Sunday, June 19, 2022

Make This House Our Home – Music Story

There’s a new breed of legalism infecting society. It’s not your grandpa’s legalism. No, no. It’s much worse.

This ditty from the 1940s and 50s epitomizes grandpa’s legalism: “I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t chew, and I don’t associate with those who do.” Grandpa’s legalism was judgmental and hypocritical. Children chafed at the rules. But this legalism peacefully coexisted with outsiders who didn’t share its values.

Today’s legalism is not a live and let live legalism. It is venomous. It refuses to coexist with those who do not share its beliefs. It sues those who choose not to celebrate what it values![1]

Children read the culture. How can families work through differences and disagreements in a culture that models bullying?

From the album “Silly or Celebratory – Songs for Sara Lily” this video is scrolling playback of the song.


Click here for Buzz Thompson’s song about grandpa’s legalism.

Print (PDF) sheet music is available for Make This House Our Home.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Living Hope – Music Story

Have you ever been startled, then disappointed by something Jesus said?

Seven churches. Real churches that existed when John wrote Revelation. But they could represent seven periods of church history or seven types of churches that have existed throughout church history.

Seven letters. A letter to each church from Jesus telling them to expect his coming. Except that Jesus didn’t tell all seven to expect his coming. He only told six of the seven. But, repeatedly, Revelation says that Jesus is coming and coming soon.

Rev 1:7 he is coming with the clouds
Rev 2:5 I will come to you
Rev 2:16 I will soon come
Rev 2:25 I come
Rev 3:3 I will come
Rev 3:11 I am coming soon
Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door
Rev 16:15 I come like a thief
Rev 22:7 I am coming soon
Rev 22:12 I am coming soon
Rev 22:20 I am coming soon

Experts on Jesus’ coming cite passages outside of Revelation to show that Jesus’ coming for his church is imminent. It could happen at any time, even today. No prophetic event needs to happen first. And the church is to be encouraged and find hope in this. So, I read Jesus’ letters to the churches with deep disappointment. The church that would find the most hope in Jesus’ imminent return is told to expect something else.

Do not be afraid 
of what you are about to suffer.
I tell you,
the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,
and you will suffer persecution for ten days.
Be faithful, even to the point of death,
and I will give you the crown of life.”

Revelation 2:8, 10

Where is the suffering church to find hope, if not in Jesus coming? From the album “Apologia – Answers for Troubled Minds” this song finds an answer in the first chapter of 1 Peter.


Peter wrote to a church facing persecution. Click here to discover where Peter found hope.
Click here and here to read the disquieting things the church can expect when Jesus comes.

You can get digital (MusicXML™) and/or print (PDF) sheet music for Living Hope.
Living Hope
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Living Hope
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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Jesus' Family Tree

 According to “Every family has a story.” And they are in the business of helping you find your family’s story, one ancestor at a time.

Here’s my family’s story, one ancestor at a time. Dad and Mom’s wedding photo is in the middle. My siblings and I are above them. The houses we lived in flank us. Dad’s ancestors are to the left of their wedding photo and Mom’s to the right.

The list of Dad’s ancestors in his handwriting goes back to 1654. You can see that Dad was a cutie as a little boy. And one of the houses he lived in is next to him. His parents are below him. There’s a photo of his mother’s sod shanty next to her. And Dad’s grandparents are on the bottom row.

On the right is Mom as a child. She loved animals. Her folks are below her, and the vertical log farmhouse her father build is below them. (I inherited a plant stand he made.)

My family tree tells the story of humble, hard-working people.

What story does Jesus’ family tree tell?

Both Matthew and Luke contain his genealogies. But the names are different; they don’t line up. In fact, they contradict each other. Bible critics claim that the Bible cannot be trusted because of the genealogies. But a close examination of his family tree tells an astonishing story.

This eleven-minute presentation examines Jesus’ family tree.


Click here to read J Warner Wallace’s article “Ten Principles when Considering Alleged Bible Contradictions."

The presentation concludes with the last verse of the song “Light of the World.” Click here for the whole song.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?

It’s an internet version of an inside joke. It’s shared by thousands of people. It grows, spreads until it becomes part of the culture, and then it dies. But some that should die, live on in Facebook. What is it? A meme.

According to the online Oxford Dictionary a meme is “an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations.”

Memes frequently pop up on my Facebook news feed, some silly, some affirming, some trite, some humorous, some thought-provoking, some cute, others a failure, some that question Christianity.

Those memes are the ones that deserve a response! That’s what this 35-minute presentation is about. Answering memes about Christmas that populated my Facebook news feed last Christmas.


GC Veritas is the apologetic outreach of Ginger Creek Community Church. Click here to for other GC Veritas presentations.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Calling - Music Story

 We’re called to
                One hope
                One Lord
                One faith
                One baptism
We’re called to
                One God and Father of all
                Who is over all
                And through all
                And in all
Live a life worthy of this calling
Live a life of love

From the album “Sing” this video is scrolling playback of a song based on Ephesians 4.
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Print sheet music for choir is available for The Calling.
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Do you teach or play a wind, reed, brass, or string instrument? The Calling is on SmartMusic, the comprehensive music practice app!
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