I am a worship leader, and a songwriter, and I live in Portland, Oregon.
I am a worship leader, and a songwriter, and I live in Portland, Oregon. I work at “Westside: A Jesus Church” as a Worship/Music director. I wrote and recorded these songs with my friend Eric Lemiere over the last 6 months. They are a culmination of the last few years of struggle and uncertainty, but also tremendous hope and joy. The things that have dominated my mind and life in the last few years are the usual suspects for the season of life that I'm in. Job, career, calling, and how to lead my family well. And amidst all of that, still finding my voice, and learning to live in my true identity as a child of God.
I’m constantly learning more and more about how to live in the victory that is afforded us by Jesus, and I’m realizing that it’s a life-long lesson. I feel like overcoming adversity, is what is supposed to make us “different” as followers of Jesus. Suffering and trouble abound in this life, but we are reminded in John 16:33 to “take courage”. For HE has overcome the world. By His power, by His authority, by His breath in our lungs, and His life in our veins, WE are people that stand tall. People that get back up after we're knocked down by a tsunami of suffering, pain or loss. We are reminded again and again in scripture that God who loves us, and stands with us. That is the deepest comfort and peace we can find in this life.
These songs are a reflection of my attempt to “claim” the freedom of Christ that I should be living in, but don’t always feel or acknowledge. Embracing the tension between unmet expectations, and the blessing of a God who loves to give good gifts to his children. I hope that these prayers, and melodies draw people near to him, and cause walls to come down, hearts to open, minds to be renewed by the presence of the Holy Sprit. For "it was for freedom that Christ has set us free"