faithful leaps and good music...

I'm MCKENZIE LOCKHART: a singer/songwriter from Muscle Shoals, AL. I wanted to share my journey with people who are interested and share some cool music and stuff that I like whenever I stumble upon such things. If you happen to read this, thanks for thinking I'm interesting enough to read about :)

Enjoy the journey, folks!
"Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement!” [James 2:12-13]
Lord, make us merciful. Remind us that our righteousness is not in any way self-made or earned, but it is the righteousness of the Savior—a gift and direct result of His sacrifice and life. Mercy is bigger. Mercy does not point fingers or compare, but points people to the One who saves. So, Lord, make us merciful as You have shown great mercy.

"Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement! [James 2:12-13]

Lord, make us merciful. Remind us that our righteousness is not in any way self-made or earned, but it is the righteousness of the Savior—a gift and direct result of His sacrifice and life. Mercy is bigger. Mercy does not point fingers or compare, but points people to the One who saves. So, Lord, make us merciful as You have shown great mercy.

This past weekend, my friend, Tate Hipps got a ton of talented friends together, brought them to my house, and we shot a little video. I’m so thankful for people like Tate, Justin Argo, Spencer Coats, and Andrew Quillen who are willing and able to set up a video shoot at 10:30pm and work hard because they love what they do. All of you guys are incredible.

This song is called “Jeremiah,” and I wrote it about…you guessed it…Jeremiah. In the book of Jeremiah, I found that he spent much of his ministry being tuned out. He heard from the Lord, he obeyed, but the people refused to listen. I pray that I will remain faithful in whatever position God places me—even if nobody listens.

Hope you all enjoy, and be on the look-out…we did record three more songs…

-McKenzie

"As surely as God lives…my lips will not speak wickedness…till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live." [Job 27:2-6]
I’m being sanctified. I’m being made more like Jesus. HE has obtained and is maintaining my righteousness. He’ll never let go of it. My conscience, Satan, and the world will not condemn me as long as I live!

"As surely as God lives…my lips will not speak wickedness…till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live." [Job 27:2-6]

I’m being sanctified. I’m being made more like Jesus. HE has obtained and is maintaining my righteousness. He’ll never let go of it. My conscience, Satan, and the world will not condemn me as long as I live!

‎(John 17:20-21) Jesus prayed that we would share the same heart, passion, and vision. He wants His heartbeat to be our heartbeat and His passion to be our passion. Jesus elevated unity to the status of the most effective evangelist tool by praying that our unity would be a testimony to those who don’t believe.

Simple Student Ministry

"Prophets and lovers don’t always hold true,

But I’m never gonna stop falling for you

So, when your wine’s all gone and your well runs dry,

Open your hands and look into my eyes; all that you see here,

You’ll soon leave behind, so open your hands and look into my eyes

I’m coming for you, coming for you wherever you go.”

(Source: Spotify)

thankful.

"…for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

[Romans 8:13-17]

Today, I am so thankful for the grace, the mercy, and the power of sanctification found in Christ. Even in my weakness, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9). In my failure and in my flesh, my eyes turn back to Him who sanctifies me to perfection in Jesus Christ. He is good.

Wanna see me play some music?

Hello, friends! I’ve been falling down on the job as far as letting you all know where I will be playing and singing and having a generally wonderful time. I’m not a big fan of typing all the little details into Reverbnation individually, so I thought I’d make a “master schedule” (sounds professional…) for the rest of April, and a few May dates. Please come hang out whether at the Marriott or the local church! I would love to see your lovely faces!

April 11th:

[6:30pm]  Highland Park Baptist Youth Group (w/ David Langston & speaker, Lori McGuire)

April 15th:

[10:15am]  Parkview Baptist Church (w/ Drew Bumpas & the Youth Choir)

[6:00pm]  Harris Chapel Baptist Church Revivial

April 16th:

[5-7:00pm]  Swampers Lounge at the Shoals Marriott

April 17th:

[12:00pm]  UNA Amphitheater (w/ Kristen Dunn and Max Beech)

[6:00pm]  Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association Meeting @ FBC Killen

April 19th:

[11:30am]  Senior Adult Luncheon @ Highland Park Baptist Church

[2:00pm]  UNA’s Earth Day

April 20th:

[7:30pm]  Ignite the Light @ MSHS (w/ Kristen Dunn & Max Beech, Speakers: Max Beech, Casey Hagle, and Barrett Jones)

April 27th:

[5:00pm] Highland Baptist’s THE WELL Girls’ Retreat

April 30th:

[5-7:00pm] Swampers Lounge at the Shoals Marriott

May 4th:

[TBA]  Tom Ed Moore Scholarship Benefit @ FloBama (Downtown Florence, AL)

Billy Joel

—Vienna mp3

"Slow down, you’re doing fine 
You can’t be everything you want to be 
Before your time 
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight 
Tonight…”

Her voice. Holy molasses, I love it so. She’s a strange little dancer, but oh how I love her voice.

My advice to people is to learn to recognize His presence: when it’s so commanding and so demanding that your agenda gets put aside, that the thing you were going to do for the next hour gets tossed out the window because you’re alone in your office and the presence has come and the cry of your heart is satisfied and there’s nothing you’d rather do.

Bill Johnson (Bethel Church)