ALIENS

Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world for by Christ we are called (Romans 12). This world is sinful, if we are with Christ we are set apart from the world. So. if we are not of this world but in this world what does that make those of us who are true, confessing Christians? Aliens. We are foreigners living in a strange land.

I was recently listening to Lecrae and his song Aliens came across my ears. In it he, with the rhythmic assistance of Tedashii, uses “aliens” as an acronym.

A – A whole notha kind of folks, kinda slow. But we gotta go cause the world’s so Ill.
L – Livin’ the life and livin’ it right, and livin’ for Christ and that’s real in the field
I- Intelligent but irrelavent without Christ, it’s nothing but another sin element
E- Eternal purpose, without it this earth is dead and worthless
N- Never stop giving Him props, giving Him praise now until the end of our days
S- Seek Him and please Him and let the people know that they need Him

Aliens! New Creations, new free agents, ain’t signed to sin
What the world do, we don’t do
Cause we wanna do what the Lord does; Christ within our system
Listen our mission’s the Great Commisssion, we come here to represent Him
That’s why we call ourself Christianans, Ha, Let me spit another line
For the Plumbline and the Frontline one time on the front lines
keep holdin’ it down for all the pilgrims
All over the world representing for the bloodline

Check out the song online.

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12 Years…Where Were You?

Today marks 12 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

12 years…

It is astonishing how quickly the time has gone by, but I have never forgotten what it was like that morning. I was in the 7th grade, and I remember it like it was just yesterday. I never thought I would remember a single day so clearly, but I do.

My parents woke me up early and told me to go look at the tv. This was weird for two reasons: both of my parents were in my room and they told me watch tv…I spent the next few hours glued to the tv, watching attack after attack. Those new stories and images are forever burned into my mind’s eye.

I was at home with my family, before going to school and being with my friends…where were you?

Great I Am

When I was with my church at camp a couple weeks ago, I was introduced to a new worship song. I know it has been around for a couple years, but it was the first time I remember hearing it. Since camp, it has become one of my all time favorite songs. It is a little bit funny though, no matter what artist I hear cover it, I still picture our band at camp playing together and the students worshiping as one. Such a powerful song!

Hallelujah, holy, holy
God Almighty, the great I AM
Who is worthy, none beside Thee
God Almighty, the great I AM

Risen!

This song is powerful any time of year, but especially so during the Easter season.

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

King Intro

The following is from Christian rapper and spoken word artist Lecrae.

King Intro:

Lets establish that He’ Israel’ King
So in Matthew 1 and 1 and on the 1:17,
We see His lineage and trace way back into time
That legally He was fine in the Davidic line
And genealogically He’ still King of the Jews
Cause the Book of Luke exposes genetical clues
See a true King
though He didn’t do it in the physical,
He brought a new covenant to free ‘im in the spiritual
And after sometime,
Wise men from the east came looking for the new born king in the streets
I know some of you dudes may cruise a 4Runner
But Christ had the dude He used as a forerunner
And no promoter gunna cut it like the John the Baptist
You need publicity stunts so you datin’ an actress
A real King has somebody bringin’ the news
That his kingdoms ahead and they ain’t fit to lace up his shoes
So tell me who’s the one anointing all these so called kings?
They all self proclaimed and man, that’s a dangerous thing

-Lecrae

After The Music Stops

The Fight Against

Just a few weeks ago, my family received news that impacted us like no new has before: cancer had entered our immediate family. On November 27th I received the call that my mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Now, I have known other families who have had this tragic news called into their lives, but it is still hard to imagine that it has been brought into my family. I cannot fully remember what I felt in the moment I was told…I remember being in absolute shock and feeling numb that it had happened. In fact, I got into my car and drove the hour and a half straight home to see my mom. We spent some time talking and praying together, with some tears mixed in throughout.

In our desperation and despair, my mom and I did what we knew to be right, although difficult: we turned it over to God. We could sit around forever asking why and trying to blame God for allow this to happen, but what would this accomplish?? When sin entered our world, death and disease entered into humanity, and this cancer is a clear and physical example of this sin and evil. Rather, after my mom and I allowed ourselves a few minutes of pity, we turned it all over to God.

You see, I have total and complete faith that in some way God will use this as a way to bring glory to His name, as well as bring my family closer together. I do not know why this has been brought against my family, and I have prayed to God to not allow me to enter into asking why, for I know that will lead to no good. Instead, I have prayed to Him to give my mom the strength to get through this and to bring people along side her to help her get through this. But more importantly, I have prayed for His will to be done and His plan accomplished.

I pray over this situation every day, and if you feel inclined I welcome your prayers as well. My family is gearing up to face the biggest hurtle we have ever faced together; I know that through the strength that God provides, we will prevail in this fight. We are entering into a period of doctor appointments, referrals , consultations and information gathering as we prepare for the first surgery.

Please join my family in praying over this time. There are so many aspects to something like this to pray for, in addition to God being glorified in some way through this process. Prayers for the doctors, the safety of the surgery  and that the cancer has not spread beyond the lump that was found. God is a miraculous healer, He has shown this time and time again, and I ask now for Him to step in so we can first hand see His power at work.

I seek to surrender this all to God…

He is our Healer…nothing is impossible through Him…

Psalm 23

Thank you for your prayers during this time. 

Hold My Heart

At different points in my life I find myself connecting with different music, I am sure you know the feeling and have experienced it for yourself.

This song came on my shuffled music this morning.

I know God brought it to my ears as it totally sums up what I have been thinking….

The best news of all? God is close and He does hear us! He has a plan for us, He has never left us…no matter how small you may feel, God is there.