Posts Tagged ‘biblical Christianity’

new song > got no soul

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul… Jesus Christ (Mark 8:36)

Hello all, I hope these first days of summer are greeting you with joy and radiance. The next song up is based off of the idea
Jesus highlighted in Luke 8:36… and that is what good is it to have the stuff, the status, the style – but lose your soul? I drilled through to the Greek Lexicon and the got this definition for soul.
I think the song text is fairly self explanatory. I used a mix of live and sampled sounds, myself playing drums, bass, percussion, acoustic guitar, keys and harmonica – with a special shout out to Doug Wamble for the slide guitar work. I had the song done fairly quickly but tweaked it for a long time – and also wanted to do a video… ya’know – I was just having fun. In the video I used a lot of visuals to support “the world” and to be frank – any or all of the items are perfectly fine to have – and are approved by God (in my view) but it is when we replace God with the world – or lose our soul in the process of getting our place in the world that we have the big issue Jesus meant. While I was mixing it we had guests from Europe visiting. One of the guests is a big classical music fan (and fan of very little else), but he described Got No Soul as “Hillbilly music” (some might say this is a derogatory term)… to which I say ” I put the “Hill” in Hillbilly 🙂 > I could care less if someone high brows a style of music – to be honest – I listen to just about anything. So many people miss out on so much in life with preconceived biases. I honestly don’t know if my guest liked this song – I played it for others that did like it very much indeed. I hope you enjoy it as well. As usual I have several formats for your viewing and listening pleasure.

got no soul
got your car, got your house
got yourself got yourself a brand new spouse
got your job, got your pay
got you got you got yourself every little thing that you want today

you got money money money with your sweet cash honey
get your little grubbies on the greenback fine
money money money get your sweet cash honey
get your little money your due

got no soul got no soul
got no soul no no
got no soul got no soul
you’ve got no soul

got your fortune got your fame
when no ones lookin you just hang your head in shame
got your this got your that
all you got you got you got everything you want
and that’s a where your goin now

money money money with your sweet cash honey
all more money that’s all that’s fine
all your grubbies on your hubbies little money
everybody see you sigh

got no soul got no soul
got no soul no no
got no soul got no soul
you’ve got no soul

no no no no…..

got no soul got no soul
got no soul no no
got no soul got no soul
you’ve got no soul

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“Because children have abounding vitality,

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

GK Chesterton

To trust is gain and growth, not mere sown seed!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
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Faith heaves the world round to the heavenly dawn,
In whose great light the soul doth spell and read
Itself high-born, its being derived and drawn
From the eternal self-existent fire;
Then, mazed with joy of its own heavenly breed,
Exultant-humble falls before its awful sire.

GM

The worst power of an evil mood is this–

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
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It makes the bastard self seem in the right,
Self, self the end, the goal of human bliss.
But if the Christ-self in us be the might
Of saving God, why should I spend my force
With a dark thing to reason of the light–
Not push it rough aside, and hold obedient course?

GM

Pieter Bruegel > Pride

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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The original drawing, dating 1557, is in Paris, collection of Frits Lugt (Foundation Custodia). Click to enlarge.

Pride personified is a haughty royal lady, in rich court dress, “looking down her nose” at the world while she admires her image in the mirror. Tolnay points out Pride’s garments were high fashion for Bruegel’s period, whereas the other allegorical figures in the Sins series were clad in styles identified with the early fifteenth century.. (more…)

If thou hadst closed my life in seed and husk,

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
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And cast me into soft, warm, damp, dark mould,
All unaware of light come through the dusk,
I yet should feel the split of each shelly fold,
Should feel the growing of my prisoned heart,
And dully dream of being slow unrolled,
And in some other vagueness taking part.

GM

blood flow

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
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in Isaiah 63:2-6 Christ in His second coming will judge, and execute wrath with grisly authority. When we read the passage in Isaiah with Revelation 14:14-20 we find an almost unspeakable scenario of wrath and violence. In Isaiah 63 Christ is quoted as saying He trampled on Gods enemies and the blood stained His garments. Have you ever considered what it might be like to be trampled to this extent? Where one is literally crushed like a grape and blood spatters? If this is not graphic enough – turn to Revelation and find that in Revelation 14:19-20 an angel swings his sickle and throws the “grapes” into the winepress of Gods wrath. As we read the passage we see again they are trampled outside of the city and blood flows out of the press as high as a horses bridle for a distance of 1,600 stadia (4.5 feet high 180 miles long). Did you catch that? A river of blood 180 miles long and 4 feet deep. Theories abound as to how this might happen – and the point of horses and men in war provide blood enough for such a flow should not be ignored. I certainly don’t know how this will occur – but even when the winepress symbolism is taken metaphorically – there is still a specific measurement in the flow of blood, which I would take literally. Perhaps there is a sudden and great collision on an advancing army from an asteroid of some kind. Try making a precious moments doll from a scenario like that. You might ask – why in the world write about such a horrific biblical text? Well – simply because I am reading Isaiah and this struck me as particularly relevant to our age of shiny happy everything is peaches and cream preaching. Along with the hope we have in Christ, the joy of the Holy Spirit and the unfailing love of God, we need to remember that judgement is coming, and we would not want to be the ones trampled underfoot.

wiping with the shack

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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As a Christian it is difficult to refute all of the garbage being spewed by the enemy in this world we live in. There is not time or space to list all of the potential folly and distractions the enemy places in front of us at any given time – so prudence would suggest an ignoring to a large degree of the cacophony of potential distractions as they fester around us.. We don’t need to go hunting for arguments or error – it’s everywhere. You might find this a strange intro to a book that is being hailed as a Christian classic – but I am convinced this book – The Shack – is part of a larger initiative by the enemy to confuse, muddle, deceive and prep for more error anybody that would care to read it – especially Christians. While I can name a long list of reasons this book is bad – you might find the comprehensive review by Tim at Challies… DOWNLOAD PDF and while I am not Calvinist as Tim is- he does a great job revealing this book in light of scripture. Tim is a lot more thorough than I would care to be about this book. For the record I believe this books main goal is deconstructing orthodox Christianity. I heard a sermon by the author and he twisted scripture, replaced healing for salvation – and described writing this book for his children under divine guidance (nice abduction murder story for the kids night night time) and emphasized his main reason for writing it was to portray his healing from an adulterous affair he had, hence the going to the shack i.e. – you have to revisit the past to heal – psychobabble. One more point I would like to make is this; I love fiction. I love fantasy and I love story telling. There are a lot of really good books out there I would suggest in place of the shack – especially when one needs edification (it isn’t just taste buds). While the book may not be ideal wiping tissue in your nearest outhouse – winter is coming – and I am pretty sure this will catch a match rather nicely.

fellowship

Monday, August 10th, 2009
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The word fellowship occurs about 17 times in the old and new testament. The Hebrew (OT) word khä·bar’ means to couple together, join…and the Greek (NT) word koi-n?-n?’-ä means fellowship, communion and partner. Fellowship, as indicated in scripture, denotes unity and oneness. Part of the confusion occurring in the church and among Christians today is that we are not properly applying the bibles instruction on fellowship, we are not being discerning, and we are therefore unable to keep a singleness of purpose in holy fellowship. As an example;

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This is an excellent example of fellowship prerequisites. Walking in the light (spirit of Christ), acknowledging sin, and relying on the blood of Christ to be cleansed from sin. This is not to say we are absolutely sinless – it is to say our desire and daily effort is an ever greater submission to God and a resisting of our sinful nature, as opposed to say, a drunk who has no intention of quitting drinking – but still goes to church. An unrepentant drunks refusal to “change” denies him fellowship.

Another salient scripture on fellowship is;

1Cr 10:20 But I [say], that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

Devils here in Greek is daimonion – which means an inferior pagan god, divine power, divinity. Any deity that is not Christ centered is of the devil. Jesus said “I am the way the truth the light and no one comes to the father but by me”.

So, can we fellowship with pagans? No. Can we worship with pagans? No. Can we enter into ministry with pagans? No. Can we talk to pagans? Yes – Jesus even took up a discussion with a demon possessed man – with one purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. I think one of the errors we make as Christians is we forget what we are here to do (wherever God places at work or in church) and that is to be living testaments, walking scriptures. Paul said the following;

1Corinthians 10:31 – 33 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.

Why was he seeking to give none offense (offense meaning to cause to stumble)?

That they might be saved.

Christs call to friendship VS coexistance

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
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I would like to post today on a trend in the church in general that I believe needs to be addressed.
Recently I saw a speaker named Stefan Van Voorst. He is a talented singer / speaker, and he led worship and gave the sermon at a church I attended. The series of messages they were doing, as I understand it, is based around the concept of Gods greatness on the one hand – and his intimacy with us on the other. I had not heard the normal pastor speak on this yet – so the theme is a bit hazy to me at that point – but that is not really what is important. What I want to post today on is the message given by Stefen, and the “inclusive / emergent ” heresy that is very alive and well in the church as a whole, to its detriment.

Stefan’s angle was an emphasis on understanding others views or perspectives, even when you don’t agree. At least that was what I got out of it. He mentioned friends, face book, politics, opposing views with an emphasis on Muslims and gave some real life examples of how we as Christians might befriend those that are not in agreement with us. He emphasized ‘dialogue’ and talking to people – which by itself is not such a bad idea. When dialogue is hoisted as more important than offending someone – especially when in disagreement about lies and falsehood of the enemy or false religions – well, then we are on another track altogether – one the emergent’s prize as a core belief.

This ideology may be a good bumper sticker, but it is not the gospel.

During his message Stefan spent more time talking about Muslims and their belief – than he did about the gospel of Christ and Him crucified, and Stefan is not alone. In our churches there is a great cry to be inclusive, to embrace diversity, to not judge, to get along. The emergent church movement is largely about the above bumper sticker, but its real danger is far more devious. It is a form of religion without the power thereof.

The power of Christianity comes with acknowledging sin, repenting, asking Christ into our lives and being filled with the Holy Spirit, as we seek Gods will for us on a daily basis through obedience to His word and a lifestyle of seeking His will over our own. The emphasis in Christianity is in Gods perspective and His will for our life.

The emergent church hoo-ha is about a partial knowing God (open theism) – who seemingly changes his mind to do our will, whose knowledge is incomplete – whose ways are like mans ways, who doesn’t mind homosexuality, Allah, Buddha, familiar spirits, new age – since it’s all about love baby… L – O – V – E. And it certainly isn’t loving to say a Muslim is wrong – or homosexuals can’t be legitimate Christians, or a heinous political leader (promoting and ensuring the deaths of millions of innocents through abortion agendas) is evil and condemned. That just wouldn’t be nice, and hey, God is a heck of a nice guy…he’s my buddy buddy.

Really?

I disagree. And more important than my disagreeing is the point that this position is not supported by the bible in any way shape or form.

God is love, but his love is surrounded by his holiness, and the only way to get into a loving relationship with God is through acknowledging our sin and repenting. Here is an unpopular topic in the “we are the world” emergent church. The only way we can consider ourselves friends of God is if we do His will.

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

If I don’t tell a homosexual he is condemned, or a Muslim – he is not saved through Allah THAT is unfriendly. That is unloving. That is wrong. True love seeks the best for the one loved, and the greatest we can hope for every person we know is an authentic loving relationship with Jesus Christ. Everything else is coexisting.

Telling the truth, separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak, and bringing people to making a decision for or against Christ might not win friends, it might even force us on a lonelier path than if we were just nice – but it is preaching the gospel, and that is not what the emergent folks are about.

Stefan emphasized how important it is to understand the perspective of a Muslim. I believe the bible teaches we are to understand Gods perspective first, follow that to the best of our ability and understanding – and let the opinion of man go by the wayside, and you don’t have to look very far in the old or new testament to see what God thinks of idols, man centered wisdom and man made religions (Isaiah would be a great primer).

Stefan talked about having a kind of constant tension as he tries to mediate these varying opinions and positions of his friends. I call that a lack of peace. That lack of peace comes from regarding the opinion of man too highly, and Stefan is suffering the just consequence. I would prefer however – that he would keep his distracted lifestyle to himself and not get on stage and advise others to follow him in his uncertainty.

This too goes out to those espousing the emergent dung / leaven. It will not help you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it will not bring peace and it certainly will not help you be friendly or loving in the way the bible instructs us to be.

I debated a number of reactions to the sermon, among them asking the church board if they screen messages given by guest speakers, asking Stefan why he did not preach the gospel, and even walking out of the service. When it was all said and done I chose this route. Primarily becaue the heresy of Muslim inclusiveness, and the emergent apostasy is a very clear and present danger. My desire is that you would be edified and know Jesus Christ more and more. I desire this more than anything else – even if it seems unfriendly.

Christs peace be with you.