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Tuggerah, NSW
Australia

LUKAS is a worship movement led by Luke Munns, based at HopeUC on the Central Coast, Australia. Similar to Hillsong Live, Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Young & Free, Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Darlene Zschech, Bethel Music & Jesus Culture.

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A blog about worship, creativity & innovation by Luke Munns & the LUKAS team.

 

Happy New Year!

Luke Munns

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year in 2015!

We’d love to include a recap, but to try to articulate what the past year has been feels almost impossible, walking through some great challenges that we never saw coming - However, nothing takes God by surprise, & we have only the utmost thankfulness & praise to Him who holds our every care & need in His hand. So many wonderful things to report on, so much to look back on in awe - His faithfulness, provision, peace & joy through every season.

Thank you especially to our family & HopeUC family for being so present in our lives in the most practical & encouraging ways - we are constantly blown away by your generosity & commitment to the journey with us. You have made a world of difference, & we have learnt so much from you all!

A massive thanks to all the LUKAS team & The Lakehaus Studios team - what an amazing year of growth we've had! We’re always so blown away by you & feel so honored & more excited than ever... Can't wait to see all that God has in store as He faithfully goes above & beyond anything we can ask or imagine.

We love you & pray God’s hand of blessing & favor on your 2015.
Thank you for the unique & valuable part you play in our world!



Beauty For Ashes

Luke Munns

"He has sent me... to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair...

...They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations…"

ISAIAH 61

September 2004, I was in New York City shortly after terrorists had taken down the two Trade Towers, and thousands of people’s families & friends were now lost... I felt so overwhelmed standing in the midst of the devastation. There were still rescue workers, covered from head to toe in ash, with determination in their eyes like I’d never seen, courageously searching for people in the rubble, and the massive task of filling what seemed like endless convoys of trucks with debris.

Surrounding us were half melted buildings with their insides exposed, a carpet of office papers & ash filled the streets - it was so hard to breathe. The attacks claimed almost 3,000 lives and at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage. The message was clear, the damage real and the price was high in people’s lives.

One year ago our little girl Olivia was born, but a few days in it looked as though the amazing gift that God had given us was going to be taken away from us. Doctors were completely confused at her symptoms and performed all sorts of tests, procedures and hooked her up to a bunch of machines to keep her alive.

I spent hours researching the entire internet looking into any bits of information available about her situation (who knew you needed ganglion cells? Well you do... You're welcome). I prayed like never before - in tongues, in English, in Portuguese (not really, but holla to our Brazilian friends), I recruited a prayer army, created a worship playlist, stood on the promises of God's Word, and rebuked the enemy with force in Jesus’ name. During this time I felt God revealing to me a picture of Jesus standing with a sword beside Olivia’s bed, ensuring us that He was personally protecting her, and that He had a great future and hope prepared for her. I believe the enemy was planning to take her out, and God was reminding me that we were in a spiritual war - fighting for her life.

When writing Beauty For Ashes, I was remembering back to those defining moments in time, trying to comprehend the attack and devastation of September 11, or the pain through our daughter's slow battle to health, and it reminded me that for many of us in life, we find ourselves in uncertain, unfair, and insecure circumstances, and how quickly we can become flooded by some very raw questions.

If my world feels like it’s crumbling before my eyes, what am I supposed to do?
Where is God in all of this? How do I possibly move forward?

John 10:10 says it's 'the thief' (the enemy, the devil) who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. That is his plan for our lives. He is a trespasser and a murderer and tries to invite himself into our lives where he's not wanted.

Jesus said, ‘In life trouble will come, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33)

Although the trouble of today can seem so overwhelming, God has made a way that we would have life to the full. He loves us completely and wants to be our Helper, to comfort, to heal and to restore us from the works of the enemy in our midst.

When you feel like your world is crashing down around you - don’t lose hope. Lean into God, have courage, fight for your breakthrough, declare the promises in the Word over your situation & don’t give up or shrink back. Continue to believe that God is good, He loves you & He's right there with you despite what you currently see around you. He has overcome the world, and with His Spirit living inside you and working through you, so can you.

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.’  (Psalm 46:1)

When you don’t know what to do, or where to turn, Jesus is the road to follow, and He promises us that the destination is good.

While writing this song, there has been such a powerful picture in my mind of the resilient people of New York finding restoration & strength in the midst of such desolation.

In another way, on our personal journey with Olivia and seeing her endure through so many challenges, together we have beaten the odds and seen breakthrough after breakthrough, and as a family we are healthy, happy and stronger than ever. We’ve walked through the most amazing season with God seeing our 'ashes' turned into something beautiful - like only He can.

I know God can do the same for you, and that is my heart behind writing ‘Beauty For Ashes’. Let's celebrate God's goodness together! I hope it will bless you and help reveal some more of God’s heart for you to restore and rebuild the 'ruined cities' in your life.

We'd love to hear your story of God's restoration in your life. Feel free to share in the comments below!

Love & appreciate you all,
Luke



The LUKAS Team

Luke Munns

Hey friends,

LUKAS means 'bringer of light' and as a team we're spreading the message of God's love & light to the ends of the Earth. As our movement grows and expands we're looking for the right people to help carry the load of what we feel God has called us to do.

If you are passionate about creating innovative worship music, worship encounter nights or worship team training, then please get in touch with us at luke@thelukasband.com.

We have opportunities for people living locally at the Central Coast, Australia and worldwide that are:

  • Musicians (recording + live)
  • Songwriters
  • Graphic Designers
  • Photographers
  • Filmographers
  • Production
  • Administration
  • Marketing

We're looking forward to meeting and connecting with new passionate, talented and authentic people that can partner with us in reaching the world for Christ, so if you feel that's you, please get in touch, I'd love to hear more about what you do!

Much love,

Luke Munns
CREATIVE DIRECTOR