Rest

3/27/15 

 #FASFriday 

Happy #FASFriday ! Rehearsal, Rehearsal, Rehearsal! That has been the word of the last few weeks! We have been working hard on the new music to bring you an FAS experience like never before. The album release has been occupying most of our time here in           FAS-Ville, as we campaign for the last portion of funding the new music. Don’t forget.. You can pre-order the new album right now from our Pledgemusic campaign, all while picking up some gnarly FAS exclusive gear! Get to it!

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/foraseason


Rest. 

For this weeks thought of the day, I have a simple and  short  suggestion. It primarily stems from a challenge to myself. REST! 

    This is a crazy time it seems for all of us. Along with the new music, jobs, family, obligations, etc.. One word comes to mind. Tired. Speaking for myself... I’m tired. I could probably speak so boldly as to say that you are too. Our society is a Go, Go, Go obsessed culture that has simply forgotten the art of slowing down and valuing rest. We have glorified a “Hustle” mentality. As a result, family, relationships, health and many other things suffer. This is an age where everyone is reachable 24/7...and are almost expected to be so as well. 

 Don’t get me wrong.. a good work ethic is a valuable discipline... but so is knowing when to disconnect and to rest.

We find ourselves so consumed with things that must be done right away that we forget how to prioritize. We rush, and are not able to give what really matters our full attention. In the end.... nothing is being done well. 

    Put away the phone for some time. Really disconnect from work, to-do lists, task oriented thinking, and Rest! Use that time to re-connect with God, loved ones, and recharge. This is immensely important! 

  My challenge for you today, is to really set aside some time on a regular basis to make sure you can recharge. Your mind, your body and those closest to you will thank you for it! 

 -For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” Jeremiah 31:25

 -Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6


Patrick Wilke

For A Season

Pre-Order Your Copy NOW! FAS Full Length Album. Oh.. I guess we can cover Grace for a bit too.

3/13/15 

  #FASFriday 

IT’S ANOTHER FRIDAY THE 13TH!! Except today is your LUCKY day! You can pre-order your signed copy of our upcoming Full Length Album! You can also grab some great exclusive gear from our PledgeMusic drive that you wont be able to find anywhere else! Where else can you get an exclusive Brian Bear Hug Prize? After you reserve your copy, make sure to tell a friend!

PRE-ORDER HERE!! 

 http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/foraseason 

Reminder of Grace. 

   For those of you that do not personally know me, I have a confession. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I am not the kind of person that can hide frustration, tension, or anger very often. Whatever emotion I am feeling, a complete stranger could probably pick out and describe to near perfection. If I am at an event, a party, gathering etc... and I don't want to be there, it is usually immediately obvious that I don't want to be.  Don't be mistaken that it is all negative however. If I am a fountain of joy, you better believe most everyone around knows it as well. You should have seen me when we walked for the first time into the amazing studio that we recorded our newest album. That is me. That is who I am. I would make a terrible poker player. 

   So as a result, it's extremely difficult for me to show Grace, love, patience, kindness... you know, all of those fruits when I absolutely don't feel like it. It is literally a fight. I have to struggle with such intensity to show forgiveness when I feel I am wronged. I grind my teeth with utter frustration when having to show Grace when someone errors at a task, or royally FAILS! I wonder how others react when I do the same to them? Hmm. 

   Today I was challenged by a long time friend and employer to show grace even in the most difficult circumstances. I work for a graphics company on the side of For A Season, and most certainly run into the oddest, and brashest of characters on a fairly regular basis. I've been cursed at, screamed at, and worst of all... made to use Comic Sans and Papyrus fonts when I absolutely knew that it was the Lords will not to. Bottom line is... how do you treat others when you are wronged. My employer brought up a good point to me.. He said... "Patrick, I know exactly when you and a customer don't get along. You will go the extra mile for someone that sees eye to eye with you, and do just what needs done to get them out of your hair when they are people in need of Grace." Wow... Ouch. I know that I am transparent, but was it that obvious that I want nothing to do with those that offend me.. or at the very least inconvenience me? 

   Grace... I speak on this a lot. But it is so vital. One of the greatest characteristics of Christ himself was Grace. Infinite Grace. But how often do I have to scrape the bottom of my barrel for the most meager portion to give. I told you I wear my heart on my sleeve. With that honesty comes this. I am terrible at pouring out Grace. I can hardly trickle out Grace. 

 Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. -Matthew 18:21-22

 This was a huge challenge for me to see this week. I feel I have been wronged innumerable times in the last few days. But.... Grace. For how often do I wrong others and desire the greatest amount of Grace from them? How do you show Grace?

Oh... One more thing....

Pick up the new album!!!

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/foraseason

 Patrick Wilke

For A Season

 

Uniqueness of The Human Experience

3/06/15 

  #FASFriday 

Happy #FASFriday  We have been super busy over the last week preparing for the release of our new album! Scheduling rehearsals, show preparations, choreography for our syncopated ice escapades show.... etc.. The list goes on. We also want to inform you that next week, there will be a major announcement regarding how you can be a massive part in helping us release the new project. As many of you know, we are in the final mixing and mastering phases of the music. You will be able to assist us in tackling that last hurdle by pre-ordering the album, as well as getting your hands on some exclusive incentives that will only be available for a limited time! Also, as for those who pre-order and subscribe to those incentives, you will receive special video updates from the band, as we travel, rehearse, and prepare for the new launch! Stay Tuned!

      Uniqueness Of The Human Experience 

   There certainly is something special and unique about the individual human experience. Of all the knowledge, skill, thought, revelation, pain, and hope compiled by human cognition throughout history, nothing is existentially ubiquitous to the whole of mankind.  That is what makes this life so particularly fascinating. Literally every thought, idea, and perception has been limited to the mindset and world view of a singular person. No life experience has ever been compromised of more than one outlook, or way of processing the philosophy of a pragmatic life.  Not one person is omniscient, or omnipresent. That right and privilege is reserved solely for the Alpha and Omega; God himself. Only he has always been, and always will be. His knowledge is infinite, and expansive. His wisdom is eternal, and profound. 

  I have always found this concept fascinating, as it points out that everything that has ever been experienced..... every sting of pain, every beautiful note, every affectionate act, every despicable deed has only been seen through the lens of a singular perspective.

 So why go through all of that? Why examine human understanding in such a way? Well...... basically to point out one thing.... YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING. (Nor do I). We don’t even come close. However, we dash through life being so certain of our viewpoints. We are so quick to defend what we think we know, without the discipline, or even the bravery to entertain another’s experience. 

     But then there is GOD. He is the all knowing, all powerful Lord of creation that infinitely and intimately understands every minute detail of every situation and experience that you have ever undertaken. That is something that you can absolutely take comfort in. Not only does he understand the pain that you have experienced in life, but he himself came to experience the greatest sorrow of taking on our transgression and sin. He took that upon himself via the path of great physical suffering. He understands every hardship ever encountered in the history of our unique human experience in the most intricate detail. 

In Psalm 139. David beautifully points out the omnipresence and omniscient nature of God, and how much He does care about every small detail of our life. He writes..

1 Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.

Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.

11 I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
    Let the light around me turn into night.”
12 But even the darkness is not dark to you.
    The night is as light as the day;
    darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
14 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
15 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16 you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.

17 God, your thoughts are precious to me.
    They are so many!
18 If I could count them,
    they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
    I am still with you.

19 God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
    Get away from me, you murderers!
20 They say evil things about you.
    Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
21 Lord, I hate those who hate you;
    I hate those who rise up against you.
22 I feel only hate for them;
    they are my enemies.

23 God, examine me and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any bad thing in me.
    Lead me on the road to everlasting life.

     With the knowledge and firmly grounded understanding that we are only limited in our mind and experience, only then can we can start to know that there is one who knows and sees beyond our own vision. And he chooses freely to care about your unique experience. 

-Patrick Wilke

For A Season

The Dress is Blue!

2/27/15 

  #FASFriday 

The Dress Is Blue! The Dress Is Blue!

Happy Friday everyone! 

    It has been one of those weeks where everything has seemed to work against me, and most everyone I know. Even this morning, as I sit in my office, ready to publish a well thought out, and idea provoking concept of the week.... my server shuts down and deletes everything I’ve worked on.

    I took a moment.. made some coffee...visited the punching bag in the back room, and after a few minutes, I realized that worse things could have happened.  In fact, many people who I am surrounded by on a daily basis are probably going through unbelievably, life altering difficulties that I choose to ignore out of the intentional busyness of my life. Man.... I’m missing out on some of the most important parts of this life. I am missing out on the amazing opportunity to actually be involved in someone else’s REAL struggles, rather than my superficial, relatively non consequential speed bumps that are occasionally an “issue”. 

    After my short lived meltdown, someone came to mind that I had seen going through a real tribulation on social media. I sent them a message, and before too long was on the phone with them offering some advice, and praying through the situation with them.    After hanging up and reflecting on the matter, I had felt as if I actually made a difference. Even in the moment of solidarity and support, I pulled myself away from my own problems for a while, and was able to help resolve someone else’s. 

How often does this happen? We are so wrapped up in ourselves these days, more so than ever. We are such a self absorbed society, that we frequently, and habitually ignore other peoples hardships. The truth is, we are supposed to be the ones that support them through those times. 

    This weeks challenge is simple. Take a minute, and call someone. Hit them up on FB, Twitter, Carrier Pigeon... however you need to, and spend some quality time connecting with them this weekend.    AHHHH the church-y word. “Connect”... Siggghhhh.. But seriously... it could mean the world to someone. It also can’t hurt to take your mind off of your own problems for a while, and help someone with theirs. They may even return the favor. Besides, we aren’t meant to live this life alone. We ned to be there for each other! 

P.S.  The dress is Black and Blue. 

Patrick Wilke

For A Season

Even Saul Became Paul

2/20/15 

 #FASFriday 

   Happy Friday everyone! As we bask in the warm, infinite sunshine of SW Florida, we want to wish you a happy February, and may all of your “Snow”-pocalypse dreams come true! 

   As more and more progress is being made on the new album, we want to let you know of a few things heading your way. Very shortly we will have a video update on how you can be a part of the recording and production process, as well as give you a little insight on the process of releasing a project at the level that we are planning on doing. There are a lot of exciting plans surrounding the release of this album, including a lot of firsts for us. Stay tuned in the next few days as we explain how you can be partners with us in releasing our first full length professional project. 

 

:Even Saul Became Paul

I’m not going to go into my usual thought of the week today. It can wait for another time. There is a pressing subject that has been weighing on me for some time that I wanted to talk about. 

    We have been inundated over the last few weeks and months with reports from News, Social Media, and the Church communities about the persecution of Christians around the world. We often take for granted the liberties that we have every day here in America. From the turmoil that is ever present and increasingly rampant in the Middle East, to the enslavement, and genocide of believers in the African continent. Every corner of the earth is seeing more than its fair share of martyrdom in the name of Christ. My heart breaks with every article, video, or report of our brothers and sisters being put to death in the name of a relentless pursuit of earned grace. As we watch these events from the safety of our home and haven of our churches, I wonder.... How are we to react? How do we combat such behavior and animosity? 

    Not to politicize movements, or to apply unjust causation to larger events; but I have been personally convicted of my own apathetic resolve in regard to these atrocities. Have I even prayed for God’s will to prevail over these things? Sadly, No...  Do I pray for the Holy Spirit to penetrate the hearts of these men?

 It does not often come to mind that even Paul, one of the greatest evangelists in history was not so different than one of these monsters. At one time, Paul was single handedly responsible for the slaughtering of countless of Christians. He would go door to door finding those who believed in the messiah and would have them imprisoned, tortured and murdered.. most likely taking great pleasure in his deeds. His heart was full of the darkest hate imaginable. But.. Even Saul Can Become Paul.

 

  • Acts 9: 

    1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.

2 He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him,“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. 

- “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.

 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 

For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision,“Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 

12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 

1And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 

16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

1Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 

  All things are possible. All is not lost. Christ's Love and Grace is sufficient for ALL, no matter the atrocities that may have been committed. Do we pray for the scales to fall from their eyes? Does it break our hearts enough that those who commit these deeds are doomed to an eternity separated from God? Do we secretly seek damnation and condemnation to those we perceive as "Un-savable"? 

These are days where the world needs Christ the more than ever. 

SO PRAY! Pray and Love our enemies. Even the most seemingly lost causes can be radically and miraculously transformed  when the Holy Spirit moves in the hearts of ourselves, as well as in our greatest enemies. 

Remember, Even Saul Became Paul. 

-Patrick Wilke

For A Season

 

Patience

2/13/15 

  #FASFriday #Fridaythe13th

   It’s FAS Friday, and Friday the 13th! As I type this from a secure and safe location, isolated from any potential chainsaw wielding, and hockey mask wearing serial killers, I am reminded of one helpful tip. Should you ever find yourself being hunted down by the aforementioned character, REMEMBER! You need not run faster than he, only slightly faster than the other people around you. You’re Welcome. 

    Well... What a week! And an exciting week at that. You know that new full length album that we are working on? Well.... We have finished all of the recording for it! Some of us spent the majority of the week back up in Atlanta to lay down the finishing touches on the album. This only makes us more and more thrilled to be able to share it with you! As the music goes into the final mixing and mastering phases, we will be keeping you up to speed on the progress. If you are aching for some new music to satiate your senses, don’t forget the free download of our studio sessions that will not be featured on the album. We just can't put everything we wrote on the project, but we still want you to have them! They are available for you here! http://noisetrade.com/foraseasonmusic/studio-demos  As far as the rest of the actual album.... well... you’ll just have to practice a little bit of Patience. 

Patience-

    “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience”  - Julius Caesar

    That quote by the emperor himself, concisely tells the hard truth of patience. People in extreme circumstances are sometimes willing to give up everything in a moment of immediate glory than to endure the arduous task of a waiting season. We all struggle with this. Patience is an especially hard quality to exercise in a world where I can have something at the click of a button. And with minimal waiting time with Amazon Prime Shipping Perks! (all rights reserved). Not only that, but I don’t even have to use my own money in many cases. “Oh... your’e 3k short to get that new T.V.?.... No problem just sign here.” It’s so easy.

    How about that relationship? For me personally, I just knew I was ready to be married 5 years ago. I mean, what was God waiting for? As soon as he decides to get his act together and hook me up with that super hot choir girl...(which he did in his own time).. I can get on with my life. Little did I know at that time, that He was asking for me to be patient, while he continued to mold me. I can look back now and say, “Wow! I totally wasn’t ready.” God had so much work to do in my own life, before I could be responsible for someone else's. 

    Why is it so hard to trust God’s scheduling in the affairs of our lives? We see him come through time and time again, yet we like to take matters into our own hands. That is one of my biggest challenges personally. I tend to over-think situations, overanalyze them, and then take my own calculated actions. But if I focused on cultivating the fruit of Patience, I would be able to see God’s faithfulness come through more often than I do. 

   The Hebrew word for Patience is “qavah”. It literally means to expect. When we wait for God to move, are we just sitting idly, or are we literally expecting and preparing for him to move in his right time with the best results. In Greek, the word “hypomeno” means to persevere, and to endure bravely and calmly. Let’s keep those definitions in mind when it comes to Patience. It’s more than just waiting. It’s an act of courage and abiding. 

Romans 5:4 And perseverance produces character, and character produces hope.

-Patrick Wilke

For A Season. 

Commitment

2/6/15

It's here! An #FASFriday that even Rebecca Black would be proud of.    

    We have several things to cover today. First and foremost, if you missed it, we released our “Studio Sessions” as a free download earlier in the week. And yes, they are still available for the low price of FREE  www.noisetrade.com/foraseasonmusic/studio-demos 

   During the writing process of our upcoming full length album, we wrote an abundance of material. This gives us the most to work with. We are able to see what fits together, what flows, and which songs offer the best opportunity for a blazing guitar solo while Brian and I are surrounded by pyrotechnic acrobatic-ry (not a real word). As a result, all of that material will not be featured. But since we still love the songs, we want you to be able to get a small taste, and hear some of what was written. We hope you enjoy them! And please, share them with a friend! 

    As we gear up towards releasing the album, we will keep you informed on the timeline, as well as ways in which you can be a part of that release. We will have ticket giveaways, more music, videos, and merchandise goodies! 

-Commitment 

  Ah, Commitment. what does that even mean? For some, the thought of a relationship. For others, it's being reliable and available to those friends and family that are closest to us. But alas! It is sadly becoming a dying art. It seems like an overflowing hypocrisy to even write about the matter because of my own struggles with it. I believe we all do to an extent. But it was an important, and abundant enough of a subject to dip our feet into at the least. 

   Of what value does your word hold? Are you consistent with your actions, and commitments? Can people count on you? I bring this up, because it seems more and more, that flakiness, shallowness, and a lack of intentionality seem to have permeated our culture. There was a time when a handshake, and a mans word was enough to seal the deal on a major purchase. That persons character and reputation was at stake if he did not follow through. Today we see a world filled with “Controversy”, Scandal, and Manipulation. It has become almost a favorite pastime to find ways in which to defame someones character, even if only for a few moments for our own entertainment. Just watch the news for five minutes, or scroll through Facebook. Enough is enough! 

    But what shall we commit to then? Steadfastness? Honor? Reliability? We don’t seem to talk about these things enough. But we can start to implement them again in our day to day life. Be a man, or woman of your word. Commit yourself to your relationships. This requires selflessness, sacrifice, and consistency.  But with those things comes the development of a better person. It literally becomes the habit of a steady soul. 

    Aristotle once said, “Men acquire a particular quality by constantly behaving in a particular way...you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”  So by this, commit to commitment! Let your word be honorable and binding. And watch as your relationships and value deepen. 

-Patrick Wilke 

For A Season

Welcome to #FASFriday

1/30/15 

 #FASFriday

     Greetings FAS Family! Welcome to our first #FASFriday blog entry.  2015 is going to be a roller coaster of a year, so we wanted you guys to stay as up to date as possible with all of the happenings. Here we will be posting a more in-depth look into our daily lives, upcoming events, random thought processes, and a more thorough outlet in which we can share the heartbeat of For A Season. 

 As most of you know, we have been hard at work with our very first full length album. We cannot begin to share how excited we are for this milestone in our journey. 

    The entire process so far has been incredible. We started recording in early November at Stone Mountain GA. Just being around amazing production, and engineering minds have challenged us to grow in so many ways. We were challenged musically, lyrically, artistically and relationally. We are proud to say that this is our best yet. Currently we are in the mixing and mastering phase of the album. As the songs are developing, we are growing more and more excited for the day you are able to hear them. All we can say is... We really hope you like Sitar. Just kidding... We weren’t that experimental. 

 This has been an unusual year for a lot of us. God has been opening up so many doors, but more importantly, has been growing us in so many ways. I feel that (no pun intended), there really are “Seasons” that we are assigned to walk through. And make no mistake about it... God often surrounds us with others that are growing in similar ways. These people are there to sharpen us, and are also there for us to reciprocate that growth. - (Proverbs 27:17) “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  I have been privileged  (i guess.....)  to go through a growing season over the last six months. Getting married will do that!  Along with my new bride, the guys in FAS have been used to mold me more to His purpose. For that I am grateful. Look around you to see who God may have placed in your life this season to take you the next few steps in your adventure with Him. 

 Another thought, same vein: Often times we are brought temporarily into the life of someone else to encourage, and challenge them. In this passing, and crossing of paths, God calls us to be his hands and feet. Just this week, I am reminded of a similar situation that really touched me. I’m going to brag on our guitarist Derrick for a moment. Our resident goof ball, Derrick; who is renown for his antics and infectious humor, on and off the stage was recently with family up in the blizzardy white northern tundra. One evening, he was visiting a friend of his grandfather’s. He will most likely never run into this person again, but he chose then and there to make a difference in someones life by encourage them. I urge you to read the story at the link posted. It is also located on our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/foraseason

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 Often times, even in service, we tend to subconsciously ask ourselves..”What can this person even do for me?” or.. “Why should I help them?” That is the human nature way of things. The truth is..We are called to be that difference maker, and that world changer; even if only for a single person in a single moment of time. This act reminded me that we as a band have the big stage for only small amounts of time. Is a difference made there? Of course. But the greatest difference is what you decide to invest into a single someone in your daily life. 

-Patrick 

For A Season.