He’s all I’ve got left!

September 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are waking up every single day to a crazier and crazier world. I don’t know where you are sitting today or what your week is looking like, but we are walking in desperate for our God! In the midst of a failing financial market, no gas to be found, and a presidential election, just name to name a few, there’s more than enough to keep us worrying. 

In the Broken Voices world…we are trying to promote the film, redesign our website, package the film into a finished DVD, plan events through 2009, and raise support for the organization and our families.

We worked over 100 hours the previous week to meet a deadline and stay on schedule. 

How about you? What’s been going on in your life? What has you laying awake at night? Money? Health? Grades? Relationships? Or simply where you are going to find gas tomorrow?

We are all busy. We all have stress. There’s more than enough to worry about. Jesus nailed it when he said, “Don’t worry about tomorrow…Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” Jesus encouragement to the people in Matthew chapter 6 was to trust God with TODAY. Don’t worry about tomorrow – just concentrate on trusting today – and God will provide. That is a promise! It’s a thought that is changing our lives. It’s also not isolated to Jesus words in Matthew. The idea of waking up and trusting God for his provision today is all over the scriptures. 

As we were wrapping up our insane week last week, a faithful friend emailed us these verses from Lamentations 3:22-24. She typed out the verses from three different versions of the Bible. We’ve been soaking on these words all weekend. 

22 Beacause of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning:
great is your faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; 
therefore I will wait for him.”  (NIV)

23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.  (AMP)

22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great is your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.  (THE MESSAGE)

We are hoping and praying that these words can come alive for you. Please keep praying that God will grow our faith and trust in him. Pray for those who woke up in a total mess today and need a touch from their heavenly father. We’d also like to be more specifically praying for you. Let us know how we can do that by leaving a comment here or sending an email to mail@bokenvoices.org 

In it with you,
Matt & The BV Team

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How are you being?

August 25, 2008 at 1:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

I’d normally ask you, how are you doing? But today I’m more curious about how are you being.

Recently I’ve been reading through the Gospels. I want more and more to follow Christ well. I figure a decent place to start is really reading, observing, and meditating on his life through the Scriptures. 

Today I read Mark chapter 9. There are a number of seemingly random scenes. However, the more I reflect the more I’m finding a common thread throughout the stories. The first story has Jesus, James, and Peter climbing a mountain. At the top of the mountain Jesus goes through transfiguration. Lots of bright lights, clouds, two dead guys Moses and Elijah appear, and then they hear the voice of God. Not your everyday nature trail up the mountain sort of hike. James and Peter are understandably just a little stunned. Peter suggests they build a memorial for the occasion. 

After they come down the mountain they come upon the rest of the disciples and a crowd. There’s a man there with his demon-possessed son. The man tells Jesus the disciples couldn’t heal his son. After teaching the man a lesson about faith Jesus heals the boy and tells his disciples that removing the demon required prayer. 

Finally Jesus and the disciples walk to the town of Capernaum. When they get there Jesus asks the disciples what they had been arguing about on the way. They sat in silence. Jesus knew they were arguing about who was considered the greatest disciple. He responds by telling them, “Anyone who wants to be first must be last, the servant of all.” 

What I’m seeing is that like the disciples I often stray off of the bullseye. Like Peter, I can experience an unbelievable moment and I try to get to work to add to that moment. It’s like I need to show off my worth or value when God just wanted me to experience the moment and rest in his presence. Or in the case of the demon-possessed boy the disciples were trying with all their power to cast out the demon and yet the power was in their relationship with God. In telling them they had to pray it’s as if Jesus was telling them to refocus their dependence. In the conversation of who is greatest, again it’s the wrong focus. To be great means to give yourself away rather than manipulate and politic your way to the top. While I strive to be great and live a life that means something I can so easily be distracted by the potential of what could be rather than capturing the humble and simple moment that is staring me right in the eye. 

All in all I feel like it has a lot to do with being rather than doing. I don’t know about you, but I can “do” things well. For me just to “be” is really hard. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it means we shouldn’t be about accomplishing good things in our journey of faith. I do however believe there must be a focus from which we operate.  I’m coming to see that God cares far more about my living and breathing relationship with him than he cares about the things I can accomplish.  

This is especially challenging for us as we work to build Broken Voices. 

As we are creating this film, planning tons of events, and are in front of people every week it is very easy to drift into “doing.” But hey, we are doing this for God so it must be good, right? The moment that my relationship with God isn’t the thing, then I have nothing to offer. The moment that I miss what God is doing in and around me because I’m too busy constructing things, then I have missed him. The second we get impressed with ourselves, our film, or our organization, then we’ve fired a stray shot far from the bullseye of what God is dreaming about. 

We desperately need to be. Being in a relationship, trusting, and throwing ourselves at the feet of our heavenly father is the only way we will ever accomplish anything worth while – and I’m also coming to believe it’s the best and most exciting way to live. 

So, how are you being? 

Matt & The BV Team

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My eyes have seen

July 21, 2008 at 11:05 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Hey guys welcome back to the Broken Voices blog! We hope you’re doing well. As always, thank you so much for walking this journey with us. We are starting another week still hard at work on cutting Anthem. We’re more grateful than ever to be a part of what is happening here. Please, continue to ask God to give us His eyes and ideas for the story as we shape and mold it this week. It’s amazing as we look through the footage to think through how much God did in our lives personally during our time in production.

Job 42:5 says “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.”

Recently God had slipped into someone I heard about, not someone I personally knew. In the process of making this film, He has revealed himself in fresh ways that I am still taking in, and I am seeing first hand what I have only heard of him doing before. The challenging part for me is wondering what changed, the work He was doing all around me or my ability and desire to take notice.

I hope wherever you find yourself this week, you could experience the true and living God. I am praying that we would be people truly falling more in love with God, not just knowing about Him or hearing of Him. Furthermore, that in the process we would begin using our lives to make known the loving king and perfect savior to a broken world who has never needed him more.

Thank you for your prayer and belief in this God and in us. Moving forward to what lies ahead…

Andrew and the BV Team

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