The AMEN

“The Messiah” is a piece of music by George Frideric Handel for chorus and orchestra. It is traditionally performed during the Christmas season.  The words all come from scripture. Charles Jennens selected the verses and arranged their order. Beginning with old testament passages, the lyrics tell the story of Christ: from prophecies to His passion,…

Jesus (Not Jones)

One of my mix CDs has a song by Jesus Jones called, “Right Here, Right Now.” During the chorus, the lyrics are, “Right here, right now, there is no other place I want to be. Right here, right now, watching the world wake up from history.” As the music rises and crests, you can almost…

I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas

  Last December, I had to discipline my four year old son. (I can’t even remember why). I could not have guessed what happened next. He teared up and asked if he would still get Christmas presents. I was shocked. My wife and I *never* leveraged Christmas gifts to get our kids to behave. Why…

My Queen

Today, I was listening to a song the Lord gave me called, “My Queen.”  The words are below.  I was thinking about the fact that the Lord is in love with us, His Bride, and wants to be loved by us as well.  As I thought about this, my mind turned to how flawed I…

O Holy Night

I am a rabid Christmas carol fan.  (Is it even right to say that?  LOL).  The day after Thanksgiving you’ll find an (almost) unbroken stream/flood of carols coming from my home and car stereos.  Thanks be to God the place I work plays carols all season long as well.  I love the deluge of worship…

God’s Grandeur–Gerard Manley Hopkins

  Painting by Patrick Murphy God’s Grandeur The world is charged with the grandeur of God.      It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;      It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;…

Slave

Below are lyrics to a song the Lord gave me a few years ago.  You can listen to it here. *** I declare I love my Master, and I don’t want to go free (Exodus 21:5). He has shared His life with me, and I don’t want to be apart from Him (Exodus 21:6).  …

Secret Place

I’ve been thinking about Psalm 91 lately.  This passage teaches us about being in Christ.  He is our secret place, our dwelling wherein we are safe and at rest (Psalm 91:1-2, 9).  The New Testament tells us that, in Christ, we are crucified and dead to sin.  In Christ, we are also raised from the…

‘Tis So Sweet

I’ve had the hymn, “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” on my mind today.  There are a couple things I love about it. One, it speaks of the restful, abiding relationship we have in Christ.  He is the vine, we are the branches.  We need only live in Him and draw from Him (John…

The More I Come to Know You–Musical Guest Post

Emee O’Reilly is a dear friend and leads worship at our church.  Over the years, the Lord has given her many songs.  Emee’s music has a way of bypassing all my defenses.  There is a quality about it that leaves me completely vulnerable before the Lord.  Today’s post features a song from her album, The Alabaster…

These Are the Wounds

For Good Friday, I wanted to share the words of a song the Lord gave me years ago. These are the wounds that I received in the house of my friends who turned against me. He with whom I ate bread has lifted his hand against me, and I am lonely. But the Spirit of…

The Only Truth I Know

Simon & Garfunkel “I stand alone without beliefs.  The only truth I know is you.” —Paul Simon, “Kathy’s Song” Paul Simon wrote the above lyric for a woman.  “Kathy’s Song” is a love song par excellance.  Yet every time I hear this line from the song, I cannot help but think of the Lord.  Over…