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August 10, 2011

REUBEN MORGAN Guest Post: Life Lessons From The New Hillsong Album Title GOD IS ABLE

It might be short and simple, but the title of the latest Hillsong LIVE album is packed with God-inspired wisdom and Kingdom-shaped truth. In every season, in every situation, being reminded that God Is Able can help keep hearts on fire and lives on track. How do I know this? Because that precisely what I’ve experienced for myself.

But this is not going to be a testimony piece. My life has been no harder, no more dramatic than anyone else’s. Yes, there have been times of great rejoicing, times of suffering, tears of happiness and tears of sorrow, and some of you will have known greater grace, more dramatic rescues or harder journeys home to our Father.

The lessons and experiences that I want to share are the ones that are woven in and out of the songs on God Is Able. These songs are packed with meaning, each one slightly different, but together they unite to form something far louder and larger. Together they are stronger.

The title song was written last year with a specific weekend in mind. We were approaching our annual event where we gather as a church and make a deliberate choice to give money in support of a unique mission – often overseas, always doing something to overcome injustice and build the Kingdom here on earth. It’s a great time and I’m always amazed and encouraged by the passion and commitment which people put into it. Many will put aside extra money all year so that they can lend their support. So, knowing this was coming up, I wanted to write a song that reminded us of God’s amazing ability to use our generosity in powerful ways. When it comes to the matter of giving, generous hands will never be empty because – as we are reminded in Ephesians 3 – God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

So I suppose I should have seen it coming. I thought the song would inspire people a little, encourage them in their giving and maybe lead some to think about the ways in which God could transform others through their kindness. I had no idea that the three simple words – God is able – would become so important to us, but they did. As Australia was shocked by floods and cyclones, as we watched our neighbors deal with earthquakes and saw friends from further away go through the horrors of further earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear crisis, those three little words became our anchor in the storm. Troubles come, but God is Able. Sorrow rips at the soul, but God is Able. Hope appears lost, but God is still – always and forever – Able.

What started out as a song of celebration ended up sustaining us through our desperation. Isn’t that a great illustration of the power of praise? What happens when our hands are lifted high can often end up helping us when our heads hang low.

So many of the songs on the album are linked by this theme of overcoming – from “Rise” to “The Lost Are Found,” “With Us” to “You Are More” – and yet it is not an album of laments. This sort of paradox is typical of worship, and it seems to me that there is always something upside down about singing songs to God. I suppose it’s even there in the titles: we start with “Rise” and come towards the end with “The Cry of the Broken.” Normally it’s the brokenness that precedes the standing up, but in God’s order everything is different: when we rise up and sing it, there should never be too long before we’re aware of the world beyond the walls and our call to be among the people whose journey back to God is still in motion.

The other day I heard someone say that some people meet Jesus on the road to Damascus, but for others, their conversion is more like the road to Emmaus: a gradual realization that Jesus is with them, alongside them, igniting their hearts and opening their eyes. It struck me that this is another good thing to remember – not just when we are praying for our friends and family who do not yet know God for themselves, but for those of us within the church as well. Sometimes God acts with such power we are left stunned and silent, but at other times, He works quietly, almost imperceptibly, gently warming our hearts to Him. Remembering this makes me even more amazed at the power of those three little words that sit on the cover of the album: God is able to work in ways that we can never hope to predict.

One last thing. If you take a look at the album cover you will see some pretty fancy, handmade art. It took a long time and a lot of patience to create the piece, and again it’s a beautiful illustration of church. Thread is such a fragile thing, and only when it is combined with other strands can it really begin to stand out. Isn’t that just like the local church? None of us are strong enough on our own, but together we are stronger. And there’s one essential ingredient we must never forget: it is only when these threads are taken in the hands of the artist and transformed over time that they become something that is truly beautiful and beautifully true.

 

Hillsong Live - God Is Able 2011 English Christian Album Download

 

August 10, 2011

NewSong Band’s Eddie Carswell and Bill Goodwin Honored As Champions of the Faith

 

 

Eddie Carswell and Billy Goodwin, founding members of GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, were named Musician of the Year at the inaugural The Champions of the Faith Awards & Benefit Concert, held this week at the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta.

Presented by the Premier Foundation, in partnership with CBA, the awards recognize businesses, organizations, entertainers, individuals and Christian retailers and vendors who are “champions” of the Christian faith by living lives dedicated to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.

In addition to Carswell and Goodwin, honorees included NASCAR’s Trevor Bayne (Athlete of the Year); Karen Kingsbury (Author of the Year); World Vision’s Richard Stearns (Charity of the Year); and AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Rich Peluso (Business Person of the Year), among others. The event featured a concert by NewSong, along with GMA Artist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, as well as special guests Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North and visual artist Jared Emerson.

The Premier Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public foundation committed to fulfilling the mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the cooperation of the Premier Group (Premier Productions, Premier Christian Cruises, Premier Festivals and Camp Electric), the Premier Foundation touches millions of people every year through Christian concerts, radio and other Christ-centered events.

Co-founded by Carswell and Goodwin in 1981, NewSong is celebrating an unprecedented 30th year in Christian music. One True God, the band’s 17th recording, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart in May, while NewSong’s Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular was the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter, according to Pollstar. The group has amassed 20 #1 singles, a Grammy nomination, and a #1 mainstream adult contemporary single, among numerous other achievements.

For further information on NewSong, visit www.newsongonline.com orwww.turningpointpr.com, and for additional information on The Champions of the Faith Awards & Benefit Concert, visitwww.thechampionsofthefaith.com.

 

 

August 10, 2011

Pro Mission To Mars Lyrics

Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission
P-p-p-playing my position, playing my position, playing my position, playing my position
I-I-I-I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping
I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping, I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

I am blasting off to Mars, (Houston we have a problem)
Soaring like a rocket, but I’m not Kevin Martin
I’m so unashamed for this cross I have my heart in
He set me ablaze I’m on fire, arson
Ain’t no turning back boy, I have just departed
It’d be Looney Tunes to quit, Marvin Martian
Yeah I’m on a mission, I ain’t worried ’bout no haters
I’m blowing up this gospel with my space modulator

Wait a minute it’s the grace of the king coming forward, no opposition
In a marathon running for the cross
I can see the finish line and there ain’t no quitting
Everybody wanna rap for the Lord
What you asking for, boy yes I’m with it
Our __?__ are ready for the takeoff already, do we have ignition?

Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission
P-p-p-playing my position, playing my position, playing my position, playing my position
I-I-I-I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping
I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping, I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping

Ok I’m blasting off to Mars, yes sir I’m ’bout to leave Earth
And if I fall Christ catch me like a wide receiver
Bye-bye to my problems, they are old like a beeper
I hope you hear me loud and clear let me adjust my tweeters
The stars have war ’till they get crushed my Darth Vader
But I walk on that sky and be at peace with my maker
I don’t need your fame, addicted to the Lord’s name
I’m a fiend while my heart beat, Eddie King

I don’t wanna ever be the one the Lord said lived his life in vain
If that sounds crazy, then guess I am clinically insane
I’m not of this world, boy you should get that up in your brain
I-I am taking off, but I-I ain’t on a plane

Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission, Yeah I’m on a mission
P-p-p-playing my position, playing my position, playing my position, playing my position
I-I-I-I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping
I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping, I am blasting off to Mars and you know I ain’t stopping