Monday, August 31, 2015

Bon Mot Serenade Day 3

My favorite Christian fiction is by Frank Peretti: This Present Darkness and the sequel, Piercing The Darkness.  The stories are both suspenseful and thrilling adventures of battles between Angels and Saints on the Lord's side versus Demons and Anti-Christians on the side of evil.  The theme of each story is the power of prayer to aid the Godly and defeat the demonic.

When I noticed the band Piercing the Darkness, I was naturally curious.  Listening to their lyrics, it was easy to see they are taking a bold stand for their faith.  There are no diluted ambiguous themes in their lyrics.  Like the Frank Peretti stories, I feel they are poking evil spirits in the eye with their blunt and powerful message.

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38 (NIV)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bon Mot Serenade - Day 2

'Keep on, keeping on'.  I was probably 8 or 10 years old when my childhood pastor used that phrase.  He was a man with a gentle spirit.  He was loved deeply by the congregation.  I recall he came to our Sunday School class and told his story.  He was badly scarred on his face from burns caused by an accident involving gasoline. But he overcame, was faithful, and ministered in a wonderful way.

The youth at our church (and the leaders as well) were challenged with this question: where do you want to be in your spiritual life by this Christmas?  My personal answer is to be faithful in the little things.  In other words, to keep on keeping on.

NF, who is part of the Air1 Positive Hits Tour #PositiveHitsTour, captures that idea in his new song.  He actually talked about getting into God's Word as part of his personal mandate to keep on.

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

Be sure to check out NF on the Air1 Positive Hits Tour. Get more info at Air1.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bon Mot Serenade

I won't mention any names, but a certain home-school mom is well known for falling asleep at the school table.  In fact, dictation is a subject that usually results in nodding off mid-sentence.  Now my kids and I (whoops, did I spill the freshly sharpened pencils out of the proverbial school box?) would never blame that mom for being sleepy.  She gets up early to jog and begin the day, she stays up late grading papers and washing clothes.

At any rate, this mom that I have not named, is a picture of our Christian churches working so hard day and night, yet asleep in the light.  My passion for Christian music of all genres began with my introduction to Keith Green's song Asleep In The Light.  This song first appeared on his album No Compromise.

For the next month, I want to share a song a day to listen and reflect upon (ENJOY) and a bon mot (literally, good word) from God's Word.

The first entry is a classic transformation song (see Romans 12:2) by Keith Green. It's time to wake up church!

This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 (NIV)

Keith Green - Asleep in the Light from theblessedhope on GodTube.

See more on Keith Green's music in the Grace Rocks Song Concordance

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Six Tracks To TobyMac

As I listen to The Cross from Kevin Max's 2007 album The Blood, I join literally hundreds of thousands of DC Talk fans pining for more songs by the preeminent Christian group of the early 21st century.  Fans speculate, amazing websites like New Release Today oil the rumor machine, petitions for a reunion of Kevin Max, Michael Tait, and Toby McKeehan have been signed.  Still we patiently wait.

There have been a couple rare reunion pieces by the trio from DC Talk. The Cross featuring DC Talk is a song that most fans of the super-group probably have never heard before.  It may have been their first post-solo career reunion song. It wasn't on Christian radio. I'm doubtful that many people are aware of the solo project The Blood by Max. 

TobyMac had a remix of Atmosphere that featured DC Talk.  The song appeared on Welcome To Diverse City.  It was a nice taste but didn't have the full mouthwatering power of a typical DC Talk song. 

Finally, in TobyMac's new album This Is Not A Test, DC Talk is truly back.  The album sports a humorous question and answer track alluding to a DC Talk reunion.  Then, in the second to last song, the trio combine on a song that is fresh and powerful, while still highlighting the musical blendings that made DC Talk so awesome.

The song is brilliant and no doubt a chart-topper.  I anticipate there will be many more reunion songs in the future.  In the meantime, Michael Tait, Kevin Max, and TobyMac have collaborated with many other artists.  I call the game Six Tracks To TobyMac.  I hope you'll play along with me.  More info on What is Six Tracks To TobyMac

Ever found yourself looking for a Christian song that ties in to the Bible passage you are reading?  How about needing some special music to illustrate a lesson?

Check out the Grace Rocks! Song Concordance.