i’ll be making the drive to visit my buddy Robert Comeaux in the City of New Orleans
i’ve never been before so i’m extremely excited about experiencing this city for the first time. the fact that Robert is a native of the city makes it even better. he knows where to go and more importantly where not to go. i’m looking forward to tasting the food, hearing the music and just spending a great time with a kindred creative spirit.
i’m also excited about being able to take part in worship at FBC New Orleans on Sunday morning. i’ll be getting to see Robert in action as well as sing a song with him as their church remembers the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. he told me they weren’t looking back, but they were moving forward. so we’re going to sing “Never Let Go” by David Crowder Band and i’m pumped about that.
so as they say in the Big Easy…”Laissez les bon temps rouler!”
i ran across this prayer in Ephesians chapter 3 and thought i would share it.
Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Liberating King will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Liberator is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings
Paul prays this prayer on behalf of the church, and then ends this chapter with a benediction. the book still has 3 more chapters, but this is a brilliant doxology he adds here at the end of this prayer. it has a promiselike amen to it.
Now, to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus, the Liberating King, from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen.
that just gave me chills as i read it and felt the power of Paul’s prayer and benediction over Christ’s church. same power today as it had back then.
it’s the translation of the Bible that Chris Seay from Ecclesia Houston has been spearheading the past few years. i just really like the language they’ve chosen and it is a scholarly translation, not a paraphrase.
so i was reading Ephesians and loved the way it expressed this passage from Chapter 2 starting in verse 8 and continuing through 10.
“For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, do don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing. For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in Jesus, the Liberator, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.”
i just really love the language of that passage, that heaven’s poetry is etched on our lives. that we’ve done nothing good or amazing to earn the grace of God. it’s a gift.
known something already, but needed someone else to verify it for you?
i’ve pretty much been in this anger funk for about 2 years now. basically anytime i begin to move away from the feelings, the adversary just pulls me back in. i have become tired of living in this cycle of the past, so i decided to seek some counseling.
after telling “my story” the counselor looked at me and said, “you are being crippled by fear! and that fear leads to you being controlling which leads to shame & impatience over the things you can’t control. you need to extend yourself and others forgiveness and grace”
WOW! and i never said a word about being fearful. i wrote a few weeks back that i was fearful to create, but that wasn’t the fear at all. the fear is of rejection. i’m afraid if i do what i’m called to do, i will lose my job again. i’m afraid if i show my true self to people, they will burn me like they did before. so i try to control everything and make sure it’s perfect.
i have some homework to do. lots of hurts and forgiveness to flesh out, but the most profound thing that the counselor said to me is this.
“you have one job, to tell the truth”
if i boil all of what leading worship comes down to, it would be that. we stand in front of a congregation and we tell them the great truth of God. we sing true songs to and about Him. we share the truth of scripture and the truth of the gospel. and if we do that, then all of that other stuff that’s out of our control doesn’t matter. we are His children and when we tell the truth, He is pleased.
i needed to have that truth spoken into my life this week. and just like the Bible tells us, i know the truth, and it is setting me free.
the gospel doesn’t simply make bad people good….it makes dead people alive!
that really hit me the last few days. i didn’t know who said it, so i did a little research and it comes from this larger quote.
“Only the gospel can truly save you. The gospel doesn’t make bad people good; it makes dead people alive. That’s the difference between the gospel of Jesus Christ and every other world religion. All the others exhort their followers to save themselves by being good, conforming their lives to whatever their worshiped deity is. But the gospel is God’s acceptance of us based on what Christ has done, not on what we can do.” Tullian Tchividian
Tullian Tchividian is Billy Graham’s grandson.
i just thought it was a brilliant quote and i can’t expound on it further.
that is all.
and these people do great work.
i first heard Pomplamoose do this…
then there was this…
i love to listen to them, but watching the videos is what makes it for me because they brilliantly recreate the process of recording the songs. also, the camera loves Nataly, she is the ultimate indie chick. genius!
they also covered one of my favorite songs of all time.
i hope you enjoy these as much as i do.
you would know that i’ve got a new found love for Premiere League Football. i’ve like soccer for a while, but this year we got Fox Soccer Channel on our cable plan and of course the World Cup heightens the soccer sensation.
i’ve had a favorite side for a while and that would be Manchester United. and in spite of his dismal World Cup showing, my favorite player is still Wayne Rooney.
this guy is full of piss and vinegar and he is the archetypal striker in the Premiere League. he was the youngest player to score a goal at age 16 for Everton and made his debut with the Red Devils at 18. i love the way he plays. there is a vengeance and a urgency to his pace. here is a video of his goals from last year. there are some amazing plays he makes here. i love at 1:00 into the video, he schools two defenders and nutmegs the back and the keeper from Tottenham.
he is absolutely tenacious. he fights through traffic and just kills it. he can also score from distance. i’m sure he’ll be thrilling the fans at Old Trafford for years to come.
i did a little more reading of the passage from Colossians 1 in some other translations and found this tidbit in the notes of “The Voice”
As Paul gives thanks to God-a normal thing to do in a letter-he remembers a hymn he heard in the churches. The Colossian hymn (verses 15-20), as we call it, is all about Jesus, the Liberating King. It celebrates His reign, first as the Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos and second as the head of the church and the One who reconciles every broken thing to God by what He accomplished on the cross. In this hymn, the story of redemption is a witness to God’s love. Paul wants the Colossians to understand who they are, but to do that, they must first know to whom they belong.
being that i’m a musician, songs usually speak to me more than other mediums, so i guess that’s why that passage resonated with me. it’s a hymn.
a great deal on the Supremacy of Christ. i was reading in Colossians today (again, i’ve been camped out on the first 2 chapters for about a month) and was again struck by the beauty of Christ and His redemptive work to reconcile the world to God.
here is Colossians 1:15-23 out of the NIV
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
i love that passage. that Christ is supreme because He is the beginning and the firstborn. He has always been, and everything was created by Him, through Him and for Him. He created us, we were created through Him and we were created for Him. and His supremacy is over all things because through Him, God made peace with a fractured creation. i’ve mentioned before that the word “reconcile” means to exchange coins of equal value. so again, God has offered us the coin of righteousness, to stand holy and blameless before Him. and we only need to exchange our coin of “evil behavior” and continue to believe the truth that He is supreme.