Tuesday, December 18, 2007


I didn't wake up this morning knowing I was going to write this.., I've sorta taken a hiatus from 'reviewing' artists and I only write when I'm really moved, of late. But, just now I was surfing around and landed on my 'friend', Matt Morris' page and caught this video that just underscores how incredibly gifted he is. To sit there, live, and sing with such confidence and tenderness is just a gift that very few really possess. Okay, there's...

Eoghan Colgan, Michael Logen, Craig Lyons, Jono McCleery, Keegan, and a few more that come to mind.., but today, I'm highlighting MATT MORRIS.

Please remember his name and look for his debut release on Timberlake's label, Tennman Records - Interscope Records, in '08.., yeah, that Timberlake.

Merry Christmas.


Matt Morris recording "Someone To Love You" at
Texas Tree Fort in Austin, Texas, 2007





1 JOHN 3: 16-18

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The TENTH Commandment

It's a good time to remind us all, to consider how easy it is to slip into the rhythm and pattern of the world around us, as we blissfully go about our business during these holidays. We, as believers, are required to remember the reason for the season.., and perhaps go just a little farther in making sure we're not guilty of violating the Tenth Commandment. This was my devotional for this day and I felt it appropriate to share it with my friends. In case you're wondering about the other nine, they're listed at the close of this post.

Happy Holidays.., and Merry CHRISTmas.


The TENTH Commandment

I've never, in my years as a Christian, heard a sermon on the Tenth Commandment. We can't possibly preach on "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods" because Western society is based on that. It's called capitalism. Mass advertising tells us we need things none of us need. It sows confusion about what's important for life. The level of need has moved to such a level of illusion and sophistication that what were once ultimate luxuries have become necessities.

In our culture, people cannot feel good about themselves unless next year's vacation is more luxurious than last year's, unless everything is upgraded—while most of God's people on this earth starve.The affluent West has made happiness impossible. We've created a pseudo- happiness, a pseudo-success, a pseudo-security that will never satisfy the human heart.

Most of God's people are forced to learn to find happiness and freedom at a much more simple level. The gospel says that's where happiness is always to be found.That is about as traditional, old-fashioned, conservative a gospel as there is, and it will never change. We have to keep saying it:

"There is a Tenth Commandment."

EXODUS 20:1-17

1 And God spoke all these words:

2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 "You shall have no other gods before me.

4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,

10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.

11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 "You shall not murder.

14 "You shall not commit adultery.

15 "You shall not steal.

16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."