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04.14.09 | Enjoying Jesus Everyday
I know it’s been a while since my last blog so I wanted to update all on what has been going on and add a few thoughts to encourage you. We received an incredible response on “The Battle Hymn” project and it was used by many to pray for our nation. We had so many downloads the first few days that we had to increase the bandwidth on our website to accommodate everybody! We continue to get downloads and as you know, it is free.
I took a little bit of a needed break at the beginning of this year as last year had been pretty crazy with the release of “Glory” and a steady flow of worship events. It seems like life goes in spurts from days where you can’t get it all done, to days when you just get to kick back and enjoy.
That brings me to sharing this thought with you. I am not always the steady type! Must be the musician in me that makes me run at incredible speeds and then crash! I’m still working it out! Every now and then I need to be reminded that the joy in the journey is what is most important. In visiting with Lindell Cooley recently, we were talking about what you see in the news and all the headlines that wear you down. Lindell said something that I already knew but needed to be reminded of. He said that He was just enjoying Jesus everyday! Pretty simple, yet profound. God never asked us to right all the wrongs, but to simply walk out the journey with joy in fellowship with Him. His yoke is easy, His burden light. Jesus lived in a time where there was a lot of injustice, and when they asked Him if He was coming to save the day, He simply said His kingdom was not of this world! He came to restore, to bless, to release in the earth an everlasting kingdom. Are we doing that today? As much as I love America, and pray for God to turn our hearts towards Him, my hope is ultimately in a Kingdom that has no geographical boundaries but is only bound together by the blood of a King that died to save us. With a crown of thorns He became our King forever!
Let’s talk about worship for a minute. When Jesus encountered the woman at the well, He converted a broken rebel into a worshipper. The greatest theological statement in the New Testament about worship is found in this story. Restoration to worship and fellowship, the kind that Adam knew in the cool of the garden, is what He came for! That’s pretty simple but pretty great!
I hope you’re enjoying the springtime wherever you are. These are the last few months of great weather in Texas before the sun comes to wear us out!!
I wanted to make you aware of a new project we just released. It is the culmination of a lot of years of practice, study, and learning. It is our first PIANO Instructional DVD. Whether a beginner, or quite advanced, this DVD starts with the basics and then moves into voicing and more advanced playing techniques. Playing the piano is the one thing that is most natural to me and I try to make it simple in this DVD. It will teach you to play by ear and also move the classically trained into some freedom off of the page. The first of several to come and I believe a great tool for your library. Get it for someone that plays. Get it for someone that wants to learn how to play. Or just bless your church keyboard players with one.
Also, if you have not gotten a copy of “Glory”, our latest live worship release featuring a night of worship with Klaus, Kari Jobe, and Elizabeth Clark, do so today. We’ve been receiving incredible testimonies as people have experienced this prophetic and intimate evening of worship. We’ve been blessed to have Integrity Music partner with us in getting it out. Buy several copies and sow worship into the earth.
Because He’s Worthy Forever,