Monthly Archives: February 2010

Idol Update and 2.28.10 @ MeadowBrook

Strange mixture I know, but I have to acknowledge that I missed 3 of the 4 that went home last night.  Joe Munoz should not have gone home before some others.  But America did us a great favor that I did not expect by sending Tyler Grady home.  I can’t believe he blamed the judges.  Typical egotistical behavior.  He really loves himself.  Good riddance.

The girls, well I got one of them.  Doesn’t really matter.  My  favorites are still there on both sides.

This weekend is DNOW for our students.  Pray for God to move.  Salvation.  Rededication.  Surrender.  Yes, pray for all of these.  Pastor Josh will preach on Sunday.  It’s going to be great.  Here’s the music:

Send Up Your Praise (choir)

Let the Praises Ring

How Great Thou Art

Jesus Messiah

a special from some of our students

I can’t wait to feel all of the energy from the students that will spend the weekend seeking God.  Come and worship!

Brian

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American Idol//my take

It’s been an interesting year on American Idol so far.  While I was not optimistic about Ellen Degeneres as a judge, she has turned out to be a pretty good one.  I must admit that I agree with most of what she says.

As for talent, I thought it would be one of the best years yet, and I still think it can, but this week has been disappointing at the very least.  So many fell flat on their faces.  Nerves were a bigger factor than ever before.  Still, there are some shining stars I think will pull through and deliver week in and week out.

Casey James can bring it.  He’s a great guitarist, good performer, and not a bad singer.  And the judges seem to like his looks.  He seems to like his looks as well.  Pride may be his downfall.

Joe Munoz impressed me this week.  I think he has potential.

But my favorite continues to be Andrew Garcia. The judges were way to hard on him this week.  He may be a little relaxed and introspective, but he definitely out sang the other guys last night.

For the girls, I’m a Crystal Bowersox fan.  She can play and sing and she has a different vibe.

Siobhan Magnus jumped out of no where and impressed me on the last night of Hollywood week.  She showed range and control that floored me.  She better lighten up though.  Depressing isn’t in style for most people.

But over all the girls, Lilly Scott is my early favorite.  She’s good.  She looks and sound different.  She may not be as marketable as the others, only time will tell.  For right now, she’s my fave in the girls.

Going home?  Oh, there are so many possibilities. Ashley Rodriguez and Lacey Brown. Maybe Siobhan because people just don’t get her.  Alex Lambert, John Park, or Tim Urban.

Let’s see how I do.  What do you think?

Brian


what can separate us?

The love of God has been my theme for that past couple of weeks.  I’m amazed at how He loves us.  I read Crazy Love.  The song Your Love from the North Point Louder than Creation album has been playing over and over again in my car.  Then Monday, I hit chapter 8 in my read through Romans.  That familiar passage in verses 35 – 39 just sang to me.  It is so beautiful, comforting and poetic.  And its truth just floors me.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Can anything separate us from His love?  Persecution or troubles?  No.  Hunger or poverty?  No.  Death or the threat of death?  No.  Demons, the past, the future, distance, or anything in this world or heaven?  NO!  Nothing.  His love surrounds us and guards.  And..

…even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with Me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

Nothing, people.  Did you hear me?  Even in death.  Especially in death.  God is right there with us.  And even if you feel distant, He is right there.  Though you may not be aware of Him, He is there.  Just turn to Him.

Thank You, God, for Your incredible love and faithfulness!  Amen.

Brian


2.21.10 @ MeadowBrook

The MeadowBrook Horn Section will make its debut this Sunday.  Here’s the set list:

Majestic

Our God Saves

The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

Mighty to Save

Mountain Mover (rockin’ new choir piece)

I Bow Down

To say I’m pumped about Sunday would be an understatement.  Please don’t skip on Sunday.  I am so excited about worshiping with you and diving into the Word.  Let’s do it.

Brian


fresh ink

I just finished reading through the Psalms for the first time in the English Standard Version.  I have fallen in love with this version of scripture and it really brought new life to my Psalm reading.  New insights, new lessons, new challenges, newness in worship, and new markings.  It was a great journey.

Now, I feel led to go through Proverbs.  This is day 6 and God is already hitting me between the eyes.  Crazy Love, Proverbs, and Luke are challenging me in priorities, my view of possessions, and what it means to be a Christian.  There’s so much to write about that I haven’t even been able to start.  I will soon.

By the way, I highly recommend the English Standard Version.  Very accurate and poetic. Many notable pastors are using it now.  There is a great Study Bible version.

Also, I highly recommend marking in your Bible.  When God speaks, write it down.

Brian


tomorrow @ the Brook

Hope you are enjoying the snow.  49 of 50 states have snow on the ground.  Wow.

Tomorrow we will continue our look through Luke.  We will sing:

Hallelujah, God is Here (new to us)

The Solid Rock

Sing to the King

Jesus is the Lord

We Will Ride (choir)

I’m so excited about worshipping with you tomorrow.

Brian


Valentine’s Dance 2010

As long as she thinks I’m cool, I’m gonna be at every dance.  And I will dance with all I’ve got!  We had a great time, although, she is looking way too grown.  She is beautiful inside and out.

I get to do this Emma the next two years.  Then I’ll be 43 when I go with Kate and 45 or 46 when I go with Ellie.  I promise I’ll still be jumping none the less.

Brian