Music, Personal Journey, God, Christianity

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.27.2017 ♥

I started my day listening to a great old Petra album “Not of this World” and reading John 15:18-19 –
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Growing up in Danville Illinois, I was constantly told “Beware of strangers,” which was of course great advice. (Sadly, I cannot imagine growing up there now). In the Bible, some of the best people were strangers. Abraham said, “I’m a stranger and I sojourn among you.” Moses named his son “Gershom” meaning “stranger in a strange land”. In 1 Peter 2:11, we’re called aliens and strangers. Strangerhood is a holy call, and has much power. As believers we’re to go through life as strangers to the ways of this world and to our old identity. When people talk to you about impure subjects, you need to respond, “I don’t speak your language.” It’s a great thing to be a stranger to who you once were and to be able to say, “I just don’t understand you.” When you’re going through tough times, remember that you’re a stranger to them. You’re not of the problem anymore, you’re of the kingdom of YeHoVaH. We need to practice the ministry of strangerhood. Learn to be in the world, “Not of this World” because to be a stranger in this world is the most holy of callings. Facebook friends, practice the ministry of strangerhood today and view yourself as a sojourner on earth. Amen? https://youtu.be/BhPVOyzZBqk

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Listen to This Song right now… you WILL be moved for sure! ♥

Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys Lyrics

From the album Hills and Valleys

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place
And I have held Your blessings
God You give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In You I hope again
No matter what
I know I’m safe inside Your hands

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

Father You give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all You will remain over it all

On the mountains I will bow my life
In the valley I will lift my eyes

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

And I will choose to say
Blessed be Your name
And I am not alone

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Writer(s): Tauren Wells, Chuck Butler, Jonathan Smith

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Let’s have us a little Revival. ♥

On the way back to the car along my blessed afternoon walk, I reached for my phone to put on something faster to wrap things up with some pep.  I wound up looking through Sara Evans songs. I came across Revival and because of the title, I had to listen. I looked for it on YouTube and I found this video about the song.

This song means a lot to me. I really enjoy it. It is my prayer that The Lord blesses all of you with a little revival in your hearts tonight as you listen to this song and sing along in your soul. The Lord is at work in the earth. It’s not over yet. These may be the end times, but God’s People are still here to be The Light! HalleluJah! A little revivial!

Amen to LOVE!

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 9.6.18 ♥

🎶We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home🎶

I always thought Nutshell by Alice In Chains as Layne’s living suicide note. Beautiful vocals & some of the most tasteful and soulful guitar playing you’ll ever hear. The singer Layne Staley died from a mixture of heroin and cocaine, known as speedball. The death certificate reads Staley’s death resulted from “an acute intoxication due to the combined effects of opiate (heroin) and cocaine.” The autopsy concluded that Staley died on April 5, two weeks before his body was found, and the same day that fellow grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain died by suicide in 1994. Staley’s death was classified as “accidental.” When I heard Layne passed I felt, “Layne wore his soul on the outside. He was luminous … too tender for this world. He was an amazing musician, an inspiration, and a comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world.” Anyone can become addicted to anything. There are many addictions in life, eating, smoking, booze, sex, pornography, the stock market, gambling, tattoos, lying, stealing, gossiping, et cetera. Addiction has a very subtle nature about it, a deceptive element, overcoming the victim before one even realizes what has happened. The nature of addiction is that a person gets sucked in before they know it, entangled hopelessly in the web of a deadly Black Widow spider. That is the nature of sin and addiction, the more you try to escape and free yourself, the more entangled you become. This is why it is so critically important that a person be born again, having the Holy Spirit coming to live within them (Romans 8:9). The very second you trust upon Yeshua/Jesus, the only begotten Son of YeHoVaH/God, your sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit comes to indwell your body. This is the only true and lasting hope for addicts. Believe me I’ve been there! Life is too short to allow sin to overcome and ruin one’s life. The way to avoid addiction is to be aware that it can easily happen if you’re not careful. Our sicko society places all sorts of temptations, evil influences, lusts, worldly music, and other harmful things in front of our youth, while never warning them of what can happen. You never hear warnings about the consequences of fornication, abortion, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, divorce, or other sins. Instead teens are handed condemns at government schools and Planned Herodhood is invited into each school. It’s insane! The safest way to prevent becoming addicted is to have the Biblical mindset of 1st Timothy 6:8, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” Hasatan’s crowd can only tempt you if you desire something. YeHoVaH/God says to be satisfied with simply food and clothing. In all honesty, you don’t need all the electronic toys and gadgets, cellphones, internet, new car, et cetera. Those who live for materialistic things are some of the most miserable, mean, and angry people in the world. Death is right around the corner. You cannot take any of it with you. Only what’s done for Yeshua/Jesus will last. Certainly it is ok to own possessions and a nice home, car, whatever, but don’t ever prioritize money, career, or things above truth, doing what’s right, treating people as you want to be treated, and obeying YeHoVaH/God with a grateful heart. Facebook friends, the most important decision you’ll ever make is where you’re going to spend eternity after the resurrection. The decision is in fact yours alone to make. I’ve already made my choice. How about you?

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 12.28.2017 ♥

My good friend at work Robert Tunin, always quotes this song “Freewill” (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice). “Freewill” is the second track on Rush’s 1980 album Permanent Waves. It is written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with lyrics by Neil Peart. The song’s lyrics deal with the subject of free will, emphasizing that free will is not a gift but rather a choice, explaining that no one can attempt to evade the fact that they must choose, but that evasion is itself a choice. I believe “Freewill” is Neil Peart’s attempt to proclaim a disbelief in YeHoVaH. There are many things that Peart gets wrong in the song, and many things he gets wrong about YeHoVaH. The main thing is that he sees the idea of Our Father as some impersonal puppet master and that somehow a belief in spiritual things is futile. This a song I have heard many times and also played in a few bands I was in. The song is a great musical piece and the words hang together lyrically. But there is no truth in it. Yes there is “Freewill” YeHoVaH has designed the human family with “Freewill” and the danger is that with free will comes the “Freewill” to reject Him. This is the one continuous thing since the garden of Eden incident that humankind has “Free-willed” and taken the choice to reject Him. We live in a world that has rejected YeHoVaH and the idea of God. The bible tells the story of a God and the plan of restoration. From Genesis to Revelation we find a story that involves hundreds of characters, dramatic scenes, battles, intrigue, love, abandonment, loss of cities, slavery, captivity. Biblical history tells the story of a God who is deeply committed to a relationship with his creation. Far away from the idea that He is distant. He is present in his nearness. He is not in some fluffy cloud heaven but inhabits the world today. YeHoVaH gives everyone the freedom to choose Him or reject Him. The bible is littered with people who have made the choice to reject or to receive Him. Rejection has consequences as well as Receiving has consequences. When we often talk about “Freewill” we talk about it in a way that is individualistic and selfish not a “Freewill” that is concerned with the world and selfless. “Freewill” has been used in the past to justify the most horrible of actions and inhumanities. Facebook friends, let’s not go there again. In John’s gospel we find John the apostle talking about those that receive or reject Yeshua.

John 1:1-13
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John speaks of what it looks like to receive Yeshua and what are the consequences of receiving Yeshua. John’s prologue starts like reading Genesis. We find YeHoVaH in it, we find choice in it, we find here a description of what He is like in this prologue. We find a description also of what happens to the person who receives and does not reject Yeshua. We also find Yeshua’s role in the creation it’s self and the relationship that a person will come into because of their reception or welcome of Him. John says that we become family, we become children of God. People who are now related to God. The old order of things now reversed. That which happened in the Garden of Eden now over because of Yeshua. The “Freewill” choice to chose has had it’s fulfilment when Yeshua is chosen. When he is received. We become people who are in relationship with YeHoVaH’s. The Rush song “Freewill” is an anthem to Neil Peart’s understanding of the way things are. My own understanding is not like Peart’s. Paradise was lost in the Garden but, it is now found in Our Messiah Yeshua. That would be my own understanding. Far from being puppets at the hands of an impersonal puppet master. Those who receive Yeshua take their rightful place as children of YeHoVaH. “Freewill” has led me to the feet of Yeshua and I have chosen to follow him”. What about you? Amen?
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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 1.12.18 ♥

I received an email today from a friend in Iowa. He is a “New Believer.” It reads,”I would like to help others, but knowing what to say and how to say it stops me in my tracks.” So friends, how do share your simple faith without making people run and hide from you? I replied to him with one of my favorite quotes “You are what you do….Not what you say you will do.” People can spot a phony from a mile away. The absolute worst thing you can do is say one thing and do another. If you aren’t committed to applying the principles of Yeshua in your own life, you will not only be ineffective, but will be seen as insincere and phony. Most people aren’t as interested in what you say, as they are in seeing how it’s working in your life. I remember before he passed away, Johnny Cash did a stripped down version of “Personal Jesus” on his 2002 album American IV, The Man Comes Around. Martin Gore, the singer of Depeche Mode, revealed to The London Times that the band were unaware that Cash had covered this song. When they heard about the country legend’s recording, the threesome were naturally thrilled. Said Gore, “I think when you’re somebody of Johnny Cash’s caliber, you don’t ask for permission.” Cash explained why he chose to cover this song (as quoted in Mojo October 2013) “I heard that as a gospel song. And if you think of it as a gospel song, it works really well. We didn’t have any major disagreement over that song, I just heard that a couple of people had recorded it, the writer wanted me to try it, and I did, and I loved it. And I went for it.” This was inspired by Priscilla Presley’s book Elvis And Me, where she described their relationship. Martin Gore of Depeche Mode said, “It’s a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, An Example, someone to give you hope and care. It’s about how Elvis was her man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships, how everybody’s heart has a compassionate and caring side to it that is a supreme example to others. In my Bible reading today I found Yeshua washing his disciples feet in John 13:1-15. Yeshua shows them how to be an example how to be a “Personal Jesus” to each other. There’s nothing worse than somebody trying to preach to you about something going on in your life when all you can think about is finding a way to fix it. At that moment, the last thing you want to see is somebody carrying a Bible, acting like they know exactly what you need and how you feel. And truth be told, when they ask you to read from their Bible, you’re thinking you’d rather hit them over the head with it! This is the very scenario that makes the concept of sharing your faith so intimidating. Most people would like to help others, but knowing what to say and how to say it stops you in your tracks. So how do share your simple faith without making people run and hide from you? Facebook friends, the best way to share your faith is to be an example. People will want to know how you can be peaceful in the storm, why your kids are doing so well, why your marriage is so great, and how you know for sure about your purpose in life. And when they ask, you’ll have all kinds of great stuff to share. Being a “Personal Jesus” to some one else is what He was doing at the supper table with his disciples. Being an example is perhaps the most important thing you will do in life. Amen? https://youtu.be/jQcNiD0Z3MU

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Faith, God, Love, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 1.23.18 ♥

🎶Is this love that I’m feeling,
Is this the love, that I’ve been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming,
This must be love,
‘Cos it’s really got a hold on me,
A hold on me…🎶.

“Is This Love” became one of the most popular hits for Whitesnake. The song “Is This Love”? Is really about just that……… “LOVE”. It’s about a question? Behind the question is a hidden question, a deeper question. How do I identify love in the first place? Of course everyone needs love, deserves love, longs for love, and in a way cannot function properly as a human being unless they know love in some way. Whether in a marriage, or love that exists in a brotherhood, love that exists in friendship. Love helps us all function as human beings. The song is asking really “What does love look like?” There are as many books written on the subject of “Love” as the planets in the sky. Therapists offer love courses to identity the blockages to love. Even the church has cashed in on the scene. From the “Marriage Course” to the University of Notre Dame in the US offering a degree course in “Love” Theology.
Just think of the many songs that have been written about love in our lifetime and that appear on social media? We’re talking about all of iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google, YouTube, Topspin, Rhapsody, and now Facebook all have “Love” songs. It is reckoned that there are about 97 million songs that contain thoughts about love. I don’t know how the stats are researched but it gives us an idea that love is something that is prized and wanted by just about everyone on the planet. Facebook friends, the Bible is a book that speaks of love from the from the snake attacking Adam’s love in the garden, to king David giving into his base desires in 1 Samuel 11 and his prayer of wrong doing in Psalm 51. Love is seen in the prophets, in their fiery condemnation of the people of YeHoVaH for backsliding and turning away from His laws and His love for them. Love is seen in the book of proverbs the love of passing things down from father to son and the love demonstrated in Proverbs 31 with “The Good Wife” Love is seen in the book of song of Solomon, it’s the most erotic book in the bible. Love appears in the New Testament with Yeshua’s birth and thought his life he offers people love. He dies a death of love, because YeHoVaH loves us (John 3:16) Love offers a way to be free. Perhaps the most famous chapter in the New Testament is 1 Corinthians 13 – Which is the answer to the search for “What does love look like?” and how do I recognize it when I see it. “Is this Love” – Paul’s answer would be “Yes”. Is This Love”? – What does love look like. 1 Corinthians is a description of what Love looks like. Real love, dependable love – Love you can rely on. Love that remains. This is the kind of love you find in Yeshua It’s the kind of love that you should find in the church. I’ll leave you to figure out if you can see it in Our Fathers people or not. This is the kind of love that I’m longing for in all my relationships. The kind of love that is strong and true. I know that this love will make me a better man, a better father, a better friend and a better disciple of Yeshua. Have you found love? Are you like the song “Is This Love” trying to recognize love and are not sure? Where ever you are in life’s journey one thing is for sure…… You need love. This passage in 1 Corinthians helps us recognize it when it comes. Because infatuation and lust won’t stand the test of time, infatuation and lust will never sustain us though our whole life….. only love will. Amen? https://youtu.be/ujnH4yNqL8E

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 4.24.2018 ♥

Wild man’s world is crying in pain
What you gonna do when everybody’s insane
So afraid of fortune, so afraid of you
What you gonna do?
Crazy on you, let me go crazy on you
I was willow last night in my dream
I bent down over a clear running stream
I sang you the song that i heard up above
And you keep me alive with your sweet flowing love
Crazy, crazy on you,
Let me go crazy, crazy on you🎶

In 1976 on an album I bought with my meager allowance from Columbia House, I met the woman I was going to Marry (when I grew up) Ann Wilson! Well 42 years later that never happened🙄. “Crazy on you” is a song of the heart (Pardon the pun). It’s about the kind of commitment and single mindedness that builds relationships and keeps them. Its a song about sweet flowing love. A love song in essence, with romantic overtones. For Heart in 1976 it was a hit! Heart have often been described as the “female Led Zeppelin,” as much for their arena ready hard rock riffs as for singer Ann Wilson’s powerful, Robert Plant like vocal histrionics. But the thing about Heart for me, that most closely resembles the mighty Zeppelin is their ability to shift effortlessly between bombastic rock and roll and the most delicate folk based music. Both sides of Heart are displayed in full glory on “Crazy on You,” It’s a masterpiece. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Yeshua/Jesus made the point that Our Father is concerned about our hearts, our inward motivation. That is the place where He looks. He is concerned for the inward and moral rather than the outward and ceremonial (Mark 7:1-23). He wants us to have pure hearts. The word for pure means unmixed, unadulterated, unalloyed, like pure clean water. In a world where the pressure to conform is very great, it means to be free from masks and free from having different roles for different occasions. It means being ourselves as YeHoVaH/God intended, instead of play acting, living life in the open and letting people see right through us. The pure in heart are those who are completely sincere in their relationships. They are those who are totally open and have nothing to hide. A bit like in the Heart song “Crazy on you” Amen? https://youtu.be/4gpNqB4dnT4

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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 7.27.18 ♥

🎶 I’ve been around this world, yet I see no end.
All shall fade to black again and again.
This storm that’s broken me, my only friend🎶

With the recent loss of Vinnie Paul, I have been listening to Pantera and a great song by Zakk Wylde called “In This River”. Zakk Wylde wrote this song a few months before his good friend and Vinnie’s brother Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, was shot and killed by a deranged fan named Nathan Gale when Abbott was performing with his band Damage Plan. Wylde subsequently dedicated the song to Abbott, a fitting tribute as the song deals with death. In a recent interview with Australian news website the AU Review, Ozzy Osbourne and current Black Label Society guitarist / vocalist Zakk Wylde gave readers a rare look at his spiritual side. It turns out that the intimidating, viking like guitarist is a dedicated Christian and he isn’t afraid to show it. It seems that Wylde attends church regularly, even when on tour. Once, a journalist caught him on some random day and asked him about his religious views. Wylde responded, “I’m a soldier of Christ, man. Without a doubt. The bottom line is that He’s with me all the time”. This morning while listening to “In This River” I realized that rivers are important to YeHoVaH/God. In the days of the Kingdom, rivers of living water will flow from the House of the Lord in Jerusalem. Rivers represent God’s Spirit, always giving and flowing. One of the first signs of the faith was that of the fish. But for many believers today, a more accurate sign would be the beaver. Many believers act more like beavers than fish. We dam up the flowing of YeHoVaH/God’s Spirit in our hearts and lives with unforgiveness, bitterness, compromise, fear, and doubt. We dam up our lives with walls against others. When you build them, you dam up your life to missing the blessings Our Father would have you know. As long as you live with dams, your life can’t flow in the blessings of His Spirit. So if you want to live with the blessing of His Spirit flowing freely in your life, break open that dam. Break open that dam of unforgiveness, bitterness, compromise, gloom, fear, and that wall against that person. Then let the river of YeHoVaH/God’s blessing flow into your life because you’re a child of blessing and not a beaver. Amen?

 

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Brothers Darrell and Vinnie laid to rest beside each other at Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas.

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