Singing: Church Sings Together Like at a Banquet

Singing: Church Sings Together Like at a Banquet

Isaac Wardell with BiFrostArts.com helpfully explains what we want of people singing together. We are not promoting "hymn sings" as Isaac mentions, but the heart of what Isaac is getting at where we sing together. And we want people to sing together regardless of style, genre, or song. Isaac ends the video by how songs bring different ages together, but we see the gospel as the unifier and cause of singing. The point of singing is the One who caused a song in us and caused us to come together as a "host (crowd) of voices" as Isaac mentions. The Bible's word "church" comes from the Greco-Roman time period referring to people who gather as part of their life for a certain reason and belief to learn and live by their convictions.

Listening: The Gospel That Makes a Way

Listening: The Gospel That Makes a Way

Ryan Stevenson brings talent and biblical-lyrical truth to bear on listeners that brings an inspiration to hear and learn the gospel. Ryan sings and declares alike to what Paul says in Romans 1:16, "I am unashamed of the gospel ... " Ryan lyrically reveals the 'restless'ness and sinful separation of God by a generation alike to previous generations always in need of hearing the gospel. Christianity is about this 'Christ' Jesus of the Bible and history.

Listening: Looking for a Church and Community?

Listening: Looking for a Church and Community?

Aaron Menikoff, pastor of a church in Atlanta, GA, writes this recent article entitled, "You Don't Find Community by Looking for It." This would be one of many resources we can point to for anyone to read, learn from, affirm, or change in their understanding of Christ and Christianity, especially as one is "looking for a church" or "looking for community." There seems to be many ways to describe a local church like house church, family church, mega-church or other ways like through the church name, denomination, association, or network. More often, these categories become unhelpful and fillers for conversation. We want to see the conversation change along with lives changing because of God's work in people's heart and lives through the gospel of Christ and making known that "Christianity" is all about "Christ."

Listening: Humility by Alistair Begg

Listening: Humility by Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg, pastor of Parkside Church in Ohio and helpful resource Truth for Life, taught a four part Dallas Theological Seminary chapel series going through Humility, Anxiety, Adversity, and Security. The 30 minute video message on humility takes us from being aware of self-love and self-glorification to be humbled before God through the Bible passage of 1 Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” 

Listening: Telos Center

Listening: Telos Center

We have begun the organization and resource for equipping and training people in truth and love in varying context of life, Telos Center. The phrase is a purposeful and instructional phrase to capture the biblical pattern of what is to happen to any of us when listening and learning from God, his word, and living in the world. We want to provide helpful resources that reveal, affirm, and exemplify God's work on us to live for him in real life. Therefore, what finishes (telos) our hearts aims (telos) our life.

Listening: Promises by Sanctus Real

Listening: Promises by Sanctus Real

I'm posting this more for the lyrics that encourage, and Sanctus Real provides a helpful and reflective song for when life suffering and difficulties his home and hit hard. They calls us to remember scripture, get into God's word, and "hold onto his promises." "Let God's word be your strength" rings true as his he is stronger than life and anything that comes with it. This is true as we humbly live by truths, principals, and conviction through life's ups and downs as well as goods and evils. Either we turn to God's steadfast word and love or we look to the world for answers, comfort, and security. Those that turn to the Lord also build community with one another to no longer walk life alone.

Listening: What are you doing in Sacramento? Planting the Gospel

Listening: What are you doing in Sacramento? Planting the Gospel

Plant the Gospel video produced by Together for the Gospel is a unique and helpful resource to overall explain what we are doing in Sacramento which is to live and love for Christ that results in a unified and localized church community. Telos pastors are not here to "plant churches" but "plant the gospel and it bears fruit and forms a community." The gospel is also not a means to an end of wanting a local church to appear but the gospel is the reason for a local church to appear and pastors pastor to God's end.

What are you doing in Sacramento and beyond? Wanting God to become the epicenter of people's hearts and lives that love others to reveal the gospel as truly good news to be justified and sanctified by.

Listening: The Real God by Chip Ingram

Listening: The Real God by Chip Ingram

Pastor Chip Ingram addresses Dallas Seminary's first night chapel during the 2016 Fall semester with a message really for anyone. The intro video Chip plays brings clarity to what he's addressing and bringing us to understand which is trusting and knowing the Creator God. Chip brings us from how we view God to how God wants us to view and trust him.

Listening: How to Listen to God by Dr. Stanley Toussaint

Listening: How to Listen to God by Dr. Stanley Toussaint

Dr. Stanley Toussaint addresses Dallas Seminary in "How to Listen to God and God's Word." The message serves anyone beyond being a seminary student. Dr. Toussaint brings a heritage of humility and honesty in teaching God's word. Dr. Toussaint makes clear that God has revealed himself in many ways and mainly in two primary ways of his world and the word, in which ultimately and supremely through the Living Word of Jesus Christ.

Listening: King's Kaleidoscope Christmas Songs: Live In Season

Listening: King's Kaleidoscope Christmas Songs: Live In Season

Listen to these lyrics from hymns sung recently by the music group, King's Kaleidoscope. You can watch their 2015 "Live in Season" album of 5 hymns below or on their youtube playlist. King's Kaleidoscope's music is available on iTunes ("Live in Season") as well, providing a robust list of albums and lyrics that reveals depth and width of scripture from old hymns sung contemporarily. Hymns uniquely and adequately provide lyrics filled with truth for anthemic, passionate expression, especially when sung collectively with resounding conviction.

Listening: Sovereign Grace Christmas Music: Prepare Him Room

Listening: Sovereign Grace Christmas Music: Prepare Him Room

Sovereign Grace Music put together this great 2014 album, Prepare Him Room, somberly capturing the Christmas truth of the biblical and historical story of Jesus the Christ's divine birth into humanity for anyone to listen to and especially for local churches to corporately sing together. Their website also provides musical charts for instruments and direction. Sovereign Grace Music's website provides lyrics, varying ways to purchase the album beyond the iTunes album. Here's three musical sessions singing through the Prepare Him Room album.