“Grave to Shudder” by Ike Ndolo

I was introduced a week or two ago to Ike Ndolo.  I still have no idea how to pronounce his name, either the first or the last one, but he sure has some great music.  The lyrics on “Grave to Shudder” are phenomenal!

Anyhow, it seems there are yet some things that Google does not know, and one of those things is the chords to this particular song.  But thanks to chordify.net and a bit of tweaking on my part, that will soon be changed; at the moment I publish this blog, the world wide web will no longer be ignorant.

Without further ado, below are the chords for Ike Ndolo’s song “Grave to Shudder.”  Enjoy it.  Play it.  And go by his CD.  The CD recording is much better than any of the free versions you can find on YouTube, and an author like this deserves to have his work supported.  So buy his music!

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The Wrath and Love of God (Ten Incomplete Thoughts)

God-In-A-BoxI love those things about God that defy explanation.  I love how He is both the King and Lord over all creation and also a humble servant.  I love how He is both three distinct persons and yet very clearly ONE God.  The last month or so, I’ve been stuck on the concept of how He is by nature LOVE (1 John 4:8, 16) and yet is also angry every day (Psalm 7:11).

God’s wrath in relation to his love.

I haven’t yet organized all my thoughts, but in studying the scriptures, the following ten thoughts have been coming up again and again.

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Change Someone’s Life Today!

Instead of re-writing the story, I’m just copying and pasting the email my brother Jake sent around about a young man to whom we’ve recently been ministering.  Consider getting involved and helping to change his life!

We met Emal, a young Muslim refugee from Afghanistan, about 9 months ago. We shared the Gospel with him, he’s been reading the Bible, and he comes to church most weeks. He hasn’t started to trust in Jesus yet, but he’s growing closer. Recently, he told me, “I know I need a new life – I want things to change, and I think Jesus is the answer, but I can’t believe in Him yet. I need to learn more about Him first, and then I can only believe if I really believe it’s true.”

One of Emal’s biggest physical needs right now is for hearing aids. Like many refugees we’re meeting from Afghanistan, Emal’s ears were damaged with the constant bombing, so we want to get him some hearing aids to make it easier for him to get a job, survive in Bucharest, and, most important, learn more about Jesus.

We found a pair of used hearing aids plus 2 years of batteries for $250. These are really good hearing aids that normally cost $2000 to $3000 new, so this is a great opportunity. Please pray about helping us to buy these hearing aids for Emal, and if you can give, click here.

When we present them to him, we want to be able to tell him, “This is a gift from Christians from all over the world who care about you because Jesus cares about you. This isn’t just from me, but this is a gift from God’s people.”

Whether you can give or not, pray for Emal, for his hearing to be restored, for him to find good work in Bucharest, and, most important, that his heart would turn to Jesus!

Thanks so much!

If you can give, click here.

The Search for a PO Box

Since moving to my new place last year, I discovered quite early a need to rent a post office box.  Where I live, I don’t have an actual mailbox, so anything that comes usually ends up at some point or another at my landlord’s store across the street.  Though I haven’t seen my phone bill in about 9 months, that’s usually not a problem.  When I had to order about 30 books for our summer class, though, things got… tricky.

The post office sends a notice (called an aviz) for every single package that comes.  An aviz is small, easily-lost, barely-identifiable, and often illegible.  Sometimes they would end up in my landlord’s store…  Sometimes they would make it to me from there…  Sometimes, they would… disappear.

It doesn’t help matters when you’re ordering from Book Depository.  Book Depository is seriously awesome.  They deliver books worldwide without charging for shipping.  But… they send books out individually, one at a time.  One.  At.  A.  Time.

This doesn’t work when you’re ordering about 30 books.

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Hundred Miles by Judah & the Lion

I’ve been really enjoying “Hundred Miles” by Judah and the Lion lately.  It’s easy to play, has simple lyrics, and is a ton of fun when it gets to the really fast part.  For your viewing enjoyment, the video is below:

You can find their latest album on Noise Trade, where you can get the songs for free.  But if you’re like me, you’ll want to support these guys and actually pay for the music:  iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.

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Holy Ghost Premiere… You don’t wanna miss it.

Religion sucks, but a living relationship with our Father through the Holy Spirit… is awesome… simply awesome.

If you haven’t seen it yet, the world premiere of Darren Wilson’s newest film Holy Ghost from Wanderlust Productions is streaming free on bethel.tv until September 8, 2014, 5pm PST.  It… rocks.  Watch it… period.

Check it out here before it’s too late.  (Or just go by the DVD when it’s released in a few weeks.)

Oh, man, am I hungry to see the Holy Spirit work through me.  As a missionary in a new culture, barely able to speak the language, this has been one of the most frustrating things here… how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit to people with whom I can’t communicate.

But, church, we just gotta do it, teach it, and lead others into it.  It’s time to be an encounter.  The world doesn’t need more advice; they need an encounter with the Father who’s searching for his sons, the shepherd who’s searching for his sheep.  The world doesn’t need religion… it needs relationship with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Oh, man, this movie has made me hungry for what’s real.

John 14:12 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

Help us send Michael and Annie Fisher on a sabbatical!

michael and annie

Michael and Annie are the reason I’m in the ministry today, and I owe them more than words can describe.  They’ve served Jesus faithfully 31 years, through easy times and hard, and it’s about time they take some time off to write, reflect, and get strengthened for the next step God has for them in ministry.

I’m definitely looking forward to getting to help support financially the man who’s supported me in so many ways through the last 15 years I’ve known him.

Check out the link, pray for Michael and Annie, and consider donating to help them pursue this next phase in their walk with God.  (You can read more of their story and donate here.)