New Sermon I Preached

I preached a couple Sundays ago at church. The title was “Seeking God and Entering In.” Lots of exploring of how and why we worship.

Here’s the audio…

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“Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” -Romans 6:16 RSV

I’m reading The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge right now and this passage from Romans jumped out at me in her discussion. We become a slave to whatever we yield ourselves to…this can be bad or it can be good.

I’m going to be looking for where I have yielded myself…for sure.

Four Years Old!

This guy. Four years of changing us from the inside out and outside in. Loving, tender, brave, silly, fun, curious, passionate, smart, and on and on. I’m so thankful God chose us to be your parents. You are wonderfully made and your Mom and I can’t wait to live the adventure of another year with you. We love you Harper Ellis and Happy Birthday!! 🎁🎉🎂🎈

Great Wall of China – Original Song

Here’s a song I wrote with Anje Dowler and Scott Southworth back a few years ago. I randomly started playing the guitar part today and remembered it…I needed to sing it then…of course 😉

Great Wall of China
Ben Ward, Anje Dowler, Scott Southworth

You let me get close, but you won’t let me in
You block my approach with a suspicious grin
I’ve circled your fortress, hoping to find
A crack in your armor…just the slightest sign

The Great Wall of China
Yeah, The Great Wall of China…
Aint got nothing on you

The work is impressive, must have taken some time
To build those bricks up so strong and so high
But what have you gained in your prison of stone
You may be safe but you’re all alone, and


They say a little faith tumbled Jericho’s walls
I’ll keep believing always catch you when you fall

It’s alright you don’t have to be scared
You’re not alone baby I’ve been there
You can escape that mountain of fear
Take a step out, watch it disappear