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A Russian Kids “Hallelujah”

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The captivating melody of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”  has made it a favorite resulting Russian Hallelujahin thousands of covers by all kinds of musicians.  Somehow the bizarre confusion of Bible stories gets overlooked because the chorus says, “Hallelujah,” which means “praise the Lord.”

A couple of years ago, several videos appeared in which the words were re-written to reflect Biblical truth, some of which still appear on Youtube (however, some are muted due to copyright issues).

On the Russian version of the the TV show, “The Voice Kids,” four young musicians present a rewritten version you may well enjoy.   The melody is indeed beautiful, their harmonies extraordinary, and even though the translation is rough, it does succeed in turning the song into one of genuine, honest praise to the Lord.  Lots of other seem to like it as well since it has over 8 million hits on Youtube!

Hope you enjoy!

Resurrecting

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Resurrecting KingLeaving a godly legacy…what a glorious part of our calling to follow Christ!  As a dad, I understand what it feels like to see your kids investing themselves in the work of the kingdom.  In this worship video, my young friend Mack Brock, son of my long-time ministry buddy, Don Brock, points an arena of worshipers to the resurrected King of Glory!

In his worship leader role with Elevate Worship, Mack influences thousands each week in live settings to worship the Lord Jesus.  Then, through videos like this one, millions more bow down to the King and join their voices in praise.  As of this posting, over 7 million people have viewed this video!

I am so thankful to have known Mack since he was a very little boy.  Now I get to join his parents with delight watch the Lord use him in a powerful way!  Praise God for this talented, Christ-centered and committed young man!  And thank you Don and Mary for growing him up in the Lord!!

Note:  You may have to skip over an ad at the beginning to get right to the video!

“What a Beautiful Name”

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Sometimes the Lord calls your attention to something special.  Four times in the past week I have heard the following song, three times in worship services and once on contributor-header-brooke-ligertwood-1500x610-1YouTube.  This great worship song by Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood and Ben Fielding strikes at the heart with its reminder that Jesus is altogether lovely, worthy of praise

The psalmist says, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:  That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,  to behold the beauty of the Lord,  and to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).  The very name of Jesus awakens that desire to see Him in His glorious beauty and then to reflect on the wonder in what we see!

So watch, listen and enjoy as Brooke herself leads a worshiping people to sing with her.

My Friend James White, MLK Day Keynote Speaker

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jamesThis morning, my good friend James White gave the keynote address at the annual MLK breakfast out at the Sheraton Imperial in the Triangle.  I’ve been before to this breakfast meeting several times but not in recent years.

I have known James for more years than I can count as a fellow-pastor and a leader with great wisdom.  So when I got word that he was to give the keynote address at the MLK breakfast before a crowd of well over a thousand people, I wanted to go support him.  What a huge honor to be invited to speak!  As a strong, biblical, passionate pastor, I knew his voice would be different from normal political speeches  Of that, I was certain!
In the first  several minutes, he recounts his own history and addresses some of the cultural issues and racial tensions still plaguing our nation.  But just as I was wondering how he was going to proceed, he introduced John 5 and then things got very interesting very quickly!
The results were extraordinary and I wanted you to have a link to the message.  His talk goes just under 30 minutes and I just watched it again and got the same chill bumps I got sitting there in person!  The video link from WRAL-TV is quite long so you will want to scroll ahead in the video to the 1:18:00 mark through the 1:47:46 mark to hear what James had to say.  Not your traditional political speech or polite platitudes by a motivational speaker–James demonstrates once again that God has gifted him as a preacher of His Word!!  He does not take it easy on Trump nor does he give ground to Democrats or Republicans or NAACP or Malcolm X–he just presents Jesus as the only hope, the only voice to which we must listen!
Sorry to go on and on but it was a great morning I will not soon forget!  If you don’t have time to watch, no problem!  Just wanted you to have access to it if you are curious!  Not sure how long WRAL will keep this video up so if you are interested, go check it out!

“Sometimes He Calms the Storm”

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Back in 1995, Scott Krippayne recorded a song, “Sometimes He Calms the Storm,” which struck a chord in me.  When life gets tough, we sometimes wonder why God doesn’t step in and do something.  Yet in His infinite wisdom, the Lord knows when it is time to calm the storm and at other times calm His child in the storm.  Certainly He can do either.  When the wind and waves get frightening, we can still have peace because the Lord has everything under control.

Hope you enjoy this live version I found on YouTube as Scott sang at New Hope Church.

“Piece by Piece”…that a father could stay…

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Like millions of others, I watched Kelly Clarkson cry on American Idol.  Like millions of others, I cried with her.

Her song, “Piece by Piece” is about a father who left when she was six years old, and about her husband, who has loved her and their baby…who has picked up the pieces of her broken heart and shown her what it is like to be loved without having to earn it…I’m telling you, it is a powerful song.

But here is the thing.

Every human father eventually fails.  Every husband falls down once in a while.  Mothers and wives do too.

But as I listened, I heard the powerful strains of the Gospel coming through the music. All of us get dropped, and all of us find ourselves in pieces on the ground at one time or another.  Yet no human being can fix everything that has been broken.  We may resolve to try to help others, or to find someone who can help us.  In the final part of the song, Kelly states her resolve not to be like her earthly father with her own daughter (and soon to be born son).

Piece by piece I fell far from the tree
I will never leave her like you left me
And she will never have to wonder her worth
Because unlike you I’m going to put her first
And you know, he’ll never walk away,
He’ll never break her heart
He’ll take care of things, he’ll love her
And piece by piece, he’ll restore my faith
That a man can be kind and a father should be great.

Only Jesus can lead us to the Father who can be that for all who are broken to pieces and abandoned by a disappointing, heart-breaking world.  He’ll never break our hearts…He’ll never walk away…He’ll love us…He’ll take care of things…He’ll restore all that has been lost!

Listen to the song with you eyes on Jesus and see the loving mercy and grace of the heavenly Father in a song that was not likely to have been intended for that purpose.  But as the power of its lyrics flood over you, be very glad that our great God picks us up, “piece by piece.” He makes all things new* through the grace of Jesus Christ to all who will come to Him who gives us rest** and restores our souls!  Only God the Father can be that kind and be that great, can be worthy of our absolute trust.  We all need such a Father…so we all need Christ!

*2 Corinthians 5:17
** Matthew 11:28-30

Sunday’s Video Is Now Available!

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Thanks to the amazing skills of the Providence media team, audio and video recordings of the special farewell service from Sunday night are available on the http://www.pray.org website!  Thanks to that entire team of men and women for their excellent work each week capturing the worship times of Providence.

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Sunday night, the service was a few minutes under two hours with lots of great music and worship times, and then a series of short comments by a very special group of friends.  Cathy and I were overwhelmed, to say the least!

If you were not able to attend, I do hope you will enjoy the video!    To access the video, click on this link:

Celebrating 37 Years

I am also attaching a copy of the order of service in case you would like to scroll through to favorite portions of the service.

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“Hallelujah!” for Christmas

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One of the most popular songs for several years has been “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  The music has a haunting beauty about it…but the lyrics?  Strange to say the least!

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Well, for those who wish there was a way some different lyrics could give you a reason to like the song and not cringe when you hear it, here is a Christmas lyric blended with a great melody in an arrangement recorded in a music video by Dogwood Church, Tyrone, Georgia (south of Atlanta).  Gotta admit…really stirring!  Immanuel has come!  Hallelujah!

Lots of new songs come out every Christmas so stay tuned for more to come here at this blog.   And make sure you find some place to worship each week where you can add your voice to a holy chorus praising God for the gift of Jesus Christ, His Son!

 

Whatever It Takes – The Gospel for the Nations

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As a part of a missions weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland, the question was asked, “What will it take for the church to embrace God’s call to go to the nations with the gospel?”  A couple of weeks ago, I posted the Sunday evening message from Charlotte Chapel’s missions conference.  This post follows that up with the video for the Sunday morning message from that weekend.

I do hope you will be challenged to consider our response to His commission to take the gospel to the neighborhoods and the nations!

https://www.charlottechapel.org/media/sermon-archive/?service=12758

Cathy and I love the special people of Edinburgh in general and Charlotte Chapel in particular!

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“How Great Thou Art” — so simple and so good! Mary Sarah

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Here is my latest version of “How Great Thou Art” by a young lady named Mary Sarah, a nineteen year old rising star from Texas.  Have no idea where she will be five years from now, but this version is so simple and so good I had to pass it along to you!