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Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • Love Her

    Posted on October 24, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up… an unloved woman who is married.” Proverbs 30:21, 23a

     

    What does a woman long for from her husband? Simply love. A husband’s love is like a fresh breath from heaven for a wife who feels vulnerable and at times fearful. His love is a rock of refuge after she reels from a relational conflict at work, church, or from another family member. The love of her husband goes a long way in satisfying that deep desire of a woman to love and be loved. 

    “His banner over me is love” (Song of Solomon 2:4b).
     
    Husbands, a gracious woman is not to be taken advantage of or to be taken for granted. Instead, thank God for a wife who wants to please the Lord and serve her family. When was the last time you loved your bride in a way that she wants you to love her, in a way that only you can love her?

    Have you asked her lately how she needs to feel loved by you?
     
    Outside of Christ’s love, your love is the most meaningful, valuable, and satisfying to your spouse. She needs to know that all of you belongs to her and all of her belongs to you. There is never a place for a feeling of competition between your wife and another woman. Dismiss this danger at the outset. Make your wife feel the fidelity of a “one-woman man.” You desire no other.

    “My lover is mine and I am his” (Song of Solomon 2:16a).

    Where can you learn to love your wife? Ask her. Learn from her, for this is her natural disposition. Seek out men who love their wives well and gain insights from them. Ask God. He is the Lord of love and Lord over your marriage. Go to the source of love, your Savior Jesus, and He will instruct you in the way you can love your wife unconditionally.
     
    By God’s grace, love her by protecting her. Love her by trusting her. Love her by giving her encouragement and hope. And always love her through the good times and the bad times. Love her with your words, love her with your time and love her with gifts and kind words. A wife loved well by her husband is beautiful to behold—she is a trophy of God’s grace.

    “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

    How does my wife want me to love her? How does God want me to love my wife?

    Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 9:9; Hosea 3:1; 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 5:25-26

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  • Captive Thoughts

    Posted on October 23, 2011 by Family Christian

    “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

     

    Thoughts need to be taken into captivity. They are dangerous left alone to their own devices. Untamed thoughts can be alluring and illusive at the same time. They can lead you down the path of lies and destruction, or they can lead you into the open fields of truth and life. Left unattended and without boundaries, thoughts can become reckless and harmful. You become what you think, not unlike your body becomes what you eat.

    There is a direct correlation between thinking and doing. Sloppy thinking leads to sloppy living. Disciplined thinking leads to disciplined living. The mind can be a beautiful agent of the Lord or a seductive siren of Satan. It is the beautiful mind of Christ that you seek above all else. But this will only happen with intentionality. Your mind must first pass through the “boot camp” of obedience. This is basic training in thinking.

    The purpose of your thinking is obedience to Christ. If this outcome is not clear, then you are set up for failure. Obedience to God is the bottom line of Christian living. Without obedience to God, we have no authority or credibility. Hence, our understanding and application of truth becomes tainted and watered down. Obedience gives you the momentum to confront the enemies of truth.

    Indeed, atheistic and agnostic arguments will assault and challenge your Christ-centered beliefs. Your biblical worldview will collide with worldviews diametrically opposed to grace and forgiveness. Your belief in absolutes will be ridiculed and roasted over the fires of relativism and humanism. Therefore, prepare your mind by understanding the nuances of your faith. Why do you believe what you believe? How is Christianity relevant? What historical facts point to the resurrection of Christ?

    But captive thinking is more than an apologetic of the Christian faith. Captive thinking is pure thinking. Obedience to Christ can be expressed in an unadulterated commitment to Him. A pure mind is compelled by an intimate relationship with Jesus. He is the groom and we are the bride. The bride is enamored and in love with her new husband. She is captivated by her man. She wants to please and serve him like no other. It is a love relationship that won’t quit! It’s the same as we fall deeper in love with Jesus.

    We want to think what He thinks, do what He does, go where He goes, listen to what He listens to and watch what He watches. Your eyes are the sentries to your mind. They stand on guard ready to act in a moment’s notice. Do not overwhelm your eyes with the self-inflicted wounds of lust and licentiousness. It is hard enough for them to guard your mind without your capitulation to sin’s exposure.

    The Devil’s demons sit on your shoulder feeding you bad information, but they are powerless. They cannot make you do anything. The demons can speak lies, but they are impotent in their ability to make you behave badly. Learn to recognize the origin of these twisted thoughts, and then quarantine them into God’s hand. Thus, you give the captured thoughts of the enemy to God. God can handle these prisoners of pain.

    In contrast, release the captured thoughts of truth and purity into your life. Wise and pure thoughts lead to wise and pure living. As a result, your obedience to Christ is alive and well. Sometimes taking thoughts captive is like herding cats, but stay on point. Do not drop your guard or relax your efforts. Your “Waterloo” is your mind. Stay vigilant to bring each thought into captivity. This is battle one!

    Taken from Dose 71 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion

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  • Review of Vice Verses - Switchfoot

    Posted on October 22, 2011 by Family Christian

    Here it is, the highly anticipated album of 2011 Switchfoot's "Vice Verses". The second from the group since leaving Columbia Records and moving to their own lowercase people. A move I highly agree with after their amazing release of "Hello Hurricane" in 2009.

    "Vice Verses" is exactly what I was looking for, a continuation of their last album mixed with some hints of old and yet some stretching musically into other creative avenues.

    Frontman Jon Foreman on the title of the album: "The whole thing is about polarity. We wanted to write about the polarity of what it means to be human, the lights and darks. I'm always intrigued by the tension that exists between life and death." The twelve tracks sum it up well with a lot of ups and downs both musically and lyrically.

    The first track "Afterlife" begins with guitar only as Foreman enters. An almost classic sounding Switchfoot and a great way to start off the album. "The War Inside" has an almost "The Sound" beginning to it. Listen carefully because it's got a very unique and addictive music track.

    Song four "Restless" has a rock worship feel to it that could have been sung by Bono. I just had to play the end of the song a few more times because it's that good. "Blinding Light" is a song about searching for hope and finding it "Deep down there's a hope inside / You got wings but you're scared to fly / wake up, wake up".

    The sixth track "Selling the News" is a commentary on the sensationalism of, well, the news: "Substance, oh substance where have you been / you've been replaced by the masters of spin". "Selling the News" definitely stands out with Foreman speaking, not singing, the verses. I can already see the music video of Foreman in a news room or war zone reporting/performing this song.

    Can't get your fill of hard hitting vocals and blazing guitars, then play "Dark Horses". One of the coolest rock songs I've heard in a while. I'll be playing this one too much, way too much and way too loud. So will you.

    "Souvenirs" is a beautiful track with great lyrics "These are my souvenirs / the memory of a lifetime". "Rise Above It" is a fun song that is slightly different and changes up in a lot of places throughout the song. Very fun lyrically also: "Just because you're present doesn't mean that you're here".

    Title track eleven "Vice Verses" is one of the best songs on the album and an instant classic. It contrasts life and death in a very thoughtful and memorable way: "You got your babies / I got my hearses / Every blessing comes with it's set of curses". And in true Switchfoot fashion gives you a lot to think about.

    The final song "Where I Belong" is a good wrap of the album. It has a mid tempo 'good feeling' anthem to it that makes you want to replay the album all over again. So I did.

    Switchfoot's "Vice Verses" has exceeded my expectations. A perfectly executed album with loads of 'classics in the makings'. No trendy synths or unnecessary auto-tune here, just straight up rock, pure and thoughtful, what Switchfoot does best. And when they're at their best, they're amazing.

    By: Kevin Thorson

    www.cmaddict.com


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  • Kingdom Citizenship

    Posted on October 22, 2011 by Family Christian

    “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”   Philippians 3:20

     

    Followers of Jesus Christ are not citizens of this world. This life is a pass through, as we are on temporary assignment as agents of God. We serve on foreign soil, for heaven is our home. Kingdom citizenship is easy to forget; we sometimes begin to act as if this is as good as it gets. But the best this world has to offer is of no consequence compared to even the least of what heaven has to offer; a sumptuous meal here is much better there; wonderful worship here is no comparison to the chorus of angels there; raving relationships here cannot hold a candle to the absence of sin and sorrow there; the beauty of God’s creation here foreshadows the incomprehensible glory He has prepared there; the struggle of sickness here releases to 100% wholeness there.

    The enjoyment of stuff here is laughable in comparison to the value of His heavenly rewards, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit here is but an appetizer before the feast that is the countenance of Jesus. Things are much, much better back home in heaven. This is where our hope lies, ultimately and fully. Do not become enamored of, taken in by, or too comfortable with this world. It is passing by and we are passing through. The land of our origins is full of God and free in Christ. We can hold our head high because our King Jesus, rules in majesty, holiness, and grace. We are privileged to serve under the flag of His kingdom, and we represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

    Yes, you are an ambassador for Christ, so it is necessary for you to remain on earth for now, for the sake of the gospel. You represent your Lord for others; so do not take your ambassadorship lightly or flippantly. Keep top of mind your responsibility to be a good citizen in the Kingdom of God. You can constantly be aware of opportunities to represent God’s concerns, and draw others into His kingdom.

    People are attracted to God because they see Christ manifested in your life. They want to apply for citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Their visas from this world are torn, tattered, and limited to the temporal need of constant renewal. This is not the case when you immigrate to the shores of heaven. Your papers are good for eternity because you are now a citizen of an everlasting kingdom. Kingdoms of this world come and go but the Kingdom of God is now and for evermore.

    The Kingdom of Heaven is not without battles, so fight the good fight for the glory of God, and for the souls of men and women, boys and girls, and the unborn. The war is already won; so let others know they do not have to remain prisoners of sin. They too can become kingdom citizens right now. While you remain on earth, invite as many others as possible to submit to the Almighty’s reign. Be humble, bold, and joyful of the fact that your citizenship is in heaven.

    The Bible says, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…”(Hebrews 12:22).

    Taken from the October 18th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God

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  • Wise Companions

    Posted on October 21, 2011 by Family Christian

    Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20

     

    What does it mean to have quality of life? Good health? Harmony at home? A happy heart? Financial security? Freedom of speech and worship? A fulfilling career? Grateful and content children? A meaningful marriage? A life of significance? Peace with God? Probably some of these elements and more make up a life worth living—a quality life.

    The quality of our life is determined by the quality of our relationships. Who we spend time with is who we emulate. If we spend time with those wise in their finances, and if we pay attention, we can become wise in our finances. If we are intentional in our faith, we will worship with those of great faith. Our life is a reflection of our relationships.

    “Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:16-17).

    So, how is your relational portfolio? Are you diversified with people who bring value to all aspects of your life? Conversely, are you intentional to invest time and interest in those who look to you for guidance? Quality of life flows from not just receiving wisdom, but from giving wisdom. Wisdom works both directions for the good of the relationship.

    Furthermore, be careful not to excuse bad behavior because you are trying to relate to questionable company. Draw a line far away from eroding your character’s creditability. You can influence others for good, without being bad. In some situations, what you don’t do defines you more than what you do. Use business trips and vacations to model faithfulness not foolishness. Stand for what’s right, when others agree to what’s wrong.

    “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

    Above all, quality of life results from your relationship with Christ. He is life itself and everything good in life flows from Him. When you grow in your personal relationship with Jesus, it affects the growth of your other relationships. Relationship building in heaven builds relationships on earth. Ultimately, Jesus is the life to model and follow. The resurrected life of Christ gives you the spiritual stamina to experience a quality life.

    “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this”? Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe…” (John 11:25-27a).

    Who are the wise people I spend time with? Am I investing in quality relationships?

    Related Readings: Psalm 56:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Philippians 2:1-4; 1 John 1:7

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  • Todays Gift

    Posted on October 20, 2011 by Family Christian

    “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. Psalm 118:24

     

    Everyday is a new gift from God, created by Him and for Him. The dawning of each day displays the light and love of the Lord’s creation. Christians celebrate Sunday, the first day of the week, as a reminder of the Almighty’s achievements, namely the resurrection of Christ. However, the work week does not need to be focused on worldly agendas alone. 

    Seize today as a trust from Almighty God, and steward it with a sense of divine destiny. Perhaps you pray over a blank sheet of paper (or computer screen), and then list by faith how you believe the Lord wants you to focus your time. Follow through with the difficult assignments first, execute some easy ones, and then trust God and others with the tasks out of your immediate control. Today has enough time for you to accomplish His agenda.

    “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

    Furthermore, receive God’s gift of today with generous joy and gratitude. Life does happen, some days it is much more difficult to be thankful than others. There are times when the seeds of sorrow are sown under the dark clouds of confusion, but don’t allow fear of the unknown to steal your joy and imprison your peace. Hope in the Lord means you can anticipate His faithfulness during dark times, so be still and listen for His voice.

    Today is an invitation to focus on and rest in the faithfulness of your heavenly Father. Adam’s sin nature brought a day of sadness, but Christ’s sinless nature brought a day of gladness, so live in the moment for your Master Jesus. By faith and with grateful anticipation, unwrap His gift of today, and behold the beauty of its possibilities. Be glad you have only one today, and by God’s grace live it to its fullest.
    “O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today…” (Nehemiah 1:11a).
    So focus on the next right thing today and do not become paralyzed for fear of tomorrow. Today is the only day you have to live, learn and come alive. Seize the day for your Savior Jesus and watch Him do a wonderful work of grace. Progress comes in God’s timing and in His way. A day dedicated to Christ has more possibilities than a 1,000 days unrecognized as a gift from heaven. Unwrap God’s gift of today and worship the giver.
    How can I receive God’s gift of today with peace, contentment and joy?
    “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). 

    Related Reading: Genesis 24:12; Deuteronomy 11:13; Proverbs 22:19; 1 Timothy 3:16

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  • TWO FOR ONE - an interview with Shane E. from Shane & Shane

    Posted on October 18, 2011 by John van der Veen

    Shane & Shane

    The current landscape for Shane and Shane looks significantly different than when they became friends in college. They’re husbands, fathers, and now worship leaders at their local church in Dallas. This year they even signed with a new record label, Fair Trade Services. We caught up with Shane Everett about this new season for the duo, and their recent release of The One You Need.

    Family Christian: This record is distinctly different than many of your others, stylistically and even in the overall tone of the message. How did you land on this direction?

    Shane Everett: Maybe I should start a little further back. We changed record labels and started demoing songs. We were really working through what we wanted to say to our community, which was the first time we’ve ever written from a ‘non-devotional-type’ place. We started asking the question “Lord, what do you want to say to us?” That sounds pretty elementary, but it was kind of a new thing. We’re part of this collective of people (The Oaks Fellowship in Dallas, TX) who are pursuing the Lord together. When you get involved in a local level it’s eye opening, ya know? There are people with a lot of hurt, issues, [you’re] walking with people through stuff. So I think we were just in a different place, asking different questions than we’ve ever asked before.

    FC: There seems to be a variety of genres represented on the album – was that intentional, or did the songs just seem to take on lives of their own?

    Shane E: We said, “Ok, let’s approach this by saying that nothing is off limits.” So any idea that the team had, we said “Let’s try this on one song... Ok, scrap that. Let’s try this on another song.” We just had a blast making this record, and hopefully that comes through. We were invigorated, it was a new season, and we were asking different questions. So if it feels different it’s probably because the approach was completely different. We were just like “Man, let’s seek the Lord, have a good time making a record and say the things that the Lord puts on our heart.”

    FC: What led to your new role as worship pastors?

    Shane E: Well, the college that we’ve been involved with, Southwestern Seminary, had a leadership program that was 90 students. They would work with a local church and study in one of three different tracks: evangelism, pastoral and missions. So they asked us to come be part of a worship track and they would add more students. Now we have 35 worship interns. They do normal curriculum at the school and then come to see us for ‘lab’ time – six hours on Mondays. We do songwriting, and discipleship. So that’s our portion. [The interns] also have a theory class and some other stuff, but our specific role is in the songwriting and recording part of the program.

    FC: That’s awesome! Not going to guess here but, coffee or Red Bull?

    Shane E: Oh, coffee man!

    FC: So, in this six hour period of time, how many cups of coffee do you and the other Shane consume?

    Shane E: (Laughs) Ya know, we actually don’t drink any coffee then!

    FC: Well, for being in a class 6 hours, you certainly have your job cut out for you, to make sure it’s all interesting and engaging…

    Shane E: Yeah, well, I’ll tell you this – we have such a good time. This is how a basic class works: The students don’t go to class, they come to us. We have a new studio in a big, old stone house on 22 acres and there’s recording stuff set up everywhere, so it’s pretty high energy. They get there, and we’ll talk, have some snacks – we have coffee if you want it – and then a student will share his heart about a song and play it. Everyone has a lyric sheet and a chord chart, and we’re just making notes and giving critiques and reviews and then we mess with the song for a little bit. In the first few weeks everyone’s timid and it’s a little awkward, but after that everybody opens up. The students become pretty tight knit. We’ll ask, ‘What’s the message you’re trying to say?’, ‘What are you trying to communicate?’, ‘What’s the Lord telling you through this?’ So, that’s our role – less about the music, more about the heart. Then we collectively pick a song and produce and record that song all together. We’ll have a drum kit set up, so we’ll do a click track and record the drums, we’ll do bass, guitars, and then vocals – so everyone is super engaged. Everybody’s into it, as you can imagine. It’s pretty awesome for them.

    FC: You and Shane both have families now, and the writing on this record certainly addresses that to some degree. How much did your current family situation influence those songs versus what you’re doing over at the seminary?

    Shane E: I would say that four or five of the songs on the record came from class songs. Because we make them write a song every week, either Shane or I will have to write one each week too. So a lot of the songs came from that. But one song specifically is written toward our kids, Shane and I both have little girls. The title of the record is from the song “The One You Need.” It’s like, if we had to stand before our kids or our family and we had one thing to say, what would it be? We just want to let them know that Jesus is the One that they need. In a world where there’s a lot of competing world views and ideologies of how to find peace, ya know, there are a billion and one self-help books or even Disney telling them this is what a happily ever after looks like, we wanted to say at an early age, Jesus is the One you need.

    As men we want to be the one to take care of our families and our daughters. I want to give them everything - I don’t want to mess up. I want them to come to me for anything that they have and I want to try to fill that place in their heart. But eventually, Lord willing, this kid’s gonna grow up and move out and be on their own. It’s just a horrible thought for me (laughs), but one day it’s going to happen. I just want them to know that Jesus is the only One who can fulfill the deep places of their heart. The only one that can give them a true hope and a future. I hope this song resonates with my daughters throughout the entirety of their life. We want to point them to Christ as much as we can and this is just one of our attempts to sing and say that over them.

    FC: Do you think this song is the theme of the record?

    Shane E: It’s definitely the theme of the record. The whole record is very Gospel-centric, probably more than any other record we’ve ever done. I think we’ve written out of a devotional spot usually – something really introspective and this has been more of a ‘global’ Gospel record. We did it on purpose because we feel that the more we do this, especially being involved in a local community, man, we just need the Gospel. It’s the renewing power of the Gospel on hearts that is so huge. C.J. Mahaney said something that’s really resonated with me; we feel like in our Christian world we have the Gospel, we get saved and then we move on to bigger and better things, and I thought that was so true. It’s like we think ‘Oh man, I’ve got all this ministry to do,’ and ‘we’ve got the Gospel but that was 10 years ago.’ It’s coming back to that and letting it wash over us daily. It’s changed my life. Remembering what the Lord has done and remembering what He is doing through the renewing power of the Gospel. I keep saying the same thing but it’s become a residual prayer in my heart, daily in my journal “remember the Gospel, remember the Gospel, remember the power of the Gospel.” It’s become the heart beat of the record. It is devotional but it’s been a really good season to remember that.

    FC: Since you have transitioned from the ‘devotional’ place of writing to this ‘Gospel’ focus, do you think your listeners are ready to transition too? And were you at all scared, or do you think your audience is going to dive right in?

    Shane E: Hindsight’s 20/20, ya know (laughs). We HOPE they go with us. As an artist I think there’s already insecurity that comes from wearing your heart on your sleeve, which is what we do in our writing. A lot of the songs come out of our journals. Apprehensive is the nature of our business, for us anyway. Your art is special to you and we try as hard as we possibly can to make it as good as we possibly can. You never know, but the response so far has been really great. We played these songs for a bunch of people before and everyone seemed to be really on-board with the production, the songs, and the themes, so I think so!

    FC: We’ve really appreciated the direction that you and Shane have taken on this record. It’s really fresh and it’s a fun listen.

    Shane E: Oh, thanks for saying that. Honestly, we’ve had fun, we’re getting out there and taking breaths. Our label tells us they appreciate us; what we do. It’s felt like a team, it’s got energy. We’ve been really enjoying the process. I think the last four or five years we’ve been doing it and walking with the Lord, but we just didn’t feel like we were moving forward, if I can be transparent. We were on the road, writing songs, seeking the Lord, but I think that now being involved in the church community has pushed us over a hump – there’s a bunch of cogs in the wheel. A step back has given us a new heart, a new vision for the future. We’re more excited about this than we’ve been since, I think, our first record that we came out with - which is crazy. Don’t know how to say it other than to say that we’re having fun.

    FC: What is your preference, playing at a church or in a concert setting?

    Shane E: We like them all, it just usually depends on a crowd. Leading worship at our church we really enjoy, but just for having fun, we like an old theater or something with people who are the most engaged.

    FC: If you could choose anybody that you’d love to go on tour with, who would it be?

    Shane E: U2, man. That would be so awesome.

    FC: Ok, what about realistically?

    Shane E: The Crowders. They’re not going out anymore, but we did a tour with David Crowder*Band and that was the most fun touring situation. We love those guys so much, we’re great friends. Maybe we could convince David to go with us to do one more?

    FC: What book are you currently reading?

    Shane E: Multiple books, but I started the Chronicles of Narnia over and I’m almost done with that. Also, Justification of God by John Piper, again. It takes me so long, but it kicks me in the teeth everyday.

    FC: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. We really appreciate what you guys are doing out there. Take care!

    To learn more about the program that Shane and Shane are a part of, or to hear the songs created each week by the students, visit oaksleadership.com.

    Bonus videos - Behind the Songs:
    The One You Need



    Liberty



    Because He's God


    This post was posted in Music, Interviews and was tagged with David Crowder, Shane & Shane, John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Seminary, Chronicles of Narnia

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