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Friday, July 31, 2009

Inclusive....


God has gifted some with abilities. For some that ability is singing, song writing, leading, playing, creating art or video or graphics, dancing, .....for some God has given the gift of the arts to share his love through. It's a powerful medium. There is power in a professional video that shares God's power over addiction. There is inspiration in a perfectly placed, and arranged song. There are life changing moments when God uses the arts for his reasons.
I am praying about how to use all the people and resources God wants me to. This is not an easy task...which I am sure those of you who lead worship or lead music ministries can agree with...

I am not a very emotional person. I have always been separated from my feelings...except when it comes to Jesus. A song, a poem, a picture, a strong word from God can bring tears from my eyes and change to my heart better than anything else. "My God brings my darkness to light" He is faithful and he will inspire, and bring about change in lives....we have to be open and prepared.....or should I say prepared and open.....

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Morning Quarterbacking...

  • This was my first week back and I played drums...which I am not good at.
  • The band was awesome and we are bringing more and more people into the mix....
  • Jamie Campbell played with us this week.
  • I am so thankful for the talent and skills God has brought our way at Discover Point and I pray for more!!!!!!!
  • The band rocked this week. Brien is such a great friend and great lead worshipper.
  • This was the last week of So You're Dead now What? Heaven was the subject.
  • What a hope we have in Jesus Christ. Heaven is waiting for you....
  • Daniel painted during the service and I heard alot of good stuff about it..
  • Alot of people were out of town but we still have a good group.
  • All in all this Sunday was good. The subject matter was awesome....and decisions were made to follow Jesus Christ...which is why DPC is here.
  • www.discoverpointchurch.com for events and media....
  • Thanks to everyone for continued prayers and thoughts.
  • www.houseofcollinsworth.blogspot.com\

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ethan's confession

video
Ethan is such a funny kid. I thought I would share this with you guys.

Stone Mountain

Going to Stone Mountain with DP today.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Discover Point Church


DiscoverPointChurch.com this Sunday is "So you're dead now what?" Heaven is the subject. It's going to be my first week back and I am so thankful Brien is leading. Everyone at Discover Point has been so amazing. You guys have given us so much comfort during this time. Everyone has show us much love...The food has been amazing and the support emotional and finanical has humbled us. Thank you all very much
The same goes for our family....what a support. We know we are loved by you guys.
I received a bonsai tree from some clients at the Hampton Inn yesterday. They are Jehovah's Witness and I don't know exactly what they believe about the afterlife, but I do know that they don't have the promise of Heaven that we have in Jesus Christ. What worship we will shout in Heaven!!!! I am more ready for heaven now than ever before.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Flowers


Green Meadow Memorial Gardens. I used to pass this cemetary without blinking an eye. I never gave any thought to who was there and what they meant to their loved ones. It's now a special place for me. A place I can go and remember.
Here is a picture that my baby sister Melissa took on Saturday. Noah's grave is directly under the flowers. I love this picture. Lisa posted more of these on her blog.
A song that I was given that speaks to me...
Petra : Hello Again
(just so you know, I am not a Petra fan but this song is permitted)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Back to work today!!!


I was back at work today. It's amazing how the place just keeps on rolling if you are there or not. That's the hotel business. People come in to town and out in a few days. Some people are nice, some can trash a room, some eat take a few extra muffins for the road from the hot breakfast, some leave without eating a bite.... today my brain was not in it. I guess I really don't know how this loss is going to effect me. I found myself day dreaming and then coming back out of my Noah thoughts.... I have a sadness inside. I don't know what I would do without Lisa or Ethan. they give me something to take care of. And I don't know what I would do without faith in Jesus Christ. Never have I understood how amazing it is to be a follower than through the death of my child.
I trust His promises even harder than ever before.

Great song: Matt Redman's I cling to the cross

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Noah David Collinsworth


Noah was born on July 7, 2009 and died sometime before that in the womb. I can't really understand everything that happened Monday night and Tuesday Morning. We spent 7 months dreaming about what Noah would look like, what Ethan would say about his new brother, how we would pay for him, what daycare he would be in, and dreams of how life was going to change from 1 perfect baby boy to 2 perfect baby boys. All those dreams disappeared in about 5 seconds. Life will never be the same for us. We are so thankful to have Ethan. He cheers us up and reminds us that he is not going anywhere. In fact he has been acting out to get our attention in the evenings. I think He knows how sad his mama is.
Tanner, my dog never sits next to Lisa. He always comes by me because we are buddies. He has taken every chance he can to be close to Lisa. We have received so much food it's amazing. It really helps alot. It's kinda exciting to see what's coming each night. I never understood how important that is until now.
I want to take a moment to brag on my wife Lisa. She has been so strong during this time. Not afraid to say goodbye. Not afraid to grieve with others. Not afraid to withstand the pain of a c-section. Not afraid to come home. She is amazing.

Proverbs 16:9 "9 In your heart you plan your life.
But the Lord decides where your steps will take you."

We didn't plan on going this direction. God decides the direction....

Thursday, July 9, 2009

House of Collinsworth Blog

  • Listen to the song Hello, Goodbye by Michael W Smith. It is amazing.
Memorial Service for Noah David is July 12, 1pm.
www.discoverpointchurch.com for directions.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

L and T

Sundays can be so long and tiring!!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Worship of God

Here's the question... What do you focus on when creating a worship set?

There are probably alot of answers to this question but here's what I do....

Pre planning:
I emerse myself in worship music that moves me. Learning new worship songs and singing those with just me and a guitar is an amazingly intimate time between Jesus and me. I love to be with Him like that. it's a major reason I started playing an instrument at all. (I'm a singer by trade.)
I'm always looking for songs that make a strong point. Christian, or not...a song with a clear point that is positive is a strong tool in God's hand.
Researching churches, and other creative ideas...this can inspire you to think outside of your box. It's good to understand what's happening or what's not happening at churches in your area.

Planning:
YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT THE MESSAGE IS FOR THAT DAY. If not you are truly guessing... Even the very minimun of the Title or Series Topic is vital.
I think creativity works best within boundries... If you have a topic you can work on a theme which creates a flow in the worship.

So who do I focus on while planning?? Churched people, Non churched people, Believers, or Non believers, young or old people, touchy feely or nonemotionals.....

I try to have a broad worship set that reaches all those groups, but builds from the prior gatherings. We are building on each week and teaching people what it means to worship God in a corporate setting. We are not a group of performers on Sunday although my good buddy Brad would say we have performance elements each week (which I agree with.) Maybe on other days of the week we can be that, but on Sundays we focus on Jesus.

Trust the Spirit's lead. Even with your preparation, planning, focus, flow, and practice trusting that God is going to do it is a freeing revelation. "the One who calls you is faithful and He will do it." 1Thess. 5:something

That's what I do. I am an encourager and I want to build people up to where God wants them. Anyway I can lead others toward Jesus is a huge blessing for me.

This past Sunday

  • The band is awesome!!!
  • Even when we come in cold we still rock it for Jesus.
  • I am thankful for each person that plays on Sundays and i pray that God increases that number..
  • This sunday Perry Noble shared that God is here!!!!! and He's right.
  • He became sin who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of God!!!
  • I know it's a little played out but I like that fact that "we win" as followers!!!!
  • Production rocked it this week....
  • We all work together for the common goal of sharing Jesus with our community.
  • We had alot of visitors and alot of regulars out of town.....
  • I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE EVERYBODY AT THE SAME TIME!!! (hint, hint)
  • Philip shares next week about God is....grace.
  • Play groups are going great
  • Discover Kids is gonna be pumped this week!!!!! New things in that area...and for your information.....
  • Almost half our church this past sunday was 12 and under!!!! Kinda scarey.