The Phil Files Musings & messages on everyday worship, Jesus, and the stuff of life. Wed, 11 May 2016 11:18:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Resurrection: Modern Mashup or Our Story? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:39:13 +0000 The challenge is to remind ourselves that while Jesus’ resurrection was an event that happened nearly 2,000 years ago, it must also be our story. Let’s step into the story of Scripture. As you watch this, and as you read the scripture that follows, what do you think? Should we imagine Jesus’ actions in our context? Do we put him into our story? How do we enter into his story and it become real?

Matthew 28:1-10

28: 1 After the Sabbath, as the light of the next day, the first day of the week, crept over Palestine, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb to keep vigil. 2 Earlier there had been an earthquake. A messenger of the Lord had come down from heaven and had gone to the grave. He rolled away the stone and sat down on top of it. 3 He veritably glowed. He was vibrating with light. His clothes were light, white like transfiguration, like fresh snow. 4 The soldiers guarding the tomb were terrified. They froze like stone.

5 The messenger spoke to the women, to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.

Messenger of the Lord: Don’t be afraid. I know you are here keeping watch for Jesus who was crucified. 6 But Jesus is not here. He was raised, just as He said He would be. Come over to the grave, and see for yourself. 7 And then go straight to His disciples, and tell them He’s been raised from the dead and has gone on to Galilee. You’ll find Him there. Listen carefully to what I am telling you.

8 The women were both terrified and thrilled, and they quickly left the tomb and went to find the disciples and give them this outstandingly good news. 9 But while they were on their way, they saw Jesus Himself.

Jesus (greeting the women): Rejoice.

The women fell down before Him, kissing His feet and worshiping Him.

Jesus: 10 Don’t be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. Tell them I will meet them there.

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Christmas Music from Amy Stroup Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:32:09 +0000

How about a Little

Free Christmas Music!


Thanks Amy, hope you get to enjoy Nashville during the holidays!

This is some of Amy Stroup’s Christmas music being used in several television shows during the holidays.

Thought it might be a nice little treat for you as you get ready for the holidays.

Press the triangle to reveal songs and play music.

Click the download link to download the music for yourself.


From all of us the Warehouse!


Here’s a little YouTube bonus track!

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He is Risen Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:00:57 +0000 Paul Baloche has a new song for Resurrection Sunday. It is off his new Paul Baloche Live Album. Here’s a couple of lines I especially love:

Early morning break of dawn,
Stumbling to the tomb;
Standing awestruck wondering who
Rolled away the stone.
And as the sun came up,
Amazed, they looked inside and saw
An angel clothed in light;
“Don’t be afraid, He is alive!”

He is risen!

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Jars do Christmas for Cowboys Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:05:38 +0000 Here’s an impromptu Jars of Clay back of the truck rendition of John Denver’s “Christmas for Cowboys” — y’all have a Merry Christmas, yuh hear!


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Enjoy the Music Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:16:02 +0000 Enjoy a little Christmas Music. Merry Christmas y’all!

(Just the click on the play button to see the songs!)



Which one is your favorite?

I love Jars of Clay, but of this group, I think I like “Mary and Joseph” and my favorite of the Christmas songs, “O Come O Come Emmanuel” — Merry Christmas and be blessed!

P.S. You have to click each song to get them to play!

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Fading West – Switchfoot Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:06:50 +0000 Sometimes you just have to share what you really like. I like Switchfoot, so here’s a little peak at coming attractions.



Uncomfortable intentionally! Yep.


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On tiptoe anticipating joy! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:43:14 +0000 This Sunday we celebrate joy! The long expected Jesus — the Messiah, the Son of God, the One who takes away the sins of the world, the One promised by prophets and Scripture — came in human flesh, God with us, Immanuel.

Peter tells us that angels stood on tiptoe trying to figure out exactly when Jesus, the fulfillment of all the hopes of God’s people, would actually occur:

The prophets who spoke of this outpouring of grace upon you diligently searched and inquired of the Lord about this salvation: to whom and to what time was the indwelling Spirit of the Anointed referring when He told them about the suffering of the Anointed and the honor that would follow it? 12The Spirit revealed to them they were not serving themselves but you. And you have learned from those who told you the good news by the Spirit that was sent down from heaven. Even the heavenly messengers would like to explore this news (1 Peter 1:10-12 The Voice).

So rejoice, the long expected One has come!


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Make space for peace! Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:47:25 +0000 Slow down and listen to hear the sound of grace and peace!



Thanks Ann!

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Let it… snow? Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:33:19 +0000 Sorry, but I couldn’t resist posting this Christmas song that is so appropriate for west Texas right now. Who needs “may the force be with you” when you can “make it so”?



And to borrow another media saying going all the way back to Hill Street Blues, “Be careful out there!”

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Welcoming Strangers! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:02:04 +0000 “I was a stranger and you took me in!” — Jesus, Gospel of Matthew chapter 25.

What would happen if we greeted strangers in our church buildings and in other areas of our daily lives with a commitment to display and share the grace of Jesus and tear down the distance caused by our not knowing one another and our basic human suspicion of others who are different from us?

I’m not sure, but this little photography project reminds us of the possibilities — and this is just a bare minimum start!



As we are reminded, some in their kindness to strangers have entertained heaven’s angels without even being aware of it at the time!

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:1-2 NLT).

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