Awesome Video: African Gospel Reggae - Heavenly Home


Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.



I found this video recently and have fallen in love with it.

There is not a lot of information about it except these brief words from its YouTube description:

Africa Gospel music, African Reggae musician Jimmy with "Heavenly Home".


Turn it up...or put your head phones on...and sing along!  (I'ver transcribed it as best I can below)  :) 





"Heavenly Home" (Lyrics)

(Spoken)

Heaven is a Home for the Righteous,
A place we should all aspire to be one day,
With a Crown on our head and light of glory all around us!
Don't miss it!


(Instrumental)


(Vocals)

Heavenly Home, Is my internal inspiration,
Heavenly Home, Is my internal inspiration,
I run after grace, There is a Home waiting for me,
I run after grace, There is a Crown waiting for me,

Just one day,



(ooooo-yeah)

Heavenly Home, Is my internal inspiration,
Heavenly Home, Is my internal inspiration,
I run after grace, There is a Home waiting for me,
I will run after grace, There is a Crown waiting for me,

Just one day,

(oooooo-Heavenly Home)


(Female voices with response)


Heaven, (Heaven) Is the Home for the Righteous, (Is the Home for the Righteous),
Heaven, Is the Home for the Righteous, (Righteous One's Home),

Heaven, (A Place made of Gold), Is the Home for the Righteous, (I want to go to Heaven),

Just one day,


Heaven is my home, Is my Home,


Heaven, (A Place made of Gold), Is the Home for the Righteous, (Heaven is my Home)

Heaven, Is the Home for the Righteous, (Is the Home for the Righteous)
Heaven, (I know, I know), Is the Home for the righteous, (I want to be there),

Just one day,

Heaven, Heaven, Heaven, Heaven, Heaven, A Place for the Righteous


(Spoken)

Heaven is my Home, the Place I want to be,

A Place of Glory, Hallelujah!



(Vocals)

Heavenly Home, Should be the Hope of the Righteous man,
Heavenly Home, Should be the Hope of the Righteous man

A Place made of Gold, Should be the Hope of the Righteous man,
A Place full of Joy, Should be the Hope for the Righteous,

Just one day,



(oooooo-yeah)


Heavenly Home, Should be the Hope of the Righteous man,
Heavenly Home, Should be the Hope of the Righteous man,
A Place made of Gold, Should be the Hope of the Righteous,

A Place full of Joy, Should be the Hope for the Righteous,

Just one day

Heavenly Home, Yeah




(Spoken)



Don't miss it my brother!


It's a Place made of Gold,

I know it's my home, I want to be there,



(Vocals)


Heaven, Is the Home for the Righteous, (Is the Home of the Righteous Man)

Heaven, Is the Home for the Righteous, (Yea, will no be fornicator there)

Heaven, (No liar, no cheat), Is the Home for the Righteous,

Just one day,

Heaven is my Home

Etc


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Christmas Flash Mob Video - Journey of Faith Church - South Bay Galleria


I love this comment on the following video:

"I am often fearful about the future of America but every now and then I get a glimpse of the country I love."


About the video belowJourney of Faith Church in Manhattan Beach California performed a Christmas "Flash Mob" at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach on December 18, 2010.

It is very touching to see shoppers of all ages stop, listen...and many start to sing along.  Trust me...you'll want to watch the video unfold until at least the 4:15 minute mark.

If you are not moved at that point I'll gladly refund your money!  ; )


As I wrote in a recent post about another Christmas Flash mob, December 6, 2012
- Awesome Video: Hallelujah Chorus - Mall Food Court Flash Mob:

"As numerous Christian monuments and displays are legally challenged and removed, and our school systems try to silence their Christian students free speech, and businesses try to remove "Christ" from Christmas and refer to it as "the Holidays"...these flash mobs bring to mind Jesus' words on His triumphal entry into Jerusalem in Luke 19:37-40:

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
 
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”





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Awesome Video: CeeLo Green - Mary Did You Know


"Mary Did You Know" performed by CeeLo Green featuring scenes from THE BIBLE, produced by Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) and Touched By An Angel with Roma Downey.

(More about CeeLo Green at the bottom of this page *)

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Mary Did You Know - Lyrics   
Public Domain


Mary, did you know,
That your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know,
That your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know,
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
And this child that you've delivered,
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know,
That your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know,
That your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know,
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby,
You've kissed the face of god?


Public Domain: Book Of Kells
"Chi Rho Iota" Page
    More info below 

Oh, Mary, did you know?
Mary, did you know?

The blind will see,
The deaf will hear,
And the dead will live again,
The lame will leap,
The dumb will speak,
The praises of the lamb?

Mary, did you know,
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know,
That your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know,
That your baby boy is Heaven's Perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding,
Is The Great I AM?


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Luke 1:26-55 (NIV)


The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.  



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Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

 

 

 

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Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

 
 
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May God Bless you this Christmas Season...and may you KNOW the GREAT I AM!!



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*  CeeLo Green parents were ordained ministers. His father died in 1976 when he was two years old. His mother was involved in a car crash in 1990, leaving her paralyzed, and she then died after the accident in 1992.

Cee Lo said her death led him into depression and that his mother's death was a defining moment to "crossing that threshold over into a career". He defines himself now as a Pantheist.
...

So is it possible for God to still speak through CeeLo?

The Bible says the high priest Caiaphas, who was trying to put Jesus to death, prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation.... (John 11:47-52).

On his way into Jerusalem, Jesus said that if the people praising him were silenced that the rocks and stones would cry aloud.

So I believe yes...God can use the voice and talents of CeeLo (and producer Mark Burnett of Survivor and The Voice fame).

And perhaps CeeLo will find that still small voice speaking back to him through his own music.
 
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†   The Chi Rho Iota Cross is formed by superimposing a letter I (Greek: Iota - the first letter of Ιησουσ (Iesous: 'Jesus') on the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" = Christ.
 
 
 

Awesome Video: Hallelujah Chorus - Mall Food Court Flash Mob


Images are Screen Captures from the video

Although I saw this for the first time earlier this year, I've waited to post it until now because it begins with a mall pianist in a Santa hat playing Jingle Bells. :)

The Story:

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On November 13, 2012 unsuspecting shoppers eating lunch at a Food Court in the Seaway Mall in Welland, Ontario, Canada were treated to a performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.


You can see that many in the crowd are surprised and perhaps a bit stunned, some are amused, while still others stand and join in on the singing (lyrics below).

A quick internet search reveals that more and more of these 'flash mobs" are going into malls and other places and performing Christian music and Christmas Carols.


As numerous Christian monuments and displays are legally challenged and removed, and our school systems try to silence their Christian students free speech, and businesses try to remove "Christ" from Christmas and refer to it as "the Holidays"...these flash mobs bring to mind Jesus' words on His  triumphal entry into Jerusalem in Luke 19:37-40:

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When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:


38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”



40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”




 
 
 
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!




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Praise Video: He Knows My Name - Featuring Joseph Larson

SonLife Singer Joseph Larson

Hello!

Recently, I discovered SonLife Broadcasting Network on Channel 22.3 in Phoenix, Arizona.

SonLife is a somewhat new Christian Network by Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

Wait!  Who??  Jimmy Swaggart???

Some of you may be saying:  "Isn't he that disgraced evangelist who was discredited in the late 1980's and early 90's?"

Yup...one in the same.

So I began watching this new discovery with a little skepticism.

One of the first things I realized about SonLife's 24 hour a day programing...is that the music is AMAZING!!!!

It is uplifting, often uptempo, and has a modern southern gospel-country church-tent revival feel that my ear just loves!

And the musicians are some of the best I've ever seen!


Jimmy is still preaching along with his wife, son, grandson and others.

After watching SonLife for a week or so, one day I was reminded of the scripture: 

1 John 2:19 (NIV):  "They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us."


And I thought about this man who is still preaching the Gospel 20 plus years after his public fall...laboring for 2 decades generally out of the larger public spotlight....and I decided this was proof to me of Swaggart's genuine faith!

Born in 1937, Jimmy is now 77 years old and I believe from watching him he and his ministry have been completely restored to God.

Is he or his ministry perfect?  No...as nothing man does is!!  But SonLife declares the true message that Jesus is Lord and the son of God, that God raised him from the dead, and we find salvation through faith in Him alone.


I often leave the TV on when I'm home and turn up the volume a bit so even when I'm in other rooms I can hear Jimmy's anointed musicians praising God!

I'd never heard the song "He Knows My Name" before and love the way Swaggart's Praise team performs it.

Give it a listen...and put any old preconceived notions you have about Jimmy aside...and let the music Bless you!

  


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Funny Video: Me!Church

Hello!

I grew up in churches but have been out of the church for a while and recently with a renewed faith have been church shopping, literally going to at least two dozen looking for the right fit.

One Sunday morning I admitted that to a church member where I was visiting, and he seemed to reply rather disdainfully, "Oh, so you're a church shopper."

Images are Screen Captures from the video

Having heard this before...it seems many in the Christian church believe that you should simply start attending a nearby church and become a member there.

B
ut when else does that ever apply?

Do we buy the first car we test drive...or the first home "for sale" we visit?

Of course, as in love, some people are Blessed to find the right match on the first try...but don't most of us look and search for almost everything before finding the right match?


Don't most of us spend time finding the right college/university, mechanic, doctor, lawyer, accountant etc, etc, etc?


Have you ever heard someone say that after they discovered their favorite restaurant that they go way out of their way to dine there, because they love the food, the service, and deserts etc"?

So shouldn't we look for the right church home...until we find it?

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The upside to all my searching is that I've certainly seen a lot of different worship...umm...rather to say..."styles" of church services.

From the quaint old fashioned, but quite "dead" little churches singing hymns from many decades ago...to dazzling MEGA-Churches with thousands of members, a modern light show and rockin' "praise" band.

I've attended churches who advertise themselves like a night club and who's messages seemed designed to entertain and wow...but aspired to little else.

I've heard sermons where the only focus was SEX, SEX, SEX and have felt in my spirit pastors "ooze" sexual lust from the pulpit.

 I've sat in churches and received mechanical "hello's and welcome's"...which is only slightly better than churches where I've come and gone and was literally not greeted in any way.

Recently, I attended a service where they turned off the lights, and while the preacher prayed loudly into the microphone people shouted prayers all over the room.  It was bedlam...and not the order Paul commands in 1 Corinthians 14.

So, yes, I'm still looking and pray that in time I can find a church to call home.  (I do plan to go back to one soon that I've attended a few times, where I was given a friendly greeting and the Spirit of God seemed to be there!)

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Perhaps all my searching is why I found the video "meChurch" so amusing.

Even if you love your church and didn't have a hard time finding it...you may enjoy it as well.

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Moving Video: Indonesia's Kimyal People Welcome First New Testament In Their Language!

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In the United States and many places in the world, a large number of people take the Bible for granted.

In fact seeing a Gideon Bible, free for the taking in hotels and motels across the U.S. has become the butt of jokes for comedians and TV sit-coms.

But recently I've watched two DVD's that really opened my eyes to the fact that many people literally gave up their lives through the ages to give us Bibles in our own languages.  (More on those in future posts)

So one might begin to assume that most everyone in the world already has a copy of the Bible in their own language.

But earlier this year,
 posted a wonderful video on YouTube of Indonesia's Kimyal people "dancing, weeping and praying," as they "welcome God's Word into their remote village."

It is quite moving!

As the description below the video on YouTube states it wasn't without loss: 

"Work on the translation of the New Testament into Kimyal was begun in 1963 by Regions Beyond Mission Union (now World Team) missionaries Phil and Phyliss Masters who moved to West Papua, Indonesia, to evangelise the Kimyal people.


Sadly, Phil Masters and a fellow missionary Stan Dale were killed by members of the neighbouring Yali tribe and the translation work was halted. However, the work eventually resumed and the New Testament was completed in early 2010 by a Kimyal translation team led by another World Team missionary, Rosa Kidd.

The Kimyal New Testament was published by the Indonesian Bible Society in March 2010, and was welcomed by the community during a highly emotional celebration in Korupun, West Papua."






 
“To Him who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb, be blessing
and honor and glory
and dominion forever and ever.”
 
 
 
 

Video: Daves Highway Performs Lead Me To The Cross (by Hillsong)

A while ago I was surfing on YouTube and came across Dave's Highway, a young gospel group from Mississippi.
A screen capture from the video

I remember being impressed with their music and thought that if they kept at it they would simply get better and better.


Just today I saw a more recent video of them performing "Lead Me To The Cross" by Hillsong and they had in fact improved a great deal.

Posted on April 2, 2011, and recorded live in what appears to be their living room Erika 13 (on keys), Zachary 15 (on guitar), and Delaney 16 create a very beautiful version of this song.

They announced then that they had a new CD coming out with 10 of their own songs.



I've provided a link at the bottom of this post to their YouTube channel where you can see and hear more of their music, learn more about how to support them, purchase their music, and link with them on Facebook, etc.



Lead Me To The Cross - Lyrics

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemption's hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss

Chorus:
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Oh Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and tried
Human
The word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you're risen
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as loss

Chorus

Bridge:
To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

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Dave's Highway on YouTube

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A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
 
 
 

Christian Music: Don Francisco - He's Alive


In 1980, Christian music pioneer Don Francisco won a Dove "Song of the Year" Award, for his recording "He's Alive".

Written from the point of view of Peter, one of Jesus' Disciples, just after His crucifixion and death on the cross.

The song puts into emotion what the disciples must have felt in the hours and days after Jesus' death and then the excitement of discovering the empty tomb!


 

Visit Don Francisco's website to learn more about his career and current ministry.

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Peter & John Run to the Sepulchre
(Saint Pierre et Saint Jean courent au sépulcre)
James Tissot

 

 

 

John 20:1-8 (NIV)


The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.








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Country Gospel Music: Alison Krauss - Jacob's Dream


55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

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Lyrics below




Jacob's Dream

In the spring of 1856 with the snow still on the ground
Two little boys were lost in the mountains above the town
The father went out hunting the boys had stayed behind
While mother tended to her chores they wandered from her side

The two had gone to follow him and lost their way instead
By dusk the boys had not been found and fear had turned to dread
200 men had gathered there to comb the mountain side
The fires were built on the highest peak in hopes they'd see the light


William-Adolphe Bouguereau 
Song of the Angels (1881)


Oh mommy and daddy why can't you hear our cries
The day is almost over, soon it will be night
We're so cold and hungry and our feet are tired and sore
We promise not to stray again from our cabin door


Now Jacob Dibert woke one night from a strange and erie dream
He saw a path between two hills near a dark and swollen stream
He told his wife he saw the boys huddled close beside a log
For two more nights the dream returned this vision sent from God

Oh mommy and daddy why can't you hear our cries
The day is almost over, soon it will be night
We're so cold and hungry and our feet are tired and sore
We promise not to stray again from our cabin door


a thousand men had searched in vain the west side of Bob's creek
But Jacob's wife knew of this place and said to travel east
With a guide to take him there, Jacob came upon the scene
And found the boys cold and still beneath the old birch tree



Oh mommy and daddy, look past the tears you cry
We're both up in Heaven now, God is by our side
As you lay us down to rest in the presence of the Lord
Know that we will meet you here at Heaven's door

Oh mommy and daddy, look past the tears you cry
We're both up in Heaven now, God is by our side
And as you lay us down to rest in the presence of the Lord
Know that we will meet you here at Heaven's door


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