Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

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Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby SardisBCwxman » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:25 pm

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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby John » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:06 am

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life

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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby Forrest Gump » Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:56 pm

John wrote:For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life


John 3:16 , very appropriate coming from Brother John
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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby Forrest Gump » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:31 pm

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6)
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.(acts 4:12)
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Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.
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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby Glacier » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:48 am

Those don't sound very weather related. Here are some that do:


Jonah 1:4 -- The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.


Jonah 4:8 -- When the sun came up God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on Jonah's head so that he became faint and begged with all his soul to die, saying, "Death is better to me than life."


Job 37:9 -- "Out of the south comes the storm, And out of the north the cold.


Genesis 31:40 -- "Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.


Acts 28:2 -- The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.


Deuteronomy 28:12 -- "The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

Mark 4:39-41 -- And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?

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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby Forrest Gump » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:10 pm

Oh my son thou doeth well, but read ye thus

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby AbbyJr » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:03 am

John asked on the main thread:

"Are Catholics Christians? Jehovas? What is different about Calvinist aren’t they Protestant same as Mennonite?

Lol lots of questions just like you jr"

Just thought I'd put it in the right thread.

Here's my thoughts:

//Are Catholics Christians?//

Well, do they confess with their mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in their hearts GOD raised Him from the dead? I'm not much into labeling. If you follow Jesus as your LORD through faith, you are saved. I do think there is a lot of deception within the Catholic Church and there may very well be people in the church who think they are Christian when in fact they aren't. But the same could be said of the Protestant church. I believe there are saved Catholics and saved Protestants as well as lost Catholics and lost Protestants. It's not the denomination you are affiliated with that determines your salvation. It's about your relationship with GOD.
Technically, Catholicism is a Christian denomination but their church system has a lot of error in it in my opinion but I think there are a lot of errors within the Protestant church system. We are sinners and thus man is not perfect in being the true church Jesus established. Its sad but I don't think any of the churches we have are a replica of what Jesus established.

//What is different about Calvinist aren’t they Protestant same as Mennonite?//

They are, yes but Calvinists hold to the teachings of John Calvin who systematized St. Augustine's teachings and put them into 5 points. Essentially, Calvinists believe mankind is not only sinful but was born totally incapable of making the free choice to humble himself and trust in the finished work of Christ. But not only that, they believe it was GODS ultimate will for man to be born in this condition. According to Calvinism, GOD only wants to save some for His Glory and leaves others out, also for His Glory. So Calvinists hold to the idea that GOD predestines some to be saved and others to be lost. He sends Jesus to die only for his elect that will be saved and irresistibly draws them to Himself and keeps them saved. In the Calvinist system, anybody who is elect will ultimately be saved, because it doesn't depend on free will, but on GOD'S will. Personally, I find Calvinism an insult to the character of GOD and certainly believe the proof texts they use are being read out of context while at the same time ignoring other key passages that affirm the opposite.

So yes, Calvinists and Mennonites are both Protestant but the Mennonites don't typically hold to the Calvinistic theology. Calvinism is a system of theology that the reformed denomination holds too, and quite frankly a lot of non reformed Christians are sadly buying into it as well. But technically it's reformed teaching.

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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby John » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:44 am

Thanks jr. didn’t know much about that

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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby AbbyJr » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:16 pm

John wrote:Thanks jr. didn’t know much about that


No problem. :)

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Re: Spoken Word And Music For All Faiths

Postby AbbyJr » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:51 pm

This is simply the best 22 minute song I have ever heard from one of my favourite Christian power metal bands. Amazing lyrics. I love how it tells a story of a lost sinner full of pride going through a journey of ending with his pride being shattered and salvation through Jesus Christ!

I'm not sure if any of you are into power metal style of music so I will post the lyrics, but the musical composition of this song is excellent. The band did a great job making the song sound unique, without becoming mundane, which one may fear could happen with a 22 minute song. But this one is far from mundane. Its so powerful and Iove it. This band is awesome. :D

By the way, most of their songs aren't this long. :lol:

Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJWcrMdzMLs

And here are the lyrics (but they are also in the YouTube video)

Mirror of Souls
By Theocracy

I. The House of Mirrors

Listen to the tale I tell
a haunting dream I know so well
When walking home alone one night
my path revealed by candlelight
Ahead I see an open door
with no idea what's in store
I glance inside the door to see
a hall of mirrors beckon me
I take a breath and step inside
a tale of love and shattered pride
The door slams shut, I start to run
And it seems my journey has begun...

I run and turn from side to side
with fear and panic in my eyes
The vastness overwhelming me
mirrors far as the eye can see
I see myself in every one
I see the things that I have done
A thousand forms of flattery
the fear soon turns to haughtiness in me

Different mirrors, different shapes
my different strengths accentuate
Each mirror has a name and face
and all reflect me in some way
I look at them to see myself
to judge my life by someone else
The metaphors within replete:
the mirrors are the people that I meet

Look at the man you see (in the mirrors)
The things you can be (in the mirrors)
The glory of me revealed in the mirror's eye
The mirror never lies
The fire in my eyes (in the mirrors)
The vanity rise (in the mirrors)
The power of pride comes alive in the mirrors

Gazing in the mirrors I behold
All the greatest chapters of my story ever told
In the mirrors
The world is turned to gold

At the end of the Hall of Mirrors
I behold a golden door
I imagine all the beauty
the other side must hold in store
So I quickly reach out my hand
To enter the next room in this promised land
I pull the giant door open wide
To continue my journey, I step inside
But it slams shut behind me, and I'm back outside
The pouring rain welcomes me
into the arms of the coldest, blackest night

II. The Stranger in the Storm

The light of the mirrors has faded away
into distant memory
As the rain keeps coming down
My candle extinguished
I struggle to walk a path I cannot see
And the rain keeps coming down

The darkness grows with every step
I could cut it with a knife
As the rain keeps coming down
I can't see a thing, I've never felt
so alone in all my life
But the rain keeps coming down...

Caught in the fury of the storm
(The darkness suffocates)
Body and soul weary and worn
(Another twist of fate)
Never been so afraid before
(The ending of this tale?)
Never should have opened the door
(From euphoria to hell)

I question my fate, my end to die in this storm?
Maybe this was the plan back from the day I was born
But in the hall of mirrors I had felt so high
I cannot walk another mile in this flood
So resigned to my fate, I just collapse in the mud
If I cannot go on, I'll just lay down and die

Suddenly a light I see, shining in the distance
I make my way toward it with my fading hope reborn
As I draw near, the light is clear
Though the rain beats its resistance
But I press on and pray this is a shelter from the storm
Advancing now toward the light (Moving forward)
I'm quickly moving forward (Marching forward)
This hope has given me new strength (Moving forward)
I thought I'd never know (To the light)
But I take a step, and fall right back (Moving forward)
For the ground is gone beneath me (Marching forward)
And I behold, illuminated (Moving forward)
in the light's warm glow (To the light)
A dark chasm, a great abyss
a vast expanse of nothingness
a pit that has no bottom as far as the eye can see
It spans the whole horizon, and there is no way across
My lonely heart is shattered and all hope I had is lost

I'm startled to feel a hand on my shoulder
I turn to see a shadowed figure standing in the rain
but somehow I'm not afraid of Him
even when He speaks my name
And somehow I can tell that He means me no harm
just by the peace that I see in His eyes
And even though I've never even seen Him before
it's like He's known me all my life
"Why are you crying?" the stranger asks
as I wipe away the tears
I point toward the great abyss
the source of all my fears

"I must get across and get to that light
for it represents my only hope tonight
but when I saw the chasm, all that hope was lost
I've spent so long in the dark and the rain
that the sight of the light made my heart sing again
but the gulf's so wide, and there's no way across"

The stranger smiled, and took my hand
He said, "But you are wrong, my friend
You cannot cross the gulf yourself, that's true"
He led me down toward the edge
and pointed just over the ledge
and said, "Behold, I built a bridge for you"

I cross the bridge toward the light
The stranger saved my life tonight
I turn to try to thank Him, but He's gone
A long way to the other side
I'll make my way without my guide
No time to waste, for I must carry on

The bright light shines forth from behind
A door beyond description
Blood and scratches mark the door from ages of abuse
I'm confused no more, for above the door
Is a weathered, old inscription:
"All who would see reality, enter the Hall of Truth"
And so I do

III. The Truth Revealed

As I step inside
I can see another mirror
A mirror so bright
that my eyes must turn away
A mirror so high
I start to question all the others
And as I stand there in the Hall of Truth
my heart can only say:
"Show me the truth, I don't know what to believe
for the mirrors all showed something different to me
and my pride has given way to misery
I've spent so long in the dark and the rain
that the sight of the light made my heart sing again
and the stranger built a bridge across for me"

"BEHOLD THYSELF" a voice rings out
in paralyzing thunder
It echoes all throughout the hall
and sends me to my knees
When the voice calls my name
I'm overcome with fear and wonder

As I slowly start to rise
and face the great mirror in front of me
When I open my eyes, I have to close them again
but still the image is burned in my mind...
A face with eyes as black as night
A terrifying sight
The flesh rotting away in sickness and decay
It's mangled by disease
I'm unable to breathe
Tell me what manner of creature this could be
'Cause it's not me

I run away as fast as my feet will carry me
back to the door leading out into the night
Even the storm that almost claimed my life
was better than this
And so I throw open the door and see a man
(The figure of a man)
The stranger from the storm returns again
(To save me once again?)
I see understanding in His eyes
(He's seen this all before)
Maybe He can tell me what I saw behind that door

"Tell me what I saw in the mirror
before I ran away
Tell me what I saw in the mirror
that face of sickness and decay
Tell me what I saw in the mirror
that left me terrorized
Who was that I saw in the mirror
with the lifeless, blackened eyes?
Was it a demon
from the fiery waves?
Was it the undead
from beyond the grave?
Oh the face that I beheld in the mirror
left me paralyzed
Won't you tell me what I saw
in the mirror on this night?"

"The light from the mirror you saw from afar
The Mirror of Souls shows all men as they are
You entered the hall and you asked for the truth
The man that you saw in the mirror was you"

"No! Don't show me the truth
'cause I don't want to believe
What the Mirror of Souls
has revealed unto me
And the face I saw reflected cannot be me
Dying and lost in the arms of decay
I do not recognize the face I've seen today
And if you say that's my face I must disagree"

The meaning of these things I saw:
The mirror is the holy eyes of God
The truth unveiled before me
with these words of the stranger:
"The mirrors you saw in the hall long ago
Were mirrors of lies, not reflecting the soul
When you look unto others to see what they see
You see an illusion, deception, false reality"

I have seen my soul in the mirror
and it has broken me
I have seen myself so much clearer
than I had ever seen
"Can't you take away all this sickness
from my soul and set me free?
You can save me...I believe"
And then He said, "Arise, my child
your faith has made you reconciled
Now gaze into the mirror once again"
We walked together through the door
and I looked in the glass once more
but the only one reflected back was Him
Somehow the only one the mirror saw was Him

Gazing in the Mirror of my Soul
Staring at the man who took my place
and made me whole
In the Mirror
the Mirror of my Soul


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