Monthly Archives: November 2012

that time when we sang with Newsong

this week a few of the kids from our lhkidz choir got to sing with Newsong for a Christmas special. It was a long day backstage… but they killed it on stage.

timothy trottman was the delicious little soloist. choir kids: blaikie collins, brooke sheeley, marisa wirtz, amber trottman, jonathan coomer, josiah and  micah lopez, seth bundy.

the band was really kind to the kids… but the highlight for them, for sure, was hanging out with Jamie Grace for 10 minutes!

lhkidz choir kids

lhkidz crazyhanging with JG

family christmas poster

family christmas poster

i was designing this for my own purposes, and thought… ok, people might like to have this… so if you email me your details at, i’ll make it for you… for free.

a lame word for an awesome thing

the christmas family tree

LINEAGE: a lame word for an awesome thing.

our plan for this christmas season…

we wanted to tell the Christmas story… but we also had these crucial old testament and new testament stories we wanted to tell… and we realized they were all people in the line of Christ…

wonderful! we are teaching through the lineage of christ… God…. to Jesus … to You.

By the end of the year, our kids will see how all of these Bible heroes are connected, even to them, if they believe in Jesus. Just look at what we get to learn.


11/11 – Noah: Obedience will save your life.
11/18 – Abraham/Sarah/Isaac/Ishmael: God has a better plan than ours
11/25 – Rahab/boaz/ruth- God has already rescued us
12/2 – Jesse/David/Solomon – God’s cares about what is in your heart.
12/9 – Uzziah – Pride will take you down
12/16 – Josiah – You’re never too young to do what’s right.
12/23 – Mary & Joseph – God will use you for his miracles.

This tree will be in each treehouse. The names that are in white will be covered, and each week as we get closer to Jesus they will be revealed. Can’t wait to tell them how these are their ancestors, too.

i designed this, so i would be happy to send these files to anyone that wants to print them out, use them with their kids.

shout out to susie hawkins for telling me to do the lineage my way…

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you had me at “it’s a little more folk”

i wrote a christmas song with ben eggebrecht and cara dyba that i’m so thrilled with.  (you can download it here )Born to Set Me Free.

then my friends mondo grimes and jon hartman were kind enough to produce it.

alex edwards and ben e. played the guitars. mondo added percussion and mixed everything.

we didn’t have the keys added right away…

then i gave it to jason dyba… he added some keys and another little piano/bell type instrument (can’t remember the name) and some strings…

he said “It’s a little more folk than the other, but you won’t hurt my feelings if you’d rather stick with the original :-)”   HAHAHA….

dude… you had me at folksy.

i love how this tender christmas lullaby has been gently tended and cradled by different people, at different times… and has become this song that soothes my soul and puts me in the “Christ” part of the Christmas spirit. so grateful for everyone involved. it could’ve gotten bulky, but instead it is a precious blend.

i went to war

with some lhkidz tonite.

we were recording the video elements for our upcoming musical…

before it started, i talked with the 26 kids that were about to perform.

you see, we were about to tell a story that would point everyone who hears it straight to Jesus.

So, i warned them. I warned them that this would not be fun, we were going to go to work. We were about to spend several hours together, tedious hours.

Filming is hard work. I shared with them that what we were doing was going to point people to Jesus. We were going to ask people to take a WALK OF LOVE. this is the title of one of the songs in the musical, written by my friend Jeff Slaughter.

It is an amazing song, and drives home every point we wanted to make. We want people to see what Jesus did when He walked up calvary’s hill with a cross on His back that would be used to kill him… he did it for them, for us… and we are going to give people a chance to walk to Him. This was going to be a battle of epic spiritual proportions.

I told them this… “We are going to battle. And the enemy is not going to like it. Be prepared ahead of time to choose to honor God. When you are quiet when you supposed to be… this is an act of obedience. When you say the words you are supposed to say… this is an act of worship. Are you guys ready to go to battle with me?”

They said yes. Then we prayed.

We asked God to be with us as we went to battle. We asked Him to give us a supernatural ability to be what he wanted us to be. 

As we started filming, I was astounded. God gave us a yes to our prayer. The kids… all 26 of them (what?!)… listened and performed. Those with lines were amazing. They knew their lines. They delivered.

Those that didn’t have lines had an even harder job, to stay engaged the whole time. And they did it.

There were a couple of times where we paused and I reminded them we were in a battle… we even stopped and prayed once (maybe twice). We had gotten to the point of the story where we were going to be bringing home the truth… and it was getting tough. I reminded them that we were expecting this and asked them why they thought it was happening… they knew the answer… it was the enemy. 

When I tell you that we had victory in Jesus, I am not exaggerating. Through all four hours of our shoot (yes, it ran over an hour… it always does, remember how i said filming was hard work? These kids were ready for it. They were respectful, honoring and I couldn’t have been more grateful to God in His kindness towards us. 

The film crew… wow. We had done the planning and prep ahead of time, but it is still hard. Tyler Scott, Brian Zimmerman and Chris Long were patient, diligent, and wonderful. I know that they were pulling for us, and gave us their very best, to the very end. They came early in the morning to set everything up, then stayed to break it all down. I pray that the hours they invested in our project are returned to them in multiplication (only God can do that) S/O to Sam Cowden for his audio assistance, too… even though I called him Zac.

Our long hollow creative director, Jason Dyba, made it happen for us, and held multiple meetings with us to ensure we would have what we needed. Even stopped by a couple of times, to the delight of my cast… who greeted him with “IT’S PETER PARKER!”

It’s in Dakota Diel‘s hands now. He will be editing the footage and audio… so please pray for Him. There are a lot of bits and pieces to weave together. 

Long Hollow loves kids. In case you missed what just happened in the last three paragraphs, please allow me to break it down. the long hollow creative team gave us the best of the best and will make our project fly.

Something else really special happened … local rap group and long hollow students, the COLD CUT HOMIES (Quint Collins, Noah Hamilton, Josh Landrith and Sam Lindsey) joined us for our project. They came to our last choir rehearsal. They came tonite to play their part in the video portion. And they will join us for the live performance on Dec. 2. The kids were and are so stoked. 

This was not easy. This was a different kind of fun. It was hard work. It was a spiritual victory.

We went to battle… and God gave us victory in our process.

All of these pieces and people were giving offerings of worship.

The video shoot was our act of worship today.

What is going to be your act of worship today?



tyler scott multi-tasking like a boss! 

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two entirely different nights in one.


 tonite i went to two different writer’s night experiences. the first was to see my friend @1alishalynn … aka coach sheely’s wife, to my beech buccaneers friends. It was her first time to play live in Nashville. As I watched and listened to her and the other three writers, I was so stoked for them. They had made it… they were playing live in a city that so many dream of playing in.

then i went to douglas corner and watched another 20+ songwriters each sing two of their original songs. my friend josh wooten sang his two and it was wonderful. again, amazed by the courage it takes and the hard work it is for people to share their talents. 

it also hit me what a blessing church worship is for those who are lucky enough to lead in churches. you have a platform, and you have people that are listening… and you are sharing eternal truths. wow. 

also… only in nashville… that’s all. 

this is a wonderful place of art and music, creativity and opportunity. it was an honor to watch two friends do what they do. 

what can you do today to encourage someone you know in their gifts and talents? it matters.

they were band… tastic.


if you know me at all…then you already know how much i love these guys. they are college students. musicians. believers… and they spent their oct. 31 playing for our lhkidz county fair.

i promise you that is not what i was wanting to do when i was a senior in college… but i digress.

coolest thing, they were singing our sunday morning and wednesday night worship songs. 

now, kids were busy playing on jumps and doing games so they weren’t standing around listening, but i hear them singing along, and after it all, i heard one little boy say “thanks for the music” to ben.

this is what i love so much about ben, and thomas, alex and graylin… that meant so much to him too. 

these guys bring all of their brilliance and share it with kids. i love it when kids get the best, not the left overs!

ben and the super ninja gummy band … #kidminswag


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