Jenner Opinions and the Talk about Town

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There is SOOOO much “wisdom” on public display currently, regarding a topic most didn’t care about the day before.
Or maybe you care, but when did you become an expert on it?
Honestly, it’s like a Golden Corral Smorgasbord of what everyone thinks.
And the quality is about the same.

I read the bible too, but didn’t realize its intention was to have the pages torn out, balled up and thrown at others.
It’s as if someone changed how a doughnut was made, we got ticked and all suddenly became expert doughnut makers.
(doughnut is the 1st thing I thought of cause I’m hungry)

But for real, how dare someone in a broken world, act in a broken way, because they are… broken?

How dare someone else show kindness or forgiviness to someone else “undeserving”, as if they had been shown that themselves… pssshhhh….

What’s that? You’re not clear on what is right or wrong or what Jesus would do?
So rather than voice your confusion or anger at the broken stuff… you just show kindness and save your opinions?
And let me guess… you got attacked for that too.
Not bold enough in your page from the bible flinging…

I’ve seen a lot of opinions (scriptural and not) flying around like deflated footballs, but this is all I keep coming back to regarding opinions:

“Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you…” – James 1:19

Most of us get angry and then start typing.
I know i’ve done it.
Even had to wake up and delete it in the night before you read it smile emoticon
But, we blog, tweet, post and share our opinions or some scripture that supports our angle… and while that is permissible, it just feels… not wise… when I step back and just look at it all.

That scripture above offers no opinion on the topic, rather an attitude we should have that requires self control.
Something that seems to fly out the window when we get our angry opinion rolling like a hamster wheel.

Regarding the talk of the town, I wonder if the world would stop turning if we were to be slower on the quick-draw opinions and false wisdom, parading it around to feed our closet arrogance of how much we think we know?

Read that verse in James again, pause on your opinion today and see how that time could be better used face to face, letting your ears lead the way.

To quote my friend Carlos Whittaker “It’s better that way”  –  but than again… this is all just my opinion.


Glorious Interruption

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* Available on iTUNES HERE 

In 2008, a good friend of mine Ted Lowe asked me to help him with an idea he had for a Christmas Married Life event.

He wanted to call it “Glorious Interruption.”
The story of how the birth of Jesus, gloriously interrupted Mary and Joseph’s plan for their life and their marriage, and how that same baby, later would give up his life to gloriously interrupt ours.

So the hope was to have a song that would accompany this special night at our church and really drive the point home.
I was so honored he asked me and am grateful to finally share the song now…
6 years later!!! (reason: I signed a label and publishing deal, had a couple more babies, released a few other records and just kinda… forgot… to share the song.)

Through the years I’ve been asked often about a track or lead sheet to play the song, so I’ve included those as well.
The lead sheet/lyrics are free below.
When you buy the song on iTunes it comes with a performace track as well to sing wherever/whenever you want!

To read/download the full story with musical accompaniment, visit:

AND check out @TedLowe for excellent resources for the marriages in your church!

Glorious Interruption(RHY-Ab) (right click to download)

So many plans we had for tomorrow
All of them replaced by what happened today
How can it be that you are here with me
When all our dreams have been changed
It feels like a weight I never could carry
And so I pray you’ll give me the strength
Is it real that now we must leave and go away From everything

Glorious interruption
by the Son of God, the Messiah
Jesus, how precious is the life you will give up
To be part of us

Looking at you
how could we imagine
The love you’d bring
that we had not planned for
And though it seems you needed us
now we know that we We needed you more

Glorious interruption
by the Son of God, the Messiah
Jesus, how precious is the life you will give up
To be part of us

Become all that we know
Become all that we need
You are our only hope
You are our everything
So Draw us ever close
Show us who you are
The savior of the world
We’re holding in our arms

Shine Like Stars – Time to #BeRich

I love my church so much and am continuously blown away that I get the opportunity to play and write music sung in rooms full of the best people around.
One of my favorite things our church does is something called Be Rich.

Quick back story:
Be Rich is our annual giving and serving campaign—when our 6 churches in metro Atlanta and 24 partner churches domestically and internationally unleash a wave of generosity in our communities and around the world through our nonprofit partnerships—
that began in 2007 as a response to 1 Timothy 6:18,
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.”

So this year, when I was presented with the opportunity to contribute through music
– I was FLOORED.  I love writing songs and when I get the chance to write for something special like this, it’s humbling and exciting!
The song is called “Shine Like Stars” and is inspired from Philippians 2:15 and the theme Andy Stanley is taking us through for this year’s initiative.
We believe that what this verse says is true, that in self-centered culture, when we put others first, we will SHINE LIKE STARS!
The song had to be written and recorded quickly and the entire process took a team of rock stars to pull it off like Jared Hamilton, Evan McLaughlin, Todd Fields, Brad Bretz and so many others across all the churches.
Ultimately the song exists to help capture the theme and encourage us in the days ahead as we move forward in love and generosity that we believe can change the world –and the reputation of the Church in the world!

You can download the song for FREE here:

And then maybe check out how else you can be a part either with our initiative or in your own local church and community! #BeRich14

“Shine Like Stars” Lyrics:

A new day is dawning and love is on the move
For all who are broken, a light is breaking through
To the wounded and weary who’ve had enough
Hope is not that far

Wherever we are, We shine like stars
Wherever we go, We will take your heart
Carrying freedom, Bringing your kingdom to all the world
Cause when we love one another, we light up the dark
Wherever we are
We will shine like stars
Whoa oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh

With one spark of kindness, the healing begins
Where dreams have been shattered, let hope shine again
In the here and now let compassion rise
Let mercy come alive

Stars that light the way
Burning like a flame
With every act of love
Your Kingdom comes

For in us you put your light
And what was dead is now alive
Like a city on a hill
We will shine

Evidence of God: conversations with my daughter


“Daddy how do we know where God is if we can’t see him?”

Children just know how to drop these questions on you at the craziest times.
Like this morning running out the door for school, which was actually “Walk to School Day!”
How convenient.
She also wanted to know about Satan and if he was still alive and where he was……. Soooo…… Yeah…..
I hadn’t even had coffee yet and Ava coming on strong with these big questions at 6:15am!!!
How do you even begin?!?
So on our brisk walk to school, I dove in… “Ava you know how when you can’t see me or I’m not here, you can see the evidence of where I’ve been?”
“Daddy what’s evidence mean?”
“Well Ava…. uhhhh….”

These are the moments that always stump me the most, trying to explain what certain words mean that she doesn’t understand but are needed to explain what I’m explaining!
Then I get down a rabbit trail explaining that word and then next thing you know… We are talking about penguins.
That didn’t exactly happen this morning but if you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about.
A child’s serious questions followed by limited attention span and constant drifting imagination.

I continued…
“Ava you see my pants over there and my shoes by the door and my dinner plate from last night… Yes daddy needs to clean up better… But you see all that stuff?
That’s the ‘evidence’ or stuff that tells you I was here and so if you walk in from school and don’t see ME, you can see my STUFF so you know I was here… I left evidence!”
“When we leave for school, mom will get up and see your bowl here in the kitchen and know what you had for breakfast and know you were here won’t she?! Even though she won’t see you. So just like that, all around us we see the EVIDENCE of God, where he’s been and what he’s doing.
We see His handiwork in sunrises and in beautiful creation just like I see your paintings hanging on the fridge.”

Psalm 19 says, “The heavens are declaring (painting or singing) the glory of God and the skies are shouting about his artwork!” (My version don’t sue me)

“Ava, we also see God on display with every act of kindness and love.
Every time we forgive or choose to put others first we see the evidence of God on display!”

James 1:17 says “every good and perfect gift is coming down from the Father of heavenly lights”
We can actually see God everywhere if we are looking and pay attention.

We talked a little more about question 1 and then came question 2!!!

“So daddy how do we know where the enemy is? Is he still alive?”

I told her in the same way we see the evidence or proof of God, we can see the same from the enemy.
We talked about how there are dark things in the world that are not how God originally wanted or created them to be but how a group of angels disobeyed God and were thrown out of Heaven. Since then they exist to ruin God’s created things and temp us to live our lives in darkness instead of light.
“Ava, You know how when you don’t tell the truth or when you do something you know you shouldn’t, you hide from us? Or how Rosa yesterday hid in the closet cause she pooped her pants?! (Gross!! But understandable) Just like Adam and Eve we feel ashamed and when we hide, we always hide in darkness.
The enemy loves darkness and wants us to run to it instead of running to God & letting Jesus love for us bring light into our lives.
So just like we see God in the good… We can see the enemy in the bad “stuff” of this world.
Everything that is not how God designed it to be and is broken from sin, is part of the enemies art-work.”

I told her how the enemy is very much active and still trying to destroy God’s plans and tempt us to live meaningless lives and not live for the things that God loves.

Where is he?
We don’t know for sure, but we do know he’s NOT everywhere like God.

He’s not near as powerful as God and though we don’t see Angels, good or bad, we know God’s word tells us they exist and are all around.
But most importantly we know God will crush the enemy.
You know how songs talk about conquering or defeating and winning?
Those are the words that remind us God will have the final say over our lives and this world… Not the enemy.
That’s the GOOD news!

“We don’t worry about the enemy and what he’s doing and we think on God and what He’s doing and trust Him… With all our questions and when we are afraid and even when sometimes it seems like the enemy is winning…
We remember what God’s word tells us… That Jesus stands in victory and so we have victory with Him!”

So, I did my best and honestly the conversation wasn’t as smooth as how I typed it here. A good bit of pausing and stuttering took place.
I had to fight back allowing any tone of frustration sneak in when she would ask what a word still means that I clearly explained 🙂

Also, in case I’m giving the impression I just farted out my opinions on the matter, I put some scripture references below that are what I drew from when trying to speak with confidence to my little 7 yr old.

I believe everything I said, though I question things myself and often let what the darkness is doing get more of my attention then what the light is doing.
I forget sometimes that though it seems the enemy is winning…
He in fact, is not.

We are seeing the evidence of war, of good and evil, but It’s a war already won. And I’m grateful I could tell Ava that this morning.

Upon which she saw the picture I took of the sunrise above and said, “Look dad, it’s God’s pants!”

How’s that for theology!!!


Just a FEW References:

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. (‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭1-4‬ NLT)

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭55, 57‬ NLT)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ NLT)

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬ NLT)

(LONG reference but worth reading!)
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18-22, 28, 31-32, 35, 37-39‬ NIV)

….there are many more, so please feel free to add in the comments below, but this is a good starting point.

Hindsight is a PAINFUL 20/20


I found some board-mix Cd’s of me leading worship from 2000-2002.
I’m not sure what these emotions are that I’m experiencing currently,
but in short… it’s bad.  Real bad.

It’s difficult to listen to because I can actually hear me trying to find my voice and it ain’t pretty.
One minute I’m in N*Sync-ville, the next I’m Mac Powell with an occasional hint of DC talk and Lifehouse or Creed. Ugh.

I can see it now, the bleach-tips, baggy abercrombie jeans, Christian-ironic shirts and Justin Timberlake hair…
Crazy over-singing.
Attempting Key changes that were epic fails.
And Christian-eeze that makes my skin crawl, strait preaching at the audience when setting songs up!

Don’t even get me started on the prayers!!!
“God, You are just God… and God we just worship you… we worship you God, cause you’re God and I can only imagine…”

My only defense is that I was helping a youth band and I recall none of us could hear anything.
We had no in-ear monitors with wedges on stage and everyone blasting their own instrument.
Not to mention around 12 singers trying to find their own part to sing.  Chaos. Pandamonium.

But as I was preparing to light these incriminating CDs on fire and bury the ashes deep beneath the earth of my back yard…
I was filled with such gratefulness, that I had to blog about it real fast.

Grateful that God used me, despite what my ears are telling me.
And I’m grateful for the GRACE of others to let me learn and for EVER giving me a chance back then.
(Mike Linch, Ike Reighard, Russ Butcher, Cynthia Cullen and so many more – especially my wife Anisa!!!)
Not sure what they saw in me but I’m humbled to pieces. Lots of pieces.

So today this has me looking behind me and realizing a few things:
   1.  Those days were NOT a waist because I learned SO much. I was growing.
2.  I want to continue being teachable. This is key in continuing to grow and getting better.

   3.  I too need to extend the grace I was shown, allowing others to learn the lessons I was allowed to learn.

I was young and unaware of myself, out of time, pitchy and RAW!!!
I had a “good heart” but sheesh…

Seriously though, I do remember my heart.
I remember what my desires were and why I got into singing in the first place.
I see now God gifted me, but left out the microwave setting. No teenage phenom here.
God’s shaping process is unique for each of us.
And for me, I was shaped at His pace for His timing which was going to be different then others.

But I didn’t give up. And I got better… eventually.
( I’ll be honest after hearing these, I kinda want to now haha… but seriously 😉 )

So if you’re reading this and wrestling with insecurity and doubt,
know that You are not alone. Don’t give up.
And be careful of falling into the trap of comparing yourself and your timeline to others.
I wasn’t behind but rather just waiting for His particular assignment for me.
And as Andy Stanley says, “There’s no win in comparison.”

Remember the promise in Philippians 1:6 (MSG)

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish”

Do keep practicing and doing the hard work of evaluation.
Invite others in that will be honest with you.


Read His word and trust Him, believing that if He has purposed you for it, He will open the right doors at the right time.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

As for me, I saw God open doors in ways I never saw coming and by His grace I was prepared.
And now I’m VERY grateful things like youtube didn’t exist when I thought I was ready.
Boy am I grateful.

Anyone else out there had any hindsite 20/20 moments like this?!?

Hope this was encouraging… now back to setting a fire to these CD’s!!!

Let My Soul Sing


Today at Buckhead church we sang this song above from my new record.
Was such a humbling joy to lead and see it connecting so well the 1st time through.
I wrote this song with a friend of mine Ross King just before summer time.
We were talking about many things, but one of those being how, once you find hope in Jesus, it changes you.
How once you are standing in light of the truth that has rescued you, you have to respond to it.

Once you know how Jesus came (humbly), and how He was treated all the way to the cross (horribly) and how He did what we couldn’t do for ourselves and overcame sin and death… it causes a shift in your thinking and reason for living.  
Or it at least it should.

John 8: 31-32  (the message)

“Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

It’s the “living out” part that we get hung up on sometimes.
Letting the lyrics on screens translate into a life of praise.
I’ll confess, the singing is the easy part. My actions don’t line up like they should.
Which is all the more reason to sing often and keep re-aligning my heart and mind with His.

So with “Let My Soul Sing” we chose the hymn-style, more timeless route and hopefully it will draw people to the truth of who Jesus is, what He did for us on the cross and then what our response should be.
And lets be honest… our response should be… a lot… a lot of response.
How’s that for grammar.
Singing songs?  Yes.    Raising hands?  Absolutely.    Dancing?  If you have the skills 😉
But also..
Forgiving others?  You bet.    Loving our enemies?  With all we have.    Kindess instead of vengance?  YES.

To sum it up:
    He is holy, He alone is worthy, and our greatest song will be a life lived out for His glory.

I’ve enjoyed leading this song in the new year and I’m excited for how God might use it to draw people in to His great love for them in ways that will change our lives.
To help with that, we are giving out the song and chord charts at the links below for FREE!!!
There will be more to come with this in the future, but just to get things started, help youself to the links below!

FREE CHART to use at Church:

You can get the song here on iTunes:
(of course I’m obligated to ask you to check the whole record out if you would, as we are excited about it!)

or get the song HERE for FREE: (2 options)
2. (scroll down)

*Also, coming soon, a live video of this song and more from Buckhead and North Point Church. 

*Picture Credit: Dave Adamson (your rock sir!!)

I Will Stand By You

My family and I have been serving the last 6 years with an organization called Lighthouse Family Fetreat.
LFR serves children with cancer and their families at a seaside retreat to help them to laugh, restore family relationships and ultimately find hope in God.

One of the reasons this happens is because of families that give up a week of their year to serve and volunteer.
When I’m there serving, for me it has become a very real picture of what I believe Heaven will look like!
People being the church, showing unconditional love, serving, eating, playing & laughing together.
Pure joy!

I’m honored to serve in the host role, leading worship, leading morning and night devotions and helping creat the atmosphere for the week… which for me means being as big a goof ball as possible to help kids laugh and see their faces light up!  I started out in children’s ministry when I was 18 and so I’m right at home singing and dancing and just having a blast with the families.

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We celebrate the life God has given us, and thank Him for every GOOD thing.
We sing and dance and play nearly the entire day… napping a good bit after lunch.
We do our best to help mom and dad re-connect.
We give our all to help that sibling that’s been lost in the shadows to rediscover their dreams again!
There’s no room for rockstar attitudes AND the last and least are FIRST in line!

Being a dad has it’s humbling moments.  There’s something about holding a dirty diaper that just doesn’t ring “rock star!”
I guess I’m constantly reminded of how quickly things can get “messy.”
Honestly, I feel a bit in over my head with our season of life.
Work, travel, home, our ever-increasingly busy schedule with the kids… did I mention we’re pregnant?!
With all of this, I can’t imagine if one of them had cancer.
The pain and fear I’d be experiencing on top of everything else.
The overwhelming amount of help my family would immediately need.

At some point, we all will walk through difficult times and sooner or later will need help.
However, we were never meant to go through it alone and in these times of life, when I jump into the “mess” with someone, I realize I’m as much in line with His will as I’ll ever be.
Just read the first few verses of most of Paul’s letters, they are all filled with love and encouragement to lift each other up, pray for each other and to not give up!

My daughter said it best recently, as we were once again bringing luggage up and down the stairs after serving at Lighthouse, she said, “these times are hard dad, but it’s sure worth it.”

I laughed because of how cute this was to me and how she believed we are all in this together and she’s doing her part.
And.. she’s right… the real joy and satisfaction in life isn’t a life void of hardship,
it’s found in giving our lives away, and in the end it will be worth it.

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So I wrote this song “I Will Stand By You” inspired by my experiences there.
I had just gotten back from a retreat and wanted to capture, in a fun way, what the heart is of Lighthouse.
It’s a song about the self-sacrificing love on display at LFR day after day that is changing lives.
The chorus in some ways is kind of the mission statement of the volunteers at Lighthouse.
Families reaching out a hand to other families they’ve just met, carrying their burdens and helping them know they aren’t alone… altogether being the love of Jesus, not just singing about it.

“I will walk with you through desert lands, I will lift you from the sinking sand
When you have no strength, just hold my hand,
I will stand, I will stand by you”

It’s of course easier said then done.

I met a 9 yr old girl name Niki Reyes over a year ago, and I won’t ever forget her.
She glowed. Like seemed to actually glow. Her joy was so outwardly it made her face radiate.
She spoke of God and her faith in Jesus in a way that made Him so real.
I hear me say, I believe in Jesus and trust in Jesus… God is REAL.
But the way Niki talked about her was different and with a confidence that was infectious.
I remember serving her strawberries at breakfast and her telling me how she saw angels and talked to God in her hospital room recently. I said “Wow, that’s awesome, what did you talk about!?”
She said, “The angels don’t say much, but God told me the blood I needed would be enough.”
The week ended and shortly after I discovered Niki was much sicker then I realized.
Doctors wanted her on hospice care as they had done all they could for her, but her family didn’t want to give up yet.
We always pray and hope for healing and miracles, but also know that He sometimes ultimately heals them and takes them home.
We made a youtube video for Niki to encourage her and kept praying for her, but in March of this past year,
I got the phone call that our beautiful little flower Niki, had gone home to be with Jesus.

(This is me with Niki in the middle and her sister)

We were heartbroken.
Niki gave us a gift we weren’t expecting, of a deeper faith in Jesus and a vision of what the joy of the Lord really looks like.
I’ll never forget Niki Reyes.

I’ll be honest, in the areas of life like this, I want to run.
I want to hide from the broken things in this world and live in a reality that is less painful.
But instead of running from the heartbrake that comes with serving children with cancer…
Our resolve continues to grow stronger, by the grace of God, to run towards these families.
To help them laugh again.
Help them dream again.
And to help them find hope in God.

(helping a dad reconnect with his daughter by giving them a special date night and private evening together)

(Common Grounds for the parents to reconnect and share their story)

(volunteers offering a spa afternoon for the moms)

We remember, that it won’t be like this forever.
This is not the end of the story.
In the end cancer… and death… does not win.
Jesus has the final say.
He alone stands victorious over all that is broken in this world.
It’s the reason we can sing and dance and play and laugh and dream… even when we don’t understand…
because we know He carry’s our hope and our eternity is secure!!!

My prayer is this song will be an encouragement to us, and a motivation towards helping others discover what being the “hands and feet” of Jesus is really all about.

For more info on LFR visit:
*They are currently accepting family partners applications as well as donations to help make the retreats possible

To hear the song visit iTunes or click the link:  “I Will Stand By You”
*If you would like a FREE chord chart –  message me on here, or on my FB page and I’ll email you one.

Galatians 6:2  “Carry each other’s burdens”
1 Thessalonians 5:11  “Therefor encourage each other and build each other up”
Matthew 25  (whenever you did it to them, you did it to me)
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as unto the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”


“I Will Stand By You”

Verse 1:
Everybody gets week
When our broken hearts send us to our knees
And everyone of us grieves
And needs a helping hand back up on our feet
To just believe

I will walk with you through desert lands
I will lift you from the sinking sand
When you have no strength, just hold my hand
I will stand, I will stand by you
I will stand, I will stand by you

Verse 2:
When it’s hard to just breathe
From doing all you can just to make ends meet
When you’re lost in life’s give and take, yep
I will be there to help you find your way
Yeah, we’ll find our way


We were meant to walk this
Broken world together
In the days of pain and
In the stormy weather
knowing this is not how
It will be forever
I’ll stand by you