We went to see the Uganda Children’s Choir this evening at the Austin Stone Church’s north facility on St. Johns. The choir represented Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM, or africarenewal.org), an organization that helps the poorest families in Uganda by paying school fees and by providing training. The concert was great, those kids are so on fire for the Lord. Here is a slideshow that should give you a small sense of what they were like. The pictures were taken in the dark, so don’t expect the quality to be too high.
We went with some friends to the Frank Erwin Center today for the Austin Stone Church Easter Service. Rick Barnes, the head basketball coach at UT had the idea to use the Erwin Center for the Austin Stone Easter Service. He also gave the opening prayer. Part of the Praise team, was the boys choir from Uganda (note the one doing a head stand during the singing). As you can see see from the pictures, it was quite a crowd. When we first thought about going to such a large service, we thought it might be too much like a performance, but it was an amazing worship time. Great teaching too.
What else can I say, except it was Awesome!
I wish I could… __________ (Fill in the blank). So often in life, we have desires, to go places, meet people, or to have things (motorcycles?), that seem out of our reach, either politically, emotionally, or financially. Or, perhaps you have the other kind of I wish. I wish I wasn’t so fat, or I wish my ….. whatever was smaller, or I wish I had more hair. There are many things in life that we seem to have no control over, things we wish we could change. Well, I have some good news. Many of the challenging things in life can be changed. I have heard preachers say that if you have enough faith, and if you send them some money, you will surely get that new Harley… I don’t happen to be one of those, but I do believe that God is willing and able to change many things in our lives that we would ike to have changed, but that we feel powerless to change. So, how is this magically done, is it by the press of a button on my phone? Well, no. God’s solution for change is just as simple that, but doesn’t need any technology. God just wants to have a relationship with you. To have a relationship with someone requires communications between the two parties. No not that kind of party, well.. yes, it could be between the parties (gesture with hands wide). Ok, back to the subject. God wants us to know him, and to share our desires and concerns with him. He desires to be our perfect friend, the one we always have with us, and the one who will always listen when we talk. Yes, I said talk. Praying can even be done out loud. Even better, God is able to change our circumstances and fulfill our desires. He is God after all. The bible says “you do not have, because you do not ask”. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. Now I am not saying that God will give you that new Harley you have been lusting over, because sometimes he changes us instead of our circumstances. But, remember, if you don’t have what you want, it might be because you haven’t asked.