Sunday, July 16, 2006

KSBJ's 24th anniversary concert

"It's real, it's free, it's fun..." (Newsboys, Take Me To Your Leader)

I am not ashamed to say I had fun at KSBJ's 24th anniversary concert!

Isn't it awesome that Jesus died that we might have life more abundantly, so we can have fun at concerts? We can just take a break from the hustle and bustle of our respective lives, concentrate on Jesus and enjoy some good music.

My sister and I sat under a perfect Texas sky tonight and watched an amazing concert. We got there a little late so I unfortunately didn't catch Josh Bates or Ana Laura, but it was one act after another lifting up the name of Jesus.

I sat on the lawn, which in my opinion is the best place to catch a show at that particular venue when the weather is nice. Anyway, somewhere near the halfway point of the Newsboys set, my sister looked over and said, "This may be be the coolest concert ever."

"Ever?" I asked.

"Ever," she quickly responded.

"You mean, in the history of live music, we are viewing the best concert ever performed?" I asked.

"I think that might be possible."

I really was having a good time, but the best show ever?

As you can see, I wasn't the only person having fun. I kept wishing the Princess was there with me!

And, how about the Gatorade guy? The folks on the lawn know what I'm talking about. There was a guy walking from one side of the lawn to his spot on the grass on the other side of the lawn, balancing a Gatorade bottle on his head.

Then he came walking back the other way, Gatorade bottle balanced on his head again. It was weird, but somewhat entertaining. Like the guy who transformed a large popcorn container into a hat and was wearing a cape.

Yeah, the lawn was different for this one. But what an incredible time in the Lord...great praise and worship, too.

The only thing that could top it off would be finding out our beloved Astros had done well. I got home, turned on the computer machine, and surprise!! Turns out, they had fun too!

It's definately in the morning. We usually have fun in church. John

Sunday, July 2, 2006

Psalm 78

Pastor Joel's message this morning may have affected me more than any other during the time I've attended Lakewood. It just encouraged me. The right message at the right time of this season of my life.

He shared a couple scriptures out of Psalm 78 and discussed how we serve a limitless God that we can actually limit by not keeping our thinking in line with His word.

That chapter discusses the movement of God's people in the desert, and specifically how God became displeased with His people for not believing He could deliver them during that period.

"They spoke against God, saying, 'Can God spread a table in the desert? When he struck a rock, water gushed out, and streams flowed abundantly. But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?'

"When the Lord heard them, he was very angry; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance" (Psalm 78: 19-22).

It's interesting. If you look at Jesus and what made Him most frustrated with the disciples, it was usually a lack of faith. Same picture here. We serve a God that obviously finds a lack of faith offensive. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

"They did not remember his power...the day he performed miraculous signs in Egypt..." (Psalm 78: 42, 43).

Friends, I think we'd do best by just trusting God no matter what we face! He is faithful!

We are surrounded by His favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12).