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Do You Not Know – Isaiah 40:28-31 by Slugs And Bugs

A musical rendition of Isaiah 40:28-31 by Randall Goodgame / Slugs & Bugs Music.

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A Guide To The Music Of Andrew Peterson (via Trevin Wax)

With a new Andrew Peterson record coming, and that record being Resurrection Letters Volume 1 – which has been promised for over ten years since the release of Resurrection Letters Volume 2 – there’ll probably be a bit of fuss at this blog over the next month or so.
Trevin Wax has done you all a favour (to borrow an Australian music phrase) and produced a massive overview of all Peterson’s album releases, from first to most recent.
Head over and have a read.
After the wonder that is Behold The Lamb Of God, I too, like Counting Stars and then Resurrection Letters Volume 2, but they’ve all got something to say.

Go and have a read, but most importantly, if you haven’t before

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Blessings – Sunday Songs

Laura Story’s Blessings is right on the margins of being a song for congregational singing, but the lyrics are strong and reflect a theme that is not represented enough in songs for Christians.
It does not have a fast tempo which means that it could be sung by a large group if well led.
Anyway, the song is certainly speaking to me, and for me just at the moment.

This video is a solo rendition.

The lyrics:
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
Second Refrain.
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

Music video by Laura Story performing Blessings.
(C) 2015 Christian Music United Inc. Glorify Music

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Is He Worthy? by Andrew Peterson

If you like Andrew Peterson’s music (and I’m a fan) then the release of Resurrection Letters Volume 1 (ten years after Resurrection Letters Volume 2) is big, big, news.
A five track prelude Resurrection Letters Prologue has already been released.
Is He Worthy? is a the first pre-release track from the album proper.

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Resurrection Day – Sunday Songs

Resurrection Day demonstrates Rend Collective’s clever lyrical skill in expressing familiar truths in fresh ways.
I think it balances the eternal spiritual dimension of salvation with the lived out present dimension of the Christian life without bringing the wrong aspects of eternity in to this life (prosperity gospel) or the wrong aspects of this life into eternity (social gospel/liberalism).

The lyrics:
Because You’re risen I can rise
Because You’re living I’m alive
Because Your cross is powerful
Because You rose invincible
I can get up off the floor
This is my resurrection day
Nothing’s gonna hold me in the grave
This is my resurrection day
Nothing’s gonna hold me down
Say goodbye to my yesterdays
Ever since I met You I am changed
This is my resurrection day
Nothing’s gonna hold me down
Because You rolled my stone away
Because my debt has all been paid
Because You stand in victory
Because You crushed the enemy
I can get up off the floor
The good news is the good news
‘Cause You chose the rugged cross
The good news is the good news
‘Cause You rose up from the dust
Your gospel is the power
That is saving all of us
So, I can get up off the floor
Come on get up off the floor

(C)2017 Rend Collective

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The Six Songs From Billy Graham’s Funeral (via Christianity Today)

This article from Christianity Today features the six songs that Billy Graham chose for his funeral service, along with commentary about the choices.
The songs:
“Until Then” (Stuart Hamblen, 1958), performed by musical artist Linda McCrary-Fisher
“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” (Edward Perronet, 1779), congregational singing led by Bledsoe
“Above All” (Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche, 1999), performed by musical artist Michael W. Smith
“Because He Lives” (Bill and Gloria Gaither, 1970), performed by the Gaither Vocal Band
“To God Be the Glory” (Fanny Crosby/William Howard Doane, 1875), congregational singing led by Bledsoe
“Amazing Grace,” bagpipe escort led by Pipe Major William Boetticher

Above All is an interesting contemporary choice.
Its sentimentality has not seen it age well, but it does fit within the ethos of Graham’s ministry.

Here’s the article.

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My Worth Is Not In What I Own by Keith and Kristen Getty, Featuring Fernando Ortega

Here’s a recently posted performance rendition of Keith and Kristen Getty’s My Worth Is Not In What I Own, featuring the sublime vocals of Fernando Ortega.