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I Shaved!

I don’t know how or why (actually, I do know how), but yesterday I decided to shave off my goatee. It’s funny how something so simple can make you feel totally different. My wife was thrilled. My kids kind of looked at me funny. I like it. It’s the new look of the summer.

I’m going to be speaking this weekend at Church Music Oklahoma. I plan on checking out LifeChurch this Sunday (, which is in Oklahoma City. Should be fun. They have 5 campuses (will be 7 this Fall) that all watch a video feed during the message from the main campus. They kind of remind me of Fellowship Church here in Grapevine, TX – that has 4 campuses – three of which watch a video feed for the message.

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Yesterday I was watching my kids play (I have a 4 and 1/2 yr. old, 3 yr. old and a 1 yr. old) and caught myself looking at the smile on their faces. Their smile was contagious and made me smile.

I started thinking about how cool a smile really is. I mean think about it: even if you were in a foreign country and didn’t know their language – if you smiled, they would at least think of you as friendly. You hope!

Where does the act of smiling come from? I know – God, but why is it so universal and natural? Ever see a newborn baby smile? Nobody had to teach him or her how to.

Maybe it’s too early (9am) for such thoughts. I don’t know. Does anyone else have any thoughts on the wonderful gift of a smile?

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Excited and expectant doesn’t begin to express (Wow – that’s 3 words that start with “ex”) how I feel these days. At the last several conferences that I’ve spoke at I’ve been able to give a little preview of what’s to come. Those in my classes not only experienced my joy and passion about WorshipHouse, but seemed to get pretty pumped themselves.

I am so proud to be a small part of a team that God is going to use to be a help to people and churches worldwide. This week we had another one of our crazy long website meetings where we go over every detail and function of the backend of our website/database. I’ll save you the details, but suffice to say that we are diligently working to bring you guys a wonderful new tool and resource for you and your ministry.

Our passion is to provide the Church with creative media resources in an atmosphere of growth and community. Not only will we be bringing the best in media resources together in one site, but we hope to educate and equip you through reviews, articles, tips and suggestions from various Christian leaders and church media professionals. I could go on and on, but I want to leave some surprises for the launch.

As of last check, we had people download our monthly freebie from over 20 countries! Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with those in London. I know our friend Phil Cooke and his team were on a film shoot in London and were driving less than a block from the explosion at the King’s Cross Underground station. Thank God they were not injured, but as we see on the news, many others were hurt and now over 50 lost their lives. May God be with the friends and family of all that were touched by this tragic event.

For all of you, worldwide – we want to hear from you. Give me a shout! Tell me what God is up to in your life and church. For those of you that were in one of my classes and got the “sneak peek” of what’s coming – tell us your thoughts. This “House Chat” is going to start becoming more and more active and interactive – so dive in!

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And so it begins…They say “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – well, who is “they” and what did I just step in? That’s deep! It’s mysteries like these that we will be chatting about here in WorshipHouse’s HOUSE CHAT area.

From time to time, I (Greg Atkinson) will write random thoughts and also explore various topics and ideas in the world of media minstry. Our goal is to stimulate conversation and an atmosphere of freedom and expression.

Feel free to comment on each of my posts. Many of your comments will lead to new posts and discussions.

We’ve only just begun!

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