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Ryan Axtell :: This Valley :: CD Release

I just wanted to take a second to remind you how blessed I am to have Ryan & Danielle Axtell as friends of mine. I’ve been so honored to have been able to walk alongside Ryan during these past months as God has given and taken away with the loss of their first child. Ryan has never ceased to amaze me with his capacity to follow Jesus into ‘This Valley’. He has been relentless to dig in to find out how God could use this tragedy for His glory. Ryan and Danielle have traversed this trial with honor, integrity, humility, authenticity and yet anchored in the hope we have in Jesus. I only hope I can do my ‘valley’ with that level of respect and honor!

That being said, I could think of no greater thing than for all of us to come out Thursday night, April 15th 2010, to support Ryan and Danielle with the release of ‘This Valley’ his brand new CD. Out of ‘This Valley’ birthed songs rooted in the word and telling the God story in their lives. Ryan has worked vigorously on this project and the album sounds AWESOME!! The release is tomorrow night at 7pm in the auditorium at Cornerstone Chandler. Nyke our Camber Pastor will be interviewing Ryan about the still birth of their first child and all that has come with this hard season for he and Danielle. It will be a powerful time to share in music, story and community. Bring your family and friends to come enjoy this night!

If you can’t make it out to Arizona for the show, but, want to purchase his new Album CLICK HERE!!

My amazing Promise designed all the artwork for Ryan. I think she did a KILLER job and, yes, I am totally biased! 🙂

Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken :: Ticket Giveaway Contest

Arizona Friends….

My good buddies at Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ are doing a series of Grand Opening Concerts in conjunction with their new facility that just opened. They’ve got some AMAZING talent coming in the next 4 weekends and I’ve got tickets to give away to some of these concerts. I’ll be giving away tickets for the concerts on my blog. It’s pretty simple to enter…all you have to do is leave a comment saying, ‘GIVE ME THOSE TICKETS’ on the blog and you’ll be in the running for the free tickets.

This weeks concert and giveaway is for Saturday, April 10th @ 7pm with the AMAZING Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken.

(Derek Webb was the front guy for Caedmon’s Call and also recorded on the ‘City on a Hill’ records. AWESOME guy!)

I’ll announce the winner this Thursday and I’m giving a pack of 4 tickets away. Get your entry in and best of luck!!!

TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS: Leave a comment on this blog post saying ‘GIVE ME THOSE TICKETS’ or something like that in the comment section. Make sure that your email is the correct email when you fill out the comment section, so that I can contact you if you are the winner!

Ready, Set, Go…….

Night of Woship & Ryan Axtell CD Release Concert…

For all the Arizona and Cornerstone people…I wanted to let you know that we’ll be doing a couple worship related events coming up here in the next month.

Night of Worship – March 25th, 2010 – 7:30pm – Auditorium @ Cornerstone Chandler – FREE

Ryan Axtell – CD Release Concert w/Special Guests ‘Raining and OK’ – April 15th, 2010 – Auditorium @ Cornerstone Chandler – FREE


Kate McRae – Update Part II

It’s A Wrap – Brayline, Chris Sligh and Meredith Andrews…

We had a great time with Chris Sligh, Meredith Andrews and their band a couple weeks back here in Arizona. We played with them at a fundraiser event in Tempe, AZ. They’re all great people with amazing Kingdom-Minded hearts. A real good time hang with them. These are some photos taken by Whitney Law, from O.C., she got some great photos of Brayline.

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Technology and Ministry – Shane Hipps & Rob Bell

This is a video of Rob Bell interviewing Shane Hipps on the means to the end as it relates to the church and where it’s going. He speaks to the aspect of truly being on the mission with Jesus and alludes to the reality that You and I are the medium. You’ve heard the old phrase ‘Methods change, but, the message doesn’t.’ Hipps says, what if the ‘medium is the message’? What if we truly lived as though WE were the medium? Great stuff. Simple reminder. What are your thoughts on what he had to say?

Alternate Arrangements…

While sitting in ‘Sweet Tomatoes’ with Ryan, Jason, Matt Maher and Kenny Butler, earlier this week, the dialogue was started about songs we think could work acousticly. We then talked about songs that really maybe couldn’t be changed from their original format. We all had a few thoughts and then the legendary Matt Maher (if you don’t know who Matt is…he wrote the song ‘Your Grace is Enough’…no Chris Tomlin didn’t write that…the genius Matt Maher did…give him credit!) just mentioned that the Hillsong United tune ‘Break Free’ was one of those songs.

Well, later in the week we just could not refuse the chance to prove Matt Maher wrong. So we did and here’s what we came up with for it. Also, don’t forget to watch the bonus video of the acoustic version of ‘Your Grace is Enough’. I’ll just say in advance, you won’t be able to ‘get enough’ of this goodness. Let me know what you thought…leave a comment! 🙂

FOR ONE OF MATT’S BRIGHTER MOMENTS:

THANKSGIVING 2008

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These are the kind ladies serving us here in Washington for our Turkey dinner. We have Betty Anne, Loretta Lynne, Marjorie Adel and Sarah Lee. They’ve prepared some GREAT hot dishes and will serve us shortly. As you can see they are EAGER to serve us.

JUST KIDDING.

I’m actually in Silverdale, Washington for this Thanksgiving break. It’s been a beautiful few days here in Washington State and this perfect November Thursday is no exception. I’m up here spending my first, EVER, Thanksgiving away from my family. I miss them, but, I’m very glad to embark on the journey of sharing in new family with my soon to be bride Promise.

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We’ve had a fantastic couple of days just enjoying friendship and family in stunning weather for this time of the year in Seattle. Just perfect!

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Today, Troy Grover (check out his photography) who is the boyfriend of Aimee, Papa Gary (my soon to be Father-In-Law) and myself smoked us a Turkey. I would say we were pretty successful in that it was the first time any of us had ever done it. There will be a video coming soon to show you our journey…it started at 3am this morning! All in all it was a great experience for all involved.img_0552

As I think about the amazing blessings of my life and what I’m thankful for, these things come to mind:

I’m thankful that the God of the universe would want a relationship with me and that He has made it possible through Jesus. I could not imagine my life a part from my journey and quest to know Christ more deeply and find ways to let His love manifest itself in me! This is the essence of my life and I’m so grateful for my life in Christ!

I’m thankful for my wonderful, beautiful, stunning, life-giving bride to be, Promise! She has become my best friend and I cannot wait to grow old with this woman of God. Her passion for Jesus, her love for me, her uncanny humor, her sensitive spirit, her much needed touch in my life, her love for people and her unpredictbale creativity WOW ME DAILY!!! She is the joy of my life.

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I’m thankful for my family. What an amazing legacy of Jesus they have passed on to my life. I’m forever indebted to parents that trusted me deeply and lovingly committed to do their part in laying a foundation of faith in my life. I’m so grateful for their encouragement, support and help along the way of life’s journey. My brother Ben, a loyal brother. He is kind-hearted and knows me well. He’s my best man! My sister Bonnie, she’s a beautiful gem of love and fun.

For my church! Never forget that buildings don’t make a church…YOU are the church. I know we’re a large community, but, the growth in my young life over the past seven years has lasting significance. I’ve grown in my leadership, my heart for people, my love for Worship, my hope for the local church and have been challenged by the way we risk together. I’ve got miles of possibilities to learn and grow and in this season YOU are the people that will challenge me to become. Let’s keep pushing each other to become more like Jesus, reach out in to our city in a brand new way, shine in the Phoenix Valley like no one else and stretch our arms across the world into Kenya to bless the widow and the orphan.

Lastly, I’m indebted, in ways I cannot understand, to those of you that advocate for the freedom that I enjoy daily in this country. Thank you to those of you that serve as in our military and government. Your commitment to making this country free and beautiful is so appreciated. From the gal deep in the sea on a submarine that’s away from her family for months on end. To the mayors, police, fire and local people…you are appreciated. Thank you for what you do. We live in the most amazing place in all of the world.

We were reminded tonight, by Papa Tangeman, on what the deal was with this whole Thanksgiving thing. He reminded us of how it came to be and, contextually, the need for Americans had for a time to be thankful. He read this to us and I thought it was brilliant. Abraham Lincoln clearly bore a Kingdom heart. A heart rooted in Covenant, Worship and Justice (as my friend Dr. Hubley would say). I know this is a bit long, but, I REALLY encourage you to read this and if you get the chance, after you read, I’d love to hear what you thought about it. Comment away and Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Declaration of Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln Manifesto of Gratitude

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

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ROBBIE SEAY | MATT MAHER | CHRIS SEAY – THIS THURSDAY!!

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FOR MY ARIZONA FRIENDS – This was a SUPER last minute thing, but, The Robbie Seay Band contacted me and wanted to throw a last minute date together for Arizona. They’ve been out doing this fun tour for a while now and didn’t plan to be in Arizona, but, it just worked out.

All that to say…this is going to be wide open to the Cornerstone family and ANYONE else in the Phoenix area. Our Camber Ministry is hosting this night of worship with the Robbie Seay Band, the Matt Maher band and Author/Pastor/Communicator Chris Seay.

If you don’t think you know who these guys are..well…that may be true at a first thought, but, Robbie has a song on the radio called ‘Song of Hope’ and these are the lyrics just to refresh your brains:

I will sing a song of hope
Sing along
God of heaven come down
Heaven come down
Just to know that You are near is enough
God of heaven come down, heaven come down

Also, my DEAR friend Matt Maher will be opening the night in worship as well. Matt wrote the song ‘Your Grace is Enough’ that Chris Tomlin, initially, made famous (although Matt’s version is playing LOTS on the radio right now). Let me just say that he is such a good friend and mentor to me and if you want to be blessed, figure out a way to be at Cornerstone this Thursday night at 7pm in the Student Center.

The night is $10 bucks at the door!

King of Kings Skate Ministry

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A great day today! Golfing with a bunch of skaters, well, we golfed and they drove golf carts around and heckled us. It was a good time and a few of us from Cornerstone got the privillege of swinging the sticks to support these guys.

If you don’t know about their ministry…GET TO KNOW IT! If you have kids that skate make sure they know about them. These guys are studs and they are radically in love with Jesus. They’ve got one guy name, Brian Sumner, who is an internationally renown skater that is on the team. He road for Tony Hawk for the past 12 years. INCREDIBLE story of the rescue of God in his life. Here’s a video of Brian Sumner:

If you have a church – BOOK THEM – I promise you it will be a great event and students will get to see and meet these guys and they’ll speak about Jesus with intentionality.

Also, check out their new film called BURL FACTOR – it’s VERY WELL done.

BURL FACTOR Trailer 2 – VIDEO OUT NOW! from BWALL on Vimeo.