Friday, August 04, 2017

SPARK

I'm happy to be leading worship music and providing audio services to the SPARK marriage seminar this weekend. :-)


Invest in your marriage… one day of fun, fellowship, and learning conveniently located at CCC!
Register for Spark today!
When: Saturday, August 5th from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $45 per couple (lunch included)
Deadline: July 16th
Childcare will be available.
 http://chesterfieldcommunity.org/events/spark/

Monday, June 05, 2017

Limiting Our Freedom

I thought this had to be one of the best devotionals I've seen to make application of this scripture. It comes from the "Parenting by Design Daily Devotional" in the YouVersion Bible app. The original only referenced verse 9, but I thought it fitting to include a bit more for context.

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "an idol has no real existence," and that "there is no God but one." For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many "gods" and many "Lords"— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. (1 Corinthians 8:4‭-‬13 ESV - http://bible.com/59/1co.8.4-13.ESV)

Many people believe a "good" Christian lives by many rules. In fact, the opposite is true. A strong believer doesn't need a lot of rules. He needs only a few guiding Biblical principles he can apply to any situation. It is actually the weaker Christian who needs more rules because he doesn't have the wisdom and discernment necessary to apply Godly principles to difficult situations.
But, a strong Christian may give up some freedom and follow more restrictive rules so a weaker Christian will not misinterpret his actions. In parenting, we might consider staying away from activities that could become stumbling blocks when seen through our kids' immature eyes. This passage should influence our choices about alcohol, the movies we watch and even the jokes we tell. Although we might be able to maintain a healthy balance, we don't know where our kids may be especially vulnerable to temptation. We should sacrifice some of our privileges until our kids have the maturity to know when, where, and why to abstain.
Being a good example may require you to give up some of your freedom until your children are wise enough to exercise the same discretion.
Obviously, as this devotional is directed at parenting, it has application there, but it's really just an application of scripture with much more broad application opportunity. I've looked at this scripture today from my own perspective and continue to make application; as a Christian, a man, father, husband, public performer, artist, etc. The religions of the world require many lists of rules. The heavenly Father gives very few that are necessary if we are walking with Him.

Thank You, Lord, for your simple Truths.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Returning to Viviano's, Chesterfield

Hey all, I'm excited to be returning to Viviano's Festa Italiano, in Chesterfield, from 6-8pm, the following dates:

  • Saturday, 5/20
  • Saturday, 6/10
  • Saturday, 6/17
Viviano's is a spot my wife and I like to drop in for a tasty meal. We've most often been there for lunch, but recently learned it's a great place for dinner, and entertainment. Aaaaand now I'm part of the entertainment. It's a recipe for a great Saturday night - a family friendly establishment with good food & drinks, and the best tiramisu in STL. Give it a try.

Oh yeah, and the music isn't bad either. ;-)  Hope to see you there.


Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 4-8 @ Viviano's Festa Italiano, Chesterfield




It sure felt good to be playing out again. It has been quite a while since I've played an outside gig...outside church music that is. Of course I've done a LOT of that in the past 3 & 1/2 years. I've DJ'ed quite a few events too. Despite all of that, I was very pleasantly surprised at how many friends came out to support the music in this neat, tiny little venue. There were at least 25 of you that came out, + regulars. Now, that may not be a lot for plenty of folks, and not even compared to the several hundred that have shown up at some gigs I've played....but the fact that 25 of you actually showed up to support me...that excites me. I'm so happy to get to share this gift of music that God has given us. It's a blast!

That being said, I'm working on some new cover songs, and tooling up for an entire new show that I hope to be bringing to you very soon. Additionally, there's the potential for some musical partnerships too. I'll report more when I have something nailed down.

Thanks a lot. Hope to see you out again soon.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Last Night @ Viviano's Festa Italiano - Fenton, MO

Wow! Last night was a blast! My friend Russ Wellington invited me to sit in with his duo, "The Other Brothers" (himself, & Bob Nicholson) @ Viviano's Festa Italiano, Fenton location (http://www.vivianosmarket.com/). "The Other Brothers" are lots of fun, and make great music. Oh yeah, and the food was delicious too. It was a perfect night for a laid-back double date, and making music with friends.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

On Post-Inauguration Liberal Violence


Recently I shared a video on social media showing violent acts by those protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump. I happened to be busy, and didn't really pay attention to the thread that exploded over the next couple of days. At that point, I felt it right to make a response. This is a synopsis of what I want to convey to all of my friends across the political spectrum.

I stated that the ideology of Liberalism brings violence - and I mean that, if it is followed to it's potential from the presently observed form by those that espouse it's representative political party in the United States of America. Meanwhile, I believe we each adopt some areas of classical Liberalism in this nation. The problem is that Liberalism followed to it's nth degree is inherently godless, denies natural law, and brings destruction by throwing off all boundaries, rather than freedom. Certainly I mean no injury or insult toward anyone. I made the original post because of the appalling actions of a few, demonstrating my point. Some didn't understand my aim, instead taking personal insult, so I thought it better to state my intention.

In the same time period, there was also a women's march upon Washington D.C.. I have some thoughts on that as well, but I'll save those for a different post, as I believe a female friend of mine has already stated mirroring thoughts, much better than I can. Aaaand she's a woman. So, there's that...

Here's the reality of the situation that drives me as I try to navigate the multi-faceted political spectrum. I know I have friends and family on all sides of this thing. I don't love any of you any less, regardless of where you may be. I also know this:

If we believe there are human and political solutions that will truly fix humanity's brokenness, we show the love of the Father is not in us. (1 John 2:15-16) Those same misguided passions give rise to violence, & further complicate the broken human condition. That means Republicans can't fix it either. We are, after all, sinful people, trying to rule ourselves, with varying degrees of effectiveness, as a stop-gap measure until we submit ourselves in repentance toward Jesus Christ. It is only when we follow Christ than we have the power individually to resist the sin that pervades us all. In our natural state we are perhaps not fully corrupt, but all aspects of our being are corrupted. This is sin...the human condition. In that state we seek after and love the desires of the flesh, the things we see, and exercise wrongful pride in what we have. None of that comes from God.

Politics can never be a replacement for the rule of Almighty God. He has allowed this for a time, even manipulating the rise and fall of nations, and those in power, so that all may have an opportunity to come to Him in repentance. (Acts 17:24-34)

If you would like to see further context what God has to say on this matter, read the book of Acts, chapter 17, and perhaps the surrounding context.

Thank you. I wish peace to you all - specifically the deep peace that you will only ever know by coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A Look Back at Prodigal Mile

I once played in a band called Prodigal Mile. That band is working toward a reunion this year. I wrote some thoughts about it.

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A long, long time ago, in a place perhaps not so far away, you were cool if your favorite band was the most awesome band no one had ever heard of...and you got to introduce all of your friends to their music. Then that band just happened to show up and play at your college campus. Then when you showed up for monthly "Metro" Baptist Student Union events, that band was there too. They were a group of friends, making music to encourage others to live a life of worship of Jesus Christ.

It was new music. It was shared music. Some of it was original. Together, you were all like family, setting out on a great adventure, to see what our great God had in store for your life.

Eventually, life moved on. We all got jobs, careers, spouses (often from the very same group that hung with the band), mortgages, children, cars, bigger Nerf guns, and didn't leave a cow tongue stuffed in someone's couch. Life crowded out the sounds of the music, but the music resonates still in those whose hearts burn with the Holy Spirit.

Though often times altogether separate, we are many who continue to walk this journey. We are the prodigals, walking this journey with our Lord, trying to make our way home. What joy will fill our souls when on this road we find ourselves on that last mile...that Prodigal Mile.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CCC's "2nd Annual Christmas Boutique Fundraiser"

2nd Annual Christmas Boutique

I'm proud to be partnering with Chesterfield Community Church Women's Ministry to MC/DJ this event. Local vendors are featured, and will donate 10% of profits to Made for Freedom (www.madeforfreedom.com), a company benefiting international human trafficking survivors on their journey toward dignified employment, providing for themselves, and their families.

This is an exciting event with 25+ vendors on 2 separate levels, so make sure you visit both the fellowship hall and the upstairs foyer. Of course I'll be available to present the variety of services I offers, and speak about my part in the evangelism/discipleship group, Floodlight Revolution.

The "Christmas Boutique" is Thursday, 12/1, from 6-9pm @ Chesterfield Community Church.
Directions: 14647 Ladue Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (314) 469-3255

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Returning Vendors:

Made for Freedom - Dawn Manske
www.madeforfreedom.com
Creabeli jewelry, clothing and professional handbags and satchells

Glaize Creek Bath, Body and Soy Candles - Joy Aiello -
https://www.facebook.com/GlaizeCreekSoyCandles/?fref=ts
http://naturalsoy.org/glaize-creek-soy-candle-company/
visit this site to see Joy's story and what makes her products so special.

Glyna's Unique Boutique - Glyna Patterson
Inspired jewelry creations for the holidays and beyond.
From fun and trendy to elegant statement pieces

Whatknot Designz - Janet Hampton
http://whatknotdesignz.com/
Janet is back sharing her custom jewelry recycling spent bullet casings into beautiful works of art you can wear.

Silver Lining Studio - Kristin Shuler Piston
Wooden Wall art and ornaments with inspirational quotes. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilverLiningStudio1?ref=search_shop_redirect

Photography - Marshall Winslow
Beautiful photographic prints of nature around the world
Also does family portraits-schedule a date at the event
http://winslowphotos.com/

Mary Kay - Alina Brown
Featuring cosmetics, skincare and fragrances. Alina always has some amazing stocking stuffers on hand.
http://www.marykay.com/abrown9

Tastefully Simple - Adrienne Swanson
These products are a snap to whip together but they taste like you have been cooking all day. Make sure to visit her booth for a sample.
https://www.tastefullysimple.com/consultant/contact/0119862

STL Cake Pops- Rachel Sarino
You won't want to miss ordering your treats for the holidays or even just to indulge in some of her awesome creations!
http://stlcakepops.com/

Ryan Jones - Author
Ryan and Carol Jones will again be joining us featuring his books he personally has authored. Come and get your books and have them personally autographed.

Carol's Creations - Carol Aguilar - Beautiful hair bows, decorated hair brushes, and deco phone cases.

A Tail of Two Strands - Cassie Shope/Dawn Lee - handmade crocheted Christmas ornaments, decorations, and more!

Vivian Brill - http://www.vivianbrill.com/
Photo note cards featuring St. Louis Victorian era parks, etc.

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New Vendors:

Busybee Creations - Debby Miller - Seamstress and Needlework Extraordinaire - Debby will be featuring her Mug Rugs - A special little place to rest your cup of something yummy and a treat.

Zingara Gems - Diana Phillips and son Andrew
Beautiful handmade jewelry and Angel photography.
She can usually be visited at the Creve Couer Farmers Market
https://www.facebook.com/ZingaraGemsJewelry

One Crafty Lady - Ruth Pitt
"One Crafty Lady" is bringing her handmade and reusable Christmas gift bags and gift card/money holders this year to the masses!

James A. Miller Music - DJ/MC, Live Performance, Private Instruction and Events.

Floodlight Revolution - "Shining intense light into dark hearts."
http://floodlightrevolution.com/

Copper Clover Crafts - Jessica Grimes - Home decor

MM^2 - Handmade Mermaid and Shark tails, blankets, jellies, t-shirt bags and more!

Vicki McFerron - jewelry, handmade wreaths, quilts and throws.

Kippi - Beautiful Custom Embroidery
Blankets, Dog and Cat Coats, Christmas Stockings, Tree Skirts, Coats, Jackets, Backpacks and more.... Embroider something you have on had or order an item from her directly.

And more to come!