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Band redeems airport delay

31. March 2009 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

Members of the new Christian band “Rubies and Embers” took advantage of a big flight delay in Raleigh recently. According to Danny Musten, proud father of band member Laura Musten, the band was returning to Nashville via the Raleigh airport after leading worship at a mother-daughter retreat at Oak Island. Initially informed of a two-and-a-half hour flight delay, it stretched eventually another three hours.

Instead of flopping down on the airport furniture and fuming for a few hours, the young ladies broke out their instruments and started playing.  Before long many of the upset, anxious passengers who also were enduring the unanticipated delay began gathering around the trio and encouraging them to play more.  Soon, people from the entire terminal gathered to hear this mini-concert, erupting with encouraging words and applause. 
One lady asked them to open an instrument case so she could plant a little thank you gift. Others followed suit.
 
Band members Melissa Hill and Abby Hinton were singing with Laura some of the worship tunes they had written when one of the waiting passengers asked if he could play along. He picked up the mandolin and Laura said, “his playing was insane.”  She later learned he was Craig Duncan, author of one of her fiddle books and a professional player in
Raleigh.
Just as much a thrill for her was
Duncan saying, “I loved your playing, thanks for letting me jam with you!”

Danny Musten, a Baptist sound and video professional in Raleigh, said the band could have sold all their CDs at the mini-concert, but of course, they were packed in their luggage on its way to Nashville.  With just one CD in hand, fellow passengers passed it around and copied it to their laptops.

The band ended up giving that one CD to a Southwest Airlines representative who ended up being their flight attendant.  As the flight was about to take off, six hours after scheduled, all of a sudden “Come Among Us” one of the band’s most worshipful and peaceful tunes, sounded over the plane’s speakers and the CD continued to play as they took off.  Laura described the scene to her dad as, “like crazy.”

“It was like a lullaby and everyone got quiet and it was like inviting the Lord to come among us and to dwell among us as we took off,” she said.  

As they were tearing up, passengers wrote their mailing addresses on bits of paper to hand to the girls, wanting them to mail the music. The flight attendant told them, “I think a lot of people needed to hear what you girls were singing about. Thank you. It seems like it’s from God.”

What a sweet testimony and demonstration of I Peter 3:15, being always prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within you.

You can hear the tune that moved the waiting passengers here.

Hear Laura in fiddle solo at Belmont University here.

 

*people – I have known two of these band members for several years, and could not be more excited about what they are doing!!!  Using their gifts and their lives to glorify God…….May God be praised!  

Now, my friend, go and do the same – go forth and live for Him!

 

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ok, so I just received this from a friend – laughed right out loud, sitting home all by myself!  Truly, we are funny, people!  These came right from church bulletins…..enjoy…..

 

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

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Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
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Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
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The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.
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Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
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Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
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Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: ‘Break Forth Into Joy.’
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married onOctober 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
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A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in thechurch hall. Music will follow.
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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..
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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility. 
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Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hallafter the B. S. is done.
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The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
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Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
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The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

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wonders will unfold

From God Calling, March 25th……”I am with you.  Do not fear.  Never doubt My Love and Power. Your heights of success will be won by the daily persistent doing of what I have said.  

Daily, steady persistence.  Like the wearing away of a stone by steady drops of water, so will your daily persistence wear away all the difficulties and gain success for you, and secure your help for others. 

Never falter, go forward so boldly, so unafraid.  I am beside you to help and strengthen you.

Wonders have unfolded.  More still will unfold, beyond your dreams, beyond your hopes. 

Say ‘All is well’ to everything.  All is well.”

“No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it – what God has arranged for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9  the message

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and show its true colors.  So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you will become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.  If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help.”  James 1:2-5 the message

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a Sunday school lesson

Today is Sunday.  And on Sundays, I teach Sunday school – 12th grade girls. We gather together first with the boys, and introduce the lesson.  The guys teacher and I alternate every other week leading the opening with the large group.  Today was my day to lead.  I had been working on the lesson this week, but my usual Saturday morning “pull it all together” had been postponed due to a party I attended, and the afternoon was spent cooking and kitchen work.  By the end of the evening, I began to re-focus on my lesson, and decided that I would bake my white cupcakes.  I felt “led to” actually.  God was definitely putting some ideas together, and if baking is involved, then I’m most happy.  These cupcakes are the ones that can cause WW3 in my house if someone eats more than their share!  The lesson was on the wedding invitation in Matthew 22, by the way.  

There is so much I do not understand about our holy Word, so much I have to learn, so many gaps in my knowledge, but for this lesson, what I thought we would do is first talk about weddings, the part we love the most, and what we absolutely love the best.  For me, that’s the cake.  (well, there’s other parts, like when the bride walks in, and I look to see the look on the groom’s face, but I digress…..)  So I would take these simple cupcakes, white and fluffy, to use as a tool to communicate with these teenagers.  It worked.  We talked all about weddings (may I mention, that my girls totally dominated the conversation!  Not one guy got all gushy and excited about talking weddings!)  Then we talked about the invitations, and how we respond, and on and on and on.  I read some of the Scriptures, and we talked a bit more, I prayed, and the girls went on to their classroom, to dive deeper into this mystery.

What happened next still stuns me.  We saw one of our girls in the hall outside our room.  She had graduated early, so has not been as consistent in coming this spring.  I was so glad to see her – gave her a hug, then found myself staring at the finger she held out to show me.  Right there, on her left ring finger, was a ring.  What is this?  (I could not believe she was engaged!)  Well, she wasn’t……she was MARRIED!  Oh. my. gosh.  See why I was stunned?!!!

She came in to our class for just a few minutes, to share with the class some details.  Now, this is the portion I will not give details for – I totally am wanting to represent all that occurred with such respect, and integrity. I am certainly not endorsing marriage at this age, nor criticizing this particular precious one for her decision. However, a few things demand mentioning.  Such as – what a God who provided for me a class illustration unlike any I’ve ever been given!  (I STILL cannot get over that she came on THIS day – the one that we were talking all things wedding – to share with us her marriage!)  I still had some cupcakes from our opening time (at the courthouse wedding, they had not enjoyed any cake together), and was able to send two home for the couple.  We also had our wonderful viola player, along with her viola, so she played a song right there in our classroom.  It was beautiful.  Special.

The new bride left, and the stunned teacher and class tried to gather themselves to continue the lesson.  And what a lesson we had.  God taught.  I always hope and pray He teaches, but today, there was no doubt.  He taught.  He lavished His love on them through each other, through the Word, and in prayer.  He used this very flawed middle-aged woman to challenge them in their choices.  To look them in the eye, and plead that they choose well.  That they pursue Jesus above all else.  And that they know His plans for them are for them.  To insist that they be satisfied in Him.  We continued to discuss the invitation to the wedding feast – and what that involved.  And the fact that we are the Bride of Christ, He, the Bridegroom.  Our closing prayer was for this couple to be overwhelmed with the need for Christ, and they they would satisfy themselves in Him.  

For this teacher, it was a first.  I’ve taught almost a dozen years, and never had such a thing occur.  As I joked with my girls at the end of class, I’ve never received a guidebook on how to teach Sunday school.  And I’ve certainly never received a guide on what to do in the situation when a student comes in and announces she had gotten married.  But, I do trust my God, and His leading, and if that is going to happen, having it happen when it is totally timed for the lesson just causes me to love Him all the more.  May He have mercy on us, when we fail, and when we succeed.  May He guide our choices, decisions, our very lives.  And may we cling to Him, no matter what.  I love Him so.  I pray you do too.

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Cast your cares

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”  Psalm 55:22

from my One Year Devotional, Walk With God, by Chris Tiegreen:

“It makes no sense to cast our cares on God and then take them up again.  When we trust Him with our concerns, we ask Him to manage them.  We acknowledge our own futility, and we rely on His power to resolve them.  We actively watch, not ignorantly wait.   We expectantly believe, not aggressively intervene.  We act when He says to act and sit still when He says to sit.  We obey His instructions because we know He’s in charge – and we’re comfortable with that.  We can go to sleep at night knowing we can do nothing more effective than acknowledging His wisdom, power, love, and Lordship.  We can wake up without a single burden, because our burdens are on His shoulders.  We refuse to micromanage.  We will hope only in Him, because He is where our cares have been cast.”

whew!  I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to wake up without a single burden!  I need Him so badly…..Be blessed today, this day~

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a funny

Well, can we just say that time is just flying by?!!  Spring is definitely here, and much is going on.  This weekend was full, and fun.  Right now I am finally sitting,  and resting for a bit,  before a very busy week.  I haven’t even had a chance to tell you one of the funniest things that happened last week.  It’s not a huge deal, was really kind of small actually.  But I’ve thought and thought about it since then.  It has meant something in the spiritual realm for me.

Tuesday morning, Sara was wanting kolaches for breakfast.  (if you are not familiar with these, I’m so very sorry!  They are great amazing breakfast nuggets of a great roll filled with breakfast meats and cheese, sometimes fruit.)  It was TAKS test day, and they always tell the students to get a good breakfast.  With dad out of town, and just us girls at home, I wasn’t able to run out to our favorite kolache shop.  So, I stopped at the store on the way home from work Monday and picked up our second favorite choice.  Out of the freezer.  (side note – I make them “homemade” on Christmas morning, and other days during the year, but did not have enough time this particular morning.)

I ran Tues. morning, woke the darling test taker up, and started the kolaches.  I had also cut up a pineapple, so I got that out too.  Made her lunch, had me some good Bible study, and pulled that delicious pan out of the oven with much joy.  Once she skipped down the stairs (ok, she didn’t really skip, but wouldn’t that have been fun?!!!)  I placed her wonderful breakfast in front of her.  She was smiling from ear to ear.  (really, no exaggeration)  

Sara: “um, mom, there’s no sausage in this”

Mom: “what?!!”  

Sara:” it’s empty”

Mom:”no way!!!”  

You get the idea.  I even pulled the packaging out of the trash to read it.  She was right – I had bought “yeast rolls”.  Empty kolaches.  I was pitifully so sorry.  humbled and sorry.  apologizing and sorry. over and over.  I felt like the worst mother.  (well, maybe not the worst, but a pretty bad one!)  Obviously in my rush Monday evening, I looked at one package labeled kolaches, and picked up the yeast rolls.  

Here’s what I’ve been thinking.  Don’t we do that in our lives at times? Don’t I?  Think we’ve got this thing figured out, fill our lives with great things, wonderful things, yet at times still feel “empty”?  We KNOW nothing will fill us like Jesus, yet, we try.  We still want.  It. will. not. satisfy.  

Only our Jesus.  

Fill up with Him, and be fully satisfied.

Psalm 90:14

“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” 

Psalm 91:16
“With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 145:16
“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.”

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