Saturday Song: Anthony Moore, World Service

Ever since I discovered the joys of shortwave listening on the Pye table top radio at the school for the blind I attended, I’ve loved listening to foreign broadcasts in English. Tuning in stations from Japan, the USSR, and other lands thrilled me. Instead of going outside for recess, I searched the shortwave bands for distant signals.

Here Anthony Moore’s “World Service” song here.

To me, shortwave radio has a glamour all its own. The thought of distant signals bouncing off the ionosphere and down to me fired my imagination. No wires or satellites were needed. All a person had to purchase was the radio.

This interest in the countries and peoples of the world has helped me identify with the Great Commission. Mark 16:15 (KJV) reads, “And he (Christ) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

By that, he meant anybody. Christianity isn’t a white man’s religion as some people suppose but an inclusive faith for all the world. It doesn’t matter which country you’re in or from wich ethnic background you came. All that is irrelevant. Belief in Christ and following him after repenting of your sins is the only requirement.

If you liked what I wrote and the song I chose, please let me know. Otherwise, have a great weekend anyway.


Saturday Song: Simon and Garfunkel, “Save the Life of My Child

feb24, city skyscrapersOne thing I loved about the sixties was that artists started singing about substantial subjects. There were still plenty of what Paul McCartney called “silly love songs,” on the air but songwriters became more introspective than in previous decades.

One song which touched me during my teenage years was “Save the Life of My Child.” It’s about a boy on a building ledge about to commit suicide. The reactions of the bystanders, police, and the crowd of curious onlookers were most revealing.

Listen to the song here.

This might not seem obvious to some but suicide is self murder. People feel so desperate that they see no other way out of their emotional pain.

But ending it all is a terrible idea. Matthew 27:5 (KJV) shows Judas’ irrevocable mistake. “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

Judas would have been better off doing what Peter did in Matthew 26:75 (KJV). “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, ‘Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.’ And he went out, and wept bitterly.” Peter was forgiven but Judas could have been if he had repented.

People familiar with Luke chapter sixteen would also know that there’s no turning back from one’s sins after death. Though I can’t say for sure what happens to Christians who kill themselves, I do know that those who rebel against Christ’s dominion end up forever in hell.

What do you think of this song and what I wrote? I’d love to hear from you. Have a great weekend as well.

Saturday Song: Sweathog, ‘Hallelujah’

feb17, Cross, ancient symbolYoung Christians are fortunate to have so many God-honouring rock bands to listen to. Their styles range from soft rock to death metal. This is because people realized that music is merely a vehicle for a message. And since the Lord was praised with instruments and voices in the Psalms, there’s no reason why rock music can’t be employed for gospel purposes.

But things were so different in the early seventies when I was a teenager. Many Christian elders claimed that rock music was evil. They said it was the Devil’s music and some claimed I’d be possessed by a demon if I listened to it.

I thank God that not everybody thought so. A few bands actually sang about Jesus, though some of them weren’t born again believers. One song stands out in my mind as being a wonderful song which praised my Lord and Saviour. A band called Sweathog released a song called “Hallelujah” in 1972.

Hear this song here. Please forgive the commercial interruption.

Though my church friends condemned me for listening to that “satanic” music, I cranked the volume whenever a god-honouring song came on. And though it was trendy to mention Jesus in songs in the early seventies, I still enjoyed those songs.

I felt sad when I found out later that Norman Greenbahm, Ocean, and The Doobie Brothers weren’t devoted to Christ. Even so, I enjoyed their hits.

This also shows that people can profess to be saved but their lives show that they’re lying. As Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 (KJV), “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”

So, what do you think? Were you around when these hits were brand new? Did you enjoy them? If you want to, please leave me a comment in the box below. And if not, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Saturday Song: Randy Stonehill, “World Without Pain”

Throughout human history, people have yearned for a world where there was no pain or sorrow. Stories and movies have created imaginary worlds where people finally found paradise. As just on example, C. S. Lewis’ “The Last Battle book ended with the characters finally finding that wondrous world of endless beauty and perfect health.

Hear Randy Stonehill’s song here.

A day will come when people who trust in Christ will live in such a world. As we read in 2 Peter 3:13 (KJV) “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

The Lord promised this in Isaiah 65:17 (KJV) “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”

In that glorious day, all that happened in this world will doubtless seem like a bad dream. Like C. S. Lewis wrote, we’ll be out of the shadow world and in one more real than this dim place.

That day can’t come soon enough for me but for others it’ll be too late. Only by surrendering one’s life to the leadership of Christ can people enter that glorious world. I hope you’re one of those.

So, what do you think of Randy’s song and what I wrote here? Please leave me a comment. Or else, have a great weekend anyway.

Saturday Song, David Bowie, God Knows I’m Good

feb03, storeThis song is so convicting for anybody who still has a conscience. The shoplifter hopes God will cut her a break since she’s so poor and the “national concern” has so much money. “God may look the other way today,” she tells herself.

Hear “God Knows I’m Good” here

But God knows what’s going on. Nobody can fool him. Worse yet, people professing to be Christians act just like the woman in this song. They say they never murdered anybody and they never robbed a bank. This is most likely true but the Lord still can’t be fooled.

What many Christians don’t realize is that God judges the thoughts of people. Jesus explained this in his Sermon on the Mount regarding murder. Even anger is akin to murder. Matthew 5:22 (KJV) quotes Christ’s statement, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

The same goes for inappropriate desires. A man can claim to have never sexually assaulted a woman but look at what Christ said in Matthew 5:28 (KJV). “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

So, what do you think? Are you really a good person or have you wished that some jerk would drop dead? Have you secretly envied those folks with more money? If you wish to, please leave a comment on this subject in the comments box. If not, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

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Saturday Song, Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun”

What a strange song this is. Even so, I enjoyed it back in January of 1996 when it was on the radio. It was the emotion and the contrast between the verses and the chorus which hooked me on the song.

Listen to the song here.

But we don’t need a black hole sun to take our tears away when we have our hope in Christ. Jesus promised in John 16:24 (KJV), “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

He also promised in John 15:11 (KJV) that, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

We also have a comforting promise when we suffer for the Lord’s sake in Isaiah 66:5 (KJV) which says, “Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

So, what do you think of the song and this post? Please let me know in the box below. But if you don’t feel like commenting, have a lovely weekend anyway.


Saturday Song: The Human League, “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of”

jan20, Bruce Red SquareThis song was one of many which I used to psych myself up when I was an Amway Distributor. Whenever people rejected my offer to join, I would take out the cassette with all my motivational songs on it and listen to each song.

But dreams don’t always come true, as I discovered the hard way. Only two of my dreams came to pass. I have my own house and I visited an electronic music aficionado in Moscow, Russia. I never thought I’d set foot in Red Square but here’s a photo of me there in January of 1997.

Click here to listen to the song.

Though we don’t get everything we want, God does give us those things which will benefit us spiritually and temporally. Psalm 37:4 (KJV) explains, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

If we love the Lord, we’ll automatically ask for things which will glorify him and help others. We know that he provides us our daily bread and he wants the best for us. So when we pray for him to be glorified and others to become citizens in Christ’s kingdom, we naturally ask for only beneficial things.

Well, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please leave a comment. But if you can’t or don’t want to, have a nice weekend anyway.