Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our Family Superbowl commercial

Well, finally got around to gettin all the kids together to shoot the dream superbowl commercial...then came the tears, the frustration, the "come on you can do it", the "Dad we don't want our friends to see us on TV."... to "I give up..." Well, looked at the footage thinking it was a bust and is our commercial for the Superbowl. This will be played throughout the American Forces Network in Europe for a YOUDOIT competition. YOu see, we can't see American commercials here by they said they were tired of the complaining and told the people to send in anything...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Magazine and promotion

Hello all... I have finished the latest edition of the ECHO magazine. I have been the editor of this magazine for almost a year now... This one was developed from scratch with one thought...make it simple.
Also, for those who might not know, I interviewed for the Public Affairs Officer position here, which is a GS-12 slot...similar to a Major in the military. It was a strange and difficult process, but did receive the promotion. This is a significant increase in responsibility and pay.
I give all of the credit to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Only He could have orchestrated this past year. He moved me out of the Marine Corps where He promoted me to Master Sergeant, God gave me a job in Germany at the most beautiful spot in the world, then, in record time, promoted me from GS-9 to GS-12. This is ALL GOD's GRACE.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two of my favorite words in the Bible


After struggling with what to preach a few weeks ago...I kept hearing in my mind to talk about two words which made a tremendous impact in my life...words which hit me at a moment where I was constantly in fear of making mistakes.

Before I tell you the words...let me tell you why the "two words" were important. There were times when it would seem like I disgraced my family, times where I let people in the church down, times where my mouth got in the way, the preaching was too "showy" vice "Holy Spirit" led, I was doing 7 things in the church and leaving the family alone, times where I did not tell someone about Jesus who passed away... just felt like a big failure.

Peter did this all the time. He told Jesus to stop talking about His coming death, blurted out that a church should be built based on experience, walked on water but took his eyes off of Jesus and fell in the water, but his biggest failure was cursing and telling people he didn't know Jesus...what made it worse was that JESUS looked at Peter right when Peter cursed. Peter ran and "wept bitterly."

I have had people come seconds away from praying to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and you know what they said, "I can't pray because God would never accept me after all the things that I have done." Well, let's dispel that MYTH and LIE right now.


So, here is Peter, crying and feeling as a complete failure. Three days later Jesus' tomb was empty. He had risen from the dead. The angel told the women to go get the Disciples AND PETER.

Did you read that... Here is the verse "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'" Mark 16:7

God made sure to tell the angel to mention Peter when talking of the risen Lord. How about that. The guy who cursed Jesus was loved by God. He was specifically pointed out by the angel. Can you imagine Peter in the corner of the room with all the disciples. He was probably thinking "How could God ever forgive me for what I have done." The other disciples were probably thinking "Oh man, stay away from Peter" He messed up bad.

Then Mary runs in and says, Jesus is risen...I was sent to tell the disciples and specifically PETER. WOW!!! Oh how God loves you and me. No matter how bad you are or think you are, there is room at the cross for THEE.


Pastor Johnny Hunt's personal testimony

A story worth reading....

There are many out there who read this blog who have never been "saved." You have never placed your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, never believed in your heart that He died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead and confessed with your mouth that you are a sinner in need of Him. I have had the opportunity to talk to many of you through tears, through tough times and through great times.

I would hope that you would click here to read one of my favorite stories about God's grace on one of my favorite pastors of all time, Johnny Hunt. Someone out there has been waiting to read something like this...because it describes your life. Johnny dropped out of HS at 16 and ran a pool a pastor of one of the largest churches and president of the SBC. Their church Web site is ... and to watch him go to the

Here is an excerpt:
Occasionally, someone will stop me and ask, “Johnny, do you think a person can be saved and not be changed?” Well, I have an opinion but my opinion really doesn’t matter. But when God has an opinion on something, it really does matter. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away and, behold, all things are become new.” Jesus Christ is in the life changing business. He changed Paul of Tarsus. He changed Peter, the fisherman.
He changed Matthew, the tax collector. He even changed Legion, a man possessed of demons! I’d like to take a moment now and share with you my own personal experience and confrontation with a living God and how Jesus Christ changed my life.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 cousin...last few hours

Well, here is a picture of my cousins in AZ...Colin and Hayden(right). Hayden has been in the hospital for more than 45 days and today he is supposed is thought to be his last day on earth before going home to be with the Lord. I am still hoping for a miracle from God... we had a lot of time together as little ones... I had the privilege of seeing him again during a cross-country visit and during my grandmother's funeral a few years ago. He was glowing. We had a blast together ...almost like kids... he was smiling and still the same wonderful, fun-loving, easy to get a long with guy.
I regret not flying to see him for a hunting lesson...something I promised to do but never made the trip. Oh this is hard.. I love you Hayden...

Friday, January 15, 2010

My superbowl video...for contest

AFN Europe is hosting a Youdoit commercial contest for the superbowl. You see, overseas they can't play the cool they asked people to send them in. Well, we created actors are from work. It was fun. They call Soccer in Germany... FUTBALL... so, hope you enjoy...

Larry Torres
or go to my site for the link

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn's one on one with Sarah Palin

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn's one on one with Sarah Palin

Friday, January 08, 2010

Sarah Palin: Wrong prescription for America? (

Sarah Palin: Wrong prescription for America? (

Brit Hume tells need Jesus

Journalist: Jesus Christ - 'two most explosive words in English language'
Associated Press - 1/7/2010 5:50:00 AM

WASHINGTON - Fox News analyst Brit Hume says he doesn't regret urging Tiger Woods to become a Christian so the golfer can find forgiveness for marital infidelity.

Hume told CBN News that "Christianity is a religion for sinners -- and I think that Tiger Woods has an opportunity here, and my prayer would be that he would take it." Hume has been denounced for saying that he doesn't think the famous golfer's belief in Buddhism "offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith." (See earlier article) The longtime journalist said he wasn't surprised that the remark aroused controversy. "If you're trying to find the two most explosive words in the English language, those two words are 'Jesus Christ,'" he stated. He recognizes that openly expressing faith in Jesus Christ offends a lot of people. "People rage about this," he said. "It's very offensive to those who don't share the faith, [and] it's offensive to some people who claim they do share the faith. This is to be expected, and it has been happening to people who proclaim their faith in Christ for as long as anybody can remember -- this is part of the deal."

Hume described how he became a Christian. "Eleven years ago, my son committed suicide," he shared. "And as you can imagine, it was absolutely devastating. And yet throughout that whole horrible time, I had this sense that God was there for me, that he would rescue me, that he would save me -- and he did." The news analyst said he was deeply moved by the hundreds of letters of condolence he received after that tragedy. "I felt that I was seeing in them the face of God," he recalled, "and I felt that it was time for me now to face up to the Christian faith which I purported to belong to, and try to face up to the implications of what I purported to believe -- and I've been trying ever since."

Friday, January 01, 2010

Some of our closest friends in the world had their baby New Year's day. Derek and Allison are proud parents of their girl Adelle. Praise the Lord!!! WE love you guys.


Our favorite Saturday and holiday morning tradition... Pancakes. We started with Brandon and Anthony... then Noah... then Rafael... well, now Maria pushes her brothers out of the way to get her chance to cook. (for all the moms...don't worry, they don't touch the hot plate)

New Year in Eppstein

We planned on going to sleep, but the bells were ringing and fireworks were going off everywhere. The church bells for both churches kept ringing and ringing...and the real cool part... we live up the mountain, so the fireworks were going off right next to our house. It was beautiful.