Shana Carroll and Stephanie White join me with some great new music recommendations this week!
New Favorites this week from Jennifer Nettles, Ethan Parker Band, and Chuck Hooten and Shoreline Worship. Check out all this on Spotify…
I love Spotify. It’s the greatest tool I’ve discovered for discovering new music. I keep three playlists that I think you might like too!
Spirit & Truth (Worship)
Faith & Hope (CCM)
Love & Life (Everything Else!)
So today is the day for one of my favorite lyrics…
Now the first of December was covered with snow, and so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston (James Taylor, Sweet Baby James)
Something about that picture, I know exactly how he feels for some reason. Plus living in Boston for a few years helps :).
A couple more…
…He said a good song never comes to those who chase, it comes to those who listen (Darrell Scott, My Father’s House)
This is my theme for songwriting. I think it applies to much of life as well. Even as a believer, I need to quit talking and LISTEN!
When you walk into the room you know we can’t resist. Every bottle of perfume always ends up on the floor in a mess (John Mark Mcmillan, Dress Us Up)
This is one of favorite worship lyrics of all time. It references the story of Mary pouring the perfume on Jesus’ feet (John 12:3). This is one of the purest expressions of worship in Scripture. This lyric frames it in an entirely new way for me.
I had always heard of A.W. Tozer, but hadn’t really read or heard any of his teaching. A few weeks ago someone tweeted a quote of his that floored me:
The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And men who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.
So I wanted to see if there was more where that came from…and there most definitely was!
I first found a series of MP3s from 1960 – ten sermons in a series on the Holy Spirit. I’ve listened to three and they are exceptional.
The next thing I did was to download his book “The Pursuit of God.” I’ve been using the Amazon Kindle App for my iPhone to read books…it’s so easy to just download a book and my phone’s always with me. This book was only 99 cents! But it’s worth far more than that.
I’m only a few chapters in but there are already some amazing truths. Here are a few of my favorites (so far):
The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word.
…but let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God himself.
The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.
(God said to Levi)…”I am thy part and thine inheritance,” and by those words made him richer than all the brethren, richer than all the kings and rajas who have ever lived in the world.
God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.
So, I highly recommend the teaching of A.W. Tozer this week. Do you have any recommendations for me??