I have partnered with the band Blemished to create “Blemished Ministries.”  This is a band I have worked with for quite some time and will be adding other bands to the mix soon.  Take some time and find us on FaceBook and have us come to your event. 

Like Me!!!

OOOOOHHHHH the LIKES!!  One of the prominent features of the worlds most popular social networking platforms is the ability to “LIKE” the posts or pictures of other people on the network.


I personally would like an “UN-LIKE” button, but there is already enough parading of drama for the world to see to add any more emotion to the site.

What is it in us that want to be liked?  There is this insatiable desire inside all humankind to be liked and loved by others.  From those that are people persons to those that are loners, there is still that desire for attention of some kind.

Since God has place that desire in us, I don’t want you to think that it is wrong to have this desire.  The better thought to ponder is “WHO” should like me.  And the answer is spelled shorter that most of the names on our friend lists.  G.O.D.

For most of us, we have probably spent a considerable amount of time not caring what God thought of us.  But when we have the opportunity to experience His grace, it changes EVERYTHING.

Most of those on our friend lists, can’t possibly ever be what that “LIKE BUTTON” indicates.  They may like our pics, posts, and yes even the person that we are, but there is ONE that loved us so much that He gave his life for us.

John 3:16  is a well known verse, but despite it’s perpetual use by many people around the world, it’s truth is often overlooked.  It says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” I “LIKE” that.

My hope for you is that you live your life for HIM and not so much THEM.

LIKE if you believe it,,,,,,, ….OK just kidding

The Morphine Effect

When I was a combat medic, one thing that would often happen upon a serious combat injury, would be the injection of morphine.  The soldier could be missing his legs and be somewhat calmed by the proper dosage of this potent opiate.  Although the injuries inflicted were very severe and ever present, the troop did not seem to care as much due to the euphoria of something else.  In other words, a problem on one end is missed due to fun on the other.

The church, both local and universal, should be thinking on this.  The Morphine Effect can set itself up in the church.  Great music, great food, great fellowship, great worship, great small groups, great ANYTHING, can be a great thing to have, but oftentimes the people can get so mesmerized in the things they like or the things that feel good, that they miss the hemorrhaging of people out the back door and those who need intensive care.

When I was a kid and my parents had been divorced, I began to take a liking to going to my dads house because to me it was basically more fun to be there.  There were various things that made dad the “Fun Dad.”

When people come and go from churches, usually part of the known or unknown hemorrhage, a lot of times they can land with the church that is the “Fun Dad.”  The danger comes when that fun atmosphere creates a mentality that this is all that the body of Christ is about, and then those who were once part of the hemorrhage are now a part of the euphoria and in turn miss the loss of fellow followers of Christ who got lost in the shuffle, all at the sake of stimulation over souls.

I don’t believe anyone sets out on a journey to ignore a major issue in their church, but the Morphine Effect is real and is playing a substantial role in church struggles and accounts for a great number of souls who stay in their recliners when the church doors are open.

If we want to see a substantial shift in this effect, we need to be as focused on the back door as we are on the front.  We need to be getting down and dirty in the messy spirituality that is likely to be more prevalent than fun stuff that fun dad (church) might bring.

I’m on it!!!  I pray that you are as well.

Have an awesome week.

To The Small Church Worship Leader

To The Small Church Worship Leader

David Santistevan


Do you ever feel like you’re alone?

That your struggles are different than everyone else’s?

You hear worship leaders talk about their live recordings, large teams, and expansive click track setups while you struggle to get people to attend your church.

You’re wondering if you’ll have a drummer on Sunday, let alone how unified your team will be in worship.

Just because you lead worship at a small church doesn’t make you less anointed, less significant, less important to the body of Christ.

Matter of fact, we need you.


We Need You

I thank God for the big worship leaders who resource the church with their songs. I thank God for the mega churches who are doing incredible things.

But I also thank God for the small church worship leaders – the unknown.

You teach us about the value of one soul – it’s not just about drawing and entertaining mass crowds. It’s about seeing one life come to Christ.

You teach us about the purity and simplicity of worship – our hearts connecting to our Maker’s. It’s about purity of heart, not production.

You teach us that best is not always bigger. It’s better to be small and humble than large and conceited.

You teach us that ministry isn’t about becoming a celebrity. It’s about reaching unreached people in every corner of the world.

So don’t stop giving, pouring out, and investing in your local community.

We, the body of Christ, thank you.

Talk Dirt To Me

“The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.” – Mark 4:18-19
This Sunday at FUEL – “Talk Dirt To Me” – Join us as we discover our dirt.

Spreading the Gospel

Your plans and dreams for the spread of the gospel may be too self-centered, impatient or naive, but they can’t be too big. – via @RevKevDeYoung

Nothing Gold Can Stay

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. – Robert Frost


The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. –
Mark 4:18-19


It is not how much we give to God, but how much we withhold for ourselves that becomes our issue –