feels like one that throws the door open really wide…”
Come out of sadness From wherever you’ve been Come broken hearted Let rescue begin Come find your mercy Oh, sinner come kneel Earth has no sorrow That Heaven can’t heal Earth has no sorrow That Heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face Oh, wanderer come home You’re not too far So lay down your hurt Lay down your heart Come as you are
There’s hope for the hopeless And all those who’ve strayed Come sit at the table Come taste the grace There’s rest for the weary Rest that endures Earth has no sorrow That Heaven can’t cure
So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face Oh, wanderer come home You’re not too far So lay down your hurt Lay down your heart Come as you are Come as you are Fall in His arms Come as you are There’s joy for the morning Oh, sinner be still Earth has no sorrow That Heaven can’t heal Earth has no sorrow That Heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens Lay down your shame All who are broken Lift up your face Oh, wanderer come home You’re not too far So lay down your hurt Lay down your heart Come as you are Come as you are Come as you are
I come, Lord Jesus, I come!
“The Spirit and the bride say,
And let the one who hears say,
Let the one who is thirsty come;
and let the one
who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before. Down every hallway’s a slamming door.” No way out, no one to come and save me Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me
Then somebody said what I’m saying to you Opened my eyes and told me the truth.” They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.” So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed And now I’m stronger
There must’ve been something in the water Oh, there must’ve been something in the water
Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way Didn’t think about it for a couple of days Then it hit me like a lightning late one night I was all out of hope and all out of fight
Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.” Felt love pouring down from above Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger
There must be something in the water Oh, there must be something in the water
And now I’m singing along to amazing grace Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face Got joy in my heart, angels on my side Thank God almighty, I saw the light Gonna look ahead, no turning back Live everyday, give it all that I have Trust in someone bigger than me Ever since the day that I believed I am changed And now I’m stronger
There must be something in the water Oh, there must be something in the water Oh, there must be something in the water Oh, there must be something in the water Oh, yeah
I am changed Stronger
“I baptize you with water for repentance,
but He who is coming after me is mightier than I,
whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
“And now why do you wait?
Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins,
calling on His Name.”
and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Global Christian Ministry Forum International (GCMF Int’l) is a spiritually focused overseeing international presbytery consisting of national leaders from around the world. The presbytery provides oversight and guidance to GCMF national leaders, working in partnership for the cause of Christ. The mission of Global Christian Ministry Forum International is to link with national Christian leaders and network with them to establish effective ministry organizations in various parts of the world, whereby pastors and Christian leaders can be locally equipped, inspired, and motivated for their unique ministry.
Global Christian Ministry Forum International provides ministry credentials to qualified individuals. Ministry credentials are issued in conjunction with a national leaders’ recommendation coupled with accountability and oversight at the national level.
I’m a licensed minister with GCMF and
I’ve also spent many weeks over the years at Christian Retreat with
Kids-A-Fame Camp and
YEX Youth Camp!
Christian Retreat in Bradenton, FL, is certainly…
“an oasis of spiritual refreshment!”
They host conferences, retreats, camping, events, family church, and more…
The facility includes the conference center and church, with hotel style lodging, a cafeteria,
meeting rooms, a gymnasium, a youth center, and outdoor recreation.
As soon as you turn onto Glory Way Boulevard,
you sense the peace that permeates Christian Retreat
located on the banks of the beautiful Manatee River in East Manatee County.
Towering oaks dripping with Spanish moss shade the 110-acre property
that is home to year-round residents, overnight guests, and groups
who use the conference center to host events, meetings and camps.
out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and lineage of David.)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.”
I’ve made the same mistake before Too many malls, too many stores December traffic, Christmas rush It breaks me ’til I push and shove
Children are crying while mothers are trying To photograph Santa and sleigh The shopping and buying and standing forever in line What can I say?
I need a Silent Night, a Holy Night To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here To end this crazy day with a Silent Night
December comes then disappears Faster and faster every year Did my own mother keep this pace Or was the world a different place?
Where people stayed home wishing for snow Watching three channels on their TV Look at us now rushing around Trying to buy Christmas peace
I need a Silent night, a Holy Night To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here To end this crazy day with a Silent Night
What was it like back there in Bethlehem With Peace on earth, good will toward men?
“There were shepherds out in the field Keeping watch over their flock by night And the glory of the Lord shone around them And they were so afraid
And the angels said, ‘Fear not, for behold I bring you Good News of a great joy that shall be for all people For unto you is born this day, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’
…And His Name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace.”
(Luke 2:8-11, Isaiah 9:6)
I need a Silent Night, a Holy Night To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here To end this crazy day with a Silent Night To end this crazy day with a Silent Night
Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child. Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
“Silent Night” was written by a Catholic priest, Joseph Mohr, pastor in the Austrian Alps in a little town of Oberndorf.
It was Christmas Eve, 1815, when he meditated on the wonderful story of the birth of Christ and wrote the sweet, simple verses of this song.
The next day he took them to the village schoolmaster, an organist, Franz Gruber, who prayerfully put them to music that fits them so quietly and so well.
And that night they had the choir sing it for the first time with only guitar accompaniment, since the organ had broken down .
Through the years this sweet song drifted out to the world and now millions of people rejoice as they sing.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven
and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire
that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in other tongues
as the Spirit enabled them.”
“…because through Christ Jesus
the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree
from the law of sin and death.
For what the law was powerless to do
because it was weakened by the flesh,
God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
to be a sin offering.
And so He condemned sin in the flesh,
in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us,
who do not live according to the flesh
but according to the Spirit.”
are not in the realm of the flesh
but are in the realm of the Spirit,
if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.
And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,
they do not belong to Christ.”
Interview with Joel Parisen:Newworldson
What has God been teaching you lately?
Joel: “How to not be a lip-service Christian. How to talk less and to let my life be my message, which is incredibly hard to do. How to not say one thing and be doing another. Some people struggle with surrender and trusting that God has a plan; that part’s been easy for me. My problem is knowing that in my partnership with Him, I have work to do too. It’s not all sit back and enjoy the ride.”
Behind the Song:
“We were coming to the end of a full day in the studio when I decided to sit down at the piano to unwind. I just started playing these chords when Mark came over and said, ‘We’re recording that tomorrow.’ And that was that. I wrote my lyrics and Josh wrote his right on the spot.
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