Category Archives: MeadowBrook

bringing AL to the MO

This is a big week for us.  Lot’s of Alabama visitors.  Jim and Cheryl kicked it off this weekend.

But, they didn’t just come, they sang.  Jim used mic #1, please don’t tell Patrick.  Worship was sweet for so many reasons Sunday morning.  God is so good!

We made up the t-shirt gang on Sunday afternoon.  And Brotey discovered the Hungry Shark for iPhone.

We all piled in one vehicle to show them the sights!  Maybe we need more room.

We wanted to send Cheryl home with something, so…

…we gave her some stitches.  You’ll have to ask her about that.

Cheryl experimented taking pics with her own camera.  She’s pretty good at it.

What a great time with our Alabama family!  Ellie started calling Jim, “Papa.”  We love you guys!  Come visit us anytime!

And next, the Louderbacks come for Thanksgiving.  Oh, you’ll see pictures.  There’s no telling what you’ll see.




moving is hard but God is good

Moving is hard.  Even when you’re following God’s will.  I want to be all chipper and share about how great the adventure has been.  But this has already been a hard day.

Don’t get me wrong, the adventure has been great.  We love our church.  God is moving.  People are responding to our leadership.  We believe that Lynwood’s vision is so biblical.  There is an authentic movement toward biblical, radical, American-dream-shattering Christian living and we are pumped about it.  We love our house.  It fits us in such an amazing way that only God could have picked it out.  Our kids have great schools and wonderful teachers.  They have nurtured and cared for them and gone way beyond the call of duty.  We love our staff and are already forming great friendships on and off of the staff.  We love the worship team.  The people here have cared for us and accepted us into the Lynwood family.  We already feel at home in so many ways.  We do not have a shadow of a doubt about God’s will.  We are where He wants us to be.

But moving is hard.  Preteen hormones and moving stress came out at 5:30 a.m. this morning.  Brotey vomited all over himself on the way in to school – in the grass in front of the school (Nursey, thanks for helping him change clothes and taking him on to class).  The weight of needing to sell our house in Rainbow City sits on me (the provider) like nothing I’ve known before.  Missing our friends and family in Alabama.  Budgeting.  AT&T.  Driver’s Licenses (don’t get me started).  The burden for our kid’s friendships.  The inner turmoil is hard to describe.

But God has been speaking this week.  From Psalm 90, Moses speaks of how great our God is.  His eternal nature.  He was here before the mountains were formed and He will be here after they crumble.  In eternity, our time is short, so we better “number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (v.12)  Priorities, priorities.  Kingdom priorities.  We can be satisfied in His “steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” (v.14)  He is all we need and we should not waste our time here.  We’ve got to worship and serve.  Seek and love.

In Psalm 91 we see that when we dwell with Him, we dwell in safety.  We can rest in the shadow of His protection and provision.  Because of our intimate relationship with Him He will answer us, protect us, and save us.

In 1 Thessalonians God has been challenging me to keep my priorities straight. (Pause – just got a call from Patrick White.  Great to hear his voice. I love that brother in Christ so much.  Thanks for calling man.  God is good.)  Chapeter 1 – It is God who has called us and filled us with His Spirit.  Chapter 2 – We work to please Him, not man.  He is the one who tests our hearts.  He has called us to be bold with the gospel but gentle with babes in Christ.  We must not just “preach”, we have to share our lives.  Open up.  We must be real as we encourage believers to “walk in a manner worthy of God.” (v.12)  Chapter 3 – We must display God’s love through our love for each other.  We are fellow servants, co-workers, soldiers in the same conflict.  Chapter 4 – Live to please God.  His will for us is our sanctification.  Live differently than the world, because…He is coming back.  Triumphantly, He is coming back.  Chapter 5 – like a thief in the night, without warning, He is coming back.  Don’t be caught asleep!  Live for His glory.  Work as though He’s coming today.  Respect your spiritual leadership.  Be at peace in the body of Christ.  Admonish and encourage the idle in the faith.  Help the weak.  Pick up the fainthearted.  BE PATIENT (all caps for me).  Seek to do good.  Rejoice.  Pray.  Give thanks in all circumstances – for this is God’s will for us.

How can we do all this?  “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (5:24)  Did I point out that God is good?

MeadowBrook, we miss you so much.  You guys are family and I am so proud of you.  I hear of your faithfulness.  Your service.  Your commitment to His calling.  We pray for you and lift you up in His name.  Stay true to your calling and seek Him with all your might!

Lynwood, we love you.  You are our family also.  We’re still getting to know each other, but we are home.  Thank you for loving and nurturing our family.  We are so excited about the days ahead.  Let’s seek Him.  Let’s serve.  Let’s love.  Let’s encourage.  He’s coming back, so let’s live each moment for His glory.

To everyone, thanks for reading.  Thanks for letting me vent, whine, well, pretty much vomit on the screen.  We love you all.

For His Eternal Glory,

Brian, Sonya, and family

7.18.10 @ MeadowBrook

My feelings are so mixed about Sunday.  As to worship, I am so pumped.  So are the choir and the band.  It is going to be a great day of praising our Savior for His work on our behalf.  As to it being our last Sunday, well…it’s tough.  We love you MeadowBrook and are so thankful for our time together.  So let’s get together one more time and and exalt our Mighty King!  Here’s the list:

Thou, O Lord (choir)

Victory in Jesus

Jesus Messiah

Jesus Paid It All (with O Praise the One…)

The Mercy Seat (with Lord, Have Mercy)

Can’t wait to sing with you.


7.11.10 @ MeadowBrook

We only have two more Sundays together so we’re going to pack it in.  Let’s worship with all our might and exalt our Savior above all.  This week we will sing:

Days of Elijah

Do It Lord (new one that the worship ministry is so excited about)

Glory in the Highest

Revelation Song

I Will Rise

Pastor Josh will be preaching as Pastor Randy and family are on vacation.  It’s going to be a great day.  Can’t wait.


6.20.10 @ MeadowBrook

Father’s Day 2010!  We will sing:

You Are Good

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Made Me Glad

My Inheritance


Celebrate Father’s Day by taking your family to worship our great Lord and Savior with the body of Christ!  Sounded like an add didn’t it?  Well, do it.


6.13.10 @ the Brook

Man.  I haven’t been this pumped about a song in a long time.  We are doing a new arrangement of “The Mercy Seat” on Sunday that will blow your socks off.  It is so anointed.  You don’t want to miss it.  Here’s the whole set:

My Savior Lives

Better Than Life

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

The Mercy Seat

See you Sunday!


5.30.10 @ MeadowBrook

Wow.  I haven’t written all week.  It’s not that I’ve had nothing to say, just no time to write it.  So, here we are at another weekend.  Big family plans.

Tonight we watch The Biggest Loser Finale with some homemade popcorn (made with our new Crazy Corn Popper compliments of Matthew and Kathryn Johnson – thanks guys).

Friday night is a double feature at the Sand Mountain Drive-in with some friends.  Shrek the Final Chapter and Iron Man 2.  Something for the whole family.  $15 a car load for two movies.  We are in baby.

Saturday, Brotey turns seven.  Seven.  He’s getting so big.  More on him later.  Big swim party.  Lot’s of kids.  Lot’s of urine to shock out of the pool later.  And I promise I will use lots of shock.

Sunday, we worship.  We will also remember the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom to worship.  Here’s the song list:

Hallelujah Anyhow (choir)

Cover the Earth

Oh For a Thousand Tongues

Still the Cross

Jesus Paid It All (O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!)

I’m already pumped about Jesus Paid It All.  See you Sunday.