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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!

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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.

Free WiFi at Starbucks

I’ve had a Starbucks card for my coffee purchases for about two years now.  Starbucks has just kicked rewards into high gear for having one!  Now with a registered Starbucks card you get free refills on coffee while you are in the store, up to 2 hours of free WiFi from AT&T, free syrup, and more! If you have a card swing by Starbucks.com to register.

This will be the beginning of a sweet new mobile office…

Hopeful

This weekend we will baptize over 60 people.  From every walk of life and from every generation.  This will be a historic weekend at Grace Capital Church.  I am still amazed at the outcome from a simple announcement one Sunday about a month ago.  Throughout this preaching series “the secret of more”, we have seen so many people truly beginning to take greater steps to deepen their faith.  Just as 2 Peter 1:5-8 encourages us to “add to our faith goodness and knowledge and self control and godliness…” we are seeing people do this.

This weekend we will celebrate.  It won’t be a “service as usual”.  We will worship together, we will laugh, rejoice, shed tears together, but above all we will celebrate.  To witness this many people from our family here in Central New Hampshire take this “next step” in their walk with the Lord will be an incredible reason to celebrate.  Look for the video online next week at http://www.gccnh.com.  The testimonies from each person will be worth it all.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to continue building us up in ever-increasing levels of maturity in You!  May we experience even more of You in our lives each day as we take the steps to grow.

Indiana Jones Tribute

In honor of an amazing trilogy being made into a fourogy (I just made that up…)

Belated Birthday Dinner

The girls and I took Kim out for dinner last night.  It was the “birthday girl” choice so Olive Garden was our destination.  What a fun night!  Makenna was extra funny and became our dinner entertainment.  Being that Olive Garden is an Italian place they had random Italian songs playing over the sound system.  Makenna decided that it was her job to lip sync the songs to us using a crayon for a microphone.  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing my youngest daughter embrace Frank Sinatra tunes!  She is quite a ham when she wants to be.  We must have really bothered the other people sitting in our section because all that we did throughout our meal was laugh.

God, thank you for my funny family.  May we always be able to laugh together!

Guess who’s 36?

Yup! It’s my beautiful wife. Pancakes for breakfast this morning and now a long drive to Maine with the girls…

Redemption

First pitch of opening day at Fenway – Bill Buckner.  Can someone say redemption?  Red Sox Nation, thanks for finally letting it go.  22 years was far too long…

All In How You Read It

 This is fascinating.  I love that something written from a negative can be flipped by God and used for positive.

Snowmobiling on my Day Off

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I spent the day on a “steel horse” yesterday with a new friend.  Gus Swenson and I met up for a day of snowmobiling in Northern New Hampshire.  It was a blast!

Foot In Mouth…

So we’re sitting down to dinner this evening and I am talking with Megan, my 8 year old daughter, about her homework assignment for the day.  She has been reading a book about the letter Z feeling left out of the alphabet and so it just up and left.  Her assignment is to pick a letter of the alphabet that wants to leave other than Z and then write a story about how the letter feels and why it chose to leave the alphabet.

150fsesame-street-alphabet-posters.jpgThis is where I really enjoy time with my daughter because when she gets assignments like these my creative juices get flowing.  I tend to be a bit of an over-achiever as well, so rather than just one letter feeling slighted by the rest of the alphabet (like the letter B leaving because it never gets to go first – stinkin’ letter A!)   I bring up examples of X & Y wanting to leave because Z gets all the attention at the end of the song or even better, L, M, N, O, P.

Do you ever notice when you sing the alphabet song that you lump all 5 letters together.? They never get recognized for their individual characteristics.  It’s as if the 5 letters are all just one big letter.  And so as I am pointing this out to my 8 year old daughter for her 3rd grade homework assignment.  I begin to go on and on about how each letter wants to be individual recognized for who they really are.  L wants to be seen for it’s true L-ness, M wants to be acknowledged for all it’s glorious M-ness.  N as well, wants everybody to sing of the amazing N-ness that it carries with it.  O can only imagine how much better life would be if everyone was aware of it’s O-ness.  And of course, what a wonderful world it would be if everyone could embrace the P-ness of P!

And that’s when it got awkward…  Kim saw it coming but, like a slow motion accident being witnessed from across the street could do nothing to stop the words from coming out of my mouth. And then I realized what I said.  And the hidden chuckles began from both myself and Kim.  Thankfully Megan had no clue.

Parents, don’t help your kids out with their homework assignments.  Chances are they will do better without you – at least I know Megan will…