Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Church and such

There's one question that's been on my mind for quite some time. How does one instill a true sense of worship into a congregation that has lost it's sense of worship. A friend of mine's dad was kind enough to weigh on this thought on my facebook page just this evening. In order to instill worship, we have to model true worship ourselves, especially as church leaders. Pray for your congregation, and step out of the way and allow the Holy Spirit to work around you, let it use you, and let it be the true reason you are worshiping. In the next couple (many) weeks, I will be conducting a little survey with my church, to see what they feel is missing from their worship service, and what they feel they should be leaving a service with. What should they be gaining, and what should they be giving at such a service.

If you'd like to weigh in, feel free to leave a comment below!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

This reminds me of something

Holy Cow! 2 posts in a day!!! WHAT A RECORD!!!

Anyways, moving on, it's storming here in Maryland, and its reminded me of a story that a friend of mine told me not too long ago. He was talking of an older gentleman at his church, who loved to make people think he was senile, and make them laugh. One Sunday, after a very rainy week, this gentleman decided to have a little fun with the congregation at his church. He grabbed a lawn chair, and fishing pole, and headed to the side of the street where water ran by in a lovely stream. Lo and behold, the man started fishing in that stream on the side of the road, as people were walking into church! What a novel idea!!! (Kinda of reminds me of my friend Jono, who went surfing on an ironing board in a highway median, just for kicks) When I get older, I want to be like this gentleman, because I want to have a lot of fun when I'm done with work and school, and everything else that bogs us down in this lifetime. I want to bring joy and make people crack a smile as they walk by.

I feel like I want to add something that will bring closure, but I think I will end this mid thou


So, I thought "maybe I'll try this blogging thing again" as I was talking to my uber-blogging friend Emily Perper, aka Fabio. The problem is, I'm not quite sure to write about, so, I'm sure the 6 of you who actually "follow" this could come up with something, if not, I guess I could come up with something soon, but probably not until after finals, or maybe during finals.... you know what, I'm going to leave it up to God, if He put something on my heart, I will be sure to post it. Sound good? I certainly thought so... Perhaps I'm getting better at this as I go? Not quite sure... I just realized that this post will sound a lot like David Crowder's ramblings and trains of thought, maybe this will make my blog more interesting. Maybe one day, I'll just get online, and start writing what I'm thinking about, and then it will just grow into some enormous blog post, much like this one! HA! Would you look at that? I guess I can be interesting....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is Home still Home?

"Home is where the heart is." Though completely overused for decorative plates, wall hangings, and welcome mats, this saying actually has some meaning behind it. As I sit in my basement at my parent's house in Maryland, on a well deserved break after a semester that almost killed me, I can't help but feel a yearning to go back to school. It's not the classes that are pulling me back (although, the organ is... and I'm really excited for Instrumental Conducting... but I digress) it's the relationships that I have made in the last 3 semesters. At school, I have found those who I can call brothers, and in some cases, the brothers I never had; I have some of the best friends that I will ever have, and I have forged relationship and made decisions for myself for the first time. What constitutes as home? I would have to say it's where you heart truly is, and recently, I must say, my home is in Houghton. How will my parents react to me saying that? They'll be disappointed I'm sure, but this is all a part of growing up, moving forward, and making a life of my own.

If I really wanted to take this too far, I could say my heart is in Heaven with my Papa (aka God), but I feel like that should be a given for all Christians. I might actually expand on this later, but not now.

Home is where you heart is, so where is your heart?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh dear...

Hello to all,
It has been in fact about 4 months since writing, but that is that life of a college student. (especially one who lives in the music building!) Life has been a giant rollercoaster, but for now, I myself am doing pretty well. There has been a lot of Houghton drama here, but that's typical, and right now, we're all working towards Thanksgiving break. This final push is usually the hardest, and trust me, we are all ready! I promise this time to write something with a little more depth in the next week or so, at least when I get home. Thanks to all who actually read this...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hello to all who read this...

Hey everyone, just wanting to let you all know that unlike popular opinion, I am in fact NOT dead. I just wanted to put down some of my most recent thoughts, which would include lollipops, catfish, and clovers. Anyways, on to the real reason I am writing, is that I wanted to let you guys know to keep checking back, because I will soon have a real update that will be fantastic.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Creation 2010

Dang... that was fast... Creation is always the highlight of my summer each year. This year's big idea that really came through for me was "Is it holy?"As in, don't ask yourself if what you are about do is okay for a chrisitan to do, but is it a holy thing?? As christians, we strive to be like Christ (duh.) but in that, we have turned away from trying to be holy like Christ, to "will he be pissed if I..." This really hit home for me, because I really do need an attitude change in my walk with God, and I really want to come closer to him, so yeah... What else happened this week...

OH YEAH!!! Relevant Worship is amazing! 'nuff said. They did a private concert for us in our CAMPSITE. How often can you say that happened? It was the highlight of the weekend for us and them, and we had an amazing time worshiping with them.

The bands were great, but God was greater this week, and that's what really matters