Only in Southern California

(^ Not the car I drive.  The car photographed above is a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan.  I think the photo was taken somewhere in the Inland Empire…or maybe Riverside.)

Wow!  I haven’t written an entry in two weeks!

I’m still coughing.  Hopefully, it’ll be gone in a week!  Today, my throat started hurting every time I cough.

The worse thing about being sick has been not being able to sing along with Chris (Tomlin) and Steven (Curtis Chapman) and worship music.  Sunday was the first day I could sing notes within my regular range.  I can’t wait to sing again!

I’ve been reading through Jeremiah lately.  It’s amazing how God through Jeremiah instructed the rulers of Judah and the Israelites on several occasions of what they should or shouldn’t do yet they still didn’t obey God.

The striking thing is the Holy Spirit has convicted me of how I can be the same.  I am a sinner.  Thank God for who He is and what He’s done, what He’s doing, and what He will do in His people’s lives!  This reminds me of the song “Speechless” by Steven Curtis Chapman (SCC) and Geoff Moore from SCC’s Speechless album (©1999 Sparrow Records).

I am speechless
I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by Your wondrous grace
You have saved me, You have raised me from the grave
I am speechless
In Your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us a love that leaves us speechless

For those of you who park your vehicles in the church parking lot and aren’t a 1) visitor 2) parent w/ kids 3) senior 4) special guest of some sort, let me encourage you (again for some of you) to park on Fairway Drive or Brea Canyon Cut-off Road.

I say this because I was reading through the church building project booklet last week and realized there are some of you out there in Xanga-land who know it’d be a nice gesture to others to park your vehicle outside of the church parking lot but you stil do it anyway.  In the booklet, it says that people who are interested in coming to our church leave when they realize there isn’t a good place they can park their vehicles.  I personally can’t say that I’ve seen this, but from what others say, they’re exist and are out there.

Tonight at Bible Study Fellowship, the passage that was discussed and lectured on was Romans 8:28-39.  That passage always reminds me of two songs.  The first is “On Our Side” from Chris Tomlin’s Arriving (©2004 Sparrow Records) album.  The second is “Believe Me Now” from Steven Curtis Chapman’s All Things New (©2004 Sparrow Records) album (Third Day’s lead singer and fellow lefty, Mac Powell, also is heard in that song).  The first one totally makes me think of Romans 8:31 because of the beginning of its chorus…If God is on our side, who can be against us.  The second one has the lines…I am with you…I am for you… in its chorus–another reminder of Romans 8:31.  Because I was reminded of these great songs, I figured I might as well put one of ’em up.  It’s time to get your groove on, ya’ll!  Everytime I hear “On Our Side”, I want to sway and clap along…and air guitar too!  And so should you!!!

Here’s Chris’ “story” behind the song:
I was talking to Ed Cash, our producer, about wanting a song that just brings joy in the room. The next day he showed me this idea he had for a gospel-type song. I instantly loved it. I’ve never recorded a song like this before, but it was a blast. Just hearing all the different singers light up the whole project for me.

On Our Side
Words and Music by Chris Tomlin and Ed Cash

Everyone around the world
Hear the joyful sound
See the heavens open up
Hear the music coming down
Nothing’s gonna separate us from the Father’s love
I can’t help but celebrate
‘Cause we’re not alone

If God is on our side
Who can be against us?
If God is on our side
We won’t be afraid
Though the mountains may fall
And the sky will crumble
There ain’t nothin’ gonna stand in our way

Come on down to the river side
Wash it all away
Leave behind your troubled mind
For an uncloudy day
Nothing’s gonna separate us from the Father’s love
I can’t help but celebrate
‘Cause we’re not alone

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

5 responses to “”

  1. serialthrila85 says :

    nice suby up there 😀

  2. deadkau says :

    hope you get better soon so you can sing worship again. nice juxtaposition of snow and palm trees. car ain’t too bad, too.

  3. IceWatah says :

    Thanks man.  Wish i could take credit for it, lol.

  4. sarkie12 says :

    yup! II Cor 5:14-15 is our Bible study verse… that’s how we got our name, Compelled. =)

  5. Miss_Oblivion says :

    rest up and get better!!  🙂  drink some hot tea!

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