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The Scandal of The Shack

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When I read the Shack it was a very healing experience for me. It made me question and consider the fact that God loves and wants to save the very worst of humans, pedophiles, porn stars, Muslim terrorists, and even judgemental Christians! Through the story William Paul Young demonstrates what Scripture tells us:

“Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.” Romans 5:20

I remember reading one part in the book about a son’s relationship to his father. I became so angry that I threw the book across the room. I was angry because it was bringing up my own painful and strained relationship with my father. I was bitter about the divorce and I hadn’t talked with him in a couple years. He had rejected his family. He had rejected me. I wrote a song you’ll never hear about that pain and the blame.

Well a few days later after I finished the book, I had the most powerful encounter with the love of Jesus. It happened, as it often does with me, in a dream.

Here tis:

I was standing there looking at my dad. My brother was there as well and my first impression was an overwelming awareness that we are One. Then God started to reveal how he felt about my dad. God’s love started pouring into my heart and it grew in intensity. It just kept growing and growing more and more intense and I thought, “Is there any end to this love?” It became so intense I was convinced I would explode into a million pieces. Fearing for my life I shook myself awake as if to say, “No more!”

That profound experience healed my relationship with my dad. Of course I forgave him! I have treated him with love and respect ever since. I called him up shortly after that and was going to send him the book The Shack but he told me that he had just read it. The book made quite an impact on him as well.

Wow God!

From My friend Robby Dawkins:

robby-dawkinsIs there a Demonic Spirit related to the movie the Shack? The Answer is yes!
I read the book several years ago and weeped so hard. It made me angry then broke my heart. Then watching the movie tonight with my wife Angie Dawkins, all those emotions were stirred once again. This story is really about the authors horrific struggle with the Lord after suffering sexual abuse as a missionaries kid. This deep wound is depicted in the story with a horrific tragedy in a family.
None of the depictions of God are Caucasian (loved it!) And portraits God in both male and female form (loved that too). This movie is so powerful and I felt the Presence of the Lord so strong at various points of it. And felt the theology to be very sound.
So what of the demonic I mentioned you ask? I believe their is a demonic assignment against this book and movie. It’s both by a Religious Spirit and a spirit that insights Prejudice. These Demonic spirits are trying to block people from experiencing healing and freedom from a critical spirit.
I highly recommend you take every atheist, spiritually wounded, orphaned spirited person you know to this movie and then a “sit down” with them afterwards to process it.
It sets us up to bring many to Christ…

More: William Paul Young and his book Crossroads: https://daniellovett.com/2013/07/15/cross-roads-by-william-paul-young-book-review/

William Paul Young and his book Eve: https://daniellovett.com/2015/09/23/william-paul-young-and-his-new-novel-eve/

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“Worth” New Worship song based on Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”

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“For when you gave your life, you gave my soul, it’s worth”

These lyrics are from my new Christian worship version (parody) of a Johnny Cash cover of “Hurt” which I called “Worth”. Enjoy and sing along to the lyrics below and continue reading for more about this song:

LYRICS:

“Worth”

I worship you my God,
For you have saved my soul
You offer me your blood,
You come and make me whole
And when I come undone,
When life has lost it’s sense
You’re there to show the way
A return to innocence

CHORUS:

What have I become,
My sweetest friend?
You have made us one,
And You’re with me to the end
So You could have it all,
My empire of dirt
For when you gave your life,
You gave my soul its worth

You spared no expense
To reconcile me
You gave your very best
So I could know your peace
I now stand redeemed
Bought back for sin and death
And now you’ve come so near
You’re closer than my breath

(CH)

…Yes now you call me friend,
You’ve become my hope,
My heart swells with joy,
A love I’ve never known

Here is another take I did on another guitar:

I have long enjoyed Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” (which happens to be his fourth most popular song of all time). But seriously, is it really edifying? Perhaps for the human element and drama and reality of a drug addict it presents, but I’d rather spend my time listening to music that brings redemption into focus. Wouldn’t you?  So even though the music is beautiful I found it difficult to ever share it at the Nursing homes I play at given its original drug addict theme.

Given the fact that Johnny Cashes first love was Gospel music (he tried to start his career singing only Gospel and left Sun records so he could start recording Gospel) I trust this version has put a big smile on his face in glory and a nod of approval.

I absolutely love these new lyrics that came to me. I thought about starting with something that more people in the world could readily sink their teeth into to reflect how tragic most people’s existence is.  I am mindful of all the criticisms Christian music gets for “not being honest”. I just read one the other day from U2’s Bono who is a Christian.

I asked myself, should I really start with, “I worship you my God”? Is that too trite? Not “honest’ enough for all the people who don’t connect with this?

The more I thought about it the more I reasoned that, instead of going backwards and writing that our meager and paltry experience of God has rendered us thus far, it is time to elevate our experience into glory and the heavens and join with all of creation and all the saints and angels in true worship to our LORD and God Jesus Christ… Who by his sacrifice has now made us friends.

so now we can rejoice in friendship with God

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My Top Ten Posts Ever!

Well, I have been at this blogging thing for five years now. What started as a hobby to practice my writing has become more (and sometimes less) of a passion over the years. Writers write to be read. I think it is just part of being human to want to be known. To share our experiences, our joys and frustrations, and find a few people who care enough to share this journey together. To share the love!

As I look back over and reflect on my writing thus far I have realized many things. I have made plenty of mistakes! But that’s how we learn, isn’t it? So I don’t really sweat it. Yes, I’ve learned. Sometimes by losing friends, losing a job, or even losing my church family. Yes, sometimes it can hurt like hell but honestly I am more concerned about the pain I’ve possibly caused you. I am also interested in finding ways to build and restore trust where I may have damaged your trust.

At times I haven’t taken my bit role in your life very seriously. I haven’t hesitated to be a bit controversial at times either. Let’s face it: the Truth is ALWAYS controversial. Besides, without controversy there can be no growth. Controversy is built into progress and true learning can’t happen without it. So yes, I unapologetically write about controversial things I am interested in. There are those rare occasions when something I’ve written really stands out and feels like I struck gold or hit a homerun.

Yes, it definitely sometimes it feels a bit pretentious and even unrealistic in this day in age to think that anyone would care about what I blog about anyway. We have enough distracting us, entertaining us, fighting for our attention that, well, I do realize how insignificant I may be in the grand scheme of things. But gosh darn it I want to play my bit role in this play of life and be the best influence and blessing I can be in your life however small my role in it may be… from now on.

Sometimes I have been in ‘Identity crisis’ over the years. Confusion sets in and I lose my way. Sometimes for a year or more.

‘Who am I and what should I focus on? What are my lines in this play anyway? Have I been cut from the script? Have I added things that were never intended to be in the script? Are my pursuits even legitimate or am I trying to fulfill someone else’s expectations of me?’

Thanks for sticking with me and being a good friend. Here are my best past blogs that I feel will enrich your life:

  1. Our Father (Holy is Your Name), New Worship Song from our new upcoming album Reflect Love – coming soon!
  2. With God it’s ALL about Joy and Delight
  3. What kind of Monster do you think God is? (Reminder that we have a GOOD Shepherd and God is a GOOD Father. He doesn’t feed his sheep to the wolves!)
  4. Adventures in God (John G. Lake) (Contains a Free book that I couldn’t stop reading!)
  5. The Beauty of Redemption (Still gives me the chills thinking about how loved we are – check out the song love by Jason Ma.)
  6. My Hitchhiking Adventure With God – Part 1 (Hitchhike to Mardi Gras in New Orleans to share Jesus? Say What!?!?)
  7. Snakebit? Fix Your Eyes on Jesus & Lamb of God, Who HAS taken away all sin!
  8. For the Grieving Mother (I hope you are deeply touched and moved as many moms have been by this Supernatural message from a little girl in heaven for her hurting mom.)
  9. My Immortal Jesus (I play this song all the time now. It is a constant reminder that Jesus is near – and my kids dancing in the video is great too!)
  10. Enter the Silence, New Worship from Reflect Worship
  11. BONUS: I could not forget to include this very important blog that reminds us the centrality and necessity of Christ and the cross for salvation: Is Jesus is the Only Way to Salvation?

By the way, God wrote a book. I’d encourage you to give it priority over everything else. I was inspired to read this quote today from John Piper:

“God wrote a book.

That reality blows me away every time I stop to think about it. Pages and pages of God. His thoughts, His words, His heart. Right there, just a few inches away. I can carry it with me wherever I go. Read it whenever I want. Reading the Bible is one of the most important things we can ever do. It’s more valuable than anything we own, sweeter than anything we have ever eaten. It is literally more important than breathing.

But that’s not always what we see and feel when we open the Bible. Our weak, tired, distracted eyes look – and all we see is a lifeless boring portrait on the wall. But it’s not a portrait. It’s a window. It doesn’t hang lifeless in an old frame on the wall. It breaks through the wall into another world. The real world, the lasting world, the better world. And through this window shines a divine light that changes everything around us. We all know that the road to knowing God is not easy.

Discipline and resolve are important, but they can carry you only so far. A few days, week, maybe a month. In the long run, we need something stronger, more compelling than discipline and resolve. There are too many traps along the path, too many hurdles. At the root, the reason we don’t read the Bible is that we don’t want to read the Bible. We don’t see joy, peace and life when we see the leather binding on our shelf. We see a wall, not a window. The boring portrait, not the never-ending beauty beyond. So we put it off, leave it shut, and move on. We stay in bed, and we miss the miracle.

God wrote a book! And with His book, these words in front of us, He wakens our dead, bored souls. He frees us from bondage to sin, from desires that rob us of life. He comforts the depressed, inspires the discouraged, guides the confused. He empowers us to make our lives count for His cause in the world. He satisfies us completely and forever with words – His words.

So, will I read my Bible tomorrow? Where else would I go? How else will I know him? How else will I prepare myself to enjoy Him forever? Yes! I’ll spend the rest of my life looking out this window, watching, waiting for another sight of Him. Another miracle. Another glimpse of my God.” – John Piper

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