Born and raised in Shelby, NC, music has always been an important part of my life. At a young age, my mom taught me and my sisters to sing harmony. At the time, I didn't realize what an impact that would have on my spiritual life. Musical harmony is sweet and beautiful, but the church itself must also possess harmony within it's family. I love this verse from first
Peter 3:8 - "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. " That harmony comes only from an unwaivering love for Jesus Christ.
Many people think that the music selected for Sunday morning (and other) services is just a compilation of the worship leader's favorite songs. Not for me. Selecting music comes from being in the Word and opening my heart to the Holy Spirit. He does the selecting. He does the leading. And He does the transforming. I am simply to be obedient.
My philosophy is that music is a wonderful tool with which to worship our Lord; a tool that include discipleship, education, and prayer. Music helps us grow in these areas, individually and as a church. But "music" is not worship. Worship is about the condition of the heart. We were created for the purpose of worshiping God: our hearts should be prepared when we enter the doors of the church. It's not about us. It is about God. The style of a song or its lyrics merely help us join together in that time of worship. My prayer is that God would use me to help those around me meet Jesus and/or fall deeper in love with Him. He is worthy of our praise and has certainly shown His goodness, His mercy, and His great love throughout my life. Please consider worshiping with us at West Oxford!
Other than my salvation, my most treasured blessings are pictured to the left. I have two great sons, a daughter in law whom I adore, and the sweetest shi-tzu you'll ever meet, tongue and all!