Praiseband Bloopers: From the Inside Out

9 09 2009

I believe this one hails from praise at  Gracepoint Berkeley’s Koinonia college fellowship. Another electric guitar snafu…boy just goes to show that we should appreciate Mike and Jeff that much more. But thanks to guys like Steven you get to enjoy the latest blooper!

Enjoy! haha





New Student Welcome Night 2009: Searching

12 08 2009

Summer has come and gone here at Gracepoint Berkeley, and suddenly, New Student Welcome Night (Aug. 26 & 27) is only two weeks away!

For those who don’t know, NSWN09 is the must-go event for new students every fall Welcome Week on the UC Berkeley campus. Sponsored by Koinonia, Acts2Fellowship, and Kairos Christian fellowships, NSWN09 is  a night of rocking praise, videos, skits, and a thought-provoking message. So if you know anyone coming to Cal this fall, tell them to come!

Here’s a video trailer for the event.





Congrats and a Lesson…

7 08 2009
Larry the Cucumber

The "real" Larry the Cucumber

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Jon aka Larry the Cucumber

Last Saturday, Jon Chou (our lead bassist) got married to Carol Kim.  Just wanted to extend a message of congratulations to him, but also a lesson for all of us.  Anybody who knows him can testify that Jon is smart.  He got incredible scores on the LSAT and MCAT, scoring 99 percentile in both.  He is also extremely talented musically, seemingly able to play any musical instrument he touches.  And he also has perfect pitch.  When I was describing this to Joe Horness at our winter retreat last January, Joe said, “Wow. Don’t you just hate people like that?”  He laughed when I said that God is just in making Jon look like “Larry the Cucumber” from Veggietales.

But all of these things about Jon being impressive and all, what I respect the most about Jon is that those things don’t seem to be a big deal to him.  He shrugs it off as if they’re just the way that they are and that’s that.  Looking at his life and the tangible decisions that he’s made, I attribute that attitude to his relationship with Christ.  You see, you could be the smartest, wittiest, most talented person.  But being in a relationship with Jesus means acknowledging the fact that you’re a broken sinner, somebody who before the holy God deserves condemnation, who has received clemency and restoration from Him who gave his life to make it possible.  All the other things that may seem so impressive in this world simply fades into irrelevance as that resounding truth conquers you.  From what I know and can tell from Jon, that’s why he can have all that he does, and yet have his “it’s no big deal” attitude towards it, for which I think is God-honoring.

So, now that I’ve robbed some of Jon’s reward in heaven, here’s the lesson.  Whatever talents and skills you might have and put to use for God’s kingdom, if they are a “big deal” to you, then consider the possibility that in the work of honoring God through your “service”, you might actually be dishonoring him.

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.”
— Psalm 51:16-17

I make this suggestion to anybody who is starting to participate in the Worship Team at Gracepoint:  Take a break from your participation to deal with God in what areas of pride or sin that God is prompting you to deal with, if you so need to.  Make sure you have regular, honest contact with spiritually mature people who know you and aren’t afraid to tell you the truth, as painful as truth may tend to be.  Worship God with a contrite and broken heart, so that what comes out of your mouth and your actions actually means something honoring to Him, because really, that’s far more important that what you bring to the table with your talents and skills.

Coming from one whose pride and ego are always looking for food, my exhortation is this… bring yourself to a place where all the impressive things about you aren’t a big deal to you, simply because even if you didn’t have them, you know that you’re a forgiven sinner, and that is enough.

… even if you look like Larry the Cucumber…

– James Kim, Gracepoint Berkeley Worship Director





Praiseband Bloopers: Made Me Glad – Gracepoint Hsinchu Band

3 08 2009

Straight from Hsinchu, Taiwan comes our next in this series of praise bloopers. This is one of the most painful ones that we’ve got but just to give some credit to the Electric guitarist who is at Waypoint Community Church in Davis, Kan L. dropped his guitar right before praise started so he had no idea it was waaaay out of tune. But one has to wonder, why keep playing? Just stop right? And then that begs the question, why didn’t Jon who’s leading stop?

Well because they didn’t Gracepoint Worship blog presents Gracepoint Hsinchu’s very own rendition of “Made Me Glad”!

FEEL FREE TO COMMENT!!!





Overcome – Desperation Band:New Life Church

29 07 2009

Just wanted to share with you all the song “Overcome” by Desperation Band.  Watch the video below to hear about the story behind the song, it’s very powerful…

‘Overcome’

http://newlifeworship.com/cog.jsp





Tutorial: Solution – Hillsong United

17 07 2009

Tutorial on how to play Hillsong United’s Solution by Mike who’s on the Gracepoint Worship Team





EI8HT HOUR SHIFT comes to Gracepoint Berkeley!

13 07 2009

gracepoint berkeleyWe certainly had a different praise experience this past Friday – instead of our normal MYT and Bible Study, we started with Bible Study and then had our first ever concert here at Gracepoint Fellowship Church with Eight Hour Shift, a Christian alternative rock band featuring Pastor Jon Choi, the speaker at our most recent Gracepoint Summer Institute. For those of you who remember, in addition to teaching us some new insights on the Old Testament, Pastor Jon Choi also entertained us with some pretty awesome acoustic guitar solos last time he was here. Well, this time he came back with his band – and they were a lot of fun. There were a lot of great moments to remember, from the testimonies to the different instrumental solos to hearing the only Asian guy that I’ve ever seen singing scat. I personally enjoyed the way they incorporated a lot of jazz riffs into their music – it’s been awhile since I heard music like that!

But, even more amazing is the way that all of the members of the band are not just musicians who like to get together to praise God, but also the fact that they are all leaders in their own respective ministries around the country as well, serving God as best as they know how. It’s great that they can get together and fellowship with each other and serve God and people like us in this way as well!