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The Bible Journaling Movement: What is Your Opinion?

So as an artistic individual, I have seen many of my Facebook friends or bloggers I follow join the “Bible Journaling Movement” and have been intrigued by the phenomenon. I have heard a lot of controversy on the issue in my personal life; mostly by the baby boomer generation. They feel like “doodling” in your Bible, the most sacred book in the world, is disrespectful. But is it disrespectful? Is it wrong to join “the movement?”

To see what it was about for myself, I bought a journaling Bible. I had been watching my friends post their creations for weeks and was falling in love with the idea. I like to get creative with things and so one night, after gathering up my colored pencils and a little courage, I decided to take the leap and drew my first creation in my Bible.

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I found the whole experience to be awesome. Do you want to know why? Because not only was I “doodling” in my Bible, but I was reading a passage, meditating on it, thinking about how it applies to my life, and then creating an image that depicted what that passage means to me.

I feel like this new “movement” is an EXCELLENT way to get young people interested in the word. It allows them to express themselves, and yet, learn their Bible. If you’re a visual person like me, it also allows you to visually view what you just read and will more readily be able to regurgitate that information because I will see the picture in my head and know “Psalms 147:4 talks about how amazing God is and that he knows impossible-to-know things like how many stars are in the night sky.”

What is your opinion on Bible Journaling? Are you for or against “the movement?” Why?

Check out these other amazing journals I have come across:

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The Importance of Praise & Worship

Why do we worship?

The purpose of worship is to glorify, honor,  praise, and magnify God. As followers of God, we worship Him out of reverence and respect. He is worthy to be worshiped. When we worship with an obedient heart, God is glorified.

I know music is not something that everyone finds important, but music is a very important aspect of my life. I love to sing and dance and listen to music every chance that I get! Music is a universal language. It doesn’t matter if the lyrics are in a language you can understand or not, the music gets your heart pumping, your foot tapping, and in many cases, your spirit awakening-even without the words. In my case, and I’m sure many others out there as well, during praise and worship is when I draw near to God.

If church service were a meal for example, the praise and worship is your appetizer-it gets me started and in the right mindset. It helps me focus on Christ. It prepares my heart and my mind for the message. Then the sermon is the meal. God uses my preacher like a fork to shovel in His word and sustain me. Then the fellowship with the congregation is like the dessert. It is there where I can build relationships, accountability partners, and friends who are a good influence in my life. THE PERFECT MEAL. But again, for me, it all starts with the praise and worship.

Jesus says in John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

Psalm 95:1-6 “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”

James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Tony Cooke Ministries did an article on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Praise and Worship” that I found quite enjoyable. I’ve posted them below. To read the rest of the article and a more detailed description of why, click here: http://www.tonycooke.org/free_resources/articles_others/praise-worship.html

#1: DO Spend Time in God’s Presence for Yourself

#2: DON’T Confuse Praise and Worship With Entertainment

#3: DO Realize the Importance of Your Role So You Can Do Your Part Well

 

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Can Secular Songs Be Turned into Praise & Worship Songs?

This is a controversial topic, but there are many different opinions stating why these songs can or can’t be used as praise and worship (of course, some of them require some minor lyric tweaking).

Watch the video below. It’s Christian comedian, J. Orr,  joking about how he entered a church one time and they were playing secular songs with Christian lyrics and it was funny to him, but not worship-ful.

The church he visited was playing the music to “Brick House” by the Commodores, but changed the lyrics to say “We’re in the Lord’s house. He’s mighty, mighty. Stompin’ the devil out…”

It’s cute. It’s witty. It’s silly. But is it worshipful and bringing glory to God? I’m not sure.

After a quick search of the internet, here are some other secular songs people believe could easily be turned Christian (some without any lyric tweaks and some with minor tweaks to the lyrics here and there). I have posted the song titles below. Let me know what you guys think.

Arms Wide Open-Creed
Landslide-Smashing Pumpkins
Come As You Are-Nirvana
Pocket Full of Sunshine-Natasha Beddingfield
Dead & Gone-T.I. & Justin Timberlake
Him-Lily Allen
3 AM-Matchbox Twenty
Better Life-Keith Urban
Snowed Under-Keane
Porcelain-Moby
What I’ve Done-Linkin’ Park
I’ll Stand by You-The Pretenders
Time of Your Life-Green Day
Chasing Cars-Snow Patrol (people say it’s equivalent to Paul in Romans 8)
Omaha-Counting Crows
Time After Time-Cindy Lauper
Hallelujah-Jeff Buckley
Redemption Song-Bob Marley
We Are Young-F.U.N.
We Found Love (in a hopeless place)-Rihanna
Make You Feel My Love-Adele

Do you have any to add to the list? What do you think about turning secular songs into Christian songs?

“Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave Lyrics & Their Meaning in My Life

Ever since I discovered this song a few months ago, I have been in love.

I belt it out in my car. I sing it in the shower. I hum it along to it at work as it plays from my iTunes account…it has captured so much truth in my life.

I decided to write the lyrics here for you all to see and I’ll post a link to the video below as well so you can watch the heart-felt performance. Music has always been something that holds me together in my life and once in a blue moon you come across a song like this that seems to capture exactly how you feel/have felt and it’s like they are speaking/singing it for/to you.

I hope you enjoy!

“Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last?
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “Son,
Stop fighting a fight-it’s already been won”

I am redeemed. You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains and
Wipe away every stain. Now I’m not who I used to be-
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head,”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed. You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains and
Wipe away every stain. Now I’m not who I used to be…

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone.
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home.

I am redeemed. You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains and
Wipe away every stain, ’cause I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed. You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains and
Wipe away every stain, yeah, I’m not who I used to be.
Oh, God, I’m not who I used to be.
Jesus, I’m not who I used to be.
‘Cause I am redeemed.
Thank God, redeemed.”

Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzGAYNKDyIU

This is my go-to worship song. For such a long time, I let my problems and my divorce, and my baggage hold me back from the Lord. But despite it all, God continues to look at me and tell me He’s not done with me. He gives me chance after chance after chance even when I don’t deserve it. Because of him, I am redeemed! Do you know what the word “redeemed” means?

The Webster’s Dictionary defines “redeemed” as “to buy back, to repurchase; to free from captivity; to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental; to release from blame or debt; to change for the better or reform; to repair or restore.”

What an awesome choice of words the writer of this song used! I was bought back by Christ. He freed me from the captivity of sin in this world. He released me from the wickedness of this world and allowed me to overcome Satan. He released me from the blame of my sin. Because of Him, I no longer hold the debt of sin as in Romans 6:23, because Christ paid that debt. He died so that I may live. He allowed me to reform and change and become a much better person that I could ever strive of being without Him. He repaired me and made me whole. He restored my body, mind, and soul. He took a person who was lost in this world and who was accelerating toward Hell with a vengeance, and turned her around and placed her feet back on the right path. Do I struggle? Of course. Do I slip? Every day. But He never leaves me or pushes me away. He is always there. We serve the same God yesterday, today, and forever and if we ever find ourselves wondering where He went, we should check back to the last place where we left Him. He never moves-we are the ones who pull away from Him.