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Stay with me on this one. I confess, I say that more often these days.

Little Frauline, aka the Hankmeister, accompanied me a week ago tomorrow night to a bucket list event. As the music of my youth blasted from the stage, I may have been Standing on Top of the World, for a Little While. Yes, music aficionados, that is the wrong lyricist, but I digress.

As the band played on, album artwork and other images moved across the two story video screen behind the stage. When the image for the latest album, A Different Kind of Truth, appeared, the Little One typed out on her iPhone “I see a blog post in there somewhere”. She knows her old man all too well.

I intended to come back and draft said post the next day, if not that very same night. Fatigue and the Turner Turnpike got in my way, and unlike an original Eddie Van Halen guitar riff, I could not get the “title theme” to resolve enough in my mind to go ahead and write it.

You see, I received a mixture of “that’s cool” and “rock on” responses to go with bemused looks when I told selected friends and co-workers of my Tuesday evening plans. Bemused looks, much like the one my father is likely wearing as he reads these words. 🙂

Yes, this was the music of my youth, but we were not the concert going type. But, aside from the side show clown antics of David Lee Roth, today’s Van Halen show is much different from the MTV depictions of the band from back in the 80’s. A 50 something artist, in nondescript black jeans and T-Shirt, simply playing the music that made him famous a generation back is all I really went to see, and Eddie delivered.

So, now for the “stay with me” moment. As acknowledged earlier, a lot of people probably shook their heads at my desire to see Eddie and his son, Wolfgang, play just once. “An accountant at a rock and roll show? That does not resolve…”.

Then, we opened up Colossians in our Bible class yesterday morning, and I was absorbed by, confused with, and comforted in the freedom we have in Christ.

I hope to be as passionate and accomplished at my craft in my 50’s as is Mr. Van Halen, evidenced by Eddie’s simple and contagious smile. None of that excuses the “hollow and deceptive philosophy” as expressed by the aforementioned Mr. Roth, but the evening took me back in time, and helped me resolve and appreciate being dead to sin and “the public spectacle” life espoused by so many.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.. Colossians 2: 8-23

It was a fun night. I enjoyed the time with Little Frauline. I enjoyed the live music and the 10 minute solo by the band’s namesake founder, and I was glad to identify more with the nerdy middle age parents with their kids than the inebriated metal heads who streamed out of the arena later that night. It indeed was The Best of Both Worlds.. Oops, there I go again…


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I like to claim/admit very few vices in life: Ice Cream, Peanut Butter (both usually late at night), and listening to older rock music, most notably Van Halen. I don’t endorse the images or the lifestyle, but like the music. Great guitar runs, and occassionally interesting and telling lyrics.

I was reminded the other day of the words to the 90’s tune “Humans Being” (the song played during the dirt road scene in the movie “Twister”). Again, not endorsing all the lyrics, I am left to wonder about Sammy Hagar’s upbringing and how religion impacted his life and thinking, often indicating a significant paradox.

The song begins “There is just enough Christ in me to make me feel almost guilty. Is that why God made us bleed; To make us see we’re Humans Being?….Shine On, Shine On.”

That too often describes how I act, or more notably fail to act. I pull up to the Braums drive in, I walk thru the grocery check out, I talk to my son’s basketball coach across town. In each instance, passing the time, talking about mutual interests, but not as often speaking of or looking out for “how is this person’s life? Do they know Jesus?” I drive away or walk away, and wonder why I didn’t say something more. Is “there just enough Christ in me to make me feel almost guilty?” I hope not.

We had our special annual “Missions Sunday” at church this past week. It was a great day. We talked in Bible class about what some often used words really mean. Evangelism is thought to mean “preaching”, but it is really about telling the good news of Jesus. Missions is used to most often mean “someone going somewhere to teach or preach”, when the word Mission often means work or purpose (as in “military mission”, corporate mission”, etc), and the word Witness is used to refer to telling others about your Christian walk and faith. I “witness” about a lot of things, again talking basketball, the weather, etc, but how often do I casually talk to someone about Jesus? It should be so easy. Is “there just enough…to make me feel almost guilty?”

As we moved into our worship this past Sunday, we sang “Go Light Your World”. Run to the darkness; take your candle – go light your world”. May God help me to be more open and willing to talk with others about our life in Him and need for God. If you know me, feel free to ask how I’m doing with this. If you run across this blog because you searched labels and you too like a good Van Halen tune, I hope the good news of Jesus can begin to bless you through these thoughts.

Light Your Candle; Shine On, Shine On. No guilt necessary.

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