New Music Tuesday – John Tibbs

If you’re a fan of the new worship sounds that come from the community of artists like John Mark McMillan, Daniel Bashta, Gungor, and All Sons & Daughters…then you will like this new EP from John Tibbs.  In fact, you’ll really like the accessibility of this new EP as John has it up on Noise Trade for free download (please leave a tip and show some support!), and on other streaming sites like RDIO (personal fav) & Spotify.  Or, if you’re real lazy just look to the right and play from the widget on this page.

What I really love about John’s approach to music ministry is his heart for Jesus.  He is an active worship leader in Indianapolis where he has a heart anchored in the local church.  I love that John doesn’t aspire to be the next big thing.  He wants to create a movement of anointed sounds that transform lives.  My prayer is that you’ll give it a listen and be moved to share it, promote it, and let it be a blessing to someone.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris

Sustained But Detained

I have this little stem of beauty sitting on my desk. It’s special for  a few reasons.  First, my little princess, a.k.a. Shugie, brought it to me this week on her way in from school.  She was so excited to give it to me, handing it over with all smiles.  She quickly instructed me to put it in water so it wouldn’t die and I could keep it.  So there it stands reminding of her love and beauty.

The other reason I’m liking this little gem is for what I see it also representing.  This beauty is sustained, but detained.  It’s sustained by the environment, but is very much detained.  There are no roots.  There isn’t any earth for it really plant into for the future.  It’s alive and beautiful, but detained to a short life in the glass of water.  It reminds me to let go of the things I think are beautiful, but are detained to never grow.  If we aren’t growing, then we’re dying.  No matter how beautiful that may be for the moment, it’s not going to sustain and blossom.

I think this is exactly how the enemy works in our different life journeys. He only comes in to up root all the beautiful things with a purpose to kill and destroy.  Any sustaining life or growth has a goal of leading you to death…no matter how beautiful for the moment.  It’s part of the lie and deception that enemy has done from the beginning.

God’s purpose in our lives is to nurture, sustain, provide, and continue to grow us.  He comes to prune, not up root.  He longs to see more blossoms of beauty throughout our lives, not for a moment before death.  He wants our roots to go deep in Him, not into a shallow environment that detains us to death.  Seek the beauty God is nurturing in your life, and don’t ever believe the lies that come in to steal it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris