Circle of Artists tour

Hey everyone, we’re about to launch on the last run of the Circle of Artists tour.  I know we didn’t make it to a lot of you, but it’s a really neat tour, and I hope to see some of you this week.  33 Miles, Phil Joel, and Finding Favour are with me all week.  They are wonderful guys with great music.  Here’s where we will be this week:

Wed 4/3  Milan, TN  - Chapel Hill Baptist Church  6:30pm  FREE SHOW

Thurs 4/4  Laurens, SC  - Scarlet Chord  7pm

Fri 4/5  Severn, MD  -  Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene  7pm

Sat 4/6  Oswego, NY  -  New Covenant Community Church

Sun 4/7  Shinnston, WV  -  Jewel City Church 6pm  FREE SHOW

 

I really hope you are able to make it out.  It is a fun night and a sweet time of worship.  See you soon.

Todd

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Do You See What I See: Easter

Peter believed his mistake excluded him from being a part of what God was doing at Calvary.

John struggled to understand the truth he had been taught in light of the pain and suffering he saw.

Mary finally understood what Simeon meant when he said “A sword will pierce your heart as well”.

Mary Magdalene had been loved in spite of her mistakes and followed the One who loved her, even to the cross.

The centurion stood right next to Him but couldn’t recognize the Savior until he watched Him die.

The thief saw the possibility of hope in the midst of his shame, even in the midst of death.

We see the cross, knowing the resurrection.  And yet many of us believe our mistakes define us, struggle to correlate truth and suffering, fail to see God next to us.  But Jesus died.  And then rose again.  So that we might not merely know Him as a good man, but as a Savior.  That we might be loved in spite of all we have done.  That we might find the hope of glory, even in the midst of our death.

Bless the Resurrected.

 

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Last night, this morning

Last night, we taught our Worship Leader Development class.  The topic was monitor mixes.  We were just helping young worship leaders know how to build a good monitor mix with in-ears or floor monitors, how to professionally run a sound check, and how to treat your sound engineer.  I was surprised that with all the tips I offered about small details, my main point was this: You need to build a monitor mix that will help you to do the best job of leading worship.  The main point wasn’t in the details.  The details were ways to accomplish the main point.  And the main point was that mixes are different for everyone; you need to find what works for you.  Your job isn’t to hear everything; your job is to lead worship.  What will help you do that?

This morning, I was still thinking about that and realized it applied more to the Christian life than to monitor mixes.  We often try to obey God in the midst of the chaos of our lives.  Rather than building a life that will help us do the best job of obeying God.  We try to be strong enough in a hard situation, rather than changing the situation.  Admittedly, you can’t always do that.  But many times you can.  We find ourselves in the midst of our structured, full lives trying to make Jesus our number one priority, rather than stopping, taking apart our lives, and rebuilding them, structured around Christ and His priority.

What can you do in your life today to help yourself be obedient?  What can you take apart and rebuild?  What can you take out completely?  What pieces of a life help you be more like Christ?  I am going to be asking myself these questions today, too.  I hope you will respond with some of your ideas.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thoughts?

Todd

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March Madness 2013

If you’re a college basketball fan, come join my CBSSports.com bracket group! #CBSbrackets The group password is: H2BL. Click here to join.

If you aren’t a fan, that’s fine. You can play too. One of my friends used to make his picks by deciding the strength of the mascots. He only ran into a problem when UCLA played Belmont.

The prize this year is pride.  Because the other years we had prizes that I don’t think were ever sent out.  So the prize those years was pride also.  And this year my birthday is already passed, so there won’t be any surprise birthday trips that didn’t allow me to finish filling out my bracket before the tournament started.  So be ready.

Looking forward to seeing your picks.

Todd

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I Never: Spring Tour 2013 with 33 Miles, Phil Joel, & Finding Favour

I never thought I’d open a show with a medley of old gospel songs mixed with a Mumford & Sons song.

I never thought I’d be singing Entertaining Angels onstage with the guy who really sings it on the radio (Phil Joel).

I never thought I’d be doing a big tour with a bus and trailer, with lights and sound equipment where all that stuff was owned by the youngest band.

I never thought I’d have tourmates where the international (New Zealand) is easier to understand than the nationals (Georgia).

I never thought I’d do a whole tour run (5 shows) all across Texas and never be within 200 miles of my house.

I never thought I would enjoy passing out child packets during the Food for the Hungry appeal.

I never thought my favorite song of the night would be one that hasn’t even been recorded yet (Greener – Phil Joel).

I never thought we’d do a tour where the entire second half of the night is corporate worship.

I never thought I’d do a tour where the singer with the most gray hair is the youngest.

I never thought I’d be halfway through a tour and have everyone on the tour wishing we had more shows together.

I never thought I’d be on a tour where the biggest radio hit was by the youngest band whose record just came out last Tuesday. (Slip On By – Finding Favour)

I never thought I’d be on a tour where the best guitar player was from a group known as a vocal group (Chris Lockwood – 33 Miles).

I never thought I’d do a tour with artists this diverse that blended so well socially, spiritually, and musically.

 

I know with such a limited schedule that many of you won’t get to see this show.  But if you’re in Tennessee, South Carolina, Maryland, New York, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania, I hope you will join us the first week of April.  See you then.

Todd

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Impact Weekend

Hey everyone from Impact Weekend in Jasper AL.  Sorry I couldn’t get this to load while we were on the road last week, but I wanted to go ahead and post it.  This can be a place where you can comment and tell your story about what God did in your life last weekend.  I’m also going to make a list of songs we did and where you can find them.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

God I Look To You – Bethel Music – Be Lifted High

Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture – Your Love Never Fails

One Thing Remains – Bethel Music – Be Lifted High

Happy Day – Tim Hughes – Holding Nothing Back

Our God – Chris Tomlin – And If Our God Is For Us

10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons

How He Loves – John Mark McMillan – The Medicine

Mighty To Save – Hillsong – Mighty To Save

 

Thanks

Todd

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