Archive for June 15th, 2011

June 15, 2011

Hillsong United Rhythms Of Grace Lyrics

VERSE 1
My life is a life for your cause
My will laid aside for your call
And reserved all the depth Of my heart
Only for You

VERSE 2
I’m caught in the rhythms of grace
They overcome all of my ways
We align in each step that we take
To live for Your glory

CHORUS
There’s none beside You God
There’s none beside You God

VERSE 3
You’re there in dark of the night
While holding the sun and its light
Through the triumph and trials alike
There’s no one beside You

VERSE 4
Your voice calls the stars by their name
You whisper them all to their place
To testify of Your wonder and praise
Both now and forever

BRIDGE
I live my life to shine Your light
‘Cause there is none beside You God

No eye has seen
No ear has heard
The depths of Your love Lord
No mind can fathom
The love You deserve
How great You are

June 15, 2011

GOD IS ABLE LYRICS HILLSONG

[Verse 1]

God is able
He will never fail
He is almighty God
Greater than all we seek
Greater than all we ask
He has done great things

[Chorus]
Lifted up
He defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name
We overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

[Verse 2]
God is with us
God is on our side
He will make a way
Far above all we know
Far above all we hope
He has done great things

[Chorus]
Lifted up
He defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name
We overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

[Bridge]
God is with us
He will go before
He will never leave us
He will never leave us
God is for us
He has open arms
He will never fail us
He will never fail us

[Chorus x2]
Lifted up
He defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name
We overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

For the Lord
Our God is able
For the Lord
Our God is able

June 15, 2011

Novel American Josh Farro – Paramore’s Former Guitarist Says Faith Led Him to Leave Band

Paramore’s former guitarist, Josh Farro, recently revealed how his Christian faith led him and his brother, Zac, to depart from the band in December last year.

Paramore, formed in 2004, generally dismisses being categorized as a Christian band, but Farro recently stated that the band’s roots are Christian. Unfortunately, the band decided to record some compromising songs for their album Brand New Eyes.

Farro told Common Revolt, a music website, this week, “Paramore claimed to be a Christian band, and then wrote those lyrics. It contradicts your faith.”

He was speaking about the lyrics to the song “Careful,” which include “the truth never set me free, so I did it myself.”

According to Farro, Paramore’s lead singer, Hayley Williams, “always said it was meant to be ‘your truth never set me free.’”

“But you know, if it was meant to be that, then why was it changed? It’s kind of a sorry excuse. It bummed me out, and obviously one of many reasons me and Zac walked away.”

Paramore is a chart-topping rock band that has been nominated for three Grammys. While the Farro brothers were two founding members of the band, they decided to split from the five-member group. An announcement in December revealed that the two made the decision to leave a few months prior.

“None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore,” Paramore said in its statement at the time.

As Farro mentioned, faith likely played a big role. Williams and bassist Jeremy Davis said in an interview with Fuse.tv earlier this year that they used to attend church every week but as soon as they started touring and playing shows on Sundays, their churchgoing was no longer regular.

“It’s really weird how much everything changed once we started touring,” Williams said. “I remember spending one Easter Sunday at Hooters … and it’s just because your life on tour, you don’t remember what day it is.”

She maintained that Jesus and God is still important to her and the rest of the band and that they pray before every show.

In terms of infusing her faith into her songs, Williams indicated that she avoided that.

“It’s not our job to teach people,” she told Fuse.tv. “I think that what we believe will most likely always shape our opinions and our thoughts but it’s not our goal to write that down and spread it for everyone to learn from.

“It’s not my job to tell them if it’s right or not … we can only deal with our own hearts.”

Farro revealed in a separate interview with MTV that he and Williams disagreed on a lot of things. But he doesn’t want to turn the band breakup into a huge drama or dwell on it and stressed that he and his brother are focusing on the future.

The Farro brothers are currently working on a new band, Novel American. While the band is in its early stages, they hope to come out with an EP soon.

“This time next year I think it’ll look like us touring, hopefully supporting an EP. I’m hoping that we’ll maybe even have a full length out by then,” said Josh Farro.

Putting the past behind, he also stressed to Common Revolt, “We couldn’t be happier where we are right now.”

June 15, 2011

CRAIG GROESCHEL Sits Down To Talk About His New Book WEIRD!

WEIRD cover.jpg

Popular speaker and pastor Craig Groeschel has just released his latest book “WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working,” and he stopped by Awaken Generation Blog to talk about his motivation for writing this new book.

 

A.G.: Hey Craig, Welcome To Awaken Generation Blog.
Craig Groeschel:  Hey, thanks for having me.  Great to be here.  Love the blog.

Thanks.  About your new book: Most people would want to avoid being called Weird, yet you seem to embrace the title. Why?

Growing up I avoided being called weird with everything in me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but a big goal for me was to fit in. When I went to college, I did what normal college students do and ended up getting into trouble and really hurting. So I decided to do something that was really weird for a college frat boy. I actually picked up the Bible for the first time in my life and started reading it. Everybody thought that in time I’d return to my old ways. However, the teachings of Jesus were so different than the way I was living and so intrigued me that after quite a bit of searching I decided that kind of weird was actually a better way of life. I abandoned the normal path, fully giving myself to Christ.

Later on, a girl on campus who made fun of my weirdness mentioned there was another girl I had to meet since she was weird like me. She ended up becoming my wife. When Amy and I got together, we decided to commit to a life of weird (yes, that’s what we actually called it). We decided not to have sex until we were married. Weird. We decided not to go into debt. Weird. We decided to get a mentor to help us have a good marriage. Weird. We ended up with six kids. Weird. (Okay, and maybe a little crazy too.)

As I say in the book, I find comfort in people calling my family weird. I get nervous when we are normal. For us, we are really driven by wanting to be different because everything we see about normal is not working in today’s culture.

In a nutshell, what does WEIRD challenge people to do?

To stop choosing popular standards instead of habits that lead to holiness. To not let our desire to fit in, to belong, and to conform eclipse our desire to follow God and do what’s best.

Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:13-14 are pretty clear: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

In what ways has Weird thinking transformed how you lead LifeChurch.tv?

People have called us weird from the very beginning–I love that. I grew up going to a normal church. While I actually have really fond memories of it, the truth is, the lights never came on for me spiritually. It could have been that I wasn’t paying attention, but it just didn’t engage me or challenge me. It was more of a Sunday religion than a-seven-day-a-week faith. As a result, when we started LifeChurch.tv our goal was to create a church that would be different in every way. We’ve been called innovative by those who like us, plain wacky by those who don’t, but what we like to say is that we will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ and who are disconnected from the church.

What are some of the weirdest decisions you made in growing your ministry?

We have multiple campuses in multiple states. We use video teaching. We give away resources to churches around the world–some 57,000 church leaders last year and 1.8 million downloads thus far. We are really passionate about giving away the Bible. More than 17.5 million people have already installed YouVersion, our free online and mobile Bible. We started a church online. That had never been done before and now people from 200+ countries around the world engage spiritually in an online community that we believe is a real representation of church. It just takes place online. We were able to unite over 2,000 churches for a one-month series. Normal in the church world is to have a competitive spirit. It’s kind of weird to be united and work together, which is tragic but true.

You write in the book about how you’ve come to view time from a Weird perspective. Has that changed you as a leader?

Absolutely. I am really passionate about this.

The typical normal mindset is that to be effective I need to do more. A true and weird mindset says the exact opposite–that to be effective I need to do less. A lot of times when we are asked to do something on such and such date, our normal response is to ask ourselves. “Can I? Am I available?” A weird and better response, however, is “Should I?”

One of the biggest normal problems today is people say yes to way too much–good things included. But we need to be disciplined enough to say no to even the good things in order to say yes to the best things.

When it comes to time management as leaders, we need to really be strategic about how we delegate. Pastors tend to feel that they have to have their hand in everything. We do too much for two reasons. The first is pride, the other reason is that we are poor leaders and haven’t developed those around us. “Normal” people delegate tasks to people that work for them. We ask them to do something for us and then spend time reviewing the task. When we do that we are not creating leaders, rather followers.

Weird pastors delegate authority. We ask those around us to take over and create a project. By delegating that authority, I am creating leaders in my Church. By having leaders around me, I no longer have to spend my time on each and every project.

Another line of normal thinking for churches is to do everything. Churches are notorious for feeling pressure to have the vacation Bible school, women’s ministry, outreach choir, marriage conferences, etc. A weird way of looking at it is to say we are going to do fewer things that we are uniquely qualified to do to reach the people closest to us. One of the really weird things that LifeChurch.tv did was to eliminate almost everything normal churches do and focus on only five things: weekend services, small groups, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and missions. We found that when we just focused on doing those five things, we were able to do them exceptionally well, with tons of passion, and reach a lot of people.

 How has being Weird impacted balancing your family and work life?

Normal is thinking we have to balance everything. Weird is recognizing that there is no such thing as balance. Sometimes one area or the other needs more attention.

What pastors need to do regardless is set boundaries. They need to create a schedule with deliberate intention and stick by it. For example, I leave and go home every day at 3:30pm. I work one night a week. I run all of my meetings during normal business hours.

Boundaries like these have forced me to make faster decisions and delegate. I look at it like the vacation principle. If I only have three days in the office to do five days of work so I can go on vacation, I get it done.

What we have done at LifeChurch.tv may sound a little weird, but it really works. Normal is designing your family values around your ministry. Weird is designing your ministry around your family values, driven by the belief that if your family is not healthy, nothing is healthy.

What WEIRD projects is LifeChurch.tv working on now?

The most important ongoing project is one where we’re helping people around the world engage with Scripture. One Bible is now being downloaded every second via our free Bible App called YouVersion. We’ve just exceeded 17.5 million installs. This year we’re rolling out new features like audio Bibles on several platforms and making it available in at least eight new languages.

Also, we’ve been developing a platform to help churches who want to launch an online ministry for their church. We’re in a testing phase right now and hope to be able to make it available to more churches later this year. As always, it’s free. Churches all over the world will be able to offer their church online and reach more people.

This was fun, we should do it again.

Yeah, absolutely.  Thanks again for having me.