Monthly Archives: March 2013

the voice, the voice and the voice.

i love three things called “the voice” right now. 



1 – a new version of the Bible called THE VOICE – once you read this, you’ll see why I am loving it so much.

“Through a collaboration of nearly 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.”


2 – The VOICE tv show

I am loving the new coaches, and the spirit of camraderie and mutual respect among all 4 coaches is a relief. I was always so uncomfortable with the unkindness that seemed to be thrown around when the last girl judge was in the mix. 

the artists are spectacular already, and it just gets you excited for them, as you see these accomplished musicians, blake shelton, adam levine, shakira, and usher getting excited about helping them.  it really is a highlight of the week.


3 – but most importantly. God’s voice. This week more than most weeks, God is vocal and prevalent. Christians are bolder in inviting people to join them for church. Billboards, signs, songs about the Christ who came to save us are everywhere. The gospel is the theme of the week. The crucifixion is center stage, the resurrection is the evidence of prophecy fulfilled and proof that the other promises of heaven are real. 

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here is why i’m geeking out about vbs!

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You know, VBS is always a fun time, and we have done some great ones with our lhkidz… but this year… I can’t even explain to you how excited I’m getting. It’s going to be amazing.

We really love missions at long hollow. There are constantly trips heading around the world to share the truth of Jesus. There are also contant local missions going on. We take our job to spread the gospel to the world very seriously. To that end… we have been planning an amazing week for the kids that are going to be with us for vbs.

I can’t quit talking about it (apologies to those who cross my path anytime soon). We are partnering with the @longhollowgo team to bring the stories and realities that they face when they GO to our kids.

Our world tour is going to take us to the orphanages and opportunities that we are participating all over the world.  our message to the world, GOD LOVES YOU, so much that he sent his son for you.

After talking to Erica Ho this week, I got even more excited, and I realized something.

I’ve been writing VBS lessons for our missions teams for almost 1.5 years. The team wanted to be strategic about what we are teaching kids, and intentional about not repeating the same old stories. The lessons they have been getting are geared toward their circumstances (which are much different than american kids – for example, you can’t use a lot of examples of parents and siblings, traditional schools, and the other stuff that we normally use to teach our kids), and they have become discipleship lessons, not only evangelism. Of course we share the need for salvation, we are always talking about that, but we get to go deeper. These are our kids.

anyway… every team that goes to haiti or uganda, and even our student mission trips teaches a VBS experience. with that being said… I’m going to be recruiting and pushing our long hollow go team members to join us for VBS here at home. Let’s call it on-the-job training. You have a mission field every day. Come serve in it. If you haven’t participated in VBS before, now is the time. Learn how to lead kids to Christ. Learn how to teach the truths of the Bible in clear terms that anyone could understand. Participate in the miracles God is doing here at home, and take the lessons that you learn out into the world.

That’s what our kids are going to be learning at this years GOD LOVES YOU WORLD TOUR VBS EXPERIENCE.

And I just can’t wait!! Trust me when I tell you the lessons are going to change your life. The opportunity to see the lost be found, and then watch them grow… well, that’s my daily blessing. I don’t want anyone to miss it.

Now, if you don’t live here and go to Long Hollow, you are not off the hook. VBS is your local mission trip.

Have you Signed yourself up for this mission trip at your church? Don’t wait.

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“don’t waste my cancer”

my pastor, David Landrith, was diagnosed last week with a very agressive, very deadly cancer.

the outlook… is grimm.

except for one thing… God.

God is all powerful and the author of our lives. He is the giver of peace, and the doer of miracles.

you would not believe the sermon this man of God preached on sunday. you have to hear it to believe it:

I’d list the main points, but i want you to listen. instead I want to tell you some of the reasons I personally love him so much, and count it a privilege to beg God to heal him.

-the first time i was meeting him, before i came to work at Long Hollow he said to me “we need you more than you need us”. while i now know this isn’t really the case… the humility and kindness behind this sentiment showed me the character of the man I would soon serve under.

-we have a parking problem at long hollow because so many people are coming to hear about Jesus every week. as a result we have to park off-campus. and even though he is there before anyone else, and leaves last, he always parks in the least convenient off-campus parking spot he can find. again, an example of servant leadership.

-every year he sends a hand written birthday card to each of my children ( i have 4, that’s a lot of kids) he does this for every staff child.

-he always asks about my family and my husband, by name. because he loves them too.

-he is the same on the stage, or in the hallway, or watching a football game. he is the “real”est leader I have ever known.

-he never stops pointing to christ, sharing the truth of the gospel and defending his people. his loyalty is reknowned.

please join me in begging God for the miracle of healing, although Brother David said it best “I’m already cured of the most deadly disease, my sin nature.”

He told us not to waste his cancer but to get out there and share the truth of the gospel.

there are people dying who won’t go to heaven unless they say yes to Jesus.

I love my pastor. Please pray with me.


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i heard the voice of God today

kind of.

this is what happened.

we are in the midst of practicing for the drama portion of our new musical.

we are filming it on Saturday. Awesome!

BUT… the person that was supposed to play the part of “pastor” … is going to be in Uganda. What to do?!

Sharon, one of our ministry assistants walked by and it reminded me of her husband Paul. Paul is a singer, who serves in our worship team and brings his excellence to long hollow… and as you might imagine, he has a beautiful voice. I asked her to ask if he would join us on Saturday in the “pastor” role.

well… we started our rehearsal, and it was great. the kids are killing it in their parts! they get the characters and they know how to deliver the lines.

i had  been reading the part of “pastor” for the sake of our rehearsal… then PAUL got there!

first, let me explain that i have  been laboring over this script for months. with intense attention to detail and making sure that there is not ONE extra word, and not ONE word that we are missing. I really like to make sure that we are crystal clear in our messaging, while keeping it interesting.

In the climax of the show, the characters are finally being told where they were missing the mark… (the premise of the musical is that we are meant to share Jesus with others, and there are several things that we do, as Christians that we think are “sharing” but really aren’t.) I had edited the lessons down to these single sentence responses. Well, when i was reading them in our table read tonite, i was concerned that the responses didn’t convey enough gravity, didn’t quite teach what I wanted to teach. I was concerned that the lessons weren’t being delivered because of the succinctness of the lines, and wondered if I needed to add more.

THEN PAUL READ THE LINES… and I almost cried. His deep Island-flavored voice delivered the lines with such depth and gravity that the lessons were delivered perfectly.

When I said the sentences they were functional, when Paul delivered the lines they were sermons. They were shared with love and intensity, just by the tone of his voice. I literally felt like I was hearing the voice of God.

here is an example of what I mean:

Tory says “I showed him love, I gave him my milk and he didn’t even ask me about Jesus.”

Pastor paul says “People that don’t know Jesus, aren’t going to ask you about Jesus. You have to tell them.”

BOOM! Man, I’m still wrecked by God’s goodness when he gave us Paul to deliver this message… it is now what it is meant to be. And I’m humbly grateful.

What happened in your life today to make you grateful for God’s goodness?

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what i meant by a recent tweet…

lhkidz choir musical logo
praylovetell band

this was an amazing week…

i’ve been working on a musical for several
months now, with my friend Jake Harstfield. Also, Jordan Reynolds has been writing with us.

This week, we started recording the tracks. We have been practicing with iphone recordings… so our choir director, Carol Goad, is going to be especially stoked when she hears what was going on in the studio.

I tweeted earlier this week that I love when kids get excellence, then I listed some names… I love this blog because I can elaborate a little bit more. These guys killed it! They brought their brilliance and years of musical experience to our musical. Josh Robinson was ridiculous at drummer… Matt Campbell was amazing on the bass… Alex Edwards was magical on electric guitar. Jake was the production genius and Jeremy Brown was his usual wonderful gracious self as host, this time… and thanks to Jim “Moose” Brown for letting us get it all done in his studio, Moose Lodge. I’m overwhelmed with all of it. So grateful to be able to give kids the best! @lhkidz are important at Long Hollow, and we do everything we can to give them the best opportunities to experience worship and evangelism… this is one of those ways.

The musical is called Pray.Love.Tell.Jesus because it is all about sharing your faith in Christ with others.

The characters go through a series of events where they don’t quite understand what it means to share… by the end we all learn what it means…

I simply cannot wait to hear them “preach it” with their musical.

Let’s go! You gotta c’mon!




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