QUICK RESPONSE WORSHIP

I remember the days when I would go to a “special” service at a church. Special meaning that what was planned was something out of the norm. In many cases this was a concert of sorts where singers and bands would share their original worship. Towards the end of every event there was the rush to the back of the church where tables would be lined up with, in those times, cassette tapes or presently CD’s. It was great! You heard something you liked and you got your hands on it right then and there. I am not too sure how effective it was because when I was in a band, doing that exact same thing, not many CD’s were sold. Now a days we have microwave christians. CD’s are not as instantly gratifying as they used to be. One Simple solution to this… QR, Quick Response, Codes!

QR Codes have been around for quite sometime now but the simple technology behind the QR Code has not been used to its full potential. It is a great tool for the modern worshiper looking to reach a more tech savvy generation of worshipers. Rather than handing a CD which they may play in the car or go home and then upload the songs to their “playlist” on their smart phones, you can have your songs in their hand-held device instantly. I have introduced QR codes to a good musician friend of mine and his jazz music. He has been using QR codes to the max. His music sales and promotions all connected to QR codes. So where ever he plays people can download his music as he is playing and follow him on various social networks.

If you have never experimented with QR codes I would suggest you download a QR reader or scanner for you smart phone. There are dozens of free QR readers that also give you the ability to generate a QR code. Once you have downloaded the QR reader go ahead and scan the QR code shown below.

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This QR code will direct you to the “Sounds from the Basement” jazz album. As you can see you can customize the color so it can blend with your promotional materials. This does not mean that you should stop producing CD’s, not yet anyway. There is still a large community of worshipers that will buy CD’s.

I would love to hear about your experience with QR codes if in fact you are using them to enhance your sales or promotions. Reply to this post.

Well that is it for now, God Bless you and keep Moving Forward.

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God + A Taxi

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Today I had a God moment of the rare kind. Have you ever had a rock speak to you? Well that is what happened to me. If you don’t know already, I live in New York City. The town known for hustle and bustle. My morning commutes are usually a mad dash as I live quite a long distance from the school teach in. Lets just say that if I were to take public transportation I would need to take a Ferry boat, 2 trains and a public bus for a total of 2 hours going and coming back home. That being said I drive through the unpredictable traffic burdened highways of New York  city, through 3 of its 5 boroughs. I notice that there was some traffic on route and deviated towards local streets in order to by pass the traffic. It was on this path that God spoke to me through an unexpected messenger.

I don’t know if you have been in a yellow cab or much less in a New York yellow cab, but they are known to be infamous for reckless driving. I speak as a driver and as one who has taken a few rides in these cabs. When you drive in New York your eyes just naturally spot yellow cabs around you, not because they are yellow but because you know that they might just cut you off with little notice. I can’t say that all cabbies are this way but definitely a vast majority. If you haven’t figured it out by now I spotted a yellow cab in my commute today and I thought that he was gunning to cut me off. I must admit that well I did not react the way I am sure God would of liked me to do so. Yes, I pushed forward and honked the horn as if to say ” your not getting in”. The traffic light is now red and I am lined up right beside him. At this point he rolls down his window to speak with me. I roll my window down, now feeling slightly convicted, to listen to his words and he said…

I was trying to pick up a passenger who is standing there but you couldn’t see that

I look to my left and low and behold there was someone waiting for the cab. There it was my God moment. My heart dropped and my spiritual ears, now open, were able to hear what God had to say.

I am trying to accomplish something, not only in you but in those around you but you can’t see that.

I am humbled in His presence asking for forgiveness for interfering with His purposes, for not looking for what He is trying to do, for not allowing Him to be God in all aspects of my life. I don’t know if this cab driver was a believer. I am honestly shocked that he would even open his window to speak out given the nature of New Yorkers and the attitude they typically have towards cab drivers, but I am glad that he was, for that moment, filled with the spirit of boldness. I was blinded by rush and an incorrect perception of this cab driver but now distraught that I could have been responsible for him missing the biggest fare and tip he ever got. I leave you with this verse:

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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