You haven’t heard about Carlos Whittaker? You either enjoy sleeping under a rock or you are never on the internet. Carlos (LOS, alias @LOSWHIT) is a social media ninja and some may say the Christian “blog father”. He is a creative genius who has worked in many large churches and helps other creatives to tap into their potential for Christ. He is also a worship leader signed by “Integrity Records.
His new EP seen below is available on i-tunes now for as little as $1.98 for 3 songs! Honestly you can’t beat that price. Take a listen to one of the track below and make sure you check out the rest of the blog tour as well.

1.  “Jesus Saves” (hear it on FredMcKinnon.Com)
2.  “Rain It Down” (hear right now…here at Klampert.Com)
3.  “We Will Worship” (hear it Thursdays, Jan 28 over at ChrisFromCanada.Com)

 

RAIN IT DOWN – Carlos Whittaker

[audio:http://klampert.com/Blogstuff/RAINITDOWN.mp3]

DOWNLOAD THE FREE CHORD CHART FOR RAIN IT DOWN!

Rain It Down

Jason Ingram, Phillip Larue and Carlos Whittaker
© 2010 Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/West Main Music/Windsor Hill Music/SESAC, Deeper Still Music Publishing/Songs of Razor & Tie/My Maxx Songs (All adm by Music Services o/b/o Razor & Tie Music Publishing)/ASCAP
and Integrity Worship Music/ASCAP

There’s a storm coming in the distance

Some will run to it and some will resist it

Our eyes will turn to the sky

With desert hearts looking to the heavens

Desperate for your Holy fountain

Our eyes will turn to the sky

Rain down on us
Father

Rain down on us

Spirit
Rain down on us
Jesus
Rain down on us

There’s nothing like your healing water
Pour it out on Your sons and daughters

Our eyes are lifted high

We are here and we are waiting
Flood our hearts til their overflowing

Our hands are lifted high

Come Lord we’re thirsty now

Come Lord and rain it down
Come Lord we’re thirsty now
Come Lord and rain it down

 

JVO and re:create

January 22, 2010 — Leave a comment

Last year I was privileged to attend re:create in Nashville, TN. It was one of the only conferences that I have ever been to that had me thinking, questioning praying, wondering etc etc. They call it an unconference and that is honestly the best description.

I was determined to go this year but the economy changed that. Another thing that changed that was the birth of my daughter in Sept. Thank God I had some money stored away for my wife to be able to take a maternity leave.

There are 1000 reasons why I am disappointed I can’t go this year. It’s the 10th Anniversary, tons of my friends are going and I would love to see them (some things are making up for that…I’ll post on that later), great networking etc etc…

One of the reasons is not being able to glean from John Voelz. I got to do some comic book art for his church last year and let me tell you he may be one of the most creative people I have met. God is using this guy to “create” out of the box things. His videos, as an example, are brilliant.

To all my re:create pals I met last year: I am sorry I can’t make it, but I WILL be there next year!
To all who have never heard about John Voelz…Time to get aquainted!

I received another book from the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program. This one is called “This is Your Brain In Love” by Dr. Earl Henslin.

I have been married for over 12 years now so anything I can read about how to keep passion going, how to fix communication or how to realize how many issues are my fault (I hate that part) I will read.

This book is about identifying your “love style” and talks about scientific research into brain scans. Now I know what you are thinking now that you just read that line. BORING! Amazingly enough I read this book in about an hour and it kept my attention just fine.

I really liked his take on the sacrament of Sex and how sex is typically tacked on almost as an addendum to marriage or a perk. Dr. Earl tries to make you realize that sex and spirituality go hand in hand in creating a healthy marriage.

After that he discusses the issues in our brains and how to have healthy brains so we can eliminate issues.

He identifies the five types of lovers, with ground-breaking insights and effective solutions for the challenges presented by each:

* Scattered Lover
* Over-focused Lover
* Blue Mood Lover
* Agitated Lover
* Anxious Lover

There are 5 tests in the book and it teaches you to analyze the results. They are simple 3 minute tests. I learned a lot by them, but I also ranked broderline on every test. I don’t know if that means I’m am only slightly screwed up or if it means that I have every one of the issues he discusses.

Either way this was a great read with valuable insight. I am passing it along to my wife this week so we can talk some of the topics through. I would recommend this book to anybody who is married even if you are “issue free”.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Abortion…of course this topic due to healthcare is in the minds of everybody. There of course is concrete science to prove that a fetus is a baby and I am not going to go into that.
Nor am I going to go into it’s murder or it isn’t murder.

What I will say is this: What the whole debate comes down to is do you believe the WORD of God is valid or not. Because if you do and you are not pro-life you are missing something.
The Word says ALL LIFE IS SACRED.

It also says this:

Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
Jeremiah 1:5

So if you believe the WORD..the Bible as our source of truth then you know with out a shadow of a doubt that what is inside the womb was and is a child of God before he/she was EVER conceived.

Sunday is sanctity of life sunday. Pray for our country and the decisions it’s making. Pray for the 4 out of 10 women how have a child out of wedlock. Pray for the doctors to see the truth. Pray for those who have had an abortion that they can find healing and find Jesus.

I am privileged to be a part of an underground society if you will. Think of it as the dead poets society without poetry. It’s called “the forge” and it is a group of men from different churches in the area who meet monthly. The men in this group are all leaders and also should start another group called “overachievers anonymous”. We are all guys who believe so strongly about the great commission that we do everything we can to fulfill God’s call and sometimes in unhealthy ways.

We meet and talk and get real honest. More honest and transparent than we can be in our own congregation because most of us are in small churches. We hold each other accountable and speak into each others lives sometimes no holds barred (not the hulk hogan movie). We also just have a blast laughing, shooting pool at the bar next to my church, worshiping, and enjoying each other and God.

There have been three things we have all noticed.

  • It’s ALL about relationship
  • 100% Honesty is 100% the most important thing
  • You have to have fun!

Those key factors led one of my Forge brothers to the inspiration for the leadership development process in his church. He is going to be implementing it this year and I can’t wait to see how this works.

It’s called “roots” and below is what he says about it:


Vision:

To develop people in our church to become agents of change that impact our surrounding community by boldly and innovatively sharing God’s love.

Mission:

The focus of this ministry is to cultivate the character and leadership abilities of individuals to reflect the heart of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

Through the teaching of God’s word and communion with one another, the relationships forged will cultivate a catalyst for spiritual growth that will spur on the body of believers.

How:

Commitment to meeting regularly (weekly or bi-weekly) will be required and must be a priority for each individual.

Each meeting will be characterized by a time of teaching from God’s word in various formats (such as video, devotional, reading, etc.) along with time for building relationship (through sharing, testimonials, praying, etc.)

Individuals will be expected to engage the body of believers through a form of ministry or outreach (small groups, welcome center, soup kitchen, etc.) empowered by the outpouring of Christ love administered through us.

Mentor relationships must be sought by each individual. Corporate meetings are intended to foster mentorship, not to be the suffice for it.

Personal growth is emphasized through daily reading of the Word, and times of prayer.

Unity is an essential factor to the Kingdom of God. Attendance of 1PRAYER meetings is required in order to be apart of and network with other believers to fulfill God’s complete vision for our local community