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Favor. 

Sunday evening found me getting ready for a long journey home after a full week. When I got to our van, the break line had broke, and the car was not drivable for the trip I had ahead of me. Immediately, God was whispering “favor” and for one of the few times when this happens I was listening. 

At the core of shalom is peace. For me, 2015 has been a year of realizing that God-given and God sustained peace is the thing I need most in my life as a believer, and nothing–absolutely nothing–is worth compromising that for. It’s in this overwhelming peace that favor rests on our lives. 

There was a great testimony this week shared by one of the members of our team about provision and overwhelming abundance, and the key takeaway was the favor of God. Favor is centered on this Hebrew concept of shalom which is at its very essence the overflowing, overwhelming assurance of things the way they are supposed to be. Systems, relationships, governments, bodies. Whatever. Everything. All of it. as it’s all meant to be. 

Sometimes favor looks different in our lives. Often we see it as the absence of adverse circumstances. In reality, it’s the blessing and assurance that God is faithful in the most adverse circumstances. Favor manifests itself in our lives most often as the uncontrollable, immovable, unstoppable blessing of sonship that will ultimately bring all circumstances and situations in to alignment with the purposes of God. In all of it, our peace is never negotiable. 

After confirming all of the possible parts stores were closed, I was making preparations to stay in the town I was at for another night. It was at this point, I met my good friend Kevin: Kevin had been serving at the Creation Festival all this past week and had not had a chance to sit in any of the sessions because of his volunteer schedule. He came to the Sunday service yesterday, and was hit with the goodness of God in a powerful way. When we got back to parking lot that evening, he was there waiting. His son was a mechanic, would fix the van that next week. In the meantime, he gave me his truck–for the 6 hour ride home. 

Never once in that interaction was my peace in question. Not because I’m some sort of super human. But because my God is supremely good. 

I’m just stepping out on this journey of what favor means, what it looks like, what it feels like to not only experience it for a moment, but to rest in it eternally. I’m realizing it’s not based on what I can do or earn, but simply resting in what God has already done for me. 

Whatever it looks like in your life, live in it. Seek it. Soak it up. Yearn for it. Favor of God changes things. 

We can’t live without. 

Faith to Sight. Prayer to Praise. Summer Tour 2015 Post No. 1  

The summer tour is officially in full swing and it has barely begun.

Our team heads to Creation East in Pennsylvania tomorrow after a grueling 12 hour rehearsal. I’m thankful for these guys, the time and the planning they out in to what we do, and their hearts in the midst of it. This morning, we started off the day with a time to re-center, and a good bit of the time was spent reflecting on the words of a hymn–Jesus I My Cross Have Taken:

Jesus I my cross have taken
All to leave and following thee
Destitute despised forsaken
Now from hence my all shall be…

Let the world despise and leave me
They have left my Saviour too
Human hearts and looks deceive me
Thou art not like them untrue…

Soon shall close thy earthly mission
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days
Hope soon change to glad fruition

Faith to sight and prayer to praise.

As we’ve went through an incredibly busy day, I’ve been reminded of these words: more than that, I’m reminded of the tried they contain, that the reality is in this life we are promised nothing, save the reward our Saviour is given.

Often we believe we are entitled to this good thing or that–so often I find myself expecting something I believe myself to deserve. In reality, we can expect life with challenges, hardships, and joy beyond measure. Life abundant is accurately overflowing with victory and loss, joy and pain, fears and hopes. In the midst of it, we can say from the overflow of our hearts that Jesus is truly worth it.

It’s a timely reminder as we go into this festival summer season. This time of year for my team is all about service, sacrifice–ministry. It’s not easy. But it’s so good. And it’s most definitely worth it.

Pure Streams 

All of us are people in the process of becoming. If we are honest with ourselves, we are each of us to the man filled with contradictions, hypocrisies, hidden sins, veiled intentions. Each of us is in desperate need of a Savior.

I personally have found that any feeble attempt to modify my behavior and somehow be more of a moral person always ends in defeat and failure. Very little I do when I focus on my behavior to change really changes anything at all, and I am left at the end of every similar pursuit with only a better knowledge of my inability to change.

I am in desperate need of a Savior.

In the midst of this, there is hope. The beauty is, we are called to holiness in our lives, and holiness has been permanently own for us through Jesus. The identity he gives us is that of a son who has lived in perfect obedience, and whenever we receive that identity, we stand in perfect obedience as well. When we forget that, we are left in our own righteousness–or lack thereof.

Water is a dynamic and powerful phenomenon in our universe. Among its many aspects, water has the power to cleanse or to kill: stagnant water holds a host of diseases and maladies for the person who drinks it–you can catch terrible diseases from clean water that has sat in a bucket for only 72 hours. Yet that same water can be cleansed by setting it in motion, and many of it’s impurities can be cleaned by being set in motion in a stream or spring. Aquifers hold this moving water that is drinkable when tapped in to.

I believe our own spiritual water can function in the same way: when we stagnate in ourselves, depending on and feeding off of our own righteousness, the water that would give us life begins to kill us, and our unrighteousness becomes more and more apparent. In contrast, when we acknowledge our failures and run to Jesus, that water is set in motion, and we are cleansed as we pursue God.

Sin-free is not an option. Holiness and Godliness are and are available to everyone who believes.

We are all in process. Are you becoming who you were made to be?

Watch by Watch 

Consistent worship is a decision.

I like to think of my times with God as a naturally overflowing and overwhelming outpouring of love and devotion. I like to think that this place in my life and in those around me comes from little to no effort, where my vision is just so clear in itself to facilitate worship at all moments. 

But it’s not true.

While I don’t like to admit, worship that is consistently manifested in a person’s life to God is not natural for us as fallen human beings. Our hearts are prone to wander, to neglect, to forget. 

In Nehemiah 12, I read that the Old Testament priests were assigned to a simple task: the were to praise and give thanks. 

Worship and praise are pretty different things: worship is an expression coming from within us–thinking about a fire as an example, I like to think about worship as the embers we’re watching in the center of the fire. In a few hours, if it’s not kindled, those embers will be diminished, because they need fuel. Praise is something that inspires our worship, some external force: it’s adding the wood to the flame and stoking the fire, breathing life on it until the flame catches and all parts ignite united. 

Praise facilitates our worship. It’s a place where those embers find fuel and renewed life to keep burning and glowing. That’s why these priests were assigned to a task that would consistently fuel worship among the people of God. Moreover, they were commanded to follow this example watch by watch

Each of us has a watch in our daily routine. You know whether it’s in the morning or the evening, there is a time in your life that the Lord may be found. Those are the times where the kindling of our fire happens, where we add the fuel and stoke the fire so that the embers can stay alive and even grow. I can embrace my watch, and the result will be thriving worship in my life. I can neglect my watch and the embers will fade. 

I want a thriving lifestyle of worship in my own life and a culture of worship in my family and ministry. I want to be so overtaken with the goodness of God before me that nothing can shake my peace and my joy. 

If we desire a life of worship we must devote ourselves to routines of thankfulness and praise. We must commit ourselves to kindling the fire of worship in our lives by reminding our hearts of who God is and what He has done. 

Watch by watch, we worship. 

What Are You Worshiping 

Entering the summer season is always a battle because of the nature of what we do. June always seems to be spiritual boot camp, where–likely because I’ve somehow strayed from it through the rest of the year–I’m put again in a posture of utter dependence on God. I think it’s these times that make the times of noise that come through the rest of the summer navigable, because it’s here where I have to again tune my ear to the voice of my Father.

You will become like what you worship. The place where you and I put our hopes, affections, pursuits, love, and desires is the place that will ultimately be home for us–for better or worse.

For most of us as Christians, we see the things we worship in our lives that aren’t of God in the negative–it’s easy to see when something is wrong if it is actually wrong. The tricky part is when good things get in the mix with our worship. Calling, title, position–all of it can get in the mix and become our object of worship. We can be singing “how great thou art” on a Sunday, but sometimes I think we can mix up who we are really singing to.

Sometimes for each of us, we can forget who is the one in the place of lordship in our lives. We really aren’t the captains of our own destinies when we say yes to Christ; instead, we are following, often led to where we did not expect and did not want to go. But what we want is no longer the object of our affections. I think that may be where worship must begin anew in each of us.

In Luke, Jesus makes a statement to his followers, where he says this: if you want to follow me, you must deny yourself, pick up your cross every day, and follow. In a world where Korean Air has a theme song with the words “It’s all about you”, it’s easy to forget about the cross, much easier to revisit the cross with our own lens and excuses for not embracing it. Much more difficult is it to truly pick it up and actively follow.

If I ultimately become like what I worship, I want to know what–or who-I’m worshiping. I want to know my focus is dead on and I want to them go 110% after the object of my affection. The first step then is to know what I’m worshiping.

Ask yourself today: who or what am I worshiping? Is it truly worth it? If not, what needs to change?

What We Really Want 

The realm of worship artistry—that world where ministry and creativity meet—is an area where most, if not all of us feel least comfortable, most vulnerable, ever questioning of our own motives—and rightly so. We’ve seen countless artists fail at attaining authenticity in it, and a very few seeming to get it right. If I’m completely candid about it, I’ve never felt quite myself in the area of artistry while at the same time in ministry always searching for something beyond the typical pastoral. It’s a touchy subject, and for many, it’s a difficult one to resolve for a number of reasons:

- There’s a dichotomy between the ministry that we do and the art we create. 

- Artists|Musicians see the need to build a base of interest, and many feel the pressure to promote a product while still maintaining an effective ministry

- Worship is something that at its core is about the shifting the focus off of self and on to Jesus. How do we do that and create a brand|platform|entity?

It’s that final point that I believe is at the heart of the matter. At its very center, worship is about laying down our rights, our desires, our wills, and surrendering them to God. It’s a sacrificial act, one that costs each and every person who commits to it a dear price. But the reality is that most creatives—especially those in the church—have never come to terms with the simple truth, that the Gospel is costly, that it requires the surrender of everything that we are. Most of us worship artists are content to at best live with a functional dualism, stepping between the artistry and the ministry, wearing multiple hats depending on the moment, vacillating between the calling that we know and the influence that we crave. We say we want to just worship, but so often what we really want is the platform, the status, the glory.

I believe we’re entering a season in the global church where the margin for grace between these two camps is thinning and artists have to make the choice. Many of those I talk to are in a place where they’re stuck in the middle between pursuing their own influence and figuring out how to pursue a Christ-centered ministry in their lives and careers. For me, it’s been a 10 year process navigating this world, and I believe it really comes down to some simple principles for worship artists:

- Experience deeply and profoundly the power of God in your life. It may be God’s grace in an experience, it may be deliverance, it may be simply understanding that God is alive an active and wants you to know Him. Whatever it is, press in deeply in to God and let Him change you through it. 

- Make God famous. As a worship artist, your entire motive, vision, and purpose is to make God famous through what He has shown you about Himself. Spend your creative energy, your passion, your strategy, your artistry completely on this task. 

- Let God handle influence. Simple. Difficult. Costly. 

We tend to spend much of our time as worship artists on building influence, when the reality is that God is the One who builds influence. It’s one you can trust Him with. He’ll take you to exactly the people you need to serve, the exact platform where you need to be, the right time for the right season. I made a simple promise to God coming in to 2015, that I would focus on making Him famous and He could handle the influence end of this ministry and the tasks that I do. God will take care of you. He’s promised to do that. You spend the time expressing uniquely and creatively what God has done in you. 

My prayer is that this post frees many to simply live in the purpose that God has for their lives. It’s what you’ve always wanted anyway. Just let go of influence and embrace the worship call on your life, to release the Kingdom through your artistry. 

The Overflow 

The new leg of the journey begins.
"New season" has been the resounding phrase in my heart as we've entered 2015. So much has changed for us as a family, going from 150+ events a year to very strategic tours, conferences, and weekends as we've entered the new year. For me, I've been learning an old truth that is so pivotal to our long-term effectiveness as Christians: the riches of God's glory and blessing on our lives are meant to yield in us a resolute response: thankfulness.

It's a Scriptural truth that God is worthy of worship and our everything regardless of how we feel or what we believe we have or don't have. God is on the absolute level WORTHY of all that we are. But I believe that God delights when we serve, lead, and give from the overflow of the riches of what he has given to us. I think--as John Piper has said--God is truly glorified when we are completely satisfied in him.

Overflow and satisfaction are so often states of mind rather than absolutes: we can feel lacking as we pay our Netflix bills and limit our restaurant budgets to only twice a week; we can feel overwhelming abundance as Rosa felt when we met her in her closet sized house in Ecuador on a Compassion trip this past month and gave her simple groceries like rice and beans. Poverty is more than just our finances, as it can consume our minds as we forget what we've truly been given.

I found myself this morning frustrated at a light that cycled through a second time as we headed to the airport. I began to get angry. And then I was reminded of the things--the mountain of things--that I can and must be thankful for: that we have been given so much as a family and as Americans, and that I should be in a constant state of worship to a God who continues to richly bless.

This month, what are you thankful for? What can you remind your heart of that God has given you beyond your absolute needs? How has God provided for your immediate needs and so much more?

In our time, in our finances, in our hearts and actions, let's together live in the overflow, reach out to others, and bless them with the blessings we've received.

Much love,

Brian and Becky Campbell



Ministry Update:
The Identity Conferences start this weekend (Feb 6-8) in Modesto, CA! We've been planning hard for them since November and we've been overwhelmed by the number of people jumping on board with the conference: we expect 70-120+ church leaders and team members from across central California to attend the Friday and Saturday conference. Pray for lasting impact and that hearts would engage in a lasting way.

At the end of this month, we will be heading to New Zealand for 3 Identity Conferences there: in Christchurch, Queenstown, and Hamilton. There will be 3 guys attending from the TCC team and 2 additional musicians from NZ joining us. Please pray for a hedge of protection of our team as we head to NZ, as there are unique spiritual challenges ministering there. If you'd like specific prayer requests, please email me. It's going to be an incredible time, and we are excited about the impact of the events in the worshiping community there.

The Ecuador Trip I took with Compassion Int'l this last month was profound and life changing for our team. It was heartbreaking to see the need, but amazing to see what this amazing ministry is doing in fundamentally changing children's lives by showing them a tangible Jesus.

Supporter Update:
We've had more people jump on board with monthly support this past month, which has been such a blessing and allowed us to continue to move into this new season. We are currently at about 20% monthly support capacity--a huge blessing. If you would consider partnering with us, we would be so honored! You can give through our site to The Church Collective at www.briancampbellmusic.com/give or through a physical donation via:

The Church Collective
attn:BRIAN CAMPBELL
PO Box 576263
Modesto, CA 95357-6263


For all of you who support us through your gifts, prayers, and encouragements: Thank you!

This April, we’re launching a special event with Creation... 



This April, we’re launching a special event with Creation Festivals. “BORN AGAIN” is about being made new in the presence of Jesus Christ. There is something that changes in us when we get to see God face to face. For me, this last year has been (and continues to be) about being made new in that place of worship, letting God in to my life to change me and make me new as he sees fit. This event at University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania is about coming to meet with God and being changed by him.

We’ll be joined by speaker Shawn Bentley and good friends in Mike Lee Music for a worship event on campus. While the event is hosted on campus and part of the college, you can still come if you’re not a student. There’s a link to ticket pre-sales at:

https://www.showclix.com/event/TheBornAgainTour/pre-sale

I hope you can join us for this event on April 8. Let’s enjoy the Creation Festival experience, meet with Jesus, and leave changed.


Much love,


BC

New Zealand - South Island 

I’ve fallen in love with a country. This wild and beautiful corner of the world, the literal ends of the earth, captures my heart anew every time I come here. It’s incredible to behold.

The uniqueness of what God is doing here is also notable, and I believe it’s pivotal to a massive global awakening, a turning of hearts to the Person and purposes of God: North Island and South Island have differing and yet complementary callings as together they enter in to this next season of the global church. For this post I’d like to just focus in on the South Island.

South Island is in many ways similar to the States in terms of breakthrough and spiritual necessities: there is a strong history of authentic faith mixed with Masonic influences, and it’s a cancer that takes foundational breakthrough to be freed of. The South Island has been transformed in recent years by the foundational shaking of Christchurch by the 2011 quakes, and in the spiritual, the breakthrough that came following this tragedy as the church has come together can’t be overstated. In the spiritual, it’s as if God is taking a shaky foundation in syncretism (much like ours in the US), breaking it down , and starting something new. It’s a season where the foundations have been re-set, much like a builder would do with a building that is showing signs of error.

I saw this prophetic image while in Christchurch this past trip, where a two-story house had been lifted up on jacks. You could see the enter house was intact, even stairs leading to the second floor. The foundation, however, was being re-set post quake to ensure the house’s future integrity. It was a functional necessity.

The foundation of the church on the South Island is being shaken of any errors that were there. In a similar way to the shaking going on in US churches at the moment, the church here has had to get back to the basics. Many leaders are moving from being in that season for the past 4 years to a season of refreshing, of rebuilding, of renewing and starting afresh. The result is an excitement that can only come from the God who is making all things new.

So immensely thankful and honored by the ministries and churches we partner with here. The Identity Conferences in Christchurch and the worship night in Queenstown/Arrowtown were such a rich partnership with those ministries, and I’m leaving so many friends, brothers, and sisters as we head North Island today.

To the South:
- God is just getting started
- He is not through with you
- Begin to seek The Lord to rebuild the spiritual house as well as the physical

The harvest is coming. And soon :)

Heading Home 

It’s 10:50 AM on a Saturday, I’m flying home in hour 10 on the long journey back from Quito, Ecuador. The trip this past week took me to Compassion project sites across the Andean region of the country, in the capitol city and then south as far as the highlands surrounding Riobambas. After 5 days, I’m back on a plane to Ohio, and I’ll be traveling to Pennsylvania in an hour for weekend events.

This trip has been a whirlwind of faces, impressions, experiences, statistics, and relationships, where I’ve been able to glimpse for a brief moment some of the realities of the families and individuals we’ve met this week. I’ve seen for the first time in my life absolute poverty firsthand—a single mother with absolutely no skills trying to care for her 4 children… an 11-year old girl dreaming to one day become a veterinarian as today she makes the decision to go to school and a Compassion program while her mother goes to the bars and leaves her isolated and alone in their city home… a little boy who with his other brothers and mother share a mattress they found on the street and huddle together for warmth each night…

The story that haunts me still is that of Rosa and her husband and their granddaughters. She’s clearly older than she remembers, but she says she’s 51. Her husband is no more than 4 ft tall, bending over a wooden cane. They care for their two granddaughters who are 7 and 11, who lost their single mother a few years ago when she died of poverty related conditions. Rosa’s body is ravaged by osteoporosis and arthritis, to the point where she can neither cook, nor clean, nor work their two small plots of land. Instead, their 11 year old granddaughter takes cares of the daily chores, the planting and harvesting of the crops, and the cleaning.

Rosa breaks down as we talk to her. She knows that when she dies, the future of these children, these two beautiful girls, will be uncertain. Our translator breaks down as she shares Rosa’s hopes for the girls. Later we ask the girls what they want to be: the younger one hopes to be a teacher. The older one wants to be a doctor.

In their red Andean tunics these girls live in impossible situations with impossible choices. There is not the choice between options, but the choice between necessities. Like the others we’ve met on this trip, these families live on the brink of disaster, on the brink of hopelessness, a brink that could easily become the abyss of their realities if not for an organization like Compassion.

Because of Compassion, children, mothers, families on that brink have an assurance that there is a hope and a future for them and those they love. Through programs at local churches, those in the most helpless of states are cared for and provided for by people in their own country with a vision for ending spiritual and physical poverty; aided by resources through Compassion, these churches create programs that provide food, training, vital resources, and above all, the love of Jesus shown through the simple reality of compassion as one person affects one person’s life. Taking that one-to-one vision even further, children are sponsored by a single sponsor or sponsor family from around the world, where that child has the opportunity to be invested in financially and spiritually through the child sponsor relationship.

What gives me hope is that Rosa’s two granddaughters are sponsor children. Because of this, they are in a program where they receive a hearty meal 4 days a week; both also go to school, have medical examinations, learn to read, and be children for those 4 days a week. There is a place where those children can be who they were meant to be, and there is a community filled with individuals who will ensure both children will eventually have the chance to be the people they dream today of becoming.

These are impossible circumstances, situations where simple solutions do little to still our fears, calm our anxieties, give us easy answers to help us sleep better at night. For Rosa and her family, there are still so many unknowns as to what the future holds. There is still the daily struggles of absolute poverty. But for her granddaughters, there is a hope and a future. There is a group of people who will see them to the end and make sure that their lives are better because of the truth of who Jesus is—in word and in deed.

We land in the next couple of minutes and I’m back to my own journey. But the reality is I can’t go back the same after what I’ve seen. There is so much to still process, and I won’t soon forget any of it.

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