Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Pictures

We took a bunch of family Christmas photos last month. Thought I'd show them off. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Is Christian Music Dying?

I'm often amazed at how few Christians seem to listen to current Christian music anymore. I shouldn't be, but I am. I think it's because I was raised as part of the Christian subculture. I was steeped in it. I was a Steve Green-ing, Michael W. Smith-ing, Sandy Patti-ing, Truth-ing, 4Him-ing, Steve Curtis Chapman-ing, D.C. Talk-ing fanboy. Their music was good for me and everything else out there was bad. If it wasn't about Jesus, it was forbidden fruit.

I'm over that now. I listen to mainstream music quite a lot these days. And so do most Christians. I mean, turn on KLTY and you'll hear Daughtry! It seems to me that CCM, Christian bookstores, etc. are in serious decline. So I googled "Christian music industry struggling" and found a fascinating article that confirms my "fears." I put "fears" in quotation marks because it's not necessarily a bad thing. Doesn't the idea of "Christian subculture" run counter to the message of Christ anyway?

Okay, I don't want to make this too long lest you decide not to read this fascinating article. And remember that "heaven and earth will pass away, but God's Word is forever."

Monday, December 15, 2008

God of This City

I'm late in discovering this song. I never bought the latest Passion CD until last week. I had heard of this song but never listened to it until today. Can't get it out of my head. I keep singing the chorus over and over again. That's what a song's supposed to do. Me thinks we will do this one soon.

Here are the lyrics:

You're the God of this city
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation
You Are

You're the Light in this darkness
You're the Hope to the hopeless
You're the Peace to the restless

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

Last Night...

...was AWESOME! At the end of the program, the choir and congregation cheered and applauded the Lord. It was just a foreshadowing of an eternity of praise in heaven. Mission accomplished!

I am grateful to our people for their love for the Lord and their dedication in making Best Gift a resounding success. Bring on 2009!

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Very Best Gift

Every year at this time, determined shoppers search high and low for the perfect Christmas present. When it comes to the people we love, nothing but the very best gift will do.

That’s why God sent His Son into the world. Did you know that the very Best Gift you can ever receive has already been given to you in the person of Jesus Christ?

In giving us the Best Gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, God spared no expense to show us how much He loves us. Romans 5:8 tells us that “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” His is a costly gift.

Sometimes it is not the most expensive gift that means the most. It’s the thought that counts. Ephesians 1:4 says that “He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” His is a thoughtful gift.

No matter how thoughtful, today’s treasure is often tomorrow’s clutter. Romans 6:23 tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus offers eternal life with Him in heaven to those who put their trust in Him. His is a timeless gift.

This gift He offers is yours to receive. And it’s already been paid for. “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Though the gift is free, we must willingly receive it by faith. “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

Will you accept His Best Gift?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Best Gift 2008

Well, tonight begins the home stretch in preparation of Best Gift 2008. That's what we're calling our Christmas production here at HGBC. It happens on Sunday evening at 6:00. I'm really excited about the event and am already proud of the effort put forth by our worship ministry team. I especially want to thank my two wonderful full-time cohorts. I'm blessed to work with absolute brilliance in Lynne Moses (Administrative Assisitant) and Hunter Hall (Director of Worship Arts). The hard work these two put into their ministry at Hunters Glen is extraordinary. Just the other night, Hunter was here until 3:00 a.m. working on our lighting rig. So that means that on Sunday he was here from 7:30 a.m. till 3:00 a.m. with a three hour break mixed in. That kind of hard work makes me want to put forth my very best effort as well.

So be praying for us as we have rehearsals every day this week except for Friday. Please pray that God will tune our hearts to worship along with our instruments and voices.

And just for fun, here's a picture from our Sunday school class party. The theme was tacky sweaters which I think we nailed. From left to right is myself, Hunter Hall, and my pastor, Kim Hall.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Thanksgiving Photos

Home sick today, but I figured I take a moment to post these family photos taken by my sister's boyfriend. Thanks to David for bringing his equipment all the way from New York and taking such great pictures.

The whole gang:

The siblings:

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Abigail's First Solo

Tonight was our Children's Choir Christmas presentation at Hunters Glen, and Abigail had her first solo. It's so funny how proud I feel. Not just proud of the job she did but of who she is becoming. I love my daughter so much. Even at six, she's one of my best friends. I hope you'll be blessed like I was.