Musical Monday – Jesus Freak

I think this is a timeless song.

It was huge in the 1990’s when it was first released and even today, 20+ years later, my 6 year old son loves it too.  I also think it’s timeless because the message is just as relevant to today, especially when it seems persecution of Christians (among others) is on the rise. DC Talk connected with Voice of the Martyrs and released a series of books from 1999 with the same title, retelling stories of persecuted Christians – Christians who died &/or were tortured because of their faith.

What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus Freak?
What will people do when they find that it’s true?

I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus Freak
There ain’t no disguising the truth
No I ain’t into hiding the truth…

 

Musical Monday – Thrive

I saw a quote on Facebook a few days ago that said:
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“You weren’t born to just pay bills and die.”

No – you weren’t.

I wasn’t.

We weren’t.

We were made to thrive.

I love this song from Casting Crowns, released last year.  It’s an upbeat song with a happy feel and every time I listen to it I always come away encouraged.  I hope it encourages you too!

Just to know You and to make You known, we lift Your Name on high
Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives,
It’s time for us to more than just survive,
We were made to thrive!

Open Eyes

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“Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we cannot see.”

That line said by the Conductor in the movie The Polar Express, jumps out at me every time. I am someone who often sees parallels between movies and our spiritual lives.

We live in our natural world that we can physically see, hear and touch everyday. But one of the things this line reminds me of, is the spiritual world that we also live in everyday.

All the time.

We can’t get away from it.

And we experience both worlds.

Paul talks about it in Ephesians 6. Verse 12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (I won’t say more about this just now, but it is a brief mention of the spiritual warfare we experience. I’m sure I’ll write about this in another post another day!)

These things in the spiritual world are real but they are not seen with our own eyes. God opens our eyes to all that is around.

A few weeks ago in our kids church, the leaders got the kids to close their eyes and they prayed “Lord, open our eyes to see what’s here”.  The kids opened their eyes, had a look around. The leaders got them to shut their eyes again before asking if they saw angels and if so where were they?  All the kids pointed in one of two directions, with some kids pointing both ways!  Our kids saw angels in the room where they have church!

On one of my boys CD’s, Flabbergasted by Doug Horley, he tells a rather hilarious version of when the King of Aram was trying to find and capture the prophet Elisha (from 2 Kings 6:8-17).  My two sons love this and crack up laughing at all the voices and sounds used to tell the story.
In this particular story, Elisha’s servant walks out the door one morning to find that the city of Dothan is completely surrounded by the armies of the King of Aram. He comes in and asks Elisha what they should do.  Elisha’s response is “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  In this funny rendition from Doug Horley, Elisha’s servant completely freaks out because he thinks there are only the two of them and two of them do not outnumber an entire army.  Then in verse 17, Elisha then asks God to open his servant’s eyes so that he may see.  The servant’s spiritual eyes are then opened and he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire.

What situation are you in where you don’t understand and can’t see what’s going on? I’d encourage you to ask God to ‘open your eyes’ so you can see/understand what’s happening or even to see who/what surrounds us.

Musical Monday – Here as in Heaven

Declaring words out is a powerful thing.

The atmosphere is changing now for the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around that the Spirit of the Lord is here

I love this song, very recently released by Elevation Worship.  I haven’t heard it much yet, but I’m sure it’ll become a favourite!

I love the words, especially when it quotes scripture and in this case, it quotes one of the lines from the prayer that Jesus prayed when He taught His disciples how to pray (this has become known as the Lord’s Prayer & can be found in Matthew 6:9-13).

This line quoted from the prayer is one of the cries of my heart too…

Spirit of God, fall fresh on us, we need Your presence
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done here as in heaven

I could say more but I won’t – I’ll let the song speak for itself! 🙂

Musical Monday – Here for You

I love this song by Matt Redman.  We are doing it a bit in our church at the moment.  It’s a few years old now but it makes a profound yet simple statement of “we are here for You”. We’re here, our hearts are open and nothing is hidden from God.  It’s one reason why we are here on earth.  We’re here for God, for His glory and to bring and declare that to others.

I also love the arrangement of this song.  It starts quiet yet solid and continues to build as the song goes through.  Then drops right back to do a big build up before moving into the tag where musically it opens up and leaves us wide open to wholeheartedly say “we welcome You with praise…”

 

To You our hearts are open, nothing here is hidden, You are our one desire
You alone are holy, only You are worthy, God let Your fire fall down…

(In this video, Here for You starts at 2:10)