Why Supporting Good Music Matters

November 20, 2012 Josh Howeth Featured 0 Comments

If you weren’t watching the Beavs play this fall, but instead came to hear Kye Kye play a show, you most likely were very blessed by their music. It was so great being able to hang out a bit with these guys, and one thing that I was left with was how genuine all the good people that make up the band Kye Kye are.

These people are passionate about what God has called them to do. They are super genuine about their faith and about their music, and ultimately you can easily tell that they love people and aren’t centered on themselves.

They just announced this week, that they are rolling out their Kickstarter campaign to raise money to create their second album. You can find out all about that here.

Kickstarter is a simple way for artists to raise support to continue to create their art in order to share it with the world.

I want to encourage you to support Kye Kye:
One, because of what I said above about them.
Two, they are amazing musicians and simply awesome.
Three, they love Jesus.
And lastly because this is important.

It may not really seem like it, but this opportunity before you is a way to see the world through more of a Gospel lens.

We all love and listen to music. But when people who love Jesus, sing about that from a genuine place, and create good, real, art for the world to experience and hopefully have a seed planted in their life to come to know him or grow in him, we should get behind that.

This isn’t merely an opportunity to support some people (although that’s a part of that), this isn’t merely an opportunity to get great music in your ears and depending on how much you pledge, get some other great gear. This is an opportunity to support art that goes out into the world and that sings about the goodness of God and how that relates to our lives.

This music will bless you, so I encourage you to support. This music will also bless others, so I encourage you to support.

Let’s see all of life, even music, as an opportunity to continue to spread the gospel to everyone. Let’s see music in such a way that we see how it fits into and relates to God’s story.

Support Kye Kye

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself – Part 3

October 22, 2012 Davey Walker Featured, The Gospel, Theology 0 Comments

In the previous posts we discussed two important and parallel truths in the Christian life—the need to preach the gospel to ourselves and the need to preach the implications of the gospel to ourselves daily and unwaveringly. In this last post on the topic I want to discuss how they work in tandem, working together in our fight for holiness, joy and satisfaction in God.

An Example

Success is a terrifying adventure. It allures and seduces. It prostitutes itself on the altar of my ego and plays my metaphorical fiddle, feeding into my insecurities and need to feel wanted, important and special. When I seemingly fail, it taunts and laughs at me, creating much dissatisfaction and discontentment. But then I remember that there is but One winner, there is but One person who can claim “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last, the beginning and the end” (Rev 22:12-13). I am once more reminded that God is big, vast and expansive, as the mirror of Infinity produces holy dread at my finitude and smallness.

But why is success so alluring? Why does its appeal, though knowingly vacuous, strangle all other desires? Approval. Oh yes there is not much new under the sun and this malady is all too common in man, but when push comes to shove, I want the approval of man. I want my family and friends, co-workers and mentors to look in admiration of my work. It gives me self-assurance, self-esteem, and self-righteousness. I know the folly of this thinking, but how do I fight its charm?

Christianity is about living a paradox. The first are last. The weak are strong. The dead are alive. And the approval of man is contingent upon the rejection of the Son. Christ’s rejection, which climaxed in His death and resurrection, is but the definitive act of His loving assurance that he approves of me. It sounds counter-intuitive. Its sounds, well, schizophrenic, but in the Kingdom of God, by way of the power of God, through the gospel of God, our approval is secured in the love of God. His rejection purchased our approval. I no longer need to work for it. His approval is stamped on my new heart, tattooed on my new spirit and burned upon my new identity because He died and rose again.

Conclusions

Do you notice how it all worked out? Did you see how both the gospel and the implication of the gospel worked in tandem to fight my idolatry of success? For one, I needed to be reminded that I am small in contrast to God (implication of the gospel). But I also needed to remind myself that Christ’s death implies that I need not work for my approval in things and people, but in Christ alone, by faith alone, for His glory alone (gospel). You see, preaching the gospel and the implication of the gospel are not merely parallel activities but complimentary disciplines in our transformation into Christ-likeness.

In the end, it is our prayer at the Branch that we would do both well, with great intentionality, intensity and in loving community.

Multiply with David Platt and Francis Chan

October 17, 2012 Josh Armentano General Tags: 0 Comments
We have decided to join Re:New church on Saturday, November 10th at 6PM for this event. We won’t be meeting any longer on campus, but will be meeting at Re:New church at 1677 SW 35th Street, Corvallis.

Join us for the Multiply Gathering with Francis Chan and David Platt. We will be joining Re:New church for this simulcast on Saturday, November 10th starting at 6PM. During the Multiply Gathering we will be challenged to look at the much neglected aspect of our calling as followers of Christ…to make disciples of all nations.

Gathering Details

Date Saturday, November 10th
Time 6PM – 9PM
Location Re:New Church 1677 SW 35th Street, Corvallis
Cost FREE

Check out the Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming.

Gathering Schedule

6:00pm – Worship
6:20pm – Francis Chan Speaks
6:50pm – Worship/Response
7:00pm – David Platt Speaks
7:30pm – Worship/Response
7:45pm – Break
8:00pm – Discussion with David & Francis
8:30pm – Commissioning
8:45pm – Closing Worship
8:55pm – Conclusion

What is Multiply?

The Multiply movement seeks to equip churches and leaders in carrying out the great commission by providing “a simple, practical, biblical, helpful, and personal tool for disciples of Jesus who want to make disciples of Jesus”. Learn more at http://www.multiplymovement.com/.

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