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Music Setlist – 10.18.08 and 10.19.08 by Mike Jones
October 20, 2008, 11:18 am
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We wrapped up our series this weekend called, Becoming. Very organic, personal and unique series for us at the Orchard. This weekend, Scott talked about the spiritual practices we’ve learned during this series… the underlying practice of surrender being the key to all of them. The big idea being that we say no to ourselves in order to say yes to God. To cooperate, or work, with God as we walk with him.

We spent a large portion of our weekend in corporate worship together: singing, praying, experiencing silence, giving back to God, and communion. It was great having Janelle and Taylor lead with me – talented people to say the least.

Here’s our music setlist from this last weekend (with links to purchase the original recordings from the artists listed):
Salvation Is Here – Hillsong United
Wholly Yours – David Crowder Band
How He Loves – Kim Walker
From The Inside Out – Hillsong United
Center – Charlie Hall
Lead Me To The Cross – Brooke Frazer
Let Me Sing – Todd Fields

Posted by Mike Jones

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Captured by His Love…. by orchardblog
October 14, 2008, 6:32 am
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It’s hard to believe, but this past Sunday, October 12th, marked four years since my dad passed away.  And even though the pain and grief is not nearly as sharp as it has been in years past, it still seems so unreal at times.  But nonetheless, I am so thankful for God’s healing in mine and my family’s lives.  God has been good to us.

Of course, it’s almost impossible to remember my dad and not be reminded of how The Orchard’s story is not just a story about God changing a church – but also one about God changing my dad.  In fact, this past weekend at The Orchard, I shared something my dad wrote in one of his journals back in November of 2003.  God used this to touch a lot of hearts so I wanted to share it here with you in case you weren’t with us.  It’s a rather beautiful reflection of what God was doing deep in his heart towards the end of his life.

November 23, 2003
4:31AM

I do not know how to describe what has happened to me. I only know that deep within me, I mean really deep, it seems that something, connected to an understanding of God’s love, has changed me.

I sense that this change is a forever thing. It seems that God never goes back on what He does.

I have been captured by His love.

It is something that I must admit, I never knew existed like I am now experiencing. It is like I have stepped into a new dimension where the height and depth are beyond my comprehension.

I am consumed with a passion to tell people about what I have experienced for the sole purpose of helping them to know that they can have it too.

This love relationship offered to me and everyone by the Father is beyond anything I could ever imagine. I am overwhelmed that I have been privileged to experience it.  I know that everyone else can experience it too….

Love is powerless unless it is consented to.

I must confess that I am coming to understand this, and am so grateful for the honor of being loved by the Most High God, and yet I understand that since he is love he can do nothing else but love us.

We were created to be the objects of his love.

When He is invited inside a person, and is allowed to bring their spirit to life, he will love them forever.

• He offers them forgiveness for all sin, past, present and future
• He offers them leadership into the paths of righteousness
• He gives them everything they need, and
• He encourages them to ask Him for anything else they want

The Father delights in answering the requests of those who belong to the Son.

I have a glimpse of what the institutional church has allowed to happen. It has presented a picture of God and Christ that is inconsistent with who they are.  As a product of that church, I desire to liberate those who are caught up in it; to save others from it.

I have a passion to take people who are turned off by religion or to religion and turn them on to Jesus Christ and turn them in to devoted followers of Christ.

Posted by Scott Hodge