Baptism in a van down by the river

Today was an awesome day to be out at the water, grilling food, playing music, and watching people get baptized. I will just let the following photos speak for themselves. It was a blast and Sarah and I are beyond blessed to have found a home among this community of fellow believers.

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Jesus is real… and he is headed back weather you are ready for it or not.

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Hidden messages within modern commercials

Today’s post is another one regarding the degradation of our society away from the core values of morality.

While I was in the break room this morning I happened to catch this 30 second car commercial. For one, it shows how no one actually communicates anymore. Instead, people find themselves consumed by their devices (or better put; vices). The thing that I took away from this commercial however was the last thing the driver had to say.

He said, and I quote… “I have a brand new putter you don’t even know about. It’s awesome.” The way in which he said it, implying that it would remain a secret did not sit well with me at all.

Having pointed that out, I like how this commercial is so subtle with its none car insurance related message. First of all, we see the nice car, the beautiful healthy kids and pretty wife, as well as the insane amount of gadgets everyone in the car has. As a result it is very easy to assume that this is what success is supposed to look like.

Because, honestly… this family seems to have it together when you consider those aspects of the visuals we are presented (new car. Tons of expensive toys, etc.).

But, I digress.

Not only is this family disconnected as a result of being connected to their vices. It also implies through the driver’s final statement that there is a level of dishonesty, resentment, or even an intentional withholding of information within the family unit. Despite the fact that this family appears to have it together based on their material possessions, we can clearly see that the spiritual integrity of their relationships as a family is not founded in having open and honest dialogue.

I don’t know about you, but I would prefer honesty over luxury any day. Unfortunately, in this day and age we are constantly force fed this type of subtle propaganda to no end.

The sad truth is that this commercial is a success simply due to the fact that so many people within a family unit can relate to something as subtle as making a several hundred dollar purchase in secret while knowing that every financial decision can and does affect the entire family unit.

In short, if you are a covetous  person who prefers the pursuit of self interest over the values of honesty within your family unit, then this car insurance is for you.

But… who are we kidding. I am clearly ignorant, and I am just overthinking things. What’s the harm in shoving this down millions of people’s throats on constant repeat?

Probably nothing.

A family that longs to grow

Well, now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak (meaning that Sarah and I have talked with our parents), I figured I would post a quick little blog about it here. Sarah and I have been together for 7 years, this year. Our life together has been pretty great with very few bumps in the road along the way. And, life seems to be coming together.

With that in mind, we have been thinking about starting a family outside of just us, our two dogs, and one cat.

That’s right… we have been talking about having children.

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But, not just any children. God has put in on our hearts to foster and adopt. There are countless children across the world that are in need of a loving home. And when you break it down even smaller to a place like just the county that we live in, the numbers somehow still manage to remain astronomical. With that in mind, we feel that this step in our lives together is one way to show the love of Christ. To show selflessness. To show love, compassion, and care. To make a difference. Although this difference will only be made in the life of perhaps just one child, to that child this difference is a world of difference.

And so, I am writing this blog asking for prayer from those that do pray as we move forward with this journey together. We have picked out a local Christian organization to work with and have begun jumping through the hoops of their program.

We look forward to what the Lord has in store.

Foundations of a New Financial System

I stumbled across this Forbes Magazine article and I had to share it. Here are a few quick little quotes from the article just to give an overview of what the article is about.

“Aadhaar is a biometric database based on a 12-digit digital identity, authenticated by finger prints and retina scans.”

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“India Stack allows citizens to open a bank account or brokerage account, buy a mutual fund, or share medical records anywhere in India with just a fingerprint or retinal scan from Aadhaar.”

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“Modi’s move to demonetize the country was viewed as an isolated event. However, it was the action that forced everyone into the new digital system.”

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“If the transition to a digital society can happen in India, where just 2% of transactions were non-cash a few years ago, it can happen anywhere.”

This article was an amazing find. And when you consider the fact that it was posted only two days ago… as a Christian you can’t help but get excited.

And here’s why…

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. – Revelation 13:16-17 NKJV

Get ready people. The end is right on top of us. And though you may not want to admit it… the signs of Christ’s initial arrival were subtle and the people of that day believed it not. what makes you think this sort of thing will be any different?

A post for the family since I don’t do traditional social media

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So, this blog site has been up for a little while now. And honestly, the only thing I ever really post about despite the fact that no one really reads it, is the countless reasons I know for a fact that NASA is 100% fake. With that in mind, I decided to post something different. Since I am not on any social media sites, I figured it would be good to do a post for my family. Show you guys a little bit of what is going on in my world from half way across the country (and in some cases across the state).

Although living in Austin is awesome I have to admit I miss my family. I miss my moms and my dads. I miss my in-laws. I miss my old friends from Florida. And even those from East Texas. Regardless, the love is still flowing strong way over here in the center of it all.

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Jake the Dog and Walter White are constantly wrestling in the doorway while I am trying to walk by. Not only that, but today was our first official day back from vacation where we celebrated our 7th anniversary. To kick things off right, when I got home from work we tackled the yard. Grass has been mowed. Weeds have been wacked.

Not only that, but while we were gone Sarah’s parents dropped in and house sat the pets for us. During their say they managed to do a little gardening. We got a new set of cacti potted on the back porch… and a brand new baby tree in the back yard. Seven years from now (assuming we still live in the same house or the end of the world hasn’t happened), it will be refreshing to see how much that tree has grown as we celebrate another long string of anniversaries.

Sarah’s mom also potted a few pepper plants and a tomato plant for me. It is something I have been meaning to do myself, but life just seems to always get in the way. Now that I have them going however, I can enjoy the pleasure of maintaining my own mini garden. I am excited about this, because gardening always reminds me of my grandfather, Gilbert Nunez. Growing up he had an epic garden that covered a pretty solid portion of the back yard. And I have fond memories of picking veggies with him and watering. Back before I started touring as a musician I had a pretty hefty little potted garden in the back of the venue I ran in Florida. But that was a lifetime ago. Feels good to finally have one started back up again.

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The garden prep that Sarah’s mom did was my birthday present (birthday was just a few days ago).

Other than that, Sarah is on summer break. I have a part time job while I am working toward passing Board exams for my future career. And, I recently became the drummer at the church we attend. So, that’s cool. May not be on tour… but the music is still going strong.

Life is good.