Tag Archives: Worship

Broken Praise

Rarely does a song move me to tears.  This one does.  Broken Praise by Todd Smith on the album Music Inspired by The Story.  It is sung from Job’s perspective but if you know the life of Todd and Angie Smith it takes on an even deeper meaning.  They have lost several children.  Two were miscarriages and one died shortly after birth.  So with that in mind…

If their story strikes a chord in your life you can buy Angie’s book here.


6.19.11 @ Lynwood

Father’s Day is gonna be a packed day at Lynwood.  We will be hearing from and voting on our first College/Missions Pastor.  These are exciting times.  The field is white for the harvest around the world and right here in Cape!  And believe me when I tell you, we need as many people reaching out to the SEMO campus as possible!

Here’s the Sunday set:

Hallelujah, You’re Worthy To Be Praised (choir)

Hearing from Todd and the vote

Marvelous Light

Glory to God Forever

Jesus Paid It All

Here’s a little preview of the choir number:

Hope to see you Sunday!


4.17.11 @ lynwood

Palm Sunday begins my favorite week of the year.  Some call it Holy Week.  Whatever you call it, the heart of the gospel is in it’s story, it’s history.  Sunday is a day of celebrating Jesus as our Savior.  We will begin looking at His work on the cross and our salvation.  We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  We will sing:

Hosanna Save Us Now (choir)

For All You’ve Done

Fountain of Life (with Nothing But the Blood and There is a Fountain)

Prepare Ye the Way (choir and a surprise)

Grace Flows Down

Man it’s gonna be good.  If you are in Cape, join us at Lynwood at 9:00 or 10:30 and let’s celebrate!


it all happened so fast

I was having such a hard time today remembering what happened when.  Then, it hit me how much has happened in the last two weeks.  Two weeks ago, as far as we knew, this was a normal pregnancy.  We were talking about names for boys and girls.  People were rooting for a brother for Brotey.  Now, I’m sitting in a waiting room waiting for Sonya’s D&C to get under way while Oprah is on the TV.  It all happened so fast.  The first ultrasound.  The second that confirmed the worst.  The emergency room.  The recovery.  And now, the procedure.  And we found out about that at noon today.  It all happened so fast.

But I’m reminded of the words of God in Psalm 63.  I reread them this morning:

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63:5-8

“In the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy.” What words. What encouragement. In the safety of God’s protection, I will sing for joy.  And I will worship.  I have been so challenged and encouraged by the worship of Job and Habakkuk.

Habakkuk shows us how to worship in trials in the final verses of his book:

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

It’s “easy” to worship when things are good.  But what about when there is no food?  When your isolated?  When your possessions and the things that make you feel secure are gone?  Will you worship then?  Yes!!!!!  God is our salvation.  Our strength.  He strengthens and sustains us.  He lifts us up.  And when we seek Him through the trial, we know Him oh so much more.

Then there’s Job.  If any one had a reason to be upset with God, Job did.  If anyone had reason to turn his back on God, Job did.  God allowed Satan to take all of his live stock, most of his servants, and all of his children.  One tragedy was weather related and another was actually described as an act of God.  There was no thinking this was an accident or a plan of men.  Job had reason to be mad at God.  But instead, here’s what he did:

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

Job 1:20-21

He humbled himself even more, getting even lower in God’s presence, acknowledged God’s sovereignty, and worshiped the God he trusted fully.  Read all the chapters following and you see Job restored.  Not quickly, but eventually.  And God has been glorified through the telling of Job’s story for thousands of years.  Believers have been strengthened and encouraged.

Why do these things happen?  What is the purpose?  I don’t know.  But Sonya and I trust fully in the Lord our God.  He is sovereign.  He is holy and loving and works all things for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

We’ve already seen some good.  We’re closer to Him.  We’ve received love from His body.  We’ve seen Him at work in the doctor’s office, the ER, and even in surgery pre-admitting.  We will look for opportunities to share our story when it will identify with and encourage others and glorify God.  And maybe our story will glorify God for many years.  That’s our prayer.


2.27.11 at Lynwood

Lynwood people.  You do not want to miss tomorrow.  The music.  The Word.  They’ve got me pumped.  But then there’s more.  Brian Daniel will be with us painting during the worship.  You don’t want to miss this.  Here’s the set:


Oh How I Love the Name of Jesus (choir)

Today is the Day

Our God is Greater

Your Love



All Because of Jesus

How He Loves

I am so ready.


1.23.11 @ Lynwood

I’m breaking my blog silence because I am so pumped about tomorrow.  Please don’t miss tomorrow at Lynwood.  Here’s what we are gonna sing:


To the King

Only a God Like You

Our God

Jesus is the Lord


Today is the Day

Marvelous Light

I can’t wait to worship with you!


11.21.10 @ Lynwood

I am super pumped about the next two Sundays at Lynwood.  This week we wrap up the series “Yes: Obedience.”  Jim and Cheryl are coming up from Alabama and singing in the service.  What a weekend.  Here’s the music set:

Let the Praises Ring


How Great is Our God

Revelation Song (Sonya and Jim singing lead)

Then Jim and Cheryl will sing “Remember Me” at the end.  Can’t wait to visit and worship with good friends.

And next week, the Louderbacks return!