Music Mondays – “Control” by Royal Tailor

verse 1:

This world is rah rah
In a bad romance going ga ga
You know we’re gettin’ played by the love game
And hypnotized by all the fame
But I believe we can’t back down from the fight
It’s not okay with me to just be silent
Won’t be silent, silent

chorus:

No, we won’t let them take control
We won’t go with the flow
We’ve got to stand together
It’s so plastic and I can’t be a fake
It’s so static, every word that they say
We won’t let them take control
Won’t let them take control

verse 2:

Life is short, baby, tick tock
Ain’t got no time for your blah blah (nah nah nah)
‘Cause girl we don’t need your drug
No, no, we don’t what you’re calling love
‘Cause I believe that you’re either yes or no
You’re hot or cold
No teenage dream could ever be worth your soul
Never worth your soul

 

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these!  I’ve had this album for a while, and this song didn’t catch me right away.  I thought it was loud and a little copy cat.  But then one day I actually listened to the words.  These lyrics are really strong!  From then on I’ve grown to like this song very much.  Actually, with the things that have been going on this past year, this song has become very important to me; Almost like a mantra.  The first verse is more of an indictment though.  Pop culture has been creeping it’s way into the church for a long time, and now it’s spreading like wildfire.  Christians are weak, rendering the church almost ineffective.  No wonder the world is the way it is today!  Do people even know that you’re a Christian?  Or do you bend in with everyone else?  Church, we need to stop being chameleons and stand out and do what we are called to do!

Ephesians 1:22 & 23 (NKJV) says,

“And He put all things under His feet, and gave to Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

The New Living Translation says it slightly better:

“God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church.  And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.”

The NLT happens to be my overall favorite translation, but The Message says this verse the best:

 “He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.”

I know a lot of times we say that Satan rules the world, but that is not true.  The world is heavily influenced by him, but he is in no way in control.  God runs this!  The church isn’t some organization that the world keeps an eye on and tries to keep in its place.  The church keeps an eye out on the world!  We are Christ’s hands and feet in the world, and we should be keeping the world in check.  If we would quit worrying about our own problems that God said He’s already taken care of, then maybe it would be easier for us to care about the lost.  I am probably one of the most guilty!  Let’s stand together and not let them gain anymore ground.  We won’t let them take control!

 

Music Mondays #14: Tatum’s Testimony

Healed
by Donald Lawrence

verse1
I’ve got a story to tell you
About some things that I’ve been through
But I’m healed
Oh, I’m healed

I had some ups and downs
Leveled to the ground
But I’m healed
Oh, I’m healed

verse 2
I had to wrestle all night long
Wondering what went wrong
But I’m healed
Oh, I’m healed

I had some sunshine and some rain
Heartache and some pain
I’m healed
Oh, I’m healed

chorus
My God has touched me
Delivered
He’s set my soul free
My heart is mended
I’m whole again
No chains are holding me

Got my liberty
I am healed
I am healed
I’m healed today

bridge
I may have some scars
I am healed
Circumstances
I’m still healed
Disappointments
I am healed

vamp
Oh oh oh I am healed
I am healed
I am healed
With His stripes I am healed

 

 

I’ve always loved this song, but I love it even more now!  It says everything that I think Tatum will be saying for the rest of her life.  I pray that in times of doubt and insecurity that she’ll remember this and see how much God loves her and how much He’s done for her.  This has got to be the most “watery” post I’ve ever written, but also one of the most heartfelt and exciting ones yet!!  I’ve been claiming the victory since day one.  The doctors have tried to throw water on the flames at times–although they meant well and just doing their jobs–but I haven’t believed anything they’ve said yet!  I know what I want for Tatum, and that’s what I pray and have others pray with me.  When I talk about the situation, it’s always positive and getting better; and guess what?  It’s getting better!  The power of the spoken word is tremendous, and everyone could stand to tap into it.  She’s not totally out of the woods yet, but I can definitely see the end of the tree line ahead!

HA!  I just realized the name of this CD is called Speak Life.  That’s exactly what we’re doing:  speaking life, and teaching those around us to do the same.  This is one reason why it pays to be nice and treat people well.  There were plenty of people we saw in the ICU everyday that had no visitors.  Not saying they’re bad people, but I’m sure there are some that exist that have people that could have come.  In case you go through a storm like this, who will be in your corner?  Will you have people praying for you?  I know a lot of people, and I always have.  I may not be the loudest, smartest, prettiest, or most anything that will make me noticeable.  However, I chose to live my life in such a way that just in case I forget about them, they will never forget about me.  That’s not a selfish or a pride thing, but my desire to make a God-kind of impression on them so that in my absence they can still see God or find Him if they don’t know Him.  What kind of impression are you leaving?

Music Mondays #13: A Song For Tatum

This Music Mondays post is dedicated to Tatum! My apologies if the lyrics are mixed up. I didn’t go back to see if they were right. And no video since I’m on the mobile version. This song has been on my mind the whole weekend I’ve been at the hospital, and I know these words are true. So, if you know it sing it with Tatum in mind because she is coming out of this thing!!!
Healer

Verse
You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And healed all my disease
I trust in You
I trust in You

Chorus
I believe You’re my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You’re my portion
I believe You’re more than enough for me
Jesus, You’re all I need

Bridge
Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is possible
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in your hands

Music Mondays #12: Christmas Music

Ok…I know it’s Wednesday LOL!  Surprisingly enough, or maybe not, my life hasn’t slowed down much since the semester ended.  I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get a break before it starts up again.  Anyway, this week’s MM post is a little different because I don’t have one song to highlight.  However, as long as I’m talking about music, then I think the MM category is appropriate.

My world has been rocked as it relates to Christmas ever since that message from 11/28!  The wheels are STILL turning!  I don’t remember if it was a note on FB or an old post, but I remember writing about how I felt about non-traditional Christmas music.  To recap, I said that when it comes to Christmas music, I prefer the older traditional songs over newer “made up” ones.  Typically the traditional songs are very musical and sometimes jazzy and I LOVE that.  Some of the lyrics are silly, but at least you know it’s about Christmas.  These days people get off track.  True, most secular music is about love and relationships, but bringing that mindset into Christmas doesn’t do it for me.  Thinking about All I Want For Christmas Is You, what does me wanting you for Christmas have to do with the season?  When Christmas is over, I’ll still want you LOL!  Those lyrics to me are extremely uncreative.  Even within Christian music the message of Christmas has a tendency to get lost at times.  I heard an old Amy Grant song for the first time this year, and it just jacks me up.  She says, “I need a silent night, a holy night….[and something else about needing to get away from all the chaos and the noise].”  The song is basically talking about the stresses of life and needing a break.  Every time I hear it, I scream at the radio, “WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS??  JUST BECAUSE YOU THROW ‘SILENT NIGHT’ IN YOUR SONG DOESN’T CLASSIFY IT AS CHRISTMAS!!”  As you can see, I’m very passionate about my Christmas music LOL.

Before my eyes were opened to Christmas not being just about Jesus’ birth, I felt that all Christian-based Christmas music should be centered around it (i.e. that night, the baby, the birth, what the baby’s birth means, etc.).  There’s a song by Hezekiah Walker that used to irk me.  I don’t remember what the title was, but pretty much the ENTIRE life of Jesus was in this song.  It started out with him being in a manger, and by the end of the song He was dead LOL.  The vamp goes like this:

On time to die

Now He

And now He lives inside of me

I used to be confused and frustrated with how he can stick ALL of our holidays into one song lol.  However, ever since I’ve found out that I should celebrate the LIFE of Jesus on Christmas, I find it slightly difficult to separate Christmas and Easter!  Yes, Christmas is celebrates His birth, and Easter celebrates His death, but the song is right:  He was born to die!

I love Now Behold The Lamb by Kirk Franklin & The Family.  It’s such a beautiful song, and it’s another perfect song for my new revelation like O Holy Night.  It talks about Jesus being born into sin which sets up the reason why He came.  Then it kinda goes the Easter route talking about how we can’t understand why He loves us so much.  It ends with a current day application:  because of Your grace I can finish this race…. Beautiful!  A perfect song for a perfect man depicting His perfect life.  Amen!

Music Mondays #11: The Irony & Reality of O Holy Night

O Holy Night

verse 1
O holy night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world
In sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared
And the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn

chorus 1
Fall on your knees
O hear the angel’s voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine
O night, O night divine

verse 2
Led by the light
Of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts
By His cradle we stand
So led by a light
Of a star sweetly beaming
Here comes the wise men
Of Orient land
The King of Kings
Lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials
Born to be our friend

chorus 2
He knows our need
To our weakness is no stranger
Behold your King
Behold Him, lowly bend
Behold your King
Behold Him, lowly bend

verse 3
Truly He taught us
To love one another
His law is love
And His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break
For the slave is our brother
And in His name
All oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy
In grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us
Praise His holy name

chorus 3
Christ is the Lord
O praise His name forever
His power and glory
Forevermore proclaim
His power and glory
Forevermore proclaim

Part I:  The Irony

This song that we recognize today as a hymn was originally a poem.  The original poem was written by a Frenchman named Adolphe Adam.  It was later taken by a Unitarian minister and adapted into a singable version of the poem, i.e., the song we all know and love today!  Anyway, I think it hilarious in the most ironic way possible that THIS song–one of the most popular and most recorded Christmas songs–is about the coming of the birth of the Savior and redemption, but yet it is highly revered and sung by a world that rejects Him!  Check out the original poem and then keep reading.

I am a lover of lyrics.  If the music is weak, but the words are tight, then you’ll have me.  However, if the music is tight, but the words suck, then you’ll lose me.  I am convicted and moved by good lyrics.  That’s why I personally find it hard to totally embrace most secular music.  I’ll tune in every now and then to see what’s up, but you won’t find me dwelling on it unless I find something I can get with, you know?  Anyway, I am trying to understand how people can sing words like fall on your knees…Christ is the Lord…it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth and not be changed by them!  Do they think it’s a bedtime story or something?  Do people just not pay attention to song lyrics?  Maybe that’s why there are so many popular STUPID songs out there.  Maybe I’m just too darn observant!  Although the birth of Jesus makes for an awesome bedtime story, He is NOT a fictional character from some child’s book!  He’s not some historical figure who was just a really nice dude.  Well, He was a really nice dude, but He’s WAAAAAAY more than that.  Next section….

Part II:  The Reality

Jesus is not a baby in a manger anymore.  He grew up–looooooooong time ago.  If Jesus was still physically with us today he would be at least 2,011 years old!  Notice I stayed away from saying “if Jesus were alive” because He is alive!  Take some time–right now–to figure out how you know He’s alive today and then continue reading.

My pastor started all this, and I’m so glad He did because we tend to keep Jesus in boxes.  You know, for Christmas He’s this cute little white baby lying in a manger.  For Easter He’s this mildly attractive white man with a couple scratches on his torso wearing a loin cloth trying to look like he’s dead on a cross.  Yall know what I mean!  Jesus is none of those things; He is very much alive and well today.  Anyway, picture this (and Pastor Crute, if you’re reading, I’m sure you won’t mind recanting this!):  it’s YOUR birthday, and I’m throwing a party for you.  EVERYBODY who’s anybody is there.  As a matter of fact, I did some homework and told of some of the historic things that happened around the time you were born.  I even went back to your home town, took pictures of the hospital you were born in, brought in the doctor who delivered you, and everything!  So, at your party, I present all these people and all these things to you and the guests to commemorate and highlight your birth.  That’s all.  No gift!  Just celebrating the day of your birth.  How would you feel?  If it’s not a good feeling, then you would be right, right?  Why?  There’s more to you then just the fact that you were born!  Your birthday is not a memorial service.  It’s a celebration of life!  So…if you think this way about me giving you a party like that, then how in the world do you think Jesus feels about what we do for Him year after year after year?  People go to candle light services and crap like that.  Jesus is NOT dead!!  Why do we celebrate His birthday like He is?

Alright, so we’ve established the fact that Jesus is very much alive, and we’ve recognized that there is more to a birthday celebration than just commemorating someone’s birth.  SO, how then do we even begin to REALLY have a birthday party that Jesus will be talking about for all eternity?  I mean, just think about your most favorite birthday.  Why was it your favorite?  What happened to make it stick out in your mind?  Once you have that in your head, then perhaps you can start to think about what kind of a celebration Jesus would appreciate.  How should you decorate so that anyone who comes in can recognize who the party is for?  Sidebar:  did you know that Christmas trees come from a pagan ritual?  Just a thought.  So, for example, Jesus always talked about being the light of the world so obviously you need to have a lot of lights.  That idea came from Pastor Crute.  The idea I had was to decorate in white, red, gold and silver.  White is the base color because Jesus is pure and holy.  Red is the accent color to represent the blood.  I would use gold and silver to reflect all the lights and just make the place GLOW–sorry, nothing spiritual for those LOL.  Anyway, you see what I’m trying to say about that?  The point is this:  Christmas is no longer about Jesus–even in the church!  We all give gifts to each other talkin’ ’bout, “Well, God gave Jesus, so we should give gifts.”  HOGWASH!  I mean, can you imagine being at your own birthday party and EVERYBODY gets a gift except you?  How do we begin to honor and give to Jesus on HIS birthday?

Here’s another thing.  Pause:  I know you probably think I’m going on a tangent and forgot about O Holy Night, but I haven’t…here it is!  Play:  Go back to the idea that birthday party is more than just celebrating birth.  Most of the songs that are actually about Jesus have to do with Him being a baby which endorses the idea that we should only celebrate His birth.  So, I started thinking about which songs would be acceptable for our new meaning for Christmas.  Of course, the numbers that failed completely outweighed the ones that passed.  However, there was one, I felt, that stood out among the rest: O Holy Night!  Why?  I think this song does a great job of honoring Jesus’ birth as well as not keeping Him in the manger.  The second and least known verse talks about the birth and pretty much all the “Christmasy” “cute baby” type stuff.  The first and most popular verse also talks about the birth and gives us a glimpse of what Jesus is coming to do, which is save the world.  So really, that takes us all the way through Jesus’ life and ends with His death.  The third verse is my favorite.  This verse, to me, is talking about Jesus’ legacy and what’s still going on today.  THAT is the type of song you want sung at your birthday party!  Something that encapsulates your whole life AND what’s gonna happen after you leave the earth!  WOO!  SO…you know my wheels are turning now!  I am now trying to construct lyrics that would do Him justice on His day.  Honestly, I’m not that great at writing song lyrics, so I’m thinking about remaking some popular Christmas songs.  That should be really fun!  Anyone else want to take on the challenge?

Music Mondays #10: Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

Voice of Truth
by Casting Crowns

verse 1

Oh, what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown
Where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves, they keep on telling me
Time and time again
Boy, you’ll never win
You’ll never win

chorus
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says do not be afraid
And the voice of truth says this is for My glory
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

verse 2
Oh, what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me time and time again
Boy, you’ll never win
You’ll never win

chorus

bridge
But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

chorus

I didn’t like this song until I actually listened to the words.  Powerful!  I know everyone has some giants in your life…some folks telling you that you can’t, laughing at you, and doing everything but supporting you.  Or maybe you’re believing something that somebody else said about you that’s not true and has you suffering from low self-esteem.  You’re too fat, too skinny, too dark, too light, too tall, too short, too smart, not smart enough, worthless, undesirable, lazy, ugly…whatever!  You’ve chosen to believe those things, but you forgot about what God says!  God is crazy about you and would NEVER say anything bad about you.  He says that you are brilliant, awesome, unique, smart, and beautiful, and He big plans for you!!  Listen and believe the voice of TRUTH!

Reply and share something that you once believed, but the voice of truth told you a different story.

 

Music Mondays #9: He’ll Arrive (Coming Back) by Yolanda Adams

He’ll Arrive (Coming Back)
by Yolanda Adams feat. Kelly Price

chorus
Jesus is coming back
Time to make up for all you lack
Neither you nor I
Know the day or the time
He’ll arrive, He’ll arrive

verse 1
There are things that seem right in your mind
There’s a time in life when things must change
Will you sacrifice a little of your time to get right?
Now is the time to get it right for…

chorus

verse 2
He’s coming like a thief in the night for your life
And He’ll catch off guard if your heart aint right
Don’t you hesitate
The longer that you wait it may be too late
And you don’t want it to end that way

chorus

bridge
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Oh get your house in order
He’s coming back, yes He is
For me and you
Get right, get right

chorus

I had something else planned for today, but it can wait until next week.  I decided to capture this song for this week’s MM post in honor of our small group study on the book of Revelations.  Yesterday we covered chapters 11-14, and we had a nice, candid discussion about what we read instead of going through the actual lesson.  I really enjoyed our discussion.  Anyway, I’m not gonna be long on this one because whether you believe it or not, Jesus really IS coming back…and a LOT sooner than you think!!  These ARE the end times, and at this point in time you either believe in Jesus or not.  You’re either ready to go back with Him or not.  We don’t have time to argue and belabor the point anymore.  Christians, we need to really be about our Father’s business!!  Unbelievers, you need to accept Christ so that you can be taken away with us when He comes back.  You DO NOT want to be left down here because it is soooooo not going to be pretty!  He IS the only way out of here, and if you don’t believe it, then sadly you’ll have to discover that the hard way.  We honestly do not have the time to beg, plead, and convince you that Jesus is real and loves you.  You’ve been hearing it your whole life, and have probably had plenty of opportunities to respond to what you heard.  Please get right before He comes back!  I want you in Heaven with me.