Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christian Rapper: DJ Official featuring Lecrae and Flame

This is the first single off of the EnterMission album by DJ Official.  You can order the album here off of the Reach Records website.

video credit: by 116boi

UPDATE!! UPDATE!!  (Effective December 26th)

Entermission the debut album from DJ Official available in stores now!.

After producing for over 10 years and serving as traveling deejay, Official finally has the opportunity to reveal the dynamic of his skill-set on one project. The album is purposed to influence Christians to think about the Great Commission (Matt 28:19) and the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) on a local level. As Christians we have a personal mission field, which consist of those that God has placed in our sphere of influence. With a missional mindset we can affect the people around us with the Gospel message by the way we live and conduct ourselves in our everyday walk. This is a message that needs to be heard and with everything from Reggae, Downsouth, East Coast, Commercial, Underground, Electro, and Rock/Hipster featured on the album there is something for everyone!

EnterMission features over 20 artists such as Lecrae, Flame, Sho Baraka, JR, Tedashii, Trip Lee, R-Swift, Thi'sl, Jahaziel, and more! Every single track on EnterMission is produced by DJ Official.

To buy it on iTunes, click here

To order the physical album, go here

You can listen to the singles, read about the album, and create your own version of the album cover here

There are three versions to choose from:



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God's Recipe for Your Success

Did you know that God has already given you everything that you need to be successful in life? It's like looking at a recipe in a cookbook. God has given you every ingredient that you need to make the resulting dish of your life. The key to finding peace in this information lies in understanding how dishes are made using a recipe. You have all the ingredients layed out before you. You know you have them, but you have a specific order in which you need to use them in order to be successful. Here's an example of a recipe:

Candy Bar Cake:
(please note all the ingredients are right here before you)

6 (2 ounce) chocolate-coated caramel and creamy nougat bars
1 cup butter softened and divided
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
.25 teaspoons baking soda
1.25 coups buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
creamy chocolate glaze

(please note that the instructions are specific)

Step 1: Melt candy bars and .5 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Set aside

Step 2: Beat remaining .5 cups butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs (one at a time) beating mixture until blended after each addition.

Step 3: Combine flour and soda; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed after addition

Step 4: Stir in candy mixture, vanilla and pecans. Pour into a greased and floured 12 cup Bundt or 10 inch tube pan.

Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 6: Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Drizzle with creamy chocolate glaze. Yield 1 ten inch cake.

not actual candy bar cake
Picture taken from The Village Bake Shoppe

Please note that I made a couple of statements bold in the recipe. In step 1, the words Set aside; and in step 4 the words stir in candy mixture. Think of the specific ingredients as the characteristics of yourself and the steps in the recipe as the years in your life. You will notice that in step 1, you mixed up some of the ingredients and set them to the side. That can be viewed as God giving you some gifts and talents, having you take some steps to use them, and then telling you to wait on using that gift or talent for a season. Here's a literal example: You can see a specific ministry that you would like to do. You have the talent to perform that ministry, but you don't have the time to launch that ministry right now due to other obligations. So you have to set it to the side for right now.

Going back to our recipe... step 4 tells you to stir the candy mixture into the ingredients that you mixed together in steps 2 and 3. That's just like our life. Steps 2 and 3 represent the things in life that God wants you to do before you can add gifts from step 1. The things that you set to the side cannot be effectively used until you get the things in step 2 and 3 together. But you can't step go to step 4 if you don't have the items that you put together in step 1 on the side waiting to be used. This represents God not only giving you all the ingredients that you need to complete the task; but the proper order of instructions to effectively use them.

If you follow the recipe that God sets before your life, you too can experience the sweet results like the cake at the end of the recipe. If you decide to skip a step(or not use all the ingredients), then your life's cake will resemble something horrible that looks nothing like the original picture that God planned for you. I pray that your life and your recipes turn out exactly the way that God plans them. Just remember to follow His directions to the letter.

Peace and Love,

Rev. Mike


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Servant Partners

The Servant Parteners San Antonio team:  from left to right Levi Thomson, Molly Unruhe, Rev. Carrie Lewis, and Lewis McNeel

There is a wonderful organzation that joined my church a year ago.  The Servant Partners is an organization whose purpose is to share the love of Jesus with people all over the world.  They move into urban areas that have experienced a season of decline and seek to build them up by becoming an active part of the community.  They hold community meetings, bible studies, and neighborhood cleanups (among other things).  Our church partners with the San Antonio team by allowing them to use our church and resources to further their cause.

I have spent time with the members of the San Antonio team and have found them to be a source of great inspiration.  The team leader is Rev. Carrie Lewis.  The rest of her team consists of Levi Thomson, Lewis McNeel, and Molly Unruhe.  The program requires the members to make a committment to live in the neighborhood for a certain number of years.  At this time, Carrie has a five year commitment and Molly has a three year commitment.  In the past year they have accomplished quite a few things in the neighborhood surrounding our church.  They have established a prayer meeting group, they have completed phase one of the neighborhood clean-up program, and they are beginning to hold community meetings that allow the residents of the neighborhood to express their concerns about the neighborhood and address them together.


The project has had its share of interesting experiences.  The team has told me numerous stories of success and stories of amazement.  One incident occurred when they offered to pray for a woman that had a multitde of problems.  Her father has alheimers, and she has a teen aged daughter that was beginning to act out as she has been getting older.  The mother was completely stressed out.  They talked and prayed with her and left.  A couple of weeks later, the woman saw them out during their "prayer walking" and told them that the daughter has been acting better and has been doing a better job of helping out with her father.  The situation is not completely perfect now, but the woman expressed a spirit of thankfulness that it has become a little bit more tolarable.  She said that the team must have been sent by God because they crossed her path right when she was feeling overwhelmed by everything.  My personal opinion is that people appreciate it when they know that someone else cares about them without having an ulterior motive. 

Please take a look at the San Antonio Team's bio here and the complete Servant Partners website here.  The San Antonio team will be looking to expand it's size to include two more team members.  If you are interested, please send me an email or leave a comment on this site and I will pass it over to Rev. Lewis.  If you would like to join Servant Partners in one of its established communities or possibly start a local team in your community, see the website.

prayer walking in the neighborhood


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