Friday, December 23, 2011

Singing Praises... An Explanation.

I mentioned before that mine and my sister Mona's family were creating a CD (filled with songs sung by each member of our family even including my Zander who is 2 and my niece Bella who is only 1!) to send out to our friends and family. Well it was finished and sent out and so far everyone is loving it!
It has been such a joy working on this CD with my Husband, Kids, Sisters & Family!
I am already excited about creating next year's CD. :)
If you would like to hear some of the songs you can listen to snippets of them here & here.

Today I just wanted to share with you something that my brother-in-law, Clayton, (Mona's hubby) wrote to go along with the CD's. After all we created them with a purpose in mind! 
Here is what he wrote & That picture below is the cover I made for the cd cases!

Hello Family and Friends!

As you all know I have been blessed with a wonderful Wife, kids, family, job and church but my musical ability and singing voice are not my strong suit. I mention this to tell you about my part of the Christmas CD this year. I’m in charge of trying to explain what this Campbell and Gridley CD is all about….and why we do it.

First thing is, we know we are not professionals and never want anyone to assume that we think we are. In saying that however, my true feeling is that my Wife, kids, our worship leader, brother in law, sister in law’s, and nieces and nephews that you hear on this CD truly do have awesome talent that Jesus has instilled in them for his glory.

As you listen to this compilation of songs you will hear some imperfections such as volume changes, crackling, squelching and the like. Well let me tell you, I sat behind the sound board and controlled all the recording and these mistakes you can blame on the rookie sound guy! Each song was performed and performed again until it was just right.

So now I will dive into the “why” of all this. It’s pretty simple actually. All of the people involved in this CD are followers of Christ and we all have felt led to uplift His name and share His life changing love and power with all the people we love. Let’s face it, no matter what our belief’s, we know that our lives are going to end. Ask anyone….There is Death, oh ya and taxes. God has used this fact in my heart to show me that we are not just here to feed our own desires, but we are here to discover Jesus, live for Him, serve Him and help others find Him as well.

Think I’m crazy? See what the Bible says……Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.” Not sure you can put your trust in the Bible? Chew on this….2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is God breathed and is useful to teach what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

And then there is Jesus, most of us believe He was real, that He walked the earth, and was nailed to a cross. But so what, that was a couple thousand years ago, does that mean anything for us now? Well let me ask you, If I could convince you that the outcome of your eternal life rests on the single fact of who you think Jesus is, and what you choose when it comes to Him depends on where you spend eternity, would you care?

I hope you do, I pray you do, and this is one reason we make this CD. Each of us has a living, real relationship with Christ, and we want you to know about it! Jesus himself said in John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father but through ME.” How much clearer can he get? Do you want heaven? Peace, glory, life everlasting? Well then it’s time to consider the one True God, the Alpha Omega, the Beginning and the End. Call Him what you will, but I pray you bow to Him and serve Him. He deserves it, He is perfect. We are the created, not the creator!

The alternative is also clear, and well…down right disturbing. Hell, the bible says hell was created for satan and his angels (demons). We were never meant to go there, but we were also not meant to disobey God and eat from that certain tree. And that’s when we as people messed it all up. But God loves us, in fact He is love! So in a act of love that we will never fully understand or appreciate, He sent himself down to this earth full of low life’s and criminals, and He walked with us. He taught us, healed us, loved us, and then He allowed us to hang Him on a cross, drive nails through His hands and feet, and kill Him.

This sacrifice was the only way our sins could be paid for, and they were! That’s why the last thing Jesus said was “It is finished.” The Bible says we have to come to Jesus in faith, ask for forgiveness for our sins, put our life and trust in His hands and follow Him. More specifically you have to “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” If you do those things, you will be saved, God’s word declares it.

I’ll try to sum this all up. Jesus Christ is what makes us different than we used to be. He lives in our hearts and guides us each day. We are not perfect people but we are forgiven and we strive to live out God’s plan. He is continually making changes in us and he is telling us to reach out. We love all you guys so much and for those of you who don’t know Jesus as your savior, we truly pray this will change. We pray you will seek Jesus for yourself, and we know if you do, you will be amazed. The same God that put each star in place in our vast sky, will meet you wherever you are and save you and change your life. Please consider Jesus today!

I speak for all the people on this CD when I say that we would love to talk to you personally about our faith and who Jesus has shown Himself to be to us. We desire to grow closer to all of our friends and family and close the gap that time has tried to open up in our lives.

Last but not least we made this CD because Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit deserve to be praised with all that we have.
-Clayton Campbell

Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this.
My faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is very important to me & I love sharing about it with you. ♥
If you are at all interested in hearing any more of the songs.. just let me know.
Maybe I can see about making full videos of certain songs for you all to hear. :)

Much Love & Hugs,

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful work of the LOrd! May He continue to bless you all as you live boldly for Him!


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