9/29/17 : Auburn Academy

Today, Mollie and Azriel and I did a chapel and vespers service at Auburn Academy in Washington. It was the second time Azriel and I have done music here, as we came out 5 years ago (although then we were representing Union, not The Current, our independent ministry). 

Last time we came with a couple other good friends, Chavez and Lindy, and we did a few of Richard Young's old favorites. I found a video from that actual vespers, as well as one that we did here, but was recorded at a later date. 

I cringe listening to myself back then, but then again I cringe now too, so... I guess I gotta get over myself. 

Blessings!

9/15/17 : Stars Go Dim

Tonight at College View Church the group Stars Go Dim came and did a concert for Union College and whoever wanted to come from the community. I hadn't really listened to much of their music, but I can tell you by the end of the night I was blessed. I was blessed by the music, the message, the commitment to excellence by the band, and most of all the testimony of the lead singer.

Here are a few of the songs they did:

This guy's voice is my jam too. 

9/7/17 : Worship

What does it mean to worship God? 

I think Christians tend to put "worship" in a box that consists of singing songs of praise, or praying. The [practically] exclusive context in which I hear the word "worship" used, is in reference to singing. 

I just want to start talking about worship in a context that is more inclusive of what it is: a lifestyle.

Serving others, praying, singing, preaching, working, learning, breathing! Everything done to the glory of God and in acknowledgement of His presence, grace, and love is worship. 

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Today was Project Impact at Union College, and something like 750 people gathered on front campus before going into the community to serve. I think it is my favorite call to worship that our entire campus takes part in. We literally shut down the campus and worship God through serving the community for about 5 hours in the morning. 

I'm not super satisfied though... this is an aspect of worshiping God that needs to be more prevalent in Christian churches and organizations. I firmly believe that the reason more people don't know, believe in, and worship Jesus is because all they see is some singers, preachers, and church-goers, but not enough people who are making the world a better place. 

I have never been super involved in outreach, or community service. I need to. If I'm not doing what I can, when I can, to make the little corner of the earth I live in a better place, then I'm not truly being a Christian. 

I just wanna worship. So I'm gonna. Starting tomorrow on my way to work. I'll listen to this. 

Then I'm gonna work, and I'll do my best to glorify God there! 

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What are some other tangible ways to worship?

#hmu

PS this was done yesterday but didn't get posted.

9/6/17 : Perfect World - Perfect Video

8/30/17 : Spotify

Couldn't post this last night 'cuz my internet was being spotty (TWC stinks..), but listen to the Project Impact: Worship playlist on Spotify! 

For some reason I can't attach a link, so just search "project impact : worship" on Spotify and you'll find it. 

8/29/17 : Project Impact: Worship

Next Thursday, September 7, is Project Impact at Union College. Project Impact is the longest running annual community service event by a college/university in the country. That is a mouthful... but its true! Something like 30 years now Union has been cancelling classes one day a year and spreading throughout Lincoln, NE to serve the community. 

I believe worship is a lifestyle, not just an act that you perform once or twice a week, and serving others is an act of worship (Matt 25:40). So this year, to close out this campus wide day of "worship", we're going to come together and invite the community to continue worshiping with us in praise.

I'm super excited for this event, as I love the opportunity for Union to tie Christianity, service, and acts of love among humanity all together. So anyways, if you are around Thursday morning, come to Union College and gather under the clock tower. Get off work or whatever you gotta do, and come serve the community in Lincoln. If you're free Thursday evening at 7, the doors will open at Woods Auditorium for Project Impact: Worship. Come worship with us there! I'll post videos of the set list so you can listen, learn, and then come love on Jesus through them. :)

 

Maybe on or two more. Who knows.... :)

8/25/17 : Fullness

This song has been my worship jam for the last couple weeks. 

Fullness of eternal promise
Stirring in Your sons and daughters
Earth revealing heaven’s wonders
Spirit come, Spirit come
What You spoke is now unfolding
All Your children shall behold it
Dreams awaken in this moment
Spirit come, Spirit come

Pour it out
Let Your love run over
Here and now
Let Your glory fill this house
Pour it out
Let Your love run over
Here and now
Let Your glory fill this house

Now the world awaits Your presence
And this power is within us
We will rise to be Your witness
Spirit come, Spirit come

Pour it out
Let Your love run over
Here and now
Let Your glory fill this house
Pour it out
Let Your love run over
Here and now
Let Your glory fill this house

Tongues of fire
Testifying of the Son
One desire
Spirit come, Spirit come
— Elevation Worship

8/16/17 : Death Has Died

Sometimes in this world of chaos, turmoil, poverty, sickness, conflict and greed, you need something to make you feel good. There are times when I seriously feel like it's selfish to be happy because of all the crap going on in the world. What is discouraging is that it seems impossible for good to win. 

That's why I love this song. If this mug doesn't get you hyped, then... tell me what does, cuz it would probably make me lose my mind. 

Cheer up Buttercup! 

"Death has died and LOVE has won!"

Day 44: Happy

Sometimes I need a pick-me-up. Sometimes I turn to music to turn things around. Sometimes I turn to Parks and Rec. 

I think it is so cool when a song can turn my mood around, though. This is one of the few that legitimately lifts my mood every time I listen to it. It is my goal to write something like this some day. I want to write a song eventually that people can't listen to without cracking a smile by the end.

Maybe you can't relate to that feeling with this song, so tell me what your happy song is!

Day 40: Invitations are Necessary

When I was younger, there was a rule in our house that you couldn't invite yourself over to a friends house because it was very rude. I thought I was pretty clever by telling Leif have his mom invite me over so my mom would say yes. 

I still feel like it's pretty rude to invite myself places. In fact, sometimes I even feel rude accepting invitations if I feel I was invited out of obligation. Yet, there are some people and some places that I am so comfortable, I don't always need an invitation to pop in or hang out; I'll just do it. However, I still think that's intrusive... I just do it anyways I guess, 'cuz that's how much I love those people!

So, when dealing with anyone who is polite, non-invasive, and cares enough to respect your space, if you want to spend time with them you're going to need to invite them. The invitation is necessary for quality time together.

Jesus is pretty polite, definitely non-invasive, and He will never impose Himself on anyone unless they personally invite Him. This is why I love to start off any worship set, concert, or program I do with an invitation to the Holy Spirit (basically the omni-present version of Jesus) to be present with me, and everyone else there. 

Azriel shares this sentiment with me, so here is a variation of the concert-opening medley that we did in FL. 

Invite Him in!

Day 39: "Please Forgive Me"

This song has been my literal prayer many times in the last 5 years. There have even been times where I would literally sing these words out loud because I was feeling so separated from God by my selfishness. I felt like a failure, making the same mistakes over and over, seemingly stuck in one place as a sinner. In those times I felt like the promise of being transformed from "glory to glory" was not really true for me. 

But after asking for forgiveness, I feel God pick me up a bit, and I've got the courage to keep trying. I hope its a blessing to you too!

“And if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
— 1 John 1:9

Day 28: "The Wire"

Who made up these rules
Who’s the star and who’s the tool
And who’s the genius and who’s the fool
Oh who made up these rules yeah

Who wrote all of these laws
When to spit and when to applaud
What’s of the devil and what’s of God

Cause I’m so tired of walking this wire
I’m either ice or I’m fire
I’m so tired of walking this wire
I’m either ice or I’m fire
— Allen Stone

This is one of my favorite songs by my favorite artist. Growing up an American citizien and Seventh-day Adventist Christian while attending a church service every week, I remember listening to this song the first time and thinking... yeaaaahh! I AM so tired of walking this wire!

Remember in middle school, when you had that classroom that you weren't allowed to chew gum in? Why?! I loved to chew gum! And its all because of those idiots that didn't know how to locate a trash can when their Juicy Fruit lost its flavor, resigning instead to sticking it under their desks, or stomping it into the carpet. The teachers' solutions: to outlaw ALL GUM CHEWING. 

There is nothing bad about gum chewing. If there is, there's no way it outweighs the good. Yet, the rules decided to skip back a few steps to prevent even the OPTION of sticking gum under the desk. If the logical rule of "no sticking your used gum in the carpet or under the desk" is too hard to enforce, then we MUST come up with more strict rules to have enforce our own desired outcomes. It is entirely out of a desire to be in control. 

Well, that's how anything goes that grows large enough to become a man-made institution. Without getting too far into politics (church or governmental), I will just say that I think most laws and rules are put in place as a means to control a specific outcome that may or may not even be mentioned in that law/rule. Rather than leaders educating people on the benefits of behaving a certain way, they create penalties and consequences to control their behavior. 

I don't want to give examples of the rules and laws that I believe create a "wire" for me to walk. I want you to think of them for yourself. What is causing you to tip toe, and why? Can you even explain it for yourself? Better yet, what are the guidelines in your life that you try to project onto everyone else around you, whether that be in church, at school, or in your workplace? You may be creating a wire for someone else to walk. 

As a Christian, I have to remind you (and myself) that it is never our job to change other people. Our job is only to love them. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to change them. 

As a Christian, I have to remind myself (and you) that inner reformation is impossible by my own efforts. My job is only to let go of control. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to change me. 

Don't walk a wire. Don't create wires. 

A new commandment I give you: Love one another.
— John 13:33

Day 13: "I Won't Let You Go"

Here's another one of my favorite songs. The music video is a little strange... so I posted the lyric video instead because I want you to like it too. Once you love it, watch the music video here.

Every time I listen to this song in the car with Morgan it just makes me feel very in tune with my love for her. The melody and lyrics just work so perfectly together in my mind, they pull an actual emotion out of me. 

Basically, this is me when the chorus hits.

...and by the end of the song...

Any songs able to pull emotions out of you like this? Tell me in a comment!