Free Kindle Book for Easter: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead, by William Lane Craig

April 25, 2014

Check out the post by Will at Prydain for the details about this free eBook


CCM Classics for Easter – Dallas Holm “Rise Again” (1977)

April 25, 2014

Coming back to our CCM Classics for Easter series….

This afternoon, I’m featuring Dallas Holm’s Rise Again, from 1977.   Originally released on the  Dallas Holm and Praise Live album, this song won multiple Dove Awards in 1977:  Song of the year, Songwriter of the year, Male Vocalist of the year, and Group of the year.  Pretty good for a song Dallas Holm recalls that he wrote in ten minutes!

The original live version of the song from 1977 is available for purchase online from the Dallas Holm Early Works collection, or you can purchase it direct from Dallas Holm’s website.

Here are the lyrics

Go ahead, drive the nails in My hands
Laugh at me where you stand
Go ahead, and say it isn’t Me
The day will come when you will see

‘Cause I’ll rise again
Ain’t no power on earth can tie me down!
Yes, I’ll rise again
Death can’t keep Me in the ground

Go ahead, mock My name
My love for you is still the same
Go ahead, and bury Me
But very soon, I will be free!

‘Cause I’ll rise again
Ain’t no power on earth can tie me down!
Yes, I’ll rise again
Death can’t keep Me in the ground

Go ahead and say I’m dead and gone
But you will see that you were wrong
Go ahead, try to hide the Son
But all will see that I’m the One!

‘Cause I’ll come again!
Ain’t no power on earth can keep Me back!
Yes, I’ll come again
Come to take My people back

 


Easter Music – Great Contemporary CCM songs – Andrew Peterson: High Noon

April 25, 2014

Ok, so far in our Easter Music series for 2014, I’ve posted: 

some Easter CCM Classics, some Easter Hymns, some Easter worship songs, oh yes, and some awesome Classic Gospel too!   And I’ll be posting more songs in each of those sub-categories.

But there’s still another sub-category of music – “Contemporary CCM” (yes… I know CCM stands for Contemporary Christian Music, so I’m repeating “contemporary” and that’s really lame! LOL!)  But, if “CCM classics” are (roughly) from the CCM genre’s first 20 years (the early 70’s to early 90’s), we need a way of describing CCM songs from the past 20 years, and for better or worse, “Contemporary CCM” is the tag I’ll use.

Anyway, whatever we call them, there are some great Easter songs from the last 20 years from artists such as Andrew Peterson, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Gungor, MercyMe, Mark Schultz, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, Newsboys, Todd Agnew, etc.  These are not generally “worship” songs that would be sung in church on Sunday morning, and yet they are wonderful worshipful songs celebrating Christ’s resurrection. And I’ve got a bunch of them in my CCM playlist. Some of them will be posted here…

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For today, I thought I’d post the song I’ve most recently added to my Easter Contemporary CCM playlist.  I’ve long enjoyed many of Andrew Peterson’s songs, and his song All Things New was already in my Easter playlist.  But thanks to Trevin Wax’s blog post about Easter Music  earlier this week, I discovered Andrew Peterson’s song High Noon, from his album Love & Thunder, released in 2000.  Somehow, I’d never heard this song before this week, and wow, the lyrics are SO powerful. (Really can’t believe I’ve missed hearing it for 14 years!)  It’s a wonderful contemplative song that fits in really well with the devotional reading I’ve been doing focusing on “Why does the Resurrection matter in our everyday lives?”

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and settle in and savor this song and the freedom and victory we have in Christ because of His resurrection.

“… Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”  (2 Tim 1:10)

Here’s a YouTube video featuring the song:

Here are the lyrics:

High noon in the valley of the shadow
When the deep of the valley was bright
When the mouth of the tomb shouted,
“Glory, the groom is alive”
So long, you wages of sin, go on,
Don’t you come back again
I’ve been raised and redeemed;
You’ve lost all your sting
To the victor of the battle at
High noon in the valley
In the valley of the shadow

Now the demons, they danced in the darkness
When that last ragged breath left his lungs
And they reveled and howled
At the war that they thought they had won
But then, in the dark of the grave
The stone rolled away
In the still of the dawn on the greatest of days

It was high noon in the valley of the shadow
When the shadows were shot through with light
When Jesus took in that breath
And shattered all death with his life
So long you wages of sin
Go on, don’t you come back again
I’ve been raised and redeemed
You’ve lost all your sting
To the victor of the battle at
High noon in the valley of the shadow

Let the people rejoice
Let the heavens resound
Let the name of Jesus, who sought us
And freed us forever ring out
All praise to the fighter of the night
Who rides on the light
Whose gun is the grace of the God of the sky

High noon in the valley of the shadow
When the shadows were shot through with light
When the mouth of the tomb
Shouted, “Glory, the Groom is alive”
So long you wages of sin
Go on, don’t you come back again
I’ve been raised and redeemed
All praise to the king
The victor of the battle at
High noon in the valley
In the valley of the shadow


Easter Quotes – He is Risen: God has irrupted* into the present

April 25, 2014

*(Yes “irrupt” IS a word, and IS spelled correctly… I looked it up!  I was tempted to “correct” Cranmer, or thought it was just a British / US spelling difference, but there is an important distinction of meaning from “erupt”)

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God died on Friday, and the world ended. Yesterday, He was lying in His tomb; all hope and promise of the coming kingdom buried with Him. Today, He is risen: God has irrupted into the present, and now we look forward to the eschatological fulfilment in the transformation of the world order, the ultimate redemption of the believer, and the final judgement.

No matter how hostile, antithetical or ‘secularised’ the world becomes, nothing will change this immutable truth. Jesus is alive. The resurrection of Christ is the “first fruits” of the full harvest – the resurrection of all believers. The risen Lord is the “firstborn from among the dead”. The power of sin has been conquered, but the consequence – physical death – remains, awaiting a future consummation. The Spirit is a “guarantee” of our ultimate redemption.

The resurrection of Christ split history in two; it divided BC from AD. It isn’t politic to say so in this age of religious equality, but Moses, Mohammed, Buddha and guru Nanak are all dead and in their tombs. Only Jesus is alive. Of course, to the superior intellects and enlightened ones, this is but a fairytale, a fantasy, an hallucination, a delusion.

But if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and our faith is in vain. The Christian faith stands or falls with Christ’s resurrection. His death on the cross is historical fact brought about by man. His resurrection is an eschatological event brought about by God. Just as God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and gave them the Promised Land, so He delivered mankind from sin and death that we might have eternal life. The blood of the first Passover which spared Israel’s firstborn foreshadows the second Passover and the Lamb who died that we might be born again.

From the Cranmer blog, April 20, 2014


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