Happy New Year, New beginnings

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This is what the Lord says, forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See,  I am doing a new thing !
Now it  springs up;  do you  not  perceive  it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

2014 May this be the year that we chase after Christ and not the world!

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1 Corinthians 9:24

The need for self discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Lyrics to The Chasing Song :

Now and then these feet just take to wandering
Now and then I prop them up at home
Sometimes I think about the consequences
Sometimes I don’t
Well, I realize that falling down ain’t graceful
But I thank the Lord that falling’s full of grace
Sometimes I take my eyes off Jesus
And you know that’s all it takes

Well I wish that I could say that at the close of every day
I was happy with the way that I’m behaving

‘Cause Job, he chased an answer
The wise men chased the Child
Jacob chased her 14 years and he
Captured Rachel’s smile
Moses chased the Promised Land
Joseph chased a dream
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

Well, they say a race can only have one winner
And you know you’ve got to pull out front to win
God knows the only time I’m winning
Is when I’m chasing Him

Well I wish that I could say that at the close of every day
I was happy with the way that I’m behaving

‘Cause Samson chased a woman
and he chased the Philistines
I’m not quite sure what Jonah chased
But I know he caught the sea
Cain, he chased the harvest
While Abel chased the beasts
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

And Jesus chased the moneymen
And he chased his Father’s will
He chased my sin to Calvary
And he caught it on that hill
Saul, he chased the Christians
Till his blindness made him see
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

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Händel for Christmas !

If you have never listened to the entire Messiah oratorio, here are 4 selections to sample. If you would like to listen to the entire oratorio (in 3 parts) and see the lyrics, which are entirely taken from Scripture click here – Handel’s entire oratorio with lyrics (in 3 separate video)It includes the Hallelujah song. Also click here if you want just the Hallelujah song – Handel’s ‘Hallelujah’ and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’. Majestic music for a majestic God!

The 4 selections from Handel’s Messiah oratorio

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government
shall be upon His shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6)

Händel: For unto us a child is born

Uploaded on Nov 26, 2008 Sir Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, Susan Gritton, Sara Mingardo, Mark Padmore, Alastair Miles and the Tenebrae choir performing Handel’s Messiah. Recorded in December 2006. PART II No. 39  Uploaded by Lso

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5)

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Händel: And the glory of the Lord

Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (I
Corinthians 15:21-22)

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Händel: Since by man came death

The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and
we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and
this mortal must put on immortality. (I Corinthians 15:52-53)

Händel: The trumpet shall sound

Uploaded on Apr 22, 2008 The Trumpet Shall Sound from Handel’s Messiah performed live by Nathaniel Mayfield on baroque trumpet in December, 2007. Uploaded by Nathaniel Mayfield

What a friend we have in Jesus – Southern Gospel style

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What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee;
thou wilt find a solace there.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!

Cluster Pluckers – VIDEO by Arendientje

Jason Crabb – Please forgive me, I need your grace

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

My sleep is gone, my heart is full of sorrow
I can’t believe how much I’ve let you down
I dread the pain that waits for me tomorrow
When the sun reveals my broken dreams scattered on the ground

Chorus:
Please forgive me
I need your grace to make it through
All I have is you, I’m at your mercy
Lord, i’ll serve you
Until my dying day
Help others find the way
At your mercy, please forgive me

I can’t believe the god of earth and glory
Would take the time to care for one like me
But I read in the Bible that old story
How he plead for my forgiveness while he was dying on a tree

Repeat chorus 2x

Lyrics from: http://artists.letssingit.com/crabb-family-lyrics Video from  gospelhour

Please Forgive Me – The Crabb Family

Live at Brooklyn Tabernacle

SPRING !!! A sosit primavara !!! – Poze, Gradina Armonioasa si un cintec (in 3 parti) cu fluier

Vivaldi – Spring / Primavara

Flowers / Flori

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Gradina Armonioasa – Il giardino armonico – dir. Giovanni Antonini

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Sonata IV in G major by Nicolas Chedeville (previously attrib. Vivaldi). Performed at the 2001 Nordmaling Baroque Music Festival, Sweden by Passacaglia: Annabel Knight (recorder), Reiko Ichise (viola da gamba), Robin Bigwood (harpsichord)

If you like this you’ll love Passacaglia’s album Boismortier Suites & Sonatas, available by fast worldwide mailorder fromhttp://www.barncottagerecords.co.uk and as a download from iTunes, Amazon and most other online music stores.

For more information about Passacaglia visit http://www.passacaglia.com

Vivaldi cu fluier – Passacaglia plays Chedeville/Vivaldi

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Unusual Music (16) A Gospel choir from the heart of Africa

Although I cannot find background information (except that they might be from Tanzania) on this talented group, their music is  joyful and so very uplifting (to say the least) . It seems as if each individual singer sings with all that is within him or her to God, as a result the sound is different from what we are used to, but extremely beautiful, as we imagine what it will sound like when we all will give glory to our God and King in heaven one day! Enjoy!

By the way, if you enjoyed the songs, you can watch/listen some more at this link- http://www.youtube.com/user/higirosworld/videos?query=AIC+MAKONGORO+CHOIR

AIC MAKONGORO CHOIR DUNIA

Other unusual songs:

In awe of creation – Utah – Coplesit de creatia lui Dumnezeu – Statul Utah

Utah – the scenery….

and here’s the same guys playing „Nearer my God to Thee”, Canta cantecul „mai aproape Doamne”

Glory Gates Quartet – Concertul de la Arad, 2011 si anunt pentru 2013

Tim Showmaker, Rich McIntyre, Bob Jones and Rob Marton (source here)

Rich McIntyre, Managerul si solistul formatiei Glory Gates Quartet, ne anunta ca formatia se pregateste pentru al 9-lea Concert de Muzica Gospel in Romania pe anul 2013. In luna Mai, 2013 vor vizita orasele Bucharest, Resita, Timisoara, Arad, Oradea & Cluj-Napoca!!!

Pe linga eforturile evanghelistice din cursul concertelor, una dintre misiunile formatiei este sa sustina copii abandonati ai Romaniei.

De la Sala  Palatului, Arad 14 Mai, 2011 Uploaded by :

Glory Gates Quartet-Arad Gospel Fest Overview (19 minute)

Glory Gates Quartet-I am Redeemed-Arad Gospel Festival 14 Mai, 2011

Unusual Music (5) Misty Edwards – Soul Cry

Matt Chandler, „My soul pants for you! These are not some cutesy words that belong on a cup! These are words of desperation from the psalmist.”

So, have you ever worshipped God, in song or in prayer out of desperation like the psalmist, David? Why wait for some tragedy, or for some terminal diagnosis to worship God that way? Get to know God today, like the psalmist David did and feel His presence as you worship the mighty God who created the heavens and the earth!

On the song below, I can say that if I were to post only Misty Edwards songs here, she could probably keep this category going for quite a while. I believe all of her songs are very unusual, from the imagery in her poetic lyricism, to the fact that she composes them in the probable style of the psalmist (s) by just starting to play on her keyboard and then singing the words from her heart and her head, but drawn from  Bible verses. A true gift of God.

This song is „Soul Cry” and you may want to take time to read the lyrics before you listen to the actual song:

More unusual songs:

CHORDS: http://soarworship.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/soul_cry-ch.pdf

LYRICS:
As the deer pants for the water, my soul longs for You
As the body dies without water, my soul dies without You

They may say, come on get over it
Drink be merriful, tomorrow we die
Thats why, I’d rather sit in the house of mourning, than at the table with fools
Blessed are the hungry, You said it I believe it
Hunger is an escort to the deeper things of you
You satisfy

My soul cries, my soul cries, my soul cries for You

Take me to the place where You satisfy, take me to the river
I’ll do anything, God; there is no price, take me to the river

They may say, Come on get over it, Everything is OK
They may say, why the hunger, why the thirsting, why the mourning, but my soul cries

All my tears You hold in a bottle; You will pour them out like rain
Weeping endures for the night, for the night
But joy comes in the morning, joy comes in the morning

Deep is calling out to deep is calling out to deep

Yesterdays depth is feeling really shallow; I’ve gotta go deeper, deeper, deeper still

And all Your waves and all Your billows crash over me, pulling me deep, deep, deeper
From glory to glory, from strength to strength, from depth to depth
I want to fellowship with You

You’re not so far away, its not too mysterious
You’re living on the inside of me, Your Spirit on the inside of me Spring up, O well; spring up, O well; spring up, O well, within me.

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Misty Edwards- Soul Cry

Don Moen – Thank You Lord –

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer

Psalm 113:2

Blessed be the name of the LORD now and forever.

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Thank You Lord – Don Moen , posted with vodpod

WITH A THANKFUL HEART (With Lyrics)

Psalm 145:21

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

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DON MOEN – WITH A THANKFUL HEART (With Lyrics) , posted with vodpod

FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE (With Lyrics)

Daniel 2:20

„Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.

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DON MOEN – FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE (With Lyrics) , posted with vodpod

World Revival Church Worship

Our family visited this church in 2009. The music worship was an unusual experience. Unusual, because for the number of people that were present in the church, it sounded like the voices of double or triple that amount. (And there were probably 7-800 people, yet it sounded like  thousands).  It wasn’t the acoustics either, although they have a great sound system; but, as we looked around, everyone, from 4 or 5 year olds, to adults and older people (to all the men!!) were singing loudly and gladly and the power of the Holy Spirit was a keen presence in the church.  Some of the songs they sang I had not heard before and were taken right out of Scriptures. (I hope they will post more in the future) The Word of God in song, sung by His people is a powerful thing! Imagine a church where the Holy Spirit overcomes young people while they worship. And, imagine a church where, if you feel the presence of the Lord and want to get down on your knees and weep or praise him, you can.  The service starts that way, and ends that way. It reminded me of the prayer services of the Pentecostal Churches of Romania in their beginning stage and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that God willed over us.

After the service we spoke to some of the church’s members to get to know some of them. One impressionable thing was the conversation we had with the drummer and his family. In preparation for ministry on the worship team, he served by volunteering at the House of Hope and Prayer (open 24 hours) which is on the Church’s property and a family actually lives in that house, and, additionally, other church members regularly volunteer on their days off or before or after their work shifts, to be available for prayer, either over the phone or for people who show up in person, on a 24 hours a day basis.

The two nights we were there, the service began at 7pm and ended after 11 pm, and it seemed like it went way too fast. After the worship and preaching which ended about 9:15 most of the folks went up front for prayer and we didn’t stop until almost 11:00 pm.  And, did I forget to mention that most of the church members were present at church about an hour before the service started. Yes, there still are churches like this, with people seeking the Lord in the Word, in fervent prayer and seeking fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ.

We had an overwhelmingly positive experience while visiting this church over that weekend in 2009. May God bless our brothers and sisters there in Kansas City, Missouri!

Music – gift or God?

Here’s an interesting article from the Worship Matters website, if you sing or are in a worship group this website has great resources for you. This article is written by Bob Kauflin:

Back in November I had the privilege of speaking at the Christian Musician Summit in Seattle, WA. In one of the main sessions, I spoke on the topic of Music:  Gift or God? and mentioned that I’d post my notes on my blog. I had forgotten until someone emailed me the other day asking for them. So here’s what I shared…

Music is a very good gift. The 13,000 songs on my iTunes are testimony to that. My eyes have often welled up in tears as I’ve been affected by a lyric, a chord progression, or a musical texture. I’ve thanked God for the gift of music more times than I can remember.

Whenever I think about my love for music, I’m reminded of what Martin Luther said in a Foreword to a 1538 collection of chorale motets:

“I, Doctor Martin Luther, wish all lovers of the unshackled art of music grace and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ! I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God… A person who gives this some thought and yet does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.”

While we may not want to emulate Luther’s attitude, most of us will readily agree that music is a gift from God.

And that’s the problem. Scripture tells us that gifts can often become gods. Good things can become idols.

In Numbers 21, the Israelites grumbled against God and it resulted in him sending poisonous serpents. When they confessed their sin and repented, God had Moses cast a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. Anyone who looked at the serpent would live. It was a good gift. But later on in 2Kings 18 we read that Israel had been making offerings to the serpent, and even gave it a name – Nehushtan.

Good gifts can become gods.

Music turns from a gift to a god when we look to it for the joy, comfort, power & satisfaction only God can give. Here are 5 indicators that might be happening.

1. We choose to attend a church or a meeting based on the music rather than the preaching of the gospel and God’s word.
Nowhere in the Bible are we told that the church is to gather around music. We gather around the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. We gather to hear God’s Word in the Spirit’s power. Eph. 2:13-14 says the blood of Christ unites us, not music.

2. We can’t worship in song apart from a particular song, style, leader, or sound.
Anytime I say, I can’t worship unless X happens, or X is present, unless X is the death of our Savior on the cross for our sins or the power of his Spirit, we are engaging in idolatry. At that moment, X is more important to us than God’s command to love Him with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. That doesn’t mean that there are no bad songs, lousy leaders, or inappropriate styles. But being discerning is different from being unable to worship God at all.

3. We think music leads us into or brings God’s presence.
Here’s what music can do. It can affect us emotionally. Create a mood. Soften our hearts so that we listen more intently. Help us hear words differently. Distract us from what’s going on. Help us focus on what’s going on. Help us remember words. And more.

Here’s what music can’t do. Make God more present. Bring God’s presence down. Bring us into God’s presence. Manipulate God. (Heb. 10:19-22; 1 Tim. 2:5).  There is only one mediator, and it’s not a song, style, leader, or sound. It’s Jesus Christ.

4. Poor musical performance leads us to sin against other band members or the musicians leading us.
We’re hardly representing God’s heart when we get angry, frustrated, or impatient with musicians who don’t play up to our standards. God’s standards are perfection, and they’ve been met in Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life in our place and died as our substitute, enduring the wrath of God in our place. ALL our offerings, no matter how well or poorly offered, are perfected through the once and for all offering of the Savior. We can strive for excellence to serve others, while extending to others the same grace we’ve received.

5. A love for music has replaced a love for the things of God.
It’s possible to listen to music that’s destroying your soul and be completely dull to it. To become enslaved by an idol and you feel like you’re breaking free. In his confessions, Augustine said “For he loves thee too little who loves along with thee anything else that he does not love for thy sake.” I have no doubt we love music. But do we love music for God’s sake or for ours?

To sum up:
Music is useful, but not necessary.
Music is good. But Jesus is better.
Music is a gift, but not a god.
Music isn’t my life. Christ is.

The gifts of God are meant to deepen our relationship with God and create fresh affection for him. Not replace him.

May we enjoy and make music to the fullest of our abilities, all for the glory of the one who gave it to us to enjoy in the first place.

You can download a more expanded copy of my notes here.

To read more of this  article click here at Worship Matters website.

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Why does God want us to sing?

Bob Kauflin (author of ‘Worship Matters’) first talks about Motivating the Church to Worship God;

then he explains why God wants us to sing:

here’s additional  short clips that are worthwhile, they are a Biblical theology on music. First an intro by Piper, the rest are Bob Kauflin’s.

Piper- The Lord’s triple command to sing, sing, sing

Does God sing?

The human voice in congregational music

Why does God want us to sing?

Truth and worship and The importance of singing truth (about the music style wars)

Kauflin on the (in)effectiveness of some tunes (gives funny examples of what some songs would sound like)

Style of music

Why Christians sing

Is music without words a language?

Encouragement to use our bodies in worship

how God worked through C.S.Lewis ‘Mere Christianity’ for Josh Caterer

Here’s a video of Josh Caterer (former lead singer of the Smokin’ Popes, a rock band who had a contract with Capitol Records) retelling his story of finding God. He is a worship leader today at a big church in Chicagoland, and an example of how God can change the course of our life.

and you can hear him sing ‘I’d rather have Jesus’ in the video below. He has a great voice. and if you like guitar at all, listen to it to the end. This is one of my all time favorites, both the words and the music,especially his guitar playing. It’s fantastic!

It is from his album ‘Why me’

if you like his songs you can listen to some others here:

Why me Lord

When He was on the cross

Green Pastures (has a nice guitar interlude at 1:42)

I know you love me (nice guitar playing-live)

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