Why I love Music…

I love music. I love the meaning of the words, I love the singing, the instruments being used, the way it’s been composed. But there is a greater reason why I love music.

I love many types of music genres. I like listening to covers on YouTube from people such as Alex Goot or Pentatonix, I also like discovering new songs on my iTunes music chart. But my favourite type of music is Christian music, that’s not just because I’m a Christian. The reason I love Christian music the best is because I love the way it makes me feel inside. Whenever I’m down/feeling depressed or I feel empty, I know listening to Christian music will always make me feel happier about me and my life.

From Hymns to Rock, from Rend Collective to Casting Crowns, I love all messages the song has to say. I can easily put on a song and just stop what I’m doing just to listen to the words. I close my eyes and I rejoice in the splendour of the Lord. That’s the feeling I get from listening to songs that sing about the Lord and praises his name.

I think without Music, life would be boring. Without Christ, my life would be nothing. So why not combine the two?

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The 10 Commandments

So during my lunch break on Thursday one of my work colleague’s Rachel, who I also went to college with, ask me if I knew all the 10 Commandments. I shamelessly could only remember 5 of the 10. But it was my friend who thought I should write a blog about it so hey presto! Here it is!

So for people who don’t know what the 10 Commandments are, it is instructions that the Lord gave Moses on Mount Sinia to give to the Israelites and as a Christian we still follow this instructions. These are the 10 Commandments the Lord gave to them;

  1. You must have no other gods before me.
  2. Do not make an idol for yourself – no form whatsoever – of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.
  3. Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses his name that way.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day and treat it as holy.
  5. Honour your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. Do not kill.
  7. Do not commit adultery.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not testify falsely against your neighbour.
  10. Do not desire your neighbour’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbour’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbour.
    (Exodus 20)

As a non-believer, my guess is, they look at this list and think ‘Blimey that God guy is well strict!’ But in theory no He isn’t strict. He just loves us so much that he wants us to be clean from sin and live a clean and pure life with the Lord.

There isn’t much else to say on this topic because it explains itself. God put these instructions in places so we don’t commit ungodly actions/sins. Simple.

As a Christian, I follow these instructions because I believe that they will bring my closer to the Lord and help me remain faithful.

Belief | Spoken Word | Written and Performed by Thomas Olliver (aka Dust)

Words:
If you only believe in the things you see then you believe in nothing. For if you see it then you know it to be true and their for your not believing. See belief is to trust in the things you can’t see but to be sure whole heartedly that the thing in which you believe in is real. You believe in oxygen because you “know” its their. Is that really belief? It seems that in this generation belief is deceased and without belief this world wont see peace. See we need to open our hearts and believe that theirs a truth that no one can see but its bigger than you and bigger than me.
See.
I have faith in an almighty god that created the earth and the heavens. He believes in me so I believe in him. I have witnessed the power of the king. Ive seen him heal ive seen him save  ive seen him set free people who are enslaved from earthly bounds. Belief and faith are two different things. Children believe in Santa Claus. Whereas Christians have faith in a king. A faith that he will come again. A faith that he loves and cares for us with an unimaginable love. I’m not gunna spend time trying to prove that god is real because I’ve learnt that that’s impossible. Scientists trying to prove he’s not real I know that that’s not possible. I once heard this incredible line in a piece of spoken word. “Trying to prove god is like trying to defend a lion, it don’t need your help” This is a powerful thing to say because it’s entirely true. We can’t prove god, Science can’t disprove god. Because he doesn’t want us to. God wants his people to have faith in him without needing proof. He could come down on a cloud right now but then we’d know the truth. If we see he’s real then we know he’s true then we don’t have faith in him. But if you believed and had faith before he came them you have the favor of the king. The ones with faith are the ones who without seeing him are believing. When he comes back everyone on earth will know the king of kings. But only those who believed and had faith will be going back with him. You see Belief may seem to be dying but faith is rising through the nations. We are celebrating Christ through events and congregations of thousands, millions.
Wow their might yet be hope for this world.

Stuck At A Dead End

I haven’t post anything for a few months and no there isn’t a good reason. Simply because I have started to become lazy. Lazy with home life, lazy with work life, lazy with church life and unfotunatly lazy with my faith. I haven’t lost faith, but I’m becoming lazy with it. I don’t pray as often as I did (though it was little to start with), my love for worship leading has slowly burnt out, my love for church has started to disappear. 

This is what I call stuck at a dead end. Where you don’t know what you want to do in life. Yes I know I’m young, I’m only 19 and I have my whole life ahead of me? Some parts I already have planned out, but others I have no clue what I wanna do.

I’ve been asking God for a miracle. I’ve been asking that one of the struggles in my life will disappear. He listened. One of the struggles in my life disappeared. I was so shocked, so amazed! God was listening to me.

I thought of this verse amongst my amazement…

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job. No! Israel’s protector never sleeps or rests! The Lord is your protector; the Lord is your shade right beside you. The sun won’t strike you during the day; neither will the moon at night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; God will protect your very life. The Lord will protect you on your journeys— whether going or coming— from now until forever from now. (‭Psalms‬ ‭121‬:‭1-8‬ CEB)

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.

The Easter Story Pt. 7 – Matthew 28v1-20

Resurrection

“28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it. Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you.”
With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. But Jesus met them and greeted them. They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee. They will see me there.”

Guards’ report

11 Now as the women were on their way, some of the guards came into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 They met with the elders and decided to give a large sum of money to the soldiers. 13 They told them, “Say that Jesus’ disciples came at night and stole his body while you were sleeping. 14 And if the governor hears about this, we will take care of it with him so you will have nothing to worry about.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were told. And this report has spread throughout all Judea to this very day.

Commissioning of the disciples

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted.18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”” Matthew 28v1-20 CEB

The Easter Story Pt. 6 – Matthew 27v57-66

Burial

“57 That evening a man named Joseph came. He was a rich man from Arimathea who had become a disciple of Jesus. 58 He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission to take it. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had carved out of the rock. After he rolled a large stone at the door of the tomb, he went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the tomb.

Guard at the tomb

62 The next day, which was the day after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate. 63 They said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will arise.’64 Therefore, order the grave to be sealed until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.’ This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 Pilate replied, “You have soldiers for guard duty. Go and make it as secure as you know how.” 66 Then they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.” Matthew 27v57-66 CEB

The Easter Story Pt. 5 – Matthew 27v27-56

Soldiers mocking Jesus

“27 The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s house, and they gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a red military coat on him. 29 They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand. Then they bowed down in front of him and mocked him, saying, “Hey! King of the Jews!” 30 After they spit on him, they took the stick and struck his head again and again. 31 When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the military coat and put his own clothes back on him. They led him away to crucify him.

Crucifixion

32 As they were going out, they found Simon, a man from Cyrene. They forced him to carry his cross. 33 When they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place, 34 they gave Jesus wine mixed with vinegar to drink. But after tasting it, he didn’t want to drink it. 35 After they crucified him, they divided up his clothes among them by drawing lots. 36 They sat there, guarding him. 37 They placed above his head the charge against him. It read, “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” 38 They crucified with him two outlaws, one on his right side and one on his left.
39 Those who were walking by insulted Jesus, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? Save yourself! If you are God’s Son, come down from the cross.”
41 In the same way, the chief priests, along with the legal experts and the elders, were making fun of him, saying, 42 “He saved others, but he can’t save himself. He’s the king of Israel, so let him come down from the cross now. Then we’ll believe in him. 43 He trusts in God, so let God deliver him now if he wants to. He said, ‘I’m God’s Son.’” 44 The outlaws who were crucified with him insulted him in the same way.

Death

45 From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. 46 At about three Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?”
47 After hearing him, some standing there said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 One of them ran over, took a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink.
49 But the rest of them said, “Let’s see if Elijah will come and save him.”
50 Again Jesus cried out with a loud shout. Then he died.
51 Look, the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, 52 and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised. 53 After Jesus’ resurrection they came out of their graves and went into the holy city where they appeared to many people. 54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what had just happened, they were filled with awe and said, “This was certainly God’s Son.”
55 Many women were watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to serve him. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” Matthew 27v27-56 CEB

The Easter Story Pt. 4 – Matthew 27v3-26

Judas’ death

“3 When Judas, who betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned to die, he felt deep regret. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, and said, “I did wrong because I betrayed an innocent man.”
But they said, “What is that to us? That’s your problem.” Judas threw the silver pieces into the temple and left. Then he went and hanged himself.
The chief priests picked up the silver pieces and said, “According to the Law it’s not right to put this money in the treasury. Since it was used to pay for someone’s life, it’s unclean.” So they decided to use it to buy the potter’s field where strangers could be buried. That’s why that field is called “Field of Blood” to this very day. This fulfilled the words of Jeremiah the prophet: And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price for the one whose price had been set by some of the Israelites, 10 and I gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.

Questioned by Pilate

11 Jesus was brought before the governor. The governor said, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” 12 But he didn’t answer when the chief priests and elders accused him.
13 Then Pilate said, “Don’t you hear the testimony they bring against you?”14 But he didn’t answer, not even a single word. So the governor was greatly amazed.

Death sentence

15 It was customary during the festival for the governor to release to the crowd one prisoner, whomever they might choose. 16 At that time there was a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas. 17 When the crowd had come together, Pilate asked them, “Whom would you like me to release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 He knew that the leaders of the people had handed him over because of jealousy.
19 While he was serving as judge, his wife sent this message to him, “Leave that righteous man alone. I’ve suffered much today in a dream because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and kill Jesus. 21 The governor said, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
“Barabbas,” they replied.
22 Pilate said, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”
They all said, “Crucify him!”
23 But he said, “Why? What wrong has he done?”
They shouted even louder, “Crucify him!”
24 Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was starting. So he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I’m innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It’s your problem.”
25 All the people replied, “Let his blood be on us and on our children.” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus whipped, then handed him over to be crucified.” Matthew 27v3-26 CEB

The Easter Story Pt. 3 – Matthew 26v57 – 27v2

Jesus before the council

“57 Those who arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest. The legal experts and the elders had gathered there. 58 Peter followed him from a distance until he came to the high priest’s courtyard. He entered that area and sat outside with the officers to see how it would turn out.
59 The chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 They didn’t find anything they could use from the many false witnesses who were willing to come forward. But finally they found two 61 who said, “This man said, ‘I can destroy God’s temple and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood and said to Jesus, “Aren’t you going to respond to the testimony these people have brought against you?”
63 But Jesus was silent.
The high priest said, “By the living God, I demand that you tell us whether you are the Christ, God’s Son.”
64 “You said it,” Jesus replied. “But I say to you that from now on you’ll see the Human One sitting on the right side of the Almighty and coming on the heavenly clouds.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He’s insulting God! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, you’ve heard his insult against God.66 What do you think?”
And they answered, “He deserves to die!” 67 Then they spit in his face and beat him. They hit him 68 and said, “Prophesy for us, Christ! Who hit you?”

Peter’s denial

69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant woman came and said to him, “You were also with Jesus the Galilean.”
70 But he denied it in front of all of them, saying, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
71 When he went over to the gate, another woman saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.”
72 With a solemn pledge, he denied it again, saying, “I don’t know the man.”
73 A short time later those standing there came and said to Peter, “You must be one of them. The way you talk gives you away.”
74 Then he cursed and swore, “I don’t know the man!” At that very moment the rooster crowed. 75 Peter remembered Jesus’ words, “Before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.” And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.

Jesus before Pilate (Matthew 27)

Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people reached the decision to have Jesus put to death. They bound him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate the governor.” Matthew 26v57 – 27v2 CEB

The Easter Story Pt. 2 – Matthew 26v36-56

Jesus in prayer

“36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He said to the disciples, “Stay here while I go and pray over there.” 37 When he took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, he began to feel sad and anxious. 38 Then he said to them, “I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert with me.” 39 Then he went a short distance farther and fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it’s possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.”

40 He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping. He said to Peter,“Couldn’t you stay alert one hour with me? 41  Stay alert and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation. The spirit is eager, but the flesh is weak.”42 A second time he went away and prayed, “My Father, if it’s not possible that this cup be taken away unless I drink it, then let it be what you want.”

43 Again he came and found them sleeping. Their eyes were heavy with sleep. 44 But he left them and again went and prayed the same words for the third time. 45 Then he came to his disciples and said to them, “Will you sleep and rest all night? Look, the time has come for the Human One[e] to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46  Get up. Let’s go. Look, here comes my betrayer.”

Arrest

47 While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, came. With him was a large crowd carrying swords and clubs. They had been sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 His betrayer had given them a sign: “Arrest the man I kiss.” 49 Just then he came to Jesus and said, “Hello, Rabbi.” Then he kissed him.
50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came and grabbed Jesus and arrested him.
51 One of those with Jesus reached for his sword. Striking the high priest’s slave, he cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put the sword back into its place. All those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53  Or do you think that I’m not able to ask my Father and he will send to me more than twelve battle groups of angels right away? 54  But if I did that, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this must happen?” 55 Then Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, like a thief? Day after day, I sat in the temple teaching, but you didn’t arrest me.56  But all this has happened so that what the prophets said in the scriptures might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left Jesus and ran away.” Matthew 26v36-56 CEB