|Posted on November 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM|
Time sure flies when you have a kid. October 13th marked Gideon's first year. And a little later on the 26th marked a year since releasing “Longing to Pour Out My Heart (In Simple Songs of Love)”. Though I haven't been so active on social media and my website in the past months since releasing Gideon's dedication EP, “The Chronicles of Gideon,” in the spring, I have enjoyed playing a few House Concerts arranged via SofaConcerts.org. Mid July through to the beginning of October also marked my return to busking on the streets of Düsseldorf's “Altstadt” along the Rhine River. Every chance I got, I'd grab my guitar case with guitar, sign and flyers in it and bring Venturvane directly to the masses.
In the coming months, now that winter weather is settling in a bit early, I'll be aiming (should the Lord be willing and I still be living) to tackle projects like blogging, videos, “The Psalmist” and maybe (a big emphasis on the maybe) a new album. So, keep your eyes and ears peeled to my websites.
Last, but not least, a big thanks to all of you for your time and interest so far. Especially to those of you newcomers via my NoiseTrade Music and NoiseTrade Books pages. I'm currently updating my music catalog there with lossless .wav files to replace the .mp3 versions now that NoiseTrade supports lossless qualities. So, please do continue to spread the word, support and share the music. I'd love to hear from you too; feel free to drop me a line here.
|Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:35 AM|
I've made several tracks on my debut album, "Venturvane," available to the creative commons. That means you can feel free to use some of them for any of your own productions, remixes, etc. for commercial or non commercial use. Others can simply be freely distributed, but without being changed in any way or for commercial use. Visit the individual track pages through my bandcamp site for details on exact permissions.
On top of that, you can download almost all individual tracks off that album via my bandcamp page for €1 (each section of "Holy Spirit Venturvane" is €0.25), while you can name your price for "Psalm 28:7", "Etude For The Multitasker" and "Herz und Herz vereint zusammen (Theme and Variations) parts I. and II.". If you enter 0€, then you'll only be asked for your email address to be added to my mailing list. You can opt out of the list at any time. Don't worry, I don't like spam either.
So, go check it out, get creative and share. These name-your-price options are only through my bandcamp page.
|Posted on May 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM|
Happy Mother's day to all you mothers out there. Hard to believe, this is how we all started. And before then, we were "just a twinkling in our mother's eyes." Every little detail, created by God above. And yet out of all the possible children with each conception, only one (or at least 2 at once) come to be. None of us are here by accident.
Psalm 139:13-14: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
|Posted on May 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM|
Being or becoming a Christian (or a follower of Christ, if you will) doesn't necessarily mean one is to be "converted" or "convert" to some sort of religion. "Conversion" isn't really the best term to describe it at all. "Returning" or "coming back" is more like it.
What is one to return or come back to?
Christ didn't come to start a new religion. Rather, He came to pay the debt of death that we owed for our sin, so we can come back to life. (Romans 6:23)
Wait a minute now, what is this 'sin', it sounds so religious?
It's another way of saying:
God made us to be in relationship with Him, forever. But, we strayed and went our own way. He warned us to go right, not left. "Go left and you'll die," He said. A con artist then came along saying, "If you go left, you won't die. You'll be like God." So, what did we do? We went left instead of right. (Genesis 2:4 - 3:24)
When we read the Bible, we shouldn't see it as a book on how to get converted. We've complicated it far too much. It's God's story of His love for us, how we went our own way, but can return to Him.
One example comes through the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). The youngest of two sons pretty much considers his father as dead and demands his inheritence, which is normally only given when the father actually is dead. He goes and squanders it, comes to his senses and returns to his father's household, truly troubled and sorry for what he did. What does the father do? He sees his son coming from afar and runs up to him, embracing him and calling to throw a big feast to celebrate. Talk about "forgiving and forgetting!" His son was dead, but came back to life. He was lost, but then found again. The prodigal son didn't join a new religion. He made a 180 degree turn from the wrong path he was going.
I recently bought this Gungor album and the song "Ezekial" based on Ezekial, chapter 16 is another, very stark, yet stunningly true analogy. There's no getting around it. The Bible doesn't mince words or matters. I've been there, done that, putting other things first. But, He patiently called me back, like the father in Luke, like the jealous bridegroom in Ezekial. He forgave and forgot.
|Posted on March 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM|
Laut einer Bibelserver.com Suche, erscheint „Glaube“ 320 mal in der Luther 1984 Übersetzung, 302 mal in der Neun revidierten Elberfelder, 445 mal in der Hoffnung für Alle, 304 mal in der Schlachter 2000, 413 mal in der Neuen Genfer Übersetzung, 374 mal in der Gute Nachricht Bibel, 333 mal in der Einheitsübersetzung, 407 mal in der Neues Leben Bibel und 353 mal in der Neuen evangelischen Übersetzung.
So oft wie das Wort in dieser oder jener Übersetzung vorkommt, spielt der Glaube eine wichtige Rolle für Christen. Denn wir lesen allein in Hebräer, Kapitel 11 darüber, wie eine Reihe unserer Glaubensvätern durch den Glauben gerechtfertigt wurden.
Hebräer 11,1 (Luther 1912 Übersetzung):
1 Es ist aber der Glaube eine gewisse Zuversicht des, das man hofft, und ein Nichtzweifeln an dem, das man nicht sieht.
Wir haben also etwas bewusst vor Augen, was aber nicht sichtbar ist, bzw. sich noch nicht verwirklicht hat. Andere sehen es nicht, aber wir sind so sicher, dass es zur Realität wird, dass wir alle Hoffnung darauf setzen. Vielleicht ist es die Gehaltserhöhung, nach der wir beim Chef verlangt haben und jetzt nur noch auf Antwort warten. Oder den Porsche zum Geburtstag geschenkt zu bekommen. Oder diesen Sommer in Brasilien endlich wieder Weltmeister zu werden.
Naja. Das sind wirklich nur weltliche Beispiele. Werden diese doch nicht Wahr, dann geht die Welt ja nicht unter. Umsomehr ist es aber wichtig für uns an die Kraft Jesu Kreuzigung und Wiederauferstehung zu glauben. Wir setzen alles auf die Jesuskarte, sozusagen. Sein Opfer galt als Lösegeld für unseren Weg zurück zum Vater.
ab Vers 2:
2 Durch den haben die Alten Zeugnis überkommen. 3 Durch den Glauben merken wir, daß die Welt durch Gottes Wort fertig ist, daß alles, was man sieht, aus nichts geworden ist. 4 Durch den Glauben hat Abel Gott ein größeres Opfer getan denn Kain... 5 Durch den Glauben ward Henoch weggenommen, daß er den Tod nicht sähe... 7 Durch den Glauben hat Noah Gott geehrt... 8 Durch den Glauben ward gehorsam Abraham... 11 Durch den Glauben empfing auch Sara Kraft, daß sie schwanger ward... 13 Diese alle sind gestorben im Glauben und haben die Verheißung nicht empfangen, sondern sie von ferne gesehen und sich ihrer getröstet und wohl genügen lassen und bekannt, daß sie Gäste und Fremdlinge auf Erden wären.
Weiter ab Vers 32:
32 Und was soll ich mehr sagen? Die Zeit würde mir zu kurz, wenn ich sollte erzählen von Gideon und Barak und Simson und Jephthah und David und Samuel und den Propheten, 33 welche haben durch den Glauben Königreiche bezwungen, Gerechtigkeit gewirkt, Verheißungen erlangt, der Löwen Rachen verstopft...
Wenn ich all diese Namen und ihre Beispiele sehe, dann kann ich nur gedemütigt werden. Mein Glaube ist keineswegs so groß wie ihrer. Trotzdem will ich alles auf die Jesuskarte setzten. Ich habe nichts auf Erden zu verlieren, was ich sowieso nicht mit zum Vater nehmen darf. Weder eine Gehaltserhöhung noch einen Porsche noch einen Weltmeistertitel. Vielleicht zähle ich nicht zu den Glaubensweltmeistern wie Mose, Elias oder David. Trotzdem zählt mein Bisschen Glaube, was ich habe, Weil Autor vom Hebräerbrief in Vers 6 schreibt: 6 … [O]hne Glauben ist's unmöglich, Gott zu gefallen; denn wer zu Gott kommen will, der muß glauben, daß er sei und denen, die ihn suchen, ein Vergelter sein werde.
[ Foto: Gemeinfrei 2012 Lisa Runnels (Pixabay.com) ]
|Posted on March 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM|
"The Chronicles of Gideon" is an EP celebrating and dedicated to my first and newborn son, Gideon. It is also a thank you to God for the miracle of his life. For, every child born has the potential to grow up and make a difference in the world, whether great or small.
Inspired by the story of his namesake in the Old Testament's "Book Of Judges" (chapters 6-8), as well as the story yet to be written that God has in store for his life, this music is my hope and prayer that Gideon's heart, mind, soul and strength will one day yearn for that of his Father in heaven. I'd like him to understand what it means to wait on The Lord's timing and put trust in His strength.
The biblical Gideon waited on God to confirm His plans through the sign of a fleece to miraculously become soaked in dew overnight. And God showed up. Then God asked Gideon to reduce the head count of his army to a number that, by human understanding, was no match against that of his enemy. Yet, that way Gideon couldn't boast that the strength of his army won the battle. He could only give thanks and Praise to God. And God showed up.
Put your hopes, anxieties, fears, whatever you're dealing with, into God's hands. He knows your every thought and desire. The Psalmist in Psalm 139:13-14 even writes: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." So, how much more will He pull you through the very plans that He has for you?
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|Posted on February 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM|
Here are a few thoughts in response to today's Moravian Daily Watchword.
Nothing in heaven, on earth or below can split us up from the love that Christ has for us! No struggles, no addictions, no past, present or future hurts. Those things may hold our earthly bodies down. But when we've given our personal souls to Jesus Christ and have repented of our lives turned away from Him, then nothing... NOT A SINGLE THING... can come between us. Take a moment to ponder the depth and meaning in that one sentence, 'cause there's some pretty big meat on them bones.
Jesus Himself said in John 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." And John 3:16 reads, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." BAM!! Everlasting life is a long time, folks. That King James English may be older than your great grand daddy. But, the promise behind those words is alive now and will never die, even long after our bodies be pushin' up the daisies. Just sayin' :-)
|Posted on February 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM|
|Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM|
Even as a little boy, I knew God had to exist. So, I prayed to Him. I looked at the world around me and the heavens above and recognized it as clear evidence of the intelligent creator, God, described in the bible. It never would have crossed my mind to think otherwise. It was so obvious.
My son is just a couple months old now. So, naturally his mind and understanding aren't developed enough yet to realize that he doesn't need to worry and pour his little eyes out in tears, crying at the top of his lungs and making the most troubled and distressed of faces when he wakes up and his pascifier has fallen out or we're not there at that very moment to make it right. But, the fact that he does this reveals to me that he has a deep longing for that which is absent to him at that moment. So much so, that it's like the end of the world to him. I didn't put this emotion into him. And it certainly didn't come from a series of coincidental adaptations by evolution. It had to have come from an intelligent creator who made the ability to love and to feel heartache in the absence of love. Of course he wants his pascifier back, because that's his security. But his mommy and daddy are also absent in that moment and he wants them back. He wants us to pick him up and tell him everything is okay and empathise with him until he calms down and stops crying. Like I said, it's not actually anything to worry about. But, seeing his face in that moment and hearing him cry just makes me want to cry with him too. Because... actually... I can relate.
I've had my share of distractions and worries in life that have distanced me from my heavenly Father. My childlike faith isn't what it used to be. I remember though, there was once a morning when I was little that I approached my mother and asked her why we had stopped going to church. We eventually did find a new church to attend back then, but I must have had some kind of unexplainable need inside of me to be with others on a regular basis that believed in God and Jesus; so much so, that it troubled me to suddenly have stopped attending.
This brings me to the conclusion that my son's earth shattering reaction to such a trivial little thing as I described above is not so trivial at all. It's much more exagerated than my reaction when I confronted my mother as a child, but it's still the same principle. It's a God given attribute to miss Him as long as there's something that has gotten in the way.
I can't help but see this attribute in the faces of those interviewed in this video a little over half way through when they're confronted with the concept of their sin and God paying for it through Jesus. These aren't actors. These are real people who come to the realization that they have to make a decision. Because the guy interviewing them has made it very clear that what they've been believing is complete garbage. And if my son reacts the way he does in the absence of his father, and God has given all of us this yearning for Him, then how much more do you think God Himself, our Creator and Father, has that same characteristic and is therefore distressed and aching for you to return to Him before it's too late?
Please watch and make a decision.
|Posted on October 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM|
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“Longing to Pour Out My Heart (In Simple Songs of Love)” is an all acoustic worship album. Although it's an album of cover songs, it's still, in its existence and purpose, a concept album. Think of it as a worship service for your quiet times.
These songs not only represent just a few of the countless praise songs that have accompanied me through the years, but are an invitation from me to all of you to come as you are to that place where you first found Jesus and gave your heart to Him.
Recording and releasing this album is a very humbling step in my life. I personally can say that I'm nowhere near being the best follower of Christ on the planet. And I've never perfectly lived up to the words that I'm singing on this record. But, I'm getting to know Him better and better every day. Perhaps it's not a matter of knowing Him entirely in this lifetime, but knowing that His love for me is so tremendous that nothing in this world is worth my time and effort compared to eternity with Him. Not that I shouldn't be responsible in my work and relationships, etc.. But my motivation to love God and others as I love myself should be the root and source of everything else I do. All worries and evil in this world fade out of my sight to the point that, although they are still there in this lifetime, I begin, little by little, to focus on God's hope and love for others. I lose focus on the “Me, Myself and I” that's clouding my daily routines and zone in on the “God and My Neighbor” focus that is love.
There are no accompanying instruments or harmonies in these recordings. Only one guitar and one voice, singing with all the heart, mind, soul and strength – unashamed – to the one and only Savior, Father, Lord and King.
So, whether you can sing or not, play an instrument or not, hit a can with a pair of sticks in time or not, this album is for you to sing and play along with. So, grab your vocal chords, an instrument or a group of friends who can lend you either of those two things and join me. Psalm 150 says: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”. So, that includes any “thing” that can bring the air around us to resonate its vibrations anywhere between 1 and 96,000 times per second. Yes, even 96,001 times per second or more are perfectly acceptable.
Perhaps you don't know Jesus. Perhaps you've heard of Him, but don't want to believe in Him. I invite you too to listen to these songs and let Christ reveal Himself to you. He loves you with a kind of love that no human can give you. This is the love of the creator of heavens and earth. I ask you, “If this Love does truly exist, then what is stopping you from chasing after it with everything you have?” You may not grasp or understand it right away. But, if you give it time, just as in any other relationship, you will begin to get to know this Love.