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“You’re My Everything” is an intimate song about the closeness of God.

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The new Waiting For Daybreak single, “You’re My Everything” was mixed and mastered and is on its way to iTunes right now! As with “God of Heaven,” the song will be released digitally at iTunes and elsewhere for the awesome price of $.99, make sure you get your copy and worship with us!

To tide you over to the song’s release, here are the lyrics:

You’re My Everything

It’s the words You speak; it’s the life You bring
When I let You in
It’s the hope You give; it’s the love I live
When You come within

You’re my everything; You’re the song I sing
You’re the one I give my life to now
You’re the King of Kings, Lord of all things
I bow down before you now

It’s the way You breathe the whisper in my ear
And I know you are near
It’s the way You move across my brokenness
And take away the fear

You’re everything, You’re everything

(c) WaterWalk Music / Petri Nauha
CCLI Song #5704970

Blessings and stay tuned!

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God of Heaven - Single

We are beyond excited, as “God of Heaven” is now available on iTunes! Just click on the link below to give it a spin. Once the new window opens, click on “View in iTunes” to rate it and take a quick moment to write a review. We would love to hear what you think!

God of Heaven - Single - Waiting for Daybreak

We are also proud to present our brand new web site! Come by to www.waitingfordaybreak.com to see the latest, there is a lot going on, like a player with “God of Heaven”, photos, news and song charts for all you worship leaders. Just download the PDF and start playing!

Blessings!

Hotel / Casino New York-New York in Las Vegas.

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Our friends gave us a week in their Las Vegas time-share, which was a real blessing as we had no money for a vacation after buying a car, so thanks so much, guys! There’s not much to see in between L.A. and Vegas, unless you count the world’s largest thermometer or a 50’s diner with a dinosaur park…

Yes, somebody had to make one...

…or a splitting image of FINLAND on the side of a Nevada mountain. (I guess you’d have to be Finnish to really appreciate it!)

The map of Finland on the side of a mountain. Amazing!

Having spent just a week in Vegas, I really don’t get how people are able to live here! It’s been over 110 degrees Fahrenheit (That’s 43 degrees Celsius to you Europeans!) most of the week, and we’ve had a very testing time here. This really puts Jesus’ 40 days in the desert in perspective! Both kids have been sick, but that hasn’t kept us from the hotel pool, which has just about the balmiest water you could imagine…

Stepping outside, the heat clings your shirt to your skin as soon as you hit the sidewalk. We’ve taken short walks as we’re only a block away from the Strip. That, by the way, is a very appropriate name, since the newspaper boxes are full of girl catalogs and sidewalks are full of people in t-shirts screaming “GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!” and other variations of the same theme, while the people wearing them slap their “business cards” and try to hand them over to guys, girls and yes, sometimes this husband and father of two, who is WALKING WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO KIDS! Sin City, for sure, but God is even there. In the middle of it, I suddenly heard a quiet voice in my heart say, “You don’t belong in this world.” What an awesome moment. Then I looked at my family around me, and the same quiet voice said, “Strength.” Looking at the peddlers with their cards, one last word, “Weakness.” It felt amazing to hear God protect and guide us through this maze. We did our best to walk by the rag mag boxes, blocking them from the view of our 5-year-old son Miro. You might think he wouldn’t get it, but when it comes to protecting our kids, you are talking to a tiger. I will do whatever it takes to allow our children to grow up healthy and free of junk, thank you very much!

Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas has been built up like you wouldn’t believe, and it isn’t all pretty. Just because you have money, it doesn’t mean you’ll create something beautiful. What used to be is now covered by ritzy skyscrapers and shopping malls that look generic and unwelcoming. To me, it kinda sums up living life without God. You end up with a lot of things, both material and immaterial, but there’s no heart, no redemption, no eternity. I wouldn’t choose it…

Where's the soul?

It seems no coincidence that the “New Center of Las Vegas” is in trouble, some of its cold, steel structures even before they open up. Just check this article on the Harmon Hotel. Not even opened yet, it might be demolished before receiving its first guest! Talking about construction, this building caught our eye by the North Premium Outlets:

Would you like to live in here?

Even with all the gloominess, there are still some great things in Vegas. Check out the lions at the MGM Grand:

Thank God for the glass in between!

A 1/3 replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino is a personal favorite:

The Other Eiffel Tower

The Twin Towers

The greatest thing about Las Vegas? Meeting with God! We just returned from a Sunday morning visit at Central Christian Church and heard some amazing worship by their band and a great teaching by Jud Wilhite about making time for what really matters. Their creativity was inspiring, and they reach people from strippers and addicts on, God is doing amazing work there!

Central Christian Church in Las Vegas

Even better than going to church was a moment on holy ground right on the Strip the other day. We were walking by the M&M store (13 bucks for a pound, what’s up with that?!?) and saw a young man dancing on the sidewalk. Thinking nothing of it, we passed him by the next day and heard a worship song about Jesus blasting loud in the middle of people dressed up as anything from Iron Man to strippers in cop uniforms, earning their living from tips by letting people take photos with them. I had to walk up to Jeffrey, as he then introduced himself. We said a quick hello, I told him how much I loved what he was doing, and we parted ways saying that we’d be meeting up in heaven one day (God willing!) It was an amazing moment in the desert heat surrounded by a city that thrives on sin and it reminds me of God’s words about how grace abounds even more where darkness reigns. God adds life to everything, and it’s awesome to experience Vegas with Him.

Mango drinks for everyone!

Look at me, daddy!

It’s been a few weeks since Father’s Day, but what happened to us is so huge that it deserves to be blogged: Our  son Miro got saved just before his 5th birthday on Friday, June 17th!

Miro always wanted to hear stories of Spider-Man, Iron Man or other superheroes of the day, but a couple of months earlier he all of a sudden started asking for “Jesus stories.” Having read the Bible for years, I found myself racking my brain to remember the details, but still succeeded to tell the stories to him fairly accurately. On that special night, when the story was done, he simply said, “I just love Jesus.” My heart stopped and I was filled with amazement and awe. I asked, “You know, if you really do, you can do something about it. Would you like to pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart?” He simply replied, “Yes.” Then we prayed the sinner’s prayer, and our lives changed forever.

As a father, I try my best to show my faith to my kids, wife and others. Still, how they pick up on it is a total mystery to me. I remember talking to our kid’s pastor at church as I was concerned about Miro’s faith. She gave me the greatest reply, “It’s not a matter of if but when.” I was filled with instant peace and left my son’s faith to God while doing what I sensed was right on my part. It felt awesome.

At the end of the day, what happened was the result of many important things in Miro’s life. He sees the faith of dad and mom in action every day, goes to church every Sunday and hangs out in our small group with adults and other kids every week. He goes to a pre-school where Jesus is a part of life through the year. On top of this, his best friend believes in Jesus. The two of them have so much fun together and are inseparable whenever they get together. They remind me of David and Jonathan, and God used Miro’s best friend to introduce him to Jesus. I want to thank our church and everyone involved for showing my son the way to God, his life will never be the same!

Only God can do such things, and to top it off, He started giving me a new song that same morning. Titled “Sound of Celebration”, it is about the joy that erupts in heaven every time a person puts their faith in Jesus. I had written the first verse and chorus before noon:

You were there when all was made
Hear how all creation sings
A beautiful song of praise to You

Let the sound fill every space
Let it ring out from our hearts
All the world will hear of Jesus’ name

We bring our joy to you

You’re the One we celebrate
You have given us this day
We lift up Your precious name
Lord Jesus

You’re the One that we live for
You have opened up the door
Now we hear the sound of celebration

Little did I know that the same night I would finish the song based on sharing my own son’s salvation!

Our salvation comes from you
You give it to the humble heart
Calling out Your name, You set us free

All of heaven sings so loud
Giving glory to the One
For the soul that only You can save

We bring our joy to you
We bring our joy to you

You’re the One we celebrate
You have given us this day
We lift up Your precious name
Lord Jesus

You’re the One that we live for
You have opened up the door
Now we hear the sound of celebration

(c) 2011 WaterWalk Music / Petri Nauha

So now this “Sound of Celebration” echoes in our hearts as our firstborn has entered God’s Kingdom. I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for his life, I am so proud to be his dad.

Iron Man (video game)

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My son’s favorite superhero is Iron Man. As a matter of fact, it’s only two weeks until his 5th birthday, and the theme for the whole party will be… You guessed it, Iron Man! Seeing him kick the butt of evil is inspiring to me, and even when he’s overcome by evil, he always finds a way to pull through and make things right. We need such heroes today!

But how the mighty have fallen. Anthony Weiner is just the latest in a string of politicians who have felt they can live above the code of conduct that regular people try to live by (And fail as well.) And don’t even get me started with celebrities and the current state of music. I tried to find some good summer hits for a concert we’re doing at church in July, and the songs were so tasteless that we can’t do any of them! While all this is going on, it also seems that heroes of the past are getting stripped of their status.  It doesn’t matter who it is, there seems to be a desire to dig out something from the person’s past to pull them into the mud and make it stick.

All of this is happening at a time when kids are acting up at an alarming rate. They are lost and crave to see people rise up and show them how to live well. Even adults need other adults to look up to and be inspired by, but at this rate, who will be left to fill that role?

Just in time for Father’s Day, I want to encourage all of you (You too, ladies!) to step it up and live a life of a hero. Embrace who God made you to be and listen to what He is calling you to do. It doesn’t matter how many or few you think you are influencing, because you influence more people than you think. Just because you don’t hear every story of your impact, it doesn’t mean you don’t have one! In the modern world we live in, even the smallest acts of kindness, love, courtesy and caring stand out as towering examples of the love of God. This is worship at its finest. Here are some of my heroes, maybe you want to comment and share yours?

-My pastor, Scott Wood. Relentless pursuit of Jesus and an unwavering commitment to love others and meet every need he sees.

-My mom, who held our family together through some tough times growing up.

-My wife, who single-handedly keeps two small kids in check and helps them to learn to be kind, compassionate and loving. (As the younger one screams in the background as I’m typing this!)

-My friend and brother Scott, who stands with me through thick and thin, inspiring me and helping me navigate this adventure of life, worship and music.

-Many others who have committed to Jesus and serve alongside us at church, choosing to give of their time, hearts, resources and talents to a higher cause… Hey, that’s exactly what heroes do! A BIG THANK YOU!

The End of the World Is Nigh

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So evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping said that the end of the world happened last Saturday. Big whopping surprise, we’re all still here even though the Rapture was supposed to happen! I’ve got just one beef with the prophecy: In the most famous chapter regarding the end of the world, Jesus says flat out that nobody knows the time, only the Father knows! (See Matt. 24:36)  It aggravates me and makes me laugh at the same time to read about this stuff. Atheists had Rapture parties here and there to mock this guy, and I was tempted to go join them! It breaks my heart for them that one day all this will happen for real, we just don’t know the date. There will be no rapture parties then…

So much silly stuff is done in the name of God, but sadly, so much evil has been done in the name of God and Christianity, as well. I just want to say one thing. We are not those people.

When a Koran was burned in Florida and people died in the Middle East, we weren’t there lighting up the match. We were too busy working to make our Sunday morning a safe place where hurting people could come and find Jesus. When a pastor of a church of 50 spews hatred that is completely against the will of God, we in the millions disagree with him completely. We believe what the Bible says about loving God and loving people, even our enemies.

When terrorists kill civilians to forward their agenda of a totalitarian, religious world, we are not those people. We are too busy finding ways to feed the poor, put an arm on the shoulder of someone who just lost a loved one and going into prisons to love those society has rejected. We don’t yearn for a takeover of the world, we long for the healing of this hurting world through love. That’s who we are.

When the Crusades were happening, we hadn’t been born. Those who took the Word of God almost a thousand years ago (Time to move forward, anyone?!) and used it to kill those who didn’t believe in it were doing the will of our enemy, not the will of God. We are not those people. There’s a big difference between living your life for God and using His name to do what you wanted to do all along. Just because someone takes the Honda sign and puts it on an old Buick, it doesn’t magically turn an old beater into a fancy and dependable car. You need the heart of the car – the engine – too. Claiming God’s name over your actions doesn’t automatically make you godly.

When the 20th century was lit ablaze by world wars, communism and totalitarianism, they were all caused by secular tyrants and movements. The evil they perpetrated was based on principles that were completely contrary to what God’s Word says.  True believers were busy alleviating the suffering on both sides, and some even died for doing it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands as a towering testimony of courage from those days. Some in the church committed a grave sin by their silence. They were scared for their own lives and stayed silent when they should have stood up for what is good and right. That’s not what God wants from us, either. We are not perfect, we are just saved. I fall short from the ideal on a daily basis, but I keep trying…

Yes, so much evil is done in the name of God, but if people become like God in their own minds and use His name to do their evil, it still doesn’t make God bad. It makes those people bad, and we are not those people. God is who he says he is. He is good, He is loving and kind, and He is also just. He will deal with those who do evil in His name and reward those who live for Him. As a matter of fact, He will deal with all of us! What do you choose?

One of several tornadoes observed by the VORTE...

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The link below goes straight to a CNN video of the destruction the tornadoes caused in the South. What blows my mind is the sheer power of the tornadoes and the faith of the survivors, I was surprised that it was shown so openly on CNN!

Check out the video by clicking here.

Let’s pray for those who survived the destruction and put our money where our mouth is. There are lots of great organizations that will have boots on the ground to help those in need and show the love of Jesus to them. I’m going with Samaritan’s Purse, you make your own choice, but put your faith in action today!