Monday, January 30, 2012

Demons. And Oreos. And Beef Jerky.

Our planning meeting for NewSong was going great last Monday. We discussed worship and the sermon all morning as well as improvements that we'd like to make for the upcoming week. I brewed coffee for everyone and served it. More like I let them borrow the Keurig in my office, and get it themselves. Then I asked Jim, "Dr. Reverend James V. Kinder, what is your excellency teaching on this week?" Well, I really didn't ask it like that, but you get the idea. Then the response came quite casually. "I'm preaching on casting out demons." The first thought into my head was "Is he going to use a clip from The Exorcism?" Seeing as how I've never seen that movie, I don't know if it'd be appropriate but that's really what I thought. Then I started wondering what in the world I'd be leading people in singing that had to do with demons. We don't make a habit of singing songs about the devil in NewSong. In fact, it may be illegal to sing about the devil, in the Unspoken Laws of Church People. I think the only song we even mentioned him in is in Alive In Us by Hillsong. We sing "The enemy is under your feet. We are free!" but that's alright because we are singing Romans 16:20. Maybe the loophole is if we are singing Scripture about Satan.
Anyways, after a few minutes of trying to think of songs with Satan in them and trying to figure out what to sing that directly correlated to the message, I gave up and just planned a worship set that I felt like the Lord was drawing out for us. Good thing I did that! Yesterday was an awesome time of worship. We opened up with "Set Free" our new song from Passion: Here For You. We worshiped and enjoyed our time with the Lord and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Landon led us in a song that he did back at home called "Heaven Song". It's a song by Phil Wickham and I recommend that everyone owns it! I remember those old songs about crossing the River Jordan that my Momma sang and loved so dearly. This is a modern "I'm gonna cross the River Jordan on the other side of this mountain on my way home on an uphill climb in snow both ways" kinda song. (if you didn't understand that one, it's okay. talk to your grandpa. he will explain it! he walked uphill in snow both ways once upon a time.)
This week, I am looking forward to another great week worshiping together on Sunday. I hope that you take some time this week to worship on your own. I once heard a worship leader say that our worship on Sunday should look like our worship on Tuesday. When he said it, it hit me in between the eyes. Take some time today and sing to the Lord. If you don't sing, rap. If you don't rap, write. If you don't write, talk. If you don't talk, work for the Lord. Do what He created you to do and do it for Him!

Oh. The Oreos and beef jerky part of the title. I would just like to announce to the world that I took a break on my diet this weekend. I had 5 Oreos and a big ole' beef jerky. It reminded me that when I get overwhelmed with stresses and finances and how much gas costs, I've got to take a break. Whatever I needed to get done in such a rush can wait. Sometimes it's okay to eat some Oreos and beef jerky. I need to do that more often. Don't we all need to do that more often?

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