Wild Heart was recorded live at the Cascade Theater in Redding, California. In her fifth solo album, Kim Walker-Smith returns to the place she recorded Still Believe, Consumed (with Jesus Culture), and got married. Wild Heart explores themes of life, beginning again, and returning to our First Love. The title song, Wild Heart, expresses the jubilant love of the Father, running to meet the prodigal child.
Protector is a powerful anthem and declaration of Who God is and His promise to never leave, nor forsake us. Kim’s personal favorite is You’ll Always Be, which is a sweet melody that rides beneath lyrics that take a strong stance on Who God is in her life. Wild Heart was recorded in one night, among a full room of people who traveled from New York, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, and other states. This album is a collection of songs and moments that are joyful, raw, honest, and intimate.
I come out of agreement With the lie that You have left me on my own I am not alone I come out of agreement With the worry and the fear I’ve come to know No, they won’t have a hold on me
Protector You never, never, never let me go You said You wouldn’t leave me, and You won’t You’re right by my side Protector I come into agreement With the truth that You are who You say You are I can trust Your heart I come into agreement With what Heaven has declared over my life Cause I know that You fight for me
Protector You never, never, never let me go You said You wouldn’t leave me, and You won’t You’re right by my side Protector You hide me in the shadow of Your wings Your presence is my peace, my covering My song in the night Protector No weapon, no worry will prosper against me No darkness, no evil will tease or torment me All power, dominion to one Name is given My fortress, my freedom, my refuge, my Jesus
GEN. JERRY BOYKIN: In These Troubled Times, Where are the Men?
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s executive vice president
June 21, 2020 CBN News
On May 25, 2020, I watched the beginning of a great American tragedy. As the nation began to open up after the long COVID-19 lock-down a horrifying incident involving a rogue cop took the life of a 46-year-old African-American man named George Floyd. Three other officers watched and did nothing. And chaos erupted nationwide.
As I watched these events unfold, with abandoned police stations, burned-out business, frenzied rampaging, looting, vandalism, and more death, one question kept repeating itself in my mind: Where are the men?
Were they hiding behind some “cause” or misguided notion that the situation was none of their business? Were they simply going along with the crowd, with no sense of right and wrong? When did men stop providing protection, guarding defenseless victims, and taking responsibility for their communities?
I can’t help but question whether radical feminist grievances about “toxic masculinity” have caused men to stop fulfilling their God-given roles in our society. Along similar lines, as I watched that tide of angry young men shattering glass, stealing and looting, I wondered just how many of them grew up in fatherless homes.
Tragically, in today’s America, too many children are born never knowing who their father is. Others see their daddy pack up and leave while they are still young kids; they grieve for him and miss him terribly. Some fathers are in jail; others are addicted; still, others are too busy making money to be bothered with their own sons and daughters.
There are so many fatherless families and everyone is a tragedy.
As a Christian, I believe that the Bible – from Joshua to Jesus – provides a clear mandate for masculine roles and responsibilities. And thanks to my own devoted, loving father and to my military background, I’ve had exceptional opportunities both to be compliant and to command, to protect while sometimes paying the price, to be inspired and encouraged by those with whom I served.
But today too many boys have never in their lives been affirmed by men. They’ve had no man to set a proper example, to help establish values in the home, or to love and nurture them. Instead, they’re raised on the internet and by the violence of video games. If there had been more fathers who understood the importance of their role, and the power of a father’s blessing, I am convinced that could have prevented some of the tragedies we’re facing in today’s cities across America.
What could those fatherless boys have learned from a godly father about being a man?
It’s true that men and women are equal, but it is also true that they are unquestionably different. Once a young man understands that there is a uniquely God-given role for him to fulfill in his lifetime, that sacred role will likely soon become his transcendent cause.
And I believe that having a transcendent cause – including the distinct obligations and responsibilities being a man entails – will literally separate the men from the boys.
First of all, men are intended to be providers. This certainly includes financial responsibility for any others who rely on him. But it also includes the other forms of provision such as values, principles and vision, and direction. And perhaps above all else, being a provider means thinking of someone besides yourself.
Men are also meant to be instructors, mentors, and role-models to their families and their communities. A nation of “Sheep without shepherds” is another symptom of our present disorder. But real men are leaders, especially in chaotic situations. To borrow a military term, men are meant to be chaplains, offering wisdom and spiritual guidance in the home, school, office, and community.
At the same time, men are also supposed to be defenders – of course, this applies to protecting those closest to them, and those who cannot defend themselves. The Bible says, “Defend the weak and the fatherless, uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4 NIV
A real man will never stand by and watch while others are victimized or abused. The “bystander effect” is a sad product of our self-centered society. Worse yet is the pretense that participating in criminal activity, theft, and violence is an act of righteous defiance. NO! It is not.
Calling in the National Guard wouldn’t be necessary if men were doing their job. It’s time men take up their biblical mandate, which has been ordained by their creator. That is their mission, no matter what their color, nationality, station in life, upbringing, or education. And I believe that once men step up and carry out their God-given role, a new vision can be cast and brought forth, restoring a civil and prosperous America for all.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin serves as Family Research Council’s executive vice president and is the author of Man to Man: Rediscovering Masculinity in a Challenging World. He spent 36 years in the Army, serving his last four years as deputy undersecretary for intelligence in the Department of Defense.
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“Be Aware & Press On!” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin
June 7, 2020 Love For His People ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina USA
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10, NKJV
When I read Lana Vawser’s message this morning, a highly respected prophetic voice from Australia, and posted it on our website Love For His People, entitled “FIGHT TO STAY AWAKE!”, I said to myself, “That’s it!” The enemy of our soul has been trying to wear us out, tear us down, so that we will just stop and sleep.
Not me. I am not going to let the enemy win. I know the Lord is on my side. And yours too.
In brief she said, “As I had these beautiful divine interruptions of the Lord taking place, and the invitation to embrace, yield and lean into them, I saw a huge demonic figure enter into the vision. This demonic figure was large in stature, and in different peoples lives it would show itself differently. This demonic figure was sent on an assignment to come against believers and its assignment was to DECEIVE, to DISTRACT and to bring a DISENGAGEMENT to the DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS the Lord was bringing.
These three areas stood out to me so strongly:
This demonic figure was on assignment to cause such a slumber over many to not recognise the importance of the hour we are in. It was coming on assignment to cause distractions so there would be so much “double vision” and so much opposition to hinder God’s people from deep places of encounter with the Lord and what the Lord is saying and partnering with the wisdom and blueprint of God, and there was an overall feeling of ‘slumber’ that was coming with this assignment of the enemy to cause many to feel like they just want to ‘sleep’.”
As for me, with the battles raging in the nations against the seen – pandemics, racial strife, media madness with fake news, political upheavals and ongoing spreading of lies – just to name a few, and the unseen in the heavenlies, the enemy of our spirit, soul, and body is not giving up, thinking he can win.
But he can’t! He won’t! The Lord has already written the last chapter of the Book, and He wins!
We must be aware that war is war. It isn’t a game that we can just shut on and shut off, as if walking away from the video game. We may think we have the choice to just “sit this one out” and let the game-changers do it all, you know, the “gifted ones”, but we can’t. We must not. We will not.
By His grace we push on, we fight on, we take our stand for righteousness, justice, continually seeking to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Until the end has come and His throne is established on earth in Jerusalem.
We must not allow ourselves to grow weary in doing good.
Again, for encouragement, “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10, THE MESSAGE
You may have been in this wearisome battle, in a particular area of your life, where you struggled against disappointment, job loss, family conflict, medical condition, the uncertainty of tomorrow. Haven’t we all in some form or another!
As an example, for me, for the 4th time in two months, I will press on and push forward. The enemy WILL NOT have his way in my life. I will re-schedule our trip to Israel for another time yet this year. The gates will open! The appointed time will come! That which our Lord has called us to will not be stopped by the one who hates us and continually battles against us.
“Stay sober, stay alert! Your enemy, the Adversary, stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Stand against him, firm in your trust, knowing that your brothers throughout the world are going through the same kinds of suffering. You will have to suffer only a little while; after that, God, who is full of grace, the one who called you to his eternal glory in union with the Messiah, will himself restore, establish and strengthen you and make you firm. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:8-11, Complete Jewish Bible
My friends in faith, I encourage you to realize that the battle is not yours but the Lord’s, and He is fighting on our behalf. He has already overcome death by His resurrection from the dead, and He is the one giving us the new life and new strength, new courage, to press on and stand strong. Our Lord is roaring from Zion! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah!
Don’t give up. Don’t sleep it off. Be aware, and fight on. It will be worth it in the end.
And I will see you too at the finish line!
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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