Walk In The Word

•September 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

As the music/audio world is shifting away from CD’s and into iPod’s and mp3 players, one of the great benefits is programs like iTunes.  I don’t even have and iPod or iPhone, but I do take advantage of iTunes.  A wonderful feature is the many podcasts that you can subscribe to for free!  Many of you may frequently access these, but if you don’t, I highly encourage you to.  I have a few that I subscribe to and listen to on a regular basis.  This is how I keep up with my favorite Bible teachers…through their sermons and broadcasts that are available as podcasts.  They are easily accessible through the iTunes store and by merely subscribing.

OK, enough of the remedial course for the majority of you…the main reason I am blogging about this is to make a recommendation.  I listen on a daily basis to a very compelling Bible teacher/author/pastor by the name of James MacDonald.  I have his blog linked on the front-page sidebar of my blog.  His radio broadcast is entitled, “Walk in the Word.”  It is a great 20-25 minute daily injection of Biblical truth and I find his ability to communicate God’s word and principles extremely interesting.  I would highly encourage you to check it out.  He is currently providing an exposition of 1 John and is knocking it out of the park!  So many great nuggets of truth in that book and James is elaborating on them.  Below is a link to his blog (Straight Up) and a link to Walk in the Word’s website (the broadcasts can be accessed from here)…or you can just get on iTunes store (as well as Zune.net) and subscribe to the podcasts.  Also below is a few videos to give you a glimpse… Enjoy!  Let me know what you think in the comments section…

http://blog.harvestbiblefellowship.org/

http://www.walkintheword.com/

Until the nets are full,

WD

One Month To Live

•September 12, 2009 • 1 Comment

What if you only had one month to live?  What if you only had 30 days remaining?  What about your life would change?  Why would it change?  I would say that most of us would definitely have a change of priorities and our day to day activities would more than likely look different than they do now.  The little things of life that just create busyness would probably take a back seat and relationships would probably jump to the forefront…especially our relationship with Christ.  So why do we have to wait until a prognosis like this is given to us…why don’t we just change our lives now instead of waiting?  These are great questions for all of us to consider.

Kerry and Chris Shook from Woodlands Church just outside of Houston, TX have written a book with the intent of challenging individuals and churches regarding this topic.  The book is entitled “One Month To Live”.  It has become a very popular book throughout the nation and one of the things they are promoting is for churches to take this on as a challenge…to preach & teach on the topic and during a month’s time to seek life transformation…living and loving as if they only had one month remaining.  Our church, First Baptist Church of Owensboro, KY, has decided to take this challenge…joining along with two other churches in Owensboro…Bellevue Baptist Church and Owensboro Christian Church.  The three churches will be conducting this challenge in their churches simultaneously over the next month.  How cool is that…three of the larger churches in town working together…breaking down barriers and thinking kingdom territory instead of church territory!  The one month challenge kicks off tomorrow night with a joint worship service at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro.  Three churches under one roof, praising God with one voice!  Needless to say, I am excited.  Please pray for these three churches over the next month as God’s people learn to live and love with a greater intensity for Him!

Also, take a look at the One Month To Live website for more information and testimonies…http://www.onemonthtolive.com/

Until the nets are full,

WD

BarlowGirl “Beautiful Ending”

•September 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

In a previous post about my praising of the band Addison Road, I admitted to not often following/enjoying the music of female artists or bands with female lead singers.  Well, I have found another group that has really impressed me.  The band I am referring to is BarlowGirl.  They have definitely been around for a little while and I have heard them before, but one of their most recent songs has made quite an impression on me.  The song is “Beautiful Ending”, and in the video below they are interviewing and playing live on the Air1 Morning Show.  This song is from their soon to be released (9/8/09) album “love&war”.  I encourage you to take the time to watch and listen specifically to their explanation at the beginning on the background of the song…oh, and listen to the song as well…they are talented!  Enjoy…

I AM SECOND

•August 23, 2009 • 1 Comment

What happens when you spend your life  seeking your own pleasures and your own dreams and maybe even realize them?  And through that whole process you have put yourself in first place…

What happens when life has dealt you a difficult situation and you begin to throw out the “fairness” card (Life isn’t fair, God isn’t fair)?  And through that whole process you have put yourself in first place…

What happens when you try to fill voids in your life with pleasures of this world?  And through that whole process you have put yourself in first place…

What does putting yourself in first place lead you to in life?  Does it lead to contentment?  Does it lead to happiness?  Does it lead to fulfillment?  Does it lead to peace?

I recently came across a website that is dealing with these questions.  It is a small library of video testimonies from celebrities and “regular Joes” who talk about being second in their own lives and who/what is now first.  I could try to give many more details about this project called “I AM SECOND”, but I am afraid that I just wouldn’t be able to do it justice.  So, I encourage to click on the following link or the picture above and check out this great website!

http://www.iamsecond.com/

Until the nets are full,

Wesley

Who Says Christians Can’t Have Fun?

•August 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I know that I often provide Christian music suggestions through this blog…what’s new, what I’m listening to, and what’s striking a chord with me…but this time, I just have to post this with little to no seriousness at all…I post this for its pure comedic value.  Many of you may be familiar with the band Mercy Me…I think they are a great band and really respect the work that they do.  Being the youtube junkie that I am, I have come across some of their best work! 

Often times, bands will perform songs by other bands they enjoy and refer to them as “cover songs”.  Well, Mercy Me has decided to put together quite a collection of cover songs on youtube that I feel necessary to share with you…they have named the collection the “Cover Tune Grab Bag”.  Below I have provided my favorite one of their collection…but please don’t cease your viewing at just this video…go ahead and view the related videos that youtube provides down the right side of the screen when opening up the youtube page (open by clicking a second time on the video screen below).  I hope you thoroughly enjoy this performance and let me know what you think in the comments section.

COACHCAL.COM

•August 3, 2009 • 2 Comments
www.coachcal.com
For those who follow the CATS, you know that Coach Calipari has become quite the tech savvy individual.  I applaud him for this for a couple of reasons:

1.  The fans can keep up with him and it shows just how much he embraces the “fishbowl” of coaching at Kentucky.

2.  It builds the “brand” of Kentucky basketball…and not only that, but also the university!

3.  Recruits love it and his most recent #1 recruiting class in the nation is proof of that!

His most recent endeavor into the tech world is the release of his new website.  I could sit here and elaborate on all the things it has to offer, but the best thing would just be to visit and browse the site:  www.coachcal.com  (You can also get there by clicking on the picture above)  Enjoy!

Adventure Camp 2009 “Let Your Light Shine”

•July 27, 2009 • 1 Comment

Last week the recreation ministry of FBC Owensboro put on one of its great weeks of the summer, as it does annually.  It was the week of Adventure Camp…a day-trip camp for 3-5 graders.  We had an excellent time all week long as 20-25 students along with several different chaperones visited three different locations throughout the week!  The three locations were Mammoth Cave, Walther’s Lazer Tag & Putt-Putt (Evansville), and Lincoln State Park (Southern Indiana).  We took a tour of the cave on Tuesday, played lots of lazer tag on Wednesday, and camped out under the stars on Thursday night.  Did I mention what a great week it was?  The kids had a great time and truly got the opportunity to experience some “adventures” in our region…well they were “adventures” for 3-5 graders!!!

As the week came to a conclusion on our night of camping, I had plans to share a devotion with the group as we sat around the campfire.  The week was pretty busy and my time of preparation for this devotion had not been great, but I believe that God planned it that way…I believe he had something in mind for me to share, because as I sat around the campfire that night, it was revealed to me what we had been seeing as the theme all week long…”LIGHT”.  Ever been in Mammoth Cave?  Even the smallest light is of great magnitude amongst all that darkness.  Ever played lazer tag?  Even the smallest light can have a great impact.  Ever sat around a campfire at night?  Even the smallest fire can illuminate the forest.  God definitely presented us with a message last week as we adventured across the region.  LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!  In the sermon on the mount, Jesus alludes to this in Matthew 5:14-16:

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds, and praise your Father in heaven.”

May we not hide the light of Christ inside of us.  May we let it shine before men (at the grocery, at work, at play, at school…everywhere), so that our Father in heaven might be praised!

Until the nets are full,

Wesley

Blogging From Minnesota

•July 15, 2009 • 2 Comments

Ever notice that you will sometimes take a look at a postcard and view it with the mentality of “that sure looks nice, I am sure I will never see that”?  Well, I am currently on a trip with my wife’s family to northern Minnesota (where her mom is from) and I had an experience yesterday that made me realize I have viewed postcards in that way before.  We had the opportunity yesterday to canoe the boundary waters just north of Ely, MN, and I actually had the opportunity to find myself in the middle of postcard scenery!  The picture is not exactly from my camera, but it is one of a canoe in the boundary waters…very similar to my view yesterday.  Breathtaking!

When we arrived I didn’t know what to expect from the trip, but when we were finished, I walked away in amazement of God’s beauty and majesty as I viewed some of His most beautiful creation.  No houses, no roads, no vehicles, no motorized boats, no noises or sounds, no distractions…just nature at its purest!  Even though it rained on us a little bit, it didn’t even matter…in fact, that added to the experience.  To be out in the middle of the lake canoeing along and to watch the rain hit the water created an even greater realization of God for me.  It is that rain that the creator uses to fill up lakes such as this as well as bring life to the nature and wildlife that surrounds it. 

Have you gotten away from distractions lately?  Have you turned off the cell phone, gotten away from technology, cars, roads, noises, and all that can be a distraction and viewed His creation for what it really is.  May we view His strokes of beauty around us more frequently.  May we take note of His majesty and praise Him for it.  May we realize that we are just a small part of His grand plan.  May we realize that His ways are better…no matter how smart and technologically advanced we may become, we can’t come close to duplicating His creation.  We are the creation and He is the creator.  May we not forget that.

Until the nets are full,

Wesley

Tenth Avenue North

•July 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

It’s a rainy Saturday and I just took our trailblazer to get the oil changed.  As I was sitting in line in my vehicle, a song came on the radio that I have heard before…but this time the lyrics really captured my attention since I was sitting still.  The name of the song is “By Your Side” from Tenth Avenue North.  This band released their debut album “Over and Underneath” about a year ago, and I have heard their music on the radio, but I am just now checking them out…who they are, what they are about, and what their lyrics really say.  The band is solid.  The song “By Your Side” is really a song of grace.  It really brings a message of being “compelled” by Christ’s love…so, needless to say, I am sort of partial to it!  Another song that has really taken off for them is entitled “Love is Here”.  I have provided three separate videos below…the first is “By Your Side”…the second is “Love is Here”…and the third is a behind the scenes look at who the band is, as well as some background on the songs they have produced.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.  Also, you can check them out at their website by clicking on the image above…check out the lyrics in the media section…really good!

Allowing Culture to Influence God’s Church?

•July 6, 2009 • 2 Comments

For the last few months, I have spent my personal worship time studying 1 & 2 Corinthians.  Today, I completed chapter 12 of 2 Corinthians.  As I reviewed this chapter, asked myself “application” questions, and read some brief commentary, one thing became clear to me…we as the American church have some similarities to the church of Corinth…and not in the best of qualities. 

In multiple locations in this book, we see the apostle Paul defending his ministry and authority to the church of Corinth because of their doubting of him and the faith, but this is not the focal point.  The item that jumps out and finally rears its ugly head is found in chapter 12 of 2 Corinthians.  As Paul continues to defend his ministry, he begins to lay out his fears for the church of Corinth…ultimately alluding to his fear that the wicked culture and society of Corinth had invaded and influenced the local church.  This is where I find the parallel between the church of Corinth and the church of America.  Paul had arguably spent as much time and effort on this church as any other he had been involved with, yet they still doubted him and his ministry and had allowed the influences of the day to impact God’s church.  Sound like anyone we might know?  Try ourselves!!!  God is pouring out time and effort on us as a nation and his church here in America…we have as much resources for head knowledge of the faith as the world has ever known…we have more ministers per capita in certain regions of this country than the rest of the world can even fathom…yet we still doubt and allow the influences of culture to invade and impact our faith as well as God’s church here in our nation.  When will we wake up?  When will God pull the plug on this nation?  Let’s hope that our hearts will turn to Him before our allotted time has passed as a nation. 

As we reflect on a weekend that celebrates our nations independence and freedom, may we recognize our greater need for freedom in Christ and freedom from the bondage of sin.

Until the nets are full,

Wesley