Into Glory…

Today as I write this listening to Kim Walker’s rendition of “How He Loves” I am reminded of my purpose… our purpose here on this blue and green rock we call home. I lost a good friend today, an amazing Father, an affectionate and passionate Husband, and a truly shinning example of Christ alive in someones life. You see Bruce Sanzari wasn’t just your ordinary show up on Sunday sit in a chair and see if church rubbed off of you kind of guy. He was truly on fire… I mean his smile lit up a room about as much as Hawaiian shirts did. His life inspired others. His hugs were a warm reminder from God that we are all loved. His compassion was immeasurable. And his kindness was something to behold. He understood who he was, and who God had called him to be…an amazing reflection of Christ. God I am somewhat jealous that he is with You now and not hangin out here with family and friends, but at the same time comforted in knowing that he is rejoicing in heaven just in awe of You…and excited that someday soon we will meet up again.    God thank you for bringing Bruce and his beautiful family into my life as well as my family.

see you in the front row soon buddy….singing loud and proud!!


Gods Wisdom….

So a couple of weeks ago we spoke on “Gods Wisdom”. Not only was it an incredible service, it was some what challenging to swallow some of the stuff that pastor was talking about. How many times do we question why God would allow for certain things to happen? I’ll be honest there are many times I’m thinking or asking the question “why God,why?” We may never know, or even fully understand all the things of God, but what we do know is that He is rich in wisdom, beyond all comprehension. Romans 11: 33-36 says this

33Oh, the depth of the riches and(A) wisdom and knowledge of God!(B) How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34“For(C) who has known the mind of the Lord,
or(D) who has been his counselor?”
35“Or(E) who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36For(F) from him and through him and to him are all things.(G) To him be glory forever. Amen.

Paul was running up and down shouting “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!!” we should follow his example..

After soaking in this passage I was left with the challenge of finding a song that would really drive this thought home. Many hours and days later I decided to stop my search and put pen to paper, and let the Holy Spirit inspire me. After 3 rough drafts, some borrowed melodies, and help from my buddy Matt Granger we came up with this song. We were quite proud of it and it seemed to be inspiring to many others at the church. Here is a rough go at it….. click here

Enjoy


This week….

Sorry for such a long delay on any updates. Well this week we talked about one of the more difficult concepts in God’s word…(Holiness). Pastor Doug did an amazing job as always, walking us through this, using Uzzah as the crux of his message. Holiness – to be set apart…nothing compares to Gods (Holiness), and He will not ever go against what He is. Even in the most difficult of situations. For more on this I would encourage you to go here for the download…..

As far as the worship went, what an incredible time…I’ve been messing around lately trying to capture what it sounds like from my perspective so here is a sneak peek from this last week… set list… I do not own rights to any of these songs accept ” We Sing Hallelujah “. Have a great week….


Songs for 6.12.11

So coming up this week we are going to be celebrating Gods Greatness with these tunes:

– All Because Of Jesus – by Fee

– This Is Where It Starts – by Lanier Ward, and Aaron Leeds

– I Stand Amazed ( How Marvelous ) – Tomlin Version

– Happy Day – by Ben Cantelon, and Tim Hughes

watch for these tunes later on our Grooveshark playlist….enjoy


Dead-Heading

        So I learned a new term from my mom this week called “Dead-Heading”, I believe that is the correct spelling.  It is when the flowers are starting to die on a plant, and in order for all the nutrients to reach the rest of the plant and the ” soon to blossom ” flowers, the old ones are plucked away. I found that kinda ironic that God will do that in our lives. We think, well I am okay, I might be a little wilted, not as open as I once was but that’s okay, but in reality we need to allow God to prune back all the old thoughts and attitudes “old flowers” on a regular basis. He wants us as healthy as possible. You see when we fight with God on change, “Dead-Heading” we end up a wilted stinky mess. He knows what is best for us,  and He has what is best in mind for us. Look at what John 15: 1-5 says…

The Vine and the Branches

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

…..so Good is our God, so Great is His name


If you missed it….

I was asked to share the Video we showed this last week for Memorial Day, so here it is. I don’t own the rights to the songs. Enjoy click here

 


All Glory

If I can borrow the title of this song I will. A couple of months ago some friends of mine wrote this song, that in my personal opinion says it all. It’s one of those songs that once it gets in your ears it takes a while to get out. If you know me well enough, or have been around me long enough, you know that happens to me quite often. For example, as far back as I can remember, and I don’t know why ….when I am working with full focus on a project, I start whistling ” Strangers in the Night”…haha I don’t even know all the lyrics but its stuck in there, this is one of  those songs. The title is “All Glory”, I mean you can’t go wrong with that title, but the verses talk about the Greatness of our King Jesus Christ, and the fact that no one, not a single person can escape the awe-ness of Him. Here is a quick pass at Verse 2….

Every blessing, every right, every trial, every fight weʼll see,  the greatness of our King.  Kings and Queens and royalty, presidents and highest priests will sing,  the greatness of our King.

The Chorus goes on to say….

All glory be to God, all glory be to God,  we will shout, we will sing, all glory be to God

I think David said  it best in Psalm 145

Psalm 145[a]

A psalm of praise. Of David.

1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b]
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, LORD;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.[c]
14 The LORD upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.

Thanks guys for writing such an incredible song, I look forward to singing it this Sunday.