Archive for April, 2011

April 14, 2011

Hillsong United Aftermath Review

 

After a long wait of over two years, Hillsong UNITED has released its eleventh full-length and second studio album, entitled Aftermath. After their last release, Hillsong UNITED took some time for a season of rest in their local church. The band members took the time to challenge themselves musically and lyrically. Their efforts have paid off, because Aftermath offers a very fresh, creative collection of 12 new songs that explore the life-changes that occur in the “aftermath” of an encounter with Christ. The only song I already knew on this album was “Awakening”, from the recent Passion album, but that made sense when I realized the song was co-written by Chris Tomlin and Hillsong writer Reuben Morgan.

“I think we just wanted to create an album that didn’t follow all the rules and that we ourselves would want to worship to, whether we’re in the car driving home, on the train on the way to work or wherever we happen to be. We didn’t want to rely on what feels familiar,” says Hillsong UNITED’s Joel Houston.

“Normally ‘aftermath’ has a negative, even traumatic, connotation,” Houston says. “At the same time, when I look at the Crucifixion as an event, it paints an extraordinarily negative and horrific picture. But the aftermath of the Cross is hope for all mankind. It’s grace, freedom, peace, life and everything that is good about God. I absolutely love that picture.”

This album definitely has a unique sound for Hillsong UNITED, especially since it’s only the second studio album by the group. As much as I enjoy listening to a live worship album, there is something about a studio album like this that is really appealing. On the whole, I would say it is a more contemplative, reflective album compared to other UNITED albums. Many of the songs are very artistic, ranging in style from rock, to orchestral ballad, to all electronic music.

Some of the songs that stood out to me:

Track 1 – Take Heart (Joel Houston) This is not what I expected for the opening track of the album, and I think that’s what caught my attention. With its pounding, driving tom rhythms, this song sets the tone for the rest of the album – “Hold on to Hope, and take courage again”. Hope in the aftermath is a recurring theme on this album.

Track 3 – Like An Avalanche (Joel Houston) This is a beautiful song that speaks of the paradox of Jesus, the King, becoming a servant for us, and of His humbling, amazing grace.“And I find myself here on my knees again, caught up in grace like an avalanche”. Again, the driving, syncopated rhythms, especially on the bridge, and the outstanding vocal duet make this a standout track!

Track 4 – Rhythms of Grace (Chris Davenport, Dean Ussher) I really enjoyed the progression of this song from a nice, lilting 6/8 song to a driving, syncopated, rhythmic, multi-layered offering of exuberant worship!

Track 7 – Bones (Jill McCloghry, Joel Houston) When this song started, I thought I was back in the ‘80s with the heavy synth pads, which continued to be the driving sound of the whole song. But, as the song went on, the sounds seemed to fit perfectly with the lyrics “You can take my dry bones, breathe life into this skin”. It actually became a fresh sounding, driving anthem of crying out for the Holy Spirit to revive us again!

Bonus Track – Search My Heart (Radio version) ( Joel Houston, Matt Crocker) This radio version of “Search My Heart” (Track 11), is one that will surely catch on in many churches! It is a cry of commitment and dedication “With all my heart, and all my soul, with all I am, Lord I will follow You”. An inspiring anthem that is easy to sing, and one that I can’t wait to use!

 

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April 14, 2011

Lecrae Background Lyrics

Hook:
I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

Verse 1:
It’s evident you run the show, so let me back down
You take the leading role, and I’ll play the background
I know I miss my cues, know I forget my lines
I’m sticking to your script, and I’m reading all your signs (Aye)
I don’t need my name in lights, (Aye) I don’t need a starring role
Why gain the whole wide world, If I’m just going lose my soul?
And my ways ain’t purified, I don’t live according to Your Word
I can’t endure this life without Your wisdom being heard
So word to every dancer for a pop star
‘Cause we all play the background, but mine’s a rockstar
Yeah, so if you need me I’ll be staged right
Praying the whole world would start embracing stage fright
So let me fall back, stop giving my suggestions
‘Cause when I follow my obsessions, I end up confessin’
That I’m not that impressive, matter of fact
I’m who I are, a trail of stardust leading to the superstar

Hook:
I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

Verse 2:
Yo, I had a dream that I was captain of my soul
I was master of my fate, lost control, and then I sank
So I don’t want to take the lead, ’cause I’m prone to make mistakes
All these folks who follow me, goin’ end up in the wrong place
So just let me shadow you, just let me trace your lines
Matter of fact, just take my pen, here, you create my rhymes
‘Cause if I do this by myself, I’m scared that I’ll succeed
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And no longer trust in You, ’cause I only trust in me
And see, that’s how you end up headed to destruction
Paving a road to nowhere, pour your life out for nothin’
You pulled my card, I’m bluffin’, You know what’s in my hand
Me, I just roll and trust you, You cause the dice to land
I’m in control of nothing, follow You at any cost
Some call it sovereign will, all I know is you the boss
And man, I’m so at ease, I’m so content
I’ll play the background, like it’s an instrument

Hook:
I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

Bridge:
I know I’m safest when I’m in Your will, and trust Your Word
I know I’m dangerous when I trust myself, my vision blurred
And I ain’t got no time to play life’s foolish games
Got plenty aims, but do they really Glorify Your name?
And it’s a shame, the way I want to do these things for You, yeah
Don’t even cling to you, take time to sit and glean from You
It seems like You were patient in my ignorance
If ignorance is bliss, it’s ’cause she never heard of this

Hook:
I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

Hook:
I could play the background
I could play the background
‘Cause I know sometimes I get in the way
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
So won’t You take the lead, lead, lead?
And I could play the background, background
And you could take the lead

April 14, 2011

David Crowder Band How He Loves Lyrics

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He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

April 13, 2011

Andy Stanley Passion 2011 (Video)

 

Passion 2011 :: Session 4 :: Andy Stanley

 

 

“Managing Your Appetite”

Andy Stanley discusses and challenges students at the fourth main session of Passion 2011 on the topic of what do you worship and the importance of killing sin or it will be killing you. You may realize in the video that this is said very vaguely and indirectly in Stanley’s seeker sensitive manner.

Below are the notes from Andy Stanley sermon at Passion 2011:

Managing Your Appetite

“I want to talk about a little slice of life that no one pays too much attention to. This little slice of life has the power to determine the direction and quality of your life. It will overpower your prayers, worship, your commitment to Christ. It is the thing that shipwrecks more individuals than anything else in the world. You will either rule it, or it will rule you. But you have the potential to rule it.”

Your Appetite

“Your appetite will either be ruled by you, or it will rule you. You have no idea just how powerful your appetites really are.”

“Your parents are in the place they are because of the way they managed their appetites.”

“Some of you were abandoned because your parent had a better appetite for alcohol.  Some of your deepest pain may not be because of your appetite, but because of the way someone else managed their appetites.”

“It seems that the momentum of worship, and Bible study should be so powerful that it should override that appetite. Yet it is still there. That is the power of the appetite. I can stand up here and tell you about influential leaders that lost their place because they were ruled by their appetite.”
“We think about appetites we immediately think about food, but there are several appetites. Progress. Responsibility. Respect. Win. Love. Acceptance. Fame. Recognition. To be envied. Things. These things are never, ever going away.”

“3 things to know about appetites: God created them, sin distorted them – every single appetite you have has been broken and distorted. They’re not bad, they are just broken.”

“Appetites are never fully and finally satisfied – we know this when it comes to food, the same is true for every other appetite. The lie is that there is someone, or something that can fully and finally satisfy an appetite.”

“Your appetites always whisper “NOW”, and never “LATER.” They always say “Trade the ultimate for the immediate.” You can’t pray it away. If you don’t rule them, they rule you.”

Genesis 25

  • Jacob and Esau.
    • Esau was a man’s man
    • Jacob was a momma’s boy
    • They were different, but Esau was born first and this is what brings tension.
    • The birthright was granted to the oldest son in the family. With the birhtright came 3 important things.
      • If you had the birthright, you got a double portion of the inheritance.
      • You also got to be the judge of the family after the parents are gone.
      • A sense of blessing came with the birthright.
    • So there was this desire of the younger brother to take the birthright from the older brother.
  • Genesis 25:29
    • In families the older brother never needs anything from the younger brother. The younger brother always wants something from the older brother.
    • Every once and a while the older brother needs something from the younger brother.
    • Older brother Esau comes to Jacob and asks for stew. So Jacob says, “ok, I’ll take your birthright in return.” “First sell me your birthright.”
    • Who would actually trade their birthright for a temporary bowl of stew?
    • We do it all the time. I see it happen all the time.
    • I don’t want you to do it, because you have no idea what God may use you to do in this world, if you harness your appetite.
  • Genesis 25:32
    • Esau says, “I’m about to die, what good is the birthright to me?”
    • When anyone of your appetites becomes exaggerated, things actually change and happen in your brain.
    • Impact Bias – Takes a simple appetite and magnifies it out of proportion.
      • It tells your brain that this thing, experience, or person is going to be extraordinarily satisfying.
    • Focalism – focuses our minds on one thing and blurs out everything else.
      • Your brain has the ability to put everything else around you out of focus, and focus you on one thing, person, experience.
      • Your brain changes when your appetite is inflamed.
      • They have the potential to determine the direction of your life.
  • Genesis 25:33
    • So Esau sold to him his birthright.
      • I wish I could jump into the story and tell him “Esau, you’re gonna have twelve sons, they’re each gonna have families, and all of them are going to end up in Egyp, and become a nation of slaves for 400 years, and become a might nation, and become God’s chosen people. This entire nation of people is going to come from your body, and they’re going to be God’s people. God is going to raise up a guy named Moses. Moses isn’t going to know God’s name. Moses will become a shepherd, and God is going to introduce himself to Moses. The God of the universe is going to introduce himself to Moses as ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.’ God is going to introduce himself with your name, unless you trade your birthright for a bowl of stew.” “Esau, do you want to trade all of that for a bowl of stew?”
      • I think just the knowledge of what God would have done through Esau would have stopped him in his tracks. But I wasn’t there to help him think through this future, and no one is going to be there to help you think through your future.
      • You have no idea what God might do through you if you will surrender your appetites to HIm.
  • Genesis 25:34
    • He ate and drank and got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
    • His destiny was changed because of an appetite that couldn’t be harnessed.
    • This is a tension that never goes away.
    • Every single day of your life you will be tempted to trade your future for a bowl of stew.
    • Refraining – looking at that bowl of stew, and saying “in light of my future, is it really worth trading my future for this? Is it worth trading the ultimate for the immediate?”
    • Get a piece of paper and write “5 years from now…” and look at it everyday and write down something.
    • Your appetite only knows one word “more”. And it only has one spot on the clock “now”.
  • What is your bowl of stew right now?
    • A habit? A secret?
    • What are you trading right now for your future?
  • Reframe
  • Regrain
  • Someday, some of you will lead this movement. Someday, some of you will lead the leading churches in America. Don’t miss that. Don’t trade your future for a bowl of stew.

 

April 13, 2011

Our God Lyrics – Chris Tomlin

 

“OUR GOD”

Water You turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like You
None like You

Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against
And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against
What could stand against

Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God, You are higher than any other
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God

Written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves
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April 13, 2011

“Love Worth Fighting For” Events With Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield Sell Out Across Country

The “Love Worth Fighting For” event, which features speaker Kirk Cameron of “Growing Pains,” “Fireproof” and “Left Behind” fame alongside singer/songwriter Warren Barfield, has proven to be a huge success, selling out in advance the majority of their stops across the country in early 2011.

“We have received emails and letters from couples saying this was the last ditch effort that they were going to make. Before they signed the papers, they were going to give it one last shot,” says Cameron. “They walk out of these events holding hands. It is awesome to see what has happened.”

Amid the capacity-filled shows, the tour is announcing the addition of more dates nationwide. “Love Worth Fighting For” events are now planned through September of this year for markets such as Abilene, TX; Ocean Grove, NJ; Winter Park, FL; and more.

The “Love Worth Fighting For” conference focuses on all areas of relationships including one’s relationship with God. The conference encourages people in all stages of life to attend as the event applies to teenagers, single adults, newly married couples and longtime spouses. Tickets range from $20 to $35 each and are available as reserved seats or general admission for singles, couples and groups of 10 or more. For more information on dates and tickets, visithttp://www.feedyourfaith.org/tickets/.

 

April 13, 2011

SOMETIMES DAVID CROWDER LYRICS

I’ve been feasting on the latest Passion:We Are Here For You Album & one of my favorites songs is David Crowder’s “Sometimes.”  The lyrics and melody are truly powerful, take a gander:

Sometimes every one of us feels
Like we’ll never be healed
Sometimes
Sometimes every one of us aches
Like we’ll never be saved
Sometimes

When we’ve given up
Let your healing come
When theres nothing left
Let your healing come
Til were risin up
Let your healin come
Where You go we will follow
Where You go we will follow

It’s Your love that we adore
It’s like a sea without a shore
We’re lost in You, Were lost in You
It’s Your love that we adore
It’s like a sea without a shore
We’re lost in You, Were lost in You
Sometimes

Sometimes it’s like we never atone
For all the love we know
Sometimes like in a smile of a song
When you feel it come
Then that feelings gone
It flies

When we’ve given up
Let your healing come
When theres nothing left
Let your healing come
Til were risin up
Let your healin come
Where You go we will follow
Where You go we will follow

It’s your love that we adore
It’s like a sea without a shore
We’re lost in You, Were lost in You
(3x)

Its your love we adore
Its like a sea without a shore
Don’t be afraid, Don’t be afraid

Just set your sail and risk the ocean
There’s only grace
Let’s risk the ocean
There’s only grace
Let’s risk the ocean
There’s only grace
Let’s risk the ocean
There’s only grace

Where you go we will follow
I’m on my knees
Where you go we will follow
Oh God send me
Where you go we will follow
I’m on my knees
Where you go we will follow
Oh God send me

It’s your love that we adore
It’s like a sea without a shore
We’re lost in You, Were lost in You
It’s your love that we adore
It’s like a sea without a shore
We’re lost in You, Were lost in You

Where you go we will follow

Where you go we will follow
I’m on my knees
Where you go we will follow
Oh God send me

There are some free songs you can download for free here.