Monday, April 30, 2012

2 Sides Promo Video

Check out this promo video for the new youth ministry book by my buddy Darren Sutton that I had the privilege of contributing to. I recently received my copy, and it's a really great resource for helping youth workers wrestle through their own philosophy of youth ministry.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Simple Bible Reading Plan

5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan - A simple reading plan that will take you through the New Testament in a year.

5 minutes a day
If you’re not currently reading the Bible, start with 5 minutes a day. This reading plan will take you through all 260 chapters of the New Testament, one chapter per day. The gospels are read throughout the year to keep the story of Jesus fresh all year.

5 days a week 
Determine a time and location to spend 5 minutes a day for 5 days a week. It is best to have a consistent time and a quiet place where you can regularly meet with the Lord.

5 ways to dig deeper 
We must pause in our reading to dig into the Bible. Included are 5 different ways to dig deeper each day. These exercises will encourage medi- tation. We recommend trying a single idea for a week to find what works best for you. Remember to keep a pen and paper ready to capture God’s insights.

Click here to download the 5x5x5 Reading Plan for Free.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Father-Daughter Date Night

This past Friday night we had a great Father-Daughter Date Night for our middle school girls and their dads. After dinner we went on a photo scavenger hunt. Here are the things they had to get photos of:
  • Father and Daughter in front of Southwest Community Church Thrift Shop. 
  • Father giving daughter flowers. 
  • Father and Daughter planking on the new Southwest Community Church Patio. 
  • Father reading to Daughter sitting on his lap in the Children’s Books section at Barnes and Noble. 
  • Father posing behind a grill. 
  • Daughter reading a wedding magazine and Father crying. 
  • Boy talking to Daughter and Father staring at boy with intimidating look. 
  • Father posing by a male mannequin. 
  • Daughter posing by a female mannequin. 
  • Father giving Daughter a kiss on the cheek. 
  • Dad holding an “It’s a Girl!” greeting card with Daughter next to him. 
  • Father and Daughter standing in front of Things Remembered. 
  • Daughter giving Father a kiss on the cheek. 
  • Father and Daughter in front of the water at The River. 
  • Father and Daughter in front of the Father and Daughter Date Night Poster in front of Ben and Jerry's.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hair Not

A fun game we played last week at The Wire.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Baptism Video 4.15.12

Friday, April 20, 2012

Costa Rica Missions Trip to Train Youth Leaders

Hi Friends!

Students are loaded with energy and potential, and their is a battle raging for their loyalty. We believe that they desperately need leaders who will point them to Jesus and help them discover how they partner with God to leverage their Go-given gifts to expand the kingdom of God. Adriana and I have been passionately devoting our lives to the cause of youth ministry for more than 15 years because we believe this to be true.

We recently received an invitation to join LendaHand Mission ( on a trip to Costa Rica where I will be training over 100 youth pastors for 2 days as well as speaking in several local churches and Adriana will be serving as the team interpreter. We would appreciate your prayers for this tremendous opportunity to influence leaders.

We are seeking to raise around $2,500 for our trip. If you would be willing to support us with a tax-deductible contribution, please make your check out to "Lendahand mission teams" and mail to: Mahaffy 48523 Via Amistad La Quinta, CA 92253

Thank you for your support!

Kevin and Adriana

With Pastor Jorge in 2009.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Canvas Painting: Macaw

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

Very intriguing video. I was reminded of my great-grandmother who had Alzheimer's. She couldn't remember much at the end of her life, but she remembered her children's names and words to hymns from her childhood. I love the line in this video: "The music animates him." The power of music restores him to a sense of his identity.

This raises an interesting set of questions for me:

What is the music that animates my life?
What is the music that animates your life?
Am I living my life as a dance to the rhythms of God's grace and purposes?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Family Pic

One of the neat little touches that we offered at our Southwest Easter service this past weekend was family pictures. We had people roaming around before and after services offering families an opportunity to have their picture taken - you know, like they do at stadiums and theme parks - and they were given a card to download their picture for free from our website. Here's our family picture.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Every Life Has a Story Chick-fil-A Video

Received this video from our student ministries pastor last week. Powerful. Thoughts?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Keith Green - Easter Song Live

He is Risen! Happy Easter! Here's one of my heros in the faith Keith Green performing the Easter Song live at The Daisy Club in LA just prior to his tragic death in a plane crash in 1982.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mrs. Edwards Gets Invited to Church

Our family has been inviting some people from our community to church for a few months now, and this past Sunday one lady came along with her cousin. She said she loved it and will be coming back! Who can you invite to church this weekend?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rich Collingridge: The World's Leading Missions Pastor

My friend Rich Collingridge has been waiting for this blog post for a long time. He's an incredible missions pastor with a passion for seeing people come to know Jesus. With a mere 8 minutes a month to talk about missions from the platform at his local church he mobilizes people locally and around the world like no one I've ever seen. He has a great sense of humor, loves playing with technological gadgets, and has a really cool family. He's also a great friend! Here's to you, Rich!

Join us for Easter at Southwest

Easter service times:
Saturday - 5 PM | Sunday - 8, 9:30 & 11 AM
(No Childcare at the 8 AM Sunday service)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Family Vacation in Big Bear Pics

To see the full album of pictures, click here

I Am Your Father!

Monday, April 2, 2012

2 Year Old Dancing the Jive

Mexico Loft House Build Album

On Sunday we returned safely from a missions trip to build homes for families in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico. We took about 85 people from Southwest Community Church and built 5 homes on Saturday. Click here to see all of the pics from our team's build.

Sunday, April 1, 2012