"Worship is man's full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again." A.W. Tozer

Monday, January 31, 2011

Parachute Band | Love Without Measure

The "next gen" of Parachute Band is back with their third studio album, Love Without Measure. This project joins two others since the band went through a change in 2007; Roadmaps & Revelations and Technicolor. If you've enjoyed the new sound and previous projects, you will not be disappointed with this self-produced project. It is full of fast, upbeat, electronic tracks as well as slower, melodic tracks. I believe the message and worshipful style of this project will speak to a generation that wants to do great things for God and the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the video that's below, they begin by giving the definition of measure; "to ascertain the dimensions, quantity, capacity of something." The love of our Father is exactly the opposite. It truly is a love without measure.

Gave It All: The opening track begins with a call to something that is greater than ourselves because of the one who gave His all for us. It's a call to share the message and love that is the Gospel. There’s a thunder in my heart, there’s a thunder in the sky that’s calling me. I will listen and respond to the Saviour’s call and give my all.

You Remain: This would have to be my favorite track on the album. This is where the love of our Father becomes personal. It's a love that touches the heart. It's a love that carries us through everything we go through, the good and the bad. You are my rescue, when hope seems lost. You are my refuge, when I am frail. God of hope, hold me close. Jesus You carried me this far, I'll hold onto this hope inside my heart. When all else fades, You remain.

Saviour Of The Broken Heart: Because of our human nature, the one's God calls us to love are usually the hardest to love, yet Christ loved them without a second thought. It was the ultimate gift of love through Christ's death that gave us all a second chance. It's because of that ultimate gift that and the calling that we have as Christ followers to seek the heart of the Father and see the world through His eyes; the need of a Savior for the brokenhearted. So this is our worship, to go where You lead, to love without measure, to clothe and to feed. I love and adore You, my heart's beating for You, I take up the cost, to carry the lost.

Special thanks to Integrity Music for providing this complimentary pre-release album to listen to and review. You can download the album here on iTunes or

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Setlist - 01.30.11

Week #132 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, January 30th.

- The Lord Reigns by Gateway Worship
- Happy Day by Tim Hughes
- Before the Throne of God Above by Shane & Shane
- Nothing But the Blood by Matt Redman

We had a great morning at Bethel! We really changed things up this morning and began the message much earlier in the service. We finished our 35-week (though took over a year to do with breaks) study in the book of Hebrews. He took time this morning to do a review of the Hebrews series. In the midst of his message we put songs, as well as taking recorded clips from his previous messages. It turned out great. It was a lot of work this past week with having to rework what songs we did as well as work on trimming the recordings to the part he wanted, but it was worth it. It was a great Sunday!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Setlist - 01.23.11

Week #131 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, January 23rd.

- Hosanna by Paul Baloche
- How Deep the Father's Love For Us by Stuart Townend
- Revelation Song by Jennie Lee Riddle
- New Doxology by Gateway Worship

Another good morning at Bethel. The music set was great and the team did a great job. We're one week out from ending our series in Hebrews and this morning our pastor brought us a message on worship. "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created." Revelation 4.11

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Soulprint by Mark Batterson

Soulprint: Discovering Your Divine Destiny by Mark Batterson is the first book of his that I've read and it was a fantastic book. One thing I really enjoyed is his writing style; it keeps you interested and wanting to continue to read. Mark desires that through this book you will find out who you are. Now before you think this is some mediocre self-help book, this book is described as "a self-discovery book that puts God at the center rather than self." If you can read with an open heart and mind, I trust that God will lead you to discover things about yourself you may not have known before. Personally, this is a book I'm going to have to read again for sure. There is also a section of discussion questions at the end of the book to provide another resource as you look deeper into the purpose of this book. Mark opens the book with this statement,
"There has never been and never will be anyone else like you. But that isn't a testament to you. It's a testament to the God who created you."
This book really helps realign your focus that your identity is not really yours at all. We are who God made us to be. It's through who we are in Christ that we truly find ourselves. Throughout this book, Mark uses the life of David as an example. David began his life as a shepherd and eventually became a King. Now David wasn't perfect, but what David is remembered for is being a man after God's own heart. You definitely can't get that title because of anything we have done, it's all because of God's work in you. Who we are is truly a testament to what God is doing through us. Focus on Him and you will find who you are. A great reminder for all of us.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Setlist - 01.16.11

Week #130 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, January 16th.

- O Worship the King by Chris Tomlin
- From the Inside Out by Hillsong
- Jesus Paid It All by Kristian Stanfill
- Everlasting God by Brenton Brown

After our rehearsal on Wednesday night I was so looking forward to worship this morning musically. Wednesday night ended up being such a great time of worship just with the team. I love it when that happens. The set ended up working very well together and everyone on the team was really excited about doing Hillsong's From the Inside Out. I've always enjoyed Hillsong's music and our church seems to really connect with the ones we've done. It had been a long time since we've done this one, so I decided to bring it out and everyone seemed to connect with it this morning. I think it's going to be one that we'll have do bring out more often. We're also one week away from finishing our series in Hebrews. It's been a fantastic study. Really looking forward to the series on Acts that my pastor will be starting around the beginning of May.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jesus in the Present Tense by Warren Wiersbe

Warren Wiersbe has another fantastic book with Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ. This isn't just another book, this is an in-depth Bible study. Wiersbe using a wealth of scripture as he digs into these I AM statements. Now, that shouldn't be surprising as it is a study on scripture, but so many times, I've come across books that aren't backing up their statements with scripture, or at least not as much scripture as Wiersbe is in this book. This is a book in which while you're reading, you need to have your Bible right beside you the whole time. This books is really brought to a climax with the last chapter. This is where Wiersbe answers the "So what?" of the book. He says this in that chapter, "The Bible is an ancient book, yet it is always contemporary and helps us live in the present tense. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us on its pages and gives us the truth we need for each day." As you go through this book, you quickly come to realize that the one who calls Himself I AM throughout the pages of the Bible, is still the I AM today, not the I WAS. That should bring great encouragement to all of us that call ourselves Christ followers. We can take courage that God and His names are just as active and powerful now as in Bible times. He still is...
• Yahweh-Jireh: The LORD will provide or see to it. (Gen. 22.14)
• Yahweh-Rophe: The LORD who heals. (Ex. 15.26)
• Yahweh-Nissi: The LORD our banner. (Ex. 17.15)
• Yahweh-M'Kaddesh: The LORD who sanctifies. (Lev. 20.8)
• Yahweh-Shalom: The LORD our peace. (Judg. 6.24)
• Yahweh-Rohi: The LORD my shepherd. (Ps. 23.1)
• Yahweh-Sabaoth: The LORD of hosts. (Ps. 46.7)
• Yahweh-Tsidkenu: The LORD our righteousness. (Jer. 23.6)
• Yahweh-Shammah: The LORD is there. (Ezek. 48.35)
Special thanks to The B & B Media Group, Inc. and David C. Cook for providing this complimentary book to read and review. You can purchase the book here on

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Setlist - 01.09.11

Week #129 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, January 9th.

- How Great Thou Art by Paul Baloche
- It Is Well by Todd Fields
- All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises by Travis Cottrell
- O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing by David Crowder

Another great Sunday. Music set was great and the team did a great job. This Sunday our pastor also restarted our Hebrews series. We've been on a break from that since he and his wife took their trip to Israel when we had some guest speakers, then our Christmas series, another guest speaker, and then a New Years message. We're on the home stretch of the Hebrews series. This morning we began the final chapter in that book and looked at how to live out our Christianity by loving God's family, including strangers and those suffering for the Lord.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Slave by John MacArthur

Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ by John MacArthur is the latest book I read through Thomas Nelson's book review blogger program, BookSneeze. To be honest, I was completely intrigued by the title, even before I read what the book was about. I'm very glad I read this book. It causes you to completely rethink on the issue of slavery. When I think of slavery, I think of a time in history that was not very great. A time when people were bought, sold, severely mistreated, and considered of no worth to society. Now while some of that was still true in Christ's day, there were some differences. MacArthur explains that slaves then were not always mistreated. Depending on the owners the slaves came across as no different than free men; they would have jobs, property and even had the chance to own their own freedom. It was very different times back then. They may have been owned, but in some respects they lived in freedom. I love how MacArthur opens up the book with an extensive word study on the word slave. MacArthur says this early in the first chapter of this book,
"The Bible uses one metaphor more frequently than any other. It is a word picture you might not expect, but is absolutely critical for understanding what it means to follow Jesus. It is the image of a slave.
MacArthur says that the Greek word for slave, doulos, has been mistranslated in English versions of the Bible; being translated servant instead of slave. He goes on to say that "while the duties of servants and slaves may overlap, there is a key distinction between the two; servants are hired and slaves are owned." It is a very different metaphor to think about. One that I had never thought of before, but one that makes sense. As we put our faith in God and call ourselves Christians, we are now owned by God. Brings to light a whole new way to think of I Corinthians 7.23, "You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men." The verse right before that says, "For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ." True freedom through Christ happens because we become slaves of Christ.

Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze for providing this complimentary book to read and review. You can purchase the book here on

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Setlist - 01.02.11

Week #128 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, January 2nd.

- Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche
- Glorified by Jared Anderson
- Mighty to Save by Hillsong
- Glory to God Forever by Steve Fee

Time for the first Sunday Setlist post of 2011. I have to say it has been great to participate in this series of blog posts. It's been great to reflect over the worship services at Bethel and get to connect with other worship leaders and their churches as they reflect on their own services. So many thanks to Fred McKinnon and for this ministry.

We had a great first service of this new year. The team did great with the music. I gave them a break from rehearsal this past week, so we met a little earlier than usual this morning. I had chosen familiar songs so they didn't take too long to put together. Then my pastor brought us a message on following Jesus. A very fitting message as we begin a new year.

This wasn't part of this morning, but this year, I'm participating in another one-year reading plan through YouVersion; the OWNit365 plan. We began the reading yesterday in the first chapter of Genesis, and another fitting reminder for the new year is completely rely on God. He was there in the beginning and He'll be with you throughout 2011. "In the beginning, God..." Genesis 1.1 (ESV)

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Saturday, January 1, 2011