Song of the Week

Now Thank We All Our God
A Hymn of Thanksgiving

This week's video is a song of praise. Now Thank We All Our God was recorded on Visit, Koiné's 7th album. If you saw our presentation of Visit Illuminated, this hymn was used as the Gloria Patri.

Here's a little history of the song from Wikepedia:

Martin Rinkart was a Lutheran minister who came to Eilenburg, Saxony at the beginning of the Thirty Years' War. The walled city of Eilenburg became the refuge for political and military fugitives, but the result was overcrowding, and deadly pestilence and famine. Armies overran it three times. The Rinkart home was a refuge for the victims, even though he was often hard-pressed to provide for his own family. During the height of a severe plague in 1637, Rinkart was the only surviving pastor in Eilenburg, conducting as many as 50 funerals in a day. He performed more than 4000 funerals in that year, including that of his wife.

I Know of a Sleep
A lyric video for end times

If I were to say, “Life is a matter of heaven or hell and who you’re taking with you,” what would be the first thing you think of? For an unbeliever, this question can cause serious anxiety and doubt about the future, while at the same time, if you are a believer in Christ, you probably feel comfort and peace because you know with certainty that you will be spending eternity in Heaven. But what about the second part of hat statement? Who are you taking with you?

The things we strive for in this life mean nothing in the next--money, cars, property, prestige, popularity, position--you can't take it with you . . . but when it comes to relationships, that's a different story. You see, our relationships can last for eternity! Our friends, our family, our neighbors--they can come with us! Don't read too much into what I'm saying here--nobody knows exactly what our "relationships" will look like in heaven (read Matthew 22:23-33), but we do know

Just to See
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Have you ever taken a “leap of faith?” 

It’s hard... really hard.  Letting go of control is not something we mere mortals do easily, often because we forget we are mere mortals.  We forget that we cannot see or control the future.  Fear of the unknown can easily cripple us, causing us to make decisions based on insecurity.  We put all our money into our savings, our 401Ks, our retirement plans, thinking that this is a wise use of our earthly wealth.  I’m not saying that those things are NOT a wise use of your earthly wealth, but did you take a leap of faith first?

Fear of the unknown is overcome when we remember who controls the future . . .

You have been challenged by the Lord Almighty to take a leap of faith, and in turn, challenge HIM!

Malachi 3 says:

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (NIV)

Are you robbing God?  Are you holding back from giving your best, fearing what the future may hold?  We have been challenged to let go of our self-centered grip on controlling our own future, and instead take a leap of faith, and let the Lord Almighty be in control (because he is anyway).