I read a blog today about how to have success as a blogger. It listed 10 tips to writing a good blog. One of tips was to write something everyday. So here I go.
This year as I have played my music in several churches and venues my theme has been the goodness of God. I have been greatly impacted this year by listening to Bro Keith Moore’s series on The Goodness Of God. It is available for download at: flcbranson.org and I recommend you listen to it.
God is good because the only thing in him is Good. Good is all he has to give us. He has no sickness, poverty, death or tragedy to give us. Those things are never part of his plan. His plan for us is good and only good.
Everywhere I minister now I testify to the goodness of God to me and my family. By far the most difficult thing my wife and I have experienced in recent years was the death three years ago of our daughter Brooke. In spite of the pain and sorrow that event brought, we have and are witnessing the goodness of God. He has been so good to give us peace that Brooke is with him. When I most needed assurance of that he sent a message from heaven in the form of a dream. He is so good! Hear about the dream here: https://youtu.be/hhDn9PbVo4k
There is much confusion in the Body of Christ about God and his goodness. Many teach bad things that happen to believers are somehow part of God’s plan. Some teach we are unable to understand God’s plan and somehow we must use our faith to accept whatever comes our way.
However I believe his plans for us are good. Evil forces from the dark side are constantly trying to kill our children, bring disease, poverty….these things happen to people both good and bad. God is not working with Satan to use these things to teach us life lessons. He delivers us from these things because…….he is Good!
I encourage you to meditate only on the goodness of God for the rest of this year. It will change your life and you will begin to see more of his goodness.
God is bigger than you think he is and he’s better than you think he is! God is good….only good!
Cogitate on this!
I’m getting to be an old guy but I’m still pretty cool. I ride a motorcycle, I’m a Pitmaster and can smoke the best ribs you’ve ever had, I have great kids, cool grandkids, a hot looking wife and many friends. My musical tastes are pretty diverse however there is one thing I’m still “old school” about. Praise and worship music is hard for me to enjoy. It’s just never tripped my trigger. Can I get a witness?
I realize most of the contemporary music sung in churches today is loved by the masses of believers but it’s just never touched me. I like music that grabs my heart until my emotions erupt and God’s hand lays heavy on me. When that happens I can worship. There are a few exceptions. Songs like Bruce Haynes’ song I Need You More touch me but for the most part the songs that have two or three lyrics that are repeated over and over just don’t do it for me.
BUT FINALLY! THE WAIT IS OVER! I have just heard a project that perfectly bridges the gap for me between old school and praise and worship.
Jeff Easter posted on Facebook recently how he was impacted by The Isaacs newest project NATURE’S SYMPHONY IN 432. I downloaded it immediately because I’ve always been a fan of The Isaacs. I just finished listening to it with my early morning coffee and devotion. Wow!
For me it’s the perfect mix of musical styles I like and can relate to but yet it is completely Praise and Worship. There is a special anointing on this record and I want to personally thank Ben, Sonya, Becky and Lily for this great project. It is Grammy quality and I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t win one.
And let me say to my Bluegrass friends…I know when you think of The Isaacs you think of Bluegrass. Their roots are deep in Bluegrass and I hope they never lose sight of that. However don’t write them off because they are moving into more diverse styles. They have the talent to do it and are certainly reaching many more people because of it. So keep an open mind and give this record a listen. If you can see beyond your Bluegrass nose then you will appreciate this project and be touched by it.
I thank God for this record. It’s bridging a gap for me.
Cogitate on this…