Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

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I’m All Ears!!!

Top of the Rock

Recently my wife and I spent a couple of days at Paradise Point just outside of Branson Missouri. It is adjoins Big Cedar Lodge and sits on the shores of Table Rock Lake. It is an awesome place to stay. Branson is about an hour and a half drive from our home so we make two or three trips per year. At least one of the trips involves the family vacation and one involves my wife and I just getting away from everyday life and spending some quiet time in the Ozark mountains.

One of the attractions at Big Cedar is the Top of the Rock. It is a golf course restaurant, museum, and there is a 2-1/2 mile golf cart ride through an area filled with rock formations and waterfalls. We have never done this attraction before and autumn seemed like the best time to take the tour. You rent the golf cart, and you can spend as much time as you like on the trail. There are places that are made for photo opportunities and places that you make your own opportunities. The colors were changing so it was a great couple of hours. Here are few images from our time on the Lost Canyon Nature Trail at Top of the Rock, Big Cedar Lodge.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week at 4M is a “We pick ’em” week so I am going to drift back into inspirational music and introduce a couple of groups that are new to me. The contemporary Christian music genre is in a constant state of flux and it seems that new groups are emerging almost every day.

For many people the word “hope” implies wishful thinking. We hope our team wins. We hope surgery goes well. For the Christian hope is a guaranteed event that just hasn’t happened yet. We place our hope of eternal life in Christ because his death on the cross and resurrection three days later guaranteed our salvation and an eternal home in a place prepared for us called heaven. Our hope is real, it just hasn’t happened yet. When life becomes difficult we find ourselves “Holding On To Hope”

The third chapter of Matthew tells us that Jesus went to John the Baptist to be baptized establishing a widely recognized ordinance of the Church. Baptism is a public demonstration of our private decision to accept Christ as our Savior and to seek and follow His will for our life. The water can be a creek, stream, swimming pool, livestock trough, or a place in the church specifically designed for the purpose of baptism. The water itself has no special power, but in its own way it is Holy Water.

Scripture tells us that heaven is a real place created by God the Father and Christ has prepared a place for every believer to spend eternity. The Bible also tells us that no one is good enough to get there on their own. We are naturally rebellious and sinful, falling far short of the perfection required to enter paradise. Christ stepped out of heaven, lived a perfect life and offered Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice to pay for our redemption. Every believer is a Rescue Story. Have a blessed week.

28 thoughts on “Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

  1. Miss Lucy is adorable.

    I love you and your wife’s getaway. Always good to go someplace that you love and enjoy.

    Love the video and am looking forward to your Christmas marathon.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. 🙂

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    1. I’ve been thinking about the Christmas Marathon and already have a couple of new songs picked out as well as a little different photo theme for most of the series. Stay tuned, it will be here before you know it.

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  2. Happy you were able to get away – and at the right time of year. Beautiful scenery. I’ve never been to a place offering a golf cart tour; would be nice for many with disabilities. As far as the three songs – I am wondering if the first one was written after the pandemic started (I see it was posted in October of this year). I’ve read that some 70% of Americans suffer from anxiety over the future and are looking for a strong hope. This would be the perfect song for many of them.

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    1. Lucy does love her toys and those long floppy ears are one reason I love cocker spaniels. That round head and a forever puppy personality are two more reasons to own my personal favorite breed.


  3. John,

    Your get-away spot is a beautiful place. Totally picture perfect! We did not managed to get to the mountains while on staycation. There were other distractions that kept us otherwise engaged but it’s becoming evident in our lower elevations that fall’s change is here. Perhaps this upcoming weekend we’ll have a good opportunity to escape to the mountains for the day. The hope we have in Jesus is the real thing. It’s His promises of eternal life that keeps me looking forward to my future in heaven some sweet day. Thanks for your witness for Christ in Blogosphere. May His glory shine all around us this day and days to come. It’s great having you on the dance floor this week, my friend. Stay safe and be well!

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  4. yogiabb

    Top of the Rock is quite the place. The one time we went we rented the golf cart and enjoyed the ride down. I had never signed such a comprehensive liability release ever!
    The museum was beyond outstanding. I liked how it was all linear. My only halfway complaining comment was that there could have been more interpretive information on what we were looking at.
    Big Cedar and Top of the Rock are wonderful places for taking photos.

    I love all three songs. The first one just kind of carries me along in its rhythm. The second was more staccato, probably not the right word, and it is like the whole audience is participating. The third is so solemn and intense.

    My laptop speakers gave out and I bought some headphones so I can do a better job of listening to your toons.

    Take care and have a great week!!

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  5. We visited in the afternoon and the line for the carts was long so we did not visit the museum. I think we will do this again in the spring and make the museum a part of our experience.
    Hey, headphones make every musical experience better.


  6. XmasDolly

    So sorry, I’m so late to comment on your 4M’s I had big computer problems not to mention my linky too! What a mess, but now everything is calm. So I have to compliment you on the fabulous tunes you chose to post. I haven’t heard some of these in a while, but I’m glad you posted them so I can. Great job my friend, and have a great day!

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      1. XmasDolly

        Just a quick question “DO U WANT 2 B A HONORARY CONDUCTOR & CHOOSE 2 to 3 THEMES for the MONTH, and the topic U PICK, (except for freebie wks.) & comment on all blogs who sign in to our ROCK & ROLL JAM??? Let me know (OR 1 of our Conductors) if you’d like 2 give it a WHIRL! Just Email me @ xmasdolly at comcast dot net! This is your decision! No pressure & no waiting in line! It’s up to you! Let me know & YOU shall be given a month to SHINE that U pick except December cuz that’s reserved for SANTA, and his Christmas tunes! NOTHING, BUT FUN & ROCK & ROLL, HERE AT XmasDolly’s Monday’s Music Moves Me! Truly I will help you okie dokie? Can I count on you like for FEBRUARY maybe if it’s open. You just pick a theme that’s all you have to do. What do you say? You can contact Cathy and she’ll tell you the same & get you all signed up! LET US KNOW EITHER ONE CATHY OR MYSELF! YOU’RE A PEACH & HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! hugs


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