a bittersweet, but exciting announcement

May 27, 2008 at 2:57 am (Music, Passion)

In my time at Penn State, i felt God telling me that eventually i would be a part of some full-time ministry at some point in my life.  I always figured that it would be later on down the road once i had gathered up some security, paid off the loans, and had my descent sized house with a white picket fence, somewhere in suburbia.  I should’ve known that God usually has something completely different in store. This past year has been filled with a lot of things, mostly positive things i’m proud to report.  But as suggested, God was sirring up something beyond anything i could’ve ever come up with on my own and now it’s come to fruition.

As soon as this school year has completed, i have accepted a position that was offered to me earlier this month with McLean Bible Church in Tyson’s Corner, VA (just outside of DC – more to come on the church later).   I am going to be taking part of a large church’s calling to reach secular DC, with the hope that if we reach the nations capital for Christ, we can impact the rest of our nation.  I will be working with and training up many different adult and collegiate worship teams, learning to oversee all matters creative arts (visual, audio, behind the scenes etc.) while having an opportunity to lead worship with some of our nations most talented worship leaders and players.  It’s something i’m totally thrilled about because i get to employ all things I love and am interested in, and make it my ministry.  Unfortunately this is all going to happen very quickly as my position is effective June 15th.

While I am ecstatic, I do face the harsh reality of leaving behind some incredible people that I will miss dearly, and a job that has taught me more then i could’ve ever expected.  I couldn’t have asked for a better year.  I enjoyed a challenging but never boring job, lived with two of my favorite people, made some unforgettable memories with my friends, and learned a lot about my limits, my capabilities, my short comings, and, as my blog suggests, my passions.  There isn’t one thing about this past year that I regret or would change and i now see how it all has prepared me for this next step.

Some might ask why i feel i need to leave all i have here and my answer will always be this:  because i know it’s what God has in store for me and he has made it more clear then anything i’ve ever known.  And thats something i can’t say no to.  Thats the news for now; more to come as moving day gets closer, but for now, i have a school year to complete.

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New Hobby!

April 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm (Music, School)

So a few weeks ago our school was administering PSSA test and they had activities planned for the students in the afternoon so they could unwind and relax before the next day of testing.  Our Principle asked me if i would be interested in DJ-ing a school dance at the end of the day and i thought about it and accepted.  The whole week before, i had a ton of kids tell me all the songs that they were into and i spent a bit of time screening them and buying the appropriate ones off of iTunes (on the schools bill of course 🙂 ) and put together a pretty sweet play list for the event.  The kids loved it and now the school has decided to drop their regular DJ ( a hired professional in the area) and hire from in-house.  Needless to say, i have a new side career!  My debut night-event will be next friday night.  Wish you could come, but its only open to middle schoolers, sorry….wait, that sounds horrible…

I suppose i’m going to need a sweet DJ name.  Any ideas?  I thought “DJ Nasty” would be cool, but its already taken by a guy who prints dirty pictures on his albums.  Probably not the best example to follow.

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A song that I’ve been relating to lately

April 4, 2008 at 12:03 am (Music)

“More Than Useless” – Relient K

I feel like, I would like
To be somewhere else doing something that matters
And I’ll admit here, while I sit here
My mind wastes away and my doubts start to gather

Whats the purpose? It feels worthless
So unwanted like I’ve lost all my value
I can’t find it, not in the least bit
and I’m just scared, so scared that I’ll fail you

And sometimes I think that I’m not any good at all
And sometimes I wonder why, why I’m even here at all
But then you assure me

I’m a little more than useless
And when I think that I can’t do this
You promise me that I’ll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

So I say if I can’t, do something significant
I’ll opt to leave most opportunities wasted
And nothing trivial, that life could give me will
Measure up to what might have replaced it

Too late look, my date book
Is packed full of days that were empty and now gone
And I bet, that regret
Will prove to get me to improve in the long run

And sometimes I think that I’m not any good at all
And sometimes I wonder why, why I’m even here at all
But then you assure me

I’m a little more than useless
And when I think that I can’t do this
You promise me that I’ll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

I’m a little more than useless
And I never knew I knew this
Was gonna be the day, gonna be the day
That I would do something right
Do something right for once

I notice, I know this
Week is a symbol of how I use my time
Resent it, I spent it
Convincing myself the world’s doing just fine
Without me
Doing anything of any consequence
Without me
Showing any sign of ever making sense
Of my time , it’s my life
And my right, to use it like I should
Like he would, for the good
Of everything that I would ever know

I’m a little more than useless
When I think that I can’t do this
You promise me that I’ll get through this
And do something right
Do something right for once

I’m a little more than useless
And I never knew I knew this
Was gonna the day, gonna be the day
That I would do something right
Do something right for once

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What a great weekend

April 1, 2008 at 1:31 am (Music, Passion)

After a week of being sick and having a long week at school, a weekend playing at Lake Champion for a High School youth retreat was the perfect remedy.  Course there was tons of great stories, conversations, fellowship, xbox 360 with a projector and “Call of Duty 4”, and hanging out with high schoolers, but most of all, for me, it was an incredible and much needed break from the norm.  While i came back exhausted, i was also refreshed.  I do have to say that there is nothing I love doing more then playing at retreats like that.  Especially when you get to see God using our playing, the speaker, and other leaders to bring kids to Christ.  If i could do that everyday…i would, no question.  You wouldn’t even have to pay me.  Anyway, i’m already counting down to the next time i get to do that, even though i don’t really know when that will be.

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Desire – Phil Wickham

January 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm (Music)

Speaking of Phil Wickham and my car trip, I really liked this song and how it relates to my posts thus far. I also have to thank Spence for introducing me to him.

I’m running through the gates of love, as fast as I can
I can’t wait to see You cuz I’m a desperate man
You made the light and sent it down
to show us who You are
Now It’s bursting out my heart

My desire is burning like a million stars
And I’ll keep reaching out, reaching out for You

I’d be nothing without You, yeah I would die
If I didn’t have Your hand if I couldn’t look into Your eyes
Jesus if Your love’s the fuel then I’m the desperate flame
That’s screaming out Your name

My desire is burning like a million stars
And I’ll keep reaching out, reaching out for You
My desire, is burning with the fire You sparked
And I’ll keep reaching out, reaching out for You

This is glory rising, over a new horizon
I See Your love, I feel Your smile
You’re in my heart and I will run with all I have to You

My desire is burning like a million stars
And I’ll keep reaching out, reaching out for You
My desire, is burning with the fire You sparked
And I’ll keep reaching out, reaching out for You

I’m reaching out for You
I’m reaching out for You, You, You

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Party Shuffle

January 14, 2008 at 3:01 am (Music) (, )

OK so this is taking it back a little, but i remeber seeing everyone else do this months ago and wanted to do it as well so here are the first 15 songs. Keep in mind that this is the itunes on my school laptop that has a lof of wierd stuff i use to teach…just sayin 🙂

  1. All we know – Paramore
  2. Shanghai – Andy Mckee
  3. Big Balls – ACDC
  4. Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  5. Handel’s Messiah – Relient K
  6. And God Created Great Whales – Alan Hovhaness
  7. Symphony No. 5 in C minor – Beethoven
  8. You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor
  9. Life on Standby – Hawthorne Heights
  10. Hair – The Cowsills
  11. Snake Devil – Scary Kids Scaring Kids
  12. Flight of the Bumble-Bee – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  13. With or Without You – U2
  14. When September Ends – Green Day
  15. Think – Aretha franklin

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