Money… “it’s ALLLLL Mine”

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Isn’t if funny how when we are getting low on cash or in dire need of it we cry out to God “Lord give me money so that I can get ______” or “so I can pay for ______” .

We’re not shy of asking God for ‘more’ are we?

And you would most likely let God know that we expected him to do it too… wouldn’t we?

And when he pulls through we are soooo grateful… You let everyone know what an awesome God we serve and how he’s such a great provider.

Years have passed and you have more than enough money… ok you’ll never have ALL you need but you are certainly comfortable…

so why don’t you question God about that?

When we don’t have enough we wonder why… yet isn’t it amazing how when we have more than enough we don’t question that at all… in fact the thought doesn’t even enter our thoughts.

Pastor and writer Andy Stanley says this about Greed

“Greed is -I owe me”

OK… so it’s your money you earn it… and so it must be yours… right?

You may do all the physical work that you can see… but I have a feeling that there is someone behind it all making it all come together.

Let me use this as an example… a farmer spends time in the fields and uses all sorts of techniques to grow the best crop ever, he sells them at the market and makes an amazing profit… he worked for it so it’s all his… right?

It sounds fair – until you look at the seasons… you look at the soil… you look at the water fall for that year.

How many time do we see in the news farmers struggling due to drought?

There is only so much a farmer can do… the rest is up to God.

And when you have all the money… what are you going to do with it?

I hear people talk about early retirements and living life to the max… the problem with that is, you don’t know how long your life will be, and when you die ALL that money or possessions that you have been holding onto will just be given to someone else anyway….

A Rich business man died and everyone wanted to know how much the man had left behind… so  the Press waited to speak to the lawyer, when he arrived they all asked

“How much did the business man leave behind?”

To which the lawyer replyed

“All of it!”

I like the bad guy

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In New Zealand we have had a new presenter who made some comments that some have seen as racist… and the result is that the whole nation is up in arms. There is division through the whole country… some are saying the comments were racist and some are saying it’s just PC gone mad.

The comments were basically around “what does a kiwi look like?” or what does a New Zealander look like? I personally can see both sides of the argument so I’m not fussed either way, the thing that amazed me is how fast a country can be divided by only a couple of sentences…

You can see the comments here:

 

But it made me realise how much I love having the bad guys around us, I really do… they constantly poke me and challenge why I like the things that I do.

In the old westerns they were the guys with the black hats while the good guy is walking around with his white hat… We watch as the bad guy makes racial slurs and picks on the little weak guy that we have an emotional connection with… we hate what they do.

But are we really any better?

We still lie… we still cheat… we still call people names…

We find that we are more closely connected to the bad guy than we would actually like to think…

So warning to all good guys… you can’t get too cocky… you can’t get on your high horse… because through history we see often how the good guy can fall, and the higher the fall the more it hurts ALL aspects of you life.

Album Review: Third Day – ‘Move’

Album Due October 19th 2010

Third-Day-Move October 19th 2010

2010 seems to be the year for all big acts of the Christian scene to rediscover, reinvent and redefine themselves… we have seen Toby Mac tip his hat to the 80’s with songs like ‘Hey Devil’, we’ve seen Newsboys reinvent themselves with new singer Michael Tait formerly of DCtalk, and Jars of Clay collaborative effort ‘The Shelter’ is due out in a couple of days….

And so we all turn our eyes to look at the new album by Third Day another of the Christian music scenes Heavy weights. The band has gone through it’s own changes and delivers an album as a foursome for the first time in a while (after original guitarist Brad Avery left to pursue other interests)… and it is clear from the outset that Third Day are here to ROCK.

When I first started listening to this album my mind flicked back to the first time I heard them way back in 1996 with their self titled album… it sounded like they had just started this new album where they left of their last album 14 years ago… and it was cool.

‘Lift Up your face’ is the perfect way to start and album… It has all the elements that make southern guitar rock so much fun to listen to… a rocking guitar… Mac Powells southern drawl… and a cool melody. In fact 3 out of the first 4 tracks have that, cool rockin’ tunes that demand for you to listen to them. The song ‘surrender’ could have easily fit on the ‘young guns movies soundtrack alongside Jon Bon Jovi‘s tracks, or on one of Mac Powell collaborative ‘Glory Revealed’ albums.

Where this album falls flat is that 6 of the 12 tracks sound like they’re just the same song or at the very least a variation of the same song, it’s a real disappointment as you walk out of the room, and walk back in thinking you’ve just missed half of a REALLY long track… only to find it’s a totally different song.

The Album doesn’t pick up it’s true pedigree again until it reaches ‘Gone’ with those smooth rockin’ melodies highlighted in full when you get to the chorus.

If Third Day build on how this album starts and how it ends and they strap the songs in the middle they will be at the start of a great new era of Christian southern rock… however they are also very close to being a band that tours with a greatest hits package.

Good thing they’re a great live act.

With the way you can purchase music these days bands like Third Day have to be careful not to hide average songs in the middle of an album – an old industry trick – because all it means is people will by single track rather than whole albums.

5/10