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June 30, 2011

DONALD MILLER GUEST POST: “LIFE LESSONS FROM THE HANGOVER PART 2”

Went to see The Hangover 2 tonight with Paige. I honestly thought the first movie was great. And it was funnier the second time. But the sequel stunk. Actually, it made me a little angry because it felt like they made it for the money. As always, I tend to think about life when I watch a movie. Stories are just summaries of people’s lives, so there can be common themes between a good story and a good life. Do I dare pull life lessons from The Hangover? Why not? I’ve got nothing to blog about tonight.

What The Hangover II lacked was a lot of what is lacking in most people’s lives, I think, and I’m not talking about drugs and Mike Tyson. The movie lacked a heart. The movie was inauthentic and fake and for that reason wasn’t very funny. Here’s the rundown:

1. Whoever wrote it was in it to entertain, not to tell a good story. The writers went for the cheap laugh rather than the meaningful story. It’s like that guy at the bar who is trying too hard and hasn’t found his true self. It works for a minute, then it gets old fast.

2. Hangover 1 was crude, and perhaps this movie was just as crude but the crude humor didn’t work. It wasn’t playful, it was just gross. I don’t think anybody was laughing when the big reveal came that one of the leads had done gross stuff while he was drunk. Nothing really funny about that. That’s a problem, but the real problem is the movie appealed to a stupid audience, and I just felt stupid for buying a ticket. But that’s another thing about life, too, that crude humor may seem like it will get a laugh but in the end you just weed out the folks with an ounce of sophistication.

3. The movie lacked love. The first movie involved characters that were bonding over a challenge and an adventure, but this movie missed that magic completely. The movie was about a wedding, of course, but none of it was believable because the characters didn’t do anything that revealed their commitment to each other. Nobody really sacrificed for the girl, and hardly anybody sacrificed for each other. That’s no kind of story and it’s no kind of life.

Okay, so now that I’ve made a fool of myself pulling life lessons from The Hangover part two, there’s no need to go on that Buddhist retreat you were thinking about. Happy to have set you straight.

Sincerely,

Don

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June 29, 2011

ANDY STANLEY GUEST POST: LOVE SEX & DATING

 

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Didn’t you see that coming? Didn’t someone warn you? Did no one ever tell you about that?

Those were the questions that always came to Pastor Andy Stanley’s mind when speaking with many singles and couples about their relationships.

After hearing story after story of broken relationships, the Georgia preacher realized one thing: when it comes to relationships, common sense isn’t common sense at all.

Hoping to expel all the myths that plague relationships, beginning with “the right person” myth, Stanley began a series entitled “The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating” at his North Point Community Church this past weekend.

“I want to cast a vision on something our society does a lousy job of honestly,” said the influential pastor. “I want to give you hope that this can really work. You don’t have to buy into what culture tells us about relationships.

“Our culture highlights all the trouble, all the drama, all the affairs and all the junk. Do not believe for a minute that any of that reflects reality. That does not have to be your future. The handwriting is not written on the wall.”

Advising of a better way for singles, Stanley posed one question whose answer would be the key to a successful, happy relationship – are you who the person you are looking for is looking for?

Oftentimes people only concentrate on finding the right person, instead of becoming the right person in the process.

Highlighting the danger in that, the preacher revealed that when two people finally find Mr. or Mrs. Right, they would marry only to realize that they didn’t know much about relationships.

“The problem [in that] is, all they had was chemistry. They didn’t know very much about relationships because they thought, ‘If I meet the right person, I don’t have to be good at relationships. They’re going to be good at relationships, that’s why there’s the right person.”

“So they get together, get married, and then they have problems. Guess what kinds of problems they have?” he asked the congregation. “They have relationships problems, not chemistry problems. And they didn’t do anything to prepare for the relationship. They just thought love will keep us alive.”

What results, Stanley claimed, is a marriage not with marriage problems, but with two single people problems combined.

“The reason married people get into so much trouble when they’re married is because they believe in a myth. And the myth that they buy into is called the right person myth – if I marry the right person, everything will be all right. When I meet the right person, everything will be all right.”

“The correct approach,” he emphasized, “the approach that will serve you so well, is to decide, I’m not just hunting, I’m not just seeking. I am intentionally becoming the person who the person I’m looking for is ultimately looking for.”

Relaying a personal story told to him while preparing for the series, Stanley spoke of a young woman who grew up in a religious home, had a Sunday school background, went to college, graduated and came to Atlanta.

Putting on the “back burner” her beliefs, she immersed herself in the singles dating culture and was “living the life, having fun.”

One day at a social gathering, she met who she thought to be “Mr. Right.” After spending a few minutes getting to know him, she saw he was the total package – the looks, the job, and the personality. On talking with him further, it became very apparent that he was a Christian, who was committed to living out his faith in every aspect of his life.

Going home that night, she told her mother all about “Mr. Right,” gushing over all his qualities. But her mother turned to her after and said, “Sweetheart, the problem is a guy like that is not looking for a girl like you,” to which she literally fell to the floor in a puddle of tears.

“It was a defining moment for her as a single person. ‘That guy I’m looking for, he’s not looking for someone like me.’ Her priorities changed, her life changed, and she is going in a different direction now.”

Asking the congregation once again, “Are you who the person you are looking for is looking for,” the megachurch pastor urged singles to stop believing in the fairy tale that somehow when meeting the right person all the other things would fall magically into place.

He encouraged singles to put effort into their relationships, and not just base their relationships on chemistry and passion alone, which took no work and could be felt with thousands of other people at any given time.

Hoping as well that believers would “put the ways of childhood behind” and approach relationships more wisely, Stanley explained why adults should graduate from the “happily ever after ending” of most childhood fairy tales.

“In children’s stories, if you can just get [the prince and the princess] together, the rest takes care of itself.”

Some of you are dating, and some of you are approaching relationships thinking like a child, reasoning like a child, talking like a child. And it’s time for you to put the ways of childhood behind and [realize] this isn’t about magically finding the right person – that’s fantasy … it’s not reality.”

“Do everything in your power to become the person who the person you’re looking for is looking for. That’s your best chance for success relationally.”

Looking to the Scriptures, the pastor mentioned that there is very little advice offered on finding the right person.

“But if you open the Scriptures and ask the question, ‘God, how do I become the right person?’ Suddenly, the pages of Scripture light up. The reason that shouldn’t come as a surprise is because God created relationship.”

“I want you to know it’s possible. I don’t want you to give up on that dream. But it doesn’t happen accidentally,” Stanley stated. “There is a way. You need to become intentional about becoming the person you’re looking for.”

Giving singles and those in a committed relationship a list of starting points, the North Point pastor referred to the famous “love” passage, 1 Corinthians 13.

“Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast …” he read one by one.

Understanding that many would find the list “boring” and opt to embrace the other extremes, Stanley warned, “What serves you well while you’re living the life is going to destroy what you value most later.”

“For those of you whose families were a mess, do you think maybe, while growing up, your family life would have been better if they’d been more patient with each other? If your father had been more considerate of how your mom felt and vice versa? If there wasn’t so much competition and one-up-manship?”

“Why didn’t they have it? Why didn’t they learn it? Do you realize that you get to get this right? You are responsible for stepping up and saying, ‘God, I want you to transform my character.’”

“If you believe in creation at any level, then you have to admit relationship is a creation. God created relationship, and God created you for relationship. You were designed for this.”

Emphasizing that all of the “love” characteristics required much effort, the megachurch pastor challenged his whole congregation to memorize the entire list (which they had printed out on individual cards) and learn to practice each characteristic in every current relationship now, to actively prepare for the future.

“It’s becoming that prepares you for great relationships.”

Pastor Stanley’s four part message series will continue this weekend, focusing on the subject of sex next for his 24,000-plus congregation.

June 28, 2011

PERRY NOBLE GUEST POST: Top Five Temptations Single People Face When Considering A Relationship

 

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I did a singles retreat last weekend and, as a result, began brainstorming the top temptations I see single people have to struggle through when considering a relationship…

#1 – Compromise! Hands down this is the first temptation…and I would argue that it is the girl that deals with this way more than the guy.  She begins wanting “Mr. Right” but will settle for “Mr. Right Now” if she perceives that all of her friends are getting married and she is not.  God has NEVER called His followers to compromise…EVER!!!  (And…ladies…if you are constantly having the defend the guy you are dating, then you know you are compromising.)

AND…ladies…if he is not pursuing you in a godly manner (which means he is not constantly trying to stick his hands down your pants) then drop him!

#2 – Believing That Marriage Will Solve The Struggles You Are Facing While Dating! Marriage is a magnifier…and if it is a small deal when you are dating then I promise it will be a BIG HONKIN’ deal when you tie the knot!

#3 – Going Too Fast! Anyone can fool anyone for a short period of time!  You need to date someone “until the new wears off!”  If two people are in a hurry to get married then it is usually because they are trying to hide something from the other person…or because they just want to have sex!

#4 – Trying To Be The Person That The Person They Are Dating Wants Them To Be Rather Than Who They Are – If you are having to lie about who you are to date someone…then you need to break up today!  Ladies…DO NOT SAY you love football and want to go to games with him if you don’t know the difference between the offense and the defense.  Dudes, DO NOT SAY you absolutely LOVE chic flics and want to watch them for hours if doing so drives you crazy!  If you are doing things you HATE to do…but have refused to be honest and tell the other person the truth…then you are being dishonest with them.

#5 – Seeking Advice And/OR Affirmation From The Wrong People! Single people…please, if you want marriage/dating advice…then go to people who are actually married and have been so for a long time!  Why in the world would you ask a single person for marriage advice?  Why would you ask someone who has literally blown through relationship after relationship how to have a relationship?  Because they read a book?  Because they know some Bible verses?  REALLY?  If you want to know how to have a successful relationship…ask those who have one.

June 27, 2011

Live Q & A With DAVID CROWDER (VIDEO)

David Crowder sat down recently to talk about his beard and some other things.

June 27, 2011

STEVEN FURTICK GUEST POST: GREAT CALLING, GREAT COST

 

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.

I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
-Acts 9:15-16

Most of us focus on the incredible accomplishments of Paul.
How he wrote 2/3 of the New Testament.
Took the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Became the greatest missionary and one of the greatest preachers ever.

Sometimes we’ll point out his suffering. But it’s usually isolated. We use it to talk about pain and trials and how to get through them. Or how God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. All of that is true, but I think we often miss a crucial point.

Paul’s accomplishments and his suffering went together.
And there’s a reason for that.

It’s not because God had some kind of a secret vendetta against Paul. He had killed Christians, so why not make him drink a little of his own medicine while using him to spread the gospel.

As others have pointed out before, it’s because for Paul to be used greatly, he had to be wounded deeply. The greater the calling, the greater the cost. Making a difference in the world means absorbing substantial pain. For the sake of God, and for the sake of the people you’re making a difference for.

That was true for Paul.
And it will be true for you, too.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you’ve got flogging to look forward to. But I am saying that most of us want to do the kinds of things Paul did without having to go through the kinds of things Paul went through. And it doesn’t work like that.

God has to bruise you before He can use you. So you’ll be sensitive to His touch. So you won’t have an ounce of self-reliance in you. So you’ll be able to relate to the people you’re ministering to. So when everything is dark around you, your light within you will actually have a chance to shine.

If you really want to be used greatly by God, accept this now:
You’re going to be tired.
You’re going to be betrayed.
You’re going to suffer.

Like Paul, your great calling will exact a great cost. You’ll be able to say, “For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body” (2 Corinthians 4:11).

But also like Paul, that won’t be the final word for you. You’ll be able to say, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

June 27, 2011

MATT CHANDLER EXPONENTIAL CONFERENCE 2011 TALK (VIDEO)

June 27, 2011

John Piper Interviews Rick Warren on Doctrinal Depth

June 27, 2011

GUEST Monday Morning Devotional By MAX LUCADO: Eyewitnesses of His Majesty

For fifty-one years Bob Edens was blind.  He couldn’t see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells. He felt his way through five decades of darkness.

And then, he could see.

A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming. “I never would have dreamed that yellow is so … yellow,” he exclaimed. “I don’t have the words. I am amazed by yellow. But red is my favorite color. I just can’t believe red.

“I can see the shape of the moon—and I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapor trail. And of course, sunrises and sunsets. And at night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light. You could never know how wonderful everything is.”

He’s right. Those of us who have lived a lifetime with vision can’t know how wonderful it must be to be given sight.

But Bob Edens isn’t the only one who has spent a lifetime near something without seeing it. Few are the people who don’t suffer from some form of blindness. Amazing, isn’t it? We can live next to something for a lifetime, but unless we take time to focus on it, it doesn’t become a part of our life. Unless we somehow have our blindness lifted, our world is but a black cave.

Think about it. Just because one has witnessed a thousand rainbows doesn’t mean he’s seen the grandeur of one. One can live near a garden and fail to focus on the splendor of the flower. A man can spend a lifetime with a woman and never pause to look into her soul.

And a person can be all that goodness calls him to be and still never see the Author of life.

Being honest or moral or even religious doesn’t necessarily mean we will see him. No. We may see what others see in him. Or we may hear what some say he said. But until we see him for ourselves, until our own sight is given, we may think we see him, having in reality seen only a hazy form in the gray semidarkness.

Have you seen him?

Have you caught a glimpse of His Majesty? A word is placed in a receptive crevice of your heart that causes you, ever so briefly, to see his face. You hear a verse read in a tone you’d never heard, or explained in a way you’d never thought and one more piece of the puzzle falls into place. Someone touches your painful spirit as only one sent from him could do and there he is.

Jesus.

The man. The bronzed Galilean who spoke with such thunderous authority and loved with such childlike humility.

The God. The one who claimed to be older than time and greater than death.

Gone is the pomp of religion; dissipated is the fog of theology. Momentarily lifted is the opaque curtain of controversy and opinion. Erased are our own blinding errors and egotism. And there he stands.

Jesus.
Have you seen him?
Those who first did were never the same.
“My Lord and my God!” cried Thomas.
“I have seen the Lord,” exclaimed Mary Magdalene.
“We have seen his glory,” declared John.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked?” rejoiced the two Emmaus-bound disciples.
But Peter said it best. “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

His Majesty. The emperor of Judah. The soaring eagle of eternity. The noble admiral of the Kingdom. All the splendor of heaven revealed in a human body. For a period ever so brief, the doors to the throne room were open and God came near. His Majesty was seen. Heaven touched the earth and, as a result, earth can know heaven. In astounding tandem a human body housed divinity. Holiness and earthliness intertwined.

Has it been a while since you have seen him? If your prayers seem stale, it probably has. If your faith seems to be trembling, perhaps your vision of him has blurred. If you can’t find power to face your problems, perhaps it is time to face him.

One warning. Something happens to a person who has witnessed His Majesty. He becomes addicted. One glimpse of the King and you are consumed by a desire to see more of him and say more about him. Pew-warming is no longer an option. Junk religion will no longer suffice. Sensation-seeking is needless. Once you have seen his face you will forever long to see it again.

My prayer for this book—without apologies—is that the Divine Surgeon will use it as a delicate surgical tool to restore sight. That blurriness will be focused and darkness dispersed. And, that we will whisper the secret of the universe, “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

June 26, 2011

MORE TO THIS LIFE LYRICS STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN

Today I watched in silence as people passed me by
And I strained to see if there was something hidden in their eyes
But they all looked back at me as if to say,
“Life just goes on…”

The old familiar story told in different ways
Make the most of your own journey from the cradle to the grave
Dream your dreams tomorrow because today
Life just go on

CHORUS:
But there’s more to this life than living and dying
More than just trying to make it through the day
More to this life, more than these eyes alone can see
And there’s more than this life alone can be

Tonight he lies in silence staring into space
And looks for ways to make tomorrow better than today
But in the morning light it looks the same
Life just goes on

He takes care of his family, he takes care of his work
And every Sunday morning he takes his place at the church
And somehow he still feels a need to search
But life just goes on, and on and on and on…

(Chorus)

So where do we start to find every part
Of what makes this life complete?
If we’ll turn our eyes to Jesus we’ll find
That life’s true beginning is there at the cross where He died
He died to bring us…

(Chorus)

June 25, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN EXPONENTIAL CONFERENCE 2011 TALK (VIDEO)

I know many of you Francis Chan fans have been anxiously waiting for this new 2011 talk, just like I have.  So here it is!  Enoy.

Also—if you’re a pastor, Church staff member or event organizer looking for a great Christian speaker I want to let you know I’m a speaker who’s available for speaking engagements at Churches and other Christian events.  I speak mainly to college students and twenty-somethings and up.  My topics are mainly centered on living for the glory of God and I use a lot of humor.  For the past 10 years I’ve spoken at various camps, youth groups, conferences, Churches etc. etc.  I’m a speaker more in the vein of Francis Chan and Louie Giglio.  If you love them, chances are you’ll enjoy my talks too.  Some of my topics include, “Who Am I That I Should Go” & “Glorious Rescue” (A message on grace based on the life of David).

I’ve been a youth leader and singles minister at a various Churches including a 9,000-member megachurch.  Usually my fee is upwards of  $1,000, but for 2011 I am offering Churches and event organizers a discount of more than 80% off my regular fee, at a special price of only $200, plus travel.  Yep, only two hundred dollars plus travel to anywhere in the U.S.  In some cases I’d be more than happy to speak for free, just drop me line and we can talk about it.

If you’re interested and would like more information feel free to contact me at:  seinfeldfan2006@yahoo.com

Thanks for stopping by the “210 LIFE//: Awaken Generation Blog”.  Hope you enjoy the posts.

Hervict

June 25, 2011

FREE Excerpt of ANDY STANLEY’S New Book ENEMIES OF THE HEART: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

Break free from the destructive power of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

Divorce. Job loss. Estrangement from family members. Broken friendships.
The difficult circumstances you are dealing with today are likely being fed by one of four emotional forces that compels you to act in undesirable ways, sometimes even against your will.
Andy Stanley explores each of these destructive forces—guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy—and how they infiltrate your life and damage your relationships. He says that, left unchallenged they have the power to destroy your home, your career, and your friendships.

In Enemies of the Heart, Andy offers practical, biblical direction to help you fight back, to take charge of those feelings that mysteriously control you, and to restore your broken relationships.

Includes a six-week discussion guide—a valuable resource for small groups!
FREE EXCERPT:
It Came from Within

It came from within. But at first I wasn’t sure.

It was a Tuesday night. I was lying in bed, trying to go to sleep, when I felt a thump in my chest that actually shook my whole body.

I sat up and looked over at Sandra to see if perhaps she’d felt it too. No pain. No pressure. Just a larger-than-normal thump in my chest. I lay back down and tried to pretend it hadn’t happened. And then it happened again.

This time I said, “Did you feel that?”

No answer.

As I laid there staring at the clock, I put my hand over my heart and tried to listen as well as feel my pulse. About a half minute later I noticed that my heart skipped a beat and then, THUMP! This happened over and over. About a minute of normal heartbeat and then nothing. And then the big thump that literally coursed through my entire body.

Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much that night.

The next day I called my doctor. He sent me to the hospital with a prescription for this nifty device that records what’s happening to your heart while you go about your normal routine. I say normal. There are a few “normal” activities I would advise anyone against trying while wearing such a device.

The following day I went back to the hospital and they plugged the device into a computer to see what they could find. An hour later the technician came out and informed me that I had an irregular heartbeat. I was shocked. “Really? An irregular heartbeat? You don’t say. You mean my heart isn’t supposed to miss a beat every minute and then make up for it with increased seismic intensity?”

Of course, I didn’t say that. He was about to draw some blood, and I’ve always tried to stay on the good side of anyone who’s about to poke me with a needle.

They ran some tests. A lot of tests. After a couple hours of blood work, an EKG, an ultrasound—I told them there was no way I was pregnant, but they insisted—and a chest X-ray, a doctor came in to see me. He sat down with his clipboard and started asking me all the usual questions. Eventually he came to the “What medications are you taking?” question. Ordinarily that’s an easy one: “Nothing.” But it just so happened that I was taking something for my annual case of poison ivy. I’m never certain how I got it, but I always manage to come down with it every spring. Truth is, I don’t even know what poison ivy looks like—which may be part of my problem.

I tried to pronounce the name of the drug I was taking. After three or four failed attempts, the doctor deciphered what had been prescribed and wrote it down. Then he asked, “They didn’t prescribe a steroid as well?” No, they hadn’t. The reason being, I’d insisted that my family doctor give me the steroid in the form of a shot. Two shots, actually. When I shared this bit of seemingly insignificant news with the doctor, he put down his pen and smiled. “I think I know what your problem is.”

This was good news. Sandra has been wondering since we were married.

“What?” I asked.

“It’s the steroids. You’re going to be fine. Once it works its way through your system your heart will settle back down.”

And you know what—he was right. The problem took care of itself.

Wonderful…and Confusing

As you’ve probably guessed from this story, I’m not a doctor. And this is not a book about your physical heart. It’s about your other heart. You know, that invisible part of you that philosophers, poets, and preachers refer to all the time. That thing that got broken in the ninth grade when what’s-her-name said she just wanted to be friends. I’m
talking about that part of you that swells up with pride when you see your kids do something great. It’s that thing that gets all nostalgic when you hear an old Journey tune (or whatever music served as the soundtrack for your senior year). It’s that part of me that fills up when Sandra sits down next to me on the front row at church every Sunday
morning. Amazing how that still happens after all these years…

And to be fair, the heart I’m talking about is also that part of me that wanted to wring the coach’s neck for keeping my son on the bench throughout an entire all-star game.

The heart I’m speaking of is that mysterious, wonderful, confusing part of you that enables you to love, laugh, fear, and experience life. It’s the sphere in which relationship happens. And it’s the sphere in which relationships are broken.

Damage Control

Life can be hard on the heart. The world is full of outside influences that have the power to disrupt the rhythm of your heart. Most are subtle. Some may even appear to be necessary as protection from further disruptions. Over time you develop habits that slowly erode your heart’s sensitivity. The inevitable pain and disappointment of life have caused you to set up walls around your heart. Much of this is understandable. But at the end of the day, there’s no way around the truth:

Your heart is out of sync with the rhythm it was created to maintain. These disrupters that throw your heart out of sync are not like the steroid that eventually worked its way out of my system without any effort on my part. Those things that disrupt the rhythms of the invisible heart linger. If left alone, some will linger for a lifetime. After a while we come to accept these disrupters as part of us, part of our personality. And so we catch ourselves saying, “That’s just the way I am.” But you weren’t always that way. And those closest to you know it. So let me ask you, how are things with your heart?

Close the book and think for a moment. How are things with your heart? Not your career, your family, or your finances. Your heart. Chances are, you’ve never stopped to consider your heart. And why should you? There are meals to fix, calls to return, interviews to prepare for, and bills to pay. If at the end of the day you’re all caught up with these things and someone asks, “How are things?” you can smile and sigh and say, “Fine.”

But this is a different question.

It’s a more important question.

And yes, it’s an awkward question.

Another Me

Perhaps the major reason we rarely stop to monitor our hearts is that it was never encouraged. As children, we were taught instead to monitor our behavior. In other words, we were taught to behave. If we behaved properly, good things happened, regardless of what was going on in our hearts. If we misbehaved, not-so-good things happened. My parents believed in spanking. So the not-so-good things got my attention early. I modified my behavior so as to avoid pain, and I’ve been doing that ever since. I bet you have too.

Years ago a buddy and I decided to move a road sign. We thought it would be funny to route traffic up an entrance ramp that led to a highway that was under construction and not opened yet. As a result, I spent the good portion of a night in jail. So I modified my behavior. I never moved another road sign.

Pain, embarrassment, fines, and spankings are generally considered effective ways to focus an individual’s attention on his or her behavior. Consequently, you and I have become much better at monitoring our behavior than our hearts.

But it’s not just the avoidance of pain that drives us. Good behavior can be rewarding. As a professional Christian—a pastor, by trade—I’m paid to be good. So I’ve learned to modify my words and behavior so as not to damage my reputation and, thus, my career. You’ve no doubt done the same thing. Whatever your job, there are some things
you just won’t do. Not because you don’t want to, but because of the professional ramifications. Perhaps there are some words and phrases you won’t use, in spite of the fact that they would accurately convey what you’re feeling. I’ll bet there are some people you pretend to like because it’s beneficial to you. And all of that is fine. More than fine, it’s
necessary. After all, like my buddy Charlie is fond of saying, everybody’s got to eat and live indoors.

But all this pretending can be problematic because pretending allows you to ignore the true condition of your heart. As long as you say the right thing and do the right thing, you’re tempted to believe that all is well. That’s what your childhood experience taught you. But when your public performance becomes too far removed from who you are in your heart, you’ve been set up for trouble. Eventually your heart—the real you—will outpace your attempts to monitor
and modify everything you say and do. The unresolved issues stirring around undetected in your heart will eventually work their way to the surface. Specifically, they’ll seep into your actions, your character, and your relationships. If your heart continues to go unmonitored, whatever “thing” is growing in there will worsen to the point that you’re no longer able to contain it with carefully managed words and behaviors.

So let me ask you again: How’s your heart?

Slippage

Maybe you’ve already noticed things starting to slip a bit. Maybe you’ve always been able to contain your anger, but lately there’s an edge in your voice that scares even you. And what about those occasional outbursts that slip through your normally ironclad facade?

You know you ought to be happy for Frank on his promotion, but for some reason you’re not. The truth is, Frank represents that person from your past who bought something or won something or was given something you wanted, and now you find yourself resenting Frank for it.

Ladies, how about your …

June 24, 2011

New HILLSONG 2011 Album GOD IS ABLE Previews (Video)

I have to say I am pretty excited to see what the new Hillsong Live 2011 worship album’s going to be like.  To me the Hillsong team is truly incredible in their ability to release one incredible album after another.  It seems like each year they continue to outdo themselves.  So far all I know about the new album is that its called “GOD IS ABLE” but I’m glad to announce that Hillsong has just released 2 video previews of the new album.  I can’t wait to hear these full songs.

June 23, 2011

GUEST ARTICLE By MAX LUCADO: “When My Heart Is Overcome With Fear”

Max Lucado

“Why are you fearful? O you of little faith.”
-Matthew 8:26

You would have liked my brother. Everyone did. Dee made friends like bakers make bread: daily, easily, warmly. Handshake—big and eager; laughter—contagious and volcanic. He permitted no stranger to remain one for long. I, the shy younger brother, relied on him to make introductions for us both. When a new kid moved onto the street or walked onto the playground, Dee was the ambassador.

But in his mid-teen years, he made one acquaintance he should have avoided—a bootlegger who would sell beer to underage drinkers. Alcohol made a play for us both, but where it entwined me, it enchained him. Over the next four decades, my brother drank away health, relationships, jobs, money, and all but the last two years of his life.

Who can say why resolve sometimes wins and sometimes loses, but at the age of fifty-four my brother discovered an aquifer of will power, drilled deep, and enjoyed a season of sobriety. He emptied his bottles, stabilized his marriage, reached out to his children, and exchanged the liquor store for the local AA. But the hard living had taken its toll. Three decades of three-packs-a-day smoking had turned his big heart into ground meat.

On a January night during the week I began writing this book, he told Donna, his wife, that he couldn’t breathe well. He already had a doctor’s appointment for a related concern, so he decided to try to sleep. No luck. He awoke at 4:00 a.m. with chest pains severe enough to warrant a call to the emergency room. The rescue team loaded Dee on the gurney and told Donna to meet them at the hospital. My brother waved weakly and smiled bravely and told Donna not to worry, but by the time she and one of Dee’s sons reached the hospital, he was gone.

The attending physician told them the news and invited them to step into the room where Dee’s body lay. Holding each other, they walked through the doors and saw his final message. His hand was resting on the top of his thigh with the two center fingers folded in and thumb extended, the universal sign language symbol of “I love you.”

I’ve tried to envision the final moments of my brother’s earthly life: racing down a Texas highway in an ambulance through an inky night, paramedics buzzing around him, his heart weakening within him. Struggling for each breath, at some point he realized only a few remained. But he didn’t panic or cower, he quarried some courage.

Perhaps you could use some? I know I could. An ambulance isn’t the only ride that demands valor. You may not be down to your final heartbeat, but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith. Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.

They’re talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming, breakouts of Al Qaeda cells. Some demented dictator is collecting nuclear warheads like others collect fine wines. A strain of Asian flu is boarding flights out of China. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. News programs disgorge enough hand-wringing information to warrant an advisory. “Caution: this news report is best viewed in the confines of an underground vault in Iceland.”

We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke; we fear the mole on the back, the new kid on the block, the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave. We sophisticate investment plans, create elaborate security systems, and stronger military; yet we depend on mood-altering drugs more than any generation in history. Moreover, “the average child today … has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950s.”

Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No. Fear is the big bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud, and unproductive. For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good.

Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors.

Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?

Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, absent the dread of failure, rejection, or calamity. Can you imagine a life with no fear? This is the possibility behind Jesus’ question.

“Why are you afraid?” he asks.

At first blush we wonder if Jesus is serious. He may be kidding. Teasing. Pulling a quick one. Kind of like one swimmer asking another, “Why are you wet?” But Jesus doesn’t smile. He’s dead earnest. So are the men to whom he asks the question. A storm has turned their Galilean dinner cruise into a white-knuckled plunge.

Here is how one of them remembered the trip. “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that the waves covered the boat” (Mt. 8:23-24 NCV).

 

These are Matthew’s words. He remembered well the pouncing tempest and bouncing boat and was careful in his terminology. Not just any noun would do. He pulled his Greek thesaurus off the shelf and hunted for a descriptor that exploded like the waves across the bow. He bypassed common terms for spring shower, squall, cloudburst, or downpour. They didn’t capture what he felt and saw that night: a rumbling earth and quivering shoreline. He recalled more than winds and white tops. His finger followed the column of synonyms down, down until he landed on a word that worked. “Ah, there it is.” Seismos—a quake, a trembling eruption of sea and sky. “A great seismos arose on the lake.”

The term still occupies a spot in our vernacular. A seismologist studies earthquakes, a seismograph measures them, and Matthew, along with a crew of recent recruits, felt a seismos that shook them to the core. He only used the word on two other occasions, once at Jesus’ death when Calvary shook (Mt. 27:51-54), and again at Jesus’ resurrection when the graveyard tremored (28:2). Apparently, the stilled storm shares equal billing in the trilogy of Jesus’ great shake-ups: defeating guilt on the cross, death at the tomb, and now silencing fear on the sea.

Sudden fear. We know the fear was sudden because the storm was. An older translation reads, “Suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea” (NKJV emphasis mine).
Not all storms come suddenly. Prairie farmers can see the formation of thunderclouds hours before the rain falls. This storm, however, sprang like a lion out of the grass. One minute the disciples were shuffling cards for a mid-journey game of Hearts; the next they were gulping Galilean sea spray.

Peter and John, seasoned sailors, struggled to keep down the sail. Matthew, confirmed landlubber, struggled to keep down his breakfast. The storm was not what the tax collector bargained for. Do you sense his surprise in the way he linked his two phrases? “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake…” (vs. 23-24 NKJV).

Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience? “Jesus got into a boat. His followers went with him and… suddenly…a great rainbow arched in the sky, a flock of doves hovered in happy formation, a sea of glass mirrored their mast…” Don’t Christ-followers enjoy a calendar full of Caribbean cruises? No. This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder: getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. “In this world you will [not ‘might,’ ‘may‘ or ‘could’] have tribulation” (Jn. 16:33 brackets mine).

Christ-followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions, and, as a result, face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.

“Jesus was sleeping” (vs. 24 NCV).

Now there’s a scene. The disciples scream, Jesus dreams. Thunder roars, Jesus snores. He doesn’t doze, catnap, or rest. He slumbers. Who could sleep at a time like this? Could you? Could you snooze during a roller coaster loop-de-loop? In a wind tunnel? At a kettle drum concert? Jesus slept through all three, at once!
Mark’s gospel adds two curious details. “[Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on a pillow” (Mk. 4:38). In a stern, on a pillow. Why the first? From whence came the second?

First-century fishermen used large, heavy seine nets for their work. They stored the net in a nook that was built into the stern for this purpose. Sleeping upon the stern deck was impractical. It provided no space or protection. The small compartment beneath the stern, however, provided both. It was the most enclosed and only protected part of the boat. So Christ, a bit dozy from the day’s activities, crawled beneath the deck to get some sleep.

He rested his head, not on a fluffy feather pillow, but on a leather sandbag. A ballast bag. Mediterranean fishermen still use them. They weigh about a hundred pounds and are used to ballast, or stabilize, the boat. Did Jesus take the pillow to the stern so he could sleep, or sleep so soundly someone rustled him up the pillow? We don’t know. But this much we do. This is a premeditated slumber. He didn’t accidentally nod off. In full knowledge of the coming storm, Jesus decided it was siesta time, so he crawled into the corner, put his head on the pillow, and drifted into dreamland.

His snooze troubled the disciples. Matthew and Mark record their response as three staccato Greek commands and one question.

The commands: “Lord! Save! Dying!” (Mt. 8:25).
The question:  “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mk. 4:39).
They do not ask about Jesus’ strength: “Can you still the storm?” His knowledge: “Are you aware of the storm?” Or his know-how: “Do you have any experience with storms?” But rather, they raise doubts about Jesus’ character. “Do you not care…?”

Fear does this. Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness. We begin to wonder if love lives in heaven. If God can sleep in my storms, if his eyes stay shut when my eyes grow wide, if he permits storms after I get on his boat, does he care? Fear unleashes a swarm of doubts, anger-stirring doubts.

And it turns us into control freaks. “Do something about the storm!” is the implicit demand of the question. “Fix it, or…or…or, else!” Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control. When life spins wildly, we grab for a component of life we can manage: our diet, the tidiness of a house, the armrest of a plane, or, in many cases, people. The more insecure we feel, the meaner we become. We growl and bare our fangs. Why? Because we are bad? In part. But also because we feel cornered.

Martin Niemöller documents an extreme example of this. He was a German pastor who took a heroic stand against Adolf Hitler. When he first met the dictator in 1933, Niemöller stood at the back of the room and listened. Later, when his wife asked him what he’d learned, he said: “I discovered that Herr Hitler is a terribly frightened man.” Fear releases the tyrant within.

It also deadens our recall. The disciples had reason to trust Jesus. By now, they’d seen him “heal all kinds of sicknesses and all kinds of disease among the people” (Mt. 4:23). They had witnessed him heal a leper with a touch and a servant with a command (Mt. 8:3, 13). Peter saw his sick mother-in-law recover, and they all saw demons scatter like bats out of a cave. “He cast out spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick” (Mt. 8:16).

Shouldn’t someone mention Jesus’ track record or review his resume? Do they remember the accomplishments of Christ? They may not. Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It dulls our miracle memory. It makes us forget what Jesus has done and how good God is.

And fear feels dreadful. It sucks the life out of the soul, curls us into an embryonic state, and drains us dry of contentment. We become abandoned barns, rickety and tilting from the winds, a place where humanity used to eat, thrive, and find warmth. No longer. When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god. When safety becomes our god, we worship the risk-free life. Can the safety lover do anything great? Can the risk-averse accomplish noble deeds? For God? For others? No. The fear-filled cannot love deeply; love is risky. They cannot give to the poor. Benevolence has no guarantee of return. The fear-filled cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams sputter and fall from the sky? The worship of safety emasculates greatness. No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.

His most common command emerges from the “fear not” genre. The gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, twenty-one urge us to “not be afraid” or to “not fear” or to “have courage,” “take heart,” or “be of good cheer.” The second most common command appears on eight occasions. If quantity is any indicator, Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he said more than any other was this: Don’t be afraid.

Siblings sometimes chuckle or complain at the most common command of their parents. They remember how Mom was always saying: “Be home on time.” “Did you clean your room?” Dad had his favorite directives too. “Keep your chin up.” “Work hard.” I wonder if the disciples ever reflected on the most-often repeated phrases of Christ. If so, they would have noted: “he was always calling us to courage.”

“So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows.” (Mt. 10:31 NCV)

“Take courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2 NASB)

“Don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough…” (Mathew 6:25)

“Don’t be afraid. Just believe, and your daughter will be well.” (Luke 8:50 NCV)

“It’s all right. I am here! Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27 NCV)

“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” (Matthew 10:28)

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

“Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me…. I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:1-3 NLT)

“.. don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)

“Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt?” (Luke 24:38 NLT)

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.” (Matthew 24:6 NIV)

Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:8 NKJV)

Jesus doesn’t want you to live in a state of fear. Nor do you. You’ve never made statements like these:

“My phobias put such a spring in my step.”
“I’d be a rotten parent were it not for my hypochondria.”
“Thank God for my pessimism. I’ve been such a better person since I lost hope.”
“My doctor says, if I don’t begin fretting, I will lose my health.”

We’ve learned the high cost of fear.

The question of Jesus is a good one. He lifts his head from the pillow, steps out from the stern into the storm, and asks: “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’” (vs. 26).

To be clear, fear serves a healthy function. It is the canary in the coal mine: warning of potential danger. A dose of fright can keep a child from running across a busy road or an adult from smoking a pack of cigarettes. Fear is the appropriate reaction to a burning building or growling dog. Fear itself is not a sin. But it can lead to sin.

If we treat fear with angry outbursts, drinking binges, sullen withdrawals, self-starvation, or vice-like control, we exclude God from the solution and exacerbate the problem. We subject ourselves to a position of fear, allowing anxiety to dominate and define our lives. Joy-sapping worries. Day-numbing dread. Repeated bouts with insecurity that petrify and paralyze us. Hysteria is not from God. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear…” (2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV emphasis mine).

Fear will always knock on your door. Just don’t invite it in for dinner and, for heaven’s sake, don’t offer it a bed for the night. Let’s dedicate some pages and thought to Jesus’ teaching about fear, examining a select number of his “Do not fear statements.”  The promise of Christ and the contention of this book are simple. Fear may fill your world, but it doesn’t have to fill your heart. You can fear less tomorrow than you do today.

When I was six years old, my dad let me stay up with the rest of the family and watch the movie Wolfman. Boy, did he regret that decision. The film left me convinced that Wolfman spent each night prowling our den, awaiting his preferred meal of first grade, red-headed, freckle-salted boy. My fear proved problematic. To reach the kitchen from my bedroom, I had to pass perilously close to his claws and fangs, something I was loathe to do. More than once, I retreated to my father’s bedroom and awoke him. Like Jesus in the boat, Dad was sound asleep in the storm.

How can a person sleep at a time like this? Opening a sleepy eye, he asked to be reminded, “Now, why are you afraid?” And I would remind him of the monster. “Oh, yes, the Wolfman,” he’d grumble. He would then climb out of bed, arm himself with superhuman courage, escort me through the valley of the shadow of death, and pour me a glass of milk. I would look at him with awe and wonder, “What kind of man is this?”

God views our “seismos” storms the way my father viewed my Wolfman angst. “Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves and it became completely calm” (vs. 26).

He handled the great quaking with a great calming. The sea became as still as a frozen lake, and the disciples were left wondering, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (vs. 27).

What kind of man, indeed. Turning typhoon time into naptime. Silencing waves with one word. And equipping a dying man with sufficient courage to send a final love message to his family. Way to go, Dee. You faced your share of “seimos” moments in life, but in the end, you didn’t go under.

Here’s a prayer that we won’t either.

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June 23, 2011

The Interesting Life Of Marla Taviano

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So there’s this Christian author and speaker named Marla Taviano.  I don’t really know much about her or any of the books she’s written, but a few days ago blogger Pete Wilson over at withoutwax, featured a guest post by Mrs. Marla that gave me the chuckles.  Pete was giving away free copies of her new ebook, but it was what Mrs. Marla said in her post that made me go, “say what now?”  In the post entitled, “I Have This Dream” she shares a dream she has for relations between husbands and wives.  Take a look I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it—and don’t be surprised if you start grinning.

“I have a dream.

That every husband’s suggestion for sex is met, not with deep sighs and eye-rolls from his wife, but with squeals of joys and a mad dash to the bedroom.

I have a dream.

That every husband is enthralled by his own wife, other women fade to the background, and porn is a non-issue.

I have a dream.

That every wife puts down her Christian romance novel and shakes her head in pity at the poor male hero who can’t hold a candle to her amazing husband.

I have a dream.

That every wife would rather have sex with her husband than go shopping with her girlfriends.

I have a dream.

That every husband would rather spend time listening to his wife than watch a weekend’s worth of football.

I have a dream.

That every husband and wife would be in the mood for sex at the same time every single time.

I have a dream today.

That we can bridge the sexual disconnect between husbands and wives once and for all and experience a stinking awesome marriage bed just like the good Lord intended.

Here’s to doing my part to make your wildest dreams come true!”

The first I thing I thought when I read that—well after I had regained my composure from laughing so much—was “wow,  how in the world does she and her husband not have 50 kids by now?”   And the second thought was, “they must lead one interesting life.”

June 22, 2011

David Crowder Band Announces Farewell Tour

I am so heart-broken to announce to those of you that don’t know, but the incomparable David Crowder Brand has announced its farewell tour and final album.  I don’t know where to begin to express my sadness.  The band announced it on their website homepage.  According to their online letter  the reason for the breakup is mainly that when they signed with sixstepsrecords they signed two 3-album deals, and as a band never had a vision beyond that.  For them as a band there was just those six albums really, with nothing beyond it, and since they have released 5 albums to date, their 6th and final album will be released sometime next year (2012).

As for the specific reason for the break-up the letter simply states that as they began dreaming and thinking about what their 6th album would be like, “[As a band] we also began conversations about what was to follow this sixth album. Some of us discussed maybe going back to school. Some of us talked about how great it might feel to be home with family more. Some mentioned maybe writing for a living, or at least getting to give more attention to it. Some talked about more music to be made and who they might enjoy making it with and how great it would be to have more diverse options open to them and the excitement they felt when thinking about those options.  And, out of these discussions, the decision was reached that this sixth album would be our last. None of us is sure what’s next, but we’re not afraid. We’re, in fact, really, really excited!”

Their final tour will be called The 7 Tour, to signify completion.   Words cannot express how sad I am to see my favorite band after Delirious end this epic journey they’ve been on.  For years I’ve opined about how the David Crowder Band has for the longest time been one of the most underrated, under-appreciated bands even though they’ve consistently proven themselves to be one of the most creative, imaginative and iconoclastic bands ever to grace Christian music.  And beyond that there was just that darn coolness factor that they emanated.  To me they just epitomized cool.  And I loved that as a Christian I couldn’t say we have The David Crowder band, they are passionate followers of Jesus, look how cool they don’t you wish you were friends with them?  They showed the world that being Christian can be cool.  And now we’re losing them.  That just breaks my heart, I’m still not really over the breakup of Delirious and now this—I’m struggling man.  I just wished they weren’t breaking up.

More information and tickets for The 7 Tour is available here.

June 21, 2011

Matt Redman Talks About New Album 10 000 Reasons (VIDEO)

Prolific Worship Leader Artist Matt Redman Presents 10,000 Reasons July 12

Matt Redman, prolific and renown worship leader and song writer is releasing his brand new 11th album entitled “10,000 Reasons,” on July 12, 2011.  You can head on over to the amazon page for the album to listen to previews of the new songs.  My favorite so far is track no. 3 called  “Holy.”  I think this song has the potential to become a kind of “Our God” type song with that wide reach like “How Great Is Our God” and “The Heart Of Worship.”  Instead of going with a studio album Matt chose to record this album live at the LIFT Conference, held in Atlanta in February 2011.

A few days ago Matt released a video where he talks about the inspiration behind the new album and lets you sample some of the songs.  “There’s definitely something special about a live album, especially for worship music,” Matt says.  “There’s a dynamic of the people of God, in the presence of God, pouring out the praises of God, that I think is unrivaled on the face of the earth,” Redman adds.  “We felt that explosion go off in people’s hearts when we brought these new songs to LIFT,”  Redman says of the choice to record it live.  According to Matt there were about 30 songs written for the new album, though not all completely finished.   The song with the lyric “Oh My Soul” sounds pretty special too.

WATCH:

The Track Listing for the album is as follows:

1. We Are The Free

2. Here For You

3. Holy (Live)

4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

5. Fires (Live)

6. Never Once (Live)

7. Where Would We Be

8. We Could Change The World

9. Magnificent

10. O This God

11. Endless Hallelujah

June 21, 2011

ANDY STANLEY ENEMIES OF THE HEART BOOK REVIEW

 

Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

 Enemies of the Heart is about four destructive emotions that control us and what to do about them. The emotions are guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. If you’re like me, I initially thought that only one or two of those applied. However, after reading this book I realized how incorrect my impressions were and how they could still apply to me – or anyone, for that matter – even if they weren’t primary.

Stanley puts these emotions in a debt-to-debtor context, which really helped me understand and remember them more clearly. Guilt says “I owe you;” anger says “you owe me;” greed says “I owe me;” and jealousy says “God owes me.” The premise is that whatever your situation, there is something that was (actually or perceived) taken and thus something owed (or believed to be owed). The solutions: confess, forgive, give, and celebrate, respectively.

I really enjoyed this book, both for personal and professional reasons. As a professional counselor, I found myself agreeing with Stanley’s assessments of the four enemies of the heart as well as how they tend to evidence themselves in people’s lives. I especially appreciated that he made a point to say that a person’s heart is where problems lie and how certain actions (or habits) will work to change the heart, from the inside out. Effectively, this seeks to treat the underlying cause of problems rather than simply symptoms.

 

Enemies is written in plain, easy-to-read language that both professionals and lay persons should be able to follow it very easily. I appreciated this. However, even though it’s a quick read it’s not without substance. There were often places in the book where I had to put it down and reflect for myself because Stanley’s representation of the heart vices were so convicting. His approach genuinely encouraged me to desire change in areas that were illuminated as needing change.

There’s also a study guide in the back, which is pretty straight forward and geared towards small group discussions. I always appreciate that option with books, because it makes them more appealing if readers choose to use it in that setting.

One criticism I have of Stanley is that he comes across as slightly self-righteous or sarcastic at times. Particularly when he’s describing the destructive nature of one of the four enemies, it felt to me as though he toed the line between admonishing and insulting. Don’t get me wrong, this was very slight and definitely not intentional – in fact, at times I could tell he was using humor to make a point, and it was often effective. That said, Stanley’s heart was quick to come through and repair any accidental error – especially when he moved into how to confront the enemy of the heart.

A critique I have of the book is that it can be too general in places where some explanation or caution are needed. For example, when talking about forgiving in order to overcome anger, Stanley is completely silent about situations where abuse or unrepentance exist. Even if he had no intention of applying his concepts to these circumstances, I found myself wishing he’d at least made a statement to reflect as much. There are so many questions I wished he asked and answered, such as what to do once forgiveness has been given.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It’s easy to read, applicable to probably anyone, biblically referenced, and a great tool to help Christians break free of these four enemies of the heart. Keep in mind that it’s not intended as a complete resource nor should it replace professional therapy or pastoral guidance, though it would be an excellent supplement for these.

June 21, 2011

Awesome MARTIN SMITH Video Having An Oops Moment While Leading Worship!

I came across this hilarious video of ex-Delirious front man, Martin Smith, making a mistake while leading worship at some event.  The video opens with Martin & the Delirious guys  in the middle of a quiet, prayerful worship moment.  And then Martin moves his Bible from the side of keyboard to right in front of him, perhaps he was about to share something with the crowd.  But as he puts his Bible down on the keyboard it triggers some kind of beat, and so while they are in this intense worshipful moment this keyboard drum beat starts playing and Martin starts looking around all like mildly freaked out, trying to see who’s making that sound.  But he can’t see anything, then he lifts his Bible and realizes it was him.  Then the speaker comes up and explains what just happened.  I love this video, I’m a huge Delirious fan who’s still not over their break-up.

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June 21, 2011

Chris Tomlin All My Fountains Live Passion 2011 Music Video

 

Really neat video of Tomlin playing fountains at Passion 2011, its actually the official music video too.  Pretty cool.

 

June 20, 2011

Donald Miller Debuts New Blue Like Jazz Movie Trailer

Blue Like Jazz

I saw on twitter a few days ago that Donald Miller and crew had just debuted the brand new “Blue Like Jazz” movie trailer online.  I have to say I’m really excited for them, Don had shared many times about the various struggles they faced with getting this movie made, culminating with them being forced to go to fans of the book themselves to help them raise the money to make the movie.  So I’m sure this is a happy moment for them.  And I couldn’t be happier for them.  It was interesting to watch the trailer because they have the girl Alex from LOST, the girl who played Ben’s daughter, in a lead role in this movie.  I don’t know why but seeing that was hilarious to me.  That they managed to get a Lostie in there.  Also they had the kid from “Prison Break” playing Don in the movie.  I’m a big fan of “Prison Break” so I got a kick out of seeing Lincoln—Linc The Sink’s—son playing the lead role.

I have to be honest the trailer seems a bit of a departure from the book.  A lot of the stuff in the trailer made me go, “wait where in the book did this happen again?”  I was very surprised thought to see it had over 60,000 views already, that means at least there’s a lot of  interest around the movie.  Definitely hope it all works out for Don and crew and all the fans.

You can check it out below.


June 20, 2011

Francis Chan Talks About His New Book Erasing Hell (VIDEO)

Francis Chan has a new book releasing on July 1, 2011 called “Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, And The Things We Made Up”.  From what I can tell its seems to be a response to Rob Bell’s highly controversial book on the same subject, “Love Wins.”

Chan released a video recently where takes time and talks about the current (mis)understandings on hell and his new book.  Worth a look for sure.

June 19, 2011

What’s Going On In The World

What if things get worse?  In the world or in your world.

Christ tells us that they will. He predicts spiritual bailouts, ecological turmoil, and worldwide persecution. Yet in the midst of it all, he contends bravery is still an option. (Matt. 24:4-14)

Things are going to get bad, really bad, before they get better. And when conditions worsen, “See to it that you are not alarmed” (Matt. 24:6 NIV). Jesus chose a stout term for alarmed that he used on no other occasion. It means “to wail, to cry aloud,” as if Jesus counseled the disciples, “Don’t freak out when bad stuff happens.”

See to it…” Bosses and teachers are known to use that phrase. “See to it that you fill out the reports.” Or “Your essay is due tomorrow. See to it that you finish your work.” The words call for additional attention, special focus, extra resolve. Isn’t this what Christ is asking of us? In this dangerous day, on this Faberge’-fragile globe, with financial collapse on the news and terrorists on the loose, we have every reason to retreat into bunkers of dread and woe.

But Christ says to us, “See to it that you are not alarmed.” (NIV)
“Keep your head and don’t panic” (MSG).
“See that you are not troubled” (NKJV).

And remember: “All these [challenging times] are the beginning of birth pains” (Matt. 24:8 NIV), and birth pangs aren’t all bad. (Easy for me to say.) Birth pains signal the onset of the final push. The pediatrician assures the mom-to-be, “It’s going to hurt for a time, but it’s going to get better.” Jesus assures us of the same. Global conflicts indicate our date on the maternity calendar. We are in the final hours, just a few pushes from delivery, a few brief ticks of eternity’s clock from the great crowning of creation. A whole new world is coming!

© him

June 19, 2011

Phil Wickham New Album 2011 RESPONSE

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Phil Wickham released details of his new 2011 album via twitter this past Sunday (June 5th), stating that the new record will be called “RESPONSE” and is slated for an October 4th, 2011 release.  Wickham also released some pics of him hard at work in the studio which you can see above and below.  According to the latest update the album is complete.  “Just got the last song mixed for my new record “RESPONSE”,” Wickham tweeted on Sunday, adding “Mission complete! It feels good to be done. Can’t wait to share the sounds!”

I’m super excited about this new record.  To me Phil Wickham is one of the most talent Christian artists working today—hands down.  If you’ve never seen him live then you don’t what I mean when I say, but just do give you a glimpse of his pipes and vocal range and power, check out this video where he talks about songwriting and he intersperses some singing here and there.  Then you’ll get a tiny glimpse of what I mean.  In this vid he’s talking about how he came to write the first track off his 2009 album “Heaven & Earth,” called “Eden.”

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June 18, 2011

Shane Claiborne Talks ABout A New Way To Pray

One of my favorite people to be around is Shane Claiborne author the great books The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus For President.  Even though I don’t agree with everything he stands for e.g. I believe that scripture shows that the death penalty and just war is justified in the eyes of God.  But beyond our differences I do think there’s a kind of integrity to Shane’s life and message that’s hard to argue with.

Yet if there’s one word I’d never associate with Shane Claiborne it’s the word Prayer.  Words like peace and social justice seem more the kind of words I’d associate with him, so that’s why it was a surprise for me to learn that Shane had released a new book on prayer recently entitled,  Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Zondervan).

In a recent article in Relevant Magazine Shane shared some things that I thought were quite remarkable.

He shared something profound about what brought the issue of prayer to the forefront for him and The Simple Way.  He says:

“Through works of mercy on our streets and peacemaking in conflict zones around the world, our [monastic] communities [like The Simple Way in Philadelphia] have been known for their activism. But our communities have also learned action alone can become hollow and depressing. We set out to change the world … and then we realized we couldn’t even change ourselves. Our passion for justice has brought us face to face not only with the world’s brokenness, but with our own limitations.”

I thought it was awesome how he shared that it was their very work and realizing that they can’t do it on their own that drew them to prayer.

Something else he shared about the nature of prayer also stood out for me.  Because sometimes I forget that prayer is in fact a discipline, it’s not a gift or something that comes naturally it’s something that we have to train ourselves to do.

Shane writes,

“We often think of liturgical prayer as exercise for our souls. It doesn’t always feel good, but it stretches and strengthens us, getting rid of spiritual flab we’ve built up by consuming only spiritual food we like. But it’s not just about cutting flab; we enter into this discipline so we can focus our bodies and souls on joining God’s Kingdom work in the world. We pray so we can learn to work better, and we work so we can know how to pray better.”

The kind of praying he’s referring to here is liturgical prayer which I think is a practice where you get a book that kind of guides you on how to pray each day of the year.  It comes with a verse of scripture and what to pray specifically, you can learn more about Claibornes liturgy project at CommonPrayer.net.

But no matter your style of prayer we can all agree that it’s often coming face to face with our own limitations that drive us to the Throne of Grace, and that it’s the difficult and mundane discipline of spiritual growth practices that mature us most into the people God wants us to be.

You can see the entire article on Relevant Magazine’s website here.


June 18, 2011

Mark Driscoll Responds to Rob Bell Controversy on Hell

 

 

 

Pastor Mark Driscoll says he doesn’t intend on “attacking any individual” with his blog post Monday on hell. But a section in the blog addressing why a loving God would send people to hell inevitably draws him into the emotionally-charged debate surrounding preacher Rob Bell’s new book, which happens to be released tomorrow.

Driscoll, known to be a theological buff, responds to the argument “a loving God would not send billions of people to a horrible hell” in his blog on The Resurgence, a missional theology resource site that he helped found.

In the post, Driscoll, who is founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, states that it is important to understand that God doesn’t send just anyone to hell, but only those who reject His revelation and choose to suppress the truth that He plainly reveals to them.

“Hell is only for those who persistently reject the real God in favor of false gods,” writes the Seattle pastor. “To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, either people will say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ or God will say to them, ‘Thy will be done.’”

Driscoll also responds to the argument that a loving God would be more tolerant by posing a counterargument that if God was tolerant of everyone then he should also tolerate rapists, pimps, pedophiles, and those who sin against the very people criticizing God as intolerant.

“The idea is completely absurd and unjust,” argues Driscoll. “A loving God protects His children from sin and evil by separating them. In this way, God is a father who is tolerant of all who obey Him and are safe for His children. But He is intolerant of those who sin against Him and do evil to His children.”

In our society, Driscoll points out, there is also cultural intolerance for those who drink and drive, steal, rape and murder and we separate those people from society.

“To call such actions on God’s part intolerant is shameful, because tolerance would denote both approval and support of evil.”

Recently, there is an explosion of interest about hell due to the soon-to-released book by Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church (no relations to Driscoll’s church) in Grandville, Mich., called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. The book has drawn much fire from prominent evangelical leaders, with some accusing Bell of heresy.

“Will only a few select people make it to heaven? … And will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell?” Bell poses in a promotional video for the book.

“Millions and millions of people were taught that the primary message, the center of the gospel of Jesus, is that God is going to send you to hell unless you believe in Jesus. So what gets subtly sort of caught and taught is that Jesus rescues you from God. How could that God ever be good? … And how could that ever be good news?”

In the video, he states that the good news is that “love wins.”

Justin Taylor, vice president of editorial at Crossway, criticizes Bell as appearing to be promoting universalism.

While Pastor Joshua Harris of Gaithersburg, Md., tweeted that Bell was preaching a false gospel.

Respected evangelical pastor John Piper tweeted on Feb. 26, “Farewell Rob Bell.”

Driscoll tried to stay away from the fray by not naming names, but he makes a strong case against Bell’s alleged universalistic view and the argument that God cannot be loving and send people to hell at the same time.

The Seattle pastor calls on people to look at what Jesus did on the cross and how he suffered for the ungodly sinners and his enemies.

“Or, to say it another way, Jesus suffered and died for mean people. A God who will suffer and die for mean people is not mean,” asserts Driscoll. “In fact, such a God alone is altogether loving; to be condemned by a God of perfect love shows how damnable our sin truly is.”

In his post, Driscoll also answers the argument that eternal torment in hell is unjust punishment for people who sin only for a few decades. He responds by referring to Daniel 12:2 as well as what Jesus says in the Bible in making the case that hell is unending.

“Today, though, it is becoming popular to hope that sinners will eventually repent and everyone will end up in heaven,” writes Driscoll. “This is universal reconciliation, the ancient view of Origen. However, there is not a shred of evidence for post-mortem repentance.”

June 17, 2011

CHRISTIAN SPEAKERS – CHRISTIAN SPEAKER HERVICT JACOBS (SIMILAR TO FRANCIS CHAN & LOUIE GIGLIO)

If you’re a pastor or Church staff member or event organizer looking for a great Christian speaker I want to let you know I’m a speaker who’s available for speaking engagements at Churches and other Church-related or Christian events. I’m a speaker more in the vein of Francis Chan and Louie Giglio.  If you love them you’ll love me.  I speak mainly to college students and twenty-somethings and up.  My topics are mainly centered on living for the glory of God and, I use a lot of humor.  For the past 10 years I’ve spoken at various camps, youth groups, conferences, Churches etc. etc.

Usually my fee is upwards of  $1,000, but for 2011 I am offering Churches and event organizers a discount of more than 80% off my regular fee, at a special price of only $200, plus travel.  Yep, only two hundred dollars plus travel to anywhere in the U.S.  In some cases I’d be more than happy to speak for free, just drop me line and we can talk about it.

Some of my topics include, “Who Am I That I Should Go” & “Glorious Rescue” (A message on grace based on the life of David)

If you’re interested and would like more information feel free to contact me at:  seinfeldfan2006@yahoo.com

Thanks for stopping by the “210 LIFE//: Awaken Generation Blog”.  Hope you enjoy the posts.

H J

June 17, 2011

With Us Hillsong Lyrics

VERSE 1:

Before the world
You knew the plans for me
Before my heart believed
You came to my rescue
And now I’m found in love
There’s nowhere else to run
You keep my life within
Your mighty hand
Oh God

CHORUS:
There’s no end to Your love
There’s no end to Your love
You’re with us
You’re with us
There’s nothing in this world
That could take You away
You’re with us
You’re with us

VERSE 2:

Before I call
I know You’ll answer me
You’ll make a way
Beyond what I could imagine
What could separate
From the love You give
I put my hope in everything
That You are
Oh God

CHORUS:

There’s no end to Your love
There’s no end to Your love
You’re with us
You’re with us
There’s nothing in this world
That could take You away
You’re with us
You’re with us

BRIDGE:

You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high
You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high
You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high
You reign in our hearts
You reign above all
Be lifted on high

CHORUS:

There’s no end to Your love
There’s no end to Your love
You’re with us
You’re with us
There’s nothing in this world
That could take You away
You’re with us
You’re with us

June 17, 2011

Rebecca St. James marries in San Diego (Photos)

Christian GRAMMY Award-winning singer Rebecca St. James whose voice and personal story of dedication to purity behind her self-written signature song “Wait For Me” encouraged millions of young people worldwide since its release a decade ago, said “I do” this past weekend to the man she’s been waiting for.

Rebecca married Jacob Fink on Saturday (4/23), in a ceremony held at the picturesque Junipero Serra Museum in San Diego, CA. The noon wedding vows, including self-written commitment vows the couple wrote to each other. Both Rebecca’s long time pastor, Rick White of the People’s Church in Franklin, TN, and Chris Schmaltz, the youth pastor who influenced Jacob’s decision for Christ as a teen and later provided ongoing spiritual guidance including marriage counseling for the couple, officiated at the wedding.

Born in Sydney, Australia, St. James has used her celebrity in music to become a passionate “voice,” speaking openly and often on the subject of Christian faith and values agendas with national and international media as well as authoring a series of bestselling books based on her presence and influence as a role model and advocate for purity before marriage. She has been equally vocal about the meaning of “unity” in her definition of marriage.

Rebecca noted in a recent interview with a writer from the Christian Post who asked her for a description of the meaning of an ideal marriage: “I believe both people can be stronger in their calling because of each other. I really see that in Jacob and my individual lives—we are stronger together. We have a real desire to be glorifying to God in our life and coming marriage.”

June 17, 2011

Rise Hillsong Live Lyrics

VERSE 1:

All the earth come alive
Lift your eyes to the morning
Let our hearts beat again
With a lifeblood that never fails
Your love it will never fail

VERSE 2:

Breaking down the divide in a holy collision
The Divine in disguise
Took the cross for our sin and shame
Our God You will never fail

VERSE 3:

See the lost in return
Swing the doors ever wider
See the tide as it turns
Love and mercy is on the rise
As the world folds into Your light
All creation will see Your light

VERSE 4:

Hear the sound of freedom rise
As our song breaks the silence
Echoing the angel cry
Let us lift up Your holy Name
Hereafter to sing Your praise
Forever and ever

CHORUS:

We will hold, we will love
We will fall in surrender
We will rise, we will run
We will live to declare Your Name
Forever to bring You praise
Forever we’ll lift up Your Name

VERSE 5:

The universe on its knees
See the stars in surrender
God above kings and queens
Every idol will bend and break
But our God You will never fail
Forever and ever

CHORUS:

We will hold, we will love
We will fall in surrender
We will rise, we will run
We will live to declare Your Name
Forever to bring You praise
Jesus, Jesus
We will hold, we will love
We will fall in surrender
We will rise, we will run
We will live to declare Your Name
Forever to bring You praise
Forever we’ll lift up Your Name

BRIDGE:

Swing the doors wider
Sound the praise louder
All our hearts cry out
For the glory of Your Name
Our God You will never fail
Lift the Name higher
Shine the light brighter
All the earth cry out
For the glory of Your Name
Our God You will never fail
Forever we’ll lift up Your Name

June 17, 2011

Albert Mohler On Why Conservative Churches Are Growing: David Brooks and the Limits of Sociology


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By the late 1960s, liberal Protestants began asking a rather difficult question.  Why were the conservative churches growing? In retrospect, one aspect of the liberal Protestant crisis was reflected in that very question. The mainline Protestant denominations would have been better served by asking why their own churches were declining.

Commissioned by the National Council of Churches, researcher Dean M. Kelley set out to find out why conservative churches were growing, even as the more liberal churches were declining. In his 1972 book, Why Conservative Churches are Growing: A Study in Sociology of Religion, Kelley argued that evangelical churches grow precisely because they do what the more liberal congregations and denominations intentionally reject — they make serious demands of believers in terms of doctrine and behavior.

“Amid the current neglect and hostility toward organized religion in general,” Kelley noted, “the conservative churches, holding to seemingly outmoded theology and making strict demands on their members, have equalled or surpassed in growth the early percentage increases of the nation’s population.”

With amazing insight and candor, Kelley spoke for mainline Protestantism when he noted that it had been generally assumed that churches, “if they want to succeed, will be reasonable, rational, courteous, responsible, restrained, and receptive to outside criticism.” These churches would be highly concerned with preserving “a good image in the world” — and that meant especially within the world of the cultural elites. These churches, intending to grow, would be “democratic and gentle in their internal affairs” — as the larger world defines those qualities. These churches will intend to be cooperative with other religious groups in order to meet common goals, and thus “will not let dogmatism, judgmental moralism, or obsessions with cultic purity stand in the way of such cooperation and service.”

Then, Kelley dropped his bomb: “These expectations are a recipe for the failure of the religious enterprise, and arise from a mistaken view of what success in religion is and how it should be fostered and measured.”

Kelley then presented his considerable wealth of research and reflection on the phenomenon of conservative growth and liberal decline. “Strong” religious movements make demands of their members in terms of both belief and behavior. These churches demand adherence to highly defined doctrines that are to be received, believed, and taught without compromise. They also understand themselves to be separate from the larger secular culture, and the requirements of membership in the church define a distance from secular beliefs and behaviors.

The liberal churches are, by their own decision, opposed to these very principles. The mainline Protestant churches desired to be taken seriously and respected by the intellectual elites. They wanted the benefits of cultural acceptance and esteem. They lowered doctrinal and behavioral requirements and made membership more a matter of personal preference than of theological conviction.

Kelley concluded: “To the person who is concerned about the future of the ecumenical churches, this theory can offer little encouragement. The mainline denominations will continue to exist on a diminishing scale for decades, perhaps for centuries, and will continue to supply some people with a dilute and undemanding form of meaning, which may be all they want.”

In a recent column in The New York Times, David Brooks raised similar issues, this time in the context of a review of “The Book of Mormon,” a popular production on Broadway. In Brooks’ view, the show “ridicules Mormonism but not the Mormons, who are loopy but ultimately admirable.”

In the course of his column, Brooks made this observation:

Many religious doctrines are rigid and out of touch. But religion itself can do enormous good as long as people take religious teaching metaphorically and not literally; as long as people understand that all religions ultimately preach love and service underneath their superficial particulars; as long as people practice their faiths open-mindedly and are tolerant of different beliefs.

Hang in there — David Brooks is headed somewhere with this argument. He noted that many Americans “have always admired the style of belief that is spiritual but not doctrinal, pluralistic and not exclusive, which offers tools for serving the greater good but is not marred by intolerant theological judgments.”

And he is right, of course. This is an eloquent description of the religious disposition so well documented by Dean Kelley almost 40 years ago. This describes the mainline Protestant aspiration — to be seen as serving the public good without the taint of theological judgment.

But then Brooks dropped a bombshell of his own:

The only problem with “The Book of Mormon” (you realize when thinking about it later) is that its theme is not quite true. Vague, uplifting, nondoctrinal religiosity doesn’t actually last. The religions that grow, succor and motivate people to perform heroic acts of service are usually theologically rigorous, arduous in practice and definite in their convictions about what is True and False.

Further: “The religions that thrive have exactly what “The Book of Mormon” ridicules: communal theologies, doctrines and codes of conduct rooted in claims of absolute truth.”

Note that Brooks defined the “strong” profile of belief with terms such as “rigorous,” “arduous,” and “definite.” With considerable insight, Brooks informed his readers that rigorous theology “provides believers with a map of reality,” “allows believers to examine the world intellectually as well as emotionally,” “helps people avoid mindless conformity,” and “delves into mysteries in ways that are beyond most of us.”

Meanwhile, arduous codes of behavior and conduct “allow people to build their character.” Brooks explains that “regular acts of discipline can lay the foundation for extraordinary acts of self-control when it counts the most.”

Brooks concludes with a look at Africa, where conservative Protestantism is thriving. The Broadway show portrays the Africans accepting the liberal form of belief that would comfort the cultured antagonists of religion. Brooks knows that it is not so:

I was once in an AIDS-ravaged village in southern Africa. The vague humanism of the outside do-gooders didn’t do much to get people to alter their risky behavior. The blunt theological talk of the church ladies — right and wrong, salvation and damnation — seemed to have a better effect.

In the span of just a few paragraphs, David Brooks made the same argument that Dean M. Kelley made in his book-length report on research nearly four decades ago.

There is a wealth of insight in both analyses. In the present context, evangelical Christians face many of the same questions asked by the liberal Protestant denominations in the 1960s and beyond. The main question is always deeply theological: Do we really believe that the message of the Gospel is the only message that offers salvation?

At this point, the limits of sociological research become clear. A sociological analysis can distinguish between stronger and weaker forms of faith and belief and can measure qualities such as rigor, ardor, and definiteness. Sociology can trace developments and offer research-based predictions about the future.

What sociology cannot do is deal with the most important question of all — the truth question. That is where Mormons and evangelical Christians part company. Orthodox Jews, Jesuits, and Jehovah’s Witnesses all fall on the “strong” side of the sociological divide in their own way, but each has a completely distinct worldview based upon very different understandings of the truth. Mormons and Methodists have very different theologies, to say the least, but it takes a theologically informed Mormon and Methodist to know the difference.

Dean M. Kelley and David Brooks, each writing for a very different audience, have much to say to evangelical Christians. But, in the end, sociology can get us only so far and no further. The rigor, ardor, and energies of evangelical churches must not be held merely in a desire to hold to a form of religion that will grow, but in a biblical commitment to hold fast to the truth of the Gospel and to share that saving truth with the whole world.

We are left with what David Brooks described as the “blunt theological talk of the church ladies” in that African village — “right and wrong, salvation and damnation.” Such is the Kingdom.

June 17, 2011

David Platt Secret Church (Interview)

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David Platt is very uncomfortable when someone refers to him as the rising star in the evangelical world. Indeed he is very uncomfortable when any focus is on him. Nevertheless, I must acknowledge, to the chagrin of David I’m sure, that he has indeed become one of the most quoted and noted figures in evangelicalism. His New York Times bestseller, Radical, has increased his visibility. His next book, Radical Together, will be released in April. I just read a preview copy and I think it’s even a better book. God is indeed doing a great work in David Platt. In my interview with him, I asked him about the phenomenon called Secret Church.

How did Secret Church get started?

David Platt: Secret Church began at Brook Hills based on time I had spent with our brothers and sisters in underground Asian house churches. In those contexts, they gather together at the risk of their lives for 8-12 hours at a time simply to pray, worship, and study the Word. It’s simple, raw, dangerous, and satisfying…all at the same time. So when I came to Brook Hills, some of our leaders sat around one day saying, “Why don’t we do the same thing?” So we decided to try it. We set up a Friday evening where we would gather from 6:00 p.m. until midnight for two main purposes: to worship through intensive study of the Word, and to identify with our persecuted brothers and sisters by praying intentionally for them. Just a simple six hours of straight teaching and prayer. The first night we did it, we had about 1000 people, and after that it began to grow. We now have “Secret Church” a couple of times a year, and soon we had to start taking reservations because our auditorium at Brook Hills was packed full (tickets, which simply cover the cost of a study guide for the night, sell out every time now in a couple of minutes). That’s one of the many reasons we are so grateful for this partnership with Lifeway on the simulcast/webcast. Anyway, one of my favorite sights as a pastor is to look out across a room packed with people at 12:30 a.m. (we never finish right at midnight!) with their Bibles open just soaking in the Word of God.

To what do you attribute the massive interest in Secret Church?

David Platt: People are hungry for the Word. There’s really nothing special or creative about it. It’s just the study of the Word and then prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. The Word itself does the work!

How do you go about choosing a theme for Secret Church?

David Platt: One of our goals in Secret Church from the beginning has been to study not just for our own sake, but for the sake of the nations. I want to pastor a church filled with people who are equipped to make disciples in all nations, and so the purpose of Secret Church is to equip people in ways that they will then be trained to go into other contexts of the world to teach the Word. I also want to serve our brothers and sisters around the world who don’t have access to a lot of biblical/theological training. So we are in a process of taking all the teaching from Secret Church and translating into the top six languages in the world. That way, we can go into underground locations in other countries with hours worth of biblical/theological training we can give them mp3 players or notebooks with a plethora of biblical/theological training in their own language. So the goal is not just what happens each night at Secret Church in this context. The goal is the equipping of the church to make disciples in contexts around the world.

What do you hope will happen in the lives of people who attend a Secret Church event?

David Platt: The more we taste God’s Word, the more we desire God, and the more we want to multiply God’s Word to the ends of the earth. So my prayer is that whether someone is at Brook Hills, in a simulcast at another church building, or doing a webcast with a small group in a home, each person who attends Secret Church will see the wonder of God’s Word and be compelled to give their lives making it known around the world – particularly in places where it is most costly to follow Christ.

June 17, 2011

This Latest Passion Worship Album “Here For You” May Be Their Best One Yet

I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to hear some of the songs off the new Passion album, “Here For You” —I watched the live stream of Passion 2011 so I had heard some of them already—but last night I hopped on over to the album’s listing on amazon to listen to a preview of  all the songs in their final version and I have to say, I was just blown away.  I don’t know what it is but there is something special about this record.  I mean I’d heard most of these songs before, but listening to them in their final form just took my breath away.  I don’t know what you may call it—anointing or whatever— but there’s a special blessing on this album.  And I am even tempted to say that it might just be the best Passion album yet,  and this is coming from someone who loves all their previous projects, especially the last 3 albums.

The new album “HERE FOR YOU” is due to hit stores and iTunes in about 3 weeks on March 8, 2011.

I’d love to know if you get to listen to the samples of the songs what you think and if you feel it too.

June 17, 2011

Incredible Andy Stanley Quote On What To Do If You Ever Want Your Kids To Abandon Church When They’re Older

Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel at Catalyst

“If you want your kids to abandon church when they are older, force them to attend a church you secretly wish you could abandon now!”

All I can say is wow. wow. wow.

I know there are many Christians who believe that the way to raise kids are to force them to go to Church every week, which usually just means they’ll bail at the earliest opportunity in life to stop going.  And, worst of all, that horrible experience of Church will remain with them.  That’s why I love this quote.  But more than anything this quote is a massive charge to pastors saying, “you should create the kind of churches that families (especially children) would want to attend, and can’t wait to attend each week.”

June 17, 2011

Donald Miller On Rob Bell (VIDEO)

Donald Miller spoke out recently on the whole Rob Bell “Love Wins” controversy.  Below is his review in its entirety.

Love Wins

I confess I read this book because of all the hoopla on the internet. John Piper hates it, Mark Driscoll wants to say how much he hates it but is tired of launching his enemies onto the New York Times bestsellers list so he talks about it without talking about it. People everywhere are talking about it.

Man, I’m a sucker for controversy so I placed my order. Surprisingly, the book has been out of print for a while and I could only get this used, battered copy, and it cost me more than the sale price from twenty years ago. Two words: WORTH IT!

Love Wins is a romance novel by Barbara Cartland (who knew John Piper read this stuff? So few men talk about it even though we ALL read them ALL the time! John Piper and I are SO BESTIES NOW!)

Love Wins: Caught in a fierce love triangle, Joan June is torn between her dentist and her chiropractor. The dentist has more money, obviously, but is less open to the spiritual ideas and natural practices of the chiropractor. One gives her security and the other pops her back for free and introduces her to the ancient practice of smelling plants and rubbing oils and bird poo on her face. And whale music. What ever shall she do?

Thinking she’s made her choice, and on her way to tell the Chiropractor he’s the one, June doubles over on the street with a severe tooth ache? Is it a sign? You’ll have to read the book to find out that, in fact, she chooses the dentist! And the chiropractor turns out to be two-timing her anyway. Occasionally she looks back on a life that could have been, but each time she thanks God in heaven for the good man she’s found, even if in moments of temptation she spreads a little dried bird poo on her cheeks to keep her looking young.

Man this book was good. With all due respect, John Piper has no idea what he’s talking about. Read it. Love it. Feel it. Live it. Thank you Barbara Cartland.

June 17, 2011

10,000 Students Gather For PASSION 2011 Ft. Worth, TX!

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Coming off the heels of more than 22,000 university students gathering in Atlanta this past January, Passion 2011 opened Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Ft. Worth with 10,000 students and leaders in attendance representing 13 countries and 47 states.

Teaching and leading the prayer gathering was Passion founder and Pastor Louie Giglio as well as renowned speakers John Piper and Francis Chan. Leading worship were the critically acclaimed artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill, with special guest LeCrae who also performed a late night concert Friday night. The massive crowd sung songs from the latest release Passion: Here For You, which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Albums Chart and No. 11 on Billboard’s Top 200, the greatest first week sales on a Passion album to date. Also performed in Ft. Worth was “Waiting Here For You” sung by Christy Nockels, the latest single featured on Passion: Here For You.

Passion 2011 Ft. Worth challenged students in a massive way to leverage their lives for the glory of God. As part of that challenge, Passion founder Louie Giglio pointed students toward a people group found in Mali, Africa with no access to biblical Scriptures.

Prior to the start of Passion 2011, Do Something Now leaders set a goal of raising $220,350 toward the translation of 90 biblical stories in the heart language of the people in Mali over the next five years. By Day 3, attendees had given $227,418 to fully fund the translation project.

“They don’t have one verse in their heart language,” says Giglio. “And what an amazing thought that in the unfolding of history, God chose us to put Scripture in the hands of 500,000 people in Mali.”

Students donated more than 5,700 towels and 31,200 socks to the homeless community in Ft. Worth and $14,091 to purchase and send mosquito nets to people in Africa.

Putting faith into action, Giglio gave the crowd the opportunity to be the first people on the planet to hear about the latest cause at Do Something Now: www.Haiti-Rising.com.

Over the next 60 days, the students and leaders that attended Passion 2011 in Ft. Worth have been given the charge to spread word about a new endeavor – helping remove the tons of rubble left in Haiti after the devastation left by the earthquake so that the country can begin the rebuilding process. For more information, visitwww.dosomethingnow.com.

For more information about Passion Conferences, visithttp://268generation.com.

June 17, 2011

Craig Groeschel Busting Barriers with Mindset Changes

 

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2

  • One of the big momentum killers is wrong mindsets.
  • Mindsets can propel you forward or hinder what God wants to do.
  • When LifeChurch.tv when multisite, one of the challenges that came up was keeping their team unified.
  • Sometimes it’s easy to miss things that are small and very obvious.
  • Organizations love to settle.
  • Asking people to leave with compassion is one of the most important things you can do.
  • Start having the right conversations early.
  • Give defined, specific expectations with a timeline.
  • In the church world we are too blunt… we don’t have the right conversations early.
  • Churches are no exception.
  • People like what is known, predictable, and what used to be.
  • Known in comfortable.
  • What you did last year is safe.
  • Doing what you did is easy.
  • Doing something new is hard. It takes faith and risk
  • The longer your ministry is flat, the more aggressive moves it will take to break out.
  • Objects at rest stay at rest.
  • You don’t need something better, you need something totally different.
  • We need to think differently.
  • No matter what you are doing, where you are isn’t where God wants you to go.
  • The more successful you are the harder it is to do something different.
  • We have to think differently.

Think differently about your church cultureWhat people do, what they think and how they behave.

  • Change the mindset: Our people won’t ___________. Fill in your own blank.
  • To: We haven’t LED them to ___________.
  • Are you practicing what you want your people want to model?
  • What our church won’t, we don’t.
  • Have you modeled and worked toward what you want your people to do?
  • It’s not that are people won’t, it’s that we haven’t led them.
  • Whenever you say they can’t or they don’t, ask yourself if you’ve led them.
  • You can lead up if you serve well under.
  • You can gain permission to lead over.
  • Step into the authority and gift of leadership God has given you.

Think differently about programming.

  • We’ve been trained to think: We have to do MORE to reach more.
  • The truth is: We can reach more by doing LESS.
  • Rate of increased activity was proportional to the decreased rate of life transformation.
  • Look at the places you do not have momentum and ask, “why do we keep doing those things?”
  • Look at places where you don’t have momentum and STOP doing them!
  • When you remove something that’s dying, you release life, energy, and resources to do new things that can build momentum.
  • One of the greatest things the church in America can do is to start doing less.
  • To reach people no one is reaching, you have to do things no one else is doing.
  • In order to do what no one’s doing you have to stop doing what everyone else is doing.

Think differently about the mission.

  • Rethink what God is calling you to do.
  • Think about Christ, who He is, and what knowing Him means and what not knowing Him means.
  • The most important thing is people… not buildings, programs, etc.
  • We think: We can’t hurt someone’s feelings.
  • The truth is: We can’t allow someone to hold back the mission of the church.
  • We leave the wrong people in the wrong places.
  • It’s not fair to them, it’s not fair to the organization.
  • Hire and recruit for the future, not the present.
  • Getting the right person in the right place could be one of the most important parts of gaining momentum.
  • You have to be willing to make painful decisions.
  • If you’re not hurting you’re not leading.
  • You’re going to hurt if you are leading well.
  • The mission is more important than people’s feelings.

Think differently about people leaving the church.

  • We tend to think: We can’t let anyone leave.
  • But in reality: We can grow when people leave.
  • Churches can be like “The Firm”
  • Sometimes churches seem soooo needy.
  • When you come off needy, you get people who are there for the wrong reason.
  • One of the best things you can do is bless the wrong people to leave.
  • We are full of spiritual consumers… we need spiritual contributors.

Think differently about limitations.

  • We tend to say all the time in the church: We can’t because we don’t _______________.
  • The truth is: We can because we don’t ____________.
  • Limitation is the breeding ground for innovation.
  • One of the best things God did for us is not giving us what we wanted.
  • God guides by what He withholds.
  • There are times God will not give us what we think we need so we can otherwise see something we would have never seen before.
  • Ask God what He’s trying to show you through your greatest limitation.
  • You do not have what you want because you don’t need it, there’s something greater.
  • God guides by what He withholds, not just with what He provides.
  • A struggling economy can be a catalyst for one of the greatest streaks in the church.
  • We don’t need more money… we need more volunteers, creativity, innovation, and how he does more with less..

Three Assignments

1. Find someone one or two steps ahead of you and learn how they. Most want to learn what they – not how they think.

  • Most people want to learn what they do – not how they think.
  • When you copy the what, you miss the why.
  • Get inside people’s minds… ask them what they think, what they see coming, etc.
  • Don’t look at the what, look at the why behind it.

2. Identify one wrong mindset and ask God to renew your mind with truth.

  • Quit whining and do something about it.
  • Change your mindset and watch what God will do.

3. Identify one painful decision you’ve been avoiding and commit to make the decision no matter what the short-term pain.

  • The difference between where you are and where you want to be is the decision you don’t want to make.

Q&A

  • A struggling economy gives you permission to make decisions you needed to make but didn’t have the equity to make.
  • Creates opportunities for partnership.
  • In order for the church to survive we need to work together.
  • It forces you to be wiser.
  • When we pull back and tighten up, God sends blessings on the other side.
  • When you are faithful with little, God will give you more.
  • We often underestimate what God wants to do in the short term and overestimate what God wants to do in the future.
  • We need to create a culture that allows for failure.
  • In most places we evaluate too late and let things go on too long.
  • The longer you let something go, the harder it is to eliminate.
  • Longevity can lead to personalizing ministries/programs, where you aren’t cutting something, you’re cutting an identity.
  • Pastors are called to lead and shepherd, not just care for people.
  • Pastors can model symbolic leadership… not doing everything, but doing some.
  • We want to create a culture of entrepreneurial ministry and mission.
  • You have permission to go and do what you feel God calling you to do, but we don’t have to pay for it.
  • God gives you everything you need to reach the people you need to reach.
  • Don’t ask what you don’t have, look at what you’ve got.
June 17, 2011

Thomas Nelson Signs Pastor Mark Driscoll And Wife, Grace To Multi-Book Deal

Contact: Mark Driscoll


Thomas Nelson will publish two trade books by Pastor Mark Driscoll, it was announced yesterday by Brian Hampton, SVP and publisher of Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Non-Fiction Trade Group. The first is a hardcover book about marriage to be co-authored by Driscoll’s wife, Grace. It is tentatively scheduled for release in January 2012 and will be, as is Driscoll’s style, a candid discussion of issues that most Christian books don’t address as directly, including sex and intimacy. The book, as yet untitled, will draw on the Driscolls’ personal story, Scripture, statistics, and cultural analysis to both equip singles and couples for marriage and revive those marriages that have lost or are missing essential connections in their relationship. The book will be launched with a comprehensive ministry campaign, and will include a small-group curriculum package featuring a study guide and video that will also be developed.

Driscoll is the co-founder and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, with 10,000 people in weekly attendance, and the co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, an organization that has planted over 400 churches. He also helped launch The Resurgence, the most highly trafficked Christian leadership blog online.

“I’m so excited to be working with Mark and Grace Driscoll. The impact of their ministry has been profound and enduring. And I believe people desperately need what the Driscolls’ new book will deliver—candid, real-world, biblical teaching about marriage, sex, and intimacy,” said Hampton. “They don’t pull punches or gloss over difficult issues … and that’s what’s going to make this book unlike any that’s come before it.”

Mars Hill, currently preparing for an Easter service at Qwest Field – home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks – that could be the largest church service ever conducted in the Pacific Northwest, was named recently by Outreach magazine as one of the country’s most innovative and fastest-growing churches, with more than thirteen thousand people meeting on Sundays, across ten locations in two states (Washington and New Mexico). One of the world’s most downloaded and quoted pastors, Pastor Mark Driscoll was named in May 2010 as one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past quarter century by Preaching magazine.

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be working with Thomas Nelson. They have been incredibly supportive, encouraging, and helpful,” said Driscoll. “I am confident that with their help and God’s grace, together we’ll produce life-changing books. This partnership marks a new season of my life and ministry. I’m humbled, honored, and excited.”
Driscoll’s sentiment regarding the deal was echoed by Sealy Yates, senior partner at Yates & Yates, who represents Driscoll’s literary interests.

“This new relationship between Pastor Mark and Thomas Nelson is an important step in the expansion of his outreach and effectiveness. It is going to be especially rewarding to work with him and his wife, Grace, on their book on the subject of marriage,” he said. “It’s just such a privilege to represent them. Pastor Mark is one of the finest leaders in the evangelical church community today and he is making a substantial impact for Christ.”


June 17, 2011

Francis Chan Passion 2011

Francis Chan spoke during Session 3 of Passion 2011.  Below are the notes of his talk.

Living Worthy

  • Let me preface this story with “I love my wife.”
    • We had a little problem a couple days ago, and it might’ve been the first time she hurt my feelings a bit.
    • Christmas is coming, and I’m thinking, “What do I get my wife?”
    • I’m gonna buy her a car for Christmas. That’s romantic. So I did all my research. I just wanted to surprise her.
    • “I was gonna get you a car.” My wife said, “That’s not a present.” (ouch)
    • I thought she was gonna be so pumped up, but her response was such a let down.
    • But I think about this idea of working toward something, and we’re expecting a certain response.
  • Philippians 1:27
    • The Gospel is really good news. The response should be worthy. Our lives are a response.
    • Living a life that is worthy.
    • The idea is, I am on one side of the scale, and the Gospel is on the other side of the scale, and it should be balanced. My manner of life should be worthy, should be a suitable response.
    • You look at the Gospel, and you look at your life, and you ask, “Do the two look the same?”
    • “Let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
    • As citizens of heaven, our lives should be like Jesus, where are humbling ourselves, and descending our lives.
    • How does my life look in light of people going to hell?
    • Can people look at your life and tell that you believe in hell?
    • Can people look at your life and tell that you have been saved from hell?
    • Could people look at your life and see that you believe Matthew 25?
    • May God raise up a generation that sees the consumerism in the church today.
    • I’m not asking you to be radical or extreme, I’m just asking you to make your life make sense.
    • The Apostle Paul’s life made sense.
June 15, 2011

Hillsong United Rhythms Of Grace Lyrics

VERSE 1
My life is a life for your cause
My will laid aside for your call
And reserved all the depth Of my heart
Only for You

VERSE 2
I’m caught in the rhythms of grace
They overcome all of my ways
We align in each step that we take
To live for Your glory

CHORUS
There’s none beside You God
There’s none beside You God

VERSE 3
You’re there in dark of the night
While holding the sun and its light
Through the triumph and trials alike
There’s no one beside You

VERSE 4
Your voice calls the stars by their name
You whisper them all to their place
To testify of Your wonder and praise
Both now and forever

BRIDGE
I live my life to shine Your light
‘Cause there is none beside You God

No eye has seen
No ear has heard
The depths of Your love Lord
No mind can fathom
The love You deserve
How great You are

June 15, 2011

GOD IS ABLE LYRICS HILLSONG

[Verse 1]

God is able
He will never fail
He is almighty God
Greater than all we seek
Greater than all we ask
He has done great things

[Chorus]
Lifted up
He defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name
We overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

[Verse 2]
God is with us
God is on our side
He will make a way
Far above all we know
Far above all we hope
He has done great things

[Chorus]
Lifted up
He defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name
We overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

[Bridge]
God is with us
He will go before
He will never leave us
He will never leave us
God is for us
He has open arms
He will never fail us
He will never fail us

[Chorus x2]
Lifted up
He defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name
We overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

For the Lord
Our God is able
For the Lord
Our God is able

June 15, 2011

Novel American Josh Farro – Paramore’s Former Guitarist Says Faith Led Him to Leave Band

Paramore’s former guitarist, Josh Farro, recently revealed how his Christian faith led him and his brother, Zac, to depart from the band in December last year.

Paramore, formed in 2004, generally dismisses being categorized as a Christian band, but Farro recently stated that the band’s roots are Christian. Unfortunately, the band decided to record some compromising songs for their album Brand New Eyes.

Farro told Common Revolt, a music website, this week, “Paramore claimed to be a Christian band, and then wrote those lyrics. It contradicts your faith.”

He was speaking about the lyrics to the song “Careful,” which include “the truth never set me free, so I did it myself.”

According to Farro, Paramore’s lead singer, Hayley Williams, “always said it was meant to be ‘your truth never set me free.’”

“But you know, if it was meant to be that, then why was it changed? It’s kind of a sorry excuse. It bummed me out, and obviously one of many reasons me and Zac walked away.”

Paramore is a chart-topping rock band that has been nominated for three Grammys. While the Farro brothers were two founding members of the band, they decided to split from the five-member group. An announcement in December revealed that the two made the decision to leave a few months prior.

“None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore,” Paramore said in its statement at the time.

As Farro mentioned, faith likely played a big role. Williams and bassist Jeremy Davis said in an interview with Fuse.tv earlier this year that they used to attend church every week but as soon as they started touring and playing shows on Sundays, their churchgoing was no longer regular.

“It’s really weird how much everything changed once we started touring,” Williams said. “I remember spending one Easter Sunday at Hooters … and it’s just because your life on tour, you don’t remember what day it is.”

She maintained that Jesus and God is still important to her and the rest of the band and that they pray before every show.

In terms of infusing her faith into her songs, Williams indicated that she avoided that.

“It’s not our job to teach people,” she told Fuse.tv. “I think that what we believe will most likely always shape our opinions and our thoughts but it’s not our goal to write that down and spread it for everyone to learn from.

“It’s not my job to tell them if it’s right or not … we can only deal with our own hearts.”

Farro revealed in a separate interview with MTV that he and Williams disagreed on a lot of things. But he doesn’t want to turn the band breakup into a huge drama or dwell on it and stressed that he and his brother are focusing on the future.

The Farro brothers are currently working on a new band, Novel American. While the band is in its early stages, they hope to come out with an EP soon.

“This time next year I think it’ll look like us touring, hopefully supporting an EP. I’m hoping that we’ll maybe even have a full length out by then,” said Josh Farro.

Putting the past behind, he also stressed to Common Revolt, “We couldn’t be happier where we are right now.”

June 15, 2011

CRAIG GROESCHEL Sits Down To Talk About His New Book WEIRD!

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Popular speaker and pastor Craig Groeschel has just released his latest book “WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working,” and he stopped by Awaken Generation Blog to talk about his motivation for writing this new book.

 

A.G.: Hey Craig, Welcome To Awaken Generation Blog.
Craig Groeschel:  Hey, thanks for having me.  Great to be here.  Love the blog.

Thanks.  About your new book: Most people would want to avoid being called Weird, yet you seem to embrace the title. Why?

Growing up I avoided being called weird with everything in me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but a big goal for me was to fit in. When I went to college, I did what normal college students do and ended up getting into trouble and really hurting. So I decided to do something that was really weird for a college frat boy. I actually picked up the Bible for the first time in my life and started reading it. Everybody thought that in time I’d return to my old ways. However, the teachings of Jesus were so different than the way I was living and so intrigued me that after quite a bit of searching I decided that kind of weird was actually a better way of life. I abandoned the normal path, fully giving myself to Christ.

Later on, a girl on campus who made fun of my weirdness mentioned there was another girl I had to meet since she was weird like me. She ended up becoming my wife. When Amy and I got together, we decided to commit to a life of weird (yes, that’s what we actually called it). We decided not to have sex until we were married. Weird. We decided not to go into debt. Weird. We decided to get a mentor to help us have a good marriage. Weird. We ended up with six kids. Weird. (Okay, and maybe a little crazy too.)

As I say in the book, I find comfort in people calling my family weird. I get nervous when we are normal. For us, we are really driven by wanting to be different because everything we see about normal is not working in today’s culture.

In a nutshell, what does WEIRD challenge people to do?

To stop choosing popular standards instead of habits that lead to holiness. To not let our desire to fit in, to belong, and to conform eclipse our desire to follow God and do what’s best.

Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:13-14 are pretty clear: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

In what ways has Weird thinking transformed how you lead LifeChurch.tv?

People have called us weird from the very beginning–I love that. I grew up going to a normal church. While I actually have really fond memories of it, the truth is, the lights never came on for me spiritually. It could have been that I wasn’t paying attention, but it just didn’t engage me or challenge me. It was more of a Sunday religion than a-seven-day-a-week faith. As a result, when we started LifeChurch.tv our goal was to create a church that would be different in every way. We’ve been called innovative by those who like us, plain wacky by those who don’t, but what we like to say is that we will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ and who are disconnected from the church.

What are some of the weirdest decisions you made in growing your ministry?

We have multiple campuses in multiple states. We use video teaching. We give away resources to churches around the world–some 57,000 church leaders last year and 1.8 million downloads thus far. We are really passionate about giving away the Bible. More than 17.5 million people have already installed YouVersion, our free online and mobile Bible. We started a church online. That had never been done before and now people from 200+ countries around the world engage spiritually in an online community that we believe is a real representation of church. It just takes place online. We were able to unite over 2,000 churches for a one-month series. Normal in the church world is to have a competitive spirit. It’s kind of weird to be united and work together, which is tragic but true.

You write in the book about how you’ve come to view time from a Weird perspective. Has that changed you as a leader?

Absolutely. I am really passionate about this.

The typical normal mindset is that to be effective I need to do more. A true and weird mindset says the exact opposite–that to be effective I need to do less. A lot of times when we are asked to do something on such and such date, our normal response is to ask ourselves. “Can I? Am I available?” A weird and better response, however, is “Should I?”

One of the biggest normal problems today is people say yes to way too much–good things included. But we need to be disciplined enough to say no to even the good things in order to say yes to the best things.

When it comes to time management as leaders, we need to really be strategic about how we delegate. Pastors tend to feel that they have to have their hand in everything. We do too much for two reasons. The first is pride, the other reason is that we are poor leaders and haven’t developed those around us. “Normal” people delegate tasks to people that work for them. We ask them to do something for us and then spend time reviewing the task. When we do that we are not creating leaders, rather followers.

Weird pastors delegate authority. We ask those around us to take over and create a project. By delegating that authority, I am creating leaders in my Church. By having leaders around me, I no longer have to spend my time on each and every project.

Another line of normal thinking for churches is to do everything. Churches are notorious for feeling pressure to have the vacation Bible school, women’s ministry, outreach choir, marriage conferences, etc. A weird way of looking at it is to say we are going to do fewer things that we are uniquely qualified to do to reach the people closest to us. One of the really weird things that LifeChurch.tv did was to eliminate almost everything normal churches do and focus on only five things: weekend services, small groups, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and missions. We found that when we just focused on doing those five things, we were able to do them exceptionally well, with tons of passion, and reach a lot of people.

 How has being Weird impacted balancing your family and work life?

Normal is thinking we have to balance everything. Weird is recognizing that there is no such thing as balance. Sometimes one area or the other needs more attention.

What pastors need to do regardless is set boundaries. They need to create a schedule with deliberate intention and stick by it. For example, I leave and go home every day at 3:30pm. I work one night a week. I run all of my meetings during normal business hours.

Boundaries like these have forced me to make faster decisions and delegate. I look at it like the vacation principle. If I only have three days in the office to do five days of work so I can go on vacation, I get it done.

What we have done at LifeChurch.tv may sound a little weird, but it really works. Normal is designing your family values around your ministry. Weird is designing your ministry around your family values, driven by the belief that if your family is not healthy, nothing is healthy.

What WEIRD projects is LifeChurch.tv working on now?

The most important ongoing project is one where we’re helping people around the world engage with Scripture. One Bible is now being downloaded every second via our free Bible App called YouVersion. We’ve just exceeded 17.5 million installs. This year we’re rolling out new features like audio Bibles on several platforms and making it available in at least eight new languages.

Also, we’ve been developing a platform to help churches who want to launch an online ministry for their church. We’re in a testing phase right now and hope to be able to make it available to more churches later this year. As always, it’s free. Churches all over the world will be able to offer their church online and reach more people.

This was fun, we should do it again.

Yeah, absolutely.  Thanks again for having me.

June 12, 2011

MATT REDMAN HOLY LYRICS

What heart could hold the weight of Your love
And all the heights of Your great worth
What eyes could look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are
Jesus, You are

Your name alone has power to raise us
Your light will shine when all else fades
Our eyes will look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun
Who is like You, God?

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are
Jesus, You are

Who shall we say You are
You’re the living God
Who shall we say You are
You’re the Great I AM
The highest name of all
You are all You say You are

You are holy, holy, holy
God most high and God most worthy
You are holy, holy, holy
Jesus, You are
Jesus, You are

And You shall come again in glory
To judge the living and the dead
All eyes now look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun
Who is like You, God?

June 12, 2011

WE ARE THE FREE LYRICS MATT REDMAN

We’re the forgiven, singing redemption songs
With a fire that burns inside
A fire that burns inside
Nothing can stop us
We’ll be running through the night
With a fire that burns inside
A fire that burns inside

We are the free, the freedom generation
Singing of mercy
You are the One who set us all in motion
Yours is the glory
There’s a fire in our hearts and it burns for You
It’s never gonna fade away
We are the free, and Yours is the glory

We are the risen, we’re alive in You
And our passion will not die
No, our passion will not die
Nothing can stop us
We’ll be running through the night
And our passion will not die
No, our passion will not die

Chorus

Up from the grave He rose again
Up from the grave He rose and we will
Rise up, rise up
Into the world that You so loved
Into the world we go and we will
Rise up, rise up
We will rise up

June 12, 2011

NEVER ONCE MATT REDMAN LYRICS

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM ALL I AM LYRICS

Take these hands, I know they’re empty but with
You they can
Be used for beauty in Your perfect plan, all I am
is Yours
Take these feet, I know they stumble but You use
the week
You use the humble, so please use me, all I am is
Yours

I give You all my life, I’m letting it go
A living sacrifice, no longer my own
All I am is Yours, all I am is Yours
I give You everything to You I belong
Every beat of my heart, the breath in my lungs
All I am is Yours, all I am is Yours

Take this heart, set it on fire shining in the dark
I want to tell the world of who You are, all I am
is Yours

I lift my hands up, God I surrender
All that I am for Your glory Your honor Your
fame
I lift my hands up, God I surrender to You

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM THIS LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER LYRICS

I know this is love, I know this is true
There’s nothing I need, more than I need You
All I can say, is never enough
With all that I am, I will show my love

Oh, oh, I Lift up my hands now
Oh, oh, God I will dance now
This love will last forever
Oh, oh, Lifting You higher
Oh, oh, is all I desire
This love will last forever

You capture my heart like nobody could
You broke the night and saved my life
like You said You would
All I can say, is never enough
With all that I am, I will show my love

Your glory like sunshine
it covers the skyline
reigning from high above
You’re once in a life time
I’m all Yours Your all mine
in this everlasting love

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM SUN AND MOON LYRICS

If You are the Sun, then I want to be the moon
I want to reflect the light that shines from You
And if this is war then I’m going to draw my
sword
This time I know what I am fighting for

God I want to let You know I love everything You
are
I’m waiting for the morning light to show a fire
in the dark

Shine Your Light I want to feel You now
God I need a miracle
Take my heart make it glow
Shine Your Light from the inside out
I want to be more like You

If You are the Sun then I want to be the moon

If love is a choice then I need You to hear my
voice
I’m the one knocking on Your door making all
this noise
whatever it takes, I’d give all away
I want to show my love in a thousand ways

I can’t live single day without You, I don’t even
want to try
I won’t take another step without Your light, Your
light

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM THE VICTORY LYRICS

On a hill Your blood was spilled
Your brow, Your hands, Your feet
With nails and thorns the veil was torn
To make a way for me, You made a way for me.

[Chorus:]
Jesus, Savior, my God, my King, my Lord
Jesus, Savior, the victory is Yours.

Wrapped and bound, they laid You down
A perfect sacrifice
But in three days, the stone was rolled away
Forever You’re alive
Forever You’re alive

[Chorus:]
Jesus, Savior, my God, my King, my Lord
Jesus, Savior, the victory is Yours
The victory is Yours

Death has been beaten
The grave has been conquered
Jesus is risen
Life ever after

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM GOD OF OUR SALVATION LYRICS

Come and see His glory
Come just as you are
Come and hear the story of His heart
God so loved His children
He gave His only Son
That we might be forgiven, death has been overcome

CHORUS:
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
You are the God of our salvation
You have conquered
You have risen
You are the God of our salvation

Come you tired and weary
Come just as you are
Come and let His mercy heal your heart
For God so loved His children
That He gave His only Son
That we might be forgiven, death has been overcome

(Chorus)

BRIDGE:
Holy Holy Holy
is the Lord our God
Mighty King of Glory,
You have rescued us

(Bridge)

(Chorus)

(Chorus)

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM ALL I WANT IS YOU LYRICS

We’re looking love, for something to feel
We want something true, something that’s real
We’re holding out hope, that hope can be found
We all want to know what life is about

We all want something more
there’s something more we’re searching for
we all want something more
You’re something more, You’re so much more

You, all I ever wanted
You, all I ever needed
You, all I want is You

You are the light, that never will fade
You won’t fail, You won’t change
Every thirst You satisfy,
You fill up my soul, the hunger inside

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM THIS IS THE DAY LYRICS

Can you hear it?
The gentle voice of the Spirit
There’s no reason to fear it
He’s calling You to life

Just surrender
Run into the arms of the Father
The night is finally over
Take a step into the light

This is the day when the lost are found
This is the day for a new beginning
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
Oh, can you hear all the angels are singing
This is the day
The day when life begins

Can you see it?
A light shines into the darkness
Bringing hope to the hopeless
It’s leading you to life

This is the day
When all your sins are washed away
In the waves of His unending grace
Forever you’re alive

This is the day when the lost are found
This is the day for a new beginning
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
Oh, can you hear all the angels are singing?
This is the day
The day when life begins

Have no fear salvation has come
And He is here
Have no fear salvation has come
And He is here
Have no fear
Have no fear

This is the day when the lost are found
This is your beginning
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
Oh, I can hear the angels sing

This is the day when the lost are found
This is the day for a new beginning
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
Oh, can you hear all the angels are singing?
This is the day
The day when life begins

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM AT YOUR NAME (YAHWEH, YAHWEH) LYRICS

At Your name
The mountains shake and crumble
At Your name
The oceans roar and tumble
At Your name
Angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

[Chorus:]
Lord of all the earth
We shout Your name, shout Your name
Filling up the skies
With endless praise, endless praise
Yahweh, Yahweh
We love to shout Your name, oh Lord

At Your name
The morning breaks in Glory
At Your name
Creation sings Your story
At Your name
Angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

[Chorus]

There is no one like our God
We will praise you, praise you
There is no one like our God
We will sing, we will sing [x3]

[Chorus x2]

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM ONE GOD LYRICS

Mighty Creator, You give us life
Wonderful Savior, from death You rise
Glory and Honor belong to You alone

There’s only one God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God You reign over all
There’s only one God who can set us free
One God alive in me
One God You reign over all

Father of mercy, You break the chains
Now there is victory in Jesus’ name
Glory and Honor belong to You alone

There’s only one God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God You reign over all
There’s only one God who can set us free
One God alive in me
One God You reign over all

You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God

There’s only one God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God

One God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God You reign over all
There’s only one God who can set us free
One God alive in me
One God You reign over all

You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM JOY LYRICS RESPONSE ALBUM

You heard my cry for mercy, You heard my cry for help
And You turned Your ear to hear me, to save me from myself
When I think of all You’ve done,
Oh my heart is overcome with

Joy, joy, unending joy, always joy will remain
Joy, joy, I sing for joy, always forever I’ll stay in Your joy

The chains have all been broken, the walls have all come down
And here I stand forgiven, in this grace that I have found
When I think of all You’ve done,
Oh my heart is overcome with

Joy, joy, unending joy, always joy will remain
Joy, joy, I sing for joy, always forever I’ll stay in Your joy

My heart will sing, my heart will sing for joy
Forever I’ll sing, forever I’ll sing for joy
[x2]

Joy, joy, unending joy, always joy will remain
Joy, joy, I sing for joy, always forever I’ll stay in Your joy
[x2]

Forever I’ll stay in Your joy

June 12, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM ONE GOD LYRICS

Mighty Creator, You give us life
Wonderful Savior, from death You rise
Glory and Honor belong to You alone

There’s only one God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God You reign over all
There’s only one God who can set us free
One God alive in me
One God You reign over all

Father of mercy, You break the chains
Now there is victory in Jesus’ name
Glory and Honor belong to You alone

There’s only one God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God You reign over all
There’s only one God who can set us free
One God alive in me
One God You reign over all

You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God

There’s only one God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God

One God who can make the stars
One God who saves our hearts
One God You reign over all
There’s only one God who can set us free
One God alive in me
One God You reign over all

You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God (You reign forever)
You alone are God

June 11, 2011

FREE GIFT PACKAGE FROM THE CATALYST CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Hey Guys,

I wanted to let you know of a free give-away on the Catalyst Conference website that I just found out about.  Catalyst is offering a free gift package in exchange for some contact information.  According to Brad, Director of Catalyst, “all you need is to Open Your FREE present from Catalyst. If you go to the homepage, then just click on the Open Your Free Present icon, fill out the few lines of info, and then once you are done you’ll have access to over 30 free songs from some of our friends who are creating great music, plus 3 free e-books, plus some of the best talks from past Catalyst events, the most recent Catalyst GroupZine curriculum, and a great resource from Andy Stanley.”

The Package Includes:

1.  A Groupzine Excerpt (around 30 pages in PDF form) featuring articles by Andy Stanley, Jon Acuff, Tim Keller & others

2.  Best Of Catalyst Audio Set – Featuring talks from Bill Hybels, John Maxwell, Tim Sanders, Donald Miller, and Howard Hendricks. (this alone is worth the download)

3.  A Clip of an Andy Stanley Talk he gave to his staff and volunteers – featuring video, audio and discussion questions.

4.  Three Free eBooks:

1) “Gracenomics” by Mike Foster

2)”Creating Your Personal Life Plan” by Michael Hyatt

3) “Veneer” by Jason Locy & Tim Willard (new book released through zondervan)

5.  Two separate compilation music albums – one album is a worship album

I’ve filled out the form and have downloaded all these free goodies.  To get yours just go here.  No strings attached.

Hope you enjoy it.

June 10, 2011

Phil Wickham Heaven Fall Down Lyrics

Open our eyes, Lord, let us see
All that You are, all that You mean
Open our ears, Lord, let us hear
All that You are, be loud and clear
Please be near

As our praises rise
May Your presence fall

Heaven, Heaven fall down
Spirit, Spirit pour out
On us all now
Heaven fall down

Come Jesus come, come like the wind
Fill up this place, we welcome You in
Come Jesus come, come like the rain
Open the sky; show us Your face
Oh, Lord, we wait

As our praises rise
May Your presence fall
Heaven, Heaven fall down
Spirit, Spirit pour out
On us all now
Heaven fall down

We’re crying out in desperation
Waiting now in expectation
We’re crying out in desperation
For You
We’re crying out in desperation
Waiting now in expectation
We’re crying out in desperation
For You

Heaven, Heaven fall down
Spirit, Spirit pour out
Heaven, Heaven fall down
Spirit, Spirit pour out
On us all now
Heaven fall down

June 10, 2011

PERRY NOBLE Sits Down For Live Interview (VIDEO)

Perry sits down to talk about Newspring Church and why he is the pastor.

 

June 10, 2011

LAURA STORY BLESSINGS LYRICS

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the achings of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

June 8, 2011

Matt Redman You Never Let Go Lyrics

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know you are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

(Chorus:)
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth

(Chorus)

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

(Chorus 2x’s)

June 8, 2011

Our God Lyrics ft Lecrae

Water you turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like you
None like You

Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like you
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God you are higher than any other
Our God is Healer
Awesome in Power
Our God, Our God

Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like you
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God you are higher than any other
Our God is Healer
Awesome in Power
Our God, Our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?
And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?

What could stand against?

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God you are higher than any other
Our God is Healer
Awesome in Power
Our God, Our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?
And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?
What could stand against?

Lecrae:
You know I need you like aqua,
Day without ya got me so nauseous,
If I ain’t cautious,
I’m gonna self-inflict my sickness
You know it’s true, you was my witness
And you witnessed inconsistence
Yes, temptation’s when I need your assistance
And I just gotta know that even though I’m a misfit
I’m still worth more than calamity’s business
Yes I’m loved,I’m pursued
And though I can’t feel it, I know that it’s true
Somebody woke me up, I know it was you
And yet I keep tryin’ to steer clear of your view
If you get me, I know that you got me
I’m so insecure I can’t believe that you want me
But then I heard you went out of your way to adopt me
Well you can have my all don’t drop me
I love you!

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?
And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?

Then what could stand against?

June 8, 2011

Spirit Fall Lyrics Chris Tomlin

Verse 1
Spirit fall
Spirit fall
Holy Spirit fall
Fall on me

Chorus 1
Like a mighty wind
Light the fire again
Come and breathe Your breath on me

Refrain
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Chorus 2
Oh, come
Magnify the Son
Savior of the world
The hope for everyone

June 8, 2011

Carry Your Name Christy Nockels Lyrics

Verse 1
How merciful the cross
How powerful the blood
How beautiful Your arms
Open for us
Open for us

Chorus 1
No greater love
God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name
Mighty to save
Jesus, Jesus

Verse 2
By Your wounds we are healed
And You have conquered the grave
And in Your rising, we will rise
To carry Your name
Above every name

Chorus 2
I will carry Your name
Carry Your name
Jesus, Your name forever
For all of my days
In all of my ways
Jesus, Your name forever

June 8, 2011

Always Kristian Stanfill Lyrics

My foes are many
They rise against me
But I will hold my ground
I will not fear the war
I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way
My help is on the way

Oh, my God
He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear
His promise is true
My God will come through always
Always

Trouble surrounds me
Chaos abounding
My soul will rest in You
I will not fear the war
I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way
My help is on the way

I lift my eyes up
My help comes from the Lord

June 8, 2011

Forever Reign Kristian Stanfill Lyrics

Verse 1
You are good You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love You are love
On display for all to see
You are light You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope You are hope
You have covered all my sin

Verse 2
You are peace You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life You are life
In You death has lost it’s sting

Chorus
Oh I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

Verse 3
You are more You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge
My heart will sing
No other Name
Jesus
Jesus

June 8, 2011

Set Free Chris Tomlin Lyrics

Verse 1
Joy, joy, unspeakable joy
Hope like never before
You came for us
You are our freedom

Love, love, unshakeable love
We shall overcome, we will never give up
We lift a shout, we lift a shout
Everyone singing

Chorus
Come on, come on now, we’ve got a new song
Come on, come on now, a song of liberty
Let the world hear heaven’s melody
This is the shout of the hearts You’ve set free

Verse 2
True, true, we know it’s true
We stand now, risen with You
You lifted us
You are our freedom

Strong, strong, whatever may come
You have already won
We lift a shout, we lift a shout
Everyone singing

Bridge
And we’ll dance, dance
Dance in Your freedom
Oh, Your glorious freedom
Forevermore, forevermore

June 8, 2011

Lord I Need You Chris Tomlin Lyrics

Verse 1:
Lord I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Chorus:
Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Verse 2:
Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Yes where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Bridge:
So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay

June 8, 2011

Shadows David Crowder Lyrics

Verse 1
Life is full of light and shadow
O the joy and O the sorrow
O the sorrow

Pre-Chorus
And yet will He bring
Dark to light
And yet will He bring
Day from night

Chorus
When shadows fall on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When darkness falls on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When all seems lost
When we’re thrown and we’re tossed
We’ll remember the cost
We’re resting in the
Shadow of the cross

(Lecrae)
With every breath I take, every heart beat
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song
All a gift undeserved that I shouldn’t have known
Every moment I lie, Every moment I covet
I’m deserving to die, I’m earning your judgment
I, without the cross there’s only condemnation
If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration
So in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any time I’ve had it all I will be glad
And I will boast in the cross, I boast in His name
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in His reign (rain)
What’s my life if it’s not praising You
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit, I do
That count my life as any value or precious at all
Let me finish my race, let me answer Your call

June 8, 2011

Waiting Here For You Christy Nockels Lyrics

If faith can move the mountains
Let the mountains move
We come with expectation
Waiting here for you, I’m waiting here for you

You’re the Lord of all creation
And still you know my heart
The Author of Salvation
You’ve loved us from the start

CHORUS
Waiting here for You
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
Singing Alleluia

You are everything You’ve promised
Your faithfulness is true
And we’re desperate for Your presence
All we need is You

CHORUS

Singing Alleluia
Alleluia, singing alleluia, alleluia

CHORUS

Waiting here for you
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
We’re singing Alleluia

I’m singing Alleluia
Waiting here for you
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
Singing Alleluia
Singing Alleluia

June 8, 2011

Symphony Chris Tomlin Lyrics

Verse 1
Shining wonders, fields of splendor
How they sing Your symphony
The deepest oceans, rising mountains
How they sing Your symphony

Chorus 1
Let the earth fear the Lord
And all the people of the world
Stand in awe, stand in awe

Verse 2
My heart’s ovation, Yours forever
I will sing, sing Your praise
Let every nation under heaven
Shout Your name, sing Your praise

Chorus 2
In symphony with all created things
Sing the song that we were made to sing
We stand in awe, we stand in awe

Bridge
All the angels, all the heavens
Every people, every nation
Crying out to You

In the skies and in the oceans
Everything that’s living, breathing
A symphony to You

There will be no greater song
In the heights above or the earth below
Jesus, all for You

June 8, 2011

Here For You Chris Tomlin Lyrics

 

Let our praise be Your welcome
Let our songs be a sign
We are here for You, we are here for You

Let Your breath come from heaven
Fill our hearts with Your life
We are here for You, we are here for You

CHORUS
To You our hearts are open
Nothing here is hidden
You are our one desire
You alone are holy
Only You are worthy
God, let Your fire fall down

Let our shout be Your anthem
Your renown fill the skies
We are here for You, we are here for You

Let Your Word move in power
Let what’s dead come to life
We are here for You, we are here for You

CHORUS
(repeat)

Let it fall
(2 more times)

We welcome You with praise
We welcome You with praise
Almighty God of love
Be welcomed in this place
(repeat)

Let every heart adore
Let every soul awake
Almighty God of love
Be welcomed in this place

We welcome You with praise
We welcome You with praise
Almighty God of love
Be welcomed in this place

Be welcome in Your house, Lord
Be welcome in Your house

June 7, 2011

All My Fountains Lyrics

Verse 1
This dry and desert land
I tell myself, “Keep walking on”
Hear something up ahead
Water falling like a song
An everlasting stream
Your river carries me home
Let it flow, let if flow

Verse 2
A flood for my soul
A well that never will run dry
I’ve rambled on my own
Never believing I would find
An everlasting stream
Your river carries me home
Let it flow, let it flow

Chorus
Open the heavens
Come Living Water
All my fountains are in You
You’re strong like a river
Your love is running through
All my fountains are in You

Bridge
Come on, and rain down on us
Rain down on us, Lord

June 6, 2011

SWITCHFOOT RESTLESS LYRICS VICE VERSES

I am the sea on a moonless night
Calling, falling, slipping tides
I am the leaky, dripping pipes
The endless, aching drops of light
I am the raindrop falling down
Always longing for the deeper ground
I am the broken, breaking seas
Even my blood finds ways to bleed
Even the rivers ways to run
Even the rain to reach the sun
Even my thirsty streams
Even in my dreams

I am restless
I am restless
I am restless
Looking for you
I am restless
I run like the ocean to find your shore
Looking for you

I am the thorn that’s stuck in your side
I am the one that you left behind
I am the dried up, doubting eyes
Looking for the well that won’t run dry
Running hard for the other side
The world that I’ve always been denied
Running hard for the infinite
With the tears of saints and hypocrites
Oh, blood of black and white and gray
Death in life and night in day
One by one by one
We let our rivers run

I am restless
I am restless
I am restless
Looking for you
I am restless
I run like the ocean to find your shore
Looking for you

I can’t hear you breathing
I can’t hear you leading
More than just a feeling
More than just a feeling
I can’t feel you reaching
Pushing through the ceiling
Till the final healing
I’m looking for you
Until the sea of glass we meet
At last completed and complete
Where tide and tear and pain subside
And laughter drinks them dry
I’ll be waiting
Anticipating
All that I aim for
What I was made for
With every heartbeat
All of my blood bleeds
Running inside me
Looking for you
I am restless
I am restless
I am restless
Looking for you
I am restless
I run like the ocean to find your shore
Looking for you

I can’t feel you breathing
I can’t feel you leading
More than just a feeling
More than just a feeling
I can’t feel you reaching
Pushing through the ceiling
Till the final healing
I’m looking for you
I’m looking for you

June 6, 2011

The One You Need Shane And Shane Lyrics

Hey hey sweet daughter
I am so proud to be your father
Each day is like a gift from God

Hey hey sweet daughter
There’s no music like your laughter
And your smile is like a rising sun

You know I loved you from the start
So come in close
Take my hand for
Daddy shares his heart

I wish that I could be your everything
Be the one to give you all the things you need
Sometimes I’m gonna let you down
But there’s Someone if you just believe
Be your hero like He’s always been for me
Darling, Jesus is the one you need

No matter what you walk through
He will always love you
Just the way you are
For there’s nothing in this world
That I’d walk for my baby girl
That she’ll be happy ever after

The story of your life is still untold
I pray the King of all the Universe
Would make your heart His own

I wish that I could be your everything
Be the one to give you all the things you need
Sometimes I’m gonna let you down
But there’s Someone if you just believe
Be your hero like He’s always been for me
Darling, Jesus is the one

Who will never leave
He’s been there all along
All ready You can find to love

I wish that I could be your everything
Be the one to give you all the things you need
Sometimes I’m gonna let you down
But there’s Someone if you just believe
Be your hero like He’s always been for me
Darling, Jesus is the one you need

June 6, 2011

Search My Heart Lyrics Hillsong United

Hillsong United

Anyone who’s heard this song knows this is one special song.  Here are the lyrics.

 

Search my heart
And search my soul
There’s nothing else
That I want more

Shine Your light
And show Your face
In my life
Lord have Your way

With all my heart and all my soul
With all I am, Lord, I will follow You

Hear my cry
And hear my prayer
Draw me close
I know your near

So with all my heart and all my soul
With all I am, Lord, I will follow You

You took the cross, You took my shame
Restored my life, now I live to worship You

Without You I am nothing
Without You I am nothing
Without You I am nothing

So with all my heart and all my soul
With all I am, Lord, I will follow You
You took the cross, You took my shame
Restored my life, Lord I will follow You
Without You I am nothing
Without You I am nothing
Without You I am nothing

Without You I am nothing
Without You I am nothing
Without You I am nothing

Search my heart
And search my soul

June 5, 2011

Donald Miller Engaged! (PHOTOS)

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Donald Miller, bestselling author of “Blue Like Jazz” & “A Million Miles In A Thousand Years” announced via twitter last Sunday that he and longtime girfriend, Paige Smith are engaged to be married.  “My sweetheart, paigecsmith said yes!” Miller tweeted, “I’m thankful! Life would be miserable without her.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

June 5, 2011

PHIL WICKHAM AT YOUR NAME LYRICS

At Your Name
The mountains shake and crumble
At Your Name
The oceans roar and tumble

At Your Name
Angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

Lord of all the Earth
We shout Your Name
Shout Your Name
Filling up the skies with endless praise
Endless praise
Yahweh Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name
Oh Lord

At Your Name
The morning breaks new glory
At Your Name
Creation sings Your story

At Your Name
Angels will bow
The earth will rejoice
Your people cry out

Lord of all the Earth
We shout Your Name
Shout Your Name
Filling up the skies with endless praise
Endless praise
Yahweh Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name
Oh Lord

There is no one like our God
We will praise You
Praise You
There is no one like our God
We will sing
We will sing
There is no one like our God
We will praise You
Praise You
There is no one like our God
We will sing
We will sing
There is no one like our God
We will praise You
Praise You
Jesus You are God
We will sing

Lord of all the Earth
We shout Your Name
Shout Your Name
Filling up the skies with endless praise
Endless praise
Yahweh Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name
Oh Lord

Lord of all the Earth
We shout Your Name
Shout Your Name
Filling up the skies with endless praise
Endless praise
Yahweh Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name
Oh Lord
Oh Lord (Oh)
Yahweh Yahweh
We love to shout Your Name
Oh Lord

June 3, 2011

Hillsong United Aftermath Lyrics

VERSE 1
The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

CHORUS
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

VERSE 2
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

CHORUS 2
In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

BRIDGE
And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

CHORUS 3
Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

June 3, 2011

PETER FURLER I’M ALIVE LYRICS



When I was locked inside my head
When I was lost in a maze of doubt
You called my name and woke me up
You called my name and let me out

And when I chased one more mirage
’til I was tired and parched again
You gave me one more cup to fill
And sent me one more desert rain

I’m alive
I’m on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alive
But I am with nowhere to hold it inside

I wanted to thank you
thank you, thank you

I was sure of all I knew
I knew the world was mine to claim
I had directions printed out
And then I hit a world of shame
Out there alone and left to die
Caught out from You, my sole supply
You shed your tears for me and then
You took my hand and raised me high

I’m alive
I’m on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alive
But I am with nowhere to hold it inside

I wanted to thank you
thank you, thank you

June 2, 2011

PETER FURLER GLORY TO THE KING LYRICS

 

Lyrics:

awake / you’re in a place you’ve never been / a world beyond imagining / and the gates are open wide // awake / there’s nothing to compare it to / today your Savior beckons you / to a throne with no divide // like a wave / reaching the shore / with a final roar // a sea / a sea of voices sing / Glory to the King /
the King of everything // you’re here / lift up your hands and sing / Glory to the King / the King of everything // awake / as shadows lift from every doubt / with nothing more to figure out / and no more tears to dry // awake / to loved ones you’ve so dearly missed / the sting of death does not exist / and there’s no more wondering why // one sound / one light / one glorious sight // a sea / a sea of voices sing / Glory to the King / the King of everything // join in / lift up your hands and sing / Glory to the King / the King of everything // sing / the King of Glory’s face is shining down / sing / for every soul that’s been redeemed / sing / your family needs you to complete the sound / it it’s a bigger family / than you’ve ever dreamed // a sea / a sea of voices sing / Glory to the King / the King of everything // it’s here / the great awakening / Glory to the King / the King of everything // a sea / a sea of voices sing / Glory to the King / the King of everything // we’re here / to raise our hands and sing / Glory to the King / the King of everything

Written by Peter Furler, Seth Mosley, and Steve Taylor // © 2011 Ariose Music / Million Pieces Music Publishing (Admin. at EMICMGPublshing.com) (ASCAP) / CentricSongs / 2 Hour Songs (Admin. by Centricity Music Publishing) / Soylent Tunes (admin. by BMG Chrysalis) (SESAC)

Behind the Song:
‘“This is a song about that great awakening,” says Peter, “that day when we come to be in presence of God for all eternity.” Of course, for Peter Furler, this ‘funeral song’ is anything but what you’d expect. It’s a full-on worship anthem that will likely be sung among generations to come, as corporate as corporate gets, yet as unrestrained in its chorus as waves crashing on the shore.’ – Melissa Riddle Chalos

June 2, 2011

Cry Of The Broken Lyrics Hillsong

VERSE 1:

Lord I come
Lord I thank you
For your love
For this grace divine
Love and mercy
Undeserving
You gave it all
The greatest sacrifice

CHORUS 1:
You were wounded
For my sin
You were bruised
For all my shame
You were broken
For my healing
Only by the cross
I am saved

VERSE 2:

You’re the mender of the broken
To every outcast
A friend and comforter

CHORUS 2:

I come boldly to your presence
Lord I bow before your throne
You’re my healer
My redeemer
You’re my hope, my life, my heart

BRIDGE:

You hear the cry of the broken
You hear the cry of the broken
You hear the cry of the broken
You answer the cry of the broken
You answer the cry of the broken
You answer the cry of the broken

June 2, 2011

My Heart Is Overwhelmed Hillsong Lyrics

VERSE 1:

Perfect in love
Lord, You came to earth
To rescue me
You took my place upon that cross
The stains that held me back
Were washed away
You made me whole

CHORUS:

Your love has set
The broken captives free
Your love released
The chains once binding me
I’m found in grace
In love’s embrace
My heart is overwhelmed

VERSE 2:

I stand redeemed
Your Spirit now alive within my heart
I walk with you all of my days
I shall live to glorify You God
Hear my soul rejoice

CHORUS:

Your love has set
The broken captives free
Your love released the chains once binding me
I’m found in grace
In love’s embrace
My heart is overwhelmed

BRIDGE:

Sings my soul of how
Your love has set me free
Sings my heart of how
Your mercy rescued me
Hear my cry of endless love
To my Saviour and to my King
My heart is overwhelmed
Sings my soul of how
Your love has set me free
Sings my heart of how
Your mercy rescued me
Hear my cry of endless love
To my Saviour and to my King
My heart is overwhelmed

June 2, 2011

Narrow Road Hillsong Lyrics

VERSE 1:

We walk on this narrow road
Now restored as one we walk
In Your hope
And though
Darkness fills our path
Fear won’t fix its hold on us
For we know

CHORUS:

Love will shine before us on our path
And guide our every step within the dark

VERSE 2:

We bear tidings of Your hope
Freedom from the sinner’s plight
Through Your love
Our eyes set upon this task
Truth in hand as one we walk
We advance

CHORUS 2:

Love will shine before us on our path
To guide our every step within the dark
To know You is our only cry
Knowing You our only cry
Knowing You our only cry

BRIDGE:

Lord here we are with humbled hearts
To see your will be done
Let love shape us to Your own design
To bear our Maker’s sign

CHORUS 2:

Love will shine before us on our path
To guide our every step within the dark
To know You is our only cry
Knowing You our only cry
Knowing You our only cry

June 2, 2011

You Are More Lyrics Hillsong

VERSE 1:

On the day I called
You answered me
And the hope in my soul increased
I lift my hands
And turn my eyes
To the God who heals my heart
And gives me peace

CHORUS:

You are more than
My words could ever say
You are Lord over all
Over all of my days
I will see this season through
I will fix my eyes on You
Only You
Only You

VERSE 2:

I worship You
And lift You high
God forever let Your name be glorified
I lift my voice
And sing Your name
For you gave Your life to cleanse my sin
And took away my shame

CHORUS:

You are more than
My words could ever say
You are Lord over all
Over all of my days
I will see this season through
I will fix my eyes on You
Only You
Only You

BRIDGE:

Hallelujah
The earth will sing
May Your name be glorified
Hallelujah
The earth will sing
May Your name be glorified

CHORUS:

You are more than
My words could ever say
You are Lord over all
Over all of my days
I will see this season through
I will fix my eyes on You
Only You
Only You

June 2, 2011

Alive In Us Hillsong Lyrics

VERSE 1:

Great is Your love
Let the whole earth sing
Let the whole earth sing
You reached for us
From on heaven’s throne
When we had no hope

PRE-CHORUS 1:

You are the way
There is no other
You are the way
There is no other

CHORUS:

You rose from death to victory
You reign in life
Oh majesty
Your name be high and lifted up
Jesus, Jesus alive in us

VERSE 2:

You outshine the sun
You are glorious
You are glorious
Lord over all
You have made us new
We owe it all to You

PRE-CHORUS 2:

In everything
Be exalted
In everything
Be exalted

CHORUS:

You rose from death to victory
You reign in life
Oh majesty
Your name be high and lifted up
Jesus, Jesus alive in us

BRIDGE:

The enemy is under Your feet
We are free
We are free
Death has been defeated by love
You overcome
You overcome
The enemy is under Your feet
We are free
We are free
Death has been defeated by love
You overcome
You overcome

CHORUS:

You rose from death to victory
You reign in life
Oh majesty
Your name be high and lifted up
Jesus, Jesus alive in us
Jesus, Jesus alive in us

June 2, 2011

The Difference Hillsong Lyrics

VERSE 1:

You are the difference in us
You’ve broken the past
And set us apart
You caused the darkness to end
You lifted our heads
To know You again

PRE-CHORUS:

Lord You bring us to life
In You our hope will arise

CHORUS 1:

We are found
There’s nothing that can hold us down
With anything against us
We know Your love will be the difference
Be the difference

VERSE 2:

You defied reason with love
Took the fall meant for us
You alone are enough
Though we were destined to fail
You opened the way
And broke every chain

PRE-CHORUS:

Lord You bring us to life
In You our hope will arise

CHORUS 2:

We are found
There’s nothing that can hold us down
With anything against us
We know Your love will be the difference
Be the difference
You give and take
Still we will go Your way
All our fear is in the distance
We know Your love will be the difference
Be the difference

BRIDGE:

You awaken our hearts
To You we owe what we are
You’re the change in us
The change in us
We know
You awaken our hearts
To You we owe what we are
You’re the change in us
The change in us
We know

CHORUS 2:

We are found
There’s nothing that can hold us down
With anything against us
We know Your love will be the difference
Be the difference
You give and take
Still we will go Your way
All our fear is in the distance
We know Your love will be the difference
Be the difference

June 2, 2011

God Is Able Lyrics Hillsong

VERSE 1:

God is able
He will never fail
He is almighty God
Greater than all we seek
Greater than all we ask
He has done great things

CHORUS:

Lifted up
Defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

VERSE 2:

God is with us
God is on our side
He will make a way
Far above all we know
Far above all we hope
He has done great things

CHORUS:

Lifted up
Defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

BRIDGE:

God is with us
He will go before
He will never leave us
He will never leave us
God is for us
He has open arms
He will never fail us
He will never fail us

CHORUS:

Lifted up
Defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able
For the Lord
Our God is able
For the Lord
Our God is able

June 2, 2011

The Lost Are Found Hillsong Lyrics

VERSE 1:

Everlasting
While Earthly ages fade
In mercy
Our God Your kingdom reigns

CHORUS:

Lord over everything
You are near
All of the universe at Your feet

VERSE 2:

In the Saviour
Injustice brought to right
For Your glory
That Your name be lifted high

CHORUS:

Lord over everything
You are near
All of the universe at Your feet
Lord over everything
You are near
All of the universe at Your feet

BRIDGE:

The lost are found
The blind will see
The lame will walk
The dead will live
And You Are God
Forever You will reign
The lost are found
The blind will see
The lame will walk
The dead will live
And You Are God
Forever You will reign

June 2, 2011

Unending Love Lyrics Hillsong

VERSE 1:

There’s no silver or gold
And no treasure untold
That could draw me away from Your heart
Neither love of myself
Or of anyone else will do

PRE-CHORUS:

Jesus nothing compares
To this grace that rescues me
Saviour now and forever
Your face is all I seek

CHORUS:

Now all I am
I lay at Your feet
I’m humbled by the wonder of Your majesty
One thing I know
I find all I need
In Your unending love
In Your unending love

VERSE 2:

Letting go of my pride
I lay down my desires
Just to worship in Spirit and truth
More than all of my dreams
More than fame I will seek You Lord

PRE-CHORUS:

Jesus nothing compares
To this grace that rescued me
Saviour now and forever
Your face is all I seek

CHORUS:

Now all I am
I lay at Your feet
I’m humbled by the wonder of Your majesty
One thing I know
I find all I need
In Your unending love
In Your unending love

Now all I am
I lay at Your feet
I’m humbled by the wonder of Your majesty
One thing I know
I find all I need
In Your unending love
In Your unending love

June 2, 2011

Hillsong United Take Heart Lyrics

VERSE 1
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

CHORUS
So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

VERSE 2
In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

BRIDGE
All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

June 2, 2011

AARON KEYES DWELL LYRICS

Though a thousand may fall at my side
Though the enemy war against me
I will not fear the terror by night
I will hide in the shadow of your wings

CHORUS

I will dwell in the shelter of the Most High God
I will rest in the beauty of your presence
Your faithfulness is a shield and my great reward
I will not be afraid, I will trust in the Lord

V2

You have set me securely on high, Youʼve delivered me out of darkness
And when evil surrounds my life, Youʼve commanded your angels to guard me

BRIDGE
No weapon formed against me will prosper
No weapon formed against me will prosper
No weapon formed against me will prosper
Says the Lord

Words & Music by Aaron Keyes & Jess Cates
Copyright (c) 2011 Thankyou Music (admin. worldwide by worshiptogether.com songs excluding Europe, which is
admin. by kingswaysongs.com) (PRS)

June 2, 2011

AARON KEYES SONG OF MOSES LYRICS

V1
Oh the Lord, our strength and song, highest praise to him belongs
Christ the Lord, the Conquering King, Your Name we raise, Your triumphs sing

CHORUS
Praise the Lord, our Mighty Warrior
Praise the Lord, the Glorious One
By his hand we stand in victory,
By his Name we overcome

V2
Though the storms of hell pursue, In darkest night we worship You
You divide the raging sea, From death to life You safely lead

V3
All the saints and angels bow, Hosts of heaven crying out
Glory Glory to the King, You reign for all eternity

BRIDGE
The Lord shall reign forever and ever
The Lord shall reign forever and ever

Words & Music by Chris Moerman, Ben Smith, Pat Barrett, Aaron Keyes, and Graham Kendrick.
Copyright (c) 2007 Thankyou Music (admin. worldwide by worshiptogether.com songs

June 2, 2011

AARON KEYES SOVEREIGN OVER US LYRICS

V1
There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us to trust

CHORUS
Your plans are still to prosper, You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

V2
You are wisdom unimagined, Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens, Reaching down in endless grace
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me, Your promises are my delight

BR
Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good, You turn it for our good and for your glory
Even in the valley You are faithful
Youʼre working for our good, Youʼre working for our good and for your glory

Words & Music by Aaron Keyes, Bryan Brown, and Jack Mooring.
Copyright (c) 2011 Thankyou Music (admin. worldwide by worshiptogether.com songs excluding Europe, which
is admin. by kingswaysongs.com) (PRS)

June 2, 2011

AARON KEYES I AM NOT THE SAME LYRICS

Verse 1

You restore the wasted years, ! You build the broken walls
Your love replaces fear, ! ! Your mercy makes us whole
Adopted healed and lifted

CHORUS!
I am not the same Iʼm a new creation
I am not the same anymore
I am not ashamed I will not be shaken
I am not the same anymore

Verse 2
I bow before your cross, A broken life made new
Amazed at all You are, And who I am in You
Adopted healed and lifted
Forgiven found and rescued

BRIDGE
You have overcome, it is finished, it is done
Now my heart is finally free
Every chain undone, by the power of the Son
Risen Saviour, Reigning King

Words & Music by Ben Smith, Pat Barrett, Matt Redman, and Aaron Keyes.
Copyright (c) 2011 Thankyou Music (admin. worldwide by worshiptogether.com songs excluding
Europe, which is admin. by kingswaysongs.com)

June 1, 2011

PETER FURLER REACH LYRICS

Reach

You hold the weight of the world
Still I don’t slip through your hands
Your love is bigger
Than just an ocean built by man
I fall again and again,
But you whisper, “You’re still mine”
You feel the pain of the world,
But you never push mine aside

CHORUS
And You reach for me
With a love that quiets all my fears
And You reach for me
Like a Father wipes away the tears

So many people in this world,
But I hear You calling out my name
You reach for me
Now I’m never gonna be the same

You know all of my fears
There’s nothing Your eyes can’t see
When I tried to give up,
Lord, you never gave up on me
I give You all of my hopes and dreams,
I lay them down
Of all the place I’ve looked,
You’re the one truth I have found

CHORUS

BRIDGE
You hold the weight of the world,
Still I don’t slip through Your hands
You put the stars in the sky
You know every grain of sand

CHORUS:
But You reach for me
With a love that quiets all my fears
And You reach for me,
Like a Father wipes away the tears

So many people in this world,
But I hear You calling out my name
You reach for me
Now I’m never gonna be the same

You reach for me
For me

June 1, 2011

All To Us Lyrics Chris Tomlin

 

 

 

I don’t know if you’ve heard Chris Tomlin’s new song “All To Us’ off his latest album that was released November 2010.  But if you haven’t do yourself a favor and get this song.  “All To Us” is in my opinion one of the best worship songs of the last few years.  It truly is special.  Here are the lyrics below.

Verse 1
Precious cornerstone, sure foundation
You are faithful to the end
We are waiting, on You, Jesus
We believe You’re all to us

Chorus
Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the Church
Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns
Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives
We believe You’re all to us

Verse 2
Only Son of God sent from Heaven
Hope and mercy at the cross
You are everything, You’re the Promise
Jesus, You are all to us

Bridge
You’re all to us
You’re all to us
You’re all to us
Yes, You are

Verse 3
When this passing world is over
We will see You face to face
And forever we will worship
Jesus, You are all to us

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June 1, 2011

Hillsong United Go Lyrics

CHORUS
We’re giving it all away, away
We’re giving it all to go Your way (x2)

VERSE 1
In the Father there is freedom
There is hope in the name that is Jesus
Lay Your life down, give it all now
We are found in the love of the Savior

PRE CHORUS
We’ve come alive in You
Set free to show the truth
Our lives will never be the same

CHORUS
We’re giving it all away, away
We’re giving it all to go Your way

VERSE 2
We are sold out to Your calling
Everything that we are for Your glory
Take our hearts now, have it all now
Let our lives shine the light like the morning

PRE CHORUS
We’ve come alive in You
Set free to show the truth
Our lives will never be the same

CHORUS
We’re giving it all away, away
We’re giving it all to go Your way

BRIDGE
Roll back the curtains from our eyes
And now we can see You
Shown us your way, your truth and life
We offer our lives to bring You fame
We’re caught in Your freedom
We’re caught in Your freedom

June 1, 2011

Hillsong United Like An Avalanche Lyrics

VERSE 1
Beautiful God
Laying Your majesty aside
You reached out in love to show me life
Lifted from darkness into light
Oh

VERSE 2
King for a slave
Trading Your righteousness for shame
Despite all my pride and foolish ways
Caught in Your infinite embrace
Oh

CHORUS 1
And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compares to this love love love
Burning in my heart

VERSE 3
Saviour and Friend
Breathing Your life into my heart
Your word is the lamp unto my path
Forever I’m humbled by Your love
Oh

BRIDGE
Take my life
Take all that I am
With all that I am I will love You
Take my heart
Take all that I have
Jesus how I adore You

CHORUS 2
And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compare to this love love love