Works of God

We are thankful that God is always at work causing team members to look more like Jesus. We desire to testify of the grace of God in our lives, and that through the working of Christ in us, you will be encouraged in your relationship with Jesus.

New Album Releases

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Be some of the first to purchase a copy of our two new albums!
THEY ARE FINALLY HERE!
Announcing the release of our two latest albums...

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The God Who SAVES

Originally produced and released as an MP3 EP album back in the fall, we recently went ahead and produced a physical copy of the album.

With our physical CD containing a bonus track, you won't want to miss this!

Click here to visit our store website and check out this album for yourself, a family member, or a friend!

 

 

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ARISE | A COLLECTION OF INSTRUMENTAL WORSHIP

This newly released album contains sixteen instrumental songs including Behold Our GodAll I Have Is Christ, and Though You Slay Me.

For purchasing the physical copy of this brand new album, click here.

Prefer an MP3 format? No worries! Click here for the MP3 download of ARISE.


 

 

Getting To The Heart Of It

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Getting to the heart of it

As one of the “newbies” on team, these past few months have been quite a ride! There is plenty to learn, and not many dull moments. Already I have grown much from the constant “life-on-life” relationships with team members, church members, and friends from college that I have bumped into along the way. All in all, I am confident that travelling on team is what the Lord has for me right now, and I am so glad to be here.

But we know that life is not exclusively positive experiences. We live in a messed up world, and if we are honest, we are quite a mess ourselves. Once, G.K. Chesterton was asked “What’s wrong with the world today?”. His insightful reply was, “I am”. If you don’t believe there is anything wrong with yourself, try spending more time around people and see what happens! While travelling, the team community has acted as a mirror of my soul, and some of my ugly features have been coming to light. Although I probably still don’t recognize the full extent of my selfishness, I can see it more clearly as I travel the road of life with others.

Interestingly enough, we all naturally react differently when our flaws are revealed. Some common responses are anger, defensiveness, self-righteousness, and avoidance. Personally, I generally tend to despair and feel insecure. But Christ’s victory means that I can see my faults yet not be defeated. The gospel has not only saved me, but it is continually saving me. In fact, it is good to see my faults, for God is showing how He wants to grow me. Understanding what I have in Christ – complete acceptance and security that is not based on my performance – is gradually changing me from the inside out. I can truly change only if it is God that changes me. In a letter to the church of Corinth, Paul writes, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Because of Christ, God not only accepts me as the sinner that I am, but wants me to behold Him and be changed because of it!

-Andrew Smith

   

Team Training | Fall 2015

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August 1 - September 19, 2015

For the past three weeks, our team has been chugging away with getting things done as we prepare to hit the road this weekend. Take a peek to see some things that we have been working on:

  • Music Practice...and lots of it! Thanks to Christy, Daniel, and Shannon, everything has been very organized and efficient. We have been able to gel quite well together as we figured out who plays, who sings, and who needs to learn new instruments!
  • Packing Prep: helping the Galkins organize, clean, and pack up their house; cleaning and packing their trailer; cleaning and re-organizing the vehicles and cargo trailer.
  • Team Meetings: we meet every morning to pray, read from Scripture, and talk about a few specific topics. Every one of us have been so grateful for these times set aside for learning, which then leads to very practical application. It truly has been a blessing to learn together and to grow together as a team.
  • GGC Ministry: our team has had several opportunities to serve with several ministry opportunities at Gospel Grace Church here in Salt Lake City. To see the burdens of church members and to partner with them for a time to serve in those areas has been both an encouragement and challenge for us. We had the opportunities of participating in a Rescue Mission service+dinner, witnessing outreaches, hiking and playing sports with students from the University of Utah, and being involved with Community Groups each Wednesday with the church body in different homes.
  • The Galkins hosted a *Backyard Bluegrass* event at their home last weekend for friends, family, and neighbors in their community. The team performed some fun, Irish folk songs, we had some great conversations with those who attended, and everyone had plenty of incredible food! What could be better then fellowship, fun music, outdoor games, burgers, desserts, and a beautiful evening? Thankful for the opportunity to continue investing in individuals' lives for the Gospel in differet ways. (pc:AaronBoyce)
  • CAMPING! (Post to follow) Honestly, is there truly a better way to bond as a team?

As we finish packing up and finalizing details, we would greatly appreciate prayer...that we all would stay focused on what matters, that we would love and serve each other despite the approaching deadline, that we would be preparing our hearts and minds--as a group and individually--for these next nine weeks, and that Christ would be glorified.

 

Don't Flinch

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All the fitness He requireth 
Is to feel your need of Him. 
-Joseph Hart in "Come, Ye Sinners"

I get that I’m supposed to be dependent on God. He’s my all-powerful creator, and He paid the ransom for my captive soul. It makes sense that I need God. But I don’t usually feel a burning, aching need for God. I usually feel sleepy or hungry or busy or just plain normal.

King David, on the other hand, prayed, “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” And the apostle Paul wrote, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” These guys weren’t trying to be emotional for the sake of being emotional. That wouldn’t have helped anyone. Instead, their feelings sprang from an honest awareness of their own weakness and God’s strength.

So how do I convince myself that I need radical, divine intervention? By looking at God’s law and not flinching.

The Bible is filled with God’s standards for my life. They’re everywhere. And they boil down to, “Love God, and love other people. Perfectly.” I can’t live up to that. So by instinct, I flinch. I shrink back from what God says. Without ever realizing what I’m doing, I turn “be perfect like God is perfect” into “be a relatively good person.” I turn “love your neighbor as yourself” into “do nice things when you feel like it.” I turn “be devoted to God” into “do spiritual activities.” Strangely enough, I almost always measure up to these substitute standards.

But when I look at God’s law without flinching, it crushes me. I see that I’m a spiritually dead man, a helpless slave to my own self-centered motivations. I really do need God to rescue me from myself. And I run to Christ—his perfect life, his death in my place, his glorious resurrection. Christ is all I truly need.

God’s law will never make me perfect. But it drives me to depend on the One who will.

- Daniel Mulder

   

Keep on, Keepin' On

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Keep on, Keepin' On

“Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:58

After being a part of many different ministries, there have been several instances were there has been no tangible outcome. When working at camp in past summers, sometimes none of my campers would make decisions, and I would wonder if I was even making a difference. I would wonder if my labor was in vain and question if it was accomplishing anything. So many times I would get “stuck” with a petty or insignificant jobs, that I thought weren’t important at all, and I would repeatedly ask myself “is my work even achieving anything?”

As I grew in maturity and in the Spirit, I came to realize that it was not my place to question the Lord’s work. It was not my place to search for results.  My place was to be faithful!

In Isaiah 55:10-11 , the Lord tells us that His Word “will not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” It isn’t our job to get results. Our job is to be faithful. If we are faithful in His work and in sharing the gospel, His Word will not return void. That is such an amazing promise! In those circumstances when I saw no fruit in my labor, I wanted to give up, simply because I wasn’t seeing any change. God is telling us here in Isaiah to not give up and leave the results up to Him.

Another reason to keep striving in the gospel is that our rewards are not here on Earth, but in heaven. I think many times, especially in my own life, I want to bring glory to myself, and I forget that I should be glorifying God. That is a tough thing for me to admit! I need to remember to not give up the eternal for the temporary. What really matters is eternity!

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do no break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21

I love the words of Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Huaorani people of Ecuador, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

- Spencer Shelburne

 

Because He First Loved

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Because He First Loved Us

I’ll admit, sometimes I don’t trust that God loves me. Words like nervous, discouraged, lonely, frustrated, distracted, annoyed, and failing describe my countenance. It hurts. It hurts others. My self-consumed fears cause me to  use people to get what I really want. I believe lies and worry about what people think of me. I wonder why I am left in a swirl of unresolved relational tension, with the only way out seeming like an endless road of I-was-wrong’s and I’m-sorry-I-hurt-you’s. I am faced with the reality that I am a broken person living in a fallen world, and I have to fight for truth.

I’ve been searching for the truth. I’ve prayed for belief in His love for me and change in how I love others. God has been answering my prayers through journaling and meditation on His covenant love. I’ve been encouraged in the Gospel.

Comforted. Secure. Hope. Carried. Empowered. Relieved. Free.

This is what my heart sings when I know how much God loves me.

The cross has become so precious to me because it is where Jesus clothed me in His righteousness, justified me and redeemed me. The gospel is what makes loving other people make sense. Why? Because the Holy Lord over all creation, with all of His majestic authority, with all of his gracious compassion, claimed ME. He has faithfully and mercifully loved me through my weaknesses. Heaven’s treasure bore my sins, suffered for me, and continues to pursue me even when I still fail. Jesus has become how I define myself, my purpose and my strength.

I’ve realized more and more that when I KNOW that God loves me, then I am absolutely free to love others. The only way to truly love others is to meditate on how much I am loved by God. I’m thankful for God’s grace that allows the gospel to take hold of my heart and change my relationships with others.

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. -1 John 4:10
We love because he first loved us. -1 John 4:19

- Jessica Garrison

   

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