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Our Private Museum Tour De France

One of our most extraordinary experiences was visiting this magnificent museum filled with art from the 20th century masters such as Miro, Giacometti, Braque, Chagall and others and then walking up the hill to the ideal Mediterranean home of the curator where we found “Chagall on the Wall” and of course brought high Hawaiian culture with a rendition of the Hukilau Song and Hula.

When all was lost, God won.

 

When all seems hopeless, God is our only hope. in the utter darkness is born light, in death comes forth everlasting life.

Arose Our God!

Listen, View video, New Original Song for Easter

Turn Your World Upside Down – Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Ingredients

Topping:*

1 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices

 

 

Cake:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
6 Tbsp cake flour
6 Tbsp of ground almonds (from about 2 oz of whole almonds)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
Method

1 Start by making the caramel topping. Take brown sugar and butter and combine and melt in a saucepan on medium heat until sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbly, this should take several minutes. (After sugar melts, don’t stir.) Pour mixture into a 10 inch diameter stick-free cake pan with 2 inch high sides. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer ontop of the caramel mixture.

2 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Whisk the flours, almonds, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream in 2 additions each, beating well after each addition. Pour cake batter over caramel and pineapple in pan.

3 Bake cake until tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 12 to 14 servings.

* Note an alternative topping that my father is favoring these days. 2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup butter. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium until all sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Boil until syrup becomes warm amber in color (about 10 minutes). Add 1/4 cup butter, carefully as it will foam up a bit. Swirl the pan so that the butter is all incorporated, stirring with a wooden spoon if necessary. Remove from heat and pour out into cake pan. Continue with recipe as noted.

Rock On

There is an inner rocker in any musician brought up in the 60′s, even one who is nearing his 60′s

Today I spent the day with my inner rocker recording this new song He’s Given Me A Rock.

It was hard labor and its far from perfect but it is what it is and it is here for anyone to listen to.

When I was younger I wrote a song called I Can’t Find A Place To Stand.

Truly that was my life’s anthem until I was 45 years old.

It was then that God gave me a Rock where I can stand.

The Rock He gave me with great love was His salvation in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

How solid is that rock! Unlike all else in my life it has never shifted and never given way.

My life has been all about learning to stand on this Rock.  (Its good for dancing as well).

Here”s the link to the song  He’s Given Me A Rock

Rivers of Living Water

The coolest invitation ever.

Obey your thirst!

So I wrote this song in 1999 when I read these words on the last page of the Bible:

The Spirit and the Bride say “Come”
Let the one who hears say “Come”
Let whosoever who is thirsty come.
Let everyone who wants drink from the waters of life freely.
(Revelation 22:17)

I was shocked by these words.
They were so open ended… so full of welcome ….so full of grace.
So unlike the face and heart of the Christianity I had been exposed to full of moral condemnation and religious exclusion.

I knew they were a song as well…and then I heard this resonating verse in John.
(John 7:37-38)

When we drink of the waters of life through faith in Christ, He opens up a spring of living water in our innermost being that satisfies our spiritual thirst and for it is the Spirit we seek. Now it is in us and must flow out of us.

Peace Beyond All Time

This song was written in the 80′s. It contrasts the minds abstract search for truth and unity with the peace that is beyond time found in a person.  What person is this? I didn’t know at the time and so this is a prophetic song.

Peace Beyond All Time by brucedcampbell

 

I have seen inside your eyes a peace beyond all time
And I have touched inside your heart a love that ever shines

I saw the greatest minds…digging toward the one
They could seek but they could not find, when all was said and done

But I have seen inside your eyes a peace beyond all time
And I have touched inside your heart a love that ever shines

I saw the rockets fly across the universe
All they found when they reached the other side was the echo of their own curse

But I have seen inside your eyes a peace beyond all time
And I have touched inside your heart a love that ever shines

 

Song notes:I tried to record this as separate tracks but it didn’t work out. Some of these songs have to be played live with the guitar in order for me to sing them in the way I feel them. This is one of them.

I added two different guitar tracks. The first to add a lead and the second to add dynamism to the two verses.

 

How We Should Pray

For my Dad in Heaven on Fathers Day

How We Should Pray

Jesus said to the people “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

(Jesus offered this same prayer to his closest disciples and to the crowds that came to see him when he gave his sermon on the mount.  It was no way meant for one group but was meant as a perfect model of prayer for all.)

Jesus said to them “This is how you should pray”

Our Father Who Art In Heaven

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Will Be Done

On Earth as it is in Heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from the Evil one

For Thine is the Kingdom

And Thine is the Power

An Thine is the Glory

Forever and ever

Lets explore together this prayer taught to us by Jesus….

Prayers can be sung…here is the prayer in song
HowWeShouldPray by YesToForever

Our Father Who Art In Heaven

Our Father! God is no longer a distant LORD, an unknowable mystery, too sacred to utter His name. He is our loving Father, our eternal Daddy (Abba), and we are His children.

This first line of the prayer is perhaps the most powerful affirmation of who God is and who we are in relationship to God that is in the Bible.  It personalizes the truth that God is love, that God is the loving father who runs to us and throws his arms around us and kisses us when we return home shamed and broke spiritually from our adventures in rebellion.

This first line also tells us where Our Father is. Where is His Home – Heaven, His eternal abode and our homeland. We are his children and when we return home to Him we must go where He is.

Heaven is our home. Heaven is the place where Our Father lives. Yet we shall see that it is Heaven united with Earth is where Our Heavenly Father will establish His Final Kingdom….

Hallowed Be Thy Name.

The word hagaizo means to Sanctify, to put apart, to affirm as sacred and holy. We are to do that to Our Fathers Name.  But Church how lost are we that we do not know our own Fathers name?  Yet we should know it for He revealed it as His covenant name to Moses.  His most sacred name is YWYH.  The pronunciation that the English translators give is Jehovah.  However based on biblical research into the earliest biblical translations and ancient Hebrew the most likely pronunciation is Yahweh.

That is His Name. He told us it’s meaning – I AM THAT I AM – tell the people I AM (Yahweh) sent you.

Our Father is the Source of All Existence. He is Self Existent, He Is, He Was and He Will Be.  Our Father Has Always Lives and Will Always Live, He is Eternal Life Now.

That’s why we should know and Reverence His Name that He revealed to us. Because in His Name is the truth of Eternal Life.

Thy Kingdom Come

This is a call for God’s Eternal Kingdom, or as Jesus called it the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven, to come forth, to manifest, to establish itself.  Where? He will reveal it.

Thy Will Be Done

Why do we pray that God, the Almighty’s Will Be Done? For who can stop God’s will?

Ultimately no one can. But in our lives on Earth, personally and as a human race we are all about our own will’s not God’s. We live opposed to Gods will all day long and the results are devastating and evident in the suffering all around us and within our own souls.

Please hear in this line of the prayer the words of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as he struggled with the reality of his coming sacrificial torture and death on the cross.  “But not my will but Thy Will Be Done” In doing God’s Will perfectly on Earth Jesus planted the see of the Kingdom of God on Earth.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

God, Our Father’s Kingdom is already Manifest in Heaven where He sits upon the Throne of Glory, and Gods Will is done in Heaven through the angels who live there for the angels that rebelled are thrown down to Earth with their leader out of Heaven.

So we are to pray that the Kingdom and Will of God in Heaven Comes to Earth and is made Manifest, visible and triumphant overcoming all evil.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Jesus said to Satan, a man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  So our daily bread is not only our physical needs and food but also our spiritual needs and spiritual food.

Notice we are not asking for tomorrow’s bread or the next days. We are asking only for today’s in faith that day-by-day God will provide our needs.

And Forgive Us Our Sins as We Forgive those that Sin against Us.

What we need most is Gods forgiveness, His staggering grace in the face of our unbridled sin. Sin is missing the mark and we have terrible aim.  Yet how can we receive grace and mercy from God whom we have sinned against and refuse it to those who sin against us?  Shall we add hypocrisy to our list of sins?  This is a powerful active affirmation that we will forgive others… It does not say that we will think about forgiving others or try our best to forgive others, it says as we forgive those who have wronged us.

It does not say that Gods forgiveness is dependent on our forgiveness yet it ties them together as a chain of grace that extends from God to us and from us to all whom we know and live with.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Shall God lead us into temptation?  The Spirit called Jesus into the desert for 40 days. These were 40 days of purification and communion with His Father. It was at the end of that time that Satan tempted him. God did not lead Jesus to Satan. Satan found Jesus there.

However God does test us. He does not keep us completely locked up in a spiritual room. He grows us in contact with the world and all of its temptations.  That world is dark and full of temptations’ calling on our desires, lusts, pride, unbelief, and apathy…

But Deliver Us From Evil (or the Evil One)

In the end we cannot overcome temptation. We cannot help from going off the path and we fall into the traps of the Evil One. But our God is a Deliverer. Our Father rescues us from the one who would steal our lives, and our souls.

We need His protection, we need his deliverance, and we need His salvation.

God Saves – this is His Chosen Name for His Messiah, His Anointed One, Christ…Jesus, Yeshua means God Saves. Jesus is our means of deliverance. Through Him alone we have forgiveness, mercy and grace unlimited and without condition.

For Thine is the Kingdom and Thine is the Power and Thine is the Glory forever and ever.

These three affirmations rise like a crescendo of trumpets sounding our faith in our Father’s Eternal Glorious Reign on Heaven and Earth.

We started by bonding with our Dad and calling for Him to come from Heaven to live, rule and reign on Earth within and without us, then we asked Him to take care us, show him our gratitude for his forgiveness by forgiving others, asked for His deliverance and salvation, and finally shouting His omnipotence and glorious reign forever.

What a prayer! We didn’t ask for that Porsche and we didn’t ask for that raise but we covered all the ground that Jesus gave us to cover from Heaven to Earth, from God to our fellow human beings, from Evils clutches to eternal life in the Kingdom of God uniting Heaven and Earth.

Thanks Dad! I learned it from your Son.

 

Happy Father’s Day 2011

Bruce D. Campbell

YesToForever

 

Who Is The King of Glory?

This phrase is from a Psalm of King David composed some 3,ooo years ago. The question stuck in my mind from the first time I read it.

Late one night last week that question became a song…there was a rhythm to it and kind of melody…but more a rhythmic flow that carried me onward.

So in the spirit of sharing the process of creating a song here is the original version I recorded the next day through the built in mic of my laptop computer….this is the raw stuff out of which a polished gems seeks to emerge.

KingOfGlory by YesToForever

Stilt and the Heron

Today the owners of the townhouse we live in met to discuss issues regarding finances, repairs and our relationship with the bird sanctuary fronting our property.

Afterword I spoke with an owner who lived here years ago and recently returned. As we talked about the tsunami he live through in Crescent City , California we noticed 2 Hawaiian stilts by the lagoon.

He said that was a good sign since we had not seen any for a while and they are on the endangered species list.  Part of that came from the community pitching in and cleaning out invasive algae that got piled up extra from the small tsunami surge from Japan.

Later at the Hilton Hawaiian village I saw a heron with a long white feather down its back and recognized it as the same bird I sometimes see sitting alone atop a tree at the edge of the lagoon.

What beautiful specials birds they both are…they somehow speak to an ancient part of me…and I am awed by the wonder of creation and life on earth. Fly on brother birds.