Sunday, June 29, 2008
We also started a new 10 week sermon series called "CSI: Christian Scene Investigation". Our people seemed to be very connected the whole time during the sermon. This should be a great series on the fruit of the Spirit. Most of the people raised their hands that they watch one of the CSI's. This will be very relatable.
Here was our set:
"Holy is the Lord"-Chris Tomlin
"O Praise Him"-David Crowder Band
"Whole World in His Hands"-Tim Hughes
"Mighty to Save"-Hillsong
Definitely can't go wrong with those songs. By the time we got to Mighty to Save, the place was pumping. It was a great day, because God is faithful.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
The next few hours, I really started thinking, and God spoke to me about this. The last few days I've been finishing up the book of Job, and I read some pretty amazing things about our God. For instance, in Job 36, I read this:
26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not;
the number of his years is unsearchable.
27 For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his mist in rain,
28 which the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
29 Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?
There is none greater than God. There is none higher. There is no one more famous in our universe than the Creator. His fame is known throughout the galaxies and reflected from star to star. God is bigger and more famous than Delirious or the Beatles or any President or King or Queen. What's great about Delirious is that they do what they do to proclaim the fame of our God. I am ashamed to say that Delirious' presence, because it was tangible, jazzed me up for a moment more than God's presence. I'm thankful for this lesson today. I needed it and I treasure it. I go back to Psalm 139 for perspective:
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
I really see myself coming back to conference in the coming years. I've been to other conferences, but the spirit of the campus at Saddleback is just so positive and worshipful, it really sets the conference a part from others. There's a genuiness exuding from the church and the people, it makes you want to be there. It was a great week and I'm thankful for the experience.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The worship set was great. It was one of the days that was easy to lead worship. When I say easy, I mean the people didn't really need me as much. They were there to worship no matter who was on the stage. That's all I can ask for from a congregation. We did some old faithfuls, and we worshiped a faithful God. Here's the set list:
"Glorify"-Passion Worship Band
"Here I Am to Worship"-Tim Hughes
"You're Worthy of My Praise"-Passion Worship Band
I had a high school graduate, Shannon, lead with us, and she did a great job. She has a great heart for worship. I love using students as much as I can. They bring a whole new vibe and a new generation into the mix.
We've got one more day to go. Time flies when you're having fun. I'm so thankful for this experience. Day 4 is next.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I forgot to mention that I had my favorite, Fuddruckers. This has become my worship conference tradition for the last three years. I'm a Fuddruckers traditionalist, and I'm not changing. They have the best chili-cheese fries...and that's why I am definitely going to take a run this morning before Day 2.
....and you can also go here to see more pics from the concert.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy Father's day to all you Dad's out there. I am so greatful (there you go Emily) that God has blessed me with two amazing kids. I love Josh's independence and decisiveness. He's a lot like me (good and bad). Then there's Jade, who is definitely a Daddy's girl. She has so much of Jennifer's qualities. I think they're very similar in personalities.
I also think about my Dad. He's an amazing guy that has impacted so many people in positive ways. Everybody loves my Dad, and more importantly, I think everyone respects. Outside of my wife, he's my best friend, and we keep growing closer. God truly has blessed me with an amazing family.
Quiet worship. This week was all about quiet worship. Something that has been on my heart lately is keeping our corporate worship services balanced in knowing that the power is God. The power cannot become music, lights, sound, and yes, I’ve even led in a place that has smoke machines. None of the aforementioned things are wrong at all. They’re great enhancers, but we must keep reminding ourselves that the power of worship comes from God, or else it is not worship.
This past Sunday God led me to lead our church in quiet worship. With only a piano and a mic, i led our church in praise of our God. To give a strong visual to what I was teaching, I took EVERYTHING off the stage, leaving only the piano. It looked so naked and blank, and that’s what our church and myself needed to see. All we needed was God. It was a beautiful, peaceful time of corporate worship. It’s not something I will do a lot, but it’s good as a reminder every blue moon. Here was the set list:
"God of Wonders" (which was beautiful with just a piano)
"Let My Words Be Few"
"I Love You, Lord"
"I Give You My Heart"
It was cool to pull out an oldy like "I Love You, Lord" and experience a freshness in it. It’s one of those songs that is so simple, yet so deep, and so on target in a worship song. I think it’s actually the first time I’ve led the song since becoming a full-time worship leader. It was also a great confirmation that our church is understanding what worship really is. Sure, people missed the band, but it was a healthy stretch that we needed at this time in our church.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I just back from seeing the movie "The Happening". Ummm...it was really stupid. I really like M. Night's movies. I love his stuff. I own every movie on DVD he's made. I loved "Lady in the Water", which is regarded as a disappointment at the box office. I have consistently enjoyed everything he's put out, and I truly think they've been quality flicks....but..."The Happening" missed the mark. I hate saying it, but M. Night failed on this project. I still enjoyed his filmmaking and camera shots, but the writing was not good. The movie started really strong and ended very, very weak, which is crazy backwards. I don't think I'll be picking up this one on DVD, actually I definitely won't. I'm bummed, because I really couldn't wait to see this one.
Yesterday, Jennifer and I celebrated our 9th marriage anniversary. I love my wife. I love that she is perfect for me. We just fit. I was talking to someone this week who had broken up with his girlfriend, because he realized that their relationship was built on shallow things. I told him that when he was entering into his next dating relationship to make sure the person he dates is someone that makes him better. I can truly say that my wife has made me a better person. I am fortunate and grateful that God has given me Jennifer, and that she has put up with me for 9 years.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
About 2-3 times a year, we have a Night of Worship at our church. It's a time where the sons and daughters of God can come together and sing praises. Last Sunday, we had another one called, "Songs of Bethany". About a month before the night, I asked our church to submit 2-3 songs through our website that have impacted them personally. With those submissions, we prayerfully picked out the songs for the night. The cool twist we added was showing a video before each song of people that had submitted songs talking about how the songs have impacted them. It turned out to be a very powerful night. God moved in a great way. The video below is how we started the night. I included a small clip of the first song, so you can get a little feel of the night.
We showed this video as well. If you haven't seen it yet, it says a lot of great stuff about worship. I bought it from Sermonspice.com. It's a great video.
In the morning we talked about cultivating our friendships. With that topic, I planned a worship set focusing on our friendship and relationship with God. It is truly amazing that we can call the Great I Am a friend. Do you remember your jr. high and high school years? There was a lot of emphasis put on who you hung out with or sat with at lunch. It was what identified you and classified you. I do not miss those days at all. I was not exactly a "cool" kid. The incredible and biblical perspective we can have is that God Almighty is our friend. We are so privileged to be His friend, and to call Him our friend.
Here’s the set list:
"You are My Friend" - mine
"Friend of God" - Israel Houghton
"Beautiful Scene" - mine
"You Never Let Go" - Matt Redman
We came back that night for a night of worship. We do these about 2-3 times a year. It’s such a special time for the sons and daughters of God to come together and sing praises. The uniqueness of this particular one was the churches participation in it. About a month before, I had the church submit 2-3 songs that have impacted them, and from the submissions we prayerfully prepared the set list for the night. Before each song, we showed videos of the people talking about how the songs have impacted them. Needless to say, it was a special night. As a worship leader, it was effortless for me to lead. The people came to worship, and they connected to God all night. It was an amazing night.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I hope hell doesn't see all the sports on my blog, because I definitely qualify according to this sign. If this sign is correct, then ESPN is a pagan temple. As a graphics person, I must say that this is one of the better quality signs that I've seen used by this brand of Christian. They are usually partial to the old-fashioned white poster board with marker artistry. I know this post is very sarcastic, but I just don't see how this sign is helping.