How He Loves (Gettysburg)

After taking a trip to Gettysburg with a group of guys from my church, I was moved to put my experience into a new track. On the last day of our trip we visited the National Cemetery and I was so inspired by the men who lost their lives, I wrote the first verse there with John Mark McMillan’s song How He Loves in my my head. I wanted to express the fact that God not only loves us, but he also knows us. The same courage and purpose the men in the Gettysburg battle fought with is still available to us, but we have to take a stand! This track like my others, always need more work, but I wanted to share this with you and I hope it is an encouragement to you as you face your own battles.

90’s Hip Hop Mix

A lot of my friends out here in Colorado don’t seem to know much about 90’s hip hop! SO I had to put this mix together. It is a bit explicit, but that’s how gangstas do! Enjoy!

90’s Hip Hop Mix

1. Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

2. Born And Raised In Compton – DJ Quik

3. Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang – Dr. Dre & Snoop

4. Ready Or Not – Fugees

5. It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube

6. Hard Knock Life – Jay – Z

7. Around The Way Girl – LL Cool J

8. Feel So Good – Mase

9. If I Ruled The Word – Nas & Lauryn Hill

10. Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G.

11. Rosa Parks – Outkast

12. Who Am I – Snoop

13. 93 ’til Infinity – Souls Of Mischief

14. Gettin’ It – Too Short

15. Award Tour – A Tribe Called Quest

16. All About U – 2Pac

17. Regualte – Warren G & Nate Dogg

18. C.R.E.A.M. – Wu Tang Clan

19. I Ain’t Mad At Ya – 2Pac

IN HIS TIME (NEW TRACK)

I was chopping up some worship songs from WoW Worship Yellow 1999 and really like the sounds from “In His Time” by Diane Bell. I made the beat and wrote some lyrics that would go with a line in my head… “Jesus is coming back again. Real Talk. No Hologram.” This is a work in progress, but I wanted to post it and get some feed back. Enjoy. There might be some more in store!

Lent

I have been working on weekly Lent devotionals for the men’s ministry at our church here in Littleton, Co.

We have called it Spring Training.

Week 1: Ash Wednesday

Week 2: Peter & The 2nd Chance

Week 3: Judas

Week 4: Carrying the Cross

Week 5: Forgiveness

Week 6: Forsaken

Week 7: Finished

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PSALM 23

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

PRAY IT!
BELIEVE IT!
LIVE IT!

 

OBADIAH

Obadiah 1

Obadiah’s Vision

1The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Sovereign LORD says about Edom—

We have heard a message from the LORD:
An envoy was sent to the nations to say,
“Rise, let us go against her for battle”—

2 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[a]
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
4 Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the LORD.
5 “If thieves came to you,
if robbers in the night—
oh, what a disaster awaits you!—
would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
If grape pickers came to you,
would they not leave a few grapes?
6 But how Esau will be ransacked,
his hidden treasures pillaged!
7 All your allies will force you to the border;
your friends will deceive and overpower you;
those who eat your bread will set a trap for you,[b]
but you will not detect it.

8 “In that day,” declares the LORD,
“will I not destroy the wise men of Edom,
those of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
9 Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified,
and everyone in Esau’s mountains
will be cut down in the slaughter.
10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob,
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
12 You should not gloat over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,
nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.
14 You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.

15 “The day of the LORD is near
for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank on my holy hill,
so all the nations will drink continually;
they will drink and drink
and be as if they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;
it will be holy,
and Jacob will possess his inheritance.
18 Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
There will be no survivors
from Esau.”
The LORD has spoken.

19 People from the Negev will occupy
the mountains of Esau,
and people from the foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.
They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,
and Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan
will possess the land as far as Zarephath;
the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the towns of the Negev.
21 Deliverers will go up on[c] Mount Zion
to govern the mountains of Esau.
And the kingdom will be the LORD’s.

From the text we are not given much information regarding the author other than his name, Obadiah.

Obadiah assures the audience God has not forgotten about the wrong Edom has done and they will soon feel his wrath. The downfall of Edom would lead to Jacob’s restoration.T

The literary strategy of this vision is two-fold, The Lord will repay Edom and the kingdom shall be the Lords. Obadiah’s vision emphasizes how God’s judgment and wrath will be far worse than any earthly demise; His judgment will leave no remains.

Part of The vision is forth telling that God will intervene and may use human instruments to carry out this vision.God will intervene against the proud. He is warning arrogant Edom that their judgment lays ahead and it is not going to be good.

And part of the vision is foretelling that their will be the day of the Lord that will bring judgment against those who oppose God and cleansing to those who are God’s people. This is in the future when God will establish his kingdom.

This little book expresses the judgment of God that will come to those who oppose God. Our worldview does not truly understand God’s judgment. “Only God can judge me” is a phrase people throw around without even realizing the fear they really should have because of God’s coming judgment. Our worldview teaches us not to judge people, “do not judge a book by it cover” kinds of phrases get thrown around as well, as if the judgment from our peers is far worse than the judgment we will receive by God. If this is the worldview of today, as I suspect it is, we have another thing coming. Our worldview must be transformed, because if we are not God’s people we are going to be brought down, no matter how high we think we are soaring hear on earth.

This vision continues to teach me that God does not forget about the wrong that happens to his people. God does not forget those who suffer at the hands of defeat by the enemy and he does not forget the enemy who boasts over his people. This image may not be understood in our current world environment, but I learned from this vision that God is sovereign and the day will come when those who did not live accordingly will drink from the cup of wrath, A type of apocalyptic prophecy, it indicates it is either the Day of the Lord or the words of the Lord and refers to a coming judgment. The humiliating judgment will be like drink after drink of the wrath of God until they can drink no more. This judgment will come to those nations who oppose God.

Jude

THE LETTER of JUDE

1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:

2  May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

3  Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

5  Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

8  Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.

9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.

11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.

12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;

13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

14  It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,

15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

17  But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.

18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”

19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,

21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

22 And have mercy on those who doubt;

23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

24  Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,

25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

The intent and desires of the author come from the circumstances of his reader, it is clear the false teacher whom do not possess the Spirit of God are among the readers and are causing many to stumble in their faith. The intent of the author is to warn the readers of the purpose of these false teachers and his desire is to see the readers to pray in the Spirit, which will allow them to build each other up and show mercy on those who are being affected by the false teachers.

Rather than judging those whose faith is wavering due to false teachers, we must follow this text and remember the false teachers will never go away until the Day of Judgment. The job we have is not to destroy these teachers, but with mercy, help those whose faith have been affected by the storm of the false teacher, which there are many. And remember it is by the glory of God whom builds us up and keeps us from falling! AMEN!

new links

Hey Fam check out the new links posted.

AGCC Blog – The Official blog of our church Aspen Grove!

and

CMartMusic – The Official site of Chris Martin our friend and Worship Pastor at Aspen Grove! Listen to and download his worship EP!

Much Love,

VFraz