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.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
One of the biggest obstacles for many people in worship comes when it’s time to sing a song or a line they don’t fully mean or haven’t fully lived up to.
Lines that declare that we’re ready to sacrifice everything, when giving 10% of our income feels like a harder sacrifice to make than martyrdom. Songs about God’s glory being our greatest passion, when it’s usually our greatest afterthought.
Some choose not to sing these lines or songs at all. They wouldn’t dare sing something they don’t mean or live. Others sing them, but feel like they’re being hypocritical.
Both of these groups miss an essential truth of worship:
Worship isn’t an assessment of my performance but a statement of my intention.
If I had to completely mean and live every word every time I sang it, I would never sing. Nobody would. Even the men who wrote the Psalms.
By still singing, we’re not being hypocritical. We’re training our flesh to submit to our spirit. We’re stating our intentions. We’re saying, “Make this true, Lord. I want my life to catch up to the truth I’m singing.”
I want your glory to be my greatest passion.
I want to be willing to sacrifice everything for you.
It’d only be hypocritical if we had no intention of living up to these declarations.
And consider this: even if you had your act completely together, you’d still be just as unworthy to sing a single syllable. But God has commanded you to worship anyway. And that’s because your performance and feelings aren’t the admission price for true worship... Jesus’ blood is.
So continue to sing. Continue to worship. Let the discrepancy between the words you’re singing and the life you’re living be an engine for repentance. Not a cause for shame or silence.
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