I was strumming some chords with one of my students & I decided it would be good for him to write some lyrics to go with it, so he came up with some really good words, starting with “When the light of the Son comes shining down”. I asked if he meant “sun” or “Son” & he said “Let’s make it a church song”…
Thomas asked me, “Are you a Baptist?” so I said, “I’m non-denominational”
He said, “So you’re Methodist…that’s almost like a Christian, right?”
It wasn’t for the stupid stuff, the little acts of disobedience, the laziness. Those are just symptoms of the real problem.
It was for who I am…that’s what wounded Him. It was for the very essence of what I am, not just what I do, but what I am. That’s why He was wounded & bloodied & beaten to death.
Jesus, can you hear me? I’m in need of a friend.
And I hear you gave me something long ago…
On a hillside hung on a tree, He gave His life for you & me
All for me, He did it all for me
Did they hurt you? Did they laugh at you? Did they beat you, all for me?
But did you fight them? Did you curse them? or did you love them anyway?
All for me, He did it all for me
Do you feel like God’s love can’t reach you today? Are you too far gone? Well, I thought I was…
I wondered, “Is there a love that can cover all of my sin?” I looked around & there He was. Jesus wasn’t up on a throne, sitting with His arms crossed saying, “Poor little Joel”. No, He was down there with me, in the scum & the muck, lifting me up out of the pit & placing me on a solid rock.
GBV inspired by Romans 7:21-25, perhaps?
I feel just like Peter some times…I proclaim boldly how I would never deny Him, but then so quickly, in so many ways, I deny Him with my words, my thoughts, & my actions. But right now, I can almost see Jesus walking on the water, & I want to jump out of the boat & run to Him, with arms, legs, body & soul flailing…
Mark 14:27-31, 66-72, John 21:4-7
We believe the songs are yours
We receive them from you Lord
It’s your word that leads us
It’s your love that frees us
It’s your light that guides us
It’s your song
Now I don’t know what tomorrow holds
I may be high, I may be low
But I believe you promised
you’d never leave me hopeless
And I believe whatever happens
it’s your song
It’s the way you show me
It’s the way you hold me
It’s the way you love me
It’s your song
The Bible says, “and of His fullness we have all received, & grace for grace”. (John 1:16) What does “grace for grace” mean? I think it means grace on top of grace on top of grace, again & again, forever & ever. Yes, we’re all sinners & we all fall short, but praise God, we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23-24) That’s something to sing about. Do you think you’ve exhausted all of His grace? Well, He has more. As a parent, do you ever use up all your patience with your kids? Even then, you have more to give, because your love has no limit. Even when your kids drive you crazy & you don’t think you can handle any more, you always have more to give. Our Father always has more grace to give…
Lord help me to receive the fullness of your grace today, so I can be an instrument of your love & grace to a dying world.
Sun Jan 16 @ Oak Leaf Canton (lead)
Sun Jan 23 @ Oak Leaf HOR (bass)
Sun Feb 6 @ TCAW (lead)
Sat Feb 12 @ SOB (Dolldaze)
Sun Feb 20 @ Oak Leaf HOR (bass)
Sat Feb 26 @ The Loft (Iambic)
Sun Feb 27 @ WRC West (bass)
Sun Mar 6 @ Oak Leaf Canton (lead)
Sun Mar 20 @ Oak Leaf HOR (lead)
Sun Mar 27 @ TCAW (lead)
Sun Apr 10 @ WRC West (lead/bass)
Sat Apr 16 @ Private (acoustic duo)
Sun Apr 17 @ WRC West (lead/bass)
Sun May 1 @ WRC West (lead/bass)
Sat May 7 @ House Concert (Police Academy)
Sun May 8 @ Oak Leaf Canton (lead/acoustic)
Fri May 13 @ The Loft (Iambic)
Sun May 15 @ TCAW (lead/acoustic)
Sun June 12 @ Oak Leaf Canton (lead/acoustic)
Sat June 18 @ June Fest (Iambic)
Sun June 19 @ Oak Leaf HOR (lead/acoustic)
Sun July 24 @ Oak Leaf HOR (lead/acoustic)
Sun Feb 26, 2011 WRC West Paulding…morning services
Steve V & Brad C played acoustics, Jon on drums, Jason on keys, Derrick B & Jody D on guitar: The Time Has Come, Your Love Never Fails, Inside Out. When Roye & I arrived @ 7 am, Derrick said we were replacing a song with one I had never heard before, but any jitters I might’ve had disappeared when I inserted my ear buds. The mix coming from the Avioms was CD quality. I felt like a caveman experiencing some strange new enlightenment. The bass guitar & kick drum were so thick & tight, I almost cried. When we played Inside Out, the keyboard swelled, the drums & bass came in like a heart beat pounding in my chest, it sounded like Hillsong was playing. The JBL line arrays hung above the stage. 4 OAP double-18 cabs lined the floor. And if that wasn’t close enough to heaven, the volunteers were like angels swooping in to assist your every need. When Brad needed help with his acoustic guitar, they were there to patch his cables, change his battery, wisp the hair out of his eyes, every possible act of service & assistance was eagerly administered. Surely this must be what heaven is like.