But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 21:30

DiM | “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells Featured

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image CCM Edition.

June 21, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells which currently sits at #8 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This the first song I’ve heard/reviewed from this artist. I genuinely like this song. I’m considering adding it to one...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 04:39

DiM | “Beloved” by Jordan Feliz Featured

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June 13, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Beloved” by Jordan Feliz which currently sits at #6 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song is a good example of how presenting a “nice” song as a “christian” song creates a problem of...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:23

DiM | “Unfinished” by Mandisa Featured

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image CCM Edition.

June 7, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Unfinished” by Mandisa which currently sits at #5 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song by Mandisa continues in her line of motivational and inspirational anthems aimed at boosting the listener’s self esteem...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 02:30

DiM | “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns Featured

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April 17, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Oh My Soul” by Casting Crowns which currently sits at #12 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This song and the heartfelt discussion with Mark Hall are a great example of the limitations of finding assurance inside of yourself...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 08:48

DiM | “Home” by Chris Tomlin Featured

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image CCM Edition.

April 4, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Home” by Chris Tomlin which currently sits at #11 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song is a refreshing change from the CCM norm, in that it rightly focuses on the eternal Promise of the Gospel. Too often we...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 03:39

DiM | “Even If” by MercyMe Featured

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March 30, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Even If” by MercyMe which currently sits at #2 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This week’s song is refreshingly honest for what we see in CCM these days. Some real writing went into these lyrics, there is a lot being...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 03:38

DiM | “Trust in Jesus” by Third Day Featured

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March 13, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Trust in Jesus” by Third Day. This was requested by a reader via the Contact Us page a couple of weeks ago.

This song is one of the better songs that has been introduced in CCM. It proclaims the Name of Jesus. There is a...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 01:52

DiM | “Fearless” by Jasmine Murray Featured

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March 01, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Fearless” by Jasmine Murray which currently sits at #17 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Great, another anthemic narcissistic pep-talk set to a catchy beat. But through the partial statements and sentence fragments, is...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:21

DiM | “King of My Heart” by Kutless Featured

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February 23, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “King of My Heart” by Kutless which currently sits at #20 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This week’s song seems to be an attempt at an evangelical “worship” song. It’s a love song of sorts...

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image For today’s edition of Friday Sermon, I thought we’d introduce you guys to Rev Jonathan Fisk’s story, as told by Jonathan Fisk. There is a problem within the church of failing to teach or catechize the next generation in the faith. Personally, I’ve come to the Lutheran...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:21

DiM | “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship Featured

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February 14, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship which currently sits at #17 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Hillsong doesn’t write music for Biblical worship, they write mood music for...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 12:51

CTT | Christian Dating? Featured

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image So, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. It’s been a while since we last tacked the subject of dating relationships, so I thought I’d revisit the topic. In covering this topic, there is going to be a lot of Law. We’ll get to the Gospel in this area, but in our society and...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:17

DiM | “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North Featured

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February 7, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “I have this hope” by Tenth Avenue North which currently sits at #18 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This song asks some real questions. Questions every Christian has regardless of their willingness to actually voice them....

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:23

Hymn | Son of God, Eternal Savior Featured

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image Today, I’d like to take a look at the second hymn we sang during this past Sunday service. If you’re following from the Lutheran Service Book, it is hymn 842.

Congregational Singing

*Note: It is not easy to find good videos/audio of these hymns being sung by a congregation. I was very...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:27

DiM | “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli Featured

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January 31, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli which currently sits at #18 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song falls into the error of trying to offer victory in this life and presumed promises of the Gospel without...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 09:17

CTT | On the Mountain or in Jerusalem? Featured

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image From time to time there is a big to-do that pops up in modern-day evangelicalism regarding the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem in the modern-day nation-state of Israel (News: Sanhedrin Apppoints High Priest…). What are we, the Church, to think of such political endeavors? Does...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 05:38

Friday Sermon | “The Conscience” Bryan Wolfmueller Featured

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 image Today we will be pulling from the archives of IssuesETC, where we find Pr Todd Wilken interviewing Pr Bryan Woflmueller on the topic of the Conscience. If you only have time to listen to one of the parts, skip to part 2; however, I encourage you to listen to both parts of this topic.

If you...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:30

Hymn | O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High Featured

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image Today we’re going to take a look at our first Hymn from the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), “544 – O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High”. We sang this song during Epiphany 2, where the Gospel text was John 1:29-42John 1:29-42, when John the Baptist announces Christ, “Beh...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 06:49

Gospel Wednesday | What Are We? Featured

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image In researching good sermons for last Friday’s post, I was torn between 2 excellent sermons by Rev Hans Fiene. I decided to go with the more recent sermon because I would like for this blog to track with the Church year a little better. However, the other sermon from January 8, 2017 at River...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:43

DiM | “Testify” by Need to Breathe Featured

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January 24, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Testify” by Need to Breathe which currently sits at #18 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

The band has a great sound and I really like the lead singer’s voice. The tune is catchy and I like how they basically start with...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 08:11

CTT | Civil Disobedience? Featured

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image If you’ve missed the news over the weekend, the LORD be praised! If you didn’t miss the news, then you’ve heard about the rioting in D.C. mislabeled a “protest” and the miserably named “DC Women’s March” which was a vulgar, progressivist,...

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image If you are unfamiliar with Liturgical Worship, or following the church year, we are in the season of Epiphany. The season begins with the visiting of the Magi (Christ revealed to the Gentiles) through the Transfiguration. Today’s sermon text will be looking at Christ’s first recorded...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:10

CTT | Become all things to all people? Featured

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image It has been a while since our last Completing the Thought (CTT) post so I thought we might do one this week. Normally, I try to post these on Mondays, but this past Monday was a Holiday so I thought we’d knock this out today. I Recently received an email from a reader via the Contact Us regar...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:37

DiM | “King of the World” by Natalie Grant Featured

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January 17, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “King of the World” by Natalie Grant which currently sits at #5 on 20TheCountdownMagazine. It looks like the top 20 chart is starting to stabilize a bit, as most of the list looks the way it did before the...

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