Snuffing The Smoldering Flax

This article ran on Phoenix Preacher in March of 2008.  It generated over 400 responses.  The article was generated by a message Michael had heard that I had put him in possession of.  This was during the time I was beginning to get serious about doing this blog.

Michael is a gifted and direct writer.  I wanted to share this article on my blog today.  Allan

“You cannot have a sick mind”

So said a Calvary Chapel pastor in a seminar I recently listened to along with these nuggets.

“Mental scars don’t exist.”

“Psychotherapy is religion, not science.”

“ADD and autism are the result of poor parenting.”

“Only pastors are qualified to deal with mental issues because they are all based on sin problems”.

This same pastor mocked the reality of bi-polar disorder and called schizophrenia a “myth”.

Dave Hunt calls psychology “Satan’s master stroke of genius”.

Hunt sidekick T.A. McMahan says:

“Psychology, with its psychotherapeutic counseling, has been embraced by evangelicals more than almost any other unbiblical endeavor that has entered the church in the last half-century. “Christian psychologists” are generally more popular and influential than preachers and teachers of the Word. What evangelical in America doesn’t know of psychologist Dr. James Dobson? The psychologically oriented American Association of Christian Counselors boasts 50,000 members. The evangelical church is one of the leading referral services for secular counselors (whether they claim to be Christians or not!). Like their secular counterparts, the second-most popular career choice for students at Christian colleges is psychology. What makes this information truly shocking is the fact that the roots, concepts, and many of the psychological counseling practices come from “seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

No good discernment rant is complete without a shot at Rick Warren ;

“Rick Warren’s 30 million copies of The Purpose-Driven Life include Jungian concepts, such as psychological “types.” Saddleback Church’s “Celebrate Recovery” program (see TBC Oct ’05), which has been exported to 4,500 churches and Prison Fellowship Ministries, is based on A.A.’s 12-Step principles. A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson received the 12 Steps during the time he was in contact with spirit entities. He later wrote a personal letter to Carl Jung thanking him for his influence:

…[A.A.] actually started long ago in your consulting room, and it was directly founded upon your own humility and deep perception….You will also be interested to learn that in addition to the “spiritual experience,” many A.A.s report a great variety of psychic phenomena, the cumulative weight of which is very considerable. Other members have—following their recovery in A.A.—been much helped by [Jungian analysts]. A few have been intrigued by the “I Ching” and your remarkable introduction to that work.”

Warren is not the only witting or unwitting promoter among evangelicals of what Jung learned from demons. He is just the most successful and the best known.”

Hunt boils down the argument to this;

“Let me get back to 2 Timothy, we need to get back to the Word of God. So Paul goes on in Verse 16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable, or to be used for, doctrine—you don’t get that in psychology, they’ve abandoned doctrine—doctrine is not popular—doctrine, reproof,—No, that’s negative, you wouldn’t do that—correction, instruction in righteousness, but now this is the verse I’m thinking of, Verse 17: That the man, or woman, or boy or girl, of God may be perfect—that doesn’t mean without sin, it means mature, complete, what God wants you to be—thoroughly furnished unto every good work. Now that tells me that the Bible is all I need.”

This is one of the most heartbreaking articles I’ve ever attempted to write.

I am a pastor, one who has been called to minister to some of God’s different children, those who don’t fit in elsewhere.

Two of my flock have bi-polar disorder and part of my ministry to them is making sure that they have medication and take it.

When they do they are productive, hard working, God loving men.

When they don’t, they are hours away from self destructive behaviors and sometimes, jail.

I am also acting as the father to a child with Aspergers Syndrome and mild autism.

While we are trying to help him with his behavior issues the reality is that he may need medication to lead a normal productive life.

According to the mocking rants of some pastors, I am a false shepherd pastoring three sinful rebels against God.

They don’t need behavior counseling or medication, but only to repent.

A quick search of the net found articles by Brian Broderson rejecting psychology and in “What Calvary Chapel Teaches” it is presented as a doctrinal distinctive that is reproduced on dozens of CC websites.

Fundamentalist Baptist David Cloud influences many with his similarly themed articles.

John MacArthur is also a a strident critic of psychology. In a radio debate with psychiatrist Paul Meier,he asked, “Are we saying today in effect, that, yeah, we believe all our sufficiency is in Christ, but that work can’t start until we go to psychology? We can’t really believe that. . .If a person spiritually comes to the resources in Christ, walks in the Spirit, is filled with the Spirit and [is] obeying the Word of God, that’s going to take care of everything.”

The “ministry” of Martin and Deidre Bobgan supplies much of the ammunition to this wing of the church through their “Psycho-Heresy Ministries”.

The point is that there are many who believe that when it comes to mental issues and diseases the Bible is all you need.

The underlying assumption is that if the Bible isn’t all you need, then you are in sin, not sick.

You don’t need counseling or medication, you need to repent and using medication is proof that you refuse to repent.

I am not a complete proponent of psychology or psychotherapy.

I do believe that much of it is nonsense and that medications are undoubtedly over prescribed in our feel good culture.

However…much of it is helpful and medications can be life saving and life giving gifts from God through medicine.

To deny that is to deny real help and real living to many.

I wrote this not to stir indignant anger, although that may be appropriate in some cases.

I wrote in the hope that if there are those reading this who agree with the unnamed CC pastor and the Bobgans of the world, that they may choose mercy and grace in their preaching and actions.

Finding Your Way Out Of Depression- Maryellen Stipe

This is an article written by Maryellen Stipe that I ran last summer.  I thought it would be a good time to run this article again.  There is much for us to consider.  Allan

Finding your Way out of Depression. A Counselor’s Look At Psalm 13

1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

6 I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13 :1-6

When believers find themselves in depression it doesn’t help to hold the despair in. The Bible models to us through the examples of the saints of old that when we are down and out the proper strategy is to open up and pour out our hearts to God. David, that man after God’s own heart, was shameless about discharging his miseries before The Almighty. In Psalm 13, we find David depressed and on his face before God and in just the first three verses he lists four woe-filled complaints. Surprisingly, his grievances are not that out of the ordinary. In fact, his complaints are the common complaints that torture those faced with long term despair.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? is David’s first perplexed protest. The cry of David’s soul is that the dry and trial filled season he is enduring has gone on way too long. His question reveals that his hope for relief has almost completely vanished. David is so emotionally trampled by life’s circumstances that he feels like God has abandoned him. He wonders if the arid season he is in will ever end and his questions for God aren’t ending either.

How long will You hide Your face from me?, he continues. In Scripture “to seek the face of God” refers to seeking an audience with God and overtly seeking His favor through prayer. God “hiding his face” means He withdraws His presence or His favor. David feels as if God has totally ignored him and his prayers for a very long time. He feels rejected and wonders why God has chosen not to answer.

How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? is complaint number three and it takes on an air of warning. In contemporary language the essence of what David is saying is, I’m going to have to take things into my own hands if you don’t help me soon.” David laments that he has spent every day in the same distressing situation only to be no closer to finding his way out. He admits to trying to devise his own rescue by counseling himself, yet he realizes the folly of leaning on his own resources. David is desperate and can’t understand why God has withheld His guidance.

David’s final issue with God is– that on top of everything else–his enemy is triumphing over him. How long will my enemy be exalted over me?, he quizzes His Father in Heaven. David was a man well acquainted with war and highly competitive in his nature. Nothing galled David more than to have God sitting back seemingly ignoring him while his enemy prevailed over him. He hated being beaten by his enemy and does not hesitate in asking God why he would allow this happen?

Many Christians might think that the depressed David must have surely overstepped his bounds with this overflow of inquiry to his M.I.A. God. Yet Psalm 62:8 commands, Pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Job and Jeremiah are two other saints who boldly risked coming before God with similar interludes of questioning. Venting true feelings before The Almighty is not off limits. Bible commentator Warren Wiersbe, however, wisely calls for balance in the venting process. He states: “We must not deny our feelings and pretend that everything is going well…but at the same time, we must realize how deceptive our hearts are and that God is greater than our hearts and can still lift us above the emotional storms of life.”

The Bible urges us to be discerning as we give air to our feelings, we should never forget whose children we are. 1 John 3:20 assures us, For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Many times in Scripture we see believers singing the blues when God has their ultimate redemption right around the corner. In the story of Joseph for example when Simeon is left behind in Egypt Jacob bemoans that his life is over. The patriarch feels that everything has gone against him when in actuality everything in his crazy family is just about to be worked out. With this and many other biblical stories in mind it is good to remember as we set out to vent our emotions that our emotions are not always completely truthful. While clearing the toxic debris from our hearts is healthy, good and permitted by God we should never believe that just because we feel something, it is true.

When struggling Christians are depressed no matter how bad it gets they should continue to pray. The truth is if we wait and persevere and don’t give up, God will eventually touch us and lift our hearts. The Bible teaches that even if we don’t hear God’s voice we can be assured the Holy Spirit is at work within us. Romans 8:25-26 states, But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. The Holy Spirit helps us through periods of trial and waiting and helps us to pray in the midst of them. He communicates our feelings to God when we can’t find the words to describe them. The promises of God to reward those seekers who persevere through the desert are prevalent throughout Scripture. In the book of Isaiah and then again in Jeremiah for instance God declares, For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; Isaiah 44:3, and I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. “Jer. 31:25 (NIV).

One thing is clear as the reader continues through David’s Psalm 13 lament. After releasing his miseries to God David seems to get better and begins to find a new direction for his pain as he talks to God. Instead of being accusative and viewing the Lord as being absent and uncaring for example, David now requests that He “consider and answer.” Consider and hear me, O Lord my God; Psalms 13:3, reflects a different more intimate tone on the part of David. Somewhere in the midst of his pain God has touched him and drawn him closer.

As the Psalm goes on, replacing the total despair that had overtaken the outlook of his soul David somehow finds a burst of hope. He passionately requests that God enlighten his eyes. Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death; Psalms 13:3 or as it is also worded Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.Psalms 13:3 (NLT). This request involves petitioning God for physical and emotional vitality as well as spiritual enlightenment. Here David shows inspired insight into the reality of depression. Depression is a body, soul and spirit ailment and requires an appropriate all encompassing treatment. The Bible reflects the truth of the physical and emotional components of depression; it is not just a sin issue. Scripture shows how the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects intertwine. Verses such as Proverbs 17:22 ,A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength reveal the interconnection between all aspects of a human being. Those suffering with depression should consider the physical components of their malady and pray as David did for restoration. If a sufferer of depression is so weakened that he or she cannot function in daily routines there should be no hesitation in seeking the assistance of one’s personal physician. The knowledge of modern medicine and nutrition can provide help to the person fighting the physical repercussions of long term despondency.

When Christians find themselves in seasons of despair they should “keep the faith” continuing to reach out to God . Hebrews 11:6 teaches us what the bottom-line of “keeping the faith” really is, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.Heb 11:6 (NKJV). Those in the grips of depression should cling to the foundation of their faith. They should continue to believe that God is a loving God who rewards those who diligently seek Him. As the psalm draws to an end I believe that it is because David has encountered God that he finds the reserves to continue to express his trust in the Lord’s unfailing love. Psalms 13:5-6 reads, But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. David begins verse 5 with the word “but” and but is a word that usually introduces a contrast. David is saying, in contrast to my former grievances…I have trusted and my heart shall rejoice and I will sing. By the end of this psalm, David in prayer has made some obvious different choices. His faith shown by―relying on the Lord’s love and then remembering his mercy, has paved the way for David to rejoice.

When a person is in depression it is good to try to train yourself to remember the mercy of the Lord towards you in the past. How has God shown his loving-kindness to you at other points in your life? Remind yourself of those times and praise God for those times and it can begin to have good results. Paul a man not unfamiliar with depression taught, Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! …Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:4-7. Rejoicing in David’s life led to singing of His goodness, which in turn began to lead David out of the depression giving him patience to wait on the Lord a little longer. David had the foundation of an intimate relationship with God and a habit of trusting in God’s love and reminding himself of God’s goodness (see Psalm 34). He knew how important “keeping the faith” was to the equation. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed, that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalms 27:13-14.

As we come to the close of the psalm David’s circumstances had not changed. Saul was still hunting him down, the wilderness was still the wilderness and his longing for God was still a reality. In fact we really have no evidence that God had spoken to Him throughout the entire ordeal but I believe in his lament and in the pouring out of his heart to God, God in the process touched him and revealed himself to David. Nothing around him was different and yet David on the inside at least for the time being was changed. Our conclusion must be that because he poured out his heart before God, because he continued to pray staying close to God and because he kept the faith, he appears to have escaped the pit of his depression.

It’s 4:15 a.m.

Today I had an awesome talk with our son.  His new found faith is so pure and real.  When he speaks with me now it’s all about wanting to please God and questions he has.  He holds back nothing and I’m in awe at what God is doing.

A few hours later at about 7:00p.m. he passed out in his bathroom and fell in a way that his forehead slammed something and he had a huge knot there.  We spent over eight hours at the E.R. and it was packed.  It’s never packed.

After waiting he was given a bed and waited until the doctor could see him.  They gave him morphine for his pain and did blood work, an EKG, a CT scan, and a spinal tap.  Everything came back negative.

He needs to follow up with his primary physician who will be the one to clear him to drive.  This happened once before.  We think what might have triggered it each time is this energy type powder he bought at a health store which is loaded with caffeine.  He will be throwing it out.

Today he saw his girlfriend at her job and he came across a verse in Scripture he wanted to tell her about.  Yep, she wanted to show him a scripture as well and they were the same.  Out of Proverbs saying bad company corrupts good habits in a very loose paraphrase.  I’m quite tired.

Things can change so quickly.  The transformation in our son is a wonder to behold.  It is such an answer to prayer.  And just as quickly today he ends up in the E.R. as they check for a heart problem, a bleeder in his head, and other possibilities.

He desires so deeply to be real in his faith.  Today put that to the test.

As parents it’s been an emotional roller coaster.  His coming to Christ was more than awesome.  It was an answer to years of prayer.  To see him hurting today as he was is difficult.  It is dawning on me that he isn’t mine any more.  I’ve known that but this evening I came to KNOW that in a different way.

A twelve year old girl shared our sons room.  She had a ugly cut on her wrist that happened three days ago.  They couldn’t stitch it up.  Her mother was in the lobby most of the time.  The little girl was alone for the most part.

I noticed a sign on the door stating the hospital was a safe dropping off place that included hands receiving a child.  The world can be a cruel place.

At times you see how folks do life outside of Christ.  It can be messy and the children quite often are the victims.

We go through very real and serious trials in our personal battles.  For the majority we have family who watches out for and loves us.  Even better than that is we serve a God who will never let us down.  It’s now 4:45 a.m and I’m supposed to get up in about an hour.

Oh joy!  Tomorrow I have a biopsy being performed on my prostate.  I’d covet your prayers for our son and maybe me too!  🙂    Allan

They Say It’s Your Birthday!

Happy Birthday Charlie Brown!

Happy Birthday More Than Coping!

Today marks one year since the official grand opening of More Than Coping.  What started as an idea and progressed to a very nervous “what am I getting myself into?”  has survived 365 days.

I have sought to stay true to my convictions concerning how I desired this site to be.  I would say for the most part that has taken place.  I have had a lot of help.

Michael Newnham of the Phoenix Preacher strongly encouraged me to go forward with the blog when I was quite unsure of myself and could barely navigate wordpress.  I am still challenged in this area and hope to improve as to benefit this site.

God blessed me with two individuals whose support and writing has meant the world to me.  Larry Taylor and Maryellen Stipe have hearts as big as can be when it comes to the issues I seek to address on this blog.  Knowing I have their support and their ear is invaluable to me and they have my admiration and thanks for what they have meant to me.

As I had absolutely no clue how to do anything here two friends helped me a lot in getting this place off the ground.  Their help was invaluable and it was cool to work with a husband and wife team.  They are Dusty and Buster.

Shannon Woodward is another person who has allowed me to use her writings on this blog.  She is a published author and ministers to those impacted by infertility among other things.  She has been a pleasure to work with.

I deeply appreciate each church that has allowed me to use them as references.  In doing so they are saying they will treat those struggling with a mental illness with the dignity they deserve and not dismiss their affliction as a spiritual failure or outright sin.

Those blogs that I link to have actual people who operate them.  They have been kind in letting me use their writings to hopefully be an encouragement and blessing to each of you.  They have taught me so much.

Most of all I thank each person who takes the time to drop by and see what this blog has to offer.  It is for them this blog exists.

I am fully aware that being a lay person places limitations on me when it comes to the topics I discuss and present.  I take great care in not passing myself off as an expert but instead as a fellow traveler on the journey through a mental illness.  Hopefully I have never overstepped my boundaries.

I’m not sure where this is all headed.  For now I will continue to do what I do and hope to improve and to offer more for you along the way.  The focus of this blog will always be those who are hurting and suffering with a mental illness.  This will always be a blog free from conflict as that is easily found elsewhere.  I will continue to be forceful in seeing this blog remains true to that conviction.

My blog is one of scores out there that seek to minister just as I am.  Several are listed here.  Do check them out as they are each a gem.

I’m always open to suggestions as I realize my limitations.

Finally, thank you all for making this place a dream come true for me.  God bless!  Allan

Let’s Exorcise That Mental Illness Away

A topic I have been very hesitant to approach is the idea of performing exorcisms on individuals suffering with a mental illness.  In a nutshell, your depression is seen as a “spirit of depression” and to be “cured” that demon must be driven from your being.  Go down the list of mental illnesses and you can easily see how each is actually a demonic spirit.

How often have you heard that mental hospitals are filled with those who are demonically possessed?  I always wondered how folks were able to so casually make such a statement.  How exactly did they know?  Why wasn’t a ministry set up to go into these places to cast these demons out?  Were those people the throw aways of our society?  It didn’t click for me.

I will be up front in saying that I believe in demonic activity today as described in Ephesians 6:10-24. I also imagine there very well could be individuals in these hospitals who are possessed.

In saying that I am compelled to also say the cruelest thing anyone could say to a Christian with a mental illness is that they are inhabited by a demon.  The idea is laughable, yet some believe it.  This man has actually made a living through his ministry of exorcism.

He even offers a questionairre for us to take to see if maybe we have a demon.  Look at the questions and it’s clear we are ALL possible candidates!

Sadly, Bob Larson isn’t the only one out there who isn’t ready and willing to spiritually abuse and separate undiscerning Christians and others from their money.  But maybe there’s the chance he doesn’t solicit for donations?   I was’nt surprised to see he does have all sorts of opportunities for you to “invest in the kingdom.”  Just glance at his site.

There is a very large international ministry called “Mercy Ministries” that has close ties with the “Hillsong Church” in Australia that appears to have been exposed in exploiting young women who went into a six month program for issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and so on.

The “professionals” who were “counseling” them and doing these exorcisms appeared to have absolutely no qualifications to be doing what they were advertised to be offering.

This ministry has fought back and is still thriving, although they appear to have made adjustments to their ministry.  You can begin with these links and read the stories for yourself and decide if this is a ministry you want treating your child.     HERE.   HEREAND HERE.

I had a friend years ago who asked me to allow his cousin to call me to speak about my Panic Disorder as he had “much experience.”  I had the man call me and before I knew it he was casting demons from me over the telephone.  I just held the phone until I could hear he was done and politely said thank you and goodbye.  I wouldn’t be so gracious today.

There is enough stigma out there already for us to contend with.  Christians are suffering terribly as their conditions seem to get better instead of worse.  I become angry just thinking about those who lay the “you must have sin in your life” business on some of the most Godly people they might ever encounter.

I am sure if we went back centuries we would find those who suffered with a mental illness were locked up and the key thrown away.  Maybe holes were drilled in their heads to let the demons out.  Maybe they were deemed witches and killed??  I don’t know.

I do know what it’s like to be hurting to the core of your being and becoming desperate.  That is a potentially very vulnerable place to be.  That’s why the Benny Hinn’s of the world are so wealthy.  They take advantage of the desperate in the most sickening ways.

If you are considering or know a person who is considering a ministry to possibly deliver a believer who is suffering, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  I can not imagine how a believer must feel after a demon has been supposedly cast out of their body only to find themselves no better off.  Consider the ramifications.

I am open to the fact there are different ways to treat a mental illness.  Exorcism will never be an option.

1John 4:2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1John 4:3  and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.
1John 4:4  Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Romans 8:37  But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.
Romans 8:38  For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Romans 8:39  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Streams In The Desert- An Hour In The Garden

“He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when evening was come, he was there alone” (Matt. 14:23).

The man Christ Jesus felt the need of perfect solitude–Himself alone, entirely by Himself, alone with Himself. We know how much intercourse with men draws us away from ourselves and exhausts our powers. The man Christ Jesus knew this, too, and felt the need of being by Himself again, of gathering all His powers, of realizing fully His high destiny, His human weakness, His entire dependence on the Father.

How much more does the child of God need this–himself alone with spiritual realities, himself alone with God the Father. If ever there were one who could dispense with special seasons for solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord. But He could not do His work or maintain His fellowship in full power, without His quiet time.

Would God that every servant of His understood and practiced this blessed art, and that the Church knew how to train its children into some sense of this high and holy privilege, that every believer may and must have his time when he is indeed himself alone with God. Oh, the thought to have God all alone to myself, and to know that God has me all alone to Himself! –Andrew Murray

Lamertine speaks in one of his books of a secluded walk in his garden where his mother always spent a certain hour of the day, upon which nobody ever dreamed for a moment of intruding. It was the holy garden of the Lord to her. Poor souls that have no such Beulah land! Seek thy private chamber, Jesus says. It is in the solitude that we catch the mystic notes that issue from the soul of things.

A MEDITATION

My soul, practice being alone with Christ! It is written that when they were alone He expounded all things to His disciples. Do not wonder at the saying; it is true to thine experience. If thou wouldst understand thyself send the multitude away. Let them go out one by one till thou art left alone with Jesus. . . . Has thou ever pictured thyself the one remaining creature in the earth, the one remaining creature in all the starry worlds?

In such a universe thine every thought would be “God and I! God and I!” And yet He is as near to thee as that–as near as if in the boundless spaces there throbbed no heart but His and thine. Practice that solitude, O my soul! Practice the expulsion of the crowd! Practice the stillness of thine own heart! Practice the solemn refrain “God and I! God and I!” Let none interpose between thee and thy wrestling angel! Thou shalt be both condemned and pardoned when thou shalt meet Jesus alone! –George Matheson

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Saturday Night Live- Beautiful Christian Music, Praise &Worship

In case you’re curious, my all time favorite is #10.  🙂  Allan

Song List

1.  This Is Your Life-  Switchfoot

2.  Come, Now Is The Time To Worship-  Brian Doerksen & Wendy O’Connel

3.  I Am Your Beloved-  Vineyard

4.  Your Love Oh Lord-  Third Day

5.  Sing To The King Who Is Coming To Reign-  Passion Worship Band

6.  His Grace Is Sufficient-  Jennifer Knapp

7.  Cares Chorus-  Kelly Willard

8.  How Deep The Father’s Love-  Kelly Minter

9.  Sing To The Lord-  Lou Fellingham

10.  Breathe-  Marie Barnett

11.  Days Of Elijah-  Robin Mark

12.  El Shaddai-  Amy Grant