Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lyle Lovett & Kat Edmonson - Baby it's Cold Outside

What It Means To Preach The Gospel

I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.

"If ever it should come to pass,
That sheep of Christ might fall away,
My fickle, feeble soul, alas!
Would fall a thousand times a day."


If one dear saint of God had perished, so might all; if one of the covenant ones be lost, so may all be; and then there is no gospel promise true, but the Bible is a lie, and there is nothing in it worth my acceptance. I will be an infidel at once when I can believe that a saint of God can ever fall finally. If God hath loved me once, then He will love me for ever. (Charles Spurgeon)

Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton @ A Very Special Christmas Live ("Merry Christmas Baby")

Eric Clapton - Cryin Christmas Tears-12-17-98

Holly Cole - Christmas Blues

Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love (Farewell Concert - Extended Edition)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Good News "It Is Finished!"

“If today you feel that sin is hateful to you, believe in Him who has said, ‘It is finished.’ Let me link your hand in mine. Let us come together, both of us, and say, ‘Here are two poor naked souls, good Lord; we cannot clothe ourselves,’ and He will give us a robe, for ‘it is finished.’ . . . ‘But must we not add tears to it?’ ‘No,’ says He, ‘no, it is finished, there is enough.’
Child of God, will you have Christ’s finished righteousness this morning, and will you rejoice in it more than you ever have before?”


Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of the New Testament

Santa Visits Dick Cheneys House


Otis Spann - Jangleboogie

Otis Spann - Good Morning Mr. Blues - piano player for Muddy Waters from 1953 to 1969

Pinetop Perkins -- How Long Blues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cream - Dance The Night Away

No Reason But Grace Alone

I would have to agree with Spurgeon when he said, "I cannot understand the reason why I am saved, except upon the ground that God would have it so. I cannot, if I look ever so earnestly, discover any kind of reason in myself why I should be a partaker of Divine grace. If I am not at this moment without Christ, it is only because Christ Jesus would have his will with me, and that will was that I should be with him where he is, and should share his glory. I can put the crown nowhere but upon the head of him whose mighty grace has saved me from going down into the pit." Charles Spurgeon

All I can say is amen I cannot give any reason why God should have saved me except the words of the Apostle Paul, Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost" Nothing in my hands I bring simply to thy cross I cling, oh lamb of God I come.

Cream - Strange Brew

Cream - Crossroads - Live (1968)

Hobbit Office - Saturday Night Live - After saving Middle-earth, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Bobby Moynihan), Gollum (Taran Killam), Legolas (Kyle Mooney) and Tauriel (Kate McKinnon) take up office jobs.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cyndi Lauper - Crossroads - With Johnny Lang on Guitar & Vocals

Cyndi Lauper - Rollin' and Tumblin'

Cyndi Lauper - Just Your Fool - With Charlie Musselwhite on Harmoncia

Lions Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes Theologian Charles Hodge

Lions coach Jim Caldwell in today's interview quotes theologian Charles Hodge principal of Princeton Theological Seminary between 1851 and 1878 "There's a guy named Charles Hodge who is actually a great theologian, but he made this statement- ‘You have to be able to exalt men without inflating them' and the other part of it is, ‘and humble men without debasing them.' So, that's kind of a balancing act for us. We have to make certain that we make them feel good about what they're doing, but not to the point where they feel overconfident. We have to make certain, obviously, that we tell them the truth about things they've done wrong, but we don't have to dog-cuss them and tear them down. So, it's a delicate balancing act trying to kind of keep a team on even keel all across the board, never too high never too low." 

How nice to have a well read Lions coach who even knows who Charles Hodge is. I'm sure most of the reporters didn't have a clue.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How Does the Holy Spirit Actually Produce Change in Us?

"Dwelling in the elect, the Spirit does not slumber, nor does He keep an eternal Sabbath, in idleness shutting Himself up in their hearts; but as divine Worker He seeks from within to fill their individual persons, pouring the stream of His divine brightness through every space.
But we should not imagine that every believer is instantly filled and permeated. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit finds him filled with all manner of evil and treachery. . . . His method of procedure is not with divine power to force a man as though he were a stock or block, but by the power of love and compassion so to influence and energize the impulses of the feeble will that it feels the effect, is inclined, and finally consents to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. . . .

This operation is different in each person. In one it proceeds with marvelous rapidity; in another, progress is exceedingly slow, being checked by serious reaction which in some rare cases is overcome only with the last breath. There are scarcely two men in whom this gracious operation is completely the same.

It may not be denied that the Holy Spirit often meets serious opposition on the part of the saint. . . . And the Holy Spirit bears all this resistance with infinite pity, and overcomes it and casts it out with eternal mercy.

Who that is not a stranger to his own heart does not remember how many years it took before he would yield a certain point of resistance; how he always avoided facing it; restlessly opposed it, at last thought to end the matter by arranging for a sort of modus vivendi between himself and the Holy Spirit? But the Holy Spirit did not cease, gave him no rest; again and again that familiar knock was heard, the calling in his heart of that familiar voice. And after years of resistance he could not but yield in the end."

--Abraham Kuyper, The Work of the Holy Spirit (trans. Henri De Vries; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1979), 529–30

How Hillary Goes Extinct


The Hunt - Tommy Emmanuel - Originally on the album "The Journey Continues" - Amazing!

Martin Short's Awkward Interview - David Letterman

Al Green: "Tired of Being Alone/Let's Stay Together" - David Letterman

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Knowledge Of God

How can we describe God’s knowledge? Arthur Pink in his book “Gleanings in the Godhead” wrote, “God is omniscient, he knows everything; everything possible, everything actual; all events all creatures, of the past, the present and the future. He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth, and in hell . . . nothing escapes His notice, nothing can be hidden from Him, nothing is forgotten by Him. . . He never errs, never changes, never overlooks anything” (pg.19). A.W. Tozer in his book The Knowledge of the Holy expands this description by adding negatives: “God has never learned from anyone. God cannot learn. Could God at any time or in any manner receive into his mind knowledge that he did not possess and had not processed from eternity, He would be imperfect and less than himself. To think of a God who must sit at the feet of a teacher, even though that teacher be an archangel or a seraph, is to think of someone other than the most high God, maker of heaven and earth. . . 

These are awesome thoughts that will help you stand in awe of God.

Jimmy Reed - You've Got Me Dizzy

Going Down -- Pino Daniele, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph & The Family Band Live from Crossroads guitar Festival 2010

ZZ Top - Jesus just left Chicago Live From Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

Eric Clapton & Friends - Don't Wait (Official Lyric Video) "The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)” w/ John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Christine Lakeland.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Power Of Transforming Grace

"The unrelenting power of transforming grace is greater than the unyielding idolatry of your wandering heart." 

 I completely believe this, it is gospel truth. If I didn't believe that the power of transforming grace was greater than the idolatry of my wandering heart I would have no hope of salvation and I would never experience the security of my salvation. This is the reason so many Christians struggle with assurance they have more confidence in their wandering heart than they do in God's transforming grace. When are you going to give up on yourself? When are you going to realize that your salvation does not and can not depend on you. Salvation depends on Christ alone, by grace alone period, end of story.

Otis Redding - Merry Christmas Baby (Atco Records 1967)

Albert King - Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin

Gary Walker - Santa's Got A Brand New Bag

Xmas Done Got Funky - Jimmy Jules and the Nuclear Soul System - 1970

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Man Or Rabbit?

"Christianity will do you good--a great deal more good than you ever wanted or expected. And the first bit of good it will do you is to hammer into your head (you won't enjoy that!) the fact that what you have hitherto called 'good'--all that about 'leading a decent life' and 'being kind'--isn't quite the magnificent and all-important affair you supposed. It will teach you that in fact you can't be 'good' (not for 24 hours) on your own moral efforts. And then it will teach you that even if you were, you still wouldn't have achieved the purpose for which you were created. Mere morality is not the end of your life. You were made for something quite different than that. . . . Confucius simply didn't know what life is about. The people who keep on asking if they can't lead a decent life without Christ, don't know what life is about. . . .

"Morality is indispensable: but the Divine Life, which gives itself to us and which calls us to be gods, intends for us something in which morality will be swallowed up. We are to be re-made. All the rabbit in us is to disappear--the worried, conscientious, ethical rabbit as well as the cowardly and sensual rabbit. We shall bleed and squeal as the handfuls of fur come out; and then, surprisingly, we shall find underneath it all a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man, an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy."

--C. S. Lewis, "Man or Rabbit?" in God in the Dock pg. 112

You need to let this sink in. Lewis said Christianity "will teach you that in fact you can't be 'good' (not for 24 hours) on your own moral efforts." I love the phrase "All the rabbit in us will disappear" God is doing something far greater than having us lead a decent life he is changing us to be children of God made like his son.

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - A Tribute To John Lee Hooker (Chill Out - The Healer)

Melvin Taylor - Texas Flood

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Rendezvous With The Blues

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Great Exchange

“This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied himself of his righteousness that he might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and he has taken our evils upon himself that he might deliver us from them."

“Learn Christ and him crucified. Learn to pray to him and, despairing of yourself, say, ‘Thou, Lord Jesus, art my righteousness, but I am thy sin. Thou hast taken upon thyself what is mine and hast given to me what is thine. Thou hast taken upon thyself what thou wast not and hast given to me what I was not.'”

Martin Luther, quoted in J. I. Packer and Mark Dever, In My Place Condemned He Stood (Wheaton, 2008), page 85

Bill Evans - 'Round Midnight - Sweden-1970 Eddie Gomez Marty Morrell

Oscar Peterson Trio - Wave [1985]

Angelina - Tommy Emmanuel - Written for his second daughter, Angelina

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Resting On Christ Alone

“We can put it this way: the man who has faith is the man who is no longer looking at himself and no longer looking to himself. He no longer looks at anything he once was. He does not look at what he is now. He does not even look at what he hopes to be as the result of his own efforts. He looks entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, and rests on that alone. He has ceased to say, "Ah yes, I used to commit terrible sins but I have done this and that." He stops saying that. If he goes on saying that, he has not got faith. Faith speaks in an entirely different manner and makes a man say, "Yes I have sinned grievously, I have lived a life of sin, yet I know that I am a child of God because I am not resting on any righteousness of my own; my righteousness is in Jesus Christ and God has put that to my account.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones


Is this truth settled in your heart? I have received the free gift of righteousness and I have been adopted into God's family and I am eternally secure in Christ.

Keystone Pipeline If We Could Only Get Dem Asses Out Of The Way


Eric Clapton - I Can't Hold Out

Eric Clapton- Lay Down Sally

Next Time You See Her - Eric Clapton

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses


We think just the opposite. We think our sinful desires are so strong that we can't reach for the joy God offers but that makes us like an ignorant child who is easily pleased. Instead of reaching for the joy we settle for the mud in the slum, that's why were half-hearted creatures who are content with the mud. We settle for weak desires instead of going for the higher desires to know God and to be filled with his joy.

Jethro Tull & Joe Bonamassa - Locomotive Breath

Joe Bonamassa and Paul Rogers - Fire and Water

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Problem With Doubting Everything

“But the new rebel is a skeptic, and will not entirely trust anything. He has no loyalty; therefore he can never be really a revolutionist. And the fact that he doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it. . . . As a politician, he will cry out that war is a waste of life, and then, as a philosopher, that all life is waste of time. A Russian pessimist will denounce a policeman for killing a peasant, and then prove by the highest philosophical principles that the peasant ought to have killed himself. . . . The man of this school goes first to a political meeting, where he complains that savages are treated as if they were beasts; then he takes his hat and umbrella and goes on to a scientific meeting, where he proves that they practically are beasts. In short, the modern revolutionist, being an infinite skeptic, is always engaged in undermining his own mind. In his book on politics he attacks men for trampling on morality; in his book on ethics he attacks morality for trampling on men. Therefore the modern man in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt. By rebelling against everything he has lost his right to rebel against anything.”
― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy 


And here we are in America. Everyone revolting against something while tolerating things they should revolt against. What a mess this world is. As the apostle Paul said "If our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) And as Bob Dylan sang in Saved, "I was blinded by the devil, Born already ruined, Stone cold dead as I steeped out of the womb. By his grace I have been touched, By his word I have been healed, By his hand I've been delivered, By his Spirit I've been sealed. I've been saved, By the blood of the lamb."
Man I love that lyric.

Bob Dylan - Hard Travel

Monday, October 27, 2014

Imagine Yourself As A Living House

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 


I love this quote from Lewis. As you get older you start feeling that most of the work has been done on your house (yourself) and you can take it easy and all of a sudden God's building a new wing and its quite upsetting. I find that I am more engaged in learning and growing in my faith more involved in other peoples lives and more involved with my grown children and their children there is no time to back off and think of myself. What a waste of time that is. I do know some people who as they have gotten older are more withdrawn, concerned only for themselves and have put up a sign "no new construction here" How sad for them.

Roll On, John - Bob Dylan - I love This

Bob Dylan - Dreamin' of You

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies, aged 71

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960s band Cream, has died aged 71, his publicist confirms.
Legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history.
They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.
Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including "I Feel Free" and "Sunshine Of Your Love".
Born in the Glasgow suburb of Bishopbriggs in 1943, his parents travelled extensively in Canada and the USA and the young Jack attended 14 different schools.
He finished his formal education at Bellahouston Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, to which he won a scholarship for cello and composition.
He left the academy and Scotland at the age of 16 and eventually found his way to London where he became a member of the influential Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, where Charlie Watts, later to join the Rolling Stones, was the drummer.
He played in a number of bands throughout the early 60s, including John Mayall's Blues Breakers and Manfred Mann before joining Clapton and Baker in Cream.
Cream split in November 1968 at the height of their popularity, with Bruce feeling he had strayed too far from his ideals.
Bruce never again reached the commercial heights he did with Cream but his reputation as one of the best bass guitarists in the business grew throughout the subsequent decades.
In May 2005, he reunited with his former Cream bandmates for a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Jack Bruce (left) with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in Cream in the mid-1960s Jack Bruce (left) with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in Cream in the mid-1960s
jack Bruce
Bruce's death was announced on his official website, and confirmed by his publicist Claire Singers.
She said: "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."
A statement from his family said: "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.
"The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

Jack Bruce feat. Eric Clapton - Spoonful / Sunshine Of Your Love - Recorded live at Bottom Line, New York City, NY, USA October 10, 1988

Jack Bruce - Ships in the Night - With Eric Clapton

Friday, October 17, 2014

Why Should Mankind Be Perceived As Special?

“If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened. We can see this in many of the major issues being debated in our society today: abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the increase of child abuse and violence of all kinds, pornography ... , the routine torture of political prisoners in many parts of the world, the crime explosion, and the random violence which surrounds us.”
― Francis August Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


When people say "I don't believe there is a God" and they talk about man's value, man's rights they are speaking in a contradiction. Man cannot have happened my mere chance and then have a special value that we must protect. Society today speaks in all kinds of double talk and sees no problem in saying contradictory things.

Lonesome Road Blues - Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland

Steve Winwood - I'm Ready - Jools Holland Big Band

Billy Preston - Will It Go Round in Circles

'Stop Breaking Down Blues' and 'Little Queen of Spades' - Eric Clapton with Jools Holland & band, 31/12/2004.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It Is Finished

The gospel is: It’s finished. Christ has lived perfectly in your place. Christ died shamefully in your place, and He has risen in power for you. That’s the message people need to hear. Here was the message recently taught to a very large group of christian students: "Figure out what you are really good at. Be the best at it in the world, and then people will listen to you when you want to talk about Christ." No, that's not the gospel that’s the message of the world, which is: "You have to be good to gain a hearing." The message of the gospel is: We’re sinners. We need a Savior and there is a Christ who has bought forgiveness for you. Live in the light of that. There is nothing more difficult to accept than the truth that you bring nothing to the table except your sin, and He has to bring everything else.

Muddy Waters - Long Distance Call - From Fathers and Sons LP

Foo Fighters with Zac Brown: "War Pigs" - David Letterman

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The True God

God is a God of outsiders because the true God is a God of grace. The true God offers His salvation regardless of merit, race, pedigree, gender or class. (The early church grew among the poor, the slaves, the oppressed)

The gods of religions and even the god of people who think they’re following the God of the Bible are gods who basically work with you on the basis of your performance and your spiritual attainment. If you pray enough, sacrifice enough, if you’re active enough in church, if you read the Bible enough, if you do the right thing, if you live morally good enough, then this God will work with you. But that’s not the true God!

Homer Simpson's Ebola Guarantee - D'OH!


Cantaloupe Island - Featuring Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams / Blue Note Concert Live - HD

Herbie Hancock - Jazz Fusion Cantelope Island

JOHNNY WINTER - Be Careful With A Fool

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

God's Grace Is Here If You Will Receive It

What God did at Calvary was grace. Jesus didn’t die for his friends, he died for his enemies, and he died for us. That’s grace. That’s going beyond the ordinary or what’s expected. All the human race can expect is divine wrath but God comes and says, “I’m going to give you grace instead of wrath because of my Son”.

The grace of God is here for the human race. Christ died on the cross for them. But the human race says, “No, I’m doing it my own way”. Jeremiah says, “That’s bad news because it’s not in you to direct your steps, to lead your own life”. This is the issue in man’s rebellion against God. Man thinks I can come up with my own way to save myself, I don’t have to believe in Jesus or all that Bible stuff, I can do it my own way. God says there is only one way. Jesus is the only door, he is not one of many doors. This is the struggle— the struggle for control.

You must understand this is the battle we face in presenting the gospel. To accept Christ man has to give up the control he thinks he has (which is an illusion anyway) he has to repent and believe the gospel. This issue of control is at the heart of all our struggles and still must be dealt with even after you come to Christ.

This is from the message "The Need For Brokenness And Correction"

Eric Clapton - Change the World

Eric Clapton - I'm Tore Down - Live TV Recording

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

John Mayall - Parchman Farm

The Real Jesus

A January 1959 letter from C. S. Lewis to Edward Lofstrom. At one point Lewis responds to something Lofstrom had asked him about by saying--

'Gentle Jesus', my elbow! The most striking thing about Our Lord is the union of great ferocity with extreme tenderness. (Remember Pascal? 'I do not admire the extreme of one virtue unless you show me at the same time the extreme of the opposite virtue. One shows one's greatness not by being at an extremity but by being simultaneously at two extremities and filling all the space between')
Add to this that He is also a supreme ironist, dialectician, and (occasionally) humorist. So go on! You are on the right track now: getting to the real Man behind all the plaster dolls that have been substituted for Him. This is the appearance in Human form of the God who made the Tiger and the Lamb, the avalanche and the rose. He'll frighten and puzzle you: but the real Christ can be loved and admired as the doll can't.

--Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, 3:1011

This is the real Jesus not the religious Jesus, not the fake Jesus or the weak Jesus. I will worship the real Jesus.

Mose Allison Trio 1962 ~ I Don't Worry About A Thing

Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm