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 | January 19, 2015

5-2 Application for Jan 24-25, 2015 :: Psalm 121:1-2

5-3 Psalm 121:1-8 I lift up my eyes to the Hills

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I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

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“Where can I get help?”
As I look at my situation (I might be in the hills, or the city, or the sea) I might ask –
“well, who made this place? Who made the place that I now find myself?”

There is only one answer. The LORD did. He can help you.

And He will.

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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.]

Psalm121

Posted by: jamsco | January 12, 2015

5-2 Application for Jan 17-18, 2015 :: Matthew 9:13

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“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 9:13

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I had the opportunity to talk about this song with the Kindergarten/First Grade class that I lead every Wednesday night and I told them there are two wrong things to think about salvation:

1. That you’re probably good enough to be accepted by God into his kingdom or
2. That you’re too sinful to be accepted by God into his kingdom.

This verse shows both of these beliefs are wrong. He didn’t come to call the righteous (those who think themselves good enough), but he did come to call sinners.

So both of these ideas are true:

1. We’ll never be good enough to get into heaven.
2. We don’t need to be good to get into heaven.

Because God calls sinner. And thank the God of Heaven for that.

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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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Posted by: jamsco | December 29, 2014

5-1 Application for Jan 10-11, 2015 :: Daniel 2:20-21

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Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding.

Daniel 2:20-21

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Here’s a good foundation to start the year – a listing of some of God’s amazing qualities.

He is strong (might belongs to Him)
He is sovereign (He changes times and sets up kings)
He is wise and is generous with his wisdom (he gives wisdom and knowledge)

This is the kind of God we should worship. And yes, this is the kind of God we should want to be blessed.

Daniel2

Posted by: jamsco | December 26, 2014

4-52 Application for Dec 27-28, 2014 :: John 11:25-26

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“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

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What an important passage. It’s a pretty good way to end 2014.

The unspoken question is “Do you want to avoid death?” The answer, for most of us, is Yes. And Jesus is the way to do that. Specifically, we need belief in him. Deep, complete, life-changing belief in him.

Because he is the resurrection.

“Do you believe this?” is an important question.

So I hope as we finish up this year, that your answer to Jesus’ question is “Yes, I believe this.” And may it be a saving belief for you and others in your life in 2015.

John11

Posted by: jamsco | December 24, 2014

What Is Always True

Early this year, in a sermon from 2 Corinthians, my pastor commented that it was encouraging how the Apostle Paul often uses the word “always” in describing good things that our true about our situation with God. I decided to consider and list the passages in the New Testament which (1) have the word “always” in them, and (2) describe something that is true about God or his children. And since this week’s Fighter verse is one of them, I’ve decided to post them now.

17 Truths That Are Always True.

We will always have the poor with us – Matthew 26:11

Jesus is always with Christians – Matthew 28:20

We ought to pray – Luke 18:1

Jesus does what pleases his Father – John 8:29

God hears Jesus – John 11:42

We should abound in the good work of the Lord – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Jesus Christ is “Yes” – 2 Corinthians 1:19

Christ leads us in triumphal procession – 2 Corinthians 2:14

We are always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies – 2 Corinthians 4:10

We should give thanks to God for everything – Ephesians 5:20

Jesus will be honored in our bodies, by life or by death – Philippians 1:20

We should rejoice – Philippians 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16, others

We should let our speech be gracious – Colossians 4:6

We will always be with the Lord even when we die – 1 Thessalonians 4:17

We should seek to do good to other people in the church and to everyone – 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Jesus is able to completely save those who draw near to God through him, since he lives to make intercession for them – Hebrews 7:25

We should be prepared to give a defense to those who ask us about our hope. – 1 Peter 3:15

All of these truths were true in the first century, they have been true in 2014 and they will all be true in 2015.

Posted by: jamsco | December 17, 2014

4-51 Application for Dec 20-21, 2014 :: 1 Corinthians 15:58

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Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58

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What can motivate you to do hard work when it is sometimes unpleasant, or dangerous, or painful?
Here is one thing: the certainty that good will happen as a result of your work. And here we have the Apostle Paul telling us that we can have this certainty.

Does this give you the encouragement to do the Lord’s work with steadfastness? Does this make you want to abound in what he wants you to do?

Be immovable in this good work!

1 Cor

Posted by: jamsco | December 8, 2014

4-50 Application for Dec 13-14, 2014 :: Hebrews 3:12-13

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Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 3:12-13

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In this verse, we are explicitly warned about two dangers in any Christian community – two bad things that can happen: That we might be lead away, falling from the living God and that we might become hardened by sin.

That this is a potential reality is the bad news. The good news is the writer of Hebrews has steps we can take to prevent it.

(1) We should take steps to make sure our leaders are real believers in our Father and His will. We should be led by people who want us to move towards God.

(2) We should each (not just the leaders) exhort each other, question each other, challenge each other in God’s Truth. And not once a year, or once every few months, but every day.

Have you done this with someone today?

Hebrews3

Posted by: jamsco | December 1, 2014

4-49 Application for Dec 6-7, 2014 :: Proverbs 16:32

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Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32

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First, consider the God of the Universe – the one who created everything – the all powerful and all wise Being. Do you want to be the kind of person who He calls ‘better’? You should. And that is the motivator in this verse.

“Better than what or who?” you might ask. Better than the mighty or “He who takes a city”

If so, if you want God to call you better, then choose the wise path: being slow to anger and controlling over your own spirit.

In other words, by God’s grace, don’t be quick to lose control of your temper, or your emotions. Keep yourself in check. Because we have it on good authority, this will be better long-term than being a person who rules over many people.

Posted by: jamsco | November 24, 2014

4-48 Application for Nov 29-30, 2014 :: Psalm 118:13-14

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I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

Psalm 118:13-14

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This is the helpful truth for those that are falling. They’ve been pushed hard enough that they can’t keep standing on their own. And what does He do? What does He become for those who put their faith in Him?

Three things:

1. Your Strength – to enable you to keep from falling. This would be acceptable for many who are in a difficult place – but God doesn’t stop there.
2. Your Song – so you’re not just standing upright – you’re given the joy to want to sing about it.
3. Your Salvation – This is long term uprightness – eternal protection from falling.

Are you falling? Run to this God.

Psalm118

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