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    Help for Podcasters and songwriters.

    Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:02 PM [General]

    Hey Guys. 

    Wanted to let you know about a couple of new developments from us.  

    1.  We started a record label called Redleaf records and here in Alberta Canada we are looking to connect with musicians and singers ... please let us know if you are interested and if you would like to submit a song.  

    We truely believe that a new sound is coming out of Canada and it will be a healing sound for the nations.  Ez 47:12

    Sound and healing are so connected and we are really learning a lot about that.  using sounds as healing agents not just in the spiritual but also in the physical.  If you have any comments about those things I would love to hear from you...Ray hughes kinda stuff. 

    2.  We are also trying to help podcasters.  We love listening to podcasts and geting podcasts out to the world.  We have built a new software piece that helps with that.  It simplifies all of the process and makes it so easy.  If you are a podcaster or if you would like to be a podcaster check this software out.  

    www.liveaudiocast.co

    These things sound a little like promos but really how else do we get information out if we don't share it.  Both of these things are designed by local pastors to help people and we really believe in them and what they can do for people in terms of saving time and money and helping get peoples messages out. 

    I am a local worship pastor and all that I do comes from that.  Would love to hear from you if you have any comments of thoughts about Canadian Music or Podcasting...

    Lucas

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    Podcasting Software now we can all podcast

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:54 PM [General]

    Hey guys.  So I know that podcasting can be a funny thing.  A lot of us probably listen to podcasts or sermons online and some of us even may do podcasts but are frustrated with the work involved with doing them. 

    Many of us would like to podcast but are unable to because of the technical work or just because we don't have time to put into it.  

    We we at the Jesus Muse have found this really cool software called Live Audio Cast and you should check it out.  

    It allows you to record in the browser, then it automatically adds your intro and outro, and then publishes it for you onto your website...all in one step.  They also host your files for you so you don't have to worry about that.  

    Pretty cool stuff.  

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    Finding the Right Church

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 11:53 AM [General]

    Good morning everyone.  Today I thought I would try to start a discussion on how you have gone about finding the church you are currently attending ... or maybe you are looking for a new community and need some pointers on how to go about that.  

    When we moved back to Canada from Australia we went through the journey of finding a new church home.  We had a couple of things that were very important to us, but most of all we really wanted God to speak to us about where we should be.  

    For us just attending was never going to be enough.  We wanted to be a part of a church that we could sow into...become leaders and be a part of reaching people in our city with our church community.  As such we went looking for something that matched our goals...but was the home that we needed.  

    Here are a couple of things to look for...

    • Friendly.  Is the atmosphere friendly? Might not be the first thing you think of but the reality is a friendly church means that it is not stuck in its ways and is intentionally looking to connect new people which is a high value for me. 
    • Intentional worship.  Worship has to be awesome...musically and quality wise it doesn't ahve to be perfect but spiritually it has to be alive.  Worship has to have an intentionality to it...we are here to worship God not just sing songs. 
    • We dont have kids yet so that wasn't a major issue...but I know for a lot of families that is a priamry consideration for them.  What is the kids program like
    • Community.  We knew that we needed community and so we looked to see if there were ways in which we could get connected. 
    • Spiritual Food.  We needed to be fed and so we looked to make sure that we were going to grow.  

    After looking at all of the things we wanted we then took it to God and asked Him.  "This is the place that we found...we like it...is this where you want us?" when he said yes we planted ourselves and have been there ever since.  

    I hope this helps you in your journey if you are looking for a new church.  I would love to hear from some of you about what you use to guide you to the church you are in now.  What things do you look for?

    If you are in the Calgary area there is a great new resource called Churches in Calgary and it has a map so you can see churches in your area and it will help you not have to scour hundreds of websites.  Hope it helps.  

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    Scripture as a inspiration

    Sunday, January 5, 2014, 9:46 PM [General]

    Hey everyone, how is your new year going?  

    As a new project for 2014 i have stated a section called Scriptures on faith and I am just getting started but feel free to check it out.  

    As an addition to 2014's start he first big post on the page is all about Jesus and every scripture that He used the word faith in...listed.  

    It's really cool to get a 10000 feet look at each scripture one after the other to get a sence of what He thought on the subject...and more importantly what He said.  It's need to read them one after another and get a overall sense of it.

    Sometimes we just take one verse and try to break it down and get a meaning from that verse.  It's a good method, but it can also get us into trouble as we begin to take things out of context, or we don't take time to reflect those verses against other verse from the same author or bible character.  I think that seeing them all one after the other really gives a great look into what Jesus really taught about faith.   

    What does it make you think?

    How does it inspire you in your own Christian walk with faith.  

    There will be lots more coming on the subject as I dive into it.  I hope it helps you all and inspires you...Happy Musing. 

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    A Twist On New Years Resolutions

    Thursday, January 2, 2014, 1:21 AM [General]

    Do new years resolutions scare you?  I know for a lot of people they are tough...and more then that some people just hate them...even the talk of them.  

    I have found that it is generally because they have suffered some disappoinment in thier own lives and don't want to repeat the process.  I get it...i wouldn't want to either.  

    But what if this year could be different because the process we took was different.  I'm not talking about a goals system or anything like that but actually looking at the whole process philosophically differnet.  

    What if self evaluation what the very key to a better life...what if really looking at our lives presented us with a way to minimize disappoinment and maximize our ability to take action in this next 12 months.  

    I have a whole new blog post on my website that I would love to share with you and dive deep into this topic.  I you would like to read it you can find it by clicking on the title which is A New Thought on New Years Resolutions.

    I would also LOVE to get some feedback from you who have read it and who have thoughts or ideas about new years resolutions.  

    Lets take the time this year to really self evaluate...cause the only person that can change us is us...Happy Musing...

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    Unlikely Bible Quote

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:20 AM [General]

    Bible Quotes about Life

    Scripture 

    There are so many hidden gems when it comes to scripture.  Sometimes it takes mass chucks of text to give meaning to the narrative, or tell the narrative in the first place.  

    Other times simple words can convey so much meaning because of the context that they are placed in or because of the author writing them.  

    Interestingly enough though there is some scriptures that seem to find themselves best suited all by themselves, at face value, just as they are.  

    One such Scripture is Proverbs 19:11, in the NIV it reads like this...

    A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

    Life found in the not yet

    The first part of this verse centers around reminding us that when you are smart...when you have common sense...and when you exercise your wisdom it will produce patience.  The author is suggesting that in order to call yourself wise, patience must be seen in your actions.  

    How often is this ture.  We rush into things without giving the for thought that we need and then we have to re-evaluate.  What if we could just wait.  I think that wisdom is just that, learning to be ok with waiting...being ok with the in between.  

    Life found in the letting go

    I have a number of posts at The Jesus Muse that talk about this next subject so I don't want to labour on this point, but it seems like in life we need the constant reminder anyway.  

    Our only hope in this life is to really learn to forgive.  To really learn to let go. And to really learn to deal with the offenses that come our way.  It is interesting that The author here is using a God term to describe something about us as humans.  Typically glory is God's and God's only...but here the bible suggests what our glory can be.  Of course it makes sense because the action taken to recieve that glory is the exact action that God takes everyday with us...through his son Jesus.  

    Christmas challenge

    I would like to challenge us all this Christmas to really put this scripture into practise.  Can we be patient, can we relax and not stress about shopping, travelling and cooking.  Can we just be.  

    And secondly can we really forgive, maybe something that we have been carrying for far too long.  Right now God is forgiving you...why should we hold something against someone else...let it be your gift this year.  

    If you like this post and would like more bible quotes about life click on the link just here or the jesus muse one up above...we would love to see you at our website and to also hear from you...by leaving a comment.  

    Happy Musing and Merry Christmas. 

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    Bible Quotes About Life :: Psalm 23:1

    Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:50 AM [General]

    Bible Quotes About Life

     

    The Lord is my Shepard I shall not want…verse 1 – NKJ

    The Lord is my Shepard, I lack nothing…verse 1 – NIV

    The Lord is my Shepard, I have all that I need…verse 1 – NLT

    Either way you look at it this first scripture of the 23rd psalm comes out saying the same thing.  Yes you could make a great argument that all three versions are saying very different things, but at the end of the day they are all trying to get across the same message…God is our source.

    As an aside…does the word Shepard ever make you think of a smell…if does for me.  Smell is such a strong force in our relationship with God…to learn more check out a fascination with smell and see how it might help you in your musing today…

    When you look at bible quotes about life you are often looking for something that we need to add, or something that needs to be acquired.   Often its an addition of life or good in order to counter-act death or bad.  My thought with this verse is that to find life we don’t need to add anything at all…we simply need to subtract.  In Him we have all that we need, want or could ever desire, its our own complication and addition that often is the source of our pain.

    I think In this scripture life is found most when we learn to subtract things that we don't need, instead of thinking that we need to add things to make us feel better.  

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    How To Worship God - A discussion on God's favorite song

    Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:58 PM [General]

    How to Worship God Part 2 – God’s Favorite Song

    So we all get into music right? I mean its one of those things that touches everyone and elicits the strongest opinions.  At the Jesus Muse we love music, and more than that we love the idea of what music can do to help people.  I have found it funny that people get so worked up about musical styles and genres and some sense of achievement based on finding THAT new band first.

    So if I was to ask you what your favorite song was how long would it take you to come up with and answer…and how long would it take to give the answer.  Most people have a really hard time getting it down to one.  It seems to be a lot easier to identify the songs that are NOT you favorite.

    You ever wonder what God’s favorite song is…? selah…

    I asked the worship team at C3 Church and the team at the Jesus Musewhat their favorite worship song was and it was interesting to hear their responses.  Most of them were connected to a heart moment or heart connection with God.  ”This is my favorite worship song because it really helps me connect to God…”  those were the answers.

    cool vintage piano broken keys

    Broken keyboard…showing the beauty in the broken

    Christian inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, but I have found that it comes so much easier when we are listening to our favorite music.  And even more so when it is our favorite worship music.

    I then asked them, “What do you think HIS favorite is…” and got some varying responses.

    1.  All of them.  2. Shout to the Lord. (couldn’t resist) 3. Doesn’t have one.

    I actually think HIS favorite song is the same as your favorite song, not because HE likes it but because of what the song does to your heart.  God is in the heart business.  HE rarely focuses on much else because HE knows how important it is.  So when a song moves you to him faster and harder then any other song…that song becomes HIS favorite.

    I’m not trying to present some form of biblical truth, in fact I can’t even find a scripture where the above thought about HIS favorite song is presented.  I do know this however…HE is desperately in LOVE with us, and when something pulls our hearts closer to HIS click on repeat one.

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    You are your greatest influence...

    Thursday, December 5, 2013, 11:42 AM [General]

    The greatest influence you will ever have is over the space that exists between your ears. Whether you like it or not your brain controls everything. The chemicals between us will determine the life that we share. 

    Paul said it like this...there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus you have been set free!

    Let Jesus be the influence in your brain...and watch your thoughts transform.

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    Are you being drawn to the right Light?

    Thursday, December 5, 2013, 12:53 AM [General]

    Illumination
    Stories have a unique way of allowing us to participate in a variety of human experiences. By telling the stories of humanity, so much literature also points to God, oftentimes by illustrating the emptiness of a life without Jesus. One such novel is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I was reminded of this novel by Lucas’ recent post “Jesus and Light are Endless”, which contains a picture of a dock, receding into the darkness but lit along the way. Those of you who are familiar with the novel (or have seen the newest film version, directed by Baz Luhrmann) will understand why the picture of the dock brought my imagination into the world of Fitzgerald’s story. The first time Nick Carraway, the narrator, sees the title character, Jay Gatsby, he is stretching out his arms “toward the dark water in a curious way…trembling” but the only thing Nick can distinguish in that direction is “a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock”. That green light is the most important symbol in the novel, representing hope and the promise of a future that will see the fulfillment of a long-anticipated dream. While Nick praises Gatsby’s “incorruptible dream”, by the novel’s tragic end readers clearly see the danger of basing one’s sole hope on a false premise. Ultimately, Gatsby brilliantly illuminates the vacuum created by a life that makes its primary purpose the accumulation and enjoyment of wealth in an attempt to achieve an impossible and worthless dream. For that reason alone, I believe this novel, written nearly a hundred years ago, is still relevant and a must-read. If you want a story that will vividly remind you that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” and that “some people, eager for money, have…pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10) just pick up a copy of The Great Gatsby.

     

    So that we…

    However, after recently re-reading this novel (twice), this truth is not what lingers in my mind. What has resonated with me is one of the first lines in the story. Here, Nick recounts a conversation with his father in which he is advised, “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” While Nick attributes his inclination to “reserve all judgments” to his father’s advice, as Christians living in North America, this truth should prompt us to consider its implications in our own lives. If it is indeed true that not everyone in the world has been born with the same advantages that we have, then what is our responsibility to those less fortunate than ourselves? Surely God has a purpose for blessing us so richly, for orchestrating our births (or immigrations or adoptions) into one of the wealthiest and most advanced nations in the world. Our prosperity comes with undeniable obligations. There are many, many passages in the Bible that exhort us to take care of those who have less than us but I keep coming back to one:

     

    “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:

    to loose the chains of injustice

       and untie the cords of the yoke,

    to set the oppressed free

       and break every yoke?

    Is it not to share your food with the hungry

       and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—

    when you see the naked, to clothe them,

       and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

    Then your light will break forth like the dawn,

       and your healing will quickly appear;

    then your righteousness will go before you,

       and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

    Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;

       you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

    If you do away with the yoke of oppression,

       with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

    and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry

       and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,

    then your light will rise in the darkness,

       and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:6-10

    When we focus on sharing and spreading Jesus’ Light by taking care of others, our path is illuminated. We can rely on the promise found in Jeremiah 29:1: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” Using that prosperity to bless others, we can move forward into a future based on a real hope and the firmest foundation in the world: Jesus Himself.

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