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If you read my blog, which you should be, you would have noticed a group of men I meet with that we call “the Forge”. It is a group where I can go and be completely transparent with fellow brothers in ministry from other churches. About 7 months ago God had me move out of the role of HS youth director/leader into the role of being part of a team running the men’s ministry in my church, along side of leading worship. If there is one thing I love about our men’s group that I have not seen in any men’s group I have been in it’s honesty and transparency. In both my men’s group and in the Forge nothing is off limits. Everybody is broken.

I decided to look up the definition of Transparent. Here is what it says:

transparent [trænsˈpærənt -ˈpɛər-]adj

1. permitting the uninterrupted passage of light; clear; a window is transparent

 

That definition is astounding. I think there are two keys for real ministry within the church. Honesty and Grace. I have been talking about both with my men and forge group for months. We need to be honest with one another, but at same time we need to have grace for each other when things get put on the table that may possibly floor us, hurt us, or concern us.

Real transparency is what I strive for in my groups and even in my marriage. These days it is very hard to find a group you can be transparent with like that. Let me give you a picture of that with the definition above.

 

Notice it says uninterrupted passage of light…like a window. Light can get in and out of a window if its clean and is not broken. Each one of us is like a window. Many of us are dirty with life, have chips, or are completely broken. When people see us they see the garbage caked on us or get cut by the shards sticking out of us and can’t see the light in us. Light from others can’t get in thru the ice that has developed over our hardened heart (window).

God wants to heal us from the inside out. I believe this healing starts with honesty thru confession. Finding somebody you can trust fully and spill your guts. My wife and my forge group know my hurts, my frustrations, my issues and they also know I am a work in progress. I once heard a friend say “broken people have sharp edges”. We are all broken and we need to be aware that we do cut people, but when we are honest and are open to Christ’s healing he buffs the sharp edges inside and also through others.

My goal in life, and let me say I am no where near this, is to have the window of my soul so clear of debris and brokenness that there is uninterrupted passage of the light of Christ.

My heart is burning for the  Chapman family tonight.  I could not even imagine  how I would be in this situation. My prayers go out to the family.  Chapman has touched so many. Please from for them to night.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County home. Continue Reading…

Mad at the World: 1987-1998

This is a little known band these days, but probablly in the top 5 Christian bands that have influenced me. They were a band that always reinvented their sound. The first CD was almost like Depeche Mode and Tears for fears…later they went into Goth and hard rock ending their music foray with a 60’s 70’s feel. Brilliant stuff here.
Lyrically it they were very challenging dealing with things like suicide, sex, addiction, drugs and ultimatly hope. It is kind of hard to find the CD’s but many were reprinted and can be found on amazon and other sites like www.radrockers.com.

I recently found out Founder and lead singer of MATW Roger Rose is at it again with some demos online.

This is a band the shaped the way for Christian rock and really needs to be revisited often. Go buy the Cd’s

Here they are live…audio isnt hot, but this song rocks!

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Mad At The World Discography

  • Mad At The World
Released in 1987 on Frontline Records
Genre: Synthpop
  • Flowers In The Rain
Released in 1988 on Frontline Records
Genre: Synthpop
  • Seasons Of Love
Released in 1990 on Alarma Records
Genre: Hard Rock
  • Boomerang
Released in 1991 on Alarma Records
Genre: Hard Rock
  • Through The Forest
Released in 1992 on Frontline Records
Genre: Hard Rock
  • The Ferris Wheel
Released in 1993 on Frontline Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
  • The Dreamland Café

Released in 1995 on Alarma Records

Genre: Retro Rock (60’s)
  • World History
Released in 1998 by KMG Records
Genre:Best of
Reviews:

  • Seasons Of Love / Mad At The World
A 2-for-1 re-release in 1999 on KMG Records
Genre: Hard Rock / Synthpop
Review: Rad Rockers Review
  • Flowers In The Rain / Boomerang
A 2-for-1 re-release in 1999 on KMG Records
Genre: Synthpop / Hard Rock

Thanks for praying for stef. Here is an update from his wife…Wow our God is amazing

“Hi, it’s Sandi filling in for Stef– Wow! What a day this has been. Actually, what a journey these past three months have been. We have been awaiting this day for some time now. We waited with both fear and excitement. We had a fear of the unknown because we didn’t know for sure what they would be doing once they opened Stef up, and we had excitement because of the possibilities of this surgery.  We definitely saw what God can do.  I do have to thank our amazing support system also.  We have so many amazing friends and family who shared of their time with us over the last few days.  Some dear girl friends of mine had me up for lunch yesterday and a time of prayer.  Last night, some friends of Stef’s came to our house to pray with Stef.  Today, we had some wonderful people sit with me  at the hospital to help pass those long hours.  A wonderful friend of Stef’s was there, seven of my friends sat with me and kept my mind off of things, my mom and dad, my sister, one of my brothers and his family, my niece and her boyfriend, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, a dear friend to both of us, and our pastor all were there for part of the process or the duration of the surgery to support us.  Stef finally made it into the OR around 10 am.  He went to recovery at 3pm.  He then made it up to his room at 545pm.  I talked to the surgeon and he said things went better than he expected.  The cancer did not seem to be as extensive as he thought.  We ARE still dealing with Stage 4 cancer, so please continue to hold us up in prayer.  Our journey is far from over.  However, the surgeon feels that he was able to remove about 90% of the cancer.  He only had to remove the omentum (the sheet like drape that hangs down from the transverse colon) and the sigmoid colon (a small portion of the large colon where the largest tumor was).  He was able to “peel” the cancer from the bladder and stomach, so those things did not have to be really messed with.  He did remove some other tumors throughout the abdomen as well.  We are so thankful for this remarkable answer to prayer.  I was able to see Stef around 615pm and he was doing well.  He knew about the outcome of the surgery and was so excited about this good news.  I just want to thank all you who prayed for us and remembered us today as we took this path towards full healing today.  Please remember to continue to pray as this is far from over.  We still covet your prayers.  Stef will need much strength and encouragement over the next days and weeks AND months.  Please continue to check in on him.  We love that.  It reminds us that someone was thinking of us.  I will try to keep everyone updated as to his progress until he can take over.  Thanks again for all the love and support and prayer.  We truly serve a God of miracles.  Good night!”

If you read my blog then you know my blogging buddy at AC180 has cancer. He is going into major surgery today. He needs everybody to prayer for him. Pray for his imediate healing. Pray for his wife and

kids. Pray for a miracle. Just pray.

Put this pic on your fridge and write on it:

JOEL SAID TO PRAY FOR HIM…SO DO IT!

Stef posted his campaign on his blog

To God be the glory…

if youare praying…make a comment here…on his blog or over at AC180 so you can be an encouragment to him and his family.