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Monday, December 22, 2008

My Favorite Songs of 2008

These are the songs that I found myself returning to over and over again in 2008...enjoy.

Feel free to comment. Agree/disagree/call me a tool for liking David Cook (you know you watch that show too - stop judging!). Whatever floats your boat. (where did that expression come from, anyway? We'll save that for a future post...)

Myspace Girl – The Afters
Say This Sooner - The Almost
Dirty And Left Out - The Almost
Amazing Because It Is - The Almost
Roast Beef - Andy Gullahorn
That Guy - Andy Gullahorn
No Ones Gonna Love You - Band Of Horses
Britney - Bebo Norman
The IV – Braille
Give Me Your Eyes - Brandon Heath
Believe - The Bravery
Empty Me - Chris Sligh
Eleanor Rigby - David Cook
Hello - David Cook
Everything Glorious - David Crowder Band
Remedy - David Crowder Band
(If I Called) All of the Ways the World Will End – Dawson Wells
A New Law - Derek Webb
Jealousy Hurts - Dizmas
Shake It Off – Dizmas
Little Is Much - Downhere
My Last Amen - Downhere
Last Night - Elias F. Tyrone Wells and Kaboose
Let’s Go Back - Everyday Sunday
Free Me - Fike & Dana
Come Into The Light - Fike & Dana
Not Crying - Flight of the Conchords
The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) - Flight Of The Conchords
Robots - Flight Of The Conchords
Handlebars – Flobots
I’m So Sick - Flyleaf
The Pretender - Foo Fighters
Best Days – Graham Colton Band
Let Go - Grey Holiday
Where I’m Not Wanted - Heath McNease
Tick Tick Boom – The Hives
Joy Control – Ian Gallaghar
Blessed Be - Jason Gray
Hypocrisy # 785 - Jeremy Casella
Say - John Mayer
Make Money Money - John Reuben
The Cure For Pain - Jon Foreman
America & The Soul - Justin McRoberts
Done Living - Justin McRoberts
Run On For A Long Time (Featuring Chris Sligh) - Kevin Max
Tennis Shoes – The Khrusty Brothers
Don’t Hear a Single – The Major Labels
4321 – Manafest
We Could Take the Backroads – Micah Dalton
Prodigal - Michael Gungor Band
Song For My Family - Michael Gungor Band
White Man - Michael Gungor Band
Perform – Monarch
Mugiboogie – Mugison
Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock – Myriad
Sleeping In – Nevertheless
When Angels & Serpeants Dance – P.O.D.
To Bring You Back – Paul Allen
Down to Earth – Peter Gabriel
Emergency Broadcast – Playdough
Breathe Into Me - Red
Already Over - Red
What Happens (At the End) - Remedy Drive
Heartbeat - Remedy Drive
Buildings & Mountains – The Republic Tigers
New Day - Robbie Seay Band
Rise - Robbie Seay Band
Fake lt - Seether
Something Wrong - Separated
Crack the Shutters – Snow Patrol
beautiful the blood - Steve Fee
Save Your Best – Steve Reynolds
Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman
You, Me & The Bourgeousie – The Submarines
Down in Flames – Superbeing
By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North
This Is Who I Am – Third Day
Slow Down – Third Day
Born Again – Third Day
Falls Apart -Thousand Foot Krutch
My Favorite Disease - Thousand Foot Krutch
More – Tyrone Wells
Patience - Tyrone Wells
This Is Beautiful – Tyrone Wells
Honestly - Vota

Thursday, December 11, 2008

When I'm the Man...

When I'm the Man I want to Be

You'll know that Love and I are tight
By the patience that I show
When I'm stuck behind your car
And you're just driving way too slow

When I'm the Man I want to be

My eyes will turn from hungering
after more things for myself
Plasma HDTV?
I don't need you on my shelf
And while you're at it, Vickie
Keep that Secret to yourself

When I'm the Man I want to be

You won't need what's on my bumper
Or to read my clever shirt
Cuz you won't hear me speaking words
That tear you down or hurt

My mouth will fill your ears
With words that build up and bring trust
And my treadmill will wear out
While my remote's collecting dust

When I'm the Man I want to be

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Are You TrueFaced?

Have you learned to wear a mask to hide your true identity?

Do you believe it's way too risky to show God and those closest to you (and even yourself) who you really are?

TrueFaced: Trust God & Others With Who You Really Are challenges us to take these masks off and be real with ourselves, God and others.

I must admit that though I love to read, it's much easier when I'm tired at the end of the day to veg in front of the TV than read, though reading is far more satisfying in the long run. I'm glad I chose to make the time to read this book. God has been showing me a lot about myself and how I have related to Him through the material.

We are asked to consider whether we really TRUST God, or whether we are more likely working to PLEASE Him, and what the difference there looks like. The book deals with unresolved issues we may struggle with, i.e. sins we've committed against others or that they've committed against us, how forgiveness really works and what it looks like in relationship, and learning what God's heart for us really looks like.

TrueFaced also speaks to the importance of being in a community of grace, where people will love and accept you right where you are, and how those people will help you learn to trust God with your whole heart, and all that you are, the good and the not so good. I'm still seeking out that community, but I know if I don't give up, God will provide it.

This book has helped me see that I've lived a lot of my life trying to please Him, rather than living in grace and realizing that what He wants most is for me to trust Him. And that He desires to walk alongside me (not condemn me!), so that we can work on my issues together. A much different perspective than my constant sense that I need to work on my sin alone to prove to Him that somehow I am good enough. Because I'm not good enough and I never will be. If I was good enough to deserve grace, I wouldn't need it. (reminds me of those righteous theologians, the Newsboys, who once sang "When we don't get what we deserve, that's a real good thing. When we get what we don't deserve, that's a real good thing." But I digress)

TrueFaced talks about how God has a specific dream for your life - a unique destiny He has mapped out for how He wants to use YOU to love others with the same grace He loves you with. And as you learn to trust Him more, He will reveal that specific plan to you, in His timing, once you're ready for it.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." --Hebrews 12:1

God longs to help each of us release the burdens of our lives that weigh us down and keep us from the path He has created for us to run.

I cannot recommend TrueFaced more highly. You will be impacted by reading this book! And if you do pick it up, I'd love to hear what God has to say to you through your reading.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Sprain in the Spirit

Here's a little story I cooked up after my wife and I were having a conversation recently about church healing services...I couldn't resist writing it once I thought of the title!

Sprain In The Spirit - The People vs. The Holy Ghost

-Goodyear, AZ

Calling himself a "personal spiritual-injury attorney", Donald P. Schmuckford claims that hundreds, if not thousands, of believers have been injured by the Spirit of the Lord and he's decided to take his case to court, having recently filed a class-action law suit against the Holy Spirit himself.

Schmuckford says he's received call after call from clients who have attended various church healing services, only to be further injured in the process. "It's just not right," he says. "These people in trust are coming to healing services with a variety of ailments, only to be further harmed by careless pastors whose sanctuaries are not properly outfitted for this."

When the pastors pray over them, and inevitably press forcefully on their foreheads to initiate the healing, Schmuckford claims his clients at times fall backwards onto wooden pews or equipment on the stage, in cases where the pastor slays them in the wrong direction.

"Frankly, I'm not sure why pastors can't set up cushioned mats behind parishioners, or mattresses, or something, to prepare for these healing services. Or better yet, why can't they have church members sit or lay down first, then go for the forehead? I'm not even sure I get the whole forehead-pressing thing, myself - can't they get slain with a light tap on the back, or perhaps an energetic high-five? We'd see far fewer injuries that way and it might be more fun, no?"

Schmuckford doesn't deny that folks are often healed by the Holy Spirit, only adding that they sometimes then suffer further injuries through the slaying process, he says.

"One poor guy suffered from severe ingrown toenails going into the service, which the Holy Ghost did indeed heal. But because he fell back onto a sound-mixing board when the pastor gave him the 'old-V-8-tap' on the head during the slay-ification process, he ended up needing back surgery due to the tremendous impact of that fall. It's nuts."

The legal beagle also details a story of several parishioners who were injured in a domino-type effect when fourteen heal-ees were slain simultaneously, leading to several broken bones, a dislocated shoulder, and one groin injury.

When asked why he's suing the third member of the Trinity, rather than the pastors who would seem to be more at fault, Schmuckford retorts, "You've got to go after the source of power, and clearly the Holy Spirit is ultimately responsible in such mishaps. Besides", he adds, "where would the sizzle and publicity come from if I were to sue 'Joe Pastor of the local congregation'?! You gotta go after the deep pockets - that's just the way the system works!"

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Check out the powerful music video for "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns song "Slow Fade" makes a strong statement about how easily small choices can lead to devastating consequences in our lives. I thought the video (just released) was extremely powerful and an encouragement to pursue purity with all the strength I have, lest I fall victim to temptations in life that will lead me away from God and my family.

Our culture is loaded with ideas about doing whatever feels good and putting yourself and your needs (and wants) above all else. But in reality, we are called to sacrifice and love one another as God loves us (remember that Golden Rule you learned as a kid?), not to selfishly chase after what we want.

I think this video is a great reminder of why we need to put others before ourselves in life. Click here to watch it.

I've also added the song's lyrics below, in case you'd like to read them. And please share this with other folks who will find it encouraging!

Lyrics to "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

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NOW packed with more versatili-ticiousness in LESS time than EVER before!!

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Antonio & the Pasta Contest

4/17 - UPDATE - Apparently some PC-users can't see the video here - not sure why, but you can find it on YouTube by searching "Antonio and the Pasta Contest" - or you can watch it here also...enjoy!