Archive for July, 2010

I want to give a brief illustration, one that has been told many time, But I saw it first hand yesterday and I feel like it is a good reminder to us all.  I was at a garage sale and I was picking up this old, beat up hutch.  The handles were falling off, the veneer was peeling, there were water stains all over the top.  It looked like a piece of trash.  But this lady walked up to me and said oh my, what a beautiful piece of furniture.  The grain is amazing.  You know with a little sanding this could look absolutely beautiful.  I know it cracked and peeling in some places, but you can just leave that just like it is.  It adds so much character.
So I took it home and I started stripping that old varnish away, and as I did it was like I was wiping away 60 years of abuse, 60 years of mistreatment.  All of the stains started to disappear.  The wood started to look as if it was brand new.  I could begin to see the potential.
I believe with all my heart that God sees us the way that lady saw the hutch.  He sees what we could be, if we would only allow Him to wash us clean and wipe our stains away.  He wants to do that for His.  He stepped down off of His throne in Heaven and walked this Earth to be crucified so that we might have life everlasting.  It that one moment where He said “It is finished”  He proved to us how He sees you and me.
So with that in mind, I can say Yes! God has been so good to me.  The circumstances around me may stink right now, but God is so good.  These things happening right now are just those things that add character. Like it says in James 1.
So this today I say, I love you Lord, because you first loved me.

Last night the National Worship Leader Conference ended with a bang.  Scotty Smith spoke a great message on the “New Song” of the Gospel.  Then Israel Houghton closed the night out with one of the best acoustic sets I have ever heard!  That dude can PLAY.

So now the question is how to process all of the information I received this week.  I heard so many great teachings and the Lord spoke to me in worship in some awesome ways.  It’s going to take some time to work through everything.  I’m Glad I took some good notes!!

May You sing a New Song to the Lord!

I have been finding myself thinking about John chapter 4 quite a lot lately.  This is a passage where Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well.  At the end of this story Jesus says to her:

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

I have been spending a lot of time studying and praying about true worshipers, and what it means to worship in Spirit and in Truth.  Yesterday at the National Worship Leader Conference Marcos Witt spoke on this very subject.  I was so blessed to hear what the Lord was speaking to him about this topic.  I really want to hear from you too!  What are “True Worshipers” and what does it mean to “Worship in spirit and in truth”.  Please leave your comments.  Let’s discuss and learn together.

This week I am attending an incredible conference in Kansas City.  It is the 2010 National Worship Leader Conference.  Worship leaders from all over the country travel to Kansas City to participate in this week long event.  I feel very privileged to have this opportunity right here in my home town.  Yesterday was the opening day and I have already been so challenged and so blessed.  I can’t imagine what is going to be in store for me through the rest of the week.

In last nights opening event, Steve Berger was the main speaker.  He spoke out of Psalm 40, how to sing a new song when we are in the pit. For those who have never read this Psalm before, or if you have never listened to U2, here is the passage:

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

At some point we will all be in the pit.  We all go through season of trial, season of torment, seasons where we may even question is God cares about us.  The question is not if we end up in the pit, but when.  Psalm 40 teaches us that when we are in the darkest season of our life, we can still set our feet on the Rock and trust that the Lord is sovereign!  When he makes our steps secure, we have no choice but to sing a new song.  So what is that “new song”?  Berger says it is a “new experience with an ancient truth”.  If that hasn’t hit you yet, just think through it a while longer.  He has put a new song in YOUR heart as well.  Let us not be silent, but lets let “many see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord”!