I’d like to be

I’m a BIG fan of the “What’s In The Bible” series.  I’m grateful to own all 13 DVD’s.  For some reason, the childlike faith captured in this song touches my heart like no other children’s song…

I’d like to be in the Kingdom of God
where there’s no crying,
there’s no dying…
It makes me want to applaud
and say, “Hey, God – You’re fantastic,
and I am so enthusiastic!
You’ll redeem creation
and I get to share Your invitation
with everybody, with everybody I meet.”

Visit What’s in the Bible’s website!
https://whatsinthebible.com/

~ Written by:  Phil Vischer
Performed by:  Ian (voiced by Phil Vischer) for What’s In The Bible, DVD’s 10 and 13 ~

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If it’s Amazing Grace

There comes a time when we all take a breath,
admit who we are, with all our mess;
stand there and tremble and hope for the best –
knowing it’s out of our hands…

But if it’s Amazing Grace, let it do what it does:
it can reach far beyond anything we have done!
Truth is, there’s just some things that cannot be explained…
It’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace.

Many before us have stood on that ledge –
arguments filling their hearts and their heads
to only discover that it’s all been true:
that it can make anyone new!

Chorus

It crashes through darkness;  shatters our shame!
We can run all we want, it keeps calling our names…
It’s strong and relentless;  full of forgiveness;
No depth it won’t go, just to save…

But if it’s Amazing Grace, let it do what it does:
it can reach far beyond anything we have done!
Truth is, there’s just some things that cannot be explained…
It’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace;

it’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace
I know my heart’s been changed by this Amazing Grace.

~ Written by:  Chris Cleveland, Michael Farren & Seth Mosley
Performed by:  Stars Go Dim ~

Majesty (Here I am)

Here I am, humbled by Your Majesty…
covered by Your grace so free.  (Eph. 2:8)
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man,  (Rom. 3:23)
covered by the Blood of the Lamb…  (Eph. 1:7, 1 John 1:7, 1 Peter 4:8)

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine  (John 15:13)
since You laid down Your life:  the greatest sacrifice!

Majesty, Majesty…
Your grace has found me just as I am:
empty handed, but alive in Your hands.  (John 10:29)

Here I am humbled by the love that You give;  (1 John 4:19, Rom. 5:8)
forgiven so that I can forgive.  (Col. 3:13, Matt. 6:14)
So here I stand, knowing that I’m Your desire,  (Job 14:15)
sanctified by glory and fire.  (1 Pet. 4:12)

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
since you laid down your life:  the greatest sacrifice!

Majesty, Majesty…
Your grace has found me just as I am:
empty handed, but alive in Your hands.
Majesty, Majesty…
Forever I am changed by Your love
in the presence of Your Majesty… Majesty…

[Instrumental]

Majesty, Majesty!
Your grace has found me just as I am:
and I’m nothing, but alive in Your hands.  (Isaiah 40:17; read in context!*)
Majesty, Majesty!
Forever I am changed by Your love
in the beauty of Your Majesty…

~ Written by:  Stu Gerrard & Martin Smith
Performed by:  Delirious? ~

* Footnote about Isaiah 40:17

The Book of Isaiah is filled with Scriptures that declares God’s Almighty Sovereignty, and His righteousness in contrast with our sinfulness.  I absolutely love this book in the Bible, because woven throughout the text that shows us how big our God is, are amazingly beautiful verses that describe how much He loves us, particularly from Isaiah 40 onward.  Below are a few of these examples, all to be read in context, but such beautiful declarations of Almighty God’s love for His children (Gal. 3:27-29, Col. 3:10-11):

“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee…” Is. 41:8-10, 13

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, o Jacob, and He that formed thee, o Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine…” Is. 43:1

“Yet now hear, o Jacob my servant: and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, o Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen…” Is. 44:1-2

“Remember these, o Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: o Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee…” Is. 44:21-22
(This passage actually reminds me of the story of Hosea, who redeemed (bought) the prostitute woman and loved her in spite of her turning back to her old ways.)

“Thus saith the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holdenI will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight… For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” Is. 45:1-2, 4) (See Romans 5:8 & 1 John 4:19 above)

“Hearken unto me, o house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Is. 46:3-4

“Sing, o heavens; and be joyful, o earth; and break forth into singing, o mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Is. 49:13-16

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is His Name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” Is. 54:5-8

Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97

Wear sunscreen.  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.  The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now:

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth — oh nevermind;  you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.  But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked…

You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future;  or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.  The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts;  don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy;  sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind… the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults.  If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…  the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives;  some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t;
maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t;
maybe you’ll divorce at 40;
maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance (so are everybody else’s).

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…  don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it – it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Brother and sister
Together, we’ll make it through
Someday our spirits
Will take you and guide you there
I know you’ve been hurting
But I’ve been waiting to be there for you
And I’ll be there just helping you out
Whenever I can

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings;  they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.  Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard;
live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths:
prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old…
and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young,
prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund;
maybe you have a wealthy spouse;
but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.  Advice is a form of nostalgia;  dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Brother and sister
Together, we’ll make it through
Someday our spirits
Will take you and guide you there
I know you’ve been hurting
But I’ve been waiting to be there for you
And I’ll be there just helping you out
Whenever I can

Everybody’s free
Everybody’s free
Oh, yeah
Don’t you fear

~ Written by:  Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune in 1997
Performed by:  Baz Luhrmann ~

This is Christmas

Do you find it hard to sleep tonight,
resting by the Christmas lights?
Could there be something you forgot…?
Beyond the bows and mistletoe,
the tree with presents wrapped below,
there’s more to this that you had ever thought…

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas without Christ…?

Remember how the story goes:
God’s Gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes
beneath a star one great and holy night…
The shepherds heard the angels sing,
the wise men brought an offering.
Peace on Earth began in Bethlehem!

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas if the angels never sang glory to the newborn King?
What is Christmas without Christ?

[There’d be no…]
Gloria in excelsis Deo*!

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger
What is Christmas without Christ…?

This is Christmas: it’s all about the Savior wrapped in the manger!
This is Christmas, because of Jesus Christ!
This is Christmas, because of Christ!

~ Written & performed by:  Kutless ~

* “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”) is a Christian hymn, otherwise known as “Angels we have heard on high”.  This is a reference to the angels’ song as they brought the message of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds in the fields:

Luke 2

8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  10  And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  12  And this shall be a sign unto you:  ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  14  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  15  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  16  And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  17  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  18  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  19  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Matthew 2

1  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  2  saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.”  3  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  4  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  5  And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,  6  “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda:  for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” [Micah 5:2] ”  7  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  8  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.”  9  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  11  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts:  gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.  12  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, and take the young Child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:  for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”  14  When he arose, he took the young Child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:  15  and was there until the death of Herod:  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt have I called My Son.” [Hosea 11:1]
16  Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.  17  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy [Jeremiah 31:15] the prophet, saying,  18  “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
19  But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,  20  Saying, “Arise, and take the young Child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel:  for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.”  21  And he arose, and took the young Child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.  22  But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither:  notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:  23  and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Rest (The song of the Innkeeper)

“My hope in writing these songs was to climb inside the Christmas narrative through the characters who lived it, trusting that if I told their stories as truthfully as I knew how, listeners might recognize themselves in their stories:  the innkeeper so exhausted by endless day-to-day demands that he misses the Sabbath Rest that arrives on his doorstep…” ~ Jason Gray
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I found them standing at my door
in the clumsy silence of the poor…
I’ve got no time for precious things,
but at least they won’t be wandering
if they’re sleeping on my stable floor…

There were no rooms to rent tonight;
the only empty bed is mine,
’cause I’m overlooked and overrun
with so many things that must be run,
until I’m numb and running blind…

I need rest, I need rest…
Lost inside a forest of a million trees,
trying to find my way back to “me”;
I need rest…

As a boy I heard the old men sing
about a Kingdom and a coming King,
but keeping books and changing beds
put a different song inside my head;
and the melody is deafening…

I need rest, I need rest…
Like a drowning man in the open sea,
I need somebody to rescue me;
I need rest…

To Rome we’re only names and numbers,
not souls in search of signs and wonders.
But we’re waiting for the day of our salvation –
the Messiah who will be our liberation…
We’re waiting… I’m waiting…

I need rest, I need rest…
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel,
with a sword deliver Israel;
I need rest…

Tonight I can’t get any sleep
with those shepherds shouting in the streets…
A star is shining much too bright,
somewhere I hear a Baby cry…
and all I want is a little peace…

~ Words and music by:  Jason Gray & Randall Goodgame (2012)
Performed by:  Jason Gray ~

Matthew 11
28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” ~ Jesus speaking

Hebrews 4
1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Luke 2
6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  7  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Every beat of my broken heart

This is not what I asked, not what I prayed for…
Are you listening now?
‘Cause all that I’ve built, all that I’ve bled for
is coming undone…

But what if it had to be broken
before my heart could be open?

Maybe the shattered parts
are the places where Your love starts…
And now I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.

Maybe it’s not what I would’ve chosen,
and I won’t understand;
but I’m trusting You now, ’cause all that I know is
I am safe in Your hands.

But what if it had to be broken
before my heart could be open?

Maybe the shattered parts
are the places where Your love starts…
And now I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.
Mercy is here with me
even if I can’t see it now…
I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.

So break me all the way, ‘til we are face to face:
When Your work in me is through, then all that’s left is You…

Chorus

I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken, beat of my broken heart.

~ Written by: Jon Steingrad
Performed by:  Hawk Nelson ~

Luke 4
16  And He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17  And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias [Isaiah 61:1].  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,  18  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  19  to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”  20  And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down.  And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.  21  And He began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Psalm 34:18 
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 147
2  The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.  3  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  4  He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.  5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.

Lamentations 3 
21  This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  22  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Move (Keep walkin’)

Another heartbreak day – feels like You’re miles away…
Don’t even need no shade when your sun don’t shine, shine…
Too many passin’ dreams roll by like limousines;
it’s hard to keep believin’ when they pass you by and by…

I know your heart been broke again;
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet;
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left…
Well, lift your head – it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet, so:

(Move) Keep walkin’,  Soldier keep movin’ on
(Move) Keep walkin’, until the mornin’ comes
(Move) Keep walkin’, Soldier keep movin’ on
And lift your head – it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet!

Echoin’ inside your head are the words that your sweet mama said:
“Shoot for the moon, my dear,” so you took aim out of this atmosphere…
Between high stakes and pump fakes, you’re feelin’ like you can’t buy a break…
I can hold your hand but I can’t turn your eyes to freedom!

I know your heart been broke again;
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet;
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left…
Well, lift your head – it ain’t over yet, it ain’t over yet, so:

Chorus

Hold on, hold on:  Lord ain’t finished yet
Hold on, hold on:  He’ll get you through this
Hold on, hold on:  These are the promises
I never will forget, I never will forget, so
Hold on, hold on:  The Lord ain’t finished yet
Hold on, hold on:  He’ll get you through this
Hold on, hold on:  These are the promises
I never will forget, I never will forget…

I know your heart been broke again;
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet;
but it ain’t over yet (No)… It ain’t over yet!
So get up and…

Chorus

Keep walkin’ (Keep walkin’)
Soldier keep movin’ on
Keep walkin’ (Keep walkin’)
Soldier keep movin’ on
Keep walkin’
Soldier keep movin’ on…

~ Written & performed by:  TobyMac (Toby McKeehan) ~

Galatians 6:9 
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.

James 5:7-11 
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.  8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.  9  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.  10  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.  11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Even if

They say sometimes you win some,
sometimes you lose some…
And right now… right now I’m losing bad.

I’ve stood on this stage night after night
reminding the broken it’ll be alright,
but right now… oh, right now I just can’t.

It’s easy to sing when there’s nothing to bring me down;
But what will I say when I’m held to the flame like I am right now?

I know You’re able, and I know You can
save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t,
my hope is You alone!

They say it only takes a little faith to move a mountain –
good thing a little faith is all I have right now…

But God when You choose to leave mountains unmovable,
oh, give me the strength to be able to sing:
“It is well with my soul!”

I know You’re able, and I know You can
save through the fire with Your mighty hand…
But even if You don’t,
my hope is You alone!

I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t,
my hope is You alone!

You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good all of my days.
Jesus, I will cling to You come what may,
‘cause I know You’re able;  I know You can…

Chorus

It is well, it is well with my soul…

~ Written by:  MercyMe, Tim Timmons, Crystal Lewis, David Garcia & Ben Glover
Performed by:  MercyMe
Album:  Lifer ~

Daniel 3 (King James Version)

14  Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?  15  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”
16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  18  But [even] if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
19  Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:  therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.  20  And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.  21  Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22  Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  23  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”  They answered and said unto the king, “True, O king.”  25  He answered and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego in the fire
26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither.”  Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.  27  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.  28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.  29  Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.”

Hot Gates

I love this song.  Not because of all the horrific events that these places refer to, but because in spite of everything that is wrong in this world, we have HOPE – expecting an eternity in which all of these senseless deaths will be overcome because of the giver of Life. (John 14:6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 4:4)

 

London, Paris, Rome, Berlin
Barcelona, Washington
Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo
Jerusalem, Jericho

Waco, wake oh, Bethlehem
Srebrenica, Sebokeng
Sarajevo, oh, Saigon
Hiroshima, Rubicon

I can see a fiery, fiery glow
even as the sun is sinking low;
I can see a horseman on the run…
Oh, my daughter, oh, my son.

Boer War painting

Dunkirk, Dover, Normandy
Frankfurt, New York, Lockerbie
Amajuba, Bellevue
Chappaquiddick, Waterloo

Bucharest, Saint Petersburg
Heilbron, Hobhouse*, Gettysburg
Belfast, Budapest, Baghdad
Berchtesgaden, Stalingrad

Chorus

Carthage, Dresden, Babylon
Sharpeville, My Lai, Boipatong
Delville Wood, El Alamein
St. Helena, Mitchells Plain

Balaclava, Austerlitz
Belsen, Buchenwald, Auschwitz
Nagasaki, oh Versailles
Armageddon, Thermopylae

Chorus

There’s another song that will be sung, (Rev. 14:3)
there’s another bell that must be rung!
(1 Cor. 15:51-57)
There’s another City, I’ve been told, (Rev. 21:2)
where the streets are paved with gold! (Rev. 21:21)

nehemiah-new-jerusalem

There’s another City, I’ve been told, (Rev. 21:2)
where the streets are paved with gold! (Rev. 21:21)

~ Written by:  Christopher Torr
Performed by:  Laurika Rauch ~

* Emily Hobhouse is very much synonymous to the British concentration camps in South Africa during the Second Boer War.  Although the whole song mentions places, the reference to her as a person reminds of all the concentration camps across South Africa during this time.