Me and The Boys

The great philosophers’ “Kiss” once sang:

“Me and the boys are playing, but we just can’t find the sound”

Last night I joined the rest of the Journey Church Worship team for a time of working through some new songs at a local recording studio. I went into the rehearsal with several things on my mind and heart. After a few hours of working through new worship music for Sunday services and prayer together, I left refreshed and feeling renewed.

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I Hope You See Jesus

I’m not sure what the pull is today, but I have this overwhelming feeling that I need to be honest. I need the permission to speak freely (thanks Anne Jackson). It all started when my iTunes played “I Hope You See Jesus” by Bebo Norman. Next thing I know the doors to my soul were open and spilling out on my keyboard. Maybe someone else needed to read or hear it. Maybe I’m giving the “gift of going second”. Whatever the reason, when this post is done, I hope you still see Jesus…. I hide. I act. I show a … Continue reading I Hope You See Jesus

I’m A Jerk

I usually keep my Friday posts pretty fun but this one captured me today. I was surfing YouTube for something totally different and got caught up watching clips of “The Jerk”. While this movie was wildly funny, this clip left me feeling pretty guilty. At the beginning I was laughing. At the end I was sole searching. Funny how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. As to not take anything away from the clip, I’ll just frame it for you. When I think of the disciples, they are usually brought into the story by “leaving all … Continue reading I’m A Jerk

I'm A Jerk

I usually keep my Friday posts pretty fun but this one captured me today. I was surfing YouTube for something totally different and got caught up watching clips of “The Jerk”. While this movie was wildly funny, this clip left me feeling pretty guilty. At the beginning I was laughing. At the end I was sole searching. Funny how you can find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. As to not take anything away from the clip, I’ll just frame it for you. When I think of the disciples, they are usually brought into the story by “leaving all … Continue reading I'm A Jerk

Follow You, Follow Me

“I will follow you will you follow me All the days and nights that we know will be” – Genesis It took me 11 years but I finally realized something. To those of you that know my wife, what I am about to say won’t surprise you at all. I realized recently that my wife would follow me to the ends of the earth. If I said “let’s go to the moon”, she would have the bags packed, kids ready and snacks for the journey. Her commitment and trust in my leadership as the “Head of Household” (a title I … Continue reading Follow You, Follow Me

Please Be Patient…

When I was growing up, I had a small cross stitch picture in my room that my mom made. It was a picture of a little cowboy with the words “Please be patient, God’s not through with me yet“. I couldn’t help but think of how prophetic that little picture was..and still is today. While I write this and ask for each of your patience with me…I think I write it to remind myself as well. God is not through with me yet. I think so often I beat myself up over what I don’t do when it comes to … Continue reading Please Be Patient…

Please Be Patient…

When I was growing up, I had a small cross stitch picture in my room that my mom made. It was a picture of a little cowboy with the words “Please be patient, God’s not through with me yet“. I couldn’t help but think of how prophetic that little picture was..and still is today. While I write this and ask for each of your patience with me…I think I write it to remind myself as well. God is not through with me yet. I think so often I beat myself up over what I don’t do when it comes to … Continue reading Please Be Patient…

Quotable

“Today there are thousands of people sitting in church pews every Sunday who look like they’ve got it together on the outside but are broken on the inside. People who want to grab a Christian brother or sister by the shoulders and shout, “I’m not together! I’m in trouble! My relationship with God is terrible! I feel like a fake!” Instead, they pass out another bulletin or stack another chair, afraid to reach out, because everyone else looks like they have life’s problems whipped” –Michael English from the book “The Prodigal Comes Home“ “Stained Glass Masquerade” by Casting Crowns Continue reading Quotable

Late Night…Early Morning

Wow, it is EARLY. Due to an unanticipated stop to meet up with a friend last night in Cincinnati, I arrived in Kentucky roughly around 2am. I have no complaints though. There is no doubt in my mind that it was a divine moment. The friend I met up with is going through a storm. A big storm. He’s a guy that probably knows as much about me as my wife does. He’s one of those few friends that we let in to our very core. One that we let see what we keep others guarded from. I know the … Continue reading Late Night…Early Morning

Walking the Walk…

“You can say what you think, but you will live what you believe” – Mark Hall I witnessed something today that still has me reflecting on it. Simply put, I witnessed two friends “walking the walk” in their lives. They probably don’t know I noticed. My guess is that they are not even aware that anyone noticed. I would also bet the house that they are not even thinking “I sure hope someone saw that”. It’s not in their nature. It’s not their style. It is how they live what they believe. What I saw today on two separate occasions … Continue reading Walking the Walk…

What’s On Your Mind?

Confession time. I can’t get this off my mind. Maybe it’s time I get it off my chest as well. No matter where I look, no matter what I read, hear, see or do there is an overwhelming message that is chasing me. It all boils down to two words: Kingdom Minded. The books I have been reading, the sermon series the past two weeks and the music I have been hearing all seem to be screaming the same message….Kingdom Minded. Maybe it is the next step in the journey for me. Maybe God is calling me to rethink some … Continue reading What’s On Your Mind?

What's On Your Mind?

Confession time. I can’t get this off my mind. Maybe it’s time I get it off my chest as well. No matter where I look, no matter what I read, hear, see or do there is an overwhelming message that is chasing me. It all boils down to two words: Kingdom Minded. The books I have been reading, the sermon series the past two weeks and the music I have been hearing all seem to be screaming the same message….Kingdom Minded. Maybe it is the next step in the journey for me. Maybe God is calling me to rethink some … Continue reading What's On Your Mind?

Starting Monday

I just wrapped up the 40 Days of Hope in the Max Lucado 3:16 book this morning. It was a very good devotional walk through the life of Christ from cradle to grave and beyond. When I got done, I started thinking and looking for the next daily study I would like to do. After reading “Quiet Strength” and Tony Dungy’s impressions of his study of Nehemiah, I have decided to follow his lead. So, beginning Monday morning, I am going to start a 19 day walk through the book of Nehemiah. I share the breakdown below for those of … Continue reading Starting Monday

I Need Thee

I have not posted a hymn for a few weeks, so I thought it was about time to get caught up. Today’s devotion from “3:16” (see previous post), served as a reminder that the battle doesn’t end. Our need for strength, protection, provision, guidance and grace is minute by minute and hour by hour. “Part the Waters/I Need Thee” by Selah from the cd “Hiding Place” Continue reading I Need Thee

Caught in the Middle

40 Days of Hope – Day 3 For todays devo, Max Lucado takes a look at Joseph and his decision with Mary. Of the 3 days, this one has challenged me the most. Maybe it’s because I am a father and a husband. Maybe it’s because I am convicted by the fact that Joseph did what I don’t know if I could or would have. He did what was right in the face of tremendous danger, ridicule and a fall from the public eye. He was a man of tremendous honor and respect in the community. He was caught in … Continue reading Caught in the Middle

Backseat Accountability

In case you haven’t noticed, my taste in music is all over the map. I listen to just about anything. This would include music that isn’t always “Safe for the whole family”. So when I am not by myself, I find that the music I usually listen to either has to be filtered or changed completely. I always seem to pick up words that I had not heard, or realize just how raunchy a song really is. I realize that I have become numb to all of it. Yet a quick peak in the rear view mirror quickly reminds me … Continue reading Backseat Accountability