Our Pursuit of Christ. Christ’s Possession of Us.

Audio Sermon: Our Pursuit of Christ. Christ’s Possession of Us.

Straining Toward the Goal

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

(Philippians 3:12-16 ESV)




Beautiful Eulogy – Symbols And Signs (@beautifuleulogy)


[Verse 1: Braille]
Pump the brakes, stop sign
You saw the sign now you Ace Of Base?
Preacher saw them dollar signs
He on that paper chase
Stuffing profits in his pockets
A wolf with a sheep’s appearance
And the reason he’s making that scratch huh
Is cause those ears itch
Pimping out the Gospel
A prostitution of false doctrine
Lies whistle in the wind
But we listen
If there’s a little truth mixed in
Find a pastor that suits you
On your TV with a suit and tie
Hitch a ride in his private jet
And you’ll be lookin’ stupid fly
And selfish ambition
Is a foolish religion
The riches of God’s mercy
Is worth more than your superstition
Tell me how does a Christian begin
To develop discernment and wisdom
First we submit every symbol and sign
To the authority of the Scriptures

Symbols, Symbols, Symbols

[Verse 2: Odd Thomas]
Yep, are you the kind
That’s completely consumed
By symbols and signs?
If you are that’s fine
But don’t you find it interesting
How most of the time
Your self-interpreting seems to coincide
With what’s deep inside
Your heart’s desires
Seems rather convenient, doesn’t it?
I’m not saying that God can’t do it
Not saying that God won’t do it
That might very well be the case!
I’m simply making an observation of how much weight you place on it
What seems to be at stake and how much of your faith is actually banking on it
And how much of your mysticism is mixed with your religious philosophic system
Sometimes what we believe to be true from our supernatural pursuits is actually a fluke
A series of events that’s used to distract you from the truth
But, I’ll give you a sign that’s obvious
One of the most supernatural acts is that God through his Word has actually revealed everything pertaining to life in Godliness
There’s this idea that an individual
Is somehow more spiritual
If he sees these signs and symbols
And takes what’s normally invisible
And makes it simple
But I say the mark of a mature man
Is the one who reads God’s Word and understands
And allows that to govern his decisions and his perspective plans

Symbols, Symbols, Symbols

[Verse 3: Propaganda]
I like it when the wind shifts
They say it’s the movement of the Spirit
Still small voice, ya’ll hear it?
Remember that time I saw that leaf fall
I was positive it was God’s call
Wait for it, listen close
Ya’ll missed it?
I saw Gideon, Sampson, Paul
Elijah saw the clouds split
And know that God did it
And does it still
Still, his presence feels like chills
Right, and if I’m honest it doesn’t happen often
Something must be wrong
It’s boring when my life is more like the book of Ruth than Exodus
I’ve never seen the partin’
Of an ocean
Or a cloud by day or pillar by night
Just a normal everyday working of life
Where things that suck royally
Is evidence of his royalty
Scratch your temple
So deep it’s simple
Silly us, ignore the plain
We prefer a riddle
Dying to see a miracle
While holding God’s diary
Looking for signs

Symbols, Symbols, Symbols

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Lecrae – Misconception ft. Propaganda, Braille, Odd Thomas

[Verse 1: Propaganda]
Slang came from a land were they suffer from the effects of depravity
Like gang banging and earthquakes
Most famous no-namers split a brain and plant a taste for the King of Kings
I know it’s a strange concept
Peddling redemption boy what more can I say
Make me and Lecrae been trying to make Him famous since nine tre
Filling these 58′s with phrases that would deem us
Unfit to succeed among these heathens
It’s so crucial in the belly of the crucible
That you would understand that stage like your morning candle
It’s handing out cancer
That’s why fame was never the aim
And the back is the front
Homie left side up
That’s a concept

Those deadly habits have me losing my cool…
It’s what your frame of mind has chosen
I’ll leave your brain stimulated…

[Verse 2: Braille]
So many misconceptions
Missing the mark, misdirected
Driving reck listen aggressive
Fueled by our false perceptions
Our methods need corrections
Spitting venom in their face
And violate the ones we should protect as an attempt to motivate
Neglect our obligations place the blame on someone else
Point out the flaws in other people and take the focus off ourselves
Those who have been abused view leadership as illegitimate
So they don’t think it’s necessary to play by the rules or submit
They see authority as nothing more than a power trip
And they don’t want to be plugged in to it
They’d rather see that power stripped, get it? Power strip
It’s unfortunate
The door is wide open for false teachers to twist the truth and distort it
No examples left to follow left to automize
Acting foolish but can’t see it so we’re wise in our own eyes
The life and crucifixion of Christ is a beautiful depiction
Of service and submission within a leadership position


[Verse 3: Odd Thomas]
You probably have it all figured out, right?
Like you’re the type that believes that if you act right
Then that just might make you righteous in God’s sight
You’ve been a really good person
You followed the good book as much as you could
You probably didn’t go to church as much as you should
But it’s all good
I mean you never really killed anybody
Never really steal from anybody
You never lusted much, or did much, touching of any bodies
You never use the Lord’s name in vain, and you respect you neighbor
You try to maintain peace, love your enemies and not hold on to anger
You really believe that you could receive God’s favor by your good deeds and right behavior
But you’re dead in your transgressions and need a savior
Cause you could never win God’s approval –
Of the removal of sinful discretions, your righteous acts in removing God’s wrath is in fact the biggest misconception


[Verse 4: Lecrae]
Since my conception I’ve been riddled with deception
Televised lies devised to lead a blind insurrection
Against the resurrection
And the greatest misconception
The world believes the Christian is foolish without direction
And they knock it to knock it
But what does it profit a prophet to be socially ostracized
And no we ain’t stopping the mocking
But if there is anything I can do to raise the stock in the market
For a Biblical worldview then there’s no longer an option
Here with the humble beast, ain’t no subtleties, ain’t no tongue-in-cheek, this is what I mean
They don’t understand anything about the faith I believe, and they want to belittle me
But it’s cool though, They just want the pseudo
The fake faith
The false one
The western God that’s man made and not the Biblical Awesome
Toss ’em, pick up the Reasons for God by Timothy Keller and read it
There is a God you should believe in and his name is Jesus


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Gungor – Wandering [I Am Mountain]


I’ve been wandering through this world Looking for an anchor to hold me I’ve been stumbling through this world Searching for the thread that might free me
I am looking to you I am holding on to you
I’ve been wandering through this world Looking for an anchor to hold me I’ve been stumbling through this world Searching for the thread that might free me
I am looking to you I am holding on to you I am looking to you I’ve been holding on to you
I’ve been wandering through this world Looking for a love that might free me

We don’t have to look far to find the results of what happens when filters are removed and people create what they think they want to create. Most often, it’s chaos.It takes the truly gifted artist, at the exact moment when personal uncertainty is as its peak, to reach within and draw out music both noticeably free from constraints and laser-like in its focus.

Michael Gungor, through the musical collective known simply as Gungor, has achieved just such a work. Setting aside his reliance on what he called “metaphysical constructs I’d known all my life,” Gungor has tapped his considerable musical reserves for a song set simultaneously revelatory in its lyrical content, ambitious in its sonic scope and compelling in its approachability.

Finally given the opportunity to self-identify, Gungor uses his skills as an accomplished multi- instrumentalist, arranger and producer on “I Am Mountain” to kick off a journey of stories told, some personal, some allegorical, but all honest and forthright.

“There’s that sense of searching, wandering and loss within all these songs,” Michael says. “On the other side of that, there’s a rebirth of hope and life within that. There’s a freedom and embrace of mystery and the unknown, and finding a joy and childlikeness within that.”

Michael’s path of creative rediscovery allows the tracks on “I Am Mountain” to exist in their own needs, be it the dark east/west musical dichotomy of “The Beat of Her Heart” or the melodic hooks of “Long Way Off,” from the galloping synths of “God And Country” to the descent from beauty into deconstruction in “Upside Down.”

Michael shares vocalizations in Gungor with wife Lisa, and together they interact, counter-play and underscore each song’s arc with precision and versatility, be it the plaintive whisper of “Yesternite,” the lost-then-found effect choices made on “Wandering” and ‘70s-era evocation on the chorus of “Let It Go”.

In this age of musical homogeneity, such diversity might be a danger sign. But Gungor’s deft manipulation of such moments piques interest not only in the immediacy of an individual song, but throughout the album’s listening experience as a whole. That variety is most assuredly on purpose.

“I recently had the best meal of my life, an eight-course Japanese/sushi thing,” Michael says, “and just the balance of the plates they’d bring and how they handled each of the flavors after the next to build to something, it was amazing. “That’s how I wanted to approach this record,” he continues. “To have a palate cleanser when it’s needed, something easy to go down, a breath for a second when things get too dark or heavy.

“Any good film, meal, symphony, album, whatever, has those kinds of moments that allow you to breathe.”

Propaganda – Redefine Cutter [Excellent]

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Propaganda – Redefine Cutter ft. Lee Green [Excellent]


73rd and San Pedro
Uncle Sunny and Odell
Take your pick on what killed ya
Bullets, Cancer, or Jail
Huh, what a life

[Verse 1: Propaganda]
I came out a town in gangs
And a gang of grace
Cuz fo’ sho’ sin abounds and round these parts
Crowns is made of tin foil
And them boys play Halo with real guns
Lay low
Right there I blang slang
That twice born rhetoric
Our Papi pound the ground
And out came all humanity
Write heavy-handed
Sharpie ink laced with mercury
Magnetic raps to draw out all impurities
Round the time the good Lord took mama winnin
The light bulb turned on
This world ain’t my home
I huddled up to Triage
With curb servers and griots
That’s such an L.A. reference
All good if you don’t get it
But for those who would listen
I break you out your radio prison
Redefine manhood, blackness, and time
Shape and define culture
Let me fashion you some shades
Introduce you to a trend that transcends the will of men

[Hook: Lee Green]
I ain’t a product
I ain’t apologizing
You ain’t a number
Pay them no minding
Ring the alarm
We came to redefine cutter
Carve truth in his heart
And love on her arms

[Verse 2: Propaganda]
Hey, I’m literate in graffiti
I am not at all kidding
From the heart of the city
That Stevie lived just enough for
Jackson, Mississippi: My people toiled the soil
And share croppers’ pop coppers got they kin lynched in
That was the lynch pin of the mass migration into Texas
Rest of us would push west still
Manifest destiny
A black American family
Wanted better for they kids
And landed in Southern Cali
Who knew it was a war zone, my uncles got recruited in
Shawn and Kiona seen death out in Compton
But they ain’t fall victim
Cousin Brandon either
We should have framed the tax return and moved us to Covina
There I met the mic and spray can instead of blue rags
And fell in love with flairs and entiendo Spanglish
Stand on my own and rep the Son of Man
And brand my own chest so I would never blend in



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Minor Crisis – Stomp The Page

Minor Crisis

New Single: Minor Crisis – Stomp The Page

Embracing both electronic and analog music, Minor Crisis is a band ambitiously pursuing two equal paths of sound design. The resulting songs are a fusion of aggressive hard-rock and post-electronica, which crosses the defined boundaries of IDM and Rock. It’s ex-members of ZAO and The Chariot – charting a brilliant path that covers a broad spectrum. Album out 3-11-14