Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Should Free People Behave?



The Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt for more than 400 years.  To give you an idea how long that was, The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock about 400 years ago.  Consider how much our nation’s values have changed since then. 
Now consider what the Children of Israel did when became free after 400 years. Their first recorded words were songs of praise to God. God hadn’t forgotten them and they were grateful.  Hope about you.  Do you sing songs of praise to your God? You probably have free your whole life, when was the last time you thanked God for the life and freedom He has provided? I know I often take His blessings for granted.  We know the Children of Israel were not perfect people, but their first recorded words were songs of praise to the Lord. Praise and godly music are important to God. How important are they to you?
For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com

The Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings (AA 3)



I’ve heard of a theory called the “Butterfly Effect” which says, if a butterfly flaps its wings somewhere in the world, that flap of his wings will have a effect on others until each flap has affected the whole world in some way.  The theory illustrates that even our tiniest actions affect others.

How is your butterfly effect?  You ARE affecting others by your actions.  Are you influencing others for good?  Phil 2:15 says we are to “shine like the stars as we hold out the Word of life.” Jesus taught that we are to be the light to this world.

Our life should be reflecting the light of Jesus as the moon reflects the light of the Sun.  Are we behaving in a manner so others will see a clear reflection of Jesus or do we give others a distorted reflection of Christ?  There is no middle ground.    

Listening to Christian music throughout your day could help you keep your focus on the Light of the World and help you reflect His Glory.  

For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.    

How Important is Singing To You? (CMC 2)




Throughout Scripture repetition indicates importance.  For example, “verily, verily” it is more important than one “verily.”
Another illustration of repetition is “Holy.”  Holy is used throughout Scripture by many different men in reference to God and godly principles, but when angels praised God in Isaiah 6:3, they used, “Holy, holy, holy” because they knew God personally and were trying to express that God was REALLY holy.
With the understanding of the principle of repetition in Scripture, can you imagine how important singing is to God when Scripture commands us to sing to the Lord more than 30 times?  This shows how important singing is to God. 
I believe singing to our Lord should become a way of life for every Christian.  May I suggest that you take the Christian Music Challenge and listen to and sing songs to Him and about Him for the next 30 days? 
For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.    

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tell Satan to Go to Hell! (AA 2)





The “spiritual war” isn’t the battle between God and Satan for the heart of mankind.  That war is over!  Jesus Christ defeated Satan at the cross and with empty tomb! The real battle is for your mind. Satan trying to fill our minds with lies; the biggest being the lie that Satan isn’t a defeated enemy and that Christianity isn’t true. 
Ephesians 4:21-24 reminds us that we are in a constant battle for our mind. Satan wants us to live as if we never gave our life to Christ.  He wants us to believe our feelings of hopelessness and doubt.
Tell Satan to go to Hell and to stop tempting you.  Remind him that you are a new creation in Christ. 
Remember this basic principle.  Life is a series of choices and choices have consequences.  Satan wants you to make wrong choices by filling your mind with lies.  The right choice is to keep your mind focused on Christ and the Truth of God’s Word.  Listening to Christian music can help. 
For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.    

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Best Way To Change America! (AA 1)



The ultimate goal for the Christian Music Challenge is to turn our nation back to Christian values.  I’m encouraging all Christians to sing as a way to keep their focus on Christ, which will lead to peace.  Which in turn will lead to an attitude of prayer.  



Will you pray daily for our nation?  Nothing of consequence will happen without prayer.



The following prayer is a simple suggestion.



Pray:



For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.



For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.



For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.



For music suggestions and more information, check out www.TheChristianMusicChallenge.com.