Top 10 Worship Books I've Read

In no particular order, and I want to hear from you (see below).  These are just some of the worship books I’ve personally read that I’ve really enjoyed.

1.  Worship Matters – Bob Kauflin

2.  Desiring God – John Piper

3.  When Heaven Invades Earth – Bill Johnson 

4.  Sound of Heaven, Symphony of Earth – Ray Hughes

5.  Worship:  The Pattern of Things in Heaven – Joseph Garlington

6.  The Air I Breathe – Louie Giglio

7.  Systematic Theology (Whole book is great, but Worship Chapter is Excellent) – Wayne Grudem

8.  The Book of Psalms (as well as the entire Bible)

9.  To Know You More – Andy Park

10.  __________________________________________

I left number 10 blank because I want to hear from you.  What books dealing with worship have ministered to you?

Set List 4/24/11 – Easter Sunday Recap

What an incredible Easter Sunday we had at Rivers Crossing.  We had record attendance, 877, and at least 45 people accepted Christ.  I would say thats a pretty sweet day.  Im really proud of how hard our volunteers worked to make this day happen, before and after the service.  They are truly the best.

Set List –
Rise and Sing – Fee
Your Cross – Elevation Worship
In Christ Alone – Getty, Townend
Jesus Paid it All – Ummm….
Like a Lion – Daniel Bashta

Easter Sunday At Rivers Crossing

Easter Sunday is this week.  Im believing God for huge things this weekend not only at Rivers Crossing, but at Churches all over this city and all over the world.  
Here is my prayer for this week.  That at least 1000 people would enter the doors of Rivers Crossing and that we would see a record amount of salvations as our Pastor presents the Gospel.  I would love to see at least 100 salvations and I believe that could happen.   Im praying and longing to see this happen.  
I’d like to share a post by my good friend and an incredible pastor, Jay Hardwick (Go check out his blog).  I’ve had the honor to be on staff with this guy and he’s the real deal.  He posted yesterday on practical ways you can invite your friends to Easter services.  
Here is Jay’s post:
If studies are correct, then over 80% of your friends who are not Christians or do not attend church are at least open to and likely to respond favorably to your invitation to church for Easter Sunday. In anticipation of what God is going to do and to create more room to invite more people, We will have two identical Easter services at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. It’s going to be a huge day!
A lot of you grabbed a stack of invite cards on Sunday and by the time you got home, the fear had already begun to set-in. What if they say no, what is they punch me in the face, what if they cuss me out, what if inviting them hurts our friendship…all these thoughts may have run through your head.
Let me encourage you to push out of your comfort zones and fight through the doubts to invite your friends to hear the gospel and worship Jesus on Sunday.
If you had free tickets for choice seats to see your favorite sports team, you would have no problem inviting people to join you. This is really no different…but it is because what Jesus has done for us is WAY more important than anything teenagers or grown men/women have ever done with a ball or a puck!
Here are some practical ways you can invite friends to Easter:
  1. Pray for people by name  each day. Trust that God is already at work in their lives. Ask Him to soften their heart.
  2. Share a meal with your friend and invite them over the meal. Pick up the tab and invite them to church. Or, you could invite their family over for a meal in your home. Serve them well.
  3. If you go out for a meal, ask how you can pray for your server before you bless your food, tip them well, and hand them an invite card before you leave.
  4. Offer to eat lunch together after church on Sunday. Offer to pick them up or caravan with them on Sunday morning.
  5. Talk about Easter at Rivers Crossing on Facebook and Twitter. Aim for at least one status update per day that would include an invite to Easter at Rivers Crossing.
  6. Point people to our website. They can listen to previous sermons, get all the info they need for Kids, etc.
  7. Prayerwalk through your neighborhood and invite people who are out working in the yard, playing outside, out for a walk, etc.
  8. Put some invite cards on your desk, your coffee table, your car console, etc. where people will see them and ask you about them.
  9. Keep invite cards with you all the time and be ready to step up when the opportunity pops up!
  10. There are literally a zillion ways to invite people…these are just a few.
The point is this – God can use your invitation to radically transform a life. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to invite your friends to hear and respond to the gospel on Easter Sunday.

Find Your Ghetto – by Chris Marshall

I read this blog post yesterday by a guy named Chris Marshall.  I was also at this film on Sunday night, and felt like his words were spot on.  So, with his permission, I wanted to post his words on my blog in the hopes that it will speak to you as well.

Tonight, I went and saw a screening of ‘Reparando‘, a grassroots documentay about this place
I now have so many friends and people within my networking context that have both been to La Limonada or have a role in serving/helping/partnering there now.  Cincinnati in particular seems to have been infected with the virus of partnership that springs from the ghetto in Guatemala. 
Our house church community had one of my former students, Rebecca Gant, come to one of our gatherings and share her story there when she was home over Christmas.  She serves there, with a threat to her life and well-being, because she’s in love.  She’s in love with the people, she’s in love with a life of meaning, she’s in love with the smell that comes from the city dump, for her and the others that serve there, it smells like hope.
Don’t try making sense of it, these are the things in life not meant to be sensible. 
After the screening, Tita, one of the main subjects of the movie shared just a few words about her work there and her partnership with Lemonade International.  Tita’s joy in life is infectious, the woman gardens in abject poverty and sees and smells beauty.  She won’t give up on the people that live in her heart.  Their story is her story.  This is not her job description, this is her soul lived outward.  Employment is something you have, a calling is something that has you. 
So, Tita, in her simple and humble manner, suggested this slice for life:  ‘find your ghetto’.  I found these words to be haunting.
Poverty comes in many forms.  I’ve walked in slums all over the world and I can tell you that it changes you.  It becomes difficult to walk in my suburban megastore grocery with 437 different brands of cereal when I’ve seen others mix water with dirt and call it soup. 
Can I tell you about the poverty I see and live in?  I drove home from the screening tonight past the landscape of subdivisons built off of golf courses with names meant to instill thoughts of a regal countryside but are really built upon the cheapest of construction sand to ensure profitability.  The entire neighborhood is built on fantasy, it’s a fascade.  Amidst the walls of these excesses of square footage achievements of the American dream are many flavors of the broken family.  Not because they want to be, but because they don’t know another story.  Marriages characterized by distance and deception.  Parenting wrapped in fear instead of intimacy.  Teenage girls raised on idealic false images of self all the while never comfortable in their own skin, for them life is a beauty pageant they wish they never entered.  Teenage boys raised in isolation because Dad must put in the hours at work to both provide for the suburban expectations and to prove his own worth he never received during his growing up years.  These teenage boys have access to countless hours of leisure and believe the lies of porn that the world is about them and their consumption.  Mom is just trying to hold it together, all the while feeling like a slave to obligations and wonders if she will ever recover her freedom to think, feel and be loved.  The homes are built for individual space, they are cocoons of privacy.  The garage door goes up, the car goes in, the door shuts.  This is about private possession, there is no shared story with a larger community.  They all started out with the American dream, many have only found that it’s the white picket fence they erected that keeps them from the life of meaning they once longed for.  They have bought the lies and they were more than not true, they were expensive. 
How do they cope?  It’s not the adhesive sniffing of la limonada, they medicate differently in their addictions.  Entertainment, amusement, escape, consumerism, prescriptions, drink, sexual appetites, achievements, promotions, status upgrades, vehicles, toys, trophy kids, secret lives, gaming, watching, dvr’ing, playing, competing, the next vacation, the next thing, the next magic pill, cutting, buying, lying, keeping busy, credit card debt etc. etc.
These people are my people, they are me.  They are lonely, they lack meaning, they are broken . . . this is suburban destitution.  We are lonely, we lack meaning, we are broken . . . we are destitute.  This is my ghetto.  May I be faithful in service here, may I find a voice to tell an alternative story. 

New Store

Hey guys
We’ve begun selling a few shirts and things to help promote the upcoming album.  We’ve already sold a bunch of these shirts and both men and women really seem to like them.  Click on the picture below or the Merch link at the top of this website to go to the store.  Thanks!!