we've gotta facebook page

Posted: Feb 25, 2010 by Kade in
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I just wanted to let you know that you can join Teens for Orphans on facebook!

(I think last time Luke told me, we had like 115 followers) (way to go, TfO!)

more TfO biz

Posted: Feb 24, 2010 by Kade in
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So, TfO has a major nationwide fundriaser coming up in April, and we need all the help we can get! A box just arrived at my house full of 5,000 TfO fundriasing cards. (no kiddin'; it's a lot).

And right now we need people who will be willing to help:
1. Pass out cards/posters/etc.
2. Get people excited about this fundraiser.
(and more)

If you would be interested in recieving some sweet promo materials, please contact us at:
teens4orphans@gmail.com

5 interesting thoughts about Jesus

Posted: Feb 23, 2010 by Kade in
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1. Jesus was pretty cool. He probably wore Aviators.

2. He had a good-sense of humor. (unlike the movies)

3. He was middle-eastern. Not American. (i think this fact is hilarious) 

4. He didn't wear white all the time. (again, unlike the movies)

5. He probably got into a few fights in school to protect all the pretty girls. 

Kind'a interesting, huh? I'm open to debate any of these if you don't agree with them! In fact, I might even be wrong, because I can't say exactly what Jesus was like.

the Truth, and nuttin' but it!

Posted: Feb 22, 2010 by Kade in
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So last night was the second night of "the Truth project" for the youth at our church, and it was pretty good. Have you ever done it? It's actually a video series that we are going through, and so far, it's been great!

Last night the guy talked about "the cube": a popular worldview. Here's the difference between a Christian worldview, and a secular worldview:

The secular person says that everything is inside the cube, and that nothing exsists outside of the cube.

The Christian says that God exsists outside of the cube, and interacts within the cube.

(btw. This is just a super-simple version of what we learned last night).

christianity demands

Posted: Feb 19, 2010 by Kade in
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You know, Christianity is different from any other religion for many reasons, but one reason that stands out to me is the fact that Christianity doesn't necessarily require much from us. Seriously, muslims have to pray five times a day, go to mecca once in their life time, etc. A whole list of things just to be a muslim.

God doesn't require that from us.

But... He does desire it.

In a way Jesus even demands everything in us. Jesus gave His all, that we might give it back.  

Just something to ponder today. I'm I giving Jesus everything? 

I know that I've failed. Yesterday a big issue came up with me and my parents beacuse I was not "following through" in my jobs. It may not seem like a big issue, but I need to have the right perspective! I shouldn't be giving Jesus a half-job; I should be giving him my all. And even in the little things - strike that - especially in the little things.

So, this week, I'm going to try and give Jesus my all in the work my parent's have given me.
(because if I don't, I'm going to lose my cell phone and the internet)
Haha. Yeah, that's an added sweatheart to keep me motivated.

So, If all the sudden I stop posting... you'll know why; I slacked off and left a spoon in the dishdrainer. Bam!
forget about it

TfO posters

Posted: Feb 18, 2010 by Kade in
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Check out our posters! Jealous? If you want some, all you have to do is commit to being a TfO state coordinator. It's that simple! Uh.... okay, maybe not. It's actoually a lot of work. You would have to: go through our 3-step process, start up a TfO team, do fundraisers twenty-four seven, do presentations, speaking engagements, etc.
But it does come with these lovely posters! Designed by a member of our team here in Arkansas!

teens4orphans@gmail.com

Oh, and by the way... that's copyrighted. You're welcome to steal it, print it, and send all over the nation... but ask first. Thanks, amigos.

kickin'

Posted: Feb 17, 2010 by Kade in
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Last night was night 6 of Perspectives and like always I was encouraged and pumped! But what really made an impression on me was the speaker.

He was 70! woah.

He's been serving God in missions for years and years, and he still hasn't lost his passion... he's still going strong!

Here's what he said to wrap up his message:

"I've asked God for ten more years of ministry, and then I'm going to relax... I'm not going to chill-out! I'm never going to chill out. Just relax. Now... I might offend some of you by saying this, but I'm going to say it anyways... when I die, I want to kick-butt.

a double feature

Posted: Feb 16, 2010 by Kade in Labels:
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Indigo: What's a feature?

Sinbad: It's where Kade recomends people to other cool blogs.

Indigo: What's a double feature?

Sinbad: Are you serious?

(Silence)

Sinbad: (with a sigh) It's where Kade features two people in one post.

Indigo: Very cool. So who are the people he's featuring in this post?

Sinbad: I don't know yet.

Indigo: Well let's ask somebody! Who do you think we should ask?

Sinbad: Oh, I don't know.

Indigo: It would have to be someone who knows a lot! How about Aristotle?

Sinbad: No way! He drives me crazy, besides, no one reading this wants to hear from Aristotle, it would have to be someone popular and cool.

Indigo: How about John Wayne?

Sinbad: No! Don't even mention his name! Do you know what he could do to you just by looking at you!?! Okay, let's just calm down and ask Jack Sparrow.

Indigo: Yeah!

(five minutes pass)

Jack: Hi me lads. What can 'e do fer ya?

Sinbad: Well, you can stop talking like that.

Jack: Alright, sorry.

Indigo: We want to know who Kade is featuring in this post.

Jack: Do you just want their names, or do you want me to tell you the story?

Indigo: The story! The story!

Jack: Alright then. On one cold, dark night, the moon was a'howlin over me eyes...

Sinbad: You're doing it again.

Jack: Sorry. So... On one cold, dark, night the moon was howling over my eyes...

Chaplin: Is this a scary story? There are children reading this you know.

Jack: No minister, it's not scary at all!

Chaplin: Okay, just making sure.

Jack: So, on one cold, dark night, the moon was howling over my eyes...

Sinbad: How long is this going to take?

Jack: I'm trying to get to it! On one cold, dark night, the moon was howling over my eyes...

Indigo: You already said that part.

Jack: Let me go on, please!!

Indigo: Okay, sorry.

Jack: ON ONE COLD DARK NIGHT THE MOON WAS HOWLING OVER MY EYES...

Sinbad: Maybe you should just give us the names, and not the story.

(Silence)


Jack: Fine. They are Nathan and Luke. Goodbye.

Indigo: What is heatin' him?

So anyways, it took some time but I'm finally going to feature them. Luke and Nathan are my best friends; they're mature teenagers striving after God's heart. What more do you need to say? Check out their blogs as they tell you what God is doing in their lives.

God bless!

state coordinator opportunity

Posted: Feb 15, 2010 by Kade in
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So... TfO is starting to make "teams" in different states to do local fundraisers, and also our support our nation-wide fundraisers. And currently we are trying to find mature, responsible, teenagers to be our Sate Coordinators.

Although... We don't know people from every state.

So, if you are interested in helping BIG TIME (im dead serious, this is a lot of work) then contact our team at teens4orphans@gmail.com and please include a letter of introduction and your location.

But we don't just elect anybody, you must go through a three step process first to become a TfO State Coordinator. But if you would like to start on the process, shoot us an email.

God bless!

IVE BEEN TAGGED!! by myself, how lovely

Posted: Feb 13, 2010 by Kade in
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I pass on this award to









Congrats people, you just got the coolest blog award ever! Be sure to pass it on! I calculated that if everyone passes it on to six people, everyone in the world will recieve it in 9 years. Just kidding.

p.s. Whoever wants it can have it.

Teens for Orphans International (da talks)

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Indigo: Oh, I've heard about that site!

Sinbad: I've been to it.

Indigo: Really? Was it cool?

Sinbad: Yeah. It was okay.

Indigo: What's it all about?

Sinbad: It's about orphans.

Indigo: Wow, sounds cool! What else?

Sinbad: Well, it's about teenagers too. And they're going International. And that's the really cool thing about it that they're going International, not just staying in their homes you know?

Indigo: Wow, that is so cool! It's about teens, orphans, and going international! That's so cool how it all works out! Wow Sinbad, it seems like you know everything about this thing!

Sinbad: Just about.

Indigo: So who runs this thing?

Kade: I do.

Nathan: No, so do I!

Kade: Alright, we have a team that runs everything. 

Indigo: Woah that was so cool, you guys just poofed out from no where!

Nathan: Yeah, we can do that.

Kade: Only because I let you, Nathan!

Indigo: Sinbad was just telling me about your organization!

Sinbad: Well... I... umm...

Nathan: Really?

Indigo: Yeah, and he said that you guys are about teens, orphans, and you're going international.

Nathan: Thats exactly right!


This episode was sponsored by Teens for Orphans International.

Jesus Business

Posted: Feb 12, 2010 by Kade in
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So, a while back Nathan and I were doing some stuff on the computer for TfO. (lately, I've been doing that a lot) And when someone came by to see what we were doing, Nathan said "we're doing official Jesus business".

And I was like "woah". That's awesome... "Jesus business".

So now for the question that will pierce through you heart.

Have you been doing any "Jesus Business" lately? Are you spending your time building up treasures in heaven? Or are you buildig your little made-o-mud hut here on the Earth?

We answer that question by asking ourselves another question... What are we spending our time on?

Before TfO, I know I wasn't spend much of my time doing "Jesus Business."

Okay, one more question. I know, I'm boring you to death; this post is dull.

Want to get involved with TfO?

Congrats, you've come to the right place.

Shoot me an email.

  

second episode of da talks

Posted: Feb 10, 2010 by Kade in Labels:
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Sinbad: What? I'm in an "episode"? That's awesome! A show about me!

Indigo: No, it's not about you, doof. It's about me. 

Sinbad: Oh shut-up, it's...

Chaplin: Don't use that word! There are children reading this!

Sinbad: Oh, sorry... wait, there are children reading this? Are there lots of people reading? Like how many? 

Chaplin: Well, not very many. Kade only has 39 followers, what a pity. 

Sinbad: Yeah... what a bummer! 

Indigo: So what is this "da talks" thing all about? Is it about the three of us?

Chaplin: Well, some episodes will be about the three of us. But there will be guest characters from time-to-time...

King Kong: (in a deep voice) Like me.

Chaplin: Like him.

Indigo: Woah, we get to have giant gorrillas on our show?

Chaplin: From time-to-time, like I said. But you see, now he's gone. And sometimes, I might not be a part of one episode. And neither may you, Indigo, or you Sinbad. It all depends on how Kade feels at the time. 

Sinbad: What!?! I may not be in the story!?! 

Chaplin: Well, you'll be in the story, you already are, but you may not be in an episode.

Sinbad: What!?! This is an outrage! I demand my money back, Kade is a fake!

Chaplin: What money? 

Sinbad: Forget it.

giving God your all (first episode of "da talks")

Posted: Feb 9, 2010 by Kade in Labels: , , , ,
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Indigo: Huh? What did the title say? My all? This is an outrage! I thought God was just a really cool "add-on" to my life. I didn't know that I'm supposed to give God something!

Chaplin: Yeah Indigo, God does desire a lot from you. He is not just an "add-on" to you life. When you are saved, He is your life.

Sinbad da Salior: Well that's okay; I've got a lot to offer God... 

Chaplin: No Sinbad, the Bible says that all we can offer Him are "filthy rags"...

Indigo: Did you just dis him? 

Chaplin (in a stern voice): No, I'm just saying the truth.

Indigo: Okay. 

Chaplin: God doesn't save us for anything that we can offer Him. He saves us for the work that He will do in us.  

Indigo: Did you just dis him again?

Chaplin: Indigo!

Indigo: Sorry.

Chaplin: God desires praise from us... that is why we were put on this Earth...

Sinbad da Sailor: What?

Chaplin: That's another story...

Sinbad da Sailor: Oh.

Chaplin: Anyways, that's why God put us here, so that we could praise Him with our all!

Indigo: Everything?

Chaplin: Yep.

Indigo: How about a half?

Chaplin: Nope.

Indigo: Three-fourths? 

Chaplin: Indigo!

Hope you enjoyed the first Episode of "da Talks". I couldn't think of what to post about, so I just started writing, and this is what came out!

I also wan to post up these lryics. This is a terrific song, talking about praising God with our all, "even when" we don't feel like it.

Even When
Seven Places

This week, I prayed, one time
My phone. it rang. I put You on the other line
And now my thoughts they drift around
My knees remain unacquainted with the ground
Unless my faith is put to the test and I am forced to bow
Although I'm in this flesh it doesn't mean You shouldn't have the best

from me, from me

(chorus)
Even when my eyes are dry
even when my soul is tired
even when my hands are heavy, I will lift them up to You
It's not about how I feel, oh Lord I am here for You
I exist for you

I close my eyes but all I see
Is a background of black, bouncy squiggly lines
And this week's mistakes coming back to mind but
I will lift my voice and make a joyful sound
Forget about me, I only get me down
Although I cannot sing it doesn't mean I shouldn't sing to You, to You

(chorus)

You've given me Your life and have held mine together yet I find
Excuses to slouch in my pew
But when glory divine
Is sitting in my very presence, the least that I can do
Is give my all to You, give my all to You

You can listen to the song on the sid-bar.
God bless!

check out TfO's business card

Posted: Feb 8, 2010 by Kade in
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So, for the past few days, i've been creating Teens for Orphans "business" cards and running them by the "board". And I think we've finally got the finished product, here it is!

It looks lovely, huh? What are you for? Yep, as of right now, that's our slogan! What do you think? This week I am going to try and order 5,000 of them, so you had better like 'em! 



the Dave Cave

Posted: Feb 4, 2010 by Kade in
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hola amigos!

Hey, my pastor (Dave Hastings) just started a really cool blog, and I'd like you all to check it out!

He's a really great guy, and I'm so blessed to have him as my pastor and leader. If you go to his blog, I promise you will be edified. I just was 2 minutes ago about his post on "the satisfaction of the soul". He talked about how we can "lift up our souls" to things like... egg rolls. Yeah... I know...

Ever had a really cool blessing in your life? Well, the Hastings have been a "really cool blessing" in my life! All of them... and there's like eight of them! Pastor Dave blesses me every Sunday! Nathan and Luke Hastings were the ones who practically dragged us to Teenpact. And they are also a big part of TfO and an encouragement to me. Mrs. Sandy is always a really nice lady, and always willing to sacrifice a bit. Seth is a nut. (kind'a like yours truly). Andrew's always ready to have fun with you. Sara is a sweet girl. And Steven cracks me up!

So drop by and shoot him a comment at:
http://davehastings.wordpress.com/

Oh, and be sure to tell him that he should change the name of his blog to "the Dave Cave". We had a talk about it last night, I told him he should name it "the Dave Cave". It's kind'a catchy, you know.

God bless the Hastings!

And be sure to give me a comment... AFTER you've gone to his blog.

the girls outnumber us!

Posted: by Kade in
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so i've got a question: where are all the guy-bloggers? i should've addressed this issue before! out of the followers on my front page, there's only 1 guy! (thanks mr king) and 19 girls!

Woah, hey now!?

how'd that happen? I don't know. But as I look at everyone else's followers, the girls outnumber the guys by a lot too. so what is this? is blogger like a "girls-only guys-gotta-keep-out kind'a thing?"

so i repeat, where's all the guys?... all the guys... all the guys...

did anyone hear that echo? that was scary. im getting the chills.

why Jesus' coming was so rad to the Jews

Posted: Feb 3, 2010 by Kade in
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Last night was our forth night at Perspectives, and It was terrific!

I learned a whole lot last night, but I'm only going to share with you a little bit so that you'll keep coming back to my blog. :)

So here's the question:
Why was Jesus' coming so rad to the Jews?

First, don't click the x in the top right hand corner, Second, let's look at a passage.

And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying out after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith!Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.

I guess if you're reading it means that you didn't click the x at the top right hand corner, that's great!

So, here's why Jesus' coming was so rad...

Because Jesus was rad! Whahoo, wasn't that deep!? Okay, not really.

Jesus did some pretty rad things if you can remember, so that's why his coming was so rad.

So here was the mindset of Jews (btw. this is important). They thought of the Gentiles as "filthy, pork-eatin', good-for-nothin', dogs". Jesus' mindset was that the gospel was for them (the pork-eating dogs), and not just the Jews!

And guys, the Jews failed! Israel failed big time! They (in football laguage) actually fumbled! As you can see in the passage right up there ^ the discilples didn't want to have anything to do with the Gentiles. What did they say to the Canninite woman? "Send her away." Whoa, hey now! Is that what we are called to do for the unsaved? Send them away? I don't think so. Jesus says (somethin' like this), "I came for Israel; should I take the scraps from the children and give them to the dogs?" And the woman responds, "Even the dogs will eat the scraps."

Woah, she got it right! God's grace is for all the nations not just for the Jews! The Jews had messed it all up! (stincks for them) So when Jesus came and started the church he did it to continue the work that Israel had failed in! The "church" was made to carry-on the work! God decided to no longer use Israel, but to create a people for him, known my the popular name of: Christians.

So here's my question: How are you doing?

God bless you in your pursuit.

wow, that last question was like ma-JOR you know? kind'a took the wind outta you, huh? I put all four words together by myself. :) Very deep, you know. You've got to be a deep theologian to come up with that one.

last night i slept in an igloo

Posted: Feb 2, 2010 by Kade in
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That's right! My homeade igloo! Whahoo! I was miserable.

But, at least I can say that i did it!

I first lit a few candles in the igloo, and that warmed it up a bit, but at about 3:00 a.m, It was back to freezing. I mean, you're in an ice box!

So anyways, if you wanted to know how much of a nut I really am... there you go.

Yesterday, we also had a bunch of guys over, and we played some really good airsoft! It was the best, most brutal, behind-kickin' war ever. It would match WWII!

So I'll tell a few stories, just 'cause they're fun:
Clay (a dude with a full automatic machine gun) was shooting at a barricade, where my team was pinned down. I had a very good vantage point... right behind Clay. Athough I was still quite far away. So I strapped on my rockets, and flew towards him. We were probably a hundred feet away from eachother when I started shooting (I had a gas pistol with .2 gram shots). It took Clay a second to realize me, but when he did, he turned and set his full automatic on me. I continuued running at him. And he continued shooting. I unloaded my full clip at him! And he was shooting at me like crazy, and we both didn't get hit! What!?!

(and here's the bravest scene i saw) Kole was behind our "tower", with his sniper rifle, when Nathan made a charge with his wimpy-miniture-sized-machine-gun-that-couldn't-go-30-feet. Kole was shooting his SNIPER gun at him while Nathan came around to the other side of the tower, which was exposed... And ended up killing Kole. 

Pretty fun stuff! And that there in the picture is me unleashing my mad-skills.
God bless you!