One Way, Jesus! \m/

Photo credits: Neville Chapman (Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapmanc123/8423899483/)
It began with One Way. A church friend introduced the song to us while we were practicing for next Sunday’s special number. We just formed our band which will soon morph into the church’s Prayer and Praise Team. Since we’re all newbies — I only know a few guitar chords and basic strumming skills — we were practicing really hard. Of course it paid off. The next Sunday, the church was happy to see their lanky high schoolers playing and singing. But aside from the beginning of the new music team, we also begun learning new songs — they called it contemporary worship songs. Hillsong Music, along with its precursors: Don Moen and Steve Green, and the elder worship groups such as Matt Redman, Louis Giglio and Jars of Clay were early music influences. 

So when Hillsong United, the church’s younger worship group, came to Manila this June, we really had to see them live. The phone lines for ticket reservations were busy all the time and the tickets were almost sold out by the time we had enough money to purchase them. Good thing, concert organisers allocated more seats for their Friday concert and opened a second day to accommodate more people. Thanks Ate C for patiently lining up to get all of us our tickets! Hahaha! 

When Friday came, Araneta was jam-packed. It was the first time I saw the coliseum’s concert stands filled with people. By the time the concert began, everyone’s standing shoulder-to-shoulder. I was so happy that I get to sing and shout that night with my siblings. The hour and a half event began with their new song Relentless. Other songs from their recently released album, Zion, such as Scandal of Grace, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Stay and Wait, and Love is War, were also performed in the concert. The rest of the setlist includes:


Encore:

The lights that filled the whole coliseum when everyone’s singing Mighty to Save was just spectacular. I never had the chance to video any of the numbers; maybe because we’re all busy singing our lungs out. Hahaha! The concert ended with what younger people who grew up with Hillsong as the “national anthem”: One Way. All of us were jumping and singing; I remembered the thrill we had when we were just beginning to really sing and play our instruments at church.

The band is really great, but to echo Joel Houston’s message that night, everything we’re doing and every song we’re singing is all for Christ. The band and their music is only an instrument to lead everyone to worship and thank God for all the things He has done for us. It was indeed a wonderful worship experience for all of us. 

Here's Taya Smith and the rest of Hillsong United singing Oceans (Where Feet May Fail):


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felix felicis: One Way, Jesus! \m/

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One Way, Jesus! \m/

Photo credits: Neville Chapman (Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapmanc123/8423899483/)
It began with One Way. A church friend introduced the song to us while we were practicing for next Sunday’s special number. We just formed our band which will soon morph into the church’s Prayer and Praise Team. Since we’re all newbies — I only know a few guitar chords and basic strumming skills — we were practicing really hard. Of course it paid off. The next Sunday, the church was happy to see their lanky high schoolers playing and singing. But aside from the beginning of the new music team, we also begun learning new songs — they called it contemporary worship songs. Hillsong Music, along with its precursors: Don Moen and Steve Green, and the elder worship groups such as Matt Redman, Louis Giglio and Jars of Clay were early music influences. 

So when Hillsong United, the church’s younger worship group, came to Manila this June, we really had to see them live. The phone lines for ticket reservations were busy all the time and the tickets were almost sold out by the time we had enough money to purchase them. Good thing, concert organisers allocated more seats for their Friday concert and opened a second day to accommodate more people. Thanks Ate C for patiently lining up to get all of us our tickets! Hahaha! 

When Friday came, Araneta was jam-packed. It was the first time I saw the coliseum’s concert stands filled with people. By the time the concert began, everyone’s standing shoulder-to-shoulder. I was so happy that I get to sing and shout that night with my siblings. The hour and a half event began with their new song Relentless. Other songs from their recently released album, Zion, such as Scandal of Grace, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Stay and Wait, and Love is War, were also performed in the concert. The rest of the setlist includes:

  • Go (Aftermath)
  • Break Free (All of the Above)
  • Hosanna (All of the Above)
  • From the Inside Out (United We Stand)
  • Aftermath (Aftermath)
  • B.E. (Aftermath)
  • Freedom is Here/ Shout Unto God (United: Live in Miami)
  • Mighty to Save (Mighty to Save)
  • All I Need Is You (Look To You)
  • The Stand (United We Stand)
  • With Everything (This is Our God/White Album Remix)

Encore:
  • Your Name High (This is Our God)
  • Wake (Hillsong Young and Free)
  • Alive (Hillsong Young and Free)

The lights that filled the whole coliseum when everyone’s singing Mighty to Save was just spectacular. I never had the chance to video any of the numbers; maybe because we’re all busy singing our lungs out. Hahaha! The concert ended with what younger people who grew up with Hillsong as the “national anthem”: One Way. All of us were jumping and singing; I remembered the thrill we had when we were just beginning to really sing and play our instruments at church.

The band is really great, but to echo Joel Houston’s message that night, everything we’re doing and every song we’re singing is all for Christ. The band and their music is only an instrument to lead everyone to worship and thank God for all the things He has done for us. It was indeed a wonderful worship experience for all of us. 

Here's Taya Smith and the rest of Hillsong United singing Oceans (Where Feet May Fail):


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At September 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM , Blogger Steve Finnell said...

TOTAL DEPRAVITY? BY STEVE FINNELL

Total depravity of man. Is it Biblical or a tradition of men?

Total Depravity Definition: A state of corruption due to original sin held in Calvinism to infect every part of man's nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God. [REF. Merriam Webster]

James 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.(NKJV)

Men are made in the likeness of God. Does that mean that God is totally depraved? Did God create man in His image? Yes. Is His image one of sin? No. God created man without being infected by original sin or any other kind of sin. Men are infected with sin by their own choice.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes. (NKJV)

God did not create man totally depraved.

Job 1:1-8 ......8 Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"(NKJV)

If Job was totally depraved how could he be blameless and upright?

Genesis 6:9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God. (NKJV)

How would it be possible for Noah to be totally depraved and be a just man? Was Noah baptized as an infant to have original sin washed away? No, he was not. Noah was not born with original sin nor was any other person.

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.(NKJV)

According to Calvinist doctrine Abram was born totally depraved. How could Abram obey God and be blameless? How could Abram obey God? He could obey God because was not totally depraved nor was he guilty of Adam's sin. Abram was born without sin just as was every man before him or after him.

Exodus 18:21 "Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness....(NKJV)

How would it be possible to find God fearing men of truth if all men are totally depraved at birth?

Deuteronomy 18:13 "You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.(NKJV)

How can men be blameless before the Lord God if they are all totally depraved? That is correct, they cannot.

Ezekiel 14:20 "even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live," says the Lord God, "they would deliver neither son nor daughter, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness."(NKJV)

Why did God attribute righteousness to Noah, David, and Job if they were guilty of original sin and were totally depraved?

Acts 10:1-2...Cornelius...2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.(NKJV)

If a gentile named Cornelius was guilty of original sin and totally depraved, then how could he be devout, give to the poor, and pray to God always?

The doctrine of the total depravity of man is not supported by Scripture. Total depravity and original sin are a fabrication of man.

YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLE OR YOU CAN TRUST YOUR DENOMINATIONAL CREED BOOKS. YOU CANNOT TRUST THEM BOTH.



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