March 27, 2016

The Easter Song

There is nothing quite as inspiring to me as listening to Keith Green sing the Easter song, on this day, Easter Sunday, as well as on any other day of the year.

The song, based on several passages of scripture (Matthew 28; Luke 24), is a herald that new life and new outcomes are possible because of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave.

I’m not only inspired because of the eternal message and promise, but I’m really appreciative because the message mentions that there is hope for those things considered dead, deemed irreconcilable or experienced as utterly hopeless.

Here’s the caveat though: You have to want it. Just as Keith sings about, “the angels are available to minister Jesus’ power,” however, we are encouraged to “reach out and receive it.” Keith has helped me to see that good things happen when I have reached out to receive God’s power in my life, and conversely, darker realities have occurred when I forsook his empowerment.

At times, I see this dichotomy present in the lives and relationships of people I have the awesome privilege to work with: some have invited the angels to minister to them and have availed themselves of the power that brought a dead man back to life, and their lives richly evidence powerful changes because of their relationship with God, their Higher Power.

Equally, there are others, who “push back” and sometimes refuse the very power that is greater than themselves that could restore them, their lives and their relationships to sanity. Sadly, positive possibilities and outcomes are either strained, malnourished, contaminated, sabotaged, or even eradicated because of the push back; and I think to myself it doesn’t have to end this way.

So today, my hope for you is that if you read the scripture above or the lyrics below, and if you have the opportunity to listen to the Easter song, that you’ll continue to consider (or will reconsider) how the power of God could powerfully impact your life and heal you. Give God a chance; Reach out and receive it.

May God inspire and richly bless you with the power of the resurrection as you endeavor to live a fruitful, hopeful, focused and purposeful life!

The Easter Song by Keith Green

Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing that you can be born again
Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing Christ is risen from the dead

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the word, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah

Hear the bells ringing
They’re singing that you can be healed right now
Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing
Christ, He will reveal it now

The angels, they all surround us
And they are ministering Jesus’ power
Quickly now, reach out and receive it
For this could be your glorious hour

Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah, hallelujah

The angel up on the tombstone
Said He has risen, just as He said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the world, He has risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
He’s risen, hallelujah
Hallelujah

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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