Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 29, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

4. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

5. Change Your Ways or Die by The Cactus Blossoms
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: September 5, 2014
Album: Live At the Turf Club
Released: December 5, 2013
Genre: Folk

6. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. I’m On Fire by Nico Vega
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: September 2, 2014
Album: Lead To Light
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Alternative

9. The Death of the Self Preservation Society by Two Cow Garage
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: September 10, 2014
Album: The Death of the Self-Preservation Society
Released: September 10, 2013
Genre: Alternative

10. They Played Baseball by The Baseball Project
Last Week: –
Tweeted: October 2, 2014
Album: 3rd
Released: March 25, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Why Your Peer Group Matters More Than You Think by Michael Hyatt

The Exaggerated Death of Inflation by Kenneth Rogoff at Project Syndicate

Americans’ Access To Food Can Vary Widely By State by Andrew Flowers at FiveThirtyEight

Here are just a few of the areas where Christians can be really mean! by David Hayward at Naked Pastor

Data Breaches in the U.S. from Bloomberg Visual Data

‘Nones’ Are Your Business by Kyle Rohane at Leadership Journal

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 22, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

5. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

6. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

7. I’m On Fire by Nico Vega
Last Week: 19
Tweeted: September 2, 2014
Album: Lead To Light
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

9. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

10. Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On by Old 97’s
Last Week: 14
Tweeted: September 8, 2014
Album: Most Messed Up
Released: April 29, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Forgive yourself by Seth Godin

Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round.

Forgive yourself for being afraid.

But don’t let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.

10 reasons why law is easier than love by David Hayward at Naked Pastor

What if the monsters are “real” by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Top 10 ways to be tough by Dan Rockwell at Leadership Freak

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 15, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

4. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

5. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: August 5, 2014
Album: Dirt
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Country

6. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

8. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

9. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

10. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

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Best Links of the Week

I pass along quite a bit of content over the course of a week through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Below are the most popular items from the last week.

Do Brave Stuff by Jon Acuff

21 Essential Traits For Creative Leadership by Stephen Brewster

7 Tips to Speed Up the Decluttering Process by Becoming Minimalist

 

 

 

7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems by Leadership Freak

 

 

 

Mary Poppins Was Right. Go Ahead And Feed The Birds, Michael by Walt Hickey

 

 

 

When It’s Not Time to Quit by Thom Rainer

 

Have a great weekend!

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 8, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

2. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

3. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

4. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

5. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

6. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

7. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Change Your Ways or Die by The Cactus Blossoms
Last Week: 17
Tweeted: September 5, 2014
Album: Live At the Turf Club
Released: December 5, 2013
Genre: Folk

9. Bang Data by Bang Data
Last Week: –
Tweeted: September 12, 2014
Album: Maldito Carnaval
Released: October 6, 2009
Genre: Alternative

10. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of September 1, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

2. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

3. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

4. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

5. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

6. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

7. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

8. Cruel City by Augustines
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: March 5, 2014
Album: Cruel City
Released: September 10, 2013
Genre: Alternative

9. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: August 5, 2014
Album: Dirt
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Country

10. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 12
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of August 25, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

2. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

3. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

4. Boy by John Mark Nelson
Last Week: 13
Tweeted: August 21, 2014
Album: Sings the Moon
Released: June 24, 2014
Genre: Alternative

5. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

6. Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne
Last Week: 16
Tweeted: August 11, 2014
Album: New Eyes
Released: June 17, 2014
Genre: Dance

7. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: August 5, 2014
Album: Dirt
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Country

8. Bitter by Atmosphere
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: August 1, 2014
Album: Southsiders
Released: May 6, 2014
Genre: Rap

9. All About the Bass by Meghan Trainor
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 15, 2014
Album: All About the Bass
Released: June 30, 2014
Genre: Pop

10. American Kids by Kenny Chesney
Last Week: 17
Tweeted: August 18, 2014
Album: American Kids
Released: June 20, 2014
Genre: Country

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Sermon: The Expert, the Leader, & the Assistant

I truly appreciate every opportunity to preach that I am given. It is always an honor and a blessing to me. Below is the outline of a sermon I gave last week.

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Scripture: Exodus 31:1-11

Big Idea: At different times in life we will all take on the roles of expert craftsman, leader, and skilled assistant. At any given time, know which role you are called to, and within that role use your skills to share the love of Jesus with your community.

 

I.                   Introduction

a.       Setting – between the exodus and the exile

                                                              i.      Practically the last of God’s instructions on Mt Sinai

                                                            ii.      Exodus 32 tells of the Golden Calf

b.      Purpose – to create a throne room for God

c.       Scripture: Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, 10 the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood; 11 the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”

d.      In this passage are three different roles:

                                                              i.      Bezalel

1.      the expert craftsman

2.      filled by God with the spirit of God

                                                            ii.      Moses

1.      the leader

2.      Listens to God

3.      Points others in the direction God is going

                                                          iii.      Oholiab

1.      the skilled assistant

2.      Appointed by God & given skill by God

3.      But the expert responsible for completing the work

4.      A helper

5.      Just as responsible for accomplishing God’s will; but not in charge

e.       These three characters are excellent examples for us because: At different times in life we will all take on the roles of expert craftsman, leader, and skilled assistant. At any given time, know which role you are called to, and within that role use your skills to share the love of Jesus with your community.

 

II.                When we are Bezalel, the expert craftsman…

a.       Who was Bezalel

                                                              i.      Name

1.      “In the shadow of God”

2.      As if to say even the most skilled craftsman is a step behind God

                                                            ii.      Beginnings as a slave & training in Egypt

1.      Imagine humble beginnings first stone carvings

2.      Developing his skills making idols in Egypt

3.      Years in slavery and finally able to use his talents

                                                          iii.      Calling by Moses

1.      Spent his early life getting ready

2.      Only after being called by God through Moses was he unleashed (ch35-40)

                                                          iv.      Legendary candlesticks – particularly blessed

1.      Legend: The candlestick of the sanctuary was of so complicated a nature that Moses could not comprehend it, although God twice showed him a heavenly model; but when he described it to Bezalel, the latter understood immediately, and made it at once

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of August 18, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

2. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

3. All About the Bass by Meghan Trainor
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: August 15, 2014
Album: All About the Bass
Released: June 30, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 4
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

5. Rude by Magic!
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: July 29, 2014
Album: Don’t Kill the Magic
Released: June 3, 2014
Genre: Pop

6. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 8
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

7. Bitter by Atmosphere
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: August 1, 2014
Album: Southsiders
Released: May 6, 2014
Genre: Rap

8. Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson
Last Week: 7
Tweeted: June 9, 2014
Album: Lights Out
Released: April 15, 2014
Genre: Pop

9. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Last Week: 10
Tweeted: August 5, 2014
Album: Dirt
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Country

10. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 9
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

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Top 25 Songs for the Week of August 11, 2014

Every weekday at 11am (ct) I post a “Song of the Day” on my twitter feed (@mattclen2). Each “Song of the Day” is a recently released or currently played song which I think has some unique or interesting quality. Not all of them are great songs (though many are), but each of them is worth a listen.

Below is my compilation of the “Top 25 Songs of the Day”. Each Song of the Day is rotated onto the list for at least one week. The twenty other songs are carry-overs from previous weeks. This ranking is my opinion of the best music currently out there.

1. Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz
Last Week: 2
Tweeted: June 24, 2014
Album: Am I Wrong
Released: February 18, 2014
Genre: Pop

2. Bitter by Atmosphere
Last Week: 3
Tweeted: August 1, 2014
Album: Southsiders
Released: May 6, 2014
Genre: Rap

3. Rude by Magic!
Last Week: 1
Tweeted: July 29, 2014
Album: Don’t Kill the Magic
Released: June 3, 2014
Genre: Pop

4. Riptide by Vance Joy
Last Week: 5
Tweeted: February 5, 2014
Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Released: September 3, 2013
Genre: Alternative

5. A Long Day by Mally
Last Week: 11
Tweeted: July 4, 2014
Album: The Colors of Black
Released: April 8, 2014
Genre: Hip Hop

6. All About the Bass by Meghan Trainor
Last Week: –
Tweeted: August 15, 2014
Album: All About the Bass
Released: June 30, 2014
Genre: Pop

7. Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson
Last Week: 6
Tweeted: June 9, 2014
Album: Lights Out
Released: April 15, 2014
Genre: Pop

8. Carousel Ride by Rubblebucket
Last Week: 12
Tweeted: August 4, 2014
Album: Carousel Ride
Released: July 22, 2014
Genre: Rock

9. Gunpowder on the Letter by Cody Chesnutt ft. Gary Clark Jr.
Last Week: 13
Tweeted: July 11, 2014
Album: Landing on A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Released: March 11, 2014
Genre: Alternative

10. Dirt by Florida Georgia Line
Last Week: 17
Tweeted: August 5, 2014
Album: Dirt
Released: July 8, 2014
Genre: Country

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