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Rejoice! He Ransomed Captive Israel!

I’ve been listening to the new Jeremy Camp Christmas Album, Christmas: God with Us, in my car this past week. He does one of my all time favorite Christmas songs: O Come O Come Emmanuel. Of course he does an awesome rendition. My son was with me in the car the other day when it was playing and he said, “I love the way he sings ‘Israel.’”

On a side note, my son and I were on our way to a Winter Orchestra Concert at his high school when he said this. I wasn’t thrilled about going because I didn’t expect any Christmas music at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed the whole show and they played some good old traditional Christmas songs, like Silent Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as well as two songs from my favorite Charlie Brown Christmas (which I still need to watch this year). The reason was that the orchestra students were told to form small ensembles and to choose whatever they wanted to play. It was such a blessing to see so many of the kids choose some of my favorite Christmas songs.

Anyway, I thought I would share with you Jeremy Camp’s rendition of O Come O Come Emmanuel to get you in the Christmas spirit if you aren’t already. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

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We Were Gone Astray

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was never one of my favorite Christmas songs, until a couple of years ago when Mercy Me came out with The Christmas Sessions album. Their rendition of this old classic is much more energetic than any I had ever heard before. I also love the back-up vocals that sound almost like a choir in the background.

As I listened to it this morning getting ready for work, I thought of one of my favorite verses from Isaiah:

Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way
;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV).

We all were gone astray and Satan had power over us. But then into the world came the Son of God, and the angels brought us tidings of comfort and joy. Now we are free from Satan’s power and can live instead in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a Merry Christmas, indeed!

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The Victory Is Won

I’ve been listening to the new Third Day album Miracle for the past few days. I love it! But that’s really no surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Third Day song I didn’t like. But there always seems to be one song on each album that stands out for me. On Offerings it was Thief, on Wherever You Are it was Rise Up, on Revelation it was Run to You, and on Move is was Make Your Move.

On this latest album the stand out for me is The Victory. I love the hard rockin’ beat, but I also love the message. We all have to run a hard race in this lifetime. We face obstacles and many times it feels like a constant battle. But when we stand firm in Christ, we know we have already walked away with the Victory.

I decided to share this song today to encourage those who are growing weary of the race, who feel they can’t fight another day. Remember that the race has already been run and the fight has already been won by our Savior Jesus.

I also wanted to share it in honor of all the veterans who have fought the good fight to protect our freedom to live and grow in Christ in this wonderful country I live in. (I know Veterans’ Day was technically yesterday, but I’m off work today in honor of the day so am posting this today.)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIV).

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The Wonders of God’s Grace

As this contentious election season draws to a close and I have my ballot filled out and ready to drop off today, I thought I would share a song that I heard this morning while I was getting ready for work because it reminded me of what is truly important. The wonder of God’s grace will never cease, no matter who wins this election. Both presidential candidates offer hope, but true hope is found in Jesus.

Third Day’s new album Miracle comes out tomorrow, and I will likely be sharing some songs from that album in the coming weeks. But today I want to share one of my old Third Day favorites, May Your Wonders Never Cease.

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Reformation Sunday Hymn

Today is Reformation Sunday, and so of course we sang Martin Luther’s famous hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. I found this great video of it on YouTube and so decided I would share.

Martin Luther was passionate about God’s people trusting in faith alone in the grace of God alone as revealed by His Word alone. I am thankful for his service.

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The Misery of Pride

I’ve been listening to a lot of Dwight Yoakam lately because I went to see him here in Portland last week with my cousin. The concert was awesome, but I wish he would have sung a few more of his slower songs. Although it is not Christian music, I love his style, his voice, and how he can so perfectly capture the mood of the song he is singing.

I want to share one of my favorite Dwight Yoakam songs called 1,000 Miles from his 1987 album Hillbilly Deluxe. This is a very sad song, but I just love how it shows off his wonderful voice. I love the tremor in his voice when he sings “A thousand miles of misery-y-y-y-y-y-y-y.”

There is also a lesson in this song. The first verse says:

Runway Four, Flight 209
Teardrop falls, we start to climb
This window seat proved a poor choice
It shows the dream that’s been destroyed
A little baby starts to cry
Hey, I would too, if not for pride
I owe so much to pride, it’s true
It brought an end to me and you

As sad as this song is, as heartbreaking as the situation of the singer is, it doesn’t have to be that way. He is in misery because of pride. Because of pride, he has lost the one he loved, which is not surprising. As scripture says:

Pride goes before destruction,  a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV).

Pride brings a person low,  but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
Proverbs 29:23 (NIV).

The end of a matter is better than its beginning,  and patience is better than pride.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV).

How many relationships between husbands and wives, between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, or between friends are broken or lost because of pride? It prevents us from being forgiving, kind, and loving in our relationships, and keeps us from admitting our own faults and seeking forgiveness. It leads to a thousand miles or a thousand days of misery and loneliness.

What relationships are you jeopardizing today because of pride? It’s a question we all need to ask from time to time. May God help us all set aside our pride and leave misery behind.

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What If Eye for an Eye?

The other day I was listening to Creed in my car and one of my favorite songs came on. The song is called What If? It asks the very important question about what happens if we take vengeance on those who hurt us. The chorus says:

What if you did?
What if you lied?
What if I avenge?
What if eye for an eye?

I thought of what is going on in the news in the Middle East and Northern Africa in response to an anti-Islamic movie that was recently released. It is a perfect example of the end result of eye-for-an-eye mentality.

I have not seen the movie, or even the trailer, and I have no intention of doing so. I am not interested in watching a movie that purposely insults or degrades other humans or their religious beliefs. But I fail to understand how the violent protests that have erupted are a reasonable response to a movie. As insulting as this movie might be, it hasn’t hurt anyone. What if someone made this movie and perhaps even lied about Islam? What if those lied about avenge that injury? The result is violence and death.

This is certainly an extreme example of eye-for-an-eye mentality, and is not indicative of the mentality of all Muslims at all.

But unfortunately we see this mentality on a smaller scale in our everyday lives. When we are hurt we want those who hurt us to pay; we want vengeance.

Many people think eye for an eye is Biblical, and there is certainly some of this mentality exhibited among people in the Old Testament. But God does not call us to such an attitude. In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul reminds us to trust God for justice:

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21 (NASB).

My favorite part of the song What if? is the bridge at the end that says:

I know that I can’t
hold the hate inside my mind
‘Cause what consumes your thoughts
controls your life

If we cling to hatred and our “right” not to be insulted by others, then hatred will control our lives. I prefer to cling to God’s love and let that love control my life.

One last thing, a warning of sorts: If you don’t like hard rock you might not want to listen to this song. It’s pretty rockin’!

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Have You Seen the Light?

Yesterday was Round Up Sunday at my church. We weren’t roundin’ up doggies, we were roundin’ up volunteers for the various ministries in the church. In keeping with the country western theme, many in the congregation were dressed in their western attire and we sang some great old-time songs.

One of my favorites that we sang was I Saw the Light by Hank Williams Sr. This song reminds me of when I was a kid because Hank Williams was always one of my dad’s favorites, along with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ernest Tubb, and Johnny Cash, and we heard them all a lot growing up.

Although it was great to sing this song as a church yesterday, I couldn’t help but hear the original Hank Williams version in my head. I found this awesome “video” of it on YouTube and decided I wanted to share it with you all for Music Monday.

As a bonus, I found this Hank Williams Sr. version of I’ll Fly Away, which was our closing song for our Round Up Sunday service. The first time I heard this song was at my husband’s Grandma Ruth’s memorial service, and I have loved it ever since.

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Jesus: Boss or Friend?

I was listening to Sanctus Real in my car the other day and the song ‘Til I Got to Know You came on. As I listened I pondered the different ways in which people view their relationship with Jesus—and I’m thinking here of just those people who call themselves Christians and do have a relationship with Him.

Some people have a relationship with Jesus that is like that of a boss and an employee. They see Jesus—the boss—as the person who tells them what they have to do to earn their pay. Some are really good employees and do exactly as they are told, maybe even go above and beyond what is required. Others do the bare minimum to get by and not lose their job and the boss/employee relationship.

But think about your own relationship with your boss. Do you really want to spend time with the boss? Do you socialize with the boss outside of work? Do you share with the boss your deepest concerns and greatest desires? Most people don’t (though I know there are exceptions).

Other people have a relationship with Jesus that is that of a close friend. They see Jesus—their dear friend—as someone they want to spend time with. The do nice things for Him not because they must to maintain the friendship, but because they want to. They tell Jesus their deepest concerns and greatest desires just as they would their closest earthly friend.

Think about your relationship with your best friend. When you have a problems, isn’t your best friend the person you turn to for advice? When you experience a great victory, isn’t your best friend the first person you want to share it with?

Sometimes, if you are very fortunate, you might have a boss who after a time becomes a friend. If you have a boss who is trustworthy and loving, who truly cares for your welfare, a closer relationship may develop and a friendship be born.

So how is your relationship with Jesus? Are you treating Him as your boss or your friend? If in your heart and mind He is still just your boss, I urge you to discover how truly trustworthy and loving He is. He cares deeply for your welfare and desires to be your friend. Ponder these words that Jesus spoke to His disciples who had made the transition from being His servants to being His dearest friends:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:13-17 (NIV).

When you actually get to know Jesus, which requires spending time in His Word and in prayer, then you will understand that He wants to be your friend. He wants to be the best friend you have ever had.

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Where Is Honesty? – A Poem

For a variety of reasons, including hearing the songs Honesty by Billy Joel and Grounded by The O.C. Supertones in the past week, the subject of honesty has been on my mind lately. (Click the links if you want to hear either of these songs on YouTube.)

This is my offering for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub today. You can head over and check out some other great poetry, too, if you like.

Where Is Honesty?

David cried out to God, saying
“And in my dismay I said,
‘All men are liars.’”
But still he trusted in the Lord.

Jesus said Satan
is the father of lies
there is no truth in him.
If we deny we have sinned
there is no truth in us.

Billy Joel sang
“Honesty is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
You can have the love you need to live.
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind.”

The O.C. Supertones warn there’s
“No truth in a world
that is randomized.
Expose the lies
no matter how they’re disguised.”

We hear lies on TV,
everywhere we turn.
We lie to God
and to ourselves.
We plan our lies –
“If she asks, I’ll say . . .”

Say what?
Why not the truth?
The truth hurts, they say.
But lies hurt more
and the healing takes much longer.

Sometimes it takes a lifetime
to find the honesty
our hearts so desperately need.

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