A Few Good Men- Rich Mullins

Rich Mullins wrote a song called “A Few Good Men.”  It’s from his self titled album back in 1986.  The song has woven itself deep into my heart and mind, and here’s why.

The last few years have been hard for my wife and I.  As we see more opportunity for working in His kingdom, and get more and more excited about glorifying God and ministering to people, we see at the same time more and more people leaving the Church.  Some are dividing the Church.  Most of them are our peers.

It can make it easy for us to get proud, to think we’re somehow better than others.  But the truth is that we face the same temptations that everybody else faces.  We’re just as vulnerable to sin.  The difference is only found in God.  It’s not our own greatness (which isn’t much) that means anything at all, it’s His greatness.  And the more we decrease, the more He increases. 

But not everybody’s willing to do that.  Not everybody’s willing to lay their lives down for Christ, and it’s even rarer to find those who are willing to do so by loving and serving people (other than themselves).  The further along we get, the more we find we’re desperate for brothers and sisters who are desperate for the Lord.  We long for spiritual companions, those who want to die to self as we want to, in order to serve those God puts in our paths.  We long for examples in our peers that we can look up to.

The world tells us that such people won’t last.  But the world is only here because of the mercy and love of such men, and more specifically because of the God of mercy and love that has called His people to be like Him.

We want to see a few good men.  Though it causes them pain, and though they must carry a cross to be found, we want to see them.  We want the examples of their lives to fill our hearts and burn in our minds.  Though the martyrs must bleed, we want to see them.  Though it cost us everything, we want to bear the burden with them.

May they come.  May they come with the fury of a love unleashed, oh God Almighty may they come!

A Few Good Men- Rich Mullins (Rich Mullins- 1986)

A Few Good Men- Rich Mullins (audio link)

Show me someone who makes a difference
Show me someone who’s brave when he needs to be
I just need to see
Someone who cares enough that he would risk his life
For the love of what he’s come to believe

But you say that a man like that wouldn’t last in a world like this
Well, I believe that the world won’t last
If a man like that don’t exist
So I’m looking for a few good men, the brave and strong
Well, I bow again, Lord, I pray “Thy Kingdom Come”

Show me a someone who knows how to struggle
Who isn’t caught in the hold of his luxuries
I just need to see
Someone who was made for trouble
Who could come and help shape our destiny

But you say that a man like that wouldn’t last in a world like this
Well, I believe that the world won’t last
If a man like that don’t exist
So I’m looking for a few good men, the brave and strong
Well, I bow again, Lord, I pray “Thy Kingdom Come”

But you say that a man like that wouldn’t last in a world like this
Well, I believe that the world won’t last
If a man like that don’t exist
So I’m looking for a few good men, the brave and strong
Well, I bow again, Lord, I pray “Thy Kingdom Come”

(Give me the strong, give me the brave)
(Give me the strong, give me the brave)
(Give me the strong, give me the brave)
(Give me the strong, give me the brave)

Though it come with a cross
Though it come with the pain, let it come
Let it come to our hearts
Let it burn in our brains, let it come
O Lord, though it come with the blood that the
Martyrs bleed
Let it come, oh Lord, let it come
Let it come with the fury of a love unleashed, let it come

(Give me the strong, give me the brave)
Oh Lord, let it come
(Give me the strong, give me the brave)

Writers and their need for accountability

It’s easy sometimes to sit down and write until your family tells you that you have a life and responsibilities and it’s time to stop.  But you just can’t stop.  Sometimes, though, a writer needs someone to get them writing, to say “git dem stories down and git’em down now!”  You, dear reader, will now get to be the one to wag a stick at me.

I’ve been meaning to write “reviews” on the music I love the most.  I plan on writing at least 5 per calendar week.  Now I’ve told the world.  We’ll see if I have the conviction to keep my word about… giving my words away.

A Fifth Attempt

So I’m trying to familiarize myself with the different affects that intervals have on people.  And in doing so I’ve come up with a class of songs I’m making.  I kind of have to do it this way at this point because being able to play them again my prove impossible.  I’d hate to have a song I name and not be able to perform it again.

A Fifth Attempt is a class of songs I play on the hammer dulcimer where I attempt to play a bunch of fifths (and other intervals) and just kind of see where the tensions and reliefs take me.  I hope you enjoy them, I’ll try to post the better ones on here if I can.  If anyone wants video rather than audio just leave a comment saying so.  It’s a lot more work to do a video and format it to display on WordPress, so I’ll probably not do many of those without request.

So enough blabbering.  I hope you enjoy.  If you have any advice or ideas you’d like me to try please leave a comment saying so.  I’m still a beginner, but I’ll try to figure it all out.

Thanks!

Awestruck with Hammers

Some of you have known for a while that I love the hammer dulcimer.  Some of you know I began playing one a few months back.  Some of you don’t have a clue what a hammer dulcimer is.

Well, I thought I’d share with you the main reason I fell in love with the instrument and it’s music.  No surprise that it was my favorite singer/musician Rich Mullins that introduced me to this board of beauty.  Others have added to what’s becoming a passion, including another Christian singer/musician by the name of Andrew Peterson.

Here’s just a few samples…

Calling out Your Name- Rich Mullins

Creed- Rich Mullins

78 Eatonwood Green(@ 0:22)- Rich Mullins; Such a Thing as Glory (@ 8:22)- Rich Mullins (concert versions)

I couldn’t find any Andrew Peterson videos.  When I do I’ll hopefully remember to post them.

You’re Not Alone (John 7)

It’s a violent world we live in.  People are filled with hatred and malice towards each other.  But even in the midst of all the wickedness there are windows… windows that open to a world of love and truth.

We see an example of this in the end of John 7.  The leaders of the people, along with some of the crowds, they had a burning hatred towards Jesus.  And we know that Jesus did not deserve it.  None the less, they wanted to kill Him.

But not all of the people in the crowd were filled with sin.  Many put their trust in Him.  The temple guards refused to arrest Jesus.  Even one of the leaders, Nicodemus, stood against the evil.

And Jesus Himself was a window to a better world.  He brought love to His enemies, and we still receive that love.  It’s a love that conquers.  It’s a love that truly gives life.

There are people out there that love the Lord.  If you are a Christian who feels alone in the world, look for the windows.  Look for the view into a better world.  You’ll come to find that they are all around us.

I like the song by Andrew Peterson, “Windows in the World.”  Give the song a listen, and you may find it a little easier to see the other side.

Hammer Dulcimer- Ode to Joy

Some of you know that I love the hammer dulcimer.  Some friends of mine, the Williams’, let me borrow one for a while and after trying to play it I have an even greater appreciation for the masters of the instrument.  It’s easy to make yourself sound good on the dulcimer, but to play an actual piece right takes some talent!

Anyway, I came across this video and thought I’d share it.

Enjoy, and praise God for His good works!