Set List for Sunday 8/10/14

13 Aug

It was a full service this past Sunday, but it was a great one, where we got celebrate both Communion as well as three baptisms! God is good. Since the service had some additional elements this week, the set was a bit shorter, but no less powerful. It was a sweet time of sing to our God together.

Here are the songs we sang…

Opening Set: 

“Here For You” by Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman &  Tim Wanstall
Get the Chris Tomlin version on Amazon Mp3 here.

“Jesus Is Better” by Aaron Ivey and Brett Land
Get it here.

This song was one I knew but had never done. Man! This is a great song. I really enjoyed leading it and praying the prayer of the bridge. I hope you joined in praying that the Lord would help our hearts see that Jesus is better than anything the world can offer.

Message: Skeet Alderson
“Origins: Separation” Genesis 10-11
Listen to it here.

“Be Thou Vision” arr. by Ascend The Hill
Get their version here.


“Great Are You Lord” by David Leonard, Jason Ingram & Leslie Jordan
Get it here.

This is one I introduced the previous week. In Skeet’s message, we were encouraged to see that God’s deviding of our languages and nations done at Babel in Genesis 11 saw the beginnings of its restoration through the power of the gospel at Pentecost in Acts 2. Looking forward to when Christ’s return, we will ultimately see full unity across every tribe and nation in worship of Christ (Revelation 7:91-2) The bridge for this song echoes that idea, and it was great to read the scripture and then proclaim the certainty of that future truth!

Those were the songs we sang! If you joined us Sunday, thanks for being a part of a wonderful morning!


Set Lists for 7/20/14 & 7/27/14

28 Jul

Hey everyone!

Got behind in my postings, so I am going to give you the song lists for BOTH weeks, but I am only going to comment on *some* of the songs, or this post will get unnecessarily lengthy.

So here are the songs for Sunday, 7/20

“Look and See” by Michael Bleecker & Ross King
Get it here.

“Here For You” by Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, & Tim Wanstall
Get it here.

“God I Look To You” by Jenn Johnson & Ian McIntosh (Bethel Live)
Get it here.

Message: John Hattenberger
“Sin and Death” –  Genesis 4-5

“You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman & Beth Redman
Get it here.

This song resonated with the thrust of John’s message, that even in the midst of struggle, sin, and death seen in Genesis 4 and 5, God was working his will and was still gracious, and that grace would ultimately come to fruition in Christ Jesus. This song speaks about that glorious day when when all struggle and death is swallowed up in the final victory of Christ:

I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
There will be and end to these troubles but until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You Lord!

“Jesus Paid It All” by Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, & John Thomas Grape
Get it here.

“Jesus Paid It All” is such a powerful hymn. This church, like most gospel-centered, bible-believing churches, loves singing it. Coming from the passage, where you constantly are confronted with generation after generation of sin and death, it was amazing to come out the other side with the gospel and sing

O praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead

Here are the songs for 7/27 -


“This is Amazing Grace” by Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro,&  Phil Wickham
Get it here.

“One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, & Jeremy Riddle
Get it here.

A song from Romans 8:37-39

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future,nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Headed into the message, I wanted to pick a song that highlighted God’s lovingkindness to us, displayed through Christ. This song is one of my favorites, and at its core, that’s what is what it is trying to say. God’s love never breaks down, it doesn’t run out, it doesn’t fail. Even in the days of Noah, God displayed his graciousness, his mercy, and his love to one man and his family in order to preserve humanity that one day it might be redeemed fully through Christ.

Message: “Judgement” – Skeet Alderson
Genesis 6-7
Get it here.

“Came To My Rescue” by Dylan Thomas, Joel Davies, & Marty Sampson
Get it here.

This is an older song that was still part of my regular rotation from my days at the Chapel. TBC had sung it at one point, but it’s been years. I dusted it off as a follow-up to the sermon and our prayer time because it fit too well. Reflecting on God’s great rescue of Noah and his family led us to reflect on his great rescue of us in Christ. As Skeet closed, he pleaded with us to acknowledge the magnitude of the gospel and to not shy away from representing Christ to the lost. As rescued ones, we need to pray

In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high

“The Solid Rock” by Aaron Ivey, Edward Mote, & William Batchelder Bradbury
Get it here.

“In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Get it here.

This is Kristian Stanfill’s arrangement of this amazing tune. As with “The Solid Rock,” this song fit the direction of our response time together, where we focused on the great hope we have in Christ because by his blood, we have been spared God’s judgment and wrath.  No other name. No other hope.

Both this week and last week have been wonderful times of worship together. It is always the highlight of my week. I hope you can say the same! Until next time…





Sunday AM Set List 7/13/14

16 Jul

Hey everyone!

It was another great worship service last week at Tomball Bible Church. We had Pastor Skeet back with us after being out last week with our Honduras team. It was an awesome team of volunteers on deck as well. Really fun for me as leader to hear everyone singing too! Great time worshiping our amazing God together!

Here were the songs we sang:

Opening Set -

“Here For You” by Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman &  Tim Wanstall
Get the Chris Tomlin version on Amazon Mp3 here.

This was a new tune for TBC, but it is one of my favorites that I brought with me from Baton Rouge. I have been doing this one for about a year and a half, and it has become my go-to opener. I read Psalm 100 to open the service because it is such a great, biblical call to worship. This song, like Psalm 100 focuses on the reason why we gather together to sing. It’s the worship of God. Just as in the temple worship of the Old Testament, we should come into the house of God together with thanksgiving and joy in our hearts proclaiming that we are here for God, to praise his name. I love this as a call to worship because it speaks of the activity of God through the Holy Spirit to move in the midst of our worship.

“Forever Reign” by Jason Ingram & Reuben Morgan (Hillsong)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

A great tune to remind us that even in our sin, when there is nothing good in us, God has shown his kindness to us. As I was preparing for this set, I was going over the passage in Genesis 3, which served as the text of Skeet’s message. Though we sinned and fell, God continued to be good and gracious to us, and ultimately, he would provide a way back to Him through Christ. This song serves as a wonderful response to that radical goodness of God demonstrated to us in Christ.

I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the World, forever reign

Message: “Origins: Fall” – Skeet Alderson
Genesis 3
You can listen to it here.

Second Set -

“Marvelous Light” by Charlie Hall
We did the soft arrangement, which you can get here.

This is a softer, more ambient version of the song “Marvelous Light.” This rendition exchanges the lyrics of the verses for a simpler refrain:

I may be down, but I will rise
Where there is dark, God is light.

It then moves into the normal lyrics of the song. I like this arrangement as a more reflective take on a wonderful truth. Coming out of Communion, having had an opportunity to reflect on the Scriptures concerning the Fall in Genesis 3 and about our sinfulness in light of God’s holiness, it seemed like a perfect response for us who have received the gospel.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Once we were fallen, in utter darkness, but by God’s grace through Christ Jesus, we have been called into His marvelous light! Praise God!

“Lord I Need You” by Daniel Carson, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Jesse Reeves
We played the Chris Tomlin Version, which you can get here.

This is a song loosely based on “I Need Thee Every Hour” and took inspiration from the refrain of the 150+ year old hymn. Confronted with the reality of our sinfulness, this song of confession of our continual need for God in every circumstance fit well with the rest of the morning. This song is a great anthem for all believers,

“We Believe” by Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike, & Travis Ryan
We do the FIKE arrangement of this killer song. That one is tough to get right now, because it hasn’t made its way online yet. You can download the Newsboys version, but I am not gonna link it, because it is way less cool ;-)

This song has made its way on to Christian radio via the Newsboys, so many have now heard it. Richie Fike, one of the songwriters is a buddy and an amazing worship leader. His version is on his upcoming live album “More Than Anthems.” Look for it soon. This song is like so many of the ancient creeds and confessions of our faith, distilling essential Christian tenets into a powerful statement of faith. My favorite part is the bridge, a bold prayer that asks:

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised
In the here and now, let love invade
Let the church live loud, our God will save
We believe! We believe!

And the gates of hell will not prevail
For the power of God has torn the veil
Now we know Your love will never fail
We believe! We believe!

AMEN! It’s my prayer as a leader that those lyrics would stir up our hearts to live out boldly those truths every day!



Sunday AM Setlist 7/6/14

7 Jul

Hello again, my wonderful readers. It’s time another set list blog. Below you will find the songs that we sang yesterday at Tomball Bible Church. It was an awesome morning as we continued in our new series Origins: A Journey Through Genesis.

Here are the songs we sang:

Opening Set -

“This is Amazing Grace” by Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, & Phil Wickham
(We did the Jeremy Riddle version)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

This song is actually not one that I had ever done before. I had heard it loads of times, but it had never made it into my regular rotation of songs. But this was a TBC favorite, so it was a no-brainer that I would be learning it. The radio plays the Phil Wickham version, but we did the Jeremy Riddle version, which is just a little more my style and speed. It is a wonderful song to open any time of worship because it points us straight to the gospel of grace and gives us the right way to respond, proclaiming the worthiness of Christ, the Lamb who slain and the King who conquered the grave! Great tune.

“Hallelujah What A Savior” by Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, Halim Suh, Philip Paul Bliss
(From Austin Stone Worship)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

This is Aaron Ivey’s modern update of the classic hymn of the same name. Some small changes to the melody of the verse and a wonderful new chorus breathes new life into these wonderful, gospel-centered lyrics. This is a personal favorite of mine; I love this song because it is easy to sing and has an amazing new refrain that sings of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us.

Hallelujah, praise to the One
Whose blood has pardoned me
What a Savior, Redeemer,and King
Your love has rescued me

Also, Ivey does a nice homage to the title of the hymn by beginning the first line of the chorus with “Hallelujah” and the third with “What a Savior.” Nicely done.

“10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman & Jonas Myrin
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

Only time will tell, but I am fairly certain we will still be singing this one in 50 years. Every few years, a new “modern hymn” comes out that resonates so broadly with the Church across much of the world–”How Great is Our God” is an example, I think. Another one is sure to be “10,000 Reasons.” This song is also more than a little “hymn-like” in its melody. It also has wonderful lyrics that speak of God’s worth in every circumstance and across all time. No matter what comes to pass, His name is worthy to be blessed by unhindered worship from his people. And if we look (and often even if we don’t look!), we are always finding more reasons for our hearts to praise His name!

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

Message: “Origins: Vocation” – Carl Karr
Text: Genesis 1:26-30; 2

Carl Karr is one of our teachers and leaders at the church. He delivered a message on our vocational call as image bearers of God to fill the earth. He showed how this call has been renewed in light of the gospel for us as believers to make disciples of all nations. You can listen to or download the sermon here.

Second Set -

“God I Look To You” by Jenn Johnson & Ian McIntosh (Bethel Live)
Find it on Amazon mp3 here.

Kelsey led this new tune that we introduced last week. As I said last week, this song is great because it proclaims God’s sovereignty over all things for all time, yet it also shows his nearness to us as our help and strength.

On the screen, we shared some scripture passages that highlighted these truths:

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him.
(Psalm 28:7 ESV)

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
(Psalm 121:1-2)

“Look and See” by Michael Bleecker & Ross King
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

This was another new one to me but a favorite at Tomball Bible. I am really a fan of this tune though. It just slipped passed my radar. I am really glad to have learned it and plan on keeping it as part of the rotation. Michael Bleecker and Ross King weave lots of scriptural and lyrical ideas together to create a very full picture of the gospel and a great response for its recipients: “Look and see our God!” For all He has done for us and for who He is. We are redeemed, we are free! So let’s live and speak in such a way so that all will know!

Those were the songs we sang! I hope you got to be there with us! If you did not, I hope you can join us next week. It is always a joy to worship together and rally around these wonderful truths in these songs!



The Media Center Dream (Part 1)

4 Jul

Happy Fourth of July!

To honor the occasion (not really), I have a fun set of blogs coming your way about Media Centers:

Gear and Electronics don’t get as much attention as I had envisioned when I started this blog all those years ago, but hey, the blog itself hasn’t either, so I guess it’s par for the course. Still, I did undertake a small project in the realm of electronics several months back and never got around to writing it up. Today, that changes. In fact, the content of the post really encompasses both the “why/what” and the “how,” so I have decided to break it up in to two parts.  Here is part 1.

The Dream: All your media content in one place

You will find that I did a post about media centers early on the history of this blog, just a little over four years ago. It’s really amazing to see how much the landscape has changed since that post was written. But my definition of media center is still basically the same as it was four years ago: a one-stop-shop for all your video content. Four years ago, Apple TV and Roku were still two of the main contenders, but the boxes and features (or lack thereof) have completely changed. The market has become much more crowded/competitive over the last four years and all of the boxes, Apple & Roku included.

The technology has also changed. Companies have all doubled down on streaming shows and movies directly from the internet as their main way accessing content. There are some great set-top boxes out there that do this. Google has even thrown it’s hat into the ring with the Chromecast, which is not even a box, just a dongle that plugs straight into the TV. Amazon’s Fire TV & the Apple TV represent a more closed-system approach, while the Roku is a bit more open since they don’t have an ecosystem to try and lock people into. Chromecast is sort of a different beast all together, but it gets lumped in. But because of this single ecosystem/streaming approach, one thing that these devices still do not do well is play back your entire DVD/Blu Ray collection digitally. Sure these devices can stream almost anything provided it is available on some type of service, but if you have something that you own that’s not part of its various streaming apps, good luck.

Which tiny black thing do you choose?!

“But Evan, my DVD library is made up of physical discs. You can’t play back DVDs and Blu Rays on a streaming device!” Exactly. If you are like me, that DVD collection ain’t growing like it used to, but it is large. Yes, Blu Ray’s are awesome and probably still deliver the best picture (over streaming), but Blu Ray as a technology has to compete with streaming, whereas DVD was really the only kid on the block in its day. So you have a few Blu Rays, but mostly, you just don’t buy movies as much. But let’s just say there was a way to rip all your DVDs and Blu Rays to some sort of open digital format (there is). And suppose these legal digital files (you are allowed to create one back up copy of any physical disc you own) now reside somewhere on your hard drive. Just how would you get them to play on that big beautiful screen you’ve got if all you have are these streaming boxes? Answer: not easily. Not without some work.

The Reality: Piecemeal Hodgepodge Content

So because of this, many of us are still using some strange combination of physical disc players, smart TVs or streaming boxes/services and some type cable/fiber/satellite/over the air antenna for live TV. So instead of an all-in-one do-everything machine, we have a box for this, a box for that, and another box for that other thing. The only way to truly build a media center that can attempt to be all of these different boxes at once is to build an expensive computer and hook it up to your TV along with some special software and hardware. While that can integrate everything into one place, you are talking at least $500 to do it well and maybe more if you want that hardware to still perform well for more than a few years.

But really, it can be your everything box–Netflix, Amazon Video, all your streaming content, TV Tuner & DVR (cable or OTA), and a place for all your movies that you have created digital copies of. The thing is, while everything is now in one place, it’s still a computer, and it will feel like one. Most people that build these things just admit as much and buy a wireless mouse and keyboard and operate at it as such to navigate between the necessary programs that do everything. My brother Zac is one such person. He mostly uses his for gaming, but he stores his movie collection it as well. He still has Comcast Cable and XBox One, though for streaming and TV, so his far from an “everything” box.

The fabled “everything” box. All the complications in one place!

Now what? Embrace the piecemeal!

That’s where I landed. Andrea and I have been “cord cutters” for about 3 years (no cable/uverse/satellite). We have firmly subscribed to the “box for this, box for that” philosophy, and believe it or not, it has served us pretty well. We use a Tivo Premiere for DVR of OTA broadcast stations ($15 per month for guide data). This fee is a necessary evil. There are cheaper/free solutions out there, but none as slick as Tivo since Aereo is now kaput. Tivo itself halfheartedly tries to be your everything box, giving you hulu and netflix and a few other apps, but its attempt is, well, halfhearted. So, it is the “Live TV/DVR Box.”

Then there is the Blu Ray player, which doesn’t get much use except for Redbox movies (still the cheapest rental rental out there). It also has some apps. Amazon Prime is on there (nice!), as well as ANOTHER Netflix app, similar to Tivo’s but less clunky, and a host of others.

Then there is the Apple TV. Why? Airplay. Tivo can kinda do it with certain things like YouTube, but Apple TV makes throwing your computer or iPhone up on the screen amazingly simple. It’s also my preferred Netflix player and VOD rental service because the interface is very clean and, well, Apple. And it has subtitles on most content, which I also like. But that still means there is one type of box that has been left out: the movie box. The one that plays all the content that I own: my digital library of movies from my DVD & Blu Ray collection.

Enter the FINAL PIECE: The Raspberry Pi

Behold… this thing… what is it?

How I turned this thing into the final piece of the media center puzzle will have to wait for part 2 of this post. What you need to know now is that this little guy is about the size of a credit card only costs around $35. Stay tuned for part 2 to see how it was integrated into our setup.


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