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All my life I’ve been searchin’ for love/Not just to love, but to be hugged/Running for the love of the world/Tryna get me paper, fame, car, and girls/I was just a drop in the bucket/I see the fruit of life and I would pluck it/But my arm was too short to touch it/Running in circles I was in a straight-jacket/Though I had pain I would try to mask it/Living for pleasure only got me so far/I would fold my hands and wish on a star/No luck, the star came back the next day/This was so futile, why do I pray?/Raised up in the church I thought I was perfect/Didn’t know my problem was what I worshiped/Then I met the perfect One, the source of all pleasure/Jesus, Himself is the one and only treasure!

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Jesus Beats

Shadowville.com-Always

One of my favorite websites, Shadowville.com is a site where music producers create and share hip-hop, rap, R&B, pop, and club beats. I’ve really gotten into this kind of stuff lately. I don’t produce because I don’t know the software hardly at all and I don’t have that kind of talent. But I do enjoy writing lyrics to the tracks that they provide. Although I’m not that good and it takes me forever to write one song, it’s lots of fun. The link above is a link to one of the tracks that I just downloaded and is next in my queue write for. Check it out!

Good Gifts

The Bible teaches us that Our Heavenly Father desires to bless us and that if we ask in Jesus’ name we shall receive. ¬†Psalm 84:11-12 says, “…the LORD bestows favor and honor. ¬†No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. ¬†O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!” ¬†I have certainly experienced the blessings of the Lord throughout my life as a Christian so far and He is certainly a kind and generous Father. ¬†But often times I am tempted to take the gifts He gives me, which are meant to point back to His goodness, and make idols out of them. ¬†If it’s a big desire of mine, like a job or a marriage, I tend to spend hours praying for it and elevate it to a level of importance in my life that is actually above God, thus treating God like a cosmic Santa Claus. ¬†My desire for gifts and blessings overtakes my desire to walk uprightly for God’s glory and I begin to desire righteousness so that God will bless me. ¬†My own legalism and religion sickens me when this happens. ¬†It’s man-centered humanism that disgusts God. ¬†I find myself constantly repenting of this wicked view of God. ¬†The only way to counter the temptation to slip into this idolatry and selfishness is to remind myself that I deserve nothing but the just and righteous wrath of God for all of the sins I’ve committed. ¬†Then telling myself that I have already been treated with¬†unmerited favor when my sins were forgiven and that I already possess the greatest gift ever: ¬†God. ¬†The promise of eternal life with Christ should be my most treasured possession which causes all other earthly gifts and blessings to pale in comparison!

Aftermath

I think I have officially turned a page in my life. ¬†Following this past weekend’s slate of divisional playoffs I saw my two top teams, Ravens and Patriots, crash out of the tournament. ¬†I am left with the two teams I loathe more than any other, Steelers and Jets. ¬†Arch-rivals Pittsburgh have had the supreme beating of the Ravens for the last 3 years and it’s pretty discouraging being a Ravens fan after a second loss to Pittsburgh in the playoffs in three years. ¬†As much as I hate them (which is a lot), I think deep down there is some kind of respect form them because they’re so good and have sustained high quality football for decades. ¬†But being division rivals you have to hate them on principle. ¬†The way I see it is sort of like Darth Vader turning good at the end of Return of the Jedi. ¬†It took Anakin Skywalker getting humiliated by being beat by his own son in a lightsaber duel. ¬†Only after his humiliation in front of the Emperor and loosing his hand as a result did Anakin see the futility of his ways. ¬†He had compassion on Luke while watching him be tortured by the Emperor and decided to throw the Emperor down a bottomless pit. ¬†Then at the end of his life, Anakin repented of his Sith-ness. ¬†I’ve watched my team get humiliated by the Steelers again and now I’m forced to concede that they are a damn good football team.

But now the unthinkable has happened! ¬†Since the Jets are the Steelers’ next opponent in the AFC Championship game, my loyalties have been turned completely upside down! ¬†I am going to support the team in the black and gold! ¬†Not because I’m suddenly a fan of the team from Pittsburgh, but because the Steelers and I have a common enemy…Mark Sanchez and the Jets. ¬†I could rant on about how much I hate that team, but I’ll limit it to the fact that Sanchez is an average at best quarterback and the only reason that team is any good is because of its defense. ¬†Now you won’t sooner see me wearing a Troy Pololulu or Hiney Hole Ward jersey this weekend than Rex Ryan wearing flip-flops in public, but I will make my support for them known. ¬†Hate me if you want.

Jesus, the Covenant

“Jesus Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as one of its gifts, He is the property of every believer. ¬†Believer, can you estimate what you have received in Christ? ¬†‘In Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily’ (Col. 2:9). ¬†Consider the word God and its infinity, and then, meditate on Christ, the perfect Man, and all His beauty; for all that Christ, as God and Man, ever had, or can have, is yours. ¬†Out of pure, free favor, it passed over to you to be your personal property forever. ¬†Our blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. ¬†Will it not console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether yours? ¬†Has He power? ¬†That power is your to support and strengthen you, to overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. ¬†Has He love? ¬†Well, there is not a drop of love in His heart that is not yours; you may dive into the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, ‘It is mine.’ ¬†Has He not justice? ¬†It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is yours, for He will, by His justice see to it that all that is promised to you in the covenant of grace will be most certainly secured to you. ¬†And all that He has as perfect Man is yours. ¬†As a perfect Man, Christ received the Father’s delight. ¬†He stood accepted by the Most High. ¬†Believer, God’s acceptance of Christ is your acceptance; for do you not know that the love that the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on you now? ¬†For all that Christ did is yours. ¬†That perfect righteousness that Jesus brought about, when through His stainless life He kept the law and made it honorable, is yours and is imputed to you. ¬†Christ is in the covenant.

My God, I am yours–what a comfort divine!

What a blessing to know that the Savior is mine!

In the heavenly Lam thrice happy I am,

And my heart it does dance at the sound of His name.

Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening