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A Bright Sunshine-y Day

I don’t know about everywhere else on this planet… but in K’ vegas, NC it was a beeeeeautiful day!  So… the fam and I went over to the park to throw the football around, hang out, read or whatever.  Since we do not have a house here yet, we went on the hunt for a few minutes after we left the park… around 3:30 p.m.  It seemed that no matter which way we turned we were driving west!  Every time I looked straight ahead, the brightest rays of sunshine would be beaming through the windshield… right into my eyes.  Ever been blinded by the sun?  After we turned one corner and into the sun again, I was reminded of a line in one of my new songs “Thread Of Grace” soon to be on the new record.  The line that I am referring to is… “Your love for me shines brighter than the sun”. 

How about that!  Just like God to send me a very, very “bright” reminder that there is nothing and I mean nothing that can out-love my heavenly Father!  He loves me like I was His only child!  I am so grateful that His mercies are new every morning.  So… next time you get a bright beam of sunshine in your eyes… remember, God’s love for you shines brighter.

Till next time,

Jay
Romans 8.28

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Posted by on November 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Reward For Perseverance… James 1:17-18 & “Forgotten Holidays”

17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

The thought concerning temptation and evil which began in verse 13 is concluded in verse 18.  James reveals that God is good, and He is unable to do anything evil!  John tells us that God is love – it is at the very core of who He is (1 John 4:8).  Love is fundamental to God’s makeup… love is one of the key attributes of God while another is holiness (1 Peter 1:16).  Essentially, God is loving and holy with all of His other attributes complimenting these two.  When Jesus became a man, He relinquished some of His prerogatives and privileges (cf.  Phil. 2:5-8); but He did not cease to be loving and holy nor did He lose any of His attributes of deity.  Because of His unchangeable nature, it was impossible for Jesus to be anything but gracious and righteous – loving and holy.

The Psalmist said to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”  (Ps. 29:2) James concludes his discussion on evil by showing us that we have a beautiful Father who loves and gives.  What a stark contrast to the image of evil, sin and death presented in verses 13-15!  Sin hates and takes.  God is light and life!  God is good, and He never can nor will change!  He is the same yesterday, today and forever! (Heb. 13:8)  Everything He does is with purpose and is perfect or complete.  The gift of His Son wa the ultimate gift of perfection – for in Him  dwells the fullness of God! (Col. 1:19 ) His gift of everlasting life, which He willingly and freely gave to us, is good and perfect.

My first post on this passage was actually “out of place”  it was supposed to be around the third post… (sorry about that).  I hope you do take the time to read this wonderful commentary on James 1:17-18 written by Scott Crawford. 

JamesToday is Veteran’s Day… a forgotten Holiday if you ask me.  I have been working a part-time job at Target the last couple of weeks and this morning I was so reminded of what “forgotten Holidays” are.  Already, everything… I mean EVERYTHING is about Christmas.  Now mind you, I love Christmas, it is my favorite time of year.  But what about Veteran’s Day… and Thanksgiving for Pete’s Sake??  It won’t be long and everyone will be going crazy on “Black Friday” and searching for that perfect toy or present… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves ok… today is Veteran’s Day.  We would not enjoy anything that we enjoy were it not for the men and women that have risked their lives for our Country.  So today, we salute you serviceperson!  To my little brother James and his beautiful wife Melissa… who both have already served in Iraq…

You guys are my heroes…

til next time,

Jay
Romans 8:28

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

A Weekend With Friends…

Wow, what an awesome weekend we enjoyed this past Saturday and Sunday.  My family and I traveled to Asheville for a photoshoot for my new, upcoming record.  Our good friend Abby Fleming did the shoot and did an awesome job!  It was beautiful day with the sun shining brightly which made for even better pictures.  Saturday night we were able to spend some time with some of our best friends.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner and then listened to the tracks for the CD.  One of my best friends, Scott Crawford, is an awesome Bible teacher and he gave me some commentary on the book of James to read over… I want to share the first bit of that with you today.

While God desires all to be regenerated, He does not force any to believe.  Mankind can either receive the “word of truth” or reject it (cf. Acts 26:28).  Nonetheless, God is at work in the world via the Holy Spirit to persuade men, women, teenagers, boys and girls (cf. John 16:7-11).  We do not understand nor can we fully explain the ministry of God to the lost.  However, we can take Him at His word.  He wants all to be saved and escape the fires of eternal death.

How does God bestow this wonderful gift upon us?  How do we know of the wonderful gifts of God?  How do we know anything about God or His free gift of eternal life?  We know through the “word of truth” (cf. Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5; 2 Tim. 2:15).  God has declared His will for us to know – He has spoken.  (cf.  Hebrews 1:1-2).  In His great mercy and grace, He has chosen to publish (the Bible) His will so that all men might be saved by His grace through faith (John 1:29; 3:16; 6:47; Eph. 2:8,9; 1Tim. 2:4).  God has revealed His will to us!  He has caused the light of the gospel to shine on us!  When illuminated by this glorious light, we are persuaded by its truth – we believe.  Hence, our faith is passive and a response to the truth of God.  When the “word of truth” is presented to us, we become convicted and convinced that what God says is true.  God reveals to us our sinful condition and the need for deliverance.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit in conjuction with the “word of truth”.  To believe is to be persuaded that the word of God is in fact true.  Paul described Abraham’s faith as being a persuasion when he said, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded (convinced) that, what he had promised, he was able to perform.”  (Romans 4:21-22).  Later in Romans, Paul declared that faith is possible because of the word of God (Rom. 10:17).  Pause and think for a moment – without the “word of truth” we would not know the will of God!  We would be unable to save ourselves or respond in faith for we would not know what to believe.  How magnificent is the “word of truth”!  As Jesus said,  “Thy word is truth.” (John 17:17).  Hence, it is imperitive that we uphold the “word of truth” as the absolute authority!  It is not a relative truth, it is absolute truth!

These are some awesome thoughts introducing the book of James.  I will continue to post more in the upcoming days.  How important is your Bible to you?  We must understand and grasp just how vital it is to our survival as believers!  Please continue to pray for us as we seek God’s will in ministry and as we pray over and tweak lyrics for the songs on the new record.

Until next time,

Jay
Romans 8:28

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Posted by on November 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Sing To The King

The last few months have been such a blur… but God has been so good and it has been totally cool to see His plan unravel right before my eyes. This past Monday and Tuesday I had to privilege to spend two days with some of the most gifted musicians I have ever met. A special thanks to Jeff, Tony, David and Jeremy for their unbelievable work on my new solo project. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity to present God’s Word through song! A special thanks to Don Brewer and to Scott Crawford for their support in this endeavor. Now that the tracks are done we will spend the next few weeks tweaking lyrics and working on vocals. My beautiful wife Samantha will be singing on the record quite a bit and I am very excited about that! Also… my son, Grady will “debut” his singing career with a beautiful song that he wrote called “God We Praise You”.

Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to work on this project… our prayer is that God will receive all the glory and that our songs will go around the world.

Until next time,

Jay
Romans 8:28

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on November 5, 2009 in Uncategorized