Feb 27 2009

Capitol Sessions



Enfield is recording basics on our second CD at Capitol Records this weekend. Follow our progress at yetanotherblog

Oct 11 2008

John Preaching In Crossroads


John gets to preach for the first time tomorrow! Our fellowship group pastor, Rick Holland, is out of town this weekend, so he asked John to fill the pulpit. I’m so excited for the message! He just did a practice run for me and I’m already convicted. He’s chosen Malachi 1 as his text and his title is:

“Three Symptoms of Apathetic Worship”

If you think of it, will you pray for him? - that God would use him to clearly communicate His Word, that he would be humble, that he would be transparent, and that hearts will be moved to repent of apathetic worship.

By the end of the week, you should be able to download the audio HERE. I highly recommend that you do! :)

Sep 5 2008

Hello September


It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of the first week in September. It seems like I blinked and it turned from Spring to Fall! I suppose, technically, it isn’t Fall quite yet which was pretty obvious when I walked outside to 100°F both today and yesterday!

I am looking forward to Fall…crisp mornings and comfortable days, bonfires in the backyard, changing colors, Fall foods and apple cider, Pumpkin Spice Lattes (already available BTW), and of course the new season of The Office. :)

Summer absolutely flew by! Did it fly by for you? You know from reading johnandlis.com that we filled it up to the brim with all kinds of fun stuff. Our busy Summer season really began in April when we recorded the first Enfield CD, O For That Day. Just as soon as the recording sessions wrapped, we started rehearsing for the Resolved Conference three times a week. Then of course, we led worship for Resolved. Just as soon as we got home, we re-packed our luggage and flew up to Vancouver for our first ever GTY Cruise to Alaska.

July was filled with a little resting, a few weddings and more travels. In August, preparations began for the 08-09 school year with Crossroads including the Shepherds’ Retreat, a plaza fellowship and band rehearsal kick-off

Wheh, what a great Summer! Now we’re ready for September, which brings the kick-off of our Bible Study, Fireside, quite a few family/friend birthdays, some new JLM Creative work and the regular routine of the Fall season.

Speaking of Pumpkin Spice Lattes….that sounds delicious!

Aug 6 2008

DC Debrief 1


We’re wrapping up day 3 here in Washington, DC and are having a fabulous time! So far we’ve visited Arlington National Cemetery, The Ford Theater, The Peterson House (where Lincoln died), The International Spy Museum, The National Archives, The Holocost Museum, The Library of Congress, and the major monuments on The Mall. Those are just the places we’ve toured…the places we’ve seen is a much longer list, not the least of which are The White House and the Capitol. We’ve tried to pack our days full so that we can experience as much as possible in our few days here. Our feet are definitely feeling it, but it has been well worth it. I’ll recap some of the highlights over the next several posts. For now, I’m going to go back to our trip to Gettysburg on Saturday.

After a quick stop at Chick Fil-A (oh. yes.) we headed North to Gettysburg. Neither of us really had any concept of how large and well preserved battle field is. The National Park Service really has done a wonderful job creating an experience where you sense the weight of the battle almost as if it happened recently.

There are 1,400 monuments on the 600 acre battlefield. That probably doesn’t sound like much to you, but the monuments are mostly along the roads. That means that along the roads there is nearly a constant line
of monuments. One of the most striking monuments is the Soldiers’ National Monument at the National Cemetery on the spot where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. What an amazing experience to be where one of the most notable speeches in American history was given.

We wrapped up our day with dinner at the Dobbin House which was built in 1776 and has recently been restored.

Click below to view some pictures from our trip to Gettysburg:

Gettysburg 08

Jun 14 2008

Resolved Day 1


It’s nearly 1 am, but I had to give a quick update on Resolved Day 1. After a pretty hectic day of set-up, sound checks, monitor tweaks and rehearsals the band gathered for a refreshing time of devotions together before the first session. We’re so thankful for our band chaplain, Gus, who will be leading us through several of the doxologies in the Scripture for our final moments of preparation before each session. We started tonight with one of my favorite passages - the Romans doxology in chapter 11. (Also one of my favorite songs by our friend, Steve Stuck) What a passage to bring our hearts and minds back from the busyness of the day to our purpose - we want to be worshippers of our great God.

O the depth of the riches of both the knowledge and the wisdom of God. How unsearchable His judgements, how unfathomable His ways. Who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. - Romans 11:33-36

After a refreshing and stimulating time in the Word and in prayer we walked together to the convention center for Session 1 of Resolved 08. As usual, the first session is high energy and exciting. It’s an overwhelming experience to walk into a room (and by room, I mean airplane hanger!) with 3300 chairs, a huge stage, 3 huge iMag screens, an incredible sound system and some 50 robotic lights….. I mean just look at it!

The attendees were amped and ready to worship. People have driven and flown in from all over the US and different parts of the world (I was happy to see my college friend Liz, from South Africa!)

We opened the conference with the Resolved Trailer. I love this piece. John and the media team always do a fantastic job, but this trailer is definitely one of their best.

We’re so excited this year to feature a string quartet with the band for both tonight’s session and Saturday night’s session. The players are not only fantastic musicians, but they’re also godly and gracious people. Right out of the trailor Tim (the amazing 1st violinist), started our traditional opening song, Be Thou My Vision. John wrote the arrangment for the strings and the band. It was a lovely and lush, yet simple arrangement that really brought everyone into focus. From there we jumped straight into a great new, energetic arrangement of Crown Him with Many Crowns. Then Rick Holland came up to give the official welcome and some orientation instructions. He also gave away the first of several iPod Touch prizes with all the Resolved Media from the last 3 years! The band played 1 song from the new CD and then our set of 5 songs. We’re playing with in-ear monitors for the first time this year and they’re taking some getting used to, but the stage is still the best seat in the house as 3300 people sing at the top of their lungs great hymns to our great God.

Rick preached a sobering and motivating sermon from Hebrews 9:27-28 about the reality of death and heaven and hell. He pointed out that death is unavoidable and that judgement is certain. God is a just God and He cannot leave sin unpunished. The climax of the sermon was the last point where we saw that salvation is possible - that God crushed Christ for our sin and credited us who believe with His righteousness. Oh what a glorious gospel!

This is going to be a stimulating weekend as we focus our thoughts on joys of heaven and the mercy of being spared from the torments of hell. We’re praying fervently that the Gospel would bear fruit this weekend and that any unbelievers that may be attending would not leave here unrepentant.

We closed session 1 with a short film that illustrates the parable in Matthew 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Once again, John and the media team, in particular Adam Hildebrand, outdid themselves in producing art that is excellent and promotes the Gospel. I can’t wait for you to see this piece!

Well, so much for a quick post….I better head off to bed. We’re starting bright and early!

Stay tuned.