Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Today's Prayer

Father, ground us in Yourself. 
Root us deeply in truth. 
Deepen our hearts & minds into the things of You. 
Let our understanding of our identities hidden in Christ be more and more developed. 
Turn our eyes from the worthless things of this world and give us life in You and Your word. 
Satisfy us You alone. 
Let us learn every day to see You in such a compelling way that makes everything else completely pale in comparison.

Let us significantly see the fruit of our obedience with Your favor in changing us and growing us like never before.
We needingly long for more of You than we've ever experienced. 
We're trusting You to take us places we've could never go without You. 
Here we are, once again, wholly for Your purpose.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Importance of Asking Questions

So I have a question.

Is it ok to question God?

Well I think there are a few different answers to that, but I would answer in light of setting up this blog post by saying that it's ok to question the parts of God in our lives that we've made in our own image. We have to.

I think we must return often to our own spirituality and put it up on the block to test it against Scripture. For the sake of our hearts, we have to ask questions.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 - "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to what is good."

In high school I used to think questions were just a sign of not knowing something that someone told me I needed to know in order to succeed in life. I used to think that questions just showed my lack of knowledge of the world and how it worked. Basically, questions were to me a sign of some sort of weakness.

But I've been learning that questions are such a large part of what keep my heart seeking. They keep me moving forward on the path of wholeness. They keep me trusting. Questions keep me from settling in and getting too comfortable. They also keep me humble. They keep me testing what I know against truth. Questions keep me from judging people. They keep me open minded. Questions help me love better.

The questions I have, now that I've realized that greater understanding can come through questioning, show me how good it is that I lack understanding. Questions are what fuel my heart to yearn for that which I don't know. If I run out of questions, then there is something really wrong. And seeing as how the Bible is jam packed with things so many people disagree about, that tells me I need to wrestle with the text myself and not just take someone immediately by their word on an interpretation. Questions are how I wrestle. And friends, we can never stop wrestling...

John 1:1 says "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word, who is Jesus, being God in the flesh, shows that He is not a system but a person. That means the Bible is not static. It's constantly moving. It's why we can read a verse over and over for years and keep seeing and finding new things within it. It's how a verse written thousands of years ago is able to be used today. It's because it's alive.

Without having a lack of something that I truly believe is important to the fulfillment and meaning of this life I wouldn't see the need to chase after it. The questions I have prove that I don't have it all figured out, not even remotely close actually. Questions prove my belief that something beyond myself does have what I'm looking for. And because that something is so vast, so big, and far beyond anything I could ever comprehend, I will forever have questions while on this earth.

So questions require me to move out of independence and self reliance to a humble surrendering to the One who knows all, having created all.

Questions keep me moving. If I stop asking them I face the possibility of apathy in my spiritual growth.

Asking questions is such a large part of letting Jesus Christ continually be the Lord of my life. Without asking questions I could not continue in His likeness.

I say all this to explain why I can tell you that I'm finding recently that I dont want to have definite answers for everything. That the more questions I have the more is required of me, keeping me dependent and giving me the possibility for more and more depth to make stronger the things I believe that make me, me. In this sense, I can't ever stop growing and adding a dimension to my faith that makes me more "alive" than before. This, I think, is part of the power in what makes the Bible living. And this is what I think is such a large part of what the discipleship of Christ looks like. We will always have questions when we come to terms with the fact that we'll never have all of life figured out.

We shouldn't be afraid to ask them either, and we should never stop asking them.

But it's up to us then to trust in the guiding of the Holy Spirit to let these questions deepen the roots of who we are. No question is too big to waver truth, that which is the creator & sustainer God.

So what questions are you asking?

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

(NASB) -

"According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."

(Message version) -

"Or, to put it another way, you are God's house. Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you'll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won't get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn't, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won't be torn out; you'll survive—but just barely."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Seth Abram"

So if you haven't seen or heard yet, after much consideration, thought, & prayer I've decided to use just my first & middle name for my music career.

For some of you, You're maybe thinking "ok, cool, whats the big deal?", others are thinking "you can't drop Bible!"
I've gotten a bunch of opinions already; some agree, some disagree.
So for those who don't like it or don't quite understand where I'm coming from I want to sort of convince you, but more ask you to trust me & listen as I do my best as I convey how I came to the name change.
And for those who don't really see any problem with it or understand it already, my hope is that I can gain your trust & respect even more as I describe a little of how I believe I'm called into the music industry.

There is soooo much behind this decision the more & more I think about it, so I will do my best to just stick with the name thing.

First off, my whole life from Christians & non, Ive gotten caught up by my name so many times. Middle school, high school, visiting my brother at college, & to this very day Christians say things like "whats your real name?" Or when I first met my wife she was upset & thought
who's this worship leader think he is with the totally lame stage name?"
Or every job I've ever had hearing from non Christians things like "oh you must be really religious" or "Oh you've got a whole lot to live up to." They all honestly think they have to stop being themselves, put on a face, be decent around me or not swear.
I've seriously hated it. It's made it so hard for me to get across the point that in no way am I better than them, with their stereotyped "pure & quiet church boy who doesn't do anything wrong" idea.

I want you to hear me correctly.
I really do love the name on my driver's license. It really is Bible! And I'm so happy, honored & privileged to carry on the great name! But when attempting to influence the masses, I believe a last name like mine can be a stumbling block. Maybe not for everyone, but I don't want people to look at my name and immediately dismiss my music because it reminds them of something they are really uncomfortable with, or don't believe in, or even hate because of the way too many so called followers of the One who wrote the Book come nowhere near close to living in love like it says to.

Please stay with me.
I am in no way scared or ashamed of the word Bible. I know God said that if you're ashamed of Me, I'll be ashamed of you. I'm not dropping my last name for music because I'm worried about people making fun of me for being a sold out believer of the risen Christ. I am not ashamed of the Gospel who is my entire life. I'm dropping it for other reasons, & here are a 3:

Reason 1-
I really don't want just my name to speak for who I am. I don't want the people I meet & the people who see my name to have a speed bump to get over. I want my actions & what I say (on twitter/facebook/my blog/ in my lyrics) to speak for who I am.

Reason 2-
With humbling striving to follow my best alongside Jesus in how He impacted the world around Him, the apostle Paul spoke to how I similarly believe I am to live also in the music world- "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became a Jew, in order to win the Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, that I may share with them in it's blessings." -1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Reason 3-
Lastly and most importantly, I'm doing this because I've prayed about it with my wife & personally many times & firmly believe it's what the Lord is telling me to do as He leads me into the music industry as a whole, rather that just a fraction of it.

My strong hope is that my music & life would be truly encouraging & inspiring to fellow Christians, but honestly, I'd rather turn away a bunch of them with my decision than not be able to reach a few people who don't know Jesus & the life of freedom & purpose & meaning & satisfaction He offers. "But when the teachers of religious law who were pharises saw Him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked His disciples, "Why does He eat with such scum?" When Jesus heard this, He told them,"Healthy people don't need a doctor-sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." -Mark 2:16-17

So friends, now I'm asking you to trust me. I'm asking you to trust in who you've seen me be in past faithfulness to Christ. I'm asking you to trust who He is in me as I seek Him with all that I am. And more than anything, I'm asking you to pray for my wife & I with this crazy adventure we've said yes to jumping fully into as we move ahead in His grip into the music industry desiring first to please the Maker of music.

I'm so very encouraged by you all with your incredible support & love.

Thank you thank you thank you,

Seth Abram

Friday, February 4, 2011


So 5 days before our time was up with Kickstarter we met our goal of $10,500. And wow, we were so so so very blessed and humbled. But then 5 days later we actually went over our original asking amount by $510!! Oh man, we were so blown away by that! You, my friends, you are sooooo very awesome! I honestly don't feel like any words I type on here can describe the amount of gratitude in Sarah and I's heart. You've humbled us time and time again.
I said this on facebook a few times, but the amount we asked for on Kickstarter actually only covered the studio, producer, and instrumentalists. We have so many more costs to take care of to help this record actually get up off the ground and into the world, hopefully way past just Indiana if this isn't gonna just be a one hit wonder; haha though we gotta get one hit first!
Just a few of those things would be things like, the whole process of master the album, promotion, website, photo shoot for the album, merch, and honestly so much more.
So please please know how truly thankful we are for the amount we made past our original goal. It really helps!

So now what?
That's a good question!
Soooo many things are up and coming.
I won't even try and start telling you about all thats on deck...
But oh how we are so looking forward to the album release party!
If you can make it out, you'll won't want to miss it! You'll be able to get to get a copy of the record before it actually comes out anywhere else.
The rest of the world won't be able to purchase it till a few days later on iTunes/Rhapsody/Amazon/ect...
So if you want to get your hands on a copy of the record before a lot of people, you'll wanna be at the party. Also, this party is where you'll be able to pick up your physical rewards for giving on Kickstarter! Woohoo!
So what's the date for the party you ask?
Well we are really close to finalizing the day! So when we know we'll fill you in.
It's looking like the very beginning of March though. So stay tuned for that!

Besides that, Sarah and I just humbly ask that you'd keep praying fervently for us as we continue on this intense and crazy adventure.

You all are amazing...
We love you guys!



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Studio Time

So today is our last day at Saint-Claire Studio, and it's a sad day because this place is quite stunning. We've had such an incredible time. We got here ten days ago now with high expectations and walked in and checked out the place and all our high expectations got blown out of the water. We've joked that we got spoiled here and will be disappointed anywhere else we go in the future to record. It's seriously been amazing living here the past few days getting to do something i know God's got me on earth for. Even the staff here at the studio has been top notch, treating you like royalty basically. My wife and i have been so very impressed and blessed by this place ( ).
I'm so incredibly humbled still that i get to do this, and hopefully get to keep doing this because of people like all of you who've helped back this project tremendously on Kickstarter ( ). By the way, there are 4 days left if you haven't had a chance to be a part of the record yet, it's not too late! Sarah and I continue to work hard to cover the ongoing expenses outside of the studio, but your continued help goes further than you can imagine with much left to do!

It's all flown by so fast now, and we wish we didnt have to leave yet.
But we still have a full day here finishing up the record.
Today we finish a few small vocal parts for the acoustic track on the album, it should be fun.
And then Zach( ), my brilliant producer, will finish mixing 1 more track, and then we are done!
Then we ship the songs off to get mastered and continue on in the huge process of releasing it in March.

So there ya have it. After today we leave dreamland and go back to reality... :( haha
Friends thanks so much for joining us thus far on the adventure and following along with our updates in the studio! We've had soooo much fun and hope you've enjoyed watchin and reading of our time here.

Keep continual watch for more updates about the record and upcoming touring dates and just exciting news!

Much Love,

Seth Abram

Saturday, January 29, 2011



Holy Cow...

IT'S FUNDED FUNDED FUNDED FUNDED FUNDED FUNDED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow wow wow.

I remember back in December sitting at Starbucks with Sarah with so many emotions as I hit the enter button on my computer to launch this Kickstarter campaign ( ). I remember thinking, "oh man, did we really just ask for over 10 thousand dollars to make a record?" I was a little scared to be honest. But now, we have over 10 thousand dollars to make this record actually happen. My very first record. Something I've been wanting to do for years...
I remember a few months ago when I heard the Lord say it was time to chase after this dream He had put in my heart years ago.
And its because of people like you that I'm able to chase after this dream I undoubtedly believe He has been training me for for years now.
I've never had such a future with so much upcoming changes, but I've also never ever been more excited about all that I believe He is gonna do in and through my wife and I, beyond anything I can imagine.
His will is my life and breath.

All I can say right now is that I'm completely humbled, blown away, in awe, and get the chills every time I think about you and your support and all that is going to get to happen because of it.

This doesn't feel nearly adequate, but:

Also, many of you have rewards waiting for you! You can come and receive them at the CD release party in the first week of March (time and location to be announced), or we can mail them to you. Woohooo!

One last thing,

If you haven't had a chance to be a part of the record yet, it's not too late! Sarah and I continue to work hard to cover the ongoing expenses outside of the studio, but your help goes further than you can imagine!

Much Love,

Seth Abram

Friday, January 28, 2011

My First Record

So it's official, all the recording for my first record is nearly finished except for 1 small vocal part on a song called "Enlighten"

Now for the tedious long hour days of mixing it.
Following that will be the process of mastering it, which will be done in Manhattan, NY.
Then comes the production of the physical cd and the process for getting it on iTunes/Rhapsody/Amazon.
We are also right now workin with friends on the artwork for the album cover/website/t-shirts/pogo sticks/pajamas/lunch boxes... (j/k on those last 3!)
We are also workin out the how & when plans for releasing the project.
It's lookin like early March sometime. So stay tuned for that fun day!
Anyways, that's really even just half of what we are working on for this thing.
We are busy, busy, busy with details, details, details.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we desperately long to continue seeking wholly after His heart and go full force ahead on this crazy adventure we unshakably believe the Lord has laid before us.

Much love,

Seth Abram