Walking in Freedom

Miscellaneous musings along the way

Passion 2013 January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!

 

What better way to start off the new year than streaming the Passion 2013 conference online?  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Check out the live stream at 7pm eastern by following this link: http://live.268generation.com/  Also, you can watch other messages from the conference at your convenience for a limited time by following the same link.  The conference ends Jan 4th, so be sure to check out the site in the next few days. 🙂

 

What an encouragement to see thousands of young adults (18-25) setting aside the first few days of their new year to unite with other believers “for His fame!”  To those who have written off the younger generation, take heart!!

 

Tonight (Session 4) Francis Chan delivered a passionate message, stressing the faithfulness of God.  Our actions do not (and cannot) change God’s character.  His promises of blessing and warnings of judgement remain true no matter what!

 

To top it all off, Lecrae will be there tomorrow (Jan 3) at 7pm est!

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Be My Everything January 22, 2012

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Church was canceled this morning because the parking lot was apparently more like an ice skating rink.  Roads are totally fine though so I checked out another church with a good friend.  We sang this song by Tim Hughes called Everything which I’m listening to as I work on some school stuff.  If you like Jesus, you’ll probably like it too! 🙂

 

Also, I heard a song by Jeff Deyo on Pandora which led me to youtube to listen to some more of his songs… I’m loving this one called Keep My Heart

 

On a side note, can I just say how great it is to be able to catch up with a good friend at a coffee shop?!  Got to do that twice this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus, Priceless Treasure August 11, 2011

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Last night, we had worship night for my community group at church.  It was a good time… I even played bassoon for a couple songs. 🙂  During the quiet reflection time, I flipped to a random hymn called “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” by Johann Franck.  Here are the lyrics:

 

Jesus, priceless treasure; Source of purest pleasure, Truest friend to me:

Long my heart hath panted, Till it well-nigh fainted, Thirsting after thee. 

Thine I am, O spotless Lamb,

I will suffer nought to hide thee, Ask for nought beside thee.

 

In thine arm I rest me; Foes who would molest me Cannot reach me here. 

Though the earth be shaking, Ev’ry heart be quaking, God dispels our fear. 

Sin and hell in conflict fell

With their heaviest storm assail us; Jesus will not fail us.

 

Hence, all thoughts of sadness!  For the Lord of gladness, Jesus, enters in. 

Those who love the Father, Though the storm may gather, Still have peace within.

Yea, whate’er we must here bear,

Still in thee lies purest pleasure, Jesus priceless treasure.

 

The words of this hymn written over 300 years ago stirred me up.  Do I really view Jesus as a priceless treasure, source of purest pleasure, and my very best friend?  Maybe one of those… on a good day!  I am challenged by the writer’s longing for God, his surrender, and his contentment with God alone.  I focused in on the last 5 words of the second verse: “Jesus will not fail us.”  What a great comfort to know that in the chaos of life, He is constant and He cares for us… a lot!  I love the way the 3rd verse exhorts me to look to the God of my circumstances instead of making my circumstances a god.  Jesus, alone, is worthy to be valued above all else, whether our current situation is great or miserable.  True peace does not come from what may be happening in our life; peace comes from the One who has promised to never leave you on this adventure called life.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.   John 14:27