2009 was a big year for the Via Family. Tasha asked me a few minutes ago what I thought were the top 5 events or happenings of 2009 for our family ... and we listed off the exact same five. She'll be blogging them as well, but here they are now in several installments from my perspective.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
"There is something mysterious in this abjection. O hidden strength: a man hangs on a cross and lifts the load of eternal death from a human race; a man nailed to wood looses the bonds of everlasting death that hold fast the world."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
If you're in the Raleigh area tomorrow night and you're looking for a Christmas Eve service, come on out to Journey Church. Two services--4 and 6 pm. But you better get there early. It's gonna be packed out. And you can bet your booty there will be some "Carol of the Bells" transiberian style.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
At my house in Virginia, holiday family togetherness has a tendency to get out of control. Intentional or not, inevitably we all begin eating and drinking after each other, spreading cooties, H1N1 and the like. With an average of 25 people in the house at any given moment, chaos can ensue at the drop of a hat. My lovely wife has literally tried everything to protect her precious beverages over the last 8 years of marriage. And until this morning, I thought I had seen all her tricks. I was wrong. Way to go, babe! I guess the next step would be duct tape.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Great day at Journey today. Crazy-awesome Christmas message by Pastor Jimmy. CD release of "God Be Praised." Immediately heading up to Virginia after the last service today where 15 inches of snow awaits us. What a day!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Well, I just finished a little Christmas single of my own. O Come, O Come Emmanuel has always been one of my favorite Christmas tunes, so I thought I'd record my own low-budget rendition and offer it here for free. Hey, I'm a sucker for freebies just like the next guy. So, here it is. Hope you enjoy. Share it with a friend.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Fantastic, exhausting weekend. Friday and Saturday I took two of my buddies, Ben Niemann and Josh Reid down to Fayetteville, NC for a youth event at Green Springs Baptist Church. My good friend, Clif Williams, is the youth pastor there and has a huge desire to reach his community with the gospel. So on Saturday afternoon we hit the streets inviting students at the local mall to the event on Saturday night. It turned out well. Having just the three-piece band was kinda fun, although I greatly missed my bride standing alongside me. With Micaiah on breathing treatments for bronchiolitis and the rest of us still getting over sinus infections and colds, we thought it best that I fly alone on this one. But all in all, it turned out really well.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
ATG is here and we're pumped about how people are already using it to get the gospel message to their friends and family. Join the Facebook Group and follow the stories of life-change that's going to happen through this project. And go check out the website, allthatglitterscd.com where you can order CDs and catch a glimpse of what the whole thing is all about. You can also listen to some clips on purevolume.com. Thanks so much for the overwhelming support of this project already. Blessings. .j.v.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
We had a great day back at Ridge Church in Matthews, NC this morning. Today began their 3-part Christmas series called "Nights Before Christmas." Check out Chris Brown's blog for a little taste of the opener. Who played that ridiculously crazy violin part anyway?
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Back at The Creek Church last Sunday. Great day! Sorry about the slowness in getting up the setlist, but here it is.
1. Glorious One (fee)
2.Your Grace is Enough (tomlin)
3. Mighty to Save (hillsong)
4. Take My Life w/ chorus of Sometimes by Step (trad. & rich mullins)
5. Surrender (vineyard)
This Sunday we're back at Ridge Church in Matthews, NC. Excited about that! Pray for us.