Well, they got what they might have been aiming for…a little publicity (though it was not stated) and a lot of love for their new worship CD – Valley of Vision – that will be released in August. I am so thankful for the Sovereign Grace Ministry. You can get two free songs here:

The Precious Blood
By Your Wounds (for this one you will need a promotional code of FREEDOWNLOAD)

The promotion ends July 13th.

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Returning

Return ArrowLike a long, boring letter or conversation, there’s a tendency to tune out. I pray I haven’t bored you by my long silence. Life has been full of many winding turns over the last year and I am just now getting my feet under me. I am re-thinking and re-tooling my blogging and writing.

I would like for you to enter the conversation and be a part of this part process blog, part resourcing blog, part rumination blog. Would you help me by sending me questions or topics you’d like me to deal with? You can send me an email or make a comment on this post.

I wait. . .

Newtown

If you haven’t heard yet, yesterday marked a dark point in our nation’s history. In Newtown, CT 20 children and 8 adults were shot and killed; all but one victim (the assailant’s mother) were killed at Sandy Creek Elementary School.

 

There are a lot of questions and a lot of grief and a lot of anger as people reflect on the lives of those who were murdered—most of whom were 5-10 years old. I am acutely aware of the sadness and are numb to the fact that evil can and will visit any corner of our globe. Let’s pray for the families who have lost sweet children during this Advent Season. I spent a few extra minutes snuggling with my 6 and 4 year old last night; I’d encourage you to do the same.

 

And in light of Christ’s birth as a child, I was reminded of the horrific events surrounding Christ’s first coming. Matthew tells us in his gospel of such a gruesome action:

Matt. 2:16   Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

Matt. 2:18    “A voice was heard in Ramah,

                        weeping and loud lamentation,

                        Rachel weeping for her children;

                        she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

 

The one who was supposed to protect the innocent, murdered them due to pride and wickedness in his heart.

As the decibel level increased by the cries of mothers and fathers who saw their children murdered, the wrath of God’s anger increased. Yet we know how the story ends, don’t we? The wrath that we all deserve as murderers of neighbors (by casting an angry eye upon them). Liars. Adulterers. Thieves. Unrighteous. We know that the wrath of God welled up and was poured out upon. . .his Son. Let us never forget the death that Christ died offers hope for all those who have lost hope and cannot be comforted.
May we, with Israel of old, cry out, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus. Set all that is wrong to right.”

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Modernizing Hymnody

I have thoroughly enjoyed the new renditions of old hymns from these folks.

Many times I have found the tune, beat, and the syncopation of days gone by in some songs a little awkward in the corporate gathering. The need to freshen up and make contemporary the old, powerful lyric of yesteryear has been great. I am thankful for tis project and listen to it regularly. It is mor than merely adding a nice drum beat and an electric guitar…

Stream three of their new songs from their forthcoming fourth album for free.