A Song of Hope Inspired by Ecclesiastes & John Maxwell’s “Failing Forward”

Song Video: Say Goodbye To Yesterday

As I write this it’s Labor Day Weekend, and on the Daily Audio Bible podcast, we started the book of Ecclesiastes.

Ecclesiastes is a fantastic passage of scripture to read at this time of year. As the seasons change and we approach the final quarter of the year, it is a good exercise to reflect on life’s journey so far.

I wrote the song “Say Goodbye to Yesterday” very much with the philosophical themes of Ecclesiastes in mind. However, unlike the book’s author Solomon whose revelation was “everything is meaningless”, my conclusions are brighter, and more confident of God’s redemptive heart and ultimate power.

The primary idea of the chorus is to resolve our failures as a means of God’s grace, not to be defined by them. Neither are we to be haunted or stunted by our feelings of shame, but to let our mistakes and regrets go, and move on in the grace of God’s love.

As I wrote in a previous blog post, the idea of “Saying goodbye to yesterday” was from the book “Failing Forward” by John Maxwell [“Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success” ]

The book outlines 15 steps to overcome setbacks. Number seven is to “say goodbye to yesterday.”

We will never make a difference if we allow the past to hold the future hostage.

“To move forward you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies and baggage. You can’t build a monument to past problems and fail forward.” John Maxwell, Failing Forward

If we can embrace the long term perspective of heaven, we will fulfill the purpose and destiny that God so deeply desires for each of us to obtain.

Life done God’s way truly is meaningful. 

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Nashville Alive TV Appearance

Sharing My Story & A Song of Hope

I recently was able to share my story and songs on the Nashville Alive TV show.

We talk about my background in the jingle biz, how I got into worship, A New Anointing and No Easy Answers. It was a lot of fun!

Check it out, I’m the second guest at 12:53 into the show,  my segment is about 13 minutes long.

A Hilarious Moment

After singing No Easy Answers, the host Galen Davis (also Pastor at Cornerstone Church, Madison, TN) says:

“You know, i like, I love you in Jesus, but hate you in the flesh …”

This cracked me up.

“You said better in 3 minutes what we as pastors try to say in 45 minutes…”

That’s the power of a song to minister the good news of the gospel. I hope that is encouraging to you too!

God is good all the time! 

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How Can We Change the Way the World Encounters God ?

So I’ve been following along with this series called “The Journey of Worship”” taught by Ray Hughes,at Grace Center in Franklin, TN. You can watch the videos here. 

And I got his 107 Things I Forgot to Say by Ray Hughesbook “107 Things I Forgot To Say The Last Time I Talked About Worship, Creativity and Music

It’s a guided journal exercise to “slow down”, fully experience life, and hear the voice of God. Like all things, you can get as much out of it as you’re willing to put into it.

In this article I’ll share my first journal entry. His first inciting quote from page 1 is this:

“If we can change the way that the church understands music and worship, we will change the way the world encounters God.”  – Ray Hughes

This is a big idea, and quite profound if you’re serious about exploring and applying the answers. This is important because, in many areas, the “world” is rejecting God as represented today by the church. Many, many churches are struggling and in decline. 

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The First Noel

Music Lyric Video from JOYFUL!

Here’s a music video for the song “The First Noel” from my JOYFUL: Christmas Praise & Worship project. Love it when a plan comes together!

Here’s the lyric video for Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.

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