Here’s a great song “Redeemed” to encourage those who are in Christ. Big Daddy Weave (their lead singer is Mike Weaver) has other great songs that are very thoughtful if you ever have a chance to listen to them. We heard the group live at a Celebrate Freedom Concert at Southfork Ranch (yes, that’s the Southfork Ranch from the TV show “Dallas”) during this past summer and appreciated what Mike Weaver had to say.
“I think of You who shines with endless light through broken jars of clay.” Great lyrics in this contemporary Christian music song. Laura Story happens to be one of my favorite artists in this genre of music because of her sincerity and love for the Lord. She has other great hits such as “Blessings,” “What a Savior,” and “Indescribable.” .
Philippians 4:4-7 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 118:24 ” This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Nehemiah 8:10 “…the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
I’ve been hearing on the radio how the Dead Sea Scrolls are available for viewing in the Metroplex. It would be very interesting to go see them! The Dead Sea Scrolls contain Isaiah (a book of the Bible in the Old Testament) which was written approximately 597-538 BC. It’s fascinating to me that ancient writings of God’s Word were preserved for centuries in the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Here’s just one verse from Isaiah:
Isaiah 40:22: God sits on his throne above the circle of the earth, and compared to him, people are like grasshoppers. The world was thought to be flat until the 1400’s, but nearly two thousand years before that, the prophet of God named Isaiah (inspired by God) wrote about the circle of the earth, and God preserved the writings of Isaiah in the caves. Amazing!
I love this new song, “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul”) by Matt Redman. The popular songs “Blessed Be Your Name” and “You Never Let Go” were also written by Redman and his wife, and these songs have been such a source of comfort and encouragement to thousands of people all over the world. Many well-known contemporary Christian music artists have sung quite a few of his songs, by the way. If you listen to “10,000 Reasons,” I hope your heart is touched like mine is every time I hear this song.
Sometimes things happen in life that are devastating. Such is the life of Horatio Spafford, a lawyer who lived in Chicago in the 1800’s. Any one of the following things would be traumatic, yet he experienced all of these:
His only son died at the age of four.
About that time, the great fire in Chicago in 1871 destroyed him financially.
Later, Spafford planned a European vacation in 1873 with his wife, Anna, and four daughters, Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie. Business kept him behind and he was to join them in Europe. However, the ship on which he sent his family sank in the Atlantic Ocean and only his wife survived. All four of his daughters died along with 222 other passengers! Anna cabled her husband, “Saved alone!”
On his way to meet his grieving wife, Spafford said these words, “It is well; the will of God be done,” as his ship passed close to where his four daughters had died. Later, he wrote the words to this song based on those words. .
Since Horatio lost all of his children, I thought it would be a nice tribute to have these young ones sing his song. Here is a young teenage group, all siblings, who do a beautiful job of singing this amazing song written by Horatio, It is Well With My Soul: