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Creative Message Recap – John 4 in One Minute

Gracepoint Fellowship Church Berkeley has recently started doing “creative” message recaps each Sunday before the messages to help us all remember what was preached the past Sunday by Pastor Ed Kang. Check out the video that was created on John 4, the message on the Samaritan woman, in one minute. If you listen closely you will hear when Pastor Ed’s voice gets auto tuned, at least it sounds that way… Enjoy

Give Them All: Pastor Ed Kang’s Favorite Campfire Song

Given that we are on the topic of campfire songs, one song that I always think of during those campfire times with Pastor Ed Kang and Kelly Kang is this oldie but goodie “Give Them All”. Pastor Ed has said that this is one of his favorite songs to sing so I figured it would be good to post it and share it with you all. The song is pretty and the lyrics are so true to life.

Give Them All
Are you tried of chasing pretty rainbows
Are you tired of spinning round and round
Wrap up all the shattered dreams of your life
And at the feet of Jesus lay them down

Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
Shattered dreams wounded hearts broken toys
Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
And He will turn your sorrow into joy

He never said you would only see sunshine
He never said there would be no rain
He only promised us a heart full of singing
That’s the very thing that once brought pain

Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
Shattered dreams wounded hearts broken toys
Give them all give them all give them all to Jesus
And He will turn your sorrow into joy

Campfire 101- Ray of Gracepoint UCLA

Many of you may already know this but Ray, from our Gracepoint UCLA church, is one of the best at leading campfire times in a group of any size. In fact, he’s even led a campfire time indoors where the campfire was a video being played on a laptop! Yes, he’s that good. So good, that we asked him to put together some videos of some of his favorite campfire songs during his time here at Gracepoint Berkeley so that we can 1. learn to sing them and 2. learn to play them as well. Some things we can’t imitate about Ray, but at least next time these songs come up, you can sing along loudly! Today’s video comes from Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Enjoy!

Farewell Mike – Destination: Gracepoint UCLA (Gracepoint Los Angeles)

Last week we sent off one of our “older” praiseband members, our go to electric guitarist Mike. He and his wife will be leaving Gracepoint Berkeley and joining Gracepoint UCLA or Gracepoint Los Angeles, the church plant we are starting in the fall. We are really going to miss Mike here in Berkeley; both his guitar skills as well as his company. We will be praying for you Mike! Oh and as a sendoff special, here’s an old tutorial video he did for us back in the day. Enjoy!

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Praiseband Bloopers: From the Inside Out

I believe this one hails from praise at  Gracepoint Berkeley’s Koinonia college fellowship. Another electric guitar snafu…boy just goes to show that we should appreciate Mike and Jeff that much more. But thanks to guys like Steven you get to enjoy the latest blooper!

Enjoy! haha

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New Student Welcome Night 2009: Searching

Summer has come and gone here at Gracepoint Berkeley, and suddenly, New Student Welcome Night (Aug. 26 & 27) is only two weeks away!

For those who don’t know, NSWN09 is the must-go event for new students every fall Welcome Week on the UC Berkeley campus. Sponsored by Koinonia, Acts2Fellowship, and Kairos Christian fellowships, NSWN09 is  a night of rocking praise, videos, skits, and a thought-provoking message. So if you know anyone coming to Cal this fall, tell them to come!

Here’s a video trailer for the event.

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Congrats and a Lesson…

Larry the Cucumber

The "real" Larry the Cucumber

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Jon aka Larry the Cucumber

Last Saturday, Jon Chou (our lead bassist) got married to Carol Kim.  Just wanted to extend a message of congratulations to him, but also a lesson for all of us.  Anybody who knows him can testify that Jon is smart.  He got incredible scores on the LSAT and MCAT, scoring 99 percentile in both.  He is also extremely talented musically, seemingly able to play any musical instrument he touches.  And he also has perfect pitch.  When I was describing this to Joe Horness at our winter retreat last January, Joe said, “Wow. Don’t you just hate people like that?”  He laughed when I said that God is just in making Jon look like “Larry the Cucumber” from Veggietales.

But all of these things about Jon being impressive and all, what I respect the most about Jon is that those things don’t seem to be a big deal to him.  He shrugs it off as if they’re just the way that they are and that’s that.  Looking at his life and the tangible decisions that he’s made, I attribute that attitude to his relationship with Christ.  You see, you could be the smartest, wittiest, most talented person.  But being in a relationship with Jesus means acknowledging the fact that you’re a broken sinner, somebody who before the holy God deserves condemnation, who has received clemency and restoration from Him who gave his life to make it possible.  All the other things that may seem so impressive in this world simply fades into irrelevance as that resounding truth conquers you.  From what I know and can tell from Jon, that’s why he can have all that he does, and yet have his “it’s no big deal” attitude towards it, for which I think is God-honoring.

So, now that I’ve robbed some of Jon’s reward in heaven, here’s the lesson.  Whatever talents and skills you might have and put to use for God’s kingdom, if they are a “big deal” to you, then consider the possibility that in the work of honoring God through your “service”, you might actually be dishonoring him.

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.”
— Psalm 51:16-17

I make this suggestion to anybody who is starting to participate in the Worship Team at Gracepoint:  Take a break from your participation to deal with God in what areas of pride or sin that God is prompting you to deal with, if you so need to.  Make sure you have regular, honest contact with spiritually mature people who know you and aren’t afraid to tell you the truth, as painful as truth may tend to be.  Worship God with a contrite and broken heart, so that what comes out of your mouth and your actions actually means something honoring to Him, because really, that’s far more important that what you bring to the table with your talents and skills.

Coming from one whose pride and ego are always looking for food, my exhortation is this… bring yourself to a place where all the impressive things about you aren’t a big deal to you, simply because even if you didn’t have them, you know that you’re a forgiven sinner, and that is enough.

… even if you look like Larry the Cucumber…

– James Kim, Gracepoint Berkeley Worship Director

Praiseband Bloopers: Made Me Glad – Gracepoint Hsinchu Band

Straight from Hsinchu, Taiwan comes our next in this series of praise bloopers. This is one of the most painful ones that we’ve got but just to give some credit to the Electric guitarist who is at Gracepoint Hsinchu, Kan L. dropped his guitar right before praise started so he had no idea it was waaaay out of tune. But one has to wonder, why keep playing? Just stop right? And then that begs the question, why didn’t Jon who’s leading stop?

Well because they didn’t Gracepoint Worship blog presents Gracepoint Hsinchu’s very own rendition of “Made Me Glad”!

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Overcome – Desperation Band:New Life Church

Just wanted to share with you all the song “Overcome” by Desperation Band.  Watch the video below to hear about the story behind the song, it’s very powerful…

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‘Overcome’

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Tutorial: Solution – Hillsong United

Tutorial on how to play Hillsong United’s Solution by Mike who’s on the Gracepoint Worship Team

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