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I have just made a cover of Sovereign Grace Music’s song called “Alive” off of their album titled “Risen.” Go buy this album. It’s great. Just a side note: this is not the same key as on the album and it might not be exactly the way they play it, but this video is more to help people be able to play it for their church, not boast that they can play it perfectly now.

This is my first guitar video using my new camera equipment;

Canon Rebel T3i
Zoom H4N
Adobe Premiere Pro CS3

Song Chords: Capo on 1st fret

Verse: Em, C, G, D

Pre-chorus: Am, C

Chorus: G, D, Am, C (3x)

B (I think) D

Bridge: Am, Em, C, D

Am, Em, D  (2x)

That’s all. Again thank you for watching and visiting my blog. Stay tuned for more videos/posts like this.

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I downloaded this album last week and I thought I would blog about it. The band is called Ascend the Hill. They have just released one of the best worship albums I have heard in all my life. It’s called Hymns. It’s a whole album of updated hymns. Go download this album for free here. Also you can donate to them if you feel led to. How awesome is that?!

Back to the Future
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This past Sunday morning service at my church was a little different than usual. I liked it. Pastor Doug preached a sermon titled, “The Power of Love.” He asked the worship band a couple of weeks ago if they could pull off playing a particular song in the “Electric” service. That song is also titled, “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. If you still don’t have an idea of how this song goes, think of the movie “Back to the Future”. I really hope you were affected by this movie. To this day, I can still remember watching that movie over and over again. Huey Lewis was asked to write this song specifically for Back to the Future. Pastor Doug explained that within two weeks of the movie’s release, Lewis had nothing written. Then, at almost his final hour, he wrote “The Power of Love.” The songs lyrics are actually pretty awesome. I never really payed attention to them before.

I have been apart of churches in the past that would use theatrics and music as a means to pump up the crowd. Very rarely, did it actually work that well (in my opinion). I think this past Sunday was an exception. Either that is because I love Back to the Future, or just because Pastor Doug did an excellent job keeping Christ and His strong, powerful love central to his message. Maybe both of those reasons is why I enjoyed it so much.

Pastor Doug’s message was about Jesus command to love one another as ourselves. A couple of things that really caught my attention in Doug’s message were these:

  1. When Jesus gives commands and promises, most of the time they are given to the corporate church as a body. Pastor Doug’s message focused squarely on the fact that if you aren’t connected to the church as a body — if your relationship is just you and Jesus (you don’t need to do the whole church thing), then you make it very difficult or rather impossible to obey Jesus’ commands to wash each others’ feet. Notice at this point in the Gospel of John (chapter 13), Jesus has left all of Jerusalem and is now dealing with just His disciples. They are gathered together and have just finished eating their last meal together. Now Jesus washes their feet and tells them to follow in his example and wash each others’ feet. Pastor Doug explained in his book that I am almost finished reading, that foot washing is more symbolic of serving each other by “washing” each other in the Word of God. He explained that the feet needed to be washed because of how dirty they got along their journey throughout life. This is symbolic of how dirty our hearts and minds get throughout our life journey and how we need brothers and sisters in the faith to speak the Word of God into our life, by word and deed. You cannot do that though if you are not in a covenant church body. What a blessing it is to be saved by Christ and then to be grafted into this “bride” of Christ. We are saved by God, from God, for God, to His Son’s bride, the Church. It is a blessing.
  2. When God declares His law to Moses, He is very removed from Israel’s presence, even while being very close to them. He covers His actual self with smoke to meet with just Moses. He even makes Moses build a fence around the mountain that He meets with Moses on and tells Moses to tell the people not to even step foot on the mountain or else they will die. Exodus 19:9-12 “[9] And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”  When Moses told the words of the people to the LORD, [10] the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments [11] and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. [12] And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death.'” When Jesus declares his new commandment he starts it off by saying, “little children” (John 13:33). Can you just feel how loving and person this is?  Also he is now in their presence while also being in the flesh; actually touching his disciples feet and eating with them and loving them in person. He goes on to say, “[33] Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ [34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:33-35 ESV).
  3. Just as Huey Lewis wrote his song about love at the final hour so to speak, Jesus gives His new commandment just before His final hour. Jesus says this all to them right before He goes to the cross. This is kind of a cool connection. While, in the past I have been entertained by special songs in church, my mind and heart were pleasantly entertained and challenged by Pastor Doug’s unwavering focus on Christ and the gospel. I am finding that as long as Christ is still exalted above all things, there is some flexibility in how you do things in church. I have just seen so many things in the past that lead me to think it was “Christ-less Churchianity.” Its nice to see something Christ-exalting at a church.

So to wrap this post up I want to ask this question; Do people know that we are disciples of Christ by the way we love one another? Remember to whom Jesus is speaking. He is not talking about the way we love our neighbor here. He is referring to the way we love one another, which means other Christians. We are to love our neighbors as well, but Jesus very directly says, and to note; without any reservation, that He is no longer talking about the world. He is not even talking to ALL his disciples. He clearly says in John 13:18 that He is not including Judas in on this, so that scripture is fulfilled (oh, that we would be blown away by the “so-that’s” in scripture and what they mean). So Jesus is talking to Christians here; saints if you will. And the question to equip the saints with is this: Are we symbolically “washing one another” with the very words of God? Are we loving one another to the point that people know we love Jesus? After all, that is what we were made to do – point to Jesus and glorify Him. Are we living out the gospel in this way; we know that we have been shown grace and mercy that we did not deserve by Christ and in turn, are showing that same grace and mercy to others? And the whole point from Pastor Doug’s message and this post is that you cannot obey Christ by loving and serving the church if you are not apart of one. You cannot obey Christ and still be a loner “Christian.”

Find a good local church and love and serve everyone there. And by doing so, you will be obeying Christ!

To finish off this post, I wanted to share something with you. I made a video yesterday. Enjoy it. Tell me what you think.

Thanks for reading.

I have been wanting to begin working on some blogs directed towards helping members of church worship teams; mainly talking about gear that can greatly enhance the worship experience during the music portion of the church service, but also being wise not to distract people from God. Here is a initial list of items that I want to begin to blog about; please tell me what you want to learn about first and I will begin to work on these pieces of gear first.

  1. Guitars
  2. Amps
  3. Guitar effects
  4. PA equipment
  5. Vocal effects
  6. Products used to help progress in your talent
  7. Other (give me some ideas of what you would want to know more about)

Among the first items to be blogged about are the:

  1. Boss RC-50 Loop Station
  2. Line 6 m13
  3. Boss DR-880 Drum Machine
  4. Acoustic guitar amp and portable PA system
  5. TC Helicon Voicelive 2 
  6. Fender American Deluxe HSS Stratocaster guitar  
  7. Laguna acoustic guitars
  8. pedal boards
  9. Electro-Harmonix Hog
  10. Egnator Rebel 30

(This is a list of all the gear that I presently have/use for either the church service or personal practice and songwriting. You can also comment on which one of any of these items you would want to know about first.)

I believe God has gifted me with some musical abilities. I want to use them to build up His church. I tend to use this blog as one way to do that, along with what I have been doing so far. Please leave me some feedback if you are a person involved in the music ministry at your church and you want some ideas on new gear that might enhance your local church’s music ministry. And remember, this is just to enhance, not to replace a strong emphasis on Gospel preaching and loving community. Never continue to strengthen one area of your ministry if it begins to tear down other areas. Everything should be in balance.

To sum this post up, I’ll remind you of this young worship leader; We don’t worship music. We use music to worship our great God and King.  I know I am getting this idea from someone else out there in twitter-land, but I can’t think of who it is. So just remember that I am saying I got this idea from someone else… never sacrifice doctrinally correct songs in order to serve your own creativity or to build up your ego and attempt to take any glory away from our Father. Why not truly worship by making songs that ARE biblical and yet are the best songs anyone has ever heard? That’s just as much a challenge to myself as it is to anyone reading this.