Sunday, November 13, 2011

Playing The Prelude


Seven days ago, I walked onto the platform at my home church as a soloist for the first time in a little over ten years. I had asked to play the prelude on the piano before our two blended morning services and the music pastor graciously allowed me the opportunity.

For ten minutes I played classic hymns like Victory In Jesus, At Calvary and In The Garden along with some of my favorite worship songs You Are My All In All and He Knows My Name. It was such a blessing to play the grand piano in the newly remodeled 1,300 seat auditorium and hope it was as much a blessing to those who listened as it was for me to play.

Here’s the amazing thing to me. The last time I played as a soloist in the morning services at the church was the Sunday before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I played the song during the service Getting Ready To Leave This World. The choir that morning sang a song called We Are United. Many times I’ve thought about how the Lord must have directed those two songs to be done the Sunday before everyone in America would be thinking about what happens after we die and then unite together as one nation under God. Fast forward ten years later in the morning service, I once again played and the choir once again sang We Are United!

I received compliments about my short time of playing last week and several told me they have been wanting to hear me play again during (or before) the services. It’s a great reminder that God can use a small thing not in the spotlight of a service to encourage and minister to others. Find your gift no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is and use it to encourage others. You may be surprised at the results!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The First Post

Since the beginning of time, people have communicated by speaking, showing emotions, and of course the ever-so-popular Sherades. Soon after, written language began to take shape. Today, we have hundreds of written languages to use for communicating. Thousands of books are published each year and even more weblogs are written by those who want to let their creativity expand.

Now is my time to use the Living Life Blog for communicating, entertaining, informing, and most importantly ministering. Some of you may know that I've had this blog for a few years. Not much has been posted. Maybe one entry every few months. I believe this is the time for me grow as a creative writer to bring you important news (at least news that I think you should know), how to better walk with the Lord based on what I've learned and experienced, and provide entertaining posts which include everything from stories to pictures and video.

My initiative is to post something at least once a week. This will provide me an outlet to personalize myself to the readers and it will hopefully bring in more readers as the weeks continue. I've been working hard to provide some great stories that I think you'll want to read or watch. There will also be a place for you to post comments on what I posted. A great way to interact as a community.

So get ready because the launch has begun and we'll be looking forward to your return visits soon!

Nathan Maack

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Genius Behind Music On Mr. Rogers

Jazz has always had a close tie to Southern Gospel and I've been trying to learn a little more jazz to incorporate into my music. Below is an interview posted online with Johnny Costa who played the music on Mr. Rogers show. Take a listen to his amazing jazz skills and some of the thoughts behind the music on the show.



Saturday, October 30, 2010

One Day!

I can't believe the last time I posted on my blog was at Easter! How time flies when you're not doing much ministry work. Well, the wait is almost over. The new ministries are set to launch on November 1.

You can read more about the changes and additions on the website but I'll also be detailing more stuff along the way here on the blog.

I've still got more work to get done on the website before it goes live (where you're able to see the site) at midnight on November 1. Time is getting near. Hopefully, everything will transfer over correctly. It takes a lot of work to make a successful website so I hope you enjoy it when you visit.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

MaackOnline.com Update

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The tracking didn't exactly work right. Sorry about that. It's my first attempt at a video blog post.

Nathan