This song came out of a season of questioning my very direction and purpose. Feeling very alone in my struggle, yet believing that God loved me and saw me, loves me and sees me. I decided to prayerfully enter into a 40- day fast. I told no one, not even my wife. At the end of those 40 days, on that very day, three very specific and particular confirmations of purpose and direction were revealed. First was an unprecedented phone call from an associate of my wife, this person was a complete stranger to me, but the calls intent and [...]
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Good books are often inspirational to me. I had just finished reading John Bunyan’s, “The Pilgrims Progress,” and “The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. My son was a kindergartner at the time. One day, as I was driving him home from school, he fell asleep curled up in the front seat of our car. It was a wet grey winter day and the sun had just broken the late morning clouds as we drove down the freeway. As the sun shone in through the windows on my sleeping little boy, I was taken by the love I have for [...]
My wife and I had just returned from a week’s visit in New York City. I had been in big cities throughout my life, but I had never experienced anything as huge and densely populated as this. We stayed on the 35th floor of a hotel just blocks from Fifth Avenue. The activity around us was non-stop. Home again, one morning in a time of quiet, I found myself reflecting on being among that sea of humanity. Knowing that God saw and loved each person, just as I knew He loved me, and wondering if I was doing my part [...]
March 27, 2020 I chose to start this communication with today’s date because the date is significant. We are now living in a time and day that will surely become a reference point to us all. Who we are and where we are today, will become who we were and where we were then. As a seed planted in its season will in due time bring forth its fruit, may our prayer to Our Father in the Name of Jesus, and our love to one another go forth most liberally, to make way for a harvest to be seen in [...]
Although the lyrics to this song are simple, the inspiration is profound. God has rescued me. From myself. If God, in His mercy and Love, had not come to me, I would still be a prisoner to that shallow existence that is passed off as life, and would never have entered into the riches of His Grace. The constrains of self are a bondage and poverty that Jesus has come to release us from. To be delivered from this bondage and released into sonship is a Truth that was not easily provided. It cost God the life of His beloved [...]
James 1:21 - 22 NIV "Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so decieve yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:27 NIV “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” “To keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” I believe as Christians we should give most careful thought as [...]
Mathew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Love is the new law. As Christ walked in obedience to the love of the Father, so in Him are we called to do the same. God's kingdom come in me, Christ the servant of God formed in me, asking, seeking and entering into the opportunity of this day's providence. We know that Love is patient, kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it [...]
This song was not originally conceived as a Christmas song, but I thinks it works really well for this time of year. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 KJV This song celebrates Jesus with a thankful heart and a joyful spirit. He who was, and is, and is to come. He who told us that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be [...]
It wasn’t until after this song had been chosen for the November posting, that I realized that the month of Thanksgiving was a very appropriate pairing. So much of the saving grace lavished upon us in Christ Jesus is a mystery beyond our comprehension. It is real, it is revealed to us in Holy scripture, it is our experience. Yet the fullness of it is beyond our ability to contain, and only for us to receive, believe, and trust in for eternity. I hope that this song will encourage and strengthen you in your walk and life in Christ. To [...]
The evident contention of our wanting and needing to know the difference between the Truth and the lie that purports itself to be the Truth is the inspiration for this song. The Truth says God is the creator of all, knows all, and is all powerful. God is near, is Love, and Loves you. God has revealed Himself to us, in and through all creation and ultimately in His Son. God has reconciled you to Himself in, and through His Son. Seek Him and you will find Him. In Him alone is true being. The lie says there is no [...]