Monday Music — How Great Is Our God (World Edition featuring Chris Tomlin)

 

CLICK TO VIEW music video: "How Great is Our God!" (World Edition featuring Chris Tomlin)

CLICK TO VIEW music video: “How Great is Our God!” (World Edition featuring Chris Tomlin)

How Great is our God? 

How much time do you have?

All year?

That’s not enough time.

But wait, I can actually answer your question with one Word.

Jesus!

In every language, in every place, Jesus is the full expression of the greatness of God. (Hebrews 1:3)

Worship leader Chris Tomlin joins an international host of singers in a moving world edition of “How Great is Our God.”

It starts strong and ends even stronger.

Enjoy!

 

 

One day we’ll all worship together with Moses, David, Paul, Mary, and all who’ve trusted in Christ.

This powerful world edition of “How Great is Our God” gives us a small taste of what’s in store for us. If you enjoyed it, I hope you’ll share it.

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Monday Music ~ “God of This City” (Chris Tomlin) 

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Hallelujah! It’s Christmas! (& A Memorable “Hallelujah Chorus” Food Court Flash Mob)

 

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CLICK PHOTO to view music video: Hallelujah Chorus Food Court Flash Mob

Few things rival Christmas surprises.

One year my dad and brother wove string throughout my sister’s and my room. So much string filled our room that we couldn’t even rise up in our beds.

Finally, we decided it was time for us to do some surprising of our own.

Payback is sweet!

My sister and I hid alarm clocks around the house, set to go off throughout Christmas morning. When our parents found an alarm clock, they had to follow the string which was tied to it to find another Christmas gift.

Another year, we woke our parents with the Hallelujah Chorus turned up to full blast.

I can only imagine the shock they felt being ripped out of their peaceful sleep by the Hallelujah Chorus booming in their room.

 It wasn’t our wisest surprise — giving our parents heart attacks would’ve ruined the day — but it was funny!

Our parents never expected the surprises we gave them.

These Christmas shoppers weren’t expecting the surprise they got either in the middle of the food court:

God had proclaimed to Adam and Eve that Christ would come, and He reminded His people of His Promise continually, but Christ’s arrival still came as a surprise. 

Christ is coming again in much the same way — when we least expect it.

This Christmas, don’t just celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ.

Make this the best Christmas yoh’be had by accepting Him as your Savior, following Him as your Lord, and looking forward to His return.

Merry Christmas!

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Enjoy — and share — all these other fabulous Christmas songs:

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Monday Music — Baby Boy! (by for KING & COUNTRY)

 

Click to view the music video: "Baby Boy" by for KING & COUNTRY

“Baby Boy” by for KING & COUNTRY

 

The world cried out for relief from the battle with sin.

Heaven answered with a Baby Boy. 

How absurd!

A Baby Boy to win the war?

But then again, not so absurd . . .

Jesus came to bring us peace with God and the peace of God.

What’s more peaceful than a baby?

Don’t ask parents of colicky babies.

Jesus wasn’t colicky. (That’s just a guess, but a good one, I bet.)

Jesus came as a peaceful baby, born to die to win the war. 

Absurd?

Yes! 

Absurdly wonderful!

 

May the peace of God reign in your heart,
as you celebrate the birth of the Baby Boy.

“Alleluia!
Endless hope and relentless joy started with a Baby Boy.”
~ for KING & COUNTRY

 

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Monday Music — The Twelve Days Of Christmas (by Straight No Chaser) & The Real Meaning of the Song

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser

I never thought The Twelve Days of Christmas could be so funny. (Tweet this)

I’ve also never thought as much about the meaning behind the original lyrics until I wrote this post.

Prepare for a totally new and fun spin on the tune and lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas as sung by the acapella group Straight No Chaser.

It’s brilliant.

But I have more than just laughing planned for you. I also want to inspire you with the meaning behind the original song lyrics as many understand them — as well as how I see them.

But first the song:

I’ve discovered there’s quite a debate about whether or not there’s really hidden meaning to the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas. 

I don’t think Straight No Chaser has any hidden meaning in their version — the fun is right out front for all to see.

But the original version has long been said to be about its hidden meaning.

Some believe this song was written in response to the time in history when it was illegal for the common man to possess written Scripture. The church leadership didn’t trust the common man to handle it correctly, so they created the law — and the punishment.

For anyone outside the church leadership possessing even a verse on a piece of paper, being burned at the stake was just one of the church’s consequences of choice.

Horrifyingly tragic. I know.

(Glimpses of Truth by Jack Cavanaugh is a fascinating novel based on this horrific practice, and learn the inspiring story of how John Wycliffe’s translation of the New Testament transpired out of this.)

Some think this prohibition is the true origin of the song.

Others think not.

I think it doesn’t matter.

Whether the author intended the song to point to Christ or not, we can be encouraged by visible meaning in the song.

According to a few websites (which makes it official, right?) here is the meaning to the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas — with a few of my own mixed in:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me.

 “My true love” is God.

In the song and in real life.

There’s no truer love than His.

A partridge in a pear tree.

The Partridge is Jesus Christ.

There being only one partridge in the pear tree reflects the truth that Christ is the one and only way to God.

And of course the partridge is in the pear tree reflecting Christ on the cross.

. . . Two Turtledoves

The Two Turtle Doves are the Old and New Testament.

They also remind me of the two birds (either turtledoves or pigeons — Luke 2:24) Joseph and Mary offered as a sacrifice after the birth of Christ. 

. . . Three French Hens

The Three French Hens are Faith, Hope, and Charity.

They also remind me of the Trinity — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 

. . . Four Calling Birds

The Four Calling Birds are the four gospels of the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).

The little research I did revealed that originally the word “calling” was actually “colly,” which means “black.” So apparently they were blackbirds, not “calling birds.”

(I assume these would not have been the blackbirds baked in a pie — there were four and twenty of them.)  

I’m sticking with four calling birds, calling out the great message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

. . . Five Golden Rings

The Five Golden Rings are the first five books of the Bible.

The five golden rings also remind me that the number five in the Bible symbolizes grace, and gold symbolizes divinity.

Of course, if you’ve been to even one wedding, you’ve heard the symbolism of a ring. It stands for love that never ends.

Perfectly fitting! To me, the five golden rings picture divine grace that never ends for Christ’s Bride — all who trust in Him for salvation. 

. . . Six Geese a Laying

The six geese a laying are the six days of creation.

How appropriate that the geese who’re laying eggs, which clearly symbolizes the beginning of life, are  linked to Creation — the beginning of all life.

. . .  Seven Swans a Swimming

The seven swans a swimming are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 

wisdom (knowing the right thing to do considering the situation and God’s will), understanding (grasping the , knowledge, counsel, fortitude (courage to do what’s right), piety (devotion to God) and fear of the Lord (being in awe of the Lord).

Swans are truly elegant creatures, but don’t be fooled by their graceful appearance. They’re powerful, just like the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

If a swan is chasing after you, run for your life! You don’t want to be caught by him.

But, if the Holy Spirit is chasing after you, stop running from Him and start running towards Him. It’ll be the best decision you ever made.  

. . . Eight Maids a Milking

The eight maids a milking are the eight beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-10 (ESV)

When I think about the maids milking the cows, it reminds me of I Peter 2:2 ~ “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”

In other words, desire the Word of God as purely as an infant who naturally and instinctively craves her mother’s milk.

There’s no reasoning with an infant. When they crave their mother’s milk, nothing else will satisfy — especially at 3:00 am.

This thought reminds me that in each of the eight beatitudes, Christ’s words reveals that any who trust in Him have all their needs met in Him. Amen.

. . . Nine Ladies Dancing

If I were written into this song, this is where I’d be — Dancing.

The nine ladies dancing are the nine Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

As dancing naturally flows from my soul through to my feet when I hear music, the fruits of the Spirit naturally flow from the soul of one who abides in Christ.

We know we’re “abiding in Christ” when we remain so closely connected to Christ that we can’t tell where He ends and we begin, because, in truth, there is no end or beginning for the one who abides in Christ. Our life is fully wrapped up in His — His life is now our life. (Galatians 2:20)

Doesn’t that make you want to dance!

. . . Ten Lords a Leaping

The ten lords a leaping are the Ten Commandments.

You know the Ten Commandments — those laws that we can never keep!

No matter who you are, you’ve broken at least one — maybe even once a day.

The Bible tells us that if we break even one law, we’ve broken the whole law,and are found guilty.

What’s our sentence?

Death.

Great!

Christ said that He didn’t come to get rid of the Ten Commandments, but to fulfill them.

You’d almost wish He’d get rid of them, except when you think of living in a society that didn’t at least try to follow them.

Yikes.

The better plan was His plan.

He fulfilled the whole law (kept every Commandment) so He could die for our sins in our place, and then He rose to give us life.

That’s a sweet deal that will make you want to leap for joy with the ten lords a leaping.

. . .  Eleven Pipers Piping

The eleven pipers piping are the eleven faithful apostles.

Judas Iscariot didn’t make the cut into this song.

The eleven faithful apostles traveled to different parts of the world, spreading the message of Christ.

To those who received their message, the Gospel was like beautiful music to their sin-sick souls.

To those who rejected their message, the Gospel sounded like someone first learning to play the oboe.

That’s not a beautiful sound.

My mom said I sounded like a sick duck when I first took up the oboe. She was being kind. I sounded more like I was strangling the poor duck.

. . . Twelve Drummer Drumming

The twelve drummers drumming are the twelve points of doctrine of the Apostle’s Creed. 

 “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” ~ Henry David Thoreau. 

That’s seems to sum up the life of Christ fairly well.

Christ marched to the beat of a different Drummer than the rest of the world.

As we place our faith in Him, we’ll learn to hear His voice. Christ will be the Drummer we hear.

If our doctrine — our beliefs — are grounded in the Word of God, we’ll begin to march to the beat of Christ.

We won’t keep pace with the world, but we’ll keep pace with the One — and that’s what matters.

That’s my take on The Twelve Days of Christmas. I hope you enjoyed it.

No doubt you enjoyed Straight No Chaser’s take on The Twelve Days of Christmas — how could you not?

What are your favorite Christmas songs? Share a suggestion or two in the comment section. I have one more Monday Music Christmas Song post. I might just use yours.

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Are You Hungry for God — Starving For Time? Here’s Your Answer

Devotional for Busy Women: Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time by Lori Hatcher (Buy it today!)

Devotional for Busy Women: Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time by Lori Hatcher (Buy it today!)

Busy women still need to eat, but sometimes a full-course meal doesn’t fit into the schedule.

A power bar will, though! 

Busy women also need to spend daily time at the feet of God in His Word, but sometimes that time doesn’ fit into the schedule either.

Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women fits perfectly, though!

And it’s here just in time for Christmas gifts — and for your own busy Christmas season. 

When I asked Lori Hatcher, my friend, editor, and author of Hungry for God, Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotion for Busy Women, if I could introduce you to her excellent devotional, she graciously sent me a copy of one of the devotions found in her book. 

It challenged and encouraged me — like the other devotions in her book.

Yes, I already have my copy! 

Enjoy this free sneak peek, and then check out her link below. Y

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My Latest Humiliation

By Lori Hatcher

Facetime: God, sometimes I’m very self-absorbed. How can I become more aware of ways to help others?

She shamed me, this woman with the big smile and even bigger umbrella.

It all began in the checkout line at the grocery store. I made small talk with the cashier as she scanned my groceries and handed them off to the clean-cut bagger standing nearby. Thankful I didn’t have to bag them myself, I scanned my card and tucked the receipt into my purse.

Rain had been falling all afternoon, and I was thankful to have my umbrella. As I left the store, I popped the handle and raised it over my head. I briefly considered sharing it with my bag boy, following closely behind me; but I dismissed the idea. Sharing an umbrella, I decided, should be reserved for close friends, spouses, and members of my immediate family. Not strangers. I didn’t feel comfortable inviting this nice young man into my personal space. Nor did I feel comfortable inserting myself into his.

I plowed on ahead into the rain until a cheerful voice stopped me in my tracks.

“Here you go!” she said, the lady with the big smile. I turned to see her holding an even bigger umbrella over my bag boy’s head. His grateful smile spoke volumes.

“I’m so sorry,” I called out, substituting my umbrella canopy for hers when we reached my car. She vanished, leaving me to my embarrassment. The bag boy chattered good-naturedly, oblivious to my chagrin.

I pondered the experience later, still smarting from humiliation and regret. How often, I wondered, do I hesitate to serve someone, hindered by boundaries of my own making? How often do I see a physical, emotional, or spiritual need and fail to step up because it makes me uncomfortable? How many opportunities have I let slip by while I weighed the options of whether or not to obey the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit?

Too many, I’m sure.

But I don’t always stay safely in my comfort zone. Three weeks ago I threw caution to the wind and asked a patient if I could pray for him and his upcoming surgery. Last week I made a meal for a young woman newly released from the hospital and brought it to her doorstep, uninvited and unannounced. Just yesterday I shared an example of a poor parenting decision I’d made in the hopes that another mom might learn from my mistake.

But today I was selfishly unaware of the needs of those around me.

Tomorrow when I awaken, the slate will be clean, and a new day will stretch before me. Rain or shine, I’ll be ready to minister to someone in Jesus’ name. Just as Jesus “went around doing good” (Acts 10:38), I’ll remember that service to others is the best sacrifice to God I can make.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

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Lori Hatcher (Hungry for God...Starving for Time)

Lori Hatcher (Hungry for God…Starving for Time)

Lori knows what it’s like to be busy. And what it’s like to struggle to make time for God. Her passion is helping women connect with God in the craziness of everyday life. Like a spiritual power bar, Hungry for God is the nutrition women need to get through the day. A Yankee transplant living in Columbia, South Carolina, Lori uses her speaking and writing ministry to equip and empower women. She’d love to connect with you on her blog (www.LoriHatcher.com), on Facebook – Hungry For God, and Twitter @lorihatcher2.

 

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