We just got back from a great weekend in Pascagoula, MS with the students at First Baptist Church.  Fun to say and hard to spell name, good church.  The Lord’s hand was very evident all weekend.  Friday night, I couldn’t stop thinking about Hebrews 10:19 that says, “...We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.”  We, the band, even spent 5 minutes pre-service to find the exact address of the verse. It wasn’t more then 20 minutes later after we led our first 2 songs that the speaker, Brad Fogarty, got up and quoted that exact verse.  Another equally “coincidental” but funnier thing started into motion a week before the D-Now.  Last Friday, Carlie and I were driving to Nashville for a Beth Moore Pastor’s Wives Conference.  They didn’t let me in.  On the way down I wrote a verse and chorus to a very silly bluegrass gospel song filled with lyrical references to hell, heaven, and fire to fit the genre. The words were:

Lead us not into temptation, we’ll find it ourselves
We don’t need no motivation on this roadway to Hell
We’re prone to self destruction, born doing wrong
That’s why narrow is the way that leads to God 

I ain’t in it for the money, ’cause money can’t buy
All the friends that I can get me swimming in that fire
I will never be alone on the road that’s broad
That’s way narrow is the way that leads to God

One day I will live in glory when homeward I fly
Through the gates of Heaven with Jesus as my guide
My works will never get me what my faith as bought
That’s why narrow is the way that leads to God.   

So by the end of last weekend I finished the song knowing full well I would never play it from any stage unless I was invited into the deep depths of the woods of Kentucky.  I was almost embarrassed that I would write a bluegrass gospel song.  Now fast forward to this weekend.  I was sitting listening to Brad speak and near the end of his message he quoted Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  My first thought was, “Oh, crap, now I have to sing that stupid song.”  Come to find out, that Scripture was the theme verse for the weekend and I completely overlooked it.  So after the service we, the band, put together a little four part quartet version of the song.  It might have been the funniest thing I have been a part of in awhile.  Buck Buchanan, our drummer did a little old man hick vocal solo that I cannot possibly explain through human language.  We performed the song on Saturday morning and I fell on the drums mid Buck solo because I was overcome with tearful laughter.  We recorded the performance.  I will post it as soon as I get it.  

Please be in prayer for the students as they continue to process and apply everything that the Lord did in their hearts during the weekend.  Also, a big thanks to Buck, Josh, and Brad (AKA the Band) for joining us this weekend!!  We raised over $800 for the orphanage!  A weekend well spent…