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So Very Kind

I sit here basking in the warm warming warmth of the love I’ve felt the past few days from all of the kind birthday wishes I’ve received. If ever I considered feeling sorry for myself for whatever came up in life, I’d have to tell that voice to shut itself up by reminding it how overwhelmingly blessed I am to have so many wonderful people in my world.

For example, the kids at church surprised me last week with a gift-and-tasty-taco-filled party. I can’t adequately describe my fondness for these folks. This affection goes beyond saying thanks for throwing a lovely party that was both heartfelt and delicious. The party was merely the latest expression of their collective awesomeness. In their company I’m constantly challenged, filled with faith, lifted up from disappointment, overtaken with laughter, or combinations of any of the above. I really can’t say enough about them.

And while that may be enough to fill my heart, they’re just one example of the great people placed in my life. Seriously. I may not get to talk to all of these priceless friends as often as I’d like – I know for sure I don’t see them as often as I’d like – but I’m impacted by their goodness still.

So thank you. Thank you for the loving texts, gifts, phone calls, cards, and email. But beyond that, thank you for your presence in my life. I swear to you, you make me better.

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[I’m stealing this straight from the blog of Ms. Sheryl Thomas]


by: Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;

Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.

I plead and I wept for a clue to my fate…

and the Master so gently said,”Wait.”

“Wait? you say wait?” my indignant reply.

“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!”

Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?

By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming Your Word.

My future and all to which I relate

hangs in the balance and You tell me to Wait?”

I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign.

Or even a ‘no,’ to which I’ll resign.

You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,

We need but to ask, and we shall receive.

Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:

I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate

as my Master replied again, “Wait.”

So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,

and grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting…for what?”

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine…

and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.

I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.

I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.

You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.

You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint.

You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.

You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;

you’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.

You’d not know the joy of resting in Me

when darkness and silence are all you can see.

You’d never experience the fullness of love

when the peace of My spirit descends like a dove,

You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,

But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

The glow of My comfort late into the night,

the faith that I give when you walk without sight.

The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask

From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

You’d never know should your pain quickly flee,

what it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.

Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,

but oh, the loss if I lost what I’m doing in you.

So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see

that the greatest of gifts is to truly know Me.

And though oft My answers seem terribly late,

My most precious answer of all is still “WAIT”.

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Weep For Joy

Just thinking about this show is making my day today.

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This is beautiful.

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Meet Marty

This is Marty.

Marty lives in Austin.

While I was in Austin last week with Sean Feucht, I met up with Marty as I hadn’t seen him for, what I believe has been, at least a couple of years.

Marty and I went to school together. We played on the worship team there together. He was actually the first person I met who was a part of Music Ministries there.

And he was also the first guy to have me play music with him outside of school. I think it started with some once-a-month services for Tulsa area youth that he led worship for, then turned into a regular gig playing at a local church. It was great. Loads of fun. It even led to some extra cash in my pocket which was huge for me at the time. We did a bunch of church services, played at a summer camp, I got to play on his album. And on top of that, it led to me meeting more people, making new connections, playing at different places; it really got me growing as a guitarist, for sure.

And really, after a few connections and degrees of separation, it’s how I ended up playing with Sean who got me to Austin where I got to hang out with Marty once again.

So, yeah. Thank you, Marty.

[Smiley face]

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The Burn Tour

Last week I got an email from my friend Sean Feucht who was in the middle of his “Burn Tour,” his latest outing in the Burn 24-7 movement he began years ago. He was coming to Houston and asked if I would be up for joining in on guitar and, since I’m always up to play some music, I eagerly accepted.

It was really fun to play alongside Sean again. If you’re not familiar with the Burn movement, it’s a pretty intense prayer and worship session that is scheduled to last 24 hours, or 40 hours, or 72 hours, etc. It varies for each event but the idea is that the prayer and worship continues nonstop for that time. With the help of many like-minded people, Sean has established these Burn “Furnaces” all over the world, conducting these services in the most unlikely of places from Pyongyang, North Korea to what used to be Saddam Hussein’s palace in Iraq. He’s on a mission to share the power of Jesus everywhere he can and, judging from his schedule, he’s not letting up anytime soon.

The current Burn Tour he’s on is similar in style to the long Burn sessions except that it’s contained in just one evening. We played at New Life Church here in town which is full of some really kind, cool folks. This was also my first time playing with Cody Garza on bass and Evan Enderlee on drums, two guys from Corpus Christi who have been traveling with Sean for a year or two. They were a lot of fun, such quality guys.

I will say that I hadn’t played guitar for that long of a set in a long while. Very fun. It was so much fun that I decided to travel over to Austin the next night to do it all over again. And that was another great night. Very thankful to have been a part of those two nights.

Here are a few pictures from our night in Houston, taken by a fellow named Dennis from New Life Church.


With Pastor Dusty Kemp, pastor of New Life Church

The Time For Texas Is Now

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