Archive for August, 2014

In the last few weeks in our band practice we’ve been practicing Martin Cordner’s Fusion. The following description of this music is taken from CordnerMusic.com

Fusion is a follow-on work to Escape Velocity (2010) and seeks to capture the sense of the celebration that arises when a believer arrives in heaven and is finally joined in eternal fellowship with God. In depicting this event the work links General Albert Orsborn’s song I know thee who thou art (SASB 59) with Chris Rice’s contemporary hymn Come to Jesus.

It’s a great piece of music to listen to, and to play, and for me while playing it in these last few weeks, I’ve found the tune of the middle section Come to Jesus, going round and round in my head. I must admit I couldn’t remember the name or the words of the song, so had to go the Martin’s website to remind myself of the words of the beautiful song Come to Jesus:

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live!

I love the words of this song as it takes us through various life events, birth and death, as well as various emotions and situations we encounter during our time here on earth, such as when we seek and find Christ for the first time, when we’re urged to Come to Jesus and live, and when we are lonely and told to Cry to Jesus and live.

Here’s Chris Rice, the composer of Come to Jesus, performing this beautiful song:

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you over the last few months, and one other UK specific Places Association which, as the title suggests, is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Forfar
  2. Liverpool
  3. Motherwell
  4. Paisley
  5. Alloa
  6. Bellshill
  7. Largs
  8. Bourneville
  9. Cardiff
  10. Sheffield

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Bridies
  2. The Beatles
  3. Work
  4. University
  5. Family
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Ice cream
  8. Chocolate
  9. Closed
  10. Cutlery

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

We are reminded in the above scripture passage that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we must pray.

It sounds so easy doesn’t it, whether going through some tough times or everything in your life is going great, spend time each day in prayer to God. Sadly though, when things get tough instead of turning to prayer as our first resort, we can often find ourselves spending less and less time in prayer.

We really do need to remind ourselves daily that “the peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds”, so why should we fear anything!

 

 

Is there a heart o’er-bound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross–each burden bearing,
All your anxiety–leave it there.

Refrain:
All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat–leave it there;
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus.

No other friend so keen to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear;
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.
Refrain:

Come then at once–delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;
You need not fear a disappointment–
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.
Refrain:

Too busy?

Posted: August 28, 2014 in bible, life, prayer, quotes, religion
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If you are too busy for God, you are too busy

Are you too busy for God?

If you have neglected to spend time with God on a regular basis because you’re too busy doing other things, it sounds like you’re doing too much as the most important things we must do in our lives is spend quality quiet time with God.

In the midst of our busyness let’s remember how much we need God, and need prayer. So let’s make it our priority to put God first by making it our first resort to pray rather than our last resort.

Too busy for God

 

First resort

Posted: August 27, 2014 in bible, life, love, music, pray, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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It has been said that,

Seven days without prayer, makes one weak.

Sometimes you hear someone say, “We’ve done all we can. The only thing we can do now is pray.” However prayer really should be our first resort rather than our last resort.

Jesus himself often went off to pray alone, setting an example for us to do the same. In Matthew 14:23 (KJV) it says,

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

If Jesus needed to go off and pray alone sometimes, how much more do we need to?

Praying should not be something we do out of duty or routine. It should be something we do because we truly believe it will make a difference because it is about talking and listening to our loving, all knowing, heavenly Father.

So don’t fall into the common trap of praying when there’s nothing else left to do, make prayer your first resort not your last resort!

You make my life a prayer to You
I wanna do what You want me to
No empty words and no white lies
No token prayers no compromise

I wanna shine the light You gave
Through Your Son You sent to save us
From ourselves and our despair
It comforts me to know You’re really there

Well I wanna thank You now for being patient with me
Oh it’s so hard to see, when my eyes are on me
I guess I’ll have the trust and just believe what You say
Oh You’re coming again, You’re coming to take me away

I wanna die and let You give Your life to me, so I might live
And share the hope You gave to me, the love that set me free
I wanna tell the world out there, You’re not some fable or fairy tale
That I’ve made up inside my head, You’re God the Son
You’ve risen from the dead

Hear

Posted: August 26, 2014 in love, music, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Hear our prayer, Spirit, come
How I long for Your sweet touch
On my knees I cry out
Jesus, Saviour behold Your child

Isn’t it great to know that no matter when or where we pray, God hears our prayer.

Isn’t it great to know that no matter how many or how few words we say in our prayer, God knows and understands what we are trying to say.

Isn’t it great to have a God to answers prayer.

I believe God answers prayer, do you?

Somebody’s Prayin’

Somebody’s prayin, I can feel it
Somebody’s prayin’ for me
Mighty hands are guiding me
To protect me from what I can’t see
Lord, I believe, Lord, I believe
Somebody’s prayin’ for me.

Angels are watchin’, I can feel it
Angels are watchin’ over me
There’s many miles ahead ’til I get home
Still I’m safely kept before your throne
‘Cause Lord, I believe, Lord, I believe
Your angels are watchin’ over me.

Well, I’ve walked through barren wilderness
Where my pillow was a stone
And I’ve been through the darkest caverns
Where no light had ever shown.
Still I went on ’cause there was someone
Who was down on their knees
And Lord, I thank you for those people
Prayin’ all this time for me.

Somebody’s prayin’, I can feel it
Somebody’s prayin’ for me
Mighty hands are guiding me
To protect me from what I can’t see
Lord, I believe, Lord, I believe
Somebody’s prayin’ for me.

Somebody’s prayin’ for me…

hand-of-god

 

Mighty hands are guiding me

Do you feel as though you’re all on your own, fighting problems/difficulties alone? Or do you struggle through each day, but feel reassured that God is with you, and is guiding and helping you?

We must never forget that as Christians we should be supporting one another, and praying for each other. Somebody will be praying for you, it may not be someone you every thought or expected would pray for you, and in fact you may never find out who has been praying for you, but someone will be. They will be praying that no matter what you are going through, that you will always remember that God is guiding you through every situation.

Somebody

Posted: August 24, 2014 in life, love, music, pray, prayer, Relationships, religion
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Does it matter who prays for you?

Of course it doesn’t matter who prays for you. The knowledge that somebody is praying for you is an awesome feeling, particularly during difficult times. What more could anyone do for you in your hour of need than take time in their busy life, to pray just for you!

When my heart was so broken that I could not pray,
When love wasn’t easy to see.
Someone was there, somebody cared,
Somebody prayed for me.

Somebody went to the throne of heaven,
Somebody lifted my name.
Bringing me into His holy presence,
Saying what I could not say.
Somebody showed me the face of His mercy,
When darkness was all I could see.
Somebody pleaded the Blood of Jesus,
Somebody prayed for me.

When the future looked hopeless and I’d given up,
When I had lost sight of my dreams
Somebody near, dried every tear,
Somebody prayed for me.

Somebody went to the throne of heaven,
Somebody lifted my name.
Bringing me into His holy presence,
Saying what I could not say.
Somebody showed me the face of His mercy,
When darkness was all I could see.
Somebody pleaded the Blood of Jesus,
Somebody prayed for me.

Somebody went to the throne of heaven,
Somebody lifted my name.
Bringing me into His holy presence,
Saying what I could not say.
Somebody showed me the face of His mercy,
When darkness was all I could see.
Somebody pleaded the Blood of Jesus,
Somebody prayed, Somebody prayed,
Somebody prayed, Somebody prayed,
Somebody prayed, Somebody prayed for me,
Somebody Prayed for me.

I’ve done a few Word Associations and Places Associations with you over the last few months, but today’s Places Association is a little bit more specific – As the title suggests this blog post  is all about places in the UK. i.e. cities, countries, towns etc.

So instead of throwing words at you and responding with the first word that comes into your mind, today I’m going to throw names of places in the UK at you, and this time I want you to respond with whatever comes into your mind first about that place.

So here goes…cities

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Birmingham
  4. Scarborough
  5. Cambridge
  6. Penzance
  7. Millport
  8. Oxford
  9. Boscombe
  10. Glenrothes

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Capital
  2. Wind
  3. Spaghetti junction
  4. Holidays!
  5. Family
  6. End
  7. Cycling
  8. University
  9. Beach
  10. New town

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did you understand all my answers? Did any of your own answers surprise you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond to any of these words or place association games, with the first things that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state and our true feelings about a place.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

 

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord most High
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord most High

The name of the Lord is a strong tower
The righteous run into it and they are saved
The name of the Lord is a strong tower
The righteous run into it and they are saved