So…

•March 8, 2011 • 3 Comments

This morning when I left the house I was greeted with sunshine, blue skies, and a brisk spring morning, not technically spring but spring nonetheless. My wife commented that it looked like it was going to be a beautiful day and I agreed and felt good.  I thanked God for the morning.

In the time it took for me to get my son to his school and start the return trip I noticed there was no sunshine, there were no blue skies, and a brisk spring morning had to turned to just a cold spring morning, not technically spring but spring nonetheless. I laughed out loud and STILL thanked God for the morning.

Ecclesiastes 3:

True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life.

The change that took place in the weather didn’t matter, everything is made beautiful in itself and in it’s time by God!

So…

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You give us victory…

•March 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Psalms 44:

4 You are my King and my God.
You command victories for Israel.[b]
5 Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.
6 I do not trust in my bow;
I do not count on my sword to save me.
7 You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
you disgrace those who hate us.
8 O God, we give glory to you all day long
and constantly praise your name.

Make this verse personal.

You are my King and God, You command victories for me, it is only by Your power, that I win and my enemies lose. It is not by my power, not by anything that I do, it is by the power of God and only by the power of God’s name. I trust God to take care of me, I trust God to give me victory!

I don’t trust…

my bow

my long range weapon which allows me to attack while the enemy is relatively far away and not much danger to me. This is a very effective weapon but does not compare at all to the long range effectiveness of God. When the trouble and attack is on the horizon God is aware of the future much more than I am. He put me together, he mapped out all the days of my life, took the time to write down every bit of my life, how wonderful are his thoughts of me. If I trust Him then the long range life stuff is taken care of, He gives me the victory!

I don’t trust…

my sword

my weapon that I use when the enemy is close, a very effective weapon for close quarter fighting. It allows me to not only attack but also ward off the attacks of the enemy. When trouble is close and present His presence, His power, His peace is so much more than anything I can achieve with my sword. no matter where I go,  God is there! If I go to the highest mountain, God is there! If I go to the lowest valley, God is there! He is with me, in the present!

God I honor you!

God I praise you!

God you give me victory…

 

 

Set list for 3/6/11…

•March 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Let the praises ring/Lincoln Brewster (one of my all time favorite worship songs)

Let it overflow/Greg Coe, Alex Wilson (second time out of the gate)

Our God is love/Hillsong (enough said, our God is ….)

Everlasting God/Chris Tomlin (has a cool groove)

can’t wait to share these songs with the people at Highlands tomorrow…

Bump into God…

•March 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

29-31 But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.

“But even there”, the place where you find yourself after turning away from God, the place where you end up because of the distractions you allowed into your life, the place where you find your little gods no longer comfort you, the place when you realize there is no more of you left and no one else to turn to but….

GOD!

Even there if you seek God, your God, you will be able to find him if you’re serious…

Even there God is there…Compassionate, Faithful, Forgiving, and Trustworthy…

Where ever you are, seek Him with everything you have, Bump into God…

 

Let it overflow…

•March 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We are doing a song this week in our church that Alex Wilson and I wrote. The song was inspired by this scripture:

Matthew 5:

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” is to me a great example of someone who spent time with God throughout the week. You spend time with God you will be changed, just as Moses was changed when he was on the mountain with the Lord God. It was said of Moses that he glowed because of the time he spent with God.

LET IT OVERFLOW

Let me gaze upon Your beauty

Let Your light shine through me

Let it overflow

Bring the world into Your presence

Fill us with your radiance

Let it overflow

More than I can

Hold with my hands

We cannot hide this Joy we’ve found

We’ll wear it loud, we’ll shout it out

This love you gave us

Changed us

We’ll live with mercy in our hearts

Our hope remains in all You are

This love you gave us

Saved us

You have given our lives purpose

To love as You first loved us

Let it overflow

We will go into the world and

Tell them of Your freedom

Let it overflow

We shine Your light

Joy and hope

Breaking through


The prayer, the goal, the hope, the plan each week as I come to lead in worship is that the light of God shines through me so that everyone will praise the Father. Let YOUR light shine through me, let it overflow…

I wish, If only…

•March 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We were created for a purpose, each person made up of flesh and blood, muscle and bone. But also each person is made of intangible things commonly referred to as gifts or talents which entwine with the very fiber of our hearts and create this thing called….DESIRE. This DESIRE is something that takes a prominent place in our existence in our younger years and we say things like; “I want to be fireman”, I want to be an astronaut”, “I want to be a rock-star”, “I want to be president”, “I want to be….”.

But then DESIRE meets opposition. A comment from a friend, a parent , a teacher, throws DOUBT upon your future. DOUBT grows as time goes on and your DESIRE fades to CONFORMITY and something more normal fills the spot, though it doesn’t quite fit. There are gaps in around it and the picture does not look like it was supposed to, imagine a puzzle piece forced into the wrong spot on a puzzle.

There comes a point in life where all this culminates in these two statements; “I wish” and “If only”. Desire becomes DOUBT and DOUBT leads to CONFORMITY and CONFORMITY leads to REGRET.

I have seen this happen again and again, in fact I heard it in a conversation yesterday. God’s plan for us is not for things to end up this way, God created each of us for a spot in the overall puzzle, and when we do what we were made to do our piece becomes part of a beautiful picture.

 

ROMANS 12 (THE MESSAGE)

4-6In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

There are those brave people who take action after speaking those above mentioned phrases, “I wish” and “If only”, and break the mold of CONFORMITY and start the path of becoming who they really were supposed to be. The REGRET is the catalyst that pushes them to overcome the DOUBT and embrace the DESIRE that was planted in their very being by the hand of GOD!

PSALMS 139 (THE MESSAGE)

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

I wish you would go after your God given DESIRE!

If only you would go after your God given DESIRE!

ROMANS 8 (THE MESSAGE)

15-17This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

 

Moments…

•March 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

listening to a new song,

caught up in a good book,

sunrise on a beach,

being greeted at the door by a dog,

watching a performer in the zone,

looking at a Rembrandt,

the first bite of creme brulee,

walking into a major league ball park before the game,

looking down from a mountain top,

bass jumping on the end of your line,

playing a guitar,

a message from a friend,

the last note of the last song,

a “love you” from my daughter,

a conversation with my son,

being in the room with my wife,

reading God’s word,

When God is smiling on you…