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It’s hard to believe, but our first week of our Community Wellness Program is in full swing, and we are seeing great results.   We are still tallying the numbers for last week’s weight loss, but we are well on our way to meeting our goal of 503 lbs.

On Sunday, twenty-two of us headed over to the track at Agoura High and ran a few laps, and learned some great stretching techniques.  Let’s just say that I am still a bit sore from that workout.

If you missed what our Community Wellness Program, check out this post.  If you want to join us, and have your pounds count toward our goal, contact me and I will give you a number.  Here’s some new information:

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday, and you are welcome to drop the church for Sunday services, and then join us for the workout. The next workout will take us to Chesebro Park.  We will enjoy a two-mile hike/run in the beautiful hills of Agoura Hills.

Change Is In the Air

Dave Anthold —  February 4, 2011 — 5 Comments

Lately, I have been spending time reading a great series on WordPress from TentBlogger (John Saddington).  As a result, I am changing a few things related to this blog.  In the coming weeks I will be shifting this over to a new name, launching a landing page, and changing a few things relative to the look and feel.

Yesterday, I had my good friend and photographer shoot a few new pictures of me.  I look forward to this change and I feel like I am sucking wind when it comes to learning this stuff.  Please be patient with me as I switch things over, but this is going to help set the stage for some other things that are taking place in the next couple of months.  I hope you like them!  Feel free to drop a line of encouragement in the comments below.

ABF Does Community Wellness

Dave Anthold —  January 30, 2011 — 3 Comments

This morning, I met my good friend Anthony Barton (world-renown triathlete) for a morning jog in Malibu Creek State Park.  I have been lacking any formal training program or wellness plan at all.  I recently wrote a post about my training goals for 2011, and now our church is looking to help our community become more fit physically in order to help them learn more about our Savior.

So…here’s the details, because everyone loves the details:

  • Beginning February 13th – info meeting after our second service
  • 13 weeks
  • Goal:  Lose 503 pounds as an ABF community
  • Reach the community of Agoura Hills with love and grace
  • Bring a friend, a coworker, or an entire block

That’s it.  We are asking God to work in the hearts and lives of those who attend ABF.  More will be coming out about this opportunity, but for now, we hope that you will join with us in praying for our community while shedding some of those unwanted pounds.

Put Up or Shut Up

Dave Anthold —  January 17, 2011 — 10 Comments

So…every year…countless people make New Year’s Resolutions to prevent themselves from making the same mistakes that they made the previous year.  Well, I am no exception.  It seems like every year I say I’m going to…

Eat better, work out more, and lose that weight!

That is a fantastic ambition, but so far it has not worked for me.  I sat down and thought – WHY? Why has it not worked?  Good question.  Maybe I lack motivation?  Well, I’m going back to school starting Wednesday, so it cannot be completely motivation.  What else could it be?

I think it is FEAR.  Fear of the unknown.  Ten years ago I was coaching high school cross country.

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The Bird

Dave Anthold —  January 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

I was driving home yesterday from work, not feeling well, when I noticed a slow driver turning through the intersection and the person behind them honking and generally, impatient.

Photo Credit: Shelby Troutwine

As the second driver passed by the first, a hand went out the window with a casual gesture (which everyone is familiar with – you know the oneI’m number one) otherwise known as “The Bird”.

I started thinking, there are many forms that this “Bird” takes on.  There is:

  • The Straight Up Bird – most popular
  • The Sideways Bird – casual, yet still effective in some situations
  • The “I Can’t Make Up Mind” Bird – disfunction

You are probably thinking, what on earth is Dave talking about.  Should he be talking about this? Don’t fret, I do have a point.  I realized that our actions (The Bird included for some), are just symptoms of a much deeper pain that exists within our soul.

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Merry Christmas

Dave Anthold —  December 25, 2010 — Leave a comment

Today, we spend a few minutes to remember a baby boy born to young parents in the small town of Bethlehem.  He will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father”.

As we unwrap our gifts that were purchased with love, given with kindness, and placed under the tree for all to enjoy – may we pause for one brief moment to remember these words from Luke 2:

”Do not be afraid.  I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all people.  Today, your Savior was born in the town of David.  He is, Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:10-11

I hope today was filled with love, joy, peace, grace, and goodness for you and your loved ones.  Merry Christmas!

Closing Down 2010

Dave Anthold —  December 21, 2010 — 1 Comment

It’s hard to believe another year is drawing to completion, but it is.  I find myself in that strange and weird place of looking back on how the year has evolved.  The year seemed to have its high points and low points, its good moments & its challenging times.  Through it all, I have learned more about myself then I thought, and it gives me something to look forward to.  As we exit stage left, I will be counting down some of the moments that have had a big impact on my life from 2010 and looking ahead to 2011.  Join me on this wonderful walk down memory lane.

#12 – Travel — I love to travel and this year, I traveled nine times to places like Salt Lake City, Chicago, Holland (MI), and Las Vegas.  On my round robin trip to Salt Lake City & Vegas this year, I was only home 9 days in 5 weeks.  It was exhausting & here’s one of the pictures from that great adventure.

Las Vegas Teaser

Dave Anthold —  December 1, 2010 — Leave a comment

Here is a picture from our walk-around Las Vegas & Autodesk University.  These are only the bad Blackberry pics so that you will be totally impressed by my real pictures later.  Cheap plug – I know.

While studying for my message on Psalm 23, I learned the difference between “stagnant” waters and “still” waters.
I always assumed that “still waters” meant that the water was not moving at all – more like standing water – that is not the case.  Still waters have a slight movement to them.  Sheep are skittish folk.  They are easily distracted.  If the waters are too slow, they won’t drink from them which means they won’t be taking in much needed refreshment.
The water for sheep must be just right.  If it’s a roaring river they run the risk of being swept away; therefore, ending in unhappy sheep memories.
Much like the sheep, we need a certain amount of growth to help us not be complacent. Sometimes our schedules do not permit us to take classes or dive into to those deep subjects we may desire; however reading can be a great way for us not to become complacent.
John Maxwell said, “Leaders are readers”.  I have continued to take this to heart. I read about 40-50 books per year either through listening or physically picking up a book and reading it.  I have always had a thirst for learning. I have a couple of degrees and I certainly didn’t enjoy learning until I was well into my undergraduate studies. I have learned to appreciate the value of a good book.
Here are some ideas for “still waters” and not “stagnant waters”:
  • Grab a magazine & browse until an article peaks your interest.
  • Download a book to your iPod or computer. Sometimes simply hearing the words will engage you.
  • Read a book with a friend // accountability is a good thing!
  • Download samples of books with Barnes and Noble or Amazon w/your iPad, Kindle or Nook — it is great test drive of a book to see if you like it (I have lots of samples on my iPad).
I have done all of these at one time or another in my life.  I am passionate about helping people not stay “stagnant”, but rather become “still” waters.  Some of you may want to become a rushing river, and that is great, but remember that sometimes its about learning through the journey and just what you know, but what you do with that knowledge.  Enjoy your path to still waters!
Do you enjoy reading?  If so, what’s your favorite?

What the Heck?!

Dave Anthold —  November 10, 2010 — Leave a comment

I have begun a season of traveling that has me home on the weekends, and out on the road during the week. Last week, my good buddy (and pastor) Andy and I spoke about the Masks We Wear.  Our good friend Melissa joined us with her daughter and this past Sunday morning, I come charging out of the church office to go to service, and see her standing with some friends.  I say,

What the Heck?

it’s so good to see you.  It’s sort of reminiscent of those Seinfeld days when they say random things.  Can’t you just here Jerry Seinfield’s voice saying “What the Heck?”.  Now, I am not suggesting that you greet everyone with the phrase,

What the Heck?

as that could get a little interesting real quick. It is by no means a conventional term of endearment, but in this case (when excitement mixed with shock hit), that is what comes out of the mouth and heart. This form of endearment is acceptable (some may disagree with me); however, it is said with as much love and compassion as possible.

So…to my good friend Melissa…I say

What the Heck?

hope to see you next week!