Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
"The sin we tolerate always pollutes, always corrupts, disintegrates what God created good, and-if not stopped-always ends in death."
"Those of us whose sin has not yet consumed us should not be too quick to judge Amy."
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
"I have found that it is often helpful to have practical ideas to start engaging the people around me in order to be a better neighbor."
Check out his list of 25 ways to engage your neighbor here.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
"Church" has become synonymous with words like "corporation" and "organization". But instead of manufacturing toilet paper or toothpaste, our products are decisions, discipleship programs and even the Holy Spirit. Rather than equipping the saints to do ministry, our pastors are CEOs, Chief Evangelism Officers, who manage the industry by creating consumers of Christianity.
Read the rest of the article here. It is thought provoking and well worth the read.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This week in worship we are singing the great song titled "Abide With Me". The lyrics were written by Henry Lyte in the 1800's. We are doing the version put out by Indelible Grace Music.
I just wanted to share the lyrics with you today. They are so strong. So strong!
I hope they can be an encouragement to you today.
ABIDE WITH ME; FALLS THE EVENTIDE;
THE DARKNESS DEEPENS; LORD WITH ME ABIDE.
WHEN OTHER HELPERS, FAIL AND COMFORTS FLEE,
HELP OF THE HELPLESS, ABIDE WITH ME.
THOU ON MY HEAD, IN EARLY YOUTH DIDST SMILE;
AND, THOUGH REBELLIOUS, AND PERVERSE MEANWHILE,
THOU HAST NOT LEFT ME, OFT AS I LEFT THEE,
ON TO THE CLOSE LORD, ABIDE WITH ME.
I NEED THY PRESENCE, EVERY PASSING HOUR.
WHAT BUY THY GRACE, CAN FOIL THE TEMPTER'S POWER?
WHO, LIKE THYSELF, MY GUIDE AND STAY CAN ME?
THROUGH CLOUD AND SUNSHINE, ABIDE WITH ME.
I FEAR NO FOE, WITH THEE AT HAND TO BLESS
ILLS HAVE NO WEIGHT, TEARS LOSE THEIR BITTERNESS
WHERE IS THY STING DEATH? WHERE GRAVE THY VICTORY?
I TRIUMPH STILL, ABIDE WITH ME.
HOLD THOU THY CROSS, BEFORE MY CLOSING EYES;
SHINE THROUGH THE GLOOM, AND POINT ME TO THE SKIES.
HEAVEN'S MORNING BREAKS, AND EARTH'S VAIN SHADOWS FLEE;
IN LIFE, IN DEATH, LORD, ABIDE WITH ME.
Monday, July 11, 2011
If you know anything about Wesley, you know he was prolific, writing between 6000 and 8500 hymns, depending on your source. As you might guess, every one wasn’t a classic. But more than a few were. And John Hartley and Chris Eaton have done a masterful job introducing some of them to a new generation through new melodies, some new choruses, fresh arrangements and tasteful production.
This is a great album. You need to go get it immediately.
Worship leaders should find these songs easy to teach and incorporate into worship.
Very excited to see my friend Mark Roach was included on this album.
Friday, July 08, 2011
Is there something that you have always wanted to do and just haven't? Matt Cutts suggests trying it for 30 days.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
This is our newest son. His name is Kingston Alexander. He was born June 17th. He weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 inches long. He is such a blessing and a great addition to our family.
We received the pictures from the photographer today, so I wanted to share them with you all. The rest of the pictures will be posted on my facebook page.
Thank you for all of your prayers.
Onyx Ashanti demonstrates "beatjazz"-his music created by two handheld controllers, an iPhone and a mouthpiece, and played with the entire body.
After locking his beats and loops he plays a 3 minute song that shares his vision for the future of music.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Started reading through the D.L. Moody Collection with a friend of mine today. Today we read and talked about Moody's message titled "The Way To God: The Gateway into the Kingdom".
Moody talked about "the new birth" and how he considers it to be the most important doctrine. Moody says, "My experience has been this-that if a man is unsound on this doctrine, he will be unsound on almost every other fundamental doctrine in the Bible".
Lots of great thoughts in this 24 page chapter.
Here are a few questions from the study.
1. Are you certain that you are born again of the Spirit of God, and can you give a scriptural reason why you are going to heaven?
2. Do you look to Jesus on a regular basis for forgiveness and righteousness in your life?
3. What evidence in the events and blessings of your own life prove Christ to be your Shepherd?
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Monday, July 04, 2011
Happy Fourth. Here is a great quote for the day from Abraham Lincoln.
Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere.
--September 11, 1858 Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois