Saturday, July 4, 2009

We've Moved

www.leelandonline.com has gotten a face lift. All future blogs will be posted there.

Hope you like it!

much love

leeland

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cambodia Update


God is everywhere. I feel Him on the streets of Siem Reap, Cambodia just as powerful as I feel him in the sanctuary of our church. He is all powerful and over everything that exists. Yet He is humble and willing to be servant of the least. So patient, as we run like mad men away from his perfect grace. He is all sufficient as we struggle in our deepest human need. There is nothing He cannot do and no one He cannot love. Not one person escapes the piercing gaze of His eyes like fire.

We're seeing Him move in the nation of Cambodia. We've met poor farmers that have absolutely nothing, and their lives are being changed. The work that Food for the Hungry is doing is completely transformational. They don't just mow over problems that will grow back a year later. They're not just driving up in a white truck and solving people's problems for them. The thing that's blown us away is that they empower the local people to fix their own problems with their own resources. Of course these people need some assistance, but they shouldn't have to rely on an NGO to meet all of their needs. God is their supplier and FH is teaching people this through savings groups, agricultural training, child development, education, biblical teaching, and a lot more.

Through the power of God, and a lot of hard work, the FH staff is up rooting the attack of the enemy that has existed here for hundreds of years.

I've got a question for you and would love some honest feedback. What do you think the role of an non-profit should be? Hand outs only? Or complete community transformation?

Thanks for your prayers as we continue our journey. Next stop... Bangladesh. It's very different than Cambodia, and we're so excited to see the work God is doing there.

Thanks for reading.

-jack and all the leeland boys

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Every Moment an Offering


We're really enjoying our time in Japan. And I feel God speaking to me so much. There is a huge world out there with so many people. 12 million in Tokyo alone. So many lives. I begin to think of all the moments that can be wasted.

How do you waste your life?

I believe that any minute not lived unto God is for naught. Evaporated time. This isn't legalism, it's just an awareness that the only life worth living is one that is bathed in God's spirit. When I iron my shirt I want to worship. When I'm pumping gas, when I sing a song, holding my wife's hand, flying in a plane, preaching, writing, laughing with my family, changing a diaper. I believe it's possible for all of this to be wrapped in the simplicity of God's presence.

Jesus did it. He was normal and not normal all at once. He had sweat glands and a belly button just like you and me. He was tempted and attacked. He had to do things that required money and lived in a material society. There was major potential for stress in His life. All of these things were just opportunities for Him to surrender more and more to His Father.

Why don't you try giving every moment as an offering to God? Don't make it another law to live by... just realize that it can become like breathing. I breathe naturally because it's second nature. This is where grace comes in. It has changed our nature. Adam excluded God in the small things, but through the life of Jesus we can now live to INCLUDE God in everything. We can make every moment an offering.

-jack

Tokyo, Japan


Hey Leeland bloggers. Here's a few pix from our day in Japan. The people are just amazing here. There is a very strong but small group of believers here, that are so hungry to see their nation come to God. They have the love Jesus written all over their faces. It's so cool. I can't wait for the concert tomorrow. Right in the heart of Shibuya-Tokyo. We're praying for God to move in a HUGE way! The Christians here need a lot of encouragement and support and the unbelievers need to hear an amazing message. Tomorrow we'll post a video from our time here. Then off to Cambodia! Going to sleep now. -jack



















Thursday, May 14, 2009

Are u alive?

Hey Leeland bloggers! Hope everyone is doing well. Hope this encourages you...


"In Him was life and that life was the light of men." St. John (Speaking of Jesus)


Is it just me, or does it seem like we're the walking dead sometimes? I mean, come one people... we serve Jesus! : ) Not only do we serve Him, but when we got saved, His life and nature were poured into us without measure.


This means that the same life and light that burst forth from Jesus, now dwells inside of us. Because HE lives in us!


When we really grasp this truth, everything changes. Like a ripple effect, His love begins to alter everything about us. But the choice is yours. The ball is in your court.


Will you allow the life, love, and light of God to transform your life? It's a choice I have to make every morning with my coffee... and every afternoon when I get cut off in traffic... and every time I get a middle seat on a plane at 5am. : )


I remind myself that I'm no ordinary person, drudging through some ordinary life. I'm extraordinary because someone exceptional has taken residence in my heart. God himself!


Please share your thoughts. How do we practically walk this out?


much love


jack

Friday, May 8, 2009

Our Week in Photos

Photo shoot with Jeremy Cowart. (PS... these aren't Jeremy's photos. They're from my iPhone. haha. His are a LOT better.)

                      Frog!







                   Pittsburgh.
                     






Friday, May 1, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

GMA Pix

So, we're here in Nashville for the yearly Gospel Music Assocation schindigg! Had a million interviews and stuff and got to share our thoughts on the new record. We're like little excited kids because we're fresh from the studio after recording it. It's been a VERY good week.

We spent some time with Food for the Hungry and discussed our upcoming trip to Cambodia & Bangladesh! Sooooooooooooooooo pumped!!! We're going to visit our sponored kids and see the work the FH is doing in southeast asia.


Leeland found Brandon Heath's Nasa oven mitts while we were at his house with Joy FM. We premiered our new song "Follow You" on the morning show! Brandon works his guest vocal magic on the song and it's brilliant i tell you! Brilliant!


Leeland gravitates to the instrument in the room in between interviews . He's writing a tune about a fairy tale or something.


Watched Jars of Clay perform their new single "Two Hands". Soooo good. Do you guys have their new record?



Got to hang out with our new friend Nick Jonas. Great guy!


About to do an interview and we're pretty tired. It went well though. Mike told a story that took about 15 minutes to tell and it was hilarious! haha. We gave him a hard time about it, and he took it in stride. A true friend!


The best way to tan during interviews.


Got to see my brother in law's new short film "Devil's Shoestring" at the Nashville Film Festival. It's a great cautionary tale.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vlog 16 - "Take Me Away"



Hey bloggers,

These are a few clips from our day in Tulsa, OK. We played at an Aquire the Fire event with a few thousand teenagers. God showed up. Later in the video we went into a spontaneous worship song.. "I love You, I love You Lord! ... Take me away!! Take me away!!"

Has God swept you off your feet? Has he "taken you away"? We're living on Earth, but our hearts must be captured by the God of Heaven. This is how we can change the world around us! By BEING changed ourselves. How have you been changed by God? Let us know.

Much love.

-the leeland boys

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Video Games - What city are we in?

WE HAVE A WINNER! THE ANSWER WAS BOSTON! Thanks for playing, and we'll do another Video Game soon! Respond fast so you can win the prize!
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Allright Leeland bloggers. The first person to answer correctly (via blog comment) will win a FREE LEELAND T-SHIRT!

thanks

jack.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Vlog 14 - 4:30AM

We're kind of tired, so excuse all of the nonsensical rambling...


Friday, March 20, 2009

The War

Yesterday, we played at a show in Chino, CA. During the day we had some free time. We played soccer in the amazing California weather, and ate some chiken fajitas for lunch. We were having a perfectly comfortable and normal day before it was ruined in a beautiful way. The whole band sat in front of my computer, completely captivated and heart broken.

A few years ago I heard about a little film that changed the lives of my friends that watched it. It's about three college guys that went to Africa with no real plan... they just wanted to DO something, and document the stuggles of the Sudanese. On their trip they made an unexpected discovery. For over twenty years a war has raged in northern Uganda. You might say, "What's the big deal? Africa's full of wars, right?" It most certainly IS a big deal, and this war is unique in it's tradgedy.

A rebel army called the "Lord's Resistance Army" has been fighting the government of Uganda for years. They're about as far from the "Lord" as anything can be. They're lead by a ruthless maniac by the name of Joseph Kony. They've been responsible for the death of thousands of innocent lives, including women and children. What makes this war different from all of the other conflicts in Africa?

Over half of the LRA's soldiers are boys between the ages of 10-18. These innocent children are kidnapped from villages at night, and they're forced to watch violents acts. Then they themselves, are forced to murder. Kony indocrinates them and exploits them for his twisted means. These kids are just like any other child in the world.... they have hopes and dreams but their lives have been stolen away by forces of darkness. And there's thousands of children that live in fear for their lives, knowing THEY could be the next abduction.

You might think, "This is something that happenned a few years ago, right? Surley it must be over by now!" Well... unfortunaltely it's not. As you read this, there are children in Uganda & the Congo being kidnapped and forced to kill. Just last Christmas (Dec 25, 2008) the LRA massacared hundreds of people and abducted 160 children! That was THIS Christmas! How can we let this happen? Raise your voice, and let's show the world that these Invisible Children have faces.

What can you do? Well, go watch THIS short film online, and listen to their plan for action. Come on Leeland bloggers... let's DO something!

PS. If you're already familiar with this story... what have you done to respond?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Vlog 13 - Shower Singin'

Hey...

we're in the dressing room hanging out right now. We've been eating M&M's and Chick Fila. Half of the guys got in late today because their flight was delayed due to inclimate weather. Then Delta messed everything up and the guys couldn't get on the plane. They just got in from a 5-hour drive.

Any ways, we're about to go on stage. A little while ago, Leeland busted into the room with his guitar and was like "jack come here!" and I was like... "why?"... and he was like..."there's the awesome shower with a really cool reverb effect! let's go sing!" and i was like... "what are we waiting for?!?!?!"

do you guys enjoy the echo of showers? it's very cool.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Worship with Me...

Hey guys,

It's lee. I have an idea. How about I make a few videos every now and then. They're not going to be really big and produced. It's pretty raw, but basically I just want to spend some time in worship with the bloggers. God's big enough to fill all of cyberspace with His glory. So put on some headphones or get alone and let's seek God together!



Here's some scriptures to think about as we're worshiping...


Psalm 16:11 - "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Ephesians 3:18-20 - "May have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."

Acts 2:28 - "You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."

Monday, March 9, 2009

From our Phones


holding our breath in the tunnel


Horsepower! Horsepower people!!!


singing background vocals in the studio




steak and shake... shouldn't have eaten there at midnight


6am airport check in.


Expert packer.


We went to go see the Jo Bros! It was amazing. 72,000 screaming girls. We were screaming too... haha.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Opposite Way Story! Pt 1

This is an inspiring story. A perfect example of how we can go the Opposite Way and show the love of God. Please read!

It's really encouraged us as a band.

-the leeland boys

PS. We're going to start posting more of these. If you come across a story, or hear of one please let us know at: leelandband5@gmail.com

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Journal Time 1

*Click image to read*

PS... the words that are obstructed are "our" and "don't"... : )

Friday, February 20, 2009

STL




So... it's midnight, and we're all in the van after a great night in the St. Louis area. It was a small, but powerful show. God really showed up and blew us away. Thanks for everyone who came out to the show! We really had a blast.

We're all so tired now. I'm about to crash on the bench of the van in a sec. Pray for us, because Marcus is driving and trying to sing 'Disturbia'. haha... not good.

We're headed to Lincoln, Nebraska for a D2Share conference tomorrow. Should be good.

How's everyone doing? What's happening with ya'll right now? Wish everyone could've been here tonight at the show. : (

peace my friends.

jack