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"You're My Everything" - New Worship Single

The new worship single is out now!

Hi! I’m so glad to announce that the new worship single, “You’re My Everything,” is out NOW on iTunes and Amazon! The song is a very intimate declaration of the closeness of Christ in our lives, just as the lyric says, “It’s the words you speak, it’s the life you bring, when I let you in…”

Jump over to iTunes to rate, review and download “You’re My Everything” by clicking the single cover or the button below. It would be great to hear your thoughts on the song! You can also give the full track a spin at www.waitingfordaybreak.com – head on over to worship with us!

You're My Everything - Single - Waiting for Daybreak

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Our first single, “God of Heaven” has gotten a great response, thanks for all the kind comments and 5 stars on iTunes! We are really blessed by the song, give it a spin right here and let us know your thoughts!

Buy God of Heaven on iTunes

We are pleased to announce the brand-new Waiting For Daybreak web site at www.waitingfordaybreak.com! Thanks to all of you that have already stopped by to listen to the first single, “God of Heaven.” It’s been awesome to hear your comments, we’re so pleased that you like the song! If you haven’t heard the song yet, click on the image or link to come and spin it and to see all that is new and exciting in the world of WFD, see you there!

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!

TO OUR HEROES

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Culture, God
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The 9/11 issue of The Spectator.

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To those who gave everything on 9/11 ten years ago, thank you, even though these words seem to be totally inadequate in comparison to your sacrifice. May you never be forgotten, and may you always be honored among free men. Thanks to people like you, this grateful immigrant family is able to live in the USA in safety and among people of integrity and honor.

Words are not enough, but this comes close: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

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.