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Friday, February 24, 2006

Idol Results Show

So - I was at least right about 2 out of 4. I was really suprised to see Becky go - although it would have happened soon. I really expected to say goodbye to Kevin and Kinnik. I remember Patrick and Heather now - they would have been on my "to go" list.

Until next week...

Bible in a Year

I found a great resource the other day and wanted to share it with you. Christianity.com has a section of their website with daily Bible readings so that you can read through the Bible in a year. You can even choose the translation and track your progress. I've signed up and am almost through my first week of readings. I'm really enjoying it - it's so very cool to be able to track my progress. The only thing that would make it even cooler is if they had some sort of journal capability to be tied to each day - maybe someday my programming husband will come up with a program that has that capability.

In the meantime, join me in reading through the Bible in a year...here's the link

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Idol Picks

I know it's silly - and you're probably going to make fun of me - but I'm loving the new season of American Idol. Somehow I got hooked this time. You may not believe it - but I haven't watched the show at all since the first season. I'm a huge Kelly Clarkson fan - and thought that the talent hasn't compared since. BUT - I think this season is different. I think there are several stars in the making this season...so here are my pics after watching the performances these last 2 days:

Who I DIDN'T like:
Bobby Bennett - I think he is the worst performer of all the boys and girls. Cool guy - interesting personality - but not an American Idol in my opinion.
Sway - I really don't like his style - but I think lots of other people will and so he probably won't be going home tonight.
Kevin Covais - I love this kid. Maybe in a few years he'll be ready for the competition, but right now he's just not as good as the rest.
Taylor Hicks - I love this guy too! He's really interesting and real and passionate, but I don't understand why the judges all thought his performance was good - I really thought he was the worst singer of the entire group. But since everyone else likes him so much - and because he is so funny - he will probably make it to the next round.

These guys are my 3 favorites - by far!:
Elliott Yamin - It's weird how often I agreed with Simon last night on the boys - this guy was the best of the bunch. He has an awesome voice, picked a great song, and definitely is likable. He'll make it to the very end - or at least he should!
Ace Young - Great voice, great presence, great performer - cool guy. This guy will also make it to the end!
Chris Daughtry - I loved this guy - and not just because he sang Bon Jovi :) He's got one of the best voices - and is definitely a great performer.

I also liked Bucky (the cowboy), Will Makar (he looks an awful lot like John Mayer in my opinion - I really like this guy) and David Radford (the crooner). I didn't like Gedeon (his smile bugged me too), but have to admit that he has a good voice - and will probably not go home tonight. I honestly don't remember Patrick. I don't remember him being bad, but obviously he was forgettable for me.

Okay, for the girls:
Katherine McPhee - LOVED her voice. She reminds me of Kelly Clarkson, but with more training - she has incredible potential. I think she might walk away with the whole competition - or at least make it to the very end.
Paris Bennett - This girl has TALENT!!! Not only is her voice unique and beautiful - she is the best performer of the girls. People are going to love her!
Lisa Tucker - I actually thought her voice was better than Paris - and she has the potential to be even better. I loved the uniqueness of her voice - cool chick!

Who I would vote off:
Stevie Scott - didn't like her style. She missed ALOT of notes. Don't think she'll make through tonight's elimination.
Kinnik Sky - she looked awesome. But her voice didn't match. Too many wrong notes, and not enough talent. I think she'll go tonight too.
Melissa McGhee - I don't remember much about her performance other than the fact that I didn't like it. She'll probably make it through tonight though - I think.

I DID like:
Kellie Pickler - I love this girl. She is not the best singer or performer, but has potential to be much better than we've seen so far. She won't win, but I really hope she does well.
Ayla Brown - weird song choice. Didn't show off her talent in my opinion. You could tell she has a great voice. I want to see what else she can do.
Mandisa - I like her style, her voice and her passion. She's not the best singer in the competition, but she's really good.

I DIDN"T like:
Brenna Gethers - She has a good voice. But her song last night was terrible. I don't like her attitude - and I think that affects my opinion of her voice a little. I don't think she'll make it too far, though - b/c I think America will get tired of her too.
Becky Donahue - she hit some wrong notes, but I liked the choice of song, and think she has great potential as a performer. She doesn't have the best vocal quality - her style is cool, though. I really don't know how far she'll get.

I don't remember Heather Cox at all either - not at all.

Bottom line:
I think that Kevin Covais and Bobby Bennett are the boys going home, and that Stevie Scott and Kinik Sky will be the girls that leave.

What do you think?

Monday, February 13, 2006

Compass Happenings

There is a new blog in town!!!

Compass Church has just launched a new blog! It's where you'll find all the information you need about what is going on at Compass. We're using it as a sort of online newsletter, with announcements, updates, and even sermon "extras". Check it out here.

Sunday was great, by the way! It is so awesome to be in the Roanoke Recreation Center! We were able to experiment with the lighting this week and it made a HUGE difference. We also were able to get setup in less time than previous weeks - yeah!!

I couldn't be more certain that this is exactly where we're supposed to be - and that's a wonderful feeling! There still are (and I'm sure always will be) a few kinks to work out, a few areas where we could improve - but all in all - I think we really have something here. Something worth throwing the weight of my life behind - something to really get excited and serious about. The potential has been there all along - but I think we're really becoming more than ever before what God has planned for this area at this time.

God has been faithful to us - to lead us to this place. Now we are excited to have the opportunity to be faithful to what He has called us to do - to His vision for our lives and for our church! What a privilege to be able to be a part of God's plan - to be able to see Him do incredible things. I can't wait for what He has in store for Compass Church!

Ephesians 3:20-21:
20Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. 21May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

CD Reviews

Guess what CD I got last night?!?! I'll give you a hint - he was the blonde contestant on Rock Star INXS...still don't know? Well, my husband suprised me last night with the "Marty Casey and Love Hammers" CD. IT ROCKS!!
Not just because I now get to hear "Trees" whenever I want to - but because he is a really great songwriter - and the music is just awesome!! I haven't been this excited about a CD since I got the Bon Jovi CD w/ "It's My Life" on it (another song that really makes me happy!)

Here are a few other CDs I got lately:

Tree63: The Worship Album - this one is even better than I thought it would be...be expecting several of these songs to show up on Sunday mornings in the near future. Fav songs on this album: King, I Stand for You, Great Kindness, Lift, No Other

X Worship 2006 (various artists) - not as good as I'd hoped. I have a lot of these songs already. But I did find a song from Kutless ("Finding Who We Are") that I love and can't wait to share with Compass Church-goers. Fav songs: In the Burning (Something Like Silas), Finding Who We Are (Kutless)

Flyleaf (self-titled) - better than I expected. Also much heavier than I expected. I honestly haven't listened to this CD very much yet. Fav songs: Breathe Today, I'm So Sick

Telecast: Eternity is Now - It's ok, but not as good as their last album. I haven't listened to this CD much yet - but I'm sure I'll have my favorite songs picked from it within a week. It's not a heavy album - very mellow. Great lyrics, but the music bored me a little when I first listened to it. I'm sure it will grow on me, though. I really like this band!

Krystal Meyers: self-titled - I LOVE this CD. It has so many great hits on it. She rocks! Kind of along the lines of Kelly Clarkson or Superchick. Kind of pop, with a little rock mixed in. Fav songs: The Way to Begin, My Savior, Anticonformity (so far).

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Music Poll

I'm curious. I'd like to take a poll.
1) What are your 5 favorite bands / artists?
2) What is your favorite song - currently?
3) What is your favorite song of all time?
4) What are the 2 radio stations you listen to most often?
5) What is your favorite style of music?

Here are my answers:
1) The David Crowder Band
Charity Von
John Mayer
Audio Adrenaline
Kelly Clarkson
Bon Jovi
Building 429
Gavin Degraw
(I couldn't pick just 5)
2) "The Narrow" - Charity Von
3) "Travelin Band" - CCR
4) 89.7 Power FM - I don't have a second. If there's nothing on Power FM, I'm listening to my CDs.
5) Rock