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Listen to this…

Harold and the Cedar Ridge band played some great music before our worship services this past weekend. Here’s a sampling of their original work.
CRCC Prelude 6

Easter 2009

We had a great Easter at Cedar Ridge. Over 1300 in attendance between our two services. Our Creative and Worship Teams did a great job of putting the service together for us.

Here’s a video very similar to what we did in our services after my message on Losing Religion – Experiencing Life. It’s the song, Bring Me to Life, by Evanescence, and it was powerful message in and of itself. Our artists did a great job of pulling this off at two campuses.

Psalm 50

This morning in my devotion time, I was reading from Psalm 50. I was struck by the simplicity of what God wants from us:

…for all the world is mine and everything in it. I don’t need the bulls you sacrifice. I don’t need the blood of goats. What I want instead is your true thanks to God (Psalm 50:12b-14a NLT).

God’s doesn’t want your church attendance, because your presence is already his. God doesn’t desire your time, because your days are already his. God doesn’t crave you talent or ability – it’s his on loan to you. God doesn’t need your money, it’s his (though you may not know it yet). God’s not after your outward expressions of religious duty. What God really is after is your heart. The one thing in this world that he doesn’t own and the one thing in this world he can’t control is your affection for him. That what he desires. And if you give him your affection, everything else follows. When you give him your heart, you can’t help but want to give him the rest.

Easter 2008

So another Easter Sunday has come and gone. We had two full services yesterday with lots of guests. Our worship team did another great job of pulling off what I call a “typical Cedar Ridge Sunday service with a little extra punch.” A huge tomb complete with rolling stone was the centerpiece for our stage. Though the focus was on Jesus’ resurrection, I actually preached from John 11 where Jesus raised Lazerus from the dead. Our theme was “Come Alive” – just as Jesus gave Lazerus life, he wants to give us life too. We finished the service with Harold and our band doing the song, “Come Alive” by The Foo Fighters. Here are some of the lyrics:

Every sound monotone
Every color monocrome
Life begin to fade into the black…
I could hardly feel me anymore
Desperate, meaningless
All filled up with emptiness
Felt like everything was said and done
I lay there in the dark, I close my eyes
You saved me the day you came alive

Certainly not your traditional Easter song, but it sure fit our message on Sunday. There’s a part of the song, toward the end, when the words “come alive” are repeated with building enthusiasm, at which point the stone rolled open and Jesus emerged from the tomb. I loved the spontaneous applause and cheering.

For many, though, the most meaningful part of the service was when people filed out from that open tomb with signs representative of their struggles, but on the back side, how God had given them life in that area. One wrote about overcoming an addiction. Another wrote about finding peace after a bitter divorce. Another just mentioned the certainty of heaven in midst of failing health. Personally, I needed to be reminded that God still changes lives. Just the week before I found myself asking, “Is God working in our ministry here? Are people truly experiencing life transformation.” Sunday’s answer was a resounding yes. and even though I had seen our team practice this several times in the days before, Sunday was still for me a moving demonstration of God’s power.

Easter has come and gone, but the message still rings true, God raised Jesus from the dead to give you life beyond the grave, but more than that, to give you life beyond the daily grind of this life. Happy Easter!

Lifehouse “Everything”

You’ve probably already seen one of the dramatizations done to Lifehouse’s “Everything.” It’s made its way though the email channels. Cedar Ridge youth performed their own version, backed by our own Rob Wagner and band, in our services a couple of weeks ago and it recently was posted on Youtube.

Graduate Recognition

Had a nice break from the preaching routine this past Sunday. It was Graduate Recognition at our church so our Youth Minister, Kyle Rodell did the speaking. He really challenge our graduates (at everyone else) to put our focus and energy into connecting with God. The other cool feature of the day was one of our Youth Bands led the music in our worship services. They did an incredible job! These were mostly 8th, 9th, & 10th graders with promising talent and humble hearts. Thanks Harold and regular band members for spending time with these young future worship leaders. And congratulations graduates!