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Red Mountain Music Favorites

Red Mountain Church is another source of musicians/singers who are setting old hymns to new music.  The church is located in southside Birmingham.  You can check out their work at redmountainchurch.org.

Here are my 10 favorites:

  1. There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood
  2. No Sweeter Subject
  3. Friend of Sinners
  4. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace
  5. With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes
  6. Help My Unbelief
  7. It is Finished, Pt 2 (Hark the Voice of Love and Mercy)
  8. The Christian’s Hope Can Never Fail
  9. There Is a Land of Pure Delight
  10. Why Should I Fear

What are your favorites?

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Posted by on November 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Indelible Grace Favorites

Indelible Grace is a collection of musicians/singers who take old hymns and set to new music.  Many of the hymns are relatively unknown to Christians today, while others are known considerably.  You can sample their work at igracemusic.com and find a wealth of other resources.

The following ten hymns are  my personal favorites not in any particular order:

  1. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
  2. The Church’s One Foundation
  3. Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul
  4. The Love of Christ
  5. To Christ the Lord
  6. Give Reviving
  7. Abide With Me
  8. Lo the Storms of Life Are Breaking
  9. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
  10. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

What are your favorites?

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Thoughts on Baptism & Communion

It has struck me recently how the practices of churches and their innovations have really undermined commanded practices of Jesus Christ.

For many years I readily heard the phrase “profession of faith.”  This was understood as one’s first public  declaration of one’s faith in Jesus Christ.  Accompnaied with this was the expectation that one come forward and walk the isle in a local church where they would tell the pastor and then tell the church.

Yet I have now come to understand that baptism is one’s public profession of faith in Jesus Christ.  Just as John’s baptism was a public declaration of repentance so too is the baptism into Jesus a public declaration of repentance and a public identification with Jesus Christ through faith.

So in my reflection of the Lord’s Supper this week, I also recalled the practice growing up that when one had “backslidden” and wanted to rededicate himself or herself to Jesus Christ again, he or she would walk the isle and tell the preacher and then tell the church. Yet, I have come to the conclusion this practice is better captured in the consistent observance of the Lord’s Supper for every time we observe Communion we are rededicating ourselves to the Lord. 

I remember those rededications with much fondness and probably visited the front of the church on numerous occassions.  In no way would I want to discourage rededications.  But perhaps if we prepared properly with discernment in readiness for Lord’s Supper, we would be continually moved to godly sorrow on the one hand because of our sins and moved to godly transformation on the other hand through the good help of the Lord. 

What we see really in both these practices is the innovation of the altar call to facilitate professions of faith and rededications.  Yet, I have come to the conclusion that when baptism and communion are properly taught and observed they will capture better for God’s people the Spirit of God as he works in people’s lives and be more faithful to God’s word.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Testimony: AJ Hamilton

AJ Hamilton shares a testimony of how God worked for his family’s good despite his mother’s rape.

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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Free Download: Desiring God

1590521196mYou can download the classic book Desiring God by John Piper for free through the month of November.

 

 
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Prosperity Gospel in Africa

This video shows the fruit of what Prosperity Gospel preachers are exporting into Africa.

HT: Gospel Driven Church

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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