Amazing Grace can be yours!

Are any of you tired yet of being stuck in the house? Well, I for one am.

However, and let me repeat that, however, it has been an awesome time to spend precious fellowship with Jesus!

It's also been a good time to finish off a track that I've been working on for a while: Amazing Grace by John Newton.

If you've never heard of John Newton, you can read more on Wikipedia about his life, but I would like to reference his epitaph since he wrote it himself for his tomb:

"JOHN NEWTON. Clerk. Once an infidel and libertine a servant of slaves in Africa was by the rich mercy of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST preserved, restored, pardoned and appointed to preach the faith he had long laboured to destroy. Near 16 years as Curate of this parish and 28 years as Rector of St. Mary Woolnoth."

John Newton, Tomb

You see, John Newton was a very wicked man at one time who worked on a slave trading ship. Similar to the Apostle Paul, John had a radical transformation by a loving God that changed his life forever.

He had a huge change of heart and a reversal in his priorities with people.

Since we've all had more time to think about our priorities in life in light of recent events, now's a good opportunity to ponder over where your life is and how you can spend time with a God who loves you!

Many people think this is a very ethereal exercise that only some can practice.

I'm here to dispel that thought by saying that all people have a spiritual nature that was created by an eternal and all-powerful Creator.

To deny that is to deny reality.

Men and women throughout the ages have spent time alone with God through prayer, reading the bible, and meditation. Not in trying to empty oneself as some eastern religions believe, but to fill oneself up with God who is Spirit.

Perhaps this scripture will help: "For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Or this one: "For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

One Pastor from the Seattle area who I listened to recently online said that this is the 'Season of the Global Monastery.'