5 Christian Songs that Inspire Me Now

This week, I would love to write about five of my current favorite songs, the artists who made them and why the inspire me (I may be biased in my selection so don’t worry. You can also compile yours and send it to us on christianblogghana@gmail.com).

My name is Delali and one of my favorite pastimes is downloading tracks especially those I haven’t heard before and updating my gospel playlist. You can say me preference is slow gospel times. I know some Christians like their tracks fast, others prefer the Hip-Hop style but I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit when I listen to very slow tracks (I’m just preventing myself from using the term ‘worship’ for this kind of tracks).

This week, I would love to write about five of my current favorite songs, the artists who made them and why the inspire me (I may be biased  in my selection so don’t worry. You can also compile yours and send it to us on christianblogghana@gmail.com).

Travis Greene – Made a Way

I know this is the current favorite for a lot of Christians, especially those who following the contemporary type of gospel. I heard it first in my church (ICGC Faith Temple). The choir ministered it on Sunday and on Friday too (I’m sure the choir got positive feedback). I was awed when I heard the part which said, “You can move mountains. You cause walls to fall. With your power, you perform miracles and there is nothing that’s impossible. And I’m standing here only because you made a way...” That part spoke a lot to my spirit and the next day, I looked for the song and downloaded it and listen to it repeatedly. It is currently number one on my playlist. Take a listen 🙂

Travis Greene – Intentional

Intentional is also an inspirational song. When I heard it was made by the same Travis Greene who did Made a Way,  I kept wondering who he was, where he has been all this while and why I haven’t heard any of his songs before. Well, Travis Greene is quite young and he has two albums to his credit. The latest was released only last year and the album title, Intentional. Try and find his song, Anthem, which is another amazing track.

William Mcdowell – ??

I can’t say which of his songs inspire me now because all of them do inspire me anytime I listen to them. William is quite old in the game. I discovered him back at the University in 2010. When I listened to Wrap me in Your arms for the first time, I couldn’t help but look for other tracks he’s made and they are all spirit-filled. His songs will take you to heaven and back. Look for his tracks and you will be amazed. Some of the popular ones include Wrap me in your arms, Withholding nothing, I won’t go back, You are God alone and the list goes on and on.

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – Worthy is the Lamb

Well, you can say it’s because they came to Ghana quite recently and you may not be too far from the truth. I have been hearing a lot about them but I did not know really know much till I saw an interview they granted on television. From their demeanor to their story and how the group is put together is nothing but a testimony. I was astonished by how they kept stressing on the power of the spirit and how they allow him to control every ministration they do. The spirit around them was sweet and I couldn’t help but ask why I have not been following them keenly. I guess it’s never too late to start.

Uncle Ato 😉 

You can call me old-school or pentecostal but never joke with me when Uncle Ato is ministering. If this is the first time you are hearing his name, please look for him on Youtube. Maybe he is Ghana’s version of Don Moen. Whenever he takes the microphone to minister, there is nothing but the presence of the Holy Spirit all around. And when he is ministering songs of thanksgiving, they keep flowing without any inhibitions. This man is quite old in the game and I believe he keeps better and the Holy Spirit keeps using him awesomely.

So Uncle Ato and William Mcdowell for me any day. What about you? What are your favorite gospel tracks at the moment? Share with us!

The Judgment Day and the Movie, San Andreas

Two days ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Silverbird Cinema at the Accra Mall to watch a movie. Among the movies that were showing at the time was Jurassic World. Unfortunately, I was quite late therefore had to sit through a movie titled San Andreas, which I thought was going to be boring but as I watched, I couldn’t help but reflect on my life as a Christian and the judgment day.

About San Andreas

San Andreas is a movie released in 2015 featuring Raymond Gaines (The Rock) who worked in the Los Angeles Fire Department Air Rescue Team. To summarise it all, he had to rescue his daughter and friends who were caught up in a building during a heavy earthquake which shook the city badly.

The distraction that was caused by the earthquake in the movie could only remind viewers of the end times. The Bible clearly lists a number of events that will mark the end of the age and earthquakes are part of them (Jeremiah 4:24-28, Isaiah 13:9-13, Revelation 6:12-14).

How prepared am I to receive the Lord when He comes to judge the world? That was the question that was running through my mind when I watched how the earth shook and brought down all the sophisticated and modern structures in the movie. At a point in the movie, there was a tsunami which brought water onto the land and you can imagine how people were running for their lives. At that moment, nothing really mattered to anyone; neither the nice cars nor the properties they had acquired were important. What mattered to them was how they were going to preserve their dear lives.

Are you running around making all the money for yourself? How prepared are you to receive the Lord if the trumpet was to sound now? Are you focusing so much on the properties you are acquiring to the extent that you do not see the essence of worshiping God? Or you have acquired so much knowledge to the point that you doubt the existence of your creator? Are you living according to the purpose of God or you are busily doing whatever suits you?

These are questions you should reflect on today. If for some reason, you have forgotten all about the judgment day, when we will all stand before the throne (Revelations 20:11-15) then it is my prayer that this post will serve as a reminder to you of that day.

What the Bible Teaches but Telenovelas Don’t

In the previous post, I mentioned how much I disliked telenovelas but focused more on The Empire television show. In this post, I would like to focus a little bit more on the telenovelas that are so common here in Ghana.

Telenovelas are serial dramas which has its origination from Spain. The level of viewership for these soap operas have soared recently since a number of television stations are translating them into our local language.

Although I do not remember the last time I watched one, I know they have very similar story lines – the lead role is played by either a beautiful woman whose love is being competed for by two men or a handsome man whose love is being fought for by two beautiful women.

Why the dislike for Telenovelas?

  1. They have the power to influence your judgement – Before I became emotionally matured I thought love was all about what I saw in telenovelas – falling in love with a handsome guy or lady, walking on the beach and sipping a drink or going horseback riding and when you got tired with whoever you were with, you switched to another one who made your heart skip faster. That is what most of these story lines portrayed, but in reality love is way more than that. One of my favourite verses in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13 which provides you with a vivid description of what love ought to be. Proclaiming you love someone is more of an action than emotional. Before anyone proclaims he/she is in love with anyone, they should have a look at what the Bible says before they do so. Sadly, most of these women and children who watch these serials begin to develop certain fantasies about what their love life should be – expecting roses from their men and other romantic gestures which are not too familiar in the Ghanaian culture, causing drifts in their relationships and marriages.
  2. They are addictive – Yes, when you miss one episode, you feel your life is about to end therefore, whenever it’s time for that particular programme, you would want to leave whatever you are doing to see what is happening to “Camilla” or “Paloma.” If you are going through that remember the Bible mentions in Romans 6:16 … Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Let us be mindful of whatever we choose to become slaves to.
  3. They teach the wrong things (morally) – This is one of the reasons I stopped watching them. Telenovelas have a beautiful way of making evil people seem so strong and powerful and got away with the sin they committed but sin is something the Bible strongly condemns… Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? …1 Corinthians 9:10

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up,” and that is according to I Corinthians 10:23, so my question today is what have you been spending your time on?

3 Reasons I Dislike “The Empire” Series

I stopped watching telenovelas years ago mainly because I hated all the twists, turns and the nature of love they portrayed. I do not like to watch any series either and this because they are long, play with ones’ emotions and portrays lies as real life. I read an interview with Taraji Henson of ‘The Empire” fame and I decided to watch the Empire series to understand what has made this particular American series so popular.

The series was filled with so many nice things including people wearing attractive clothes, good music, very handsome and beautiful people but I still take my stance that these television programmes are simply not a thing for me. I know they are just acting for the money and may not exhibit these characters in real life some viewers may be influenced to adopt some of their lifestyles.

My observations while watching the series include-

  1. The actors and actresses did not portray the character of Christ – The fruit of the Spirit which is the character of Christ include love, joy, peace, long-suffering, patience, kindness, meekness, faithfulness and self-control and that is according to Galatians 22 but what do we see in these series? People scrambling for a share of rich man’s “empire” and stopping at nothing. They did not mind killing each other to get a share of the riches and not forgetting the owner of the Empire himself who stopped at nothing including hurting his family to get rich. No wonder the Bible says it will be much easier for a donkey to enter into the eye of a needle than for rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God – Matthew 19:24
  2. It is filled with sexual perversity – The Bible, especially in the New Testament mentioned severally that believers should abstain from sexual immorality (Acts 15:20, 1 Corinthians 5) but these series had a very nice way of justifying sexual immorality. What did we see? Family members laying with one another, friends having fun with sex as if sex was like having a drink. And the homosexuals in Empire, they had a field day. I had a discussion with a friend who drew my attention to the fact that, the empire series had really packaged homosexuality in a very nice way which will make it acceptable even for believers. How? Because the gays in the series were handsome, patient, very loving and talented and it was so easy to accept them and their ways but the Bible made us understand in 1 Corinthians 6:9, that homosexuals among other people will not enter into the Kingdom of God.
  3. They swore and blasphemed – There were scenes in the series where the lead actor likened himself to Jesus for coming back to life, as God for he had to be immortalised but the Bible also mentions that blasphemy was one of the evils that came from within a man which had the high risk of defiling him. Mark 7:22

Have you watched any of these series? What are your views? Are there series or movies that are helpful for believers? Share them with us!