The Rooster Returns!

I was out golfing…yes I know, tough life but I am willing to do it. As a couple of my friends and I were walking down the 18th fairway at a more rural golf course, we heard the sound of a rooster crowing like it was the morning. One of my buddies said out loud, “I wonder what the Apostle Peter thought of when he heard that sound?”

You know the story. Jesus predicts that Peter will deny Jesus three times and when he does a rooster will crow. Peter in all his confidence says “No way, Lord, I would never do that!”  Of course Jesus knew it, Peter did it, and the rooster crowed. Then in the Gospel of John, chapter 21 we read where Jesus reinstates Peter after His resurrection asking him three times if he loved Him. Peter says yes three times, and Jesus, without hesitation, says, “then feed My sheep.”

What did Peter think of when he heard the rooster crow in the years after that?

You know he heard it. The rooster never goes permanently silent.

Rooster returns

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Did he remember his screw up, is failure, his absolute falling on his face when his Lord needed him?

I think only for a second. Reflecting on the words Peter would write and the life he lived, I tend to believe his thoughts would go to John 21 where Jesus restored him, remembering how far God has brought him. Peter was commissioned to feed the sheep. He did not wallow in the guilt, he lived a “Jesus freak” type life of a man who was restored. That’s what Jesus died for.

What about you?

When you experience a memory through a smell, song, picture, location, calendar date, tradition, etc. that brings back a hard time, mistake, failure, painful moment, what do you remember?

I ask myself as much as you because I am convinced that God does not want you and me to have a huge pit in our stomach forever and degrade ourselves or feel sorry for ourselves. That can take our eyes off the cross, the prize, and we will miss so many divine moments.

Jesus died for all of the “As Is” moments we have.


What if you focused on how far God has brought you? Look where you were and now where you are. God is good. Really.

The next time you here the rooster crow in your own life, remember, amidst the scars, God never left you where you were. He has showed Himself to you time and time again and has reinstated you through the cross.

Feed His sheep.

Love you all,


With Is A Power Thing – Behind the writing of You’re With Me

I was on a flight to an event going through my normal routine. I like to have a coffee in one hand and the newspaper in the other. I especially like it early in the morning because then it’s like I’m reading brand new news and not something I caught a piece of on the trillion screens we have in every restaurant, mall, airport, and even on our phones. I like to read the story. In the midst of reading world news and editorials an advertisement grabbed my eye.

Unfortunately for the company, I don’t remember what was being sold but I remember the picture and title. It was a picture from behind four kids sitting on the beach with their arms around each other looking out at the ocean waves. The words across the top were “With is a powerful thing!”

I love that line.

Weeks later I was at Camp Timber-lee with the band playing for a senior high extreme weekend. The speaker was an important friend in my life named Pastor Jeff Klein from Wheaton, IL. Jeff has taken many days to talk with me and pray for me. I actually send my lyrics to him to check my theology, content, and message.

That weekend he talked about how so many people in the Bible are referred to as people who “walked with the Lord” or how “the Lord was with them.” In the examples he gave, I started to think about how I forget that when life gets so hard.

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Even as I write this, I confess to you I feel very overwhelmed by some things and even defeated in some regard. When it’s hard, I will sometimes call on God in prayer like He is located at some fire station down the street or like He is an ambulance.

But it’s just not like that.

I started to write down people in the Bible like Moses or David and wondered what they may have felt like in super intense moments.

Did they call 911 or did they act and speak like God was already right there with them because God was with them? I took my ideas to Paul Marino, and we begin to write but something missing. I know God is with me and yet I can be scared…

I heard Pastor David Housholder preach from Acts 2, and he talked about how in verse 14 Peter preaches with bold urgency even knowing he risked his life doing so but was not afraid. Then Pastor David asked, “Why wasn’t Peter afraid?”

His answer? Because Peter was just filled with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is NOT afraid. That’s what I needed to hear and what I wanted the bridge to say in the song, so that’s we wrote.

My friends, for me “You’re With Me” was a different style to write and but as you read and I hope listen to the song, you will realize the RESCUE God gave us was so we never, and I mean never, have to be afraid.

Simply because God is with us.

Take a listen to the song. Download the ringtone here: yourewithme_rt

God Is Good All The Time,


Some days I stand at the water like Moses I have nowhere to go
Sometimes I facing the giant just holding a sling and a stone
It’s then that I cling to Your promise that You have not left me alone
You’re before, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me

Some days I am circled by lions who seek to, to devour my soul
The times I choose to deny You then I hear, I hear the rooster crow
It’s then when I come to my senses and hold to the hope that I know
You’re before me, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside me
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me

I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid.
‘Cuz you’re not afraid
I know You’re with me
I’m not afraid. No, I’m not afraid
‘Cuz You’re not afraid, Lord
‘Cuz I know You’re with me
I’m not afraid. No, I’m not afraid.
‘Cuz, Lord, I know You’re not afraid and I know that You’re with me
You’re before me, You’re behind me, You’re so close beside me
You’re in me, You’re through me, You’re over me
You’re with me. You’re with me.