Thursday, January 24, 2013

Crimes and Scripture.

I started to write a blog post this week.

But it was terrible.
Not in the "Oh I'm so terrible" way.
But in the "My momma even told me that stunk" way. HA!

So I saved what I was writing and hopefully I'll be able to make something out of it for next week. For this week, I thought I'd just share two things with you.

One:

If you have $10, it should be a crime for you not to buy Chris Tomlin's new album Burning Lights. It debuted #1 on the Billboard charts! It's only the fourth time a Christian album has done that. It's a great album and you should own it!

I must confess though, the first time I listened through the album, I thought it may have been one of his worst albums, and I don't say that jokingly or to be mean. The second time I listened through it, it grew on me, but I was still not a fan. By the fourth time I listened all the way through it, I was fully engaged in worship and the lyrics and I was tweeting about it's awesomeness because it's probably his best album yet!! So if you don't love it the first time you listen to it, keep listening, especially to the lyrics! Maybe it's like some cheese, which gets better with age.

Two:

This week, I found out some bad news about a friend's family. I also had some other things weighing heavily on my heart. As I prayed, I wanted some good reassurance that prayers count. I don't know why I wanted that, but I did. So I went to my handy Bible app and looked up passages with prayer. In case you didn't know, there are LOTS of them! But what settled my heart was this passage:

I love the Lord because he hears my voice
    and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
    I will pray as long as I have breath!
Death wrapped its ropes around me;
    the terrors of the grave overtook me.
    I saw only trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Please, Lord, save me!”
How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
    So merciful, this God of ours!
The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
    I was facing death, and he saved me.
Let my soul be at rest again,
    for the Lord has been good to me.
He has saved me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling.
And so I walk in the Lord’s presence
    as I live here on earth!
10 I believed in you, so I said,
    “I am deeply troubled, Lord.”
11 In my anxiety I cried out to you,
    “These people are all liars!”
12 What can I offer the Lord
    for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

Psalm 116

So this week as we come to worship, I invite you to reflect on this section of Psalm 116. I love the response in verse 13. As we come to NewSong on Sunday, we have the opportunity to lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord's name. So don't let the opportunity pass you by this weekend!!

Here are the songs from last week, January 20th:
"Awake My Soul" by Chris Tomlin (from Burning Lights!) 
"Desert Song" by Hillsong
"Not For a Moment" by Meredith Andrews
and "This is Home" by Jon Foreman for the offering.

In case you were wondering, that was JD who rapped during "Awake My Soul". He prefers to say that he "rhythmically recited" Scripture, but I like to call it rapping. He did a great job!! In case you were wondering, the song was written from Ezekiel 37 and JD was reciting passages from that story. So take a moment and check out the story if you don't already know it! 

I hope you all have a great week and I'll see you Sunday! We have a great surprise in store and just because you won't see me on stage doesn't mean I'm not there :).  

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