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I have discovered some old songs I wrote and recorded over a decade ago. I am in the process of remixing them and putting them out on soundcloud and calling it “The Hindsight Project”. Have a listen.

One of the more complete songs found on my old recorder. I did a fresh mixdown of the tracks but the vocals, I found, can only be helped so much when you record with a cheap mic. Absolutely no computers were used for tracking and has made this process interesting. Total old school and forcing me to be creative with the mix.

“Sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.”

A.W.Tozer

AWTozer

Build Your Kingdom Here ~ Rend Collective Experiment 

Verse 1

Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your pow’r in us

Verse 2

We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You’re our joy and prize
To see the captives’ hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause
We are Your church
We pray revive this earth

Chorus 1

Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here we pray

Verse 3

Unleash Your kingdom’s pow’r
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope on earth

Compassion International~ Making BIG Kingdom impacts!

We are talking more about worship today than possibly ever before in Church history, certainly more than the Scriptures do. We need to remember that when we make worship too much the subject, we risk destroying the very thing for which it is intended. The subject can never be worship until the subject is first of all the Lord. To the extent that attention is overly drawn to worship, to the extent that it becomes the primary object of our work, the overriding protocol, within which the Lord and His work are subjects, we can only assume that we have begun to worship worship, or at least, to worship about worship, therefore to worship about God. Visit the typical seminar or conference and you will discover that the attention is on tools for worship (whatever they are), on worship enhancement, ideas, options, and worship leading, in effect, as a spin-off of management technique. And as to the ideas about worship teams, let me say that, theologically speaking, the only worship team that is worthy of the name is the congregation, the people of God who, as a corporate body raise their voices in response to a command, not in acoustical competition with (or surrender to) a select group of miked-in folks. I repeat, the attention is, first and last, to be on the Lord, so much so that worship ceases to be the primary subject, the focus, the action in itself. But when we keep ourselves steadied upon the Lord, worship gains its rightful place as the full articulation, but not the substance, of this steadiness. Left to itself, worship is a dangerous thing, for it needs an object, a preposition. For it is not how or when or with what degree of quality, variety, and imagination that we worship. It is whom we worship. It is a passion about God that finds its voice. It is the “of-God” worship that begins the separation of authentic worship from inauthentic worship. We may not be idolaters in the sense that we have consciously trampled God underfoot and replaced His entirety with our chosen and crafted interpretation of entirety. But we can, in very subtle ways, include our harvest of idols within the Judeo-Christian fundament. If we make too much of worship without making too much of God; if our attention is on how to make people worship, we have lost from the start, even though we may have developed a dazzling musical, liturgical and methodological arsenal that would make the typical worship-techniques gurus grin like a donkey eating thistles.

What am I saying? That worship, in its diversity and variegated fullness, is unimportant? That we need to forget worship and sanctimoniously get on with the things of God and the practice of our musical craft? Not at all. Rather, I’m saying that the things of God and the practice of our craft can go in one of two directions, but not both at the same time. We can worship authentically and we can make music faithfully, or the reverse. It is well to consider that authentic and faithful participate in each other and could just as easily apply to today’s topic in reverse order: faithful worship and authentic music making, for in the biblical sense, faithfulness is authenticity and authenticity is impossible without faithfulness. What then is authentic worship?

More notes from my study on Worship that I want to share with you.

Excerpt from Authentic Worship & Faithful Music Making ~Harold Best

John 4:23-24

There is one God, who is the one Lord, the one Redeemer, the one Spirit, the one Creator of heaven and earth. In his unimaginable holiness and majesty, He is Love itself, Love incarnate, and Love unto an infinity of more love. He has not kept the good news about Himself to Himself, but has graciously chosen to reveal it to our race, clearly, unequivocally, and mercifully. This self-revealing Word contains all that we shall ever need in this temporal frame for faith, for salvation, and for instruction in righteousness, for worship, humble service, and personal loveliness.

This God, this Lord, is the uncreated Creator, the unimagined Imaginer, not just back then, but now and always, for right now, everything inheres and coheres by the word of His power. Everything that He creates, He calls good, and in His goodness He has gone so far as to create an entire race of beings in His image. We are thus created creators and imagined imaginers and have been bequeathed a magnificent sovereignty and stewardship over the many things that God Himself has made. And from these we have been gifted to imagine and give shape to a dazzlement of arts, craft, and idea. Even so, we can not out-imagine or out-work the One who is at once our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Rest.

Nonetheless, in a horrible moment, our race heard a lie about Him, chose to believe it, and fell away from the glories that it was intended to enjoy. There is thus something profoundly wrong with us. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and are helpless to fix this wrong, our futile attempts notwithstanding. But just as God is the Author and Finisher of all of His work, He has become the Author and Finisher of our salvation, taking upon Himself the burden of atoning for that for which we cannot atone, if we but trust Him to do so. Isaiah 53 makes this just as clear as the Epistle to the Romans does. Both Testaments swear to this unassailable fact: God is our salvation. Our participation in this great salvation, both Testaments likewise aver, is by faith from which lovingly shaped work and continuing worship issue.

Surrounded and nourished by these enormities, we are authentically to worship and faithfully to make music. For all of us, authenticity and faithfulness are of the essence. There are no two ways about it, and in this agitated, stirred up, divisive, less-than-creative present-day pottage we call sacred music, we must rediscover something that has very little to do with music. But once discovered, music — good music, bad music, music of diversity — finds its place, falls under judgement, and makes its way into the halls of praise. A thousand tongues, to paraphrase the Wesleys, who never dreamed of the world of music that we know—a thousand tongues will never be enough.

Isaiah 53

Authentic Worship And Faithful Music Making~ Harold Best

Citizens~ In Tenderness

In tenderness he sought me, weary and sick with sin
And on His shoulders brought me, back to His fold again
While angels in His presence sang, until the courts of heaven rang.
Oh, the love that sought me!
Oh, the blood that bought me!
Oh, the grace that brought me to the fold of God
Grace that brought me to the fold of God.
He died for me while I was sinning, needy and poor and blind
He whispered to assure me: “I’ve found thee; thou art Mine”
I never heard a sweeter voice, it made my aching heart rejoice.
Upon His grace I’ll daily ponder, and sing anew His praise
With all adoring wonder, His blessings I retrace
It seems as if eternal days, are far too short to sing His praise.

As I was waiting for my car to be serviced, I came across some old podcasts that I have been meaning to listen too but never got around to it.  God wanted me to listen to this one apparently, as I was drawn to the title and WHOA…if this doesn’t change your mindset…well I think it will.

Luke 16

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.26 And [r]besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” He replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19:37-40

Stones

Streams of mercy, never ceasing…

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ For thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the houses of this city…Jeremiah 33:3-4

It wasn’t called for in any forecast.  No one saw it coming.  Jumping around from news cast to news cast the last couple days to keep up on the newest evacuations for the fire raging near my house, I know none of them called for it.  But HE called for it, RAIN!

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A true miracle was witnessed today and answer to prayer!  Even our Mayor publically praised God on TV for it.  God answers prayer people!  Out of nowhere, precious rain fell onto the scorched earth, the dry land yet to be burned, and best of all, the fire.  Even the news anchors were totally caught off guard. Mandatory evacuation areas have been lifted and people are being allowed back to their homes.  A sense of overwhelming peace tonight that only the Prince of Peace can bring.

See our news folks caught off guard…click here

….call for songs of loudest praise!!!!!!

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7-8)

So it has been a little bit since I have posted.  I live in Colorado Springs and  we have been spending a lot of time praying this week.  There is a rather large fire a couple miles from my house.

Near my house

My family and I are in a ‘pre-evacuation’ status. That means we are to gather our things and get packed ‘just incase’ because you are next on the list for mandatory evacuation.  In two short days, 360 homes have been lost but by the grace of God there are ZERO casualties!  ZERO missing persons.  Not even an injury reported. Praise our mighty God because that is nothing less than His hand on us in my community.  Join with me in praising our King no matter the situation!  Check out some of the images and video to really get the idea of the miracle of lives spared that we are witnessing! 

PS:  Please Pray for Colorado!  Pray for the 360 that lost homes and those that will lose their homes. Thank you all!

Black Forest Fire

Blackforestfire

Blaze

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