2015 On the Interwebs…

https://tedhtunes.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

Have a wonderful, blessed 2016!

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Expectant Waiting and Preparation

This year, I have been in a season of “Advent”, in a way I don’t think I ever have before.  I must confess, this time of year I get too wrapped up in the hoopla.  I’m either in love with it, full of disdain for it, or both.  And there is a LOT of hoopla.

But this year, it seems there have been more things that lead me to say, “Come Lord Jesus.  Come quickly….”

Death in the family, which has rocked us.  That’s to be expected, sure.  But you just don’t prepare for it, and you have no choice but to go through the pain.  And it sucks.  And it doesn’t go away quickly.  Heck – my own father died in 2008.  It still hasn’t gone away…

We’ve had numerous stories in the news, that have done nothing but cause division and fear in the hearts of – well, EVERYONE.  Our world – certainly our country, is filled with strife.  Maybe I’m just noticing it more now?  Maybe it’s more in the news?  Maybe both?  But it’s TIRING.  The horrible acts being done against people, but also the horrible things being thought and said about people.  It’s tiring…

We have a candidate who wants to prohibit a person from coming into our country, based on their religious belief.  And some are behind him in this.  Some might even kick those out, who hold that same religious belief.

We also have people who advocate, or even jest, about killing this candidate, or even those who would vote him into office.  Both ways of thinking are wrong on so many levels…

Several videos surely brought attention an organization, polarizing a nation.  It causes those who are bold and brash to lash out with sometimes hate-filled speech (those baby killers are human beings too, in need of a Savior just as I), which gives the false argument that calling this murder is hate speak, some legs in the minds and hearts of many.  So anyone who speaks up and says they think abortion is morally wrong, are immediately labeled as “extremist”, and put on a shelf.  Nope, won’t listen to them…

It also causes those who don’t think these babies are babies until we determine they are babies, to stand in defense.  Walls are built.  Nobody talks about it, we just write about it loudly, thinking we have the last word…

  • On a side note, I want to say that I think the videos coming out was good.  It will hopefully spawn discussions around this topic.  I for one would WELCOME it, in person.  Let’s get coffee!  Let’s disagree in person!  Let’s argue!  I’ll still love you, after the coffee runs out…

We are in a tremendous battle over the value of life, after birth.  Life based on color of skin, sex, race, sexual orientation, region of birth, religious belief, you name it.  Seems like if you ain’t like me, you ain’t human.  And if you agree with the sentiment that is wrong, please check your own heart.  It seems we have all adopted this in our hearts.  We need to guard our hearts against this…

What is wrong, is called right.  What is right, is called wrong.  It’s snowballing out of control. No matter what you believe, one cannot look back at this year, and realize they have said the same thing.  What is actually right, is constantly in question!  Who gets to define this?  Who gets to redefine this?  Certainly not you or I.  Why do we fight over it?

I’m tired…

Thing is, this is not new.  This is how our world has been, since satan was given the keys.  The enemy seeks to devour us.  To steal, kill and destroy.  And he’s duping us into thinking we are each other’s enemy, not him.

Jesus came to free us from this.  It’s done.  He completed His mission, conquered sin and death. But we still have to wait here for this to be fully realized.  That gets frustrating.  The waiting.  How long, or Lord, must I wait?  The age-old question.  We forget that God has something for us, in all of this.  For me.  For YOU…

I’m encouraged that a day is like 1,000 years to my God.  He is patient.  He was with me.  He is with you as well.  If you reject Him, it might be that He hasn’t reject you.  It might be that He’s calling you now.  I’m praying as I write this, that you realize the God of the universe LOVES YOU so much, that He came to live as one of us, to die in your place, so you could LIVE with Him for eternity!  Think of that!  Even when you told Him to get lost, He hasn’t given up on you!  I pray you realize this, and how awesome this Jesus the Christ is, how awesome His love for you is…

Wikipedia, “the source of all truth”, used the words to describe Advent, a season of “expectant waiting and preparation”.  This is my heart, lately.  This is my heart, Lord, for You, always.

I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord
(Psalm 27:13-14)

 

Love Never Fails…

Wedding Coat Cover

Love Never Fails

This is the last song from my new EP titled “Wedding Coat” – a project I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

I wanted to end this record with positive truth.  Not something that “makes you feel good” – the TRUTH.  This song is basically 1 Corinthians 13.  This song is about Jesus.  Jesus IS that love, described in 1 Corinthians 13.  Here is the text of that passage:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.

This passage is very often used in wedding ceremonies.  While it’s about Jesus, it does depict that kind of love we do need to intentionally give to our spouse.  I say “intentionally”, because it cannot be based on feelings.  “I love my spouse like this”, just won’t hold up, no matter who you are.  Nobody is that wonderfully able to love in this way, save for God.  So we have to be intentional about this.

Just imagine, what if I were truly patient with my wife?  Long suffering, as some translations put it.  I adore my wife, and really, it’s not hard to love her.  But she fails me, and I her.  We’re human.  AND – it’s really easy to get caught up in the little things that everyone has/does, and lose patience with her.  What if I were truly patient with her?

What if I were kind to her, always?  Not just when I’m “feeling romantic”.  Not just when I “like” her.  What if I were kind, when I didn’t really like her?

What if I were not envious, boastful, or proud with my wife?  I long for her words of encouragement.  I don’t think that is wrong – but when I seek that instead of honesty, when I get offended when she lovingly rebukes me, well – what if I would lovingly receive that rebuke?

What if I did not dishonor my wife?  I try and make it my life’s rule to never disparage my wife to others.  I’m not perfect – but I’m very happy to say that “the wife” type talk is not common among my friends.  We just don’t rag on our wives.  We in fact try and praise our wives, as it encourages one another to do the same.  BUT – what about in my heart, in my mind?  I have a dear friend who likes to say, “I try to always protect my wife’s reputation.  Especially in my mind.”  Wow, I love that.  What if I lived that?

What If I were not self-seeking?  What if I did not pounce on my wife, every time I had a sexual urge?  What if My FIRST action were to serve her, always, not to “take a load off, just for a minute”?  There is a proverb that says, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands.  And poverty will overcome you like a thief”.  That poverty can be monetary.  It can also be relational, I think.  If we get lazy with our wives (and I’m not proud to say, I sometimes do with mine), a relational poverty can come on us.  What if I never let that happen?

What if I was not easily angered?  With ANYONE.  But especially with Phyliss.  What if I never kept record of wrongs.  Not just the remembering of an offense some time later – what if it were gone immediately?  We are forgiven, so we can forgive.  Why is it SO HARD sometimes to forgive the one we are closest to?  What if I forgive IMMEDIATELY?

What if I never delighted in evil, but always rejoiced in the truth?  What if I did not worry about offending, when truth needs to be spoken?  What if I did not get offended when truth was spoken to me?  What if Phyliss knew she could always tell me the truth, and vice-versa?  Something to work on, for sure…

What if I ALWAYS protected my wife?  Always trusted her?

The thing is – INTENTIONAL LOVE always does.  It ALWAYS protects, ALWAYS trusts, ALWAYS hopes, ALWAYS perseveres.  Sure, I’ll mess up.  But when I obey Christ and love my wife in this way, it NEVER FAILS.  It’s maintaining that hedge the Lord has around our heart.   It’s a weapon in our arsenal against the enemy, who seeks to destroy our marriage.  It NEVER FAILS.  I praise God every day for Phyliss.  Every day, even when I don’t feel like it.

So I have a hefty list here, to work on.  🙂 If you think of it, pray for me, and my wife.  For our marriage.  I will do the same for you.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

Wedding Coat EP

My Praise

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $822, counting my match.  Creeping up on the halfway mark!  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

Love Never Fails

Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy or boast
Love is not proud
Does not dishonor
Love is not self-seeking
Or easily angered

Love keeps no record
Nor delights in evil
Love rejoices in the truth
Love always protects
Love always trusts
Love always hopes
Perseveres…

The greatest of these
Is Love
The greatest of these
Is Love
The greatest of these
Is Love
The greatest of these
Is Love

You are patient
You are kind
You do not envy or boast
You are not proud
Do not dishonor
You are not self-seeking
Or easily angered
You keep no record
Nor delight in evil
You rejoice in the truth
You always protect
You always trust
You always hope
Persevere…

Love never fails
Love never fails
Love never fails
Love never fails