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June 19, 2011

What’s Going On In The World

What if things get worse?  In the world or in your world.

Christ tells us that they will. He predicts spiritual bailouts, ecological turmoil, and worldwide persecution. Yet in the midst of it all, he contends bravery is still an option. (Matt. 24:4-14)

Things are going to get bad, really bad, before they get better. And when conditions worsen, “See to it that you are not alarmed” (Matt. 24:6 NIV). Jesus chose a stout term for alarmed that he used on no other occasion. It means “to wail, to cry aloud,” as if Jesus counseled the disciples, “Don’t freak out when bad stuff happens.”

See to it…” Bosses and teachers are known to use that phrase. “See to it that you fill out the reports.” Or “Your essay is due tomorrow. See to it that you finish your work.” The words call for additional attention, special focus, extra resolve. Isn’t this what Christ is asking of us? In this dangerous day, on this Faberge’-fragile globe, with financial collapse on the news and terrorists on the loose, we have every reason to retreat into bunkers of dread and woe.

But Christ says to us, “See to it that you are not alarmed.” (NIV)
“Keep your head and don’t panic” (MSG).
“See that you are not troubled” (NKJV).

And remember: “All these [challenging times] are the beginning of birth pains” (Matt. 24:8 NIV), and birth pangs aren’t all bad. (Easy for me to say.) Birth pains signal the onset of the final push. The pediatrician assures the mom-to-be, “It’s going to hurt for a time, but it’s going to get better.” Jesus assures us of the same. Global conflicts indicate our date on the maternity calendar. We are in the final hours, just a few pushes from delivery, a few brief ticks of eternity’s clock from the great crowning of creation. A whole new world is coming!

© him

June 19, 2011

Phil Wickham New Album 2011 RESPONSE

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Phil Wickham released details of his new 2011 album via twitter this past Sunday (June 5th), stating that the new record will be called “RESPONSE” and is slated for an October 4th, 2011 release.  Wickham also released some pics of him hard at work in the studio which you can see above and below.  According to the latest update the album is complete.  “Just got the last song mixed for my new record “RESPONSE”,” Wickham tweeted on Sunday, adding “Mission complete! It feels good to be done. Can’t wait to share the sounds!”

I’m super excited about this new record.  To me Phil Wickham is one of the most talent Christian artists working today—hands down.  If you’ve never seen him live then you don’t what I mean when I say, but just do give you a glimpse of his pipes and vocal range and power, check out this video where he talks about songwriting and he intersperses some singing here and there.  Then you’ll get a tiny glimpse of what I mean.  In this vid he’s talking about how he came to write the first track off his 2009 album “Heaven & Earth,” called “Eden.”

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