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RETRO PRAISE / Blog

New Album

Hi folks ! I'm currently writing and recording a new album that I hope to release this yr. I'm really excited about the "Rockin" music that God is giving me and can't wait to share them with you. God Bless , Dave

THE ELIJAH PROJECT
THE ELIJAH PROJECT  (over 3 years ago)

It's great to see you're coming back to us. I've missed you out here on the front lines. God bless all that you do !

Abiding in Christ!

God does not make us abide in Him nor does He make us think like Him. We have to do it ourselves. We have to bring "every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" 2 Corinthians 10:5. John 15:4 says, "Abide in Me..." Abide in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that make human life what it is. It does not matter what our circumstances are. We can abide in Jesus in the midst of them. It is unnecessary to change or arrange our circumstances ourselves. We need to model our lives around the abiding of Jesus when He was on the earth. He was at home with God wherever He was. He never chose His own circumstances but submitted to His Father's plans and directions for Him. Just think of how relaxed His life was. Just think of how relaxed our life can be. We say, "Yes, Lord, just a minute - I still have this to do. Yes, I will abide as soon as this is finished. Yes, Lord, I will abide when I have a little more time." But we need to abide NOW. In the beginning is may be a continual effort to abide, but progressively it will become so much a part of our lives that we will abide in Him without any conscious effort at all. We must be determined to abide in Jesus wherever we are now and wherever we will be in the future. Join RETRO PRAISE as we seek to ABIDE now and forever.

Trusting God First

Even Jesus never put His trust in man. John 2:24-25 says, "But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people." Yet he was never suspicious of people. He was never bitter toward anyone. He never lost hope for others. Why? Because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutely in what God's grace can do. His expectation of others was in God alone. So are we not to trust people? To some degree, yes. But not first and not totally! Why? Because trusting in people first brings an end result of despair and hopelessness. Face it, most of us insist that people be what no person can ever be - absolutely perfect and right. They will let us down. And if we're truthful we really can't even trust ourselves, can we? The only person we can totally trust is God. The only thing we can trust is His grace which is sufficient for each day and every situation. If we can just learn to go there first and allow our expectations of others to lie in God alone we won't be disappointed! We don't have to trust man. We just have to learn to trust God first!!

Seeking Him First

Matthew 6:33 says "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you." These words of Jesus are some of the most revolutionary words we have ever heard. "Seek FIRST the kingdom of God . . ." We argue, "But I MUST live; I MUST make a certain amount of money; I MUST be clothed; I MUST be fed." The great concern of our lives seems not to be the kingdom of God but how we are going to take care of ourselves to live. Jesus reversed the order by telling us to have a right relationship with God FIRST. Our primary concern should be maintaining that right relationship and never should be taking care of other things in life. Matthew 6:25 says " . . . do not worry about your life . . ." From the standpoint of Jesus it is unreasonable for us to be anxious, worrying about how we will live. Of course, Jesus didn't say that taking no thought for anything in life is blessed. That would be foolish. But Jesus DID teach that God is to be the dominate focus of our lives. In essence Jesus said, "Dont make food and drink the controlling factor of your life, but be focused absolutely on God." Jesus said God first, everything else second. This is really one of the most difficult disciplines of the Christian life. Yet it is critical! So join with Retro Praise as we learn to allow the Holy Spirit to bring us to a place of peace about earthly matters. We are concentrating and seeking God about ministry, putting His kingdom first. We know that He will supply our every need because it's a promise from the Lord Himself! Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and No worries!! Wow!

Enjoying Adversity

Habits . . . a subject that's been on our minds a lot lately. I guess because we love our ministry to those who have been or are being or longing to be set from the bad habits of the world. And because God so graciously set us free from thost same bondages. We all know that we need to develop godly habits so as the scripture says, " . . . the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body". 2 Cor 4:10. One of those habits is the habit of enjoying adveristy. Crazy, huh! Well, face it. Our salvation is not just a question of going to heaven, but we are saved so that we can become Christ-like. And sometimes it takes adversity to determine who we really are. When hard times comes, does my life really exhibit the essence of the Son of God, or do I reflect the selfish "myself" that is the basis for the life apart from Him? Well, adversity is one way to find out. But a habit of enjoying adversity? How do we do that? It's too hard. Is it? If we are asked if we have an eagerness of allowing the life of Jesus to be evident in our lives, what is our answer? Most say yes, of course. So if Christ allows adversity enter our lives should we not have the same eagerness to be obedient to Him through the adversity so that we will reflect Him? No matter how difficult something may be, we must say, "Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this." If we do, instantly, Christ shines and is glorified in our response to the struggle. We can't debate and we can't give way to self-pity. Our circumstances are means used by God to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinary Jesus is. This should make our hearts beat with renewed excitement. None of us would choose adversity but if we could remember that our Sovereign God is orchestrating our circumstances and that He is more than sufficient and will supply our every need, we can make a habit of enjoying the hard times. To know that Christ is glorified in us. . . . WOW!! That is what it's all about! So along with Retro Praise, create a new habit. ENJOY ADVERSITY and rock on for Jesus!