For King & Country ~ O God Forgive Us

Praise the Lord for the lyrics and music from this well known contemporary Christian music group.  The words seek the Lord’s forgiveness for our sins: for His forgiveness of our ineptness, our lack of faith and obedience, and for our continual need for repentance and a contrite heart:

O God Forgive Us
​for KING & COUNTRY

Produced by Seth Mosley
Album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG.

Verified commentary by
​for KING & COUNTRY
O God Forgive Us Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We’ve prayed the prayer with no reply
Words float off into the night
Couldn’t cut our doubt with the sharpest knife
O, O God forgive us
Silence isn’t comfortable
We want drive through peace and instant hope
Our shallow faith it has left us broke
O, O God forgive us
O, O God forgive us

[Chorus]
A slave to our uncertainty
Help us with our unbelief
O, O God forgive us

[Verse 2]
Young and old, black and white
We’re rich and poor, there’s no divide
Hear the mighty, hear the powerless, singing
O, O God forgive us
O, O God forgive us

[Chorus]
A slave to our uncertainty
Help us with our unbelief
O, O God forgive us

 

[Bridge]
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide
With our white flag sailing in the night
Eyes pointed to the sky
Hands up and open wide, open wide

[Chorus]
O, O God forgive us
A slave to our uncertainty
Help us with our unbelief
O, O God forgive us

[Outro]
Run wild. To risk everything. To hold nothing back. To lay it all on the line: your reputation, your success, your comfort. It’s that moment when fear is overcome by faith. Live free. It’s not the liberty to do whatever you want whenever and wherever you want, but rather it’s living in course with the Author of humanity and finding freedom by connecting with the Creator who conceived you.  Let the light flood into your eyes for the first time. Feeling the blood course through your veins, finding the truest version of yourself by knowing the one who knows you even better than you know yourself. Love strong. Because you were first loved. Because without love we all perish. Because the earth and the stars can and will pass away, but love, love will always remain

 

 

 

 

Matthew West ~ Broken Things

Broken Things

If grace is a kingdom
I’ve stopped at the gate
Thinking I don’t deserve to pass through after all of the mistakes I’ve made
But I heard a whisper
As Heaven bent down
Said, “Child, don’t you know that the first will be last and the last get a crown?”

Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring You so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I am all Yours

The pages of history they tell me it’s true
That it’s never the perfect; it’s always the ones with the scars that You use
It’s the rebels and the prodigals; it’s the humble and the weak
The misfit heroes You chose
Tell me there’s hope for sinners like me

Grace is a kingdom
With gates open wide
There’s seat at the table just waiting for you
So, come on inside

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Jeremiah 25:3  King James Version (KJV)
3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.

Jeremiah had the task of telling the people of Judah about forthcoming judgment if they continued in sin.  He was not responsible for their response to his warning.  We have the same burden today, and again, the response is up to the individual listener.  We simply sow, water, cultivate, but God gives the increase.  Thankfully we are not called upon to generate a response.  We’re simply to be found faithful in proclaiming the Word.  Are we?  -W. H. G.

Sowing the precious seed, while the day is fast declining, Sowing the precious seed, in the twilight dim; Sowing the precious seed, neither doubting nor repining, Leaving it all to God, trusting all to Him.   -W. Ogden

Brokenness Is The Key To Salvation And Spiritual Growth

“If one does not understand brokenness, then they do not understand the Bible, salvation, or Christian growth and discipleship.”    Pastor Steve

A Few Biblical Examples Of Brokenness:

1)The Apostle Paul

2)The Life Of Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ, Especially His Experience From Gethsemane To Golgotha, Leading To Our Opportunity For Salvation

3)Old Testament Joseph

4)Moses

5)The Prodigal Son Verses His Elder Brother

6)The Contrast Of The Publican And The Pharisee Praying In The Temple

7)Job’s Amazing Suffering

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1 Peter 4:12-19  King James Version (KJV)

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

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William Booth ~ Quotable Quotation

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, made the following famous and prophetical quote about the twentieth century:

“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Was William Booth a prophet or what?  This is one of my favorite all time quotations, and found on this blog site more than once.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

Jeremy Camp – A Ministry Built On Personal Loss, Brokenness, And Ultimate Strength From The Lord

Jeremy Camp’s life was filled with suffering, prior to the ministry that has placed him in the public eye across the globe.  His wife Melissa died on February 5, 2001.  That was the springboard for his music ever since.  Now one can sense pain and suffering as a theme in all of his music, yet he finds his strength in the Lord.  His music is an autobiography.  His mere presence on videos, pictures, appearances and songs connotes one who is like his Savior – “a Man of sorrows.”   …or like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet.  Underlying his melancholy exterior, however, is a total inner peace and trust in his Lord.  He is a marvelous reflection of our suffering Savior and the Lamb of God.  Key the following link for his story:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/interviews/700club_jeremycamp02122008.aspx

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Jeremy Camp: Melissa’s Dying Wish

Melissa Camp’s Tribute Page
Interview: I Still Believe
Audra Smith Haney – 700 Club Producer

Award-winning musician, Jeremy Camp leads worship all over the world every year. Jeremy says his success was born out of a life filled with personal suffering. It began with his marriage to Melissa, a marriage Jeremy entered into knowing that the woman he loved was dying.
Jeremy remembers the day he met Melissa. He was leading worship for a church group in San Diego.
“I was singing and I looked up, and there was Melissa with her hands raised up so high. You could tell she was really worshipping Jesus,” remembers Jeremy. “I kind of joke around [now] and say, ‘I hit the wrong chords and sang a little flat.’ ”
After only a few months of dating, Jeremy was in love.
“I said, Melissa, I need to tell you something, ‘I love you.’ But she said, ‘I don’t feel the same way.’ ”
However a few months later, Jeremy received a call from Melissa, who gave him some devastating news. She had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.”
“I remember walking into the hospital, and she had just found out she had cancer, and she was smiling. I was like, ‘Why is she smiling?’ ”
“She [Melissa] said, ‘I am doing okay, because I have been thinking, if I were to die from this cancer, if one person were to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it would all be worth it.’ ”
“I was driving home that night, and I was crying, and all these emotions were coming up again. I said, ‘Lord, if she tells me she loves me, I will marry her.’ I don’t even know why I said it. It was just God preparing my heart.”
Jeremy remembers, “So, about two weeks later, I got a phone call. She [Melissa] said, ‘I need to talk to you.’ She said, ‘I know now why God wanted it to be just me and Him because He wanted to prepare me for this. But I have been praying for you for a long time, and I wanted to let you know, ‘I love you.’ ”
“It was like, we both just knew. We just knew,” says Jeremy.
Five months later, Jeremy and Melissa wed. However, during their honeymoon, Melissa started having serious stomach pains.
“So, we got back to the doctor when the honeymoon was over and the doctors pulled me aside. They had done some tests on her. They said, ‘The cancer is back.’ So I was like, ‘What can we do?’ There is nothing else we can do. It is all over her body. The doctor told Melissa she had months, maybe weeks, to live.”
“I remember her [Melissa] saying, ‘Jeremy I just want to worship the Lord right now.’ So, of course, I would pull the guitar out. It’s those moments, and we had more of those moments, where it’s not about our circumstances when we worship the Lord. He is worthy to be praised no matter what we are going through.”
On February 5, 2001, at 21-years-old, Melissa died.
“I was on my knees and I remember her sister saying, ‘She is with Jesus now.’ A grief fell over me that I can’t describe. The weight of her suffering is over, but the grief is she’s gone. We always had worship music playing in the background. I remember the Lord speaking into my heart and saying, ‘Jeremy, I want you to stand up and worship me.’ I remember standing up and raising my hands.”
“That was such a good act of obedience for me, just saying, ‘Lord, I don’t want to do this, but I know this is why I am here.’ ”
“I remember not wanting to ask God, ‘Why,’ but I finally did, and God always spoke to me. He said, ‘Jeremy, I don’t always want you to know why, because I want you to have a testimony of walking by faith.’ And I had written that song previously on our honeymoon, Walk By Faith.”
“And I look at these songs that come from it, Walk by Faith and I Still Believe. I wrote two weeks after she went to be with the Lord,” says Jeremy. “I have seen story after story of God using this whole thing to show His faithfulness to encourage people. That blows my mind realizing that Melissa made that statement, that if even one person accepts Christ. I hear thousands and thousands of stories. I remember being on my face after that realization and God said, ‘Jeremy, ‘Remember.’ ”
“When I get distracted, when I lose sight of what is going on, God will say, ‘Look at how many thousands!’ ”
Today, Jeremy is re-married and his thriving ministry is shared with his new wife, recording artist Adrienne Camp.
“From that, you have the ministry of God bringing us together — Adrienne and I, and what we have together to minister to people. And from that, two beautiful girls, who have changed my life radically. My encouragement… .do not lose heart, because our affliction is just momentary and what He is preparing for us, what He has in store for us, it will blow us away.”
“Imagine no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain… and one day we will forever be with Jesus,” he says.

…his songs to follow-

 

 

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper ~ April 21, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith Editor

Noteworthy News

China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day

Ask the average person on the street how many abortions take place in America each year, and it is likely that few…will know the answer.

The average annual number of abortions in America currently is just under one million – a number that tends to surprise and shock people.  But abortion numbers in the U.S. are small compared to those in China.

Every year more unborn babies are killed in abortions in China…than anywhere else in the world.  Breitbart News reports that according to Chinese government data, more than 63,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every single day in China.  -LifeNews.com 

Nike Making Islamic Clothing Line

After a year in the making, sports clothing company Nike is rolling out its new fashion line – Islamic friendly women’s wear that will cover customers from head to toe.

According to a report from the Independent, the fabric was made with “Middle Eastern temperatures in mind…”  (townhall.com).

Companies are willing to go many miles in the wrong direction to pick up customers – as this story reveals.

What ever happened to good ethics and decency in the business world?   -RETURN AMERICA, Dr. Ron Baity

Amen Corner

We can will to believe; and when we do, God enables us to exercise faith; and even as little as a grain of mustard seed exercised will move a mountain.  -Vance Havner

Men and women of worldly anxieties, take this message with you.  How long has God taken care of you?  quarter of the journey of life?  half of the journey of life?  Can you not trust Him the rest of the way?  -T. Dewitt Talmage

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.  -Richard Henry Lee

I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.  -John Wesley

How humiliating to find that I am pained when I learn that N_ or M_ does not like my preaching yet am so calmed when all the alphabet for years rejected my Master’s message.  -J.W. Alexander

Truth alone can stand the guns of criticism.  -Herbert Hoover

Organizations without the Holy Spirit are like mills without power.  Even a church that is thoroughly orthodox and accepts Biblical standards is as useless as are clouds without rain until endued with power from on high.   -Charles Spurgeon

 

Hillsong United ~ Nothing Like Your Love

A Taste Of Heaven Prior To Arrival…

Nothing Like Your Love
Hillsong United

Love unchanging
God Your mercy never fades
And I’m surrounded
By Your compassion and Your grace
Your love
Brighter than the sun
More beautiful than words could ever say
This endless light
Shining over all
It leads me to Your glory everlasting
In Your kindness
For the broken and the lost
You gave Your only Son
To bear my shame upon the cross
Your love
Brighter than the sun
More beautiful than words could ever say
This endless light
Shining over all
It leads me to Your glory everlasting
Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is nothing like
Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is…

Exodus 2:11-15, Moses’ School – The University Of Hard Knocks ~ Part 3 Of 3

Course #4 – Intermediate Loneliness   In a period of twenty four hours, Moses found himself isolated from every relationship that he ever enjoyed.  One day he was a leader in the Pharaoh’s palace, the next day he led scorpions in the desert.  God led Moses into the desert to teach him to lead.  A leader is not a leader until he has learned to follow.  God would not use Moses until Moses had learned to submit to God and to submit to His timetable.  So Moses was alone.  God, in His wisdom, at times will separate us from our normal network of family and friends.  Isolation is an opportunity to get to know Him better.

Conclusion   Moses felt like an absolute failure.  He lost his career, status, reputation, family, friends and future.  But he was not a failure.  God took him aside to take some courses.  These courses have to do with character development.  God was not trying to ruin Moses.  He was rebuilding him so that he could be used strategically.  …And the people God loves to use most are those who have learned to depend completely upon Him.  For many of us self-sufficient, confident types, that does not come easily.  Our society is intoxicated with worldly success.  But if you know Christ, you know that FAILURE IS THE BACKDOOR OF SUCCESS.  God uses our failure to equip us for future success.  Has God enrolled you in a Masters of Character Acquisition (M.C.A.) program?  That is good company my friend.  God does not enroll anyone, only those with a special work.  When you graduate, there will be no ceremony, sheepskin diploma, class ring, and a cap and gown.  But you will have the approval and certification of the Master Himself.  …And God does not make any junk!

Failure is the backdoor of God turning you into a success, and fully equipping you for the Master’s use.

In Christ, Pastor Steve

Exodus 2:11-15, Moses’ School – The University Of Hard Knocks ~ Part 2 Of 3

Course #2 – Advanced Obscurity   Moses went from the penthouse to the outhouse.  A somebody to a nobody.  Moses was overconfident.  The remedy for overconfidence – obscurity.  Midian is a barren area without restaurants, servants and chariots.  It is a great place to learn obscurity.  In 40 years of obscurity, solitude and quietness, God rebuilt Moses from the inside out.  Illustrations- Elijah had his Tishbia and Beersheba, Jesus had His wilderness, and Paul had his Arabia.  God still enrolls folks in Advanced Obscurity.  As we frantically pursue the American Dream, we do not have time for this.  That is why God steps in and changes our circumstances.  Obscurity is tough, especially when you are in a hurry to climb the corporate ladder.  But God wants you to climb the CHARACTER ladder.  TRIALS build character.  Perhaps it is an obscure job going nowhere; maybe it is an illness that knocked you down and took you from your routine.  It is here, that God works on us.  But we often do not understand what God is doing, and that leads to our next course:

Course #3 – Remedial Waiting   Moses was nearly 40, and in a hurry to get with the program.  Peter Marshall states:  “We are in such a hurry that we hate to miss one panel of a revolving door.”  You and I are in a hurry, and God is not.  God does not fax character to us overnight.  It takes a lot of time to build character.  Can you believe God took 40 years to build character into the life of Moses?  Most of us want character in 40 minutes.  Moses was in a hurry to deliver his suffering countrymen, but he overlooked one thing – Character development comes before ministry.  Perhaps you are waiting – for a promotion, to conceive a child, waiting for a business to turn around, waiting for employment, for a house to sell, etc., etc.  We are right on His schedule.  He is working on your character, molding it as He sees the need.