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Song of the Week – Came to my Rescue

Sometimes the simplest songs can be very profound and meaningful. Sometimes we sing songs at church without even pondering what it is we’re singing. Take the time to ponder this one.

Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek your face
Lord all I am is yours

My whole life
I place in your hands
God of Mercy
Humbled I bow down
In your presence at your throne

I called you answered
And you came to my rescue and I
I wanna be where you are

In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high

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Too busy to blog

I haven’t been able to write much lately, unfortunately this is a time at work where I am travelling a lot and am generally very busy. I look forward to getting back to a normal life flow, but for now this is how it’s going to be. My writing will be very sporadic and probably will include more links and things to other sites for the next few weeks.

The Headley Home

To start it off I wanted to link to the blog of some friends of mine. They recently became foster parents and keep a sometimes funny, always thought provoking blog about their experiences. Check it out here.

Page CXVI

Page CXVI is a band that has played a number of times at our church, and I always enjoy their music.  The have recently released their second “Hymns” project, and for a very limite time, their first Hymns project is available to download for free off their site.  It’s a great deal, for some great music.  While you’re there pick up the second project for a very reasonable price too! 

Kid Quote

I just have a quick kid quote because I find the way they look at things sometimes to be funny.  Michael was sick a few weeks ago and in the beginning he had a headache, but the second day he was experiencing flu like symptoms.  On that second day Julie asked him how he was feeling and he said, “My headache is in my stomach now.”

This Is How We Know – Song of the Week

This is how we know
This is how we know what love is
Just one look at Your cross
And this is where we see
This is where we see how love works
For You surrendered Your all

And this is how we know
That You have loved us first
This is where we chose
To love you in return

Chorus
For You so loved the world
That You gave Your only son
Love amazing, so divine
We will love You in return
For this life that You give
For this death that You have died
Love amazing, so divine
We will love You in reply, Lord

This is how we know
This is how we know what love is
Just one look at Your cross
And this is where we see
This is where we see how love works
For You surrendered Your all

And this is how we know
That You have loved us first
This is where we chose
To love You in return

Chorus

Our love will be loud
Our love will be strong
Our love shall be hands and feet
That serve You in this world
So let us stay true
And let it endure
That You will be glorified
And worshiped and adored

Chorus

Savior of the world
King Jesus we love You
For we have been loved
King Jesus we love You
For we have been loved
King Jesus we love You
For we have been loved
King Jesus we love You
For we have been loved
We have been loved

A Father’s Letter

This is an amazing letter one man wrote to his son. It’s just beautiful, and the older my kids get the more relevant this becomes:

” I am now 43, and as I sit here writing this letter to you I cannot help but wonder where the past 17 years of my life have gone. I found a box of pictures yesterday that took me back. You were so little; I was so young. Today you stand eye to eye with your dad, and I can no longer carry you in my own strength.

Your strawberry hair has turned rust and your face is in need of a shave. Your voice is a deep baritone and your hands are as big as my own. But as I look into your eyes I still connect with the silent conversations we had at those 2AM feedings—when all our dreams were so young, fresh and new.”

That is a small excerpt.  Follow the link and read the whole thing at the blog “Wrestling with an Angel.”

Every New Day – Song of the Week

Five Iron Frenzy – one of my favorite bands ever.  This song is simply great. The version that is on “Proof that the Youth are Revolting” CD is the best version as well, unfortunately this isn’t it, but it’s a nice clean recording at least.

When I was young, the smallest trick of light,
Could catch my eye,
Then life was new and every new day,
I thought that I could fly.
I believed in what I hoped for,
And I hoped in things unseen,
I had wings and dreams could soar,
I just don’t feel like flying anymore.
When the stars threw down their spears,
Watered Heaven with their tears,
Before words were spoken,
Before eternity.

Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.

When I was small, the furthest I could reach,
Was not so high,
Then I thought the world was so much smaller,
Feeling I could fly.
Through distant deeps and skies,
Behind infinity,
Below the face of Heaven,
He stoops to create me.

Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.

Man versus himself.
Man versus machine.
Man versus the world.
Mankind versus me.
The struggles go on,
The wisdom I lack,
The burdens keep piling
Up on my back.
So hard to breathe,
To take the next step.
The mountain is high,
I wait in the depths.
Yearning for grace,
And hoping for peace.
Dear God…
Increase.
Healing hands of God have mercy on our unclean souls once again.
Jesus Christ, light of the world burning bright within our hearts forever.
Freedom means love without condition,
Without a beginning or an end.
Here’s my heart, let it be forever Your’s,
Only You can make every new day seem so new.

Glory to God

It’s so easy sometimes to just float through life.  We’ve got so much work, kids, church, hobbies, relationships, sports, kids activities, etc.  Our lives are filled with so many things that we can easily forget what our purpose is.  When I talk of purpose, I’m not talking about each person’s “individual” purpose in life.  I don’t know what that is (only Rick Warren does apparently…).  I’m talking about the purpose God created us for.  The shorter catechism states that purpose as, “Man’s primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  Now, volumes and volumes can (and have) been written about those 11 simple words.  I’m not really going to expand much on that today.  But what I do hope to do is tell you a story that may bring you back a little bit to our purpose.  I heard this story from a friend of mine tonight in our small group, and it served as a jarring reminder of God’s purpose for us.

My friend (we’ll call him “Clay”) is a pool guy.  While that may not sound like a noble profession to some, I will tell you that there is probably not a person I know who is more passionate about doing his job to God’s glory than Clay, the pool guy.  (There’s probably not a more humble guy I know either, which is just making me enjoy writing this way about him all the more!  He’s embarrassed right now reading this even though he’s totally anonymous at this point.)  Clay has a regular account down in Ahwatukee that he has been servicing for about the last year.  During that time he has frequently spoken with the next door neighbor.  Generally, these interactions consist of Mr. Next Door Guy asking him little questions about his own pool.  This doesn’t bother Clay, because he’s a talkative guy so he enjoys the conversation.  So, this simple relationship has continued for the past year or so, Clay working on the pool, while also sharing small talk through the fence with Mr. Next Door Guy. 

This morning, Clay showed up at this particular home, just as normal.  As he was working Mr. NDG said hi through the fence and asked if he would be willing to come over and check out a leak when he was finished.  Clay said of course.  So, he went over to check on the problem, and as I said before he’s talkative, so he asked how Mr. NDG was doing.  Mr. NDG proceeded to tell him that his wife had recently served him with divorce papers and he was pretty torn up about it.  In fact, he was actually contemplating taking his life because he didn’t know what else to do.  They talked some more and he revealed some things that gave some explanation of how he and his wife had gotten to this point, including descriptions of his own sinful behavior that had contributed greatly to the split.   Feeling God’s prompting, Clay confronted him that his marriage was falling apart because Jesus was not the center of their relationship, and as well Jesus was not the center of Mr. NDG’s life.  In order  to start to reconcile this relationship, he was first going to have to be reconciled with God.  Through the next few minutes he was able to share the gospel, and to help him understand his need for a savior.  Ultimately, they prayed together and to God’s glory, this man was saved today. 

As we were talking about this amazing story tonight, Clay made some profound observations about God’s will and purpose through what happens in our lives.  He pointed out that God took a simple thing (Clay getting this particular customer’s business) and used that route to put Clay in a position today to preach the gospel to this guy.  God had this planned out the whole time!  It was not “just another business transaction” the day that Clay got this sale.  God actually had a much higher purpose for it right from the beginning. 

How many times do we pass by opportunities like this because we’re just going about our business?  Now, I’m not challenging God’s sovereignty here, he purposed this moment to happen and all that.  I get it.  What I’m suggesting is that God still moves in powerful ways in people’s lives today, but we’re too busy to notice.  We’re too busy worrying about ourselves to slow down and seek out these opportunities to preach the gospel to hurting people.  There’s something terribly sad and disappointing about that. 

I hope this amazing “God Story” has encouraged and uplifted you like it has for me.  God didn’t save us and then leave us here to run around acting like all this crap we’re doing is important.  We need to see the big picture.  God saves sinners.  One of the ways he does that is through you and I sharing the gospel with lost people.  He doesn’t NEED us, but he USES us just the same to accomplish it.  Our prayer today should be that we can open up our eyes to what God’s doing around us.  Why does he have us in whatever situation we’re in?  It’s not random, I can tell you that. 

Have a great weekend.

After Easter Fun

Now that easter is over the Easter Bunny can go back to what he does the rest of the year.


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