So after hearing about this uber conference for 2 years straight I have finally booked a ticket for the Re:create 2009 conference. I am extremely excited to room with a guy I have know on the net forever (never met in person) and to meet all the wonderful people I interact with daily.

On top of all of that I can’t wait to soak in all the creative goodness, worship with some amazing people and have my heart and brain challenged.

Are you going too? let me know. lets make sure we get together. I am beyond stoked.

True Love: Phil Wickham

November 3, 2008 — 1 Comment

I love this song. I have done it in church twice now and it works great for communion. Enjoy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWOUZJjegS4[/youtube]

I was watching MTv the other day. Yes I do watch it from time to time and I will get to which shows I watch in another post. Any way while I am watching it a commercial comes on with PINK.

This is not an exact quote because I can’t find a youtube video of it, but she say. When I was in High School being a slut made you a loser. Now if you are not a slut then you are the loser.

PINK was dead on with that one. I have found it very odd in doing youth ministry how much things have changed since the good old 1990’s. Back then things were pretty simple. There was pressure to have sex…sure, but if you were one of the ones who was always looking for it people called you a slut and you became an outcast. In the schools now you have to go much further in your “experimentation” to be labeled a slut.

I think this was evident at the MTv VMA’s with the jonas brothers and others getting grief for thier promise rings. It just is not cool any more to wait for marriage.

So what is the deal? Why is this becoming such an epidemic even among professed Christians?

There is an increased amount of Christians who while dating or engaged, since they know “this” is the one, they think it’s ok to have sex. They have the Bible and know what God says about it, but they think what they are doing is just fine.

There are thousands of reasons why non-biblically, disease, STD, pregnancy, emotional damage, ruining your wedding night, etc etc. The bible says that when two people have sex they become one, emotionally and physically. Anybody who has had sex knows it is much deeper than just physical. God knew this when he created it and that’s why He designed it for within a marriage.

There isn’t much I can say for those who are not Christians on the matter because honestly sex is great so I understand the temptation.

I just want to talk about Christians here.

If you are a teenager who is a Christian and you are having sex and you are not married. You are not honoring yourself, your future husband/wife, your current partner, or God.

The bible says in 1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

I think this verse is huge and often the last part is left out. Most youth people use it to say…Hey you are young, but you can still do stuff great for God. Yes that is true, but there is more. It is saying..You are young, but as a Christian you have responsibilities to God and yourself.
Use your tongue for good, Love others, have faith in your God, and be committed to purity of mind and body. Do all of that so you can be an example to others who don’t believe in God.

I’m hoping we can break the culture of if it feels good do it. The truth is though that changing that mindset takes prayer and action. Prayer from the leaders, the church, and parents. Action from the youth to be an example and to hold each other accountable.

I’m praying for my youth…are you?

Friday Fun with the Force!

October 31, 2008 — 5 Comments

HT: Babu
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5_OSsawz4[/youtube]

Ok so the moment we have all been waiting for is here. It is time for the ultimate link love recovery contest.

Why:

Simple. I moved my site from CECWorship recently and noticed that because it was on wordpress.com it came with a share of problems trying to move RSS over. Most of my readers were not using the feedburner feed and I could not transfer them over so I went from 125 readers to 10. Not much community like that. Then on top of all that my technorati rating went down to 0 (yes I am a stat ho and proud of it). So I want to get the community back to where it was quick because I have some great stuff I will be writing about soon.

Rules:

This will be an # entry based contest all plugged into random.org. so that means You get your name in hat once or twice depending on what you do. This is a bloggers contest.

There are 3 tiers if you will.

  • 1 entry if: you change your link on your blogroll, already have changed it, or add my to your blogroll (of course I will add you to mine if it isn’t already.
  • 2 entries if:  you do the above plus subscribe to my new feed
  • Big daddy!: If you do all the above and also do a small (or long) post announcing my sites move and that you like me (ha ha) you automatically get put into a different contest for grand prize only.

So once you have done any of these or already have before contest started post in the comments on this post what tier: 1, 2, big daddy you have accomplished and a link to your site. MAKE SURE YOUR LINK IS ATTACHED TO AN EMAIL SO I CAN CONTACT YOU FOR YOUR ADDRESS.

Prizes!:

Thanks to my friends at Integrity Music I have some amazing giveaways!

for stage 1 and 2: 4 winners will be chosen at random to recieve everything listed below!

Lincoln CD/digital songbook pack (Today is the Day)
Kathryn CD/digital songbook pack (I Belong)
Hillsong (This Is Our God) digital songbook.

For the Big Daddy Prize chosen at random for those in that category only:

Receive all of what the stage 1 and 2 winners get plus….
Joy Whitlock CD (God and A Girl)
Paul Baloche – Music Theory Made Easy DVD

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This contest ends Friday Nov 7th. Winners will be announced Mon Nov 10th

There it is folks…spread the word…yeah there are amazing prizes and fun to be had, but most of all I get to build up the community I had plus get ot meet some new people or have some new reads enriching my life.
Just to let you know also to encourage RSS subscribing. If you thought my old blog was cool it’s about to get way awesomer (yes that is a word today).

If I have missed something or something makes no sense to you and is like in Klingon let me know.

note: if you already get integrity materials (fred mckinnon) feel free to do all the above anyway you just are not in the running for the prizes.