God in the Everyday

A quick post today folks. Not a lot of time but I’ve decided to do my best to post something every other day at least.

About a week ago I was in a small group on a Tuesday night. At the end of group we had prayer time with some light music, etc. I was having the hardest time “breaking down the wall” and connecting with God. I was in a funk and couldn’t seem to get into God’s presence.

That night I went home and (once again) told myself how our line of thought is connected to what we’ve been doing lately. I hadn’t been in my Bible (truth be told, I have always struggled with regular Bible reading), hadn’t been praying daily…and it affected my mood…it kept me from the presence of God! That sucks!!! Continue reading

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A Bittersweet Goodbye

Aaron's "Going Away Party"

Today I write this blog entry with a heavy heart.  It’s heavy with both hope and sadness…which I suppose is the definition of “bittersweet” as seen in the title above.

The Space Coast of Florida, including The Way Church, the Faaborg family, and everyone else who knew him, are losing a great man of Christ today.  Our brother Aaron Severtson departed this morning at 7:30ish on a journey to the great state of Kansas. Continue reading

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Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow | My Utmost For His Highest

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I wanted to share today’s entry from “My Utmost For His Highest“.  What a great point that sometimes we hope and even pray to avoid sorrow as though it’s something that simply shouldn’t be in the world.  We have to realize that everything is under God’s control, and if we believe God’s will is perfect (Romans 12:2b)…we have to accept that he allows sorrows to happen in life.

Additionally, Romans 5:3-5 says that we are to “rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5 And hope does not disappoint us”

So although unpleasant, suffering is necessary for producing good things in us.  See below the great comparison to Jesus’ time on earth and how He knew of the pain and suffering that was to come yet he embraced it.  Also if you haven’t already, check out http://utmost.org daily for great insight.

As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to accept and receive ourselves in its fires. If we try to evade sorrow, refusing to deal with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life, and there is no use in saying it should not be. Sin, sorrow, and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them. Continue reading

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Adding to what Tre said

The blog Tre wrote made me well up a lil bit too.

What he said though about it destroying him is so very humbling, something that I need to do more often. These songs are so powerful that they can and do take down even the most prideful of people. That can only be GOD!!

Praise music is certainly worship, it sets the tone for our awesome church services, it inspires prayer, it is a testimony and helps you seek the Lord. Continue reading

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Steph is Going to Blog!

Not sure when, but I’m so excited that my wonderful wife will be joining in on this blog and adding her own perspective.

Who knows, she may end up with a huge following of crazed fans wearing T-shirts bearing her likeness!

OK, probably not…but nonetheless I’m stoked that she wants to blog with me.

Stay tuned!

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Revelation Song Owns Me!

The Holy Spirit moves us in various ways, that’s for sure.  For me, one particular way has always been through music.  Once I started really trying to live for God I noticed there were certain songs that would just grab hold of me.

Now I know it’s often said “it’s not about if you like the song or the style of music or not, it’s about worshiping God.” and I certainly believe in that…however this is different.  We’ve all got our favorite songs, the ones that we hear them and we turn them up, get in a good mood, maybe sing out loud, dance, etc.  And most of us would feel differently about a country-western song compared to say, a hip-hop song (though some people are just weird and like all types of music…I think they’re lying).

This is different.  There are songs that upon hearing them I began to think of God, looking upwards, and then I start to weep.  For whatever reason these songs thrust the sheer awesomeness of God upon me, instantly reminding me of the magnitude of what He has done, is doing, and will do.  There are a few of them that have this effect on me, and the list grows as I hear new songs and get familiar with the words, but there are none of them that even compare to one song: Revelation Song. Continue reading

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