Happy Reformation Day!

Filed under: — joe @ 1:08 pm


In honor of Reformation Day, here is Martin Luther’s classic hymn (and one of my favorites)…

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabbaoth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Sola Fide,

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Promised Land EP on iTunes

Filed under: — joe @ 5:59 pm

I was just told by a friend that Promised Land is now available for download on iTunes (NHLTT has been on there for a few months). I recorded it a few years back with Andrew Osenga and I still play a few tunes off of it… feel free to check it out! Hopefully I’ll be adding a new EP on there early next year, stay tuned.

Take care,

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Going bald for the glory of God

Filed under: — joe @ 2:56 pm

This post on Between Two Worlds, a blog I keep up with in my Google Reader, made me chuckle. One thing I know for sure, ponytails are a thing of the past for me!


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Who is Dancing Guy????

Filed under: — joe @ 9:58 pm

I love Beck. He’s constantly one of my favorite artists and someone worth paying attention to. I also try to watch him whenever he’s on a late show, SNL or whatever because he’s awesome live. However, I (and my friends) are always perplexed and yet dazzled by a constant presence on Beck’s stage… Dancing Guy. His job seems to be jumping and dancing and pumping his fists and that’s it. I am equally inspired and afraid of him. So, with that in mind I ask you, my loyal reader, what is this guy’s name????? We’ve Googled, we’ve Wiki’d… nothing but “Goofy Dancing Guy” ever comes up. It’s a mystery that just can’t be solved! So if you know his name or can use some mad detective skills to find out… please post them in the comments section below or email me. If I don’t find out soon, I may just go mad. Here is a video to get you started on your quest…

Thanks and good luck!

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Seeing with different eyes

Filed under: — joe @ 10:44 pm

There’s a thunder storm rolling in from the north and the hot summer-like day has given way to a cool, crisp, fall evening. I just made a pot of Peet’s Arabian Mocha Java and Callie is curled up in her bassinet sleeping while Rhonda’s folding some clothes. It’s amazing how all of these things that I’ve experienced many times before seem so much different now. Even the house we’ve lived in for the past 5 years seems transformed. When we were driving home from the hospital, Rhonda mentioned how everything looks the same but somehow isn’t. That’s how it feels, it’s almost like you see things with different eyes… not necessarily clearer but different all the same. All because of one little girl, a girl our world now revolves around in so many ways. What a blessing she has been to us in such a short period of time!

The storm is getting a bit closer… our living room is lit up with every flash of lightning. Maybe I’ll have one more cup of coffee before Callie wakes up and looks at me with those beautiful eyes. I think she has Rhonda’s eyes…

Grace and peace,

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"Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world."
-Francis Schaeffer