June 26, 2002

Now for the concert.

The concert was held at the Queensway Cathedral. I met #1 at Spadina/Bloor and we rode the rocket down to Dundas West, and then walked over to Navantis, where Andrew works. (He was giving us a ride to the concert). I was really worried though, the whole time wondering if I'd get tickets, because everyone else with us had preordered them.

When we lined up there, we budded in with a whole bunch of chinese people. #1 and I both felt bad, because there must've been 35 people in this group of ours, and my guess is it started out a 5-6 people. Just a guess. Some kids were trying to get rid of extra tickets and so I bought one!

Delirious started off with Deeper, Sanctify, and a flurry of other songs, I didn't know half of them, but found myself singing along anyway. It was pretty awesome. They did Did You Hear the Mountains Tremble, and people were going nuts, singing along, it was reminiscent of Urbana-style praise. They did I'm Not Ashamed, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever, King Of Fools. They also performed a song that isn't even out yet, called Touch. They taught us how to sing it too..
Awesome.. that's the best word I can think of when describing my day (Tuesday).

It all started in the morning, around 8am when I was awoken by the sounds of my dog barking at the neighbours. I have never been up before 9am since convocation day. I got up, realized Korea was probably still playing, and ran up to watch the game. I can't watch soccer games -- they're far too boring. I don't think I have yet to watch a game for more than 15 minutes straight without falling asleep. Anyway, Korea finally lost (Thank God). Not that I didn't appreciate Korea's miraculous run. But when you do it as a result of poor officiating, that's just annoying.

#1 icqed me about a Delirious concert that very night. I gave the people a call, but they wouldn't let me buy tickets, because it was too short notice. I would have to buy them at the door, if I were to go.

I went to Popeye's with Fai Yuen for lunch. We're both still unemployed, along with the majority of my class. The only good news I had for him was that another friend of mine, Clutch, just got a job. Congrats goes out to him -- he owes me a dinner! After lunch we went to the driving range. It was really hot, and so was my golfing. Man, I am really good! Be it an iron or a wood, I can totally crank that ball, and it's not like it goes super far, but I can now aim the thing! Unbelievable.

June 21, 2002

If you're simply into the beat of a song, does that make it worship, or is that just being drawn in by the sound of the song? When you see someone rocking to the beat of a song during worship, does it mean they are being filled by the Holy Spirit, or does it mean they have a good sense of rhythm?

Can having a good sense of rhythm interfere with the ability to worship? Think about this for a moment. If one didn't have a sense of rhythm, then they would have no choice but to concentrate on the lyrics. Does that make sense?

June 17, 2002

Is it June already? I am still unemployed. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever join the ranks of the employed. Not that I'm worried, just wondering.

I started up "reading" again. I'm currently reading two books, one called Active Spirituality, and the other called My Rights, My God. I'm using the first as a devotional, and the second as, well, reading material. The last time I tried reading the first book, it didn't seem to mean much to me, but from the get-go this time, from day 1 it has hit home each and every time. I got actually got that book 8 years ago, as a baptismal present!

T3C has become much more open as I've gone their more and more regularly. I find that as an outsider looking in, T3C was not the greatest for newcomers, but once you're "in", the people are great, friends are awesome, and God is definitely affecting a lot of peoples' lives there.

I don't know if people know this, but during the school year I listen to almost all rap and hip hop, because my housemates listen to ONLY that stuff. Towards the end of the year though, Nickleback and Creed were really coming on strong, and I began to listen to rock. I also around that time came across this article and this article that talk about worship and rock music. Worship can be a funny thing. From their interpretations, they were basically saying that we could worship God with any kind of music, and all that mattered was our mindset and heartset. In that case, we could potentially go to church, and play a familiar song without words, and people who knew the song could be worshipping God as they listened to the song.

Thus, lyrics don't totally matter. Take the song Everything by Lifehouse, check out the following lyrics. The singer is talking about a woman, however, applied to our Lives, we can apply the same words to God. Thus I can worship God while playing this song -- I'll leave you now with the lyrics:

Find me here
Speak to me
I want to feel You
I need to hear You

You are the Light
That's leading me
To the place
Where I find peace.. Again

You are the Strength
That keeps me walking
You are the Hope
That keeps me trusting
You are the Light
To my soul
You are my purpose
You're everything

How can I stand here with You
And not be moved by You?
Would You tell me how could it be,
Any better than this?

You calm the storms
You give me rest
You hold me in Your hands
You won't let me fall
You still my heart
You take my breath away
Would You take me in
Take me deeper now

Chorus (x2)

Bridge (x4):
('Cause) You're all I want
You're all I need
You're Everything Everything

Chorus (x3)