“No wizard that there is or was is ever gonna bring me down…”

OMG!  Wicked was absolutely amazing!  I will admit that when Kim told me that she wanted to go see it, I was more than a bit unexcited, but I was blown away last night.  It is good right from the start.  It is hilarious.  They do a great job of inserting sarcasm at every chance they get.  The costumes and the dance choreography are outstanding.  It is such a cool story also.  It is the story of how the witches of Oz, wicked East or West andgood, all got to be that way.  It was really a great story.  Also can I just say that the Fox Theater is such an awesome venue to see anything.  You just feel so metropolitan when you are in there.  I felt so grown up last night.  I mean who wouldn’t feel that way going to see a Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway musical all dressed up and everything.  It was really cool.  And then there is the soundtrack.  It is, in one word…scrumtralescent!  I will definitely be purchasing a copy of it very soon.  Seriously, every song that they sang as a part of the show was good, and you want to talk about a girl having a set of pipes.  Yeah, well this show had two of them.  I know, ridiculous.  I was in heaven with the music.  I highly recommend that, if you get the chance, you go see Wicked.  It might even possibly change your life.  Oh and I need to give props to Kim for getting us amazing seats.  We were like three quarters of the way back dead center stage right in the middle of the row.  Yeah I know…amazing.  I love you Kim.  So I guess you could say that the musical way OK as far as fabulously and amazingly great musicals go.  I really enjoyed it.  Every bit of it was awesome, and it was nice to have a night on the town with my gorgeous wife! 

Also I would like to wish my younger brother a very happy 23rd birthday today!  I hope that you have a great one bro.

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 11:20 am  Comments (1)  

I never knew death could be so sweet; I never knew surrender could feel so free.

I would like to talk to you couple of people who read my blog today about soething that was brought up at the Catalyst Conference last week.  First a question; Has God made a promise to you? (Say yes.)  God has made a promise to each and every one of us.  I don’t know what His promise is to you, but He has made you a promise.  Last week during his talk, Steven Furtick made the statement, “We have to keep sight of the vision God has given us, even when there is nothing to see.”  That statement blew my mind.  So often we, as Christians, feel like God is not doing anything, but the contrary is quite true.  God is constantly at work in us.  He is always preparing us for what He is preparing for us.  God is always at work, no matter how you may feel.  Christianity is not about a feeling, it is, however, about our relationship to God.  We must learn to keep sight of the vision when there is nothing to see.  We must have faith that God is doing what He said He will do.  I promise you that He is faithful to do what He said He will do.  He is not a man that He should lie to us.  We must be faithful in the process between the promise God makes and the payoff to that promise.  I would love to challenge you to not lose hope or throw in the towel on the promise God made to you.  Remember that God’s timing may not be the same as our own, but He is faithful to follow through.

I am also super stoked about going to see Wicked tonight at the Fox Theatre with my stunningly beautiful wife.  I have heard great things about the play, and I am really looking forward to it.  We have great seats, and ti sounds like a cool story from what I have read about it online.  I have also headr that the soundtrack is amazing. (Thanks Andrew and Kellen!)  I will give a full report tomorrow on how it went and what the play was like.  I hope that everyone has a great day.

P.S. – The lyric today is from a song by Fee.  It is called “Beautiful the Blood,” and it is from their album, We Shine.  Go pick it up.

Published in: on October 16, 2008 at 10:42 am  Comments (1)  
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Lift high your chains undone, all rise exalt the Son

I have a lot to talk about today.  So last Thursday and Friday was awesome.  The Catalyst Conference far exceeded my expectations.  It was really cool, and I was challenged very much spiritually.  God was there, and He met with me in a personal way.  There were a bunch of great speakers.  Dave Ramsey, Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Matt Chandler, and Steven Furtick just to name a few.  The worship was great.  It was led by Fee, Todd Fields, Candi Pearson-Shelton, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Eddie Kirkland, and a couple others.  All of it was top notch quality, and I would recommend it to any leader in the church.  There were so many things that happened during the two days that it is hard to organize my thoughts.  I will be able to relate more later when I can think better.  One thing that will help is that I bought the cds and dvds of the conference speakers, and I can view those to refresh my memory and write a more indepth report of what happened.  But suffice it to say that it was an amazing conference.

I am really excited about this week.  Kim and I are going to see Wicked this Thursday night, and it is going to be so much fun.  It will be nice to go on a date with my wife.  We have not done that in a little while.  I am also glad that next Monday is my Fall break from school, so I get some time to rest for a little bit.  Another thing that I am excited about is that I was looking online yesterday at the new Guitar Hero World Tour.  It is going to be stinkin awesome.  i am trying to talk my beautiful, wonderful, and stunningly hot wife into preordering it for me as a birthday/Christmas gift.  I think that I am starting to make some headway.  Other than that it is just church stuff and a little school work this week.  I will keep in touch this week, so look for more posts to come later.

Published in: on October 14, 2008 at 10:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Lord is gracious and slow to anger. He is rich in love. He is good to all.

Psalm 145.  Read the Psalm and then listen to the Shane and Shane song.  You will be blessed.  So I am here at school this evening, and I am so ready to go home.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love seminary, but today is just one of those days that I do not really feel like sitting in class.  It has been a long day, and trying to wade through the subject of logic in Philosophy of Religion is not really happening right now.  So I am really excited about this week.  Tomorrow I get a free lunch at the ESPN Zone over in Buckhead as well as a preview of the Dare2Share conference next March.  Then this Thursday and Friday I have the Catalyst Conference.  I have never been, but I have heard from several people that it is really good.  I think that it will be cool to have some time to spend as a worshiper and not the worship leader.  I always enjoy spending some time without responsibility in worship.  It will be a time to refuel and relax for a couple of days.  I will have to let you guys know how it goes tomorrow and later this week.  Also Kim started a cake class tonight.  I know the she is going to enjoy it, and I will too because she has to make cakes for the class and that means that i get cake!  (Joy and Excitement!)  Anywho…I am looking forward to this week, and I will give a full report later.  Have a great day!

Published in: on October 6, 2008 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Who is like you Mighty God, who can take me from Your hand…

That is a great song lyric.  It is from the new Chris Tomlin album in the song My Deliverer.  It is a great song about how God delivers us in our time of need.  I do not really have much to say.  I just wanted to check in with everyone.  I had a great day working from home yesterday.  I was pretty productive, and i got some things done for the upcoming middle school retreat.  I also had a great time with AG.  I love her so very much.  She is just so darn cute.  I hope that everyone is doing well, and I hope that you are able to get out and enjoy this weather outside.  Again sorry there isn’t much substance today, but I am tired.

Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Let the vision of you be the death of me…

Ok, so I understand that two blog posts in one day in unprecedented, but I needed to get something off of my chest.  It is not a bad thing, but I want to share my thoughts with you three people who regularly read my blog.  I was thinking this afternoon about how Christ died for the church, and that we owe our lives and devotion to Him.  This line of thought led me to think of how, in the general sense, Christians have lost sight of that fact.  Churches have become social clubs, and spiritual depth has been cast to the side.  I think that we need to ask ourselves if we truly believe that we serve and worship the omnipotent and omniscient God of the entire universe.  I have to ask the question, do people truly understand what it means to fully give their lives in service to the Lord?  Do we really understand the ramifications of saying that we want to live lives that proclaim Christ and His message to the world?  You cannot make a statement like that and not change your direction completely.  Because if you make that statement, then one must assume that you were not headed in the direction of living a live that makes Christ famous.  You must also understand the consequences of making a decision like that.  If you thought life was hard before you made that decision, then you have it coming to you after that statement is made.  Nothing makes Satan more angry than a lukewarm Christian deciding to be an on fire Christian, and he will do everything in his power to deter you from living for Christ.  It can be observed very easily.  A person who is not living for Christ will find that there are not hardly any spiritual attacks coming his or her way, but, on the other hand, a person striving his or her best will be the victim of attack after attack from Satan and his minions.  I guess what I am trying to say through all of this rambling is that the church needs to do a true gut check.  Are we willing to live the life that Christ has called us to, or are we religating Christian life to pot luck socials and lifeless worship services on Sunday mornings?  I must say as Joshua said, “If it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 6:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

I beg for You to move, I beg for You to break through.

I love that song.  It is by Shane and Shane, and it is on their Pages album.  I highly recommend it.  I feel bad because I don’t really have that much to say today.  I guess the most exciting thing that has happened this week is that I got bit by something on my ankle, and my foot is swollen really bad.  It is starting to look a lot better now though.  Also, Kim and I both got new shoes last night.  They are nice.  I know that we spent too much money, but I was tired of buying several pairs of cheapo shoes every year, and we decided to just bite the bullett and pay for some shoes that were going to last us for more than 3 months a peice.  However, in our defense, the shoes were on sale at Kohl’s, so it was not so bad.  I am also excited about the fact that I am going to the Catalyst Conference next week.  I will have to tell you guys how it goes.  I have a pretty busy week next week.  I have school on Monday, a lunch meeting at ESPN Zone on Tuesday for Dare2Share, and Catalyst is Thursday and Friday.  It will be a fun week though. 

Oh yeah, by the way, Shane and Shane have a new album coming out on the 14th of this month.  It is going to be a Christmas album.  I am very excited about that.  You know it will be good. 

I hope that everyone has a great day, and enjoy the amazing weather outside. (Here in Georiga, that is.)

Published in: on October 1, 2008 at 12:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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