A clip of “Found The Truth” a Christian song driven by Jennifer L’s soulful vocal, just as it reaches the incredible sax solo:
“I liked the ‘Pink Floyd music meets The Beatles vocals on the client rough, and thought, yes, something modernized in that direction would work. Safety resided in the obvious path: go with the Pink Floyd vibe, regurgitate the client version, only updated and better; no risk, happy client.
But great music doesn’t reside in that space. Job security? I could care less, if I needed that I’d have been an accountant.
I tossed the thought to the guitarist and drummer on the session that a more bluesy aim might be where this tune should really land. Greg Jennings, one of the founding members of Restless Heart, picked up his electric guitar and started laying down a soulful rhythm guitar part, William Ellis of Montgomery Gentry and I joined him on drums and bass guitar respectively, and about a minute in I decided it was definitely happening, the right vibe, “put it in the red” and we cut this 3 piece rhythm track.
Many hours of overdubs and engineering work later, this mix happened.”-bill w. Client reaction: “Hey Bill, WELL, Just gotta say WOW, you nailed it! Greg Jennings is perfect on guitar, not too much but simple, as John Lennon said: keep it simple. How beautiful!! You played a GREAT bass line! Jen is incredible, OH DID I MENTION SAX,sax sax? Never thought that I would love this song so much, YOU proved me wrong, GREAT JOB! Two more songs are on the way.” ROB C
A special thank you on this one to my buddy John, who was so incredibly patient as I coached him to hear the sax solo I was hearing. He got it off to great start with the initial phrase. Once he got the remainder, man, he just absolutely delivered with the perfect energy and emotion this song needed to pull it together. He always says, “if you can sing it, I can play it. The whole truth is: he’ll play it far better than you can sing it!” B. E. © 2012 Winston Harold. Used by permission to demonstrate production values. All other use is a violation of U.S. and International copyright law.
I read an article on CNN.com this morning regarding why Millennials are dropping out of Christian churches.
The writer, an atheist, stated that Millennials- teens, college students, and people up to about age 30- are losing interest in attending church and don’t believe in God.
In the bulk of the piece the writer theorized extensively on fault: Who’s fault is it Millennials are dropping out of church?
He concluded it was the fault of the churches for focusing their message on Jesus and non-worldy values, as well as the result of an organized push by atheists with a “God is a myth” message that’s resonating. He also alluded to a general decline in interest among almost all age groups.
He ended with, “It appears that atheists and Christians are finally working together on the same task: getting Millennials to leave the church.”
It’s so typical of the hard left atheistic faction to argue a small point supported by a larger false premise, as if the false premise was a fact beyond debate. They then attempt to focus the debate on the details of the false premise. Clever, but I hope accomplishing The Great Destroyer’s work isn’t quite that easy.
When someone opposing you is saying, “You better change tactics because you are helping us achieve our goals.” it’s a highly suspicious position. If it’s true, the only logical course is to say nothing and keep reaping the benefits!
Is Christianity growing or shrinking? Is it really on the ropes about to expire as the mass media would sometimes like us to believe?
Are people losing interest in God?
I’ve attended two Christian churches in the last seven months, multiple times each. One has expanded to a fifth campus (campus = a complete church with a building, campus staff, a live worship band, etc.) with the pastor’s message cabled from the main campus to the other four. The church began about eight years ago with less than twenty members. It now has thousands of members among the 5 campuses.
The other church I’ve attended started in the late 90’s as a tiny group, meeting for coffee at Starbucks to talk about Jesus. Over time they purchased a building and they’ve added 100 new members over the last year. They are out of room and about to break ground on a huge building expansion project, fully paid for in advance.
The front rows are filled with teens and college kids totally on fire for The Lord and worshiping with tremendous enthusiasm. They even have a weeknight “takeover” of the church attended only by local college students. They started it themselves and they run it, The parking lot fills to capacity.
I’m sure part of the attraction at that particular church is the demographic. These aren’t the uneducated, nearly penniless, rednecks desperately “clinging to guns and religion” some people mistakenly believe all Christians are. Jesus is for everyone.
The church draws it’s membership from the county with the highest per capita income in the United States. Sunday school is taught by college professors to people with PhDs. The church band is comprised of session quality players, some of the most intelligent, talented individuals on the planet.
And these people love Jesus. Look around and you see smiling, happy, super-friendly folks in love with The Lord and visibly displaying it. Millennials may attend the first time for other reasons but they come back because His spirit permeates the place.
Don’t try to convince me it’s not happening using cherry picked statistics. I’ve seen it.
Furthermore I know Trinity Broadcasting Network is constantly expanding on its multiple channel Christian Broadcasts worldwide. Christ’s message is being spread in more ways and with greater coverage than ever, finally fulfilling Bible prophecy that the Word would be preached throughout the world.
It’s even in Russia and bringing our Russian brothers and sisters, former atheists forced for two generations by the state to accept the “fact” there is no God, into the fold in astounding numbers. Not long ago Christianity was predominately a Western religion. Today, Latin America, Asia and Africa hold 65% of the world’s 2 billion Christians.
Wasn’t it just last week that CNN itself reported there are now over 200 Christian churches in Manhatten alone? And one of the newest, Hillsong, has quickly grown to over 5,000 members.
And wasn’t The Bible mini-series the most watched entertainment broadcast on cable this year?
How about the success of Donald Trump meets ZZ Top, Duck Dynasty? It’s breaking viewership records too, not in spite of it’s Christianity, but partly because of it!
Single track downloads of Christian/Gospel music rose this past year 8.8% from 20.3 to 22.1 million tracks over last year. Purchases of music downloads is mostly due to people under 30 years old with by far the highest purchasing age group being in the 25 to 29 age range.
Why would Christian music downloads increase in the U.S. by nearly 9% if Christians, especially Millennials in the coveted under 30 demographic, are losing their faith in droves? I believe these purchases are being made by millennial atheists with a hidden affinity for Christian music they listen to secretly in bedroom closets, LOL.
Christianity is about to breathe it’s last gasp…reeeeally?
Yes, some churches are shrinking in numbers, partly due to people migrating from smaller inner city churches to mega-churches in the suburbs. And some churches are behind the times. God’s message doesn’t change but the delivery system may need tweaking.
I totally understand, accept and love non-believers. Some of my friends and family are atheists and we get along fine. But I don’t understand people, like the author of the article, who actively attempt to destroy other’s faith.
What great good results from taking away a person’s moral compass? What great work are they accomplishing by destroying a person’s belief system that’s inherently full of hope and replacing it with a belief system absolutely devoid of it?
But oh, there is indeed an outcome. Non-belief inherently has a cost to the individual as well as to society.
It’s the devaluing and destruction of the traditional family unit.
It’s an absence of self esteem and the inability to see the eternal picture to the point that teens are committing suicide over Facebook posts and school bullying.
It’s a misplacement of values resulting in adults killing themselves over something as simple as losing a job.
It’s an increase in the number of people who hurt others without a thought of eternal consequences, knowing their actions are wrong but not caring, or maybe not even knowing the difference between right and wrong itself.
It’s more husbands leaving wives, forcing their children into weekend visitation with Dad and his new significant other, which imparts a completely different and unpredictable dynamic to the father-child relationship:
Fatherhood pushed to the fringes instead of where it should be, center stage leading, because the self is more important than doing the right thing.
Does anything matter?
If all we amount to at the end of this extremely short journey is a box of bones in the ground then it matters not whether we are moral; whether we rob, rape or kill; whether we spend our time loving or hating, shooting or healing… once it’s all over and the smoke finally clears, nothing matters at all to bones in the ground. There are no consequences or rewards for any choice. Every word we speak or write is ultimately meaningless as is every action. A collective mountain of bones comprised of everyone who once drew a breath simply doesn’t care.
But He does.
Man, if everyone in the world simply turned to Jesus and made Him and His Word the center of their lives, the problem solvers could go away. There wouldn’t be any problems to solve. And guess what, don’t believe in His divinity? It still works!
Belief in God and making Jesus the center point of your brief earthly journey is the default position of the truly logical, the default position of the truly wise, the default position of the few on this earth who are truly intelligent.
Instead of turning toward the one thing that absolutely will work, the one thing that is the real game changer for the individual, for society, the militant atheists are actively turning people the other way, away from Jesus.
Their genius on full display, shining like the brilliant beacon it is, I guess.
People need God. They have a hunger for Him that nothing else will satisfy. There may be agenda driven stats available to support the convoluted CNN article’s premise, but I can assure you, based on plenty of anecdotal as well as empirical evidence, the concept that Millenials are disinterested in Jesus is absolutely false.
Militant atheists want people to believe Christianity is on the ropes, uncool, holding onto a stale position, the refuge of losers, the home of the unintelligent, about to be defeated, when it’s actually the militant atheists who are losing the battle, desperately trying to stop the glorious truth that’s pouring out His message, finding His children and feeding them The Word that satisfies forever.
It’s reaching a people and generation who have technology in bucket loads. And wealth. And mobility. And logic to spare. But they have no hope in anything beyond the grave, the one thing that makes all that good.
Jesus is giving them some. Glory Hallelujah, He is giving us all some!- b.e.
I saw this on TBN last night and just have to share it, it’s a hoot! Watch as college students majoring in various sciences are tripped up by simple questions about God, evolution and creation.
Here you can see their pied pipers (college science professors) stammer and draw blanks when asked to name one example of true Darwinist Type-To-Type Evolution.
I suppose that’s because there are none. It’s not that there’s scant evidence for anything beyond adaptation confined within a species, there’s zero evidence:
It’s a little scary this is an example of the “best and brightest” our colleges are producing. No surprise though, how can wisdom be injected into the equation when the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and atheists are doing the teaching?
I don’t agree with the tactics employed, I’d prefer to see the love of Christ on display rather than intellectual combat but the video is still educational and a blast to watch because it’s a microcosm of the decades-old situation of scientists and creationists talking past each other. Creationists can’t understand how the “proven fact” of macro-evolution can have no observable evidence and scientists don’t understand what God has to do with science or why creationists use phrases like “it’s adaptation, not evolution” that have no meaning in scientific circles. “Evolution is evolution, period,” they say. If adaptation occurred, it’s also evolution, therefore evolution is a fact beyond debate.
The battle is over Genesis. Christian children are taught in their homes and in Sunday School that God created everything, including creating man in His image. Then in public school (why are they there to begin with, public school attendance being the very definition of child abuse?) they’re taught something that contradicts their parents and their Sunday school teacher. Often, the conclusion resolving that dichotomy is that the Bible is not truthful; that evolution is a fact; that man was not created by God in His image. They’re taught man evolved from a fish that became a small furry mammal, that became an ape that turned into man, deal with it. “Look,” they say, “Here are some illustrations to make this progression easy to see.”
It’s easy to pull the wool over the eyes of children. It’s easy to plant the seeds that will help shake their faith someday.
Like everyone else I was taught Darwinist evolution in elementary school and accepted it until 2002 when I met someone who didn’t believe in it. I was incensed! How can you not believe in evolution when it’s proven fact, I argued? I initially thought their position was at once ridiculous, unintelligent and untenable. Three days of intense debate and research later I began to realize The Theory of Evolution had gaping holes in it and was, in fact, obviously false. I published and sold a paper on that research for a few years and made a lot of money, but unfortunately, it didn’t drive me closer to embracing Christianity at that time.
Besides the flaw in the way The Theory of Evolution is being taught, I discovered dozens of discrepancies in the Theory itself, two of the more glaring flaws being:
1) Adaptation within species occurs often, but Darwinist species-evolves into-new-species evolution? There’s not a shred of evidence for it. Yet macro-evolution is taught as if it’s a proven fact, using adaptation, a.k.a. micro-evolution, as the evidential basis. Of course the scientist says, “micro-evolution IS evolution, therefore The Theory of Evolution is scientifically sound and valid as stated.”
Basically, scientists demonstrate adaptation within a type then postulate, “It’s never been observed and there’s no evidence but over long periods of time, over millions of years, these micro changes obviously must lead to types becoming other types because nothing else plausibly accounts for the variety of types.”
Try God? I choose to put my faith in Him. Scientists, however, don’t have that choice, they must invest their hope, belief and faith in time passing; science does not allow supernatural explanations. Scientists may believe otherwise privately, but in a scientific capacity they must “believe in evolution.” God isn’t allowed into the equation so evolution is the best remaining explanation.
2) Present day observable data demonstrates the exact opposite of the basic tenets of evolutionary theory. Radical anomalies that appear in a population, no matter how useful, disappear over time, they do not assimilate. In other words, babies born with two heads don’t turn into a branch line of two headed humans, the progeny of two headed parents typically have one head. (In spite of the fact we all know two heads are better than one, (LOL!).
There are no isolated branches of humans that have some radical difference from other humans such as a third eye in the back of the head; a third arm; a prehensile tail growing from their abdomen; fins, wings, or anything similar and useful that would show they’re evolving into something other than humans.
Do some mathematical calculations on the prevalence of mutation, the prevalence of adaptation and a world population of over 7 billion people, then please explain why there aren’t dozens, if not hundreds of branches of the human species evolving into something non-human.
False circular reasoning is common to all atheists. They reach incorrect conclusions because they’re unable to think outside the box of misleading information they’ve been fed by their pied pipers. They are allowing themselves to be led off the cliff of sound thinking because “wisdom begins with a fear of God.” (Psalm 111:10).
They don’t believe in God, therefore their logic skills and ability to reason erodes. It dwindles to the point long pauses, blank stares and stammering is displayed when requested to dive into the ocean of deeper logic instead of wading in the shallows they’ve confined themselves to.
More falsified missing links and data altered to fit agendas are coming. Technology is at a point where a scientist willing to be deceptive in pursuit of fame or in pursuit of an agenda can manufacture a convincing fake. It took scientists over 40 years to conclude Piltdown Man was a hoax. Just two years ago we found out the top two scientists studying Global Warming data didn’t like the fact field data wasn’t supporting their conclusion that the world was warming, falsified it, and were caught only because their hacked e-mails were made public.
The recently released correct original data reveals the world has been cooling for the last 15 years yet the atheist/leftist faction of the scientific community spouts nonsense as they attempt to save face. “Global Warming is still occurring, it’s just in a cooling phase, the heat is possibly being stored in the deepest part of the oceans.”
Hmmm. So it’s still warming, it’s just that it’s cooling?
How do you spell “convoluted logic?”
Par for the course. Remember, this brilliance originates from atheist and agnostic minds turned to mush who believe in Darwin while rejecting The Holy Bible, even when Bible prophecy about Israel comes true before their eyes. Even when this morning’s news headlines regarding Damascus sound like prophecy straight out of Isaiah 17.
How did someone who had little education, was Facebook deprived, and likely never ventured more than 50 miles from their place of birth write prophecy 2,500 years ago knowing that Israel, Damascus, etc. would even exist in the future let alone figure prominently in the daily news? How could they possibly know and correctly predict Israel would cease to exist, come back into existence, then become the absolute center of world events?
It couldn’t possibly be because the biblical prophets were dialed into a God called Jesus? A God who walked the earth in the flesh. A poor man and a handful of nearly destitute followers who created a tiny ripple in the fabric of history that became a mighty wave and only grows in intensity as time passes?
A man who was born to nearly penniless parents and never achieved much material wealth or official title, yet has influenced this world like no man born before or since? The man who forever turned logic upside down with the most profound statements ever spoken? The God-man Jesus, who the majority of past world history has revolved around and nearly all of it to come will? Could it be the biblical prophets were dialed into that dude?
Nah, that’s just too stupid to believe, huh? I bet you’d need some proof of that. “Exactly what sign would you believe?” He asked 2,000 years ago.
Jesus walked the earth, we know that. It’s independently confirmed even by secular writings of the day. It’s even confirmed he was crucified. Was he a lunatic, a liar or exactly what he claimed he was? Was He God in the flesh, who came to save us and demonstrate His love for us by satisfying the demands of ultimate justice with His mercy?
Here’s a clip of former evolutionist and biology professor at Tulane University, Dr. Richard Lundstrom, describing his remarkable conversion from atheism to Christianity as he realized that evolution is not supported by the latest discoveries in the various fields of science and it wasn’t supported mathematically. He no longer felt okay about duping his naive students with the half truths and lies necessary to teach The Theory of Evolution in total, as proven fact:
Even the head of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, converted from atheism to evangelical Christianity! He says that DNA strands mapped for the project have a pattern that could never have occurred by chance, a creator had to be involved! As he studied them and realized exactly what he was seeing, the former atheist spontaneously began to worship.
Want wisdom? Open your Bible to Genesis 1:1 and read daily until you reach the last verse of Revelations- b.e.