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Memorial Memory

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A picture from the Vietnam Wall of one our relatives that gave the ultimate sacrifice, his life.

Today is Memorial Day and I wanted to thank the families that have given the greatest sacrifice that a family can give, the loss of a loved one.  You see Memorial Day is not about the current men and women serving, it is not even about the ones that have already served, it is about the ones that left this earth serving their country.  So I can’t thank those men and women, but I can thank their families.

So if you are a family member of a service man or woman that has given their life in the service of the United States, THANK YOU.  I know that this may not be much but from a very young age I was taught that you don’t forget about the sacrifice others have made so that we can live in this country.  So today while I am enjoying a day with my wife, my kids, friends, and we are all barbecuing, I want you to know that I do this with the understanding that both individuals and families gave up so that I can enjoy my freedom.  So again, THANK YOU.

If you have lost a family member or friend in the service of this country, would you please place there name in the comment section as a way of honoring them on this day.

Thank you.


Tips for playing “Pokemon Go”

pokemon goOk so I have to say that I am not a fan of Pokemon Go. But it is making people crazy and I am not going to lie, I love the idea of this game for parents and their kids.  So I was thinking that we should list some very simple tips for playing Pokemon Go with your kids:

  1. Make sure that you are dressed for the adventure. If you are going to be outside a ton then make sure you are dressed for where you live.  Also make sure that you have something to drink while you are out and about.  Who knows this might be something that you can assign to one of the kids to handle.  Give them some ownership for the adventure. But ultimately wear good shoes, don’t want those dogs to get tired.
  2. Don’t worry about catching duplicate Pokémon. Whenever you snag a new Pokémon, you may notice you will also earn candy and stardust. Both items will help level up your characters to make them stronger. With enough candy, you can also evolve your Pokémon into something bigger and more powerful. Any duplicates you transfer to the professor net more candy. So those extra Pidgeys will come in handy.
  3. Eggs are a good way to snag more Pokémon. When you visit a Poké Stop, you can earn Balls to capture more creatures or Eggs. Players can stick an Egg in an incubator and birth their own Pokémon. All you need to do is once the Egg is inside the incubator, you must walk to complete the process. Now being dressed for the adventure will be worth it.
  4. Have your phone charger ready always.  You sure don’t want the phone to die while you are on the adventure do you?  So play with the kids and let them know that with out the phone the adventure stops.  So make it fun for how you get the phone on the charger and off when you go hunting.
  5. The way you toss the Poké Ball is important. When you capture a Pokémon, you flick the Poké Ball from the lower end of the screen toward the Pokémon to catch it. The better the toss, the more experience points you earn. You can even toss a curveball to catch them with flair. A green circle expands and shrinks when you hold down on the Poké Ball before the toss. The wider the circle, the greater the odds of making a catch.
  6. Beware of your surroundings. One thing that I have already seen is people wandering around without an awareness of what is going on around them.  So a good idea would be to have some one as your safety guard through the whole adventure.  In fact this also might be a good time to talk with your kids about being aware of people around them when they are walking to and from school, or playing with friends, or walking to practice.  Make this a teachable moment about safety.

I think it is important to know that the family that plays together stays together.  I also think that a family that attends a church together has a stronger bond then they will ever know.  If you want to know more about a church in Aurora, CO then just click here and find a place for you and your family. Don’t let the adventure stop when you are not playing Pokemon Go!

Baptism Celebration

Baptism is a celebration and it is amazing.

Baptism is a celebration and it is amazing.

So yesterday at Elevation we had a baptism celebration at Elevation.  It is one of the things that we do that amazes me that I get to be a part of.  As a church family and team over the last four and a half years we have celebrated 194 people getting baptized.  The baptisms are amazing as we see husbands, wives, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and friends baptize the people that they know have taken the step of saying yes to a relationship with Jesus.  There is nothing more amazing then watching a little boys face as he looks up at his dad after he comes out of the water.  I get emotional when I see a spouse that is getting the chance to baptize the person that they are staying with for the rest of their life and eternity.

But then you get to hear the stories of how and why they said yes to a relationship with Jesus. You get to hear about the struggle, the mess, and many times the hurt that lead them to realize their need for Jesus.  But then you also get to hear the stories of how families lead in the area of faith, about how students knew that it was what the knew they needed to do, and amazing stories of a life of faith and growth.  No story is ever the same and no baptism is every the same because of what is happening in that persons life.

What I am excited to think about though is the stories that I have yet to hear.  I am excited about the faces, the families, and the friends that we get to take pictures of baptizing those that are making their life with Jesus public. Who knows maybe you are one of the stories that we are going to get to share.

Remembering Today A Year Ago!

Remembering a year ago.

Remembering a year ago.

Today it has been one year since the horrendous shootings at the Aurora Century 16 Theaters.  It is a weekend that will forever be etched in my mind and heart.

It started at 1:30 in the morning when all of the Bloyer Family phones began buzzing away.  There were text messages and phone messages asking if we were okay and if we were all at home.  Seeing how we are a famliy that normally goes to midnight showings of new movies.  But since we were all tired from doing different things we decided to stay home.  But that can not be said for many of our friends and teammates here in Aurora.

After numerous phone calls and text messages Michelle and I could not stay in bed in any longer.  So as we sat and watched the different reports throughout the early morning we knew we could not sit any longer. So along with Gregg Barbour or worship pastor he and I headed out for a long day doing what we could for the people of Aurora.  Handing out bottles of water, praying with hurting family members, and supporting the school staff at Gateway High school.  All with the hope and prayer that it would some how make a difference in the community that we cared for so much.

I know that through out this last year we have heard of so many heroic deeds that came from that day.  From the police officers and their response to the wounded that night.  To those in the theater that gave their lives for the sake of others.  Then to those that have lost loved ones and how they are not letting thier loved ones lives be remembered by one day.  They are caring for others or making sure that those who survived are being taken care of to this day.

All I know is that in one event a city was brought together and showed how strong it really could be.

Romans 12:21 “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

What would you do with your last days?

Over the last couple of days I have to say that I was not all that excited about what I was doing and who I was at the time.  So just like many people I started having a pity party, until I saw this video:

(Make sure that you take the time to watch the whole thing.)

So if you are like me and you are having a tough day and you feel that your life is just to hard.  Then I challenge you to watch this video and remember the song “Clouds”. Thanks to the family & friends of  Zach Sobiech.

What are the ways that you see God reminding you of how blessed your life really is . . .

Walking through the Aurora Theater Weekend

Where the Aurora Theater shootings occured

As this last weekend has been a blur of action and emotion for the city of Aurora.  I am taking the next couple of days to get my thoughts together. It is my hope for the next couple of weeks to share what I have experienced and seen.  It is an opportunity to share from the perspective of a father, community member, and as a pastor.  I pray that over the next couple of weeks we will walk together and experience this tragedy in a way that helps us learn in many different ways.  Keep praying for the community and the families that have been hit so hard through loss and injury.

What were you doing when you heard about the Aurora Theater shootings?

Father Christmas for Fatherless

As we get ready for Christmas this week I have been spending a lot of time thinking of being a father.  Some of the greatest memories I have had as a father has been watching my kids on Christmas day.  They each have allowed me to see some amazing moments of pure joy as well as great excitement for the time of the year.  We have special traditions that my wife and kids have come to almost be so excited about that when we expereince them they are ready for next year.

But what I have been walking through is that over 1/3 of children today are living in fatherless homes.  Now I want to say something that I think is very important. If you are a single mom, I want you to know that you have the toughest job in the world.  You have to fulfill two very distinct roles in the lives of your kids.  I pray every week for the single mothers that I know attend Elevation.  But I do believe that we need to let those kids know that there is a father for the fatherless and he came on Christmas to be the everlasting Father.

Psalm 27:10 (NLT) 10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

I pray that through out this Christmas season that each and everyone of us takes the time to think of those that are walking through this season with out knowing the one true Father, Jesus Christ.

How can you this week love on the fatherless?