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"I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." - CS Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Love Collision: Lamb Slain

"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

The love of our Father runs so deep,  so deep He paid the highest price to set us free… He gave His only son. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13
The sacrifice of the cross is everything. It is Love, and in this love is the finished works and in the finished works is our salvation, our healing, our forgiveness, our hope, our joy, our victory… and on and on.

I love this song by LB…  It's His first single about the perfect sacrifice of the lamb slain released two years ago, such a power filled song. I always look forward to hearing him sing it live.

He was hanging on three Nails
the Holy Lamb of God in my stead
such a beautiful exchange
with one perfect sacrifice
once and for all am Justified

no other sacrifice can heal us
no other signs from above compares
no other lies of men redeemed us
no other offering can save

His love has saved me… justified me, made me acceptation. Why shouldn't I rejoice?

Download this song here…

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Love Collision: Made A Way

God’s love makes ways… always! Ways of escape, ways of victory…

You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we're standing here
Only because you made a way
You made a way

God’s love has brought us out one to many times. I’m thankful for the times my back’s been against the wall and He showed up and rescued me.

Now we're here
Looking back on where we come from
Because of you and nothing we've done
To deserve the love and mercy you've shown
But your grace was strong enough to pick us up

You move mountains
You cause walls to fall
With your power
You perform miracles
There is nothing that's impossible
And we're standing here
Only because you made a way

Song: Made A Way - Travis Greene

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Love Collision: What A Beautiful Name

Need I say more?  What a beautiful name… the name of Jesus.
The one who didn’t want heaven without us…
You didn't want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now
The love of God just evokes such deep words of love… I wonder what thoughts are in the hearts of the ones who write such beautiful songs. What revelation?
I am thankful for all those who have yielded their gifts to God and produced beautiful songs of love for us to sing back to our Father…
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

Song: What A Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Love Collision: One Thing Remains

A love that never fails, never gives up and never runs out on us.
The love that is steadfast…  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;” Lamentations 3:32(ESV)
Unending… Be confident in this unfailing love and walk with a bounce in your steps. In this love, you can do all things… you are an over-comer. You glow! 

On and on and on and on it goes
Before, it overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains
So, one thing remains.

Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me

Song: One Thing Remains - Jesus Culture

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Love Collision: Nothing Like Your Love...

It’s Valentines Day!
We’re excited about the loves in our lives… but one love stands out. A love so true it puts every fairytale to shame and I’m celebrating that love with this song today.
There is truly nothing like His love “brighter than the sun, more beautiful than words could ever say…”

Thank you Lord for your endless love.

We’re able to express true love when the flame of Jah burns in our heart…
“Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death; Jealousy is cruel as Sheol: The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, Flames of Jah.” Songs Of Solomon 8:6 (DARBY)

A heart that is open to the love of the Father is a heart that is able to express love. Because the Fathers love burns within you, you become an expression of love… not just to those you meet, but you’re equipped to have a love story that is even better than the fairytales… If only you tap into the ability within you.

May you experience true love; in the true love of your Father,  you learn to love truly... to love as Christ loves the church and to be submitted to love!
Happy Valentines Day!

Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is nothing like
Your love amazing
Fills my heart and I sing out
There is none like You
There is nothing like Your love

Song: Nothing Like Your Love - Hillsong United

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love Collision: This Love...

This Love by Housefires is a favorite.

This love doesn't leave me all alone and it never forgets its own.
This love won't leave me 'cause my past is bad
Oh and this love lifts me up above the waves
I don't need to be overwhelmed
Oh and it raises me upon a rock
So my feet can finally stand on ground

A love that never forgets it’s own. A love that raises us up… and there truly is no chain this love can’t break. What a love. What a God!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

African Gospel - Obiora Obiwon - Oh Jesus (Live)

To the one who loves us… the one who’s love has opened our hearts to love Him… we say Oh Jesus… Every tribe, every tongue… every nation declares the name of Jesus, the one who is Love, the one who loves us… the one who’s face we finally get to see.

After ending 2016 with a late year album release, Obiora Obiwon begins 2017 with the live recording visual for his growing single “Oh Jesus”.  The clip was recorded live at the Floodgates Album Release Concert. In the video the artiste can be seen performing with his band The New Mantle. Together with the children who are part of the set, Obiwon engages the audience in raw worship giving a different taste to the song many are loving from his growing album.  

The album released last year has been received warmly with great critical reviews. Obiora Obiwon is currently concluding official music videos to Floodgates and will also be releasing more visuals from the concert in coming weeks.

Download Mp3 "Oh Jesus" Here: https://goo.gl/1J7Lhd

Floodgates Album on iTunes:https://goo.gl/1sfSWv

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Love Collision:This God is Too Good

This God is too good oh!
Because He loves me, He is good to me. Because He loves you, He is good to you. You’ve praised Him even when it hurts, you’ve chosen to see His love and you’ve seen His deliverance… we don’t have too look too far to see how good He is, all we have to do is look at you, look at me.
A product of His goodness… the one who loved me, loved you even when we didn’t care… the one who turned our lives around, the one who rescued us from trouble and affliction.

This is love… the goodness of our Father!

Don’t look too far to see how good he is
Just look at me
He took me from the miry clay
Set my foot upon the rock
I’m standing in his righteousness
He took away my sin and shame
Gave me a brand new name
His beloved and the redeemed
See how he turned my life around
Made me a shinning light his glory to reveal

Song: This God is Too Good - Nathaniel Bassey Feat Micah Stampley

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Love Collision: Even When It Hurts

Because you know God doesn’t give His heart in pieces, that His love never fails… you’re confident in His love and you make a decision… to praise Him even when it hurts. 

There’s so much heart in this song… we can’t escape trouble, even when we are in the Father’s love… I think that’s when trouble seems to want to find us more… when it sees us confident in the Love of God. This causes us to doubt… if He loves me as He says, why should I go through what I’m going through? Jesus said we “will have trouble” some other translations say “many trials and sorrows”  “tribulation ““suffering” but He also encourages us “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
The psalms also says “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” Psalm 34:19-20

As sure as the troubles come, is just as sure as God’s deliverance from them… and not a bone in your body will be broken… meaning He’s with you in the fire, protecting you through it and you’re coming out whole. You only fall under the weight when you stop believing/trusting in this Love.
So in the heat of your trials, when you want to give up… hold on tight to the truth of your Father’s love, and praise Him even when it hurts. Let His love be your assurance… because love went to the cross and paid the highest price. Love set you free and overcame the world and all its trials for you.  
Even when the fight seems lost
I'll praise You
Even when it hurts like hell
I'll praise You
Even when it makes no sense to sing
Louder then I'll sing Your praise

Even when my strength is lost
I'll praise You
Even when I have no song
I'll praise You
Even when it's hard to find the words
Louder then I'll sing Your praise

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Love Collision: Pieces

In the play of love… the world give rules.
“You can’t give too much of yourself or else you’ll be taken for granted”
There are a lot of games; a lot of questions, a lot of teasing, and some love affairs seem to have bipolar tendencies.
You don’t show yourself… you’re not completely naked (not literally naked) and unashamed… you hide facts, you give half truths because you try to be deserving of the love… because you don’t want that love to see you as less than you are… you don’t want it to diminish with each glimpse of who you really are.

That’s the game of love the world dictates… a love that fades over time, so you have to keep fanning the flames, because if you don’t it’ll ebb out… and we’re not always so strong to fan continuously… so we have on and off days in love. Hot today, cold tomorrow and ready to give up the day after.

But thank God His love isn’t that way. God’s love is “uncontrolled, uncontained. Your love is a fire burning bright for me. Its not just a spark, is not just a flame… your love is  light that all the world will see”

Pieces is a song loaded with so much truth of the Father’s love… a love given wholly, and not in pieces. A love that isn’t here for the games, but here for real, for me… unashamed and unrestrained towards me… reaching out for me all day everyday… when I fall, and when I stand tall… His love is absolutely proud to be seen with me.
Glory to God!!!

Your love's not fractured
It's not a troubled mind
It isn't anxious
It's not the restless kind
Your love's not passive
It's never disengaged
It's always present
It hangs on every word we say
Love keeps its promises
It keep its word
It honors what's sacred
'Cause its vows are good
Your love's not broken
It's not insecure
Your love's not selfish
Your love is pure

You don't give Your heart in pieces
You don't hide Yourself to tease us

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Love Collision: Our God is Indescribable

I love this song by Owie Abutu… Our God is indescribable… He truly is.
 It’s a song of worship from the pages of a heart that has received the warmth of the Fathers love and stretches towards it like a flower towards the son.

“…so from the pages of my heart let my worship begin but never end to the God of all flesh.”

True worship spills out from our hearts when we receive the love of God… receiving from your Father is the greatest worship ever.
Like a child suckling at the breast of her mother… it gives the mother relieve to release the life giving meal to her child and it hurts her when a child refuses to suckle.
Gods love is bursting at the seams, waiting for us to just suck and drink of it, we’re not sucking enough and there’s such an abundant supply… the more we drink, the more the supply comes, it never ends.
Receive the love of the Father…

This song has been on repeat… a perfect love song from the one who has seen the deepest love and has it imprinted in his heart, that it spills out in worship.
You can download here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Love Collision: How He Loves

It’s the month of love again… well, everyday ought to be a day of love, but we give February a love zone tag. And as always, what better way to celebrate love, than celebrating the love of the master of love Himself… the one who is Love and without whom love would seize exist.

I’m a sucker for Gods love… and excited about this year’s Love Collision series.
This month, I will be celebrating the love of the one who is Love with beautifully written Spirit filled songs of worship.
I love worship and I believe we can’t worship God in the true Spirit and truth way He desires from us, if we don’t know… or have an idea just how much He loves us.
Our views of God has been distorted by religion, we see Him as a big angry God breathing down our backs, waiting for us to fail and eager to hand out huge doses of judgment and condemnation.
The more our hearts are open to the truth of His love for us, the more worship spills out from us. When you know God loves you, you don’t look at the clouds of situations to determine when you praise Him… large cloud, large worship, little cloud, no worship. Rather, you would worship him when things are great and when things seem shaky, because you know His unfailing love is forever and because he loves you, He will never leave or forsake you, that’s why you know He’s with you in the deep of what you’re going through, leading you and bringing you out of it with no broken bones.

Basically Incense, the worship meeting I convene is about Love. That’s the root of its birth; the seed that birth it… My desire is to help fill people’s hearts with the revelation of the endless love of God that births a heart response of true worship.
So we will be burning incense of worship through the month of February…  Songs that speak of Gods love, and songs of worship to Him. Songs that have been on my playlist and helped set my heart on fire with deep revelations of the Father's love.
I pray each song, each post sets your heart on fire with the knowledge of how special you are despite your mistakes, of how much the Father’s heart burns for you and how He will never, can never stop loving you.

Starting with "How He Loves" by Kim Walker-Smith... a song that speaks about the great intense Love of God. 
 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 … and nothing can separate you from this love.

-->Not the full lyrics... But portions I want us to note... 

He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane, and I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful you are and how great your affections are for me.

And oh
How He loves us oh
Oh how He loves us
how He loves us oh

We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking (ha ha)
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
when I think about the way
he loves us

[Kim Walker speaks]
His presence. His love.
Is so thick and tangible in this room tonight.
And there are some of you here that have not encountered the love of God.
And tonight God wants to encounter you.
And wants you to feel His love.
His amazing love.
Without it these are just songs.
These are just words.
These are just instruments.
Without the love of God, it's just like we're just up here just making noise.
But the love of God changes us,
And we're never the same,
We're never the same
After we encounter the love of God
We're never the same after we encounter the love of God
And right now if you haven't encountered the love of God,
And you would know,
Because you wouldn't be the same.
You would never be the same again.
And if you, if you, want to encounter the love of God right now,
You better just brace yourself because He's about to just blow in this place
And we're gonna encounter the love of God right now.
So God I speak to all the hearts
And I ask God that every heart be open right now
Every heart be open.
Every spirit be opened up
To you God. To You.
And a love encounter
A love encounter from you tonight
A love encounter from you tonight God.
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