Singing In My Soul

Have you ever heard a Christian song that’s so good, you can’t seem to get it out of your mind?

Singing in my soulYou may find yourself humming it throughout the day.

I admit it, I constantly have a song in my heart.

I’m not only singing it everywhere, I’m singing in my soul!

Why not?

Share your joy.

Go ahead, grab that hairbrush, use the handle like a microphone, and sing like no one’s watching.

Disclaimer: Someone may be watching.

They might even say you’ve lost your mind.

It’s okay. They probably don’t like rainbows or puppies either.  😉

Singing Along With Zach

When I first heard Zach William’s song, “Old Church Choir,” I just knew I wanted to share it here on my blog.

You may have heard of him. Williams is a Grammy-nominated Christian vocalist, musician, and songwriter.

Here’s “Old Church Choir” from his album, “Chain Breaker.”

Please enjoy.

Love the melody and the uplifting words!

*I’ve got an old church choir singing in my soul
I’ve got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
I’ve got a heart overflowing cause I’ve been restored
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

 

– Zach Williams from the “Chain Breaker” CD

Zach’s Life-Changing Testimony

Zach Williams has a beautiful testimony of God’s grace.

A former rock star, he spent years following a dangerous path, fueled with drugs and alcohol. Through God’s grace and providence, Williams eventually found his way back to God.

He shares some of his life story in this short video.

William’s album “Chain Breaker” has received rave reviews – 4 1/2 stars on Amazon.

You can find his latest cross-country tour information here. http://zachwilliamsmusic.com/

Love and God bless

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*Williams, Zach. “Old Church Choir.” Chain Breaker. Provident, 2017. CD.

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When Life Gets Absurd

Hello, everyone!

Does life get absurd for you sometimes?

Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

At one time or another, things start to zigzag, and we get a little hitch in our get-along.  😉

Maybe a good belly laugh might help you feel better.

Do you love to laugh?

I sure do, especially those moments when something is so funny, that I almost fall off my chair.

when life gets absurd

Amen to some laughter therapy.

Sign me up!

First and foremost, we must remember that Almighty God is in control. Secondly, and for our own sanity, we need to make time to laugh.

Make Time To Laugh

Laughter can equal joy.

Have you laughed yet today?

Let me see if I can help.

Have you ever seen a Tim Hawkins concert in person?

Hawkins is a Christian comedian, and he’s hilarious.

I’m talking laugh-out-loud funny.

My husband and I saw him perform live, and – no kidding – I was laughing so much that my jaws hurt.

I love that Hawkins finds comedy in the most mundane things of life. His humor reminds me a little bit of Seinfeld, except it’s safe for the whole family.

Besides his hilarious view on life, Hawkins is also a talented singer and guitarist and incorporates musical parodies into his act as well.

Just in case he does not appear in your area, I’ve attached a few of his clips below.

This first one is about moms and the things they said to us as kids.

Men and women couldn’t be more different. Whether it’s how we order food or the things we dream about, sometimes it gets hysterical, right?

I think this is one of his funniest skits.

Tim Hawkins plays to sell-out crowds all over the United States. If you get a chance, check out his website to see if his latest tour is coming to your area.

Sending love and the hope that these clips may have brightened your day!

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*Chuck Swindoll quotation, as quoted from Christianquotes.info.

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The Movie The Case For Christ

The Movie, “The Case For Christ.”

Have you seen Pure Flix’s new movie, “The Case For Christ?”

If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend it.

What are you waiting for? 🙂

Go! Go!

Seriously folks, you never know how long movies will last in the theaters, especially good Christian films.

You may remember the title is also a best-selling book written by Lee Strobel.

By the way, Strobel’s book was one of the first I read when I converted to Christianity 20 years ago.

The movie The Case For Christ

It’s an awesome book and, in my humble opinion, the film is just as compelling.

An Intriguing Movie

Who is this Strobel guy anyway and why is his story so appealing?

Lee Strobel is a former award-winning journalist for the Chicago Tribune, among other publications.

He’s also a former atheist.

Whoa, the “A” word.

In the blogging world, atheists are often the same men and women who will pick a fight over any mention of God just for the point of arguing and name-calling.

I love to see how God works in people’s lives, especially former atheists.

Strobel’s early cynicism and eagerness to disprove Christianity was the exact provocation that eventually, in God’s perfect timing, ended up leading the author to Christ.

Strobel is another great example why we need to pray for the atheists in our lives. There is hope for their salvation. (See the beautiful account of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9:1-22.)

A Skeptic’s Skeptic

In the early days of his marriage, Strobel was a skeptic’s skeptic, as far as Christianity was concerned.

He didn’t even want to hear about his wife’s newfound faith.

Strobel tried to avoid all things Christianity, but God is providential and bigger than any man’s resistance to God’s plan for his salvation.

*On November 8, 1981, I realized that my biggest objection to Jesus also had been quieted by the evidence of history. I found myself chuckling at how the tables had been turned. In light of the convincing facts I had learned during my investigation, in the face of this overwhelming avalanche of evidence in the case for Christ, the great irony is this: It would require much more faith for me to maintain my atheism than to trust in Jesus of Nazareth! – Author, Lee Strobel.

I don’t want to ruin the movie or the book for you, so I won’t give out much more information than what I’ve already shared. The book provides a lot more detail than the movie can in a little over an hour long, so it’s worth taking the time to check them both out.

I believe this movie is a must-see, despite what the jaded mainstream critics say.

Bring Kleenex, Just In Case

Is the movie a tearjerker?

For me, it was. (The lady in front of us was also dabbing tears!)

The film’s list of actors includes Mike Vogel, (also appeared in “The Help”), Erika Christensen, and Faye Dunaway.

The movie, “The Case For Christ,” is currently playing in select theaters nationwide.

God bless

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*Strobel, Lee. (1998). The Case For Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. Quotation from page 265. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House.

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A Prayer of Thanks and Praise

Hello, everyone!

Did you have a good Easter?

I thank God for the beautiful day that it was, for the blessed time of singing and worship at church, and most importantly that we serve a Risen Savior!

a blessed Easter

Hallelujah!

Every day we should thank God for His blessings.

We should also thank God for who He is.

Praising God for who He is, should be a priority in our lives as Christians, and yet sometimes it takes a back seat when daily responsibilities crowd out what’s most important.

Why is that?

Jesus prayed.

The one and only Son of Holy God prayed.

What in my, or your life, is so important that we sometimes put off our quiet time with Jesus until the next day or the next?

Regaining Time With God

Prayer of Thanks and Praise

With humility, and also because I’m the queen of “gotta do this, gotta do that,” I am purposefully sitting down to write a gratitude prayer to the Almighty.

There is no greater sacrifice than that of His Son, Jesus Christ.

A Prayer of Thanks and Praise

Heavenly Father, we don’t thank you enough for who You are – the Father of absolute truth in a world of confusion.

Your holiness is unmatched. We can never attain holiness on earth and yet, by the grace of Jesus Christ alone, we can approach Your throne with humility and ask for Your forgiveness.

There is nothing and no one more important than You.

You formed this big world out of nothingness.

It is Your masterpiece.

Because you are Good and Holy, You have blessed us with Your magnificent creation.

Gratitude can’t adequately describe the feeling of knowing that You care about us that much.

Even the most talented artist comes to Your throne empty-handed because the magnitude of Your perfect creation and design are beyond all human skill and comprehension.

We thank You, Lord, for Your infinite mercy and patience with us.

How many opportunities have we missed to tell You how much we love You?

Your love for us is perfect.

Nothing conceived in our imaginations can even come close to how big and powerful You are.

Countless times in Your providence You have protected us from unseen dangers. Thank You!

We deserve nothing, Father, and we know we can’t earn Your saving grace. That would diminish what happened to Your Son on the Cross.

You, our Most High God, are perfect.

Our lives are not perfect, no matter what we share on social media.

We are a broken people in need of more You.

There is nowhere we can hide from sunlight to sundown.

You are there.

Time is not a barrier to You, Eternal Father.

We praise you because You reign forever and ever.

Thank You, Father, for who You are – the Great I Am.

Amen!

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*Ole Hallesby quotation, pastor, and theologian (1879-1961, public domain/fair use and as quoted from Christian quotes.info

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Happy Easter 2017

Happy Easter 2017!

Are you ready for Easter?

We sure are!

Easter 2017

It’s such a beautiful and blessed time of year.

We are celebrating life at our house, in more ways than one.

Spring flowers are blooming in our garden.

Easter 2017

The weather is getting much better, and hopefully, no more hail stones for awhile. Our flowers took a pounding from the recent storm, but they’re coming back, more beautiful than ever.

Life in all its beauty, given to us by God alone.

An Easter Surprise

*NG just sent us her latest coloring project.

Isn’t she talented?

We love this little Easter blessing from one of our sponsor children.

Easter is here

He is Risen indeed!

Christ alone is our hope, and through Him, we can have salvation and eternal life. Praise the Lord!

Victory, Not Failure

The Cross was not a failure.

Please don’t let anyone steal your joy saying something heretical like that.

As Christians, we know by our faith that we have victory through the Cross, not defeat.

Did Christ rise from the dead?

Jesus told his disciples it would happen. See Matthew 20:18-19. Not believing these very words of our Savior is a marker that a person’s faith is on shaky ground.

The Key To Life Everlasting

We deserve nothing more than God’s wrath. Our penalty, rightfully, is death, but God loves us so much that He sent His Son to bear our punishment.

**Only God could know what it would take to make a sinner acceptable to Him so that that sinner could escape eternal hell and live in the very presence of God in His own house.

 

Only God could determine how the spiritual nature and the supreme authority and the unchangeable perfection of His law which is holy, just and good could be completely satisfied and the lawbreaker completely justified and rightly and purely forgiven and accepted, though fallen, guilty and depraved. – Pastor-teacher, John MacArthur, from Grace To You.

Forgiven And Accepted

Christ died for those He saves. As wretched sinners deserving only God’s punishment, we can fully embrace His love in our brokenness.

Happy Easter 2017

From our home to yours, wishing a joyous Easter to you and yours!

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*NG’s fullname withheld for privacy.
**John MacArthur quote is from a sermon originally appearing here at Grace to You

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