Getting Ready for Sunday, April 13, 2008

 April 13 Sermon “Taking Control of Your Schedule”

Does it seem like you have lost control of your life? Deadlines, commitments and high expectations from those around you and from yourself, does that sound familiar? A few years ago a good friend said these words to me. “If you don’t control your schedule, someone will control it for you”. Today, we will learn how to re-gain control of our lives and live them according to God’s schedule not the expectations of others.

Set List for April 13, 2008

Song                              Author                        Recording


I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

Author Unknown

Arranged by

Eugene Thomas






Joel Houston


“United Live”

Hillsong United


You Are Holy


Marc Imboden
Tammi Rhoton


“Worship Again”

Michael W Smith


Marvelous Light


Charlie Hall


“Flying Into Daybreak”

Charlie Hall



I’ll Give My All


Doug & Cindy Mickan



Doug & Cindy Mickan


      Sorry I’m a day late everyone.  Most of the time I try to post this by Monday afternoon, but sometimes things don’t always work out the way they are planned.  What awesome times of worship we have been having at Oasis.  I’m really looking forward to another great week as we worship together.

     I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a people pleaser.  I want everyone around me to be happy.  The funny thing is that as I stress out trying to please everyone, most of the time it ends up backfiring and everyone ends up unhappy.  Sound familiar?  As Christians, God wants us to be a help, and a blessing to others, but not at the expense of not following Him.  Jesus himself knew that everyone would not be pleased with His ministry, but it didn’t matter as long as He was pleasing the Father.  That should be our goal as well.  This weeks songs deal with our devotion to Christ over everything else in our lives.

     We begin with “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” which is probably a song that is familiar to most of you.  When I went to look up the license info (author, publisher, etc…) it kept coming up with a copyright date of 1992.  I was sure that I remember singing that song at VBS when I was a kid, and I was a kid quite earlier than 92.  I did finally find out that the author is unknown, and the actual music was a folk melody from India.  The song was just recently re-copyrighted by word music, which explained my confusion.  Just a bit of information that I thought was interesting.  It’s a simple song with a powerful statement. I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back. And even if no one goes with me, I’m still going to follow Jesus.  Wow!  Let’s open up our services this Sunday making that proclamation.

     “Everyday” continues our theme by saying we will follow Christ every day of our life.  It’s You I live for everyday  This is something that I myself need to be reminded of. (hopefully I’m not the only one. Ha)  My relationship with Christ has to take priority every day for me to live the life that God has for me.  Let’s celebrate this week as we sing “Everyday”.  You can watch a video of Hillsong performing “Everyday” by clicking the link in the chart above.

     “You Are Holy” is a song that we haven’t sang for a while, but it is one of my favorites.  This is the song where the men and women have different parts that are sang at the same time.  When the ladies sing their part, and begin listing the many things that God is to us, I about need a seat belt to stay on the piano bench.  It compels me to dance, even though I have no ability (we have video to prove it)  We continue our theme with this song as we sing “I will follow, I will listen, I will love you all of my days. You’re my Prince of Peace and I will live my life for you”.  I expect the rafters (ceiling tiles in Conway) to shake when we sing this together on Sunday.  Take a listen to Michael W Smith’s version of the song by clicking the link in the chart above.

     But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9.  I’m so thankful that God called me out of darkness.  How thankful we should be that no longer do we have to stumble around in the dark, we can walk in His light.  Let’s sing it out on Sunday together.  You can start practicing by clicking on the link in the chart above.

    The title of, “I’ll Give My All” pretty much explains the entire song.  God has given us everything we have, so what better way to worship than to say “I’ll give my all to You”.  But wait, it’s not enough to just say it.  Can I truly mean it, and put action to my words?  Think about that this week as we get ready for Sunday.  What areas of your life are you still holding back for yourself?  You can listen to “I’ll Give My All” by clicking the link in the chart above.

     As always, thanks for taking time to check out what will be happening on Sunday.  Be sure to pass the word along about or blog.  I’m excited about the opportunity we have to lift our voices together to praise the one who gave His all for us.  I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.   


Bro. Doug


3 Responses to Getting Ready for Sunday, April 13, 2008

  1. Wow, I’m looking forward to this upcoming sermon and time of worship at church this Sunday. Last Sunday’s worship time was such a GREAT time for me before our Lord. I enjoyed singing out to Him and crying right along with it!!! It was one of the best times of worship I believe we’ve had as a whole at the Conway campus. Thank you church family for being so responsive to the Spirit during that time. It’s such encouragment for those of us on the praise team and as a brother/sister in Christ in general. I was blessed by the time of worship and through the sermon as well. I look forward to it all again this Sunday. Scheduling is so hard. Like has been said many times before – “I didn’t plan for things to get out of control, but I didn’t plan for them not to.” Time management is always something that we will battle, but I want to fight it with the Lord’s plan and not my own.

  2. Pam Bonham says:

    Hey, Doug – you’re not the only one who has to be reminded every day that it’s God I live for (not myself, not other people even). I’ve been blessed this week practicing for Sunday morning (“Sing along with Doug”!) – driving down Hwy 67 singing “You Are Holy” as loud as I can while nearly being side-swiped or rear-ended in rush hour (talk about needed angels surrounding you). It’s been a good week of worship with just me & my Lord – He’s re-arranging my life to fit His schedule, and I’m ready to follow along. I’m so ready to worship as a family this week; last week was awesome, and I’m looking forward to more of the same Sunday!

  3. Alisha Herring says:

    Could it be possible that every week gets better and better at Oasis? I am so excited about the place that God has brought us. It’s been so good this week studying about our weaknesses and how they really can rob our time. I have learned that it really takes bringing them before God every day and saying, “I can’t do this by myself today…I need you to take every thought and desire captive today.” Great job with the worship services Doug!

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