Friends

And thus begins a new chapter in my life.

Posted on February 6, 2009. Filed under: Church, Friends, Money, Music, Theology |

To my friends, family, my old church family at Pinnacle, I am asking for your prayers. Today begins a new and exiting chapter in my life. I will be doing the very thing that I didn’t want to do after I moved to Atlanta. Today, I re-enter the full time work force.  Not at a church or with a band, but with a Marketing firm here in Atlanta, Dynamic Marketing Concepts. Many of you know that I moved to Atlanta five months ago with the hope and desire of playing music full time. Apart from the will of God, there have been a few different things that have inhibited this from happening. First and foremost, I think it’s the economy. As a keyboard player, I am usually the first thing to get cut from a band, and the last thing to get added. Secondly, I haven’t been apart of the church I go to now for very long- 5 months; the time we have been down here. My church is intentional about creating great environments and using the best talent that they have at their disposal. Being that I just haven’t been there a super long time, as other players have, I haven’t received many chancess to play or lead worship yet, but opportunities are always growing. Some of you know also that I have been approached by a church to be their worship pastor. This is something that I am still considering, but God has not brought clarity to the situation yet, therefore, Susan and I haven’t moved yet. We are quite content serving where we are. Don’t forget also, that there was a chance that I could get a call back from Richie McDonald to play with him, but this too didn’t happen.

So you wonder… If I were asked by someone, anyone, “Josh, do you think you failed? Do you think you made a bad move by leaving your comfort zone and everything you knew to move somewhere to take a chance and doing what you love full time?” To that I would say absolutely not. I don’t believe I have failed. A pastor that I respect very greatly, Pastor Steven Furtick,  said this- “It’s better to take a risk and fail, than to never take that jump, and wonder what could have been.” (That’s a Josh Fowler paraphrase.) So, I do not think that I have failed at all. I think that God is not through with me, and in some ways, he may be just beginning. Am I going to be doing the thing that I am MOST passionate about for a little while? No. At least not on a full time basis. Am I going to be learning a lot, and continue to be shaped daily by my creator? Absolutely! My journey in music and ministry isn’t over, and in fact, I’ll still be doing it part time with a few outside engagements a year. Right now, though, I have to focus on paying off debt. Debt is what has inhibited me from being able to do music in a full time capacity. Take note- God’s word isn’t messing around when it says that “The borrower is slave to the lender. You cannot serve both God and money.” It’s true, and nothing reenforces that point more that when you don’t have any work, but the bills still continue to pile up. Sometimes when you do something risky, you have to be able to not make any money sometimes, and be OK with it. Unfortunately in many ways, I squandered that opportunity in my late teens by making poor financial decisions. In retrospect though, it is going to be a good thing. God has already used me to be able to help some people with their finances, and for that I am grateful.

So for me today, it’s suit and tie. Sharp haircut. Clean shave everyday. Polished shoes. Big elevators, glass office buildings, new horizons, and new challenges. It’s stepping out of my comfort zone, to better fulfill the obligation that God has entrusted me with- to provide for my family. To my Pinnacle Family- Thank you guys for supporting me in making one of the scariest moves that I have ever made in my life. Thanks for enjoying my music, and putting up with my A.D.D. And to the staff there- Thank you for believing in me. To my the rest of my friends and family this is not over. I believe that one day, God will give me the opportunity to minister for him with music full time. It’s all about His time, for His purpose, in His will, for His glory, and For his renown. 

Today, I ask for your prayers. That everyday in this job, that God will keep me from temptation. That as a businessman, I will be above reproach. Pray for me that I can set the standard, and that people can look to the guy who calls himself a follower of Christ, and they would see a good example of a hardworking ethical man who sets the standard in the way of drive, excellence, and achievements. I pray that I can be Jesus to people who don’t know him in the work force. 

Thanks again for your prayers, and check back here daily for updates and creative thoughts.

For the Glory of God,

Josh Fowler

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He finally did it!!! (And a few other things)

Posted on February 4, 2009. Filed under: Church, Friends, Money, Music, Worship Leading |

Alright, your friend and mine, Jonathan Blaylock finally started a blog! You can check it out here. He will be sure to have some good thoughts on life, culture, church, and everything else. Jonathan and I have known each other for years, and it’s been a cool journey hanging out with him! 

Also, I added John Acuff to my blog roll. His site is filled with stuff that everyone will enjoy, and, it’s hilarious! You can check his stuff out here

Finally, Kristian Stanfill has released his new EP entitled “Attention.” It is awesome!!! Click on the link to get it in iTunes!

 

Kristian Stanfill "Attention" EP

Kristian Stanfill "Attention" EP

 

 

Well, that’s about all I got for today. Keep praying for me about the car. Still no good news.

Josh

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The hardest I’ve ever laughed.

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Church, Friends |

Ok, So I am not sure why this is, but I think that people getting mildly to moderately injured is one of the funniest things ever. I have found, however, that women usually do not find this sort of thing funny at all. But if you are someone who finds the temporary pain and suffering of someone else due to clumsiness, acts of God, friend’s carelessness, or stupidity, read on. I would personally file this one under the “acts of God” category. Let me tell you, if YOU could have been there to see it, you would’ve thought that it was an act of God as well.

So somewhere in the neighborhood of about 8 years ago, I was a skinny, dorky, acne covered white boy who really wasn’t athletically gifted, but nevertheless enjoyed sports. I guess I’m still skinny and dorky.. And A.D.D. Well anyways, at the time, I went to a church in Candler, NC called Pole Creek Baptist Church, and the church had just hired a new youth pastor, Ryan Kilby a couple of years earlier. Ryan hadn’t been at the church very long, (maybe a year or so) when he began taking us on winter retreats, fall weekend things, summer camps and so forth. By this time, I think me and my buddies were juniors, possibly seniors, and we just loved any opportunity to get away and hang out. There were five or six of us that when it came to our youth group, we were virtually inseparable. It was me, Travis Campbell, Derrick McCarson, Nick McCoy, Clint McCoy, and Wes McCurry. As a group, most of us had very little in common, but we were united by our love of laughter, especially Travis, Derrick and I. I can’t even tell you some of the things we laughed at. We had more inside jokes than I can remember. Everything from stupid gestures, to weird voices, to… anything. We could find any and everything funny. Rarely were the three of us ever together when we weren’t laughing at something. 

So here we were, away for the weekend, enjoying our free time. One of the coolest things about this particular location that we were at was that it had a pretty decent gym. It had lots of basketball goals, and plenty of room for everyone to spread out and do their own thing. Ryan had just found the key to the closest where all of the basketballs and other equipment were kept. As soon has he opened the closet up, we realized that there were plenty of items to keep us occupied, not just basketballs. There were jump-ropes, rubber balls, (the kind that you barely nudge with your foot and they launch like 50 feet) and all kinds of other stuff that I really can’t even remember. As the closet door opened, most guys went to grab a basketball. Not me. I sucked at basketball, and still do really. In fact, to say that I suck at basketball would be the understatement of the year. So I grabbed the kickball, and began to kick it. Against walls, back to myself, to others, ect… 

So let me set the scene up for you. I am on one side of the gym, still playing with a kick ball. About half of our youth group had went somewhere else to hang out, so suddenly the gym felt more spacious. Derrick, who was great at basketball, was down on the other end no doubt practicing his near perfect form, and right across from him on the other side of the court was Nick McCoy. Nick was a different guy. He wasn’t the best looking kid in our grade, but he sure thought he was. Great guy, but could give tiger woods a run for his money when it came to cockiness. (O yeah, he played golf a lot too.) So here I am just randomly kicking this ball, when for some reason, deep down inside, I feel the inner urge to announce to Derrick what I was getting ready to do. I yelled across the gym “Hey Derrick, check this out!…” 

*******(Now I promise, I am not fabricating the next part of this story at all.)********

Derrick briefly stops what he’s doing, only to look over and see me kick this ball harder than I have ever kicked any ball in my life. To this day, I’m sure David Beckham would be proud. The ball left the end of my foot propelled though the air with the accuracy of a missile, missing literally dozens of rafters and A/C ducts in the ceiling, coming back down, and NAILED, NAILED, N-I-A-L-E-D, Nick McCoy right in the face!!!!! I mean RIGHT IN THE FACE. Derrick and I both immediately lost our composure! I remember Derrick taking off in a very brief, dead sprint before falling on the ground and laughing so hard uncontrollably that saliva began to drip from his wide open mouth. Nick of course thought that this was on purpose and wanted to kill me, which was even funnier, because Derrick and I both knew that with my athletic ability (or lack thereof) there is no way that could have ever been planned. In an attempt to show you what that moment was like, I found this video on youtube, and have posted it for your enjoyment. (It’s only 4 seconds long)

So what’s the hardest YOU’VE ever laughed?

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Conviction, magic, and steel guitars

Posted on October 21, 2008. Filed under: Church, Friends, Theology, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Just a few of the words that describe my Sunday. Explain that title, you say? Well, here goes

Con·vic·tion- (kən-ˈvik-shən) Function:noun

1: the act or process of convicting of a crime especially in a court of law 2a: the act of convincing a person of error or of compelling the admission of a truth b: the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth3 a: a strong persuasion or belief b: the state of being convicted.
So,let me put this in the proper context for you so that you can understand where I am coming from. You see, I am a Christian, which means I have an eternal (forever) lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. My personal belief is that his death on the cross paid for all the sins that I have ever committed or ever will commit. (Ok just bear with me a second, I’m not going totally old school here.) So, if Jesus paid a price for my sins, then that means I was bought for a price, and I owe a debt that I can never repay. So, what does that mean? My relationship with God is not something I earned or deserved. I can never be anything great on my own merit. For me to be anything, (or anything that God called me to be) I have to accept the gift of salvation, or in better tearms, enter the relationship with my heavenly father that God has called me to. (Yes, God really did draw me to him) So what does this have to do with conviction? When we accept God’s gift of Salvation (Which by the way wasn’t free, there was definitely a cost, we just didn’t pay it, and there is even more of a cost. Paul refers to it as picking up your cross and following Jesus,) the holy spirit lives inside of our soul, and points out stuff in our life that has no place being there. That is conviction. You know, that feeling deep inside when you let the guy who cut you off in traffic absolutely have it! Or, when you go to that site, and look at that thing you know you shouldn’t look at. Or what about those things you do when no one else is around, that you can manage to forget about, yet if everyone knew about you would be horribly ashamed? Conviction. CONVICTION. Don’t run from it, embrace it! It’s of God. Should we live in guilt? No, but can it be a good thing? ABSOLUTELY!! So if we were having this conversation face to face, I fel like your next question would be “Josh, what is it that YOU’VE been convicted about?” at which point I would look at you and say “Well gee freakin thanks for asking me that on my blog where the whole world can read it!!” (Just kidding, sort of.) You wanna know what I’ve been convicted of? Well here goes. The things I say when no one is around. The way I address my wife when I lose patience. The illusion that I display when I’m in front of the cool kids. My “cuss words” that “really aren’t that bad, because after all, who made them bad?” ) To me, that’s kind of like asking the question “who told you that you were naked?” My challenge to you is that you would not run from conviction, but that you would embrace it. Step into the light. Step out into that place that God wants you to live. Jeff henderson said it correctly when he said that (and I paraphrase) “God didn’t come to die for the illusion of you, he came to die for the real you.”
 
2.) Magic and steel guitars- At North Point yesterday, I saw one of my good friends, Earl South, do some great stage magic. Actually, have a look at this freak of nature for yourself:
As far as the steel guitars are concerned, another good friend of mine, Jeremy Moyers played steel guitar in the worship set yesterday at Buckhead church. You can check him out at moyerssoundsolutions.com
Well, that’s about all I’ve got for today. Would you mind leaving me a comment and telling me something that God has convicted you about?
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Check this out.

Posted on September 17, 2008. Filed under: Church, Friends, Theology | Tags: , , , , , , |

Just want to give a shout out to my brotha from anotha motha Michael Seay. He is very new in the blog world, but has some very great great thought. You can check his blog by clicking here. 

Times are a bit slow right now. Music gigs are coming and going, and yet the economy keeps getting worse and worse. Since moving to Alpharetta, GA a few weeks ago, my wife Susan has been unable to find any steady work. She is working as a Nanny for a very nice family, and while that’s a lot of fun, and they are great people, we just aren’t going to be able to make it on what she is making now. Not only that, but in the long run, she just doesn’t want to be a Nanny. She didn’t suffer through four years of college and basically almost get two degrees just to be a Nanny. So with that being said we went to a job fair this morning. I ad planned on accompanying her, but since I had nothing to do, and I was looking to get some extra money myself, I thought I would go to and submit my resumes in a few places. OK, so not only was this the biggest waste of time ever, we drove all that way, and basically no one was hiring or excepting resumes. What in the heck is up with that? Well, we didn;t get a lot accomplished, but Susan is hoping that she might get at least one call back from it. Just pray!!!! Not only for her, but pray for me that I will have more musical opportunities. It’s all about networking and paying your dues, and that is exactly what I am doing right now. 

Now as far as the weight loss pictures. Well, They are coming but we are trying to get our digital camera in working order before that can happen. But I will keep you updated. Just as a refresher, and as a way that I am letting all you readers keep me accountable, I will repost all of the figures and pics for you to see all at the same time.

On a new thought- there is a new wave of discussion that is coming up in the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) about Calvinism, Arminianism, John 3:16 and everything in between. Now, I am not into engaging in mud slinging debates, but I want to hear what your opinions are. Here are the rules: I don’t want to see statements like “well if I were God I would…” or “Well I know what the Bible says but….” or “The Bible says this, but it what it really means is [Something totally opposite of the real meaning]. Once I get some comments, I will tell you what some of my view are and why I believe that. Do some research on these types of theology, and then read up on some scripture.

Alright folks! That’s all I got for today… Talk to you very soon!

Josh

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