A few years back I started doing an exercise by Chris Brogan called “my three words”. The idea is to choose three words that will serve as a guiding theme for the coming year. You can read more about it in his blog post here.
Today as I write this update, it’s the first Monday after Easter Sunday. It will be 50 days until Pentecost. Drawing closer to the Lord during this season is the focus of my devotional book, Resurrection Power.
It also marks 20 days since we packed up and relocated from south Nashville to the north gate of Hendersonville, Tennessee. During that period we’ve been painting and trying to unpack while producing a musical cantata at the church for Palm Sunday, then a series of daily worship services during Holy Week, concluding with a pair of glorious Easter Sunday celebrations.
It has been a busy, intense, and exhausting couple of weeks – but we’re loving our new home and location!
It is a new season.
In the final book of the Holy Scriptures, Revelations foretells the coming tribulation the earth will endure. It will be a work of purification that will mark “the end of the world as we know it”. After which Jesus declares “Behold I am making ALL THINGS NEW. Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Indeed, whether in seasons of joy or grief, every word of Jesus is trustworthy and true.
I pray the Lord will encourage, inspire and sustain you with His Resurrection Power in your next season of life.
To God be the glory. Amen.
RESURRECTION POWER: DAY ONE Audio/Video
Here’s a reprise of Chapter One from audio book from last year.
Dear Friends, this post is mostly personal. Since going on staff at HFUMC in Hendersonville, we’ve been in the process of praying about, preparing for and finally making the decision to pull up roots in south Nashville and relocate north to Hendersonville.
It was typically a one hour hour commute one-way to the church (on bad traffic days, much longer), which translated into at least 2 hour project every “work” day just to get there and back. After doing that for the better part of 2 years, it just made sense to live closer to the church. Our biggest motivation was to be able to build closer relationships.
This was a tough decision because we have loved our current house and location in Brentioch. We were close to everything and we have a lot of friends nearby. The setting was exceptional, every morning I have a fantastic view of the morning sunrise which inspired the “Sunrise Worship Devotionals” series and my bookResurrection Power: 50 Days That Rocked The World: A Devotional Journey.
I had a wonderful recording studio in a full daylight basement with plenty of space for writing and producing content. I was able to finish record and mix What Words Can’t Say and Joyful! Christmas Praise and Worship, as well as producing several audio books for authors such as Jeff Goins, Allyson Vesterfelt and Tyler Ward.
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On October 2, Ivalene and I celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary. Yee-haw! 32 Years of making beautiful music … together.
We met in the Music Department of Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University. (Go Seagulls!) She was the perfect girlfriend – beautiful, musical and she could play my theory homework on the piano.
After we graduated we started a music duo and played in clubs, restaurants, yacht clubs, wedding receptions – you name it – all over the Eastern Shore. It was a great life.
We moved to Nashville 29 years ago to start a new season, and it’s been a great adventure! Kids, business, cancer, ministry. But that’s another story for another day.
We’re still making music together, traveling on missions trips, and directing the music programs at HFUMC. It’s still a great life, though not without a great deal of challenges. And that’s yet a different story for different day.