Category Archives: Christian Music

TRUSTING IN HIM

In preparation for an upcoming study of the book of Colossians, I spent some time listening to a few sermons this morning.

In particular, I focused my attention on the second chapter. I was drawn to the following scriptures in which the Apostle Paul warns the church body of false teaching and ideas that contradict what they have learned about Christ.

Colossians 2: 6-7
My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

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Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.

Let us remember to rely on God’s word and not the words of men to guide our thinking and ultimately our actions. We are bombarded with the “intellect” of men daily. Isn’t it easy to get caught up in listening to the wisdom of men on CNN, Fox News and the like?

Paul admonished the Colossians that the ideas that they embrace do matter. Are the ideas that we accept today grounded in man’s wisdom or the word of truth?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M__eHGicWc

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

CHRIST SETS US FREE!

My husband and I had the chance to attend a Christian concert this past weekend in our “neck of the woods”.  And, did I say free? We had an awesome time worshipping with so many believers and perhaps many who are seeking Him — of all ages and backgrounds.

Matthew West spent much time in prayer for each of us who were in attendance. He also shared testimonies which he has compiled into a book from people just like us. People who have been blessed to receive a second chance from God. People who have experienced the ultimate act of love and forgiveness. In Ephesians 1:7, the Apostle Paul penned — In Christ we are made free by His blood sacrifice. We have forgiveness of sins because of God’s rich grace.                                   

Matthew West told the story of a woman who struggled for many years to offer forgiveness to someone who had taken the life of her daughter. This testimony, he said, inspired him to write “Forgiveness“.  I urge you to take a moment and listen to this story. You can visit the following link to hear the entire testimony (http://www.plr.org/music/matthew-west-forgiveness/). Below are the words to this incredible song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JflRQLKjAQY).

It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don’t deserve

It’s the opposite of how you  feel
When the pain they caused is just to real
It takes everything you  have just to say the word…

Forgiveness
Forgiveness

It flies  in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always  anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta  right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how  to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to  do the impossible

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Help me now to do the  impossible
Forgiveness

It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even  set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it  go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that  it really frees is you

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness,  Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the  unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

I want to  finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

FIX OUR EYES ON HIM!

“Center” by Charlie Hall is a wonderful, worship song that I heard just a few days ago. This song was playing on a local radio station shortly after I heard a sermon on the supremacy of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-4), and how we are called to love Him.

Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment. He responded with the following answer as referenced in Mark 12.

verse 29 – The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;

verse 30 – And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.

I hope that the following song will touch your heart as much as it did mine.

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives
And You’re the center of the universe
Everything was made in You, Jesus
Breath of every living thing
Everyone was made for You

You hold everything together
You hold everything together

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

You’re the center of the universe

And You’re the center of the universe
Everything was made in You, Jesus
Breath of every living thing
Everyone was made for You

You hold everything together
You hold everything together
You hold everything together
You hold everything together

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives

Lift our eyes

And we lift our eyes to heaven And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

And we lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

Oh Christ, be the center of our lives
Be the place we fix our eyes
Be the center of our lives
Center of our lives

We lift our eyes

We lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

Source of life, Jesus

We lift our eyes to heaven
And we wrap our lives around Your life
We lift our eyes to heaven, to You

Turn your eyes on Jesus

And turn your eyes upon Jesus
And look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

GOD IS WITH US!

Do  you still remember when you first gave your heart to God? Was it after many years of God trying to get your attention? Was it dramatic … perhaps not quite like the Apostle Paul ‘s conversion, but still a move of God’s spirit that you will never forget? Or, was it a quiet submission to Him?

I remember the evening of my conversion still to this day. He had been speaking to me over many years. Looking back, I had confessed to know Him, but realize now that it was more “head than heart”.  You know the story… went to church growing up … took a detour while in college, but later realized how far I had slipped away while still confessing with my lips that I belonged to Him.

Since then, however, I am happy to say that my “head-knowledge” of God is now a “heart-thing” born out of much nurturing, teaching and guiding by His spirit and those within the body of Christ.

John 6:35 (NIV)

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

The following song “All This Time” is a testimony of how Christian artist, Britt Nicole, met Jesus — where she is now, and as she puts it, … and every single moment between. Enjoy this uplifting and upbeat song as you reflect on your relationship with Christ as a new believer, or one who has walked hand-in-hand with Him for many years.

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia

FINDING HOPE

Why God? — a question we probably have all asked God in our times of suffering. The answer, however, may never be revealed, or at least comprehensible in our humanness. But, what we do come to realize through our grief is that God sees our broken hearts. In John 14:16, Jesus says —

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.  (Amplified)

Please listen to “The Hurt and the Healer “, and the interview with Bart Millard of MercyMe who shares the inspiration behind the song.

Why?

The question that is never far away
The healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains

So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into Your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

Breathe
Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through

So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all the scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When The hurt and the healer collide

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide [x2]

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here

Interview with Bart Millard

Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia