Cross Church Notes: Lift Up Your Eyes

Week 1

  • Psalms 121:1-2
  • Isaiah 43:21
  • Genesis 2:5-15
  • 1 Samuel 16:18
  • Romans 12:1
  • 2 Corinthians 3:2
  • Colossians 3:23
  • Hebrews 13:15

Why were we created:

  1. We were created for God’s pleasure and to worship God.
  2. We were created to carry God’s glory.
  3. We were created to work.

What does worship look like:

  1. I worship through how I live.
  2. I worship in how I work.
  3. I worship in how I serve.

Worship is not just a song. It’s a lifestyle.

Serving is not about deserving.

Week 2

  • John 4:21
  • Psalms 34
  • Psalms 51
  • Psalms 23:1
  • Psalms 23:2
  • Psalms 23:4

Are we just going through the motions?

When worship is who I am:

  1. I am humbled and satisfied.
  2. I find peace from my chaos.
  3. I find direction in the wilderness.
  4. I am fearless.
  5. I find provision, protection, and abundance.
  6. I am pursued by His goodness and mercy.

Gorillaz - Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)

Come for the Vince Staples verse that starts the video, stay for all the weirdness that happens afterward. Their new album comes out April 28th.

My New Setup (iPhone and iPad)

I’ve recently made some changes to my daily computers, downsizing both devices.


It’s been two years now that I’ve worked for AT&T, and one of the perks of working there is that they give you a work phone to use. Until recently, I was attached to my personal number, and my routine of getting the new iPhone each year. It took me awhile to figure out that I could do this, but after testing it for a month now, I’m happy to let go of my personal phone and phone number.

I’ll now be using my work phone, which is an iPhone 7 (that was previously always dead at home. I never used it because I didn’t want to carry around two phones). And I’ll be selling or trading in my iPhone 7 Plus, which will save me a lot of money on my phone bill.


For over a year now, I’ve owned the iPad Pro. The big one (12.9″). I loved everything about it, but only when I was sitting or laying down. That iPad is way too big for usage on the go. So I traded my friend, who had the smaller version of the Pro. I told her to give me a few days to see if I would miss the bigger size, but other than the space on the screen being tighter and crammed (which I’ve gotten used to now), there’s nothing pulling me back to the bigger size. I’m happier now with the smaller version.


I’m happy to have a more compact setup, letting go of size, for devices that fit better in my hands and in my life. I barely use my phone for a phone, so my personal number isn’t that important to me. And I’ve learned that the bigger sizes don’t always mean better. They were inconvenient in almost every way, so this has been a nice way for me to optimize my usage.

The iPad Lineup

Apple adjusted their iPad lineup this week. They discontinued the Air 2 and the Mini 2, and replaced them with a new, lower priced version ($329), which is now called iPad. They still have the mini 4, but I don’t see that sticking around, unless they release an updated version, without a number.

  • iPad
  • iPad Pro

I believe these are the only two that Apple wants to have. The Pro is for power users, and the iPad is for everyone else, at a price that’s as cheap as it’s ever been.

Death Note (Netflix Teaser)

August 25th.

Minimalism and the Important Stuff

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. — William Morris

Dave Chappelle on escaping fame, returning to stand-up with Netflix

I found an altitude that I was comfortable with.

CBS This Morning interviewed Dave Chappelle yesterday, the same day his two new stand-up specials were released on Netflix. I enjoyed both of them, and it’s refreshing to have him back. Here’s the Netflix link to watch them.

Black Mirror: Dystopia Done Right

Peace To You. May Your Wave Last Forever. — Jay Electronica