CPC Set List 3/6/2011

O Praise Him – David Crowder Band
Day After Day – Kristian Stanfill
Glory To God – Steve Fee
Psalm 62 – Aaron Keyes

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Fast Food Life

We did a series a few years ago with the title “Fast Food Life”. It hit on how crazy paced the world and life can get. How amidst our own agendas we can easily push God to the side. Not that this post is dealing directly with that but it is definitely true!

But I do want to vent about my observation of Fast Food in America. It’s something that has been churning in my heart for a while but today was the last cut. I am giving up Fast Food for my own until…

The goal is truly a month, but I’m hoping that after a month I’m in a habit of not having it and seeing the benefits not just physically, but financially and even spiritually. What did it for me? Hardees. I don’t eat at Hardees often and it’s nothing against the brand or the store, in fact I had a short stint where I actually worked at one during college. But I wasn’t really digging fast food today anyways, but due to time constraints and lack of preparation on my part, I had to settle for it. Instead of running to get my usual sub at Harris Teeter, I drove to Hampstead to see what they had to offer. Hardees was the farthest I had time to drive to and China Garden just wasn’t cutting it for me. Upon entering Hardees the line for drive-thru was packed, so I walked inside. There must of been a van of construction workers that just beat me in line. It actually was probably two vans, because I was number 20 or so in line. So I get back in my car and wait in the drive-thru, that is now longer than when I entered.

I begin to make observations of the people around me. I began to wrestle with the thought of the “blessing” we have in the United States to just pull up and get food. I know the large percentage of the world spends way more than a quick drive to get a meal. I’ve bever experienced it but I’ve heard of people within nations or tribes where their jobs are delegated to prepare the meal. That is it the whole day, to prepare food for the people they love so they can survive. To grow or hunt their own food to survive. Maybe they are working hours in a day for cents to buy rice for their family. Yet I’m sitting in a line waiting to pay $6 and then some for a meal that is in no way at all healthy for me.

So with that I’m going to try to live as best as America will allow me in the shoes of those people. Again I’ve never experienced it, but I do know it will require some change within me. I never prepare food a day earlier, but I’m going to start. I’m honest in saying I’m lazy and don’t always complete things that I have urges to do after a few days. But I want to work at this. I believe it will help in my world perspective of, well food. I also hope that it helps financially in being a good steward of the money God has blessed me with. I hope to save some money not eating out! Finally not only will it help physically in getting more well-balanced meals, but I hope to branch out a bit in my taste buds. Any one who knows me knows that this is huge and I don’t go out of my shell to try foods. It might be a slow transition but I hope to push myself to try new foods as I prepare for myself and for my family.

Much love and please pray for me. Any help or thoughts are appreciated! Comment below. Laters.

CPC Set List 2/27/2011

Say Say – Passion
Chosen Generation – Passion
Forever Reign – Hillsong
To Know Your Name – Hillsong
Give Me Faith – Elevation Worship

CPC Set List 2/20/2011

Sorry this is a little late.

Salvation Is Here – Hillsong
Salvation’s Chorus – Northpoint Music
All Because of Jesus – Fee
How He Loves – John Mark McMillan

CPC Set List – 2/6/2011

Sing Sing Sing – Chris Tomlin (Passion 2008)
No One Higher – Steve Fee
The Stand – Hillsong United
Beautiful Jesus – Kristian Stanfill
Give Me Faith – Elevation Worship

Healthy. Wealthy. Wise.

i’m getting old. let’s face it. 25 is a milestone. HAHAHA! just messin’ arounds but seriously, it is a milestone. i really can’t do the all-nighters like i used. albeit i don’t feel a ton of aches and pains, i definitely feel more than i used to. but i’ve realized its an ok thing. let me back up a bit on my thought process.

i have been given the awesome opportunity to lead worship on Sunday mornings in our extra service at Scotts Hill. my usual job is leading students in worship at Detour on Wednesday nights. so this brings something fresh and anew (which i love) as well as getting to work and lead other/different people (which i also love!). i have also began to journal my Sunday afternoon specifically in the mindset of the services. i wanted to record the experience, as well as look back on things i need to work on, and finally, keep a prayer list for the band, the people, and the Church. my heart is to remove myself from these times and allow God to change hearts. but i am human and i do mess up on silly things like prayers for Offering, skipping opening videos, etc.

as i began the entry for this last week, it was hard to pick out things within myself that “went wrong”. not saying i’m perfect by any means, but i definitely worked on my mishaps from the previous week. the band gel’d together like crazy! the engagement and environment were awesome. the way we did the service set up for an amazing time of worship and after the Message was spoken, it wasn’t hard to get into the presence of God and worship Him. seriously all-in-all it was an amazing Sunday.

except i was tired.

the one big thing that killed me is that i was tired. i realized not that i’m lazy, but on the weekends i sleep late and stay up late and come Sundays it kicks my rear end! that’s when i came to the epiphany i’ve been trying to avoid for some months now. i’m “getting old” and i need to start doing the whole “go to bed and get up early thing”.

but for now in my life, it makes sense to do so. i take the quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” it’s so true right now in my life. the earlier i get to bed, the better i feel the next day. i’m not sure yet about the wealthy part, but it does help me start my day off in God’s Word, which is about the wisest thing i know i can do.

i’m about to start back up in school to finish my degree and i know this principle has to begin in my life. i am lucky man in that i don’t have to be at work at the crack of dawn. but i’ve been wasting it away on sleep. i commit to working on this whole “old people” thing and get up early and go to bed early. filling my awake time with pursuit of dreams and desires God has laid on my heart. to write songs. to make music. to read books. to exercise. to live.

i hate getting old. but man i love it. and the ideas of the future look amazing.

much love.

wow. time flies.

man it has been a while since I’ve updated this thing! boy have many things happened and I have done a horrible job of updating you guys on all of them. but now time to pick back up on them! so look forward to a few more good posts to come real soon!

right now a quick update revolves around the craziness of last week. it was a super packed week but awesome nonetheless! we kicked off an awesome night of Re[ACT] at Detour on Wednesday! the band did a great job changing up a few favorites and it was a sweet night helping us look at the needs of the world. a great presentation of ways we can help out even in the smallest way here in Wilmington locally, nationally, and globally.

we then had an awesome Benefit Concert at Thalian Hall raising money for a partnership in Buffalo, NY. it was a sweet night of music and fun! Renovation Church explained all the awesome things going on within their walls and their new Excel program. the financial need was displayed and the response was $9,000 donated that night to help the Excel program! a great success and then an awesome closing concert by Thad Cockrell and then The Leagues.

the weekend brought an awesome day of paintball fun at the Simpson’s house, an amazing morning at Scott’s Hill, and a great night at Echoloud Worship. all in all it was extremely busy but definitely fun! i will try and update more so i can go in a bit more detail! stay posted! much love.

Cleaning Out Your Closet

so i’m spending the day cleaning the house, again. after destroying as i painted the walls, i have to repair it back to where it was. but i began to notice that as the mess got cleaner on the outside, the closet space was getting slimmer and slimmer. my house might be spic and span, but don’t open the closet doors, in every closet!

what about our lives? do i do the same thing in my life? try to clean up myself so as to look nice and neat for everyone. but when a closet is opened, disaster.

God desires us to pure not on the outside, but clean on the inside! if you’re not clean on the inside, stop everything right now and get at it. or take notice and diligently work at it each day to clean out the closets. it might temporarily make the room or house or you dirty, but in the end every thing will settle back, and the room and the closet will be clean.

i realize we have more junk than we need, so i will continue to take the time and empty those closets. though my house appears to be clean, the truth is it’s not. unless you open a closet, you wouldn’t know it otherwise. we all struggle at this, but the truth is we all know if we are clean or have too much junk on the inside.

clean out your closet.

Camp Electric – Day 3

awaken. tired. it’s early. back on bus. morning worship session. gungor brings it! big-group sessions. Tom Jackson session. lunch.

then as we walk back into the main worship facility for large group time, again, we are slowly awakened by laughter. it resounds all over. are glum of a rainy morning is broken by joy. an Improv group called 321 Improv bring an awesome, amazing, and hilarious time of improvisational comedy! once our brains are now awakened we enjoy our favorite session with Tom Jackson! pretty much a repeat of yesterday.

we again spend free time at the Jam Session provided. continuing to meet musicians both professional and student level. they even give us a chance to rock on our own! before we know it the Detour Worship band is up on stage rocking out We Shine! it was fun. we did the freeze and trash can jump at the end. as well as got about 13 people involved in some fist pumping action!

after dinner i had to run to the worship center, because i was on “merchandise duty”. it ended up being pretty awesome. i slivered my way inside the facility to sell shirts and CD’s for Gungor, rather than kill myself in the multitudes of the lobby, buying Decyfer Down and Pillar gear. i met a pretty awesome “Camp Electric mom” and we both got to share our stories. it is always awesome hearing how God transforms someones life. we chatted all night, and sold some mad gear. almost every kid walked away with BOTH Gungor albums, instead of just one. i did my magic.

our boys were tired that night, but the concert was good hearing Wilmington local, Decyfer Down. i also realized how good Pillar was, how many songs of theirs they played on 88.5, and how in tune with God their hearts were. it was a good night. back to the hotel, back to sleep.

Camp Electric – Day Two

barely woke up with time to spare. rushed all my guys out the door, but the food from the day before hindered that a bit from being on time! but we caught the “overflow” bus back to campus.

a morning worship session with Gungor, a quick message from the speaker/hype man for the week.
breakout time for all guitars, all basses, all vocals, and all drums in their respective locations followed the morning worship. the guitar sesh was ok, featuring Jeremy Camp’s guitar player. named slipped my mind, but thats cool.

we then ran over to another building joining our full group for our favorite session. Tom Jackson leading a session on engagement and stage presence. he took the school’s worship band and they performed the song “Our God”. he then takes it and chops it up, adding this and that, working on their overall appearance, stage presence, song arrangement, and spiritual engagement with the audience. today he just worked out the “intro” and tomorrow we’re looking forward to what he has in store to continue to change this up.

lunchtime could not come sooner. then we ventured into individual classes. this differed from the previous sessions because they broke into smaller classrooms and got one-on-one with the artist or teacher present. i was assigned to chaperone the entry-level bass class “A”. was looking forward to some time catching up on work and having the headphones on. until i walked in the classroom. i first noticed one of my guys somehow ended up in there (even though he’s no beginner), but secondly the teacher for that day was ToddieFunk from TobyMac. so i definitely was engaged as he taught the kids how to thump a bass, play some “funk” and just talk about bass fundamentals. it was pretty sweet!

free time followed after that, and other classes were offered like “Songwriting” and “Jam With the Band”. i walked around campus with a few boys, getting into a bit of mischief here and there. but ended up in the “Jam With the Band” session. it was awesome as members from all different bands (Mandisa, Salvador, Pillar, TobyMac) go on stage and help a set of students rock out to a song! it was cool to see the kids work together, learn new stuff, and play on a stage with other professionals. i know we get to play on “stage” every week, but it easily noticed in talking to kids that we are maybe one youth band, in the top 1% of all youth bands in the U.S. that get to do that! so it was cool to see gets get to do that!! dinner gave us a break and we headed back to the jam session after that to just listen and worship with the students/peers.

after all the food had settled we made out way to the night concert. Gungor opened up once again with worship which was a consistent awesome. his style is so different from mainstream, and though not so engaging superficially or outspokenly, the music and lyrics engage the heart in a way not so common in worship music today. definitely calls out the heart and not the emotions of the room or the moment.

an artist named b. reith came out next. he rocked his songs and a very eclectic style from rap to Jason Mrazish to pop. then… yes… then came an awesome end to a productive day. we got blessed with the presence of some partyers. these guys go out and go hard. every song is pumping with energy and Southern-rock, mixed with hip-hop and dance. with names like Crouton and Phatty, these guys rocked.

Family Force 5 came out and killed it! i’m talking a solid hour of dance tunes. we were all about to pass out as our entire row of guys engaged in constant “random dancing”. we have many moves to bring home. we got fatigued one or two songs in the middle of the set, but out second wind kicked in and we rocked it. not only that but everyone around believed we were from Australia, and then we danced awesome. instantly we had fans all over camp. it was awesome. but more importantly we did just what FF5 wanted us to do. we partied for Jesus and it was awesome. to be with a bunch of guys you love and hang with, who love Jesus and love music. to all be together just being stupid and dancing and jumping and not caring at all what the person in front or beside or behind is thinking about the stupid dance moves you are making. just to worship free and enjoy that God rocks! it was an awesome night.

sorry this is a long post, but it was a long day. after that awesome set, yet again it was raining. we ventured out into the parking lot, loaded the bus (after waiting 30 minutes) and headed to the hotel. we hung out for a bit, shared a bit about the day just hung out. we almost went to bed, when the power went out. which caused chaos once again in the hotel so i had to play chaperone (and a few pranks) and get everyone back in their rooms. let’s just say the hotel got hot, but after about 30-40 minutes, the power was back on.

to end this blog i will add one bad and one good thing about the night.

the disappointment was due to the bad weather and the outage of power. i had planned on going back to the hotel, rocking everyone into bed/rooms and sneaking out with a friend who plays violin for Owl City to an Apache Relay show. a guy i grew up with in high school, was his drum major in band and bandmate, best friends with his older sister, and family. he actually recorded with me back in the day in Nashville and played a few gigs with me, so it was crazy we were in the same town once again. plus the crazy awesome Thad Cockrell was attending and it would’ve been awesome to hang with him and see these guys play.

the good thing of the night, well it was also due to the bad weather and the outage of power. despite missing that show and seeing a friend, i got to hang out with some awesome guys. guys who are young, but amazing musicians. their hearts are geared to grow in Christ and follow Him. they want to not just lead in worship, but BE worship in motion in their community and life. it’s awesome to joke and cut up with them, but to be here with them and hang with them ended my night awesomely! Camp Electric Day 2 officially over. ciao.

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