Thursday, August 31, 2006

what !!!???!!!

what are people thinking?

like thunder

These are my thoughts tonight: Pain chases my like thunder chases the rain.
So here I sit on my couch, and question why things hurt. I mean I know we live in a fallen world and that is why we hurt each other. But sometimes it feels like I should run and hide from everything.
here is all I know:
love lusters at the cross,
shines brighter than the stars
stood in my place, so I might see grace.

I am holding on to the fact that I know love. He gave himself for me. I know love and regardless how fast or hard pain chases me, my Shepard says "I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak" so yeah I feel rough tonight but I know love and he makes life worth living, even when it hurts.

Monday, August 28, 2006

why i am thankful for my bride

So like many of you I wake up in the morning take a shower and go to work. Well, my bride stays at home with our boy. To some of you that may seem like no big deal, just hanging around watching TV. Not so much. She is the best mom. She takes care of Levi and the house and me. I just wanted to give her some props because she is a great mom and wife. I am so glad I married someone I get along with and is as laid back as I am. I love my bride.

Friday, August 25, 2006

prayer

i have a bunch of good friends on a retreat this. pray for them this weekend. pray that God will stir their hearts that they might see him clear.

Why God Hates Me

So we had a great night at ”one night only” tonight. That was a vision casting night for our church. It was a good time, it was after that when God sent down his thunder.
BTW this is VERY personal and a lot of information, so if you don’t want to know go ahead and surf another site, no seriously read something else, this is a lot of info you may not want to read. So here we go.
I had to leave “one night only” and take back the projector we used. I left the community center at about 9:45. I got to HWY 316 at about 9:50. I was on the phone and the drops of sweat began to come. I mean it was like I had been cutting grass for hours. I was on the phone with my dad and I got off the phone to hopefully calm my self down. I then had to make a choice to find a bathroom. I was turned right on 316 and headed towards Athens. I pulled into McDonalds behind a red truck. I park the car and watch the guy from the red truck run to the mens bathroom and take the stale I need. So I get back in the car and decide I might be able to return the projector and make it home. I start down 316 and miss my turn to the house. I had t o drive 3 miles and turn around, then returned the projector. Start out of the neighborhood and here comes the pain again. It’s the pain that screams through your skin, and yes I was screaming.
I get to the Publix in Watkinsville and I think I am almost home I can make it. I pass the Zaxby’s and realize I had made a mistake. I couldn’t make it. I had to turn around. I ran into Zaxby’s and met the porcelain Gods and eased some of my pain. By now I have sweated more than I would have if I were playing football inside of a volcano, and now I am ready to lay down.
I got home and laid on the couch and I am planning on convening with the porcelain God’s one last time and go to bed.
I will not be eating Zaxby’s for a long while. Steven Stowe, I told you Zax sauce will kill you.
Sorry if this is a lot of info you didn’t want but that was my night…well just the end of it.
oh and by the way i don't think God really hates me for you folks that don't know i am joking.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

941

This is not all of it, just parts that i am working on and that minister to me.
-a
Gadsby 941

Jesus, my Lord, my Life, my All,
Prostrate before thy throne I fall:
Fain would my soul look up and see
My hope, my heaven, my all in thee.

Here in this world of sin and woe,
I’m filled with tossings to and fro;
Burdened with sin, and fears oppressed,
With nothing here to give me rest.

I long to hear thy pardoning voice
O speak and bid my soul rejoice
Say, “peace be still; look up and live;
Life, peace, and heaven are mine to give.”

Friday, August 18, 2006

Is the organ an out dated lone instrument for worship?

Yes. Ok so maybe I just pissed some folks off by saying that but I totally think it is out dated. Hear this 1st: I do think an organ can be used to lead people in musical worship. But the question I would ask folks is what part of culture do you see an organ being used? Here is some History of Organs (just for fun):
The First organs were used in ancient Roman circus games. The organ dates back to classical antiquity. The earliest organs were hydraulic. They began as portable instruments and later became a sit down instrument. Because of their portability, they were used for the accompaniment of both sacred and secular music in a variety of settings. During the Renaissance and Baroque eras the organ became an instrument capable of creating numerous tonal colors, both unique and imitative. So basically like every instrument the organ has evolved over time and have been used in all types of music

It’s’ funny as I looked up things on wikipedia this is one thing it said about churches with a worship leader: The Christian churches that are led by a worship leader during musical worship tend to be the churches with growing population Coming out of the older, more traditional forms of doing church, church congregations were interested in finding a way to make what was considered, by many, to be dull into an exciting way to praise God.

As I am writing this I see that I am not totally being clear and that I am combining many different thoughts. But here is my main thought I would like to chat about here.
I feel like organs do not play a role in our culture. I would say there is a small piece of our culture that loves the sound of organs. The heart behind me writing this is, while I was cutting grass today I was thinking about why churches with “traditional worship” only, are declining in attendance. Side note what makes organ worship traditional? Honestly isn’t there older music than organ music? And what makes a song worthy of singing? (Most would say content but the reality is that it must be old and in a hymnal)

I confess my preference is involved in this blog but if you can show me where in our culture you an organ, I will start to consider an organ not being out dated. And I don’t want you to send me some obscure cd or random website that says that they love organ music. I want you to prove to me that an organ is not out dated make me see that as many folks that buy/download Christina Aguilera’s new double CD. I want to know it plays a part in our culture today.
But for now I will say the only reason folks have an organ only in their church is that they feel like other music is not sacred and that is a personal preference issue.

This all probably made no sense but I was thinking about this so I wrote it down.
Till next time.
-a

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

the wanderer

this is part of a johnny cash song we are doing next Sunday for the prelude. yeah our church rocks, how many pastors ask for johnny cash for the prelude. good call matt.

I went out searching, looking for one good man
A spirit who would not bend or break
Who would sit at his father's right hand
I went out walking with a bible and a gun
The Word of GOD lay heavy on my heart, I was sure I was the one
Now Jesus, don't You wait up, Jesus, I'll be home soon
Yeah I went out for the papers, told her I'd be back by noon
Yeah I left with nothing, but the thought you'd be there too
Looking for you
Yeah I left with nothing, nothing but the thought of you
I went wandering

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Ode to Johnny Cash


ok so this song isn't for or about Johnny Cash but the music sounds like a song he would sing.
gadsby hymnal 352

the moon and stars shall loose their light
the sun shall sink into the night
both heaven and earth shall pass away
the works of nature all decay

but they that in the Lord confide
and shelter in His wounded side
shall see the danger overpast
stand every storm, and live at last

what Christ has said must be fulfilled
on this firm rock, believers build
his word shall stand, his truth prevail
and not one jot or tittle fail

his word is this: poor sinners hear
believe on me and banish fear
cease from your own works bad or good
and wash your garments in my blood

Monday, August 14, 2006

wow, I feel old and fat

So today I went to play football with a couple of guys from UGA. David Chin invited me to play football with them.
1st I would to say thanks to David for inviting me.
2nd I would like to say wow I am not in college anymore.
I mean I forgot how fast college folks were when they run. One guy was like a freaking cheetah and I was a 200 year old turtle. It was good times to connect with some guys I have talked with at church and meet a bunch of new guys.
Great job CO (campus outreach) on getting guys out there to play.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

So today I turned 28

I hope all this makes sense.

Today August 13, 2006, I turned 28 years old. And unlike any other year, I feel pretty reflective. So here are my reflections on the past year.

Well one year ago today we had the 1st program of the year at 1st Pres. and we were preparing for Sharptop. Sharptop, for those who don’t know, is the greatest retreat ever. The strange thing about that weekend is, just B4 I left for that weekend Christ Community Church called me applying to come and lead worship for the church. A long story short: We moved to Watkinsville in February.It was hard to leave the people of FPC. If any of you read this: I miss you guys. I love where I am and I know I wouldn’t be here with out you guys. Thanks for investing your lives in me.

We have loved being a part of Christ Community Church. I really feel like this is a church that is honestly trying to make God the focus of everything we are doing. I say trying because we are human and we suck as people so we will fail, but we are trying.

Camille gave birth to our first child on April 24, 2006 at 6:26pm. Aidan Levi Slaten. He goes by Levi and we LOVE that kid to pieces. He has been a great source of joy and craziness. The joy has been from FUN times; the craziness has been from the long nights and fussy periods.

It has been a great year in some ways and a really hard in other ways. I have seen how much I need Christ. I have seen even more how GREAT that need is, these last couple of months. I really don’t want to type everything on here but I will just say, in this life things hurt our hearts and it takes time to heal those hurts.

And as you see in my blog below I just got my new guitar. I would have never dreamed of owning a guitar so nice. I LOVE IT. This morning when I played it during worship, it sounded as good through the sound system as it does acoustically. Read my blog below.

Finally, my hopes for the year to come (in no order).
1) I would like to build some relationships with non Christians
2) Spend great time with my boy
3) Continue on this great journey of a great/loving marriage
4) Get more involved in our community
5) Go away on a vacation.
6) Continue to see how deep my need if for Jesus

Friday, August 11, 2006

Finally here


So on December 27 2005 I ordered a custom Breedlovee C20 and on August 10th 2006, I got my new guitar. And it lives up to everything I dreamed that it would be. It has Redwood top and Koa back and sides. The Koa is almost 3D, when you move it in the light it looks like it’s moving. The reason I am so excited about this is that I would have never dreamed I would own this guitar. Maybe to some of you this seems lame but for me it’s like getting a new house , a new car, or maybe for some of you home theater to play your play station on. I am SO thankful that my bride is supportive of me getting this guitar. It would have been easy for her to not want me to spend the money on the guitar but I am so blessed to have a bride that wanted me to have this beautiful instrument. Also, thanks to Glen Wilson you worked me a GREAT deal on this guitar. If ANYONE is interested in getting a breedlove you need to call me and I will get you in touch with Glen. I would have NEVER (and I mean that) bought a custom Breedlove had I not met Glen Wilson.
So what makes this guitar so great?
It has an extremely balanced sound. You get all the lows with out being a dreadnought or jumbo. The highs are bright but not tinny. When recorded it is mind-boggling how full the sound is.
I am thankful that God has allowed me this pleasure to own such a great instrument. Maybe this sounds lame to some of you reading (which I have no idea who reads this) but I can’t get over the fact that I have this guitar, Kinda like when Camille walked into the sanctuary to become my bride, I couldn’t believe she was choosing me to live the rest of her life with me. I am not saying that I love this guitar as much as I love my bride, I am just saying like my amazement of how phenomenal my bride is, I am amazed at how great my guitar is as well.
Don’t leave me a comment about loving my guitar more than my bride cause it is not true.

Oh yeah one more thing, I am excited about what God is doing in the hearts of the people in our church. Please pray that God will continue to push each of us to live missional lives in Oconee County.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Why my blogs suck

Well, I don’t think the content actually sucks, it is my grammar that sucks. so I write this to tell everyone that I know I am horrible at grammar, and that I am going to try to get better. This was all sparked from a conversation I had with my bride the other night, and a conversation with Matt Adair. So I am go to try and get better with my grammar. We shall see how this goes: )

Friday, August 04, 2006

fun times with my boy!?


just a fun story...well it was not fun while it was happening. camille went to get her hair done today, it was her birthday. so she leaves at 2:15 when Levi goes down. by the way he always sleeps from about 2:30-4 everyday. so we both felt like i would be able to work while he slept. well 3 o'clock comes around and he starts to cry on and off for 10 min. so then at 3:10-3:15 he never stopped crying. so like a good dad i went and picked him up. i calmed him down and laid him back down. well that did no good. he the proceeded to cry from 3:17-3:30. so i picked him up and calmed him once again. i knew there was no way at this point that he was going back down, and i also knew i had work to do(i was working on a graphic for our vision casting night). so i sat down at the computer and with one arm created the graphic.
i did really enjoy sitting with Levi and i do love my son. i had work i had to do at home and he was making that hard. But i will love being with him as he grows up. i know this is just the beginning of of our journey and i am going to do my best to equip him to give his life away. thats all for now.
-a
one more thing, we went to the pool for the first time with Levi...good times. thanks Joanne.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

are you kidding

these folks are trying to keep us aware. listen up. i say that while laughing.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Expressions


well this entire conversation started after i saw the video from the new Hillsongs UNITED cd (which i like, but not as much as the cd they put out b4 this one). the cd comes with a dvd of the songs. it's cool to see the songs live, but i got distracted by the mosh pit that broke out during one of the songs. so am i not someone interested in telling people how they should respond to God, but since i am a preacher guy, i figured i will give my opinion.
i don't see a place in scripture where folks are worshiping Jesus and they are hurting themselves or other. the only folks i see hurting others or themselves is when the prophets of Baal 1 Kings. i don't think anyone sees God illustrating how to worship him, through the same methods that the prophets of Baal.
I feel like scripture should be our measuring stick for our response to God. here are a few things from scripture.
Raise hands: Psalm 63:4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Dance 2 Samuel 6:14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might,
Shout Psalm 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Stand Psalm 22:23You who fear the LORD, praise him!All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
Clap Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all peoples!Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Sing James 5:13 Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Kneel Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
Bow: Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

I would say no one should feel like there one acceptable response to God during our musical worship time, but i do think that our expression of worship should point to Jesus. everything Jesus did pointed to the father, and everything the spirit does points to the Son. so everything we do should point to the cross. i can hear dancing, it doesn't always draw attention to you, sing, shout, clap, raise your hands, whatever you want but make sure it points to Jesus. The mosh pit: i don't see slamming into folks around you helping anyone worship Jesus.
thats all i have for tonight.
i will probably write some more about this in days to come.

what is to come


well about 1 moth ago i told Strick that i would write about postures/actions in corporate worship gatherings. so i just wanted you all to know that tonight i plan on writing my answer to the question: What should dictate our response to God? and What is approriate(ex. moshpit, head banging, raising your hands, dancing, and many more) so yeah just a heads up.
-a