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This is what’s in my Soul right now…

Darren listening to music on the go

We are a moment, You are forever
Lord of the ages, God before time
We are a vapor, You are eternal
Love everlasting reigning on high.

Holy, holy Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises honor and glory
Be unto Your name
Be unto Your name

We are the broken, You are the healer
Jesus Redeemer mighty to save
You are the love song we’ll sing forever
Bowing before You blessing Your name

Holy, holy Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises honor and glory
Be unto Your name
Be unto Your name

Holy, holy Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises honor and glory
Be unto Your name
Be unto Your name

written by Gary Sadler and Lynn DeShazo, and arranged by Tony Lewis.

Thursday October 19, 2006 – 11:37pm (CDT)

What’s in my head right now… (mini blog entry)

Darren on the Bus Stop
Artist: Des’ree
Album: Endangered Species
Title: You Gotta Be

Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears
Stand up and be counted
Don’t be ashamed to cry
You gotta be
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together
All i know, all i know, love will save the day

Saturday August 19, 2006 – 10:40am

Hey Y’all!

lookin fine!” HEY Y’ALL”




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Sunday June 25, 2006 – 01:43pm (CDT)

Renew Me / Everything He Promised

Good morning!
Listen to Renew Me by Martha Munizzi : http://www.napster.com/player/tracks/16499703

This has been an AWESOME morning for me.  Last night I had the opportunity to sit down and fellowship with a man of God.  In our conversation, I was reminded of my purpose and what God is doing in my life.  I received confirmation that God’s plan is active and God’s agenda is being pushed.  I went home with conviction and encouragement.

This morning I downloaded two songs in particular to listen to: “Renew Me” by Martha Munizzi and “Everything He Promised” by Dorinda Clark-Cole

The first song is a prayer song… “Renew me, remake me, create in me a clean heart oh God / Restore me, transform me, create in me a clean heart o God/ Restore me, transform me, create in me a clean heart o God/ Change my heart O Lord, I’m broken before you now, Take me as I am, receive this sacrifice.”

This captures what has been my prayer for years now.  As I’ve faced my struggles, my cry has been “Lord Change My Heart… that my life may be renewed” and as I look back, I’m seeing God– step by step– doing just that!

Listen to Everything He Promised by Dorinda Clark-Cole : http://www.napster.com/player/tracks/15492550

This is the second song that blessed me overwhelmingly this morning.  I literally cried as I sat on the train listening to this song. It’s a song of rejoicing in the fact that God is bringing to pass everything he promised.  I’m overwhelmed with thanks and praise for God bringing be back to Chicago and sustaining me.  It has been difficult, but the reality of the situation is that I’m STILL HERE!  God is STILL WORKING! and THE PROMISE IS ON THE WAY!

One line of the song repeats “The tears you’ve sown… you’ll reap with Joy” and indeed I’m expecting my harvest!  God’s love is amazing.  His plan is sure.  And I’m just happy about it!

I hope you’ll be able to listen to these songs and that they will in some way be as much an encouragement and a blessing to you as they have been to me today.  I love each of you and appreciate God placing you in my life.

The last lines of the song say “Don’t give up! Go All The Way! You’re Almost There!” and that is my encouragement to each person reading this!

Still Standing In His Grace
Darren Calhoun

Tuesday June 20, 2006 – 10:01am (CDT)

Silly Songs — Got one?

Image There is a little song that I wanted to share… this should probably be sung at every church function where food is involved… maybe you’ve heard of it (you should know the tune):

The National Black Church Bird Anthem:

Chicken, chicken,
Chicken in the morning
Chicken in the noon time
Chicken, chicken,
We can eat it all day long.

Serve it, fry it,
baste it, broil it, boil it
barbeque won’t spoil it
chicken, chicken,
we can eat it all day long!

Chicken, Chicken,
You can shake ‘n’ bake it,
Fry it up, don’t waste it
Chicken, Chicken,
We can eat it all day long.

Chicken I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me
Chciken I’ll never forget how you taste to me
Chicken I’ll never forget how you fill me up
Chicken I’ll never forget no never!

©2006 (lol… don’t steal it… just give credit where it’s due! lol)
Special thanks to Acórea for this blog idea!

So share your silly songs in the comments here.  Have fun!

Tuesday March 7, 2006 – 02:52am (CST)

God is God

This has been a trying week… but in that a time to trust Him. Today as I was on my way to have my health checked, I was listening to this song.  In particular this line jumped out at me and brought light to my week: “…the questions without answers/ Come and paralyze the dancer …”

At the moment that I write this blog, there are many unanswered questions that challenge me greatly!  However, as I saught God in service today, he showed up and put everything in perspective– just as this song had been reminding me earlier today.  Check out the lyrics below.

“God Is God”
by Steven Curtis Chapman

And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know

And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust

God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God

And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I

Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass

Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through Him and from Him are all things

So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone

God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God

And that’s just it… IT’S TIME TO WORSHIP GOD!  I can only look at my situations and do so much about them, but God is God in everything and he is my everything.  So what worries could I have.

My health screening came back NEGATIVE!  I can rejoice in that!  God has sustained me this far… I can rejoice again in that!  I’ve been in worse situations than this… and have seen him deliver me out of them all… so I can keep on rejoicing in that!

I just began to worship and praise him in the service.  The whole congregation was overwhelmed in the Spirit of God.  lol… we tore up the church y’all!

So REJOICE in the Lord… and AGAIN I SAY REJOICE because GOD IS GOD!

the comment section is now open for testimonies and praise reports!

Sunday March 5, 2006 – 08:31pm (CST)

Thank GOD for Kirk Franklin!

Kirk Franklin brings Light on Oprah Show
Exposing the reality of pornography addiction

Well I didn’t get to see the show (yet…) but I’m reading through what Kirk wrote in his personal Blog and the synopsis from the Oprah Show (be sure to at least check out Kirk’s blog, it’s very genuwine and honest) and I must say I’m continually giving Thanks to God for the stand this brother has taken.  I first heard him mention his battle with porn on international network TBN.  Now he’s actually discussed it and broguht light to the reality of it without any ‘scandal’ surrounding it.

Already I’m hearing mixed comments about making such a move and what was said.  I don’t have a television so I’m hoping to hear of someone posting the interview online.  I would like to see the full interview and write more about it.  In the mean time, I’ll write about what this whole thing sparks in me (hey it’s my blog… not the Chicago Sun-Times!)

I personally sand behind Kirk, his testimony, and his ministry!  He’s one of the men that are so lacking in our poplular culture.  Especially in black communities, the “Thug” is the new image of masculinity along with all the negative traits associated with the “thuged-out” craze (need we mention that 50 Cent is making international headlines with his new Movie, Book,  and Video Game?).  The Body of Christ is called to be a light in the world… but we’ve tired so hard to be different, that we often come off to non-belivers as just “churchy” or “wierd”.  For years, Kirk has strived to cut through all that and take the good news to the world.  I’m not saying he’s flawless, but neither is he!  I am saying that in so many instances my life has been positively impacted by his music and his message.  I was even blessed by his “Rebirth” because he was able to say “I’m sorry” and make a turn around in his life.  That’s not the kind of masculinity we often see.  In stead we are baraged by images of perfect men… physically and otherwise.  It’s like “real men don’t make mistakes” is the mantra.  (I know many women however would disagree strongly to that point).  But if we look at our media, we see buff guys with fabulous lifestyles, having gratuitus sex, and never having to say I’m sorry.  Even in Church, the pastor is always right, appears to live perfectly, and you’ll be stoned if you disagree with anything he says.  I know I’m painting a picture with broad strokes, but I’m certain I’m not the only one who will recongnize this portrait of a man.

For me this is especially challenging.  I’ve struggled with my (don’t chuckle) Manhood for years.  Mainly because of external preasures to measure up and to ‘toughen up / take it like a man’.  Curious notions, because there weren’t alot of men in my life.  I had my father growing up but he was rather passive about everything so I didn’t get alot of direction or cues from him.  (I thank God so much for him though!)  I didn’t fit in well with my male-peers because I wasn’t into sports and I wasn’t aggressive.  Outside of them, I was never close to men anywhere else.  By Highschool this left me feeling ‘nervous’ around men.  Not outwardly so, but I would get uptight inside when I would be around groups of men that were my age and older.  I felt like I just wasn’t a ‘guy’ enough to fit in with them.  I didn’t ‘dislike’ myself, but I didn’t feel like who I was was as good (in concept of manliness) as them.

Well anyway, back to my original idea, Kirk is taking a stand for boys and men, mariage and family.  If you haven’t heard it yet, check out his new CD “Hero” – he shares his testimony of growing up through the song “Let It Go ” then shares the victory in “Imagine Me”.  These songs make me cry if I let myself tune in to them.  How he shares so powerfully in these songs is amazing!

Spoken by Kirk in “Imagine Me”:
This song is dedicated to people like me,
those that struggled with insecurities,
acceptance, and even self-esteem,
you never felt good enough, you never felt pretty enough,
but Imagine God whispering in your ear and letting you know
that everything that has happen is now…

Gone, Gone, It’s Gone, All Gone

Well this entry is beyond long now… so I’ll put a pin in it and come back to this later.  I’d love to hear your comments about Kirk, the Oprah Show, or this discussion of Manhood in general!  Be blessed!


Thursday December 1, 2005 – 03:09am (CST)

Oh my soul cries out…

My heart is heavy… and has been for a while now… this song captures a good part of the way I feel… please read and respond!

Is there anyone that fails
Is there anyone that falls
Am I the only one in church today feelin’ so small

Cause when I take a look around
Everybody seems so strong
I know they’ll soon discover
That I don’t belong

So I tuck it all away, like everything’s okay
If I make them all believe it, maybe I’ll believe it too
So with a painted grin, I play the part again
So everyone will see me the way that I see them

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain
But if the invitation’s open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone who’s been there
Are there any hands to raise
Am I the only one who’s traded
In the altar for a stage

The performance is convincing
And we know every line by heart
Only when no one is watching
Can we really fall apart

But would it set me free
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
That you imagine me to be

Would your arms be open
Or would you walk away
Would the love of Jesus
Be enough to make you stay


Stained Glass Masquerade” LYRICS by CASTING CROWNS

Wednesday November 2, 2005 – 09:34pm (CST)

What Is A Man To Do?

I can willl it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

It happens so regularly it’s predictable. The moments I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps… The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. (Romans 7:17-25 in The Message )

So where is My focus?

Later in this passage (Rom 8:5-11 ) Paul talks about where our focus is… basicly that when we focus on ourselves in the matters of doing right and living right, we are not focused on God and subject ourselves to coninued failure. This is where my life has been SO frequently. I get caught up in working so hard on my self… or being so hard on myself that I easily shift from God who is my savior to me and what power I have (which amounts to nothing).

A few weeks ago, I made up my mind to let some changes happen in my life and I got rid of some things and let go of a few others… but none of those outward changes have been lasting. Inwardly, I’m trying not to play the guilt and shame game, because they don’t get me anywhere. What I have noticed is that I’ve been so focused on myself and my issues that I don’t give God half the time and attention I did. That’s silly because he’s always telling me that He didn’t call me because of what I could do, he just loves me period.

That’s what is important… I’m not going to be a new man because of the strength of my decisions… no, this change will only be realized through the power of His Spirit working in me.

The words of the Song “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns will sum it up best:

Who am I?
That the eyes that see my sin,
Would look on me with love,
and watch me rise again,
Who am I?
That the voice that calmed the sea,
Would call out through the rain,
And calm the storm in me,

Not because of who I am,
But because of what You’ve done,
Not because of what I’ve done,
But because of who You are,

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow,
A wave tossed in the ocean (ocean),
A vapor in the wind,
Still You hear me when I’m calling,
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling,
And You’ve told me who I am…
I am Yours, I am Yours.

That’s all for now! I love you all and thanks for the many wonderful comments… feel free, agree or disagree… what’s true will always stand.

In His Grace,


Saturday October 29, 2005 – 05:10pm (CDT)