9-12-2008 /// A Testimony

Hey!  It’s your friend Pilgrim.  Every year I write a post about my testimony and how I became a Christian, but this year I decided to put a couple of fun rhymes on a laid back hip hop beat and share it with you.  I hope you enjoy it for what it is…simply put…a testimony.

Listen to it here:

9-12-2008 /// A Testimony

 

Sincerely,

Pilgrim

 

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Album Update

Boom!  Dynamite.  It’s been over a year since I released my most popular song, “Dynamite” at Soundcloud.com/onepilgrim : Dynamite.  Who knew that I’d be preparing something even better this year.  Actually, just kidding.  I knew.  I’ve been planning since 2014 to release a major project to CD and all digital outlets.   I remember discussing New Year’s resolutions at a local coffee shop with my best friend and his fiancee when I told them boldly “this year I want to release an actual album”.  It’s been a long time since that day, and they have since moved away to pursue their own amazing dreams, but for me that time is almost here.  Our tentative timeline is this Fall, but until then I decided to release some more music to keep my followers and friends on their toes.  Lastly, my indie music website is about 90% complete, and it will merge with this blog as I continue building my music group known as the One Pilgrim Music Group (OPMG).  Thank you for being a part of this in listening, paying attention and encouraging me every step of the way.  That’s why in my songs often times you will hear me say, “One pilgrim amongst many in my city.”

Check out my new music video at Pilgrim – El Peregrino (Official Music Video)

And my two newest singles on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and Apple Music!!!

El Peregrino – Single by Pilgrim
iTunes:
http://apple.co/24voIte
Amazon MP3:
http://amzn.to/1WV4ozL
Google Play:
http://bit.ly/23iWTmh

Mr. Pretender feat. Zackery Robinson & Sofia Hartley – Single by Pilgrim
iTunes:
http://apple.co/25mct1R
Amazon MP3:
http://amzn.to/1X09pY8
Google Play:
http://bit.ly/1sC7NGt

Stream the new singles here:
Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2X6dTyZTfoyLXKeCqXpePI
Apple Music:
http://apple.co/1ORpCGxOFFICIALMr. Pretender

It was for real …

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“I just want to make sure this is what God is calling you to do and not an emotional decision,” my dad exclaimed these concerns to me shortly after I returned from my first trip, and rightfully so. I was known for acting on emotions. He then proceeded to say, “but if this is what God is calling you to do, I will support you.”

Let me just say, the support of my parents meant everything to me. I truly don’t know if I could have said yes without their OK.  So I took my dads concerns very seriously.  Was it Whitney’s emotions or was it Jesus’ calling?  I prayed and I prayed and I prayed some more. Honestly, I am still praying this prayer. “Not my will but yours be done.” And God has revealed to me over and over that He is calling me to the DR.

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No Man is an Island(Devotional)

And the Reubenites and the Gadites gave the altar this name: A Witness Between Us—that the Lord is God. -Joshua 22:34

    Every person is built for community.  This reality is even deeper in Christianity.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote that the goal of all Christian community is that “they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation.”  A situation for bringing that message can be seen in Joshua chapter 22.  The Eastern tribes of Israel built an altar to the Lord God as a memorial, but the Western tribes suspecting idolatry went up to war against them.  They accused the Eastern tribes of rebellion in a “how could you” sort of way, but were met with a good reason for building the altar.  In the end they agreed that all was well, and no one was punished.  But we can see that in our day of age this kind of rebuke is often not taken as seriously as the Israelites did.  If your brother in Christ was slipping into some sort of sin would you be willing to “make war” against him?  Would you be willing though to call them out gently and with all respectfulness?  For that is what we are called to do in Christian community.  We are to help each other follow and remind each other of Christ and his glorious salvation.

Father you are majestic in holiness.  Thank you for teaching us to live together in peace through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Who controls the past, controls the future:
Who controls the present controls the past
George Orwell, 1984

George Orwell, 1984

I am studying the Biblical World, and this literary quote comes from my professor who was discussing how history is written and documented.  We are to protect and accurately work to explain the Bible in such a way that educates, informs, and shares the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with those who would reject it’s accuracy and validity.

Love is Obedience/Obedience is Love

2 John 1:6  And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.  As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

I once was asked to preach a sermon at a wedding in the remote mountains of Peru.  It was a great honor to be asked to do that for the 3 couples who had been married earlier that evening.  It was also a great challenge since I was asked to preach in my second language of Spanish.  I preached on love because the topic of love seemed fitting for the ministry that needed to be done in the area.  As the church listened on I explained that love can be shown through obedience to Christ’s commands.  These two things go together so well if you follow Christ’s teachings.  Love and obedience are intertwined.  This is not out of obligation but rather out of a passionate desire to respond to and follow Christ.  I encouraged the young couples to love each other, to love their neighbors, and to love God by following his teachings.  Although the message was for them specifically, it is also for you today.  Listen to what Jesus has to say, and follow it out of love instead of coldhearted obligation.

Lord Jesus, allow us to follow you and in thus show our love for you.  Help us to love others and in that show our love for you as well.  Amen.