Posts Tagged ‘ gracepoint berkeley

Electric Guitar Tutorial: Essential Effects

Here’s a video from Jeff about the 6 essential effects that electric guitarists here at Gracepoint need to know – as we have more and more people learning to play the electric, training like this is so valuable – thanks Jeff!

Stepping it Up | A Tale from Gracepoint Riverside

This past season was a time of stepping it up for many people who are involved in Gracepoint’s different praise teams. Many people used their own vacation days in order to play at one of the many NSWNs that happened this season (although it’s only partially a sacrifice – going to one of those NSWNs was also really exciting too!), and there were also many people who really stepped up their game to play at their first NSWN. You’ve already heard the story of Eric during the trip to Gracepoint Minneapolis. Well, I wanted to share another story that I heard when I was there at Gracepoint Riverside this past September – well, it’s not really a story, but rather a picture.

You’ll notice that there really isn’t enough room for another person to sit next to Allen to play the keyboard – no, it is not that our Riverside team meets in such a small venue that there isn’t enough room for the band to be on stage – rather, due to the small size of our church plant teams, people often do double (or triple or quadruple) duty: sound setup and welcome team, food and ushering, and drums and keys.  Thanks Allen for really stepping up your game there at Riverside!  I just have to wonder if he ever switches in the middle of the song or plays both at the same time!

Stepping it Up | A Tale from Gracepoint Minneapolis NSWN

As many of you know, many of our members from Gracepoint Berkeley and Gracepoint Davis recently went out to help at the first ever NSWN for Gracepoint Minneapolis, including a number of band members. I wanted to share an inspiring story that I heard this morning from Tony, who led our team of Berkeley and Davis members to Minnesota.

One special element that was a part of Berkeley’s NSWN this year was a special song by the band: “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot, and we wanted to use it for the NSWN in Minneapolis as well. However, two hours before NSWN was about to begin, the bassist was still not able to get one of the licks down – that’s when Tony stepped in. He went to find Eric, one of our Davis brothers, who he knew played bass. Eric was faithfully grilling meat for the BBQ after NSWN, but when Tony told him that he was needed, he said, “I’m there!” and switched gears immediately. Now “Meant to Live” is not an easy song to play – it was the song that we practiced the most here for the Berkeley NSWN – but Eric learned it in two hours, and even gave the song his own “special touch.” You can see what I mean by checking out this video:

Thanks Eric for stepping it up and giving it your all (in many ways)!

– David T., Keyboardist, Gracepoint Berkeley

Tutorial: The Lord Reigns – Gateway Worship Band

Nice tutorial for electric guitar by our own Worship Director James, check it out!
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Praiseband Bloopers: From the Inside Out

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

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Congrats and a Lesson…

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

Overcome – Desperation Band:New Life Church

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…

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‘Overcome’

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Reflections: 2 Timothy 2 "Remain"

Gracepoint Fellowship Church - Starfield

Gracepoint Fellowship Church - Starfield

For those of you who do not know, each week here at Gracepoint Fellowship Church, Berkeley we spend time dwelling on a bible passage, usually just one chapter. As life gets busier and busier, we make sure to try and take time to stop and reflect on God’s word (which we call Devotion Time) each day. You never know God can speak to you through his words; whether it be to encourage, strengthen, comfort, or even to challenge you.

As we are going through the DT in 2 Timothy 2 this week, I was particularly struck by verse 13…

“if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”

I thought this is so true of God, that even when we stumble and fall in our sin, even when we have the many moments where we decide what’s best for our lives, God remains faithful to us. He is tried and true, the only constant in our lives and for that I am so thankful. All I have to do is reflect on my life and I can see and point out multiple times in which God was faithful and he somehow turned me back towards him when I went wayward.

This verse also conjured up the song “Remain” by Starfield (I Will Go – Album).  As I went back to read the lyrics and listen to the song, I was blessed at their truth of who God is:

Defender of this heart
You loved me
from the start
You never change

Through the highs and lows
As seasons come and go
You never fail

Day after day
Your love will remain
Faithful and true
You are good

[Chorus:]
You are God with us
You’re victorious
You are strong and
mighty to save
For Your word stands true
There is none like You
And when all else fades
You remain

When troubles come my way
You guide and You sustain
Lead me, I pray

Forever You will be
The great eternal King
Now and always

Day after day
Your love will remain
Faithful and true
You are good, you are good

When all else fades
You remain

You remain

Cause’ day after day
You never change
Day after day
You are the same
Day after day
You remain

Tutorial: Our God Saves – Paul Baloche

Hey everyone, here’s a good acoustic guitar tutorial tutorial video from youtube for this song! You might recognize the song because we do sing it here at Gracepoint Berkeley. Check it out and please don’t forget to comment.

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