Archive for April, 2011

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HYPF’s First Mtg

This was from a few weeks ago.

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Global Force

This past weekend, I had a chance to play again with Aaron David and this time we found ourselves at the Global Force Total Access Worship Night at Christian Tabernacle on the east side of town (whew, mouthful).

I used to live on this side of town many years ago so I vividly recall driving by the church every day yet never attending a service there. Aaron was one of three worship leaders invited to take part in the event, along with the Global Force band kicking things off for the night. Those guys are no joke! They’re more gospel, stylistically, and they can sing sang and play. Some real talent there, and their passion in worshiping comes across so strongly. They were sincerely a joy to worship with.

Ki Kyham took the stage next. He’s another talented worship leader from the city who also started his own record label, so he had some of the artists he signed singing along with him. Talented crew, for sure.

It was at this point that I questioned (with my inside voice) whether Aaron or Ben Donnelly (the final worship leader playing that evening) would fit in with the rest of the event. There had been a pretty solid gospel music theme running through the night and the crowd so I was unsure how receptive everyone would be to the two (seemingly) out-of-place rock n roll worship leaders included in the mix.

Oh, how mistaken I was.

I was floored by how passionate the congregation was with their worship. We did a four song set, three of which were Aaron’s originals so they obviously were not familiar with them, yet they seemed to sing along louder with these songs, they seemed to dance more, just go nuts more than they had the rest of the night. And that is just a testament to a church and crowd who were trained to worship with anything. They didn’t require perfection to worship. They didn’t require songs they were familiar with to worship. There were no prerequisites for them to worship God. And it was incredibly refreshing. And it was also humbling because I realize I’m not always that way. I’m a snob a lot of the time when it comes to music and it affects how freely I worship.

We ended our set with Tomlin’s “Our God” and everyone just lost it. I haven’t seen people just going for it in worship like that in a quite some time. It was crazy. And infectious. I remember noticing one guy jumping higher than I’ve ever seen someone jump in worship. I’m talking about jumping up and bringing your knees up to your chest kinda jumping. It was that kinda nuts out there.

Thank you, Global Force and Christian Tabernacle for providing a much needed breath of fresh air for me.

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Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?”

Matthew 16:24-26

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Don’t Wait To Love

There is so much that can be said and has been said but this is just a friendly reminder to you and mostly to myself: Don’t wait to love. Don’t wait to show love. You don’t always have the opportunities you have today to show love to the people around you. Take advantage of them.

No one really regrets that they loved too much and wishes they could take it back.

Of course, there are those instances where people take advantage of your goodness and you regret having wasted time on them, but surely the good times of giving love outweigh those negative experiences in life.

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