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First Fruits

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions, Ministry

Daniel is doing excellent CAD work with a local company as he continues his education. His current project is a video presentation for the upcoming trade show. He asked if I would create music for it. Normally, I would score to something like this… to which he said… Normally, I create to score. So I bit the bullet and jumped into my new Logic Pro and got to work. A few hours later emerged a piece I’m proud of, that moves/grooves and doesn’t feel stale, despite the loops contained within. I took loops, samples, and recorded my own MIDI keyboard work into it. It plays back at a great level and hits the 3 minutes he was looking for. And my favorite thing about it, is I planned to have it (and the video) repeat on constant and imperceptible loop. The music will accommodate that! When listening to it on repeat, you don’t hear the repeat point.

And just after that, looking forward to our new sermon series at church, which was only going to be 3 weeks, but is blossoming before our eyes into more, I created new podcast “bookends” WITH MUSIC, this time. I’m stoked to hear the upload later today and how it all turned out. The series is called Transformed Prayer, so I drew inspiration from The Lord’s Prayer (“For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory FOREeeeeeeeVer!”) and used that motive in the intro. The podcast ending comes from my holiness class a few years back, where I set Colossians 3:1-17 to music. I took the original ending drums and built new and extended instrumentation around it. And it is funky gospel goodness. I’m very excited to use it for the ministry. I’ll try to link the podcast here when it posts so you can check it out. And the video Daniel creates.

Today is the day we take back the downstairs bedroom! It will become my studio. The bed may stay. We’ll see. Perhaps up against the wall unless needed. But the keys, mics, amps, mixer, computer, power. They all get routed properly starting now. Here’s the BEFORE shot (completely my doing).

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Oh, and if you have any suggestions about setting up a dynamic home recording studio, please send a comment my way.

Done and Done

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Arrangements, Compositions, Ministry, Work

I finally rounded out my $25+ Amazon.com order so I could take advantage of free Super Saver shipping. What I needed was a MIDI to USB cable, and I found one that was well reviewed for $6. I made sure to order that one, given that multiple retailers were listed for the same basic item, delivering vastly different quality. Anyway, that’s what I needed (to start recording from my keyboard into Logic Pro for all my music responsibilities/dreams)… What I wanted was free shipping, so I added a couple books from my wish list. Comin’ my way are The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell and When God Interrupts. Really looking forward to both. Especially The 5 Levels of Leadership because I just started Great by Choice by Jim Collins, having been absolutely transformed by Good to Great. (My coach, Jason Hatley of The Journey Church, affirmed my recent purchase, describing how impact full it has been in his ministry and how much I’d enjoy it.) The Level 5 Leader criteria is a large part of Collins’ findings, and something I remember from reading Tribal Leadership a few years ago. And because I find myself in a place very much like the Great By Choice companies, I’m dying to dig into this season of study for the sake of my team, my church, my pastor, myself, and most importantly, my God – Who made me intentionally to reach and disciple as many people as possible for Him.

Week 1 @/In/Of The Refuge

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Ministry

What an incredible first week.  Although, this would have been incredible for ANY week.  Led worship on Wednesday and Sunday with my new, fantastic friends on the Worship Arts Team, participated in a beautiful baptism service where 7 people demonstrated their faith in Jesus, and got to make a bunch of cool stuff for the church, including a discipleship Motion for OSL, Keynote announcement for Kyria, and cut together the baptism recap video.

There is so much encouragement at The Refuge.  The Lead Pastor discovers and casts the vision God has for the church, then he releases us to serve in our areas with clear expectations and authority to accomplish those “God ideas.”  (Because we aren’t after “good ideas,” but “God ideas.”)  Our drummer keeps sending notes of affirmation, along with the bass players and others.  Others serving with me on the platform will just pull me aside and bless me.  What an environment.  What a refuge!

Although it was a great first experience, leading the church in praise, I know that God has set for me a new path of discovery into more free worship, both as a leader and an active participant.  I’m excited and humbled by it all, simultaneously.  Thankfully, I have people around me who will model, recommend, and promote the forthcoming growth.

Oh, and we finally get to re-enter a focused, intentional discipleship program, Operation: Solid Lives.  Not just Jen and me, but my aunt, uncle and grandmother!  We are stoked!  (All this, AND we got home while it was still light out – even after installing the new 60″ flat screen in the sanctuary, saving 5 hours – just on Sunday!)

All I can make of this is, God knows the thoughts He thinks toward us – and those thoughts and ways of His led us here for all these reasons and more.  We can’t wait to uncover what’s next every step of the way.

God Will Do That

Posted: May 6, 2012 in Ministry

I love that I don’t have to defend myself against injustice or mistreatment. God has already made it plain and obvious. I’m being blessed on my way from the congregation and Pastoral staff in fine form. It is enough for them to hear that God has made a way for us to minister at high levels of leadership again. Everyone gets it, and discreetly shares their candid views about how things could have been different.

I’m glad to have been here. I know multigenerational ministry was possible, and continues to be possible. Now it is time for those who remain to pick up the standard and push for the church they want and will be proud of.

All that is left is for us to enjoy a farewell party and go in peace to a fellowship that is anxiously awaiting our arrival and ministry. We are so blessed.

Erasing Myself

Posted: May 4, 2012 in Ministry

I’m the tech nerd at church. So whenever things change, it falls to me to update things. I’ve effectively deleted myself from the church, piece by piece. From leaving all the files, logins, and even custom made tutorials for how to do aspects of my job, along with clearing my calendars/mailboxes/etc. I am effectively no more.

There is some creepiness to that, but the liberation far outweighs any weirdness. I am happy to put things back to factory spec and allow the church to chart a new course without me – because I know God has set my feet on a new, healthy, and purposeful track. I can’t wait to get started.

This Sunday is my last day at the current place, and I’m looking forward to a worship party in both morning services and a farewell celebration at night. Then it’s off to success again at my new (and hopefully long-term) assignment.

God’s Not Dead!

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Ministry

This week, I’m reminded just how much my God is alive and working in my life.  In the midst of being concerned about how to “survive” (read, earn income), my focus has been more on what I can do to put food on the table, and not enough on how God is going to BLOW MY MIND with crazy provision.  As a Christian, I know that God works in amazing ways, but doesn’t it seem like “why would He work on my behalf?”  I don’t know why I’m still struck with that first impression of “why me?”  I’ve seen God provide and provide and provide over these years of marriage and ministry and parenting, etc.  When will I learn?  Well, I guess now.  I wasn’t expecting anything, but God showed up despite my short-sightedness.

I had made the decision to follow the Lord’s leading out of a ministry position with a solid income into a transformative, visionary, destiny-fulfilling ministry with no perceived pay.  I didn’t know how I was going to help support my family, but God did.  I was told that more than half of our necessary income was going to be handled, and we weren’t even aware of it.  The moral… “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:5-7)