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BLOG ANNIVERSARY

June 23, 2008 — 16 Comments

This month marks 2 years of insane blogging on this site. Consistancy has had it’s ebb and flow, but overall I think I can consider myself one of “real” bloggers.

Thanks to all my readers, friends, and blogging friends. Blogging continues to be a blast and in important part of who I am.

Come by and say Hi.

  • Are you a reader and never say anything? SAY SOMETHING!.
  • are you not linked to me? WHY NOT!
  • Got any Questions for me? MAYBE I SHOULD POST ON THAT
  • Are you linked and reading and commenting? THEN SHOOT ME A “WOW…2 YEARS…YOU HAVE ISSUES”

Here is my buddy from town. Local Youth guy Steve Patton aka The Czar. From the last youth conference we went to. They let him do his thing.
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Here are some things you can expect very soon from me:

Reviews on:

Books

  • Contemplative Youth Ministry – Mark Yaconelli
  • A New Kind of Youth Ministry – Folmsbee
  • Growing Souls – Mark Yaconelli
  • The irresistible Revolution – Claiborne
  • Pop Goes the Church – Tim Stevens
  • Worship Matters – Bob Kauflin

Music – New or coming soon from

  • Alvin Slaughter
  • Jared Anderson
  • Joel Auge’
  • Gateway Worship
  • Kathryn Scott

Thoughts on:

  • Youth Ministry
  • Emergent Church
  • Alternative Worship
  • Contemplative Services
  • Communion
  • Church 2.0

THAT GET YOU FIRED UP?

It’s almost here…I told you it would rock your world. So make sure you pick this one up tomorrow.

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?