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The Hope of the World

Is it important to have hope? Where do I find hope?

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Today, more than ever we must find the source of where our hope comes from.  Our world is filled with many things that can bring us down if we don’t have hope or know who our hope is in.  It can even cause us to become physically ill. Proverbs 13:12 says this:

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

So, where does our hope come from?

Our hope comes through the promises our Abba Father gave us, and there are many given to us throughout the Bible. Hope comes from knowing His son Jesus, and that all the amazing things He has done and continues to do for us, is because of His great love He has for each one of us.  Our hope does not come from the things that we have around us, nor riches we may gain, nor is it in who our friends or family are—it is in ALL that God has promised to us through His Word.  I really love how the Message Bible describes why we can hope in this.

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Who Is This Jesus

Who is This KingRecently I was flipping through the channels on my TV looking for something interesting to watch when I came across someone explaining to someone about Christmas.  She made the comment: “Oh yeah, and we celebrate a baby who was born 2,000 years ago”. She said it with a laugh and in such a way,  you could tell it did not make any sense to her whatsoever.

This got me to thinking about how people look at that baby whose birth we celebrate.  There are many who probably hear the Christmas carols and have no idea what they mean.  To them perhaps it is like singing a song about someone they know simply as a historical figure.  To many, Jesus as the Son of God is not real to them. Continue reading “Who Is This Jesus”

Christian Music, New Songs, Preparing yourself, Worship Leading

Preparing Yourself So You Can Move

This morning I led worship at Zion Covenant in Chambersburg, PA.  I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead there the first Sunday of the month on a pretty regular basis for some time now.  The people there are like family.  I love their freedom to worship and the freedom I have been given there to go where the Spirit of God leads in our times of worship. Continue reading “Preparing Yourself So You Can Move”

Christian Music, New Songs, Songwriting, The Story Behind The Songs

The Story Behind The Songs

A Resting Place

 

Have you ever listened to a song and wondered what inspired the songwriter to choose those  specific words and tune for that song.  There are stories behind the songs you listen to and I wanted to share with you the story behind the title song of my upcoming album “A Resting Place”.

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Make A Choice

Seeing ourselves with God’s eyes and how it affects our praises and our worship.

One of the things I’m planning to touch on in the future in one of my In-Home Worship Encounter Events,  is our need to see God in a new way and in turn being able to see ourselves as God truly sees us.  His love and grace make it possible for us to come boldly before Him, openly without restraint or reserve in our praises.  The problem is that many of us have a hard time lifting our praises up like that because we come to God feeling condemnation, quilt, or unworthy of His love and grace for us.  We expect ourselves to first come to him perfect. No one is going to be able to come to God perfect and without having messed up sometime during the day.  If we wait till we are perfect before coming boldly before God with our praises, our adoration, even our requests in prayer, we will never be able to come to Him and lift up our praises unrestrained.  This affects us being able to enter into an intimate time of worship. Continue reading “Make A Choice”