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June 21, 2011

Matt Redman Talks About New Album 10 000 Reasons (VIDEO)

Prolific Worship Leader Artist Matt Redman Presents 10,000 Reasons July 12

Matt Redman, prolific and renown worship leader and song writer is releasing his brand new 11th album entitled “10,000 Reasons,” on July 12, 2011.  You can head on over to the amazon page for the album to listen to previews of the new songs.  My favorite so far is track no. 3 called  “Holy.”  I think this song has the potential to become a kind of “Our God” type song with that wide reach like “How Great Is Our God” and “The Heart Of Worship.”  Instead of going with a studio album Matt chose to record this album live at the LIFT Conference, held in Atlanta in February 2011.

A few days ago Matt released a video where he talks about the inspiration behind the new album and lets you sample some of the songs.  “There’s definitely something special about a live album, especially for worship music,” Matt says.  “There’s a dynamic of the people of God, in the presence of God, pouring out the praises of God, that I think is unrivaled on the face of the earth,” Redman adds.  “We felt that explosion go off in people’s hearts when we brought these new songs to LIFT,”  Redman says of the choice to record it live.  According to Matt there were about 30 songs written for the new album, though not all completely finished.   The song with the lyric “Oh My Soul” sounds pretty special too.

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The Track Listing for the album is as follows:

1. We Are The Free

2. Here For You

3. Holy (Live)

4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

5. Fires (Live)

6. Never Once (Live)

7. Where Would We Be

8. We Could Change The World

9. Magnificent

10. O This God

11. Endless Hallelujah

June 21, 2011

ANDY STANLEY ENEMIES OF THE HEART BOOK REVIEW

 

Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You

 Enemies of the Heart is about four destructive emotions that control us and what to do about them. The emotions are guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. If you’re like me, I initially thought that only one or two of those applied. However, after reading this book I realized how incorrect my impressions were and how they could still apply to me – or anyone, for that matter – even if they weren’t primary.

Stanley puts these emotions in a debt-to-debtor context, which really helped me understand and remember them more clearly. Guilt says “I owe you;” anger says “you owe me;” greed says “I owe me;” and jealousy says “God owes me.” The premise is that whatever your situation, there is something that was (actually or perceived) taken and thus something owed (or believed to be owed). The solutions: confess, forgive, give, and celebrate, respectively.

I really enjoyed this book, both for personal and professional reasons. As a professional counselor, I found myself agreeing with Stanley’s assessments of the four enemies of the heart as well as how they tend to evidence themselves in people’s lives. I especially appreciated that he made a point to say that a person’s heart is where problems lie and how certain actions (or habits) will work to change the heart, from the inside out. Effectively, this seeks to treat the underlying cause of problems rather than simply symptoms.

 

Enemies is written in plain, easy-to-read language that both professionals and lay persons should be able to follow it very easily. I appreciated this. However, even though it’s a quick read it’s not without substance. There were often places in the book where I had to put it down and reflect for myself because Stanley’s representation of the heart vices were so convicting. His approach genuinely encouraged me to desire change in areas that were illuminated as needing change.

There’s also a study guide in the back, which is pretty straight forward and geared towards small group discussions. I always appreciate that option with books, because it makes them more appealing if readers choose to use it in that setting.

One criticism I have of Stanley is that he comes across as slightly self-righteous or sarcastic at times. Particularly when he’s describing the destructive nature of one of the four enemies, it felt to me as though he toed the line between admonishing and insulting. Don’t get me wrong, this was very slight and definitely not intentional – in fact, at times I could tell he was using humor to make a point, and it was often effective. That said, Stanley’s heart was quick to come through and repair any accidental error – especially when he moved into how to confront the enemy of the heart.

A critique I have of the book is that it can be too general in places where some explanation or caution are needed. For example, when talking about forgiving in order to overcome anger, Stanley is completely silent about situations where abuse or unrepentance exist. Even if he had no intention of applying his concepts to these circumstances, I found myself wishing he’d at least made a statement to reflect as much. There are so many questions I wished he asked and answered, such as what to do once forgiveness has been given.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It’s easy to read, applicable to probably anyone, biblically referenced, and a great tool to help Christians break free of these four enemies of the heart. Keep in mind that it’s not intended as a complete resource nor should it replace professional therapy or pastoral guidance, though it would be an excellent supplement for these.

June 21, 2011

Awesome MARTIN SMITH Video Having An Oops Moment While Leading Worship!

I came across this hilarious video of ex-Delirious front man, Martin Smith, making a mistake while leading worship at some event.  The video opens with Martin & the Delirious guys  in the middle of a quiet, prayerful worship moment.  And then Martin moves his Bible from the side of keyboard to right in front of him, perhaps he was about to share something with the crowd.  But as he puts his Bible down on the keyboard it triggers some kind of beat, and so while they are in this intense worshipful moment this keyboard drum beat starts playing and Martin starts looking around all like mildly freaked out, trying to see who’s making that sound.  But he can’t see anything, then he lifts his Bible and realizes it was him.  Then the speaker comes up and explains what just happened.  I love this video, I’m a huge Delirious fan who’s still not over their break-up.

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June 21, 2011

Chris Tomlin All My Fountains Live Passion 2011 Music Video

 

Really neat video of Tomlin playing fountains at Passion 2011, its actually the official music video too.  Pretty cool.