The past is the present is the future

The past is the now – the future is the now. Is there an end to the cycle?

This CS Lewis audio is rich in thought, prophetic in application and that’s actually one of the zinger points of it. Truth is self fulfilling. It is the thing it is. It cannot not fulfil.

Change the words atomic bomb to weather, cancer, global warming, terrorism, over population, asteroids, solar storms – it’s still the same story.

Atheist, agnostic, scientist, believer (these categories are not all mutually excluding, though some obviously are) – there is something here for us all to chew on. Doodler guy – very nice skills.

Up to the Future – Hymns that transport

4.7-800x533I haven’t yet spent near enough time blogging about my love of singing – both individual and corporate worship. I like the old stuff (if it’s good) and the new stuff (if it’s good). Something I began to notice recently is a very special feature of many old hymns. The closing verse goes up in pitch and forward in time. By that I mean it raises in fulness and height of notes (or something – I have no musical knowledge or gifts) and it also transports us to a wonderful place in the future.

Boy, I get such a blessing when we get to those verses. I love the crescendo thing that happens but I love the stirring and beautiful imagery that captures a future reality – seen and sung today with eyes of faith. The beautiful, true, full future life in and with God – will be experienced in ways not yet realised. That will be a day, an eternity of days when all will be clear, when Jesus will wipe away every tear.We will know all things we wish to know and all that cannot be known will no longer be yearned for.

Revelation 21:3-7 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more deathor mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

I do want to encourage you to buy some old hymns. Very very cheap on t’internet. Buy a 4 CD set for under £10 delivered. Copy onto your mp3 player and listen to great and beautiful hymns while journeying to work or school or play. And every now and then you will encounter one with that finale drive upwards and futurewards. As you journey by car, bus, train, bike (careful) a secondary transportation will occur – above and beyond self, beyond time, trouble and tribulations. Upon landing you will feel empowered to face the day. For in these sung truths you will encounter God, his promises and you will be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Now imagine what that might be like if you experienced this with dozens or hundreds of other worshiping christians. Glorious.

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Here are 3 beautiful examples

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

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And can it be that I should gain

  1. And can it be that I should gain
    An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
    Died He for me, who caused His pain?
    For me, who Him to death pursued?
    Amazing love! how can it be
    That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
    Amazing love! how can it be
    That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
  2. ’Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
    Who can explore His strange design?
    In vain the firstborn seraph tries
    To sound the depths of love Divine!
    ’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
    Let angel minds inquire no more.
    ’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
    Let angel minds inquire no more.
  3. He left His Father’s throne above,
    So free, so infinite His grace;
    Emptied Himself of all but love,
    And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
    ’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
    For, O my God, it found out me.
    ’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
    For, O my God, it found out me.
  4. Long my imprisoned spirit lay
    Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
    Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
    I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
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  1. No condemnation now I dread;
    Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
    Alive in Him, my living Head,
    And clothed in righteousness Divine,
    Bold I approach the eternal throne,
    And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
    Bold I approach the eternal throne,
    And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

How great thou art

VERSE #1
O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Chorus:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

VERSE #2
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Chorus:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

VERSE #3
And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Chorus:
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

VERSE #4
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!”  & chorus

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Music Mondays – Classic. Who do you say I am?

Who do you say I am?

This is the question the messiah Jesus asked Peter (Simon Peter).

Here is a song from a brother – gone to be with Christ – which addresses that question and explores what may people say and have said over the years about Jesus. Larry Norman died this day in 2008.

Larry was a man of great gifting (talent), complexity and depth (a blessing and reportedly a nightmare). Larry was not a prophet – for Jesus is that last Prophet (being the one whom all previous prophets spoke of and pointed to). Yet his songs are often prophetic in content.

Not all his songs were great – but he wrote and crafted at least a dozen masterpieces. Here’s one from 1972.

Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Scripture section elecronically sourced from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+16:13-20

Pet peaves of the ‘acting’ kind

Actors who so often just seem to play themselves and therefore can’t be taken too seriously – no offense!

Whoopi Goldberg – cannot watch for longer than 10 seconds – I’m exaggerating by 8 seconds (does that mean I can watch her for 2 or 18 ? – you decide).

Michael Caine – but getting better as he gets older

Harrison Ford – definitely getting worse as he gets older

Jack Nicholson – possibly the worst culprit – hope I don’t get into trouble with the cool kids for saying this

Steven Seaga …. oh I can’t be bothered