10.7.17 – the weekly walk. speechless.

10.7.17 – the weekly walk.  speechless.

It’s rare that I drive home in silence after a show.   I’m usually listening to an audio book, podcast or some bob seger or some other great driving music.
This past Wednesday, after our show in Montclair, NJ I was left speechless and needed the silence to help me process all that happened.
Quite a few things happened on Wednesday that I will never forget.  To give you a little background.  We have just come off a very, very busy September with a ton of gigs, lots of work and just general overall non-stopness that gets overwhelming at times.  I walked into the gig that night not expecting much, was thinking that this might be the last Wednesday Night Worship we do because attendance was going down, we were getting busy, wasn’t really feeling it etc.
I unloaded the car, sound checked and waited.  6 people show up just before 7:30pm.  I feel as though my feelings were right.   This was probably the last one.  Then a few more trickle in and by the time we’re 15 minutes into the night we’ve got 25 people there.  OK.   I’ll take it.  Not overwhelming but it’ll work.  We get about 4 songs in and a feeling starts to hit me.  Something is really happening in this room.  There are moments in the night where I can feel the hair standing up on my arms, where I’m being led to sing certain words and phrases and not just “end” songs.  There’s a presence that I feel and I can tell that the crowd is feeling it as well.
We get through the 4th song and there’s a guy in the front row who turns around and walks to a guy about half way back in the crowd, says something to him and gives him a hug.  Both of them then come to the front row together and worship.  Loud.  Jumping. Hands raised. Hearts lifted.  At this point, I don’t know what’s going on, I’ll find out after the show.
We get to the prayer time towards the end of the night and Jeff prays with one of the guys in the front row.  A woman comes up to me and asks for prayer.  Her son has been dealing with addiction, with suicidal thoughts, the family needs prayer.  Lots going on.  So we pray together.  Praying that love would invade her home.  That the love of Jesus would break through all that’s going on and that hearts in her home would be drawn to him and drawn to each other.  Prayers for peace.  Understanding.  Love.
We finish the night.  It feels good.  Something happened here tonight.  Just can’t put my finger on it.
I’m talking with a few folks in the back by my table.  Someone comes over and sponsors a child.  Amazing.  Someone comes over and buys some merchandise.  They make a donation.  This is turning out to be a really good night.
Then the guy in the front row comes over and introduces himself to me.  He says that during the 4th song God told him to go and talk to the guy halfway back in the crowd and give him a hug.  The guy half way back in the crowd told him that he had just been praying to God and saying, “God, if you’re real, have that guy in the front row come back here and talk to me.”  Within a minute, the guy in the front row turns around and goes back and talks to him. Go read that paragraph again because you need to understand what happened here.  God spoke to the guy in the front row after the guy half way back in the crowd asked God to make that specific guy talk to him.  These guys didn’t know each other.  Never met.  Didn’t pre-plan this.  God moved in both of their hearts & made this happen.
Further backstory,  the guy halfway back in the crowd had been having suicidal thoughts and has been trying to find a reason to keep it all going.  I speak to him after and tell him to remember this night.  He says there’s no way he could ever forget it.  He said this has changed things.
This is what happens on our gigs.  This is how God moves among his people.  This is why we do what we do.  All we’re trying to do is create a space for God to move and that’s exactly what we did on Wednesday night.
So, needless to say, we are not stopping Wednesday Night Worship in Montclair.  We are going to continue this as long as we can.  A life was literally saved on Wednesday night.  Praise God!
Thanks for reading. Thanks for being a part of this ministry.  If you want to join us, join us at http://www.joindavesband.com so that we can do this more.  So that we can see more lives change and get more people worshiping.
The takeaway?  Never underestimate what God can do in the midst of our own doubt.  In the midst of our own selfishness, God moves. In the midst of our own exhaustion, God moves.  In ways that I could never imagine, God moves.  God uses us when we least expect it.  So expect to be used.  Be open to being used and be drawn closer to Him through it all.
I still get chills when I think of this night.  Hopefully that feeling never leaves. I want to see God move more.  I want to see Him change more lives.  We need that.
Amen.

2.15.17 – The Weekly Walk – Psalm 46

2.15.17 – The Weekly Walk – Psalm 46.

Hey everyone, hope you’re well and the week is going great.  We had a great time on Monday night at Monday Night Worship.  We had over 50 people tune in to our Facebook live stream.  If you missed it, you can watch it by CLICKING HERE.

There were a lot of prayer requests & there was just a lot going on so, please take a minute and pray for each other as we do each week.  Appreciate you guys.

We spoke briefly about one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 46.  It starts out like this….

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.  
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea
though the waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”

then towards the end it says this…

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire
He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

I really do love this passage of scripture. It was particularly relevant on Monday night as we were reading the prayer requests and praying for people.  There are a lot of folks, myself included, who are dealing with some wars in their lives.  We need God to step in and break the bow and shatter the spear. We need Him to step in and hold us, even in the midst of the mountains falling in our lives and the earth giving way, every day for some of us.

I take refuge in this passage.  It reminds me that God is not giving up on us. It reminds me that He is here in the midst of it all.  I know it’s hard to see Him sometimes in the midst of the struggles, in the midst of the waters foaming and roaring.  I’ve felt very distant from God on more than one occasion but in the end, through the battles, we find that He’s been with us all along.  This is faith.  This is the true definition of faith in the unseen.  We walk through wars every day, we see battles being fought every day. Walk down the street, you’ll see battles.  I’m in Chicago this week and have seen so many people fighting as I walk down the street.  Fighting for life.  Fighting for freedom. Fighting for something more.  Some don’t even realize what they are fighting for.  I know that even in my own life and family, we are fighting for things.  We are fighting for healing. We are fighting for strength.  Salvation.  The list goes on.

The only response to this is to take refuge in the One who stands with us.  Jesus.  He loves us with a love that we can’t even begin to describe.  The battles we fight each day are not fought alone. He stands with us.  He walks with us.  He is victorious in it all.  He fought and defeated the grave.  He can fight and defeat what we are going through.  Have faith.  Trust.  Hope.  Seek Him.  He will show up.  He will draw near to you as you draw near to Him.

Praying for each and every one of you as you fight your battles today.

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Worship in the Adirondacks


9.8.16 – So happy to be a part of this festival next Saturday, 9/17.  We’ll be playing a set on Saturday afternoon and then our band will back up Paul Baloche for his set in the evening and then Jeremy Camp finishes out the night.  This will be a GREAT day of worship.  Join us.  http://www.worshipintheadirondacks.com

10.2.15 – wednesday night worship – happening 10/7/15 in montclair

10.2.15 – so amazing how God works.  we’ve been praying for a venue and a community to embrace a wednesday night worship service…for like 3 years. it’s finally happening.  next wednesday night, 10/7/15, we’re getting together at the Montclair Community Church at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair, NJ to worship, pray & just hang together as a community of believers.  we hope you can join us.  it’s going to be pretty relaxed with some great music, a quick message & some prayer.  be sure to join us for the first one & then the first wednesday of every month!  see you there.

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/922592461129012/
HERE’S AN ARTICLE ABOUT THE NIGHT:  https://montclairdispatch.com/dave-pettigrew-performs/
MORE INFO ON THE CHURCH HERE:  http://www.montclairchurch.net/

 

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