Gymnastics time.

Gymnastics time.

Classic. Good work Adeline. #veggiesareyuck

Classic. Good work Adeline. #veggiesareyuck

Right after i took this pic he whispered something about his ‘precious’ & scurried off to a dark corner. #rcstaff #stafflunch

Right after i took this pic he whispered something about his ‘precious’ & scurried off to a dark corner. #rcstaff #stafflunch

'Tis the season. #pukinpumpkins

'Tis the season. #pukinpumpkins

Rush Creek Mansfield West- I can’t wait to worship Jesus with you in the morning! All glory to God. See you at 9:30 or 11:00!! #rcmwsetlist #setlistsunday

Rush Creek Mansfield West- I can’t wait to worship Jesus with you in the morning! All glory to God. See you at 9:30 or 11:00!! #rcmwsetlist #setlistsunday

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The first time I heard Luke Bryan’s ‘My Kinda Night’ I was offended. I was offended as a human. There is no way the powers-that-be think people will buy this, right? I actually thought it was a joke. I laughed. A lot. The problem for me wasn’t that it used every single buzz word and cliche ever used in any country song - ever. The problem was that it was real. To be fair, I didn’t know who Luke Bryan was. Maybe Luke Bryan was the Weird Al of country music? I hoped. I hadn’t listened to country music in years so I was actually convinced that it was a parody. So much so that it took a few days for me to realize just how real it was. Twenty-one-weeks-on-the-Billboard-100-peaked-at #15-still at #38-kind of real. It seemed the only other person on earth who shared my disbelief was Zac Brown, who kindly said it was 'the worst song he'd ever heard.”I say kindly because he started off my saying he considered Luke a friend. :-)

So what could I do? I tried making fun of the song to people around me but it was like I was in the Twilight Zone. It only took a few “What’s wrong with it?” and “Yeah, I love that song!” responses to realize what was going on. As is the case in many areas of life, it took someone from outside to see this song for what it really was. Those who have listened to country music consistently over the years are like the frog put in a pot of cold water that didn’t realize it was getting hotter until it was too late. The music went from having a few trucks, riverbeds, moonlights and tight jeans, to being ridiculously overrun by them. I know I’m not describing all of country music or all of its fans. The term ‘Bro Country’ was created to describe these ridiculous songs filled with cliche. This brings us to the song you have either just listened to or will listen to- hopefully both.

Last night I decided to make a list of all of the cliches that littered the country music scene in 2013. The goal was to right a parody of a Bro Country song. So I did. In an hour. I recorded it on my phone and played it back. Every line was a cliche. Every word was on the paper. But it wasn’t a parody at all. It was just a good ‘ol Bro Country tune. How could that be?? I GIVE UP!! It was clear to me at this point that it is impossible to write a parody of something that sounds like a parody of something in its original state.

Anyway, I’m not a producer,sound engineer or a recording artist. I’m just a guy with garage band and a guitar who’s wife works on Friday nights… So don’t judge the quality, just enjoy the song for what it is… whatever that is.

ArtistGary Meinecke
TitleA Country Song
AlbumGary Meinecke's Album
K-Sherm waiting to sing God Bless America. Such a fun night!

K-Sherm waiting to sing God Bless America. Such a fun night!

Students come check out the new series that starts tonight @rushcreek_mw!!

Students come check out the new series that starts tonight @rushcreek_mw!!

You may be practicing self control in the physical realm, which is wise and beneficial(20-23) but where is your heart!? Walk with Jesus-be rooted deep in Him, & you will overflow with thankfulness(6-7). I believe we can only come to a place of ‘overflowing with thankfulness’ when we let go of our desire to be approved of by the world(family, friends, strangers etc.) & accept the truth that Jesus sacrificed His physical body- and reconciled you through His death- to present you ‘faultless & blameless’ before God(Col. 1:22). What else matters? Relax and enjoy life with your Creator with confidence in this final thought: In Matthew 6 Jesus says “This is why I tell you; Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food & the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to your lifespan by worrying? … Idolaters worry about these things, & your Heavenly Father knows you need them… Seek Him above all other things… Don’t worry about tomorrow- today has enough troubles of it’s own! (Paraphrased- go read it yourself today- & everyday until you are able to let go of the irrational fears & worries that distract you from being the light you are called to be!)

You may be practicing self control in the physical realm, which is wise and beneficial(20-23) but where is your heart!? Walk with Jesus-be rooted deep in Him, & you will overflow with thankfulness(6-7). I believe we can only come to a place of ‘overflowing with thankfulness’ when we let go of our desire to be approved of by the world(family, friends, strangers etc.) & accept the truth that Jesus sacrificed His physical body- and reconciled you through His death- to present you ‘faultless & blameless’ before God(Col. 1:22). What else matters? Relax and enjoy life with your Creator with confidence in this final thought: In Matthew 6 Jesus says “This is why I tell you; Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food & the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to your lifespan by worrying? … Idolaters worry about these things, & your Heavenly Father knows you need them… Seek Him above all other things… Don’t worry about tomorrow- today has enough troubles of it’s own! (Paraphrased- go read it yourself today- & everyday until you are able to let go of the irrational fears & worries that distract you from being the light you are called to be!)

I love these girls so much. So full of life & joy!! #thankful #daughters #joy

I love these girls so much. So full of life & joy!! #thankful #daughters #joy

Set change day with @blainemitchell as THOR.

Set change day with @blainemitchell as THOR.

Hummingbird Pro & The Paul @gibsonguitar @geartalk #gibson4life

Hummingbird Pro & The Paul @gibsonguitar @geartalk #gibson4life

Ended our service w @scottolden16 praying for @therealwesjones and @emmkayj as they head off the N.C.

Ended our service w @scottolden16 praying for @therealwesjones and @emmkayj as they head off the N.C.

Emma & @blainemitchell enjoying the game. She’s explaining everything to him as it’s happening. #fieldgoal

Emma & @blainemitchell enjoying the game. She’s explaining everything to him as it’s happening. #fieldgoal

#thecloudlookslikeagiantbird

#thecloudlookslikeagiantbird