You Showed Love

I re-wrote the lyrics to We Found Love by Rihanna & Calvin Harris.

I did record an acoustic version and post a lyric video on YouTube, but later decided my vocal performance was not good enough for public listening and took it down.

Here are the lyrics… (If by any chance anyone with a decent voice fancies recording their own version, I would love to hear it)

Out of darkness into light
I was dead ’til you gave me life
For my sins you were crucified
Now I’m yours and you are mine

As I rest in you my soul is satisfied
And you’ll never let me go

You showed love to a hopeless race
On the cross all our sin erased
We will never cease to praise
The beauty of your redeeming grace

Now my soul has been restored
In your house I will abide
You give yourself I could want no more
Perfect peace in you I find

As I rest in you my soul is satisfied
And you’ll never let me go

You showed love to a hopeless race
On the cross all our sin erased
We will never cease to praise
The beauty of your redeeming grace

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Exiled Preacher did a similar thing with Adele’s version of Make You Feel My Love last year.

The Goat, The Grace & The God

I had my first go at leading a Bible study at Bradford-on-Avon Baptist church last Sunday.

We looked at Luke 15, the well known “Prodigal Son” passage.

Like any half-decent Bible teaching person*, I managed to dig out 3 alliterated points: The Goat, The Grace & The God.

My write-up of it is rather long.

If you’ve got plenty of time and a longer attention span for reading stuff online than what I can manage, you can read it all in one go here.

Otherwise, I’ve divided it up into less intimidating chunks:

Intro

1) The Goat

2a) Grace vs. Relative Performance

2b) Grace vs. Debt

2c) Grace vs. Disqualification

3) The God
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*In case anyone’s not sure, this is sarcasm… apart from the fact that the measure of quality Bible teaching has nothing whatsoever to do with alliteration, it feels completely ridiculous to even contemplate counting myself as any sort of Bible teacher, let alone a half-decent one.

5 Songs of 2011

I’d been waiting for another album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for 5 years. Did I Let You Know is my favourite song on I’m With You.

I probably lose man points for admitting this, but I really like Christina Perri’s album. Her song Arms reminds me a bit of Phil Wickham’s song Home. I’m so fickle in my relationship with God, but with Him is my home.

I don’t know anyone called Savannah, but for some reason I can’t get enough of this song by Relient K.

2011 has been the year when I really got into Reformed Rap/Holy Hip-Hop. Perhaps I’m having a quarter-life crisis, trying to appear “hip” by listening to rap music, but I think it’s more that I just appreciate the brilliance with which Trip Lee manages to cram so much Biblical truth into 5 minutes as he summarises Paul’s letter to the Philippians in To Live Is Christ.

And through Trip Lee I came across this song called Grace Amazing by Jimmy Needham.