Posts Tagged ‘Newsboys’

Devotion

Posted: September 17, 2019 in faith, Health, heart, life, music, religion, words
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Devotion

love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person or activity.

Who or what are you devoted to?

Those who are Christians should be devoted fully to God. We God everything we have, so in return we should give Him our heart, our life, our all, our devotion.

All my world
All I’ve lost
The wrecks I’ve made here
The lives it cost
Your hand restores
Your works make whole
With all my soul
I thank You
I owe You
All my
Devotion
All that I have to give
Here’s my devotion
You’re all that it means to live

I was listening again to the the song We Believe by Newsboys, and one phrase in the song really stuck with me this time

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

It got me thinking about my faith, and the reason I attend church. In the Salvation Army we can at times put a lot of our focus on our musical sections (both our junior and adult bands and choirs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as our musical sections can most definitely make a huge contribution to our worship through their music.

I personally find the music provided by our musical sections, as well as the congregational songs used in  worship often bring me closer to God, and being able to be part of that music making is a great privilege for me, as I believe this how God wants me to contribute to worship.

What the words of this Newsboys song reminded me was that I must never let the music or music making be the reason I worship. Worship must be first and foremost about praising God and learning more about Him. Yes, we can praise God through our music making, but that should not be the main reason we go to church. Our faith must definitely be more than anthems, more than the music.

There are things we used to be able to say and do in our daily life, which if we did them now, would break the rules. For example:

  • Words that are considered no longer appropriate to describe someone.
  • Actions that once were an everyday occurrence are now seen as insulting.
  • Wearing items of jewellery such as a cross are now deemed in many places to show bias and incite hatred.
  • Many schools ban any talk about Jesus or God when previously that’s where so many were taught about God’s love for them.

How can it be wrong to speak God’s name anywhere, particularly in our schools? If we don’t teach children who God is and how much he loves them, they will potentially grow up never having heard about God, and I believe that is definitely wrong.

When did it become breaking a rule
To say your name out loud in school
When your names the only one that sets us free
When did it become incorrect
To speak the truth about life and death
When your life gave us all eternity

Jesus gave His life for us, so we could live as we do today. We must repay Him by breaking the rules, and telling the world about Jesus!

Guilty?

Posted: February 20, 2019 in belief, Crime, faith, life, music, religion
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Did you listen to the lyrics of this song by Newsboys?

If you were put on trial, would you be found guilty of being a voice proclaiming God’s ways, His truth and His life?

I try each day to live my life so that I would be found guilty.

Shine again

Posted: September 13, 2018 in faith, life, music, religion, self improvement, words
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Did you catch the words of the song Shine by the Newsboys that I’ve shared here?

Shine.
Make ’em wonder whatcha got.
Make ’em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored.
Shine.
Let it shine before all men.
Let em see good works and then
Let em glorify the Lord.

Are you shining for God? Can others see Christ in you?

If others can’t see Christ in you, how will they ever know or understand how much God loves them?

Has your light for God gone our recently, is it time to relight your faith, and let Christ back into your life?

If so, Christ will forgive you for leaving him and will welcome you with open arms, so let your light shine bright for God once again.

Do you feel as if you belong?

That might seem a strange question, but for some they never really feel as if they truly belong anywhere. They don’t feel accepted wherever they are or by whoever they are with.

Whether you know it or not, and whether you feel it or not, we all belong to God’s family. God loves each and every one of us, so in His family, we are all equal. God is reaching out to each of us, so let Him reach out to you and help you feel like you belong to His family.

It’s amazing

Posted: March 1, 2018 in bible, life, love, music, quotes, religion, Uncategorized
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God’s love is amazing isn’t it?

Our God is a God of love. He cannot stop loving us, for His very nature is love itself. He is love personified, and although sometimes it’s hard to comprehend or understand what kind of love is this that He has for us, we all will know that the love of God is all we need.

Here is a bible verse that speaks of God’s amazing love for all of us.

1 John 3:1 – “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

Lest_we_forget2

Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

Have you given up on God? Or thought God has given up on you?

No matter what you have done in your past, God is ready and waiting to be in your future because He is always willing to give us second, third, fourth chances.

Despite all we do to take ourselves away from God, He still believes in us, so  let’s believe in ourselves and believe in God.

Speak

Posted: October 6, 2017 in belief, depression, life, music, Relationships, religion, words
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God can make us new when He speaks to us. So listen to Him.

He can lighten your world with just one word.