Month: December 2011

New Beginnings

The new year is upon us and there is so much to be thankful for looking back on 2011. Specifically I remember how God provided for my family time and again. Both financially and materially. We never went without food, shelter or the little things that gave us pleasure helping us get from day to day.

I will not forget the great times of worship I have had with the Lord. This past year He spoke to me in a way that has never been more clear. I learned that my greatest times of closeness with Jesus happened when I was playing guitar, writing songs, and leading the saints in worship. In November 2011 I took a huge step forward in my faith walk and quit my 9-5 job for a 24/7 commitment to pursue the calling of being a lead worshiper for the Lords church.

I am excited about the future and what lies ahead. One specific goal I have for 2012 is to complete a book of new worship songs for the church! I know it will be challenging and there will be many trials I will need to overcome. By Gods grace, the fellowship of my new church family and empowering of the Holy Spirit- I will overcome.

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With so much turmoil and uncertainty in the upcoming 2012, I will leave you with some advice and scripture that was once shared with me. It has served me well and I pray it will do the same for you all.

– Always remain humble and teachable in all things. [Isaiah 66:2]

– Do not neglect prayer or meditating on/in Gods word. [Psalm 1:1-3]

– Pray Gods will be done for our nation and those serving in missions around the world. [Psalm 67:1-7]

To us all who are called to be lead worshipers by His righteous purpose, for the sake of his glory; may Psalm 149:1 be our prayer in the new year.

!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

What’s Mine is Really Yours

What a beautiful time of year, when the words of the Gospel are on the lips of millions and the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ fills the air around us. As a Christian the Christmas season has always puzzled me but on my journey the Lord has been turning my heart each year, more and more towards the manger. I say its puzzling because so much of our own human nature has leaked into the “reason for the season” that its difficult to be excited each year when we look at the holiday from the outside. The toys, the things, cars with big red bows, traditional Christmas songs rewritten into a catchy jingle for a department store commercial; it’s far from perfect. It is those worldly things we attach to Christmas that the Lord desires each year to filter from of His story.

Recently I read something from A.W. Tozer in “The Pursuit of God”, where he touches on the story of Abraham sacrificing his precious son Isaac. The story is found in Genesis 22:10-12.

And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” / “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” / “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

The next couple of verses in the chapter tell us how God blessed Abraham and all his decedents for his obedience. Tozer comments on these passages saying, “Now he was a man wholly surrendered, a man utterly obedient, a man who possessed nothing. – Abraham possessed nothing yet was not this poor man rich? Everything he had owned before was his still to enjoy: the sheep, camels, herds, and goods of every sort. He had also his wife and his friends, and best of all he had his son Isaac safe by his side. He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret.”

How fitting a message for this holiday season where the message of the manager to the cross is so easily covered by piles of stuff in our lives. Here we see Abraham, a man of God who had everything, yet recognized he had nothing. In his worship to God Abraham knew that even the promise of God, his only son, was not his to idolize in his heart. A.W. Tozer says of Abraham that, “the words “my” and “mine” never had again the same meaning after that bitter and blessed experience.” To all those that we would say are rich, they really own nothing. We are selves must look at what we think we have and realize it is all Gods. A.W. Tozer called it “the sweet theology of the heart which can be learned only in the school of renunciation.”

This holiday season, ask the Lord to change your heart so that you realize He truly owns all the earth and all that lies in it. Be rich this season not in things but in knowledge of the Lord and the fullness of His free gift to you. The gift of his only precious son, come to us as a helpless babe, only to die for our sins upon a cross. Ask the Lord to free your heart from the things of this world so that your treasures are “inward and eternal.”

Merry Christmas

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