Archive for December, 2011

AwAreness: Winter Solstice

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 21, 2011 by Gypsy Carns
In 2011, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will occur on Dec. 21, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. CST. Officially the first day of winter, the winter solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. This is the longest night of the year, meaning that despite the cold winter, the days get progressively longer after the winter solstice until the summer solstice in 2012.
In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun god and giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.  In ancient Rome, the winter solstice was celebrated at the Feast of Saturnalia, to honor Saturn, the god of agricultural bounty. Lasting about a week, Saturnalia was characterized by feasting, debauchery and gift-giving. With Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, many of these customs were later absorbed into Christmas celebrations. One of the most famous celebrations of the winter solstice in the world today takes place in the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, England. Thousands of druids and pagans gather there to chant, dance and sing while waiting to see the spectacular sunrise.
As a Christian we too have an obligation to celebrate our Creator, Jehovah – the Great I AM, His Son – Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit.  I encourage all to fast and pray today.  Pray for all our brothers and sisters across the globe who are facing persecuation; who are without jobs; who have lost their way in this end time madness.  Pray for your own families to recieve the blessings of The Holy Spirit and and to give direction in your life.  Pray how we can serve God in a better way on a daily basis.
Matthew 4:10 – Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ “
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AwAreness: Fasting

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 19, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Fasting is a spiritual discipline that helps us center our attention on the Lord and discover His will so we may act according to it. People fast in different ways: some abstain from food while others refrain from various activities. The period of time can vary as well. But the focus in each case is to be the same—to seek God and know His will.

When we begin to deny ourselves, several things happen. First, the Holy Spirit will enable us to set aside earthly matters. Relationships, work, and pleasure will take a lesser place in our mind as we concentrate on Him and His purposes. Second, our attention will shift from ourselves to the Lord. Thinking will become clearer, and our ability to understand God’s plans will sharpen because we are not distracted by other things.

Third, the Lord is probably going to do some spiritual housecleaning in our lives. His Spirit will convict us of sinful attitudes or behavior. Upon confession of our sin, we’ll be forgiven and cleansed.  When unexpected news greets us, we may find our emotions in turmoil, so wisely seek the Lord through fasting and prayer. This powerful practice can also help us to hear clearly from our heavenly Father, who knows the best way through every situation.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

AwAreness: Appetites

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 14, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

The Holy Spirit guides believers to make wise and righteous decisions. But when Christians fail to listen, they can make choices that appeal to the flesh instead.   After the serpent spoke to Eve, she no doubt took a long look at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Whatever she might have thought about the tree before, she now saw it with new eyes—flesh-focused eyes. Genesis 3 tells us that the forbidden tree appealed to Eve in three ways: 1) it was good for food, 2) it was a delight to the eyes, and 3) it was desirable to make one wise.

In other words, the tree could fulfill three legitimate human appetites: the desire for tasty meals, beauty, and wisdom. There is nothing wrong with these God-given yearnings. The Lord created a variety of food and an earth packed with breathtaking sights so that people could enjoy them. He also offers the Holy Spirit as a source of His true wisdom and knowledge. In fact, it is the Spirit who teaches believers to keep fleshly appetites under control and in balance.  Meanwhile, Satan works very hard at corrupting healthy desires. He abhors seeing people’s appetites satisfied. What he wants is to watch a person lusting after a good thing until he or she is controlled by the impulse to have it.

The Devil is pleased when people make themselves slaves to a desire that—in the proper context—the Lord intended to be enjoyed freely. The Devil is also a liar and has been from the beginning as the scripture below points out.  A believer walking in the Holy Spirit rejects gluttony, preferring desires that are within God’s boundaries instead. That’s how we get His very best.

Genesis 3: 1-4 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.  And he said to the woman, “Has GOd indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree whic is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, ;est you die.’ ”  Then the serpent said to the woamn, “You will not surely die.”

AwAreness: Conflict

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 13, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Spiritual combat is going on all the time. It is important for believers to be aware of this conflict in order to battle sin effectively and live in a manner pleasing to the Lord.   The struggle exists in three areas.  First, we have an internal enemy.  Ever since the fall in the garden of Eden, the human heart does not naturally seek after God. But His Spirit can draw us and move our thoughts toward Him. However, even after salvation, we will have the capacity to do wrong as long as we remain in this carnal body.  Scripture names evidence of the old “flesh” patterns at work within us, such as  immorality, impurity, jealousy, and outbursts of anger.

Second, there exists an external enemy: the system of ungodly beliefs, attitudes, and philosophies all around us.  As believers in Jesus, we should be salt and light to the society around us while not allowing its ways to influence our thoughts or behavior. Third, there’s an infernal enemy—namely, Satan. His desire is to dishonor God and to gain victory over the Lord’s kingdom. We know from Scripture that this will not happen, but the conflict will continue until the final days mentioned in Revelation.

Galatians 5: 19, 20 – Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultry, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practise such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Progressive Rock & Metal – Brazil – Prophet AZAL CD review

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 12, 2011 by Gypsy Carns
Prophet Azal is the new musical project of American blues-guitarist, singer and song-writer Gypsy “AZAL” Carns. He started performing in clubs in the distant 1963, and took part in different bands and records since 1966. He has already traveled around the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia surprising the audiences with his vocals and his eclectic 12-string bottleneck guitar and Dobro technique. In 1992 he began a spiritual career, after the Holy Spirit has spoken to him about dedicating his life and music to the Lord. In 1994 he moved with his wife to Nashville with the aim of spreading Jesus and God’s words through his music, using the Delta-Blues as a musical format. There Gypsy met Tabby “Zeb” Crabb, owner of Flatwood Studios, who became Gypsy’s engineer, producer, best friend and musical companion until 2011, when Tabby regrettably passed away. From 1999 to 2007, “Gypsy Carns” released a series of solo records: “Prayin Blues” (1999, TTM Records); “Beale Street Swing” (2000, Nightfly Records); “Revelation Blues” (2001, live around Peru, Spain, Indonesia, and Russia); “G FoRcE” (2002); “Feel Good!” (2003 live in Paris); “Raw Word” (2004); the DVD “Wailing Wall” (2005); “Gospel Train Coming” (2006, a tribute to Bluesmen Masters from the 1920’s and 30’s). Due to the closure of Flatwood Studios in 2007, Gypsy began to work with engineer and producer Brad Vosburg (Fox Mountain Studios, Tennessee). Another CD – “The Watchman” was released in same year. In 2008 Gypsy moved to Meridian, Mississippi to work for Peavey Electronics in the Custom Guitar Factory; and won the distinct honor of “Christian Blues Artist of the Year” at the Momentum Awards in Brentwood, TN. Gypsy still released another solo record, entitled “AZA” (2010, TTM Records), and started to work on a new musical project, called Prophet Azal. The debut album, entitled “Elijah Returns”, was released on July 4th 2011 under TTM Records. It is a concept album telling the story of Azal, an American Indian musician that has been chosen by God to reveal to the world the time massages of the Book of Daniel. The songs are written in that context, using the holly scriptures to validate the lyrics. The sonority is a blend of Hard Rock and Classic Heavy Metal, with sturdy rhythm guitars, compact bass and drums, and thunderous slide guitar and strong vocals by Gypsy, who assumes the persona of Azal. With 11 tracks, the album offers 34 minutes of the most enjoyable Hard Rock and Classic Metal, with powerful guitar riffs, electric energy, and sticky choruses. The slide guitar is ever present, either on solos, or making a counterpoint to the vocals. The cadence is sometimes reminiscent of bands like “AC/DC”, “The Rods”, early “Twisted Sister”, “Judas Priest”, and “Stryper”, but combined with the deep voice of Gypsy, the music becomes reminiscent of German Metal bands like “Grave Digger”, “Running Wild”, and “Accept”. The most explosive (and my favorite) tracks summon all energy and force of Classic Heavy Metal, blending “The Rods”, “Judas Priest”, “Grave Digger”, “Accept”, and “Running Wild”. The opening track “Who Can Stand Alone“ brings the impressive voice of God commanding Azal to his task, in a epic track that recalls “Grave Digger”. The following “Change Comin’ Down“ has a pounding riff that recalls me of “The Rods”; while the very best “Am I Immortal“ and “I AM Protects Me“ are closer to “Grave Digger” and “Accept”. Also on this line, the closing track “Elijah Returns“ will satisfy fans of “Judas Priest” and “Running Wild”. For those who prefer the Hard Rock in American style, with more swing on guitars, rocky beats, sticky choruses, and reminiscent of bands like “AC/DC”, “Stryper”, and “Twisted Sister”, the higher mood of “Fifth Trumpet Bloww“ and the contagious slide-guitar solo of “Jesus Gives“ are great options, as well as the rocky “Wells Without Water“ and the “AC/DC”-styled “Kevin’s Law“. The album also has two acoustic ballads, on which Gypsy Azal sings with a soft mellow voice: “Fallen“ and “YAHWEH, You Are All“, which is highlighted by a soulful guitar solo. Vigorous and spirited, the music of Prophet Azal really rocks, being especially recommended for fans of “AC/DC”, “Judas Priest”, “Stryper”, American Hard Rock in general, and Classic Heavy Metal of the German school. Band members and collaborators involved in Prophet Azal are: Gypsy AZAL Carns – Guitars, Vocals; Peavey Power Slide. Studio Band: Michael Brignardello – Bass; Greg Morrow – Drums; Brad Vosburg – Engineer; Producer; Final Mix; Drums on “Fallen” and “YAHWEH, You Are All”. North American Band: Joe Dile – Bass, Vocals; Chis Dile – Drums, Vocals. International Band, Paris: Zizou “the Boss” Sadke – Bass; Stephane “Taz D” Cassaveties – Drums… (Comments by Marcelo Trotta)

AwAreness: Circumstances

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 9, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

The apostle Paul understood how to handle tough circumstances. Even while he was confined in a prison cell, he kept his eyes on Christ and trusted firmly in the Savior. Therefore, despite being in chains, he was able to celebrate the Lord’s work in his life. In fact, the epistle he wrote from jail to the Philippians was filled with rejoicing.  Focusing on Christ is neither a natural reaction nor an easy one. Our instinct is to dwell on the situation at hand, searching for solutions or stewing over the pain and difficulty. As a result, troubles look scary and overwhelm us with a sense of defeat.

The believer who lays claim to divine promises discovers that God pushes back negative emotions. In their place, hope, confidence, and contentment take up residence. You aren’t going to be happy about a difficult situation, but you can be satisfied that God is in control and up to something good in the midst of trouble.  The Lord’s principles and promises don’t change, no matter how severe or painful the situation is. Focus on Christ instead of the circumstances—God will comfort your heart and bring you safely through the trial.

Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

AwAreness: Listening

Posted in Gypsy Carns on December 7, 2011 by Gypsy Carns

Listening to God is not a onetime event. We must continually keep His Word before us, or we’ll begin to listen to the wrong voices. The world is filled with voices that vie for our attention and influence our thoughts and actions. Throughout the day, consider the messages that are sent your way through the media and people. Consciously begin to compare them to what Scripture says about God and His ways.

Remembering what God says in the Bible is our safeguard against deception and temptation. Daily devotions won’t protect us if they’re quickly forgotten during the day. Follow Christ’s example: be ready with truth in your mind and on your tongue whenever temptation strikes.

Matthew 4: 10, 11 – The Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.