State of Play #006 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 3)
This week we move forward to the questions, "Why...does the one [mainstream music] sound more appealing in presentation?" and "What is it that draws my ear, as well as many others, to the mainstream musical sound..
Slightly Obsessed #103 "The Tree of Life"
It was cold outside. We dashed from the car to the local home and garden store for some heat. We separated at the door; my husband headed toward the hardware aisle as I made a beeline for the indoor plants. Every year about this time, I wander through the lush tropical plants fresh from the hothouse and long for my personal Eden.
State of Play #005 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 2)
Last week the basic question was asked, “Why does there appear to be a creativity gap between Christian and mainstream music?” There were several questions that I listed that have not only been asked by myself, but they are also questions that have come from others directed..
Slightly Obsessed #102 "Seize the Flavor, Church"
He sat in the doctor’s office, scrunched into the little room along with the formidable exam table, the computer with all his medical information, the doctor, and two doting family members. The doctor studied the computer screen for a moment and then asked him how much salt he ate with his meals.
State of Play #004 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 1)
On a consistent basis I flip on my local Christian music station to find music that encourages me and isn’t feeding me a trashy message. On the other hand though, I find that on an almost equally consistent basis I’m a little (or greatly) disappointed with the lack of creativity that I find on mainstream Christian radio stations..
Jordan For Jesus #037 "My Delight - Joy of My Heart (All I Need Is Jesus)"
The Bible tells us to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind. To love the Lord is not a feeling but rather it is a choice. It is a choice to choose Jesus instead of sin, self, and the ways of the world 24/7.
Slightly Obsessed #101 "God Doesn't Need Our Opinions"
The ability to hurt or encourage others with our words is a powerful feeling. This is never more evident than on social media sites like Facebook. It’s fun to post things that make us laugh or stir our spirits. It’s great to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Most Addictive Song (for now) #007 Flyleaf "Thread"
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Flyleaf. Their music is everything I like. Heavy, catchy, deep lyrics, and a touch of scream. Yes, their new set without Lacy is slightly tamed down, but they still have that edge that I love. Kristen could not have been a better replacement. Her vocals are extremely crisp and still edgy. A perfect choice.
Slightly Obsessed #100 "When Perspective Shatters Our Pettiness"
I wanted to be grumpy. I awakened with that goal tucked away in the back pocket of my attitude. My body complained as I rolled out of bed. I stretched, trying to unkink my muscles for the long day that lay ahead of me.
Most Addictive Song (for now) #006 Rapture Ruckus "Mr. Roboto"
Surprise, surprise, a Rapture Ruckus song that's addicting, no way. Yes, yes, ALL Rapture Ruckus songs are addictive, but especially this one as of late. "Mr. Roboto" is all up in my head with nowhere to go and I'm not minding it.
State of Play #003 "Emotionally Involved" (Part 3)
For the past two weeks, I brought to our attention the way that modern worship can be more about stirring up an emotional response, rather than maintaining a focus on God. Granted, God can stir up an emotional response to Him during our times of worship; however, we must keep in mind that during worship we are..
Slightly Obsessed #099 "A Daddy's Love"
The child in the old black-and-white print can’t be more than several months old. Wisps of blonde hair frame a cherubic face. Her wide, toothless grin lights up the room.
State of Play #002 "Emotionally Involved" (Part 2)
Being from Mississippi, then traveling to Minnesota, and then flying across the Pacific to live overseas, I’ve walked into various churches with different styles of worship. I’ve been to the church whose worship is very liturgical. I’ve also experienced the opposite, where the worship is all free flow. Then there have been the places where there have been..
Jordan For Jesus #036 "I Will Wait (All I Need Is Jesus)"
Sometimes, it is good to wait on the Lord and allow Him to take care of things instead of trying to take matters into our own hands and do things on our own.
State of Play #001 "Emotionally Involved" (Part 1)
When you step into a church building or an arena, ready to stand, or to sit, and to sing along with those around you, do you ever question, “Why am I here?” As you sing out songs like One Thing Remains, Oceans, Amazing Grace, and other common songs sung in worship, in what way do these songs strike your heart? Do you remember the times His love didn’t fail you? Do you really want your trust to have no borders and to fully trust where God may lead you?
Jordan For Jesus #035 "For Life (All I Need Is Jesus)"
In life, there are so many distractions. Distractions are anything that separates you from God and that pulls you away from God rather than drawing you closer to Him.
Slightly Obsessed #098 "Five Ways To Fight Fear"
The images were surreal, as if replayed from a Hollywood movie. But the mayhem, blood, and horror were very real as a French SWAT team stormed a Parisian shop and freed the hostages taken by a terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda.
Slightly Obsessed #097 "Who Will Tell Them?"
He sits on an old sofa, his gun nestled against his arm. He is pale and sweating. He doesn’t look like other terrorists we see on t.v., although he dresses like them and sports a beard.
Slightly Obsessed #096 "Are You Haunted By Loneliness?"
I sat at the back of the church next to my friends, basking in the glow of a beautiful Sunday morning service. The lights were dimmed. At the front of the cavernous sanctuary, the worship team played softly.
Jordan For Jesus #034 "You Never Forsake Me (All I Need Is Jesus)"
Nothing in this entire world can satisfy the human heart like the one who created it. Nothing compares with God and He will never leave nor forsake you. He satisfies completely! With God, we lack no good thing.
Slightly Obsessed #095 "The Best Gifts" (Wednesday Devo)
The big box stood conspicuously in the airport, shaped like a large present but sporting a huge monitor. A cheery message invited airline travelers to the screen to swipe their tickets there.
Slightly Obsessed #094 "Pearl" (Wednesday Devo)
The hope of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow drives everything from buying lottery tickets to exploring the depths of the seas in search of riches.
Slightly Obsessed #093 "Is It Possible to Find the Right Church?" (Wednesday Devo)
This week God did something outrageously generous. He didn’t have to do it. It was provision we hadn’t dreamed He would make, totally unexpected, but very much needed.
Slightly Obsessed #092 "The Author of Life" (Wednesday Devo)
The call came one evening while we were at work. We rushed to the nursing home and found her in her room. Her eyes were open but fixed on some spot beyond us. Her brow was furrowed in an anxious frown. The skin on her legs was mottled. That told me her organs were shutting down.
Jordan For Jesus #033 "Trust in Jesus (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series)
In the Bible, God reminds us not to fear 365 times. F.e.a.r. stands for false evidence appearing real. Fear is really a lie. Do not believe fear! Fear comes from satan to keep people from everything God has called them to be and..
Slightly Obsessed #091 "Does Prayer Work?" (Wednesday Devo)
It’s with you day and night. It’s always there for you if you are in trouble or just need to talk. It’s as close as your fingertips and you never go anywhere without it.
Jordan For Jesus #032 "Dream Big (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series)
Always dream big, but don't just dream any dream. Dream the dreams that God has for you and your life. When you dream the dreams God has for you and your life, you are dreaming in the will, plan and purpose God has for your life.
Slightly Obsessed #090 "A Day of Turkey, a Life of Praise" (Wednesday Devo)
The well-known Bible commentator Chuck Missler once said, “When you see Christmas coming, you know that Halloween is almost here.” Every year, nearly as soon as the new school year begins, the stores initiate a frenzy of holiday merchandising.
Jordan For Jesus #031 "Faith Unsinkable (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series)
Trials can either cause you to sink into them or to rise above them by keeping your eyes fixed only on Jesus Christ. Trials always prove if a person's faith is truly genuine or not.
Slightly Obsessed #089 "Fierce in Loyalty" (Wednesday Devo)
No creature may display God’s protective nature toward His children as well as a bear. Mother bears are legendary for their fierce anger when their cubs are threatened.