Author: Phillip Brande

It’s Complicated


There is always a tension between relying on God to do and work and what we should do.

There is a tension between the things that God will do on his own and those things he expects us to do because he has equipped us to do them. The tension is deciding which things we are supposed to leave totally to God and which ones are not being realized because he is expecting us to accomplish the task.

There are things that I think I am supposed to do.  I receive a vision from God and hit the road doing what I can to work toward what he has given me to do.  I make plans, come up with people and things that are needed to accomplish the mission.  I move, pray and move some more.  Even in this there are some things that I’ve set my mind on that God has never had in his mind to do or supply in that way.  This is seen clearly as he takes those things from me and leaves me wondering what he is up to.

Then there are things that I choose not to do because I felt like he was going to work things out and I would have little to do with that.  Then as time passes he asks me (in many different ways) why I haven’t done anything yet and pushes me to get more involved with what I have neglected by leaving it to him to do. Or he removes things to make it abundantly clear I should have been on the job days ago.

Sometimes, I sit back and wonder if I’m even capable of following and working for God.  There are so many things I miss and they weigh heavy on me. Then even in the things I feel like I get right, I wonder if those things are really right. What if I have deceived myself into thinking I have made progress when in fact all I’ve done is spin my wheels?

So with all this in my mind I rest in a few thoughts…

God knows me and knows what I am going to do and what I’m not going to do and what he needs to remind me to do.

God knows my heart and my desire to follow him.  He will not leave me nor forsake me because of that. He is also not angry with me when I pursue the wrong things in an attempt to serve him the best I can. He just adjusts my direction and though it is painful when he does, he does it to accomplish the desire of my heart…

and that is to please him.


October Music 2017


October Music has begun….. it began on October Eve (September 30th) as soon as our eyes opened.  With the exception of Sundays, it is the only music that we play in our house for the whole month. October music (in case you do not know) is a mix of fun and biblical music to aid in our celebration of this great month and fall season.

Yes, fun music such as – “October” (U2) – “Monster Mash” – Carman’s “No Monster’s Song” – “The Adam’s Family” – “Sitin’ Up with the Dead” (Ray Stevens), “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” and “Ghostbusters” to name a few…

And Biblical tunes that express the battle we are engaged in with darkness and celebrates the victory we have in Christ.  Tunes such as Shane and Shane’s “Embracing Accusations” – Keith Green’s “Dear John Letter to the Devil” – Gungor’s “The Fall” – Carman’s “Champion” – John mark McMillan’s “Skeleton Bones” – Toby Mac’s “Somebody’s Watching” and Jars of Clay’s “Good Monsters”.

Here is a brief list of the music on our October Playlist…


Navras (Juno reactor & Don Davis)

Keep Me – Crowder

Run Devil Run – Crowder

Demons – Chris Daughtery & Jencarlos

Ghostbusters – Pentatonix

October – North Texas Wind and Symphony

Graveyard – Mitch Grassi

Shouting Grounds – Crowder

Back to the Garden – Crowder

Forgiven – Crowder

Promised Land – Crowder

All We Sinners – Crowder

and a few others..

October Music now has 241 songs and is a delight to listen to… a reminder that yes there are evil things in this world but we have the victory in Christ over anything scary or demonic.

For us it’s a great way to start the holiday season… for right after October music ends Thanksgiving music begins…

So because you asked…

here is a quick List of some of the other songs…

October – U2

The Scare Floor

Halloween Spooks

Grim Grinning Ghost (If you’ve ever been to disney world you will recognize this)

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music – Larry Norman

The Devil went Down to Georgia (Clean version)

The Fall – Gungor

Long Black Train – Tonic Sol-fa

Dear John letter to the Devil – Keith Green

Can’t Break Me – Rhett Walker Band

Embracing Accusations – Shane and Shane

Shadows (fet. Lecrae) – Passion (David Crowder)

Main Theme from Jaws

Sittin’ Up With the Dead – Ray Stevens

Ain’t No Grave – Crowder

Neighborhoods – Big Daddy Weave

Dead Man – Jars of Clay

Great Pumpkin Waltz

Set me free – Casting Crowns

Skeleton Bones – John Mark McMillian

Haunted House – Jumping’ Gene Simmions

Wednesday’s Revolt

Adams Family Theme

Good Monsters – Jars of Clay

Monster – Skillet

Monsters, INC

Monster Mash

The Munsters Theme

No Monsters – Carman

They Don’t Scare Me – Mickey Mouse

God is Bigger – Veggie Tales

On Halloween Night – Joe Scruggs

Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr

Oogie Boogie’s Song

Blue Light Red Light – Harry Connick JR

Somebody’s Watching – Toby Mac

A Witch’s Invitation – Carman

Poor Unfortunate Souls

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? – Tonic- Sol-fa

Shake Your Bones – Marco Marinangeli

The Pink Panther Theme

On Our Own – Bobby Brown

Cleaning Up the Town – The Busboys

Satan Bite the Dust – Carman

Linus and Lucy

Spooky – Countdown Singers

Purple People Eater

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

This is Halloween

A Way to See in the Dark – Jason Gray

Dry Bones – Gungor

Beg (Acoustic Version) – Shane and Shane

Carmina Burana: O Fortuna

Supernatural – DC Talk

Hey Devil – Tobymac

No One Believes in Me An More – Keith Green

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Boston Pops

Last Day on Earth – Steven Curtis Chapman

Next 5 Minutes – Steven Curtis Chapman

Ghost Train – US Air Force Heritage of America Band

Red Baron

I’ve Got No Strings (From the Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Teaser)

Jurassic World Soundtrack Trailer Theme

No Fear – Clay Cross

Circus For A Psycho – Skillet

The Entire Monster Mash Bobby Borris Album

End of October – U2

So that isn’t the full list but enough for you to start your own October Music Play List.

Time Flies


So, many of you just like us have started school again.  This morning I looked over some post from the past, some were written about my kids transition to middle school , when my oldest started High School, and now both are there…. one is a Senior one is a Freshman.

To say time is flying by is an major understatement.

My daughter’s senior year has started off great.  My son is adjusting to the new school and the new way school is being done. My daughter will be in college next year…


While My son will be in High school living at home without his sister being there.

she will be gone

but will visit

This is the normal progression of life, and we want our kids to grow up and become independent. We are thankful that they are but there is a touch of sadness to the inevitable change that is coming.

My son last year when we were deciding which courses he should take in High School was determined to take college courses his freshman year.  He was so persistent with this we finally asked him why. He said…

“If I get two years of college out of the way while I’m in High School that would mean I would only have 2 more years to go after I graduate.Then after college I’d be back at home to live with you guys and Aurora because she would have graduated the year before and would be back home.”

I get what he is saying… it is really cool what we have right now.  None of us want it to end. But as good as it is – it will not last.  Things will change and these days with both our kids at home will become a memory as we move into the next stage of life.

So… I’m going to try quit thinking about all this by tomorrow… and live each of these special days with my kids to there fullest.

Knowing that change is not to far away…

because after all…

“time flies” is an understatement.