Saturday Song, The Serendipity, Don’t Let the Rain Come Down

This is such a good song for children to hear. I used to hear it on the radio and imagine the crooked little man fixing his crooked little house where he lived with a crooked cat and a crooked mouse. It was also fun to sing the chorus.

Hear this fun little ditty here.

Children sure can relate to songs like this. It’s like all the stories our parents tell us or read to us. But we soon leave that halcion world of trouble-free play for the disciplin of school and later work.

Jesus said we should come to him like a child and ask for forgiveness. Children are dependent upon their parents and have no skills or resources to fall back on. In this way, we must come to Christ, having no accomplishments or talents to brag of. We all need to trust him no matter what’s currently happening.

Of course there’s a huge difference between being childlike and being childish. It’s a sad fact that many people go to church and Christian gatherings to get what they desire. They want nothing to do with taking up their crosses and following him.

The sixth chapter of John’s gospel shows just how fickle people were and still are. He taught in a metaphorical way that they must accept him completely with no exceptions. This was too hard for the crowd to take so they all left him and followed him no more.

Jesus even asked his disciples if they tooJul14,rain cloud drawing, B&W were going to leave. But Peter asked where else they could go. Only Christ had the words of eternal life.

So, how is it with you? Do you attend church to worship the Lord or because they have good music, or some other reason? If you feel like doing so, please leave me a comment in the box below. And if not, have a great weekend anyway.

On Monday, I’ll post about why no new books have been added to the Bible.

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Saturday Song, University of the Air theme

What would appeal to a ten-year-old child in a broadcast for university students? The CTV Network had a show called University of the Air. Beginning each show, they played the most incredible and awesome music I ever heard.

Listen to the show’s theme music here.

Electronic music, created with Moog and ARP synthesizers, was a new thing back then. I instantly fell in love with this spacey music. It appealed to my nerdish nature.

Ever since the summer of 1967, I have had a passion for electronic music. It was hard to find at first. Apart from a few novelty songs, no radio station played this futuristic music.

Eventually, rock bands began using synthesizers in their songs. Some groups later went on to use these endlessly-flexible instruments exclusively.

In the same way, I had a passion for apologetics. I gave my life to Christ in 1969 but nobody mentored me. The only teaching I found was on the radio. And since I had some bad church experiences, I didn’t attend any of them.

But not all Bible teaching is correct. I became hooked on Garner Ted Armstrong’s “World Tomorrow” program. What I thought was deep teaching was actually blasphemy.

Getting back to electronic music, what do you think of it? Please leave me a comment in the box below. Have a wonderful weekend too.

My next post will be about charismatic believers and their misunderstanding of what faith is. It certainly isn’t some mystical power we can harnace for our own ends, that’s for sure.

Saturday Song: Harry Chapin, “Taxi”

Was this your first experience of Harry Chapin’s wonderful songs? It was for me. I felt deeply moved by the story of two old friends meeting by chance one rainy night. The song taught me that life doesn’t always work out the way we dreamt.

Hear Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” here.

When I first heard this song in the spring of 1972, I felt determined that I was going to be a television repair man. In spite of my poor vision, I felt convinced I could earn my living fixing electronics. And all the adults telling me I couldn’t do such a job just made me more determined to prove them wrong.

After considerable arguing with the electronics class teacher, I enrolled and did well on the theory. The practical aspect was another matter. Though I tried hard to reconcile the schematic diagrams with the radios and other electronic gadgets, I failed miserably.

In December of 1974, the teacher gave me the bad news that I couldn’t continue in his class. Televisions had extremely high voltages in them and he feared I’d get electrocuted.

Instead of fixing people’s TVs, I’m a writer. I never drempt I’d be one either. And as for TV repair, nobody fixes electronics anymore.

Romans 11:33 (KJV) says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” All I can say to that is “Amen!”

So, what are your memories of this song? Did you become what you’d hoped to be as an adult? Please leave me a comment in the box below. And if you don’t feel like it, have a nice weekend anyway.

My next post will be about how some people mistreat folks who suffer tragedies. Hang in for that one.

Saturday Song: Devo, “Peek-a-boo”

jun23,eyesThis is one of many songs from a New Wave band called Devo, short for de-evolution. I enjoy the sound of the song but the lyrics have a point which people need to heed.

The band members might not know this but there’s a spiritual war going on for the minds of humanity. God has set things up so that we have a choice to obey or disobey him. Though the Lord has predestinated us, he somehow has allowed us the privilege of choosing who we’re going to follow.

Hear the song here:

C. S. Lewis wrote in “The Screwtape Letters” that people make two basic mistakes about demons. Either they don’t exist or they’re everywhere and we have to keep chasing them.

All through scripture, we see how Satan sows seeds of doubt and rebellion in people’s minds. Genesis 3:1 (KJV) shows how he influenced the first two people to rebel against God’s authority. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'”

We all know what happened after that idea was planted in Eve’s head and her dufus husband went along with it. My point is that there are spirit beings who fight one another through us. My hope is that all my friends are on the side of the angels rather than the demons.

So, what do you think of this song and what I’ve written? Please leave me a reply below.

Next time, I’ll be writing about how some poor souls are being misled by thinking God owes them prosperity. How absolutely wrong that is!

Saturday Song: The Ink Spots, “The Java Jive”

Though this song was recorded in 1940, I still relate to it. I love strong coffee first thing in the morning. The aroma and the steam rising up to my face encourage me. After all, morning comes too early in the day for a night owl like me.

Listen to the song here.

Now I know that caffeine is a drug. Even so, I don’t go overboard on it. In fact, I limit myself so I can sleep at night.

As Philippians 4:5 (KJV) wisely advises, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”

And as far as I know, people didn’t know about coffee in Bible times. Even so, we need to be sober and vidulent. As Ephesians 5:18 (KJV) reads, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

And as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:23 (KJV), “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

It’s also unwise to be unaware of whcoffee beansat’s going on around us, physically and spiritually. Scripture says in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV), “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

So, what do you think of this song and what I’ve written? Please tell me. But if you would rather not, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

My next post will be about hell and how some sinners joke that they’ll be partying with their friends there. They won’t be partying when they find out that their intense agony will never end.

Saturday Song: Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Desiree”

Did you ever hear a song and not realize who sang it? That happened to me in June of 1970. To me, Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic band which had the hit “Incense Peppermints back in 1967. This new song didn’t sound at all like it was from the same band.

Hear Strawberry Alarm Clock’s “Desiree” here.

Twenty-four years later, I found out that this song was sung by Strawberry Alarm Clock. On the CD of their best hits, I could hear the change in the band’s sound. Even so, it was the same group of musicians who recorded all those great songs.

So too is God the same throughout history. Look at what Malachi 3:6 (KJV) says. “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Though we now are in the New Testiment age, God is still consistant in his character. Cults like Islam and the Mormons say our relationship with him has changed but it hasn’t. Old Testament and New Testament believers are saved the same way, no matter who they are or where they came from.

So, what do you think of the song and what I’ve written? Please leave me a comment in the box below. If you don’t feel like it, have a lovely weekend anyway.

Stay tuned for my next blog post. It’s in reference to a certain American comedian and his famous phrase.

Saturday Song: Rick Springfield, “Bruce”

May19, error symbolHave you ever had people continually call you by the wrong name? That happened to me often and all because I was with my brother Roy. It annoyed me to no end that people kept mixing us up.

Apparently, Rick Springfield had the same problem, and maybe he still does. In this song, he sings about people confusing him with Bruce Springsteen.

Click here to hear Rick Springfield’s song.

Roy and I are complete opposites. Roy is stupid while I’m not. Roy loves Satan while I love Christ. Roy does foolishd things, like putting a ton of Brill Cream in his hair until it shone, whereas I try hard to be prudent. Roy seeks approval from everybody whereas I seek only Christ’s commendation. Roy also talks slower than I do.

Though Satan is a mere angel, though a powerful one, he isn’t God and that’s all there is to it. Sadly, people easily fall into the trap of believing his crafty lies. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

How awesome it is that Christ knows us and never gets confused. We’re sealed with the Holy Spirit unto that blessed day when our Lord returns!

Stay tuned for my next post which features a huge mistake which many preachers and believers make.