📖 ♥ 🖋📃 I was sitting in the first group retreat that NewBreed ever did in 2002. We were in a small hotel suite & we were being walked through an exercise of God’s promises. Leo Tyler the gentleman leading us gave us a list of promises & told us to circle the one that impacted us the most. Among the many great promises listed was this :
I Am A Friend of God. I remember circling it because I was first intrigued more than impacted. When he asked us what we circled, I said “ I am a fr...” & just broke down into tears before I could get the words out. That began a beautiful journey of discovering who God really is. He truly loves us in spite of our failures, shortcomings, & disappointments. Something about the word ‘FRIEND’ is very evocative - because we expect Him to treat friendship disposable like others have. But He is like no other! John 15:15 is helpful in finding this understanding. So this concept became my focus to write. For months I tried chasing it & nothing came together. Then one day in Jan, 2003, @gungormusic
& I were writing for one of his first records I was producing & he started playing 3 simple chords & I said “I wonder if this will work”’while singing I am friend of God 3 times & he answered as if on cue “He calls me friend” to which the tears flowed again. Within minutes the song was written & complete. The next night I introduced this song cold at @lakewoodchurch.
I simply told the band “hey guys were in the key of E “ & what happened was something I’ll never forget. People clapping, lifting hands, jumping, weeping, smiling all at once on an uptempo song!!! Never seen anything like that before or since. Do you know you are? You are a friend of God, not because you call Him your friend but because He calls you His!
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