Fatherhood and Eiffel 65

Recently Ken and I were at a concert and one of the opening bands slipped in a couple of bars of “I’m Blue” by Eiffel 65, at which the crowd went wild. We thought for a second that they were going to do a cover of it, but they didn’t.

My kids like a few Eiffel 65 songs that I have shown them.

One that I love, and wish the video was in English is called, “Viaggia Insieme A Me” in Italian or “Follow Me” in English. It is a beautiful song either way.

The English lyrics are

“Follow me because I will lead the way

To the very end of the things I pray

And all that I know I will pass on

Until the day you will need me no more

I will take you to where you’ve never been before

And I’ll show you all of this colorful world

And when the moment comes that you will carry on

You, you’ll do the same

You will lead the game for another, another

Just like you.”

I like the Italian video as the dad teaches his son some life skills that he is able to use to turn enemies into his friends.

What are we teaching our kids? We only have so long with our kids, the next generation, and then it will be their turn. Will we have done a good enough job for their sake and those who come after them.


<– Video with Storyline in Italian.


<– Song in English with CD cover art

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When I See You — The Altar Boys

I made mention to the lyrics of this song, in the latest Podcast.

When I See You — The Altar Boys

Sometimes when things get to me
That’s when I want to be
There right next to you
I know it will all come true
I’m still waiting for that day
When tears will be wiped away

(Chorus)
When I see You – face to face
Man, I tell you I just can’t wait
When I see You – and it’s said and done
Then You and I can be as one
I know it won’t be long, so I’m gonna keep holding on
I’m gonna do what He wants me to do,
Oh Lord, I wanna be with You
When I see You!

This world keeps moving faster
It’s heading for disaster
But, I’ve put my trust in You
Just like You want me to do
And nothing else can compare
When we’re taken up in the air

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
I’ll do anything so let me know what You want me to do…
All my hopes and everything will come alive,
Yea, they’ll come true
They’ll come true

(Chorus)

When I see You
Someday we’re gonna go away

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A Physician Looks At The Crucifixion

This article has been floating around on the internet for a while. First time that I heard it, was from my Bible As Literature teacher in public High School in 1987. I wanted to get this information to you before Easter. Gives you something to meditate on this Holy Week.

A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
By Dr. C. Truman Davis

About a decade ago, reading Jim Bishop’s The Day Christ Died, I realized that I had for years taken the Crucifixion more or less for granted — that I had grown callous to its horror by a too easy familiarity with the grim details and a too distant friendship with our Lord. It finally occurred to me that, though a physician, I didn’t even know the actual immediate cause of death. The Gospel writers don’t help us much on this point, because crucifixion and scourging were so common during their lifetime that they apparently considered a detailed description unnecessary.

So we have only the concise words of the Evangelists: “Pilate, having scourged Jesus, delivered Him to them to be crucified — and they crucified Him.” I have no competence to discuss the infinite psychic and spiritual suffering of the Incarnate God atoning for the sins of fallen man. But it seemed to me that as a physician I might pursue the physiological and anatomical aspects of our Lord’s passion in some detail.

What did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture? Continue reading “A Physician Looks At The Crucifixion”

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Whitecross “Behold” lyrics

This song was mentioned in podcast 17.

So many choices for a man to make,
So many ways that he can go,
But all the kingdoms in a thousand worlds,
Could not replace the peace I know.

The things of earth can never satisfy
The hunger deep in me.

Behold the Lamb of God,
Reaching out His nail-scarred hand.
He wants to lift you up,
Give you strength so you can stand.

It’s only natural for a man to dream,
To reach for stars above himself.
My life was cluttered with shattered dreams,

Before I learned to seek your will.

I gather pieces of a broken heart

and lay them at your feet.

Behold the Lamb of God,
Reaching out His nail-scarred hand.
He wants to lift you up,
Give you strength so you can stand.

You are the rain that falls on thirsty ground

And the light that opens windows in my soul

Behold the Lamb of God,
Reaching out His nail-scarred hand.
He wants to lift you up,
Give you strength so you can stand.

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Minor Corrections from Podcast 16

I want to bring you the best information possible for you to use.

Yesterday in the podcast, I mentioned a verse which was was trying to remember off the top of my head as I Peter 3:10 or 3:14  It is actually I Peter 4:10 and it is so good that we are going to do a podcast on it as well.

I Peter 4:10 (NIV) Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

I Peter 4:10 (NASB) As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

The correct quote from Eric Liddell, Scottish Olympic runner is “I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast.  And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

I knew that it was “pleasure”, but I accidently said “glory” in my excitement in the section where we were dealing with glory.

I am a huge Eric Liddell fan.  If you have not seen the movie “Chariots of Fire” recently, I would encourage you to see it again.  And not just because I was missionary in Scotland, and love all things Scottish.

Richard

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World Burning — The Altar Boys

(Special Note from Ken) Being a WordPress Ninja I accidentally managed to delete the entire contents of the post while adding the link to the music.  Here are the lyrics again… sorry Rich.

Words and Music by Mike Stand

Chorus:
I see the worries of the world turning
Turning and tearing from the outside in
I see the worries of the world burning
Burning in a fire that will never end

Burn all the worries of the days gone by
Promises of gold that are empty lies
Burn all the pain and isolation
Living in a world that’s always changing
Isee the worries of thw world burning
Burning in a fire that will never end

I see the eyes of children crying
Their tears flow down in an endless rain
Tears of worry that fear tomorrow
Tears of pain felt yesterday

Their innocent lives stricken deaf by rage
Asking me question I can’t explain
I can only point to a savior’s love
I can only point to what He’s done
I see the worries of the world burning
Burning in a fire that will never end

The time has come for worries to cease
the time hac come for tears to end
The time has come to hold on to every ounce of faith
It’s all we have(it is enough)

Chorus

Here is a complete overview of the Altar Boys including the song World Burning.

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Books!

Ken and I were talking at church today. I know that some of you guys are quite the readers. Ken is going to see how we can link up to a book seller. That make it so that you can get some of the books that would help with your spiritual walk and we could get a little money back from the book seller to defray a little bit of the cost of the annual web hosting.

One book that I absolutely love is now available for free. It is called “Harvest” by Chuck Smith. Mike MacIntosh, was my pastor when I lived in San Diego. There is a chapter in Harvest written about him. It is about how God uses unlikely men.

Enjoy!

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Thank You European Believers!

Two days ago, Ken and I were looking at the stats of DBJ and saw that we had people coming to this site from across the US and from Sydney, Australia. Ken called me today excited that Internationally we picked up 10 more countries overnight. Some from the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Netherlands and more. I want to give a shout out to those in Singapore (Yes, I know that Singapore is not in Europe, but thank you).

I love Europe. I have been to Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Scotland, England, Holland, Austria, and Belgium.

I served with Inverness Youth for Christ in Northern Scotland, and I absolutely loved it. I would be there still serving if I could, but I ended up with Visa problems and could not stay.

The other countries I went on a couple of short term missions trips when I was in my teens and early twenties.

We would do drama, puppets, clowns and music in campgrounds and city squares to draw a crowd. Then when we were down with our performance we would ask those who were watching, if they wanted to hear more about Jesus, would like to share with them.

We would use a little gospel tract called “The Four Spiritual Laws”. One of the best things about the tract is that it is translated into more languages that any other tract.

http://www.godlovestheworld.com/ <— Sample of the 4 Spiritual Law

One time was just incredibly cool. We were in Paris, and had just finished our presentation and I went to talk to a man who was waiting around after the presentation. I went up to introduce myself and his son said, “He is a Hollander, he doesn’t understand a word that you are saying.”

So I went over to our supply of tracts and pulled out the one that was in Dutch. It looks sorta like German, but yet obviously different from the German version.

I handed him the Dutch version, and I read it and underlined it with my finger in my English version and then underlined it for him in Dutch, so that he would know what I was trying to communicate.

It got to the part where there are two circles. One circle represents the self directed life, the other circle represents the Christ directed life.

I asked him which circle represented his life (The question was already written out in Dutch). He pointed to the self directed life.

Then I asked which circle represented the life that he wanted, also written out in Dutch. He pointed to the Christ directed life.

After that, there is a prayer, for one to recognize Jesus as Savior, and asked Him to make that person, the kind of person Christ would want them to be.

He nodded that he wanted to receive Christ. We went through that prayer together.

It was an amazing thing. I figure that God had to orchestrate it. Some 20 year old from the US, in France, sharing Jesus of Nazareth with a man from Holland. That is 4 countries represented, and not being able to communicated verbally in any language by our own.

I have thought of that man at different times for years now. I wonder what happened in his life after that. I do look forward to seeing him one day in Heaven and being able to talk him about it then.

I just want to encourage, my brothers and sisters in Christ in Europe. You have it tough in a lot of ways, there are a lot of pressures trying to squeeze your Christianity out of you. I want to help if I can. Please contact us here. show (at) dontblamejesus (dot) com Would love to know where you are surfing from and would love to keep you in our prayers.

God bless,

Rich

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That hole in the heart

It was interesting, about a year ago, I was checking out lists on Amazon, and there was this goofy list of “songs that always make me cry.” Just curious, I wanted to see what songs were listed. Then I came across this song that I had never heard of called, “Never Went To Church” by The Streets. The Streets is a English rapper. Not that I am really into rap, but wanted to give this a listen. He talks about how his dad died, and he is faced with an emptiness. That even though he was never brought up going to church, he knew that there was something that he was missing.

Interesting as well, I don’t know if any of you are fans of the show “Numb3rs”, but one of the lead characters is faced with his own emptiness in life that he can’t sort out on his own, and the last scene of the latest episode he walks into a synagogue to go to God to deal with that emptiness.

Pascal, the famous french philosopher, math expert, and theologian (Who the computer language Pascal was named after) said, “In every man, there is a God shaped vacuum.” Vacuum, void or hole, but you know the feeling.

C.S. Lewis wrote something similar. Paraphrased by me “Since I have tried everything, and nothing satsifies in this world, So I come to understand that I was made for somewhere else.” That somewhere else is heaven.

Pascal also wrote “Between heaven and hell, there is only life half-way, which is the fragilest thing in the world.”

Maybe you have experienced this half-way kind of life. It seems like something is missing. Nothing seems to be cracked up to what it is supposed to be. You finally arrive at the top of the heap, and the satisfaction that you thought would be there isn’t, and you are empty still.

Jesus promises something else. In John 10:10, which you have heard me quote before, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I (Jesus) have come that they might have life, and that abundantly.”

The abundant life is not about the most toys, but a full contentment in relationship that only comes from God, regardless of the situation you presently find yourself in. And it finds its ultimate fulfillment, in eternal life in Heaven in the presence of our savior.

Speaking of the presence of God, I was talking to a friend of mine, who has been realizing the presence of God in his life. God has been doing little things, drawing him to Himself. God does so many things to show us that He is there, and that He cares for us. Sometimes we just need to slow down and think about all the ways that He has blessed us, and thank Him for that.

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