January 23, 2014

#56 MLucas and CorinneBL

Our first interview of the year 2014 we were really blessed to meet with Martin Lucas and his wife Corinne who live in the USA in Indiana.
Martin, who goes by Marty, opened their SoundCloud page under his name of MLucas years ago not expecting that much would come of it.  He says he would have called it “Return to Normal,” had he known of the success of their on-line music adventure when he first started, as that is the name they go by together in their music. The two of them have been playing music together for many years an they have a large amount of original songs.  Marty is the main lyric writer and together they make the songs complete.  It’s a real blessing to have someone by your side in such things as making and playing music.  The two of them each with their own playing style, writing style and vocals are sure to please the ears and the heart.  There’s no doubt to me that they are a match made in heaven for music.   Today we were really pleased to discuss their song that Marty says can be used as a tribute to the great Martin Luther King, a person who sought peaceful change.  Surely we can walk in peace and without fear when we seek it with one another.  We know you will enjoy the discussion and their song, “Kindness” in today’s interview podcast.

Interview 18/01/2014 – MLucas and CorinneBL "Return to Normal" 
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Lead Scripture:
Romans 12:18b
“ …as much as possible live at peace with all people.”
Whatever you seek you will find.  Seek peace and find it in your heart with God and with all people of the earth.

KINDNESS (from the LP "Blinking in the Brackens")

Those who walk in peace
aren’t burdened by a rifle.
On his pilgrimage the
humble monk fears no one.

Defenseless and alone,
still he fears no one.
You seek kindness.
You need love.

If you seek kindness;
then bring kindness.
If you need love,
then bring love.

If you wreak destruction,
the flames will burn your skin.
In the darkness,
eyes grow dim.

Blood lust revenge
spawns the savage cycle --
but tend to orchards
and you’ll feast among flowers.

If you seek kindness;
then bring kindness.
If you need love;
then bring love.

Scriptures from Interview:

Luke 9:2-4
2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. 3 And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.
Those who have purposed in their heart to follow God and to walk in his ways will find that they can walk in peace and that God will provide all their need and protection.

Proverbs 16:7
“3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thunders: the LORD is upon many waters.”
When we set our hearts to follow God then we naturally will want to please him.  When he see’s this he protects us from the enemy.

Matthew 26:52
52 Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.
Jesus said it, if we take up the sword that we shall perish by the sword.  Seek after Jesus and follow the way of peace.

Luke 22:38
38 They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”
Marty brought up this scripture in the interview.  We all agreed that Jesus is not advocating that we take up swords or guns.  I believe that Jesus answered them in this way like children because in reality two swords are not enough to protect from the advance of evil, but Jesus knows that He, the double-edged sword that comes from the mouth of Jesus – the Word of God – protects us from all. 

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.

Psalm 27:1
“1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
We can face everything in life and not fear when we walk with and trust the Lord.

Luke 11:10
10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
In context, Jesus was telling us that if we seek God we will find him.  But we all agree that as ages of old have told us, whatever we seek we will find.  So let us seek peace and kindness and love.

Psalm 106:3
How blessed are those who keep justice,
Who practice righteousness at all times!
When we do what is right we are blessed.  The opposite is also true.  So let us do right.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
When we have the fear of the Lord then we fear no other!

Daniel 10:12
Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven.
Daniel was so humble that Lord loved him so deeply. Daniel never feared anything and had a strong faith. Even when he was thrown into the den of Lions, he wasn’t afraid. Because he was humble and not boasting or full of pride that he was God’s favorite.   
With great wisdom and understanding we must not boast or become arrogant, but instead become more humble and filled with love. 

If we need love, we have to show it and love will start flowing. Love, kindness and humbleness are not things we can buy, we just have to start giving and doing these things. It is of us and we have the capability to love and be kind. We also must forgive. Peace will follow once we start living the life with love.

Additional Scripture Notes:

Matthew 11:29
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
If you experience fear then turn to Jesus.  He will give you rest.

John 18:36
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from here.
Though there are many kingdoms in this earth, there is but one heavenly kingdom that has authority over all others.  Jesus is the King of that Kingdom and though we may see many things happen in this earth, we who are believers and who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives know that this world is not our home and we are just passing through!

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