Lryics – Part 1

I’ve heard more than one person say that the old hymns contain some serious doctrine if you listen to them closely. I can’t and won’t argue with this. I have noticed recently, however, that some contemporary Christian music also contains some profound messages, assuming you are willing to listen closely.

Case in point: “Lose My Soul” by tobyMac (portable sounds album). What makes this song even more amazing is that it is what we in the over 45 crowd would call “Rap Music”. Normally I can’t turn it off quickly enough, but this song has me hooked.

Anyway, back to my point. “Lose My Soul” has some deep water in it, such as:

Man I wanna tell you all something, Man.
Man I’m not gonna let these material things, get in my way, you all.
I’m trying to get somewhere.
I’m trying to get somewhere,
That’s real and pure and true and eternal.

Amen to that. And another example from the same song:

Lord forgive us when we get consumed by the things of this world,
That fight for our love, and our passion,
As our eyes are open wide and on You.
Grant us the privilege of Your world view,
And may Your kingdom be, what wakes us up, and lays us down.

Grant us the privilege of Your world view. Yes…. please do.

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The 10 "Cannots"

The 10 Cannots
By William J. H. Boetcker

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

This kind of thinking is conspicuous in its contrast to the popular culture of America today. I long for a day when this philosophy is prevalent in our country again.

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