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Song Titles: Destiny and The Concept

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Desiring the Light

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Word of Encouragement

I humbly write in this space a word of encouragement to be a light in a dark place, to be the salt and light of the world, and to expose darkness more by how we live than how we “talk”.

My voice has been a loud megaphone for the Lord sometimes; I have been able to speak a word of encouragement to a brother or sister in distress. A word of encouragement to a person in a place of searching out the Father’s will for their life. What is better for some situations is our prayer and supplications, our quiet time with the Lord, and our obedience to allow our vessels to become a fragrant aroma in the presence of friends or foes, co-workers and peers alike. The reality is that God watches our moves, and the motivations and desires in our hearts.

What is our ambition in life? What do we pray for, and why do we pray for it? Would we be able to say with our lives that the “cup is clean on the inside as well as on the inside”?

There is no passing grade, and the only perfect grade starts with J and ends with S.

Somewhere in there, in the center of his will that is, we find his purpose for us. We find out what we are really made of, not primarily in the physical, but of the spiritual . How can we let more light shine in this dark place? It takes an honest search for the cistern that never dries, and us being that vessel waiting to be overflowing.

Be encouraged as I say that I am learning, just like you, what it means to make my life speak volumes about what Jesus has done in my life.

I’ve got life insurance, a down payment has been made, and when its all said and done, I know where I’m going.

I had a revelation, or rather a re-revelation. I’ve been convicted of falling into the mundane pattern of getting stuck in the day to day, Monday to Friday routine. It’s a little scary to think that we as humans are so easily distracted, to the point that we find ourselves lost, again. At the same exit ramp for the fifth time, at the same landmark for the tenth time. Only the Holy Spirit can guide us where we truly need to be.

So I take a deep breath, and remind myself that we are not alone, and we are not expected to have all the answers. What we are urged to do is listen for the shepherds voice, each moment, every day.

How do we hear his voice when everything is so loud?

The word that came to my wife and I was to get unplugged. To sort of reprioritize our time and energy, and put it into the life giving things that excite us and rejuvenate us. Holy is what we want to be, and holy is what we will be when we seek out things that glorify him, those habits will have us ready to go to him in the end, and also prepared to live a life that pleases him.

Peace and Blessings

Technology and God

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Word of Encouragement

Technology is our modern day Tower of Babel. I say this jokingly as I type this on an iTouch, and my wife video chats with her mother in another part of the country.

I have witnessed technology transform a nation dramatically. The last election was won by Obama because he took full advantage of he social networks the younger generations seek relationship through.

My hunch is that we are at a crossroads as a people. Christians are just as engrossed in the world as the unsaved. Our social networks might look a little more tame, but at the core of it all, we are spending the same amount of time in virtual realms, being distracted.

The good news is that God uses anything to capture his chosen ones. Email, YouTube, media heavy worship are all also pervading our “religious” world.

This transmission will hopefully reach someones computer screen. Maybe this will resonate, and they will pass this message along.

BEWARE!! Time is running out. The things of this Earth will come to pass. From ashes we came, to ashes we will return.

Where are we spending our time? Who are we keeping company with? Are we seeking to glorify God, or are we seeking the glories of this Earth?

Seek First His Kingdom!

Blessings!!

A video I did for my friends at Chi Alpha.

Sunday Mind Musings

Posted: August 15, 2010 in Word of Encouragement

It’s Sunday and for most it’s restorative, enlightening and rejuvenating. I’ve been meditating and praying on two main verses that were prayed over me by my wife and friend after church. Psalms 1 and Psalms 92. On top of that I’m halfway through “A Praying Life” by Paul E. Miller. I’m totally fascinated by the fact that prayer is not as complex and boring as I’ve made it out to be.

I’ve only been a Christian for 4 years not counting my childhood baptist church days, and without a doubt I can attest that we trivialize prayer, and we get cynical about its power and impact when done through Christ. The other day I found myself praying to God to help me find my keys I lose at least once a day. I’m also reading a great book on marriage titled “What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage” by Paul David Tripp. I am blown away by the revelation that my idea of marriage, eventhough it’s fabricated through my understanding of the bible, is off center, and at best a 10% chance of how close God wants me to be to the truth.

With two books, two verses a day to read, on top of the occasional One Year Bible devotional, I’m swimming deep in God’s truth and need to sort it all out. I’ve come to the conclusion that God calls a sabbath not just for a physical rest, but a mental and spiritual rest. A retreat from the hustle and bustle of your 9-5 job, or if your young, ambitious and growing a new family, your 7-6 job has you dreaming of sleep right as you’ve left the office. The only set back is that my wife calls me to let me know we are out of bread and milk , and you need to swing by the supermarket.

But for the record God has called you into this place of work for a reason which will ultimately bring you closer to knowing him.

By the end of this Sunday, I’m hoping I was a blessing to my family, able to help my wife and daughter Sabbath. I’m praying that I blessed the Lord by actually slowing down, taking a load off, and actuallyy taking a much needed REST! My rest came in the form of some football, some book reading, and a long walk with the family.

God willing, tomorrow will be a productive day, and the week for that matter, will be a reflection of charging my batteries with God, his truth, some faith the size of a mustard seed.

Be Blessed this week.

There is no fancy way to being this, but I must say God is good, and God is faithful to the end.

This week I have had two different sources, from out of nowhere inquire about my music. It’s been almost a whole year since I’ve performed and lately I’ve been working on my bass skills. I have for the most part stopped rapping and making hip hop music. Primarily because I thought God was temporarily closing those doors.

The moral to this back drop is that God is the one who will open doors and close them as need be. Our path is in his hands. He is the creator of the universe, he knew when we would be born, and only God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus know what lies in store for us. I will not debate fate vs. man’s free will, but I will say without a doubt, God has a perfect plan, and has a place he wants us to be. Whether or not we get there, especially in the spiritual sense, is up to us.

Let’s encouraged in knowing that God Loves Us.

God wants us to succeed.

Let’s go forth in Faith!

I am feeling as if God is calling me, and many of us followers back to a place of simplicity. There is a common thread running through my life right now. God is not only prodding my heart to be more selfless, hes providing me clear paths to exercise faith, he is essentially calling me closer to his heart.

Last week I left church with the feeling that I had to let go of legitimate pleasures.
My legitimate pleasures are my constant searching of news of the NBA, what going on in the world through the world of CNN. On top of this I watch tv through Hulu. Every week is an addition to last weeks tv drama, on whatever show my wife and I are following.

My home for the last two weeks has been different than it has been in a long time. My wife and I talk again, on a deeper, more connecting level than ever before. It’s not just because we are plugged in to a church of great believers, or we are in the process of working through Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. We have simply “powered down” or better yet disconnected more and more each day, from the things we can so easily be distracted from.

The reality of it all is that my home, is not much different than many homes in the U.S., and the other more startling reality is that the majority of Christian households are not that much different in operation and structure. We watch the same t.v. shows, are glued into the same breaking news, and we are spending the same amount of time being “plugged in”.

Disclaimer: I don’t care how much t.v. you watch in a day, how much time we spend doing, or the content. Even that in itself is another discussion….

The Point: If we make more time for entertainment, there is less time for God. I cannont explain to you in great enough detail, how blessed I am to be able to hear from God, experience his peace, and know that he LOVES me. I would not have had any of these experiences this week, had I not made a point of being in communion with God.

However we do this, it needs to happen, otherwise, there really is no point to calling ourselves Christians, if we aren’t being the people God has called us to be. Being like Christ, means in some way or fashion to do as he did.

He talked to God, prayed to God, asked for his guidance, and moved as God called him to.

Can I use my gifts and talents, be his hands and feet, if I’m not presenting myself to be in that position?

Mark Batterson, a great writer, and a person I will hopefully meet says that we need to have vision. An idea for the future, a mission greater than ourselves, that can only be accomplished with God at the helm of it all. I agree with Mark, that there is a new reformation coming to the surface. At the moment there is an underground churning. People are growing restless with being complacent.

Brothers and sisters, lets think about a week with less distraction.

Let’s disconnect from our “things” and get connected to God.

Risen King

Posted: April 4, 2010 in Word of Encouragement

Today is the day we gained a freedom that will last us for eternity. All hail the king and Savior who made this eternal life possible.