Jason Mraz – “I Won’t Let Go”


 

Lyrics

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well, there’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

Will I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

And when you’re needing some space
To do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find
‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, I’m still looking up

Well, I won’t give up on us
(No I’m not giving up)
God knows I’m tough enough
(I am tough, I am loved)
We’ve got a lot to learn
(We’re alive, we are loved)
God knows we’re worth it
(And we’re worth it)

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, I’m still looking up

Thoughts

Tonight at work I was listening to some music as I walked around in the cool summer breeze when an old song I haven’t heard in quite a while started playing. As you might have guessed by the conspicuous title, the song was I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz. I remember when it came out back in 2012 not being a huge fan. I’d always enjoyed Mraz’s music, but this one was a little too slow for my liking. Yet as I have gotten older I have a newer appreciation for it.

My lovely, gorgeous wife and I are about to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary next month and we’ve been together for two years beyond that. We’ve been together through good times and bad. I’ve been with her as she worked through her parents divorce, and she was with me as I worked through the anger I felt from never dealing with my father’s death. Over the last thirteen years we have spent nearly every day together learning more and more about each other. I know all of her cute little quirks, and she knows my obnoxious habits. We know each other’s views and ideas on the various aspects of life and parenting and even though we like very different genres of music and movies, we stand united on most things.

Yet as with every long-term relationship you eventually just know that person. The excitement and adventure of a new relationship fades into the steadiness of marriage. I’ve heard it likened to a fire, in which the wicking flames burn out and you are left with the steady burn of white coals and the spark of embers. The flame is beautiful and intoxicating. It is both intriguing and dangerous, but the coals that hold the heat under them sustain the heat long after the initial fuel has burned away.

Do we still have a desire for that old flame? Of course… I’m pretty sure most people feel that way at some point. Do we ever think about old flames? From time to time. Do other people ever catch our eye or trigger our curiosity? Yeah, because we’re human and it’s natural; but we know that God has built something beautiful in our lives and that what God has united no one can tear apart.

Underlying this message, and in the song, is the reality of the way that God loves us. “Even when we need some space to do some navigating” Jesus is always right there waiting for us to tell him about what we found. He won’t give up on us, even when the skies get rough. He’s giving us all of his love, and still looking up.

For any of you who may be sad or struggling with where you are in your relationships; if you’re struggling with the nostalgia of past relationships or that intriguing person at work, take this as an encouragement to press not give up. Your marriage is worth every argument and every boring moment. Ask God to show you your spouse as He sees them, to help you love greater than when you first met, and to focus on the fire under the coals, rather than the flame that has burned away.

Don’t Be a Jerk, or Ungodly Combative Christianity | AA:15

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Housekeeping

News

The Persecuted Church

SCOUTS

Good News

Music Pick

Title: Revolution: Now
Artist: Disciple
Album: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (2010)

Main Segment

  • Revelation 2:1-7
    • “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.  I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’”
  • John 8:12
    • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
  • Matthew 5:14-16
    • “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way , let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
  • Matthew 25 (Parable of the Ten Virigns)
  • Isaiah 14:12-14 (The initial sin of satan)
    • “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”
  • Ezekiel 28:14-18 (God’s judgement on satan)
    • “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And i have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings that they may see you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; it has consumed you, and I have turned you to ashes on the earth. In the eyes of all who see you.
  • Luke 10:18 (Jesus witnessed the fall of satan)
    • “…I saw satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
  • Revelation 12:3-4 (The great sign)
    • “And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.”
  • Daniel 10 (Daniel’s terrifying vision)
  • Romans 3:9-20 (No one is good)

Things to Consider

  • Are our politics taking up more time than our time with Jesus?
  • Are we reading more news than Bible?
  • Are we focused more on news than on prayer?
  • Are we more willing to share our political ideas than our spiritual ones?
  • What is the point and purpose of having these discussions?
  • To have a say in how our country is run?
  • To establish a functional heaven on earth?

The Common Experience of Many Church “Leavers”

  • Grew up in a Christian home or went to Catholic school
  • Got hurt by someone in the church or in their family
  • Rejected Jesus because they didn’t want anything to do with Christianity
  • Became combative with Christians because they felt condemned
  • Shuts out honest believers trying to love and serve well

The Christian Mission:

  1. Love our God
  2. Love our Neighbors
  3. Make disciples

 

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Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”


Lyrics

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse

Welcome to the room of people
Who have rooms of people that they loved one day
Docked away
Just because we check the guns at the door
Doesn’t mean our brains will change from hand grenades
You’re lovin’ on the psychopath sitting next to you
You’re lovin’ on the murderer sitting next to you
You’ll think, “How’d I get here, sitting next to you?”
But after all I’ve said, please don’t forget

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse

We don’t deal with outsiders very well
They say newcomers have a certain smell
Yeah, I have trust issues, not to mention
They say they can smell your intentions
You’re lovin’ on the freak show sitting next to you
You’ll have some weird people sitting next to you
You’ll think, “How’d I get here, sitting next to you?”
But after all I’ve said, please don’t forget
(Watch it, watch it)

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
(Watch it)
Wait for them to ask you who you know
(Watch it)
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
(Watch it)
Wait for them to ask you who you know
(Watch it)

Why’d you come, you knew you should have stayed
(It’s blasphemy)
I tried to warn you just to stay away
And now they’re outside ready to bust
It looks like you might be one of us

Thoughts

When I first heard this song I immediately fell in love with it. In a way it reminded me a lot of my experiences over the last few years as my family and I moved all over the southeast of the United States. With each move I met a ton of new people from all walks of life. Some of them were Christians, but most weren’t and as I built relationships with them they would share their stories with me. Those stories were often filled with stories of hurt and mistrust because of harsh treatment at the hands of (I would assume) well-intentioned Christians, and it was only after months of steadily building relationships that we were close enough to speak into each other’s lives in a real way. So it was thinking of these experiences in light of the lyrics to this song that prompted me to share some thoughts about it.

“All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abuse”

This was the part of the song that really stood out to me as wisdom. James 1:19 tells us to “be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger” and continues in verse 26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” So many of the stories of pain and anger directed at Christianity from non-Christians and apostate believers are the result of being rejected by people who came at them with judgement and condemnation instead of compassion and grace.

The truth is, often times, behind the vitriolic tweets and comments from people who seem to hate or distrust Christianity and the Bible are abusive experiences. These may not be physical or sexual abuses (though as we have seen in the past, that is a real possibility), but a lot of the abuse is spiritual and psychological.

“Just because we check the guns at the door
Doesn’t mean our brains will change from hand grenades”

This line made me think of the trap that we can often fall into as Christians living in an increasingly anti-Christian culture. Like anyone, it’s natural to feel defensive when it seems like people and culture are targeting you, your beliefs, and your ideas but as Christians it is our job to be patient and gracious in these situations. None of us are perfect and we have to contend with our flesh’s desire to respond in inappropriate ways to confrontation and criticism. However, even withholding a harsh word or physical response lacks gravitas when we allow hateful and wicked thoughts to persist in our minds. We need Jesus to renew our minds and transform our hearts.

“We don’t deal with outsiders very well
They say newcomers have a certain smell
Yeah, I have trust issues, not to mention
They say they can smell your intentions”

I think you can probably see where I’m going with this part. Have you ever been to a church that is weary of new visitors, especially ones with tattoos and/or piercings or who don’t dress the way everyone else deems appropriate? What about one that expects women and children to follow cultural standards and traditions that are not biblical? If not, that’s great! However I have been to several, and a lot of people have had the same experience; but that experience is not limited to going to a church.

From 2007-2009 I was a student at the University of South Florida in Tampa and several days a week, out in front of the Social Sciences building, we would be treated to a “preacher” and a number of his congregants. They would come with signs that read things like, “Turn or Burn” and “Gays and Muslims are Going to Hell”. Needless to say, these people caused quite a stir. The leaders of the group would take turns preaching through their megaphone about God’s wrath and judgement with a self-righteous arrogance that one could say rivaled satan himself. Being in the social science department I would often go out to listen in between classes and try to engage with the students who were upset by the message.

Likewise in 2015 I remember driving into downtown Asheville, in the Mountains of North Carolina, and seeing dozens of conservative church-goers in a park downtown where the pagans (yes, literal pagans) would hang out, get high, and have their drum circles. It would have been great to see these older believers reaching out to the younger generation of non-believers to build relationships and try to facilitate some level of understanding between the two groups (and to be fair many other church groups around the community did just that), however this group was picketing and protesting. Much like the situation in Tampa, people were angry and rejected the message of the gospel because of inept/irresponsible messengers. That night at work my friends, both very much non-believers, brought it up and told me that it was a regular occurrence. Yet in the midst of the anger, God provided the opportunity for me to answer their questions honestly because of the trust and relationship we had. They still disagreed with my beliefs but they were tolerant of them because they knew my heart behind it, and because we had a solid relationship.

I write all of this because I know that my Christian brothers and sisters have good hearts and strive to love and serve God, however I cannot deny the fact that the stereotype of mean-spirited Christians exists for a reason. As believers we are supposed to live like Jesus who was not sent into the world to condemn it, but to save it through Him (John 3:17). Lord, help each of us to strive to fulfill that purpose and to show Jesus to the world around us.

Update for May 2018

Hello again everyone! It’s been a long while since I have been able to sit down and write or record anything and so I wanted to take a moment to give you all a quick update.

My First eBook is Coming Soon!

As I mentioned in the last episode of the podcast (episode 14: Is Starbucks Racist? Confessions of a Former Employee released on April 22, 2018) I have started working on a couple of books, and the first one is nearly a quarter of the way complete! The book is titled The Teachings of Jesus: What He Taught and Why It Matters. The book is a 31 day devotional that takes the reader through a collection of quotes from our Savior and works to explain what He meant and how it applies to our lives today. Each day ends with a quick way to pray through and engage with the Scripture that was discussed. I am also working on a companion study guide with study notes, questions, and areas to record your thoughts which you can print out, or just use a phone/tablet/computer, to further consider what Jesus is teaching us. I have a ways to go I am hoping to release it by the end of August or in the beginning of September. I will keep you posted if the time frame changes, but for now that is the plan.

Update on the Blog

As I’m sure you have all noticed, the blog has kind of fallen by the wayside since the launch of the podcast, but I will continue posting as I find I have time and as I receive questions or the Lord lays a topic on my heart.

Regarding Contributions

I have reached out to a number of contributors whom I am hoping to have posts from in the near future. These posts will vary in their topics, so be sure to leave you comments in the section below each post, or reach out to me via the Ask a Question page with your feedback if you have any thoughts on the content.

Also if you are a blogger, writer, poet, songwriter, or just someone with an opinion who would like to contribute to Ancient Abandon, reach out to me in the comments or on the Ask a Question page. I would love to hear what God has laid on your heart.

Update on the Podcast

Let’s wrap up this month’s update with just a couple bits of podcast news:

Regarding the Release Schedule

When the podcast launched the goal was to release an episode every week, and for the first few months this worked out well. However, as time went on and life got busy, it became more and more difficult to keep up with and there have been a few times since the launch that it has been a month or more in between releases. Right now even, my family and I are going through some major transitions that I hope to talk with you all about in the near future, but can’t go into at the moment. With that said, my goal is to at some point get back up to a regular release schedule, maybe weekly but maybe not, but until then I am going to try to release an episode one per month. My hope is that I will be able to better manage show prep, mixing, and recording on time with a lighter schedule.

Regarding the Direction of the Podcast

As I stated in the last episode, I felt like there needed to be a bit of a change in the direction and format of the show. First of all, for those of you who don’t subscribe to the podcast or may have missed it, I mentioned that while I’ve enjoyed the shows that have been released so far, most have basically been an audio version of what I would normally post on the blog. What I mean by that is amount of prep time and research for each episode was equal to or greater than most of the written posts I have put out in the last few years even before the recording time, the audio mixing, the show notes, and the upload time. As a result, it was getting tough to continue producing new episodes on a (mostly) weekly basis and still have things to write about; so what I decided on was to shy away from the more Christian-living/theological topics at large and instead to focus more on the news and social commentary from a Christian perspective. I’m also aiming to do a few interviews in the next few months, but I’ll update you all as that draws closer.

Thanks again everyone for your support and for subscribing to the blog/podcast. I appreciate you guys and ask for your prayers for these things as well as the (potentially) three major life changes that my family and I are currently going through. Again, I hope to share more in next month’s update. Until next time, go with God.

– Dan

The Value of Rest

If you’re like me, life is pretty good. I am thankful that I’ve been blessed to live in a country where I don’t go hungry, where I can speak freely about my faith and my views without persecution, and where I am able to —generally speaking — live without fear of violence toward myself or my family. However, that doesn’t mean that life isn’t stressful at times. There are days when I struggle to see beyond the monotony and annoyances of daily life, and I long for purpose and adventure. Of course, that’s not to say that I don’t have purpose in my everyday life… we all do, but when we’re bogged down with our day-to-day obligations and stresses it’s easy to lose that perspective.

In Genesis 1 we read of how God created the universe. On the first day He created light and instituted day and night. On the second day He created the sky, on the third He created land, sea and vegetation. On the forth He created the sun, the moon, the stars and other celestial bodies. On the fifth day He created the birds and fish, and on the sixth He created mammals, insects, reptiles, and other “creeping things”. On that day He also created us, but on the seventh day He rested. I’m not here to dig into the requirements for keeping the Sabbath, but I do want to touch on the benefits of taking time from the stress and burdens of your life.

My family and I have spent the last week or so in house out in the woods of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. For those of you who have never heard of Wellfleet, it’s near the tip of Cape Cod. We came here for a funeral, but stayed for a little bit of a vacation in the town my wife grew up in. It’s small — far smaller than where I grew up. The nearest supermarket is about 25 minutes away. The nearest interstate is about an hour away, and the town is small enough that the local market has P.O. boxes in the front next to the produce because apparently there’s not a real post office. If you want to go to the movies, there is a cinema that appears to have been built sometime in the 1980’s, and in the summer you can still go to the drive-in theater. For most modern city-dwellers this may seem like a different world, and in some ways it is; but to tell the truth, it’s been really nice.

Rather than sitting around the house or going out into the city, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside taking short hikes through the pine woods, collecting rocks and shells from the Atlantic, and searching for marine life in the Bay, and watching our kids in a much more natural setting. Since recording the last episode of the Ancient Abandon Podcast, I don’t even think I’ve read the news. Overall, I feel better. The stress of adult life and everything that goes along with that has been greatly reduced, and while part of that is just being on vacation, it speaks to the idea of our need for rest.

If God didn’t need rest, but on the seventh day He rested after creating the universe, then why did He do it? It was to set an example for all of us. God is immortal, we’re not. He is omnipotent, we’re not. He doesn’t grow weary or tire, we do. He doesn’t lose his mental or emotional stability after prolonged periods of work or stress, we do. If there’s one lesson I’ve taken away from the past week it is a greater understanding of God’s compassionate example in resting. For some of us, it’s hard to stop. After three days of being up here, I actually felt guilty that I wasn’t going to work and wasn’t being “productive”, but at the end of this trip, I feel relieved and refreshed. If you’re one of those people who are just used to constantly pushing ahead and constantly working on things, let me encourage you: it’s okay to stop and take a rest. Resting isn’t bad and it doesn’t mean you aren’t productive. And remember, you don’t have to feel guilty either.

Is Starbucks Racist? Confessions of a Former Employee | AA:14


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This week Dan examines the latest controversy regarding the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, shares stories of his long employment with the company, and considers the Christian response to the controversy. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below or by reaching out at ancientabandonpodcast@gmail.com!

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You can buy this week’s song pick on iTunes or Amazon.
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Songs used in this episode:

Song: Days Away
Artist: Ronald Jenkees
Album: Days Away

Song: Gadol Elohai
Artist: Joshua Aaron
Album: You Are Holy

Song: Inverted Mean
Artist: Ronald Jenkees
Album: Disorganized Fun

 


Show Notes

  1. [YouTube] Black guys arrested at Starbucks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gegA9GsJ26A&t=220s
  2. [YouTube] Moments leading up to Starbucks revealed in 911 call – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILKUecw-_vw
  3. [YouTube] Men arrested at Starbucks speak out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWOz3OZ6J9M
  4. [Chicago Tribune] Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of two black menhttp://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-starbucks-arrest-image-crisis-20180417-story,amp.html
  5. [WNGO] Starbucks CEO calls arrest of two black men at Philadelphia store “reprehensible” – http://wgno.com/2018/04/15/starbucks-ceo-calls-arrest-of-two-black-men-at-philadelphia-store-reprehensible/amp/
  6. [Music Pick] Gadol Elohai by Joshua Aaronhttps://itunes.apple.com/il/artist/joshua-aaron/369109846
  7. [Bible Gateway] Genesis 1:26-27https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1%3A26-27&version=ESV

Seek First the Kingdom | AA:12


Thanks for listening!

This week Dan discusses the state of young evangelicals according to a recent study and dives into what Jesus meant by “seek first His kingdom” as a response to the divisiveness of American social and political life today. I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions on this topic and others at in the comments below or via the Ask a Question page and be sure to check out the show notes at the bottom of the page.

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store.citizensandsaints.com/category/cd-s
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Songs used in this episode:

Song: Days Away
Artist: Ronald Jenkees
Album: Days Away

Song: Full Hearts
Artist: Arcade High
Album: Kingdom

Song: Inverted Mean
Artist: Ronald Jenkees
Album: Disorganized Fun


Show Notes

  1. [Christian Post] Young Evangelicals have inherited a ‘narrow view’ of Christianity, Molly Worthen sayshttps://www.christianpost.com/news/young-evangelicals-have-inherited-narrow-understanding-christianity-molly-worthen-215839/
  2. [Music Pick] In Tenderness by Citizens & Saintsstore.citizensandsaints.com/category/cd-s
  3. [Bible Gateway] Matthew 6:31-34https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A31-34&version=ESV
  4. [Bible Gateway] 1 Corinthians 10:31https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+10%3A31&version=ESV

An Update for March 2018

Boy, oh boy, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything (apologies to everyone for such a long delay).

A Quick Personal Update

I mentioned part of this in a previous episode of the podcast, but for those of you who may not listen to it, I am very happy to let everyone know that I have finally graduated and passed my first two IT certification exams. Thank you so much to everyone who has kept my family and I in your prayers over the last 3 exhausting years!

The plan is to continue studying for a few more professional certifications, however the major deadlines are over with for now. I ask for your continued prayer as I study that I would do well to learn the material (it’s a lot of information to take it) while maintaining a healthy balance with work and family life.

Also, my family and I recently left our home church of the last 7 years and have started attending a new church family. We didn’t leave because of any hurt feelings or conflicts; rather, it was after visiting our new church one Sunday and seeing the ministry to our community and to our college students that we felt the Lord drawing us to start attending regularly. I’m not 100% sure what God has for us or in what ways he wants to use us as part of this new church family, but I’m excited to see where he takes things moving forward. Please pray for us that we will all adjust well, make friends, build relationships, and be sensitive to God’s leading.

Blog and Podcast Update

I mentioned a few months back that I’m interested in sharing contributions from others here on Ancient Abandon. If you or someone you know are interested in sharing your testimony, life experiences, or insights on things like faith, family, marriage, parenting, relationships, work, politics, nature, theology, or really anything interesting, than hit that Ask a Question link at the top of this page and send me a message.

While the last few months of content here focused on getting the podcast off the ground, I plan to get back to writing this year as well. If any of you have topics you’d like to see covered or questions you’d like answered, leave a comment below or contact me through the Ask a Question page.

The last bit of news for this month, I am adding a two new segments. The first is the news where we’ll look at some of the big stories of the week and approach them from a Christian perspective. The second is a weekly music pick. If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning back in 2012 (good on you, that’s a long time) the very first post set the tone for the original incarnation of Ancient Abandon: blogging through song. In the spirit of those early days I wanted to incorporate my love of good music and hopefully get others to support these artists who are pushing back against the notion that all Christian music is musically terrible.

Be sure to click the follow button to the right to get updates and new posts as they come out!

Until next time,
Dan

The Christmas Season | AA:11

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In this week’s episode we discuss the SCOTUS case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the “discovery” of an ancient gnostic manuscript, and some frequently asked questions about celebrating Christmas; all with some seasonal jams mixed in!

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Show Notes

External Links

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[Fox News] Ancient forbidden Christian text of Jesus’ teachings’ to his ‘brother’ found –

Bible Verses

1 John 4:1-2 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

2 Peter 1:20-21 “..knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 2:8-14 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over teir flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in he town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to those on whom his favor rests.’”

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

Key Terms

Cessationism – the belief that God moved through his Holy Spirit in the ancient times, but no longer acts in the same ways today.

Contextualization – the attempt by a person or group to make an idea or concept relateable to their audience by adapting elements of the foreign concept to native concepts, or visa versa.

Syncretism – the blending of two or more ideas or traditions into one.

Music

Artist: Philip E Morris
Title: The Christmas Vibe
Song/Download: https://youtu.be/Y32nYbTlmMs
Follow Philip E Morris: http://smarturl.it/philipemorris

Artist: DJ Quads
Title: Christmas Time
Song/Download: https://youtu.be/6wplKGz4rF8
Follow DJ Quads: http://smarturl.it/dj-quads

Artist: DJ Quads
Title: Let It Snow
Song/Download: https://youtu.be/8KLrgkH74gc
Follow DJ Quads: http://smarturl.it/dj-quads

Update: Episode 10 delayed

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to give you all a quick update for this week’s episode of the Ancient Abandon Podcast.

Episode 10 will be delayed a few days.  I’m not really sure what happened, but I suddenly got a very sore throat the other day making it painful to speak.  I’m starting to feel better though, and I’m hopeful to have it recorded and released shortly!  Thanks for checking in, and for sharing about this site.  I’ve noticed quite a few visitors coming to the site recently and they’ve been browsing the archives, which is fantastic.  It’s my prayer that God will use what they’ve read/heard to help someone.

Until next time, keep being awesome!
-Dan