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Mixed Tape Vol. I

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It’s all about the mixtape!

That’s right, you know what I’m talking about. That wonderful combination of plastic and magnetic tape capturing every song that "identified" who you were as a teen…or maybe as an adult (if that’s the case…just keep that to yourself).

There’s a good chance if you were born after 1990 you may not know what I’m talking about so by today’s standard, you’d call this your playlist, your Spotify list, or your  Pandora station, so don’t tune out yet young people!

Whatever your generation, I’m talking about that mix of songs that will likely get you stared at in your car as you scream sing your way to work...you know who you are...

You see, music just has a way of reaching deep into our hearts, building us up, comforting us, relieving anxiety, and of course, bringing us into the throne room of God.

If you know me, you know that I have music pumping through my veins, I have theme songs constantly playing in the background (uuhh who doesn’t!), and my wife doesn’t hear snoring…she hears my sweet melodic symphony…ok, maybe not. Seriously though, I absolutely love music, so when it comes to glorifying God, I can think of no better way to lift Him up than through music!

1 Chronicles 16 says:

23  Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!
    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

 

29  Give to the LORD the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the LORD in all his holy splendor.

See, We were made to worship God and music is a natural avenue for our worship!


I must tell you, I absolutely LOVE the heart for worship in our Church. Matt Wallenburg has done a wonderful job following the Lord and submitting his ministry wholeheartedly over to God. I’ll be honest, growing up in "church" I was familiar with places that sing the same songs every week…over and over and over...and over again, so when I first experienced worship at C4 I was a little bit caught off guard.

I mean, how are you supposed to learn the songs when they don’t repeat week after week!? I know you’ve asked that question too… ;)

Yet when I learned the heart of worship that emanates from our fellowship it all made absolute sense!

You see, the heart of worship at C4 is to be a ministry that is raw, unedited, pure, and 100%, wholly devoted to, and led by the Spirit.

Don't get me Wrong, we do strive to be excellent in ministry…raw and unedited does not equal sloppy and unprepared.


Every worship set is personal and prepared specifically for that service. The songs are prayed over and chosen with the leading of the Spirit. We do not coordinate with the messages being taught, and we do not choose songs by the popularity of the artist, song, or theme. This ministry is truly organic, focused 100% on God and led by the Holy Spirit.

Once I came to realize this, my perspective changed and my heart welled up for Matt Wallenburg and the work he was doing here. God has put a great calling on his life, and he has answered that call faithfully. I’m blessed to be involved in Ministry with Matt and am excited about what God is doing in the Worship ministry here at C4.

What does all this have to do with a mixed tape? Well I want you to join me for my next 6 posts, where we’ll take a look at my worship mixtape! These are songs you will hear while attending C4, songs that are focused on the Lord and lead us to a closer relationship with Him. These are some of my favorite worship tunes, and yes, you could catch me scream singing these all the way down Arapahoe...

Which songs are on the top of my list? What do they have to do with scripture and why are they significant to our fellowship? I’ll be sharing all of this and more, so come on back...subscribe...like...share...bookmark...whatever it is you do, and check it out next time!

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Be Intentional

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Lindsey Pintar | December 1st, 2017

God is so good all of the time!  As I’ve been praying about this blog series and what God would have me put down on paper, He has already been speaking to me over the last month preparing my heart as I’ve been in His Word.  He has given me the words “be intentional”, and I simply can’t get them out of my head.  It first stemmed from a study on Romans 13 we did with our Home Group that we co-lead with the Urlachers, but this “phrase” is also exceptionally relevant to my life right now as I transition into a new routine of being a stay-at-home mom after being a full-time working mom for the past 6 years.  In addition, it’s that time of year we all start thinking about what we’d like to accomplish in 2018, as 2017 comes to a close.

Romans 13:8-14 reads, “8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if [there is] any other commandment, are [all] summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love [is] the fulfillment of the law. 11 And [do] this, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation [is] nearer than when we [first] believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts.”

When the disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 22:37-40 what is the greatest commandment of all, Jesus basically answered LOVE.  “37 Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is [the] first and great commandment. 39 And [the] second [is] like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If these are the two most important things we can do as believers, HOW do we love God and love each other?  Well, we need a lot of help from Jesus for sure!  If you’re anything like me, it’s natural to think of myself first and how I feel and what I want and how people are treating me.  God always helps us practically apply His Word to our life and the “how” is found right there in Romans 13:12-14 - “cast of the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light”, “walk properly”, and to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to {fulfill its} lusts.”.

Practically speaking, this is where God calls us to “be intentional” and we must be the ones that choose to “walk” and “put on”.  Galatians 5:12-16 takes it further: “13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not [use] liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

We need to intentionally Walk in the Spirit and leave no provision for our flesh!  When we read on in Galatians through verse 25, we understand the fruit of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit which will tell us, in any situation, if we are walking in the Spirit or in the flesh.  What really stands out to me here is how we need to be intentional about fighting our flesh and walking in the Spirit. The things our body and minds naturally want are the things which make us feel comfortable, important, successful, and respected, but that’s not putting God or others first and serving our neighbors in love.  How do we put ourselves aside to “love our neighbor as ourselves”?  It’s a constant practice of being intentional throughout our normal, every day lives.

My former boss would ask me about my plan for success and would regularly say that “hope is not a strategy”.  Biblically speaking, God gives us hope through Jesus Christ and we should absolutely rejoice in that hope daily as He is our joy in any circumstance, but it’s not a strategy of how to Walk in the Spirit and grow in our relationships with the Lord.  We need to be intentional. We need to fight our sinful natures daily and put on the armor of light, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Bottomline is, we can’t be in the Spirit without being in the Word of God and spending time in prayer, and we choose how and when to do these things. They don’t just happen. We have to be intentional. When David Urlacher spoke about tithing a few weeks ago, he said “do you tip God or do you tithe?”  Wow!  It’s the same philosophy with our time.  Do we give God our leftover time or hope that we have time to spend with him once everything else on our to-do lists are done?  Or are we intentionally giving him quality time when we are awake, focused, and not rushed?  The Bible is God’s Word that’s alive to help guide us through life.  Remember, God knows what we need before we know we need it, and He knows what’s going to happen tomorrow.  There’s no other life coach I would want!  If you want to hear from God, you need to be in His Word.  Prayer helps us talk to God about our struggles, submit to His will in reverence, and put our minds and souls and flesh in line with His character to become more like Him.  You must be intentional.  Don’t live your life in a way that gives your flesh the advantage, because our flesh is sinful.  Live your life to give the Holy Spirit room to work in your life.

Pastor Matt recently said during a sermon that “the future is simply a collection of nows”.  What’s on your plate today may seem like a bunch of little things and the future may seem overwhelming, but what can you be intentional in today to take baby steps towards who God wants you to be in the future?  Get up 30 minutes earlier to spend time in His Word, start reading one Proverb every day (there are 31 chapters), start reading the gospel of John, read and study ahead of Sunday/Wednesday sermons, listen to GraceFM on your way to work, download some sermons to listen to at the gym, start coming to Wednesday night service, commit to joining a Bible study and put it on your calendar, email someone on staff about questions you have, start praying with your husband or wife every night, fill out a ministry application, listen to praise music while cooking dinner, go to U-Turn, go to prayer night, etc...  Every one of these things can progress you in your relationship with the Lord and will start helping you learn to walk in the Spirit and will align your heart more and more with God’s.

I am not perfect by any means and battle my flesh each and every day, but it is amazing to look back and see how God changed has my heart over time, after being intentional in the seemingly little things one at a time.  When I rededicated my life to the Lord 4 years ago, it simply started with attending church on Sunday and starting to read the Bible for 15 minutes every day.  Now, after being intentional in many of the things listed above over time, God has poured out His Spirit on me (Proverbs 1:23), and I’ve found that walking with Him through the trials and circumstances of life truly brings wisdom and peace (Proverbs 1:7, 33).  The God of the universe is available and waiting 24/7 for me and you to spend time with Him.  Why wouldn’t any of us want that?  I pray this blog has blessed you, and I’m so excited to share my personal journey with you!

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