We Encourage When We Share

Most mornings I wake up with a song in my head. I truly enjoy music and during the last six months or so I’ve been listening to a lot more worship music. (I think I even mentioned this in an earlier blog post.)

Here’s how I think it works for me and I believe that means it can work for you as well.

Because I’ve been sincerely seeking to know God better through semi-regular worship and creating a study with two like-minded friends from church, I’ve been led/gone down a different (or deeper) path.

When I was 24 and my mom died of lung cancer I didn’t try hard enough to find help through people of faith. I remember reaching a point where people were telling me that maybe I needed to go to a professional (or semi-professional student counselor at SDSU, in my case) counselor to discuss my grief.

It is not my intention to sound harsh, but maybe what I should have done is found other believers who were willing to meet with me and pray with me (and counsel me) AND if I couldn’t find those believers at MY CHURCH, I should have looked at other churches for believers who would help.

That doesn’t necessarily mean leaving that church, but if that’s what I had to do then that’s what I should have done. As believers we have to take responsibility for our faith. (Check out Galatians 6:5-15 at BibleStudyTools.com which covers a great deal in this area.)

Today my wife and I attend Solana Pres in Solana Beach, California. I started attending a little over two decades ago. We also attend The Fire & Glory Outpouring Revival which is currently hosted at Summit Church in San Marcos, California. This doesn’t mean we are switching churches.

Tonight at 7:00 I expect that we will worship revival-style and tomorrow morning at 8:30 we will worship passionate-Presbyterian (or as close as Presbyterians get to passionate worship?) style.

When I started this blog I hoped to share my journey with Jesus honestly and assumed that a good number of readers would support me when I launch my brand.

What I’m finding is that by worshiping more frequently and continuing to meet regularly with good christian friends I can trust I’m more open to what God is calling me to do.

Evangelism is one of those things. I tell strangers that God loves them and I’m more open to conversations with them about what they want to talk about. Surprisingly, lots of people are open to someone who is sharing enthusiastically about their faith and many of those people are open to me praying for them. Sometimes that means right there on the spot.

If people support my brand when I launch, that’s wonderful. But, there is more to this blog than supporting me in what I do. Who’s supporting you?

Here’s Crowder with that song in my head when I woke up this morning.

God bless you!

What Music Moves YOU!?

Years ago when I first really became a follower of Jesus I was sure I could make it easier by listening to “Christian” music.  That strategy didn’t last, though some songs have had a lasting impact.

What I’ve come to realize over the decades and especially recently is that what you (really, really!) want are songs that you find encouraging to your faith that you enjoy.  If the songs that your church plays in worship aren’t your favorite I strongly urge you to find the ones that are.  (Psst…it’s really ok if the same songs you hear in a worship service or mass aren’t your favorites – no matter what others may tell you.  There’s this thing that’s really real and it’s called grace.  That covers it.)

Because I desire more intimacy with God (whom I will refer to as the Holy Spirit for the rest of this post) I want to engage in behaviors that help me do that.  Music is one of the things that helps me become more intimate with the Holy Spirit.

In order to not get tired of this practice I want to “keep it fresh” by using music that I truly enjoy.  What I enjoy and what you enjoy may not be the same thing.

Also, some of your favorites may change as you find or remember other songs.

I’m sharing eight songs with you that I find helpful in directing my thoughts toward the Holy Spirit and what I’ve read in the bible.  I hope you find at least one that you enjoy, but there’s no requirement.  Maybe you’d prefer something like the Doobie Brothers’ “Jesus Is Just Alright With Me” or U2’s “40”.  That’s ok.  If you’re wondering about either one, check out Youtube.

Here’s my current list in no particular order:

1) Michael Row The Boat Ashore
2) In Moments Like These
3) Day By Day
4) The King of Glory
5) A Church Not Made With Hands – The Waterboys
6) Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
7) El Shaddai – Amy Grant
8) You Are My Hiding Place
More about these songs in my next post.  There’s one for you to enjoy below.
Be filled with wonder!
Charlie

 

 

Stepping Out In Faith

Welcome!

Last week I had what I believe are life-changing experiences at a healing conference at Mott Auditorium in Pasadena and a revival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. One really excellent thing is that I shared Jesus with a man named Alfonso. After spending nearly three hours with him we went our separate ways. During that time he accepted Jesus into his heart after we talked about Revelation 3:20:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” RSV

I am really enthusiastic and encouraged that God used me in that way. I’ll share more about my adventures in future posts.

I’ve awakened to new ideas for my life moving forward. I hope for your support and the support of people you know as I move forward with my family.

One idea I have is to use crowdfunding to build a business. Maybe you or a friend has thought about doing this. Hopefully by following my journey you can learn how to gain the support of others when you take a leap of faith.

I thought about starting a brand called Planet Granite in the ’90s, but I let circumstances get in the way.

NOW is different. Having lived more life, I feel a lot more prepared for NOW.

If you’re like me, you like clothing and gear with messages. I find that some messages can be really uplifting, encouraging, amusing or thought-provoking.

I’m creating anticipation by not sharing the name of my new brand right now, but I believe you’ll like it enough to support me through buying clothing or sharing links when you see it.

If you would like to help me in building a groundswell of support, please share this blog (and the future websites) with friends who are ok with receiving that from you.

That’s all I have to say for today!

Be filled with wonder!

Charlie