So this here be Katie and I performing “How He Loves” by David Crowder at Taking Flight the Friday before last. It was a great experience, we played 3 worship songs expecting to be an ok presence in the battle, but we placed relatively high. Praise the Lord! Now things look like we are going to start writing our own stuff here soon! Exciting!!!
The highly anticipated solo effort from Matt has finally taken form in this single. Please, follow the jump and take a listen! A portion of the benefits are going to the newly founded Whole Hearts organization. Exciting!
Love it will not betray, dismay or enslave you, It will set you free
To be more like the man you were made to be.
There is a designer, an alignment to cry, of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be.
M & Sons, my new favorite worship band.
Ahh, December is finally upon us. The world around us grows quiet; winter winds swirl down vacant streets while lamposts reveal the snow dotting the sky. It’s a time of remembrance, of hope and joy. A season where people come together; to give thanks, share laughs, and love one another. These are times where we both remember and look forward. A year of our lives is almost over, we are one step closer to going home.
God put it on my heart to share a deep passion of mine that is actually His. About Worship. In this season of giving, if you realize it or not, you are living a lifestyle of worship. Countless times I’ve heard people drop the “What If” everybody acted like it was Christmas year round. Worship is a lifestyle, not just the 15 minute segment on your Sunday morning routine. Each day I will posting a “Worship is” statement.
Worship is so much more than just song, and I invite you to share this journey with me!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Worship Is Fellowship//
“For where two or more gather together in my name, I will be there among them.” Matthew 18:20
Fellowship. It seems so simple. Hanging out with friends, laughing over movies, jamming together in your garage to the loudest music possible. Yet that is exactly what the Bible asks us to do. Jesus tells us that wherever two or more gather in His name, He will be among us; the Holy Spirit will come alive in us. You see, first and foremost in this walk towards the heart of worship lies fellowship. We have to ask ourselves why we worship in the first place, don’t we?
The reason we sing songs at church, the reason we read our bibles and share verses with one another is because 2000 years ago one man died for all. He was a good man, a Godly man. He lived a perfect life; no fault could be found in Him except for embarrassing religious zealots and throwing the church structure on it’s head. He came bearing truth and was the wielder of hope. He forgave where others condemned; He brought life to the lifeless, hope to the broken, faith to the fatherless, and rest to the weary. And for this He was crucified.
This man was Jesus, but He was not just a man. He is the Son of God, and He died because He wanted you to be with Him in heaven one day.
If that’s where the story ended, I’m sorry, we’d be right back where we started. But no, my God’s not dead, He’s surely alive. Jesus conquered death to be with you.
Stop and think about that.
Jesus died so that He could have fellowship with you, so that you could be allowed into heaven because your sins are no more!
We worship because we are saved, because we have a God who is near and very much alive. God desires intimacy, even to the point of sacrificing Himself. Can’t you see how much God desires to simply be with you? To have you pray and talk to Him? To acknowledge He’s there.
Worship starts with fellowship. With your friends, with nature, what you love; anything that brings you closer to what is truly most important.
Fellowship with God.
Worship is Obedience //
Pride. The number one stumbling block of man. Too often we think we have everything under control, that the reason everything is going so well is because we can handle it. You’re dead wrong. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)”. We try doing things our way, often thinking we know better than God. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone.
But God gives Grace.
It’s in those moments of arrogance and pride, where an argument sprouts to my lips that God whispers in my heart. He reminds me that He is in control and that we need to honor Him. And not just Him, but we are called to serve our fellows as well. Your boss, your parents, your pastor; we are each called to respect their authority for God gave it to them. They don’t need to earn your respect, they deserve it. Submit, surrender, and Obey.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways;acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes…
Wives, devote yourselves to your husbands, as is honoring to the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives with your whole heart and be patient with them.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Workers, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.// Proverbs 3:5-7 & Colossians 3:18-23