Reflection: Church Service-“Glory of God in and out of the “church walls”

Below are some of the songs that we sung during “worship music” time at church this past Sunday (April 2nd 2017), which I had to reflect and share on how God personally spoke to me through each individual song. Feel free to share yours down below…

Music: Karaoke-“Shekinah Glory” by Crazy lil’ Sal creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com

“I Worship You In The Spirit” Shekinah Glory Ministry lyrics

Sal: May this song be a prayer daily! We need more of Him throughout the week (not just on church days). “We want more” (releasing of His power to give us strength or whether for His healing power to be show to the people around you that might need it).
How does this song speak to you?

Music: Karaoke-“Holy Spirit” (originally by Bryan & Katie Torwalt) by Crazy lil’ Sal creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com

Holy Spirit – Bryan and Katie Torwalt – Lyric Video

Sal: Let us bring His presence outside of the “Church” walls! ..to our families, communities, workplace, nations, etc…! After recording this and singing it again, I remembered how this particular verse took out..

“..Help up become more aware of your presence…”

I pray that we all become more aware of your presence and how God is trying to “speak” to us in our daily life circumstances.

How does this song speak to you?

Music: Karaoke-“Come Alive… Dry Bones” (originally by Lauren Daigle) by Crazy lil’ Sal creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com

“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” featuring Lauren Daigle – Live from the CentricWorship Retreat

Sal: I thought of the game of “trench” I used to play at school growing -up on how we had to use a kick ball or something soft (ball) and hit one of our opponents to get freed from the “dungeon” behind enemy lines. We as “believers” need to take an “active” role (e.g. intercessory prayer and asking God how we can “reach out” to them) like this game on “rescuing” fellow brethren who have “backslidden” from their faith.

How does this song speak to you?

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Deep Thought: What do I have to “give up” when becoming-growing (as) a Christian?

A “friend” got “theological” with me this past weekend over the holidays. He asked, why this church doesn’t allow us to “practice” our old ways (e.g. shamanism, see-> Deuteronomy 18). I then thought about my former Catholic up-bringing. I didn’t think about it much when I was growing-up, but friends in college would question some of the “theological” practices (e.g. worship Mary, statues/idols in the sanctuary, priests are called “father, etc…). It’s not just “religious” stuff, but just “old” ways in our “sinful” lifestyle of the past (e.g. drunkeness or any other addictions that controlled/slaved you in bondage, etc…) that prevented one to a “personal relationship” with the Heavenly Father.

All That’s Inside -Jon Thurlow (Lyrics)



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(Let there be) no reservations, no walls
But just an open door in my heart for You

I want to give all that’s inside of my heart
I want to give all that’s inside of my heart to You

Everything else is fading away
Only love (only love) only love remains (only love remains)

It’s not the riches, it’s not the fame
It’s not the power, it’s not my name
Only love (only love) only love (only love) only love (only love)

So take the same love that’s inside Your heart
And put that same love deep inside of me

Everything else, everything else,
Everything else is fading (only love remains)”

Above was a song a friend from church played during our weekly prayer get-together (FOCUS), which really touched me about this topic that was discussed this past weekend.

Other Sources:

Bible verses about Parable of the Old and New Wineskins
(From Forerunner Commentary)
bibletools.org
Jesus Movie – Gospel of Matthew Chapter 9 1 of 2

New Wine, Old Wineskins and the Fear of Change= 10:27AM EDT 5/2/2012 J. Lee Grady charismamag.com
What Does the Bible Say About Righteousness? openbible.info

Hope and pray this will touch you all with the “New Year” (2016) coming-right around the corner! 🙂 Any thoughts, stories, shares, additional Bible verses, etc.. related to any of the content above? Would love to hear from ya..thanks!

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What “lies” have you believed….do you still?

Hello…my name is___________?

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Can you fill the blank? What does your name mean to you? Have you ever been called “some other name” that you believed?…from a “bully”? teased/make fun of?

I remember being teased back in middle school/junior high and was called many names that I started to believe. For example, my physical features (e.g. “big eyes”, “Yoda”, “big nose”, “shorty”, “terrorist”, “you look like the enemy” (Persian Gulf War at the time), racist remarks , sexuality, etc..) weren’t the same with the people around me-who does anyways? -God has made us all uniquely-beautiful-and different! Can you relate? Feel free to boldly share your story down below or email me too.

Anyways, I started to believe in many of these “lies”..

The Fall (Genesis 3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%203&version=NIV3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”What is the ROOT of SIN ? - [Part 1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRYotSp6wwM&feature=share&list=PLfotP9NdGXnbiva_msNjnbradohV6qE_-&index=5Good News Sinhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/189301851255458/http://www.openbible.info/topics/the_serpentPaul and the False Apostles (2 Corinthians 11 )http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2011&version=ESVBut I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. ......13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds....Good News Futurehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/146174885575513/ Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

“…Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
That won’t let you forget

Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I’ll drag you right back down again
‘Til you’ve lost all belief

Oh, these are the voices. Oh, these are the lies…”-Hello, My Name Is
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Matthew West (myktis.com)

My self-esteem just went lower and lower as I grew older. I would at times have “suicidal” thoughts and suffered depression. I went through a season where I even wished I was “white” like most of my peers. With all this, my hatred and anger grew, which I would keep to myself and was anti-social.

I slowly grew out of the lies starting my college years when I had a “spiritual awakening” (see personal testimony). My low self-esteem didn’t disappear overnight, but it slowly faded away as I grew in my faith and my found identity as a “child of Him (Heavenly Father)…

“…And I have believed them for the very last time…..

Matthew West – Hello, My Name Is (Lyrics)

…Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed,
And I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King

I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it’s true
Just take a look at my life

What love the Father has lavished upon us
That we should be called His children
I am a child of the one true King.”- Hello, My Name Is
Matthew West (klove.com)

One last thought is we need to be careful what you put above God (e.g idols). I used to struggle with this (e.g. sports, music, celebrities, etc..), which I can share the “negative effects” on another blog topic. This will affect one’s identity, which will give you a false belief.

*NOTE: I’m not trying to be the “angel” (righteous) here, but I’ve had my share of being the “devil”. I’ve teased others too or said things that might’ve “offended” them, which some has boldly reminded me. If I have and I don’t know it, please forgive me and let me know (in person if possible or via email, phone, etc..) too! I want to learn from my mistakes.

Satan-“father of lies”

Testimony from an Ex Satanist! What satan DOES NOT! want you to know!!!


Providence
“Published on Oct 10, 2016

There sits today in rulership of this fallen world order one who has grown ancient in evil, cunning in subtlety, and cruel in deceit. He waged the first war of the universe in the distant planet called heaven, and subsequently brought conflict to this little world we call earth as it spins on the outer edges of the milky-way galaxy. He filled all heaven with discord and the earth with death, and both with great sorrow. He deceptively challenged every transparent purpose of the Creator, and even coveted the throne of the Eternal, planning to either assume rule of the universe or if not, then to plunge it into chaos and ruin.
This menacing figure who has hijacked our planet well explains the presence of every conflict that disturbs our world today, every pestilence that afflicts humanity, every sorrow and pain and death that tortures the children of earth. Lucifer, the former covering cherub and one-time honorable prime minister of the angelic intelligences in Heaven, has become Satan, the great adversary of our smitten world. This powerful angel heads a vast army of unseen intelligences, the hosts of darkness who oppose in this world, every beneficent purpose of our Creator the Almighty God of the universe. He especially hates the Holy One who in great condescension assumed our human nature that He might by divine power destroy the works of Satan, conquer evil and lift the terrible sentence of eternal death from our fallen race.
To speak of a throne of evil controlling this world system is no mere figure of speech, it is a grim reality. And the occupant of that throne is no figment of anyone’s imagination. Jesus Christ ascribes to him the title of “prince of this world.” John 14: 30. The famed Christian apostle Paul describes him as “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” Eph. 2: 2. Paul also warns us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood , but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness…” Eph 6:12 John the Revelator describes this foe as “the great dragon,” “that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan who deceives the whole world.” Rev. 12:9.
When the leader of revolt against the Eternal Creator was expelled from heaven, expelled along with him were many other angel intelligences who had yielded to his cunning sophistries and had joined in his unworthy rebellion. This world is today their singular abode. This is because that tremendous event, which rid heaven of the fallen hosts, was followed by the tragic fall of our first parents under Satan’s lies. This historic fall let loose legions of fallen angels to bend all of their efforts and genius over many thousands of years in the work of spoiling, corrupting and ruining the once noble human family, originally created to be the crown of God’s handiwork. A key element of the strategy to ruin humanity has been to lead man to blight and degrade the fair earth that was intended to be our perfect and eternal home.
The apostle Peter warns us “Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 Finally, the inspired revelator says ” Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” Rev. 12:12.”

So…what “lies” have you believed? Feel free to share down below your thoughts of any of the content above. Remember, you not alone! Lastly, do you believe them still? Why or why not?

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ACTION: What are some ways to “heal” (e.g. emotionally) from the scars of your past?

Thank you to my Heavenly Father for giving the inspiration to Matthew West to write this song to touch others, like me (see Who Am I?) !

Summer Distractions: Keep Your Eyes on Jesus!

During church yesterday (Sunday, June 21st 2015), the theme of “Keeping your Eyes on Jesus” was running around my thoughts or mind. Just last Sunday, I was at another church (Church of Acts) in St. Paul when visiting my “hometown”. The pastor shared (paraphrasing) about “What looks “good” (in the outside) might not be “good” at all”. I felt like it was a “word of knowledge” (a.k.a. “prophetic ‘warning’ word) to the church congregation (body overall) for this summer. He wasn’t specific on “what exactly”, but in general the temptations of the up-coming summer season. I was reminded of this when we sung this song at church..

A Mighty Fortress | Christy Nockels

PRE-CHORUS:
We will keep our eyes on You
We will keep our eyes on You..”

Have you ever felt a “personal” message or theme during the worship music time?

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So how can “we” keep our eyes on Him during the up-coming summer months?

I reflected on my summer biking challenge I’m currently participating in. During the early part of my biking last night, I was praying (interceding) for the homes/businesses/neighborhoods I rode my bike by last night. We all love to enjoy the summer, right? We can pray in our mind whatever or wherever we are doing! This is my personal challenge for you all that is reading this.

I then encouraged a “women of God” after service that she shared a similar theme years ago at church with cats keeping their eyes on (food?..forgot the exact word)…but, we need to be like that “cat”..keep our eyes on Jesus!

Do we have a failure to communicate?

Do we have a failure to communicate?
Ever been in a fight or dispute? Was it due to lack of misunderstanding?…

You think if we better communicate with one another, we would have less fights (e.g. marriages, families, workplace, neighborhoods/communities, nation, and/or world wars)?

Share your stories , so we can learn from our mistakes and prevent future ones. Off your solution on how we can individually make a difference in making peace where we are at for a better future.

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How the movie “Frozen” spoke to me?

I finally had the chance to see the popular movieFrozen” for the first time yesterday. It was a special public “sing-a-long” (see short video) at the local campus. I’ve loved the song “Let it go” since it was frequently played on the radio and never knew it was from this movie until awhile after when I asked a co-worker. I did a karaoke version of this song this past summer too…

“Let it Go” (Kaoroke by Sal July 14′) in “Frozen” (14′ Winter “cold” Season ) w/Lyrics

After watching the movie, I’m now more understanding of this song as it became more meaningful to me personally. As I watched the movie, I did a lot of self-reflection and life symbolism (this grows when one meditates God’s Word in an almost daily basis and views almost everything symbolically). If you haven’t watched the movie, you might want to stop reading this blog as this might be a spoiler. I never knew what the whole story/plot of “Frozen” was, so I was watching with uncertainty on what will happen next.

The first scene of the movie, Anna and Elsa are playing like any other kids would be doing. Unfortunately, Anna got hurt for overplaying, which I remember getting hurt many times as a kid. It was a scene many of us can relate. I saw the injury as an almost concussion symptom with a head injury due to the fall accident. I almost got serious injured when I was playing (trying to pretend I was Superman) as a kid. I was trying to use a blanket as my flying robe as I slid down the handrails (4-6″ wide) of my parents’ 2-story house. Somehow, the blanket got caught and stuck, which caused me to fall almost a floor down. I hit the stairs down below pretty hard with my back landing on the curvature of one of the stairs below. I couldn’t breathe for a while as I landed on the right spot, which my parents came running out of the kitchen. They asked what happened and if I was ok, I tried to yell as loud as I can-“Yes, I’m o-k” (barely could say it as I was having trouble breathing) in a small voice. My parents went back to the kitchen and I then started to get up aching and relieved that my parents didn’t know what “really happened”. I look back years later and more thankful that I didn’t get severely hurt.

Anyways getting back to the movie, the popular song -“Let is Go” became more meaningful after I watched the movie. Elsa goes out to the mountains and starts building her own ice palace, so she can live by herself as she’s afraid of hurting more people with her powers (gifts). How this scene spoke to me is the part when she sings “let it go”, which I personally feel we need to get out there and use our God-given gifts..for “good” of course. Sometimes, we can use our “gifts” for “bad”. There is that freedom when we do use our gifts! What talents, skills, or gifts do you feel you have? Are you using them (e.g. workplace, church, family, etc..) ? …Using it to praise oneself or giving it glory to God?

The character that I personally somewhat identified myself with was Kristoff. There was a scene when Kristoff explained to Anna why he’s the way he is, which is due to isolating himself from the others because people can be so mean. I had a season like Kristoff (just wanted to just hangout with Sven…”Exclusive: Disney’s frozen Clip “Reindeers are better than people“)…

years ago when I just got “tired” of being “nice” to people as “they” have taken advantaged of my “niceness” (e.g. financially). I just wanted to put a wall (e.g. “No Man Is An Island
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“) and isolate myself. I started to just “keep to myself” in various ways, which in isolation-one can get oneself in trouble by doing things (e.g. sin) one shouldn’t be doing in the “dark”.

Towards the end of the movie, Anna is still suffering and is about to die as her heart is getting cold. In order for her to live, she need someone to kiss her that loves her too. In the middle of the movie, one would thought it would be Hans. As the movie progressed, the relationship grew between Anna and Kristoff. In the scene where Kristoff finally finds Anna on the frozen bay, Anna notices her sister (Elsa) is about to get killed by Hans. Anna runs to go between the sword of Hans and Elsa, which she freezes exactly in time to stop the in-coming sword. I would later saw this as symbol of how Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for “us”. However, Elsa hugs Anna and this love melts the ice and warms her heart to live again. After the movie, I went to a special church workshop on healing. The teacher would encourage us to have more compassion for the people we were praying for healing. I then started to reflect this ending scene of Frozen on the power of love can bring healing!

Let it Snow (Parody of “Let it Go”-Frozen) Nov 22nd 2014 from Sal Monteagudo on Vimeo.