We can't wait to see all of you this summer. Many of you have been asking about our songlist so I decided to post it here. We will not be able to play all of these during any given week but this is the list we will pull from. Enjoy!
1.This Is Amazing Grace (Wickham)
2.Nothing But the Blood of Jesus (Bledsoe)
3.Break every Chain (Bethel)
4.Open Up Our Eyes (Elevation)
6.He Is Faithful (Torwalts/Bethel)
8.Forever (Short form & Long Form)
10. One Thing Remains (Passion)
11. Glory of it All (NTS only)
12. Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)
13. Set A Fire (Will Reagan/Bethel)
14. No Longer Slaves (Helser/Bethel)
15. Jesus We Love You (Bethel)
16. All of Me - I Surrender All (Soul City Worship)
17. Holy Spirit (Torwalts/Bethel)
Hey Everyone! If you've been following my facebook or twitter feeds you know I spent last week just outside of Washington D.C. at Centreville Baptist Church. My good friend Lane Sebring is the Student Minister there and was gracious enough to have me fill in for him while he was out on his honeymoon. (Congratulation Lane & Rachel!!) The Lord has given us a unique friendship around our love for reaching teens and seeing the church established.
Lane featured me in a recent blog post and so I thought I would pass that along to you here. His post is featured just below. You can read more about Lane and his ministry at www.lanesebring.com.
While I was on my honeymoon, Erik Bledsoe spent some time with our students and had a tremendous impact!
Erik is a Christian musician, song-writer, evangelist and conference speaker based out of Nashville, TN. He has a unique connection with our students that started two years ago when he led worship at New Camp for the first time.
From there, he's been with us at Fall Retreat two years in a row and again at New Camp. He is the real-deal when it comes to hands on ministry with the people. I would HIGHLY recommend him to any pastors or church leaders.
While he was here this week he taught XLM Sunday with 185 students in attendance! It was truly an unforgettable experience as he followed up from what he taught two weeks before at Fall Retreat.
He did other small group meetings, public school bible studies, spending time with families of students he's impacted, and leading a big Wednesday night youth outreach event for our students.
Erik is a great friend and I am so thankful that God brought him here to minister to XLM while I was gone.
Last week the band and I had an incredible week at New Camp in Dayton, TN. We had an incredible time and I will be sure and blog more about that tomorrow. Just for fun, I wanted to post this picture of us on our “field trip” after whitewater rafting down the Ocoee. If you haven’t gone rafting before I highly recommend it, we had a blast!!!
Talk to you tomorrow~ Erik
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been asked to do a “Story Behind the Song” post for a website called Singers Club. In addition to “He Is Greater”, which I posted about yesterday, the are also featuring “It’s By Faith” from “Response” in the months to come. Here is another sneak peak.
I still remember hearing the news that my friend and youth leader John had been diagnosed with cancer. I had just returned home from a difficult semester in college. I was exhausted, not only physically but also spiritually. My integrity had not held up as well as I had hoped it would and my heart was full of doubt and questions. Oddly, news of John’s cancer stirred a deep sense of peace in me. I had been here before, twice, with my own mother’s cancer. I knew God in this dimension and I knew I could trust Him. In fact, trusting Him with the big stuff was just a part of life in my family growing up... our story has been pretty dramatic at times.
Why was I such a contradiction? Why is it/had it been so easy to trust God in the big things, in the mountaintop’s and the Red Sea’s, and not with the day-to-day and mundane? Why is it I could stand firm in the face of cancer and cower at the thought of writing a paper or sometimes even getting out of bed? All of these thoughts came raining down on me one afternoon at the piano.
“It’s By Faith”... that was my problem. Faith. Difficult circumstances required faith in order to get through them because I knew I could never make it on my own, but the daily grind was so simple I thought I could handle it alone. The Lord was using this opportunity to teach me that the faith I needed to climb the mountain was the same faith I needed to pour my coffee, that faith is not a switch you turn on and off but that “the just LIVE by faith” (Romans 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38).
Is there any area of your life where you have been going it alone? Where maybe intentionally or unintentionally you have postured yourself to not need God?
“Through storms and trials of my own devise He’s never given up. And the farther I go the more I no I can’t escape His love. It’s by faith.”
I've been asked to do a “Story Behind the Song” post for a website called Singers Club.
They hope to offer “He Is Greater”, the 3rd track off of “God In Search of Man”, as a featured download in the months to come. I thought I would give you all an sneak peek before it hits their site.
“My wife and I have had 11 friends go through divorce in the last three years. There have been many tears shed as we have walked with each of them at different levels. There is no consistency among the occurrences; they range from one year married to 28 years of marriage. The reasons are just as varied from outright fraud, to infidelity, to simply not stewarding their relationship and growing a part.
While walking for over a year through the divorce process with one of my best friends and mentors, my heart began to break for him in a way it never had before. There were too many obstacles and too many lies to process; we were overwhelmed. Late one night while praying about it with his son we began to worship the Lord together. Immediately the song just started pouring out of my mouth, “He Is Greater, He Is Higher, and there’s so much love lifting you up, He is Stronger, He Is Greater!” It was a surreal moment. We were both aware the Lord was giving this song as a reminder that no matter what we were facing, no matter how insurmountable the obstacle, He is greater.
How about you? Do you ever feel hopeless? Lost? Listen to the words of the song:
“I don’t know what it’s going to look like or how He will work this for your good. All I know is He is able, He is Faithful!”
Whatever your going through, now matter how bleak the outlook, now matter what the doctors say, no matter how long it’s been, no matter how numb you are.... He Is Greater.
Just a quick post today to let you all know that God In Search of Man has finally found it’s way to Itunes
. Thanks for your patience. Spread the word!
First, let me say thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I’m honored that you would think anything I have to say is worth reading.
Secondly, in the wake of last nights Haitian earthquake I would be equally honored if, instead of reading my post, you would devote the time you might have spent here to lift up Haiti in prayer.
I will be back tomorrow; same time, same channel.
Greatest Blessings~ Erik
So typically I would tend to write more weighted posts, posts about whatever the Lord is teaching me or challenging me with.....not so today. This one is short and sweet.
As I am on the road all the time my duties at home can tend to stack up. Betsy and I have learned to compensate and rearrange what my “honey do list” consists of in order to actually make the list within the grasp of human achievement. Honestly, I love to work around or on the house. It gives me an incredible sense of accomplishment and fulfillment as a husband, but that’s another post.
Of all the tasks on my diminishing list of chores that I protect, my favorite is yard work! I love, capital L-O-V-E to mow the lawn, trim weeds, create landscaping, etc. Love it! I think it has something to do with tractors and power tools.
Soooo my question to you is: What’s on your short list of things you love to do around the house? No answer is to weird. Without further adieu, in the words of my good friend Brody Harper
, “Ready? Go.”
I’m still brewing over this quote I heard several months ago now:
“Doing things for God is not the same thing as spending time with God”
What an incredible reminder. I think we all get so caught up going from function to function, event to event, service to service that we forget to actually spend time WITH God.
I am guilty of that this week for sure. I have had so much on my plate with this tour (as you’ll notice it’s Thursday and this is my first post this week). It seems like the first thing to go is my quiet time. How ridiculous is that! The first thing to go is the most important! Ugh. When we become so busy doing for God, or doing the “stuff” of life, that we forget to spend time with God we have become too busy.
What has taken your attention away from what’s most important? Let’s re-establish our priorities, slow down and get back to what matters.
Love you all.