Archive for February 9th, 2009

Our God is the God Who Sings

I was driving in to the gym this morning and the Chris Tomlin song, Let God Arise, was jamming on the radio.  Here’s the words:

Hear the holy roar of God resound
Watch the waters part before us now
Come and see what He has done for us
Tell the world of His great love

Our God is a God who saves
Our God is a God who saves

Let God arise
Let God arise
Our God reigns now and forever
He reigns now and forever

His enemies will run for sure
The church will stand, she will endure
He holds the keys of life, our Lord
Death has no sting, no final word

In my excitement as I was singing along to this song I messed up the words.  The bridge says, “Our God is a God who saves” but I flubbed it up and sang, very loudly I might add, “Our God is a God who sings”.  I found myself actually feeling silly for messing up the words and at that exact moment it was as if God corrected my thinking and reminded me that yes, indeed, He does sing.  He sings over us!

Zephaniah 3:17 says,     aguaverdesunrise002

 

Your GOD is present among you,
a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
and delight you with his songs.

 

I love how that verse stabilizes me in the midst of life.  God is with me and He not only calms me but He sings over me to bring me delight!

Go ahead.  mess up the words as you sing this song next time.  And understand that He sings does sing.  He sings to bring you joy and peace.  You are loved by Him and  nothing, not even a messed up lyric, will take that away.

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Still Porn Free

 

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I added a new application to my iPod Touch today.  For quite some time there has been no filtering or accountability software for the iPhone or iPod Touch.  That has changed.  Safe Eyes has addressed this problem and created a mobile platform for their filtering software.  I love it!  I want to be above reproach in every area of my life and this helps keep things that way.

I should be very clear here in this post.  I don’t have a problem with porn.  I never really have.  Part of that is due to the fact that I welcome accountability.  Each of the computers that I have access to has a filter on it that sends accountability reports to a person of my choosing.  I believe in accountability.  It works.  As a staff at GCC we believe in this as well.  Each of the male staff at GCC have the accountability software from XXX Church on it.  We each have an accountability partner and we each submit to this process willingly knowing that this is so vital to the health of each of us as well as for the health of our church.

What are you doing to avoid temptation and keep yourself above reproach?  I would encourage you to check out these resources and put them to use.  You owe it to the people you love, the people you lead, and the people you serve.

Monday Morning Quarterback

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Here’s how the goals are going:

  • Time with family: This week was a bit disjointed with a few things that took the place of home life.  Important things none the less.  Thursday evening I attended the funeral of a good friend and pastor up in Vermont.  This was a beautiful service and his life was truly honored by the amazing turnout that they had.  I did spend some time with the kids on hikes this week.  Saturday I blazed a trail with my snowshoes to make the hiking easier for the girls and their little legs and Sunday we walked for an hour and a half out in the woods.  They did a great job and we got to sight a few deer and were the few that were able to see what our beaver pond looks like in the winter.
  • Exercising: 3 times last week.  I began changing up my workout a bit by including a long day on Mondays.  Between the 8 miles that I did that day and the other 2 days I cleared 18 miles last week. 
  • Weight: last week – 205  this week – 203.  Another 2 pounds!  Slow and steady wins the race.  It helps that Kim has been real supportive of my efforts and is making some great meals for the family that keep my goals in mind.
  • Monthly Date Night with Kim:  I already have February’s date on the calendar and have secured a babysitter.  We’re gonna have a great time – it’s one of Kim’s favorite places.
  • Increase Time Spent Mentoring Next-Gen Leaders:  Had my first mentoring phone call with Luke this past week.  We started by connecting and getting to know each other a bit more.  Each week we will address an area that he has identified that he needs help on.  Along with this we are working through the book Ministry Mutiny by Greg Stier.  This is a great book as it addresses philosophy of ministry more than a step by step how-to.
  • Read Two Books Per Week:  I read Greg Stier’s book Dare to Share which is written more for teens who want to be equipped better to share their faith.  As I am gearing up to begin STAND, our discipleship class, with the youth at Impact I thought it would be a good resource to draw from.  Along with that book I have been chipping away at Axiom by Bill Hybels.  Great book full of bits of wisdom.  In addition to these 2 books I also got away for a bit on Saturday evening and watched Gran Torino with a good friend, Mike Mavity.  I won’t give too many movie endorsements but this is one that is a must see.  Honestly, this is the best movie I have seen in years and far exceeds anything Clint Eastwood has put out ever.  Go see it.
  • Stop Checking Email on Days Off and Holidays/Vacations:  Living large.  If you want to reach me in the evenings or on the weekend you better be calling me.  I won’t be checking or responding to email.  My family time is too important to lose my focus when I am with them.  You should do the same.  Your family will thank you for it…

That’s all for this weekly update.  More next week!