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Shackles

“Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!
I just want to praise You!  I just want to praise You!
You broke the chains now I can lift my hands!
I just want to praise You! I just want to praise You!”

This song by Mary Mary has been one of my all time favorite praise songs since I was in high school!  As the years go by, the words have taken an even deeper meaning for me as I had to journey through life’s challenges and valleys.

“Everything that could go wrong
all went wrong at one time
so much pressure fell on me
thought I was gonna lose my mind
but Lord I know You wanna see
if I will hold on through these trials
but I need you to lift this load
cause I can’t take it no more”

We’ve all been there right?  When everything thing that could possibly go wrong does.  But you know what?  Even then, in our darkest hour, God is is with us.  Even when we feel alone and abandoned, the Lord is right there beside us.

“Been through the fire and the rain
bound in every kind of way
but God has broken every chain
so let me go right now”

Revelations 2:10 (NIV) Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

James 1:2-3 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

In these past 6 months, I had to leave all that I have ever known because I was not safe there.  And the Lord has provided for me and my family beyond what I could ever have imagined.  I did not step out in faith.  I leapt.  I jumped because I had to and the Lord caught me and has kept me safe.  This is what it means to trust in the Lord and not rely on your own understanding or knowledge.

Isaiah 55:11 (MSG) “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

So, whoever you are and wherever you are in this life, all that I can say to you, from one child of God to another, is that God is there for you now and forever.  Amen.

 

 

 

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou wisdom from on high
Who orderest all things mightily
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in her ways to go

Rejoice, rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Rejoice, again, I say, rejoice
For unto us is born the Savior of the world
Take heart, oh weary soul, take heart
For help is on its way
And Holy is His name

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Worship Leader

 

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World Aids Day 2017

(Original lyrics by Leonard Cohen)

I heard there was a secret chord
that David played and it pleased the Lord
but you don’t really care for music do ya?

It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift
the baffled king composing Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name but if I did, well, really what’s it to ya?
There’s a blaze of light in every word;
it doesn’t matter what you heard
the holy, or the broken Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

I did my best; it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I learned to touch
I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of song
with nothing on my lips but Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Oh! Yes, there is a God above
and we really need to learn from love
and not shoot at someone who outdrew ya!
We’ve seen the flag on the march arch
but love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

I know you came to rescue me
this baby boy would grow to be
a man, and one day die for me and you
Our sins would drive the nails in you
that rugged cross was our cross too
Still every breath You drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

 

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Worship Leader

 

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Victory Chant (Cover)

This is one of my all time favorite classic #worshipsongs that I just introduced to my #church this month. I put the words into this video so that you can all #sing along from wherever you are.

If you like this song as much as I do, then please comment #amen in the comments below and please #share and proclaim that #Jesusreigns! #VictoryChant #SingUntotheLord #ChristianMusic

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Worship Leader

 

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Let the Weight of Your Glory Fall

“Spirit of the Sovereign Lord
Come and make Your presence known
Reveal the glory of the Living God

We do not seek Your hand
We only seek Your face
We want to know You
We want to see You
Reveal Your glory in this place

Let the weight of Your glory cover us
Let the life of Your river flow
Let the truth of Your kingdom reign in us
Let the weight of Your glory

Let the weight of Your glory fall…”

(Music and Lyrics by Steve Merkel)

 
 

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We Shall Overcome

This video was taken from a concert that I produced for Nevadans for the Common Good on June 28, 2015. We chose to do a patriotic concert and I decided to add this song into the program as a tribute to the 9 people that were killed in the shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina.

Nevadans for the Common Good is a non-profit organization that “helps congregations and organizations develop a deeply-rooted justice strategy – not one that lurches from issue to issue, but one that builds a base of leaders, develops an analysis of the pressures affecting families in an institution and crafts a viable response to those pressures, working together with other congregations and organizations”
(http://www.nevadansforthecommongood.org).

Yes, not so good things will happen in this life, but when they do, we need to remember that “darkness cannot take out darkness.  Only light can. Hate cannot take out hate.  Only love can” (MLK).  There is only one judge and in the end none of us would pray for judgement or justice for the way that we have lived this life.  Instead, we pray for mercy, forgiveness and grace, because we have all fallen short of the glory of God. And because of Jesus Christ, we can love as we are loved by Almighty God. We can forgive as we have been forgiven.  We can exude the same amazing grace that was given to us through God’s only Son. We can be united as One body instead of fighting against each other. We can do so much more than what we limit ourselves to. The human perspective is but a speck of dust compared to the vastness of God’s plan.

I believe that the root of the problem that plagues our world and our human family, is that we separate from each other. There is no “us” or “them,” there is just “us.” We easily forget the commonality of our own humanity and segregate over superficial differences. The world’s problems are our problems. The issues that people face in a distant land are also in our own backyard. “For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but save the world through Him” (John 3:16-17 NIV). God did not save parts of the world. God saves the world, in it’s entirety, through love. Through the power of compassion and the truth of salvation, love is the common thread that unites us all and melts away any perceived differences.  “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

If we could just see each other as people first and not what type of person or category, then we could dialogue in a healthy conversation about the commonality of the human experience. “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes?Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?  Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer…If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?  If you poison us, do we not die?” (Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare).

Bottomline, the blood that runs through the veins of every human being, that has ever lived and will live, is red. We are all the same, and it is with that sameness that we shall overcome the wicked and corruptive landscapes of the human mind that perpetuates the pandora’s box of racism, prejudice, sexism, homophobia, classism etc…

Look, we will all leave this world with the same amount of the world’s riches as we came in with…absolutely nothing. But we will leave a legacy of the way in which we lived this life and affected other people. This life is not about individuals but instead it is about the collective condition of the human story.   If we could just see ourselves within the people that we meet, then the world that God sees will be opened onto us so that the kingdom on earth could be as it is in heaven.

 
 

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Shift our thinking

Creator of all, we come in through these doors because we need You to reopen the doors of our hearts and community onto the mission of Christ. Let this church be reborn and let the Holy Spirit unleash the power of healing that resides within all of us.   Teach us to not just communicate with each other but to commune with each other.

As generations and cultures crash into each other, shift our thinking to rediscover the ancient unity of all sinners that was revealed on the cross at Calvary. Strengthen us to hold onto this union, this commonality, that we all share as children of God. Remind us, that even through the greatest storms of life, we are never alone.

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them” (Scott and Kelli KLOVE). For those of us celebrating with our families today, we give thanks to God. For those of us grieving the loss of a loved one, we pray for compassion and understanding that “grief never ends…it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love” (Scott and Kelli K-LOVE).

 
 

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