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Nothing is alien…

Friday, July 31st, 2009
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…in thy world immense
No look of sky or earth or man or beast;
” In the great hand of God I stand and thence”
Look out on life, his endless, holy feast.
To try to feel is but to court despair,
To dig for a sun within a garden fence;
Who does thy will, O God, he lives upon thy air.



Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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This song has changed quite a bit since inception. Being that I am about to consider this version more or less done – I want to share a little on the background to the song. Some time ago I had a strange dream – where I was tempted to do something, and this temptation was more or less staring me in the eyes with black invitation…and my response (in my dream) was to scream, shout, sing “the joy of the Lord is my strength”…over and over – until my lips and face were tingling. I don’t know if you have ever shouted, sang or yelled very – very hard, as hard as you can for a long time – but that was what I did. And then I woke up to the still of my bedroom. My wife was sound asleep – and not a creature was stirring. I was perplexed. Why in the world would I respond like that? What did it mean? Over the next few days in thinking and praying and weighing it out the thought suddenly occurred to me that indeed the joy of the Lord is my strength. When I have joy in my walk with God I am not as interested in sinful desires. Sin is – in essence – seeking satisfaction and pleasure. When I have satisfaction and pleasure in my walk with God I am better able to defend myself against the lies of the enemy – especially since all sin ends in death and shame – we can better defend against the reality of the temptation. I am ‘strong’ against the enemy. Thomas Aquinas said – and I believe I wrote elsewhere here on the blog – “we are designed for delight, and if we do not get our delight in the proper things (i.e. – our walk with God) we will seek it in carnal pleasures”… the seed for the song joy is that principal. I have really redone a large portion of this song; new drums, new guitar, new (real) horns, new gospel choir and soloists, removed a lot of original instruments, dropped the drum solo (which I may do with a guitar solo in an extended version remix..), enjoy


well I’m on fire – this is true
for the Lord – how about you
I got my reason – and I got no doubt
I got the Holy Spirit – and I’m a gonna shout

King of Kings – Lord of Lords
mercy on me – have mercy Lord
Lord deliver – Lord remake,
gonna celebrate – I’m a gonna celebrate

joy of the lord is my strength – He has become my salvation

well everybody – far and wide
you can run – and you can hide
but you can’t ever get away from this…
the good Lords love – he ain’t ever gonna miss

shining brightly – for all to see
everywhere for you and me
don’t you worry – and don’t you fret
cause you ain’t seen nothing yet

chorus 2X

well bang that drum – play that chord
make a new noise – unto the Lord
wanna praise my King – wanna praise my King
wanna let him know – wanna sing wanna sing
let everybody – have hands collide
gonna put some beats on the floor it’s time

joy of the Lord is my strength He has become my salvation 4x

songwriter, producer, lyricist, musician

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Lord of hosts

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
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Isaiah liked to use the term Lord of hosts…he used it 62 times in the book of Isaiah. The word ‘hosts’ comes from the Hebrew word tsaba – which means that which goes forth, army, war, warfare – or a captain of an army. It can also be loosely translated into angels and stars and heavenly bodies, but its first meaning is one of war. It denoted fighting, and service. This is again affirmation that our God is reminding us of what is really taking place in our lives against the power of evil as we Christians seek His will in our daily decisions, as well as fight for what we believe is right for our ourselves, our neighbor and country. Those that promote a non-fighting God, would have us not fight. These people would that we give up, so to speak, and do nothing – except perhaps – continue to feed on their sewage called teaching and preaching. They would have us be inclusive to homosexuals, child murderers, fornicators, idol worshipers, preachers of strange doctrine and embracing a quasi sinless representation of an emergent “Mr Jesus” seeking slumming and proselytizing making followers twice the children of hell they are. The more I read Isaiah the more inspired I am to fight (and the real fight begins with prayer and study of scripture – the word after all is called ‘the sword’ for obvious reasons). The church is the bride of Christ and it is under attack. What will you and I do as followers of Christ to help those that are the victims?

horror supreme

Monday, July 20th, 2009
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I am concerned we as Christians have become, to a large degree, like academic precious moment dolls. There is so little reality in many of the books being written / spewed / excreted these days, and so much middle class ‘niceness’ it is sad. There are so many books on “how to” be a Christian – and probably very few people who read these books have read – or intend to read the bible cover to cover to see what God says about how to live. There is a lot of silly B-grade horror in the way of movies and books – but very little healthy horror (by this I mean a true understanding of horror to inspire a throwing of oneself unto God). When men deface the image of God in themselves (sin) – unmake themselves – they create a world of horror and dismay. The book of Isaiah has many horrific passages – for example;

Isaiah 14:11;
Your pomp {and} the music of your harps have been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are spread out {as your bed} beneath you And worms are your covering

To me this is jaw dropping horror. No music, no pride and pomp, maggots as a bed, worms as a blanket. I would guess the true visual and experiential representation of this would horrify even the staunchest among us. True horror should not simply shock and frighten, it should turn us from the darkness to the father of lights. In Him alone is our hope, and the reality of His love and comfort is always here and now with us – despite the worlds version of horror which would send us into pure and utter despair. There are a lot of teachers, preachers and false prophets that would do away with Hell altogether – since it does not fit nicely into their homogenized theology.

As George MacDonald once said “…to know God is, and alone is, eternal life, and that he only knows God that knows Jesus Christ, I would gladly, even by rational terror of the unknown probable, rouse any soul to the consciousness that it does not know Him, and that it must approach him or perish”.

There is nothing unlawful about the use of horror in art, and the saying applies here as well, and I quote from memory “good art is not what it is, but what it does”. True representations of biblical horror are designed to warn and correct, hell, where the fire never burns out and the worm never dies is real and ready for those prepared for it, let us be warned, and aware of how God would have us horrify, teach and awaken the imagination in order that we can serve Him according to His will.

God, war and destruction

Monday, July 13th, 2009
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In the last weeks I have been working my way through the book of Isaiah, and I have to say I have been experiencing an opening and broadening of perspective that is profound. I would like to share a few thoughts on my experience to date. There are a lot of uninspired preachers and teachers that say God is not a God of war, and frankly, the only way I can see this being true is if someone ignores scripture. I think some of this fallacy comes from not understanding the true, or essential war that is taking place. That would be the war between good and evil, or the war between the kingdom of Christ VS the kingdom of Satan. In Isaiah there are many and varied judgments of war, apparently divinely decreed and executed. There are illustrations in images and sounds and implications of the coming doom that are absolutely terrifying. In Isaiah 13:9 we read;

Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

…cruel, wrath, anger, desolation, destroying… who? sinners. those committed to sinfulness and rebellion. Further on in the book God says through Isaiah He will “sweep her with the broom of destruction”.
Destruction in this case is to annihilate or lay waste.

In order to think correctly about war and destruction, we need to first consider Gods view on evil and sin. The bible warns over and over again that those who practice evil and sinful lifestyles will be punished, defeated, cut off…destroyed. In the new testament it is said Christ came to destroy death, the devil, and his works. Christ is victorious in this with his death and resurrection. At this time, however – you and I are in the midst of an all out war, and daily there are prisoners and victims of sin and evil, as well as those being saved and delivered from the power of evil. Not only are the terrors of the spiritual war all around us today, but there are repeated warnings and prophecies of coming war and destruction, including this salient scripture from
Revelation 19:11

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

What you will find too, is that those that twist the scriptures to deny these truths of war, destruction and judgment – also have a tendency to have a very “lenient” view of sin and a very compromising and socially correct inclusiveness to their preaching. Some names that come to mind are Greg Boyd, Brian Mclaren and Tony Compolo – who together excrete multiple books (distractions) to employ hours of your time in an effort to distract you from seeking Christ through scripture, empowered by the Holy Spirit. I would advise you as a servant of Christ to turn away from these kinds of authors – take your bible, ask God Himself to teach you His way, ask Him for an undivided heart, pray that He would lead you in the way of everlasting. It is sad to me to see so many being led by blind authors such as I mentioned – and missing the simplicity that is in Christ.

When Paul warned against those having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof – I believe one class of people would be those denying the reality of Gods war against evil and sin, and the power that comes from a truly repentant heart as we kneel before the cross and ask forgiveness for our sins and repent, seeking Gods will to be done in our life today. This power of repentance and a biblical view of sin is one of the most glorious gifts given to mankind, let us not forsake it (and ourselves in the process).

mali djembe

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
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got one for my birthday…single piece hardwood shell – goatskin head – thing is awesome! I will try to post something here from my audio sketchbook asap. A few posts are brewing – as I have been deeply into Isaiah lately – scanning the heights and depths…wow. Did I mention wow?