This blog is a compilation of life lessons involving ministry, life, family and pretty much anything I feel like sharing.
Life's best lessons are learned from the trials and errors of yourself...and those around you. Hope you can learn from mine!
To all you 80's kids out there who dreamed of being the Karate Kid, Mr Miyagi passed away. Pat Morita (73) played one of the most iconic figures of the 1980's in the Karate Kid series. "Wax on, wax off"...
Last week I sent out an SOS to the world (hey that could be a song) asking for a little advice on our Christmas eve drummer situation. Kevin, our week in and week out drummer, has submitted a request, and I quote, "Replace that beginner's Tama kit on your blog with a picture of a real drumset! hehehe". To all you Tama kit players who have stumbled upon this post, please don't take it personal. Feel free to leave a comment message here for Kevin as I'm sure he'll be reading this post. Rather than just replace the picture on the orignal post here, I am dedicating this post to Kevin's mistress. Oh, and I've also categorized this post under my worship section...hehehe
Here you go...behold Kevin's drumset....Kevin, is that drool on the rim of the snare?
Just in case anyone out there doubts the effectiveness of the Iraq war, check this story out. While congress debates whether or not to cut and run, the U.S. military is having great success in ripping apart the Al Qaeda terrorists. You can tell that all the congressmen are gearing up for the 2006 elections. It's frustrating to see how the media does not spend much time talking about the great successes of the U.S. military as they do tearing them down.
Update: As Heath stated in the comments, congress voted to stay 403-3. Republicans made a great move forcing a vote immediately. If Democrats truly believed it was best for America and the troops, shouldn't they have voted to run quickly away? Finally Republicans are showing a little backbone. Click here for more.
I had no idea tonight was going to be the final night of the tour. What an incredible experience! I saw The David Crowder Band back in October of 2002 and then earlier this year in February. Man they have grown as a group since I saw them in 02. They are incredibly gifted at drawing in the crowd then winning them over and getting us all to particpate. I would recommend everyone goes to this tour, but alas, it's over. You missed it if you didn't go.
I will recommend any of the David Crowder CD's. Can You Hear Us?, Illuminate, A Collision, The Lime CD and Sunsets and Sushi.
Oh, I went out to the lobby and bought both of the Robbie Seay Band Cd's. Then I heard Shane & Shane and wanted to trade one of the Seay Cd's in for a Shane & Shane. Both bands are amazing.
So we're having our Christmas services on Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) and not having any services on Sunday the 25th. I have been trying to make our Weekend Service Team aware of this possible situation for a couple of months starting with our praise team. However, Christmas is THE holiday where most people elect to go out of town and spend time with family. The people involved with the weekend services are always the ones sacrificing the most in order to serve our church and the surrounding community. The Grace Weekend Service Team is filled with Giving people. So whenever someone is needing a weekend off, I am TOTALLY understanding and just plain appreciate all they do every week.
So, I'm now faced with a dilemma. Our drummer, Kevin (who has not missed a Sunday since 2004, except for giving him a weekend off, and has shown up to play on Sundays running a fever of 104) and his family, will be out of town on Christmas Eve. This forces us to reconfigure our praise time for the Christmas Eve service. Here are the options:
Acoustic Christmas service - Could be done. Might be fitting for Christmas Eve. There will be NO childcare so we're planning on having ALL of our children in the services. This means we were going to be incorporating some really rocking, fun stuff for the kids. Acoustic might not really be considered "Rocking Fun".
Bring in an outside drummer - Believe it or not, we have NO backup drummer in our congregation that could step in and fill the shoes of our regular drummer. So I'm wondering what it would be like to have someone who is not a member of our church, maybe not even a person who has trusted in Christ, come and play the drums for our Christmas services.
I'm very curious to know what you all think about hiring musicians, bringing in people who may or may not be professing Christians. How important is it to make a Christmas service impacting?