WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!

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All Thoughts Captive

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects 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

This song is just FUN. It started in two different minds.  A friend of mine wrote the lyric, and the gang call, “All thoughts captive in obedience to Christ!”  I wrote the dirty riff that sounds like it came from an old Kiss song. I put them together, and out came this song.

As I listened to this song, when my friend originally gave it to me, I couldn’t get “We Will Rock You”, by Queen, out of my head.  So I decided to end the song with a part of an older song of mine, which lines up completely with the song – taking thought captive by focusing on what is true, noble,right, pure, lovely, admirable – Jesus the Christ!

So – I hope you like it.  🙂

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:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

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 only need a mere %159 to make that goal!  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

All Thoughts Captive

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Ransom For the Righteous…

The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
    and the unfaithful for the upright
(Proverbs 21:18)

Depending on who you are, what your story is, you might read this in different ways.

  1. The wicked get what they deserve, and the good guy wins in the end!  Yay, good guy!
  2. Well, who are we to say who is wicked, and who is righteous?  I mean – God doesn’t judge, why should we?
  3. “I don’t wanna go to heaven if I can’t get in”
  4. Wha?  I don’t get it?  Why would the righteous need a ransom?

Truth is – this is a prophetic verse.  This is about Jesus the Christ.  He became the ransom for the righteous, for the upright.

But even that doesn’t make sense, does it?  That implies Jesus is wicked, unfaithful.

Yes.

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)

See, Jesus BECAME sin.  Jesus, who was perfect, became that which God detests – sin.  In this, He became wicked in the Father’s sight.  In this, he became unfaithful.  For YOU.  For me.

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,ema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Matthew 27:46)

Picture, if you could, perfect union with God the Father.  You can’t, really.  Because nobody, save for Jesus, has ever known this (and Adam and Eve, before the fall).  We have always had at best a cloudy, strife-ridden relationship with God.  For now.  Some day that will change, thank you Jesus!  But bottom line, we cannot know that perfect union between Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Now, picture, if you could, COMPLETE SEPARATION from the Father!  Oh, how I dread this, how I tremble in terror at the thought!  I can’t even imagine….

And – nobody can.  Even those who reject God, do not yet know what it means to be completely separated from God.  Yet…

But Jesus did, in that moment on the cross…  He endured the worst possible thing…  For YOU…  For me…

Jesus took our sin, our muck, our wickedness – and gave us His righteousness.  He became the ransom for you.

God is so good…

Save My Soul…

My Praise Cover 4

Poison

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects 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

This song is about addiction.  I “tried” to capture some of the feeling an addict would have, in moments of weakness, failure, falling back.  I’m writing this, never really having been addicted to drugs or alcohol.  So one would think, “You’re never going to REALLY understand what goes on in a person’s head, in their heart, how controlled and out of control they are”.

Thing is, I really wrote this song about my addiction to food.  To complete garbage, that does nothing but make my body and mind weak, makes me suffer (yes, as you age, you FEEL everything you put in your body…), leaves me with a nasty hangover.  But the high…  Oh the high…

See addiction to food is one most anyone can cover up.  Sure, there could be physical signs of an over-eater.  But not necessarily for everyone.  And for me, who is overweight – hey, I may not be as bad as some.  In America, even with the health kicks going on – we are CONSUMERS.  So those physical signs are either not noticed, or “don’t talk about that, you might offend someone”.  Funny, even if I’m talking about myself, I might offend someone…

Also – you can be a “functional drunk”, when you get your high from sugar, chips, food.  You can still work.  You can still be around family. You can hold conversations – heck, food is part of many great conversations.

And – food, you need it to live!  Other substances, you cannot argue that.  Food – you need.  Food – is GOOD.

I do not say this to paint myself as “poor Ted”.  I wrote this, to deal with, before the Lord, a struggle I have.  One I fail with constantly.  I don’t know why – why would Jesus not just take it away?  Especially when I so often put it before Him?   How is that fair???

The only reason I can think, that makes sense to me, is that He loves me enough to give me that choice.  In the moment, I can give in to the temptation that will give me great pleasure – FOR A MOMENT, then it is gone, replaced with shame, self-pity, self-loathing, bloating, often more cravings…  OR – I can choose Him, who gives me GREAT JOY, with no ill side-effects.

I’ve had moments of victory, thank you Jesus.  Christ is the only reason.  I’ve made commitments over and over to Him, to honor Him with my body.  I’ve failed over and over.  And over…

But He has not.  For He has not given up on me.  That which he began, He will complete.

God is good…

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:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

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 only need less than $200 to make that goal!  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

Poison

My Heart Is Stirred By a Noble Theme…

My Praise Cover 4

Noble Theme (You)

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects 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 wrote this song on a retreat, while sitting in my dorm room.  I had just returned from spending time in a vineyard, reflecting on the glory of Christ, the true vine.  I returned to my room, and read Psalm 45.  Specifically Psalm 45:1

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

This song, a love song to Jesus, came from this verse.  And the retreat – it was ALL about the love of Christ.  Sure, we all hear that, we all get that – but I argue, no we don’t.  I was raised in a home that subscribed to a religion of “works”, of behavior-based acceptance.  But never really learned what the love of God meant.  So while I know that – it STILL struggle with that in my heart from time to time.  Hence the line, “I don’t understand this love”.  I don’t.  But you know what?  I will accept it anyway.  As much as I’ll mess up, and even mess up accepting His love – I will receive it.

My heart is stirred by a noble theme.  I will recite verses for You, my King…

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:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

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 $1632, counting my match.  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

Noble Theme (You)