|Bill Withers||Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone|
Tangled Up In Blue
|Bob Dylan||The Times They Are A'Changin|
|Bob Dylan||Like A Rolling Stone|
|Bob Dylan||It Aint Me Babe|
|Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band||Night Moves|
|Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band||Turn The Page|
|Buffalo Springfield||For What It's Worth (What's that Sound)|
|Cold Play||Viva La Vida|
|Counting Crows||Goodnight Elizabeth|
|Counting Crows||Mr. Jones|
|Credence Clearwater Revival||Bad Moon A'Risin|
|Credence Clearwater Revival||Down on the Corner|
|Credence Clearwater Revival||I Heard It Through The Grapevine|
|Dave Matthews||Long Black Veil|
|Dave Matthews||Space Between|
|Dobie Gray / Uncle Kracker||Drift Away (Gimme the Beat Boys)|
|Don McClean||American Pie|
|Elton John||Rocket Man|
|Eric Clapton||Wonderful Tonight|
|Etta James||I'd Rather Go Blind|
|Garth Brooks||Friends in Low Places|
|Goo Goo Dolls||Iris|
|James Taylor||Something In The Way She Moves|
|Janice Joplin||Bobby McGee|
|Jimmy Buffet||A Pirate Looks At Forty|
|John Denver||Country Roads|
|John Lennon/Paul McCartney||Help|
|John Lennon/Paul McCartney||Let It Be|
|John Mellencamp||Jack and Diane|
|John Mellencamp||Little Pink Houses|
|Johnny Cash||Folsom Prison Blues|
|Johnny Cash||It Aint Me Babe|
|Johnny Cash||Ring of Fire|
|Johnny Cash||Long Black Veil|
|Johnny Horton/Dwight Yoakim||Honkey Tonk Man|
|Joni Mitchell||I Wish I Had A River|
|Lady Antebellum||Need You Now|
|Louis Armstrong||What A Wonderful World|
|Lynyrd Skynyrd||Simple Man|
|Lynyrd Skynyrd||Sweet Home Alabama|
|Marshal Tucker Band||Can't You See|
|Neil Young||Heart of Gold|
|No Doubt||Don't Speak|
|Old Crow Medicine Show||Wagon Wheel|
|Otis Redding||Dock of the Bay|
|Otis Redding||I Heard It Through The Grapevine|
|Pearl Jam||Better Man|
|Pink Floyd||Wish You Were Here|
|Pure Prairie League||Amie|
|R.E.M.||Losing My Religion|
|Rich Mullins||Surely God Is With Us|
|Rich Mullins||You Did Not Have A Home|
|Simon and Garfunkel||Homeward Bound|
|Simon and Garfunkel||Mrs. Robinson|
|Sinead O'conner / Prince||Nothing Compares 2 U|
|The Band||The Weight (Take a Load Off, Fanny)|
|The Beatles||Come Together|
|The Black Crowes||Hard To Handle|
|The Eagles||Take It Easy|
|The Fray||How To Save A Life|
|The Georgia Satellites||Keep Your Hands To Yourself|
|The Head and The Heart||Lost In My Mind|
|The Indigo Girls||Closer To Fine|
|The Rolling Stones||Beast Of Burden|
|The Rolling Stones||Mother's Little Helper|
|The Rolling Stones||Paint It Black|
|Tom Petty & Heartbreakers||Candy|
|Tom Petty & Heartbreakers||Learning To Fly|
|Tom Petty & Heartbreakers||Mary Jane's Last Dance|
|Tom Petty & Heartbreakers||Running Down A Dream|
|Train||Drops of Jupiter|
|U2||All I Want Is You|
|Van Morrison||Brown Eyed Girl|
|Van Morrison||Into The Mystic|
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Saturday, October 19, 2013
All I Want Is You - U2
Can't You See - Marshall Tucker Band
Completely Known - Waterdeep
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Free Falling - Tom Petty
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Jack and Diane - John Mellancamp
Little Pink Houses - John Mellancamp
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
Moondance - Van Morrison
Mother's Little Helper - Rolling Stones
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Nothing Compares 2 U - Prince/Sinead O'connor
One - U2
Somthing In The Way She Moves - James Taylor
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynryd
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Friday, September 7, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
I have often been known to hand down lists. The kind of list I'm referring to is a collection of actions to take; maybe even a check-list to accomplish. This works well with my kids. My daughter gets so overwhelmed at the thought of cleaning her room that a list of what steps to take -- and often in which order -- becomes very helpful to her. She has no vision for a clean room, only a mandate by me that she achieve one.
I make lists for myself because I forget things if I don't. I have no milk at the office kitchen currently because I haven't added it to a grocery list yet.
Unfortunately, as useful as lists are in many situations, they can be harmful if I use them in the wrong place. I have the luxury of serving with many leaders on the various teams I oversee. Leaders are people with vision for what is to be accomplished. Leaders want to accomplish what you want to accomplish as badly as you do. (re-read that... I swear it makes sense!) Leaders have to be treated differently than workers… not that they are any more important. They are just two different roles.
If I hand a leader a list of things to do, I’m removing the title of Leader and relabeling them a worker… someone who simply does tasks. Leaders don’t need lists to follow; they need to have the vision clarified and then be released to accomplish it. It’s fine to have expectations regarding the finished product. If you are a director over an area, the results need to meet with your expectations.
And actually, that’s the hardest part. Hashing out the vision for the finished product is hard work, but it’s the most important thing you can do for a leader. Make sure you’re clear on what you’re shooting for and then get out the way. Save your lists for your kids and for shopping trips.
I hope this is helpful,
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
(via Brian Mavis)
Recently, a twenty-something friend became a Christian, and he asked me, “What are the top ten things for a new Christian to learn within the first year?” (Apparently, he is a David Letterman fan.)
This is a wise question because if you are off by a few degrees at the start and you travel that path for a while, you will be off by miles later. I know that from experience. I have been a Christian for over twenty-five years, and God has had to redirect me on multiple things because of what I mistakenly believed early on about being a Christian. And it is better to learn sooner than later.
So here are the ten things (not necessarily in any particular order) that I thought my new Christian friend should sink down deep into his heart, head, and hands as he travels his first year with Jesus:
- The one thing that the Bible emphasizes more than us loving God and people is that God loves us. He loves us first and most. God isn’t in heaven plucking a daisy saying, “I love you” when you obey and “I love you not” when you sin. He cannot not love you (Rom. 5:8 and 1 Jn. 4:16).
- Your motivation for and the purpose of learning, serving, worshipping, giving, reaching, reading, praying, etc. is to grow relationally more in love with God and people (Mt. 22:36-40).
- You not only are saved by grace, but you grow by it, too. A common trap for new and growing Christians is trying to clean up their lives without God’s help. This is a false equation: The less you sin = the less you need God’s grace. You can’t sin less and love more without the strength of God’s grace.
- Don’t trample all over the Great Commandment (love God, love people) trying to obey the Great Commission (go and make disciples). New and enthusiastic Christians often do this. Instead, lead people to Jesus by loving people to Jesus (1 Cor. 13:1-3). If they ask you why live the way you do, humbly and simply share with them why you put your hope in Jesus.
- Love your neighbors—your literal neighbors—the ones you have, not the ones you wish you had.Do this because you are a Christian, not just because you want them to be Christians.
- Focus on Jesus, His cross, His resurrection, and His kingdom. When you confessed Jesus as the living Lord and Messiah, you never said—and will never say—anything more meaningful. Jesus is God with skin. No other “religious leader” (Moses, Buddha, Muhammad) is His equal. They were mere men; Jesus is God who became a man. He is the center and circumference—the hub and rim of all of life and creation. All of the world’s greatest gifts—love, life, truth, grace, etc.—have a name. Jesus.
- God cares about your whole life, not just your “spiritual life.” It is a mistake to think that God is only concerned about a section of your life called “your soul” or “your spirit.” God cares about and is to be Lord of all of your life—personal, emotional, social, familial, financial, physical, vocational, sexual, intellectual, and so on.
- Love other Christians who go to different churches (or no church at all) and who aren’t like you. Unfortunately, many Christians and churches view their “brand” of Christianity as the only true or most true type of Christianity. They may not think they are the only Christians, but they do think they are the best or most right ones. This is a prideful and sinful attitude that grieves Jesus and dismembers His body. Strive for unity in the body of Christ by praying humbly and thankfully for other Christians.
- Pray with your Bible open. There are many different spiritual exercises (fasting, solitude, serving, etc.), but the two most important ones are communicating and communing with God through prayer and listening to and learning about God through the Scriptures. Prayerfully read about Jesus (in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Prayerfully read about the beginning of the church in a book called Acts. Prayerfully read some letters written by Christians for Christians—some good ones to start with are James, Philippians, and Ephesians.
- Find a Christian mentor. You will need help and encouragement in this journey with Jesus. Ask an older Christian (of the same gender as you) to mentor you. Look for someone who displays the attitudes and actions that were described above. Be a blessing to them in return.
Christianity is not a list, but a life; it’s not a chart, but a charter. But new Christians will learn new things. Some of those things will be true but not important. Some things will be off by degrees that can lead them astray. Other things will be just plain wrong. Help new Christians learn to follow Jesus by being their best at what matters most to Him.