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Happy October 19th!

If you haven’t heard, today is the official release date for “The Transition EP.” So it is available on iTunes right now! Or, if you’d rather have a physical copy, you can find that on our merch website, or you could come see us in person and we will be glad to get you a copy.

We decided to go with the name, “The Transition EP” because we felt like us as a band, and our music has been going through some changes. Some of the songs from “Attention” had been written two or three years before it was released. So Philmont’s music writing has had a lot of room to grow, musically and lyrically. Philmont’s last record was also written with only four members. Since then Jeremi and myself have been added to the mix, making Philmont a 5-piece for the first time. Even us as people have been constantly changing.. so we felt like it was a suitable name for our new release.

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday, and “change” came up as a topic, just the way that God has been shaping and molding our lives into what they need to be to better ourselves and to ready us for whatever plans he has for us in the future. We realized that the way God changes us for his will, isn’t always the way we want to do things, but we have a hard time seeing it that way then. All we see is that, we lost our job, or my girlfriend/boyfriend broke up with me, or anything bad that is happening. We can’t think to step back and see it from a bigger perspective. That God is putting you through a transition that you need to go through to be ready for the amazing things he has planned for you, that wouldn’t be possible if you had things your way.

It says in Romans 12:2, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Try to think about this the next time you’re going through a struggle, that it’s all still going according to plan. And even though it’s tough to imagine God putting you through something like that, if you could see the end result.. what God sees and has planned for you, you wouldn’t want it any other way.

Not only is it a great thing to trust in what God has planned for you, it’s just as much of a bad thing to ignore him and try to do things your own way. Galatians 5:19-23 says, “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfying wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I’ve warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears on an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

God knows how much easier life would be if we listened to him and followed him where he wants to take us. I challenge you to give this a try.
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2 Comments

  1. Josh!!! The EP is AMAZING!!! i knew it would be… but it’s even better than my expectations and my expectations were pretty high!
    Great job on the blog too!! You’re such a blessing. i’ll see you guys on the 30th!!
    big hugs and high 5’s!!

  2. Being a missionary kid, I’ve seen lots of transitions/changes (you can ask Britt, she’s got the book I gave her about probably the biggest change in my life, EVER!). I’ve never liked them, too many goodbyes. So thank you, Josh, for this reminder that not all changes are necessarily bad!! This is something I need to be reminded of over and over again.


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