The Gift I Regret Putting On The Shelf

Just a few short weeks ago our VWorship community celebrated the release of our new album “Unveiled”.  If you haven’t streamed or downloaded it yet, do it as soon as you’re done reading my blog ;).  It’s not only an album, it’s a worship experience and I trust you will enjoy it! A few of…

GOING THE DISTANCE

Being a worship leader for more than 15 years has meant committing to saying ‘yes’ to walking in the power and authority that God alone gives, and saying ‘no’ to the lies of the enemy. It has been a daily decision to say ‘yes’ to a growth process that isn’t always easy.   It is…

Simple Obedience

“Simple obedience changes history…” – Lindy Conant, Take Courage These lyrics have really captured my heart as of late. It seems simple enough, and yet it’s profound.  Here’s the whole bridge: “There’s a ‘yes’ in our hearts and it carries through eternity, simple obedience changes history.” I want to share just a few ways that…

What You Speak Over Yourself Matters

A few years ago I was listening to a well respected communicator speak on having compassion and partnering with God’s heart for our cities.   As he was speaking, in my mind I said to myself, it’s too bad that every spiritual gift test I take seems to be so low in compassion and mercy. Quick…

Gold in the Process

I was 21 years old with a lot of dreams in my heart. On the inside, I always felt that I was making steps towards those dreams. But on the outside, I had one year of college under my belt, I was working 30 hours a week, and not really doing a lot with my…

You Will Not Die

  Have you ever heard someone say, “I could have died from embarrassment!” One weekend in the not so distant past, I was leading worship for the services at the Urbana campus. After church on Sunday, I went home to rest a little and change my clothes (I had been wearing the same outfit all…

Let Us Not Grow Weary

“Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” -Galatians 6:9 (AMP) Sometimes, it’s hard to keep going.  We may have started our journey with excitement and enthusiasm, bursting out of the gate at a sprint.  But then over…

Walking in the Light

As I was talking with Jesus, I heard him say this… Everything will always come into the light because that’s where I am, and that’s who I am. This is the only place you find real freedom and the only place I can heal you. Walk in the light as I am in the light….

Mark of His Presence

Acts 2:1-4 (The Message) “When the feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force-no one could tell where it came from.  It filled the whole building. Then, like wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking…

Doing Dishes

From the one year bible:  Luke 11:39-41 – Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  You foolish people!  Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?  But give what is inside the…