Christianity 201

April 9, 2011

Celebrate the Gospel!

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I hope that in the process of trying to be serious about Bible study and intentional about digging deeper into the elements of our faith, this blog is never at risk of becoming dry or boring.

I believe that when all the things blogged about online and written about in Christian books are said and done, the knowledge should move from head to heart and cause us to “rejoice in the God of our salvation.”

NLT Isaiah 25: 9 In that day the people will proclaim,
“This is our God!
We trusted in him, and he saved us!
This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.
Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”

NLT Hab 3:17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

Nothing says “joy” like the sound of gospel music, that is to say, the mass choir gospel sound.  Hezekiah Walker does a song, “This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” which reminds us that if the gospel is good news, it should, like all good news, put a smile on our faces!

The video I wanted to insert here has some restricted applications, but you can still watch it by copying this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy9cZ21rtxE

The song is, “This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ” by Hezekiah Walker.

May your weekend service this week be a time of CELEBRATION!

November 13, 2010

The Feast at the Table of the Lord is Ready To Begin

If you want to process some worship music that goes to a deeper level, you can’t not know about the vast catalog of songs from U.K. worship songwriter Graham Kendrick.

Today’s song is from a series of recordings intended for “public praise;” that is, taking the music that exalts God out on the streets.

This song talks about a grand feast that God is preparing for us.   When we think of the phrase, “the table of the Lord,” we tend to think of hushed whispers and the solemnity of a communion service or Eucharist.   But in Jewish thought, the sharing of a meal is usually associated with celebration and dancing.  As this song says, the table is “laden with good things.”

Turn your speakers up loud and play this one a couple of times!

The trumpets sound, the angels sing
The feast is ready to begin
The gates of heaven are open wide
And Jesus welcomes you inside

Tables are laden with good things
O taste the peace and joy he brings
He’ll fill you up with love divine
He’ll turn your water into wine

Sing with thankfulness songs of pure delight
Come and revel in heaven’s love and light
Take your place at the table of the King
The feast is ready to begin
The feast is ready to begin

The hungry heart he satisfies
Offers the poor his paradise
Now hear all heaven and earth applaud
The amazing goodness of the Lord

Jesus
We thank you
For your love
For your joy
Jesus
We thank you
For the good things
You give to us

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1989 Make Way Music,
http://www.grahamkendrick.co.uk