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songs you should own #3 – God of This City from new Passion CD

I’ll be serving at the Passion Regional event in DC at the end of February. Thanks Lib, for encouraging me to go. I love you.

“God of This City” is Passion’s new album that was released on Feb. 5th. I think the album is great, but the title track “God of This City” is really amazing. The song has a fresh flavor musically and the lyrics are also unique.

I think the song will help people @ HBC verbalize that God is calling us to be part of the greater things he still wants to do. The chorus of the songs says…

Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done here.

That statement is so true! When I sing that line, I’m praising God for what he will do, but I’m also calling myself to be part of it. I believe that greater things are still to be done here in Hockessin/Wilmington, Delaware.

Click below to go launch the ecard, where you can hear a sample of the song.

Rick just told me he would like us to teach this song @ HBC during the “Jesus of Suburbia” series that starts this Sunday. I’m pumped to worship with this song @ HBC.

You can buy the song here:
Chris Tomlin - Passion: God of This City - God of This City


songs you should own #2 – Save You by Matthew Perryman Jones

I love finding musicians that are a little off the map, but also rock. Matthew Perryman Jones is one of those guys. I love his song – Save You. I first heard about Matthew Perryman Jones through the square peg alliance that Derek Webb is part of.

The opening lyrics to Save You are so cool…

I wanna rock-n-roll
I wanna give my soul
I’m wanting to believe I’m not too old

You can listen to the song here:

Or buy it here:
Matthew Perryman Jones - Save You - Single - Save You

songs you should own #1 – Embracing Accusations by Shane & Shane

Have you ever been listening to live music at a concert, and felt overwhelmed by what was happening? Like you were in this strange time and place, almost somewhere between heaven and earth? And you felt overwhelmed by how God surrounded you?

Well I have, a handful of times.

One of those times was on September 14, 2006 in Mitchell Hall at the University of Delaware. Even though it was a year and a half ago – I still remember being overcome with the thickness of God around me. Shane and Shane were in town. They sang a new song (unrecorded at the time) called Embracing Accusations.

The whole theme of the song is that the devil hangs part of the gospel story over us, but leaves out the main piece that Christ saves. The song is based on Galatians 3:10 where Paul quotes Deuteronomy 27:26:

“Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.”

But Paul goes on to say in verse 13 that…

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us”

Here are the lyrics to Embracing Accusations…

The father of lies
Coming to steal
Kill and destroy
All my hopes of being good enough
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

The devil is preaching
The song of the redeemed
That I am cursed and gone astray
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation

Could the father of lies
Be telling the truth
Of God to me tonight?
If the penalty of sin is death
Then death is mine
I hear him saying cursed are the ones
Who can’t abide
He’s right
Alleluia he’s right!

Oh the devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently
He’s forgotten the refrain
Jesus saves!

The song is appropriately dark, and should only be listened to VERY LOUD through a kicking sound system or through headphones that are NOT MADE BY COBY OR KOSS…

Plus, at 6 minutes and 51 seconds, this is a serious bargain for 99 cents…you can’t go wrong.

One of the things I love about this song is the way it builds and tells a story.  I remember when Shane got to the “Jesus Saves!” at the end of the song, I was overcome by the saving power of Christ.   We should never grow tired of preaching the gospel to each other.  Even believers need to hear it over and over again.

You can purchase the song here:
Shane Barnard & Shane Everett - Pages - Embracing Accusations

Hey Lib – want to go on a date with me? February 13th, Shane and Shane in PA. Don’t worry, I won’t try to pass this as our valentine’s dinner. As this one will be more for me than you…

one clear choice

Here is the prayer God gave me today…

God, give me one clear choice – that is awesome.  And help me to follow.  Amen.

This was spurred on by two things:

  1.  A breakfast meeting with Jon (who totally spurs me on, & maybe instigates a bit too).
  2. And by the lyrics of James Blunt.  (God can work mysteriously, right?)

On Blunt’s new album there’s a song called “Same Mistake“.  I don’t completely understand the song, and I don’t necessarily think it’s theological.  But the lyrics do capture my prayer to God right now…

I’m not calling for a second chance,
I’m screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don’t give me choice.
‘Cause I’ll just make the same mistake again.

HBC – 25 years of worshiping together

worship confessional header

Libby and I started attending Hockessin Baptist church (HBC) in 1998. We’ve had such a great time worshiping there. The place is very alive to God. People are real, and it’s a place that real spiritual healing happens on a weekly basis.

I LOVE leading special services. I had the opportunity to help lead our 25 year anniversary service a few weeks ago. It was such a blast to be in the presence of God, celebrating what he’s done over the last 25 years – and looking ahead to what he will do through His little piece of the body @ HBC.

I believe He will do great things. Even this coming year I’m excited of what He will do. I’ve been talking to Jon and Rick about a worship idea I have. I have this vision of HBC getting together on a monthly basis to worship in an informal setting. Right now it’s called “Embers”….the idea is to have a place where we can come together and be free to worship God, practicing different elements of worship. I’m really excited about it. I’ll be talking more about my ideas later.

Here is the set list from the 25 year anniversary…

Set #1

  1. Here I Am to Worship (D)
  2. You Are My God (D) – I love this song, it proclaims that “early in the morning we will rise to meet him.”
  3. Ancient of Days (E) – I think I said something like “this is the song that helped us find our funkier side”.
  4. Great is Thy Faithfulness (C)

Set #2

Set #2 was neat because we started with How Great Thou Art, then ended with the chorus of How Great – “Then Sings My Soul…” by taging it to How Great Is Our God. The idea was to have book ends to the set. I love when things come full circle.

  1. How Great Thou Art (G)
  2. Blessed Be Your Name (A) – Joanna has a great post on this song here…read it!
  3. Jesus, All For Jesus (D) – Brett has a great post about this song here…read it too!
  4. How Great Is Our God (G) – resolved to “Then Sings My Soul” for the book end.

I love worshiping God with all my friends @ HBC. We have such a great group of people.

If you go to HBC, chime in on something you love about our body of believers….

Ali Cooper – EP

I love great indie music! Check out Ali Cooper’s new EP here. Or click on the i-tunes link below. Her EP came out today.

When you buy this EP, turn it up loud – it’s that good! Here’s my mini-review.

|| rich tones || beautiful lyrics || warm melodies ||

This EP is full of rich tones and authentic lyrics. The lyrical content has an honest confessional feel but doesn’t waver from a hopeful outlook in the end (Psalm 119). The melodies are beautiful and connect really well to the lyrics. The instrumentation is intricate, with unique piano melodies and guitar layers.

I love Ali’s voice! It’s got a very warm tone, her voice sticks with you after you listen. The voicing on (I Don’t Belong Here) is beautiful. Overall, the voices blend well and the harmonies are not over done.

(Mosaic) stands out as a beautiful tragic love song.

The mixing and recording are excellent, but not over produced.

I think you should buy the whole EP, it’s that good.

Ali Cooper - Ali Cooper - EP - Mosaic

andy gibb and a virtual slow dance

I was recording a song at Joshua’s studio earlier this week. He said my voice reminded him of Andy Gibb. What? That’s crazy. Andy Gibb was a teen idol in the 80’s, his three older brothers were the Beegees. I grew up listening to the Beegees and country music. According to wikipedia, Andy Gibb was noted for his good looks and vocal abilities. Yeah, that’s me….I just wish I had Andy Gibb’s hair – impressive!

Libby, this one goes out to you…a virtual slow dance.

author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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