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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Story Behind Josh Wilson's Song "Before The Morning"

Last year I shared the "Before the Morning" song that Josh Wilson wrote.
Well, at some point I came across the story behind the song that gives some deeper insight to it.
The story is a difficult one.  It is encouraging to not only have hope for this life, but to remember if you are a believer that you have an eternal hope.  If you do not yet have that certainty, please visit the website:  http://needGod.com

You may have a life threatening situation in your life or you may not.  I hope that by God's grace that my faith in Him and worship for Him increases and is increasing through the trials that I face.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Heaven, Voting, Busyness & Abortion Letter

Here are some miscellaneous items that I found worth sharing with you:


What is Heaven like and should we trust modern books of experiences to give us accurate views? Phil Johnson's article here has a good answer for you.

The Burpo-Malarkey Doctrine - Phil Johnson

 

This blog post gives a worthwhile explanation on the purpose of voting ... a "functional view."

What Am I Doing When I Vote? - Kevin DeYoung



Challies' reminds us to set aside time to be effective in the things that God would want us to do.

I'm Not Busy! - Tim Challies  

 

The following video that a number of my friends have already seen is the story of a mother who had an abortion, and her feelings are expressed later through a letter.

Monday, October 22, 2012

In Christ Alone (Newsboys with Peter Furler)

My friends have been sharing this song lately, and we've sung it at church...including yesterday!
I first heard it sung by the Newboys many years ago, even though it was not written by Peter Furler or Steve Taylor or any other of the Newsboys.

Of course, Peter Furler is not with the Newboys anymore, as he took some time off and then went solo.  I love his On Fire album from 2011 by the way!

I'm partial to who I heard sing "In Christ Alone" first.  I think that most people are that way, although I have liked more than one singer's version of some songs.   For me it is less distracting to stick with the old.

This is an excellent worship song, and I was quite surprised to see that the website recommended on this video is one that I am VERY familiar with!  Many of my blog viewers will also be pleasantly surprised.



That's http://needGod.com

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Consolations of the Lord

 As many of you now know, I have had increasing physical problems lately that have limited me more and more in recent times (Fibromyalgia, P.O.T.S. and possibly neurocardiogenic syncope, etc.).   During this time I have discovered others who suffer from similar trials in their life, and I want to encourage them with some verses that have ministered to me both now and over the years.  I also know that it is easy to get depressed over what you have lost, the limitations, the pain, the dizziness, the isolation that these things can bring.  I've found that it helps to get the mind off of self and onto God and others.  Sometimes that means additional pain, dizziness & head ringing for me by my using the internet to try to encourage others, share the Gospel & to fellowship with other believers when I cannot see them in person.  Yes, there can be stress and emotional distress, but these are all cares I try to cast on the Lord and trust to His will.  

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.  Psalm 55:22

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.  Psalm 94:19

"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.  Psalm 46:1-3

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.  Psalm 121:1-3

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.  Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD
Psalm 27:13-14

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.  Psalm 42:11

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.  When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.  I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.  Psalm 37:23-25

All Scriptures are in the NASB version.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reproof, Encouragement, Conferences, & Apologetics Made Easy

Today I'm sharing some worthwhile links and a video that I feel are noteworthy.

Sometimes the things we need to hear are not easy for us to swallow.  "Physicians of No Value" - words from Spurgeon on Pyromaniacs.
http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2012/08/physicians-of-no-value.html

This next article is something that was encouraging to me, and it's good for anybody who is feeling overwhelmed with difficult situations in their lives.  It's entitled "Feeding Your Soul" written by Jon Bloom (with whom a family member of mine was acquainted with online in the past).
http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/feeding-your-soul/

Should people value conferences and how does that compare how we treat our local church?  Tim Challies wrote a blog post on the subject called "The Excitement and the Anticipation."
http://www.challies.com/articles/the-excitement-and-the-anticipation

If you have around an hour's time sometime, this video introducing presuppositional apologetics is well worth your time.  It will make people think differently about the way they communicate with people who are unbelievers and is encouraging for us to stand on the Word of God.  Some of you have seen this before, as I've shared it through other means.  Sye is one of my online friends, and he does a good job of keeping it simple on this video.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Don't Let It Slip On By

I don't know who sings this song, but the story in it is very touching about not missing opportunities to get close to and spend time with those in your family.
 
Even those serving in ministries need to remember the ministry they have with their own family.  Time is fleeting, and those at home or closest to us are impacted by what is done or isn't done as well.  Also, sometimes people can so focus on ministry that they miss out on getting to know the people that God might use as a blessing, encouragement or an instrument of growth in their lives....as well as others they might minister to and ignore instead.

Being limited by Fibromyalgia, P.O.T.S. and possible neurocardiogenic syncope issues I have a lot more time to think, but even I can get sidetracked by things online.  I want to be an encouragement and care about those God brings into my life in person or online.
Here are some verses I found that go along with the sentiments of the song I'm sharing today.
Romans 12:10
Ephesians 6:2
Ephesians 5:25
Ephesians 5:15-16

I find the scrapbook photo style of this video rather unique and fun. 


Finding Favour - Slip On By (Lyric Video) from goteerecords on GodTube.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Proof of God Conference October 12-13, 2012

This weekend there is a very interesting conference going on in Florida.  I am familiar with (to varying degrees) three of the speakers who are going to be there, and so I can recommend this conference to you.
I know that most of you will not actually be able to be there in person.  They also have it where you can pay online and watch - if you are able to do that.  I wouldn't mind getting to see it myself!

The speakers are:

Ken Ham -  I'm sure many of you are familiar with Ken, as he is head of the Creation Museum in Kentucky and does the Answers in Genesis program.

Sye Ten Bruggencate - You will start thinking in new ways about dealing with "atheists" and agnostics listening to Sye.  I consider him a friend of mine, and he's really great at explaining presuppositional apologetics. http://proofthatGodexists.org

Mark Spence - I watch Mark on the On The Box show on U-Stream weekdays.  He is with Living Waters (working with Ray Comfort).  He's really excellent as a teacher and also personable in the chat room.

Eric Hovind

Paul Taylor

Carl Kerby 

For more information on the conference go to:
http://proofconference.com/

For more information on watching live online go to:
http://store.creationtoday.org/index/page/product/product_id/1375/

Monday, October 8, 2012

Josh Wilson Presents Noel

I've been listening to samples of Josh Wilson's upcoming Christmas album Josh Wilson Presents Noel that is coming out tomorrow. 
One of the songs is "Jesus Is Alive" which was his hit song from last year.
There is another interesting surprise song featuring Andrew Peterson that is entitled "Once a Year" that encourages people to love like it's Christmas more than once a year.   This is so true that we need to care about people all year long.
The "Go Tell It on The Mountain" song featuring Mandisa is rather jazzy for my taste.
"Almost Christmas" is lively and has a very much Josh Wilson classic feel and is another original.
While I enjoyed a number of the classic Christmas songs that he did for this new album, my favorite new song from the samples at this point is "Christmas Changes Everything."

The full song list on the iTunes Australia website is:

The First Noel (Instrumental)
Jesus Is Alive
Go Tell it on the Mountain (featuring Mandisa)
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Christmas Changes Everything
Almost Christmas
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Carol of the Bells (Instrumental)
Angels We Have Heard On High
Once a Year (featuring Andrew Peterson)

Here is a video with part of a song that didn't make the album:


Saturday, October 6, 2012

One Thing Have I Desired - Worship Song

I have mentioned before that I watch On The Box which is an online show done by the people at Living Waters Ministries. Well, one of the guys who occasionally comes on the show goes by the name of "Scotty." His name apparently is actually Stuart Scott.
I was surprised to learn that he had put together this song (with Biblical words included)that I was very familiar with from years ago.
There were a couple of old cassette tapes with worship music that were very helpful in soothing people during stressful times. I believe this song was on one of those tapes!


One thing have I desired - Maranatha Music/ Stuart Scott from everflowinglife2 on GodTube.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Homosexuality, God's Existence & The Democratic Platform

Here are some of my top favorite picks for links for this week:

Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality -This is an excellent and timely message given by John MacArthur.  It discusses even the Democratic platform and what is going on in America.  The message demonstrates what true "love speech" is.  John has also done a message on abortion and his most recent message on September 30th was also well worth listening to.

Proof That God Exists - This website is great for sharing with atheists, agnostics and any unbelieving person really.  Sye is good at unpacking presuppositional apologetics, and he's recently become a friend of mine.  If you think you know anything, you could be wrong about that.

Cult Comparison Chart - CARM has put out some helpful information to distinguish Christianity from some other beliefs.

For fun I'm going to share this Paul Ryan look alike video: