Brukhim Habaim!!! (Welcome)
In case you weren't aware, Ian and I are currently about 1/3 of the way through leading our latest tour to Israel. We arrived in the Holy Land last Friday, very early in the morning and the adventure began.
So far we've had a taste of Tel Aviv, we visited the sight of the world's most famous battle, that of David and Goliath and the place where both Jonah fled from God and where Peter had his vision on top of Simon the Tanner's house - the ancient sea port of Jaffa (Joppa).
We've walked through the ancient ruins of Ceasarea, looked out over the Meggido Valley at the place where Elijah slew the false prophets..we've floated on Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and so much more besides. Israel is without a doubt one of the most intensly interesting, historical and vibrant places on earth. I think you come with us one year! :-)
You can read about what we've been doing by visiting our blog site at www.israeltours.ucb.com.au, just click on Travel Logs and scroll down to October 2013 and select each day as you like, and if you're interested in any future tours we lead, the next one will be in April 2014, please contact our booking agent, Steven Green, of Olive Tree Travel and Steven and his staff would be only too happy to answer any questions you might have.
Now to this week's new music on Vision.
Unspoken: 'Everything' from their The World Is Waking EP released on Centricity label in 2013.
There’s nothing new about the truth that all Christians go through struggles and trials and that they’re enemies of the world and all that the world stands for. But where Christians struggle with this is that they haven’t really grasped their security in Christ; they still long for security in the world and that’s not something we can every really attain and historically, Christians throughout the past 2 centuries have experienced phenomenal hardships and suffering because of their faith. It’s only in western nations that Christians have really not experienced much in the way of persecution…but things are changing.
This song is a cold hard look at the reality that we are not loved, welcomed or wanted by the world, in fact we’re hated by the world just as Yeshua warned us.
But the good news is that there is absolutely nothing in all of creation that can separate us from the security and love of our Saviour and once we have that truth embedded firmly in our hearts and minds, we will never be shaken no matter what this life throws at us.
Romans 8:31-39, ‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercededs for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
At the end of the day, Yeshua is everything we need to live a victorious life in this world; He has promised to sustain us and He cannot tell a lie or break a promise.
: 'If I Could See What The Angels See' from her How Mercy Looks From Here CD released on Sparrow label 2013.
This song came about from a long pondering on the back porch and Amy was thinking about how narrow her focus is and great it would be if she could have another perspective on things. She thought if only she could see what the angels see, things would look so different.
She’d read that someone had been buried in an avalanche and she thought that while most people didn’t know where they were, someone knew. Of course, God is that someone.
And while it would be nice to see all that the angels can see, or hear what they can hear or know what they know so that we would have an answer to all the mysteries that confound us, we don’t really need to know because God knows, and God sees and God hears and it’s only really important that He does. He has all things in His hands and we can find rest and comfort in knowing at least that much.
Steven Curtis Chapman
: 'Love Take Me Over' from his CD The Glorious Unfolding released on Sparrow label 2013.
Yeshua explained to one of the Pharisees that those who are forgiven lot, learn to love a lot and those who are forgiven a little only love a little bit.
Sometimes we don’t realise how much we’ve been forgiven because we don’t realise how deadly our sins are and that’s because we tend to compare ourselves with the worst sinners and we come out looking ok. But if we compare ourselves to God and His purity and perfection, we have to conclude that we really are wretched.
Then from that viewpoint, we can see just how huge and glorious and extensive God’s love for us is, because we realise that He died a brutal death to forgive us for every single wretched sin we’ve ever committed. That’s how much He loves us.
When we understand the extent of how much we’re loved, we can share that with those around us, and He gives us the capacity to love others as well.
This song is a prayer to God for His love to invade and take over every single part of our lives be it our thoughts, our words, our actions and even our hopes so that in every second of every day we are showing His love to the world. His love that is sooooooo huge we can help but give it away to others.
Inspirational - 12am - 5am Mon - Sat, 12am - 9am Sun
David Willersdorf: 'All You Have Given' from his CD The Sound Of Heaven released as an indi artist in 2011.
This song is a song of gratitude for all that the Saviour has done for us. We have life, love and freedom, eternal life, liberation and our Saviour deserves our love, devotion and worship.
Youth Hour - 10:00-11:00pm Sat
: 'Turbo Style' radio single released in 2013 on Shae Shock Records.
God created us to believe than in Him all things are possible. He wants us to keep moving forward, growing in Him and achieving the call He’s laid out for us. His love for us has no limit and His grace has no measure and power has no boundary. His Holy Spirit indwells us and as the days grow darker there is a greater urgency to step up and speed up our mission to reach the lost for the sake of the Gospel and because God has promised to never leave or forsake us, He will also provide what we need and sustain us for the task.
Ephesians 3:20-21, ‘Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.’
Thanks again for taking the time to check out this blog, have a great week and there'll be more new music here next Monday.