Volume 3 No 4

I was recently confronted by an irate young man who wanted me to listen to a heavy metal song, that he thought was amazing. He claimed I was being closed minded— that I couldn’t hear past the screaming. Of course, he was right; I didn’t seem able to get beyond the raucous screaming and jarring clanging that reminded me of a coven inside of an industrial manufacturing plant. (Is this where the name heavy metal comes from; the sound of a blacksmith’s workshop)?

But I digress...

When on his prompting I decided to try to listen beyond the nerve rattling, chaotic cacophony of sound, I actually could hear a rather pleasant melody coming through.

This got me thinking about life...

Too often, we get so involved in countless aspects of living, that the ‘sound of life’ drowns out the ‘song of life’, and we forget the overall purpose and lose the harmonious melody. We become so focused on the problems we face that we forget to look on the bright side (pg 4) Or perhaps we put together a ‘to-do’ list, then put all the wrong things on it (pg 12) and sometimes our focus is so distracted that we even forget to applaud what is right (pg 7).

I know at times, to God, our prayers must be like this. Fortunately through the power of the Holy Spirit, he is able to hear through our incoherent mumblings and get what we are trying to say (pg 23)

The focus of Face to Face magazine is to help you to cut through the noise of living, and to remind you that God is always there, calling out to you in love, asking you to let him join you in the dance of life.

Do you hear the sweet soft melody?  


King Solomon’s Mines - Part 5

King Solomon’s sayings have a lot to say about what we say. In fact, “tongue,” “mouth,” “lips” and “words” are mentioned in Proverbs almost 150 times.

Groanings That Need to be Edited

As editor of Christian Odyssey, our denominational magazine, I am often approached by people who have a story or an idea.

The bitter heart eats its owner

This deeply insightful Botswana proverb speaks to a human condition that lingers in the hearts of more people than we can imagine.

Big Buts

Did you know that the word “but” can be one of the most meaningful and encouraging words in the English language?

Into All the World

“A Swiss soldier by the name of J. R. Gschwend fell into the hands of the German forces during World War I and was accused of espionage, and sentenced to death.

In Communion with Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Not Limiting Prayer

“As she (Hannah) kept praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard.

What does your ‘To Do’ list for today look like?

Ever drawn up a ‘To Do’ list before?

Is God in Control?

Many Christians like to say that God is in control, that he has a plan for your life, and that everything that happens is part of the plan.

Is Christianity a copycat religion?

What if I told you that there was a historical narrative that told of a god born of a virgin in a cave on the 25th of December?

DO I APPLAUD WHAT IS RIGHT?

The summer before my eighth-grade year I made friends with a guy named Larry. He was new to town, so I encouraged him to go out for our school football team.

THE WEIGHT LIFTER

“For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath…for you have taken me up and thrown me aside” (Psalm 102:9-10).

Don’t be spooked

It seems to be great sport in some circles today to question, undermine and ridicule Christian faith.

LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

 The article on the cover of a well-known news magazine really caught my eye. It read: The Science of Optimism.