Men in our society have become passionate about things that don’t matter and passive about things that matter most. We resemble many times the 1st Adam when God has called us to love our bride as Christ did. Christ the second Adam is passionate for his bride. Lord, make us more like Jesus. Make us courageous.
People are not the enemy. Satan is the enemy and he has fooled people into the lives they live and the things they do. We see the world through the eyes of the law and then pray that God will look at us with grace. Jesus loved people and showed us how to love them. I fear the world today is not getting the right story from us at times. The world has become quite aware of what we are against. They’re just not sure what we are for. Lord give your eyes to see the world, your heart to love them, and your hands to reach them.
1 Corinthians 12:12-20
Barnabas was the encourager, Peter was a confronter. It worked in Jesus’ day but it’s not working very well today. Today, Barnabas sees Peter as not being relevant to the culture and Peter sees Barnabas as a weak sellout. Instead of being likeminded thru Jesus, we gather with the likeminded in personality and conviction. Meanwhile the world watches us eat each other and wants nothing to do with it. Father bring us back together under your banner and let us be a part of you reconciling the world to yourself.
This isn’t a song about a girl. This is a song about hundreds of girls that Melanie and I have seen come through our student ministries over the years. This song is a wake-up call to fathers to love their daughters and a message of hope to orphans, spiritual and physical, that God is the Father to the fatherless.
2 Timothy 1:9
God is not bound by time as I am. All I see is the here and now and things often look random and out of control. God is standing at the end of my life looking back on it. I wrote this song for my wife when our newly adopted little girl was in the hospital after surgery. I told her, “Jesus will bring this world together for good. It makes no sense from here but we have to remember that Jesus is already there.”
The woman at the well thought she was standing by a well and talking to a man. In reality she was standing by a hole in the ground; she was talking to the well. She thought she already had her source but she was in fact dying of spiritual thirst. We often come to the Father with our well. We already have our own idea of what will fill us. Then we ask God to bless our ideas, our source, our well, but we soon realize that Jesus is not the blesser of our plans; but the Author of life! He is our source. Any other well we attempt to draw from is just a hole in the ground.
This song is dedicated to Bro. Randy Kuhn, my pastor when I was a young youth pastor in Samson, Alabama. He preached passionately about Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. As I looked out at our little church I saw how dry we were spiritually and for a minute it was as though he was Ezekiel praying for God to breathe into our church and make it a light in our little town. Since then, many of the teenagers in that church are now youth pastors and senior pastors all over our country.
This song describes the second coming of Jesus as a wedding. No more tears, no more pain, no more sin. Clothed in His righteousness we will stand before Him, the bride of Christ.
Melanie has always been the one. From the first time I ever met her outside the church when I was in fifth grade, she has been an angel to me. And on August 11,1990 I watched her walk down the aisle and stand by my side. ME. She was marrying me! Even today I know that she is so much more than I deserve. She’s my angel. She is everything I like about me.
This song was birthed out of my greatest frustration in life. Me. How can I be so loved, so forgiven, so free, and still stumble into the same old traps set with the same old lies. Lord, help me love you with my words, reactions, thoughts, and deeds. Let me love you with my life.
I’ve come to realize that I have the natural tendency to try and write or create something new and extraordinary to bring to a God that already has the world and little me in His hands. It’s when I realize that HE is the creator and I am the creation and He alone makes things new that I find myself humbled before Him. It’s also here that I find that I’m most usable by God to bring Him glory. What He desires from us is a humble heart.
When we adopted Hope from China, Mary Beth Chapman warned me that Chinese girls are often a little hesitant to warm up to daddy. As prepared as I thought I was, it still hit me pretty hard. She had nothing to do with me for two weeks. As I prayed and whined to God about it, He began to show me that He had come a long way for me too. And He waited for me.