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Bearly Believable: The Baldy Chronicles

Bearly Believable: The Baldy Chronicles

Hey there, fellow Bible enthusiasts and lovers of quirky anecdotes! Today, we're diving headfirst into one of those eyebrow-raising moments from the Good Book that leaves you scratching your head and chuckling nervously. Yep, we're talking about that time when Elisha,...

Songwriting with OpenAI

Songwriting with OpenAI

Our music team at church has been getting together for the past year with a purpose of writing new worship songs for the church. I think if you polled the team, most of us would say we'd love to write and record an album sometime in the future. Over the past few...

Favorite Worship Songs of 2022 (so far)

Favorite Worship Songs of 2022 (so far)

Okay, let's get one thing straight. I know most of these songs weren't released in 2022, but they are songs that are resonating with me here in March. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I snuck (Disclaimer: My wife is on staff with our church) into an annual college...

Christian WiFi Network Names

Christian WiFi Network Names

Since I moved to working remotely full-time, I have been making some investments to help me comfortably work from my "home office". One of my recent purchases was installing a mesh system to help push our WiFi to all areas of our house. Since I'm competing with my son...

Music Ministry Cover Bands

Music Ministry Cover Bands

Having been a worship leader for the past 15 years, we've covered a lot of different types of songs written by lots of artists. Artists come and go, but some Christian worship bands and artists have persevered for many years. As a result, the music ministries I've...

I Won’t Stop Singing

I Won’t Stop Singing

About the only time I'm alone in my thoughts is when I'm either mowing the yard or riding my bicycle. One of those activities really fills me up and the other is a necessity (can you guess which is which?). Last summer while I was mowing the lawn, I stumbled across a...

Yahweh (YHWH) Lion T-Shirt

Yahweh (YHWH) Lion T-Shirt

Over the past 7 years of Lighten Up Gear's existence, hands down our men's and women's Yahweh (YHWH) Lion t-shirt design has been the most popular. It's a simple design using the abbreviation of Yahweh as YHWH with a lion print embedded within the letters. If you're...

Favorite Worship Songs from 2020

Favorite Worship Songs from 2020

Disclaimer: Not all of these songs were released in 2020. Can we still be friends? Awesome. Worship music is one of the best ways for me to connect with Jesus. It's been something that has been near and dear to me as a volunteer worship leader over the past 15 years....

Christian Face Masks

Christian Face Masks

The other day, my mom suggested that I create a line of Christian face masks. While I appreciate the free advice, I shut down the idea in my head immediately because I felt like I missed my window of opportunity to create something meaningful customers would want to...

Jesus For President | 2020

Jesus For President | 2020

The other day I ran across this post on Instagram by @pastorhumor who posts funny Christian memes and pastor humor. https://www.instagram.com/p/CFhhgF8lS2r/ "Oh man," I thought to myself. "I had no idea he was running. He'd win in a landslide." Or would He? Being my...

Bike Rides and chance encounters

Bike Rides and chance encounters

When the pandemic became serious back in March, I felt like a caged animal stuck in my house. It's so much more fulfilling to meet with people in person so working from home full-time was a difficult transition for me. When the weather started to warm up a bit, I...

Promote yourself on our blog

Promote yourself on our blog

I'll admit this may blow up on me and backfire. But you miss 100% of the shots you don't take, right? A long time ago, I used to run a website that featured artist interviews and album reviews. I'm old (school) so it was before digital music, blogging and Wordpress....

What Bible Version Does Lebron James Own?

What Bible Version Does Lebron James Own?

Ever since I wrote about Bible versions in our last blog post, "My Church Changes Bible Translations Every Year," I couldn't stop thinking about Lebron James, Not because we're in the middle of the NBA finals, but because Lebron's Twitter account is @KingJames. Did...

2020 Has Been Hard

2020 Has Been Hard

From COVID-19 and racial inequality to land hurricanes hitting my state, this has been quite a year. Just when I think it can't get any harder or weirder it just does. Admittedly this past week has been hard as we sent our two oldest twin sons off to college. It's not...

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