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Posted by David L. Ward on August 28th, 2014
Our new album, Hymns for the Weary, is now available in the iTunes music store. If you've already listened to the album, please add a rating or review, otherwise feel free to pick up a digital copy from iTunes or from our own store.
The album is also now available at the Amazon.com Music Store
Posted by David L. Ward on July 7th, 2014
Friends of Thousand Tongues, I (David) have an exciting missions and ministry opportunity to share with you, and for which to ask for your help/support.
This fall, I will have the privilege of traveling to Nepal to serve an organization called Wycliffe Bible Translators. If you're not familiar with this organization, it was founded in 1942 with the goal of translating the Bible into every language. Along with its primary mission of translation, it often performs various other religious and humanitarian functions such as helping to lead or found churches, preaching or teaching among remote people-groups, hosting conferences, or serving the poor and needy in various ways.
Why do I want to go?
Short answer - I'm convinced that God wants me to. Long answer - I've known a Wycliffe translator in Nepal and had the desire to visit and help him for years. I even offered to plan and lead a trip from my former church so that I could go a few years ago, but it wasn't the right time. Amazingly, a fully planned trip to Nepal was just dropped in my lap this year! Additionally, the required... (continue reading...)
Posted by David L. Ward on November 8th, 2013
I'd like to call your attention once again to a hymn text that we wrote for singing before meals. It is the perfect song to sing at Thanksgiving and could be a great way to give testimony before your extended family of your faith in Jesus as the Living Bread. If you aren't familiar with the hymn tune it may seem strange at first, but I promise that it can be learned by even very small children. The traditional lyrics for this tune are "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven"
Heav'nly Father, Grant Your Blessing
Heav’nly Father, grant Your blessing
On the food before us spread.
All our tongues are now confessing:
By Your hand alone we’re fed.
Never let us be forgetting:
Jesus is our Living Bread.
Posted by David L. Ward on October 17th, 2013
Our new album, Do Not Fear, is now available in the iTunes music store. If you've already listened to the album, please add a rating or review, otherwise feel free to pick up a digital copy from iTunes or from our own store. It will be another week before we have the physical CDs in hand.
The album is also now available at the Amazon.com Music Store
A sermon that I was privileged to share with my former home church, Redeemer Bible Church.
The Heart of Worship
On my final Sunday on staff at Redeemer I've been given the privilege of leading you in worship in a different way than I normally do – by preaching from the Word of God. Your pastors have graciously allowed me to let this kind of worship leadership be my last. I asked to preach for several reasons. First, I wanted to try and summarize what worship is all about, what I have been doing for the past 8 years, and what my biblical vision was and is for you as a church as worshipers. While planning and leading the service is a teaching ministry, it doesn't give me the opportunity to go into such detail or to interact with biblical texts with depth. Second, I wanted to present this teaching on the heart of worship as a kind of charge – a charge to remember what worship is supposed to be and to stick closely to what God says about it. While there are thousands of... (continue reading...)
A sermon that I was privileged to share with my former home church, Redeemer Bible Church. This sermon was also aired on national radio in April, 2013 on Wretched Radio.
The Expiation of Jesus ChristLeviticus 16:20-22
What do you think of when you hear the word scapegoat? Maybe you think of sports, where the term is used with some regularity. One of the most famous sports scapegoats was Gary Anderson, one of the best kickers in NFL history. In 1998 as a Minnesota Viking, he became the first player to ever have a perfect field goal record for the season. But at the NFC Championship game he missed an easy one, leading to overtime and a sudden death loss to the Falcons. The term may also remind you of great literature, like the novel the Scarlet Letter, where a woman named Hester is forced to wear the letter "A" on her clothes, marking and shaming her before the community as an adulterer while the father of her child remained anonymous yet eaten alive with guilt. We even make light of the term in humor; you can buy... (continue reading...)
Posted by David L. Ward on November 29th, 2012
You may have noticed that we've been pretty quiet for the past 9 months or so. Part of the reason for that is a very busy season of building transitions at my (David's) home church. But another reason for this organizational sluggishness is that we are in the midst of our own transition. Some major changes have been happening to Reformed Praise behinds the scenes, and it's time to let you in on them.
First, we have become incorporated and are in the process of getting official non-profit status (501c3). The corporate structure helps us prepare for future growth with better accountability, and the non-profit status allows us to accept donations that are tax-deductible, including physical gifts. We have a board (the identities of which we will share in the coming months) and are excited to have more gifted leaders helping make decisions about our future.
Second, we have decided to change our name from Reformed Praise to Thousand Tongues (you can see the new logo at that link). Since we were in the process of a major structural change, the time seemed right to evaluate whether our name effectively summarized... (continue reading...)
Posted by Eric Schumacher on March 1st, 2012
LifeWay Worship is doing their "March Madness" promotion again. Last year, with your help, our song "There is No Sin That I Have Done" was seeded second.
We've been encouraged by the response to the music video we released last fall. And, we'd love to see more people hear the truths of the Gospel presented in this song. We pray those trapped in guilt and condemnation would hear and revel in the glorious grace given to us in Jesus.
To that end, would you consider nominating for "There is No Sin That I Have Done" and then sharing this with your friends? You can submit your nomination here.
Posted by David L. Ward on January 23rd, 2012
We don't often post songs that aren't directly related to Christian worship (though if understood broadly, any song can be a "worship song"), but this time we're going to share a song and ask for your help. A friend tipped me off to a songwriting contest that Martin Guitars is having this month, and though I managed to write a song and submit it the same day I found out about it, there's not much time left for voting. The idea of the contest was to write a 2-3m song with the word "lifespan" in it and post a recording (with guitar) to YouTube. I decided to write a blues song based on Psalm 90 and some themes in Ecclesiastes in order to share bits of the gospel to whomever happens upon this song whether through Martin's website or just through YouTube. While it's certainly not as overt about the gospel as the songs you might find here that are geared towards public worship, I'm still trying to bear witness to Jesus in the world of singer-songwriters.
Vote for the song here: http://lifespan.venturaassociates.net/gallerydetails.php?vid=165
Please consider voting for the song. If... (continue reading...)
Posted by David L. Ward on December 21st, 2011
Christmas is upon us yet again, and though most of our service planning is probably finished, I'd like to point out a few of our songs that relate to the incarnation of Jesus.
The song When Adam By Transgression Fell was written to accompany a Scripture reading from Genesis 3 about the fall of man into sin. The Anglican liturgy of Lessons and Carols includes this reading at Christmas
Last Christmas Eric Schumacher, Jeff Bourque, and I collaborated to write a new tune (and some new lyrics) to Eric's already existing Christmas hymn How Beautiful the Mystery. Here's the new tune, and here's the original hymn text.
I wrote the song My Precious Savior Gave His All a few years ago to describe what Jesus gave in order to redeem His people from their sins. The first verse refers to the incarnation when it says "He left His majesty behind- The King became a slave!"
This is a much older song, in fact, one of my first hymn re-writes: The Everlasting Lord. The text is by Charles Wesley and features the verse "Equal He with God most high, mild, He laid His... (continue reading...)