– News 201005 | 31 May 2010 | Monday


Dear Friend,

I know that time is precious for everyone these days, so I’ll try to keep this update short. The approximate reading time for this message is about 5 minutes. Feel free to reduce your reading time even more by skipping over topics that don’t interest you.

This Month’s Newsletter – Fueled By. This month’s newsletter is fueled by steamed organic peas with broccoli, two Sunshine Burger Vegan patties (my dinner tonight), and a saved-in-the-refrigerator 4-day-old (yet amazingly fresh and delicious) cup of coffee from Cottonwood Canyon cafe in Waterloo, Iowa (courtesy of a kind person who bought it for me last week). There’s a tradition I like to follow of using things for a higher purpose, so I’d saved that cup of coffee to provide energy for writing this month’s newsletter.

Personal Update. My Personal Update for May is now available.

Heart Songs. The Heart Song selections for May are now available on iTunes. It’s been many years since I featured exclusively Christian music, so this month will provide some equal time in an effort to be ecumenically fair and balanced. The title for this month’s collection of songs is God of This City and is dedicated to the restoration of Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Postville – three Iowa towns that are still rebuilding from devastation in recent years.  On Friday, 7 May 2010, I’d received an email from my uncle sharing a video clip of his band (City Prayz) performing a worship song titled “God of this City.” I’d never heard the song before, but was amazed by the quality of the video, the vocals, instrumental performance, and the hopeful lyrics. That afternoon, I went to pickup a rental car, and when I switched on the radio, that same song was on the radio (performed by Chris Tomlin on Life Radio). On Monday, driving back to return the rental car, I turned on the radio, and the song was playing again. It was one of those amazing synchronicity moments. So, I decided to have it be the title song for this month’s Heart Songs selections. Another song that inspired me this month is City on Our Knees by tobyMac. The lyrics of the song are, “If you’ve gotta start somewhere, why not here? If you’ve gotta start sometime, why not now? If we’ve gotta start somewhere, I say here. If we’ve gotta start sometime, I say now. Through the fog there is hope in the distance. From cathedrals to third world missions. Love will fall to the earth like a crashing wave. Tonight’s the night. For the sinners and the saints. Two worlds collide in a beautiful display. It’s all love tonight, when we step across the line, we can sail across the sea, to a city with one king. A city on our knees.” This month, there are also seven renditions of the worship song Jesus, Lover of my Soul. Another synchronicity moment this past month was on 2 May when Makur and I had stopped the car to take some pictures of an amazing rainbow. As we began to review the photos, with the rainbow still on the horizon, a song on the radio began playing that begins with the words, “All the colors of the rainbow…,” and continues to tell a hopeful story about testifying to love with “Give peace a chance” echoed by the backup vocalists. A different version of that song (performed by Wynonna) was the lead song for the Heart Songs 2002 collection, and this newer one performed by Avalon is a nice rendition. There are several other songs this month consistent with the theme of hope and inspiration. The concluding song is We Will Embrace Your Move performed by Darrell Evans. The refrain of the song declares, “The music of heaven will soon overtake the earth.” Thanks to Life Radio (101.9 KNWS) for providing much of the inspiration for this month’s selections.

What’s New. This month a variety of articles and content were added. Remember you can always find out the latest news by visiting the What’s New Page and the Documents Page. Here are a few highlights of recent documents (most recent at top):

Thanks. I want to thank the global team of volunteers, contributors, and workers “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of Resources for Life. Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that Resources for Life can serve you better.


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