My name is Jason Chollar, and the very most important thing that you should know about me is that God made me, and even though I turned away from him, He loved me enough to send His Son Jesus to rescue me, to take the punishment that I deserve and adopt me back into the family! He wants to do the same for you, if you’ll let Him. If you want to know more, let me know!
The next thing you should know is that God has blessed me with a wonderful family! I have/had a beautiful wife Danica, and it is my privilege to love her and treasure her above any other human on the planet. Sadly, she chose to divorce me at the end of 2016. I am still hoping for reconciliation and restoration, if the Lord would allow it. And then God has blessed us with three amazing children: Cameron, Madison and Aaron … and I delight in all three of them. I am enjoying watching them grow and can’t wait to see what all God does in and through them. And I have some great extended family too(parents, in-laws, brothers, sisters, …) and I am blessed so much to have my local church family too!
Everything else in my life pales in comparison to how important these relationships are to me.
I’ve had the privilege of serving in full time ministry of various sorts, from 18 years at Cedarhome Baptist Church in Stanwood, as well as leading and training and consulting at a number of other churches, to international missionary work with CrossWay International.
Most of all, I love Jesus and am dedicated to these relationships and fulfilling the great commission. In addition, I love to serve through music and computers and teaching.
Jesus came to be a servant, and to rescue the broken and hurting, … and I want to be just like Him, so if there is any way I can help you, let me know!
When it comes to music, I believe that music is organized sound, it is an abstract, amoral language, a tool we can use to express emotions and moods especially. It is beautiful and valuable all by itself, but is often at its most powerful when matched up with words, helping us to express more than the words by themselves could express: a song. Someday people from every tribe and nation and tongue will agree together that Jesus is Lord and that Salvation comes from and belongs t0 Him alone (Philippians 2, Revelation 5, 7) In the meanwhile, God wants all of us to sing His praises in our own native languages, including our own musical languages (everything from Gregorian Chant to Reggae to Rock to Hip Hop) The Psalms are full of a wide range of emotions and our God is a God with a rich variety of languages with which to praise Him and share our lives with him, and share the good news of the Gospel with the whole world!
In our churches, I believe we need to take missiological approach. We need to bring the mysterious truth of the Gospel, and the praises of God as clearly as possible in the language of the local people. If the local people speak “Reggae” then we need to find ways to express God’s praises, man’s experiences and the Gospel in Reggae. We need to follow the example of Christ, who came in the form of an “average human” and spoke about fishing for men around fishermen, and about sowing seeds around farmers, … or in the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ” I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” And we have a wonderfully rich heritage of songs that have already been written with older music and languages, including the Psalms and great hymns of the faith, that can be retranslated so our neighbors can understand them, and the great truths don’t get lost!
I believe that God has called me to have a role in helping to equip musicians and leaders for his Church, to be able to carry out her mission, which includes gathering those who are considered the rejects of this world, and inviting them to come join the wedding feast. And instead of fearing and resisting technological and cultural change and progress, we should be studying it and using it for God’s glory. Stagnation is a sign of death, not growth … and many of our churches have music that looks like it got stuck in a time warp. So, let’s shake off the dust and study some of the new technologies and advances in music making and use them for the Glory of God and His Kingdom! Jump in with us as we sing a new song and make a new sound of worship to the Lord!
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