Word Cloud Bible

A four-minute early 21st Century meditation on a collection of treasured ancient documents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmNnXRfTjZ8&feature=player_embedded#!

Song: Jesus Is the Answer

Andrae Crouch and the Disciples perform Jesus Is the Answer

I think Andrae wrote this song and I think it’s his sister Sandra who sings the solo.  I’ve always loved this song. 

(There’s actually no video other than the image you see.  The song lasts about five minutes.  Lyrics can be found here.)

“Our God” – Chorus: But if Our God Is Greater, Who Is Us?

I love this song.  However, I only love it when the words “Us” and “Our” refer to the whole human race.  When I think that someone might be singing it while thinking that “Us” and “Our” refer only to a particular group of human beings (e.g. a religious group, an ethnic group, the group singing it, or any other subset of humanity), it makes me sad.

The God of all humanity is greater, and He will take us all to heaven because of His great love (Everyone Is Going to Heaven).  Therefore, let us all live before Him in humble gratitude and reverent awe because of His righteous judgments (Judgment Is Upon Us).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlA5IDnpGhc&feature=related

Common refrains of this chorus:

  • “Water You turned into wine, opened the eyes of the blind.”
  • “There’s no one like you, none like You.”
  • “Our God is healer, awesome in power.”

“Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Is All About?” – Charlie Brown

This brief article from Christianity Today tells the story behind the inclusion of Luke’s gospel account of the Savior’s birth in the classic holiday special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  It comes from a much longer article from The Washington Post about the creation of the special on the 45th anniversary of its first showing in 1965.

Would that all parts of the Savior’s life story be told in all parts of our lives!

Two Outbursts of “Hallelujah!” in Unlikely but Entirely Appropriate Places

We are more accustomed to hearing Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus in churches and concert halls.  And we are even more accustomed to its audiences being self-selected – that is, the audience attends precisely because it wants to hear this music.

How wonderful then that these two videos (both occurred in Christmas season 2010) were at a department store and food court respectively, and that the audiences were entirely surprised by it all.  Would that there were even more spontaneous outbursts of praise to our God Jesus Christ!  Rather than calling it a “random act of culture” (as the signs had it near the end of the first video), let us call it a “random act of righteousness,” or a “random act of praise,” or a “random act of sanity.”  Whether by such a majestic choral composition or by the humble spoken words of a single individual, and whether in a grand concert hall or in the everyday places that we live our lives, glorifying our Creator and Redeemer is simply the right thing to do.

Let all the earth praise Him and let us praise Him in every place, for He is our God and we are His people!

A Redefining Orientation to Christmas

This video puts the Christmas season in its proper light – its overwhelming Light!

The song was written by David Meece.  The music provides an appropriate setting for the powerful lyrics (which are included).  It’s performed by Avalon.

Try to watch it when you can set aside five undisturbed minutes so that you can experience the full impact.

Indeed, we are the reason that He gave His life.  By “we” I mean all of us, for everyone is going to heaven.