Whether You Feel It or Not

Today was the day we decided to tear the stage at church and get rid of all the Christmas decorations.  It’s one of those things that you know needs to be done, but you would rather do just about anything else.  There’s a whole lot more excitement to decorating for Christmas than putting it all away.  Thankfully, it’s all done!

After taking the Christmas decorations away, I was setting up the stage for rehearsal tonight and services on Sunday.  I was flipping through my Amazon library and ran across Matt Maher’s All The People Said Amen album.  I hit play and started moving things on the stage.

During the song Your Grace is Enough, Matt Maher shared briefly about why he wrote the song.  I had listened to it before, but thought it was so powerful as I heard it again:

“I wrote that ’cause I was going through a difficult time and I needed to be reminded that despite what was going on in my heart, those words in Scripture are true, whether you feel them or not, that God’s grace is sufficient.”

What a great thought and reminder: God’s grace is sufficient, whether I feel it or not. Sometimes we let how we feel determine what we believe to be true.  Instead, we should allow the truth of God’s Word and who He is (and who He says we are) to guide our feelings.

Appreciated that reminder today and hope you do, too.  Thanks Matt!

10,000 Reasons & Psalm 103

10,000 Reasons is a pretty well-known worship song and has been used in a variety of venues.  Just this summer I’ve sung it with our congregation, with about 900 high school students at a CIY MOVE Conference and with about 100 junior students at our week of summer camp.  We used it as part of our song set yesterday in our morning service and it seems to really connect with groups of all ages.

Before we sang it yesterday, we played about the first two minutes of this video where Matt Redman (who helped write the song) talks about the story behind the song.  Since I’m not a song writer, I find it interesting to hear about the process writers go through.  I like what he shares as it gives the back-story to the song we love to sing and points to Psalm 103 and what it says about worship.

Redman also gives a good reminder that God is always giving us reasons to worship Him.  Whether we are young or old, on the mountaintop or in a valley, loving life or struggling to get through the week, God provides numerous reasons to worship him.  A good reminder not only for our Sunday worship sets, but for how we live Monday through Friday.

Falcon Pride Video

massiefalcons People in our area have been celebrating the fact that the Clinton-Massie Falcon football team won the state championship last Friday. The Falcons are the first Clinton County team to win a state title and they also set a state record for points scored in a season.

One of the cool aspects of the run to state was the support the team received from both the school (especially the students) and the community. A couple of the CM students put this video together. It kind of leaked out before the championship game, but fortunately the team backed it up on the field. It’s a fun video to watch, especially if you are a Falcon fan.

King & Queens – Audio Adrenaline

I saw this video come across Facebook today.  It’s Audio Adrenaline’s latest song.  I had heard a rumor somewhere that Kevin Max (formerly of DC Talk) was going to be their new lead singer, but didn’t hear much more.  But AA is back.  Of course, I automatically think of Big House, Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus, DC-10 (both versions) and other songs from their past albums.  I always liked AA and this first song is a good one. Will be interested to hear the rest of the recording when it is released.

Riley Sings (Don’t Tell Her We’re Watching)

My niece Riley lives in Nashville, TN, and spent some time watching the storms that went through this weekend. My sister Krista and her husband Jason try to capture Riley on video, but she’s usually aware when the camera is on. While watching the storm the other day, she was singing in the doorway and Jason and Krista seized the opportunity to snag some video footage.

Here’s an additional fun fact for you – in the picture to the left, Riley is modeling her new skirt. My wife (Aunt Cheryl) went shopping with her mom a couple of months ago and picked up a few items for Riley. Guess she loved the skirt. Shout out to Aunt Cheryl!