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Music for reflection by Daniel Martin Moore

July 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are a couple of songs by Daniel Martin Moore that I have enjoyed this year.  Best listened to when you can be in a quiet place and have some time for reflection.

O My Soul

In the Cool of the Day


Celebration of my birthday in song

May 2, 2011 Leave a comment

After 56 years, I have learned a lot:

The nature of the problem: me

God, awake my soul!

Not guilty anymore!

Because I dance with the melody of your love

Music from around the world

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Posted this two years ago but after listening to these two music videos today, they are so good that they deserve another post for anyone who may have missed them. Enjoy Bono (on war) and other less famous but equally talented musicians!  Playing for change are always adding new videos–check them out here

A couple of early and favorite songs from playing for change.  Great fun!!

Why the cross? We Sing “Jesus”

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

the burden the release by kathy hastings

Following are the lyrics to “We sing Jesus,” written by a former OMF missionary, Frank Houghton. Song is based upon 2 Cor 8:9, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

Listen and download David Ward singing the song here. 

Paintings are from The Vancouver Art Project II.  Check them out.

Off to a contemplative (read silent) Lenten retreat tomorrow near a volcano that is threatening to blow up.  No internet until Sunday evening. Have a great Easter all.

Here are Houghton’s lyrics:

the longing the love by kathy hastings

You Who were rich beyond all splendor,
All for love’s sake became so poor;
Thrones for a manger You surrendered,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.

So we sing, “Jesus!”–
You humbled Yourself to death on a cross.
We sing, “Jesus!”–
Come for love’s sake to rescue us.

You Who were God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake became a man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heav’nward by God’s eternal plan.

the journey the destination by kathy hastings

You Who are love beyond all telling,
Savior and King, we worship You.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Our minds and hearts, we pray, renew.


Texans, Hillbillies and Missionaries

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Personal freedom by Tomaz Ovcak

What is the difference between a Texan, a hillbilly, and a missionary?

  • A Texan anywhere in the world is still a Texan.
  • There are hillbillies everywhere, but in Canada they are called Noufies.  In Oklahoma, we called them Okies.  They are the same everywhere but they have regional names.
  • Missionaries are people who, when they are in Africa are from America, and when they are in America they are from Africa.

Donald M. Joy quoting Pastor Dan Wayman. on p. 144 of The Family in Mission in “Structural Developmental Strengths of Adult MKs”

To be honest, the first time I read this, I didn’t like this joke. It made me sad and mad at the same time.  It didn’t seem fair and it seemed to be making fun of missionaries.  And making fun of hillbillies, Noufies and Okies–but that part didn’t bother me.  As I read it now six months later, the sting is gone a bit and I realize that the joke does have a point. Missionaries may feel homeless at times but heaven is our true home and the world is our playground.  Jesus offers much for those who have gone out for His sake and for the sake of the gospel (see Mark 10:29-30).  Although we get confused at times about where we belong here on earth, we always remain clear about where we are headed!

A dream Jesus did not have

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I think it is safe to say that Jesus would never have imagined much less dreamed about how his name is being marketed today!

designer-jesus by David Haywood at

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The Bible is not about you

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

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