About a year ago my friend, Seth Yates, gave a message to my DTS about the power music has to influence us. I was radically challenged and convicted. How many times had I gone to music to dwell on my broken heart? Seth challenged me to be like King David, who was honest about his pain, but always remembered God's faithfulness—he didn't wallow in self pity.
So I've been on a hunt ever since to find music written by people with the heart of King David. I've erased all my music that exalted the pursuit of pleasure and exalted the power and satisfaction of money, romance or self-pity.
So here are two songs I've been listening that come from hearts that are searching for Jesus and reality as he defines it.
We had an incredible week of teaching! Tom Osterhus taught on Biblical worldview and Old Testament overview. We are concluding the week with a 48 hour Bible Marathon! Every exploded in cheering last night as the first words were read, "In the beginning!"
And at our base, Thursday night family gathering, we had an archeologist displaying ancient biblical scrolls. The scrolls pictured are about 500-600 years old. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the really ancient papyrus ones. But he said in the last couple weeks they just found the oldest copy of the gospel of Mark ever discovered!
We had a very enjoyable evening as "Masterpiece Theater" presented, "Modern Interpretations of Bible Favorites!" Each outreach team got props and costumes and had 15 minutes to come up with a skit chronicling some favorite Bible stories, including Elisha and the bear, Noah and the flood and Abraham and Isaac. It was a great family moment—full of laughs and of course, messing with our school leaders!
Okay, today was pretty awesome! Yes, he's just a regular man—but come on! He founded and leads the largest missionary organization in the world which has trained over 5 million people. He's the first person to ever travel to every nation. He's transforming the education system. He's spoken to King's and prophesied the fall of the Berlin Wall, the missionary movement in South Korea and is now trumpeting God's message that we're on the verge of a great global revival and mission's movement! And today, I got to ask him to pray for me!
I'm going to spend my life, energy, creativity and resources building God's kingdom. It was a privilege to have Loren, who is an example of what God can accomplish with our obedience, ask God to use me powerfully for his purposes.
It was kind of like the 2nd grade milk monitor get a salute from the Secretary of Defense. Really cool.