November 3, 2011

The Story: Start Here

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A couple of months ago, I was introduced to “The Story“.  Pastor Randy Frazee wrote “Heart of the Story” to showcase the Bible as “one grand, unfolding epic – from God’s story from Genesis onward, and your own story contained within it” (Zondervan).  Max Lucado, with more than 100 million products in print, wrote “God’s Story, Your Story” to help “see how your day-to-day story intersects with God’s grand, overarching epic of everlasting redemption” (Zondervan).  The two joined up with Zondervan and the NIV translation of the Bible to produce, “The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People.”  It’s 31 chapters, it’s readable, and it includes brief commentaries.

Then I saw the album, “Music Inspired by The Story” and I picked it up.  All new music and lyrics.  18 of today’s most popular contemporary Christian artists.  I’ll give it try.  And then life changed!

I have listened to the album seems like a thousand times.  It keeps me wanting to go back to the book, but I have spent much more time with the music.  What a blessing!  The album provides 14 new songs, written by Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms.  Each song is written and sung from the perspective of a Biblical character.  I immediately wanted to blog about it.  But I haven’t.  I have mentally drafted paragraph after paragraph about what was on my heart as I listened to this music.  But I couldn’t get it on paper.  Ever felt like Paul trying to preach for the first time in Asia?  That’s what came to mind as I was telling my sister of my tale.

I put a verse or two and a chorus or two as Facebook or Twitter posts.  And then got the idea that I should be doing smaller blog posts, rather than this one, all-encompassing blog about all 14 songs.  So that’s the plan.  I thought I’d start with this “Start Here” post; in the event a later post (I don’t know if there will be 1 more, 5 more, or 10 more) is used by God to touch a reader’s heart, and they want to know more, they can come back and “Start Here.”

To close this blog, I have also learned that The Story is expanding to a concert tour as well.  There’s not one scheduled for Little Rock or anywhere I plan to be – well, anywhere I planned to be before knowing the tour schedule.  Sandi and I will see you there.

     Loving the Journey,

     Kevin

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