Triple Surprise

At this moment I’m listening to Shawn Bolz and I highly recommend you listen to this! When I heard Deuteronomy I knew I wanted to include it in this post AND THEN, Shawn shared two more verses. Here are the verses and the Shawn Bolz video:

Deuteronomy 8:18

Ephesians 3:20

Habakkuk 2:2

You may notice that The Message translation adds a verse. My best guess is that Eugene Peterson felt those verses need to be linked. I hope you also like the way Shawn Bolz reads the verses as I do.

Press On, Sisters & Brothers, Press On.


The Canadians Are Coming!

Wednesday night (tomorrow!) is the One-Year Anniversary of The Fire & Glory Outpouring and it kicks off five days of worship and celebration.

Sam Robinson is one of the guest speakers and I’m pretty sure he said that he’s bringing at least 60 Canadians with him to Summit Church in San Marcos, California. Last I heard there were at least 500 people registered, but that was Sunday and most of those were from out of state and outside the U.S.

Miranda Nelson said that most people actually register in the three days just before these special Fresh Awakening-type events. So I don’t know how many people will come for someone like Shawn Bolz. 700? 800? A Thousand? I’m not sure everyone will fit if we get 1000 people.

For this event I say “we” because my wife and I are volunteering as ushers. I don’t know if we are guaranteed seats, but I know I’ll at least have a place to stand!

If you’ve never experienced a revival-type worship event, I urge you to COME ON DOWN. (Because so many people are expected, based on my experience I recommend getting there 90 minutes early. If you want to attend when there are likely to be not quite so many so that you don’t have to come early, then shoot for 2:30 on Friday or Saturday. No guarantee, but based on my experience those times aren’t usually packed to the rafters!)

Remember, it’s not about getting you to switch churches. Attend your home church AND come to revival! Revival is EXTRA! Think of it like summer camp for adults (though kids are welcome as well).

The other really important thing to remember is that The Fire & Glory Outpouring is about the love of Jesus. So, don’t expect to switch churches and focus on giving and receiving the love of Jesus. You’ll probably learn a lot AND it’s very likely there will be prayer for healing. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Bring your enemies. They need God, too.

If you really can’t make it, you can watch online. I like numbers so I have kept a pretty accurate count. So far (mostly since July 2016) I’ve watched The Fire & Glory Outpouring on Youtube 24 times and I’ve attended live 68 times. Get more details by visiting the new website,

Here’s the schedule and a song to take you out:


Wednesday | 7pm – Miranda Nelson
Thursday | 10am – Samuel Robinson
Thursday | 7pm – Shawn Bolz
Friday | 10am – Shawn Bolz
Friday | 2:30pm – Jerame Nelson
Friday | 7pm – Mahesh Chavda
Saturday | 10am – Mahesh Chavda
Saturday | 2:30pm – Andrew Hopkins
Saturday | 7pm – Jerame Nelson
Sunday | 7pm – Samuel Robinson

God bless you!

Don’t Miss Out On New Wonders Because Of Nostalgia

If you’re like me you see life differently than you did when you were younger. My wife and I have told tales of a time before video games, cable TV, home computers and ATMs(!) (to say nothing of the internet and video streaming) to our son and his friends. I still remember a buddy and I being dropped off in Solana Beach to see The Who’s Rock Opera, Tommy, in a double feature with a Monty Python film on a Saturday afternoon in 1974 or 1975 for 75 cents!

For me it’s absolutely amazing that someone in 2051 may look back with nostalgia on Amazon’s Echo like we do with the 8-track tape. (You can Google Amazon Echo if you’re unsure what I’m talking about. We love ours.)

When I started this blog I mentioned faith-based music from decades ago that I still enjoy. It’s true. I really do like Michael, Row The Boat Ashore. In searching Youtube I even found a version by Johnny Rivers from his album “Johnny Rivers Rocks The Folk”!

If we are convinced that everything was better back then we miss the great stuff of today. I’ve had discussions with people over the years about music, including music used in worship. Lots of people have convinced themselves that the “older stuff” was better.

We may have a special place in our heart because of the memories that are wrapped up with the “older stuff”. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with that, BUT, and this is a big “but”, we need to live in the present if we’re NOT going to miss out.

From a faith perspective we can miss what God is doing now. He’s inviting us to join him. To hear God’s call to us today we need to be present with him IN THE PRESENT. Listening. One way to start listening is through music. If I were stuck in the “old stuff” I would have missed out on Crowder and his music.

When I’m in a worship service I’m not always in the mood to learn a new song, but I ask God to stretch me so I discover more about new ways to worship him. Because I didn’t close my mind to new music I heard “Come As You Are” and I found it impactful enough to check it out on Youtube. I heartily suggest you do the same. Check out the video below some of the lyrics I cribbed from Google.

Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken-hearted, let rescue begin
Come find your mercy, oh, sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens, lay down your shame
All who are broken, lift up your face
Oh, wanderer come home, you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart

Come as you are