The Loudmouth Protestant

January 21, 2010

Give Us a Heart

This song embodies my prayer for us all as it pertains to our position in the midst of the Haiti situation. I know compassion doesn’t come naturally for everyone, but that’s where prayer comes in. You are never too far away from being someone who can make a difference in someone’s life and God is never too far away to hear your prayer to become that person.

God, give us a heart for the least of these…

April 7, 2009

Take My Breath Away

This afternoon, as I was winding down from a full day’s work, Israel Houghton’s “Breathe In Me” came on my iPod. As Israel breathlessly sung about the Lord taking his breath away, I thought about how people talk about men or women taking their breath away by their earthly beauty or some earthly attribute. For one second, I even thought I might like to say the same about the man I will walk toward on my wedding day. That is until, in my daydream, the man I was walking toward was Jesus. I was getting married to the lover of my soul and my breath was really being taken away at the sight and thought of it.

Just one moment took me from daydreaming about a temporal love to coming to realizing that my every step on this earth is a part of my bridal march down the aisle toward an everlasting love who I will be with in eternity. Talk about breathtaking…

March 23, 2009

Cop This Disc: The Power of One

Tomorrow, Israel Houghton’s latest album, “The Power of One” will be released in stores. He has gone back to his roots as a solo artist and created an album that is a melting pot of sounds, from his well-known Christian Contemporary sound to reggae to 60s beach music. But more than music, “The Power of One” is a movement, a call to action to help people realize that all it takes is one person to make a difference.

I am here, 37 years later, as a result of the power of one. One lady who sort of crossed the uncomfortable line to tell my mother about Christ when she was eight months pregnant and messed up in her life. Out of that one encounter she obviously felt something and felt like, maybe I can make a difference in somebody’s life today. And she did and it has since had a reverberating effect in my life and the life of a lot of people that I have been able to communicate with and touch.

–Israel Houghton, Standing on “The Power of One”, Interview with Beliefnet.com

Check out the full interview with Israel Houghton on “The Power of One” on Beliefnet.com.

August 5, 2008

Songs that Take Me ‘There’

I am sitting at work right now doing the usual, working and worshiping. How does one worship at work, you ask? Well for me, I listen to praise and worship music throughout the day to inspire me to great things and more often than not my heart soars and God ministers to me. I wanted to share with you some of the songs that have brought me encouragement, inspiration and resolve throughout my workday in hopes that you’ll be able to pinpoint your own.

“Surely” by Israel and New Breed– This is the first Israel & New Breed song I ever fell in love with. It’s short and sweet and it helps me to remember that the presence of the Lord is all around us and as the song says, “Surely, you won’t forsake the ones who seek your face.” Surely He won’t forsake the ones who seek His face.

“Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes– A must have in any Christian music collection, Hughes’ worship classic is sung across the world in a variety of churches but it is a song that translates the same for everyone, particularly when it gets to the end, “I’ll never know, how much it cost, to see my sin, upon that cross.” Those words sting and rip through my innermost being every time I hear them and every time I sing them. I don’t want to stand. I don’t even want to exist in considering those words, knowing I’ve lived a life unworthy of His love. But yet and still, he keeps me and gives me something to remember Him by.

“Precious Jesus” sung by Melonie Daniels– I remember the first time I heard this song. It brought tears to my eyes and gave me such fervor for the Lord because it reminded me of the person I have been changed into and the fact that this new woman has been “Persuaded, Lord to Love You.” I would be remiss if I didn’t say that Melonie Daniel’s has a voice that is blessed by the best with such an incredible anointing that it is difficult for me not to listen to this song and stop everything I am doing to meditate on his greatness. I know I’ve been changed.

“I Love the Lord” sung by Whitney Houston– Sure we all know Houston to be a troubled woman, but do you know her to be one who is haunted by God for his purposes? That’s what this song reminds me of. The opening verse of the song is, “I love the Lord, he heard my cry, and pitied every groan.” I don’t know what it must have been like for Houston the moment she sung those words, but I like to imagine she heard this song and remembered that she can always “Hasten to his throne.” We always have a friend to run to. I love this song for reminding me that God’s heart is never too far from mine. His ears are always tuned to the sound of my voice and He is always waiting at His throne for me to run to him.

Latter Rain” by Men of Standard featuring Kirk Franklin– I’m no stranger to drought particularly as it pertains to spirituality. I have seasons where I am high on the mountaintop and seasons when I am low in the valley, so according to those season my music has to change a bit to meet my needs.

“Latter Rain” has been a “go to” track lately as I navigate through my valley as of late. M.O.S sings about our bodies growing weak and our proclivity toward failure in the things of God. But they provide hope in the way of rain. There is an Israel & New Breed songs that encourages listeners to ask for the rain. “Rain” which symbolizes God’s refreshing waters. Jesus offered the woman at the well water that will make her never thirst again, so in times of thirst we need only ask God for the rain upon our lives. Ask for the fresh waters to fall on you and purify you with the anointing of God. I love “Latter Rain” because the song, in and of itself, is a waterfall of blessings.

“Well Done” by Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing– Far too many times in my life, I get really caught up with worldly business. I am constantly thinking about success and how I will obtain it. What degree will I pursue, what classes will I take, what contacts will I make, what story will I write, who will I impress today or does anyone like me. And then I listen to this song.

Tribbett exorts us to only be concerned with one thing and that is ensuring that God can say “Enter into, my joy, servant, well done.” When I heard it, I thought to myself “What a concept that the only thing I need to be concerned with is my Father being pleased with my work toward his kingdom on earth.” Every time I hear this song, it makes me think about whether what I am doing at any given moment is serving God’s kingdom or my own agenda. I do so desperately want to hear the words “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

September 13, 2007

Alpha and Omega

Filed under: God,Israel and New Breed,music,worship — nickisym @ 10:03 am

I mentioned this video in a post a few weeks back and I’ve finally found a version that I could embed. Be Blessed.

September 5, 2007

Need A Break???

Filed under: christianity,God,Israel and New Breed,worship — nickisym @ 6:33 pm

Sometimes you just get really wrapped up in life, in work, in relationships and you forget what it is all really about. I had a moment like that today where I became a big ball of fury–for a really good cause–but it was really iggin–check the second definition–me.

I thought about all of the things that I could do just to get my mind off of the subject at hand and I came across this–click “this.”
If ever life is getting you down, watch this video from Israel and New Breed and I promise you it will lift you up. It will make all things around you inconsequential. It will make you want to drop everything you are doing and just worship.

It reminds me of the scripture a read today as part of my devotional:

Psalm 84:10

 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

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