Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Explanation - 1

I figure I'd better define why these three C's are so relevant to my life. First and foremost is Christianity. I am a believer and follower of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. I believe firmly that he died for our sins and that he will one day return to battle Satan and win to triumph over the evil of this world. I also believe that there are a lot of "Christians" who say, but don't do. Being and doing are two separate things and both are hard sometimes. For example, being a Christian in an environment of such hatred and anger is very hard. It makes it even harder to do what we need to do as Christ followers. It is hard to show love to all of our neighbors even when we don't agree with them and know that they themselves don't believe. Christ was not specific about who not to love, but rather said love your neighbor as yourself. Love and respect is not deserved by any human as we are all sinners, but to obey the laws of Christ we must love and respect others even if we don't agree with them. This does not mean that we have to like them, we just have to show them love and respect because doing this is an act of our love for Christ and we are to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Look

A new look for this site with a new vision on what to discuss. When I think about blogging I think about these three things....what direction do I want to go. Well, all three are important to me and they really are separate things, but they are what makes me...well, me. Anyhow, I hope that by encompassing these three things into one blog I'll be able to have more ideas to post and be able to become more active in the blogsphere. Thanks for visiting and be on the lookout for more to come...
Ashli

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Amazing Grace (3)

This past week at church a group of men sang a fabulous rendition of Amazing Grace in a style I would describe as a southern quartet with instruments...It was truly amazing to see God's heart cry out to us through their song... (I guess it kind of reminded me of O Brother, Where Art Thou? even though I have never really seen the movie, just the style I guess.)

This week, we focus on verse 3 of the original.

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,.
And grace will lead me home.

Our pastor read from Psalm 31 tonight and reminded me that from the beginning of time, we have been faced with challenges, but that God has been there EVERY time....we are here, we are breathing and we each have our own unique ability to share this Good News with someone.

The last line in the Message Paraphrase says:

Be brave. Be strong. Don't give up.
Expect God to get here soon.

Do we remember to live with this expectation that the grace of God will bring us home? That God will get here soon? What if we did? What would change? What decisions would you make differently by "expecting" God (read: having faith in God) that by grace, he will keep us safe and lead us home...

This verse indicates the past, but doesn't touch on the future other than the grace of God that will lead us home...the grace was there during the toils and will be there when danger comes again.

Knock Knock...Are you expecting anyone?

Expect Him...

A

Monday, July 7, 2008

Amazing Grace (2)

The Second Verse

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

This verse brings back memories of the time I accepted Christ as my risen Lord and Savior. "The Hour I First Believed"... Sure I thought that I knew that there was God and there was Jesus, but I didn't know that I needed to decide to believe...to take the gift of grace already laid out for me. It was July (almost 3 years ago now) and we had been attending The PROMiSE for about a month when I was captivated by the songs and message of the day and knew in my heart that not only was The PROMiSE the church for me, but that God himself had been calling me here and that it was high time that I let him know I was listening. What a precious moment...and the effects were immediate. Sure, accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior has its earthly costs, but none of that matters under the protection of grace...if only I could remember that every time the earth catches up to me :)

Recall the hour you first believed, were the effects of Grace immediate?
How have your fears been relieved by the power of Grace?

Isaiah 30:19 (The Message)
Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you'll find it's grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he'll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he'll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: "This is the right road. Walk down this road." You'll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You'll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, "Good riddance!"

Remember these words of the prophet Isaiah this week when you are seeking answers...seek Him...

A

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Amazing Grace (1)

I apologize to those of you who are giving me a try and I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. This blogging thing is fun, but so is experiencing life in Christ's hands.

On July 6th a friend and music teammate and myself will be singing Chris Tomlin's Amazing Grace, but I am going to spend the next several entries going over the different verses of the original Amazing Grace...

The First Verse

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.


As I read through these words I am reminded of the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son found in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15.

1. In what ways do you feel "lost"?
2. Think of the shepherd, the woman and the father, when we are lost, God looks for us just as hard as these examples...he pains for us and will do anything to get us back into his Kingdom. Have you ever lost something/someone?
3. As Christians, we talk about "loving people into the Kingdom", in what ways can we do this by showing true Christ-like love for those who are "lost"?


Grace...Amazing, isn't it :)

Thanks for reading.

A

Saturday, June 7, 2008

In Better Hands - Natalie Grant

This week, based on a suggestion, I have chosen In Better Hands by Natalie Grant (listen on her My Space page here.)


Natalie Grant - In Better Hands

From the album Relentless


It’s hard to stand

On shifting sand

It’s hard to shine

In the shadows of the night

You can’t be free

If you don’t reach for help

And you can’t love

If you don’t love yourself

But there is hope when my faith runs out…

Casuse I’m in better hands now



Chorus:

It’s like the sun is shining

When the rain is pouring down

It’s like my soul is flying

Though my feet are on the ground

So take this heart of mine

There’s no doubt

I’m in better hands now



I am strong

All because of you

I stand in awe of

Every mountain that you move

I am changed

Yesterday is gone

I am safe

From this moment on…

And there’s no fear when the night comes around

I’m in better hands now



Chorus

It’s like the sun is shining

When the rain is pouring down

It’s like my soul is flying

Though my feet are on the ground

It’s like the world is silent

Though I know it isn’t true

It’s like the breath of Jesus

Is right here in this room

So take this heart of mine

There’s no doubt



You can’t be saved

If you’re not reaching out for help


Label: Curb Records
Lyrics may not be reproduced without permission from the publisher.



Relevant Bible Verses:
Acts 21:14 (The Messsage) - We saw that we weren't making even a dent in his resolve, and gave up. "It's in God's hands now," we said. "Master, you handle it."

Matthew 21:21 (The Message) - But Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you'll tell, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God."

2 Timothy 3:14 (The Message) - But don't let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother's milk! There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.



Think on these things:
1. If we are the body, and in Christ, we are in better hands, with Christ Jesus working through us, how can we tangibly show others that they will be in His better hands by chosing to live a life with God at the center?

2. Continuing with the theme of "the body", if we are, can we not, be the "breath" of Jesus right here on earth?

3. It is one thing to believe, but we must receive Him by allowing His words and actions to work through us to bring and strengthen and love others into The Kingdom.

Just click on "comments" and let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

A

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I Belong - Kathryn Scott

For the first song of this blog, I have chosen I Belong by Kathryn Scott (listen on her My Space page here.


Lyrics for "I Belong"
I BELONG© Mildred Rainey & Kathryn Scott


Not angels, nor demons, no power on earth or heaven

Not distance, nor danger, no trouble now or ever

Nothing can take me from your great love

Forever this truth remains

I belong, I belong to you

Not hardship, nor hunger, no pain or depth of sorrow

Not weakness, nor failure, no broken dream or promise

See what Kathryn has to say about writing this song here.


Relevant Bible Verses:
John 14:6 - (NIV) - Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Romans 8:34-35 - (NIV) - Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Think on these things:
1. Another name for Jesus is "the Truth". How do your thoughts on the line "forever this truth remains" change when you think of it with "Jesus" replacing "truth"?

2. Sing this song to Jesus (no criticisms on voice quality allowed :)). How does this feel?

Just click on "comments" and let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

A


Welcome to Songs of Faith

Greetings from your Sister in Christ. I have started this blog to serve as a central meeting place for a study of Christian music. Songs can be contemporary, traditional, gospel, even mainline as long as there is an element of the worship of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the inital format, I'll post a link where you can listen to the song along with the lyrics. I'll also post a couple of bible references and some questions to get us thinking about the song.

Songs will be posted weekly on Sunday evenings. I welcome anyone to comment on the current or any previous post as long as your comments are in the positive light of Jesus Christ. Any comment that I deem inappropriate will be deleted.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you find that the topics discussed here will help strengthen your faith in Jesus. Please feel free to send this link (www.ashlimoore.blogspot.com) to anyone you would like to share this study with.

Also, if anyone has suggestions for a song, please pass it my way.

Enjoy in the Name and Power of Jesus Christ.

A