The Good News Story (The Gospel)

By Steven Shaw (Owner of Fitcore and Music Pastor)

I really want everyone to understand the gospel truth as simple, yet detailed as possible. Here’s my attempt.

In the Beginning:

This story starts with no beginning. Let me explain. There is a Creator. He has no beginning, He has always been and He will be forever. We don’t know what he has done with all His “time” but he decides to create an existence. He starts with creating the full expansion of time and space, and then he creates the world unique. He creates life on only this one planet because he’s got a special plan for it. He is so overflowing with love and glory that he wanted to share it. The rest of the galaxies and worlds all work together to hold this one little planet in an organized working function. He creates life in the world, both animal and human life. He creates man special. He makes him in His image. Man possesses some of His qualities include love, hate, jealousy, passion, creativity etc. He wants a relationship with his creation. He desires to live in fellowship with man for all eternity. He is their God and wants to be glorified rightly. He creates man with freewill, another grace from God. This allows us to love God with all our hearts, might and soul. He creates man to live forever in perfect fellowship with Him.

But God sees that man was not complete. Even with his perfect creation, God sees how he can make it better. God creates a suitable partner for man. God creates woman! A perfect, God ordained match for man. Man and women equal in right but different in duty. Man was now complete. God himself knew the importance of fellowship, as He is 3 in one. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God in Three distinct persons. He has shared fellowship with Himself for all of eternity and blesses man with the same treasure. Now all three, man, woman and God living together in perfect fellowship. But it wouldn’t last long. Man wanted more.

The Rebellion:

God has given man the entire world to rule over under His authority. They can eat anything and enjoy everything but one tree God has forbidden. God puts this option in their midst to know if they trust and love Him enough to obey. So what does man do? Deceived by Satan, they eat of the fruit of that forbidden tree. Now sin has entered the world, sin that will curse all of mankind from now on. Man wanted more and that’s what they got. The very thing God was protecting them from is what man ran straight towards. The “more” we desired was the knowledge of good and evil. Evil that man previously had not known. Now there is a major disconnect from God and man. Man now deserves judgment and death. A perfect God that can’t deny Himself, demands perfection and must punish sin. There is no option B. He could have wiped out Adam and Eve and started over. But God knows best. God cares most about His own glory. And redeeming a fallen, rebellious people will bring Him the most glory, and show His love in the most spectacular way.

The New World:

Not only man is cursed by this rebellion, the whole world/universe is heading towards death. Now man sees his own sin. They feel shame and a distance from God they never knew, a distance that God never wanted. They chose their own path, and now they are under the wrath of God. Could God just have forgiven them? Only in his right and perfect way. Could He have wiped them out and started over? He could have done whatever he wanted, but he chose to save them instead. To give them salvation they didn’t deserve. God is perfect and can’t do evil. He can’t deny Himself, meaning, he can’t do what isn’t right. What does that mean? Simply, when you have a perfect God that can only associate with perfection, He cannot be around imperfection. Just as light and darkness can’t be in the same room at the same time, God can’t be anything but perfection. And what ever is not perfect cannot be with Him.

Imperfect Sacrifice: 

God gives man chance after chance to love and trust him, yet they fail and fail. God makes covenants to prophets of old and promises to his people. Now because of sin, there must be atonement made. There can be no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood, but God doesn’t leave us to die, he offers a way to not be destroyed by Him. Sacrifice. He gives us priests to go before and offer animal sacrifices, he must take innocent spotless lambs to make a sacrifice for us. They are killed for our sin, not a pretty site. Bloodshed is not pleasant any way you slice it, but it must happen. God needs us to see the seriousness of sin, that’s with bloodshed. And endless death from imperfect priests sacrificing imperfect animals.

So What?

“Why are you telling me this?” because this is the point of the whole story. We are all in the same boat as the people of biblical times. We deserve wrath because that’s the righteous way for God to deal with sin. From birth we are in a sinful nature. Sin being anything that is against this perfect and holy God. God must destroy us. He has created us and now must destroy us because we chose ourselves over Him. We chose death and spat on life. We chose to make ourselves God, how petty. But God being rich in compassion and love decides to save us from Himself. That’s right, He saves us from Himself. God must punish sin, and we all have sinned. From lust to greed, to adultery and murder. It doesn’t matter, all sin must be punished. So what does he do? He sends His Son to this world in human form to live the perfect life we can’t live. Jesus, the second person of the trinity. Jesus both God 100% and man 100%. Then He will take out His wrath on himself for us. Jesus comes as an innocent sacrifice, the Lamb of God. The sacrifice that could never be fulfilled through the blood of animals, must be fulfilled through God Himself. Christ living the life that we could never live. To save us and display His great love for us. By this He will receive the most glory, which is His biggest priority. Jesus lived a life we would never choose to live. Our hearts and minds are so hungry for personal glory and pride that we would never live up to God’s standards. But Jesus did. Being tempted in everyway, yet without sin. And because Jesus is God and lived the perfect life in human form, He was the only One that could take the wrath of God and satisfy God’s wrath. So God as man dies in the form of Jesus. Now those who call Jesus Lord, find salvation and forgiveness with the holy and perfect God that created them.

So what now?:

As we once stood under God’s wrath, now we stand righteous in front of God through the power of what Jesus has done on the cross. God doesn’t see us as filthy sinners anymore. He now looks at us and see’s us holy and blameless because of Jesus. Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, to give us power in this life. Jesus took off His robes of glory, put them on us and put on our rags of vile. Now our salvation is as sure as His life. Jesus died for us, but more importantly, He rose for us. That insures He will fulfill His promises and come back for us. Once slain by us as a spotless lamb, now returning as conquering King. Not coming for sin but to bring His people home. And deal with the people who have decided to live apart from Him. We who call Him Lord will be with Him for all eternity. We have been adopted into His family and the rest is eternity. Life with Jesus is our point to life. And the gift that was paid for by an ultimate sacrifice is offered to anyone who receives it.

What Next?

God won’t let us rebel forever. Rejecting Him isn’t a free ticket away from Him. It is a one way ticket to the judgment seat of God. This is where you will receive the very life you have chosen, a life without God for eternity. The worst thing God can do is take His presence away from you. That is a life in hell. Hell simply put is a life without God. And that doesn’t mean party time. Hell wasn’t created for you. That is the place that God will destroy Satan and his angels. It will be no good. The only goodness and joy you’ve ever experienced is of God. Yes, even in your rebellion there was uncountable graces in your life, like breathing. Cursing Him with the mouth that He formed and sustained. You want a life without Him, that’s what you’ll receive. He won’t force you to be with Him. And it will be no life at all. With God it’s called eternal life. Peace, joy, love, happiness, complete and utter paradise. “Life” without Him will be an eternal hell, eternal death. Think of dying forever. Sounds odd, but that’s the best way I can say it. The opposite of what’s going to take place in heaven.

It’s Simple:

If you desire to turn from your rebellion and turn to God then it’s never too late (while you’re alive) to do so. No, I’m not asking you to pray some magic prayer. And no, this isn’t something you try. You can try every religion out there. But Christianity is not a religion. You either are in 100% forever, or you’re out forever. If you truly believe and have faith, you’ll know the truth of the Gospel first hand. Trying it out doesn’t work. When you are chosen by God, there is no turning back. If you’re still unsure, you should pray for God to soften your heart. To open your mind to who He is. Belief is a gift from Him anyway. There’s no hope of truly believing without His divine choice. But if you’re ready, then turn from your sin and turn to God. How? Get involved in a bible teaching, God fearing, Christ exalting church. Read your bible to discern if your church is teaching the bible. If you need a starting point and a prayer seems right then pray this.

“Father God, You are good and I’ve been rebellious. Thank you for sending Your Son to live the life I never could, and thank you Jesus for choosing to live and die for me. Forgive me of my sin and create in me a new heart. Give me the Holy Spirit that I may live a life submitted under You. Use me however you chose. I want to live a life dedicated to glorifying You.”

This is just an example of a good prayer to start your new life.

Contact me if you need more info or help. This blog is in hopes that you will pick up a bible and read. You need to behold the glory of God so you will fall on your face in humility and worship him. That’s the only way to salvation. Know the power of God revealed in Christ through the bible. Leave the world behind and follow the only Truth, that is Christ.


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.



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Theology vs You-ology

By Steven Shaw (Owner of Fitcore and Worship Pastor)

(The Study of God vs The Study of What Makes You Happy)

As I write this I am thinking about people who claim the Christian faith. I want to address all of us for a second. This is a struggle I have within myself constantly.

Is what you believe, (I’m talking the specifics of your faith), more about you, or about Christ? Example: The plethora of proclaiming Christians out there that love God and hate His church (which is an oxymoron) have convinced themselves that the church is just blah blah blah, and they’ll tell you all the reasons why the church is wrong. I have heard so many Christians talk passionately about their convictions. Their thoughts of the church or theology, when it seems pretty clear it’s not biblical but to suit their particulars. It’s a slippery sloop, because at what point do you draw the line.

You don’t believe the bible is infallible, but you go on believing books written by other men that claim no such authority. Before we jump the gun on imputing meaning in scripture, let us take the time to really learn what the bible says as a whole on topics we are struggling with. Then it will only become more and more clear that the bible is not only perfect and infallible, but sufficient to answer all concerns and is inexhaustible in its ability to help us know God more and serve Him better. With that being said; I am not saying the bible explicitly gives us answers to every question we have in life, but as we begin to behold God more and more through the knowledge given to us in the bible, then we understand, that is all we need. And the more we submit under God and the authority of the bible, everything else in life begins to come together. The Holy Spirit will testify to all the little concerns in life because your heart is becoming more like Christ daily.

Let us not allow ourselves, or fellow saints to get caught up in a grocery store gospel. We don’t pick and choose what we like or want to believe systematically. We get under the authority of Scripture and obey the God who made us and sustains us.

To Know Him and to Make Him Known, for His Glory and Our Good.


The Little Things (Big Focus)

By Steven Shaw (Owner at Fitcore and Music Pastor)

In thinking about what consumes a lot of our time on a daily basis, I realized it is the ‘little things’. Little things are the boring, mundane tasks in our daily lives- the unnoticed, and the seemingly unimportant things. These are the things that will reveal our true maturity and character in Christ.

Most of us will probably not be known for coming up with a cure for some disease, or winning a Nobel Prize; in other words in the world’s eyes we may not do or become something that is of paramount importance. That being said we must remember that Christ knows and sees all that we do at every moment. Therefore, we need to glorify God in all that we do from the moment we wake in the morning to the moment we lay our heads on our pillows at night. Praising Him for the ordinary, the mundane and for His common grace in it all is one of the keys to remaining in a place of gratitude and thanksgiving. And let’s not forget about the everyday stressors that can disrupt our peace and cause chaos in our lives.

How do you react when someone cuts you off while driving?

How do you treat your parents, spouse, teachers, or friends when no one is watching?

What goes through your mind when you see an attractive person?

How do you interact with others who at times you don’t really like?

There are a million little things that can happen in our daily lives that will either give us the opportunity to glorify God or not. The problem is we rarely take notice of these little things. We can become overly focused on the seemingly big things happening in our lives; the big sins, the big project, the next church service, the missions trip that you have been planning for months. All the while we’ve neglected our own Bible reading, refraining from gossip, averting our eyes from lust, and are consumed with our own selfish motives and agendas. I’m not minimizing all of the larger good things that we do that glorify God, but church services and missions trips, etc., are not the only times we glorify God and live like disciples of Christ.

So what do we do?

Pointing out the problem is easy. How do we refocus our hearts to set our eyes towards Christ so that the “little” things are more noticeable and the bigger things stay in their proper balance, as sin becomes more and more obsolete as we grow and mature in Christ? Practice makes perfect! Paul refers to athletes in training and stresses the discipline it takes to be ready for their sport. The race set before us requires faith, stamina, commitment, and discipline in order to live faithfully (1 Corinthians 9:25-26; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Timothy 6:12).

Being a top athlete for Christ demands that we do away with “everything that hinders”—sin and whatever else threatens our relationship with God (Hebrews 12:1) and anything that will slow us down or trip up us must be cast off. Paul also says “to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Even in the little things our ordinary daily lives should be enveloped by the things of God and our response of worship to Him for all that He has and continues to do in our lives. Don’t wait until you finally feel ready to do a good work for Christ. Don’t wait until those big opportunities come along to glorify God. The big things will mean very little unless we are free from the little things that hinder us and keep us ensnared. The big things will mean very little until we glorify him in the little ordinary good things that come along.

As you start to focus on the little things in your life, allow God to make the changes within you that He needs to change and you will get better and better at being able to identify those things that God wants to set you free from. As it becomes a habit to react well, through the power of the Holy Spirit continue to honor God in all that you do.

A few months back I started a little ministry through text messaging, which includes voice memos, texts, links to sermons and blogs. I started a Podcast to house all the voice memos I created. I would love to share them with all of you, and will continue to add more. The purpose of this is to help us to keep our eyes focused on Christ every single day. My prayer is that these types of messages will bless you and help you to grow in Christ.

If you’re interested in the Podcast, visit


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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You Are What You Eat, Read & See

By Steven Shaw (Owner at Fitcore and Music Pastor)

We have all heard this saying, “You are what you eat”, and it’s true when we are talking about our physical appearance and overall health. What I would like to talk about is how this also applies to our spiritual life.

The world we live in is filled with uncertainty, violence and turmoil. These things feed our souls and soon we find ourselves malnourished, starving and sick in body, mind and spirit. God has created us with a physical body as well as a spiritual body. Although Paul is speaking about the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:44 he does say that there is both a natural body and a spiritual body. Both are important and our physical and spiritual bodies need the right kind of nutrition to survive and thrive. What we are watching, hearing, reading and doing plays a huge part in the ongoing formation of our spiritual bodies and will no doubt determine our future. Unfortunately most of the world is overly focused on the physical body (size, shape, strength) and there is no attention given to the spiritual body, let alone any thought of a healthy one. It would be a shame to spend your life working on a physical body to please yourself and others, and yet when your life is over, your spiritual body is not fit for the God who made you.

This may sound like I am talking about earning your salvation, but let me be clear I am simply restating what Paul taught to the church who again and again only focused on their physical bodies and not their spiritual bodies. Being fit for Christ can only happen by His choosing us and us submitting our lives to Him through His work on the cross and nothing else. Again I quote Paul when he says to the church in Corinth, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20).

Spiritual Malnourishment from the World 

Let me first define what I mean by “the world”. 

I am talking about the world system- the inventions and thoughts of man without God, all kinds of thinking and imaginations that do not line up with the truth of Scripture. The systems of belief and man-made religious thought that are in direct opposition to the word of the God. That world system (one void of God and His truth) offers “soul food” that is no better then the rotting, stinking garbage found in a dumpster behind your local grocery store. The so-called truth the world offers literally poisons the mind, body and soul and if eaten daily will destroy you.

The problem is the position the world takes when it comes to a “live and let live” attitude or the path many take to blindly accept anything that comes along simply because it is satisfying to the flesh and makes us feel good. Just like Adam and Eve, we are drawn (even mesmerized) by what is pleasing to the eye and we are fall into spiritual sickness when we choose to eat poison. I have ventured down those roads, nay, have experienced every earthly pleasure and it’s dark. Every time those choices led me to a place that was diseased, filled with compromise, blindness and despair. Yes, Christians can also be deceived and sucked back into the world system- this reality is not only for those who are not yet saved. Paul explains in Romans how and why this happens:

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32, NASB).

One of the scariest and saddest places to be is left by God. But it’s our own choice. When we “do not see fit” to acknowledge God, we are given over to spiritual disease. In today’s world we see the above things DAILY and if we try to extend a warning or use the Bible to show why there is spiritual disease many times the response is, “don’t judge me”, or “”you can’t tell me what to do”. It is an all too common state of mind that mirrors what Paul was communicating to the Romans. As the spiritual disease spreads, society becomes desensitized to the wickedness around them and soon massacres, abortion, murders, child abuse, rape and even terrorist activities become part of the norm.


The Most Deadly “Food”: 

There is something that is even more dangerous than what is obvious and seen- the lies that are wrapped in truth. The most dangerous lie is the one that contains a mixture of both the truth and a lie. These can be found within the teachings of popular television evangelist’s, the latest and greatest pop-Christian radio songs, and books that profess Jesus yet clearly distort His words. These cleverly produced lies are dangerous and when ingested can produce spiritual disease that spreads worse than any physical disease. If you’re consuming garbage, then you will become what you eat. This will lead to a false assurance of your salvation and you will be deceived.

Let us not trade the truth for a lie!

True Nutrition Leads to Spiritual Health

What is spiritual food and where can we find it?

Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” (John 6:51).

Paul said, The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread”

(I Corinthians 10:16).

 Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

 David said, For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good” (Psalm 107:9).

 Our spiritual nourishment is Christ and is also found in God’s word! The Scriptures (God’s truth) and the presence of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our lives is what feeds our body, soul and spirit. Of course we have to eat healthy, nutritious food and I believe we will make better choices to do so when we are truly living as temples of the Holy Spirit. God will strengthen us and give us the wisdom and willpower to make those healthy choices when we turn to Him and ask for His help. This is called congruency, which means there is no double-mindedness and compromise because we are living a balanced life in Christ, both on the inside and the outside. We are feasting on God’s word and that is creating the firm foundation that we need to make it in this crazy world and to not wander off into the garbage dump.

 The word of God has power it is LIVING. I never understood that until I picked up my bible and read it from cover to cover. I wasn’t even a quarter of the way through when it hit me like a ton of bricks. As I kept reading, I completely understood the power that God’s perfect book contains. It has changed me from the inside out and now I am compelled to spread His word and help others. I no longer feed on a compromised, weak and selfish version of Christianity. As I have ingested God’s word I’ve caught glimpses of His glory and that has changed and continues to change me on a daily basis. My soul is finally getting the nutrients it needs! I am getting stronger with each meal and now I must share. I can’t shut up about Christ and no can shut me up. We must have more of Christ and less of the world. We are what we eat!

God bless!


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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The Walking Dead: “Alive” Without Christ

By Steven Shaw (Owner of Fitcore and Music Pastor)

I was reading Ephesians recently and once again came across the scripture in verse 2:1 when Paul the Apostle says, “We were once dead in our trespasses and sins.” Has anyone ever wondered how in the world someone can be dead, yet alive in his or her mind and body?

I am a fan of the show, “The Walking Dead”. It has great character development and the progression of the storyline is captivating. But I couldn’t help but think of the words of Paul as well as reflect on other verses in the Bible that refer to people being “dead” without Christ. Paul is speaking not merely of the physical body, but of the spirit. A person’s spirit is dead and until it is made alive through Christ. There is no hope of life without Him. We do not have life as God intended it to be until Christ is living within the person who surrenders to Him. As I continued to watch the mindless zombies on television I realized that I was one of those zombies before Christ saved me. For me, that spoke volumes about the spiritual reality that is true for all of us.

Now I know that many who do not believe will mock and say things like, “Oh sure, and just like the show, your god is made up” or “I’m not dead, I feel more alive than I’ve ever been.” Many choose to embrace a dead life and just don’t believe (this will be part of my point later). As God’s truth begins to penetrate through the person and they become alive in Christ through salvation, God makes it very clear (in an ironic way) that the life of a Christian truly starts when we die to the flesh, the world, the material stuff and when our spirit is born again. In a much bigger way, when we actually die, like physically gone, that’s when our real life begins and will never end: the greater the death, the greater the life. Nicodemus is a great example of what I am talking about. Take the time to read John 3:1-21, and you will see that Nicodemus was also confused about being “born-again” and inquired of Jesus as to how and what he needed to do to receive genuine life.

Of course many believers (as well as non-believers) will recognize this truth in a way never known before when Christ returns for His church. We are told that every eye will see and confess that He (Jesus) is Lord. Not that everyone will be saved when they confess too late, but everyone will finally realize that Christ is Lord regardless of what they want to believe. But until that day, we should have a clear understanding of the reality of sin and death, which accompanies it. Clear evidence of this is seen on the news and in the media every single day; death breed’s death and life brings life. Because of who Christ is, He is the only one that brings true and everlasting, living life. No one else has the power and authority to do this, only Christ. “In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my life, my strength, my song”.

The Zombie Life Ephesians 2:2-3

Think about zombies for a second. What do they do? They wander aimlessly and are basically controlled by their fleshly desires. They are controlled by their dead bodies and are slaves to their dead state of mind and being. Now I know there are no such things as real zombies, but from my own personal experience in my life before Christ I was a zombie! I was controlled by my flesh, by my worldly desires and was a slave to my own lusts and passions. I couldn’t help but follow all my desires. Not free to do whatever I want, but a slave controlled by what I want.

Paul explains what we are before we receive salvation in Ephesians 2:2-3, “You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.  All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Paul goes on to say,But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:4-5). The truth is we all begin our lives here on earth as zombies. We are the walking dead who are controlled by the things of the world and who are in no way able to help ourselves to get out of the state we are in. We are cursed to walk aimlessly forever. But God in His mercy has called to us in our dead state and extended His grace for us to be made alive in Christ, because of His sacrifice on the cross. Christ took that death upon Himself, and when He rose from the dead, He conquered death and in turn raised us up with Him. Christ conquered our zombie state and gave us the cure of life.

Take a moment and let the magnitude and truth of this scripture speak to you, “and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6-7). Those who believe and are saved will see Christ in all of His glory. Notice, that our position as believers right now is seated with Christ in heavenly places! The fullness of what that means will be known when our physical bodies wear out and we go to be with Christ. But until then, know your spiritual position, because of the work of Christ. Be what Christ has already declared you to be.

We cannot by our own power or strength to change our zombie state and to place ourselves in heavenly places. Paul says, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

How important it is for us to know and understand that this is God’s power and might at work and not ours? It is of God’s choosing and only through the work of Christ and only through the power of the Holy Spirit can one who is dead be made alive. Not only that but it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can continue to believe and persevere in this life as we remain surrounded by other zombies, who have yet to be made alive. As you go through your day, remember to thank God for the true gift of LIFE!

Paul finishes with this, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). This sounds like a call to action to me. We are not supposed to sit around quietly in our full assurance of faith until Christ returns for us. No, we have a work to do. Now, it should be obvious by previous verses that you know we cannot earn salvation or God’s favor through our works, deeds or actions. However, we are responding to the call that has been given to us by God who has planned out all of our good works in this life to do for His people in order to glorify His name to the fullest in this life. Christ is at the right hand of the Father in heaven while we work to make His name known here on earth until He returns and takes us up for the life we were meant to live. Amen!

You might be thinking, “How can I make a difference in this world?” or maybe “How can I make Christ known?” The first place to start is to recognize that your daily life is your ministry; it doesn’t matter what type of work you do, there are people everywhere. People God has put around you for a reason. And people are a major part of the Kingdom of God. Ask God how He wants to use you in your daily life and then follow His leading. You will see. People will be open to you praying for them, you sharing your faith and they will notice something in you that they don’t have; it’s called LIFE! And this is why the gospel is called, “The GOOD NEWS”.


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Flat-Lined Christianity (Kiddie Pool Faith)

By Steven Shaw (Owner of Fitcore and Music Pastor)

I feel the need to address a very specific problem with today’s Christian, and have addressed similar issues in past blogs because of continual errors that repeat their cycles again and again. Please hear me when I say that I am far from being a “perfect Christian” (of course, we are all works in progress) but I strive to be faithful to Christ and to live according to what the Bible clearly communicates about what a Christian is and is not. We are called to be the light of Christ in this world, and failing to be that light not only negatively impacts our personal relationship with Christ, it also wreaks havoc in a world that is already reeling from people choosing to live in a lukewarm state of Christianity. This is no small thing nor should it be taken as me being overly critical, or self-righteous. I come to you from a place of humility and urgency because I have been just about every version of a bad Christian imaginable and know the dangers of living in a “flat-lined” place. Your life in Christ not only affects you, but it also affects the world around you. It is easy to fall into a complacent state of laziness and I believe for many, it can be something that is not even recognizable. We live in a culture that is more than comfortable with compromise, mixture and religious activities that have absolutely nothing to do with living a life for Christ and one that is inline with the Bible.

So, what is a “flat-lined Christian”? This is the Christian who dives into the kiddie pool when they first get saved, but never get out of the kiddie pool and dive into the adult pool. Their faith remains in a shallow place and there is no depth to their understanding of God’s word, and there is no genuine, lasting transformation. Some in this place passionately embrace religious, legalistic opinions and do not recognize that the teachings they follow reflect a Christian life, which is undeveloped and immature. This undeveloped “flat-lined” state is a dangerous thing. Lost souls hear the call of Christ and accept His invitation to know Him and make Him known, but it goes no further than repeating some prayer in church, bouncing around from Christian conference to Christian conference, attending shallow bible studies and the most dangerous of all, planting a church or starting a ministry that perpetuates and then creates more flat-lined Christians. Don’t get me wrong- church, conferences/meetings, bible studies, are not bad in and of themselves. What is missing is true discipleship and accurate teaching of God’s word.

Ephesians says if we mature in Christ and grow in His truth, As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming (4:14, NASB). My point is our growing knowledge of the things of Christ should not be merely based on a prayer that we have repeated, or what some current, popular “pop-psychology” Christian is teaching. Our growing knowledge must be based on the personal study of God’s word, accurate teachings of God’s word and application of what we are called to do according to the traditional, enduring teachings of the Bible. Acts 17:11 tells us, Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (NASB).

How does shallow flat-lined Christianity create shallow flat-lined churches? Shallow churches may not necessarily be churches that produce false teachings (although there are a fair amount of those) some shallow churches leave people in their infancy in their faith, because the leadership of that particular church does not have depth. The entire congregation remains “stuck” in a flat-lined place and before you know it, attendance is down, people are discouraged and all are wondering why they are failing in their endeavor to have a church. And worse of all, they doubt God’s power and even existence. This scenario produces compromise and eventually anything and everything is allowed to take place in a desperate effort to try to save something that is weak and dying. A wise man once said, “The most frightening thing is a baby’s mind with a man’s strength”. That’s true physically and even more true spiritually.

If you are still not getting this, let me explain it this way. Think of the process of building a home. The ill-equipped Christian is like the one who purchases a parcel of land and begins to build a magnificent house on the dirt but fails to build a solid foundation before construction. They come to the land with a goal and plenty of tools to get the job done, but alas no foundation. The foundation, if you don’t know, is the most important part of the house. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the home, how strong the structure is, how well equipped the house is, or even the outstanding blueprints that have been designed to build that house; it will collapse at the first gust of wind that comes along or will sink as the ground gives way to the weight of the structure. Without a strong, solid foundation to hold the house upright and in its place, it will fall.

An example of this from a biblical foundation is found in Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” You see, without a firm growing foundation on God’s words we are children being tossed all around and are tricked and schemed and carried about by every weak and false doctrine out there. And there are many.

A Christian, who comes to Christ after receiving His Spirit, may possess all of the zeal and desire in the world to make a change but a new Christian who has no foundation; like the house will possess weakness and will not be able to weather the storms when they come. Their immature, overzealous and impulsive decisions make for a dangerous situation for other Christians and as the world continues to watch the people of God, they see disaster and turn away from the weak and broken Christian and church. How do we avoid such catastrophe? We need to be constantly checking ourselves and testing our faith, to make sure we are growing, learning and diving deeper into the inexhaustible truths laid out for us in scripture.

2 Corinthians 7:1 says,

“Therefore, since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”

Since we have these promises, wait what are the promises? Oh, that will be another blog because we must know the promises in order to have depth in God’s truth! But in context of 2 Corinthians really sums up our assurance in Christ. We must cleanse ourselves; this means learning, growing and always stripping the ways of the world off of us (Genuine spirit-led transformation!) We not only strive for purity of the body, but holiness of our souls. This is only achieved by God’s sustaining of His people. We can only endure in the faith by the will of God. We can only glorify Him by the strength He gives us. So what shall we do brothers and sisters? Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide (or remain) in me” (John. 15:4).

There is a warning here; children (new Christians and those who are or have been flat-lined for a long time) need solid teaching, discipleship and HELP! Like all children or those who need to mature, they cannot do it alone. They need guidance and teaching to help them into the adult pool. We can be that for others, but first we must do the personal work necessary so that we don’t remain in that weak, broken place. This is the importance of the church. Strive for Him in every way, in all things let us walk in this life victorious, as we draw people to Christ while giving Him the most glory possible.

Are you or is anyone you know flat-lined? Perhaps now is the time to self reflect.

I pray this blesses you and encourages you.


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Dangerous Imbalance (Bible and Church)

By Steven Shaw (Owner at Fitcore and Music Pastor)

The Dangers of Being Either Under-Churched & Over-Bibled, or Over-Churched & Under-Bibled

Let me begin with this, I know I’m using the word “Bible” inaccurately as a verb, but it’s only to help get the point across and also to help the truth remain in our minds.

I’m writing this because I have experienced first-hand the dangers that come from an unbalanced walk with Christ and have also seen lives within the church deeply affected by this imbalance. I have been under-Churched and over-Bibled and have also been over-Bibled and under-Churched. Both extremes have had negative impact on my life. Alarmingly, living in these extremes has become an ever-growing problem within the church universally, as well as a problem for those who have left the church and have “gone rogue”. Both extremes produce dangerous types of people who are hindered in their own growth as well as hindering the people around them.

I am seeing this in a new light and am hoping to help others see how important it is to have a balance of bible knowledge and understanding coupled with the commitment to serve within the church. Neither should tip the scales in an unhealthy manner. My hope and prayer is that we can continue being a light in this world rather than remain in a self-consumed state that hinders the church and others around us. After all, we are talking about eternal Kingdom truths here.

Let’s look at the quick definitions then I’ll dig in.

Under-Churched & Over-Bibled: 

This is a person who knows a lot (or at least they think they do) about the Bible who can usually quote scripture like a pro. However, they have no real understanding of the true meaning of the Scripture and they are mostly out of context in their interpretation. They can be argumentative to the point that everyone else is wrong and hold the position that what has been revealed to them is the only “true” and “right” way. This person tends to steamroll others in their conversations; they are combative and ignorant to important truths regarding the biblical points they think they know. They also cause strife in the family of God and misrepresent God’s glory and His truths. Consider the Pharisees and their attitudes and responses to Christ—what I have described here is a modern-day Pharisaic person. I used to be one of these people, and I began to recognize how immature I was in the faith. My arrogant ignorance and pride was leading me into false teaching and producing nothing in my walk with Christ; I had become a stumbling block to others. If we choose to be Lone Rangers who are not in a church community and stray out on our own without accountability, we face the danger of falling into an isolated, prideful state that produces no spiritual fruit. In other words we need one another to grow and mature in God’s truth.

Mark 9:42

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.”

I used to be this version of a Christian until I realized the importance of being in service to the church. I not only needed the Word of God, but also needed a place to go where there were people more mature than I that I could learn from. However, I found myself becoming over-Churched and under-Bibled! I went to church, served at church, did lots of good “churchy” things, but did not remain committed to personal study of God’s Word. This resulted in a weak and shallow place for me, what I call, “Churchianity”. There was no depth to grasp onto, no growing knowledge in an infinitely great God, no real sustaining joy, satisfaction and I lacked a healthy fear of the Lord. I felt no real passion to share Him with anyone, and was constantly submersed in church activity. I had become over-Churched and under-Bibled. 

Over-Churched & Under-Bibled:

These are the people who are regular churchgoers. They have made the church, church activities, church programs and their friends their “god” and have no idea they have done so. They may be new believers or perhaps have been Christians for many years—both are immature in their faith and understanding of God’s Word. My intention is not to be negative towards people who are in this place, because I have been there too. I have also known many who have been in this place and who are still there today. For the most part believers like this have good hearts, they are true Christians who desire the love of God, but they remain “stuck” in the beginning infant stages of their walk with God and also in there understanding of the Scriptures.

It is a fact, that many Christians only open their bibles on Sundays, and with the handouts and/or sermon outlines given to the congregation, some don’t even feel the need to bring their bibles to church at all. This practice comes from the Westernization of the church. Weak, false, or just plain unhelpful messages are taught, that leave many congregations in a shallow and immature place. But don’t get me wrong, these people are the most passionate people around, they just lack depth to their footing. They know the common stories of the Bible and have been taught some of the values contained therein, but are not moving past the infant phase of when they first got saved to the more mature phase that Paul talks about. Some are perfectly content with “drinking milk” rather than learning how to “chew on the meat, getting much needed nutrients”. We can see that Paul also had this challenge in his ministry when he said, In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14). Paul asserts that people who remain immature need to be taught over and over again about the basic truths, because there are not maturing.

Sadly, some do not even realize they are missing out at all as they continue to follow shallow or false teachings and the wrong interpretation of God’s Word. Some just follow whatever their friends believe of just draw their own interpretations without any rooting in the Word of God as a whole. The danger here is if something is taught incorrectly and does not line up with God’s truth, because one does not know the Word of God from their own personal studies, then they will follow heresy and lies without even realizing it. Not having proper guidance and/or leadership is what contributes to immaturity in one’s walk and leads to immaturity within the church (the corporate body of believers).

Pastors and elders carry the responsibility to help those in their congregation by way of true discipleship. If they fail at this task, they will be held accountable for not “feeding their sheep”. If the pastors and elders are being faithful to the command to disciple God’s people then Paul says, Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Now, don’t misunderstand me here, we are all responsible for our own personal relationship with Christ (Rom. 14:12), but pastors, elders and those in leadership roles are called to shepherd the “flock”. This is God’s design for the church; discipleship through solid biblical leadership is key!

I am telling you these things because without this kind of solid leadership we are prone to wander. We begin to draw our own conclusions from scripture, this is not always a bad thing), but without guidance and correction (if we are in error) we can fall into dangerous heresies which can lead to a distortion of God’s truth. Take a look at some of the teachings that are happening in today’s churches and you can see how easy it is to fall into dangerous interpretations and conclusions that are leading people astray. While no human being has all the answers and no one can claim to possess knowledge of the entire Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, through the power of the Holy Spirit we have the capacity to sharpen, correct, serve and worship in Spirit and in truth.

The Right Balance:

I’m not writing these things to be critical or to find fault in the church or in my fellow brothers and sisters. However, I am writing in hopes that we all take the time to consistently examine our hearts and motives concerning our walk with Christ. We all run the risk of falling into one of these extremes during our lives, and I would like to help others avoid this in order to prevent the hardships I have gone through in my journey. Like I said previously, I have found myself in both extremes and for me, it was a pathetic existence that did not reflect what it truly means to be a Christian. Those extremes left me ignorant to what the miraculous high calling of being in the body of Christ meant. It left me ignorant to the understanding of what an adopted son of the Most High truly means. As I began to see my immaturity and “babyhood”, I once again returned to the Scriptures and asked the Holy Spirit to help me. As I did this, my mind was blown, literally, my heart was changed and I began the process of maturing in my faith. I started reading the Bible from start to finish, beginning to end, and it changed my life. I saw the weakness in my walk, and saw how I had made God a bigger version of me rather than the Everlasting God of the Bible. Since, I have not been able to get enough of the rich truths discovered in God’s Word. I made sure I was connected with those who were solid in their faith and maturity. Through this process, I had to learn how to submit to those who were in leadership, but also how to question and at times disagree if the teachings did not line up with the Bible. Soon, God opened up my creativity to write congregational worship songs and I learned the difference between “worship God” songs and “worship me” songs (see blog to understand this more) and I received teachings from wonderful leaders and mature Christian friends. I began to see the changes in myself as I matured in my walk.

With all of these changes in my life, none of them would mean a thing if my life wasn’t transformed— not just in action but also from the inside out. Now I can’t keep quiet about Christ, I can’t share enough in telling people about the wonders that are found in the grace and mercy of God. Living by the power of God’s Spirit looks much different now than living the best “good guy” life that I was trying to live on my own. Open your bible, pray and ask God to lead you to a bible-teaching church and submit to solid leaders. Live the life that would be defined by the Bible as a disciple of Christ and nothing less. Will it be messy? Of course, you’re dealing with fallen people, but it’s family, and whose family isn’t messy?

Maturity in Christ is not merely based on a form of religious action, it is a desire to learn about the God we claim to love so much; to learn about His nature, His love, His holiness and His commands. Maturing in Christ causes transformation through the Holy Spirit that results in a changed heart; a heart that loves what God loves and hates what He hates. This is when we begin to live in God’s image as we begin to reflect who God is to the world around us, through our actions and deeds. That’s when we can claim to truly love God as our unquenchable thirst deepens to know Him more. We cannot claim to love God and ignore His commands and call on our life. Both have been made known and are made clear in His Word.

Listen to His call and obey!

I encourage you today to open your Bible. I encourage you today to connect with a solid bible-teaching church. I encourage you today to go after God in the way that He has gone after you.


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Proper Context for Christ

By Steven Shaw (Owner at Fitcore and Music Pastor)

Think how important context is in all aspects of life. There’s really never a time that it’s not important and most the time, the most important aspect. When we are talking about the bible in context we are dealing with the most important context. Taking God’s word out of what God meant it to say is dangerous. Learning His context should be our top priority. I’m going to be talking from a musical point of context because that’s where we are having one of the biggest “out of context” problems today.

To “Worship” Leaders: We Should be Pastors in our Music.

I’m writing this to church “worship” leaders mainly, but all can benefit. There are many bold, strong, encouraging, and inspiring verses in the bible, and it’s real easy to take a verse that sounds great and make it mean whatever you want it to mean, that’s what the world is really good at doing. Popular worship music, for the most part, has perfected this act. Just because we are singing about God doesn’t make it a right or good worship song. My hope is we take the messages we are sending to our congregation more serious. We aren’t just musicians, we are leading God’s people into worshiping Him through song, we are preaching the Word of God to them, we are pastors who sing their sermons. That’s the first mindset change that needs to happen. Top priority is not learning the songs to perfection, not figuring the best way the song can force some kind of emotional feeling, not playing everyone’s favorite Christian pop songs. I’m not minimizing the importance of skillfully playing and singing, but it’s not most vital. What matters most are the lyrics of the songs we sing.

How do we make sure our lyrics are most faithful to Scripture?

  1. We learn and grow in our own discipleship. Our holiness is God’s priority for us. We can’t be sensitive or aware of proper words in song unless we know what proper words are, what good theology is. If we are immature in our faith, we’ll be open to all kinds of false or just weak messages. Sanctification in the beholding of God in song is our focus.
  2. We read through potential songs to see if they are biblical. A helpful hint, read through the lyrics without listening to the music as to not be swayed by the emotion of the song. I’ve been moved more at a secular rock show than most church services. Our emotional experience isn’t the goal for a Sunday gathering.
  3. There’s another aspect of faithful songs, that is, level of depth to the song. It’s not black or white, pass or fail. Certain songs can just be improved upon to truly mean what the bible is saying. Some songs aren’t wrong or bad, they just aren’t saying much, or helpful to the Christian, new Christian or non-believer. Some songs need to only be played when they are explained, or the surrounding songs give a better meaning of said song. Some songs aren’t meant to be sung corporately, meaning, you can sing a song in your car praising God, but that doesn’t always transfer to the congregation. We’ll get into this later.
  4. The songs we play should be in context of the sermon, or at least the songs after the sermon. Every time we gather as a church to sing and preach, we need to do all very intentionally. As a good pastor prays and labors over each sermon, so also should the preparation of the music pastor.

Here’s an example of a song that’s not all that helpful for the gathering of God’s people to sing together, and a changed version I made that is much more helpful and faithful to the context of the Psalm it’s taken from.


With this first one, read Psalm 103 because that’s where this song derives from, yet original lacks biblical meaning. They’ve changed the focus of the Hymn, which is God and made it about us.

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Psalm 103

(Revised) = the more biblical words. Just so you know, I don’t think my words in general are amazing or anything, just giving an example of a more biblical version of this song.

(Chorus)                                                                (Chorus) Revised

Bless the Lord, O my soul                                   Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul                                                                 And all that is in me

Worship His holy name                                       Worship His holy name

Sing like never before                                        Remember all He has done

O my soul                                                                 All He’s done

I’ll worship Your holy name                                Worship His holy name

Verse 1

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning

It’s time to sing Your song again

Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me

Let me be singing when the evening comes

Verse 1 (Revised)

The Lord works good and His name is made known

He’s slow to anger and abounding love

He doesn’t slay me, for all my sinning

The Father shows His grace to us.

Verse 2

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger

Your name is great, and Your heart is kind

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Verse 2 (Revised)

As for man, our days are numbered

Wind passes by and our name is gone

But those who fear Him, He calls His children

He’ll take us home when His kingdom comes

Verse 3

And on that day when my strength is failing

The end draws near and my time has come

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending

Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Verse 3 (Revised)

The angels sing and obey his commands

All his hosts who do his will

All his works, in all hearts and places

He is good to all He’s made

This is the version that I wrote for my church. The melody of the song is catchy and many people know it, but that doesn’t mean we just take it at face value.

Do you see the power behind verses that reflect the Psalm more faithfully? Even when the Psalm talks about us, it’s only in response to who God is. Not just what He’s done for us, but who He is. If God did nothing for us, He would still deserve songs of glory, He’s God, and we bring Him nothing, we are simply reflecting His glory to the world.

Another example: This song is weak but that’s not the main problem I have with it. They quote Phil 1:18 but only sing half the verse. They sing, “For me, to live is Christ”, and they stop there, taking the main point of the verse that Paul is writing about in Philippians. “As for me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.” The worst part is they repeat “For me, to live is Christ”, leaving a perfect spot to sing “To die is gain”. I’m not sure how this was missed?

Song lyrics:

Let it be Jesus

Let it be Jesus. The first name that I call

Let it be Jesus. My song inside the storm

I’ll never need another

For me, to live is Christ

For me, to live is Christ (To die is gain!)

God I breathe Your name above everything

Let it be, Let it be Jesus

Let it be Jesus

From the rising of the sun

Let it be Jesus

When all is said and done

I’ll never need another, Jesus there’s no other

Should I ever be abandoned

Should I ever be acclaimed

Should I ever be surrounded by the fire and the flame

There’s a name I will remember

There’s a name I will proclaim

Let it be, Let it be Jesus

You see the point of the song? They desire only Jesus. Let it be Jesus in all things! Great theme! But the ultimate “Jesus” is being face to face with Him. To die is gain! Where is it?! To live is Christ, yes! But to die is gain, or, to die is Christ! Who cares what we have in this life if it doesn’t result in Christ in the end.

I pray this point is becoming clear. From the big picture of whole songs and the little changes that make the point of a song. This might seem minimal but we are talking about our holy and perfect God in heaven, there is no detail too small to make sure we are accurate and faithful to the platform that we’ve been given, and we’ve all been given a platform.

I was going to supply many more song examples, but as I read through many popular Christian songs, I became overwhelmed. If you only read the words and never heard the song you would most likely be underwhelmed. They are saying mostly true things about God but nothing to really help the followers of Christ live under the glory of God, nothing to help the Christian who is suffering and able to sing in full dependence on Christ instead of just self-focused power praise. These songs are well written and can help you feel empowered and perhaps even gotten you through some tough times, but what was your focus during those times? We’re you drawing strength from yourself, or were you falling to your face in complete adoration and prayer because He is all you need and you realize you can do nothing without Him.

Maybe the songs you really love are songs that are only talking about God, but are they informing anyone about God. The Christian can sing and will sing forever, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty. But it’s not helpful for the new Christian or the non-believer. God has done so much in creation and in us that we need to proclaim it in everything, the truths of God are inexhaustible. We need to seek, create and learn new songs because through our music is one of the best ways for us to remember and memorize scripture. There’s power in the word of God, lets sing more of it.

I pray this reaches the “worship” leader, growing them to be a music pastor in an encouraging way. If you are playing music in church because it’s a stepping stone to your rock stardom, please get off the stage, this is holy and sacred ground we are talking about, not your empty staircase. If you’ve just been doing this for so long that this is just how you do it and how your church likes it, I implore you to educate your pastor and church on the importance of biblical music, or at least start to slowly increase the depth in your music. My love is Christ and want as many of us as possible to be doing everything in our power to turn peoples faces to God and off of ourselves. Become a pastor in music, not a wannabe rockstar that God will deal with correctly when the time is right. Soli Deo Gloria!


Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.



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