Today’s Worship Wednesday song, entitled Psalm 23, comes from Shane & Shane. These guys have a passion to worship the Lord with their voices and their lives. They are considered modern day hymn writers and have some incredible songs that they have written and produced. You can find all of their music, as well as more, located here – Shane & Shane Music.

Today’s song is taken straight from scripture – Psalm 23! The first verse says,

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want

In green pastures He makes me lie down

He restores my soul and leads me on for His Name for His great Name

Surely goodness surely mercy

Right beside me all my days

And I will dwell in Your house forever

And bless Your Holy Name

It is so reassuring to know that no matter what we may be going through, if we are a child of God, then He is always there with us. That is what his name means – Emmanuel – “God WITH us”!

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song! I would love to hear if you have any suggestions for Worship Wednesday songs. If so, leave a comment below.

Jesus Loved Barabbas

Jan 17, 2020 — 2 Comments

A few weeks ago the video below was played at my church and WOW, is it powerful! We all know, even most unsaved people, that John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.

That is an unbelievable verse that we have read, heard & quoted ourselves for years. But do we fully understand that verse? I am so thankful for His love and grateful for His mercy that He has so richly given to me. But what I have a hard time understanding is His love for someone that would not accept Him and not follow Him. In other words – Barabbas! As the video says, we have no mention of Barabbas being saved and living his life for Jesus, yet Jesus loved him.

I am a father of a 15 year old (at the time of this writing) daughter and it is hard enough for me to imagine sacrificing her for someone who would follow me but you better believe that I am not about to sacrifice her for someone I know will NEVER follow me! I am sorry but I am pretty sure I don’t have that type of love to give away.

I don’t know who will read this blog or exactly when you will read this blog post, but can I assure you that no matter who you are, what you have done – Jesus loves you! You are not too far from His love! HIS UNBELIEVABLE LOVE!

Jesus loves me! Jesus love you! And He even loved Barabbas!

Jesus is Loving Barabbas – Judah Smith Sermon Jam

Today’s Worship Wednesday song comes from the group Selah and is entitled “I Belong To Jesus (Oh Hallelujah)”. Selah consist of three members: Amy Perry, Alan Hall & Todd Smith. (Head over to their website for more information about this trio.)

I had the opportunity during this past Christmas season to be a small part of one of their concerts here in my hometown. It was awesome! They have a genuine love for the Lord and use their voices to bring glory to His name. (Alan was sick this evening and was not able to be at the concert)

Selah in concert at Concord Baptist Church on December 20, 2019

Today’s song is a great encouragement to me because of what it reminds us of. We were dead in our sins but because of His love and mercy, HE paid the price for our sins. It is a beautiful word picture of the gospel. Here are the words to the song:

[Verse 1]
I belong to Jesus, what blessed mystery
The vilest of all sinners now forgiven and redeemed
Oh, the depths of darkness His love would reach down through
To cover me with mercy and hide me in His wounds

[Chorus]
Oh, hallelujah, oh, bless His name
Ten thousand years will just begin my song of praise
Oh, hallelujah, sing it again
I belong to Jesus, I belong to Him

[Verse 2]
I belong to Jesus, the cross that once was mine
Became the curse that He would bear and give to me new life
I am His forever, forever He is mine
My freedom bought and paid for by His blood divine

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song and may it remind all of us just how much Jesus loves us and the length He went to to rescue us!

One of the things that I have focused on for the past several years at my church is to introduce new music that is grounded in God’s Word. That just makes sense, but there are some songs that the church has sung for years that are neither grounded nor rooted in scripture.

We should be singing biblical songs! Keith Getty made this statement several years ago at a conference I attended. He said, “We should sing our theology”. He is absolutely correct. We should sing what we believe.

I would like to challege every worship pastor, music director or anyone else that leads music to really look at the words and make sure that what you are leading and singing is based on scripture.

One such song that is grounded is today’s Worship Wednesday song entitled “Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me”. This song was written in 2018 by CityAlight. I hope you enjoy and worship Him today!

[Verse 1]
What gift of grace is Jesus, my redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

[Chorus 1]
To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing: All is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 2]
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Saviour He will stay
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

[Chorus 2]
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley, He will lead
Oh, the night has been won, and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

[Verse 3]
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And He was raised to overthrow the grave

I am excited to introduce this song to my church in the near future!

Playing God

Sep 28, 2019 — Leave a comment

I had the opportunity to write for the blog Proverbial Thoughts a few years back and here is one of my post.

Stop by http://www.proverbialthought.com everyday for a thought from the book of Proverbs.

Proverbial Thought

Proverbs 14:12

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”

Marco Polo

Growing up, I played a lot of “Marco Polo” during the summer at my grandparent’s pool. If you are not familiar with the game, let me explain. It is a game that you play in water. One person is “Marco” and everyone else is “Polo”. The person that is “Marco” must keep their eyes closed while they swim around in the pool. They would call out “Marco” and everyone else must answer “Polo” and the one that is “Marco” has to listen to where the voices come from and try to swim and tag the “Polos”. Got it?

Well, one day, my brother and I were out in our neighborhood playing with a group of friends when someone suggested we play “Marco Polo”. I had never played…

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Last month I had the opportunity to take a short-term missions trip to the country of Panama. Not only was it to visit one of our sent missionary families from our church, but it was a time for me to reconnect with a life-long friend.

Each day we traveled to the town of Espave, Panama, to do painting and to build windows for their church building. The community where this church is located in is a charcoal community, which means that there is always charcoal residue present and with no windows in the church building, it was causing problems inside. We also had the opportunity to install a water tank for their bathrooms, which provided them with water to use in their sinks and toilets.

I can’t say enough about the team that God put together for this trip. I am not a builder but God had the right people, in the right place, at the right time and for that I am truly grateful.

The theme for my church this year is “Until The Whole World Hears”. That is our goal and should be the goal of every Christian this side of heaven, to proclaim His name to the nations. I hope you enjoy the video!