Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Changed...

A couple of months ago, I made the confession that Bible reading wasn't a top priority or even an interest for me. A couple of months ago, I didn't truly care whether my relationship with God grew or not. It was like I was just looking to Him for a ticket to salvation and not a personal God that was leading my life. In my mind, I guess I'd never wanted to rely on someone else, never wanted my life in someone else's hands because I wasn't used to having to trust anyone, much less a higher power. A couple of months ago, I was under the delusion that I could take care of myself and make things happen without God's help, so why would I read the Bible?

So what's changed between then and now? I've asked myself this question a lot lately. Have the words in the Bible somehow magically rearranged themselves into a story that's more entertaining? No. They're the same words that have been there for thousands of years. It's my heart and mindset toward God and scripture that's changed.

I've gone from overtly disobeying God and His call to scripture and not caring to hurrying to get home just so I can open a Bible and do my daily devotional. That's crazy! Even as I'm typing this, I'm having to do a couple of double takes and thought breaks to make sure I'm still talking about myself here, because it quite honestly sounds like some canned Christian line people put in Bible camp brochures. But I'm being completely serious here.

I think it started for me during and a little while after the Passion2012 conference. When they first did the session where they read the book of Ephesians, my first thought was... "They're seriously going to waste an entire session with reading the bible, and that's it?" Terrible, I know, but stick with me here. Like I posted in January, I was soon really moved by the way the leaders were reading the Bible, especially Lecrae. I mean, he reads scripture with as much enthusiasm and passion that he raps with! That was a revolutionary concept that really stuck with me. That was when I started to wonder how I could have that kind of zeal for God's word and what it would be like and look like if I had it.

Then came Rekindle earlier this month. Before going I prayed and had other people pray for me that God would reveal more of Himself to me and that I could get a renewed passion for Him. And let me tell you, that prayer was answered and then some, because for the first time, my heart was really in it.

Joe Lechner's second message on the call to discipleship was what made the gears in my head really start turning. He challenged us to take off the cruise control in our Christian lives, to stop basing our passion for God on the level of passion that others have for Him and to go NASCAR. He told us to not be passive about our responsibility to obey and be like Jesus.

I've been seriously convicted of being worse than passive about obeying God's call to studying scripture. In fact, much more than that, I was passive about everything in my Christian life. I was doing the bare minimum that I thought I could get away with. I didn't want to need God.

But you know what? That's not good enough for me anymore. I'm tired of always expecting life as usual, tired of settling for the mundane. Ephesians has taught me that God has given me a calling that's so great that it has to be lived up to, that my life has to be worthy of it. That's exciting for me! For once in my life, I have something more to live up to than a softball trophy or an A on my report card.  I have this greater purpose, a calling from God established before the foundations of the world! And I want to start living like it. And consistent, daily devotions and scripture reading, I think, is the first step.

God's given me a complete change in course and a passion to follow His will and I couldn't be more excited about it. I've been totally wrecked this year and I have a feeling that something big is going to be the result of all of this, because in my experience, this is what God does to prepare His children for groundbreaking things in His name. So I just pray that it continues in my life and in the lives of the people around me, and I hope it's brought some encouragement to you guys out there to be passionately pursuing Christ!

Live Like That
by: Sidewalk Prophets

Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I'm only just a memory
When I'm home where my soul belongs

Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of those
Was my worship more than just a song

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true

People pass
And even if they don't know my name
Is there evidence that I've been changed
When they see me, do they see You

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that

I want to show the world the love You gave for me
I'm longing for the world to know the glory of the King

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I'll stand
Recklessly abandoned
Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Only the beginning...[RK12]

Wow. I really don't even know where to begin. I've been pondering for days what words would suffice to explain all that God did at Rekindle this year...and still I come up empty. I am in complete awe and amazement...completely speechless before a powerful God. Out of the four that I've been to, this Rekindle was the best yet. It's kind of funny because for a few weeks before Rekindle, as I was praying about it and looking back to previous trips...the song that always got stuck in my head was "God of this City" and it was always the line "greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city" that stayed in my memory. It is a truth that was fulfilled at Rekindle...and I believe that it still rings true...that God is not done with us yet. It's only the beginning.

For a couple of weeks before Rekindle, God was already hard at work. He healed my back through my friends laying hands on me, there were many theological discussions that forced us all to dive into scripture and start from the beginning in what we believed and knew, there were situations that were mended, and dozens of people fervently praying and fasting for our trip. It was just so encouraging to see so many obvious displays of God's hand in the weeks leading up to Rekindle. As I was praying for Rekindle a week or so before we left, God gave me a picture of people being prayed for, lives being changed, people being healed and major things happening at Rekindle. I was amazed at what I had seen and continued to pray accordingly, but in my sinful heart...I didn't trust that God could do it. Each of the previous years, I'd created this image of how I wanted God to work and if he didn't work exactly like I wanted him to, then I'd be disappointed. I knew it was wrong of me to think that way...and even going into it this year, I was wrong to trust the past of my sinful disappointment rather than the picture given to me by an all-powerful God. It's something that God was definitely working on with me this year...trusting him rather than my past or myself.

Anyway, here we go...what a wild ride.

Sunday:
The trip down there was also probably the best yet...between jokes and 'Bus Idol' and photos and falling asleep on your bus-buddy...it was great. Our bus driver, Louis was pretty awesome too. We arrived at the Laguna Beach Christian Retreat sometime around 11ish I think...got all checked in, put our stuff in our rooms and headed out to watch the "Man Run". It's an annual tradition that all the guys run into the ocean the first night and then go jump in the heated pool. While they were assembling, I snuck down to the water to stick my feet in...the water was so amazing! Anyway, we had the largest group of guys participate in the "Man Run" this year, so that was pretty hilarious...and once they got in the pool, it transpired into an immediate game of animal ball...don't ask, it's just dangerous. After a bit, everyone pretty much went to bed and crashed.

Monday:
Monday morning, we had our 'orientation' of sorts...worship and then welcoming us to Rekindle...and then the determining of the Rekindle Cup Teams. My team was led by my long-time friend and Rekindle veteran - Kurt. Through the week, in addition to competing for the Rekindle Cup, you meet with your team every day to pray and talk about messages. I had awesome team members this year too - go Team Swagg! Anyway, after that, the competition began with the Dodgeball Tournament.

God's healing hand was definitely with us throughout the week. A few people were sick with some sort of stomach bug and we even sent one of our guys to the Emergency Room Monday afternoon with seizures. Thankfully, he came back Monday night and finished out the rest of the week with no problems. It's amazing to see God responding to our prayers for healing. God is so good.

Monday night, I had the privilege of singing for worship...let me tell you - it's such an amazing experience...to look out and see people just lost in worshipping just makes my worship all the more sweet. God definitely moved through worship each and every day and Chris Flanigan did an amazing job leading us throughout the week.

Jon's first message was called "The Foundation of Discipleship". God really spoke through Jon and the gospel was shared very clearly that night. The gospel is the good news that in Jesus Christ, God has reconciled himself to sinners. Our response is to turn away from our sin and put our faith in Christ and make him all in our lives. Christ has to be all to us if we are going to be disciples. One thing that really stuck with me was when Jon said that the amazing truth of the Bible is that it could have only had 3 chapters. God could have said, "Sorry, that's it. You messed up, no good news...the end." But he didn't. He saved us when he didn't have to.

Tuesday:
For our devotions, we were asked to read Isaiah 53 and consider the depth and degree of our sin and take note of all the ways he suffered for you. Something that stuck in my head is that because this is my sin, I did this to him. I _____________ him. If you read the passage you see words like despised, rejected, wounded, crushed, chastised, oppressed, afflicted, judged and more. Filling those into that blank space was very sobering. I did those things to him, and he still chose to save me.

Tuesday morning, Joe spoke a message called "The Essence of Discipleship". He asked a simple question: What do you want most? We explored what Paul wanted most for himself and the Philippians as well as what God wants most for us. We see that even as Paul was in prison, in chains...his one desire was that Christ be honored...no matter if he lived or if he died. Why? Because to live is Christ and to die is gain. Paul views Christ literally as his life...without Christ we are dead...not just bad...dead. To die...it's gain because we go to be with Christ, the fulfillment of all we live for. Finish the sentence: "For me to live is ______". If it's anything other than Christ, then you aren't living a disciple's life. We are called to live a life worthy of the gospel...to do everything for Christ because he is all. The challenge for us is to be unashamed, unafraid, and united...courageously living like Christ is all no matter the cost.

Tuesday evening, Mickey's message "The Model of Discipleship" was really good. He talked about Christianity being a team sport and emphasized the need for community in the local church. We are called to live our lives in humble service, modeled after Christ. He made the point that Jesus came DOWN. Did you ever dream to be the least of these or hope to be the last person picked for the team or the person who cleans up after the parade? No...we want to be in a high place...but Jesus came DOWN. We are to humble ourselves in order that God will get the glory in everything we do. We are to make much of others so that they can make much of Christ.

Wednesday:
For devotions, we read Psalm 63:1-8 and focused on the psalmist's relationship with God. It was so interesting to read how many different ways this psalmist described wanting more of God: earnestly seeking, thirsting, fainting, looking, beholding, praising, blessing, being satisfied in, remembering, meditating, singing, and clinging. Just reading these descriptions made me desire more of Christ in my own life.

Joe's message "The Call of Discipleship" was about our responsibility to obey God and grow to be more like him. In light of our salvation, there is a call to live out the implications of our salvation. We are to live like Christ. He used driving a car as an analogy. Some people drive the car on cruise-control...pressing on the gas pedal of obedience until they get to a certain speed (usually determined by the people around them) and then staying there. Others drive like NASCAR drivers, taking it to the limits, completely focused and aware of turns and walls. We not only have to obey and stay focused, we have to be motivated by mission. This world is a scary place and we are lights in this dark world. The more we live like Christ, the brighter our lights will shine. The way we live our lives we show God as truth or a lie to those around us. It's an important call that we must take very seriously.

Wednesday night, we all got a chance to respond to everything we'd been hearing during ministry night after Mickey's message: "The Prize of Discipleship". Mickey talked about what really matters to us. Paul had it all...pedigree, education, etc....he gave it all up though because he knew that it wasn't important. The important thing is Christ...to encounter him and to begin a life-long quest to know him and be like him. Mickey asked us several questions so that we could examine ourselves:
  • If something important to you was standing in the way of you knowing Jesus, would you move it out of the way?
  • Have you had the initial encounter with Christ?
  • What is your current state?
  • Does your life reflect Christ as being of surpassing worth?
He also encouraged us that what defines us is not our sin or our past or our failures, it's God and his grace. We have to forget what lies behind and keep our eyes on God and knowing him.

After Mickey's message, Jon called the prayer team up and encouraged people not to move on too quickly...to take the time to examine their lives and respond as necessary. Two people came to know God as their Savior that night and I know many others were changed as well. Seeing so many people respond to this message was such a blessing...it was the fulfillment of the picture God had given to me a few weeks earlier. After I finished praying for a friend, I just went out by myself to the beach and just cried. It was such a mix of thoughts and emotions at the time...I didn't know what else to do. I was in awe of all that God did that night...and at the same time I was upset. Upset at myself for not trusting that God could do what he told me he was going to do...upset that I put more faith in my past disappointments than in a Holy God. At the same time, I was just humbled...even though I didn't really believe that he was going to do what he showed me, he still allowed me to be a part of it by putting me on the prayer team. I think that night, God was just reminding me that he is all that is says he is...and that I wasn't putting my faith in him completely. It was such a humbling night. God is so good and he is faithful to show himself to us when we ask him (even if we don't always believe that he will do what we ask) and he will do more than we can even think or imagine.

Thursday:
For devotions, we read Titus 2:11-14 and Titus 3:3-8 and Titus 3:3-8. We were asked to consider what we are now called to since we have experienced the saving grace of God in Jesus and what one area of our lives is God calling us to radical change and growth. I think for me it's definitely to be more aware of who he is in my daily life and to have faith in what he says.

Thursday morning was our last session...and I have to admit, I'm always kind of brain-dead by Thursday morning...especially after the ministry night where God just kind of leveled me. Jon's last message was called "The Disciple's Daily Task" and he talked about thinking and trusting in Christ. We have to live out the 'Christ is All' life. He used "vertical" to describe our relationship with God and "horizontal" to describe our relationship with the world. We are horizontally gifted and vertically challenged...but if we focus on Christ (think vertical) then our lives will change and we will begin to see things differently (relating to the horizontal). Whenever we feel anxious about the horizontal realities, we need to pray...God will provide all we need.

Thursday night was the Woah Show which involved eating a stick of butter, Michael Jackson, saxophones, trombones, suitcases, dancing and more! After Woah Show, we had a time of testimony...and then we tore everything down and loaded the truck up for the trip home. We left Friday morning after a group picture. Always sad to leave, but exited to come back.

All in all, best Rekindle yet. Worship was amazing. Ministry night was life-changing. Messages were great. We left Charlotte as strangers and returned as family. I can't even describe how amazing it was(everything that you just read totally does not do it justice). I can't wait for next year...but more importantly, I can't wait to go to M28 tonight. God isn't limited to working at Rekindle...he can and will work in and through us every day if we just ask him. That's what it's about...coming back home and applying it. God's definitely not done...Rekindle may be over, but God's just getting started. The best is yet to come!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rekindle in Review

This was the fourth Rekindle I had been to since I started going to Mission28, but I think it was the first one in which I felt God really move in a substantial way in the people down there. Before leaving for Florida, I had been praying for God to show me a lot more of Himself and become more real and personal to me and I have to say that I definitely got what I prayed for. I am so thankful.

The theme of this year's Rekindle was "Christ is All", it was all about what it means and looks like to be a disciple of Christ. The messages honestly could not have come at a better time.

Jon Shea talked to us about the "Foundation of Discipleship". He said the most important thing about following Christ is that Christ should be our absolute all, number one, center of our lives. We need a vision of radical discipleship and a passion for pursuing a mature Christian relationship with God. We do this through partnership with fellow Christians through a local church and proclamation of the gospel in day to day life. He also talked to us about "The Disciple's Daily Task". He gave us simple, easy-to-follow ways to live out the gospel through everything that we do. The two main ways were to focus on Christ, rejoicing in who He is, what He's done, and aligning our thoughts with God's; and to trust in God's provision.

Mickey Connolly spoke about the "Model of Discipleship". This message was all about how we are called to be humbly unified with other believers in the context of a local church and single-mindedly focused on the gospel, as mentioned earlier in Jon's first message. One question that stood out to me was "How can I make much of others, so they can make much of Jesus?". The other message Mickey spoke on was the "Prize of Discipleship". This one was about giving up everything we are now so we can become everything God wants us to be. What really matters is a life changing encounter with Christ that leads to a life saving quest.

As usual, Joe Lechner's messages were the ones that really stuck with me. First, he talked to us about the "Essence of Discipleship". He gave us a challenge during this one to be unashamed, unafraid, and united, courageously living like Christ is all, no matter what it might cost us. He challenged us to be completely sold out for the gospel, but more than that, he told us to live our lives worthy of the gospel, putting our actions and words through the filter of Christ. He was trying to get Philippians 1:21 through to us that "to live is Christ and to die is gain" ("dying as gain" isn't really something college kids give much thought to). Joe's second message was our "Call to Discipleship". In this message, Joe used a racing analogy. He told us that we need to get off our safe, easy cruise-controlled Christian life where we don't stand out and we let other people determine how "on fire" we get for God; we need to be "going NASCAR, totally focused on the race, foot on the gas, pushing our Christian lives to the limit without crashing, making an all out effort to obey Christ.

I think the biggest take away that I got from Rekindle is that as Christians, we show people Christ whether we recognize it or not, whether we try to or not. The catch is that we show people our view of Christ, which means 2 things: 1. We need to have the right view of Christ to project the right view of Christ. 2. We need to start being conscious of the fact that there are other people in the world, a lot of them needing the truth, not some watered down, cookie cutter, easy, safe, largely hypocritical God.

By our lives, we can point people to the truth of God, or we can show off God as a liar because whether we know it or not, we are luminaries of the gospel. We need to start living like it. We need a vision of radical discipleship and a passion for pursuing a mature Christian relationship with God so that we can live boldly sold out for the gospel, no matter what it might cost us.

I never feel the best about leaving the nice little, tightly knit, Christian community that Rekindle always turns into, no one ever does, but a good friend of mine told me "There's a whole world out there" and they need what we had found at Rekindle. That's really helped my attitude and drive for missions.

So, since coming back home and getting back to job applications and daily routines, I have to say that I haven't at all lost the passion and enthusiasm for the mission that God's been stirring in me these last few months. I've kept the discipline and focus of putting Christ as number one and my outlook and life in general has been better for it. I'm super excited about the things God has in store for the campus and, for that matter, the city of Charlotte in the days ahead and how He may be using my life and the lives of everyone else that went to Rekindle to further the gospel.

For Such A Time As This
by Wayne Watson

Now, all I have is now
To be faithful
To be holy
And to shine
Lighting up the darkness
Right now, I really have no choice
But to voice the truth to the nations
A generation looking for God

For such a time as this
I was placed upon the earth
To hear the voice of God
And do His will
Whatever it is

For such a time as this
For now and all the days He gives
I am here, I am here
And I am His
For such a time as this

You - Do you ever wonder why
Seems like the grass is always greener
Under everybody else's sky
But right here, right here for this time and place
You can live a mirror of His mercy
A forgiven image of grace

Can't change what's happened till now
But we can change what will be
By living in holiness
That the world will see Jesus

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Posts Coming Soon!

Hey everyone! Sorry we haven't posted since we got back! Em and I are still getting back into the swing of normal life but I promise we'll have some Rekindle posts soon for you as well as our normal schedule for M28 and C4. Thank you for being patient! We love ya!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Good Luck Varsity - Blood Medicine


I met Him for the first time in a middle of a field. He studied the shovel in my hand and the old rucksack at my feet and said, "Son, what's in the bag?" "Well," I answered, "this here is the sum of all the rotten things I've done, which I've found and bound and am layin' in the ground. You see, these rotten things, they keep me up nights, and they draw a cold stare from folks who know what's inside. "Well, let's have a look," He said, and motioned for me to hand over the bag. I tossed it at his feet, hoping the stench inside would send Him on His way so I could attend to my business. But he untied the ropes that bound that bag and peered inside, and I felt as though He was staring into my soul. I watched his eyes travel from one piece of filth to another, but His expression never changed; it was though He'd seen it all before. He tied the bag back up and swung it over to me. Then he smiled, turned to me, and said, "yea, I think I can fix that."

"You see," he said, "there's a medicine in my blood more powerful than any doctor could prescribe or any sorcerer could conjure up. One drop is enough to send that sack of ugly to never never land. What's more," he continued, "it's doubles as a vaccine; it'll keep you safe from any other bits of ugly you might run into down the road." "Well sir," I replied, "I'm grateful for the generous offer, but these rotten bits belong to me, and I won't have you shedding your innocent blood over mistakes you didn't make." He sighed deeply; and while His disappointment was evident, I couldn't help but take some satisfaction in rejecting His proposal. Who did He think he was, anyway? I'd never taken a handout from anyone in my life, and I wasn't about to start now. As He turned to leave, He called out to me, "if you change your mind, then come sundown, bring that bag of yours to the old oak tree on the hill at the end of your field. I'll be waiting for you there, son."

I slaved all night over that hole and covered that bag with what seemed like half of the earth, but no depth could hold the stench of its filth. I piled the dirt higher and higher, but that sack of ugly always rose to the top. I beat the ground in despair and frustration until my weary hands were bloody and bruised, and I cried out to God in desperation, cursing him for an affliction that I knew was my own creation. All the pain that I'd caused and corners I cut stood before me, mocking my effort. Hopeless and helpless, I remembered the words of the man whose offer I denied: "I'll be waiting for you, son." I threw the bag over my shoulder and ran, stumbling along with my massive burden in tow. Pain shot through my muscles and bones; the toxic fumes lit a fire in my lungs, but I fixed my eyes on the hill and I kept running. And there He was, just as He said he would be, leaning against the old rugged tree with arms outstretched. I collapsed at His feet beneath the weight of my filth, and above my gasps for air, I heard Him calmly say, "it is finished."

I was sold into slavery, I was bound by insecurity. I was hellbent on treachery, 'til you spread your arms and you covered me.

Week of Worship


Jesus, Son of God
(Altar of Our Praise)
by Chris Tomlin

You came down, from heaven's throne
This earth You formed, was not Your home
A love like this, the world had never known
A crown of thorns, to mark Your head
Forgiveness fell upon Your face
A love like this, the world had never known

On the altar of our praise, let there be no higher name
Jesus, Son of God
You laid down Your perfect life, You are the sacrifice
Jesus, Son of God
Jesus, Son of God

You took our sin, You bore our shame
You rose to life, You defeated the grave
A love like this, the world had never known
You took our sin, You bore our shame
You rose to life, You defeated the grave
A love like this, the world had never known

Be lifted higher than all You've overcome
Your name be louder than any other song
There is no power that can come against Your love
The cross was enough. The cross was enough
The cross was enough. The cross was enough.

Week of Worship


Like an Avalanche
by Hillsong

Beautiful God, Laying Your majesty aside
You reached out in love to show me life
Lifted from darkness into light, Oh

King for a slave, Trading Your righteousness for shame
Despite all my pride and foolish ways
Caught in Your infinite embrace, Oh

And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compares to this love, love, love
Burning in my heart

Saviour and Friend, Breathing Your life into my heart
Your word is the lamp unto my path
Forever I'm humbled by Your love, Oh

Take my life, Take all that I am, With all that I am, I will love You
Take my heart, Take all that I have, Jesus, how I adore You

Week of Worship


Awaken Me
by Jesus Culture

Let our praise be a highway, Fill this place, oh King of Glory
Touch our cities and fill Your people
A new day dawning, You are shining like the sun
Arising, You awaken me, You awaken me

Eyes to see and ears to hear You calling
Our hearts respond to Your Spirit falling

You're awakening our hearts to Your kingdom
Heaven is falling as we are declaring Your Name
We'll sing aloud with all of our passion
King of Glory, come and fill this place

Let our lives be a pure reflection of You
King of Glory, Shine Your light on us, Your people
A new song rising, joined by the sound of heaven's praise
You're awakening, You awaken me

Come like You promise
Come, fall upon us

Friday, March 9, 2012

Week of Worship


Forever Reign
by Hillsong

You are good, You are good
When there's nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You're the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life
In You death has lost it's sting

Oh I'm running to Your arms
I'm running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I'm made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I'm letting go

My heart will sing
No other Name
Jesus, Jesus

Week of Worship


Never Once
by Matt Redman

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we've come
Knowing that for every step You were with us
Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You've done
Knowing every victory is your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we'll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Week of Worship


Yahweh
by Chris Tomlin

Yahweh! Your name alone be exalted
Yahweh! Our hearts are Yours forever

You have no rival to Your throne
In majesty You stand alone
There is no end to Your reign
And all Thy works shall praise Your name
As far as this from east to west
There's no other. There's no other

The Great I Am Your breath in us
Our God our King You're glorious
For all the world Your love displayed
All Thy works shall praise Your name
As far as this from east to west
There's no other. There's no other

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Week of Worship


Because He Lives
by Bill Gaither

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives

And then one day, I'll cross the river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to vict'ry
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

Week of Worship


Lay Me Down
by Chris Tomlin

I lay me down, I'm not my own. I belong to You alone
Lay me down, lay me down, Woah
Hands on my heart, this much is true: there's no life apart from You
Lay me down, lay me down, woah, lay me down, lay me down

With this heart open wide
From the depths, from the heights
I will bring a sacrifice
With these hands lifted high
Hear my song, hear my cry
I will bring a sacrifice
I will bring a sacrifice

Letting go of my pride
Giving up all my rights
Take this life and let it shine
Take this life and let it shine

It will be my joy to say, "Your will, Your way"
It will be my joy to say, "Your will, Your way"
It will be my joy to say, "Your will, Your way, always"

Week of Worship


I'm Not Ashamed
by Kristian Stanfill

The power of Your love
Running through my heart
Shame has lost its grip on me
The glory of Your cross
shining on my soul
Grace has got a hold of me

From the rooftops SING!

I'm not ashamed of the one who saved my soul
I'm not ashamed of the one who saved my soul my soul
This fire inside of me is burning for Your name
I'm not ashamed Hey! Hey! No I'm not ashamed Hey! Hey!

The flame is getting stronger
The song is getting louder
And we can't hide this love away
There's nothing to fear now
Send us in Your power
Jesus take us all the way

From the rooftops SING
From the rooftops SING
From the rooftops SING
I'm not ashamed!
I'm not ashamed!

We'll be that city on a hill burning brightly
We'll be a light to the world shining your glory
I'm not ashamed

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Week of Worship


Aftermath
by Hillsong

Skies lay low where You are
On the Earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

And in that moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

My freedom found in Your scars
And in Your grace my life redeemed
For you chose to take the sinner's crown
As You placed Your crown on me

And in that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment
You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment
You opened up the heavens
To the broken, the beggar, and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I found hope in the aftermath

And I know, You're with me
Yes, I know, You're with me here
And I know, Your love will light the way

Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You, to carry the cross
Knowing I'm found
In the light of the aftermath

Week of Worship


Holy
by Matt Redman

What heart could hold the weight of Your love
And know the heights of Your great worth
What eyes could look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun

You are Holy, Holy, Holy
God most high and God most worthy
You are Holy, Holy, Holy
Jesus, You are, Jesus, You are

Your name alone has power to raise us
Your light will shine when all else fades
Our eyes will look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun. Who is like You God

Who shall we say You are? You're the living God
Who shall we say You are? You're the Great I Am
The highest name of all, You're all You say You are

And You will come again in glory
To judge the living and the dead
All eyes will look on Your glorious face
Shining like the sun. Who is like You God

Week of Worship


Give Us Rest
by David Crowder Band

Oh great God give us rest
We're all worn thin from all of this
At the end of our hope with nothing left
Oh great God give us rest
Oh great God do Your best
Have you seen this place, it's all a mess
And I've done my part too well I 'fess
Oh great God do Your best
Could you take a song and make it thine
From a crooked heart twisted up like mine
Would you open up Heaven's glory light
Shine on in, give these dead bones life
Oh shine on in, give these dead bones life

Let it shine, let it shine
On and on, on and on, come alive
Let it shine, let it shine
On and on, on and on, come alive

You shine, oh shine
You shine, oh shine
You shine, oh shine
You shine, Ohhh shine

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Week of Worship


Our God Reigns
by Chris Tomlin

Our God reigns
Our God reigns
Forever Your kingdom reigns

Week of Worship


Take Heart
by Hillsong

There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

 
All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

Week of Worship


Oh You Bring
by Hillsong

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in the darkness
And death to life. Now I'm alive
Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now. In You I'm found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
And through it all, You calm my soul
Oh You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You, in spirit and truth

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You Lord
And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and awe of Christ in me
Jesus You're everything I need

All honour
All glory
All praise to You