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Amazing Grace in the Coliseum in Rome

Here is a great rendition of Amazing Grace, tough to do an old classic impressively, but the environment helps, and they sing pretty good too.

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more about “Il Divo – Amazing Grace“, posted with vodpod

March 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized, Worship | , , | 18 Comments

Free Christmas Music

Go to the Garritan Christmas Project for 19 free MP3 downloads.

“A community of musicians from all over the world met on the Garritan community forum and agreed to submit their own recordings of holiday music, to be freely distributed. Each of these orchestral recordings were made not with large live orchestras in vast recording studios at huge expense, but rather were created by a single person working on their own desktop or laptop computer. What they have in common is the use of Garritan libraries representing software musical instruments based on samples of real instruments.” (From the Garritan website:

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Worship | , , , | Leave a comment

On the Lighter Side…Jesus is My Friend

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Silly Stuff, Worship | Leave a comment

Hillsong – Your Name High

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized, Worship | , , | 1 Comment

Virgin Mary in Tree Bark

Virgin Mary in Tree Bark
The Virgin Mary appears in tree bark. No kidding. It really is her! Read all about it in the Toronto Sun. It must be true.

The guy interviewed in the story is the neighbor of the tree (Mary’s neighbor!) and he doesn’t want a lot of people traipsing through to see it (although it apparently healed his mother in law of cancer!) unless they are ill or in need of a miracle, how generous! He first noticed it when cracking open a beer in his backyard, but he insists he wasn’t drunk, nor is he a whacko. No, he just sees Mary in tree bark.

This doesn’t quite compare to Jesus on the doggy door, but it is pretty good.

Mock all you want, but that is unmistakably her!  I feel better already.

I love the Catholic Church response through representative Neil MacCarthy:

Neil MacCarthy, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, said the church generally doesn’t play a role in investigating or “authenticating” such claims to determine if they are in fact a sign from God.

“If it causes the individual or people seeing it to reflect on their faith then that’s not a bad thing, that’s something positive,” MacCarthy said. “In terms of authenticating it, that’s not something we would generally do.”

It’s better to keep an open mind about such things, MacCarthy said.

“We have to careful about saying too specifically what they are,” MacCarthy said. “People interpret these things in different ways.”

“It is better to keep an open mind about such things”????? He has to be kidding.  It truly is not better to keep an open mind about the Virgin Mary appearing in tree bark.  It is nonsense.  This response sounds like:

“Let’s encourage Catholics to be ignorant, and appear more superstitious than many already do.”

Just come out and say:  “It is just a tree.  It is not Mary.  Nor is it a sign.  Just a tree, growing funny.  Worship God”

To cap it off, the neighbor of Virgin Mary, Mr. Moreau, a Catholic who has problems with the wealth of the Vatican which keeps him from church attendance said this:

“Why do I need to go to church?” Moreau added. “I feel that God has come to me.”

If only all of us had such a tree.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Silly Stuff, Stupid Stuff, Worship | , , , , | 7 Comments

In Christ Alone

Here is another great song for your preparation for Sunday Worship: In Christ Alone by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. I am posting three videos, one is the song with words underneath scenes from The Passion of the Christ. The second is an interview with Stuart and he plays and demonstrates some fingering for you guitar buffs. The third is a rendition by Keith and Kristyn Getty, live with piano accompaniment.

August 1, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Worship | , , , , | 3 Comments

It is Well – Horatio Spafford

If you have never heard the story behind this marvelous hymn it is well worth the time and a tear or two shed. Horatio Spafford had a series of “Job” like experiences which form the inspiration for this hymn. It also has a marvelous recording of the hymn (recorded here at our church in Nuevo…the guys in the video are lip-syncing that’s my voiced dubbed in), the video is narrated by none other than Bill Gaither. Enjoy. Cry, you need to. Be inspired and go to church tomorrow and worship like you mean it.

ht: cliffordthedawg

July 26, 2008 Posted by | Christianity, Devotional, Worship | 4 Comments

Blessed Saturday…Getting Ready for Sunday

I don’t know how you prepare for worship on Sunday, but one of my habits I have decided to share with you is what I practice on Saturday. I am blessed with Russian genes, which means I default to pessimism. As a believer, that seems like an unacceptable place to stay, so I have worked hard at attitude. One of those attitudes is to look for things to be grateful for, so here is my list I am taking to church with me tomorrow so that I can worship God with a grateful heart.

  • Monday: I am back to work after a month Sabbatical. It is so good to have a great job and wonderful co-workers.
  • Tuesday: Dinner with my oldest sons (Tim and Levi)on the wharf in Santa Barbara, followed by a pleasant train ride home. Good conversation with my third son (Caleb) as he picked me up from the train station in Fullerton. It is good to have children who know Christ.
  • Wednesday: Funeral for a friend. Zena was a woman who immigrated to the States with my parents; the resurrection is a true source of hope and comfort.
  • Thursday: 16 mile bicycle ride…what a great day, I still have my health.
  • Friday: Quiet evening at home. Borscht for Dinner. I forgot how nice that can be.
  • Saturday: History day building project with my youngest son. Building in the garage, project accomplished.

I have so much to be grateful for…so do you. Take it to church with you tomorrow.

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March 15, 2008 Posted by | Christian Living, Devotional, Worship | 2 Comments

Praise Music

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October 19, 2007 Posted by | Worship | 1 Comment

Love Songs in Church

Here is an interesting post on singing love songs in church entitled Jesus I’m Not in Love With You by Professor John Stackhouse.

ht: Between Two Worlds

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September 22, 2007 Posted by | Christianity, Worship | 1 Comment