Christian Music News
|08/22/14||I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever||Various||2002|
|08/23/14||Revival In Belfast||Hosanna||1999|
|08/25/14||Worship Together Favorites||Various||2007|
|08/26/14||Passion: Everything Glorious||Various||2006|
|08/27/14||Lord Reign In Me||Vineyard||2003|
|08/28/14||Hands Lifted High||Dennis Jernigan||2004|
|08/29/14||Michael W Smith Worship||Michael W Smith||2000|
|08/30/14||Live To Worship||Lincoln Brewster||2000|
|09/01/14||City On A Hill: Songs of Worship & Praise||Various||2000|
|09/02/14||Not To Us||Chris Tomlin||2002|
|09/03/14||City On A Hill: The Gathering||Various||2003|
It’s been quite a ride. First, Jane has a very severe form of Guillain Barre Syndrome. Next, one of our best friend’s father passed away. Add to that, a couple of our friends are in the middle of family issues that divide them from other family members. Jane said, while in one of those ‘feeling overwhelmed moments’, (people go through that who have been paralyzed and cooped up in bed for 4 months), there’s so much that’s not fair about life right now. I told her that over every door in the Herrin Hospital you could hang a sign that says not right, not logical, not expected, and not fair. With what Jane has gone through, what each of our friends have had to face over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed one common denominator: no anger. For them to have that kind of response to so much trouble, those people have had to be changed in their hearts. When you’re under so much pressure, you can’t fake ‘peace, calmness’ so easily. Around our house we say you can find out what people are on the inside when you bump their cup. That’s when stuff comes out that has not come out before. Bumping not only exposes us to others but, if we are aware enough, we learn a bit about ourselves as well.
I just read a news article about how we might have discovered that long-sought after Higgs Boson/God Particle thing, whatever that is. I think finding it is supposed to solve all our complex questions and answers about the beginning of the universe. It would (if I understand the thing) identify what actually holds all things together. It would tell us why our dog is pasted together, what keeps Fido’s molecules from just coming apart, what keeps the little fella’s molecules from just flying all over the place. We’ve had a pretty good suggestion, even a final word on the subject for 6000 years now: God created the universe, ‘all things were created by Him, and for Him; and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist (hold together).’ We seem to struggle with that ‘consist’ thing for some reason.
We (the majority of the world’s people) continue to get confirmation of the reality of the Bible version of life but continue to resist those findings. The world could accept news of that confirming information, but they just dig in their heels and find some excuse to question that confirmation. Why is that?
I’ve watched human nature for a few years now. I’m becoming more convinced that there is really only one thing going on in the earth. Remember the Wisdom of God that was presented to us when Jesus said that you are either for me or against me. There are literally thousands, perhaps millions, of ways to rebel against the knowledge of God. There are so many ways it makes us dizzy constantly fighting ‘evil’ in the earth. Paul said fighting evil was like beating the air. It’s not that we have uniform behavior against the Love of God, but none the less there is a uniform purpose that opposes it. Seems that everywhere we turn we find someone doing something that is horrendous or self-serving. But when you boil it all down it’s just simply the innate desire to be independent from God. Things have really not changed since the Garden of Eden. We are still little Adams and Eves vying to have our own way. Simply, we are for Him or we are against Him. It’s a little weird how there always seems to be a resistance to everything Godly. I know good people, people that are motivated out of a desire that they believe to be right, but they just naturally resist the Love and the Wisdom of God without blinking an eye. All you have to do is watch the news to know that there’s a spirit of anti-Christ in the earth, active against all that is of Faith. You gotta know that everyone is not conspiring; sitting up nights planning ways to destroy the lovely, the peaceful, and the truthful. God said that it was a lie that attracted people away from His Grace, a great Lie. A powerful Lie!
Have you noticed how many angry people there are, especially those that oppose the teachings of Christ? It can be a religious anger or a secular anger but they are angry for one reason only: they do not want to admit to the reality of God. They are mad because they’re being forced to make that acknowledgement just by waking up each day. It frustrates them because they’re confronted in their hearts by having to admit God exists, and they’re having to rebel against the very thought of a God that is calling the shots. They want to call the shots! They get up in the morning, not thinking of what evil they can do today, but get up with ‘attitude’ about their rights; their independence to a ‘right to life’ that opposes the very freedom they could find in Christ. Sometimes there’s nothing quite as angry as a child’s anger when they reject the obvious love of parents. Choosing to go their own way, choosing to oppose, many times produces an unreasonable, illogical anger. As God’s creation we do the same. People, who in their subconscious, know there’s a God but they’re just really ‘ticked’ about it. No one I know that rebels against the freedom of Christ is truly free. As far as I can see, they are captured and enslaved by anger and frustration. This country is being turned in an opposite direction from God with a slogan that counterfeits the real rights provided by Grace and Peace in Christ. They turn to their own ways in the name of their freedom of speech while gagging the Word of God in their lives. The Wisdom of God says there is a way that seems right to men but the end of that is calamity. Boy, have we got the calamity!
Without a ‘coming to Christ’ that changes us and gives us the possibility of Peace, anger is a default life pattern that the whole world falls into. Only The Father gives Peace that passes understanding. Watching friends and what’s been obvious with Jane is the absence of calamity. Peace is not simply the absence of hostility but a condition of the heart that makes the storms of life settle; it’s the still waters of Psalm 23. It comforts, leads, calms and it is present in the middle of all our fears and tears. While staying with her in the hospital, I told Jane, ‘I can’t find any Job in me.’ Unlike Job when his normal was no longer normal, I could not make any accusation against God. I could find no fear, only praise. I think my friends are finding that same Peace, truly believing ‘there’s more that rises in the morning than the sun, and more that shines in the night than just the moon. It’s more than just this fire here that keeps me warm in a shelter that is larger than this room’ (Rich Mullins), there is something bigger going on here and it’s for us daily to say: there is a God and I call Him Father and He is present here, now! Knowing God calms the seas in our lives and denying God creates a storm in the middle of unbelief.