Love Riot

The Newsboys has always been a favorite of mine in the Christian music scene. Not only do I enjoy their music, I have always gotten the sense that while they are very successful in the Christian music scene, they don’t let that keep them from doing the work of God. They have always seemed very humble and caring not only of their fans, but of the “least of these” around the world.  These four men appear to be doing the work of God that He has laid out for them.

The other night, my wife and I took our 15 year old son to see them in concert. What a great show they put on. Of course they played all our favorite hits, full of energy and it was very entertaining as any concert should be. But it was also one of the most moving nights of worship I’ve ever experienced. I truly felt the presence of God among us that night and I fully expect that God did some wondrous things that night in many people.

Michael Tait, lead singer, gave a 10 minute talk as the rest of the band rested partway into the show on the importance of faith in God and trusting Him in the world we live in today. This is something so many on both sides of the political spectrum have forgotten. Something that people on both sides of the racial divide seem to failed to remember. We are all children of God.

At this point, they broke into playing We Believe…which for me was the turning point in the show where I really felt God moving in the building. Many that had been sitting during the first half of the show, jumped to their feet and were truly praising God, including me and my family. At this point it became not just a concert of a good band, but a moment to spend with God in worship!

Of course they went on to play many more of their hits and ended their main set with the drum spinning Jesus Freak.

Coming back out for their encore which finished with one of my favorite songs of theirs, not only musically but because of the message, God’s Not Dead.

The name of their tour and latest album is “Love Riot”. The name says it all really, what if we started a riot, not because of race or political affiliation, but because of love for one another as Jesus loves us all. What if we put as much energy into love as we put into the hatred for one another? How could we change the world?

If only we as believers could come together and pray for our leaders (whether we voted for them or not), if we could pray for our enemies and friends, if we could love one another regardless of color. If we could all remember who we belong to, who has saved us…imagine what we could do as one.


When God’s Voice is Clear

I’ve been stressed over work and a few personal things lately. It’s just been a stressful and busy couple months and likely to be more to come. When I stress over something, I tend to obsess on it. It becomes my sole thoughts 24/7. It’s the first thing I’m thinking about in the morning, the last thing I think about at night and my dreams tend to surround it in some way during the night.

Last night was no different. I woke up this morning, in that slight fog that I tend to arise in, when my thoughts are not usually coherent yet my mind tends to race, and my first thought was to put Jesus first in all things. Not to leave him out of the stressful situation, but to humble myself before him and let Him take charge.

When I finally got up and got around to looking at my phone, I see the notification from YouVersion verse of the day.

My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. -Psalm 25:15

God was really trying to tell me something here. I was filling my thoughts and actions with my own problems, so much so that there was no room for Christ. But if I fill myself with Christ first, then there is no room for my own problems and he will take care of them, I will have effectively laid my problems at the foot of the cross.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. – Psalm 55:22

I love when God speaks clearly, this is not the case always, but as I’ve learned to listen, enhanced my prayer life, study more of God’s word, and humble myself before Him, His voice becomes easier to recognize.