Saturday, January 29, 2011

Whats playing on your ipod

 What are you listening to?

I love all sorts of music. When I was young I listened to country music. As a teen I loved rap, RUN DMC was my favorite. I went through a rock stage and now I find myself listening to everything. I believe in diversity.

Today I’m listening to John Mark McMillan and really digging it. Also Josh Garrels is adding up on my ipod. I have listened a little to The Civil Wars and House of Heroes. If you get a chance check them out.

Im always looking for new music, if you have a favorite band share

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just a thought

Psalms 25:4&5

Make me know Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.

This has been with me for a few days

This is a great prayer to pray. It takes the focus off of trying to get or beg G-d to change someone or something. And places all the focus on Him changing you!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sunday Playback

If you missed this past Sunday here are a few thoughts we covered on the topic of Prayer

Prayer is the 2nd instruction we covered, that Jesus gave His followers to live a G-d centered life. And it is essential to your life

Matthew 6:5-15

• When you pray don’t try to get mans attention, but rather your Father who is in the secret
• Private prayer time combats pride
• Prayer is not just about asking G-d for stuff – He already knows what you need before you ask v8
• Jesus said when you pray, pray this way
• What we know as the Lord’s Prayer

o It is a prayer of alignment
Aligning yourself to your Father
Submitting to His authority
Worshiping Him rather than your problems
Aligning yourself with His provision

o It’s a prayer of assignment
Asking Him what you can do today to see His Kingdom come on earth through YOU!
What assignment will He give you today, this week, this month, and this year?

o It’s a prayer of assessment
 Assessing your relationships
1st your relationship with the Father – asking for forgiveness on anything that hinders your relationship
2nd your relationship with others – letting go of the debt your holding onto

o It’s a prayer about assurance
We have the assurance that G-d will give us the wisdom to walk through this life and overcome temptation
We have the assurance that He will deliver us from trouble.

Try praying a little different. Don’t just go and ask G-d for things, rather align yourself with Him through prayer

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

21 day Fast

My family and I will be starting a 21 day fast this Sunday with our church family at StockbridgeAssembly. Nikki and I will be doing a Daniels Fast. This is basically fruits and veggies. No sugars, not meats, and NO COFFEE! (pray for me, I really enjoy coffee) We also will be adding tech-no days (Nikki came up with this she is the creative one). Every Tuesday and Thursday we will be turning off the technology in our lives. Yes this means computers, TV, and cell phones. Obviously we will have to use some form of technology, but we will limit it. Our goal in this is to make room for G-d, in our lives, by unplugging from this world.

Here are some good resources about fasting if you are interested..

Awakening – by Stovall Weems

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Blank Canvas

 What do you see when you look at a blank canvas? Or a blank sheet of paper? Can you see the brush strokes that create a master piece? Do you see the lines to a great story that will be told by people all over? Can you see the end result looking at the emptiness? Will you be committed to the time and energy it will take to see this to the end? Will you one day look back with satisfaction about the art or story you created?

One of the most important elements of creating a master piece or a bestselling novel is inspiration. (I would imagine) Are you inspired? Some are inspired by pain, others by success and others by people.

2011 is here and is a blank canvas waiting on an inspired artist to paint a master piece. Or maybe for you it’s a blank sheet of paper waiting on a creative writer to tell a story. What will your 2011 look like?
As we think about this maybe we should seek inspiration from G-d the one that can see the end from the beginning. What would be His direction for us this year? He has a plan for you this year. He wants you to paint a picture with your life that will bring Him glory. He wants you to be a story of faith.

blank canvas (your life) + G-d = master piece