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New Project: Reading / Listening to Everything in the NewSong Bookstore

December 12, 2011

Pure and Simple: I helped put this Bookstore together, I manage it, staff it, love it. It also stands to reason that I should be able to direct those who inquire to the resource(s) that best answer their questions / interests!

After deciding to dive into this project, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if I read / listened to everything in the Bookstore and then wrote a brief reaction after completing each resource on the list?” So that is what I will be doing.

The following is the list of resources currently available in the NewSong Bookstore- the majority of my 2012 reading / new music list (more items will be added as time goes on):

Apostolic Prayers (cd)
Awaken Love (cd)
Away (cd)
Be a Hero
Be Lifted High (cd)
Beautiful One
Burn 24 / 7 (cd)
Captured (cd)
Caught in the Flow (cd)
Children in Need
Children Prayers (cd)
Close Encounters
Cloud By Day (cd)
Come Away (cd)
Communication Dance (cd)
Communication Dance (dvd)
Community of Believers (cd)
Community of Believers (dvd)
Consumed (cd)
Cry Mercy (cd)
Culture of Honor
Defining Relationship (dvd)
Defining Relationship wkbk
Dream Life (cd)
Dream Life (dvd)
Effective Leadership
Expel Demons
Family Matters
Fire of Love (cd)
God / Kid Chaser
Heaven Comes Down
Helping People (cd)
Helping People (dvd)
Here Comes Heaven
Honoring Women (CD)
Honoring Women (dvd)
I See You
Insert Love Here
Lighting Fires
Look into My Eyes
Loving Our Kids (dvd)
Loving Our Kids bk
Loving Our Kids wkbk
Making of Rebirth (dvd)
Mesmerized (cd)
Ministry Team Manual
Miracle of Miracles
Nights at the Big House (cd)
Powerless Christianity
Pray for Healing
Prayer Cards
Prayer of Jabez
Prayers for Israel (cd)
Prayers from the Desert (cd)
Praying the Bible
Prosperity w/ Purpose
Randall Rusty Spoon
Rebirth / Reclamation (cd)
Recession Proof
Sacred Mountain (cd)
Seattle Sessions (cd)
Selah (cd)
Selah 2 (cd)
Soaking Journeys (cd)
Soaking Room (cd)
Stewarding Revival
The 7 Pillars
The Apostolic Age (cd)
The Book of Prayers
The Dojo Sessions (cd)
The Elijah Revolution (cd)
The Narrow Road (cd)
The Reformers Pledge
The Shack
There is Always Enough
There is More
Visions Beyond the Veil
Waiting (cd)
Waiting Still (cd)
We Cry Out (cd)
When Amazing Happens
Words of Knowledge (cd)
Words of Knowledge bk
Your Love Never Fails (cd)


A Quote From My “Unpublicized Blog”

October 25, 2011

I was just reading through my old blog entries from when I started attacking old, destructive habits.  Just for kicks, the following is taken from my very first post on my MNLP Blog… enjoy!

My name is David J. Snyder and I am like you: a working, middle to lower class American watching himself slowly become less able to run long distances, pay down debt, live the lifestyle I have always dreamed, unable to steer clear of the local Chinese Buffet. But I am also like you in that we all carry the potential of being much more than we currently are… at least, that is what I am hoping.

What is the “My New Lifestyle” project? It is an idea – the idea that we can all change before our unhealthy lifestyles, made possible in part by our “fast food oriented society,” causes us to morph into the very thing we swore we wouldn’t become: poor, unhealthy and unable to live a fuller, more worthwhile life.

The “My New Lifestyle” project is an exclusive club where only certain unique people are allowed to join. Here are the qualifications:

1) you must be human
2) you must desire to live longer on the Earth
3) you must hate (or starting to hate) the things that keep you from living a better life

Don’t worry… Remember, “I am like you.” I, too, have bad habits that keep me from living the life I dream of living. However, I am also like you in that I cannot change on my own. It is imperative that we stick together, that we encourage each other in ways that only those that truly care about your success can. I am human, I desire to live a fuller, longer life on the Earth, and I most certainly hate the things that I allow to maintain my substandard style of living!

I am like you, and I cannot do this alone.

Old Habits Die Hard

October 25, 2011

Apologies for not posting an update in a while.  So much has happened since my last entry.  In all honesty, my life has been heading into unexpected directions in recent months- most of which have been miraculous, one of which was entirely unwelcomed.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., I let go of a smoking habit that controlled me for three (3) solid years.  I used a blog (unadvertised) to keep me accountable, the Patch System to help with the cravings, and a ton of support from my friends to kick the habit.  Well, I’m sorry to say that the old habit swung back and bit me.  I have been struggling, after a little more than a year of freedom, with cravings and everything that comes with them for the past few months.  I am mentioning this here so it can be defeated once and for all!!

I didn’t publicize the blog I used for daily accountability because I didn’t feel like making my struggle public.  Now I realize that making it public may actually help with the process of dealing with this struggle and finally being rid of this blasted thing!  My hope is to post entries along these lines for the next few months, hopefully a few times a week, in order to assist with this process.

Please, feel free to post comments or send me messages in response to this information!  I welcome it!  My heart is to see total freedom from all addictions, menacing mentalities and limiting perspectives throughout the Body of Christ, as well as all people, so to see this turn into my own personal reality is well worth every possible uncomfortable conversation or healthy confrontation.

Again, you have my sincerest apologies that THIS had to be the post that broke my writing silence!!   May there be many more entries that dont carry such troublesome news.

My 14 Day Vegan System Reboot (Day 1 & 2)

August 10, 2011

After watching several commercials and documentaries related to losing weight and “regaining a healthier you,” I have noticed a common denominator among them all: the Before and After picture!

My desire to begin this 14 day rebooting diet wasn’t birthed overnight!  I haven’t felt healthy in a long time: chronic acid-reflex, regular pains in my chest and abdomen, always feeling bloated and never able to pass up a Chinese Buffet.  My life has revolved around food, unhealthy food for a long time and my addiction to things like deep-fried foods, sodas and pastas has left me in a rather precarious situation physically.

Long story short… my desire to live long on this planet has finally begun to outweigh my desire for food!

The first two days of this new journey came and went with minimal trouble… more info to come.



Public Repentance – Critical Spirit

June 6, 2011

Proverbs 18:21,
“The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Our culture idolizes intellect.  The majority of our churches focus on teaching knowledge and engaging with people’s minds for the hope of intellectual agreement.  Sadly, this occurs more often than building an emotional connection with each other through engaging with heart intentions under an unshakable commitment to an eternal relationship – something Alvin Chun calls “Denominational Government vs. Apostolic Government / Kingdom Covenant / Culture of Honor.”  I believed I was living in the latter… until a few days ago.

Georgian Banov came to NewSong Church this past Sunday (June 5th, 2011) and, as a staffer, all product displays and sales were placed under my care.  I received the product a week before the event and found myself flabbergasted at how “interesting” Georgian’s perspective on life and salvation was!  In a private conversation, I voiced a few concerns based on my previous experience with ministers breaking my trust through manipulating me for money.  I felt the Spirit gently slap me in the face after voicing these thoughts, so I pulled back and kept my thoughts quiet.  Then Sunday came.

After hours of preparing the product table for Sunday’s festivities, I was glancing over the product to see if everything was in order when, without warning, Georgian sneaked up and placed his hand on my shoulder.  Not knowing what was going on, I turned around nervously and found a smile infested face with eyes starring straight into mine.  I got blasted with the Holy Spirit in a fashion that occurs so infrequently that I knew instantly what I had done: I had cursed in ignorance a man that carries the Glory of God!

For the first time since I drowned back in 1999, I genuinely feared for my life!

1 Samuel 26:11 and Numbers 12 started coming to mind as Georgian slowly walked away after drenching me with Father’s presence and his (Georgian’s) gratefulness for my service.  I knew in that instant that if Jesus’ sacrifice was not made available to me, my life would have been forfeit – not because of the few negative words I spoke earlier in the week, but due to the heaviness of God’s glory that had just rested on me!  It felt like I came face to face with heaven itself… and in my sin, I was terrified!

So, in response to this encounter with Glory, I repent.  I repent for criticizing God’s anointed.  Though in ignorance, there is no excuse for lashing my tongue against something I do not understand.  I am sorry and, as a member of the Body of Christ, I beg your forgiveness.

Isaiah 6:5
“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.'”

James 5:16
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. “

Victims of Partisan Agendas

May 14, 2011

For one reason or another, I have found myself in the middle of political and cultural discussions lately.  Some of my friends from Minnesota and Pennsylvania have also joined this discussion!  Living in Washington, D.C. automatically merits this genre of conversational engagement, but for my friends from my home state and those out in the midwest joining in – something is in the air.

Basically, since Osama Bin Laden’s death, Americans have regained a passionate stance on the “War on Terror,” whether in support or in opposition.  There were some that asked for my opinions on this war and, when I offered them, the discussion quickly turned partisan.  I found this extremely interesting, since I have openly disavowed all allegiances to political parties in a pursuit to reach a true conservative perspective (I’ll explain in another post)

As most political topics do these days, the discussions that began on the “War on Terror” ended on our nation’s astronomical debt.  Of course, the more liberal among my friends declared their eternal defiance of Bush and Reagan, as well as the entire Republican party, blaming our nation’s debt on us going to war.  On the other hand, Republicans automatically used the opportunity to bash the recent Healthcare Reform Bill and shift all blame onto the liberal agenda, saying Democrats only desire to appease the masses for the sake of re-election.

It became clear to me that this had nothing to do with Osama’s demise.  It also became clear that the majority of the comments used during these discussions had already been stated.  For example:

ChristianDems (Twitter)
“‘Obama’s budget plan,in contrast to GOP’s,aims to cut deficits…w/out changing any of the major entitlements.’ U betcha!

RNC (Twitter)
The Democrat strategy is to defer to Republicans, then denounce whatever cuts Republicans come up with:

I respect many of my friends in their ability to see past their party’s stance and consider the other’s opinions before responding – my friend Eric (PA-9) being one of them.  But for the most part, the people with whom I have engaged in politically charged conversations simply reiterate the same rhetoric found in the aforementioned tweets (the entire list was too long to include).

The majority of American citizens I’ve encountered since Obama’s bid for the presidency back in 2007 could be considered victims of partisan agendas.  Without knowing it, many politically active citizens in this country simply reiterate the opinions and propaganda of their chosen parties.  I first realized this back in early 2008 during a conversation with one of my employees in Minneapolis.  The conversation sounded something like this:

Me: “Who are you voting for: Hilary or Obama?”
Employee: “Obama.  I agree with him.”
Me: “Which policies do you agree with most?”
Employee: “Change.”
Me: “Changing what?”
Employee: “I just need change… we need change!”
Me: “Agreed, but what do you think needs changed?”
Employee: “… we just need change.”

This conversation went on for hours.  My employee never gave me a specific policy, program, law or system that needed the change he so emphatically agreed with.  He was reiterating the rhetoric of his political party.

My main observation: we must looked past, destroy, even abolish political parties!  Both conservatives and liberals are offering programs to citizens that our nation cannot afford, all in the name of gaining more votes.  Our people have become brainwashed to believe that we have a limitless storehouse of cash, the ability to live lives as comfortable and as luxurious as the kings of ancient Rome, and all because political parties use one of the same technique as most cults: appeal to our selfish desires.

So long as our country is governed by political parties and not “by the people” (which would mean the people beginning to provide for themselves instead of the government), this will continue to happen –United States national debt – real-time

“O Me! O Life!”

April 5, 2011

I have been pondering a question; a very allusive, philosophical question: What makes someone / something valuable? 

My current conclusion is better articulated in Whitman’s final statement in “O Me! O Life!,” which so happens to be one of my favorite lines in literature.  The more I ponder, however, the more elegantly I can articulate my conclusion to the question of value, intrinsic or otherwise.  More to come on that later……… I think.

Oh Me! Oh Life!
By: Walt Whitman

Oh me! O life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless traines of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish
than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the
struggle ever renew’d
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I
see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me
The question, O me! so sad, recurring–What good amid these,
O me, O life?


That you are here–that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

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