"Wordplay" Clues #17 & 18
Sun., Oct. 29. 2006 1:02am EDT
Our upcoming CD, "Wordplay" features 20 parodies of classic and modern hits. Here are clues #17 and 18 to give you insight into two more of those songs. Read between the lines, and you'll be able to figure out the name of the original songs and artists we've spoofed.
17. Save Your Voice (Quiet Down, Boy)
Is there a believer out there who can truly say they've never been down? It's hard enough to remember to praise God in the good times; how about the bad times? As they said in the Wizard of Oz, "Now, that's a horse of a different color!" Sometimes, as we live this life, we get so caught up in the moment and in the troubles of the real world we forget that "our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17). We may face some big-time challenges and we may not be filthy rich, but we ain't broke yet, even if there appears to be nothing in our bank account at the time. As David said, "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread" (Psalms 37:25). It can require a real leap of faith to praise God in the midst of suffering, but we do have the promise that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Furthermore, as believers in Christ, we have the promise that we're saved and we'll live forever. This is a cause for celebration and preparation, whether or not the Billy Graham Crusade or Promise Keepers is coming to your city.
The Bible says we are saved by God's grace (undeserved favor) and not by our good deeds. The proof is right before your eyes in passages like Ephesians 2:5-10, Titus 3:4-7, 2 Timothy 1:9, Galations 2:16-21, Romans 11:5-6, and Acts 15:11. Those same directions apply to everyone, because God is no respecter of persons. Yet, for some reason many professing Christians have an "every man for himself" attitude, thinking they can or must work their way into heaven. Consequently, they miss the target. Did you know that the Bible never says "the Lord helps those who help themselves"? Rather, the Lord helps those who can't help themselves but confess that their sins are out of control, and come to Him for mercy. Unfortunately, many "religious" people still keep running away from the truth rather than running to the Lord -- crawling in the dark when they could and should be walking in the light. The goodness you need to get into Heaven isn't inside of you unless the Christ is inside of you. That's the only way to make your sins disappear.