Pure Awesomeness (…I may be biased)

So, last week was the final week of school for my three oldest kids.  They all had “end of the year” performances for band and chorus.  I am so proud of all three of them, I can’t stand it.

Johahna’s chorus group performed at Carowinds and got a “superior” rating, which is the highest rating they give.

Christian’s band (he plays trombone) also performed at Carowinds, and also received the “superior rating.

My youngest daughter, Michaela, also performed in chorus and dance this year, but the elementary groups don’t compete.  Michaela, however also performed in her elementary school’s talent show.  Out of 107 entries, only 20 were picked to perform.  Out of those, Michaela was the only one who played an instrument and sang.  It was her first public performance playing the guitar,  and most definitely not her last.

The sound quality is not very good, and a baby tries to get in on the act near the end, but I couldn’t have been more proud of her performance.

Guys, you all have made your mom and dad extremely proud!  You are awesome!

Seacoast Worship Recap (05/22/10)

Even though I normally attend church on Saturday night, this worship re-cap is part of the Sunday Setlist Blog Carnival going on over atTheWorshipCommunity.com.  Check out the other worship service re-caps from this week by clicking here.

This week at Seacoast Church, we had the privilege of having Carlos Whittaker lead worship for us.  It was great, and quite honestly, surprising.  For the 5% of you out there who don’t know about Carlos (aka Los, aka Ragamuffinsoul, aka @loswhit), he is a worship leader/blogger that has recently gotten a lot of national exposure through this (LA Ink episode) and this (Youtube video).

I say it was surprising, not because I didn’t expect it to be good.  What I mean by that is I expected Carlos to be promoting his new album and sharing some about the direction his ministry is going.  I guess I expected worship to be a mini-concert of sorts.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not even saying that would have been a bad thing.  God is doing amazing things through Carlos, his family and their ministry, and more people need to know about it.  What we got however, was so much better.  An anointed dude, simply worshiping God and begging us to come along with him, with zero self promotion (out of a 5-song set, he only did two of his own songs).  So, if you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and check out his blog, follow him on twitter & buy his new album.  You can thank me later.

Call to Worship / Opening Set:

Message:

This weekend, Pastor Josh continued a series entitled “Liberated”, based on Acts 26-28.  Tonight, Josh talked about preparing your boat for “The Storm”.  It was a very timely message, for me anyway.  If you’re interested, you can get the sermon notes on YouVersion.com here.  Also, you can download the audio message from iTunes here or watch the video here (it may be Monday or Tuesday before it is available).

Worship/Response:

Well, that’s how things went at Seacoast Church this weekend.  How was your worship service?

Oh, and one more thing.  I’m giving away a free copy of Andy Andrews’ new book “The Heart Mender” this Wednesday, here on my blog.  If you’re interested, click here to find out how to enter the drawing.

Random Stuff…

LOTS of stuff going on today (in my life, and in my head).   Here’s a sample:

1.  My brother-in-law, won his parental hearing yesterday.  He’s an awesome dad.  God is Good!

2.  Saw this video from Fancis Chan the other day…excellent!

3.  Beautiful Things and Hello Hurricane are blowing my mind/speakers lately.

4. It is 68.5° at my desk right now.

5.  My wife is awesome.

6.  I currently have 24 books on my “To Read” list. No matter how much I read, this list only gets longer.

7.  Listening to a podcast series by Craig Groeschel  (Lifechurch.tv) entitled “Once Upon a Marriage” that is challenging me.

8.  Being colorblind sometimes leads to embarrassing situations.

9.  I hate updating graphs and charts.

10.  When I finish this post, I have to update my production graphs and charts.

What’s going on in your head today?