A joyous evening, where believers AND non-believers worshipped God…

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I am a personal example of the power that God can reveal through music. My testimony includes the fact that God spoke to me through music, thanks to a simple church that allowed me to play guitar – as a non-believer – on their worship team.

Yesterday, I was asked to come over to a friend’s house. Lance Fooks is a friend who I met through the worship team. He asked another friend over, Al, who is also on the worship team.

Al, then, invited two other guys who are not affiliated with our church and, who, to the best of my knowledge, do not know Jesus.

And, yet, we ended up together in Lance’s studio, playing around with one of my songs (“Overflow“).

Johnny was on drums.

Alex was sitting down and listening.

And, we played and sang lyrics like these (based on Psalm 65):

You’re the hope of the ends of the earth;
the hope of all the farthest seas.
Blessed are those you choose.
You call forth songs of joy.

May those who have strayed away;
Oh may they see, see proof of you in night and day.

I don’t know what effect this had on Alex and Johnny. Maybe it was just excitement over a new song (and watching and listening to the amazing guitar chops of Lance).

But, whatever it was, we all were gathered together… believer and non-believer… worshipping God. Whether they liked it or not. 🙂

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:37-40

And, I was reminded how I was sitting in the shoes of Alex and Johnny only 4 and a half years ago.

Time flies when you’re having fun in Christ.

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In May, 2005, Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.

Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted his neighbor's request to get up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.

Eleven months later, his world was turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.

God is cool like that.