Sunday, January 20, 2013

Winter Jam 2013

On Friday, Big Mac and I had a date.  We left T-Bone at home with the Big Dog and drove to State College PA for Winter Jam:  Ten Bands for Ten Dollars.  Last year, Big Mac went to Winter Jam with a youth group and when he got home he announced that he and I were going to go the following year.  We've been planning this trip ever since.  Some of our plans were mislaid because we got stuck in horrible traffic due to an overturned truck.  But we made it to the concert and got good seats in the second level, but still pretty close to the stage.

The bands were:  Royal Tailor, NewSong, Sidewalk Prophets, Jaimie Grace, Red, Capital Kings, Jason Castro, OBB, Matthew West, and Toby Mac.  The speaker was Nick Hall.

The speaker was terrific.  He spoke about to teens about giving up their secret sins to God.  He had trashcans placed all over the arena with slips of paper in a slot on the side.  He encouraged kids to list what they needed to relinquish to the Lord and put it in the trash can, symbolically giving that secret sin to God.  And when we do that, here is what He can do with our lives.  (see the picture to the left, it's one of my favorite effects)  God can make something beautiful out of a mess.

One of the sponsors of the event was WorldVision.  Big Mac and I discussed it and we decided to sponsor a child.  We already sponsor a girl in Haiti.  But at Winter Jam, Big Mac chose a little boy in Mexico that our family will now sponsor.  You don't have to go to Winter Jam if you want to sponsor a child.  Go here for World Vision's website.  It's interesting to me because the little boy that Big Mac chose, looks like he and his brother did when they were 3 or 4 years old.  It will be fun to get to know this boy and watch him grow as we sponsor him.

I think my favorite singer was Jamie Grace.  Her music is so upbeat.  And she is very upbeat too!  I really enjoyed her.

I'm not a heavy metal fan so I didn't enjoy Red.  In truth they were a little too intense for me.  BUT I'm sure they love the Lord and their faith is strong.  It's just not my kind of music.

I posted on FaceBook that I wanted to write the lyrics to every Sidewalk Prophets song on the walls of our home.  Their songs were excellent.

Matthew West had terrific stories that brought me to tears with his songs.  And I could not believe Jason Castro's voice.  Amazing.

Then Toby Mac closed the show.  He puts on a great show.  Recently Big Mac and T-Bone got to attend a Toby Mac concert with their Uncle.  I'm sure it was super-entertaining, because just the partial concert we saw was really terrific.  In the picture to the right you can see the sparks falling down as part of his show.

And then, all too soon, the concert was over.  All the singers came out on stage for the end of one of Toby Mac's songs.  There were confetti bombs.  And then the show was closed in prayer just as it was opened in prayer.
It was an inspiring night.  We came home with three CDs and the desire to hear more of the great music that points us to Jesus that we heard at Winter Jam.

I'll be at Winter Jam 2014, how about you?  If you are reading this and you are not in PA, Winter Jam 2013 MIGHT be coming to a city near you.  Check here for concert details.  They are touring for quite a while yet!  Check 'em out.

If you saw a Winter Jam concert, tell me what you thought!

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