I Love The Song…But…

Zach Williams has a great voice!

I love his song, “Fear Is a Liar.”

If you are not familiar with it, here it is:

What’s my “but” about?

I wish he’d written, “Satan is a liar.” (perhaps one of the reasons he did not is because there exists a song by that name, though not hugely popular)

Since Williams personifies “fear,” it’s easy to suppose he meant Satan…

But…

“Fear” is not a bad thing…particularly “fear of the Lord” which is, of course, “…the beginning of wisdom…”

Please know, I am not hammering Zach…I want to see him in concert!

Just expressing a preference.

What do you think?

 

 

Woke Up This Morning with my mind…

Many years ago I attended my first “Cathedrals” concert.

I did not want to go. I knew they were “country.” This was not at the top of my list of enjoyable music…

But I had to go. I was on staff of Family Life Ministries/Network; and we were hosting them at a venue in Elmira, NY.

Got there early, but as it was a “union house” we Family Lifers couldn’t help unload and set up. So I just stood around (I really love having nothing to do).

One of the union guys was basically a curtain-puller. As I said “hi” to him he gruffly replied, and I smelled the booze on his breath.

A bit later the Cathedrals did a sound check. Ernie Haase was new to the group (as mentioned, this was a long time ago…maybe at least 20  years?). The rest of the singers left, but Ernie stuck around with the sound techs.

I had to go to one of our vehicles, and as I returned I came back stage and discovered Ernie sitting next to the aforementioned curtain-puller, with his left arm around the guys shoulders, as his right hand held a pocket New Testament. Ernie was sharing the gospel.

My immediate thought?

“I don’t give a flying rip what you sing in what style, I’m a huge fan of at least one Cathedral.”

During the concert they sang this song…the song that was in my head as I woke this Tuesday morn.

Memories. At least two of the Cathedrals are dead. Ernie has his own group (Signature Sound?) I’m no longer on Family Life staff.

But…oh, what a Savior!

EVERYone is “wonderfully made”…and..”forgetting those things that are behind and straining forth…”

As anyone who knows me or reads my facebook knows, I am obsessed with the sound track of “The Greatest Showman.”

I took my bride to see the movie, doing the sacrificial husband thing. In my mind any movie without tenseness and/or body count is not worth seeing.

Though I thought I’d sleep through part of the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it…

But..like so many others, I’m absolutely enthralled by the soundtrack; particularly by two songs.

“This Is Me” has, unfortunately, been adopted by the GLBTetc crowd; apparently to complement “Born This Way.”

I’d like to change a couple words, but the song and lyrics are great in and of themselves.

Here it is, direct from the film:

The other song is “From Now On.” I don’t think I’m the only Jesus-follower who immediately thinks of “…forgetting those things that are behind and straining for the things that are ahead..” when the music is heard. The song flat preaches.

Here it is with the lyrics:

And here it is from the movie (with Japanese subtitles; I can’t locate another one)

And, finally, here is a clip from the “greenlight” session when the cast was presenting the music before the money guys…and Hugh Jackman, who had just had throat surgery, was NOT supposed to sing…he couldn’t be silent…

 

I May Have to Adjust My Funeral!

Jane and I preplanned our funerals a few weeks ago.

It was an odd experience, but I’m glad we checked it off our “to do” list…

Among other things, I inserted “In Christ Alone” (with all the verses, thank you) and “Behold Our God.” They will stay…

But a couple days I was exposed to “I Got Saved” by Selah.

I can’t stop listening to it…

I’m gonna insert it in my “celebration of life.”

Hopefully that’s a couple decades away…so maybe I’ll find another song to insert…or..gasp…replace. But I doubt it.

Here’s a video of Selah ministering the song:

The Cross Has The Final Word

I’ve always enjoyed both DC Talk and Newsboys…when Peter left the Newsboys and Tait came in it took me a while to adjust…and it still is, in my mind, two different bands; but I was happy when Peter came in to voice with Tait and the others “The Cross Has the Final Word.”

Happy enough that I here present three videos…the song; the blacksmith in the video; and Peter and Michael talking…

Enjoy!

FIRST, the song video:

Now, meet the blacksmith and his bride…

 

Last, a brief, fun conversation with Michael and Peter:

 

 

 

Rock On!

A million years ago I was privileged to be in Cleveland, Ohio when a guy name Billy Graham allowed DC Talk to share a crusade stage with him.

Boy, did he catch flack. He said he expected to, but he felt, though their style was not his preference, he needed them to help reach a new generation…

I have a standard line, “I hate money and I hate music…no matter what you do, you’re wrong.”

So, expecting some to shake their heads in dismay, I share…especially for younger readers, a long video..a concert by DC Talk that preceeded a message from Billy Graham…in Fresno, Ca…in 2001. I wasn’t there…but sure wish I’d have been:

Yes, I Am Prejudiced

I plead guilty.

I am prejudiced.

I am stone-cold prejudiced against prejudiced people.

Especially those who call themselves Christians who exhibit such cowardice.

Perhaps it’s because I “grew up” in a military home; often living in military housing; thus living in an “interracial” venue.

Perhaps it’s because the high school I graduated from was peacefully integrated…and even way back then it was not unusual for interracial dating.

Or perhaps it’s because that, even before I was saved at 26, God gave me a brain?

These thoughts were brought on by the latest proclamation by a has-been football player.

And those thoughts projected the following into my somewhat aging grey matter.

May I suggest sharing the song on your social media?