Flashback

The Trees

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
And they’re quite convinced they’re right
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘oppression!’
And the oaks, just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet,
Axe,
And saw

Songwriters: GEDDY LEE, ALEX LIFESON, NEIL PEART
© OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP
For non-commercial use only.
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180 Degrees

The whispers of the Age, I hear

Calling sweetly to my ear

And once again, I’m coming back to you

 

I hear the promises they make

I see the hearts they love to break

And here I come, I’m running back to you

 

I try to keep an open mind

And leave these tired words behind

But only find a burning thirst for you

 

I’m lured away by something new

And realize my heart’s with you

So here I am, I’m turning back to you

 

It’s you that I love

It’s you that I need

It’s your crimson gift

I kneel to receive

It’s your Spirit giving me

Power to believe

And it’s your love that sees me through

To love you is all I can do

 

 

© 2017 David Robert Fuller

Tis So Sweet (Reprise)

I like certainty, security, stability. I want to know what’s coming, so I can be prepared. I want to understand what’s happening, so I don’t feel confused, and I like knowing what’s real and what’s not. Sometimes I get the luxury of those things, or at least it seems that way for a while. However, now is not one of those times.

I’m looking for work, and at almost 47, I’ve become a relic, because I remember paper job applications. Everything’s online now, and though I consider myself computer savvy, the internet seems to get increasingly convoluted, and there’s no personal interaction. You just send out a signal, and hope you get one back. I’m feeling a little lost and antiquated. My wife and I are stressed, and it’s getting down to the wire.

But will any of that matter? My birthday is August 21, and the whole world seems to be waiting for it. We know for sure there’ll be a solar eclipse, followed by some interesting constellations. Youtubers are going nuts. There’s talk of the Rapture, cosmic rays of higher consciousness, emerald gate portals, and even timeline splits. Some are forecasting the demise of America and the reemergence of the Nephilim. One can blow it all off as nonsense, but the world seems to have gone haywire, and there’s a lot of strange things being discovered and invented lately.

Ancient civilizations that seem to have harnessed energy sources we’re not currently aware of, with possibly other-than-human assistance or direction. They’re perfecting the ability to successfully customize DNA, they can now 3D print human flesh, and they’ve programmed AI bots that invented their own language to communicate with each other. Again, they are customizing DNA, printing flesh, and programming consciousness. And they’re trying to combine species. Oh come on, you know they are. And it sounds alarmingly similar to how some ancient texts say the pre-flood world became corrupted beyond repair, and had to be destroyed. Jesus said it would be like the days of Noah when He returned.

But again, nothing is certain. And while my heart declares with no doubt, “I know whom I have believed”, my fickle, wandering mind sometimes struggles to account for the hard to explain.

A few months ago I was struggling to assimilate new, strange information amidst the voices of intellectual scoffers echoing in my head, and I did what I always end up doing – I ran to my Rock, my Anchor, and my Shield, and into my intellectual chaos came a melody, the hymn, Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. With my bass and computer I laid down 3 spontaneous tracks, then combined them with no editing. The result was a musical representation of that sweet melody running through my personal chaos, my own dreamy instrumental of that beautiful hymn, which I can listen to whenever my mind wants to run amuck. His gift to me, to feed my faith, all the more so because it came from Him. I also posted the hymn lyrics and backstory, but this blog was still an experiment and I wasn’t sure how to share my music with it.

So now that I know how, and since I find myself in a similar place, I’ve decided to reprise (rather than repost) my earlier post, and share my little bass instrumental, maybe someone else will find it uplifting as well. Feel free to share it if you want.

Link to lyrics and backstory

We’re All Worth Saving

Jesus made time for people. All kinds of people. He came to serve, not to be served, and He made no distinction between people of high or low class, between the religious and the sinner, between the socially acceptable and the shunned; He served all alike.

Although Jesus reserved some of his harshest criticism for the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, He did not hate them. He made time for Nicodemus, the fearful Pharisee who came to Him under cover of night to find answers to his troubling questions. He made time to answer the questions of the Pharisees who travelled with Him and His disciples. And when a Pharisee named Simon invited Him to dinner at his house, Jesus accepted his invitation as readily as Matthew’s.

While at Simon’s home, a woman with a local reputation for being sinful came in weeping and proceeded to wash His feet with her tears, dry them with her hair, and annoint them with expensive perfume. This situation Jesus readily accepted also.

Simon however, was appalled. It’s a pretty safe bet that this woman had never been in Simon’s home before, and maybe never would have if Jesus hadn’t been there. To have associations with this notorious sinner would have meant scandal for Simon. He might have been seen as one of those who “…lead captive silly women, laden with sins” (2 Timothy 3:6). Her steps go down to death and Sheol; he wanted nothing to do with her.

It’s my guess that prior to this, she didn’t have much use for the Pharisees, either. I doubt she had any particular longing to be in Simon’s house. But in the presence of Jesus, sinners and Pharisees often find themselves under the same roof.

Jesus lived and moved in two mutually exclusive worlds. Neither one had much tolerance for the other. It was all the same to Him whether He ate with tax collectors and harlots one night, or Pharisees and harlots the next. They were all people whom His Father loved. Beyond that, they were people He loved. Neither the sinner’s disdain nor the Pharisees’s smug self-righteousness was a part of His thinking.

Where Jesus is, anything can happen. Worlds collide, and human beings are reminded that they’re just human beings – nothing more and nothing less. Sinners and Pharisees find themselves under the same roof, faced with the same Saviour, and the realization that we’re ALL worth saving.

 

 

©2017 David Fuller

 

Criminal Controversy

In my senior year of high school, some friends and I decided to put together a pep band for the school pep rally and homecoming game. The lineup was: a guy that played keyboards, (and was the only one who could actually play); a guy with a drum set; me playing the notes the keyboardist showed me on the bass; and my girlfriend pretending to play an electric guitar because it looked cool (it wasn’t turned up).

For a few weeks prior, we were allowed to practice during study hall. It was a small school, and the sound traveled, and we had some issues with students getting bathroom passes to listen to us practice.

We were excited, the whole school, because this was a Baptist school, and being allowed to have a band, with drums, was kind of a big deal. Even if it was just a simple keyboard melody doubled by a bass guitar, with a drumbeat and a silent guitar.

The day of the rally, we were informed that the band would not be allowed after all. The reason?

“WE WERE TOO CONTROVERSIAL” Yes, that’s actually what they said.

I thought that was ridiculous on the part of a small, Baptist high school nobody knows about. Now, I’m incredulous, because this exact same ridiculous type of reasoning is being adopted by Google, Facebook, YouTube, and others and applied in increasing attempts to censor, guess what?, “CONTROVERSIAL SPEECH”, which is also labeled “hate speech”.

What? Since when did controversial become a crime? Or hateful? One of my favorite things about being an American has always been the freedom of controversy. Our nation was born out of controversy. And when did it become a crime to say or do something, just because someone else doesn’t happen to like it? And how is it that the liberal left is now using the same ridiculous reasoning (motivated by the same fear) as the teachers at my Baptist high school?

The Hope Of Glory

What’s ahead
Beyond my fears
Beyond the shedding
Of my tears
The hope of glory
Shining bright
In my heart
A candle light
A flame of Love
Eternally
Melts my heart
Changes me
The strongest faith
The slightest doubt
The victory
He’s holding out
Can I ever
Be released
Son of Love
The sweetest peace

 

 

©  2017 David R. Fuller

 

I Stole This

I copied this directly from an email I received from Equisync, minus the part where they try to sell their binaural beats generator for meditation. Truth is truth, though. Of course I added the scripture at the bottom.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”-Mahatma Gandhi

Would you like to live a long, happy, and fulfilled life? Perhaps the most important thing you can do is forgive the unforgivable.

While the person who wronged you may not deserve to be forgiven for the heartache and grief they caused you, your mind, body, and soul deserve to be free of hatred, anger, pain, and hurt.

Likewise, if it was you who caused the pain, self-forgiveness is just as important.

Before we tell you the secret to letting go of the past, it is important to understand some basics:

What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is a release & letting go of a past hurt or resentment. A deliberate conscious act that comes completely from within, forgiveness does not require justice or an apology, while releasing all energetic debt between the people involved.

How can forgiveness positively impact my life?

• Often the first step toward healing.
• Helps you accept the shadow side of humanity: shines light on the dark.
• Releases you from the past and allows you to be present in the here and now.
• It can mend old friendships.
• Holding on to grudges causes stress, leading to a myriad of emotional/physical problems.
• Is of paramount importance in almost all spiritual traditions, particularly Christianity.
• Feel more freedom, as you are no longer holding on to the negative feelings toward yourself and others.
• It can open you up to more love and light.
• When you accept the flaws within others, you accept the flaws within yourself.
• Feel lighter from the cathartic release of emotional burden.
• Dramatically improve your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?”

Jesus said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21, 22