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Several inches of snow dumped out of the sky last night… the power is out, many roads are closed off, and the integrity of many roofs here in Laramie, Wyoming are being tested under the weight of sticky snowflakes. Something about being in a brand-new place is like medicine to kill complacency, but I can still be forgetful, and I appreciate solid community that helps me make life-giving decisions.
Yesterday, one of the first #OneLoveSkate Reps, Auburn, and I had a great time snowboarding, but on the way home as I reached for my phone passing a 70mph speed limit sign, I had a wake up call. On a long, country road in Wyoming, Auburn encouraged me to focus only on driving. He said, "Josh, if you swerve off the road on a day like today, you're not going to get back on... Cell phones don't work out here, and this is the type of weather that people freeze to death in." Wow. Sobering thought. This insight helped me leave my cell phone alone so I could be fully committed to driving.
Auburn's blunt comment was refreshing. He was looking out for me, but as a passenger in the car, his desire for me to be fully committed to the one task of driving was also beneficial to him. The day before in Colorado, Auburn and I went to a skatepark with another original 1L rep, Mark. The time with Mark led to a nugget of wisdom not only for skaters but for all who desire to acquire any new skill. During the skate session with Mark and Auburn, a thought formed that has already become a mantra: "Commit to One." This mantra can help each of us see life-changing progression that benefits not only us as individuals but the entire communities where we are living.
Because "Commit to One," is so helpful in every aspect of life, we want to share three ways each of us can execute this memorable mantra. Try one, and let us know how it goes by connecting with us through oneloveskate.org
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
1.) Try A Blunt Slide (For Skaters & More)
Mark & Auburn are the two 1L reps we talk about in the 1L Discipleship Curriculum who worked at Keo skatepark in Maui for a year. They were a positive presence in the skate community at Keo skatepark by leading a life group, giving away 1L products, and building relationships. Their work is still seen today on Maui even though Auburn is now married and living in Wyoming while Mark is engaged and living in Colorado. Though both men are busy, we made time to get together Tuesday for a fun bro session at a small skatepark in Fort Collins, Colorado. Mark learned how to do a blunt on a steep little quarter pipe, and his advice might help you land a blunt slide as well.
Mark said that what helped him learn was committing to one and being willing to slam. He said it took being all-in to learn what he was trying to accomplish. Once he completely went for it he learned to do what needed to be done, and he started landing blunts with different variations.
Whether in marriage, careers, or skateboarding, backup plans can mess us up. Often, making a backup plan means we start investing time, money, and energy for a "plan b" because we think the grass might be greener somewhere else. Unfortunately, that wasted time and energy strips us of the ability to water the grass of our current situation, and we can fail to accomplish our desires.
Mark is not just a leader when he is skateboarding... From students watching his life at the pizza place where we hung out after skating, to the positive influence he is on his his peers, Mark's commitment creates a ripple effect way bigger than he realizes. Like Mark, each of us influence the atmosphere of our communities with every deed we do. Whether on a skateboard or in other aspects of life, may others be encouraged when they witness our commitment levels.
Blunt Kickflip for new oneloveskate.org blog #OneLoveSkate
Stoked Derrick Unrein. New "Commit to One" blog on oneloveskate.org #OneLoveSkatePosted by One Love Skate on Friday, March 16, 2018
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
2.) Have a 1L Convo
Last Saturday, we had another great #OneLoveSkate event in Paia, Maui. During that event we had a team of young adults from Surfing the Nations who met us on the beach in Paia to do One Love interviews. In addition, last weekend we gave away 7 One Love Skate decks, shirts, and some stickers to help skaters experience God's One Love discovered in 1 John 4:9. As we prepped our team of about 20 young adults from all around the world we said:
"It's easy to remember... since we're called "one love," today let's remember to "love one." Let's each meet one person in the next hour and learn their names and learn what they honestly believe about the two 1L questions. Let God lead you... maybe you'll get to pray with people today, but the win is getting honest answers from one person about 1) What is one love to you? and 2) Who is Jesus to you? Please log your answers on our website after your conversation so we can discover what more people believe. "
Will you commit to one 1L conversation? Maybe having a 1L conversation is what it will take to get you out of your comfort zone and see a relational breakthrough in other aspects of your life. Walking up to someone you don't know can be intimidating, but you might make their day by helping him or her share something he or she has been wanting to share.
Be creative. Maybe buy a coffee for the person behind you in line, and ask them if you can interview them with these two 1L questions. We sincerely believe these questions can radically transform someone's life and eternity, and we would love to hear how your conversations are going.
Think of how much different our world could be if we all lived in the light of our beliefs about "one love." Don't feel pressure to change anyone's opinion. Simply listen and learn, and share with us what was said so we can gather more research about the spiritual beliefs of those around us.
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
3.) Do Something That Will Snowball
Last night as the snow started falling outside of Auburn's apartment, I could not resist the urge to start packing a snow man. I knew something would be extremely satisfying for me if I could make snowman eyes out of our "arrow-up" "arrow-down" 1L logo. At first I tried huge shovels of snow to make the base... Unfortunately the huge clumps broke apart when I stacked them on top of each other.
I was amazed to realize that big shovels full of snow were not as effective as starting with a tightly packed ball of snow and rolling it to make it bigger. The counterintuitive task of starting with a small snowball led to a snowman much bigger than us. When Auburn's neighbor, Bob, walked outside with no shirt and accepted our invitation to jump in a picture, my child-like joy in simply building a snowman reached a sporadic ectasy as my expectations for the evening were far exceeded.
Regardless of the climate we are in, we are all making choices that snowball. Life tends to snowball both for good and bad. Written thousands of years ago, according to Solomon "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out" (Proverbs 17:14). According to Solomon, conflict will snowball... we all have an angsty argument ready to snowball in to broken relationships if we're not careful... Nevertheless, positive choices snowball as well.
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Maybe you have friends that eat better than you, and when you spend time with them you tend to eat better too. We all can think of teachers who have a passion for their craft that inspires passion in their students. Just as Auburn helped me keep my eyes on the road yesterday, we all have blindspots that can be covered when we choose to put ourselves shoulder-to-shoulder in solid community.
Today, during my time downloading God's Word, I was encouraged that: Relationships are the most difficult & most important part of life. We all hurt others and get hurt, but "by steadfast love & faithfulness iniquity is atoned for" (Proverbs 16:6). In Jesus' steadfast love, we can receive & give #RealLove. #LiveOneLove #SeekTheMostHigh
Jesus said in Luke 10:42, "One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." That ONE thing. Mary's one thing was her relationship with Jesus. Like Mary, I want the One Love of Jesus to be my One Thing I pursue. Jesus' eternal love empowers us to love God and love others better than any amount of earthly time, talents, and treasures every could. I am a work in progress, but for me the main snowball I pray and work to keep in the center of my life is my relationship with Jesus.
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like the t-shirt that says: "Procrastinators unite... tomorrow." Lol. It's funny, but unfortunately it's true. Complacency kills our dreams and robs the world of creativity. So often, life is "now or never." Go for that one thing. You know what it is. Or you know who it is. Life is a vapor, and it's worth the work to start packing some snowballs of love and life to see the world around us experience new love and life.
What does it look like for you to commit to one?
What's the one thing that you can try that could radically change the direction of your life?
"Storms will surely come, but true love is a choice you must make."
Please stay in touch and let us know what's new in your life, friends.
When we go all in, others notice; and they enjoy the life-giving community that comes from our commitment. However, for this to happen, we need to try a blunt-slide, have a one love conversation, or do something else that will snowball. We hope you are encouraged to "COMMIT TO ONE" in at least one of these three ways aforementioned. Like the sticky snowflakes that can make snowmen or collapse roofs with their weight, we are better together when we spur one another on to #LiveOneLove.
Please act now so you will start to see a difference in your life tomorrow.
Commit to one! #LiveOneLove
In the One Love of the Most High (1 John 4:9),
We are thankful for you, 1L fam! We really appreciate all your prayer and financial support as we continue to #LiveOneLove wherever the Lord leads. This month that included: putting on a skate event specifically for kids at the Paia Youth and Cultural Center, sharing the light that casts out the darkness at a middle school “GLOW Night,” starting #OneLoveLegacy discipleship, doing a board give-away in NC, and testifying of His life-changing work through a faith story blog on oneloveskate.org. Here's our monthly mission Newsletter:
With the big move back to Maui, some were under the impression that the Marburgers were no longer “doing One Love.” To bring some clarity, it is for the One Love of Jesus that we moved back to Maui! God opened a full-time pastoral position for Joshua, but we are still “doing” and living One Love here. It is this very ministry and organization that allows us to live back in Hawaii on the island of Maui. So please keep us in your prayers!
Thanks if you lift up our weekly prayer requests (No Password Needed):www.oneloveskate.org/specificprayerrequests
And if you feel led to partner with us financially, visit us on our website, or feel free to email me, email@example.com for more information.
It is our joy in Jesus to partner with you all to be messengers of the King!
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If you have ever stood on top of a huge ramp or paddled in to a huge wave and chose to “drop in,” you know that transitions can sometimes be fun and sometimes be painful...
Recently, a friend of ours, Joshua Knipple, asked us to write about "Fear And Faith" for his new book. This process was great for us as we continue to work on our #LiveOneLove book. We came up with this Fear & Faith by Joshua and Nicole Marburger.pdf which we are also posting on this blog. View Fear & Faith File: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwPBYk1RLn-HdXljc2EzOUxZYmM/view?usp=sharing
Joshua Marburger is a Pastor in Hawaii and Founder of the international discipleship ministry “One Love Skate” 501c3. He and his wife, Nicole, have been enjoying the ride together since meeting at North Greenville University in 2007 where they were first resourced and equipped to be “shoulder to shoulder with soldiers for the Kingdom.” They now have three boys and enjoy serving, speaking, and writing to help many experience the One Love of Jesus (1L). They work hard to provide resources to help as many people as possible #LiveOneLove as a positive presence in their communities through Life Groups and Discipleship.
Joshua & Nicole’s prayer and passion in life is to help resource and equip
disciples (1L Reps) to lead life groups at every skatepark in the world.
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Josh & Nicole here, and we are so thankful to be #ShoulderToShoulder with people repping the 1L all around the world!
From surprise skateboard ramps sitting in storage at our new church building to lives being transformed on the pavement during #OneLoveSkate in NC; recently, we are amazed to see that that #MostHigh has better plans than we do. His calling to be full-time missionaries through One Love Skate 501(c)(3) and "hitch our wagon" to Hope Community Church has proven to be the most effective way to share the One Love of Jesus in this season of our lives.
Week after week we have seen God's favor and hand of provision as He daily provides what we need to do the work He has called us to do! While we continue to serve as One Love Missionaries and cultivate the tool of "One Love Skate" to reach skaters with the One Love of Jesus, we are especially thankful for those of you who join us in our mission through giving your time, prayers, and money to make the ministry of One Love happen!
In the 1L of Jesus (1 John 4:9),
Josh, Nicole, Caleb, Paul, & Silas
We wanted to invite you if you are interested in attending any of the following 1L Presentations:
-Josh & Nicole at Waipuna Chapel tonight at 7pm.
- Josh preaching at Pukalani Baptist Church this Sunday at 10:15am.
- One Love Mission's Report this Sunday Night at 6pm at Pukalani Baptist Church.
Join us December 17 for another fun event with the County of Maui. 9:00am-12:00pm at Kalama Skatepark!
Update from Sam P:
This term I have been going out to skateboard at least once every other week. My body is heavier. But for some reason it gives me more incentive to land tricks because if I fall it will hurt more.
I can’t believe how much over the years this ministry [One Love Skate] has grown. It is such a radical thing to be a part of with Josh M. and I know the influence has been major.
Cool update is now we have a merchandise page on the website where you can directly support the ministry by buying some One Love gear.
I have been doing skate lessons at Hale Makana once a week and the kids are loving it. My passion for skate coaching has been reignited and my heart to share skateboarding with the Nations has been reimagined.
I was talking with one of my friends from “Moke Life” and we came up with an idea to ask fellow skateboarders to donate their used parts so I can take them on my missions trips. So with that in mind I have been working on projects to accumulate skate resources and teaming up with developing countries strategies how we can use skateboarding to develop strong leaders.
This is my favorite project yet. Some countries on the line up for this skate project include Burma, Australia, and DPRK. So exciting things to come. Would love to get some of our island skaters in these places so keep us in mind and will be putting some stuff out and ways you can support this cause.
In recent skate news here on Maui, I am doing our annual skate clinic day Dec 17 @ Kihei skatepark from 9am-12PM. Past few years we have been giving away over $1,000 worth of skate things. But not only that we have snacks, drinks, music, contests, and skate lessons by me.
So if you want to learn how to skate come for a visit and lets have some fun!
Mahalo. Thanks for reading and taking some time to catch up. Looking forward to all the adventures this winter break and looking forward to the new year 2017!!! Greater things are yet to come.
Just want to say thanks to the New Hope Maui team, One Eighty, Jarred, Josh M., and the UHMC campus team.
Kenny Hall is The Youth Pastor at Hope Community Church, where he leads Radi8 Student Ministries. Each week at 5pm, we have One Love Skate in the parking lot at Hope Community Church, and we have been working with Kenny and the team at HCC to reach the 310 households within a quarter mile radius of the church building.
On May 16, you may have seen the above post about someone sharing a #1L #ConvoCard in London. Well, now we are privileged to have a guest blog from Kenny Hall with stories from his travels. Kenny took the One Love of Jesus with him in London and Northern Ireland, and we hope this will motivate many to have conversations about the 1L of Jesus with those around them wherever they are. Enjoy:
Last week I took a vacation to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I was born in Northern Ireland and had not been back in 20 years to the month. During my flight from Charlotte to London, I sat next to an older lady named Grace. Ms. Grace had an interesting perspective on science and Native American religion. She believed in one God but that all religions were basically the same. I asked her about Jesus but she just acknowledged Him merely as a good man that she would see in heaven one day. She talked about how Jesus shared the same message as Buddha and Muhammad that highlighted the goodness of man and good will. However, I tried to explain that Jesus did not, in any way, highlight the goodness of man, but our need for a Savior.
I was able to give her a One Love connection card with 1 John 4:9 and continue to pray that she would look at the Truth on that card and come to know her Savior that loves her beyond measure.
During my first night in Belfast, I was able to have many conversations with various people while I was wearing my One Love hat. Whenever I was asked what I did, I was able to tell them that I was a pastor from America and was able to point to the One Love hat and talk about the One Love of Jesus. The message was so crucial to the religious-torn country of Northern Ireland. The battle between Catholics and Protestants has been going on for generations. Their religious views have everything to do with politics, borders, and the families that they grew up in.
I was able to have a good conversation with a Catholic man named John. I shared my perspective from being born in Ulster (Northern Ireland), raised American, but was a Irish Republican citizen. I told him how I saw the country torn in two by religion, traditions, customs, politics, and bad blood. Classic Jew vs. Samaritan situation. But I was able to share that if both sides would realize the One Love of Jesus and shifted their focus off of their religion and politics and put their focus solely on the person of Jesus, everything would change and we would see peace and revival in Northern Ireland. I wasn't sure how John was going to respond, but he gave me a big hug and thanked me for saying that. There is no limit in the power of the One Love of Jesus!
Students gave away most of these cards and stickers at their high school and a couple boxes of "Life Books" this week w/Unashamed Maui.
We had a great time skating Lahaina last Saturday night and having some great 1L conversations with Elijah who plans to help us Rep 1L in Lahaina. Here is a video from Saturday night of Jose dropping in.
We are deeply grieved that Jayden, who took this video, died the following day at the beach. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jayden. Jayden's life will be remembered for a long time, and we are praying for you to have hope and help as you grieve this tragedy.
Wednesday, we skated Keo for a few minutes and took some pizzas to contribute to the time remembering Jayden. Jayden would have been 18 on Wednesday, and we were encouraged to see friends coming together to skate, eat, and remember his life.
On a very different note:
Congrats, James @bighemi187 https://instagram.com/bighemi187/ w/seeing the 7 1L #sightings and winning our instagram contest this week!
Your 1L Merch will arrive in the mail soon!