Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Project Aegis - Angel In The Ashes (Charity Track)

This is a charity track! Please buy this song (I bought my copy on iTunes) & share!

The artwork was created by Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony)


"Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of "Angel In the Ashes," an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to feed homeless and refugee families in Greece. The song is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy songwriter and vocalist Matt Smith."

 Angel In the Ashes" features vocals by Rob Rock (Solo, Impellitteri), Daísa Munhoz (Vandroya, Soulspell), Vasilis Georgiou (Sunburst, Black Fate), Leah McHenry (LEAH) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Gus Drax (Sunburst, Black Fate). The artwork was created by Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony).

Purchase "Angel In The Ashes" here:
Bandcamp: https://ulteriumrecords.bandcamp.com/...
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ang...
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...

"I've been wanting to do another charity single since we had such a great experience the first time around," says Smith. "The challenge was finding the time and the appropriate cause, as well as putting together a lineup worthy of the caliber of talent we had on the last song. I think we did it!"

"The song is about someone who decides to take that first step to help a person in a dark or dangerous situation. I was talking to some friends of mine who live in Greece, and every weekend they help feed the huge number of poor, homeless and refugee families in that area. It's a massive need, and the dollar you spend on this song can make a huge difference in providing a hot meal or a blanket for someone. It's a very worthy cause, and everyone involved in the track freely gave their time and talent to make this happen. We hope you enjoy it!"






ANGEL IN THE ASHES
(Music & lyrics: Matt Smith)


She caught a glimpse of those who wished to sail away
The spectre of a dream to chase a better day
The promise of a brand new start

And she always said the visions left a mark
The remnants of a stain tattooed upon her heart
She watched them as they moved together

Formed in pain, spirits gone
Like armies slain, yet marching on
Legions grow, faces change
Yet after all the chaos, darkness still remains
She’s never the same...

One more revolution turn
Watch the madhouse burn
Carry on, carry on
Rising angel in the ashes
Shimmer in the show
Shining in the afterglow
Fire falls from heaven down below

To gaze upon the ones she’d never seen
An architect of life repairing broken dreams
With nothing but the gift of time

She dared to be the first to cross the line
Reflections of a selfless way and altered mind
A past in shadow left so far behind

Behind their eyes
Thrown away like wreckage for some other day
Compromised, to escape
Forgotten no more
Minds of millions wide awake
It’s never too late...

One more revolution turn
Watch the madhouse burn
Carry on, carry on
Rising angel in the ashes
Shimmer in the show
Shining in the afterglow
Fire falls from heaven down below

Every life a choice to embrace
Either looking on or turning away
To extend a hand of mercy and grace
And to carry on
Hold the ones that the others denied
And to walk through ashes right by their side
And to be the angel, ever abide
As they carry on

(solo)

One more revolution turn
Watch the madhouse burn
Carry on, carry on
Rising angel in the ashes
Shimmer in the show
Shining in the afterglow
Fire falls from heaven down below

#‎AngelInTheAshes‬ ‪#‎ProjectAegis‬

Monday, 25 April 2016

Bible Journaling: Genesis 1:4

Genesis 1:4 ESV by Katherine Petersen

#BibleJournaling #Genesis #PebblesForChrist #KatherinePetersen #Creation #Genesis1

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Poem: Love Came Down At Christmas

Painting: "Adoration of the Child" by Gerrit van Honthorst (1622) & Poem: Love Came Down At Christmas by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1984)


Saturday, 28 November 2015

God, I Love You So [Ariel's Song] by Freddy Hayler








I made this video to help give hope to myself & others, who may be feeling overwhelmed by the events happening around the world. I hope you find this a blessing!


The song is "God, I Love You So [Ariel's Song]" by Freddy Hayler, from his album "Song of Angels I, Experiencing The Atmosphere of Heaven".

A very special "Thank You!" to Freddy Hayler for giving me permission to use his beautiful music!



Please purchase your own copy of this song from Freddy Hayler's website at www.songofangels.com & support Christian artists.







#GodILoveYouSo #PebblesForChrist #JesusChrist #FreddyHayler #SongofAngels #ArielsSong

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Prodigal: An Animation by Full Of Eyes

This is my story.

Based on Jesus Christ's Parable of the Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-32



This wonderful video was made by Chris Powers, known as "Full Of Eyes". You can view his other amazing Christian videos by visiting his YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/actionJones/featured

Or visit Full Of Eyes' website: http://www.fullofeyes.com/

"The Prodigal" by Meghan and Ryan Baird. Sung by Meghan Baird. Copyright 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). Song used with permission by Full Of Eyes.

The Prodigal

by Meghan and Ryan Baird

 VERSE 1
You held out Your arms, I walked away
Insolent, I spurned Your face
Squandering the gifts You gave to me
Holding close forbidden things
Destitute, a rebel still, a fool in all my pride
The world I once enjoyed is death to me
No joy, no hope, no life

VERSE 2
Where now are the friends that I had bought
Gone with every penny lost
What hope could there be for such as I
Sold out to a world of lies
Oh to see Your face again, it seems so distant now
Could it be that You would take me back
A servant in Your house

VERSE 3
You held out Your arms, I see them still
You never left, You never will
Running to embrace me, now I know
Your cords of love will always hold
Mercy’s robe, a ring of grace
Such favor undeserved
You sing over me and celebrate
The rebel now Your child

© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

 
You can buy the song from Sovereign Grace Music by following this link: https://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/track/the-prodigal



 #PebblesForChrist #FullOfEyes #Prodigal #JesusChristIsLord #Christian

Saturday, 21 February 2015

2 Timothy 2:4



"No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier."

This graphic is made by Pebbles For Christ. You may download it & use it freely.

#PebblesForChrist

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

World Watch Challenge 2015

Open Doors have released their World Watch List for 2015. This list highlights the 50 countries where Christian persecution is most severe. Please visit Open Doors (http://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/country_profiles.php) to view the complete list of countries, with profiles of each country and prayer points.



2 Timothy 2:8-13 (ESV)
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with Him;
if we deny Him, He also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, He remains faithful—
for He cannot deny Himself.



Take part in the World Watch Challenge!


Each week, please pray for one country on the Open Doors World Watch List 2015. You can find prayer points by visiting The World Watch Country Profiles 2015.





Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.






#PebblesForChrist

Monday, 5 January 2015

World Watch List 2015 - Open Doors South Africa

The Open Doors World Watch List (WWL) is the only annual survey of religious freedom of Christians around the world. It measures the degree of freedom a Christian has to live out their faith in five spheres of life – private, family, community, national and church life, plus a sixth block measuring the degree of violence. The methodology counts each sphere equally and is designed specifically to track the deep structures of persecution and not merely incidents. The 2015 WWL will be released on the 7th of January 2015.

Open Doors South Africa are looking for people who are willing to sponsor a free social media post to create awareness of Christian Persecution. If you are able to help, please click the link below.





#OpenDoors #WWL2015 #Pebbles4Christ #ChristianPersecution

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Kenneth Bae Released from Prison in DPRK (North Korea)


Please give thanks to the Lord for answering our prayers: Kenneth Bae was released from prison in DPRK (North Korea) on 8 November 2014. #FreeKennethNow - See more at his family's website:  http://freekennow.com/its-finally-happening-kenneth-bae-is-coming-home/



Please give thank to the Lord for answering our prayers. Kenneth Bae was released on 8 November 2014. #FreeKennethNow - See more at: http://pebblesforchrist.blogspot.dk/#sthash.LBEVzkbr.dpuf





The below clip is with thanks to the BBC.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

What An Honour To Take The Blows Meant For Him.

Our persecuted Christian brothers & sisters need more prayer than ever before. With the rise to power of ISIS in Iraq, Christian persecution has become so horrific that I find I am unable to write about what is happening. I cannot bear to see any more graphic images or hear any more gruesome reports of genocide.

A few weeks ago, I listened to a sermon by one of my favourite teachers, John MacArthur, from Grace To You (gty.org), entitled "Finding Security in This Troubled World" (Sermon code 80-407). He said this about our persecuted brothers & sisters: "What an honour to take the blows meant for Him."

Let us focus on our Lord Jesus Christ. His grace is all we need!



2 Corinthians 12:9
(This picture quotes the Complete Jewish Bible translation of the verse, which is my favourite.)

Revelation 19:6-8


Revelation 19:6-8 (ESV)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Deuteronomy 4:39


"Acknowledge and take to heart this day that
the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
There is no other."
(NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:39

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Prayer Alert! China Continues Its Anti-Church Campaign without Signs of Stopping



I have received the following prayer alert, dated Friday 27 June 2014 from International Christian Concern:





Prayer Alert:
  
China Continues Its Anti-Church Campaign without Signs of Stopping


Dear Friend,


International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to follow the developing situation in China as the country continues its widespread and massive anti-church crackdown with 360 churches in Zhejiang province alone having been destroyed and/or their crosses (or steeples) torn down.  On the morning of June 20, 2014, believers from Yahui Church of Pingyang County responded in a peaceful protest as the government lowered the church's cross.  Believers burst into tears and sang a hymn, "Cross, cross, be my glory forever; all my sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus." Watch the powerful video here.



About Video:
Published on 25 Jun 2014 by International Christian Concern
Chinese Christians published a public letter to the local government and asked for communication facing the massive anti-church campaign in Wenzhou City. However, within the week from the day the letter was published, Yahui Church in Pingyang County was forcibly removed on Friday morning. The video shows while the cross was slowly removed by a government construction machine, believers were bursting into tears and singing the Chinese hymn "cross, cross, be my glory forever; all my sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus." Video link: http://youtu.be/-pqOrW5JvrQ

  

Please stop and pray fervently for China.

  • Pray for the safety of the Christians in China who are defending their churches from demolition or modification.  Christians in the area have vowed to "guard their church to the end."  

  • Pray for the Christians in China who are targeted and often attacked, oppressed, and harassed by the government simply for their faith in Christ. 

  • Pray for the blessing of the millions of Christians in China who are forced to worship in underground house churches.  

  • Pray for courage and faith of the Christians who are taking a stand against the government crackdown. 

  • Pray that the truth about the anti-church campaign will be revealed and China's treatment of Christians will gain the international attention it warrants.  

  • Pray for the unity of the Church in China facing persecution.


Sincerely in Christ,


Jeff King

President, ICC


#China #ChristianPersecution #VOM #Pray #HumanRights #UN

Thursday, 19 June 2014

NIGERIA: Christians Killed in Two More Attacks

http://www.persecution.com/

Date of Bulletin: 11 June 2014




Photo: Gabriel Stephen survived a gunshot wound to his hip when
his village in Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram militants in
February 2014.



#PrayForNigeria


Dozens of Christians were killed and many others injured in two attacks by Boko Haram in Borno state on  June 1 and June 3. On June 1, at least 27 believers were killed and another 50 severely injured when hundreds of militants invaded the Christian community of Attagara during church services. Two days later, Boko Haram militants disguised as army officials entered the same village and lured Christians to a supposed meeting about security problems. All 45 Christians that came to the meeting were shot to death. Militants also attacked the north of the village and some surrounding Christian communities, killing dozens of women  and children who tried to flee into the hills.


Pray for Christians in Nigeria





Violence in Nigeria has sharply increased this year. In the first half of the year, 3,000 Christians have already been killed. A VOM volunteer worker was killed, and several field staff members lost family members in the violence. Thus far, it seems that there will be no slowing to the violence.


  • Please continue to lift up Nigerian Christians daily.
  • Pray for grace and encouragement for those living in refugee camps who have fled the violence in the northeast.
  • Pray that God will supply their needs.
  • Pray for healing and restoration for those who have been injured.
  • Pray for comfort for kidnap victims and those who have lost family members.



http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+56&version=ESV




VOM is assisting believers in Nigeria with medical help, relief goods, encouragement, literature and other aid. This year the number of patients being assisted by VOM has doubled.



#ChristianPersecution #JesusChrist #Pray #Nigeria #BokoHaram #Pebbles4Christ

Thursday, 5 June 2014

SUDAN: Christian Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy


http://www.persecution.com/

Date of Bulletin: 4 June 2014

 

 
Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani on their Wedding Day.



A 27-year-old Sudanese woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, was sentenced to death in early May for apostasy.  Eight months pregnant at the time of her sentencing, she gave birth to a baby girl on 26 May 2014. Ibrahim explained to the court that she had grown up as a Christian under her Christian mother's care, but the court  convicted her of apostasy because her father is Muslim. In addition, she is to receive 100 lashes for a charge  of adultery, relating to her 2011 marriage to a South Sudanese Christian man. Since Ibrahim's father is  Muslim, the marriage is not recognized under Sharia law. Her own family filed the complaint about her marriage, resulting in the charges. The court gave her three days to recant her Christian faith, but she refused.

Voice Of the Martyrs Sources
Photo: Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani on their wedding day.

Pray for Meriam Ibrahim


During her trial, the judge gave Meriam multiple opportunities to recant her faith. Even now, if she became a Muslim, her death sentence would be commuted. Instead, she told her husband, "If they want to execute me  then they should go ahead and do it because I'm not going to change my faith." Praise God for her firm commitment!

  • Please pray for Meriam and her family.
  • Pray for comfort for her in prison.
  • Pray that her example will have an impact on the whole nation of Sudan.
  • Pray for her husband Daniel and the lawyers who are helping her.
  • Pray Meriam and her children will be freed.


VOM is assisting believers in Sudan with encouragement, literature and evangelism tools. We are also working with the thousands of refugees who have fled from the Muslim government attacks into South Sudan.




#ChristianPersecution #SaveMeriam #Sudan

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

TANZANIA: Pastor and Church under Threat

http://www.persecution.com/

Date of Bulletin: 28 May 2014



TANZANIA

A church in the predominantly Muslim area of Mafia, Tanzania, was burned down on Friday, 9 May 2014, just  hours before a scheduled prayer meeting. Radicals had threatened the pastor, Ombeni Omari, and the church  for the past two years. Pastor Omari, a Christian convert from Islam, escaped to Dar es Salaam with his wife and three children after learning of the attack. He had founded the almost 60-member church, the only Christian church in the area, and nearly all of its members were converts from Islam. Although the church building was destroyed, Pastor Omari said he will return to the area because the work he was called to is not yet finished.


VOM Sources
Photo: The EAGT church in Mafia, burned by radicals.

Please Pray!


  • Please pray for Pastor Omari, his wife and children, as they seek to continue in ministry.
  • Pray for the believers in Mafia, that they would be able to remain strong in their faith and continue to gather for worship and church services.
  • Pray that more people would come to know Jesus.


Voice Of the Martyrs works in Tanzania, providing vocational training for Muslim background believers, helping with evangelism, and giving legal assistance to persecuted Christians.

http://www.persecution.com/public/restrictednations.aspx?country_ID=%3d3636 


http://www.persecution.com/public/restrictednations.aspx?country_ID=%3d3636



#JesusChrist #Tanzania #ChristianPersecution  #VoiceoftheMartyrs #VOM #Pebbles4Christ