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Divine Shelter Schools and John Waller!


Cross International has had the privilege of partnering with well-known Christian Recording Artist, John Waller (Fireproof Movie Soundtrack) to help raise support and awareness for the Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti. The schools provide educations and nutritious meals to devastatingly poor children. Check out some of the pictures from the trip! For more information on the Divine Shelter Schools, visit Cross International


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Spiritual Worship


“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Rom. 12:1 Chances are as Christians, we’ve come across this verse at one time or another. And for me, being a musician and worship leader, it can be easy to see the word “worship” and automatically think music. I mean, in church “worship” time is the first 20 minutes when the band is on stage playing, and ends right along with the last chorus of Mighty to Save. But Romans 12:1 doesn’t have anything to do with music; it has everything to do with service. It speaks to offering our bodies to God, so he can accomplish his will through us. Having this kingdom mindset where you know your body is not your own; that is the worship this verse is speaking to. And that’s all well and good, but how can we keep that in our minds constantly? Because for me, I forget things very quickly. It’s like that moment in your car when you’re singing sweetly along to your favorite worship song, and someone cuts you off. It sounds something like “Light of the world, you came down into – jerk! Learns to drive! – open my eyes let me…wait.” Its moments like that that can show so clearly what’s really in our hearts. The point is, this idea of spiritual worship is something we need to keep in mind on a daily basis. As we begin to strengthen our relationship and connection with God, we will be able to see this worship played out daily in our lives. This song is pretty old school, but singing it last Sunday at church reminded me how true the words are. Enjoy. – Briana B.


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New Scott Wesley Brown song & video


Do you remember the last time you heard from Scott? Me neither. I almost forgot about him until I saw this video posted.  The explanation of the song (below the video) is worth reading. Scott says about the video: Carl Sagan said, “The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”  Richard Dawkins said, “The entire thrust of my position is that Christian theology is a non-subject. It is empty. Vacuous. Devoid of coherence or content…” The Apostle Paul said, “God’s eternal nature and deity have been clearly perceived in his creation (Rom. 1:20) and the psalmist said, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament his handiwork.” (Ps. 19:1) My prayer is that “I Believe In God” would be a rally song for the Church against the rising tide of Atheism in our culture. In a sense this worship song fits into “apologetics”, a defense of our faith in the Triune God and his marvelous works!


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Are we losing beauty?


English philosopher & writer Roger Scruton thinks so, and maintains we have traded beauty and skill for ideas and shock value.  Although not coming from a particularly “Christian” point of view, I think he has a point. After a recent museum trip, I’m glad to see that he thinks much of ‘modern art’ is actually poking fun at the concept of art and the ‘modern art’ movement. Here’s the description of the video: In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual desert. Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyzes where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the center of our civilization. Click here to watch part 1 of 3, about 10 minutes in length.  Warning:  content not suitable for easily offended or for all ages.  


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Hymn for Memorial Day


Here’s a musical setting for the classic poem “In Flander’s Fields” by John MaCrae, which lyrics are below. According to the site: Paul Fussell writes in The Great War and Modern Memory, ‘Each image accurately triggers off its expected emotional response:  We have the red flowers of traditional pastoral elegy — which go back to Milton (and beyond); the crosses which suggest the idea of Calvary and sacrifice; the sky as seen from a trench; the larks singing in the midst of the horrors and terrors of man’s greatest folly; the constrast between the song of the larks and the voice of the guns; the special significance of dawn and sunset with the anticpated echoses of Gray’s Elegy; the conception of soldiers as lovers; and the antithesis drawn between beds and graves.” Let’s not forget also that “greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Free downloads for both medium high voice and low voice.    


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Simple Living (A Rich Young Man)


Keith Getty leads you through a new song he’s written about the incident with Jesus and the rich young man (below or click here). Great idea for a mercy-themed service. ~~~ Simple Living (A Rich Young Man) Words and Music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend © 2011 Thankyou Music and Gettymusic A rich young man came to ask of Christ “Good teacher, will you tell me What must I do for eternal life? I’ve kept your laws completely.” “Sell all you have, give to the poor, Then heaven’s treasure will be yours.” How hard for those who are rich on earth To gain the wealth of heaven. Now Jesus sat by the off’ring gate As people brought their money: The rich they filled the collection plate; The widow gave a penny. “Now she’s outgiven all the rest – Her gift was all that she possessed.” Not what you give but what you keep Is what the King is counting. O teach me Lord to walk this road, The road of simple living; To be content with what I own And generous in giving. And when I cling to what I have Please wrest it quickly from my grasp I’d rather lose all the things of earth To gain the things of heaven  


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