Monthly Archives: August 2021

Season Finale: The Episode of Encouragement – S1E12



In this, the Season One Finale of God, Guitars and Gear, I have the honor and privilege of sharing the uplifting and affirming words of show listeners.  Special thanks to Jamie Penner, Chris Foster, Jordan Clark, Josh Thompson and Patrik Tammelin for sharing their hearts, pointing us toward scripture, and through the Holy Spirit, coming together to give us all an important message.

I want to thank you for listening, subscribing, and sharing this podcast over the past three months.  I would also like to thank you for connecting with the show on social media and through email ( chris@godguitarsandgear.com ).

Thanks to Ty Caskey and Ambient Trails for the great music that took this project to the next level.

Most of all, I’d like to thank God for opening all the doors and entrusting me with the opportunity to reach you through this first season.  It’s my prayer that, through these episodes, you’ve been able to grow as a worshipper, as a servant in your church’s music ministry, and as a guitar player, too.

Thank you so much for listening!


The Holy Spirit and One Perfect Pick



This one has been WEEKS in the making…and it’s been a bunch of fun, too.  It’s time to crown a champion – and worship a King!

GOD

During this episode, I’m going to be playing a bunch of music; playing acoustic, playing electric, playing chord progressions and lead lines.  Lots of different sounds, but they all come from one song: “Spirit Move” by our friend Ty Caskey.  It’s a great song that our music ministry team and our church family has really embraced for service, and I share with you in the hopes you’ll consider sharing it with your team.  Click HERE to find it on Spotify.

I asked Ty if it would be okay to post the lyrics here, because as I mention in this episode, I believe it’s an exquisitely balanced combination of thoughts to consider.  “Spirit Move” does a great job of simultaneously addressing the power and glory of God and the Spirit through both corporate and personal spiritual engagement.  Ty gave me the green light, so check this out:

I want to sit here in Your presence, I want to know more of Your goodness

Filled with wonder – expectation…for You to move within this place

Lord, we wait here for You…

This is a sacred invitation

The creator of all is here right now (yes, He is)

Filled with wonder – expectation…Lord we are gathered in Your name

Lord, we wait here for You…

Spirit come and move in our hearts, stir up revival in this place…Lord we worship You

Spirit come now and have Your way, Lord, let Your presence fill this place…Oh, we worship You

I feel it moving, my heart is pursuing everything you’re doing

Is making me new again

Your presence with me, pushing back the enemy…fear, you have no hold on me

Jesus is my victory!

Like I said, there are a lot of good and powerful things to think about when you take some time with the lyrics.  I’ll also tell you that, when you hear Ty’s recounting of the circumstances and the scripture that provide the motivation to write this song, you’ll have an even better connection to it.

GUITAR

I dug into the open of “Spirit Move” a bit to illustrate the importance of balance between offering YOUR excellence to God (your take on a track, your style and experience) as a truly unique gift and providing the structural foundation the rest of the team needs to play the song.  Forgive the sub-par acoustic work…

GEAR

I put the wraps on this episode by putting the wraps on the Mission: Perfect Pick competition.  You get to hear some sound samples (in which I use Alex Strabala’s latest and greatest Helix patch) of a few different picks, including all the finalists.  So which pick takes home the crown?  Listen and find out!

COMING UP…

Season One will come to an end with the “Episode of Encouragement”.  My hope is that, of all the episodes you’ve heard, this one will be the one you remember most.  If you need encouragement, affirmation, motivation – this is the episode for you, and I can think of no better to close this chapter of God, Guitars and Gear.

Thankya’s!

Ty Caskey – Ty wrote and performed the God, Guitars & Gear theme, and he also cranked out all that cool guitar wizardry that pops throughout each episode.  Connect with Ty:

  1. Instagram ( @tycaskeymusic )
  2. YouTube ( Ty Caskey )
  3. Spotify ( Ty Caskey )

Ambient Trails – AT does the well, ambient trails you hear in the background of every episode.  Hear more Ambient Trails on Instagram ( @ambienttrails )

 


Unspoken’s Zachery Smith – S1E10



So far, God has blessed this podcast with some pretty great guests: if you wanna listen to some God-centered people, how ’bout Michelle Nezat (Ep4), Zach Neese (Ep7) and Richie Allen (Ep9).  What about the nuts and bolts of guitar?  How ’bout Reverend Guitars CEO Ken Haas (Ep2) and Seventh Day Guitars founder Scott McDonald (Ep5)?  If you’re thinking about playing that six-string, you’re thinking about Brandon Oaks (Ep8).  And since this here show also focuses on gear, you got some great stuff from Alex Strabala (Ep3) and Ty Caskey (Ep1 and Ep6).

But what if it were possible for God to connect me with somebody who could roll about all three?  What if it was somebody people knew, respected and thought the world of?  Well, if that’s the kind of guest you were looking for, God has just dropped this love bomb on ya.  This episode is all about God, guitars and gear courtesy of Unspoken’s lead guitarist Zachery Smith.

GOD

Judges is a great book in the Old Testament.  It’s action-packed, and loaded with heroes from beginning to end.  And for the teenager in me, it’s got some gore and great reference to somebody pooping their pants (don’t believe me?  Do a multi-translation study of Judges 3:22…and get ready to howl.  You’re welcome!)  But I digress…

While studying Judges recently with my Life Group family (love you guys!), I stumbled across a verse that led me to a very telling comparison study between Gideon (Ch. 8) and Samson (Ch. 13).  Who’s a better deliverer in your mind, and who do you think God considers the deliverer?

It’s all about our ability to compare, and just how badly things can go because of it.  Listen in to find a way to get out of the comparison game.

GUITAR

As I mentioned at the top, this isn’t just about guitar, because Zachery Smith is definitely not just about guitar.  He is a 100%, all-in, over-the-moon Jesus-follower, and everything else comes after that.  In this conversation, we talked about his history, his growth within God’s will, what he’s learned about humility, as well as the difference between “knowing the psalm” and “knowing the Shepherd”.  Zachery was also FULL of tips (whether he stated them as such or not) about playing, practicing, being up on stage, and how to keep yourself in a worshipping state with a guitar slung over your shoulder: “You’re pouring it out at the feet of Jesus.”

Go ahead, write that down.  I did.

He does talk about gear quite a bit, including the brands he’s moving to as he grows in his role with Unspoken for touring – and recording – they’re doing (yes, Unspoken fans – they’re recording!).  Like I said, Zachery covers it all, and with a smile.

GEAR

It’s all about Mission: Perfect Pick this episode.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen all ten picks.  In this show, I give you my top three finalists, and in general terms, I explained that all of them represent the best combination of performance and value.

Now – got to @godguitarsandgear on Instagram, find the post with those finalists, and make your guess as to which pick will be crowned The Perfect Pick!  If you guess correctly (I’ll reveal the winner in Ep11), you could win a pack of your own to enjoy!

COMING UP…

In Ep11, Mission: Perfect Pick will come to a close, and I will reveal the Perfect Pick…and the winner of the Perfect Pick Contest.  Even if you don’t win, I’m going to give you some sound samples from several of the picks I compared so you can make your own decision on which one was best.

The little bits and bobs I’ll be playing will all come from a song called, “Spirit Come” by your friend and mine, Ty Caskey.  Ty will stop in to talk about the inspiration for the song lyrics and generate some excitement about the Holy Spirit entering into our lives and all of the moments when our church families come together to glorify God.

ONE MORE THING!

This season’s finale is coming up, and it’s going to be great.  It’s the first-ever “Episode of Encouragement”, which will give you the opportunity to share some encouragement with other music ministry servants.  There’s still a little bit of time for you to be a part of it: record an mp3 of your encouragement, affirmation, a special scripture, a prayer, or maybe even a tip to help a team or guitarist to play better, practice more efficiently, or connect with God during a service.  Whatever God puts on your heart, put it in a recording and email it to me: chris@godguitarsandgear.com .

Thankya’s!

Ty Caskey – Ty wrote and performed the God, Guitars & Gear theme, and he also cranked out all that cool guitar wizardry that pops throughout each episode.  Connect with Ty:

  1. Instagram ( @tycaskeymusic )
  2. YouTube ( Ty Caskey )
  3. Spotify ( Ty Caskey )

Ambient Trails – AT does the well, ambient trails you hear in the background of every episode.  Hear more Ambient Trails on Instagram ( @ambienttrails )