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I was talking to a friend’s wife the other day and God smacked me in the head. She was asking me how I am able to write music and then put it up on the net and not be unselfconscious about it. She is a worship leader as well and has hundreds of song that nobody has heard, but she said she wasn’t happy with herself in a few areas. Right away the book “in a pit with a lion on a snowy day” by Mark Batterson came into my head.

“don’t let what’s wrong with you keeping you from worshiping whats right in Him”

She of course responded with..”wow, deep”. I told her that sometimes I have that issue but more often than that I have another issue.

“don’t let what’s right with you keep you from worshiping whats right with Him”

Her response was “huh”. It’s interesting…I can do music/worship with my hands behind my back, youth group without even thinking, ministry without with people straight from my own strength. It isn’t pride, but I am very good on resting on my own ability and leaving the spirit out of the picture.
I will have a church service and play wrong chords and totally mess up and be ticked that worship was horrible. That will always be the week that 3 people come up to me to let me know how great worship was and how amazing God was. Then God says to me “see…it’s not you bucko” We all know that, but seems we are really good at forgetting that.

So she says to me..”Joel you are kicking my butt tonight”

God responds to me “consider your A** kicked as well!”

2 questions:

1. Ever leave God out of your ministry and see how amazing He is anyway?

2. Ever give somebody Godly advice and watch God kick your own butt with it?

Read this whole page…It is a real statement from a real church… WOW!…

I still find it hard to believe in this day in age we are still dealing with Christians who are more about rules than Love.

A poll…I have noticed a shift in the Church these days…a call to be real..how bout you guys?

To all my faithful readers, interactive readers, and random passer byers…CECWorship hit 75,000 hits this weekend. Thanks for everything and lets crack the 100k mark soon.

If you read this blog and I don’t know it…say hi…I don’t bite.. ….often

Top 5 CD’s of the week

January 29, 2008 — 4 Comments

Here it is folks…the most anticipated news each week.

My top favorite CD’s for the week…In random order.

Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten (this CD is brilliant…I love the song these words)

Natasha Bedingfield – Pocket full of Sunshine (CD came out this week…the song below is freakin awesome)
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Misty Edwards – Always on My Mind (Amazing…but even better is that I will have her new CD on sunday)

Mute Math – (these guys have not left my list in a while…MUD get me some free tickets!)

Vineyard – More Than Ever (ok I need a Robbie Reider CD…one with just him on it…Are you listening Robbie?!)

How bout you guys? what are you listening to this week? yeah im calling you out. russ and mud, and fred…

So I was reading to my boys today the story of Adam and Eve. The bible says the snake tells eve that it is ok to eat the apple. Adam is right there when the snake tells her this.

I paused for a second and thought… hmmm…thats me thinking.

I goes right into Eve eating it and then uh oh…, but I feel like it is missing something I never noticed.

A TALKING SNAKE!…

My guess is they were not warned by God..”oh by the way there is a bad angel in snake form…watch out for him.”

So if he didn’t why were they not alarmed by the Talking snake. Were the other animals able to talk? was it just the norm?

There has to be a reason why it doesn’t say ..

And adam said, while throwing the apple in the air. “AHHHH…A Talking Snake!”

any thoughts?