Month: September 2009

so i’ve been watching some webisodes today…


of Mr.Deity…

David Runnels will have to take credit for showing me this one.  follow him on twitter.  his name is @Drun

i will have to say it’s pretty irreverant, but very funny.  see if you can figure out who the characters are. 

it’s on season three, but here is the first episode.

check out more here.

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a few thoughts…


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Consume-

–verb (used with object)

1. to destroy or expend by use; use up.

 

2. to eat or drink up; devour.

 

3. to destroy, as by decomposition or burning: Fire consumed the forest.

 

4. to spend (money, time, etc.) wastefully.

 

5. to absorb; engross: consumed with curiosity.

 

I’ve been pondering that word lately.  I guess that for me, definitions 3 and 4 would describe my life pretty accurately.  I’m caught up in things that really don’t make a difference or aren’t building kingdom.  I’m distracted and “engrossed” in things other than pursuing the Glory of God. 

The things that consume me aren’t destructive in themselves (I’m a huge college football fan), but when they begin to take large chunks of my time and effort, then they can become just that.  When the things that consume me dictate my attitude or my day, then I am choosing a path that I really don’t want to walk.

The bible is very clear in Exodus 20:3-6

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

When I let things consume my time and energy in God’s place or above Him, then I have made for myself an Idol.  It may not be a “graven image” but I can certainly worship there.

We live in a consumer driven society.  We consume more than any other nation in the world, and we have let that creep into our lives ever so quietly.  We worship so many other things, we are consumed by our jobs, school, our calendars.  We worship at the stadium and the mall.  We are consumed by things that are fleeting pleasures and don’t realize how much time and energy is wasted.  Of course when I say “we” I mean I.  I do those things.  I’m the one who is being consumed.

Let’s take some time this week to focus on the amazing greatness of our loving God.  Let’s take the time to be consumed for His kingdom.  Is there something that we could do without this week to help our brothers and sisters in Christ?

I’ll close with a quote by C.S. Lewis that sums this up for me.

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”  from The Weight of Glory

what we sang this week…


this post is part of the Sunday Setlists series over at Fred McKinnon’s Blog

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we had a great Sunday.

there were lots of moving parts and the service went together very smoothly.  i thank God for that.  we weren’t able to have a normal rehearsal due to lots of our people traveling for business this week.  God is always amazing.  He takes our fish and loaves and makes a miracle.

All Over the World-Redman

Opportunities for Witness and Service

Baptism

Greeting Time

New Doxology-Gateway Worship

Glory to God Forever-Fee/Beeching

Video-The Plate (great video on giving and what putting money in the plate provides)

Glorious One-Fee (offering)

Sermon-The Price of Following Jesus (Pastor Nick)

Jesus Paid it All-Nifong arr (invitation)

the people really sang out again today.  it’s a joy and blessing for me to be able to hear them sing the songs that God prompts us to sing.  it was good to have Pastor Nick back today.  he was on vacation and then battled the East Texas crud for a few weeks.  great sermon on commitment today.

please remember to pray for St. John’s United Methodist Church in Texas City, TX.  Their church building burned to the ground a few weeks ago.  The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is taking up an offering to help them. please contact the conference if you would like to help.

i’m continually astounded…


by Imogen Heap…

it’s not music you can dance to, but she’s absolutely brilliant.  not only is she an amazing song writer, she has completely mastered the technology to create some really neat music.  i wish i understood technology better.

check out this live performance.  very nice.

i thought this was lots of fun…


i was watching the show “Glee” and they had this segment on.  be sure and pay close attention to the plays they call and then midway through….yep…it’s the “All The Single Ladies” dance.

then i was reading my email this morning and my blogfriend Jason Bradford had posted this version, which i think is pure genius.

i wish i could find a great version of the SNL one to post, but just know if you go looking that Justin Timberlake is hilarious in that one.

i spent my concert budget on U2 tickets…


which i don’t regret, because i keep hearing how amazing the show is, so i’m very excited about that.

it’s my dream to someday hit the Austin City Limits Festival.  how cool would it be to see Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, and what i’ve heard is one of the best live shows ever….

Mutemath

in a van.

in reverse

that was the original, and they recreated it on Jimmy Kimmel.  had to find the real time, one but it’s still cool to watch.

have a great day.

oh, and if you have tickets to the ACL you are not using

and would like to donate them to me. 

 i would gladly accept.

Worship Postfessional


this post is a part of the festivities over at Fred McKinnon’s blog

sunday-setlist

it was a good week at FUMC Lufkin.  i was out last week and Chris Caraway and my team did an awesome job.  it was good to be back.  had some people out due to sickness, family emergencies and vacation, but the band and tech team did a great job.

Song of Hope-Seay (our church loves this song.  i love to hear them sing the bridge where it goes Hallelujah sing.)

Opportunities for Witness and Service

Greeting

All Because of Jesus-Fee (they really sing with us on this song)

Glory to God, Forever-Fee/Beeching

Glorious One-Fee (offertory) (we did this one in C.  D is too high for the congregation and B is too low for me to actually hit some of the notes.  our pianist requested this one a while back.  she has been dealing with her aging mother’s health, and has just come to church the last two sundays and worshipped in the congregation, so i thought it would be a good time to introduce it to the church)

Sermon-Are You Trustworthy? (Pastor Mike pinch preached for Nick who was dealing with a major sinus infection.  great sermon on stewardship)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Watts/Tomlin (invitation)

it was great to be back to worship with our family.  lots of new faces in the crowd this week.  praying that God would begin to draw all men to Him as we strive to lift up His name.