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Monday, January 25, 2016

New music: Lynne McDowell - Shamash

Shalom, folks. We’ve got brand new music on Chavah contributed by the artist.

Lynne McDowell - Shamash

Lynne is a friend of the station, a favorite artist of many Chavah fans, and a contributor to our sister site, MessianicChords.com.

Shamash is her 3rd album on Chavah, and I think it’s her best work yet. She has a knack for putting together soft, heartfelt hymns. Stuff that really moves the heart towards intimacy with the Lord. Give a listen and let her know what you think.

Enjoying the music? Support Messiah’s musicians by purchasing her new album for an easy $0.99/song.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New music: Estep - Good Medicine

Yes, even more new music, my fine Messianic music loving friends.

Contributed by the artists themselves, we’ve added:

Estep – Good Medicine

This is not some dubious pseudo-medical tincture, mind you, but something straight from God’s mouth: a joyful heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Smile

I hope you enjoy a healthy dose of this good medicine, fine Chavah fans! And if you do, please support Messiah’s musicians by purchasing Good Medicine for name your own price.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New music: Kol Simcha – Let God Arise

Yet more new music to roll us into 2016: vintage Messianic music newly added to Chavah Messianic Radio today.

The classic Messianic music group Kol Simcha of the 1970s have inspired many Messianic musicians today, and their songs have been covered numerous times.

Today, we add one of their later albums, the 23 year old album entitled Let God Arise.

Kol Simcha – Let God Arise

Enjoy the new music, fine Messianic music fans!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New music: Christopher Mann – Or (Light)

Shalom, Messianic music fans.

Before 2015 comes to a close, we’ve added a brand new album to the station:

Christopher Mann – Or (Light)

This is a brand new album released just the other week. Christopher generously sent the album to us for play on Chavah Messianic Radio – hallelu, thanks Christopher!

This is Christopher’s second album on Chavah. His first album, Keren Yeshua (Horn of Salvation), has been very well received, with several songs ranked highly by you Chavah fans.

Fine Chavah fans, would you bless Christopher by purchasing his album? This supports Messiah’s musicians, and I believe it’s encumbent on us to do so as a mitzvah to further God’s kingdom.

Blessings to Christopher for contributing his music on Chavah, and blessings to you, fine Chavah fans, for supporting him by purchasing his music.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Chavah..and Christmas music?

Shalom, folks. I received an email from Chavah listener Marie G. this week. She heard a song that started off in Hebrew…then ended in a Christmas song!

The song she heard was Marty Goetz - Maoz Tzur / Hark the Herald Angels Sing. It’s a traditional Hanukkah song, Maoz Tzur, blended with the old hymnal, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, the familiar old Christmas hymn.

In her letter, which was respectful and reasoned, Marie told me,

“…it is difficult to be apart from the world during Christmas time…please don’t play Christmas music on Chavah.”

She’s not the first person to tell me this. Every year, it seems, I get letters from folks saying that.

The truth is, I’m not playing Christmas music on Chavah. Rather, there are some songs on Chavah that contain music we associate with Christmas, but by themselves contain nothing objectionable.

For example, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is associated with Christmas, but in itself is a Biblical plea for Messiah’s return. It’s opening lines petition God for the salvation of the Jewish people: “O come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel.”

So while some folks might not like this song because it has become associated with Christmas, nobody is going to object to its contents.

(As an aside, I generally feel the same about Christmas itself. There are redemptive elements – people giving to charity, people giving gifts to one another, remembering the birth of the Messiah regardless of his actual birth date. But there is also the matter of assimilation, whether Jewish assimilation into the gentile world, or Christian assimilation into norse myths, commercialism and even secularization of Christmas. Magical reindeer, decorated trees, and an omniscient man in a flying sleigh have nothing to do with God. It makes me, as a disciple of Yeshua, uncomfortable.)

What about the song Marie G. heard, is there anything redeemable there? Does she have a point? Should I stop playing such music on Chavah?

The song comes from Marty Goetz, a Jewish believer who celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. In it, Goetz melds Maoz Tzur (a traditional Hanukkah song) and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (the traditional Christmas song) together into a single song, and this is what sparked her desire to write me.

There are indeed Christmas songs without biblical content – and these would never be played on Chavah. However, this Maoz Tzur/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing medley I have decided to leave on the station. Here are my reasons:

  • As heard on the station, Marty Goetz's version blends Maoz Tzur, a traditional Hanukkah song, with Hark the Herald Angels Sing. It’s not strictly a Christmas song.
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is free of any pagan or unbiblical imagery. It is a song retelling what we read in the gospels: angels joyously announcing the birth of the Messiah. There is nothing theologically objectionable about the song.
  • The song was written by Godly men: penned by Charles Wesley, a pioneering reformer of our faith and author of 6000 hymns, many still sung today. The musical piece was written by a Jewish man, Felix Mendelssohn and adapted by one of his chorists.

These things have led me to keep Marty Goetz's Maoz Tzur / Hark the Herald Angels Sing medley on the station. 

And this is why I can’t, in good conscience, remove songs merely because of their association with Christmas. I understand some folks disagree. For such people, Chavah grants you the thumb-down button. Smile Thumbing down music on Chavah will cause Chavah to no longer play that music for you.

Hope this helps! An early shabbat shalom.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Giving Thanks: David W.

Listener David W. writes in,

David W. carrying a Torah scroll at Beit Ariel Messianic Jewish congregation in Cape TownI just wanted to drop you a brief line, to tell you how Chavah Messianic Radio has been encouraging me recently.

As you know my college hasn't been a very easy time, and things aren't really improving that much.  Most of the time I'm very stressed, having trouble sleeping, which doesn't help when I'm taking exams.  I'm always telling God that I can't take any more, and all that seems to happen is that I get pushed harder.  But I always knew that God was there.

I recently discovered the singers Lenny & Varda Harris on your station, and on Monday night, I was skipping through a few of the songs of theirs that you had.  I as looking for The Wilderness Song, as when I heard it last it seemed to mirror how I was feeling but promised that God would restore me. While looking I found another one, which helped me even more.  It was a Lenny & Varda Harris song again, it's called I
Do
, and I think it's about the marriage vows between the God of Israel and his people.  I'm not sure because since I  began losing my hearing I've had trouble hearing all the lyrics in songs clearly. 

But the moment I heard it, I felt a kind of inner peace, that made everything seem more bearable. I still had problems sleeping, and the stress levels haven't gone right down, but as they sang the chorus I felt God saying, "That's you I'm talking to, David, nothing can tear us apart!" 

So I wanted to say thank you so much for your music, God has given you a wonderful gift and may he greatly bless you.  All I  need to do now is find a written copy of the lyrics, so I can sing along. Oh, and as a bonus, I found the Wilderness Song again too, and it still mirrors how I feel very well.”

Thank you, David!

Man. Reading stuff like this makes it a joy to run Chavah Messianic Radio. I am so glad it’s a blessing to folks out there! Music that glorifies God is tangibly helping people persevere through difficult times – hallelu!

Thank you, David!

p.s. Here are the lyrics for Lenny & Varda’s song, “I Do” which David referred to in his email:

Yisrael, my home, for a long while, I didn't care.

I knew in part of who you were, yet never knew how rare.

What a precious thing in the sight of God, the God of Yisrael,

He loved you, saved you, spared your life!

You're a nation none can quell...

Return, 0 daughter of Zion, I'm married unto you!

I've chosen you to be My own, for all eternity "I do!"

My love I give you freely, please give to Me your heart.

Forever I'll be true to you, for death cannot tear us apart!

You are calling for a people, to make a stand today,

In spite of all resistance, malice, fear, and hate,

From the ends of all the earth, one heart and one soul,

Returning back to Zion, the holy city of gold!

Take me home to the place where Your heart always is...

To come and kneel before Your throne, to worship at Your feet!

Take my hands and let them be, healing help to all in need.

Here's my heart, take it all Lead me home, and set me free!

I'm returning God of Yisrael, I'm married unto You!

You've chosen me to be Your own, and now I answer You, "I do!"

My love is freely Yours and I give to You my heart!

Forever I'll be true to You, for death cannot tear us apart!

No, death cannot tear us apart! My Bridegroom, here is my heart!”

Thank you, David, for the words of encouragement. And thank you, Lenny & Varda, for your music which has encouraged us to persevere through difficult times, to press on and know the Lord.

Shalom, fine Chavah fans!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New music: Adalya - No Other God, Raise a Song

Two new albums on Chavah today contributed by the artists themselves: Gannon & Rebekah McGee, comprising the music group Adalya:

Adalya – No Other God

Adalya – Raise Up a Song

The group features a soft and sweet female vocal set to the words of Scripture. I think you fine listeners will enjoy this peaceful music for the Lord.

You can purchase their music over at CDBaby.