6.26.2008

Saddleback Worship Conference Day 3

Man, today was really cool. The general session this morning was amazing. Morris Chapman led us in "It is Well". It was really peaceful and perfect for the morning. I was moved to tears, and I don't cry, like, ever. Ask my wife. She says I'm insensitive. The reason I was moved was the Saddleback teens worship team. They had a student band and choir. They led us in a few songs, and their intensity and emotion as they worshipped was inspiring. I couldn't sing through my tears. I'm even moved as I type this. I so want to see the young generations live for God, and God truly blessed all of this that were there to witness these kids worship. We then had a message from Buddy Owens, who is the Maturity Pastor at Saddleback. I really, really needed his message. It was of God. I just read his book, The Way of a Worshiper. He talked about worry. He taught us that worry isn't the real problem, but that worry is a decoy for our lack of trust in God. It's easy to worry when we take our eyes off of God. Paul Baloche led us in an hour of worship. It was amazing. I really think he is one of the purist worship leader/songwriters out there today. We'll be singing his songs for a long, long time. He's definitely one of the big modern hymn writers. We then attended two workshops in the afternoon. First, we went to a class on band practice and rehearsal tips taught by Rick Muchow. I walked away with a great quote. He said, "Without love, there is no worship." It was a great, practical class taught by someone who has been doing it for the last 20 years faithfully. We then went to a "geek class" about the use of technology and social media in ministry. It hit on blogging and where communication is going, and how we can utilize these technologies in our churches and worship teams. It was really cool. I loved it. I think I am a computer geek now. It was taught by Carlos Whittaker and Rich Kirkpatrick. Here's a pic...

...can you see me?

We've got one more day to go. Time flies when you're having fun. I'm so thankful for this experience. Day 4 is next.

Paul Baloche

1 comment:

Matt W. said...

I don't know if you're a computer geek, as I look at that picture, I see several people with laptops and there you are with a pen and a notebook (Paper not computer).

Seriously though, I'm really glad things are going well there.

I know what you're saying, I never cry either, or nearly so. I'm just not a crier, but I find my eyes misting more easily since my dad died. Things always moved him to tears, and I never really understood it until after he was gone. I find that it is the things of God that move me to tears, not all the other stuff.