Beautiful

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6th, 2012 by Jonathan

I saw this video today.

I love that a lot of attention was paid to its production, yet it feels completely authentic. There is no question in my mind(heart) that this is worship.

Do yourself a favor; listen to this over and over and over.

Click here to purchase this song on iTunes – http://tinyurl.com/4xln3jp

And if that wasn’t enough…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2011 by Jonathan

“A person who…does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.”
― Martin Luther

Music to soothe the savage beast

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21st, 2011 by Jonathan

“The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God….Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of men. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity, and other devices.”
― Martin Luther

Carrying the Presence

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15th, 2010 by Jonathan

Just a thought.

When Moses led Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness, the presence of the Lord was physically, tangibly with them, in the form of a pillar of fire, or a pillar of smoke (see Exodus 13:21, 22). Wow. Check out Exodus 14:24 for a demonstration of “shock and awe”. Incredible.

Anyway, when Joshua led the people OUT of the wilderness, and into Canaan, Israel ‘carried’ the presence of the Lord with them, embodied by the Ark of the Covenant.

Clearly the Lord was just as present as He was when represented as fire and smoke (for starters, see Joshua 3:9-17, and Joshua 6; awesome).

Here’s the point.

When the Spirit of the Lord dwells/abides/takes up residence in us, we carry the presence of the Lord around with us everywhere we go. The same God who was embodied in terrifying pillars of smoke and flames, who moved at Jericho and disintegrated thirty-foot thick stone walls, has somehow compressed Himself into a you-sized container.

Something to think about.

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Online Shopping; For Zombies, by Zombies

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9th, 2010 by Jonathan

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/dap_10153_12605_DAP_Zombie?adCell=W2

This is interesting, since zombies are the ultimate consumers. Get it? Consumers?

I crack myself up, man.

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Quote of the Day

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27th, 2010 by Jonathan

“If you’re not shooting, you should be loading; if you’re not loading, you should be moving; if you’re not moving someone is gonna cut off your head and put it on a stick…”

-Clint Smith, Thunder Ranch

When we see Him, we’ll be like Him

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21st, 2010 by Jonathan

I have been meditating on the goodness of the Lord this week.

I have the feeling that there’s a slowly-changing doubt about that in our church community. That there’s a bit of an slowly-changing identity crisis in our houses of worship.

This is what I mean: the Lord is being presented, or lifted up/ratified, as the Glorious Lord; Who is good, Whose mercy is new each morning, Who is holy, unchanging, and unmatched in power and holiness. I believe that the people are coming into a place/atmosphere of worship, and are seeing, more and more clearly, the Lord as He is. As He wants us to see Him.

The identity crisis has been that the people leave the atmosphere, and they forget what they have seen. I believe that this is changing, because our people have gotten a taste of the Lord in their mouths, and they are, literally, hungry for more. They are leaving the corporate place of worship, and building one in their hearts; mediating on the Lord, searching out Who He is and what He looks like. This is changing how they see themselves!

This is an under-current message that has been coming out of Bethel Church in Redding for some months/years now, and we sang about it last week; “When we see You, we’ll be like You”.

Isaiah described how he saw the Lord in heaven; high and lifted up. Jesus said that if He was lifted up, he’d draw ALL men to Himself. In Revelation, John says that there was a proclamation of intense worship of the Lord; blessing, glory, honor, and power. This is a response to being in the constant, revealed glory of the Lord, and I honestly believe that this is where we are going.

We’ve been talking for weeks about how to initiate engagement in the people, and I really feel like this is key for us. Some of us are super-hungry for the presence of the Lord. Like Joshua and Caleb, we need to be in front of the people, proclaiming, LOUDLY, the goodness that is on the other side of this ‘river’. The goodness of the Lord is what is breaking through the reticence to come, bringing repentance, so that real identity change can take place, so that people can enter in to the presence of the Lord and SEE the glory of the Lord.

Hear what I’m saying? Many people in our house are tasting, tasting ,tasting the goodness of the Lord, and our eyes are being brightened or opened (like Jonathan’s, haha 1 Sam 14.27), and we are beginning to see the glory of the Lord.

I don’t want to manipulate people. But I do want to instigate a response of worship and praise in our people. I think this is happening as people are tasting the goodness of the Lord.

So. The question is, how do we get there? Logistically speaking?

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Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12th, 2010 by Jonathan

My favorite quote:

“How [do you] deal with depression when the sun has been blocked out for 500 years by a cloud of radioactive dust? Now, that’s the kind of knowledge these kids are going to need when their world has been turned into a brutal Hell’s Gate.”

Watch it here:
Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

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What is worship?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1st, 2010 by Jonathan

Our worship is not about what we want to give God, but about what God wants to receive from us.

This is really good, and bears meditation. Another thought… We should not expect to retain any ownership of what we bring to the Lord as a sacrifice.

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Wake Up!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 28th, 2010 by Jonathan

This video is incredible, for several reasons. Here’s two:

1. It’s been painstakingly, beautifully crafted by an independent film company named Whitestone Motion Pictures. This is just one of their lovely films. Check out the sidebar to visit their site.

2. The subject matter of this song and accompanying video really sticks out to me right now, because I’ve been meditating on what it means to be free.

Freedom really is an incredible person, place, or thing. We (and by we, I’m generally referring to human beings living in The [ideological] West and participating in its culture) seem to spend an incredible amount of energy enslaving ourselves physically, emotionally/psychologically, and spiritually.

How, exactly, do we become free from it all? Is it possible? I have so many things I want to do with my life! Why do I spend so much time selling myself, so cheaply, for things that, ultimately, will never satisfy me?

Will it take a Zombie Apocalypse to get me to detach from living so half-heartedly? To live my life with some single-minded PURPOSE?

“My decision to be free or not to be, reveals the magnitude of my freedom. ”
(Ludwig Feuerbach – “Essence of Christianity”)

Anyway, more on this later. Meanwhile, this video is cool.