Showing posts from August, 2013

Cheering On the Least

The Gospel concert held great promise. New material. Top-level auditorium in Houston, Texas. Visiting songsters from Uganda. An enthusiastic volunteer support choir. The best of musicians. The excellent exhorter's vision of Michael W. Smith. CD recording and DVD opportunities.

The theme was A New Hallelujah. Something is taking place; is about to break for the glory of Jesus throughout the world.

In the title song Michael names a number of locations around the globe and the continent that are ripe for revival. The pace was upbeat. But when he named Houston, the homecrowd exploded in cheers and applause. Not for China or for Africa, but for Houston.

Listening to the recording, my spirit went clunk. We in North America appear so self-absorbed. It is all about the Home Team. "Yeah we have it all together. Our programs and opportunities are the best. Jesus is glorified here. What a comfort to have the goods."

I know...I KNOW that the Saviour saves His applause for the day w…

Peter's Lament


An Apology of Sorts

I contacted a local Gospel radio announcer this morning with the complaint that songs of  contemporary worship so often seem too shy to name the name of Jesus. A new release had brought this to mind. There is power in that name and I do not stand by vague allusions. Jesus. Say it and the sword of division has been drawn. A warm drawing sensation or awkwardness from misunderstanding and fear drummed up by the enemy of our souls? Say that Name and the  possibilities of Hope, Healing and Deliverance start to materialize.

Shortly after the email exchange there appeared to be a jolt of revelation! What was, to my understanding, the most powerful Gospel song of all? Look at the lyrics:

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 com…

Here For You

Worship is to bless Him much more than ourselves. As we give this service readily and regardless of present pitch or feelings, we open a marvelous conduit to His heart of blessing. Thank you Jesus for this amazing lesson and boost.

Belly Slaves

"...whose God is their belly... who mind earthly things."

Paul says this of people without Christ, who in his estimation are living as walking dead. Interesting that this should be found in his joyful letter to the Philippians. There he is demonstrating a kind of indomitable life that is not deterred by the prospect of incarceration, straightness, lack or even death. He says repeatedly to his correspondents that they have every reason to rejoice.

In the fourth chapter he spells out a formula for victorious mental health and hope (verses 6-8). In the third chapter he relates how challenged he has been to exercise himself toward Christ-likeness and the joyful finish line of holy living (verses 10-14).

Have you ever found that in sharing some aspect of your faith journey or observations, the listener seems half-asleep, expressionless, even impatient? He does not understand the life that has been planted in you. He has not yet been gifted the eyes to see and ears to hear. His i…