Anti Social Dilemma or Homecoming?


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I wrote this post as a milestone that represents how God can over time leverage any tragic situation into living poetry….This short conversation happened 11 years ago and rather than debating or getting angry I decided to live out the answer….

Since revival is messy, and a healthy tribe will only move as fast as it slowest member…in all transparency I AM THE SLOWEST (to let go and unlearn religion) member of my little tribe of 4 amazing human beings.

Due to early conditioning I had a belief I needed to “climb many mountains” to get good enough to be accepted that in retrospect only existed in my and other “flatlanders” minds containing a limited concept of God and his restorative power and most importantly in his patience and good beyond my limited human understanding. He is so so very good….it scares me!

I will spend all of eternity exploring his goodness!…whew I can’t wait!!

Even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

Psalms 23:4 TPT

I started this blog in 2012…and actually I didn’t think I would live for even 6 months let alone almost 12 years so I haven’t spent much time dwelling on my near death experience in 2008 or much about the “impossible” medical situations I faced since and what the doctors said about my condition….When your faced with the valley of the shadow of death you literally just keep walking….My kids were there for all this…

Imagine all this from their perspective….very traumatic to see their father go through these many “near death” situations, and time after time being called to the hospital to “say goodbye”..so very traumatic for them so many times….

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

Deuteronomy 30:19

Rather than focus on tragedy we spend our daily “12 Hours To Live” experiencing and focusing ON LIFE!

This situation started on April fools’ day 2010 on a Facebook post…rather than argue or debate this issue I decided to live out the answer. Over the past 11 years through my messy personal revival…to this homecoming chapter being completed on 10/3/2021 the day my son was best man at his best friend Michael’s wedding…trust me I sure didn’t plan that one!!

As the slowest member of our little tribe let me welcome you to a peek of the celebration of our own personal homecoming!

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Deuteronomy 7:9

With Many Blessings!

Steve


Social Media?

(I’m adding this documentary to help illustrate how social media can be used to help or to hurt.)

The more we learn about the insidiousness that underlies social media in the new documentary “The Social Dilemma,” the more it seems like the film is bringing a sling shot to a nuclear war. What we learn in this movie is that our brains are being manipulated and even rewired by algorithms that are designed to get our attention and make us buy things, including buying into distorted ideas about the world, ourselves, and each other.

“The Social Dilemma” is from Jeff Orlowski, who gave us the similarly terrifying “what are we doing to ourselves” documentaries “Chasing Coral” and “Chasing Ice.” This one might as well be called “Chasing Us” as it asks fundamental and existential questions about whether we are literally writing (with code) ourselves out of the ability to make vital decisions about our own survival

There have been other documentaries raising concerns about the impact of social media on our privacy and our morale and even our democracy, including the very good-to-excellent “Screened Out,” “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” and “The Great Hack.” But this documentary has a significant advantage. While all of the films have impressive experts to explain how we got here and why here is not a place anyone should be, in this movie many of the experts are the same people who got us here—top executives from Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and other sites that seduce us into spending time and sharing information so they can sell both. As the film opens, we can see that the people who will be telling us their stories are uncomfortable and embarrassed. It turns out, they will be confessing and apologizing.

For example, there is Justin Rosenstein, the inventor of Facebook’s most ubiquitous feature, the “like” button. He sheepishly says it was intended to “spread positivity.” What could be wrong with letting your friends and their friends “like” something you’ve posted? Well, it turns out people get their feelings hurt if they don’t get likes. So, they amend their behavior to attract more likes. Does that seem like a problem? Consider this: a large population of the people urgently trying to get “likes” are young teenagers. We all know the excruciating nightmare that is middle school, when all of a sudden you no longer take for granted what your parents tell you and decide that what you really need is to be considered cool or at least not a total loser by your friends at school. Now multiply that by the big, unregulated world of the internet. This is why there is a precipitous spike in anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide attempts by the girls of Gen Z, current middle and high schoolers, as much as triple in some categories. Then there’s the new clinical term “Snapchat Dysmorphia,” describing the people who seek plastic surgery to look more like the filtered images they see online.

The experts assure us their intentions were good, even the one whose job title at Facebook was head of “monetization.” Another one confesses that he worked on making his site irresistibly seductive at work all day and then found himself unable to resist the very algorithmic tricks he helped to create when he went home at night. (https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-social-dilemma-movie-review-2020)

(I’m adding this explanation to help others understand how filter bubbles can be positive or negative)

The Filter Bubble

The term “filter bubble” refers to the results of the algorithms that dictate what we encounter online. According to Eli Pariser, those algorithms create “a unique universe of information for each of us … which fundamentally alters the way we encounter ideas and information.”

Many sites offer personalized content selections, based on our browsing history, age, gender, location, and other data. The result is a flood of articles and posts that support our current opinions and perspectives to ensure that we enjoy what we see. Even when a site is not offering specifically targeted content, we all tend to follow people whose views align with ours. When those people share a piece of content, we can be sure it will be something we are also interested in.

That might not sound so bad, but filter bubbles create echo chambers. We assume that everyone thinks like us, and we forget that other perspectives exist.

Filter bubbles transcend web surfing. In important ways, your social circle is a filter bubble; so is your neighborhood. If you’re living in a gated community, for example, you might think that reality is only BMWs, Teslas, and Mercedes. Your work circle acts as a filter bubble, too, depending on whom you know and at what level you operate.

One of the great problems with filters is our human tendency to think that what we see is all there is, without realizing that what we see is being filtered.

Eli Pariser on Filter Bubbles
The concept of filter bubbles was first identified by Eli Pariser, executive of Upworthy, activist, and author. In his revolutionary book Filter Bubbles, Pariser explained how Google searches bring up vastly differing results depending on the history of the user. He cites an example in which two people searched for “BP” (British Petroleum). One user saw news related to investing in the company. The other user received information about a recent oil spill.

Pariser describes how the internet tends to give us what we want:

Your computer monitor is a kind of one-way mirror, reflecting your own interests while algorithmic observers watch what you click.

Pariser terms this reflection a filter bubble, a “personal ecosystem of information.” It insulates us from any sort of cognitive dissonance by limiting what we see. At the same time, virtually everything we do online is being monitored — for someone else’s benefit. (https://fs.blog/2017/07/filter-bubbles/)

Family problem

(I’m adding this explanation to help others understand how relationships are distorted when people get immersed in social media….human relations cease and people objectify everything….)

Effects of Social Media on Relationships

The impact of social media on families has been researched to see what negative and positive effects are happening. Psychologists are increasingly concerned that technology is breaking down family communication.

It can rob families of attention, communication, and a feeling of safety within the family unit. A book by Sherry Turkle, Alone Together, talks about a study conducted where parents and children were asked their opinion about technology.

The results were stunning. Many children reported that they felt their parents were addicted to their phone or computer.

Children stated a desire for their parents to spend quality time and interact with them. This study shows the growth of social media addiction in families and a need for more family social interaction.

Alternatively, technology can be used to keep families connected. It can help members keep track of schedules, location, and a sense of security between members that parents and/or children can be reached immediately if needed.

Technology is also helpful for families of divorce or separation through more immediate voice or face contact.

In a 2008 study published by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, reported that cell phones, email, and texting helped families compensate for the increased stress of modern life by allowing them to communicate with family members when apart.

Negative Interactions Triggered By Social Media
In regards to battling Social Media bubbles in Families. The impact of social media is a powerful one.

Most often technology can bring forth negative interaction, or zero interaction between siblings, couples, or parent-child. It starves the family of learning and modeling with each other social cues, interpersonal relationship skills, communication skills, and bonding.

As humans, we are social by nature and crave bonding within relationships. We may feel that we are connected through social media, but it strips us of our ability to hear and see verbal and nonverbal messages.

Studies have shown that as parents increase screen time, so do children. Screen time in these studies included smartphones, television, computers, and video games. Children mimic what they are taught, and when parents use electronics while sitting at a playground with their children, the children were found to more likely to engage in risky behaviors.

In other family-impact of social media studies, it was found that when a parent arrived home from work and their children were immersed in technology that the parent was greeted 30% of the time, and was ignored 50% of the time. And when children who spent a significant amount of time on social network sites stated they felt less supported by their parents.

Researchers are finding that individuals communicate more often with family and friends due to technology, but the style and type of communication is potentially weaker [7].

Studies are also finding that kids who spend more time using technology and are in front of a screen, have more difficulty than peers understanding emotion, developing relationships, and may be more dependent on others.

Using social media, In conclusion, what is the balance?

It is important for interpersonal connection with families.

Kids want to be hugged, listened too, and spend quality time with family members. Kids don’t want to be texted or feel they have to compete with their parents against screen time.

Working to increase quality family time without technology is important. Setting aside family time, such as family meals, game nights, quality time of talking about each other’s day that is free of phones, TV, and computers is a key to learning to interact with each other face-to-face and modeling healthy communication and interpersonal relationships.(https://www.addictionhope.com/blog/social-media-addiction-families)

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Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: The 60 Minutes Interview
762,354 views • Oct 3, 2021 • Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, “conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.” Scott Pelley reports.

(So very interesting that this interview happened today as I was finishing up and clarifying this post)

(You were a victim of a broken home so I’m adding this explanation to to communicate that I understand)

Social problems and the decline of family

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from “The Turning: Why the State of the Family Matters, and What the World Can Do About It,” by Linda and Richard Eyre.

The clear connection between the decline of families and the world’s social problems cannot be ignored. The trick is figuring out which is the cause and which is the effect. Most economists and politicians blame both social ills and family instabilities on poverty. Our thesis is that the cause and effect works both ways and that poverty, instability and social problems are often the direct result of declining or poorly functioning families.

A strong case can be made for family (or lack of family) as the cause and everything else as the effect or the result. After all, everything, including each of us, originates with families, with homes, with parents; and how those homes function largely determines the economic, moral and character results that come out of them.

But of course it is a mistake to oversimplify or to claim that all social problems are directly created by inadequate families. Our social ills have many causes, but the “cause” of the most far-reaching and devastating “effects,” aka “social ills” — and the one we are finally on the verge of understanding — is the decline and breakdown of the family and the accompanying deterioration of basic personal values.

There has been no shortage of comment and speculation about “family decline” and “values deterioration” in recent years, but two things have been wrong, or at least inadequate, in most of what has been written and spoken.

First, most of the dialogue is too theoretical and academic. The statistics about divorce, latchkey children, decreasing parent-child communication, and time spent together are academic parts of sociology courses. Increases in violence, gangs, substance abuse, bullying, teen promiscuity and pregnancy, crime, teen suicide, gang violence, school dropout rate and AIDS are daily headlines, nightly news and the subjects of all kinds of popular discussion and the targets of all kinds of proposed “solutions.” But these are rarely connected clearly to their most predictable cause — the breakdown of the families and values. Common sense tells us of the connection, of the cause and effect, yet we keep talking about, worrying about and working on the effects and ignoring the cause.

shop until you drop by Banksy

(You both grew up in materialistic homes so I’m adding this explanation to to communicate how that materialism sets our focus and “life goals” to a destructive path)

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

That they are crass, brash and trashy goes without saying. But there is something in the pictures posted on Rich Kids of Instagram (and highlighted by the Guardian last week) that inspires more than the usual revulsion towards crude displays of opulence. There is a shadow in these photos – photos of a young man wearing all four of his Rolex watches, a youth posing in front of his helicopter, endless pictures of cars, yachts, shoes, mansions, swimming pools and spoilt white boys throwing gangster poses in private jets – of something worse: something that, after you have seen a few dozen, becomes disorienting, even distressing.

The pictures are, of course, intended to incite envy. They reek instead of desperation. The young men and women seem lost in their designer clothes, dwarfed and dehumanised by their possessions, as if ownership has gone into reverse. A girl’s head barely emerges from the haul of Chanel, Dior and Hermes shopping bags she has piled on her vast bed. It’s captioned “shoppy shoppy” and “#goldrush”, but a photograph whose purpose is to illustrate plenty seems instead to depict a void. She’s alone with her bags and her image in the mirror, in a scene that seems saturated with despair.

Perhaps I’m projecting my prejudices. But an impressive body of psychological research seems to support these feelings. It suggests that materialism, a trait that can afflict both rich and poor, and which the researchers define as “a value system that is preoccupied with possessions and the social image they project”, is both socially destructive and self-destructive. It smashes the happiness and peace of mind of those who succumb to it. It’s associated with anxiety, depression and broken relationships.

There has long been a correlation observed between materialism, a lack of empathy and engagement with others, and unhappiness. But research conducted over the past few years seems to show causation. For example, a series of studies published in the journal Motivation and Emotion in July showed that as people become more materialistic, their wellbeing (good relationships, autonomy, sense of purpose and the rest) diminishes. As they become less materialistic, it rises.

In one study, the researchers tested a group of 18-year-olds, then re-tested them 12 years later. They were asked to rank the importance of different goals – jobs, money and status on one side, and self-acceptance, fellow feeling and belonging on the other. They were then given a standard diagnostic test to identify mental health problems. At the ages of both 18 and 30, materialistic people were more susceptible to disorders. But if in that period they became less materialistic, they became happier.

In another study, the psychologists followed Icelanders weathering their country’s economic collapse. Some people became more focused on materialism, in the hope of regaining lost ground. Others responded by becoming less interested in money and turning their attention to family and community life. The first group reported lower levels of wellbeing, the second group higher levels.

These studies, while suggestive, demonstrate only correlation. But the researchers then put a group of adolescents through a church programme designed to steer children away from spending and towards sharing and saving. The self-esteem of materialistic children on the programme rose significantly, while that of materialistic children in the control group fell. Those who had little interest in materialism before the programme experienced no change in self-esteem.

Shop Until You Drop

Another paper, published in Psychological Science, found that people in a controlled experiment who were repeatedly exposed to images of luxury goods, to messages that cast them as consumers rather than citizens and to words associated with materialism (such as buy, status, asset and expensive), experienced immediate but temporary increases in material aspirations, anxiety and depression. They also became more competitive and more selfish, had a reduced sense of social responsibility and were less inclined to join in demanding social activities. The researchers point out that, as we are repeatedly bombarded with such images through advertisements, and constantly described by the media as consumers, these temporary effects could be triggered more or less continuously.

A third paper, published (paradoxically) in the Journal of Consumer Research, studied 2,500 people for six years. It found a two-way relationship between materialism and loneliness: materialism fosters social isolation; isolation fosters materialism. People who are cut off from others attach themselves to possessions. This attachment in turn crowds out social relationships.

The two varieties of materialism that have this effect – using possessions as a yardstick of success and seeking happiness through acquisition – are the varieties that seem to be on display on Rich Kids of Instagram. It was only after reading this paper that I understood why those photos distressed me: they look like a kind of social self-mutilation.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons an economic model based on perpetual growth continues on its own terms to succeed, though it may leave a trail of unpayable debts, mental illness and smashed relationships. Social atomisation may be the best sales strategy ever devised, and continuous marketing looks like an unbeatable programme for atomisation.

Materialism forces us into comparison with the possessions of others, a race both cruelly illustrated and crudely propelled by that toxic website. There is no end to it. If you have four Rolexes while another has five, you are a Rolex short of contentment. The material pursuit of self-esteem reduces your self-esteem.

I should emphasise that this is not about differences between rich and poor: the poor can be as susceptible to materialism as the rich. It is a general social affliction, visited upon us by government policy, corporate strategy, the collapse of communities and civic life, and our acquiescence in a system that is eating us from the inside out.

This is the dreadful mistake we are making: allowing ourselves to believe that having more money and more stuff enhances our wellbeing, a belief possessed not only by those poor deluded people in the pictures, but by almost every member of almost every government. Worldly ambition, material aspiration, perpetual growth: these are a formula for mass unhappiness.(https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/materialism-system-eats-us-from-inside-out)

(You both were victims of a fallen pastor when you were teenagers so I’m adding this explanation to to communicate that I understand)

THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO MORAL FAILURE IN CHURCH LEADERS

by Jonathan Daugherty
Founder & President of Be Broken

When news stories break about the moral failure of yet another Christian leader (like Ravi Zacharias or Carl Lentz), it is shocking to some, sad to others, and paints an incongruous picture to the watching world of what it should look like to follow Jesus and lead His Church.

I don’t fall into the shocked camp anymore. I’ve been working in full-time ministry to sexually broken people for nearly 20 years. I’ve heard it all, even from pastors and church leaders.

But even if I’m not shocked by what I hear these leaders share, my heart breaks for what these stories of sexual brokenness mean for them, their families, and the many lives affected by their positions of leadership.

Leadership, by definition, has consequences.

When leadership is good, followers prosper.
When leadership is bad, followers suffer.
When leadership is deceitful about their sin and weaknesses, followers are devastated by such betrayal of trust.

No leader is perfect or without weaknesses. We must be careful of elevating anyone to such a status of “untouchable” in the church (or any institution). That is certainly a recipe for disappointment, or worse….

Culture Throws Allot At Us

From broken families, filter bubbles, social media, TMI culture, school shootings, teen suicide, materialism and the rejection of God…I get it

I posted this video to this blog in 2014 to communicate that I get it.….It’s probably out of date now, but still provides a overview of things you both faced coming at you I could never have dreamed of!

P.O.D Youth of the Nation

Last day of the rest of my life
I wish I would’ve known
Cause I didn’t kiss my mama goodbye…..I didn’t tell her that I loved her and how much I care
Or thank my pops for all the talks
And all the wisdom he shared….Unaware, I just did what I always do
Everyday, the same routine
Before I skate off to school

But who knew that this day wasn’t like the rest
Instead of taking a test
I took two to the chest

Call me blind, but I didn’t see it coming
Everybody was running
But I couldn’t hear nothing

Except gun blasts, it happened so fast
I don’t really know this kid
Even though I sit by him in class

Maybe this kid was reaching out for love
Or maybe for a moment
He forgot who he was
Or maybe this kid just wanted to be hugged
Whatever it was
I know it’s because

We are, We are, the youth of the nation

Little Suzy, she was only twelve
She was given the world
With every chance to exce
l

Hang with the boys and hear the stories they tell
She might act kind of proud

But no respect for herself

She finds love in all the wrong places
The same situations
Just different faces

Changed up her pace since her daddy left her
Too bad he never told her
She deserved much better

Johnny boy always played the fool
He broke all the rules
So you would think he was cool

He was never really one of the guys
No matter how hard he tried
Often thought of suicide

It’s kind of hard when you ain’t got no friends
He put his life to an end
They might remember him then

You cross the line and there’s no turning back

Who’s to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say
It don’t take away the pain

That I feel inside, I’m tired of all the lies
Don’t nobody know why
It’s the blind leading the blind

I guess that’s the way the story goes
Will it ever make sense
Somebody’s got to know

There’s got to be more to life than this
There’s got to be more to everything
I thought exists

(The other day these topics were on the news and these school shooting threats are still happening….and currently Facebook/Instagram are in really hot water negatively influencing kids as well as adults)

Local new from September 30, 2021 – School shooting threat at Etiwanda High School (down the street from the high school you both attended)…also breaking news on Facebook/Instagram


Does Just America, or Does the Whole World HATE Talking About Religion?..lol

Facebook Post – March 27,2010 – April 1, 2010

(For me the short answer is YES!)

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Papa Bear

What if I Had Gotten Angry and Bitter?

if I would have gotten “offended” over we way this conversation ended, give up and became an old grumpy dude telling everyone within earshot that “this generation of kids today is so much worse than my generation”……this is supported by an incorrect understanding of what the bible says……… that a time will come when when things get bad, that everything gets out of control……(every generation get’s worse and then God gives up and destroys the world…It’s like this whole gospel message was “a good try” but didn’t work after all.)

I could have seen this as a personal attack…

and then I would find “proof” of this by surrounding myself with a tiny filter bubble of Boomers who support that….Facebook is full of them……Churches in the USA are full of these people who just give up and get bitter…….“let me tell you the story of how I got disrespected” on Facebook in 2010…blah..blah…blah ect….

Nahaaaa I ain’t going down like that…sorry Pappa Bear here,,,someone or something get’s between me and my cubs…IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST!!! >>>GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR<<<

No! I knew you both were in a bad situation in both your homes and when you both found a church at 16 years old and really plugged in to someone you could look up to a “father figure” …….it turned on you with that pastor who ended up “hooking up” with his daughters friends and had to admit it on public. (I just went through something similar over the past month and address it here )

No wonder you rejected all this…you were very hurt!

(Rather than debate in Facebook, I just spent any time I could with you. We took a trip to LA and took these photos 24 days after that conversation on Facebook…no debate necessary I love you more each and every day!!!)

7 years after my NDE looking back as we are building a relationship with you and your sisters

(I posted this song to the original site with a long letter of regrets and how sorry I was about how all this turned out…..that was back in 2009 on a blogspot (oldschool) in my first effort to tell my story…..still this song illustrates my prayer, that you come to the knowledge of who you truly are in my eyes, and through forgiving and tracing your roots will see how the decisions you made as a teenager, still has the flicker of the flame that I know will grow into an all consuming fire….)

Bring Him Home

“Bring Him Home” is a song from the popular Broadway musical a Les Misérables, which is performed by the main character, Jean Valjean. In the musical, Valjean pleads to God to preserve the life of another man. The television show 20/20 did a video interview on the writing of “Bring Him Home” in which the narrator said, “One of the most emotionally powerful moments in the show is a prayer Vajean sings offering his life to God in exchange for the younger man’s life.”

The song has become an anthem for people around the world and helps provide comfort for those in need. Many have adopted the song as a personal prayer for their loved ones who serve in the armed forces, missions, or are otherwise apart from their families.

God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there
He is young
He’s afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.
He’s like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old

And will be gone.
Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy
You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die
Let me die
Let him live
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home


Casting Crowns – City On The Hill (Animated)

597,395 views • Sep 11, 2012 • An animation created by Center For Creative Media (http://centerforcreativemedia.com/) for Casting Crowns’ song, “City On The Hill,” as seen on the band’s “Come To The Well” Tour. “City On The Hill” is on the album “Come To The Well”

Did you hear of the city on the hill
Said one old man to the other
It once shined bright, and it would be shining still
But they all started turning on each other
You see the poets thought the dancers were shallow
And the soldiers thought the poets were weak
And the elders saw the young ones as foolish
And the rich man never heard the poor man speak
But one by one, they ran away
With their made up minds to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade
In the City on the Hill, the City on the Hill

Each one thought that they knew better
But they were different by design
Instead of standing strong together
They let their differences divide
And one by one, they ran away
With their made up minds to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade
In the City on the Hill, the City on the Hill
And the world is searching still
But it was the rhythm of the dancers
That gave the poets life
It was the spirit of the poets
That gave the soldiers strength to fight
It was fire of the young ones
It was the wisdom of the old
It was the story of the poor man
That needed to be told

It is the rhythm of the dancers
That gives the poets life
It is the spirit of the poets
That gives the soldiers strength to fight
It is fire of the young ones
It is the wisdom of the old
It is the story of the poor man
That’s needing to be told
But one by one will we run away
With our made up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade in the City on the Hill
One by one will we run away?
With our made up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade in the City on the Hill
The city on the hill
And the Father’s calling still
(Come home)

To the city on the hill
(Come home)

Homecoming (Lyric Video) – Cory Asbury, Gable Price

41,467 views • Sep 23, 2021 • The official lyric video for “Homecoming” from the album, Homecoming, by Bethel Music feat. Cory Asbury and Gable Price. “Homecoming” was written by Cory Asbury, Gable Price, Brian Johnson, and Christian Ostrom. Subscribe to get the latest music and videos from Bethel Music: https://bit.ly/2Xbwsab Stay Connected: Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/bethelmusic/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/bethelmusic Twitter | https://twitter.com/bethelmusic BM Website | https://bethelmusic.com/

#Homecoming #CoryAsbury #GablePrice #bethelmusic

Lord, I confess
That I’ve been a criminal
I’ve stolen Your breath
And sang my own song
And Lord, I confess
That I’m far from innocent
These shackles I wear
Oh, I bought on my own

These scarlet sins had a crimson cost
You nailed my debt to that old rugged cross
An empty slate, at the empty grave
Thank God that stone was rolled away

Lord, I confess
I’ve been a prodigal
Made for Your house
But I walked my own roads
Then Jesus came
He tore down my prison walls
Death came to life
When He called me by name

Scarlet sins had a crimson cost
You nailed my debt to that old rugged cross
An empty slate, at the empty grave
Thank God that stone was rolled
Scarlet sins had a crimson cost
You nailed my debt to that old rugged cross
An empty slate, at the empty grave
Thank God that stone was rolled away

And I can see it now
Smiling in Heaven, You and I, You and I

And I see bright, crimson robes draped over the ashes
A wide, open tomb where there should be a casket
The children are singing, and dancing, and laughing
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming
Roses in bloom pushed up from the embers
Our rivers of tears flow from good times remembered

Families are singing, and dancing, and laughing
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming
Heaven joins in with a glorious sound

And the great cloud of witnesses all gather ’round
Cause the ones that were lost are finally found
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming

Scarlet sins had a crimson cost
You nailed my debt to that old rugged cross
An empty slate, at the empty grave
Thank God that stone was rolled

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming

Can you see it now?
Standing on the shores of Heaven
You and I, and our families
Singing, and dancing, and laughing
There’s truly no place like home
Yeah
Jesus, You’re so beautiful
Haha, see Him face to face
Can we sing that bridge together one last time?
“I see bright, crimson robes”

I see bright, crimson robes draped over the ashes
A wide, open tomb where there should be a casket

**The children are singing, and dancing, and laughing
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming

Roses in bloom, they pushed up from the embers

Our rivers of tears flow from good times remembered
Families are singing, and dancing, and laughing (Let’s go)
The Father is welcoming (Come on)
This is our homecoming
And Heaven joins in with a glorious sound
And the great cloud of witnesses all gather ’round
‘Cause the ones that were lost are finally found
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming

Scarlet sins had a crimson cost
You nailed my debt to that old rugged cross
An empty slate, at the empty grave
Thank God that stone was rolled

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming

**“The children are singing, and dancing, and laughing
The Father is welcoming
This is our homecoming”

Reckless Love (Live with story) – Cory Asbury | Heaven Come 2017 (500th year of the Reformation!)

Reckless Love – Cory Asbury

Before I spoke a word
You were sing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath
You breathed your life in me
You have been so, so kind to meThe overwhelming, never-ending
Rekless love of God
It chases me down
Fight ’til I’m found
Leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still you give yourself awayWhen I was your foe, still your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth
You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

The overwhelming, never-ending
Reckless love of God
It chases me down
Fight ’til I’m found
Leaves the ninety-nine
The overwhelming, never-ending
Reckless love of God

There’s no shadow you won’t light up
Mountain you won’t climb up
Coming after meThere’s no wall you won’t kick down
No lie you won’t tear down
Coming after meThere’s no shadow you won’t light up
Mountain you won’t climb up
Coming after meThere’s no wall you won’t kick down
No lie you won’t tear down
Coming after meThe overwhelming, never-ending
Reckless love of God
It chases me down
Fight ’til I’m found
Leaves the ninety-nine
The overwhelming, never-ending
Reckless love of God

Non-Christian Reaction to Reckless Love


Bill Johnson – Bethel Church 10/3/2021 – When in War Create!