the enemy camp. He placed His trust in the church to do His work while we wait for His Son's mighty return. Wow!

I'm not the only one to think of the love of God, many a song has been written about it. One of my favorites described the inadequacy of man to fully describe the love of God. If I remember the story correctly, it was written by a madman who could only cling to one thing, the love of God and he wrote these words:

Could we with ink the oceans fill
Or were the sky of Parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade.
To write the love of God above
Would drain the oceans dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky.


I think that says it all. God so richly loved us that we are completely inadequate to describe it. It leaves us so spellbound and awestruck that the only thing acceptable is to give our lives in response.

And that's what I challenge you to do. Encounter the love of God, open your eyes to what He's done for you and in return, live your life for Him. You won't regret it.

I've placed Mercy Me's version of the song on my playlist. Take a listen if you want.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

My favorite violin piece.

Ladies and gentleman I present to you the 3rd movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins.

Hated and Blessed

So I was reading Luke today. And today I came across the infamous Beatitudes.

And I noticed something.

One of the Beatitudes, was longer than all the rest.

And Jesus made mention of it because we as Christians will go through it.

Here's what he said in Luke 6:22, 23

22 Blessed are you when men hate you.
And when they exclude you,
And revile you , and cast out
your name as evil,
For the Son of Man's sake.

23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their
fathers did to the prophets.
The point here is that we should be rejoicing when men hate you. Now why is this? Surely, there is absolutely nothing untruthful or harmful about being a Christian. Well, God promises Christians that we will suffer persecution for believing what we believe. For the unwavering Christian, there is a constant spiritual battle going on that we cannot see, but our Spirit testifies to. The enemy is constantly trying to gain ground on what is the Lords. And the enemy is unrelenting in his attempts to bring the Church to his side. But we are only given persecution when we are a threat to the enemy. We are only attacked when we are after something he wants. There are so many people in the Church that the enemy doesn't need to worry about because he's already got 'em.

This is why Jesus says if you're being hated, rejoice! Hatred is a tool used by the enemy to try to bring us down. But if we react in the opposite spirit than what he's expecting by doing what is unselfish and rejoicing, we begin messing with his head.

Jesus also says that this is what happened to the prophets. And most prophets that I read about, got their coolest experience when they stood firm on what they believed in and rejoiced for the Lord. Just look at Elijah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Moses, etc.

It's time for the church to not succumb to being politically correct when we're being hated for being different than the world. It's time to be different! It's time to stand up for what's right in America and around the world. I'm sick of the world dictating what the Church should look like. I'm also sick of the Church catering towards what's cool instead of what's right. Speak the truth and don't back down. Hold on to what you believe and rejoice for Jesus Christ promised you a great reward in heaven.

Amen.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Film Festival

This weekend I went to a film festival in Norfolk. On Friday night, I saw a series of short films, and short short films. I watched about, say 10 short films. The best of the ones I saw were the following:

Hot Dog
Buckets
Gone Fishing
About Face
Canned

Hot Dog was an animated short about a fire dog by a man named Bill Plympton. It was hilarious.

Buckets was my favorite, about a day in the life of a guy who plays buckets as drums for a living and the struggles he deals with and how music defines him.

Gone Fishing was my second favorite, but ended up taking home the best short prize. You can find more about it at www.livingspirit.com

The following day, Saturday, I saw the winners of the festival, which were the following

Best Short Short: Hot Dog
Best Short: Gone Fishing
Best Documentary and Best Environmental Film: The Last Days of Shishmaref (really, really good)
Best Feature: Under the Snow (Spanish film about factory workers and subsidizing)
Grand Jury Prize: Pinhas (a film about Jewish life and the conflict of one child in deciding his beliefs. Great child acting.)

All the films I saw that day, as one would expect were good that day. My favorite that they showed that day was probably the Last Days of Shishmaref. It is a very touching and heart-wrenching story about how nature is destroying a small village on the coast of Alaska.

But Buckets ended up being the one that stuck with me the most.

So, next year, I plan to go again. Maybe some of you would like to come too! Later dudes!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Collision

A quote that I've always loved came to my mind this week. The funny thing is, I have no idea why. Maybe it was because I've had some pretty eye opening experiences this week or maybe it's because I've come to understand a little bit more of how little I am compared to my Creator. Anyway, the quote goes like this:

When divinity meets depravity it is a beautiful collision.


This is something that I've always found fascinating about God. That no matter how depraved or lost we are, He will meet us where we are. All we have to do is believe. But there's more to this quote than that. It also holds a promise to the believer. For in times of struggle, in times of darkness, when God meets us, its like nothing else. Words fail to describe the emotions and thoughts I have when God comes to meet me.

This quote not only is an encouragement to me, but also spurs me on to be a light to someone else and maybe help someone collide with God.

Now, some of you maybe be wondering where the quote originated. Well, the quote used to be said regularly after a David Crowder * Band show. This tradition along with other circumstances led the band to write a song entitled "A Beautiful Collision", which I have placed on the top of my playlist.

Just listen to the song and soak in what God wants to tell you and may you encounter a collision of your own.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A little creeped out, but I'm ok

So, something really bizarre and scary happened yesterday. I came home from work with my dad and we rounded the corner to find cop cars surrounding a house literally around the corner from where I live. It's behind the house that's across the street from us. I came to find out later that someone was murdered. Yeah. I and my neighbors are fine and the police are doing everything they can to sort this out. It will probably take a while until the police leave, but it's scary to think that something that horrible happened so close. I read murder mysteries growing up, never thinking that one would be in my own backyard! Please pray for the family members of the victim and the surrounding neighbors peace. Something like this can really take a toll. It's weird that I'm typing this right after my previous blog entry. Anyway, I'll see you guys later. Take care.

In Christ,
David

Monday, March 09, 2009

In the Dark

So yesterday, my pastor, whom almost all of you who read this blog know, talked about being in the dark. In other words, being in pain and suffering, that sometimes we can't see God. This is a subject that has always intrigued me and fascinated me. Our God is so big and powerful, but yet he allows suffering in the world. Why? Well, it's something I've studied and there's not really an easy answer, but here's my answer. God gave us free will and by giving us free will he let us choose right or wrong. He loves us so much and has so much respect for us that He will let us choose not to follow Him because by giving us a choice He also allows us to choose to truly love Him and by having that choice, we are loving God by our own volition and are not puppets on a string. But God took it one step further when He placed His Son on a cross. When Jesus died, he entered into our suffering. Imagine all the pain and hurt in the world being slowly swallowed and digested, that's what Christ did for us. He bore all the sins of the world when he hung on that tree and bled so that we might one day be reconciled with the Father. Wow.

I had the opportunity to lead my Community Group today on the subject and presented this to them. I think they took the truth to their hearts. It was great to be able to share God's truth to the people I care about.

So what about you? Do you wonder where God is when you're in the dark? My answer for you is to focus your eyes on the cross. It is there that God's love broke through our suffering.

I love you guys.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Family Day

My sister and brother came home today. We had a great time hanging out. We started out having lunch and getting caught up with each other. After lunch we played one of my all time favorite outdoor games. We played best out of 3 and needless to say I whooped on the competition. My sister and I won 2, my brother and dad won 1.

After that we went over to the nearest elementary school and played 3 rounds of horse. Except for my dad, we each won one game. The final game was a battle of epic proportions between myself and my brother. I ended up winning by a free throw.

After that we went to my grandma's house and she had soup for us. My grandfather does what he always does and tells one of his stories. We only stayed for a little while because now my mom has for us an amazing meatloaf dinner. So I'm gonna go eat now.

You guys have a good day and don't forget to change your clock!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Watchmen review

Ok. So I finally saw the movie I've been waiting a year to see. I have to say, it was well worth the wait. This was an amazing experience. Watchmen was visually stunning. Zack Snyder has uncanny ability to recreate the world of Watchmen. But it doesn't stop there. The adaptation is very faithful to the source material, to the point of replication in some areas, including Dr. Manhattan's trip to Mars. But as I'm saying this, I know in my mind that this movie will have split opinion among movie goers. In my mind, this movie was a masterpiece, a well thought out, detailed, visually complex, character-driven movie that honors the graphic novel even while changing the ending, which while being different, produces the same effect as the original ending and maintains the messages and themes of the book. I will probably see this one again as it lends itself to multiple viewings. For now though, I give it 4 stars.

--David Ferrell

P.S. Great Soundtrack

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Watchmen

Tonight is the night. When the clock strikes midnight, I will be sitting in a theater surrounded by fans of one of the greatest, if not the greatest graphic novel of all time. The unfilmable film has finally arrived. Let's hope it lives up to the hype. For those of you who don't know anything about Watchmen. I have a few words to help you all.

First of all, shame on you! Just kidding.

The characters in Watchmen are as follows.

The Comedian / Edward Morgan Blake (Jeffrey Dean Morgan): Eddie Blake started off his career on the Minutemen team. He's one of two government sanctioned vigilantes. He is murdered at the beginning of Watchmen and his backstory unfolds as the book progresses.

Nite Owl II / Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson): An avid ornothologist, Dan retired after the Keene Act forced made costumed superheroes illegal. Now he spends his days chatting with Hollis Mason (Nite Owl I) and remembering old times and longing for purpose.

Rorschach (Walter Kovacs) (Jackie Earle Haley): The only active vigilante at work at the present time. Ruthless, psychotic, Rorschach wears an ever-changing black and white that never mixes, just as in his mind there is no gray. Only good and evil.

Silk Spectre II / Laurie Juspeczyk (Malin Akerman): Daughter of Silk Spectre I (Sally Jupiter), Laurie took up the mantle to follow in her mother's footsteps. Haunted by her and her mother's past, Laurie finds answers.

Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman (Billy Crudup): The other government sanctioned superhero and the only one with real powers. Dr. Manhattan has near limitless power as he is able to manipulate matter.

This information should be enough to give you an introduction. Go see the movie, then read the graphic novel. There will be a review following my viewing of the movie.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Funny video blog

For those of you who are not aware, I'm a huge fan of British humor, especially the Monty Python team. Here is what has been dubbed as one of the greatest skits from the show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" For those of you who love Monty Python and seen this video, I hope this is a happy return. For those of you who have never seen Monty Python (shame on you), I hope this video will be only the beginning of what you see from this hilarious band of Britons.

Ladies and gentleman I give you, "Dead Parrot"

Preach the gospel at all times...

My parents are the type that are constantly speaking scripture to me and for that I am eternally grateful. There are a few verses, though, that seem to come up all the time when we have conversations. One such verse is Colossians 3:23

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men."

I have to remind myself of this verse each day because frankly, I don't like my job some days, especially lately. I'm on a project that isn't fun and that most people want to be over and done with as soon as possible, myself included. However, this verse helps me realize that the focus should not be only on your work yourself, because getting the job done is important, but also on the person for whom you are working.

What this verse is basically saying is to give God glory through the work that you do. You see, you work for God, not really your boss. This doesn't mean you should not listen to your boss. On the contrary, you should respect his or her authority and do the best you can at your job. What this does mean is that you shouldn't work half-hearted on your job. Instead you should work as if Jesus was watching your every move. This is a huge challenge for me. My work can be very monotonous and even downright boring, but when I remind myself who I am working for it makes a world of difference.

What amazes me is that when I start working in that fashion, God rewards me. Maybe not in the way I'd expect, but He blesses me nonetheless. I believe it's also one of the best ways you can point people to God. After all, actions do speak louder than words.


"Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words."

-St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I can hear the angels play.

For those of you who don't know. I'm pretty much way open to supernatural occurrences and believe in healing, miracles, that sort of stuff. All that to say that I experienced something so out there on Friday night that some of you may not believe what I'm about to say.

So anyway, I went Friday night over to the Restoration Life Christian Center, a tiny little building over on Harpersville Rd., for a Burn meeting. What Burn does, is about once a month, a bunch of on fire Christians get together for a night of crying out to the Lord through praise, worship, dancing, art, preaching, etc. It's basically a night guided by the direction of the Holy Spirit, and it's awesome. So we're in the middle of it all, and the Holy Spirit's presence is so thick and real and the music is going great and the crowd starts dancing. Then one of the musicians says, "I think I heard flutes. But I don't see anybody playing a flute. Let's keep going with this." So the band starts playing again and I start to hear flutes all around me as loud as the music coming from the stage. I look all around me and I see no flutes. I look back on the stage, no flutes. Finally, I came to the conclusion that I was hearing a heavenly presence, more than likely angels, accompanying the band, in harmony no less, and it sounded like they were standing all around me. God was moving mightily that night and I got to be a part of it. Woooooooo! I think God's got a plan for this Peninsula and I want to be a part of it.

I want more of you Jesus! Bring the rain!

--David Ferrell