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Seeking Allah, Finding JesusA Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
By: Nabeel Qureshi

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.

I have always been intrigued by other faiths and their journey and practice. Even more so I have been excited to read accounts of people who have found the hope of Christ on their journey.

About 2 years ago I discovered a show out of Canada called “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. It was a cute show about Muslims who are stuck having to share a place of worship with Christians. While I know it was a sitcom, it gave me such an appreciation an interest in the faith of the Muslim community. Watching the characters in both faiths interact and have to learn how to coexist was pretty eye-opening to me.

Because of this it was a pleasure to receive this book to review. I have heard stories of Muslims having a dream and meeting Jesus and then getting saved before, but this was different. Nabeel takes us on a journey of real seeking and battling thru mindset shifts and seeking REAL truths that his heart was longing for.

How fitting that “case for Christ” writer, Lee Strobel writes the forward in this pretty amazing journey of faith.

This book as a great read. For the last year I have been co-teaching a mens bible study through the book of acts and this book as been really helpful to get into the head of an eastern mindset. I recommend this book to those in Islam culture who are seeking and for those in the Christian faith to learn how to speak, pray and give grace to those who believe differently.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this BOOK free from BookLookBloggers to review. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

888295046336_cover.170x170-75This video is a preview of an upcoming album from my friends Kristen and Bobby Gilles. It is an album born out of the confusion, pain, and hope of a couple trying to worship God after losing their baby. Much like Steven Curtis Chapman’s album, “Beauty Will Rise”, it weaves hope and grief in an intoxicating way, but also makes it way to personal to review affectively. The church needs albums like this. The church needs people like this. Those who are not afraid to ask the tough questions and show that while they are still in pain, that there is hope and we worship a loving God.

Learn the story behind Parker’s Mercy Brigade by Kristen Gilles, a collection of new worship songs to the Lord who gives and takes, and who works the giving and the taking for the good of those who love him. Half of all proceeds from the sale of Parker’s Mercy Brigade go to Nadus, documenting social justice issues around the world and partnering with local organizations to provide humanitarian relief and Christian witness.

And because half of all proceeds go to Nadus Films, when you purchase the CD or digital download, you haven’t just bought a record, you’ve joined Parker’s Mercy Brigade.

Preview video produced by Nadus Films.

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It is 12:24am…

5/6ths of the klampert family stayed awake for the ball drop.

I am about to go to sleep and can’t quite because I am just floored about how the year has gone.
My wife, Kelly, said to me “It’s been a week already since Christmas…It went too quick!”.
What I find amazing about that statement is that the year seems to have gone by even quicker.

This was an amazing year for our family. The kids are growing up fast and getting so smart. We have our great times and we have our challenges like every family, but at the end of the day We have four of the coolest kids on the planet.

We had the opportunity to minister at a great church this year and I had the wonderful pleasure of pastoring in worship some amazing people.

God gave me a personal retreat where I could be with friends in the mountains and worship. This led to the production of a very raw, live worship album.

This summer, I had the privilege of seeing God move prophetically through friends in the band “the brothers mcclurg” at the church I was working at. Even more amazing God made it very clear that He is ready to shake the foundations of our area and he healed a man who could barely walk that night.
Miracle after miracle. Strongholds were broken and broken were made whole. Our God has been good this year.

The changes came swiftly after. I stepped down from my role at the church and our family followed God’s leading to head into prayer and seek God’s heart and call with surrender and with no personal agenda.

God birthed in myself and 3 other families to start a new church in Newport County. He gave us a call and a vision. God followed that with a name; Ember Church. He made it clear that we would pastor the church together as 4 co-pastors. I will blog on this more later, but it has taught me so much about submission and surrender.

So much has changed this past year. So much pain and confusion. So much Joy and victory. Much is uncertain about the next year, but i know it is well with my soul.

I am praying 2014 is a year not of resolution, but instead a year of restitution and a year of revolution.
I pray God binds my family together even more strongly this year.
I pray God makes my marriage bulletproof.
I pray God helps us instill the fruit of the spirit in our kids.
I pray for my co-pastors that He would do the same for them.
I pray for an awakening in our city.
I pray for dreams and visions.
I pray that I can be used as God’s instrument.
I pray that Ember Church grows from the lost finding Jesus.
I pray the other churches around us overflow with people seeking hope.
I pray we see revival in the Church and that God would breathe on these dry bones.
I pray for miracles and that the glory of God would flood our city!

“It’s time for heaven to invade, and all the earth to shake
It’s time for the miraculous. It’s time for dreams to be unleashed
And every curse to cease. I know nothing is impossible”
-Daniel Bashta

Bethel Music: TIDES review

September 3, 2013 — 3 Comments

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Bethel Music: TIDES

I have had the pleasure of being able to listen to the new Bethel Album for the last month. Sadly I have been so into the album that I forgot to do this review; so let me get right into it.

I am a huge fan of Bethel’s worship and as a worship pastor I love to lead their songs. Bethel over the years has become my personal worship “cave”. I remember when I first heard the song “closer” with Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger. That night I felt God just reach out in the middle of that song. I ended up spending 3 hours continually repeating the youtube video of steffany leading the 12 min version.

There is something to Bethel that is different than other bands. There of course is quality in musicianship, well thought out lyrics and amazing chops. What sets them a part for me though is it is dripping with the Holy Spirit. These guys are anointed and I just can’t get enough. For me the dynamic duo is Gretzinger and Riddle leading together. Amazing.

I was excited to get this CD, but also nervous. Most of my favorite worship people cut studio albums and I find myself begging that they would do a live album. With bethel it was different because this was their first studio album and I was worried it would remove the ROAR that their other projects had. I worried for no reason.

This album is AMAZING! I have all of Ian McIntosh’s solo work and the minute I pushed play on the first track I heard his fingerprint all over this. In a world of U2/Hillsong/Coldplay ripoffs mixed with civil wars/muford copycats It is so refreshing to actually say that this album is fresh and original. Musically it is evident nothing is composed to be cool or hit and instead 100% supports the songs and it’s lyrics. Everything just makes sense.

Oddly enough I didn’t start listening to the first track. Instead I jumped to the title that hit me; “Be Still”.

“Be still my heart and know
You are God alone
Stop thinking so much
And just let go”

Smacked right in the gut. Those lyrics cut me to the core.
I was hooked after that. Simple truth sung with a prophetic edge and yet wasn’t cliche.

This album stylistically offers EVERYTHING.
Jenn Johnson channels Dido and Natasha Beddingfield on “Chasing You”, a song my 4 year old daughter cant stop singing.

Brian Johnson is consistent and clear with an almost hymn-like quality on songs like “strong in us” and “forever”.

Steffany Gretzinger KILLS it on “be still” and leaves you floating in the spirit of surrender in “letting Go”

Jeremy Riddle, the brilliant writer of “Furious” doesn’t disappoint either. He lends to the album a gritty indie rock feel on “heaven’s song” and on “breaking through” gives us a similar feel to The Killers “human” album. SO GOOD!

New Comer Hunter Thompson sings “come awaken love” which seems to be an homage to Owl City.

There are a few other tracks on here that I didn’t mention that are just brilliant. The only song that had to grow on me was “ascend” but after a bunch of listens I love it even with William Matthews shaky tremolo voice.

The Last song that hit me like a ton of bricks is the EPIC anthem song “For the Cross”. Brian starts the song it its powerful. All of a sudden Jenn DIVES into the song with what can only be described as a Groan of the Holy Spirit and you are instantly transported to utter thanksgiving for the cross. She screams out truth and hope almost as if she wants ever spirit to hear that this “violent hope” is a declaration that the battle is already won.

“But on that day
What seemed as the darkest hour
A violent hope
Broke through and shook the ground”

In the last 10 years there have only been a handful of albums I can truly say were perfection. Not just a 5 star rating, but where there isn’t one bad song, one misplaced note, or one cliche lyric.

THIS IS THAT ALBUM. Buy it now. Your spirit needs it!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this album free from Hoganson Media Relations and Bethel to review. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I am Going to be doing a FREE 1day Conference at Gospel Light Community Church in CT with Adam Fagan-Kela based on the Dangerous Faith curriculum we have created.
The material we are teaching is strictly the word and testimony taking attendees on a journey to ignite revival in their hearts and make us all zealous for the heart of God.

April 20th 9am – 5pm with a lunch break
Night of worship 7-9pm with special Guests: my wife Kelly and Adam’s wife Heather –

ITS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!