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Archive for May, 2007

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Shalom.

Oh God! How can you be so perfect? Your way is so mysterious and it completely astounds me to be in the presence of your awesome power. You answer my prayers in your just and loving way with your impeccable timing. There is nothing about you Lord that isn’t worthy of the entire earth’s praise. The Universe shouts how great you are right now. You change our hearts and minds to focus off of ourselves and onto you and your magnificence. You are so big and you care fiercely about the little ones. Your desire for Glory involves me just as much as it makes me ashamed of my pettiness. I’m sinful and untrustworthy. I’m flawed and unrighteous, self-righteous and willfully ignorant of goodness. Yet you’ve made up your infinitely wondrous mind and decided to turn all of your wrath on your sinless son and listen to his scream as he suffers for my sake, and for the world’s sake. And for what? so that we can thank you half heartedly with our conniving lips? I constantly take advantage of your mercy. I desire my own form of justice, my own self-interest and God; you love me in spite of it all. When I don’t have the faith to trust you, you pull through because you were in control the entire time. I underestimate you when I try to define you. You desire to be known and I can know you. God, your definition is beyond conception. You’re limitless and all powerful. How can you love me so much? Amen.

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CCM Bike

Christian Music Redefined?

I’m posting an article on the blogroll from CCM magazine. I really have to be honest and say i don’t read CCM because as much as I love worship music and a few of the songs that Christian Artists put out, I’m not a Christian band fan. As a kid maybe i fell into this catagory at some point but right now, its really not my thing.

I’ve been disappointed with the Christian Music industry for a while now because they seem to promote the artists on the Pop-Christian billboard. If you’re into Indie and cross-over bands that may be Christian but not signed with labels such as sparrow, tooth & nail or forefront records, the only chance you’ll have of hearing or reading about them is through secular radio or any other place that you might discover Indie Music. It’s probably safe to just say, you’re neighborhood Christian bookstore won’t be selling it. Things may be starting to change for the better. The writers of CCM are in the process and taking first steps to redefine the term Christian Music. “We’re going to start mixing indie and general market Christians such as The Fray, Mary J. Blige and Sufjan Stevens in with artists with traditional Christian label affiliation.” This means confusion for some who thing Jesus Music should only be played by Dove Award Nominees, but i’m all for the redefining of Christian Music. What do you think?

CCM Magazine redefines “Christian Music”  http://www.ccmcom/news/headlines/11539642/

Salt and Light in a Gray World  http://www.ccmmagazine.com/news/stories/11539949/

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The Cookie Jar

Brazen little Jacob

It was Tuesday afternoon a young boy and his mother walked into the chiropractor’s office for her bi-weekly adjustment. They had come straight from school, and this was just one of a few appointments and errands that they would be on today. Before her chiropractor welcomed her and invited her into his cubicle for her routine adjustment, she told her son, “stay in the reception area and keep quiet alright. Jacob, I need you to be on your best behavior in the doctor’s office.” “Ok mom,” little Jacob responded. Occasionally, Jacob’s mom would glance over to see what he was doing and he seemed content looking at the many magazines spread out across the table top. As time passed, his anxiety caused a slight disinterest in People magazine and Newsweek, and Jacob began to make himself at home. (more…)

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Waitress II

This is Critical

I’ve had a burning question in the back of my mind lately. If I were asked by someone that wanted to know me; “What is it that you’re passionate about,” what would I say? Sports, friends, traveling, even Youth Evangelism are things that I care about, am apart of or like to be involved in, but they’re not what drive me, and in spite of their importance to me they don’t have too much influence on my day to day decision making. What does is the idea that I might learn something new today. Call me discontent, but I feel like I can always learn more than what I know. I wonder how many others there are around that are the same way. (more…)

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Swings
Held
There’s a fairly well known song that came out a couple years ago by Natalie Grant called simply “Held.” Natalie has a great voice and it’s easy just to sit and listen to her music on repeat. I found myself doing just that the other day. I started to pay attention to the lyrics and realized that they are the best part. As often is the case with Christian music. There are powerful statements in the song that have bled anguish and hurt. They reflect the experiences that we go through that are full of pain, loss, confusion and anger. “To think that providence would take a child from his mother while she prays is appalling.” The questions we begin to ask ourselves are deep, heartfelt emotional questions. We ask Why?! We cry out that “its unfair!” We wonder why so many good people are hurting. And all along the promise wasn’t our earthly prosperity or our comfort, or even our survival. “The promise was that when everything fell, we’d be held.” The message that rings clearer than the writer’s pain is her hope that tomorrow will come, and there will be flowers.
God is sovereign. That word takes on new meanings when control of a situation is gone and things start to go against our wishes. The bible tells us in James to rejoice and befriend our trials for the strength we will gain through them. We’ve all heard the stories of Job and others that suffer for a purpose greater than self. Hannah the faithful mother of Samuel prays a prayer in 1 Samuel 2 that is colored with the sovereign power of her Lord. (more…)

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