One of the most prolific worship leaders of our time Matt Redman is at it again. The Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist has released another album filled with songs that will likely make their way onto your church’s worship set list soon. Your Grace Finds Me explores the grace of God, pulling you in to intimate and joyous praise of Jesus Christ, our redeemer. – CBN.com
This song was written by Marshall Hall and Benjamin Gaither for the album ‘Lovin Life’. It was sung by Marshall Hall himself along with Guy Penrod and Wes Hampton. This album was one of the three in which Marshall sang with the Gaither Vocal Band. Its a beautiful song which portrays how much God loves us that He feels more pain when we are in pain and gives us a sense of hope in Him.
“I hope both the song and video show people a tangible picture of the Hope they have through Christ, and how faith is so beautiful and worth the fight of perseverance,” Starr says. ”Our God is the God of Hope. There is nowhere we can be where He cannot reach. At the cross God showed us this Truth—how much more should we believe it in everyday struggles? His love shows how He can make the impossible possible.” – Holly Starr
I thought number one would surely be me,
I thought I could be what I wanted to be.
I thought I could build on life’s sinking sand
But I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.
Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall penned this stark ballad about the reality couples face after tying the knot. “Marriage is tough,” Hall explained. “We bring a lot of fairytales to the picture when it comes to marriage. We bring them to the altar with us [thinking]: ‘This is going to be perfect. We don’t have to be apart. We can just wake up together every morning and no one is going to have morning breath. We’re not going to have any problems.’ And then the problems hit and you don’t know where to file those into your picture.”….
The song is a reminder to me that we are not just people who happen to know Christ; the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives inside of us. We have Something inside of us that should blow our minds…You are I Am is a reminder of who we used to be, and then the chorus talks all about how big and powerful the Spirit who lives inside of us really is. – Bart Millard
The words of “I Then Shall Live” mirror that tree analogy. It not only points to how we are to live while we are here on earth, but verse three notes the coming of a kingdom and gives the listener hope for a better day.
Adam Young, best known as the pop sensation Owl City, was… recording a cover of the modern hymn, “In Christ Alone,” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Young said it wasn’t for any particular album or project: “Not for anything special, just for fun.”
“Something about this song makes me bawl like a baby,” Young wrote. “If I were to count on one hand, the number of songs that have ever deeply moved me, this one would take the cake. Last night I probably spent more time actually crying at the piano than I did recording it. Such are the secret confessions of a shy boy from Minnesota . . .
“The Love of God,” a hymn Frederick Lehman wrote in 1917. In 2012, nearly a hundred years after the hymn was composed, our planet has perhaps never been more hungry to hear about that Love “so rich and pure … so measureless and strong…” The GVB’s pure and simple version of this masterfully written song begins simply with one voice (Wes Hampton), then another (Mark Lowry). As the melody and harmony flow together effortlessly, there is not a single distraction from the truth the lyric packs. As the other three voices (Bill Gaither, Michael English and David Phelps) join in, the song continues with unexpected restraint, yet it never lacks the sense of awe this hymn evokes. It is breathtaking. – Homecoming Magazine
Jesus’ message was scandalous from day one, that’s why He ended up on the Cross. To this day, the message of grace is scandalous because it rages against conventional wisdom. We live in a culture where you do the crime, you do the time. The message of Jesus is you do the crime, and He pays the ultimate price so that we can live a life not only set free from our sin, but enabled by His grace to play a part in His incredible plan and purpose and bring His Kingdom to earth, here and now. – Joel Houston
I will never forget meeting Andrea. If I were judging a book by its cover, I’d say she looked like a college girl, maybe in a sorority or something, lots of friends, bound to be successful someday. And in a way, that would be a correct assessment. But that is not the whole story. Andrea, a former University of Colorado student had chosen to spend a semester abroad learning micro-financing in Uganda. While there, she happened upon an orphanage in critical condition. The children were being badly neglected and even abused. Her heart broke for these orphans who had no advocate. That’s when this college student decided to do something. She called her parents and said, “I’m not coming home.” She refused to leave these children until something was done to improve the conditions.
When we say “I Lift My Hands,” it is a beautiful expression. It’s a human expression, not just Christians. We see people lift their hands about all kinds of things that excite them, like football games. It signals victory and it is natural to lift our hands. Or it’s a time of surrender. Hopefully you never get caught by the police and need to do that, but they say “put your hands up.” It’s one thing to lift our hands in worship and celebration, but this song is about lifting up our hands in surrender to God. The song is about reaching out to God for help.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost” – Isaiah 55:1
“Jesus, Friend of Sinners” is a song by American Christian rock band Casting Crowns, written by Mark Hall and Matthew West. The song has been regarded musically as a “pop hymn” and lyrically “admonishes the church to show compassion”.
Written for their latest Studio Album Zion “Relentless” talks about the relentless love of God.
You carry us
When the world gives way
You cover us
With Your endless grace
Your love is relentless
The inspiration for this song came from a different one that Don Francisco was playing in concert at the time, about Jesus’ crucifixion. In the liner notes for Don Francisco: The Early Works he explained: “I sat down with the intention of trying to write about the Resurrection, because, let’s face it, the Crucifixion is just half the story, and the worst half by far.” – SongFacts
The Hymn was originally written by Haldor Lillenas in 1917. Here’s the Gaither Vocal Band performing a modern rendition of the classic Hymn
“Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom,
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator,
Now and forever He shall be mine.”
“Then He said to me Prophesy to these bones and say to them Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones I will make breath enter you And you will come to life So I prophesied as I was commanded As I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound And the bones came together, bone to bone And I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them And skin covered them, but there was no breath in them Then He said to me Prophesy to the breath Prophesy, son of man, and say to it Conjure the four winds of breath and breathe” – Extracts from Ezekiel Chapter 37
‘Hello, My Name Is’ is a three minute reminder that we are not our failures. We are not even our successes. Of all the names that try to define us, the only title that truly matters is the one given to us by our Creator; children of God. We are children of the one true King!”
Courtesy – Christian Music News
Influenced by the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other artists such as U2 and Rich Mullins, Third Day were originally formed by vocalist Mac Powell and acoustic guitarist Mark Lee. The Song ‘I need a miracle’ is inspired by those people who had lost all hope but their lives changed upon hearing the band’s songs on the radio.
Courtesy – Billboard
Redman wrote the song with a Swedish friend of his, Jonas Myrin, with whom he’s collaborated with on a number of other occasions. Redman recalled the writing of the song to Worship Leader Magazine. “He played me an idea for some of the chorus melody, and I found it immediately inspiring. In fact, it felt like a perfect fit for a song based on the opening of Psalm 103.”
Courtesy – Songfacts®