Monday, June 23, 2008

Perseverance Under Pressure & The Next Performance

We were thankful to see familiar faces out there. Family, friends, Providence Academy classmates. That meant a lot to the band. We had three people separately come up to them and ask either if they would consider performing at another event or telling them that they are going to specifically get them in contact with a promoter. The audience was floored that they were only 13 to 15 years old and were encouraged by their message and boldness to proclaim Christ in song and in words.

As usual, there were challenges, but thankfully the instructor for the band has ingrained in them the importance of persevering even when the challenges come. Setting up the sound system for playing outside is completely different then inside, so there were adjustments that could have potentially been rattling. There were also challenges with the mic for the djembe.

What stood out is that they pressed on, exemplified Christ and sent a message to the audience about Christ and the Rebelution in both words and actions.

Their next performance will be at a 4th of July picnic on the lake in Oklahoma. Please consider them in your prayers that they will give God all the glory, and not glory in themselves.

This has been an experience in their lives that the Lord has used to grow them both in the talents God has given them, and grow them in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. During their practices they each talk about something they are thankful for and why; they have been reading through Scripture together; sharing the history of the songs they are performing and what those songs personally mean to them; and praying for one another as they proclaim thankfulness to the Lord for His abundant mercies and grace.

From the parents of the VIVIT band member:
"...we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.--Colossians 1:9-14

The band is looking at some of the old hymns from C.H. Spurgeons Metropolitan Tabernacle Hymnbook. They want to set some of them to their style of music. Pray for this venture... and to God alone be the glory.


Anonymous said...

Great news! Continue to proclaim the Gospel boldly with the talents the Lord has given you in the venues He is providing!


Lisa Nunley said...

Pastor Chris,
Thank you for being such a prayer support and source of encouragement. I know it means a lot to them.

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Shanna said...

When are you going to make a c.d.? I would like to purchase one. Vale et Iesus VIVIT!!