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Worship with the Shepherds of the Flocks

Posted by [email protected] on November 15, 2016 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (36)
My spirit soars following a powerful night of worship and messages with churches from Maryland and Delaware at the BCMD Annual Meeting. Blessed with the great honor, last night, to lead the shepherds, staff, and members from far and wide, we led worship just before Luis Palau delivered a powerful message on "unity in prayer." Seeing voices and hands lifted high to the glory of God was a humbling experience. It is a little taste of our end goal - encircling God Almighty's throne and giving Him honor and glory forever and ever! God is on the move - we must move WITH HIM! He is working, and we must be working WITH HIM. Last night, we saw and celebrated God's plan and movement in EVERY generation and EVERY nation. Let us not grow weary in well doing, because God is on the move!

Fishing Faith at a Farmer's Market

Posted by [email protected] on May 30, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Friday's Farmer's Market "Win-Win":

 

We head down to the Union Church booth at the North Beach Farmer's Market this past Friday night, where we are supposed to play some acoustic music, and there is a large southern rock band playing right across the street. We decided it's not kind to wage a battle of the bands (haha), so we decide to head down the main drag, packed with people, and look for where God might want us to try setting up and playing.

 

We find some space on the sidewalk, in front of a store that was closed for the night, so we set up and start strummin', drummin', and sangin' some Jesus music. Some folks smiled, a few smirked (well, whaddaya expect? it's Christian music on a public street!), and some gathered around to listen. God had clearly led us to be there that night.....we just needed to be open to "where" He wanted us to be. I told my friends, "This is what it's like to be a missionary. You scope out the field, see what the potential is, and then start sharing Christ wherever and however He leads and opens doors to do so."

 

And friends, that's what happened. He didn't just want us proclaiming Him at "one" location - but at two! So as Union Church's booth had many visitors asking questions and engaging in conversations about Christ, we were proclaiming His praise and truth through songs just a block down the road! I can imagine that He had some folks walk past and hear our music, then be engaged by the Union Church folks in conversations about Him. And some likely talked with the people at the booth, then walked our way and heard His praise where we were playing.

 

I'm excited to think of how He used that tapestry to touch some hearts last night! And the BEST part is - He gets ALL the glory so clearly, because we had NO idea what was going to happen when the "uh-oh" of the other band music made a ripple in our plan. But - it was only a step in making GOD'S plan happen! ‪#‎LoveIt‬ ‪#‎FollowHisLead‬ ‪#‎DontGiveUp‬ ‪#‎KeepTheFaith‬ ‪#‎YayGodMoments‬

 

Do Something

Posted by [email protected] on May 14, 2016 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Today was the first community picnic held by Union Church in North Beach, Md.  The focus was, as it's name says, the "community".  All things were done to reach out and show love and care to the community and neighbors around this beach town church.

You see, this church didn't just decide to bewail the situation in the world and in their community.  It decided to not just complain that "somebody" should do something. 

They decided to "DO something."

They prayed.  They planned.  They prepared.  They came (to support their church and serve together).  And best of all, "they" came.  "They" being the community.  They walked past and heard the music, saw the signs and the huge moonbounce, saw the festive tables set out, and they could see something big was going on.  And they watched....from a distance.  Some walking past on the other side of the road for an hour or two.  But then....

They crossed the street.

They came into the church grounds and enjoyed a delicious free meal.

They sat and listened to the music declaring Jesus Christ as Lord, and His glorious gospel.

They said they'd come back to visit on Sunday.

And for some.....they made a decision - a decision to seek God.....and for some, they made the best decision of all:  they chose to ask Christ to be their Savior.

Thanks to God's sovereign plan, His Spirit moving people's hearts, and Union Church's obedience.

They chose to "Do Something."

Now... will YOU?

Life in Balance

Posted by [email protected] on April 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Musing a bit here as I update the site with two recent bookings, one of which is a new senior living complex in Rockville, MD....


Does God ever say anything along the lines of, "Keepest thy life in good balance, being careful that thou not overcommitest thyself....."?  I can't recall seeing that specifically in His Word.  And I even checked "The Message" version.  Surely if the word "balance" isn't used that way in King James, it might be in "NIV" or "The Message".  (Insert giggle here.)


God does say, "do all things decently and in order" (I Corinthians 14:4), which certainly indicates maintaining order and decency in one's life, which certainly means being decent to family, friends, co-workers, co-volunteers and others by not having a chaotic life that causes them to feel pain or distress.


God does say, "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).  A chaotic life spinning out of control or causing distress to others certainly does not bring glory to God.


God also says, "let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).  Hmmmm.  "RUN."  I find comfort in that word right now.  My life is full.  Bursting at the seems.  And I am grateful, though sometimes it's stressful.  I feel as though I am running.  Constantly running. 


When I ran daily for exercise, not too many years ago but many pounds ago, running was exhilirating.  I miss it.  I must get back to it.  There is a peace that comes with running...when it's controlled.


I'm sure that running from a pursuer, who intends to do harm, or running from other danger, is anything but peaceful.  But running a race that is planned, there is peace in that.  Sure, we may twist an ankle or get another injury that is not peaceful, but in general, a good run is great for the soul.


Our lives are planned out by the amazing and sovereign God, Who - in His sovereignty - gives us choices.  He has a path and plan for us.  When we choose to follow that plan, we have His blessing and His peace, no matter the load we may carry.  When we choose not to follow His plan, we pay the consequences.  The consequences of our disobedience....the consequences of our sin.


And so, I find comfort in that word "race" and in Hebrews 12:1.  Though I sometimes...okay, often....feel that I'm racing, chasing, and being chased, I rest in knowing that racing (a busy life) is fine as long as it is fulfilling God's will, not mine, which means it also serves my family and teammates well.  There's the rub.  How do we...how do "I"....ensure that?  By keeping close to the Lord in daily prayer and reading of His Word.  For me, that is most effective in the morning - it sets my day right - from the start.  Letting Him show me in His Word and through His Spirit what to do and what "course-corrections" are needed in my "run".  "Working out my salvation" (demonstrating it) daily (Philippians 2:12).  "Being transformed by the renewing of my mind" (Romans 12:2).  Indeed.  He continues to make "all things new".


"Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105).  That's how I can rest assured that I am following "HIS" planned run for me.  It's planned, and it's good ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28 ).  Now....gotta run!  :)


Back in the Swing

Posted by [email protected] on February 28, 2014 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

ATN is back in the swing with two concerts coming up:  Tonight at the Annapolis Lighthouse Shelter, and March 23 at the Salvation Army Life Rehabilitation Center in Hyattsville.  We've not intended to be quiet for so long....Just had some life changes that have kept us busy in other ministries.  :-)

Prayer and "In The Know" Partners

Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

If you would like to be a prayer partner for ALL THINGS NEW BAND's ministry, please let us know through our Contact Us link in the left sidebar of this page, or call us at 301.855.3558 (also The 2 4 U Band funline number) and leave us a message with your email address and state that you'd like to be a prayer partner for All Things New.

If you'd like to receve notifications of when we are having concerts, leave that information as well either through the "Contact Us" link on the left, or at that phone number.

Please pray for our concerts this month that those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ would hear the Gospel and accept His gift of everlasting life.

Thanks! :-)

A New Christian Is Born

Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Jan. 20, 2012, was a wonderful day!  A young man named John gave his heart to Jesus Christ after an ATN concert!  THIS is what we pray for, and why we do what we do.  The Lord is so good to have to have brought John to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and in the process, to have encouraged our band by allowing us the privilege of sharing His gospel with John.  O Glorious Day!  We have a new brother!  :D

A band is born

Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

All Things New began in 2010 out of a desire and longing to bring hope and truth to others through the gospel of Jesus Christ as presented in songs, woven together by Scripture and personal testimony.  Our first concert was December 9, 2010, in North Beach, Md.  We offer our music to the Lord and seek for His wisdom, discernment, and direction in all things as desire to serve Him and obey His Great Commission.  Please pray with us that we will do all - and only - what He desires!


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