Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

HILLSONG UNITED Live In Miami CD/DVD Album Review

 

The uber-successful worship leader rock stars also known as Hillsong United is back with their first live album in four years, named ‘Live In Miami’. The album captures 21 tracks recorded during the band’s sold out worship night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida back in August 2011.
The band’s widely successful ‘Aftermath US Tour’, in support of their latest studio album ‘Aftermath’, saw sold out worship nights in venues across the country – from New York to Los Angeles (where the band became the first Christian band to sell out Staples Center) and back east to Miami where the new CD and DVD were recorded live.

The main draw of this album has to be the live recordings of the songs we haven’t heard before on any live album. For me ‘Aftermath‘ was, and still is, a stunning piece of work from the band, and I have to admit that the songs on that album are some of my favorites from the Hillsong stables ever. That whole album had a different vibe and style to what you might count as the Hillsong United style.

Moving onto the review of this album and the velocity of passionate loud worship kicks off in the way you would expect from any Hillsong album. Starting with the stunning ‘Go’ the album opens with big guitars and big drums and a packed worshipping crowd singing along to every word, “We’re giving it all away, We’re giving it all to go your way”. The big guitars continue into the song Break Free, if you weren’t already singing along you will be by the chorus of this one, “Won’t you break free, won’t you break free, get up and dance”.

Search My Heart moves into one of the most played Christian songs ever, Mighty To Save. These are two great songs to have next to each other, beautiful pieces of music used to flow the album together. I know the question might have passed your lips when looking at the track listing of this album. Does the world need another version of Mighty To Save, and the answer is probably no, yet this version of the songs fits perfectly into the 21 track album and is still an amazing worship song that is great to sing along to: “He rose and conquered the grave”. Amen. Would I buy this album for the so called classic ‘Hillsong’ songs? No. But there is enough new live material on here, more than enough in fact, to get your teeth into that the older songs are actually a great addition.

One of my favorite moments on the whole of the album comes right in the middle, it is wonderful to hear the dance bleeps and beats of Freedom Is Here, which is one of those songs that really hit the spot. This song then flows into Shout Unto God then into the stunning and beautiful Like An Avalanche. For my review of the the original album of Aftermath I said of this particular song, “It’s an outpouring cry to God with the chorus of ‘And I find myself here on my knees again, caught up in grace like an avalanche, nothing compares to this love, love, burning in my heart’, wonderful musicianship on this song, a strong powerful track.” Not much has changed apart from this live version is 100 times better!

Of course you personally will have you favorite songs on this album. Maybe it is the brilliant Hosanna with its well known opening guitar riff or the very distinctive guitar sounds of Rhythm Of Grace. This album has them all. If you want to hear the new live version of songs from the last few Hillsong United albums then this is one album to look out for. If you are looking for the older classic songs that have been played around the church for the last ten years like Your Name High and From The Inside Out then this album is also for you. This album is a must have.

For me, you have to look at it not as ‘another’ Hillsong album, but as a recorded version of that amazing time of worship in Miami. The album flows well with great heartfelt worship songs sung with passion by Hillsong United. But overall the best bits for me are hearing the loud drums, big guitars and the thousands of worshippers singing together the name of Jesus, and that is always a special thing.

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January 28, 2012

New Song Lyrics Audrey Assad

Far-off hymns and funeral marches sound the same again.
My ears are worn and weary strangers in a strange land
and I need a new song. I need a new song.
All I am is breath and vapor and shadow.
All I have is what I need and this I know.
I need a new song – I need a new song.
Waiting in the night for you. Burning in the sky for you.
There’s an aching in my body, within my lungs.
This web of bones around my heart is coming undone.
I need a new song. I need a new song. I’m waiting in the night
for you – burning the sky for you. Waiting in the night for you
I’m burning in the sky for you. Words are failing… my melodies
falter; my voice is breaking; my heart is burning…
Because blessing and honour, and glory, and power and praise and
worship. They belong to you.

I need a new song.
I need a new song.
I need a new song…

January 28, 2012

Slow Lyrics Audrey Assad

You’ve drawn so close that it’s hard to see you.
And you speak so softly that it’s hard to hear you.
I guess that’s what I get for inviting you in.
Because you took me at my word, and now I know that faith
is not a fire as much as it’s a glow; a quiet, lovely burning
underneath the snow — and it’s not too much – it’s just enough
to get me home.
Love moves slow – love moves slow.

You’ve grown so dear that it’s hard to miss you – and You’ve come so near that it’s hard to feel you. I guess
that’s what I get when I let you move, because you take me at my word, and now I know

that faith is not a fire as much
as it’s a glow – a steady humble lamp light in the window.
And it’s not too much – it’s just enough to get me home,
because love moves slow – love moves slow.

I heard that faith moves mountains.
I know it moves my feet
to follow you.
And maybe I’m a mountain, because it’s moving me to follow you.

And my faith is not a fire as much as it’s a glow,
a little burning ember in my weary soul.
And it’s not too much, it’s just enough to give me hope.
Because your love moves slow. Yeah, your love moves slow.
So I move slow because you move slow.
Love moves slow.
Let’s move slow.

January 28, 2012

Wherever You Go Lyrics Audrey Assad

There’s a train leaving your heart tonight.
There’s a silence inside your head and you’re running from it.
Down the tracks on a midnight line.
There’s a red moon in the sky and you’re running from it.
But I’m coming for you wherever you go.
Wrestling angels till dawn breaks through
There’s a blessing and a wound and you’re running from it.
When all your demons are at your door
it’s a soldier they’re looking and you’re running from it.
But I’m coming for you wherever you go.
Across the sea, the space between everything you think
You know – the things you keep and bury deep underneath
The melting snow – I’ll follow.
I’ll follow.
Fathers & mothers don’t always come through
but I’m never gonna stop following you
Prophets and lovers don’t always hold true
but I’m never gonna stop falling for you
So when your wine’s all gone and your well runs dry,
Open your hands and look into my eyes; all that you see here,
you’ll soon leave behind, so open your hands and look into my eyes.

January 28, 2012

Lament Lyrics Audrey Assad

I’m Mary and I’m Martha all at the same time;
I’m sitting at His feet and yet I’m dying to be recognized.
I am a picture of contentment and I’m dissatisfied.
Why is it easy to work and hard to rest sometimes?
Sometimes, sometimes?

I’m restless, and I rustle like a thousand tall trees;
I’m twisting and I’m turning in an endless daydream.
You wrestle me at night and I wake in search of You…
but try as I might, I just can’t catch You
But I want to, cause I need You, yes, I need You, oh.
I can’t catch You, but I want to.

How long, how long until I’m home?
I’m so tired, so tired of running
How long until You come for me?
I’m so tired, so tired of running
I’m so tired, so tired of running
I’m so tired, so tired of running

January 28, 2012

No Turning Back Lyrics Audrey Assad

My little heart is swelling with a song from somewhere else!
It’s filling up with glory and I’m ringing like a bell
My little heart, my little heart is racing.
It’s racing just to keep up with your love & live to tell
’cause it’s all I know.
I’m following behind you.
I’m staying close beside you.
I’ve got nothing to lose, but I’ve got everything to find.
There’s something in your laughter
that keeps me running after.
I’m breathing the beat of your heart and leaving the world behind.
No turning back
My violence, my vices, they don’t keep me warm at night
My worries and wasted hopes look washed out in the light.
My little heart, my little heart is flying
My little heart, it longs for the kindness in your eyes, your eyes,
You’re all I know.
Though none go with me
Still I will follow.
No turning back – no turning back

January 28, 2012

Won Me Over Lyrics Audrey Assad

Was on the run, a road that I ruined,
chasing a lie I thought I believed in
Don’t know why I do what I do
Running from you is running to you
You’re everywhere… I couldn’t escape
You never stop – you never do.
I was full of fear and prone to wander,
lost & lonely till the day you won me over.
I was halfway gone and going nowhere
Half alive until the day you won me over.
I should have known what I was missing
If I were you, I would have stopped chasing
Your love’s too strong to let me go.
I was full of fear and prone to wander,
lost & lonely till the day you won me over.
I was halfway gone and going nowhere
Half alive until the day you won me over.
‘Til you won me over. I was full of fear and
prone to wander. I was halfway gone & going
nowhere.

January 28, 2012

O My Soul Lyrics Audrey Assad

Rivers and stones and the trees of the field, they sing in the night. And a thousand tongues lay deep in your lungs to raise to the sky. Don’t lie to yourself, o my soul, love your God. Deep in your heart, you feather and tar your folly and fear – expose them all for the fools they are and the world comes clean. Don’t lie to yourself, o my soul, love your God. Your worries will never love you – they’ll leave you all alone. but your God will not.

January 28, 2012

Breaking You Lyrics Audrey Assad

You’ve been let down; it’s true.
Your pain is so easy to see.
You’re haunted by your history
& it feels like you got no escape.
Your life left you high and dry.
You used to be sure of yourself
But then your whole world went
to hell & tomorrow looks just like today.

So you lie in bed and you won’t let the morning come in
You hide in your room feeding that fear, and it’s killing you
Don’t you know that it’s killing me too? Your heartbreak
is breaking you.

I miss the light in your eyes
The hope that I found in your arms
Right now you don’t know who you are
but I won’t give up on you.

So you lie on your bed and you won’t let the morning come in
and you hide in your room feeding that fer and it’s killing you
Don’t you know that it’s killing me too? Your heartbreak
is breaking you

And you lost your fire – and your flame’s gone out, & you’re down on your knees cause your life is not what you thought it would be.
But…Lift up your head; help is on the way
& it won’t pass you by; you just have to reach
out your hand.

Lift up your head; love is on His way
and He won’t pass you by…
You just gotta reach out a hand

January 28, 2012

Sparrow Lyrics Audrey Assad

Why Should I be lonely
Long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
And a constant friend I know

Oh I sing because I’m happy
Oh and I sing because I’m free

For his eye is on the sparrow
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he watches me

Why should I be troubled
When his tender word I hear
I rest on his goodness
In my doubt and in my fear

Oh I sing because I’m happy
Oh and I sing because I’m free

For his eye is on the sparrow
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know

I sing because I’m happy
And I sing because I’m free

For his eye is on the sparrow
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know he’s watching me
He’s watching me
He’s watching you
He’s watching me

January 28, 2012

The Way You Move Lyrics Audrey Assad

I know that the hardest
part of love is not the
things I have to give, no…

It’s what I give up – I’m giving up ground – I’m
trading in my solitude for safety now. All my pride,
it doesn’t stand a chance against the way you move.
You’re tearing up roots & breaking down walls.
I don’t stand a chance at all against the way you move.

You’re like a lion – standing
in my house – and you’re taking off the
doors on your way in … I got nothing left
to hide behind. You’re reading all my faith & all
my fear in my eyes…

All my pride, you know it doesn’t
stand a chance against the way
you move – you’re tearing up my
roots & breaking down
walls – and I don’t stand a
chance at all against the way
you move…

January 28, 2012

Even The Winter Lyrics Audrey Assad

What if we find ourselves beneath the snow,
our warmest words all frozen in our throats
and all we feel is left out in the cold,
you & I?

What if the ice we tread is just too thin?
What if we can’t escape the squall we’re in?
What if our hearts of stone are permanent,
you & I?

Even the winter won’t last forever…
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun
We’ll wake up in April, ready & able
Sowing the seeds in the soil
of love

What if the days grow short & lose their light?
What if the coals burn black & the embers die
& we can’t find each other in the night?
You and I…

What if the spring comes soon
& we’re surprised?
What if the seasons help us realize,
some things are only proven over
time?

Even the winter won’t last forever
We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun
Even the darkness cannot disarm us
We’ll break up the earth, because we know
that it’s worth it
Sowing the seeds in the soil of our love.

January 28, 2012

Blessed Are The Ones Lyrics Audrey Assad

We’re tossing pennies in the well,
empty pockets all turned out.
Happy shining blessed are the ones who hunger.

When our poverty is plain,
I’ll try to burn it in my brain
Trace a line around your face to paint a picture.

So further up and further in we have nowhere else to go.
As we plant the seeds of toil and tears
it’s beauty we have sown.

Blessed are the ones,
Oh blessed are the ones,
Blessed are the hungry ones.

Lets build a house with turned out doors,
so we can share what love affords.
Pour ourselves out like a wine that we’ve been saving.

When our well is running dry,
and when we raise our glasses high
and we’re shining on the faces of the thirsty.

So further up and further in we have nowhere else to go.
But you give us seeds of toil and tears
it’s beauty we have sown.

So blessed are the ones,
Oh, blessed are the ones,
Blessed are the thirsty ones.

yeah

Love is all yeah love is all.
Love is all yeah love is all.
Love is all we need.

So further up and further in we got no place else to go.
And when all we have is what we need its joy that we will sow.

Blessed are the ones,
Oh, blessed are the ones,
Blessed are the hungry ones.

We are blessed, yeah.

January 26, 2012

DAVID CROWDER BAND Final Album Give Us Rest Debuts With Enormous First Week Sales

 

The final album from the David Crowder Band, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]), sold over 50,000 copies in its first week making it the No. 2 record in the country behind Adele’s 21, and the No. 1 new album on the charts. With a nearly constant No. 1 hold on the iTunes ® Overall Albums chart, Give Us Rest offers David Crowder*Band the highest chart and sales debut of their over decade long career.

“We have been really happy to hear and read the responses to the album,” remarks Crowder. “You make a thing and you hope it will mean something and be useful to someone else and to see such a positive reaction so early, well, we thought we couldn’t be happier about it. But then, when I got a phone call letting me know that we were debuting at number two on Billboard, I think, as far as memory serves, I pointed to the sky, yelled something, then un-ironically, with the purest of heart, totally Tebowed right in the middle of the street I had unknowingly wandered into.”

In what has been hailed an “epic,” “captivating” and “most artistic” final effort from the GRAMMY ® nominees, reviews have applauded the 34 track, double-disc album and full career of David Crowder*Band.

“One of Christian music’s least predictable bands closes out a decade-long career. The group’s final album, patterned after a Requiem Mass, contains nearly two hours of music. Give Us Rest’s 34 tracks encompass raw recordings and elaborately constructed arrangements ranging from U2-like worship songs to pseudo-choral music to bluegrass-y gospel hymns.” – USA Today

“Their most artistic project… Complexity, and simplicity. Deliberately arranging sound, emotion, intellect and vision. Doing more than pulling out a set of songs and putting them on a CD. DC*B’s contribution was also their journey. Give Us Rest is their coup de grace. Well done, David Crowder*Band, it’s time to take your rest.” – Worship Leader

“It’s an honest plea from a man who almost single-handedly redefined modern worship for the 21st century, which certainly was no easy task. But before stepping away from the microphone for good, Crowder showed exactly why he and his bandmates are in need of a rest, by creating an exhaustingly epic, double-disc album…. Give Us Rest sounds exactly as a ‘final album’ should. It is a Mount Everest of worship rock albums, never to be topped. For over a decade, David Crowder created some of the most creatively inspired worship music in the world, and now he deserves his rest.” – ChristianityToday.com

“A captivating offering… the band’s crowning achievement in a career of exuberant, cerebral accomplishments… In the end, joy becomes the lasting note of this album, and perhaps the legacy of the career of this gone-too-soon band.” – Crosswalk.com

“From track one to thirty-four it is nothing short of an amazing experience. 5 Stars” – JesusFreakHideout.com

“an epic blaze of musical glory… a memento of its career” – watchgmctv.com

Give Us Rest contains nearly two hours of music constructed in the outline of a Requiem Mass. The track listing even reads like a liturgy. It begins with The Entrance (or, the introit), a segment of three songs, then segues into The Plea (or, the kyrie), a section of three more songs, and then The Plight (or, the gradual and the tract), a sequence of six songs, and so on, all the way through The Absolution (or, the libere me and the paridisum), a string of six tracks to close out the album—and their 12-year run.

David Crowder*Band gave their final performance at Passion 2012 in front of over 42,000 college students, live at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta. Just months earlier, the band completed a nearly 100% sold out headlining tour. Announced initially to their fans, David Crowder*Band revealed their final plans in early 2011. To read the original statement, click http://www.davidcrowderband.com/letter.html.

 

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About David Crowder*Band:
Named among the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, the popular yet unconventional David Crowder*Band unveiled their final collection of new music on January 10 with the release of Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]). Give Us Rest follows their last GRAMMY ® nominated studio project Church Music which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian retail chart scanning over 35,000 units. This gave David Crowder*Band their largest street week to date ranking in at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200. David Crowder*Band’s latest music video for “SMS (Shine)” nabbed coverage on NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, USA Today, Billboard and Paste Magazine online as well as a GMA Dove Award win for “Short Form Video of the Year.” The video was also recognized at the LA Film Festival in 2011. Along with the group’s 9 GMA Dove Awards and 22 nominations, the band was the first Christian artist to be named MSN.com’s Artist of the Year in 2006. The band is part of the Passion Movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world. The group’s leader David Crowder is further an acclaimed author, having penned two books, including his acclaimed, highly personal, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass). David Crowder*Band debuted their first Christmas album, Oh For Joy, in October of 2011.

About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection) David Crowder*Band (Give Us Rest), Charlie Hall (The Rising), Matt Redman (10,000 Reasons), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move) and Passion (Passion: White Flag). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.

About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit http://www.emicmg.com.

January 26, 2012

Meet Jamie Grace The New Christian Artist Heating Up The Charts Whose Also A Full-time College Student

Jamie Grace records hit singles when she isn’t completing a full course load in college.

The 20-year-old singer songwriter, who goes by the stage name of Jamie Grace – short for her full real name Jamie Grace Harper – starts her final semester at East Point, Georgia’s Point University this week. It will be hard concentrating, she said, as there’s a possible Grammy award to worry about besides senioritis. The child and youth development major is competing next month in the category of 2011’s “best contemporary Christian music song,” for “Hold Me,” a single she recorded with tobyMac of DC Talk and solo artist fame.

“I have always wanted to share God’s joy and love with young kids in the hopes it will inspire them,” said Jamie Grace. “I feel blessed to do something like this at my age. It’s rare.”

Performing comes naturally for Jamie Grace, who said she started expressing herself artistically at an early age. Born in Atlanta, she grew up the daughter of a pastor and associate pastor at the same church. At age 12, she said she asked for a video camera for Christmas. Unwrapping it that holiday, she said singing and acting have taken center stage in her life ever since.

“I’ve always been very dramatic,” Jamie Grace said. “I’m a lot more comfortable singing my feelings, for example, or even just typing them, rather than saying them out loud. I think I’m more comfortable with music, but every now and then I still like to do a monologue. Music is very therapeutic to me.”

Music soon became not just a performance for Jamie Grace, she said, but a coping mechanism. Born with Tourette syndrome, the young singer said songwriting soothed her during battles with her condition. Tourette’s is a nervous system disorder that manifests itself in uncontrollable physical or vocals tics in victims.

“A lot of times they say that if you’re focused on something you love, Tourette’s won’t bother you as much,” Jamie Grace said. “When I’m playing music or acting, my syndrome isn’t visible. It was definitely something that was harder for me earlier in life. I know that I’m not going to be stressed out or upset about it as I know God’s going to bring me out of my pain in it.”

Jamie Grace said her parent’s faith forced her to nurture her musical talents. Diving deep into Korean pop, Southern gospel, jazz and Christian rock music, she soon developed an eclectic style that she perfected in a series of YouTube videos. They caught the attention of tobyMac, who signed the young musician to his record label and helped her release her first album One Song at a Time last September.

“For me, tobyMac isn’t just someone on the radio,” Jamie Grace said. “He’s someone I really looked up to growing up. He’s so humble. It’s all about God and his music.”

Realizing their daughter’s talent, Jamie Grace’s parents gave her their blessing to play professionally so long as she stayed in school. It was a tough decision, Jamie Grace said, but the college student eventually decided to complete her studies in children’s ministry. Once she finishes this year, she said she intends on making her parents proud regardless of her career path.

“My parents are the best parents I could have ever asked for,” Jamie Grace said. “They’re my rock and everything to me. I feel very blessed God would surround me with them.”

Her success, she concluded, couldn’t have come without God’s blessing. Whether she’s tackling Tourette’s or a college exam, she said she trusts in the Lord to lead her on the path to success.

“I always encourage kids when they’re going through rough spots to surround themselves with people who love God and love them,” Jamie Grace said. “It’s important to stay in the Word and relationships with those in the Word. I just want to continue staying focused on whatever God has for me. I’m ready to go for it.”

January 24, 2012

Sequence 7 Lyrics David Crowder

When all is done
Judgement comes

And we will stand

Right in front of Him
Spare us, oh God
Spare us, oh God
Spare us, oh God
Spare us, oh God

Have mercy, oh God

Have mercy, oh God

January 24, 2012

Sequence 6 Lyrics David Crowder

I bow low with all my heart

January 24, 2012

Sequence 5 Lyrics David Crowder

You left me in the dark
Not so much as a spark
You left me in the dark
You left me in the dark

You left me in the cold
Left me here on my own
Left me in the cold
Left me in the cold

You left me on my own
You left me all alone
You left me on my own
You left me on my own

You left me when I gave You all that I had
You left me when I gave You all that I had

Oh save a place for me
To Your right hand upraise me
Oh save a place for me
To Your right hand upraise me

January 24, 2012

Sequence 4 Lyrics David Crowder

The red of blood hit the dirt
And the whole earth mourned and the whole earth shook
As we watched the nail into a tree
Oh the wretched souls of sinners like me

God you came
God you came
My God you came down

God you came
God you came
My God you came down

Faint and weary you have sought me
Oh my Saviour God through the cross you have bought me
What a love, your son for my salvation
What a cost, your wondrous incarnation

God you came
God you came
My God you came down

God you came
God you came
My God you came down

January 24, 2012

Sequence 3 Lyrics David Crowder

[no lyrics; instrumental]

January 24, 2012

Sequence 2 Lyrics David Crowder

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
Per sepulchra regionum
Coget omnes ante thronum
Mors stupebit, et natura

Cum resuget creatura
judicanti responsura
Liber scriptus proferetur
In quototum continetur

Unde mundus judichetur

Judichetur
Judichetur
Judichetur
Judichetur

Oh, what wondrous noise the trumpet sounds

Judichetur
Judichetur

Oh, through all the Earth it shakes the ground

Judichetur
Judichetur

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus
Quem patronum rogaturus
Cum vix iustus sit securus

January 24, 2012

Sequence 1 Lyrics David Crowder

Day of wrath
Oh, day of mourning
Day of wrath
Oh, day of mourning
See the ashes, cities burning
Hear the final prophets’ warning
Day of wrath
Oh, day of mourning
Day of wrath
Oh, day of mourning

January 24, 2012

Interlude Lyrics David Crowder

[no lyrics; instrumental]

January 24, 2012

The Sound of Light Lyrics David Crowder

[no lyrics; instrumental]

January 24, 2012

Blessedness of Everlasting Light Lyrics David Crowder

Oh Lord forgive
Oh Lord forgive
The faithful we’ve outlived
Oh Lord forgive

God hold back your hand
Oh God hold back your hand
Stay your wrath again
Oh God hold back your hand

Blessedness of everlasting light
No more pain
No more night

Oh Lord forgive
Oh Lord forgive
Free from chains of sin
Oh Lord forgive

God reach out your hand
Oh God reach out your hand
Full of grace again
God reach out your hand

Blessedness of everlasting light
No more pain
No more night

Blessedness of everlasting light
Oh what light
Oh what light

January 24, 2012

Reprise #1 Lyrics David Crowder

[no lyrics; instrumental]

January 24, 2012

Let Me Feel You Shine Lyrics David Crowder

This place is trying to break my belief
But my faith is bigger than all I can see
What I need is redemption
What I need is for You for to put me back on my feet

Wha ah ooooh ooooh oooh
Wha ah ooooh ooooh ooh oh

I swear I’m trying to give everything
But I feel I’m falling, oh make me believe
What I need is resurrection
What I need is for You to put me back on my feet

Wha ah ooooh ooooh oooh
Wha ah ooooh ooooh ooh ohhh

If I could feel You shine Your perpetual light
Then maybe I could crawl out of this tonight
If I could feel You feel You shine
Oh let me feel You shine
So beautiful and warm
So beautiful and bright
Like a sun comin’ out of a rainy sky
Oh let me feel You shine Oh,
Let me feel You shine

I lift the knife to the thing I love most
Praying You’ll come so I can have both
What I need is for You to touch me
What I need is for You to be the thing that I need

Wha ah ooooh ooooh oooh
Wha ah ooooh ooooh ooh ohhh

If I could feel You shine your perpetual light
Then maybe I could crawl out of this tonight
If I could feel You feel You shine
Oh let me feel You shine
So beautiful and warm
So beautiful and bright
Like a sun comin’ out of a rainy sky
Oh let me feel You shine
God I need a Savior
O come Generous King
O God I need a Savior
To come rescue me

Oh let me feel You shine Your magnificent light
Then maybe I could crawl out of this tonight
If You let me feel You feel You shine
Oh let me feel You shine
So beautiful and warm
So beautiful and bright
Like a sun comin’ out of a rainy sky
Oh let me feel You shine

Let me feel You shine
Let me feel You shine

January 24, 2012

A Burial Lyrics David Crowder

As we the community have gathered here
I would like to pose a question:
How do you sum up a life in a few words?
How do you measure the weight of a soul in a matter of moments?
You do not. You cannot.
But you can pray for rest, and you can pray for light.
And you can remember, you can always remember.

“Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine:
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
In memoria æterna erit iustus,
Ab auditione mala non timebit.”

[English translation:]

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
He shall be justified in everlasting memory,
And shall not fear evil reports.”

January 24, 2012

Fall On Your Knees Lyrics David Crowder

He spoke and stars came out
He spoke and lighting flashed and thunder broke the quiet
He spoke and my heart, it burst to life

All this mystery divine

Fall on your knees
Forgiven and clean
Forgiven and free
Oh my God, oh my God
It’s too wonderful
It’s too wonderful

A voice then all of this
A voice that called me friend in darkest of night
A voice and my heart, it burst to life

Fall on your knees
Forgiven and clean
Forgiven and free
Here we are
It’s too wonderful
It’s too wonderful

To feel this grace rescuing
Lifting us up, washing our feet
Oh my God, oh my God
It’s too wonderful
It’s too wonderful

Oh reverent love burn us up
Until what I was is gone
Holy love burn us up
Until what I was is gone
Reverent love burn us up
Until what I was is gone
Like clouds dissolve in sunlight

Oh wonder
Fall on your knees
Forgiven and clean
Forgiven and free
Oh my God, oh my God
It’s too wonderful
It’s too wonderful

Oh feel this grace rescuing
Lifting us up, washing our feet
Oh my God, oh my God
It’s too wonderful
It’s too wonderful

Oh wonder
Fall on your knees
In wonder
Fall on your knees

January 24, 2012

Why Me? Lyrics David Crowder

Why me Lord
What have I ever done to deserve even one
Of the pleasures I’ve known
Tell me Lord
What did I ever do that was worth love from you
Or the kindness you’ve shown

Lord help me Jesus I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus, you know what I am
Now that I know that I’ve needed you so
Help me Jesus my soul’s in your hands

Try me Lord
If you think there’s a way I can ever repay what I’ve taken from you

Maybe Lord
I can show someone else what I’ve learned myself
On my way back to you

Lord help me Jesus I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus, you know who I am
But now that I know that I’ve needed you so
Help me Jesus my soul’s in your hands

Help me Jesus my soul’s in your hands

January 24, 2012

God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison) Lyrics David Crowder

Oh Lord have mercy
Oh Lord have mercy
Oh Christ have mercy
Have mercy

Oh Christ have mercy
Oh Christ have mercy
Jesus have mercy
Oh have mercy

Oh God have mercy
Oh God have mercy
Jesus have mercy
Oh have mercy, mercy

Oh my God what have I done
Oh my God what have I done
What have I done

Oh Lord have mercy
Oh Lord have mercy
Oh Christ have mercy
Have mercy

Oh we will bend and break
In such a fragile state
We won’t be here long
No, we won’t be here long

Kyrie eleison

January 24, 2012

Come Find Me Lyrics David Crowder

The one who I’ve searched for
For so long has come
With open arms
Today is the day of glory
Today is the day I’m home

Oh day, what a day
Oh day, I’m yours
Oh day of resurrection

You come and find me, find me and I
Oh I come alive
Oh I come alive
What can I do but offer my life
And I come alive
Oh I come alive
Again

Today is the day I rise like the dawn
Up out of death
To a Son, to a Son
Oh day, what a day
Oh day, I’m yours
Oh day of resurrection

You come and find me, find me and I
Oh I come alive
Oh I come alive
What can I do but offer my life
And I come alive
Oh I come alive

Beat the drum and say no more
The heart and mind and soul have flown
Oh what am I to do
Oh what am I to do

Beat the drum and say no more
Drift away with you my love
Oh what am I to do
Oh what am I to do
But surrender
To you

You come and find me, find me and I
Oh I come alive
Oh I come alive
What can I do but offer my life
And I come alive
Oh I come alive

January 24, 2012

Lux Aeternam Shine Lyrics David Crowder

Lux Aeternam, shine
[Lux Aeternam is Latin for Light Eternal]

January 24, 2012

Oh Great God, Give Us Rest Lyrics David Crowder

Oh great God give us rest
We’re all worn thin from all of this
At the end of our hope with nothing left
Oh great God give us rest

Oh great God do your best
Have you seen this place it’s all a mess
And I’ve done my part to well i guess
Oh great God do your best

Could you take a song and make it thine
From a crooked heart twisted up like mine
Would you open up Heaven’s glory light
Shine on in and give these dead bones life
Oh shine on in and give these dead bones life

Let it shine, let it shine
On and on, on and on, come to life

January 23, 2012

GUNGOR Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund New Live CD/DVD Album

 

The latest artist to join the Kickstarter revolution is Gungor. The popular indie worship band has the hopes to fashion a brand new live CD/DVD and are asking fans for their help to fund it. Check out their statement below and visit their Kickstarter campaign for more info!

 

At the heart of Gungor’s music is that corporate transcendent experience that can happen when people get together to worship. Our music has always been designed to draw the listener into a moment of connection with the Divine. For this reason, our live shows are a very important part of our work. The live shows aren’t simply the places that we market the songs that we previously recorded; they are the places of connection from the music to real human faces, joy and pain. It is abstraction moving to connection. I think this is part of why people keep asking us for a live album. 

There is something that happens live that is difficult to capture in a studio. There is a power when there is a “we” that has purposefully joined their hearts together. We have had some pretty incredible moments of connection in our live shows, but we’ve never had a way of sharing those moments with people outside of the ones at the show. We’ve actually pitched the idea of a live album several times in the past to our label, but it never worked out.

We have recently fulfilled our contract with our label and are now free to make this album that we feel like we are supposed to make, but we can’t do it without your help.

The idea is to make a live album as well as a short film of sorts. Rather than focusing on a single concert experience, we would like to record the majority of our upcoming Spring tour and compile the most “magical” moments that happen into one project.

One of our hopes in doing it this way is not only to gather from the best of our live experiences, but also to portray some of the diversity and beauty of the Body of Christ. The extent of this project is going to be directly tied to the budget. I have big dreams for what this could be, but we don’t have the resources to do it all ourselves.

To let you into my head a little bit, we are planning on doing a fair amount of international traveling this year, and I am imaging capturing expressions of the Body of Christ from all around the world. For example, how cool would it be to have one song recorded with the Church gathered in a mainstream venue in New York City, but then the next song is being sung with the Church gathered working in an African orphanage or a basement in China? How powerful would it be to bring a couple acoustic guitars and a string section into a room with a bunch of recovering drug addicts and sing “Beautiful Things” with them? That’s the kind of thing we’d like to see on this film rather than just a traditional concert DVD.

To pull it off though, we are going to need to bring a bunch of gear and personnel out on tour with us, and that’s not cheap. If we raised 30,000 dollars from Kickstarter, we could afford to get it done, but we’d still have to cut some corners. Anything extra that we could raise over our bottom line goal would go towards making this project that much better. As many problems as human religion has, we believe the Bride of Christ is beautiful and we’d like to put her on display a little bit to the world.

This is something that’s been rolling around in my head and heart for a long time, but we’ve never had a way to pull it off. I’m hoping this could be the way. Thanks for your prayers and consideration! Grace and peace,

Michael

January 23, 2012

An Article Blog Post That Louie Giglio Thinks You Should Read

Louie Giglio tweeted Monday, 23 January 2012 about an article he thought his followers should definitely check out.  Giglio tweeted:

@louiegiglioLouie Giglio

Great post from @bradlomenick on connecting with those you seek out/desire to meet with:http://bit.ly

 

Below is the blog post/article in its entirety.

 

You want to meet, but “What do you Really Want?”

 

Over the last 15 years, I’ve heard this alot. From key leaders, CEO’s, authors, celebrities, politicians, actors, producers, pastors, and lots of other folks.

I would figure out a way to make a connection with someone, and then arrange a meeting, phone call, breakfast, lunch, or coffee. Inevitably, this question would eventually come out in the conversation. I loved hearing it. It was the honest question.

Now I ask it. Not because I’m someone who deserves to ask it, but more because time is precious. When you are a leader and have a team and an organization to run, besides family and friends and all kinds of other things that require your attention, and there are people who want to spend time with you, you have to make choices. I understand now why all these folks were always asking me that question.

So next time you have a meeting or phone call or a lunch with someone who you respect and want to learn from and consider to be a key influencer, here are a few pointers on how to make sure they’ll want to talk to you the next time you call or want to meet:

1. Honor that person’s time. Find out how much time they have, and then stick to that. And actually wrap up sooner than what is expected.

2. Ask way more questions than you give answers. You’re not the expert, they are. So leverage the time and soak up their wisdom. Don’t use the time to share your story, unless the person truly wants to know.

3. Pay for it. If you are at breakfast or lunch or dinner, pay for the meal. I don’t care if you are meeting with Bill Gates, pay for it. It is a sign of respect. Even if you are a non-profit and trying to raise money, pay for the meal. Seriously.

4. Tell the person what the agenda is. If you are planning to ask them for money, tell them that. If you want a favor, tell them that. If you have a certain need you want to get their advice on, tell them that. If you have specific questions you want to ask and get their answers on, tell them those questions. Be upfront. Be honest. Be real and authentic.

5. Be prepared. Know everything you can about the person you are meeting with. Have 8-10 questions prepared for the conversation (more on this in a later post), plus several items of interest you will want to cover. Do your homework. The more you know about someone and have a good understanding of who they are and what their interests are, proves that you value and respect their time.

6. Write it down and follow up. Bring something to write with, and write down the good stuff. Also, based on questions you ask, figure out ways you can serve that person. If that person likes a certain coffee, send them a gift card. If that person likes a certain college team, make a connection about that team a month later. If you can make a connection for that person that will serve them, do it. If you want to create a long term value add friendship, you’ll need to be intentional around their likes and interests.

January 23, 2012

Country Singer Josh Turner Shares How Jesus Gave Him The Courage To Follow His Dreams Inspite Of Major Adversity

 

It’s not about the money or the fame or the glory, but about changing people, multi-platinum country music artist Josh Turner shares on iamsecond.com, a website built to inspire people to live for God and for others.

Turner’s story marks the latest addition to the site, which spotlights dozens of celebrities and everyday people telling their testimonies of personal struggle, transformation and hope through short films.

“I haven’t always been the guy that walks into a room and automatically the attention is on me,” the country singer admitted. “I’m normally the guy that stands off in the corner.”

Now, able to move whole audiences to their feet and command the Billboard country charts, the 34-year-old musician is capturing the attention of thousands nationwide, charming many with his deep and expressive voice.

“Singing allowed me to express myself in ways that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” Turner stated.

It also allowed him to explore his faith more through song.

Growing up in the church in Hannah, S.C., a small farming community “a long way from any kind of big city,” Turner found himself singing the bass and baritone parts in numerous choirs, cultivating his talent.

Though he always dreamed of singing country music as a young boy, he never really thought he could make a living out of it until he heard Randy Travis’ album Storms of Life.

“That was the album that really made me start dreaming of the possibility of doing this for a living,” he remembered. Moving to Nashville in 1998 to get a record deal and try to get his foot in the industry, Turner enrolled at Belmont University where he majored in vocal performance.

One night while in college, walking home from the school’s music library, a vision came to him of a long, black, beautiful, shiny train.

“People are standing out to the sides of the track, watching this train go by, just craving to get on it,” Turner described. “At the same time, they know that this train leads to destruction, it leads to emptiness, it leads to nowhere, but yet they still want to get on it. This train was a physical metaphor for temptation.”

Hurrying home to his apartment, he wrote three verses and a chorus that night, waking up the next morning to write a fourth verse as well.

“At that moment in time when I laid the pen down, I said nobody’s ever gonna want to hear this,” he said. “It’s too old-fashioned, it’s too old-timey, it’s a gospel song. So this is probably not going to end up on one of my records in the future.”

But that was precisely the song that helped him sell a million copies of his first record, Long Black Train in 2003, with a hit title track by the same name reaching the Top 20 of the Billboard country singles chart.

It was also the song that he played the first time he was on the “Grand Ole Opry,” for which he received two standing ovations and an encore.

With many touched by his lyrics, Turner had a realization about his newfound fame: It wasn’t about the money or the glory, but about the people.

“It’s about changing people, it’s about touching people and influencing people in a positive way, and so from that point on, that’s what I’ve tried to do,” he affirmed.

He also realized that there was no song he could write or no record he could make that was going to “save” him. Only a Savior could do that.

“I’m thankful to have Jesus as my Savior,” Turner expressed. “My relationship with God has always been one to where I’m talking to him all day, every day, about anything and everything. It’s just a continuous ongoing conversation that I have with the Lord, and I feel like that’s brought me closer to Him.”

“It helps me think through things clearly, I feel like it’s given me wisdom about other people, about myself, about the life that I live. Ultimately, I get my joy from Him, and always put Him first,” he concluded.

“I don’t feel like God called me to be a Gospel singer. He didn’t call me to be a Christian singer, he called me to be a country singer, and I just happen to be a Christian.”

Turner’s latest single, “Time is Love,” was officially released on Tuesday from his upcoming yet-to-be titled fifth studio album. The debut single from his last album Haywire, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” a four-week No. 1 hit, was the most-played song at country radio in 2010, according to Mediabase. It also won an American Country Award for Single of the Year-Male.

His fourth No. 1 single, “All Over Me,” was named BMI’s 2011 Song of the Year, and by garnering No. 1, made him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.

Josh Turner’s testimony is just one story among dozens featured on I am Second, which includes other personal films from stars like Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers outfielder and 2010 American League MVP; former Korn band member Brian Welch; surfer Bethany Hamilton; and football stars Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford.

The site, which launched in 2008 in Dallas-Fort Worth, has more than 5.5 million visitors from 217 countries worldwide. Additionally, Thomas Nelson Publishers released the I am Second book this month.

January 23, 2012

Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine Lyrics David Crowder

Requiem aeternam dona eis
Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis
Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion
et tibi reddetur votum in lerusalem
Exaudi orationem meam
ad te omnis caro veniet
Requem aeternam dona eis
Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis

[English Translation]

Grant them eternal rest
O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them
You should hymn of God, in Zion
and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem
Hear my prayer
all flesh shall come to thee
Grant them eternal required
O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them

January 23, 2012

Here Lyrics Kari Jobe

Come and rest here
Come and lay your burdens down
Come and rest here
There is refuge for you now
You’ll find His peace and know you’re not alone anymore
He is near
You’ll find His healing, your heart isn’t shattered anymore
He is here
Breathe in, Breathe out, you will find Him here
Come and rest here
Come and lay your burdens down
Come and rest here
There is refuge for you now
You’ll find His peace and know you’re not alone anymore
He is near
You’ll find His healing, your heart isn’t shattered anymore
He is here
Breathe in, Breathe out, you will find Him here
I will rest in you
I will rest in you
I will rest in you
I will rest in you
Breathe in, Breathe out, you will find Him here
Breathe in, Breathe out, you will find Him here
You will, you will find Him here
You will, you will find Him here

January 23, 2012

We Exalt Your Name (featuring Matt Maher) Lyrics Kari Jobe

Spirit come and change the atmosphere
Convict and open hearts here
The anthems that the angels sing
The worship of the King of Kings

For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns

We exalt Your Name
High above the heavens
We exalt Your Name
All of creation sings praise

For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns

Your presence fills and satisfies
Tears down the walls we hide behind
Oh God of every aching heart
We long for You in light and dark

For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns

We exalt Your Name
High above the heavens
We exalt Your Name
All of creation sings praise

For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns
For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns

You reign, yes

We exalt Your Name
High above the heavens
We exalt Your Name
All of creation sings praise

For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns
For Jesus reigns
Over all, He reigns

We exalt Your Name

January 23, 2012

Love Came Down Lyrics Kari Jobe

If my heart is overwhelmed
And I cannot hear Your voice
I hold on to what is true
Though I cannot see

If the storms of life they come
And the road ahead gets steep
I will lift these hands in faith
I will believe

I’ll remind myself
Of all that You’ve done
And the life I have
Because of Your son

Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am Yours
I am forever Yours
Mountain high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

When my heart is filled with hope
Every promise comes my way
When I feel Your hands of grace
Rest upon me

Staying desperate for You, God
Staying humble at Your feet
I will lift these hands in praise
I will believe

I’ll remind myself
Of all that You’ve done
And the life I have
Because of Your son

Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am Yours
I am forever Yours
Mountain high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

I am Yours
I am Yours
All my days
Jesus, I am Yours

Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am Yours
I am forever Yours
Mountain high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

I am Yours
I am Yours
I am Yours
Jesus, I am Yours

January 23, 2012

Rise Lyrics Kari Kobe

Lead us to You
Show us Your mercy
Your majesty lifted up on high
It tells of Your goodness

Your name is true
Your name is holy
Your splendor is written in the skies
It tells of Your greatness

We will rise
To praise You
Offer our lives before You
Let every nation, all of creation
We will rise
You are worthy
Lift up our eyes to Your glory
Let every nation, all of creation
We will rise

We stand in awe
You won the victory
Your enemies tremble at Your name
It speaks of Your triumph

You clothe the poor
You mend the broken
You heal our hearts
You take our shame
It speaks of Your kindness

We will rise
To praise You
Offer our lives before You
Let every nation, all of creation
We will rise
You are worthy
Lift up our eyes to Your glory
Let every nation, all of creation
We will rise

We will cry out Your renown
You are the God who has saved us
We will rise to praise You
We lift a glorious sound
You are the One who redeemed us
We will rise to praise You

We will rise
To praise You
Offer our lives before You
Let every nation, all of creation
We will rise
You are worthy
Lift up our eyes to Your glory
Let every nation, all of creation
We will rise
We will rise

We will rise to You

 

January 23, 2012

Run To You Lyrics Kari Jobe

Lord, You’re calling me
Lord, You’re beckoning
With love abounding
And I run
I run

I need You
I can’t get enough of You
I come alive when I’m in Your presence
Oh God of my salvation

Lord you’re drawing me
I am completely
Overtaken
Yes, I Run
Jesus, I Run

I need You
I can’t get enough of You
I come alive when I’m in Your presence
Oh God of my salvation

Lord I’m running
Lord I’m running
Lord I’m running to You
Draw me closer

I need You
I can’t get enough of You
I come alive when I’m in Your presence
Oh God of my salvation

I run to You (Lord)
I run, I run, I run to You
I run to You
I run to You

January 23, 2012

What Love is This Lyrics Kari Jobe

You never change
You are the God
You say You are
When I’m afraid
You come and still my beating heart
You stay the same
When hope is just a distant thought
You take my pain
And You lead me to the cross

What love is this
That you gave Your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess
You’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

I look to You
I see the scars upon Your hands
And hold the truth
That when I can’t You always can
I’m standing here
Beneath the shadow of the cross
I’m overwhelmed
That I’ll keep finding open arms

What love is this
that You gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess
You’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

Jesus in Your suffering
You were reaching
You thought of me

What love is this
that You gave Your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess
You’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

What love is this
that You gave Your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess
You’re always enough for me
Always enough for me
Always enough for me

January 23, 2012

Stars in the Sky Lyrics Kari jobe

Take the sun
Take the moon
Take the earth and watch it move
Under Your control
Cause You’re all they know

Here’s my life and all my heart
I give it all but every part
Is under Your control
Lord You’re all I know

The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to
The faith in my heart will still sing
Of what Your love can do
And even when life weighs heavy on me
I know You’re in control
And You’re all I need
The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to

Take the sea
Take the tide
Take the waters watch them rise
Giving praise to You
Always praising You
Here’s my voice
And all my soul
Singing freely when
Lord, I’m giving praise to You
Lord I’m praising You

The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to
The faith in my heart will still sing
Of what Your love can do
And even when life weighs heavy on me
I know You’re in control
And You’re all I need
The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to

The clouds will rain
The seasons change
(Cause You told them to)
The sun will shine
Your burning light
(Cause You told it to)
When You speak your words through my soul
So I know it’s true
You’re in control
You’re in control
You’re in control

The stars in the sky will hang there
The faith in my heart will still sing

The stars in the sky will hang there
’til You tell them to
The faith in my heart will still sing
Of what Your love can do
And even when life weighs heavy on me
I know You’re in control
And You’re all I need
The stars in the sky will hang there
The stars in the sky will hang there

January 23, 2012

Savior’s Here Kari Jobe

You bring hope
You bring life
Awaken hearts
Open eyes
With our voices
Hear them rise
We call these dry bones to come alive
You are faithful
You are true
We can always run to

Love that never fails
Arms that never close
Blood that covers sin
Grace that never ends

You have saved us
You have won
Sin is broken
Death is gone
Freedom’s found us
Breakthrough’s near
In Your presence
No more fear
Our Savior’s here
Our Savior’s here

Faith is stirring
Hearts are free
Chains are broken
When we believe
You are mighty
You come through
We can always run to

Love that never fails
Arms that never close
Blood that covers sin
Grace that never ends

You have saved us
You have won
Sin is broken
Death is gone
Freedom’s found us
Breakthrough’s near
In Your presence
No more fear
Our Savior’s here
Our Savior’s here

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Our God saves

You have saved us
You have won
Sin is broken
Death is gone
Freedom’s found us
Breakthrough’s near
In Your presence
No more fear
Our Savior’s here
Our Savior’s here

Oh, You save us
You save us
You save us
Lord, You save us
You save us
You save us
Yeah, You free us
You free us
You free us
Oh, You free us
You free us
You free us
Yeah, You heal us
You heal us
You heal us
Yeah, You heal us
You heal us
You heal us
You’re our Savior
Our Savior
Our Savior
Our Savior

You opened the blind eyes
Opened the blind eyes
Heal our sickness
You alone
You opened my blind eyes
Gave me a new life
Oh yeah, our Savior’s here

January 23, 2012

Find You On My Knees

Troubles chasing me again
Breaking down my best defense
I’m looking
God, I’m looking for You
Weary just won’t let me rest
And fear is filling up my head
I’m longing
God, I’m longing for You

But I will find You in the place I’m in
Find You when I’m at my end
Find You when there’s nothing left of me
To offer you except for brokenness
You lift me up
You’ll never leave me thirsty
When I am weak
When I am lost and searching
I’ll find You on my knees.

So what if sorrow shakes my faith
What if heartache still remains,
I’ll trust you
My God I’ll trust You
Cuz You are faithful and

I will find You in the place I’m in
Find you when I’m at my end
Find you when there’s nothing left of me
To offer You except for brokenness
You lift me up
You’ll never leave me thirsty
When I am weak
When I am lost and searching
I’ll find You on my knees, my knees

When my hope is gone
When the fear is strong
When the pain is real
When it’s hard to heal
When my faith is shaken
And my heart is broken and my joy is stolen
God I know that

You lift me up
You’ll never leave me searching

Find You in the place I’m in
Find You when I’m at my end
Find You when there’s nothing left of me
To offer You except for brokenness
You lift me up
You’ll never leave me thirsty
When I am weak
When I am lost and searching
I’ll find You on my knees

January 23, 2012

One Desire Kari Jobe

Here I am
Just for You, only You
Here I stand
Wanting You, only You

In Your presence, Lord
I will find my strength
You’re the breath in me
You’re my everything
With my heart bowed low
And my hands held high
All consuming fire
You’re my one desire

Your name, oh, Your name
Let it stay on my lips
I will seek Your face
God, it’s You, only You

In Your presence, Lord
I will find my strength
You’re the breath in me
You’re my everything
With my heart bowed low
And my hands held high
All consuming fire
You’re my one desire

It’s You
God, it’s You
It’s You
God, only You

My heart will always sing
I love You, I love You

In Your presence, Lord
I will find my strength
You’re the breath in me
You’re my everything
With my heart bowed low
And my hands held high
All consuming fire
You’re my one desire

It’s You
God, it’s You
It’s You
Only You

It is You

My heart will always sing
I love You, I love You

January 23, 2012

We Are Kari Jobe

Every secret, every shame
Every fear, every pain
Live inside the dark
But that’s not who we are
We are children of the day
So wake up sleeper, lift your head
We were meant for more than this
Fight the shadows, conquer death
Make the most of the time we have left

We are the light of the world
We are the city on a hill
We are the light of the world
And we gotta, we gotta, we gotta
Let the light shine

We are called to spread the news
To tell the world the simple truth
Jesus came to save
There’s freedome in His name
So let His love break through

We are the light of the world
We are the city on a hill
We are the light of the world
And we gotta, we gotta, we gotta
Let the light shine

We are the light (3x)
So let your light shine brighter
We are the light (3x)
Jesus
You are the light (3x)
We will lift You high
And shine, shine, shine

We are the light of the world
We are the city on a hill
We are the light of the world
And we gotta, we gotta, we gotta
Let the light shine

January 23, 2012

Steady My Heart Lyrics Kari Jobe

Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy
Why is pain a part of us
There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much

But You’re here
You’re real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart (x2)

I’m not gonna worry
I know that You got me
Right inside the palm of your hand
Each and every moment
What’s good and what gets broken
Happens just the way that You plan

And I will run to You
You’re my refuge in Your arms
And I will sing to You
Cause of everything You are

You steady my heart (x2)

January 12, 2012

STEVEN FURTICK Guest Post: Becareful Who You Count Out

The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

-Matthew 14:21

Jesus didn’t feed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
He fed a crowd of people that numbered 5,000-besides women and children.
But in those days, the women and children typically weren’t part of the headcount. Therefore, we typically refer to this incident as the feeding of the 5,000. Actually, it was more like 20,000, at the very least.

With this in mind, isn’t it remarkable that the ingredients for the miracle came from a little boy?

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
-John 6:8-9

God fed the multitude through the meager resources of a child who wasn’t evenincluded in the original count.

God likes the unlikely.
When He looks for someone to use, He often looks for the under looked.
He calls for the youngest son, who wasn’t even worth bringing in from the sheep field, from the perspective of his father and older brothers.

Be careful before you count someone out.
They might be the channel of your miracle.
And if you’ve been counted out lately, don’t worry.
God often hides His provision in places where no one else would know to look for them.
Man looks at the outward appearance. But God looks at the heart…

January 12, 2012

DAVID CROWDER BAND Give Us Rest Album Review

Style: Worshipful indie-folk-rock; compare to Coldplay, Chris Tomlin, Mumford & Sons

Top tracks: “Come Find Me,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms/Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” “Oh My God”

The David Crowder Band’s final studio album opens with the words, “Give us rest / We’re all worn thin from all of this / At the end of our hope with nothing left / Oh great God, give us rest.” It’s an honest plea from a man who almost single-handedly redefined modern worship for the 21st century, which certainly was no easy task. But before stepping away from the microphone for good, Crowder showed exactly why he and his bandmates are in need of a rest, by creating an exhaustingly epic, double-disc album. (Read our extensive interview with Crowderhere.)

It’s even got an epic title: Give Us Rest (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]). The album starts quietly, with gentle piano keys over atmospheric synths, but quickly turns to stadium-filling anthems that would inspire U2 or Sigur Ros. The energy levels rise and fall, each new crescendo more triumphant than the previous. And this goes on for a staggering thirty-four tracks. The overzealousness of Give Us Rest is comparable to watching all three Lord of the Rings films in one sitting. It’s epic, inspiring, breathtaking—and really, really long. As great as it is, there are times when you can’t help but wonder how much more is possible.

Not unlike Frodo Baggins’ tumultuous expedition, Crowder trudges through a lot of emotional and spiritual terrain on his last journey. He coos quietly with an acoustic guitar on “Why Me Lord?” but shouts his lungs out on “Oh My God.” Styles range from simple country ballads a la Johnny Cash to electronic-tinged rock-outs that Family Force 5 would love. But at the core of this album, it is pure worship.

It’s clear from the first track to last that Crowder is singing for and to God. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing these words from “Fall on Your Knees” at your next worship service: “He spoke and stars came out / He spoke and lightning flashed and thunder broke the quiet / He spoke and my heart, it burst to life / All this mystery divine / Fall on your knees / Forgiven and clean / Forgiven and free.”

The music doesn’t sound dissimilar to Passion, Chris Tomlin, or Hillsong, but the David Crowder Band has always stood separate from that pack of modern worship groups due to its eclecticism. Crowder himself is still a wild-eyed, crazy-haired Jesus freak, and his band can play anything from keytar or Theremin to scratching on turntables and even a Guitar Hero controller. And this imaginative use of instruments may be what fans miss most, even as they continue singing Crowder’s songs in church services for years to come.

Give Us Rest sounds exactly as a “final album” should. It is a Mount Everest of worship rock albums, never to be topped. For over a decade, David Crowder created some of the most creatively inspired worship music in the world, and now he deserves his rest.

January 12, 2012

Bestselling Devotional By SARAH YOUNG Jesus Calling Reaches 2.5 Million Copies Sold

 

 

Missionary Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional (Thomas Nelson) has now sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide, and Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell’s The 5 Love Languages of Children (Northfield Publishing/Moody Publishers) has exceeded 1 million copies sold.

In addition, the Jesus Calling brand of titles, including Jesus Calling for Kids and theJesus Calling Devotional Bible, has sold more than 3.5 million units, reported Thomas Nelson.

“What an honor it is to watch God at work, drawing people closer to Him through the pages of this book,” said Laura Minchew, senior vice president of specialty publishing at Thomas Nelson. “I heard a recent story of a woman so touched byJesus Calling that she purchased 23 copies to give to every member in her family.”

Jesus Calling is also now available in a large deluxe edition that features large, black print and the scriptures written out after each devotional entry. The book was also released as an app in 2011, giving readers access to the full-text book with the ability to share quotations or gift the app to friends.

Young’s next devotional, Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence, is scheduled to release in the fall.

Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell’s The 5 Love Languages of Children—re-released for February by Northfield Publishing/Moody Publishers—has sold more than 1 million copies since its 1997 publication, reported Janis Backing, the company’s publicity manager. The new release has been updated with the Love Languages Mystery Game and an epilogue for parents of teenagers and/or adult children.

Chapman and Rick Osborne have teamed up to write A Perfect Pet for Peyton, launching the “5 Love Languages Discovery Book” series for children 4-8 years old. The fully illustrated oversize hardcover features four-color illustrations with hidden details by Wilson Williams Jr. A social media campaign will build on the 5 Love Languages base, aiming to drive parents to a contest page and unlock exclusive content from each book.

Elsewhere in the children’s market, David C Cook plans to release a softcover edition of The Action Bible New Testament in April. More than 200,000 units of The Action Bible have been sold since September 2010.

A Christian Book Award winner, the full-color, comic-style Bible illustrated by DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello now has its own app, audio edition and The Action Bible Christmas Story.

Tyndale House Publishers is revamping two of the most popular titles in its best-selling “Little Blessings” series. With enhanced art, Why Is There a Cross? and Who Is Jesus? will be released in March, retailing for $3.99 each.

Written by Kathleen Bostrom and illustrated by Care Bears artist Elena Kucharik, these “questions books” for kids ages 3-8 have sold more than 80,000 copies combined in the hardcover format.

January 12, 2012

DAVID CROWDER BAND Final Album GIVE US REST Tops iTunes Charts

The final album from US worship band David Crowder Band has now been released. ‘Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])‘ has risen straight to number 1 on the main US iTunes Album Chart after it’s first day of release, 10th January 2012. The band performed their final show together last week at the Passion 2012 Conference in Atlanta ahead of their sixth and final studio album.
The popular American worship band announced back in May 2011 that they would be ending in early 2012 following the release of their final album. “The decision was reached that this sixth album would be our last”, explained the band. “None of us is sure what’s next, but we’re not afraid. We’re, in fact, really, really excited! And we’re sure that music will play a role in the future for most, if not all, of us, since, well, we wouldn’t know how to not have it a part of our lives.”

The group’s final album, ‘Give Us Rest‘ is a bumper 34 track double-CD album, including first single ‘Let Me Feel You Shine‘. Their previous studio album, ‘Church Music‘ (2009) debuted at Number 1 on the Christian retail chart and Number 11 on the Billboard Top 200, also receiving a Grammy nomination.

 

‘Give Us Rest’ Track Listing:

Disc 1:
1. Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine
2. Oh Great God, Give Us Rest
3. Lux Aeternam Shine
4. Come Find Me
5. God Have Mercy (Kyrie Eleison)
6. Why Me?
7. Fall On Your Knees
8. A Burial
9. Let Me Feel You Shine
10. Reprise #1
11. Blessedness of Everlasting Light
12. The Sound of Light
13. Interlude
14. Sequence 1
15. Sequence 2
16. Sequence 3
17. Sequence 4
18. Sequence 5
19. Sequence 6
20. Sequence 7
Disc 2:
1. Reprise #2
2. Oh My God
3. I Am a Seed
4. After All (Holy)
5. The Great Amen
6. There Is a Sound
7. Oh, Great Love of God
8. Our Communion
9. Sometimes
10. A Return
11. Oh, My God I’m Coming Home
12. Leaning On the Everlasting Arms / ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Medley)
13. Jesus, Lead Me to Your Healing Waters
14. Because He Lives

© Louder Than The Music

*This article first appeared in Louder Than The Music Magazine.

January 10, 2012

Peter Furler Announces Band For Winter Jam Tour 2012

 

 

Playing “Reach,” “Matter of Faith” and other favorites from his widely acclaimed and first solo CD, on fire, Peter Furler will also draw upon his multiple radio hits spanning his career as founder of the newsboys during Christian music’s largest annual tour, Winter Jam. Joining Furler’s band during the tour is fellow artist and former newsboy bassist/vocalist, Phil Joel, who recently released his solo album, Playlist.  Rounding out Furler’s band is Dave Ghazarian (Superchick) on guitar and Jeff Irizarry on drums.
The 48-city Winter Jam tour that begins today in Charleston also features Skillet, Sanctus Real, Kari Jobe, NewSong, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, illusionist Brock Gill and others in venues like American Airlines Center (Dallas), Fed Ex Forum (Memphis); Sprint Center (Kansas City), Time Warner Arena (Charlotte); AT&T Center (San Antonio), Phillips Arena (Atlanta) and more.

With multiple GRAMMY nominations and Dove awards, “Songwriter of the Year” nods and musical talent that has driven the sales of five RIAA Certified Gold records, over seven million albums sold and 25 No. 1 songs, Peter Furler adds to his accolades this week by gathering the No. 1 Christian song of 2011 in Australia with “Reach.”  A featured track on his solo CD, “Reach” held the top spot on The Rock Across Australia (TRAA) Top 100 Song Chart for eight consecutive weeks.  The song also became a multi-format top 10 single in the US as his current single, “Matter Of Faith,” hits Top 15 and continues to climb this week on the Billboard AC Indicator chart.

Furler makes his return to music after amicably ending his long tenure in 2009 as the lead singer of newsboys, the band he founded in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia.  Refreshed and reawakened to the joy of music, Furler’s first solo album, on fire, released amidst wide critical acclaim on Sparrow Records and sparked cover features in CCM Magazine, Christian Musician, I Am Entertainment magazine and more.  The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, Walmart, LifeWay Christian Stores or at favorite Christian retailers everywhere.

As one of the most successful, award-winning artists today continues his musical journey, Peter Furler is one of Australia’s biggest exports of any musical genre. Writing, producing, recording and singing such international classics as “He Reigns,” “Shine,” “Something Beautiful” and “It is You,” Furler has a raw honesty and ability to turn a rock show into a deep worship experience.  He has collectively performed to over 15,000 Muslims in Morocco, for the Pope during World Youth Day, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at a 9/11 service for U.S. military leaders at the Pentagon, at a New Age festival on the shores of Galilee in Israel, rocked the punters at an outback pub in Australia, and was enthusiastically received last year in front of 20,000 people at Easterfest in Mooloolaba as his first concert since returning to music.

More information Peter Furler can be found at:  http://peterfurler.com, http://www.facebook.com/peterfurlerofficial and http://twitter.com/PeterFurler.

January 2, 2012

PASSION 2012 At The Georgia Dome SOLD OUT !!! Over 42,000 College Students Pour Into Downtown Atlanta

According to reports, more than 42,000 tickets have been purchased for PASSION 2012 at the Georgia Dome, in downtown Atlanta.  As of 30 December 2011 last week the entire event was sold out. This year’s conference runs from Monday, January 2 – Thursday, January 5, 2012 featuring renowned speakers Francis Chan, John Piper and Beth Moore and host, Louie Giglio.

Also featured will be all the sixstepsrecords artists as well special guests Hillsong United and Lecrae.  This will also be the last concert performed by the David Crowder Band.

Passion conferences are designed to draw university-aged young people, and many participants have had their lives changed. “Passion 98 changed my life,” says a Texas man on the Passion 2012’s Facebook wall with the picture of a hat, which he says has accompanied him to over 26 nations. “Tomorrow it accompanies me, my wife and 10 students to Passion 2012 – I am hoping they bring back a Passion Hat this year!”

Passion seeks to engage the “university moment” with the compelling message of Jesus and the challenge to leverage life to make him famous. To achieve that purpose, tens of thousands of students who love Jesus will make a difference this year in the city and beyond. Upon registration, every attendee will bring towels and socks to donate to the city’s homeless community. By Jan. 5, more than 100,000 socks and 40,000 towels will be collected and donated.

As part of Passion’s “Do Something Now,” the participants will also raise $1 million to free, rescue and restore those entrapped in modern-day “slavery,” such as bonded laborers in India and girls and women trafficked to Western nations from Nepal and other developing nations. There are more slaves today than any other time in the history, according to Passion. The Do Something Now movement has raised over the past years more than $6 million to help end treacheries like sex trafficking, provide clean water and meet other pressing global needs.

The Passion movement began in 1995 with a stirring in the heart of Giglio to see college students across the globe “awaken to the reality of a glorious God and Creator.” Passion gathers college students from campuses and churches around the world and across ministry and denominational lines.