Oh My Gosh….

Sure, the commercial is corny. BUT – for some reason this commercial, heck this CONCERT, is the first one I’ve been excited for, like back when I was 14. And when I was 14, I had no idea who the Replacements were! (Yeah, I know, I’m not cool…..).

I don’t think I’m going to this show. But I so want to…. I so want to…..

Ain’t Gonna Hide No More Review #8 – I Love You

Ain't Gonna Hide No Morehttp://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/track/i-love-you

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God, for salvation to everyone who believes.
Romans 1:16

There is truth in that one statement.  The Gospel is the power from God  for us to be saved.

There is also a lie in that statement, when I sometimes speak it – “I am not ashamed of the Gospel”.

I’m NOT ashamed of the Gospel.  I know how the Lord saved me through his Son, Jesus Christ – and what he saved me from.  Because he loves me….

I know how he loves me.  I know how I love him, because he loved me first….  Oh, how he loves me….

I do share this good news with others, whenever I can.  If you only knew….

Yet I often cower, when presented with the opportunity to share…  Fear of man, sadly, overwhelms the fear of the Lord.

Let me re-phrase that.  Unhealthy fear (terror) of man, sadly, overwhelms my healthy fear (reverence, respect, love) of the Lord.

But God is good, faithful, loving, forgiving.

And convicting.

And the righteous man falls seven times, but gets back up again.  This means that I may fall, but I’m not down.  The devil may make me cower from time to time.  But I have a righteous, loving Lord, who picks me up, encourages me, gets me on my feet, back into the battle.  God is so good….

Sorta makes me think of a scene in Band of Brothers, where Dick Winters is leading his troops into battle.  He’s up yelling at them to move forward, because he knows if they stay where they are they will die.  He is UP, putting himself at risk, encouraging his men.

A sinful, imperfect man, Dick Winters, did this for his men.  Because he loved them.

How much more did our perfect, loving Father do so by sending his Son to die in our place?  How much more did our perfect, loving Jesus do so in being obedient to the cross?

And how much more does our perfect, loving Holy Spirit do this for us?

So – I Ain’t Gonna Hide No More.  I am not ashamed of the Gospel.  I will share it until my dying day, when I am home with Him…

Ain’t Gonna Hide No More Review #7 – Yesterday

Ain't Gonna Hide No MoreI love this song!

http://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/track/yesterday-2

I wrote this song with a good friend Tony Preston.  Really, he wrote the bulk of it.  I just added a second verse, the chords for the solo break, and the Bon Jovi harmony to it.  We actually did a version together, when we were in a band called Once Blind.  You can find that version here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/once-blind/id341845423

I love this song!  Not only is it an amazing pop song – it also holds to the truth that we are not what we were.  And we don’t have to live like we did.  God is so good!!!

So I did a newer version of it for my last record.  I don’t often come away from recording, thinking, “Wow, that is something great”.  I did this time.  I love every part of it.  Maybe that is because of how I feel about this song – I just put so much care into it.

So – a short little blurb about a sweet song.  I hope you enjoy!  And – I will leave you with some truth, that inspired the song.  We even put it in the original version:

 

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ain’t Gonna Hide No More Review #6 – I’m Sorry…

Ain't Gonna Hide No More

It’s been a while since I posted anything about my now not so new record, “Ain’t Gonna Hide No More”.  Sorry.  I WILL finish talking about the songs on it.

I stopped because of this song, however…

http://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/track/im-sorry

I wrote this song, pretty much in my head, while on a walk with my wife and kids in Yellowstone.  I was walking with my wife, enjoying my children as they sauntered about, enjoying God’s wonderful creation and the company.  We REALLY bonded on that trip, all four of us (Plus my wife’s bestie and her friend, while in Montana!).  I mean, we REALLY had a wonderful time – the way life on life should always be.  Almost perfect, as humanity goes.

In that moment though, for some reason all these memories of how I had treated my kids in the past came back….  In a huge rush…. It overwhelmed me for a bit, and I couldn’t shake it.  It was haunting.

See, I was a negligent father for a while – serving self and only self.  My kids suffered much because of it.  I was reminded one time shortly after their mother and I separated, taking care of them after being out all night.  I put them in the tub to take a bath – then laid down and crashed on the couch.  I was awaken by their crying, standing there shivering, soaking wet, in towels that Stella had found to dry themselves off – they didn’t know how to do that stuff, and were calling for me to help.  I didn’t hear them.  For an hour…..

That was just one thing that came to mind.  I know the devil was pouring this on, trying to get me to feel like crap for my past sins (bastard, tries to do that a lot…).  I prayed, asked God for his grace, thanked him for the man he’s made me into, the man he’s making me in to, for my children to know they are LOVED and VALUED.  I thanked him for restored relationships with them, for the wonderful opportunity we had to be together in this moment.

And I wrote these lyrics.  I’m getting older, I am not sure how I kept them in my head for that time, or the melody.  It’s odd…..

I struggle writing about this, because this is – hard…  My kids were robbed of something through my sin.  I know, all parents do that somehow to their kids.  But we also struggle with it.  I do thank God that we have been given new life, that my amazing children actually (I hope) like me, that they know they are loved by me, and more important – by their Lord and Savior….