it's time for a saturday song. and since i just purchased the avett brothers new album this week - and love it - i thought i'd share one of the songs. this one is the lead single from the album. i understand that one of the guys in the band is dealing with the reality of a daughter with a brain tumor, which has apparently led the band to ask some deeper questions about mortality and life and death. this song features their signature banjo-playing and excellent song-writing, and will make you sing along in no time. great stuff. enjoy.
in our church, we are continuing with a series called "letters from Jesus," in which we are looking at the seven letters in the beginning of revelation addressed to seven churches in asia. we are imagining what it would be like if we were to receive a hand-written letter from Jesus to our church. what would it say? how would we be encouraged? how would we be challenged? we've looked at three of the letters now. this week we looked at the letter to the church in pergamum. the letter to them includes some harsh criticism of some of their behavior, but it also says that Christ understands how difficult their situation is. and in case they feel like they are stuck in their sinfulness, Jesus says something amazing to them: i will give you a new name. the world gives us so many names, doesn't it? our parents, of course, give us our birth names. but the naming doesn't stop there. it continues right on through elementary school, high school, and into t