Overcome

•July 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

John 16:33 says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 
This verse was the first scripture that Lucy memorized. I can still hear her little toddler voice saying it. She got so excited at the end when she said “I have overcome the world!” 

When we face struggles and hard times in our lives it can really get us down. How cool that God gave us a verse to help us in those times. Like Lucy, let’s get excited about the fact that in this world we will see trouble, but God says to take heart (be confident and courageous) cause God has Overcome the world. I love the chorus of this song cause know that God has overcome the world, we will overcome anything we face because of the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony!
I pray this song encourages you today as you prepare to worship Our amazing God this morning!
“Overcome”

Seated above, enthroned in the Father’s love. 

Destined to die, poured out for all mankind. 

God’s only Son, perfect and spotless one. 

He never sinned but suffered as if He did
All authority

Every victory is Yours

All authority

Every victory is Yours
Savior, worthy of honor and glory

Worthy of all our praise, You overcame

Jesus, awesome in power forever

Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame
Power in hand speaking the Father’s plan

You’re sending us out, light in this broken land
Savior, worthy of honor and glory

Worthy of all our praise, You overcame

Jesus, awesome in power forever

Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame 
We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb

And the word of our testimony, everyone overcome 
Savior, worthy of honor and glory

Worthy of all our praise, You overcame

Jesus, awesome in power forever

Awesome and great is Your name, You overcame

All I want for Christmas is. . .some In Ear Monitors!

•December 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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This past week I was able to get a demo set of some in-ear monitors (IEMs) and thought I would do a little review for them.

1964Ears have a demo program where you send a deposit and can try out your choice of IEMs for 2 weeks. When they receive the demo unit back you get your deposit back so all you are out money wise is shipping. The IEMs that I chose were the 1964Ears Qi IEMs. The problem is that now that I have actually used these IEMs, I don’t want to send them back!

The sound is amazingly crystal clear. I can’t imagine what the sound would be like with actual custom molds. They came with small medium and large foam ear pads. The seal obviously isn’t as good as the custom molds, but it still creates a great seal that gives very clear sound to the ear. These particular IEMs have quad drivers. What that means is each earpiece has four balanced armature drivers (2 low, 1 mid, and 1 high) whereas a regular earbud would only have 1 driver that usually focuses on mids. This gives the IEMs amazing lows, but still is able to keep the mids and highs crisp and clear. 

When I used these with our Aviom monitor system, I was able to turn down the master volume and turn more things up. With my regular earbuds I have to have the volume cranked to be able to hear the different mixes. With the IEMs the Bass, drums, keys, and guitar now don’t distort and are very clear. I’m excited that I will be using these for our Christmas program this weekend, but sadly I have to send them back next week.

IEMs are very expensive, but are a great investment especially for stage musicians. These particular IEMs cost $549. It is cool that 1964Ears does a demo program so you can “try out” before investing. For all my musician friends I would highly recommend checking out www.1964Ears.com and looking into their demo program. They also have a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/1964ears

That being said. . Right now I can’t afford IEMs, but I sure know what I want for Christmas. . . . (I can have a wish list can’t I?) 

It truly is a wonderful life!

•December 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Tonight our church had a movie night shoing “It’s A Wonderful Life.” We couldn’t go because of kiddos still not being 100% healthy. Since this is one of our favorite holiday movies we decided to go ahead and watch it as a family at home.

It never fails, every single time I watch this movie I have some sort of dust that gets in my eyes. Seriously tho, at the very end when all of the people impacted by George Bailey comes and supports him by giving money to help replace the money lost, I lose it!

I just can’t help but weep at the thought of all the love shown to this man who, just a few minutes before, thought he wasn’t worth a cent. George Bailey is given a gift. Thinking he has such an awful life, he’s shown just how wonderful it really is. Like Harry Bailey says at the end…he is the richest man in town because having true riches is having friends and loved ones.

Life is not about getting stuff, it is about touching peoples lives, and living life with them, in the good times and the bad.

God uses us to impact our culture and communities around us in ways we may never realize.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

What better way to impact our culture and community than sharing with them about Christ?

This Christmas don’t worry about how much stuff you get, instead look at how many lives you can impact with this message of Love that truly brings “A wonderful life”

My Papa

•March 28, 2014 • 1 Comment

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I had the opportunity to spend about 30 min alone with my Papa’s earthly vessel this afternoon. I know he isn’t here anymore but it was nice just to say goodbye and sing a song just me and my Papa.

I’m thankful for the good times I was able to have with him growing up like having Nature walks, camping and hiking in Colorado, motorcycle rides through the woods, and recently just being able to sing some good gospel songs with him.

As a fireman and army veteran he saw so much life lost and peoples lives devastated, yet he still was a caring, compassionate, tender hearted man. He also was such a Godly man and amazing example of how to be a loving and dedicated husband.

I will miss my Papa, but thankful that he was MY Papa. Him and my Nonnie were huge influences on my life and how I live it today.

I will be singing this song tomorrow morning at His funeral and I was able to sing the chorus to him this afternoon. I did the same thing for my Nonnie 13 years ago in a hospital room just after I prayed with my Papa. It was right before we turned off life support. We knew she wasn’t there. It was just the machines moving breath through her lungs. We knew she was already in the presence of Jesus, but it was nice just to sing it to her. He hugged me and we cried together. His heart was broken as was mine but we found peace in these words.

“I’m tired and so weary, but I must go along
Till the lord comes and calls me, calls me away, oh yes
Well the morning’s so bright
And the lamb is the light
And the night, night is as fair as the day, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There’ll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, I’ve seen
There will be peace in the valley for me!

Well the bear will be gentle
And the wolf will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beast from the wild
Shall be led by a little child
And I’ll be changed, changed from this creature that I am, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There’ll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, I’ve seen
There will be peace in the valley for me!”

So today my heart is broken that my Papa isn’t here on this earth anymore, but these words give me comfort that the peace that my Papa is experiencing right now is also awaiting me.

I Love You Papa!
I will miss you!

Back to Blogging

•February 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t written anything on this blog in about a year. I want to change that. Each week I’m going to post something. It might be a long post. . .it might be a short post. It might just be a picture and it might just be a sentence.  Regardless SOMETHING will be posted. For now I will leave it with this:

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1

Are you glad on Sunday mornings, when someone says. . hey. .let’s go to church! The psalmist was. Let’s be joyous when we come into His house in the morning. Let’s sing, praise, read scripture, and pray like we actually want to be there to do those things. Aftter all  . . . what a HAPPY DAY it is to praise the one who rescued us.

That being said. . i’m very excited about our Call to Worship tomorrow. . . .HAPPY DAY!

Check out the lyrics below.

“The greatest day in history
Death is beaten, You have rescued me
Sing it out, Jesus is alive

The empty cross, the empty grave
Life eternal, You have won the day
Shout it out, Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Oh, happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh, happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am yours, Jesus, You are mine

Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate, Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Oh, what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
Oh, what a glorious day
What a glorious name”

No matter what church you go to, I hope you have a “HAPPY” day worshiping God!

 

 

Here is Love. . . .a little hymnology

•February 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

In light of my previous post, I did a little more research on the hymn “Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean.” I just wanted ya’ll to know the history of this song.

 

Welsh preacher and writer William Rees originally wrote the hymn “Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean.” The first time it was used was at Ebenezer Baptist Church located around Aberavon, Wales. This meeting became a spring board for the Welsh Revival. Many people in the area felt the working of the Holy Spirit and over 1,000 people came to this church service. This meeting became impassioned with fervent prayer and religious fervor. The people were so emotional that the service lasted for four hours! This meeting would ignite a fire within the souls of men, women, and children that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would spread throughout Great Britain and several other countries.

The hymn that struck such a chord within these Welsh people’s souls would last throughout the Revival. The people would sing This great song from church to church, from meeting to meeting. They focused on the great love that God had for them and the result was life changing.

The WELSH REVIVAL lasted an entire year and resulted in over 150,000 people converted inWales. Lives were TRANSFORMED! Lifestyles were CHANGED! Homes and families were HEALED! Churches were packed and on FIRE with fervour and zeal! All because they focused on the Love of Christ.

William Edwards would translate the hymn from Welsh to English, and  added it to the Baptist Book of Praise in 1900. Unfortunately, the song has only been added to a handful of other songbooks. With the arrangements from Matt Redman the song has gained some new recognition and once again is helping to spark transformation in the hearts of God’s people.

Today, focus on His love for you, and how can you share that with someone today.

“For God so loved ithe world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“Here is Love, Vast as the Ocean”

•January 27, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Every time I think of February, I immediately think of Valentine’s Day.  I know there are other special days in February, too.  (Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays, and President’s day. The Super Bowl has even been in February in past years.)  But, in spite of all of the events listed on February’s calendar, we always seem to associate February with Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s all the red roses that are sold from florists nationwide.  Perhaps it’s the Hallmark cards flying off the shelves with little sweet nothings written inside. Or maybe it’s the heart shaped boxes of little chocolates that are purchased and the restaurants that are booked weeks in advance.  Regardless of the reason why, February contains the one day a year when people try to find ways to express their love to others.  It seems foolish in many ways to put so much emphasis on one single day to show love when, in reality, we should love one another every day of the year and not just wait until February.  However, this is also how we often display our love for God. We go through our busy week focusing on everything and everyone else in our lives, and then on Sunday we tell God that we love Him. God wants more than just Sunday though. In the book Super Center Savior, author Jeff Noble writes, “The Christian Life is meant to be lived in between Sundays.”

So, why should we show and tell that we love Him? Well, ultimately, we show love to God because He showed us and the world the most amazing example of LOVE when He sacrificed His only Son to die on the cross to take away our sins. It reminds me of the lyrics to a song I heard last week:

Here is love, vast as the ocean, Loving kindness as the flood.

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Who His love will not remember? Who can cease to sing His praise?

When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, Shed for us His precious blood.

 He can never be forgotten, throughout Heavens eternal days

On the mount of crucifixion, Fountains opened deep and wide

Through the floodgates of God’s mercy, Flowed a vast a gracious tide

Grace and love, like mighty rivers, Poured incessant from above

And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice, Kissed a guilty world in love

 

I think the first line sums up God’s love for us: It is VAST AS THE OCEAN! No other love is higher, deeper, wider, or truer than God’s Love! God loves us so much, and wants to show us His love 365 days of the year, not with chocolates and cards but with His gift of eternal life so that we can be with Him forever in His loving arms.  Open your hearts and receive His love in a fresh way today, and then find ways to share that love with those that God places in your path every single day of the year.