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Worship

Don't you love how a song takes you back to specific places and times in your history?  I do!  Now that I'm 30, I can turn on the basic, light rock station in our area and hear songs from high school.  This makes me feel old every time, but that only lasts a second before I immerse myself in songs, mindsets, and memories from the 1990's. 

As I participated in worship at church Sunday morning, I was whisked back to my freshman year of college with "Open the Eyes of My Heart."  That freshman year of college was when I discovered contemporary worship music.  Those songs are old now, but they take me back to a place of spiritual growth, struggle, and richness. 

When it comes to worship music, I don't really have one style that I like.  As a kid, I attended a very large Baptist church like you can only have or understand south of the Virginia state line.  You put 100 people in a choir, 100 people who can and do sing their parts, 10 of whom are phenomenal solosits-…

Desires of Your Heart

Psalm 37:4—Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. During my college years, I knew a girl who often put this verse as her IM away message (when AIM was the dominant collegiate network).This girl was crazy intelligent, fun, a gifted leader, the kind of girl people wanted to be around.She was the student leader of her college’s Baptist ministry that was 200-strong.One of the desires of her heart was a God-fearing, God-loving, Bible-reading man with whom she could be equally yoked in life, marriage, and ministry.She thought she’d found him. Unfortunately for her, the man she’d found was the God-fearing, God-loving, Bible-reading man who was going to be my partner in life, marriage, and ministry.She didn’t know that yet.Neither did he.(Well, he had known, but he forgot for about a year…) One of the things people seem surprised to learn about me is how competitive I am.I’m not sure why that is.I think people who strive for grades, awards, and recognition …

Lock-in

I’ve only been in ministry for about eight years.In those eight years I’ve experienced various seasons.There were seasons of naivety and of jaded cynicism, seasons of prayer and of silence, seasons of popularity and of criticism, seasons of personal growth and of personal anguish, seasons of ministry growth and of ministry anguish. During some seasons, you’ve got little to offer.You’re exhausted, burnt out, having trouble in your personal life, or just expending all your energy in other areas of your life.You get the job done.You do the best you can.You get up and do the same thing the next day and every day until this season passes. During some seasons you’re broken.You’re humble.There’s lots of tears and praying on knees.God works in you and molds you.He uses others around you to pick up your slack and help do your job for a while. During some seasons you’re on fire.You gobble up the Bible.You submit yourself to God in prayer.You seek Him.You pursue him with your life and your ministry…

New Year's Resolutions

I'm not sure I've ever kept a New Year's Resolution.  Most years I don't resolve to do anything.  Getting through my normal routines at home and work usually exhausts all mental, emotional, and physical energy I have.  For some reason, I feel compelled to make some resolutions this year, with little confidence that I'll follow through.  That's the way to start, right?!

First, I'd like to claim a few Bible verses for myself this year:
1.  Hebrews 3:12-14:  See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

2.  Psalm 51:10-13:
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the…