American Reflections

Over the years many have fallen.  When I was ten years old I went with my fifth grade class to Washington, D.C. and one of the stops on the tour was the Arlington cemetery.  The sea of so many white crosses never seemed to end.  Even at 10 years of age, I recognized that I was living in freedom because of these people. 

Let us not forget the sacrifices that were paid, for the freedom we have in America and always remember that true freedom was given by Jesus Christ on a cross.  Without Jesus there is no freedom.

God LIKES Me!!!

God used Rick Warren today to remind me that He (God) loves me and even likes me although my efforts to be righteous are pathetic, but I am RESCUED and loved because of God’s GRACE and I’m still giddy over it! 

 God, thanks for reminding me today that you are right there for me.

I just wanted to let everyone know that God loves me.  Secret:  He loves you too!  He even LIKES you.

God With Us

Great message from the Flavmeister today!  Even when we are at our lowest, OR highest, God is with us.  He was with Joseph in the pit, as a slave at Potifer’s house and in jail and God was even with Joseph in his most prosperous moment.  Just like Flav said, “Read about it in Genesis and you will find and amazing story and find hope for your own life.

Great job today to all the musicians.  I love how you commit to your worship and to our team.  You’re the best!

The worship set at 11:00:

Majestic – Lincoln Brewster

Without You – Paul Baloche

Rescue – Jared Anderson

You Never Let Go – Matt Redman

God’s LOVE

As a Christ follower, sometimes I tend to get so busy that I forget the wonderful grace, mercy and LOVE God has for me.  Even as a worship leader, I must admit it is very hard to focus at times during corporate worship.  Probably some of my most sincere and personal worship happens when I have nothing but my Bible, a guitar, pen and paper and just sit down to be quiet and listen to God.  When I am alone with God, I think of his LOVE more than anything.  Why does he want me to be His heir?  I’m a sinner.  His Son, Jesus was perfect.  Why would He LOVE me so much to have Jesus suffer for my behalf on the cross?

We all have scars, sin, garbage that we’re not proud of and deserve anything but LOVE from God, the creator who made us.  We can talk about God’s wrath and He has it towards sin.  We can talk about obedience and we should obey God once we accept His LOVE because it’s for our best, not because He might GET US…if we don’t.  We can talk about Hell that’s a real place according to God’s word, but we must focus on the GOOD NEWS, the LOVE of God. 

1John 4:7 says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 

God LOVES us!  If we believe in Jesus and give him charge of our lives, we have accepted God’s LOVE!  It’s a new day!!  We no longer will receive what we deserve.  This is cause to worship!!!  The price for all sins has been paid by God’s LOVE!!!

Do you know that God LOVES you?  Do you realize that the very fact that you are reading this is just another time that God is using someone or something to tell you He LOVES you?  You are precious to God.  He gave the most important thing he had for you.  His LOVE is a gift and you have to receive a gift in order to have it, duh?.  If you haven’t already…tell God right now that you would like to receive His gift and it will be yours.

We all need to remember how important God’s LOVE is especially those of us who have been Christ followers for a good while.  We tend to get critical of those who haven’t experienced God’s LOVE yet and when we do this we are judging one of God’s creations that He LOVED just as much as you and me. 

This week why don’t we do what the verse above said, let us love one another and show others that the LOVE we have is from GOD and they can have it too. 

 

Drive 08′

I believe the DRIVE conference, hosted each year by North Point Community Church, is the best display of a church system that is available to staffs anywhere in the world.  They had many, many countries represented as well as multiple denominations.  There were 2300 in attendance and two of those attendees were Flaviu Pop and me. 

Their system works for bringing people to an environment that eventually leads them to start a relationship with Jesus Christ and then to influence others to Christ (Leadership).  Their methods are well thought out plans and nothing gets by the plan.  My buddy Flav took some pics while we were there, so the one I have posted above is from him.

Delivering the Promise of Great Worship Songs

Worship Set today:

Sing To The King –  Billy Foote

Glorious One – Steve Fee

How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin

Orphans  of God – Avalon

I Give My All to You – Eric Barnes

Thanks to all the musicians and singers Friday and Sunday am for making our worship great!  Deliver the Promise was rich in the music of Jesus.  You guys are all great!  Thanks for being there week after week and making it the best.