Month: September 2008

so for all of us who don’t have the gift

or don’t have the time to practice as much as we like so that we can just hear things and play them.

a friend of mine pointed me to this site.

i don’t play electric all that well, and i occasionally need to see what is going on, so this site seems to be something i can latch onto.  while i’m on the subject of music, let me tell you about what i’m currently grooving to.

first off, i’m loving Charlie Hall, and not his new record although i hear it is spectacular.  i’m talking about “Flying into Daylight”  i guess i never realized what a great song “Marvelous Light” is, i had one of those breakdown, realize how amazing God is as i was singing along with Charlie to the lyric “sin has lost it’s power, death has lost it’s sting, from the grave You’ve risen…victoriously”  wow!

i’m also cruising to Fee right now.  “All Because of Jesus” and “Broadcast” just get my blood pumping.  I love “We Shine” but don’t know if your average church goer could rock it.

Finally throw some Starfield into the mix from their latest record and you have a wonderful modern worship trifecta.

this post is part of watercooler wednesdays over at Ethos

i was reading psalm 111 yesterday and i wanted to share it with you…

1 Praise the Lord!

   I will thank the Lord with all my heart
      as I meet with his godly people.
 2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
      All who delight in him should ponder them.
 3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty.
      His righteousness never fails.
 4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
      How gracious and merciful is our Lord!
 5 He gives food to those who fear him;
      he always remembers his covenant.
 6 He has shown his great power to his people
      by giving them the lands of other nations.
 7 All he does is just and good,
      and all his commandments are trustworthy.
 8 They are forever true,
      to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.
 9 He has paid a full ransom for his people.
      He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
      What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
 10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
      All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.

   Praise him forever!

i just love all of the absolutes in that psalm.  there aren’t alot of maybe’s or perhap’s in this one.  but lots of Always and Forevers.  wow, i’m daily amazed at His Unfailing Love!!!

have a wonderful day


a few more thoughts on worship

from my study.  again most of this is ala John Piper…

  • Worship must be vital and real in the heart, and it must rest on a true perception of God.  There must be Spirit and there must be Truth.
  • Truth without emotion produces churches full of artificial admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards)
  • Emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought
  • worship must have heart and head, it must engage emotions and thought.
  • true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep sound doctrine.
  • strong affections for God rooted in the truth are the bone and marrow of worship.

i hope that today you can worship Him in Spirit and Truth.


oh bookstore, why do you torture me?

i frequent the library and Half-Price Books, but the problem is they never have books that i really want, which forces me to go shopping at a few book stores.  i love Barnes and Noble.  i used to eat up Borders when there was one close by, and i like our local Mardel’s. (i have lots of problems with the way Mardel’s does things, but i love the staff at the one in our town).  i am basically a lover of books.  i love to read and i love to digest.  i’m getting close to finishing Wide Awake (which is amazing btw, the chapter titles alone should intrigue you to read it), and i’ve begun Glory Revealed (love David Nasser).  i also have The Road by Cormac McCarthy in my stack.

so i was in the book store the other day, and i would feel bad buying books as i do not currently have a job.  so i just look at them and wish that i had them.  is it so wrong to want a job so that i can buy books and music?  that sounds selfish.  i should buy mosquito nets and sponsor children.  i really have a weakness for books.  here are the four i currently am seeking to get.

Crazy Love-Francis Chan; Wild Goose Chase-Mark Batterson; Jesus Wants to Save Christians-Rob Bell; Chasing Francis-Ian Morgan Cron

so someone create a way for me to steer clear of the bookstore, and the guitar store, and Best Buy…

have a good one

i was digging through some papers…

and i ran across a study i did on worship about 3 or 4 years ago.  i’m pretty sure most of it comes from John Piper, but here are a few points that re-hit me as fresh.

  • an act of worship is vain and futile when it does not come from the heart
  • it is more than willpower. the will can be present while the heart is not truly engaged
  • where feelings for God are dead, worship is dead
  • true worship must include inward feelings that reflect the worth of God’s glory
  • worship is authentic when affections for God arise in the heart as an end in themselves

wow, worship can’t be manufactured.  people have to see the Glory of God and have their hearts engaged, and that doesn’t come from singing on Sunday morning.  have you reflected the worth of God’s Glory today?

have a good one


just a quick post today

i was listening to music yesterday as i rested, and i was remembering a segment on the sports radio station i listen to.  Go P1’s.

so the hosts were bagging on the Foo Fighters and the topic was they only have one good song per album. well after going back and listening to Echo’s, Silence, Patience and Grace, i have to disagree.  the lyrics alone are worth it for me.  but to top that, Dave Grohl is one of the most amazing craftsmen of melody.  the guitar hooks and vocals are amazing, the arranging and production are great.  it’s as if they want you to sing along with every song.  and i do…

have a great day



First off, please pray for all of the people in South and East TX who are dealing with Hurricane Ike!

I have a crossword application on my iPhone, and there is something I have noticed…American crosswords are much different from British and Australian crosswords. The British crosswords look more like a grid, and are often “cryptic”! They don’t have as many letters to cue you in on across or down! Basically they are harder so I guess Brits and Aussies are smarter than me!!

Have a great day, and keep TX in you prayers!!


started a new book today

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

i love this exchange in the first few pages.

Just remember the things you put into your head are there forever, he said.  You might want to think about that..

You forget some things, don’t you?

Yes.  You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.

how true.

have a great day


great song lyrics

by one of my favorite bands.  if you have never checked out Jackopierce, i encourage you to do that.  they are a great band made up of Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce.  they started out playing around Dallas, and were pretty much uber indie before indie was indie.  so their new album Promise of Summer is out and the opening track has such a great chorus that i wanted to share it with you.  wow, two blogs in one day, whatever will i do with myself.

chorus from “Everything I’m Not”

i’m an open book, she’s a mystery…i’m black coffee and she’s sweet tea….you probably wonder why she’s with me…i’m grateful for everything I got…she is everything i’m not…

so go check out their new record.