Posted by: jamsco | November 21, 2014

The New CD is Here! ::: Fighter Verse Song Set 4

After more than a year of writing, recording, mixing and mastering – we’ve finally finished the new set of songs.

Here’s our sample video (it’s bluegrass!)

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Here’s the link to the Amazon page

Here’s the link to the iTunes page

And here’s the official description:

“This CD contains 39 helpful and encouraging songs – passages from fourteen books of the Bible.
Featuring the talents of 35 musicians (adults and children), the musical styles are varied, including folk, jazz, pop, blue grass, doo-wop, string quartet and even Gregorian chant. The arrangements are designed so that you will enjoy listening to them and will learn the songs quickly and easily.

Here are some of the familiar passages on this CD: “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6) — The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) — Unless the Lord builds the house those who build it labor in vein (Psalm 127:1) — “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25-26) — Fear not, for I am with you (Isaiah 41:10) — “My Sheep hear my voice and I know them” (John 10:27-30).

Every Fighter VerseTM Songs CD includes word-for-word Bible passages (English Standard Version) set to music. These passages are specifically selected to help believers fight the fight of faith. The Fighter VerseTM Songs also coordinate with the Fighter VerseTM Bible memory program from Children Desiring God. Your children will memorize scripture without even trying-and so will you!”

Posted by: jamsco | September 1, 2015

5-35 Application for Sept 5-6, 2015 :: John 8:31-32

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“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31-32

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The key word here is ‘abide’, isn’t it?

What does it mean to abide?

I like the first definition in the dictionary: “to remain, continue, stay”

That’s what we want to do with Jesus’s word. We want to stay with him and remain with his commandments – to continue to consider his will for us.

That’s what we’ll do –
– if we want to be Jesus’ disciples.
– if we want to know the truth.
– if we want to be free.

We know there is cost to staying with Jesus, but it’s clear there is a greater reward.

John 8

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | August 26, 2015

5-34 Application for Aug 29-30, 2015 :: Colossians 4:6

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Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Colossians 4:6

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People who teach about the best way to understand what the Bible is saying in a given passage agree that you should pay attention to the reasoning. In this verse, I wonder about the phrase “so that”. Something about the first part of the verse makes the second part possible.

So you could read the sentence this way: You will be aided in your understanding of the best way to respond to someone (maybe someone who makes Godly responses challenging) if you think about how you can answer with grace and if you think about how you can make your words more palatable to the other person.

May all Christians talk like this.

Col 4

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | August 17, 2015

5-31 Application for Aug 22-23, 2015 :: Psalm 34:19-22

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Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 34:19-22

[This weeks passage begins at around 3:18 in the song]

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I think we should take note of this. The righteous person is not promised a life free of problems. Soberly, it’s the opposite – here we’re told that the one who is righteous will have many afflictions. We know that Jesus had many afflictions and didn’t have an easy life.

But we also know that none of his bones were broken. His afflictions did not destroy him.

In contrast, those who are wicked will be slayed by their afflictions. And they will be condemned.

Follow the Righteous One. Serve Him. Run away from condemnation and towards blessing.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | August 9, 2015

5-30 Application for Aug 15-16, 2015 :: Psalm 34:17-18

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When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:17-18

[This weeks passage begins at around 2:55 in the song]

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This is the second time the Psalmist has said it – the LORD takes those who are righteous out of all of their troubles.

Are you brokenhearted or crushed in spirit? Cry for God. Cry for help.

He will hear. He is able to help. You will be saved.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | August 2, 2015

5-30 Application for Aug 8-9, 2015 :: Psalm 34:15-16

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The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Psalm 34:15-16

[This weeks passage begins at around 2:33 in the song]

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Unlike those who “seek peace and pursue it” (talked about in last week’s), those who do evil won’t have many days, but the memory of them will be cut off from the earth.

The Psalmist is asking you to make a choice. Do you want the LORD’s eyes to be towards you and your cries for help? Or do you want his face to be against you?

You are being asked to make a choice, all the time, between righteous acts and evil acts. Choose the way that will make it so you don’t have reason to fearing having the memory of you being ended on the earth. By the God who can do it.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | July 27, 2015

5-29 Application for Aug 1-2, 2015 :: Psalm 34:12-14

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What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:12-14

[This weeks passage begins at around 2:00 in the song]

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Three pairs of wise actions:
1. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit
2. Turn away from evil and do good
3. Seek peace and pursue it

Two blessings as a result:
1. A long life of many days
2. Seeing good

The word that in both of these is ‘good’.

If you want to see good, you should do good.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

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Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 34:9-11

[This weeks passage begins at around 1:30 in the song]

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I think there is a time in every person’s life when they start to understand that fear can be a good thing, and sometimes a very good thing. We should fear the being that is strong. King David wisely wants us to fear the LORD.

Our LORD will keep us from lack. He will make sure we have enough of what is good. A being like that should be feared. But he should also be sought after.

Seek the LORD. Fear the LORD.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | July 13, 2015

5-28 Application for July 18-19, 2015 :: Psalm 34:6-8

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This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:6-8

[This weeks passage begins at around 0:54 in the song]

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The last time we memorized this psalm (seven years ago) my dad was in the hospital on life support. He was dying. He had all sorts of tubes and wire connections and he had been on dialysis and he needed a breathing tube.

He died on a Friday. When I got to the hospital fairly early in the morning while he was still alive, I wrote the verse from this passage on the wall: “This poor man cried and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.”

And a couple hours later, the LORD saved him out of all his troubles. My dad no longer has a failing kidney, or a missing leg, nor is he in pain nor does he need help breathing. Our heavenly father pulled him out of all that.

I’m very grateful for that.

There is more than one way that our God saves people. I pray that you will see different forms of salvation this week and then praise God for doing it.

And if you need help from God, it’s okay to cry.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

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I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Psalm 34:4-5

[This weeks passage begins at around 0:33 in the song]

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We fear shame, don’t we? We don’t want to be ashamed.

If you seek the LORD, if you look to him, He will deliver you from that fear and from all other fears.

You will be radiant!

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | June 30, 2015

5-26 Application for July 4-5, 2015 :: Psalm 34:1-3

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I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Psalm 34:1-3

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Yes, this is the beginning of a longer passage – all of Psalm 34 – and King David begins well.

He blesses the LORD.

Dictionary.com has seven definitions of ‘bless’ and I think these three fit the best:

2. to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on:
Bless this house.
3. to bestow good of any kind upon:
a nation blessed with peace.
4. to extol as holy; glorify:
Bless the name of the Lord.

But number four fits the best: David, and each of us who follow after him, wants to extol as holy and glorify the LORD. And he wants others to do this is as well, “continually”.

And the person who is not proud, the person who doesn’t worship himself, will be given joy as he does this.

So praise, boast in, and magnify the LORD. For His glory and your good.

Psalm34

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[Just a reminder – many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

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