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Alpha/Omega by Kutless (Album Review)

Kutless has released a new album by the name of Alpha/Omega. You likely have heard some of the tracks as they have put together a collection of original and cover tracks that they feel are core to the type of worship and rock band they have been for over fifteen years. I had the opportunity to preview the album before its release by Tooth and Nail Records. As a fan of Kutless for many years, I can say this album does not disappoint. From remakes of familiar songs like Strong Tower and great covers of songs like Your Great Name to original tracks never heard before such as Shepherd of My Soul and Gave It All. You likely have heard their newly released track King of My Heart, that you cannot help singing along with as it plays on stations like AirOne and KLove. Alpha/Omega covers many years and talents of what has made Kutless a household name for many years when it comes to worship bands. Is it an album that has more than one hit on it, I think quite possibly. If nothing less it is a great album to turn to if you want to listen to familiar songs sung by the ever so talented Jon Micah Sumrall brings everytime he steps up to the microphone. “We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to communicate a message of hope to people […]

Pitter-Patter Paw Prints Across My Heart

Have you ever lost a pet? Or better yet have you outlived your pet? If so then you know the empty hole that they can leave. As a pet owner since early childhood, I have endured living beyond their time all too many times. It never gets easier, and you don’t miss them any less. I woke this morning to a quiet house. Well, as quiet as a house with three large, needy rescue pups can be. It was quiet as I did not have the motion detected Hue light come on before I entered our front room. Quiet, without a hungry, sleepy “meow” to greet me under my bare feet. No pitter-patter paw prints across the floor leading me to the kitchen to his bowl. Last evening I placed my furkid kitty of thirteen years in the ground. He had lost his battle with age, kidney failure, and more. I left yesterday morning to go to work knowing he was not doing very well. Before I returned home he crawled into the bed that up until recently he rarely used and went to sleep. Looking as if he had gone peacefully to join all my pets before him. (Yes I firmly believe that animals also go over the rainbow bridge and await us playfully in heaven.) A good fight had been fought. He allowed myself and my wife our own personal moments over the last few days to love on him. We knew his precious time with us was near, we prayed over him, […]

Defending the Feminine Heart (Book Review)

Admittedly, I read a lot of books. I read usually about one book a week give or take. However, rarely am I compelled to write about what I read. Especially on my own volition, without sponsors or a promotion of some sort. That is until today… Defending the Feminine Heart, A Masculine Wall for GOD’s Daughters by Jeff Voth is available on Amazon. I had the opportunity to purchase a copy at Cavetime last weekend. That being said, I wanted to share some thoughts and offer up a challenge. Men today have come under attack. Our masculinity is at stake and truth be told…it’s our fault. We have allowed modern culture to dictate how we are to behave. Our sinful nature going unchecked has permitted lust, pornography, and sex trafficking to become rampant. Meanwhile, we complacently sit on our backsides. Allowing it to happen or worse endorsing it with our own bad behavior. Jeff pulls no punches in his new book. He rightfully calls us knuckleheads out. But not only does he shine the light on the darkness, but he shows us the way. Providing a step by step process in becoming a wall for God’s daughters. Calling out the enemy and learning how to protect all women, as God intended. We are all knuckleheads and have been since Adam. Jeff shows us that through pursuing the second Adam, Jesus we don’t have to be. It is the time that we stand up against the enemy. Time to reclaim, rebuild the wall that God intended to […]