Psalm 119:9

Psalm 119:9 - How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Song

Here is our newest song:

Hopefully, I will post tomorrow, so tune in!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Scripture Tuesday - Romans 12:21

"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Our natural bent is to be overcome by evil. When someone does harm to us, we harm them back. Indeed, the
very idea of "turning the other cheek" is repulsive to our flesh. (Of course, there are many things in the Bible
that are offensive, perhaps the chiefest of which is the gospel itself. But I won't go down that rabbit trail.)
  Back to the point, haven't we all seen how effective this principle is? For example, when a small child doesn't
get his way, he usually throws a temper tantrum. Now, when you've got some red-faced little kid kicking and
screaming in your face, you tend to forget anything you ever learned about keeping your calm, and have the
overwhelming urge to let him have it. All joking aside, I have seen myself the power that a calm and loving,
albeit firm, response has to soothe the proverbial beast.
  Paul Washer has also talked about this before, referring, I believe, to 1 Peter 3:1-4. He described a situation in
which he arrives home from work worn out and finds the house in chaos. He then turns to his wife and protests
angrily. Now here is the important part. If she decides to reply in kind, they simply get into a verbal brawl. But if
she responds humbly and kindly, explaining why things are out of order, he picks himself up off the floor,
excuses himself politely, crawls out to the woodshed, and proceeds to whack himself upside the head with a
two-by-four before crawling inside and asking forgiveness!
  In any case, we can see that no matter what our flesh says, if we fight evil with evil, we will be overcome by it. So let us make it our goal to "strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see
the Lord" (Heb. 12:14), for in so doing, we will be able, by the grace of God, to overcome evil with good.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Well, it seems I fell off the face of the earth sometime around last monday. But never fear, for I have returned!
Actually, what happened was that the Wretched Brothers were preparing for a weekend full of "gigs". Amazing,
is it not? Friday, we were able to play at Creatures Cafe, which is a Christian cafe in downtown Asheville.

We played for about forty minutes, but here is a short clip captured on a short camera...

But before that, we were invited to do a brief "interview" and play a few songs for their radio station, called 95.7 "The Choice". (Once again, short clip on short camera)

We were also asked to play a song for a celebration on Saturday that was given by the Fowler Family's (and
ours) adoption agency, Grandfather Home, to honor those who had adopted, and had been adopted, this past
year. It went very well, although no clips were taken. B)

Lastly, our church hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner yesterday evening, having invited people in the
surrounding neighborhoods the previous Sunday, and we were the entertainment! It was a grand time, with
plenty of pumpkin pie, and a gospel message into the bargain.

So, our weekend flurry of fame is ended, and we continue to pray that our music would be used by God to draw
people to Him.

(I will try to have my usual weekly exposition up tomorrow)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Scripture Monday - Psalm 119:11 (And Song)

"I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you."

God's word is the Christian's primary weapon in battle. Indeed, it is called "the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God" (Eph. 6:17). How can we expect to lead godly lives if we do not bother to meditate on, and
memorize, scripture? Jesus said that "temptations to sin are sure to come" (Luke 17:1), so we would be wise to
prepare for them; to have the truth in our minds and on our lips, so that when we are tempted, we may expose
it as a lie (and thereby spare ourselves a great deal of pain). Surely, we all know of the rationalization that
comes with temptation. Its purpose is to dull your senses, to lull you into thinking that sin will satisfy. Yet a well-aimed passage of scripture, being "sharper than any two-edged sword" (Heb. 4:12), will cut through this
dark cloud. Like cockroaches that scatter when you turn on the light, evil cannot stand in the face of God's
truth. Let us pray, while we study the Word, that the Holy Spirit will bring to our mind the scriptures that we
need at the right time, and that He would speak with such power that we would be unable to ignore it.
  But I return to the main point of this post, which is that we, as Christians, must be in the scriptures. They are
as food for our souls, a light for our path, and a deadly weapon in the fight against sin. So I challenge us all,
myself included, to search ourselves and discern our weaknesses, then search the scriptures for passages that
deal with those things, committing them to memory, so that the next time we are tempted, we may expose the
lie and put Satan to flight. 

(Now, here is a new song)

Friday, November 2, 2012