From Loneliness to Living Oaks

From Loneliness to Living Oaks

(My newest recording “Living Oaks” is now available! The next few weeks I will be sharing stories about songs on this recording) God can use lonely times in our lives to produce something beautiful. The first summer that I served in my position as worship pastor our...

Living Oaks Album Lyrics

We are excited for the release of Chris’ new album, Living Oaks. As a special gift for visitors of the blog, this post has all of the lyrics for the new album! Buy the Album Encore Words and music by Christopher J, Atkins © 2018, 2019. All rights reserved....

A Song Story: Country Bluegrass Christmas

For just a moment imagine your ideal, perfect Christmas scene. What comes to mind? For most people that image would include gently falling snow, brightly lit and decorated trees, and a crackling fire glowing in a fireplace. Christmastime in our native Minnesota was...

A New Chapter, A New Ministry and A New Recording

This past Sunday I had the privilege of singing at an outdoor outreach concert for 980 people at the Grove, the outdoor venue at our home church, Live Oaks Community Church in The Villages, Florida. Take a look at the pictures my good friend and photographer Lou...

Links in God’s Chain

Last Friday night our church had an outdoor movie night. Our church is blessed to have an outdoor venue called “The Grove” that features a stage, great sound system, and a high definition jumbotron like the ones you see at stadiums. People come in cars and golf...

How to do Contentment

We live in a land of plenty! We are blessed to live in a country where you can drive a short distance to have a meal prepared and brought right to your table in just a short time. Look at a typical restaurant menu and think about the wide variety of food choices...

A $1 Book.

Two weeks ago my wife and I went to a local thrift shop. Shopping at this store is a favorite activity for my wife who likes to look for inexpensive items to decorate our house or give to someone as a gift.  Although I’m not as enamored as my wife is with second-hand...

Beyond Virtual Worship (Part 2)

In my last post, I discussed the concept of “virtual worship”: something that on the outside looks real, but at its heart is more about satisfying our own desires than actually approaching, submitting to, and experiencing God. Real worship engages our emotions, mind,...

Beyond Virtual Worship (part 1)

There is nothing that compares to experiencing God in worship, whether we are alone or with other believers!  Worship can be a profoundly moving and sweet time that transports us from the cares of this life into the kingdom realm of the one true God who reigns over...

A Precious Commodity.

Although Christ-followers have a bright and glorious eternity before us, God daily gives us a precious commodity that burns away faster than high-test fuel in a race car. That commodity is time. It’s interesting that we use phrases that refer to time just like it was...