changes

25 04 2009

season changes

my life changes

memory changes

my love changes

system changes

my world changes

Jesus, Jesus… never changes

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stand up!

25 02 2009

check out this amazing video that jay posted.  whoa.  i feel this!





are you singing?

5 12 2008

my client kari jobe just kicked off a really dope thing today…

she has a new single out called “i’m singing”, and we’ve been getting some great feedback from people on the song.¬† along with that, we’ve been hearing a lot of people’s individual stories… stories of pain, joy, trials and triumph, and everything in between.

so kari decided to ask people to share their story… those things that we sometimes think divide and make us so different from everyone else… bring those stories together and discover the common bond that we all share in the midst of interchangeable circumstances… that although we will experience the spectrum of life on different levels, we are not alone and regardless of what life brings, we still must choose to sing and praise God, who is the author of all life.

the stories will be compiled in a special “i’m singing” video and shared around the world.

check out her video blog explaining the idea, then go to her youtube page, share your story and connect!

i absolutely love it when i get to see ideas connect and bring people together!





catching up and being the middle…

11 11 2008

i know it’s been quite a little bit since i’ve actaully blogged something other than crazy youtube videos.¬† trust me when i tell you that it has not been for the lack of things to blog about.¬† my life is crazy and there is rarely ever a dull moment.¬† those of you who are close to me pretty much already know all this stuff, but for the sake of those on the fringes, let me give you the skinny on the goings on of the last few months on my life…

  • i resigned from my job with israel & new breed over 3 months ago.¬† i love israel and my season there was incredible, but sometimes you just know that it’s time to move to what’s next, even if you aren’t exactly sure what that may be.¬† i am thankful for the wisdom to know and the courage to step out when i had no idea what was next
  • after being in houston for 9 months, i knew it was not the place i wanted to plant my life.¬† so i left.
  • i left nashville close to 4 years ago to move to dallas and work with kirk, but moved back to nashville 12 days ago, and couldn’t be happier
  • i have started my own company… more on that soon.¬† ūüôā
  • there is more new music flying around than i know what to do with, but i am doing my best to keep up
  • my life has changed drastically in the last 4 years… 3 years… 2 years… year… 6 months… 2 months… if you blink, you might miss what’s going on right now
  • i am so overwhelmed at how God is faithful to deepen my life by the people that he brings into my life.¬† there are relationships i have today that are very purposeful and strategic from an eternal perspective that i didn’t necessarily have even a year ago
  • i have come to realize that as people of purpose, we will spend much more of our life in “the middle”… and “becoming” than we will actually “being”.¬† and that the journey defines us more than the destination
  • i love people.¬† file everything else under that…
  • i am blessed beyond anything i could have ever imagined… i am getting my life back, and running in the path that God has for me… there have been some really crazy and even rough times over the past 4 years… 3 years… 2 years… 6 months… 2 months… but i wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.¬† i am becoming… i’m in the middle, and i find comfort in knowing i am surrounded by so many who are working the middle in their life, too
  • word to your mother




are you being seduced by an impostor?

15 10 2008

just saw this video and … wow.¬† watch it all the way to the end. (props to jay for posting)

it is an amazing depiction of our lives as believers.¬† finding new life in christ, learning to walk and live like him, discovering what it means for him to provide for us… only to become distracted by something that looks more appealing and courted by what appears more attractive.¬† before we know it, we have allowed a host of impostors to seduce our affections away and to stand between us and the great lover of our souls.

unfortunately, this is where a lot of people stay… separated, isolated, destitute, afraid… alone.¬† not realizing that christ is fighting for us, to reach us and that the punishment he took on himself was in our place.

this makes me take an honest look at my own life and the “lesser lovers” that I have allowed to illegally access my affections and steal my gaze from christ as the head and source of my life.

what is separating you from the unconditional love of the father?  what impostor has broken into your heart and is now the recipient of your focus and affection?

christ wants to be everything… what is he competing against in your life?

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us‚ÄĒwho was raised to life for us!‚ÄĒis in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing‚ÄĒnothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable‚ÄĒabsolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. (Romans 8:29-39 The Message)





simply put

24 07 2008

sometimes i think that we can tend to complicate life, love and faith so much that we lose the simple essence of what’s really important.

i love the song “simply put” from fred hammond‘s latest album “free to worship”.¬† i wanted to share the lyrics here and encourage you to dig through all the crap that has piled up in your life over the years that has kept you from really knowing and running in the truth of God’s love for you.¬† fall in love again with the simple fact that the Lord of all creation considers you his own and not only does he love you, but he likes you… i mean, he is really into you!

i don’t really need to tell someone their future
i don’t really have to see the things that can’t be seen
i don’t need another hyped up church encounter
or another clever new years theme
i’m not looking for another goose bump sermon
or a word that leaves me passed out on the floor
my basic needs are really very simple
to know you love me, you like me
and i am Yours

my learning could go on throughout the ages
but i just need the plain and simple of what’s real
i could memorize and quote a million pages
but i’d rather just express the way i feel
i’ve tried so hard to know the deepest revelation
so i could stand and tell the nations what it means
but i found the greatest gift wrapped in your salvation
it’s really much more simple than it seems

so i relinquish all my witty observations
leave my so called sacred knowledge at the door
when you died you answered every single question
you said you love me, you like me
and I am yours

my learning could go on throughout the ages
but i just need the plain and simple of what’s real
i could memorize and quote a million pages
but i’d rather just express the way i feel
all those complicated things have no appeal
so i’d rather keep it simple, keep it real
yes i’m done with all the things that make it
difficult to know

you love me, you like me
and I am yours





God is not a white man

23 07 2008

i love controversial songs, messages, titles, ideas, themes, etc that challenge people’s often stalemated theology and challenge them to examine what they really believe and why.¬† i love to see people’s perceptions rocked to the point where they have to dig deeper past the surface.

a lot of people know michael gungor as the co-writer (along with israel houghton) of huge songs like “friend of god” and “say so”, but gungor also has a killer band of his own (the michael gungor band of course) and they have a new album that is very good, to say the very least.¬† the new album was released independently last year as “all i need is here”, but will be re-released through brash music this september 9 as “ancient skies” and will have a few new songs, including the one this blog is about, “white man”.

i love the simplicity of what this song says, and can’t wait for people to hear it.¬† some will love it while others will freak out publicly but be forced to privately wonder why the concept of “God is love” with no boundaries really freaks them out. the lyrics challenge a lot ideals and boxes that people, including lots of “christians”, have ascribed to and put God in for many, many years… and i love it!¬† guess what?¬† He gets out of all your boxes!

God is not a man / God is not a white man / God is not a man sitting on a cloud
God can not be bought / God will not be boxed in / God will not be owned by religion

but God is love, God is love / and He loves everyone
God is love, God is love/ and He loves everyone

God is not a man / God is not an old man / God does not belong to republicans
God is not a flag / not even american / and God does not depend on a government

but God is good, God is good / and He loves everyone
God is good, God is good / and He loves everyone

atheists and charlatans / and communists and lesbians
even old pat robertson / God He loves us all
catholic or protestant / terrorist or president
everybody, everybody
Love, love, love, love, love

romans 8:38-29 (the message) says:

i’m absolutely convinced that nothing‚ÄĒnothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable‚ÄĒabsolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our master has embraced us.

the love of God is so limitless and far reaching beyond our human comprehension, yet we often think that we are entitled to God’s love because we live a certain way, in a certain place or don’t do things that “they” do. it’s very interesting, actually.

what parts of these lyrics challenge what you have come to believe about the love of God?¬† a lot of people find it easy to think about God “being” love as long as it fits in the confines of their experience or surroundings.¬† for example, when i was growing up i believed that God loved people who went to my church or other churches that believed like we did.¬† if you were outside of that group, you were questionable at best and a straight up heathen at worst.¬† when you say “God is love”, what does that mean to you?¬† how have your perceptions of God’s love been shaped and have those perceptions changed over the years?

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