This is a parody of the famous Leonard Cohen song  Hallelujah. I dedicate it to all those whose Hallelujahs are cold or broken.

 
You know what lurks inside me, Lord
You know just why I feel a fraud
But through it all Your love is just as sure
My life is up and down, but when
I fall, You raise me up again
And all that I can do is pant: “My Saviour!”

Hallelujah
O my Saviour
Hallelujah
Jesus Saviour

My faith’s not strong, not doubtingproof
I fall too often, that’s the truth
The burden of my sin surely hides You
The world, the flesh: I fall apart
I stretch my hands out to Your heart
If I can only cling to You, my Saviour!

Hallelujah
O my Saviour
Hallelujah
Jesus Saviour

I know I’ve said this all before
I try again; I can’t do more
I surrender, I give up, I can’t stay true
You’d judge my life as such a farce
It’s certainly no victory march
As I stumble, and I fall before my Saviour

Hallelujah
Lift me, Saviour
Hallelujah
Jesus Saviour

From time to time it’s true, I find
Your words keep playing in my mind
But sometimes so faint: if I am far from You
Without Your voice, I’m so forlorn
But when I see the crown of thorns
I weep beneath the cross of Christ my Saviour

Hallelujah
Christ my Saviour
Hallelujah
Christ my Saviour

 

I know You came down from above
Your life, Your death: it all was love
You came to set us captives free in You
And on that cross Your blood You shed
Yet three days later from the dead
The Father raised You up: O Glorious Saviour!

Hallelujah
Glorious Saviour
Hallelujah
Jesus Saviour

So now from sin You set me free
Let Holy Spirit dwell in me
So I can live the way You want me to
And when the end of time has come
The battle fought, the victory song
Is glory to the Lamb, Christ my Saviour!

Hallelujah
Glorious Saviour
Hallelujah
Jesus Saviour

Hallelujah
Christ my Saviour
Hallelujah
Jesus Saviour

Link for Israeli Defence Force singing it in Hebrew. However, they sing 5 stanzas; I have 6; and one of the versions has 7!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAMrRtuF_4

Below is a link to another parody of this song, but Christmas-themed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1OzT2NZQ6I

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[The latest James Bond film has just been released in South Africa.We as Christians are called to undertake an entirely different sort of mission which calls for faith, courage and the energising of the Holy Spirit.]

Though my bones be dry or ache,
Though the earth tremble and quake,
In the midst of it all
Even though the sky should fall,
Let me hold on fast to Your Word
Let me be not shaken – but stirred.

Ezekiel 37
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord….”
To see this in context click: the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/ezekiel/37.htm

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.
To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/46.htm

For those who don’t know, the latest James Bond film is called Skyfall.
For info about Skyfall click the following link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyfall.

 

[Thank you, Mary Decker, for this poem. The cost of a living faith is a daily battle. (If there are others who would like to contribute encouraging Christian poems/writings, please feel free to contact me via the comments.)]

Hard is the battle and long is the war.
Steep is the hill, very narrow the road.
Tired is the soldier, his feet they are sore.
Hungry is he and so heavy his load.

Sure is the victory, doomed is the foe.
Priceless the prize, and most glorious the King.
Though we may struggle, yet certain’s our hope:
Ever, with angels, His praises we’ll sing.

John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/16.htm

Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/5.htm

Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/7.htm

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/11.htm

Matthew 13:45-46: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
To see these verses in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/13.htm

Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/6.htm

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/11.htm

See also: Revelation 19:11-21 (The first battle). To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/19.htm

Revelation 20: 7-10 (The second battle/Satan’s doom). To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/20.htm

Revelation 22:1-5. To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/22.htm

Revelation 4: To see this in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/4.htm

[This is a parody of the well known Bon Jovi song: It’s my life. You can hear the original with original lyrics at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SKFwtgUJHs]

(Now! now! now! now!)
This is a song from a broken heart, yeah
(Now! now!)
An urgent prayer when the joy’s departed
(Now! now!)
I don’t  wanna be faithless and bowed down
You’re gonna hear my plea
That I make on my knees

Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life

(Now! now!)
I just wanna stand on solid ground
(Now! now!)
Like Stephen & Peter who wouldn’t back down
(Now! now!)
Tomorrow’s getting harder, make no mistake
Need a lot of Grace
T’keep running this race

Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life

[Instr]

Wanna stand tall when you call me out
Not bend, not break, Jesus, be you own

Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life

Psalm 51:17 …. a broken and a contrite heart O God, thou wilt not despise.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/51.htm

Matt. 12: 20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smouldering wick,
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/12.htm

Matt. 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/26.htm

Matt. 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/16.htm

Coloss. 1:9-12 For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/colossians/1.htm

John 10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep.”
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/10.htm

Ephes. 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/6.htm

Revelation 14″12 This requires the steadfast endurance of the saints – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to their faith in Jesus.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/14.htm

Acts 4:18 And they called them in and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Whether it is right before God to obey you rather than God, you decide, it is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/4.htm

Acts 7: 60  When they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. They continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
One really needs to read from the beginning of this chapter. Click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/7.htm

Hebr 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/12.htm

Revelation 3:5 The one who conquers will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before my Father and before his angels.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/3.htm

Parody: REM: Shiny happy people

 Is worship without ministry worth it? While it is our job (and it should be serious fun!) as Christians to praise God in this world and the next (Rev. 4 &5), we are also supposed to be making the world a better place by doing God’s will (Mt. 7:13-29) and ministering to the world.

I am privileged to know people who epitomise this. I would like to pay tribute to them and also to others who do just that. Thank you that the world is better for your being in it. As you pass through the world, you leave behind the unmistakable fragrance of Grace, and you have and do “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16), which is why I am able to praise God at all.

Shining happy people singing

Dance around Your throne

Praising, praising

Feel Your love abound

Thank You, thank You

Spread Your love around

Blessing, blessing

Take it to the world

So the pain begins to go

In Your power not mine

 

Loving happy people holding hands

(Loving happy people holding hands)

Singing happy people praising

 

Everyone around: love them, love them

Take each other’s hands

Take them, love them

Wipe the tears all dry

Guiltless, guiltless

Feel it in your heart

New tomorrow shines

From the Son’s love shines

 

 

Loving happy people holding hands

(Loving happy people holding hands)

Shining happy people praising

 

……………….

 

 

[What potential could we reach if we actually did what God wanted us to do? Nothing realises one’s potential as much as the right inspiration!Not one of us (even those of us in the valley of the shadows!) is too puny or too sinful or dirty or stuffed up or wrecked for God to do something with.

Looking at common things from a different perspective can yield quite interesting results. Life is full of parables.

Here I’m reflecting on a steam locomotive (South African Railways class 19D). Get the picture?]

C111 Thoughts on 19D 3322 [16 November 2005]

If we can produce such great power

From weak water and dirty coal,

What can God do with our

Watery wills and our soiled souls

If it is He that lights the fire?