Articles Tagged Summer

Summer Song List

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)
5.Anthem (Planetshakers)
6.He Is Faithful (Torwalts/Bethel)
7.Oceans (Oceans)
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)
Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Erik Bledsoe

Summer Tour Announcement

I am pleased to announce that the band and I will be on tour for four weeks this summer! We will once again be joining Never The Same (NTS) for three of the four weeks. We recorded our soon to be released live worship project with them last summer. Be on the lookout for the live video's we shot last year as well. Great Stuff! We will also be returning to New Camp in Dayton, TN. Can't wait to see you all!!!

Posted on June 8th, 2015 by Erik Bledsoe

Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Hey everyone, I know I’ve been away for a few weeks but there are good reasons for that. I have been off line entirely, not just my blog. I have needed some clarity on some decisions that are still in process and felt it necessary to remove the mental clutter that often takes up a lot of the free space on my mental hard drive. More on that later. Today I thought I would share a thought I’ve been chewing on lately. I recently heard someone say that they felt that perhaps they were in the midst of a “season of preparation”. In particular they were sharing this in light of the way they felt like their life was on hold, as if they had been put on pause. While the scripture makes clear in various places, Ecclesiastes 3 being the most popular, that there are times and seasons, I think it is important to keep our perspective clear. There is never a season of preparation or waiting that was not previously prepared for in a past season. (Pause, read that again. Ready? Ok). Simply said, every today is yesterday’s tomorrow. You have only now in this moment to live. While we diligently prepare for tomorrow we can’t be sure it will ever come and it is arrogant of us to assume that the Lord will gift us with it. James 4:13-17 says this very thing, our life is a vapor and we should not assume we will do this or that, but rather say “if the Lord wills it we will live...” I think that’s why James concludes this thought with verse 17, “To the one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to them it is sin.” James is saying that now is the only moment we’ve got. If we keep waiting in anticipation for a better or future time we will never do the right thing. If we know what’s right and don’t do it right now, that’s sin, because now is the only future we’ve got. The Apostle Peter addresses this same thing in his second letter. He talks about how the character and qualities of Christ and how they should be increasing gradually in each of us as believers. Then he says this in verse 8, “If these qualities are yours and increasing they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” As we are becoming more and more like Christ, no matter what season we find ourselves in spiritually, whether spring, summer, fall or the coldest of winters, we are always useful and full of purpose. Where are you? Are you struggling with your sense of purpose, like all of us do from time to time? Do you feel like maybe your life is in a holding pattern? Take heart and know that your Heavenly Father doesn’t waist anything! Even though you may be struggling now, know that the Lord has prepared you for this moment as much as He is using it to prepare you for the next. There is LIFE in this moment, right now. Embrace it, drink deeply of it, even if it stings and know that even in the toughest of times we can still bear fruit, we still have a destiny in Christ. Even as we have been prepared for this moment so this moment has been prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10). We have a work to do right here, right now! We have not been forgotten about, we have not been left on the shelf! Let us resolve again to pursue our Heavenly Father, to wade into the deeper waters of His love. As His character is revealed in us we may find that this is the moment we’ve been waiting for all along.
Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Erik Bledsoe

Glimpses Of Spring

flower-snow Life is full of seasons and like the calendar there are seasons of joy and growth just as there are seasons of sorrow and tears. King Solomon talks about this in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, the passage made famous to pop culture by The Byrds in their song “Turn, Turn, Turn” (1965). This past year has been a challenging one for all of us no doubt. For my immediate family this has been the most personally difficult year any of us remember as a family. It seems like every time we turn around there is something else that has befallen us. For these continued circumstances we are grateful for your prayers.
Although Winter’s wind often robs our memory of the warmth we knew in summer we trust the process and more importantly our Father, the One to whom the winter winds obey. We also take hope in knowing that after winter comes spring! After a long hard winter it would appear the Lord has a season of joy ahead for our family. My brother Evan is getting married in April, Betsy and I are expecting in May, my youngest sister Josie is engaged for July and my sister Dori is engaged for August! That’s three weddings and a grandchild for my parents in 2010. We know things can change and don’t take anything for granted nor do we assume anything of the Lord, but for these first few glimpses of spring we are so grateful!
Posted on January 11th, 2010 by Erik Bledsoe

The Love Of God

I spent this passed weekend with my friends, who are now family, at the Louisa United Methodist Church participating in their Jesus Jam 2009 summer celebration. In addition to a concert and leading worship all weekend I was also blessed to be able to bring a message each night. The theme they chose for our time together was “I love you...ask me why.” My messages centered around the matchless love of God and how when we maintain a proper perspective on Christ’s sacrifice, encouraging each other to “evangelize” won’t be necessary. In fact, it will be hard to keep us from telling others about so great a salvation. To summarize C.S. Lewis, it is not that we over amplify the world and it’s pleasures, it is that we so drastically under glorify the matchless love of Christ and the eternal pleasures that are to be found in Him. Our theme song for Jesus Jam was the contemporary worship song “Indescribable.” However, the more I sang the new song the more I was reminded of one of my favorite hymns and works of poetry, “The Love of God.” It is a brilliant reminder of just how indescribable the love of God really is.
The Love of God Frederick M. Lehman ~ 1917 The Love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell, It goes beyond the highest star And reaches to the lowest hell. The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave his Son to win, His erring Child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure, The saints and angels song. When years of time shall pass away, And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men, who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call, God’s love so sure, shall still endure, All measureless and strong; Redeeming grace to Adam’s race- The saints and angels song. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure, The saints and angels song. Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry. Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure, The saints and angels song.
Posted on July 28th, 2009 by Erik Bledsoe