Second Chances

Sometimes God is referred to as the “God of second chances”. In reality, we mess up our second (third, fourth, fifth…) chances as well, but God is still willing to bring us back to Him and restore us. All we need to do is ask Him, just like the psalmist in Psalm 85.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more. Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations? Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O Lordand grant us your salvation.

Psalms 85:4-7 (NLT)

Despite the grace that God has out-poured on our lives, we can be a little slow in extending that same grace to others.

Jonah is an example of this. He was not pleased that God changed His mind and decided not to punish Nineveh.

Why was he so consumed over whom God chose to forgive? Was he condemning them based on his own judgement? Did he not believe they deserved a second chance? Even God calls him out on it, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”

This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”

Jonah 4:1-4 (NLT)

God felt sorry for the people of Nineveh because they lived in spiritual darkness (Jonah 4:11). As Jonah points out, God is merciful and compassionate. He loves His creation and is not eager to destroy it.

As Christians, we must pray for the same compassion and mercy for the people whom we meet that are in spiritual darkness. It is not our responsibility to judge and condemn them. That is God’s alone. It is our responsibility to show love and kindness.

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Romans 2:1-4 (NLT)

It is God’s “kindness that leads us to repentance” (NASB), or as The Message (MSG) puts it, “in kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.”

Are we showing kindness, tolerance and patience to those in spiritual darkness, or have we already condemned them and given up on them?

We have the opportunity each and every day to show God’s love and point people to Him. Judgement and condemnation are things that are final, and they make no room for second chances. God is all about second chances, and we should be too.

Geek, Music, Recording

Trying Out Apple’s New “Music Memos”

I thought I’d try out Apple’s new iOS app for song writers, called “Music Memos”. I posted a video about it earlier in the week.

The interface and functionality is similar to Voice Memos on iOS, except Music Memos will add accompaniment automatically to your song recordings, in the form of bass and drums.

My initial test was a vocal recording, with no instruments. It was not able to detect tempo properly, nor was the generated bass line anything I could use.

I then grabbed my guitar and used a section of Chris Tomlin’s “At The Cross” to see how it performed. This yielded much better results. The strumming of a guitar seemed to give the app a little more to work with.

In the screenshot above, you’ll notice how it added the chords and detected the time signature. You can toggle drums and bass at the bottom of the screen. There is also the ability to add notes, etc. and tag your ideas for future retrieval.

A number of sharing options are available — Garageband, SoundCloud, Email, etc. I exported the song direct to SoundCloud so I could embed it in this post. You can listen to the results below.

It’s not amazing, but it may be a useful tool to add some body to rough song ideas. If you haven’t got it already, it’s a free download from the Apple App Store.

Best Posts, Thoughts

This Is Why We Darken Our Auditorium


STORYCHURCH started in a Durham school gymnasium/cafeteria back in 2010. It was so great! The school was brand new, so everything was clean and shiny — and super bright — thanks to the myriad of windows along the side of the room.

It was often so bright in fact, that Pastor Jeremy and I regularly talked (and talked) about the excess of light in the room and how we wished we could control it.

A little over 18 months ago, when we started to renovate what is now our first permanent location, the first thing we did was block out all the windows and paint the roof black. I was absolutely giddy with the possibility of being able to control the lights, at long last. No joke.

While caught up in all my giddiness, I’ve failed to communicate properly the WHY behind it. Here are some thoughts on why we like to control the lighting in our auditorium.

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Recording, Resources

Apple releases new ‘Music Memos’ iOS app for songwriters

Check this out! Apple have just released a new app for songwriters called Music Memos. You can download it now for free from the App Store.

Source: Apple releases new ‘Music Memos’ iOS app for songwriters | 9to5Mac

Set Lists


  • What A Savior – Lauren Daigle (G)
  • From The Inside Out – Hillsong (G)
  • 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman (E)
  • God Of This City – BlueTree (G)
  • Scandal Of Grace – Hillsong (G)
  • Beautiful Things – Gungor (G)