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! 🙂
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The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but, to those who are being saved it is the POWER of GOD! 1 Corinithians 1:18
Today, once again, I am struck by the profound mystery of the cross. Why God in His kindness would allow mankind to have the ability to choose death or life, knowing we’d tinker with death (sin) and knowing it would then mean that He would have to give of Himself (through Christ’s life, death, resurrection and glorification) to put it all back together again…simply mystery. Profound, deep, no-words-kind of mystery.
How thankful I am for Jesus today. I’m thankful because of the hope I have to live for something bigger than myself. I’m thankful because in the suffering of the Cross, Jesus took on death for me, for you, for all of us!! What an AMAZING example for mankind and in Jesus obedience He displays the Fathers love for us. ‘6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Romans 5:6-8. This should wreck us. This historic mystery is the centerpiece for true peace in this life. This is what it means to know Christ, to know Him in His suffering.
So in this Holy Week…be reminded that God is so crazy about you that He would make a way for me and you (unholy people) to have relationship with Him (who alone is HOLY GOD).
Soak in the mystery today and celebrate the victory of Jesus conquering the grave this Easter Sunday. Don’t miss the opportunity to really basque in the cross though..stop, think about it, let your eyes well up with tears of grattitude, be thankful, get your life centered in Christ and let’s live a life full of this mystery!
Here’s a song and video that my brother, Ben, shared with me today.
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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
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I’ve recently come to love a song called Your Love Never Fails. It’s such a solid reminder of what the Bible proclaims to us about Gods love. These are some of they lyrics I’m just loving to lead right now. You can catch a great version of this song on Jesus Cultures worship album called Your Love Never Fails.
This video has a sweet little part in it from this past weekend. I got in a pinch over the weekend and called in a favor from an old friend to come play guitar. My friend Mike Eldred is a blues king and can shred him some leads. He’s also the Director of Custom Guitars at Fender, small fish. HA. This past weekend was no exception to his shredding and at the 3rd service during Your Love Never Fails I couldn’t hold back the WOW. HAHA. The guy can just shred and we got lost in it for a minute. We’ve got some AMAZING players here at Cornerstone and they bring exactly what we need every week, but Mike just has this Blues shredding capacity that we really don’t use week to week. So…enjoy his serious shredding and this awesome tune.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the song too!!! Have you heard this tune? Do you like it? Not?
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Well…my friends…THIS is before:
And this would be the results of Kim Cornwell hard at work on my nappy head. HAHA.
THOUGHTS?! The fact that I would ask for THOUGHTS on this subject is kind of funny. Who REALLY cares about my hair, honestly?! hahaha. I like it. It’s a good change. I think the beard is coming back in to action though. I don’t like the stubble so short.
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