Monthly Archives: September 2012

why i love @lhstudents, and thank you @brianmills247

I walked in the door last night and my 6th grader didn’t let me get two steps into the door before saying “did you hear what happened today?”

i wasn’t sure what she was talking about, but it didn’t take long for her to fill me in…

you see, kavi and several of her friends started a bible study at their school.

on wednesday night (the night before this) the student pastor, Brian Mills, told them that a girl in the back had asked if he was going to do an invitation to Jesus in his sermon. he wasn’t planning to, but she said that the friend she had with her needed Jesus and so she was hoping Brian would give the invitation. Of course, he altered his plan to include this in the message. many middle schoolers responded and took the step of faith to believe in Jesus.

apparently there was more because when kavi and her friends held their Bible study, they decided to have an invitation.

she said that Brian had said that night, that each time might be the one time someone is going to be at church (or wherever you are). it might be the only time. and if you haven’t given them the opportunity, they might miss out on the biggest best thing we can experience. with that in mind… the girls gave an invitation after their bible study.

she prayed out loud and asked that if anyone wanted to say yes to jesus that they would repeat it in their heart. then asked for a show of hands (preach, sister!)

15 out of 24 girls indicated a decision of some sort…

boom.

i don’t know that i’ve ever been in a small group bible study like this one, that held a straight-up invitation.

i think we presume that if someone is in a bible study, they already know the author of life… or why would they be studying? but seriously! what an example.

why don’t i always ask people if they know him? because how fun to introduce them to the one who already loves them enough to die for them.

 

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the story on #story2012

here’s the story on story.

wow. learned so much. loved it so much. so grateful for the chance to be inspired and among fellow “creatives”

the major takeway, not surprisingly, coincided directly with the lesson we were teaching in treehouse this weekend. God is funny like that.

first off was Bob Goff… if you follow me on twitter you know i was totally stoked to meet this author whose words had inspired me beforehand, then came to life when i saw him share his heart. i got to have my marked up, dog-eared copy of his book, Love Does, signed by him, and get a Bob Goff hug. In his gracious way, he replied to the photo i tweeted. i love when you meet someone and they exceed your expectations.

then erwin mcmanus had a moment with his son onstage as we watched… his son thanked him for the years he knew his dad took to minister to his son. powerful.

we heard from others… but i was waiting for someone to say “hey artists, it’s not about you, it’s about the creator that gives you the art” … enter Kyle Idleman. to be honest, i hadn’t read his book or known anything about the man… but he brought it. he reminded us that the creator of all things is our source when we “create”. he gave the example of the prophets of Baal. I dont think i realized that Baal was the god of weather… and to humble the people, God gave them a drought. Kyle went on to say that when we make our art an idol, or start to think of our creations as our own, instead of pointing directly to the one that empowered us to create… we are worshipping other gods. the one true God does not go for this. He suggested that if we make art our god, then the God of the universe, will meet us there, and take away our ability to create. Ultimately God wants us to worship Him and Him alone. This week in treehouse, this was our bible lesson and our main point… God is the only one to be worshiped. i love when worlds collide and God teaches me like this… instead of forcing me to experience a drought.

Phil Vischer was the next up and he told the tale of letting the “big idea” get in the way of what God wanted. He talked about the bankruptcy that his company went through… another reminder to keep the main thing in mind. and shared that his new venture is called Jellyfish Labs because jellyfish cannot locomote (my friends and i wondered if this is an actual word, but clearly it is) .. they can go up and down but it requires a current to move them from place to place. Phil is putting himself in God’s current, trying to go with God’s flow, not do his own thing.

this was incredibly timely for me because i think we are on the cusp of a “big idea”. i believe that the super ninja gummy bear is a big idea… and there are so many ways that we can use this character, but God has very clearly given us proof that he wants us to use the SNGB to point people to Christ. he revealed to me how we could teach kids to share the gospel with other kids… with the SNGB. instead of riding the fence and vacilating about the many ways that this fun little character can be utilized, the focus has to stay on the gospel. God gave this to us, and it is our job, my job, to make sure that we use Him like he intended when He gave him to us.

chicago is a beautiful place and i got to visit with some childhood friends, which just sweetens the experience. once again, STORY, made a huge impact that will affect everything I create (with Gods inspiration) going forward.

on the drive home i pulled up a file that i had written a few weeks ago. its a song. a christmas song. and i asked god to give me a tune. he was so kind to fill my head and i sang the song into my phone. man. God is just so kind to us. He wants us to remember that He is the one that gives and takes away. I’m grateful for the things He allows me to participate in every day.

what are you grateful for that God allows you to do?

Ben Arment… the best introducer and host. it was an honor to be at your event. your heart is glorious and i believe that you, like bob goff, love extravagantly.

also amazing experiences : Mason Jar Music, All Sons & Daughters, Sleeping at Last

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the offering song that wanted to be a salvation song

offering of worship (the salvation song)

So i wanted to write a song about how there are different  ways to give offerings…  I really wanted to have a song that would be an offering of worship… in the meantime, i had been wanting to write a salvation song for awhile.

yesterday, between worship experiences in treehouse i shared the beginnings of what i thought was an offering song with ben… and sang him a few notes…that he turned that into something so special. it was literally 5 minutes of magical…

then today by a wonderful act of God our schedules collided and we added the second verse, a wonderful bridge and wrapped it up… and it turned into the perfect salvation song…

i think because we were out of the way of it, but were wanting to write an offering of our own worship, the celebration of our own salvation came out… God was so kind to give us this song and wow… just can’t wait to share it.

are you so excited about your salvation that it oozes into all of your projects?

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Edgerrin was fourth to answer and first to get it right.

tonite in trek this was the main point:

I am His for all time.

and this was the verse:

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.

the bible storyteller asked the room of K-2nd graders… “what is true about God, but not about money?”

answers were varied, and didn’t exactly give the impression that they really understood… and then edgerrin answered…

first let me tell you about edge… edgerrin is a yummy little first grader with an interesting life story…

part of it is this: his mother was in prison, so he and his siblings were distributed to long hollow families that were involved in the Jonah’s Journey program – (a program where kids are able to stay out of the ‘system’ and Christian families are able to foster them) He has been going to Long Hollow since this happened. And is adored by his fostering family… The Downings. He is a spunky, funny kid with alot of story… and a hard past. After all of this time with long hollow families… edgerrin knows God. and knows what it means to be loved by Him.

this is how i know…

when the bible storyteller asked:

the bible storyteller asked the room of K-2nd graders… “what is true about God, but not about money?”

Edgerrin was fourth to answer and first to get it right.

He answered simply, “God stays, Money leaves.”

i wanted to cry because it meant that He has learned what it means when He is told God loves Him. He knows that no matter what happens in his life… God stays. That slays me… (and the downings when i shared this story with them).

Kids learning forever truths. wow.

Do you believe that? Do you believe that God stays?! All the time? and that you are His all the time?

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cream of the crop.

wow. so wednesday nights aren’t easy. kids are tired and worn out from school… parents are rushing to get their kids to church, so they can go to church. but when i tell you that anyone who isn’t bending over backwards to get their kids to trek at long hollow right now… is crazy. because it is ridiculous. ridiculously amazing.

literally multiple times during the evening and on thursday, emmy (my beloved assistant) and i marvel at God’s goodness. as we watch Carol lead the choir… dang! she makes music fun, exciting, and hopping.

as we listen to the men (matt malone and ryan hubbard) who are teaching the bible study lessons … we are just grateful that God doesnt see wednesday night as a second thought. he is bringing the cream of the crop together to create memorable evenings together.

here is one of our teachers: matt malone, teaching kids how to share the truth of the Bible: (i shot this on sunday where he teaches the 4-5th graders, but you get the idea) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydjtIGhiWc&feature=g-upl

then… we have BEN for worship. again… God’s best for his lhkidz. this college student drives an hour round trip each week to spend an hour leading our kids in authentic worship. this week he was out of town and our uber talented media specialist stepped up to lead and that too was amazing.

seriously grateful that God has been so gracious and abundant in our wednesday night stuff. the time kids spend with us, is well spent. it is worthy. that, is the goal. the purpose. the dream.

what area of your life can you see that God has given abundantly when something less would’ve been passable?

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a new worship song with @beggebrecht

Forgive me if I’m redundant. Sometimes, I think I figure out my thoughts as I write about them on this blog. Then I write them into songs.

So, I  may have shared this idea before… but today I got the final version of my latest song.

My friend Ben Eggebrecht and I decided to write a worship song. We started by asking ourselves what songs that we notice people really reacting emotionally to, and experiencing true worship. Which songs we ourselves are moved by.

We realized something… we most connect with the songs that are sung to God instead of about God. Songs that talk about Him instead of about us.

We kept that idea in front of us, and started just talking out loud about what the things we wanted him to know we appreciate about him. then we started talking about something that has been on my mind alot for the last year. people are always taking pictures on instagram of “the nashville sky”… the reason, is that it’s breathtaking. it just is. but pictures dont begin to tell the story of creation. so, God does it over and over again for us. he gives us a new sky each day and night. like the manna the israellites tried to store up. when they didn’t trust and tried to keep it in jars, it rotted. when they trusted god to give them food each day… they had healthy food.

so we started talking about what else he gives us over and over again… and this song was born.

i’m so very grateful to the musicians that played on this record:

Thomas Bain, Micah Schweinsberg,  Jordan Reynolds, Joey Hyde, Corn.

Vocals: Ben Eggebrecht and Haley Hamilton

here are the lyrics. email me if you want to hear the song.

 

Over and Over

by Robyn Collins and Ben Eggebrecht

I could take a thousand pictures

but none of them would show

the wonders you’ve created

your never-ending flow

You wrap your arms around me

with mist and morning air

in sunshine and in rainstorms

I see you everywhere.

 

Over and Over again

Over and over again

 

Your promises are written

on pages i can read

keep telling me the story

of a love that rescues me

in simple conversations

your spirit has a way

of speaking… if i listen

i hear the words you say

 

your love keeps on coming around

your love turned my whole life around

your love keeps picking me up

 

over and over again

over and over again

 

beyond imagination

you cover me in grace

you see right through my doubts

and know me by my faith.

my hope is found in you

the light inside my soul

forever you’re my God

i’ll never be alone.

 

your love keeps on coming around

your love turned my whole life around

your love keeps picking me up

 

over and over again

over and over again

 

your love keeps on coming around

your love turned my whole life around

your love keeps picking me up

 

(over and over again

over and over again)

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