Home, a New Song

This song exists because of my six year old daughter who, right before bedtime, said, “Papa, I have a song on my mind.” She sang the opening two lines of this song, words and melody. I was awe struck. “Is she hearing angels sing this because that was really good!”

lyrics

Hide away from the darkness
Hide away from the pain
Try to escape all that’s heartless,
But it seems a waiting game

I’ve been running for a while now
I’ve been running on my own
Heart’s been aching for a while now
Ever since I left home

CHORUS:

So I’m coming home,
I’m coming home
I’m longing for belonging
I’m longing for a home

I’m a mixed juxtaposition
A puzzle piece out of place
And I don’t have a recognition
of where I fit into this space

I can’t check any of your boxes
Don’t want the ditch on either side
My heart feels full of paradoxes
But I’m okay with this collide

(CHORUS)

In the heart of my Father
I am complete
I have no need to wander
For I have found Peace

In the heart of my Father (x4)

In the heart of my Father
I have found home

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Safe Place, New Song

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Jesus

John 14:27 NLT

Catherine and I (Daniel) are SO excited to present to you our studio version of Safe Place!

We think it sounds amazing and we know it will bless your heart!

One of God’s names is YHWH Shalom which can be roughly translated as “I AM Peace” and “in God we live and move and have our being”. There is WAY more depth to this Name than can be expressed. The ONE who IS Peace is here to be experienced!

We encourage you to take some time to hear the heart of God in this song. Put on your head phones, find a quiet space and experience Jesus in this prophetic song. This is a message from Jesus to you. Jesus invites you to come to him and experience his Peace, his Shalom. It is yours to experience right now if you want to. He is your Safe Place.

lyrics

You do your best to wear a happy face
But your hearts a mess
Just below the surface of your smile
I want to be, a comfort in your suffering
A mender of your broken wings
A safe place to rest for a while

You are not alone
You’ll always have a home
Please know that you belong with me
I’m throwing you a line
I’ll make your sorrows mine
I know the plans I have to bring you peace
I’ll bring you peace

Take one step at a time I’ll be your light
Right through your darkest night
Into your dawning glorious new light
So walk through the door
It’s so much more than you knew to ask for
And I will always be
Your safe place to rest for a while

Peace, My peace I give to you
My love, will guide you
Peace, My peace I give to you
My love, will see you through

Yes I will always be
Your safe place to rest for a while

Shalom!

Did you know that “Shalom” means peace? There is a wonderful Scripture that doubles up on that word in the Hebrew to emphasize it’s awesomeness:

“You will keep in perfect peace (shalom shalom)
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Isaiah 26:3 NLT

May you experience the Perfect Peace of Jesus of Jesus now.

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Become the Host of Heaven

I continue to have a great deal of contact with the host of heaven. Holy Spirit revealed new layers as to why I absolutely adore the term “host of heaven”. The terms “saints and angels” and the “cloud of witnesses” just doesn’t cut it. They just don’t allow for some important nuances and vast variety of beautiful souls that “host of heaven” includes.

All of us are surrounded by the host of heaven and ALL of us can become the host of heaven! How? By hosting heaven!

“Heaven is not so much of a place as it is a person.”

Daniel Lovett

We become the host of heaven when we host the Presence of God. When we open the door to Jesus and he (and the Trinity) comes in to make his home within each one.

“Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.”

Jesus – John 14:23 TPT

Jesus never imposes himself on anyone and we ALL continue to have free will. Anyone at any time can refuse fellowship with God. This is why Jesus continues to put forth the invitation as he continues to find himself on the outside of fellowship with the believer:

“Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me.”

Jesus, Revelation 3:20 TPT

We will “share a meal together as friends” as one translation puts it. I love this beautiful picture of friendship.

I encourage you to tune into Jesus right now, open the door, and be a host of heaven!

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Everyone a Child of God? Wm Paul Young Interview

As many of you know, I host a talk radio show called Sozo Talk Radio. Recently I interviewed Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack.

Click here to watch on Youtube

In our conversation one thing that kept coming up was this idea that everyone is a child of God. But what about unbelievers? What about when Jesus says to some, “you are of your father the devil”?

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 NASB

Apparently this needs some further investigation because on the surface it seems we are opposing the very words of Jesus Christ!

I have included in the description of this interview on youtube a blog post by a mutual friend Brad Jersak, Are All People Gods Children, Or Only Christians? Here is that blog post: https://www.ptm.org/q-r-are-all-people-gods-children-or-only-christians-brad-jersak

In this blog post he talks about the broad sense in which, yes indeed we are ALL God’s offspring, his children made in his image and likeness. He also comments how John and the Gospel writers and Jesus discuss how “God’s children in the narrow sense are those who resemble their Father by imitation.

This was the sense that John refers to those who receive Christ have the right to become children of God. In the sermon on the mount, it is the peacemakers and those who love their enemies who will be called the sons of God and acting like their Father in heaven.

Give the blog post a read if you’re interested. What do you think?

Here is another blog post that lays out the case that ALL are God’s children: https://reforminghell.com/2016/06/04/everyone-is-a-child-of-god/

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Wm Paul Young Interview, God is Love – Sozo Talk Radio

“God is love… There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…”

– 1 John 4

I recently sat down with Wm Paul Young and though we were two time zones and 2000 miles apart we were together in heart and mind. We talked about many things but the main point I was going after in this interview was simply this: “God is Love”

Since this is true than it must follow that what we call God’s “wrath” must be an expression of God’s love!

Download this talk and read all the amazing show notes for this Sozo Talk Radio Episode over at the Sozo Talk Radio Website!

Love is at the heart of the character and essence of God. He could NEVER act in a way contrary to love. Love is other centered self sacrificing love. His love is that of a perfect parent. For just as Jesus taught us, he is our Father, our Abba, our Papa.

Papa is especially fond of you!

I would also like to share with you a song I wrote inspired by the Shack called “Your Love Drives My Fear Away“:

Click Here to Listen!

ps. Wm Paul Young often mentions his friend Brad Jersak who has written a book called Her Gates Will Never Be Shut about the real hope we can have regarding God’s wrath, judgement, and eternal matters. Brad discovered that the Greek words for God’s judgement are always restorative in nature. What does this mean as it relates to hell?

I will be interviewing Brad Jersak about this very soon so stay tuned and connect with me at my Sozo Talk Radio FB page.

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