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Lord Plant Your Seeds

Head to YouTube to sing along with my son and I performing this song (before the shelter in place order) . Play along using the lead sheet! Lord Plant Your Seeds was written a few years ago when our head pastor at the time was going through a series on Galatians. I was reading ahead, planning the worship sets when I hit…

Change Our Hearts Today

I would love nothing more than to see revival in Tacoma, and “Change Our Hearts Today” is my flat-out reach for revival song. Here’s a link to a version of the song my son and I recently recorded at church. If you’d like to play along you can download the lead sheet! I regularly read about revivals. Two of the most well-known…

Adulting—Money Talk

On January 22nd, Katie and Andrew Amrine walked us through their financial journey and offered some tips and wisdom they’ve learned along the way. Here’s a brief overview of the conversation and some resources to explore. Budgeting Basics For budgeting to stick, you have to make it work for you. There are lots of online options (Mint, NerdWallet, etc.). The Amrines have…

Don’t Just Settle for “Company.” Try a Friend

As we ramp up for the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) every year, I’m struck by a topic that pops up consistently: Loneliness. Loneliness plagues many people in our hyper-individualistic, breakneck-speed society. I get it. I mean, what do we see when we walk down a busy street, hang out in a coffee shop, or take public transit? Folks glued to…

Elements of Worship: Humility

1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”  In my most recent blog we discussed the element of reverence in worship. Reverence is closely tied to another element that must be present for true worship to occur: humility. Humility may be the most important element for any worshiper to possess. James…

Journey Kids Ministry

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask…

Elements of Worship: Reverence

A few weeks ago I wrote about joy being essential to biblical worship. To understand the type of joy that true worship requires, one has to consider another essential element: reverence. Dictionary.com defines reverence as “an attitude of deep respect tinged with awe.” The Bible tells us in several passages to show reverence in our worship (Hebrews 12:8; Psalm 5:7), but to…

Worship Forever

Heaven lives in a perpetual state of worship. Revelation 4 tells us that there are always four creatures flying around the throne of God, and that day and night they never stop saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Every time they say this, 24 Elders that surround the throne fall down…

What’s it All About?

An enduring image for me is the Charles Schultz comic strip picture of Lucy in her psychiatrist’s booth with her elbows on the counter and her chin in her hands – and this question: “What’s it all about, Charlie Brown?”  That question was raised again this morning as I watched a TEDx video of Raoul Martinez speaking on Creating Freedom.  He was…