COMING SOON...a free MP3 track from Andy's new release STILL SHINING.

COMING SOON...a free MP3 track from Andy's new release STILL SHINING.

Jesus' Star is Still Shining 

I know Christmas seems like a long ways off, but I am excited about this new worship project called Still Shining.  The star that led the wise men to Jesus’ birthplace is still shining, still leading us to Jesus.   Every Advent season, I am drawn into worship by the miracle of God coming to earth as a baby.   The wonder of God’s incarnation never gets old. 
  
The title track for this album came to me during Christmas season, 2014.  Most songs I write never get recorded, but I knew I wanted to record Still…

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Hats Off to Music Teachers 

Today I’d like to give credit and thanks to the music teachers of his world.  In particular, I want to recognize and thank Tim Olsen, an accomplished and versatile guitarist who has given guitar lessons to all eight of my children.  Next month is the first September in around 18 years that Tim won't be teaching at least one of the members of the Park family.  We are getting to the end of the line!  (Well, not really.  Our youngest is only 14). 
  
Because of Tim's skill as an instructor and mentor, he has…

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The Discipline of Creativity 

On April 18 of this year, I was praying during the night about my work of recording and developing training courses for guitar and worship leading.  I felt God say to me, "bring in the summer harvest."   A very specific metaphor. 
  
A few hours later I read my daily online Bible devotional and came across this passage:  “A child who gathers crops in summer is wise. But a child who sleeps at harvest time brings shame.”  Proverbs 10:5. 
  
God was sending me a clear message.  But I didn’t really know the shape…

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Take A Rest 

Just got back from five days at Gabriola Island with some family at a friends’ rustic cabin.  Their spot in the forest is only a few minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen.   Cedar and Arbutus trees line the coastline. Sandstone rock formations in all shapes cover the shore.  Whitecaps are mirrored by puffy clouds overhead. 
  
It’s Peaceful. Serene.  The constant susurrating motion of the waves on the shore mesmerizes and calms.  In the background a long line of coastal mountains hover…

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Christmas in July 

For the past few months I’ve really been enjoying the process of writing, arranging and recording a collection of Christmas songs.  It all started with one song that I started in December 2014, a tune called Still Shining.  By the time December 2015 rolled around, I liked it enough that I wanted to record it.  So I started with that one and I like the results. 
  
Early this year I felt God was saying to me, “get ready to do a recording.”  I thought…”hmmm I wonder how that will happen since I have no budget…

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Worship and Mission: Interdependent and Essential  

A few weeks ago I spent some time at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana.  I love the commitment to both Worship and Mission that is so evident in this community.  They love to draw near to God to know him better and better.  And they are fiercely committed to sharing the wealth of God’s goodness with their neighbors and the nations. 
  
Here are a few things I know about worship and mission: 

As we worship authentically, we see God, and know his love.  We get a taste of how good and beautiful he is and we…

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Looks Like the Book of Acts 

Just got back from a 17-day trip to St. Stephen’s Society in Hong Kong.  Here is what I saw and absorbed and want to live: 
  
1.  A Culture of extreme generosity. Everyone is generous to everyone else.  They demonstrate the maxim: Give and it will be given to you. 
2.  Close community.  Sharing life, friendship, laughter, breaking bread together day-by-day. 
3.  Helping the poor...lifting up the downtrodden…freeing the oppressed…welcoming the outcast.  A few hundred people living with them in different…

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Numb Fingers 

Our fingers were numb before the set started.  The temperature was 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit). Last night, our band set up the PA and our instruments outdoors at Nightshift (nightshiftministries.org).  We played for an hour while people ate. This is a nightly dinner served for people in need.  The volunteers mingled with the crowd, and prayed for some. 

We’ve been playing at Nightshift a couple times per month since last summer.  In the winter, it’s kind of crazy but it’s always fun.  We bundle up…

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Out of the Mud and Up on a Rock 

In March 2015 I was in Hong Kong to do a 12-day songwriting workshop with a dozen worship leaders there.  One morning while I was there, I read Psalm 40 in my daily Bible reading.   God spoke to me powerfully through that Psalm, which begins, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”  I had been waiting a long time for a breakthrough.  Finally, God was bringing it to me. 
  
"He brought me up out of the mud and dirt...he gave me a new song to sing (Psalm 40:2,3)." 
  
For me, "the mud…

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Your Family is Your Treasure 

A friend of mine gave me this word some years ago:  “Your family is your treasure.”  It referred to my immediate family.  I’ve often thought about it, and God has used it to keep my on the right path.  Sometimes I get too busy with the work that I love, and forget my family that I love even more. 

Last week I was in Cannon Beach for the annual gathering of worship leaders from the western U.S. (This year we were joined by several friends from other nations, as well). As always, it was a great time in God’s…

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