Some things are just beautiful in and of themselves. Nature, Art, Music, they all have something intrinsically in themselves that is beautiful and is capable of moving our hearts and minds. As a tool, media is neither good nor evil, but is shaped by those who create it. But irrespective of who creates it, and the motives they may have had, sometimes the art is just simply beautiful. I saw this video and thought, “Man, God is so amazing to create sound in such a way that the careful attention to harmonics can evoke an emotional response,”… or something like that. :) It is a reminder to me that everything beautiful, indeed, every good and perfect gift comes from above. God is an amazing craftsman, the details present in His universe whisper His name.
Anyway, I wanted to share this with you. This song has always been one of my favorites. Because of my wife and my choral backgrounds, this presentation was particularly inspiring.
The title on YouTube doesn’t do it justice. It is labeled “Amazing Choir uses hands to simulate storm”. I hope you enjoy it.
Today Rich and I discuss anger and how difficult it is to follow the example of Christ and be angry yet sin not. Our anger often times gets the better of us and is part of the natural state of mankind. Rich opens up the Bible to the book of Ephesians in chapter 4 verses 26 – 32 and chapter 2 verses 8 – 10.
Next Rich tells us about some of his ministry history starting in his senior year of high school. It is an exciting adventure of faith as Rich seeks to minister in Inverness Scotland.
This week Rich and I really peg the “Controvery-O-Meter” as we discuss the Christian fiction novel The Shack and whether the spiritual sign gifts are for today. Yeah, I know… just string us up right now. We also talk about the walk of faith that we are called to as followers of Christ and how hard that can be sometimes.
This week is a total downer. Rich and I talk about the new Department of Homeland Security Report. With the broadest of strokes the DHS has attempted to paint all conservative American citizens as whacked out right-wing extremists. As you know there are whack jobs in every corner of the world, but this report crosses the line by associating their unorthodox views with the majority of good American citizens. Not cool. This is an assault on freedom of speech and ultimately an assault on the freedom of thought in the US. We are hoping for better things from America.
We also talk about Steve Taylor’s ground breaking song and video titled “I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good.” Although this 80’s music video is obviously satire, Rich and I both feel that the DHS should travel back in time and retroactively arrest Steve Taylor for this thought crime. Bombing and clinics is not a joking matter… just try saying that in an airport. :)
Rich and I go through the 3rd chapter of the book of Philippians… eventually. We also talk at length about how short we fall in our attempts to have a righteousness of our own making. It is very easy to take pride in our standards of morality and our seeming superiority over others in the world. What we forget is that our ultimate yardstick upon which we should measure our righteousness is Christ and against that yardstick we fall so completely short.
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This week starts on a kind of sad note as I briefly talk about the rash of shootings that have taken place across this country and the world the last few months. I feel a particular pain for the family of Pastor Fred Winters who was shoot to death while preaching from the pulpit. My thoughts and prayers go out to the congregation in Maryville, his family and the whole town. I pray that God’s overwhelming grace and peace would move with healing for that city. I look at Galatians 6:9 which encourages us to not grow weary but continue in doing good . Don’t give up my brothers and sisters.
Rich then takes us through 2 Thessalonians chapter 1 verses 11 & 12. A superficial reading simply doesn’t do this scripture justice. Rich peels back the layers and shows God’s amazing grace and love for us. It is amazing how much meaning and theology is packed into these two verses.
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This week Rich and I talk about our master plan for a 3 hour show every day. Just kidding, we are actually looking at salvation and our desperate need for it. We so often forget just how much we need salvation because we tend to buy into the world’s thinking that people are basically good. The reality is that if we take an honest look at ourselves against the standard of a Holy God, we fall so far short.
Get your Bibles ready in 1 John 2:1-2 and Psalm 22 as we look to the scriptures for a true picture of our predicament and our only hope, salvation through Jesus Christ.
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This week Rich and I talk about some people in the world who take different parts from different faiths to create their own Frankenstein monster of faith. Yes, it’s as scary as it sounds. Rich gives a great example about a Ninja-Pirate-Biker who has trouble fitting in.
I start the podcast with a little shout out to Air1.com, the nationwide Christian radio station that is relatively new to our town. You can listen online or you can find your own Air1 Affiliate and listen on the radio. I have listened to stations from all around the country and have really come to appreciate Air1. It is a great mix of music, songs the whole family can enjoy. I have also really enjoyed hearing the stories from people who’s lives have been changes by the ministry of Air1. Way to go guys. :)
Today we start with a chat about church this weekend where Rich was lucky enough to sit under the teaching of Dan Jarms at Faith Bible Church, who bears a striking resemblance to Will Ferrell (perhaps only in Rich’s mind.) Next Rich and I delve into 2 Peter chapter 3 where we learn about how God looks at us and how much He loves us. We also talk about the marvels of the universe and the space time continuum.
Today Rich and I talk about our experiences on Facebook.com. Getting reacquainted with people we haven’t seen in decades can be a surprise, particularly when those we care about have seemingly abandoned their faith. It is our desire to encourage those who are faltering and to strengthen the weak so that together we may partake in the the blessings of God both here and forever more.
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