Tonight at Liberty Center, a couple Romanian anti-trafficking groups joined together to rent the theater and show the documentary Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls. I found out about it just this afternoon and had a bunch of things to do–I had a bunch of posters to put up and am in the middle of packing for my move tomorrow–but this is one movie I knew I had to see. (When I first heard about it two or three years ago, I knew I had to see it. But by the time it finally came near me, I had moved to Romania.)
My initial response was feeling overwhelmed, disgusted, hopeful, angry, helpless, hurt, guilty… all at the same time. It was a wild ride of emotions for sure as the documentary went all across the globe talking with all sorts of people, from former victims and traffickers to government officials and “johns.” The stories were heart-wrenching.
Humans are created as royalty, children of the greatest King, but look at what we do to each other….
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As soon as I heard Sunny Tranca’s music, my heart went, “Oh, yeah! This is worship!” In Bucharest, it’s been hard to find good worship, free, expressive, heartfelt, passionate, clap-able and dance-able. The best we’ve found has been at Raul Vietii–who always seem to stop right when they get *almost* to the point of a real, free heart connection to God during worship–and Elim. And, of course, Piatra Vie! (No bias here. 😀 ) (And, actually, we’re a long ways from where we want to be… God, send us worshipers and musicians!)
I had begun to think Romanians just don’t understand what it means to worship passionately and freely.
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Recently, I’ve grown pretty well addicted to this song by Jon Thurlow. It’s pretty simple lyrically and chord-wise, but it’s got such a happy sound to it that I totally love. It’s a great reminder of the simple joy that’s ours simply because God chooses to love us regardless of how worthy (or unworthy) we may be. 🙂
For those interested, the chords are below, along with the strumming pattern I use. (Sorry for the incorrect spacing on the chords; WordPress is not friendly when it comes to spacing things correctly.)
A couple days ago, I was sitting in the car at the Arboretum in Madison, WI, preparing for my talk at the Spring Green Community Church about our ministry in Romania. In the midst of my work, two smiling people approached me. It was only after they were close that I noticed the name tags that clearly identified them as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
Well, I never like to miss an opportunity to share the gospel, and I figure it’s better for me to keep a Mormon missionary occupied than to let him talk to others, people who might be persuaded to believe him. Plus, I have always enjoyed conversations about religion, even when I was an atheist. So, naturally, I decided my preparations for Sunday could wait.
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The music of Daniel (and his sister Harvest) Bashta has really been ministering to me lately. I love the passion and energy in the music. It’s almost impossible to sit still while listening; either you want to bow down on your knees or get up and dance. 🙂 And I love how so much of the lyrics are drenched in Scriptural phrases and images if not word-for-word Bible. “Behold the Lamb,” in particular, evokes images of the angelic choruses in the book of Revelation as well as the Lord’s Prayer in the gospels. I love it!
As this song has been a great source of strength to my spirit lately, I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy the chords and lyrics here, then head over to www.danielbashta.com for links to purchase his music. (Sorry for how the chords and words don’t line up correctly. I’m blaming wordpress ’cause the file on my computer is fine.)
A few weeks ago, we ran into a handful of high school students during one of our regular times handing out tracts. It started as a pretty normal conversation: the teenagers were mostly not interested but politely received our tracts, a few noticed we didn’t speak Romanian so began to speak with us in English, we asked them about Jesus and began to share a bit…
But then Jacob asked Chady if we could pray for him. He gave his assent. I told him, “Sometimes God speaks to his followers. Would you mind if we take some time to hear if he has anything for you?” The young man again nodded his assent.
Chady told us later, “I expected you would say something like, ‘God loves you,’ and I was getting ready to laugh at you.”
But God had a surprise in store for him.
My friend Jason introduced me to Rick Pino‘s music recently. Actually, he just showed me one song, and I haven’t been able to get past that one yet. It’s stuck on repeat! 🙂
The lyrics are super simple, but they really encapsulate the hunger I want to have for Jesus, where I would search for his presence until I find him and then never let him go. I am far too content to walk away from my times of prayer saying, “Well, I guess I met Jesus. By faith, I believe it…” I am far too content to be satisfied by work, by movies and TV, by Facebook, by AddictingGames.com, by food, by friendships, by the stuff of this world. I am far too content with the scraps that fall from the table or even no scraps at all, when there’s a great feast spread out for me just beyond my eyesight. Oh, may I search for him!
Enjoy the video, and let it stir your heart to greater hunger. And, for you guitarists, the chords/lyrics follow. (Sorry, but wordpress messed up the formatting.)
Oh, and make sure to check out rickpino.com to download some music and support his ministry.