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JFH Staff Blog | November 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Desperate: The Art Of Falling Forward by MC Hamsa

 

Picture this:

Crawling towards Jesus, on hands and knees; crying out, with a weak voice and tear-stained face. The rocks scrape your skin, and everything around you seems like darkness, but off in the distance you can make out a light. You struggle towards that light, no matter what, picking yourself up, falling, crawling, always moving toward the light.

This is the image God put in my mind one day while on my morning commute in sunny Southern California. I had been struggling with an addiction to pornography, and, having recently relapsed, my soul was in turmoil. It felt like no matter what I did, I just couldn’t seem to remain pure.

It’s at moments like this that I am reminded of the end of Romans 7, where Paul cries out in anguish, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” This exclamation follows a passage that all of us can relate to, one way or the other. We know what the right thing is, but we seem incapable of doing it. It’s almost as if we are imperfect beings, unable to achieve righteousness through our own effort.


Enter Jesus. No, I don’t mean, baby-in-a-manger Jesus, or even dying-on-the-Cross Jesus. I’m talking about the Jesus who spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well; who told the Pharisees to cast the first stone; who called to Peter from the shore after his resurrection. In all of these instances, Jesus shows His character as one who meets us in our brokenness and shame, knowing full well what we’ve done, yet still inviting us into a life that is surrendered to Him.

In my song, Desperate, I reference Zechariah 3, which is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. In this passage, the prophet Zechariah is shown a vision of the Accuser, Satan, confronting the High Priest Joshua with his faults, failures, and mistakes. But look how God responds:

And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan!

The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!

Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?

Throughout the rest of the chapter, God goes on to remove Joshua’s filthy garments -  which he clarifies represent his sins - and dresses him in righteousness instead. This is a perfect illustration of what Jesus does for us when we enter into His presence. We show up, covered in the dirty rags of pride, lust, greed, and resentment, and He restores us, as we surrender these things to Him. Perhaps there was a reason that the very first word Jesus said in His ministry was, “Repent!”, which He followed up with the Good News, “The Kingdom of Heaven is here!


I don’t know what’s been weighing you down, keeping you from walking closely with Jesus, but I’d like to encourage you. Remember that you are not condemned (Romans 8), and that, though we may fall, Proverbs 24:16 tells us that we will get back up. In those moments, remember to fall forward.

By MC Hamsa

 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Holy Spirit is our imPULSE by imPULSE Worship

 

“The Holy Spirit is our imPULSE

...our inspiration, guide, motivation - our lifeblood in the development of our craft, the writing of our original music, and the worship we facilitate. As a community we chase after the call to glorify Jesus’ name in freedom, with song, and full of joy. Some may call it impulsive - we call it: the worship imPULSE.”

We are imPULSE - a band of young people dedicated to worship through music, collaboration as artists, and fellowship as friends. We are born out of the youth program of a small church in Los Angeles, California, and strive to glorify God through our music. When COVID-19 hit, in person youth groups were put on hold. Without opportunities to play live worship sets, our band decided to invest in a new project. imPULSE Worship had officially been born.

In the midst of these unprecedented times, our team came together and set out on an adventure to organically discover and produce an anthem of worship relevant both to the situation of the world and to the condition of our hearts. We embark on this journey without the bolster of formal training, resources, production, or funding. Although not a single dollar was spent, what this project lacks in financial investment is surplussed by an investment of care, energy, talent, and time, all with the intention of developing the production of our song for God’s glory. Our single was birthed out of a desire to respond to the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, crafted by a group of friends in a humble closet home studio, and refined by our very own young technical producer.

Over the past couple months, our team collaborated over zoom meetings to write lyrics, choose chords, and pin down melodies for an original worship song.

The lyrics of our song are rooted in Romans 8:18 which says,

 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us…(or other words) The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming

The message of “Kingdom Coming” is one of hopeful anticipation for the day God’s plan will come to fruition in our world. For the time being, we can rest in the joy of knowing that the Holy Spirit provides breakthrough in our daily lives through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. This song serves as a reminder that in the midst of hardships, we can look forward to a greater joy that is on the way. 

imPULSE Worship

-imPULSE Worship Team is: Princess Badua (18), Anna Holyfield (18), Lianne Hong (16), Jordan Tritasavit (16), Matt Tritasavit (19), Noah Tyau (17)