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Loving Me

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I heard this song while doing some work at my desk this morning. I’ve heard it before – I love Jon McLaughlin and have many of his songs on my Spotify favorites list – but somehow I never really heard these lyrics as powerfully as today. Maybe I needed to hear it today – maybe you do too.

God Bless

Open up the center of my being
There’s gotta be some room inside of me
I’m tired of trying to find a way to make it through these endless days

Complacency is not enough for me
Constant thoughts of where I ought to be plague me
How could I be a fool so long when the only way I live at all

Is You’re loving me
It’s Your grace that’s so amazing
It’s You’re loving me

I’ve tried to push distractions from my head
Oh, I try and try but find myself mislead
for I need Your hand to clear this road
I know I cannot bear this load

I run until I run right out of breath
And only a fool would run from what he knows is best
For Without Your hand to guide I know
There’s loneliness there’s never growth
But still I try, I fail all on my own
But through it all

You’re loving me
It’s Your grace that’s so amazing
It’s your loving me

So open up any door for me
And watch me walk again
I give up all fear and reluctance to depend
And when I fall down again, Your rules they never bend
You pick me up anyway

Cause You’re loving me
It’s Your grace that’s so amazing
You’re loving me

One Thing Remains

We sang this song yesterday in our worship service – led by our new music minster, Ben Sorte.  The song is from “Jesus Culture” and it’s a great one. The lyrics have been with me from then until now and just had to share this song with you.  The amazing grace of Jesus that never runs out and never gives up on me.

I stood there – letting the words and music pour over me.  It is a mind-blowing concept of perpetual grace going on and on and on.  I don’t think we humans can grasp that kind of love – I don’t think I will ever be able to wrap my mind around it.  The things I’ve done – or ever will do are covered in a limitless amount of payment that I neither deserve or can repay.  It’s a childhood teaching – and something I had heard my whole life – and if I ever get to the point where hearing about His grace is just “ordinary” or “old news” then I have lost something in the true beauty and mystery of it all.  I don’t think I really understand grace.  If it were up to me – there would be a time limit – an expiration date for all the stupid people who keep doing stupid things.  But I’m not God.  Instead – His is without time – there in abundance for those who cry out to Him.  Willing and able to be that constant thing – remaining

in our lives.

Are you ever afraid that His grace will run out?  That He will give up on you?  I encourage you to listen to this song today.  No matter what you’re going through today – I trust that you will remember His amazing grace.   When all else in your life fails – His one thing will always remain.

Enjoy and God Bless

The Fallen Pastor

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Yesterday I received the book, “Fallen Pastor” in the mail.  I got my copy early because I did a pre-order on the book and knew about it from the inception.  The reason?  I’m privileged to know Ray Carroll personally.  We met through the wonderful blogging community about 2 years ago, and have been great friends since then.  He is a former Southern Baptist Pastor who had a fall from grace, and lived to tell about it – but more than that, He lived to write about it, help others, speak, minister and be a living breathing reminder of God’s amazing grace.  His journey has taken him to hell and back again – and he is able to help others with what mistakes he made, and what mistakes others made in dealing with the prevalent problem of moral failure in the church today – especially among pastors.

Ray is happily married to Allison and provides hope, help, advice and counsel for those who are suffering with secrets, pride, or failure of any kind.  Ray is down to earth, funny, practical and has found a ministry through the written word.  This experience has broken his heart, humbled him and made him a human being again after years of being full of pride and arrogance.  I deeply respect him, his great love for people, his beautiful wife and children.

If you would like to read this great book of hope and inspiration, you can order it from Amazon.com right here: Fallen Pastor

You can also follow him on his blog The Fallen Pastor as he journeys through life on the other side of failure – where grace and forgiveness are waiting.

I’m proud of you, Ray.  You are an inspiration to others who are hurting.  Thank you.

God Bless

Untitled Hymn

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I have often been asked what I think of  hymns, and invariably I will answer, “I like the ones that have been ‘re-done’ to have meaning for this generation.”  There are many examples of this. Some we do in our Sunday worship service – and some I hear from my favorite artists.

I believe that anytime you speak to a generation and make things relevant and meaningful, there needs to be flexibility on style – not on theology.

Many have argued that modern worship choruses tend to be “me centered” – and some of them can be – however, how many people really look closely at some of the hymns?  They are often very emotion and “me” driven too.  For example, “Love Lifted Me” – talks about the personal experience and emotions.  And for that matter, “Amazing Grace” speaks in a personal way as well.  Probably why it has gone the distance as everyone can relate with it and it has stood the test of time.  Some that I just personally do not care for, would have to be “When the roll is called up yonder” and others like this with very thin content – only repetitive verses and choruses.

Are there bad hymns?  Oh yes.  Are there bad modern worship songs?  Yes indeed.  I guess finding the balance between the two styles is really the key.  I don’t think anyone would claim to say that hymns have everything and should be used exclusively – and in fact they would admit that they do not have a place in most worship services today, if they are left in their traditional format.  But most would agree that if made relatable – then they are useful.  And  new generations can relate and have something passed down from generation to generation, making the old into something brand new.  In the same way, the modern worship song has its place today and has great theology and content – if choosing the right ones.

I’m a big fan of Gloria Gaither lyrics – as well as other brilliant lyricists like Dottie Rambo and Michael W. Smith from my generation who have graced us with their amazing ability to give us fresh new songs for our worship services and personal reflection.

And there are songs written clear back in 1917 that still have relevance for us today – like “The Love Of God”  by Frederick Lehman:  I just LOVE these lyrics – they are rich and have such beauty.

  • The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
      How measureless and strong!
      It shall forevermore endure—
      The saints’ and angels’ song.
  • When hoary time shall pass away,
    And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
    When men who here refuse to pray,
    On rocks and hills and mountains call,
    God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
    All measureless and strong;
    Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
  • Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade;
    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry;
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.
Now here is another fresh voice –  Chris Rice  in “Untitled Hymn”  These lyrics are simple and straightforward – but will speak directly to your heart as well.
Enjoy and God Bless

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