“Welcome to the revolution of little people, guerilla peacemakers, and dancing prophets, the revolution that loves and laughs. The revolution begins inside each of us, and through little acts of love, it will take over the world.”—Shane Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution)
If anyone would like to watch the service from Thomas Road this morning on The Heart Of Service where Paul Maynard myself and many of our students led in worship you can check it out here: http://new.trbc.org/livemedia/
Some of you have been asking for the lyrics to our lyrics. Here is everything we currently have. Enjoy! Be encouraged. Spread the love of Christ to all.
When All Was Lost Unheard of disaster, I see it comes. The end has come, the end has come. There is panic on the mountains. There is panic on the mountains. And this is how you’ll know, it is the Lord who strikes You This is how you’ll know, it is the Lord who strikes You.
We Found Redemption In Sacrifice Doom has burst forth, arrogance blossomed. But redemption comes, through the shedding of blood. Hope is rising with, with the dawn. Casting your sorrows down, cast the down Redemption comes through the shedding of blood. I’m falling apart at the seams, Father make a better man out of me Oh, make a better man! I’m laying all my burdens down at Your feet. I’m laying all my selfishness down. Burn it all away, make a better man out of me. Burn it all away, make a better man out of me. I’m falling apart at the seams, Father make a better man out of me Oh, make a better man! Redemption comes through the shedding of blood. Redemption comes through the shedding of blood. Redemption comes through the shedding of blood.
The Day I Decided To Play God Before the beginning You were and You have always been. Before the beginning You were, You’ve always been. Our vanity overtakes us, we’re believing we’re gods Staring in mirrors forever we’re withered and lost in the sun Lost in the sun Teach us how short our lives are Remove the breath from our lungs Dry the blood in our veins Until we’re made up of who You are Teach us how short our lives are Teach us how short our lives are Every breath I draw is one that I don’t deserve My heart beats in rhythm by Your grace alone Teach us to love like You Teacher, teach Teacher, teach
Then Word Became Flesh You came crashing in, a child to save us all Like a ship against the rocks, we were buried in the sand. With blood and flesh a separation, beauty from my ashes rise. Rescue was birthed in the darkest of nights, with angels circling at the first light. "Holy!", They sing. "Holy!", They sing. Worthy is the Slaughtered, Slaughtered Lamb Worthy is the Slaughtered, Slaughtered Lamb With blood and water poured out my salvation has come at last, has come at last, has come at last. You came to bring us in, though we were so small. Like love at first breath, You captured us up when we were against the wall. Love came at the greatest price, love came at the greatest price
And Walked Into A Den Of Vipers God come down, bring rest to our weary souls. Bring restoration for the lost, repair our broken hopes. We need You now, more than ever before. We need to be washed clean. Oh God, we’ve turn Your home into a concert hall! Our worship is just a show! We hang Your pictures on the wall, but we all know that’s as far as this thing… as far as it goes. But, that’s as far as this thing goes, that’s as far as this thing goes, will it ever go farther than this? Our hearts just need to know, that You alone are God, that You don’t need us, but You call us to be a part of who You are. To broadcast Your stories of redemption to all who need to know that You alone are God. You alone. You alone are God. Oh God, we’ve turned Your home into a concert hall! Our worship is just a show! Our worship is just a show! Spirit come down and wrap us in Your love, fill us with Your fire, burn for all to see. Burn for all to see. Burn for all to see. God come down bring rest to our weary souls. Oh, God! Tear out this heart of stone, replace me with all of You! Tear out this heart of stone, replace me with all of You!
Grace And Peace Grace and peace be to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, grace and peace.
Whine Like A Toddler One More Time And I’ll Make Meat Come Out Of Your Nose
Reading in Numbers tonight I started laughing out loud at God’s reaction to sin in the camp. When the Israelites complain about having to eat manna all the time, in chapter 11, and cry like babies to God for meat to eat – God says they’ll eat meat for a month. He says they will eat so much meat they will “have meat coming out of their nose” and they will “grow to hate it”. Then again in chapter 12, Miriam and Aaron were complaining to one another about how “Only Moses gets to talk to God.” So God calls them in and scares the crap out of them. He defends Moses, and says that they should be afraid for speaking out against him. Miriam ends up with a skin disease and of all people Moses has to come before God to plead on behalf of his sister for healing.
Makes me never want to complain to God about things ever again.
I think I’m in love with Leviticus. Who knew such a bloody and ritualistic book could be so alive and beautiful. I read passages like chapter 16 which talks through all of the different things Aaron, as the High Priest, had to do in order to even enter into the Most Holy Place of the Lord. Even to go into the Meeting Tent there was such a list or rules he had to follow or would have died. There is this sacredness to being able to know God. I often wonder if our ideas of what is sacred have been lost in our modern time. We forget that Christ’s sacrifice was more brutal and more bloody and ugly than any animal sacrifice. His death was the worst of all not because of the method of execution, but due to the heaviness of mankind’s sin permeating his every pore.
Leviticus is a call to live a new and better kind of life. Just as in the New Testament, Jesus calls His followers to live an “abundant” or “better” life by knowing and following the Way the Truth and the Life. At the beginning of chapter 18 God reminds the Israelites that they have been brought out of their old life in Egypt. They no longer need to practice old rituals from when they were enslaved. They are made free by the One True God.
In chapter 19 God commands, not suggests, to His people to be holy as He is holy. This is a heavy request. Jesus later quotes this passage when speaking of what it takes to follow Him. Being holy as Jesus, as God, was and is holy is a hard shoe to fill. Yet over and over again in Leviticus we see this call to be more than what we are. To live with the pursuit of holiness. To be holy as God is holy.
Another thought from Leviticus: The Lord often remarks that it is He who makes the people holy. It’s not their sacrifices, it’s God and God alone who can offer forgiveness of sins. Leviticus is a book of forgiveness and the love of a holy Father who is calling His children to become more like Him. What father doesn’t hope for his children to admire him and want to be like him.
It’s beautiful. It’s hard and bloody and brutal, but beautiful.
Spending some time in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. Leviticus has much to do about worship and day-to-day living for the Israelite people following the Exodus from Egypt. It’s full of very specific rules and rituals concerning sacrifices of worship and offerings covering various types of sins. As I read I realize that worship and sacrifice are connected so much that they are the same. Worship cannot happen without sacrifice.
In our modern context Jesus is our sacrificial lamb. He is the eternal blood sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Our response to that sacrifice is worship. Worship cannot happen outside of Christ. God loves it when we worship Him. My fear is that there are many who walk into churches on Sunday’s or Wednesday’s or whenever and believe that “worship” happens when we stand and sing. This requires so little, if any, sacrifice. When we sing to God we are expressing to Him our gratitude and praise for His sacrifice. We are responding to God for who He is and what He has done for us. But do we really prepare our hearts for this? Are we ready for this coming together with others to worship our God and King? What have we done with our lives since last week?
Is this expression carried over into the things that we say and the way that we live? Is worship more to us that a weekend ritual? True worship comes at a sacrifice of self. In Romans chapter 12:1-2 we are called to commit our bodies as living sacrifices to God, holy and pleasing to Him, as our spiritual act of worship. Since we no longer need a blood sacrifice – Jesus asks that we give to Him our lives.
Following Christ is a sacrifice. It’s a sacrifice of my desires, my dreams, my wants, my needs, my hopes, my decisions, my likes, my dislikes, my way of life – turned completely over to Him. It’s sacrifices all of the “my”‘s for “His” – His dreams, His wants, His needs, His hopes, His decisions, His likes, His dislikes, His way of life. In John 14:6 Jesus reminds us that He is the Way-Truth-Life for us to follow and completely live by. He is our Way to life. Not just a way but the Way. Jesus is it.
Do you care as much about worshiping Jesus to put as much time and effort into it as the Old Testament Israelite’s did? To them, and to God, worship is a serious business that requires more than melody and harmony and an acoustic guitar…
Worship is sacrifice. We know so little of this.
“This is what the LORD was speaking about when he said, ‘I must be respected as holy by those who come near me; before all the people I must be given honor.’ ” – Leviticus 10:3 NCV
My Christian Hipster Quotient is 63/120 Low CHQ. You probably belong to the purpose-driven, seeker sensitive, Hawaiian shirt-wearing Christian establishment, even though you are open to some of the “rethinking Christianity” stuff. You seem to like edginess in some measure but become uneasy when your idea of Christian orthodoxy is challenged by some renegade young visionary who claims the virgin birth isn’t necessary.
iPod Shuffle For Life Game. I Know It's Lame, But I Secretly Love It. Again.
normally don’t participate in this sort of thing, but I always have fun with this.
RULES: 1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle. 2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. 3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS. 4. Have Fun!
IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY ? 55/23 – Winter Solstice – The Fall Of Rome
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Heavy Metal Machine (Alternate Take) – Smashing Pumpkins – Machinea II: The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GIRL/GUY? Oh My God – Jars Of Clay – Good Monsters
HOW DO YOU FEEL? Sticks And Stone – Jónsi – How To Train Your Dragon (Music From The Motion Picture)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE? I Got Punched In The Nose For Sticking My Face In Other People’s Business – Boys Night Out – Make Yourself Sick
WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO? Everything Was White – Demon Hunter – Summer Of Darkness
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? Spirit Fall – Living Sacrifice – Reborn
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? Eurydice (feat. Jody Quine) – Sleepthief – The Dawnseeker
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? Moving On – Embodyment – Hold Your Breath
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? On The Receiving End (Celestial Remix) – Micah Andrew Hasty – Sinking And Surfacing
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Moving On – Decyfer Down – Crash
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE? So You Say – Norway – Cheapskates (The Softer Side)
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? Reckoning Day – John Mark McMillan – The Medicine
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? Savannah – Relient K – Forget And Not Slow Down
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION IN LIFE? Diverse City (Club-a-dub Remix) – Toby Mac – Renovating Diverse City
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? A.M. Radio – Everclear – Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1 Learning How to Smile
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? Rediscover You – Starfield – The Saving One
WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW? Sellout – Living Sacrifice – Reborn
WHAT DOES YOUR LOVE THINK ABOUT YOU? Casimir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise
A Smoky Room With The Smell Of Wine And Cheap Perfume
I’ve been here before. A smoky room with the smell of wine and cheap perfume. I’m playing an acoustic set tonight at the Kirkley hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia. It’s a good venue. Well, it’s a bar, lounge, thing, place. There are good people here. I came tonight being booked at the last-minute. I threw together a list of songs, that I know and don’t know. For some reason I feel like this whole thing is just time away to think. My good friend Justin Snyder is opening up the night. He’s a great musician, check him out.
There are so many people who come into this place. Being a hotel there are people from all around the country in this room. So many people. So many families represented. So much love in the room. So much loss. In a room like this I wonder how many people are lost. I wonder how many have never found the true love of Jesus. Many in this room are good. There are good men and women all around us every day. And everyday good men and women die. They die for no reason, the die because they are sick, they die because they are old, they die because the world is broken and hurting and in need of rescue. A good man died today that I knew. A good man lived today that I knew. I just realized I’m speaking of him in past tense. A good man is in a better place than I have ever known. There are good people everywhere that die. Not all of them keep on living.
Justin just did a beautiful cover of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. So good. His writing is beautifully honest. I’ve found I long for more honest people. Probably because I never feel like I’m ever completely honest with myself about anything.
I’m sorry that this has become just a great mess of thought. Thanks for reading it.
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. - Matthew 19:13-15 (ESV)
This morning I’ m getting ready to go lead worship for a group of young children. My friend Jordan and I are heading up a VBS week for a group of kids at the Jubilee Center. Pretty cool stuff. Love being able to serve. There’s something special about being able to teach little kids something about worshiping our God and our King. For a long time I questioned if little children could really worship God. I wondered if they could really understand what it meant to worship the King. I believe that Jesus calls the little children to come to Him. I believe they can sing His praises even without knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord. I don’t believe true worship can happen until surrender happens in the heart. So for these little one worship may look different. It may be more of a time to teach truths about a Jesus who loves them very much and through song help them understand that. Then again who am I? I’m a grown adult (somewhat) I’ve forgotten what it means to be a little child. God has to remind me all to often that I am still a little child with much to learn. All I know is that Jesus calls these little ones to come to Him. So there has to be some sort of understanding there. I also know that I am not one to stand in the way of the ones Jesus is calling to Himself. Regardless it is truly something beautiful. I love the opportunity to take part in whatever it is that God is doing in the hearts of these little children. I’m praying that worship can happen. I’m praying that Jesus draws these children to Him. I’m praying that God changes the hearts of these young ones to make them new. I’m praying that something we sing about today can help point them to the One who gave His life for all that all might come to know Him. Be blessed.