October and Reformation Playlist

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AutumnLeavesOnPianoKeysFront2_VGm-LOctober is one of my favorite months, because it contains some of the most meaningful holidays for me. First, In October, my wonderful, godly parents celebrate their wedding anniversary. Their tremendous example of faith, and love have been a testimony to me, and many others; and their love of music clearly had an impact upon my life. Through joys and struggles, their love has grown, not just for each other, but more importantly, for their Saviour. I’m honoured that the Lord chose to place me under their care as I grew up, and I’m honoured that they’ve taught me to serve Him as I’m older with the gifts He’s given.Continue reading

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A Christmas Playlist

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This evening concluded five glorious Christmas Concerts at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. These concerts were presented as a Christmas Card to the community, and the gift goes on. In fact, every 2 hours from Monday, December 23, thru Wednesday, December 25 they will be rebroadcast right here.

I was hoping to write regarding Isaiah 9 today, but I’m going to hold off until the New Year because I want to set you up with a playlist the whole family can enjoy and focus on the birth of the Saviour. For some of these songs I’ve added my own commentary or memories, and I’d love if you would add any songs that are special to you in the comments.… Continue reading

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With Hearts Full of Thankfulness

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Happy ThanksgivingI’m incredibly grateful for ParkingSpace23, and I hope you are too. I’m not just thankful for the blog, but what that oil-stained piece of asphalt actually stands for. However, today I want to take a different approach. We tend to be pretty heavy with most of our topics, so today we’re going to get in the thanksgiving spirit and just be thankful.

The thing I love about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it’s the one holiday in the western world that still remains relatively untouched by Hallmark, consumerism and marketing. Its whole emphasis is so counter-cultural to our society of entitlement, that I’m amazed it has lasted so long.… Continue reading

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TCAC: Exalting God Together in Song

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filtering-songs Growing up I remember my dad singing a simple song called A Song Holy Angels Cannot Sing. The lyrics were as follows:

Angels never knew the joy that is mine
For the blood has never washed their sins away,
tho they sing in Heaven there will come a time,
when silently they’ll listen to me sing “Amazing Grace.”

It’s a song Holy Angels cannot sing,
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound!”
It’s a song Holy Angels cannot sing,
“I once was lost, but now I’m found!”

Holy is the LORD, the angels sing,
All around the throne of GOD continually;
For me to join their song will be a natural thing,
But they just won’t know the words to “Love Lifted Me”.                Continue reading

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Singing a New Song!

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url-1This past weekend I had the opportunity to see my musical heroes, Keith & Kristyn Getty on their “Hymns for the Christian Life Fall 2013” tour. It was a wildly encouraging evening as we sang through the Gospel and were fed with the lyrics that edified the church and challenged the believer. I’m incredibly grateful for Keith & Kristyn’s ministry, and for so many other faithful musicians who seek to build up the body of Christ through God-honouring music.

Someone recently ask me where I found the music that I use to lead a congregation in corporate worship, and I’ll admit, it has sometimes proved difficult to find great resources.… Continue reading

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