Loving God’s Word, and Law Psalm 119

A few mornings ago during our staff devotion time one of our worship ministers Devan had us read through Psalm 119. His message of the morning was about letting God’s word speak to us, and being refreshed in His word. To be honest that has been one of my biggest struggles a Christian even now. Growing up I had a vision disability that affected my ability to read, in fifth grade I was at a first grade readying level. But after years of work in various Vision therapy sessions, and continuous practice I was able to get close to grade level. All that being said reading was still something that I did not enjoy, so diving into scripture was hard for me to get motivated about, Let alone be refreshed by, today I have learned to find a bit more joy in reading especially when it comes to scripture, but nonetheless it is still a struggle at times. As Devan began to read through Psalm 119 aloud I highlighted a few small things here and there, but what began to just out at me was David’s love for Gods law.

(7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.) 

(14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.) 

 (47 for I delight in your commands because I love them.)  

(113 I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.) 

This amazed me, it seems that most people look at rules and laws as negative things, when really when it comes to God there is nothing more perfect pure and good then his commands. Could you imagine if every believer could live his or her lives being constantly thought of how good God’s law is, and being refreshed by it? God set out the way we should think, act, and live, not to be the almighty police department in the sky, but to show us that there is a better life then the world says it can give us. What would your life look like it you loved God’s commands, and Laws the way David did? I’m not saying you will be with out fault David demonstrated falling short of the glory of God, just as good as the next if not better then your average Joe; but I think if we all learned to love Gods Laws, commands, His call for our lives, and yes His word, we would see a new side Him and I think we could all be refreshed by that.

 

 

Psalm 19

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

         In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.

11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Quick Update

Well it has been a while since I posted something so I thought I would give a quick overview of what all went on this summer.

The summer started off with a week in New Orleans where I led worship for a Son Servants camp. From there shortly after returning Running Five played a show at Longmont’s Rhythm On The River music and arts festival, it was our first music festival and was a great experience big thanks to the City for putting it on and to Longmont Theater company for sponsoring the stage we played on. since then Running five has been laying low but soon we will be jumping back into the studio to work on a new EP.

I have had a few solo gigs thrown in one at the Rock N’ Soul Cafe in Boulder where I had the opportunity to play with local artist and worship Leader Luc DiMarzio, and Kevin Cott from Springfield Missouri. also to close out the month of July Drew West, and myself put on a benefit concert for Olivia Current who was recently diagnosed with leukemia; it was a great success and a great night also featuring Paul Beverage & Company. As for The Generation we are on working on writing, as well as taking it easy. Our Guitar Player Nate King shipped out to “Nashvegas” (Nashville) and we wish the best of luck to him, also our bass player Drew West shipped himself out to Zambia Africa, to be a missionary for the next three months we keep him in our prayers. Jesse and I However will still be doing acoustic worship sets around so be sure and keep your eye out.

Well that has been the summer in a nut shell. keep watching the tour page for show dates, and the blog for more updates.

Living For God part 1

As a Christian there is a constant question about how much faith you need to have, how many good deeds you need to do, what does it really mean for me to live for Christ and all his glory, and so on and so forth. Well  I don’t have an answer but every now and then you stumble upon something that shines a little light. this is a video my friend Drew showed me I think speaks right to the matter.  Live Because of God.

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The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

I am continually on a quest  for inspiration. Sometimes to no avail, after turning page after page of unfinished cheesy lyrics that seem to even drive a creative slump farther down into the pit (where forgotten 80’s tunes, and unsold children albums seem to live). It’s times like these I have too look at the greater picture. Inspiration and creation is not necessarily done in bulk. At times, music just seems to flow out and, in other times, nothing but a word will leave the pen to the page.

But like all good things, it takes time. The other day, while having coffee with a friend of mine, Luc, he and I began to dive into our worlds of song writing. I told him my lyric issue, where everything I wrote down went from one unoriginal overly complicated line to the next. “I try to write a verse and I get one little part I might like.” Luc so wisely looked at me and said “Don’t write verses, don’t write choruses, just write.”

That statement though simple was a verbal-mind grenade. (or as the media’s beloved Charlie Sheen would say it was a “violent torpedo of truth”).  Whether you are a Sheen-fiend or not, it took me back to the basics of  my creative process. It’s not about writing with the hopes of pounding out one smash hit after the other, but writing to develop my self as an artist, as well as truly finding the inspiration that will lead to a completed work. With one word or one line at a time, you don’t have to have a Costco sale of lyrical genius, because the process is as important as the product.

 

“it’s better to write a simple song, that people enjoy; rather than a complicated song no one wants to hear”- Isaac Jorgensen

 

A Life of work is something to recognize and this is a video that my friend Dusty shared with me that I have continuously turned to for inspiration. So I thought I would share (click the picture)

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging Away

Well Folks here it is. I am glad to have the site up and running. Big thanks to my older brother Kyle for helping me go live with this site. I am looking forward what’s coming up for all my groups.

Running Five is booked on May 5th at Club 156 in Boulder. It’s our return show, we’ve all been tied up with other gigs and projects, it’s a good feeling to get back together. Club 156 is located inside the CU Boulder UMC that show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 at the door or $7 in advance—hit me up with an email if you would like tickets.

The Generation is gearing up for a couple of shows, one for a World Vision 30-Hour Famine Event.

The Generation will also be at Shepherd Of The Hills Presbyterian Church in Lakewood on May 7th. This is a free show so come on out, show your support and get ready to be praising The Jesus.

As for my solo project, I am currently writing some new tunes and will start booking some shows here in the near future, so keep a look out for those dates. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to my calenders and keep and eye on the blog for future posts. Thanks for checking out the site. See you soon.