Long time coming…

April 18, 2007

Well heeeellllllllloooooooo!!!!!

How the heck has everyone been? If any of you have missed me or wondered where the heck I’ve been, I am now officially back on the blog! My life has been busy the past month, so the week before Easter I decided to take a breather… and focus on being outside, writing more songs, being a little more active. Now, I’m not saying that won’t continue, but I am adding blogging back into my lifestyle. More to come, but I wanted to let you all know that I’m back and ok.

 Cheers!


‘REMEDY’ IS COMING!!!

March 21, 2007

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For all of you Crowder heads out there, there is reason to celebrate! The new CD will be dropping this year. Look for it in late September/early October. It is tentatively entitled “REMEDY”. I just got the new Hillsong United cd and now to hear that DCB is dropping a new CD is making my freaking week! Anyone else as excited as I am?!


“…Taste The Rainbow”

March 20, 2007

Ok, I have to say that my day has officially been made thanks in part to the Skittles Corporation. I don’t know who it is, but I’d love to meet the person who sits around and comes up with these. I’d also like to note that the singing bunny had me in tears… Enjoy!



RE:WORSHIP 5… and 6

March 19, 2007

Alrighty folks, here is the rundown for the two weeks preceding yesterday…

03.04.07 SET:
1. AWESOME IS THE LORD MOST HIGH – Chris Tomlin
2. EVERLASTING GOD – Brenton Brown (Vineyard)
3. EVERMORE – Hillsong United
4. SURRENDER – Brenton Brown (Vineyard)

03.11.07 SET:
1. WHAT THE WORLD WILL NEVER TAKE – Hillsong United
2. ALL WE NEED – Charlie Hall
3. MORE THAN LIFE – Hillsong United
4. TAKE ALL OF ME – Hillsong United
*Note that this week was the beginning of my seasonal sinus infection (it’s hard to sing when it feels like you’re being strangled). I hate it when your throat is closing up in the middle of a song and you just have to fight through it.

Cheers! Stay tuned for the RE:WORSHIP video for yesterday… first week of our new TRADITIONS Experience!


Putting it into perspective

March 16, 2007

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So I’ve been dealing a good bit lately with who God is… who I am… and who I am not. This mainly stems from my ministry position as a worship leader. I tend to, as I know most of us lead worshipers out there can, focus on music, genres, when songs aren’t clicking, when they are, turning to someone at a rehearsal and wanting to ask them what exactly is going through your mind right now? We can tend to be so focused on music and then let that translate into what happens on the worship stage. We can become so wrapped up in that and then become wrapped up in ourselves until we forget what it’s all about… what leading worship is… and what it is, well, it’s a privilege, and a tool to lift up the name of Christ.

Now, I’m not saying don’t bring your “A” game, cause I do believe in bringing our best, but bringing our best without Him is bringing zero to the table. It’s all just an empty show without God at the center. Being prepared by rehearsing what you’re going to play is something I think is key to those involved in worship, but I’m saying don’t just rehearse and play the songs and make it empty. Don’t leave out the One who makes what we do work in the lives of others…He makes what we do dive into the hearts of those hearing and plants seeds and moves people closer to His heart.

God, Creator, Restorer, Healer, Redeemer, the Lifter of our heads… He is the One who measures the universe within the span of his hand, yet for some reason He has nominated some a us to do “the ministry”… His ministry. It stretches beyond musical worship into every facet of ministry, but today I’m focusing what I do.

I’ve been thinking about how I, look up sinner, degenerate, failure, etc., have been placed in the position I’m in. I get on a stage on Sundays and take people on a journey to the heart of God, and then throughout the week I get to lead others in the journey of faith. I’m not an expert, I’m not a professional, and I certain most of the time don’t feel qualified to do what I do given my past… Sometimes I forget what I once was, sometimes I fail to remember where I was going, sometimes I place Jesus in my “messenger bag of life”, and throw it on my side continuing thinking I’ve now got it… when in reality I wouldn’t even be where I was if it weren’t for Him. Sometimes I overlook…

I overlook that the God of the universe stepped out of time and reached down to me… to my heart… to where I was… in the state I was in and rescued me. He took away my wrongs, and He justified me. He placed within me a new heart and a renewed mind. He gave His life that I could have one… sometimes I can forget…

So these past two weeks I’ve been praying hard and renewing my focus… I want to always have the thought of “who He is, who I am, and who I am not” in my head, heart, and spirit at all times. In my waking, in sleeping and in my ministry. I’m saying this today because I want to remind everyone that what we get to do is a privilege. It’s something that God doesn’t need us to do, but He gave each the opportunity to. I just want to remember that every time I take a stage to lead others in worship that I get to do this. Even when it’s hard, even when it stretches me, even so I am being allowed to let God use me for His glory and not my own. What a thought huh? That even knowing who we are God still lays things at our feet and says “pick it up, let’s go, I’m entrusting this to you.” Wow! Think about it.

It’s important to keep our focus as worship leaders… so think about it this week…

WHO IS GOD… WHO ARE YOU… WHO ARE YOU NOT…

I hope that this will help some of you out there involved in ministry of all kinds… worship leaders, pastors, greeters, ushers, kids workers, etc…

Cheers!


Are you ready for some coffee?!

March 14, 2007

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So I’m not the biggest Starbucks fan in the world (like to support local run joints), but I have to admit that I will be partaking in tomorrow’s “Starbucks’ Free Coffee Day”.

“Starbucks across the country will be giving away a free 12 oz or “tall” cup of
coffee next Thursday, March 15th, from 10am to noon.
It won’t come without a price. Expect long lines. Some people report
using up their entire lunch break just waiting for their free coffee
when Starbucks does one of these free national coffee break deals.” — BEN POPKEN

Mark it down peeps… 10:00am to 12:00pm…

Cheers!


Hey “J”… Where ya been?!

March 13, 2007

I’ll tell you where I’ve been…

1. Caught a nice little sinus infection last week

2. Caught a nice little sinus infection last week while taking a vacation with my wife

3. Caught a nice little sinus infection last week while taking a vacation with my wife and somehow still have it

4. Ahhh… I’m feeling better though

Yeah, so, apologies to everyone for my extended absence from the blogging world. It was a nice break and being sick I used what energy I could to make sure everything was taken care of for work. Other than that I was glued to the bed. I couple of things to look forward to this week:

1. RE:WORSHIP 6 and 7!

2. Some refreshing thoughts on ministry (inspired by a week of prayer and reflection)

3. Free coffee at Starbucks this Thursday!

4. More to read as I begin blogging again!

Hope yous all are well!

Cheers!