While the entire world looked forward to Super Bowl Sunday, Journey Church had planned to celebrate what we called “Souper Bowl Sunday”. It’s something we do annually and a time to reflect on the previous year. It is important to … Continue reading Sunday Morning Reset
On Thursday, February 10th, “The Boy” and I will be lighting up the sky in Dayton, Ohio. Since they announced the tour dates for the Rock and Worship Roadshow, we have eagerly anticipated this date! Obviously the driver for us was to once again rock out to our favorite band, Thousand Foot Krutch, but we’re pretty pumped to also see MercyMe, Jars of Clay and the band in the video below, The Afters. We even ordered the shirts to allow us to jump the line so we can be one of the first to get in. Hopefully we’ll be front … Continue reading Light Up The Sky
There a times in your life when you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’ve turned a corner on something. Sunday morning, I think I turned the corner on several levels. While I am certainly no where near Eric Clapton on the guitar, it is getting better. I’ve still got a LOOOONG way to go, but it is nice to see and hear some improvement. It makes it easy to keep working and trying when it is something you’re passionate about. Speaking of being passionate about something, as I stated in my last post, God worked on my … Continue reading Sunday Morning Reset
I often troll Youtube for videos of potential songs we will sing at Journey Church. Once I receive the worship set for the upcoming Sunday, I use the videos to practice my guitar along with. I have found a trend in many of the videos that, if I’m honest, I get a bit jealous of. Maybe jealous isn’t the right word, but it’s the only one that comes to mind right now. What I see are people coming to worship the God of this universe completely SOLD OUT. They sing with hands raised, unaware of their surrounding, uninhabited by the … Continue reading Are You A Sell Out?
There was a remarkable story that played out yesterday as my Mom passed. I won’t take the time to tell the entire story here (today at least), but I just had to share this for those that are looking for an anchor or something to cling to. In the final moments, my sister was playing music for my Mom to hear. We don’t know if she could hear or comprehend what was being played, but I have been told many times the last few days that people in that physical state can often hear. The song below by Kari Jobe … Continue reading My Beloved
One song I include on each and every half marathon playlist I create is the song “Healer” which was originally recorded by Hillsong and written by Mike Guglielmucci. I will never forget my disappointment to learn that Mike faked his cancer and the story behind the song. However it didn’t take long for me to remember that God used some rather amazing characters to accomplish his purpose throughout scripture. I still believe that the song “Healer” was inspired by God and that Mike Guglielmucci was the vessel by which God delivered the song. Period. I will never forget completing the … Continue reading Healer
So often our lives, or moments of our lives can be defined by music. I think that is why I love it so much. If I hear certain songs I can take you to a specific time, place, moment, event or memory. I have hundreds. On Sunday, as we made the final turn and the finish line was in sight, the song below came on my iPod. With the emotions already spent, used up and spilled out, I couldn’t have chosen a better song at that very moment. While the controversy surrounding the song “Healer” by Hillsong United was well … Continue reading Nothing Is Impossible
This song came across the iPod recently and caught my attention. Ironically enough, it came on at a time when I was reaching the end of a very long run. My legs were weakening and my strength was all but gone. I couldn’t help but think how fitting it was that sometimes it takes a complete break down of our will, our thoughts, or strength to surrender to the Lords will. I cannot personally listen to the words in a moment of quiet and not be somewhat broken. What a reminder today of who we are and what we are … Continue reading Surrender
You have GOT to check this out. One of my “Twitter Friends” Matthew Costner put this link up today and I had to check it out. I’m borrowing the video from his blog so hopefully he doesn’t mind. This guy (Coffey?) did a remake of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and made it a worship song. Dude can sing! For more on Coffey Anderson, check his blog. HT: Matthew Costner Continue reading Rainy Day?
Great stuff from Mark Driscoll. Been a while since I have caught up with anything from Mars Hill Seattle. Check this out today while I’m still on the mend. I’ll be back to the blog soon. Continue reading Your Will Be Done
In case you haven’t noticed I have been doing some housekeeping around this blog. I’m not quite done yet so you might see an occasional broken link or template change here or there until it’s all done. While doing some updating last night to the blogroll, I was reminded of what a blessing the blog community has been to me. If I never would have started a blog, I never would have met many of the incredible people across the United States World that I have. I thought I might take some web space occasionally to introduce some of the … Continue reading Introducing: Alastair Vance
I have to get these out early this week as I have an “appointment” in the morning and don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like. This weeks Four For Friday are all songs that are not necessarily worship songs, but could be. So often I find that lyrics and music can be an act of worship. I’ve mentioned it several times, but cutting the grass with my iPod is one of my greatest times of thought, prayer, reflection and, in some ways, worship. Here are four songs that were probably never intended to be worship songs, but could … Continue reading Four For Friday..on Thursday.
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 “Communion” by Third Day Continue reading Prayer
I am convicted. I’ve been convicted all weekend. I was so convicted on Saturday morning that I found myself emotionally moved to a point I have not been in a long time. I think I might have even moved past convicted to the point of challenged. I don’t even know if I feel worthy to type these words…. We serve a HOLY God. I am reminded of Moses and his face being radiant (Exodus 34:29-35). I am reminded of Isaiah’s Commission (Isaiah 6:1-9). I am convicted about my reaction when I see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I … Continue reading I’m Taking My Shoes Off…
I am convicted. I’ve been convicted all weekend. I was so convicted on Saturday morning that I found myself emotionally moved to a point I have not been in a long time. I think I might have even moved past convicted to the point of challenged. I don’t even know if I feel worthy to type these words…. We serve a HOLY God. I am reminded of Moses and his face being radiant (Exodus 34:29-35). I am reminded of Isaiah’s Commission (Isaiah 6:1-9). I am convicted about my reaction when I see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I … Continue reading I'm Taking My Shoes Off…