Sunday Music: “A Strange Way to Save the World” by Mark Harris

A beautiful and thoughtful song sung from the perspective of Joseph.

I can’t imagine all that must have been going through his mind but this song I think captures some of it well.

I hope you enjoy this on your Sunday before Christmas.

 

 

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Advent #2: Discovering Surprising Joy at Christmas

A short series in Advent focusing on a few significant snapshots of the Christmas story and the amazing gifts they reveal.

 

Christmas without a doubt is the most conflicted holiday.

For many it’s a time of joy and celebration. Watching the magic through the eyes of a child. Connecting with family and friends.

 

Photo Credit: Angela Marie Henrietta

Photo Credit: Angela Marie Henrietta

 

Yet, for many others it’s depressing.

Those grieving the loss of a loved one who won’t be at Christmas.

Those apart from their loved ones because of circumstances beyond their control.

Those recently divorced and experiencing Christmas alone.

Add to that the non-stop activities that many of us get caught up in which in the moment are fun but can leave us exhausted. And when the buzz wears off the depression returns even worse.

And Christmas so often disappoints because it just never seems to live up to the hype.

 

We see this conflict in the Christmas story.

 

 

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Advent #1: The Impossible Becomes Possible

A short series in Advent focusing on a few significant snapshots of the Christmas story and the amazing gifts they reveal.

 

What are you facing today that seems impossible?

Health issues?

An imploding marriage?

Financial struggles?

Emotional upheaval?

A loved one’s or your own imminent death?

 

Photo Credit: Cary & Kacey Jordan

Photo Credit: Cary & Kacey Jordan

 

We all go through challenges.  No they don’t all look alike. And for some they’re certainly more severe. But none of us get through this life unscathed.

 

So the question isn’t if we’ll face struggles but how?

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Sunday Music: “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” by Michael W. Smith

A spectacular song from the words of the Bible that speaks of preparing for the Messiah to intersect our world.

I can think of no more fitting prayer as we in Advent wait for Christmas when God did just exactly that.

I hope it fills you with joy today and reminds you of the true meaning of this season.

Blessings on your Sunday.

 

 

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God Rocks #18: Overcoming Worry (Part 2)

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Worry runs rampant today. It and the accompanying stress some researchers say is the leading cause of illness.

We worry about our health, our finances, our family, the news. Frankly there’s never an end to what we can worry about is there? I mean have you ever woken up on a morning and thought, “Wow, everything is perfect today?” No neither have I.

 

Photo Credit: Troy Mason

Photo Credit: Troy Mason

 

But that’s only half the problem. Think about how so many people respond.

Some abuse alcohol or drugs as an escape. Others miss-use prescription drugs.

Some over eat to the point of obesity.

Many get lost in hours of TV or video games.

 

Yet, the problem is after all of those solutions nothing has been really fixed.

 

The problems and the worry remain. And the cures bring their own additional problems. Then that creates even more worry in a downward spiral. [Read more…]

God Rocks #17: Overcoming Worry

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I was a worrier when I was young. I came from a long line of worriers.

Not that there weren’t things to worry about. Like everyone we went through our share of struggles.

 

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

 

 

I almost died when I was seven. My dad’s business went through a severe downturn when I was eight.

 

But we could also take worrying to a new height. We perfected it.

 

In college I worried about getting through tests. I worried about graduating. Then I worried about what I’d do after I graduated.

If that wasn’t enough at times when everything was going well and life was firing on all cylinders I’d worry about when everything would unravel.

And frankly though it seems almost humorous now it was devastating to live.

And I’m not alone. Worry and the accompanying stress are one of the biggest health issues people face. Worry is tough to solve and destructive in it’s results. [Read more…]

Sunday Music: “Amazing Grace” by The Blind Boys of Alabama

An unusual and soulful rendition of the world’s favorite hymn sung to a tune from a hit song of the 60’s.

Hope you enjoy this on your Sunday!

 

 

If you have trouble viewing it you can watch it here.

 

Do you remember the hit song the tune is from?  If so leave it in the comments or Facebook or Twitter.  Who will come up with it first?

 

Thanks to my friend Greg who sent me this video link.

 

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God Rocks #16: Set Free to Live an Amazing Life

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

On the night I prayed, ever so hesitantly, to ask Jesus into my life I felt an incredible peace that’s hard to describe. Those early days were heady filled with a sense of joy and love I’d never known before.

Yet, soon the pressure of religious legalism crept in. Slowly my experience filled with requirements to live out this new life so God would be pleased with and bless me.

 

Photo Credit:  Sander van der Wel

Photo Credit: Sander van der Wel

 

I even attended a popular three day seminar and came away with a huge red binder filled with steps to respond to every conceivable contingency in a way that would align me with God’s blessings.

 

I was overwhelmed and crushed. I felt like I was dying under the load.

 

And honestly many times I wished I’d never started down that path.

Have you ever been there? Are you living there right now? [Read more…]

God Rocks #15: Breaking Into Daylight Out of Darkness

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I’ve gotten where I hate to read the news quite often. And frankly I never watch it on TV or listen to it on the radio. I mean it’s depressing.

 

Photo Credit: uditha wickramanayaka

Photo Credit: uditha wickramanayaka

 

From ISIS butchering more innocent people.

To Russia invading Ukraine.

To some crazed gunman shooting people randomly he doesn’t even know.

To a police shooting and the subsequent riots.

To another incompetent blunder from our government.

To the latest probe of unethical behavior on Wall Street.

 

We seem to live in a world gone mad.

 

Yet, I think the world has always been crazed with darkness. The difference is now we get a front row seat to watch it 24/7.

And I find myself sometimes wondering, “How can we ever find daylight again?” [Read more…]

Sunday Music: “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman

On this Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. I thought what better song to play.

As I reflect on all God has blessed me with I certainly have 10,000 reasons to thank him.

I hope where ever this Sunday finds you that you have a moment to reflect on all the blessings God has given you.

Enjoy this beautiful reminder.

 

 

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