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06.30.09 | June 2009 Newsletter
Summer has arrived
I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying family and friends. The last few days in Texas have been HOT! It seems that 100 degree days came early this year and summers seem shorter than they did when I was a kid!
The last few months have been busy with a lot of local events, not the norm for us as we are often out of town, but it's been great connecting with local churches and getting to stay close to home! Just finished the worship encounter with Lindell Cooley in Nashville; followed up by the Covenant worship conference here in Dallas. Both were amazing gatherings with the Lord speaking to His worshippers. Pastor Mike Hayes released a profound teaching on the sacrifice in worship that touched my heart deeply. In I Chronicles 21:24, David said “I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.” True worship will always cost you something. Our worship should always produce a vision of the beauty of Jesus which results in change; transforming us as we decrease and He increases in our lives. During one of the nights in Nashville, Lindell began singing "You love your stuff too much" speaking to the people of God. It was a deep moment of truth. This is a new hour in the earth and we must gird our hearts and minds for what is to come. Soft Christianity isn't going to cut it in the days to come. I am deeply convicted that we must continue to anchor ourselves, and the people we minister to, into the truth of God's Word and stay in the presence for this hour.
Switching gears for a minute I wanted to share another thought with you. One of the modern day writers that has influenced my thinking is John Piper. When I began reading the book, “Desiring God”, I saw God’s purpose for us in the earth in a whole new light. Of course Piper has been deeply influenced by C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, and the likes. Some pretty great mentors. He says that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied with Him". I’ve shared this with a lot of people and yet it remains an anchor for the way I want to live. The Father is truly glorified when you choose His life and His ways, His delights and fellowship above all other. When the stream that comes from His heart is the joy of your life, you glorify Jesus. Not when you make the most noise, but when you get out of bed in the morning and simply share all the moments with Him. I trust this truth is working in your life.
This month, we are releasing a reprint of an Instrumental project that we recorded several years ago called “Serenity.” I was at Gateway church the other day and they were playing it before and after services and I was asked if it was still available. We have received many requests for the CD and decided to reintroduce it. It is a compilation of melodies combining piano only selections along with some real cool loops and other instrumentation. You can listen to three of the cuts on our homepage at www.klausmusic.com . I am certain you will enjoy the music as I loved producing it! We're making it available for $7 a unit for the month of July. Buy several copies and give them out as gifts. Fill your home with praise.
Thank you for your prayers. Let's make Jesus great in the earth! Let the nations rage, the King is on His throne forever!!
Stay posted for some really great things to come. Looking forward to next time.