Oil Not For Sale

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It’s not often that I get to play drums anymore.

I’m rusty, so that’s a liability to a leader.

I don’t have much time to get un-rusty.

And there are better drummers all around me.

But every now and then the forces of heaven and earth align themselves in such away that I get to step up.

Last night I had the privilege of serving one of my dearest friends, Mike Kim, as he kicked off our Momentum Leadership Advance at New Life. The conference is specifically for our over 200 leaders and volunteers – just to bless and encourage them.

Mike made mention earlier in the day that he’s been dwelling a lot on the subject of oil in the Bible. No, not the oil that our political parties are playing with at the expense of our families’ wallets. The anointing oil of the Holy Spirit. And neither you or I can afford it.

Good thing it’s a gift.

Mike truly has the oil of God on his life, and we were all soaking in it last night. There’s nothing quite like prolonged times in God’s presence, waiting on him and delighting in his pleasure.

Many thanks to the rest of the team: Jennifer Hopper, Jacob Widrick, Jason Rodgers, Daniel Gilchrist, David Woodkirk, Tammy Desormo, Joseph Gilchrist, and Tim Desormo.

Probably the greatest moment for me was when my father Peter came up backstage left and started playing the cowbell behind me (pictured below) – something he taught me to do behind him when I was just a boy and he was the drummer. Full circle. Resulted in the best text message ever (below).

Picking it back up this morning with Pastor Pierre du Plessis from The Father’s House in Rochester, NY. ch:

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[Picture by Nina Hopper]

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  • Gabe

    Hey, you play drums?! That’s awesome! I play drums too! πŸ˜€ (hence my name on the UG, DrummerGuy :))

    Yes, I agree, there is nothing like soaking on God’s presence. The first time I got an experience like that, it pretty much rocked my world. It’s the awesomest thing EVER.

    • Ha – awesome man! Yes indeed: worshiping him and having the Holy Spirit show up is a privilege.

      That’s so great you’re a drummer (I figured as much). Contrary to what most people think, piano and guitar are not my first instrument: drums are. Started when I was 4 and got my first paying studio gig when I was 10. Used to play 4-hours a day up until I was about 19. Now it’s a once-in-a-while venture that I still love very much.

      So do you have a kit?

    • Gabe

      You got a studio gig when you were 10?! LUCKY!!!!! (I wanna play drums on a CD, really bad)

      Yep, I have a kit. Two actually. A somewhat cheap electronic set, and an acoustic set. I play them both A LOT :). I started when I was just two (with tubs, paper towel rolls, and boxes), and got my first kiddy set when I was three. I’ve been playing ever since.

      • That’s awesome bro! Right on.

        It helped that my father owned a pretty famous recording studio. πŸ˜‰

        Keep playing out, practicing, and honoring the Lord with your talents.

  • Always incredible to hear about the family and your tender moments together, xoxo Hopper clan!!

  • Miriam Woodruff

    Where do I push the “Like” button? Ooops, can I upgrade that to a “Love” button? πŸ™‚

  • I LOVE hearing about you & your family…so precious. Family is such an amazing gift from God. And now…where’s that tissue, so I can get back to work πŸ™‚
    Pearl

    • Awe – you’re so kind Pearl. Thank you for your wart felt appreciation. [Hands tissue through iPhone].