Archives For Music Mondays

Only King Forever.

wesblackburn —  February 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

Well, it’s time to put on your trucker hat, get some new tattoos, and listen to another new offering from the crew at Elevation called “Only King Forever.”

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Have you ever started watching a TV series or something, already knowing how it was going to work out because your first experience with the show was from a later season? I remember graduating high school and getting totally hooked on the show 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. (Me and Jack Bauer are homeboys.) I first got started by watching season 5 with my parents (who were also fans) and seeing Jack make his way through dangerous situation after situation and save the country in the process. Of course, after graduating high school, what was the first thing I decided to do with my summer break? Well, marathon all the old seasons of 24 that I had missed, of course!

I remember watching the episodes and getting totally lost in the plot, wondering how Jack was ever going to make it out of these situations alive. And that’s when I’d snap out of it and remember… he’s alive in season five. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt he’s going to make it. And then I’d continue watching, still interested in what would happen but resting in the security that my good friend, Jack Bauer, was going to be just fine (as if there was ever any doubt).

As I thought about what to write in this post, I’m realizing that there’s a similarly strange thing that happens in our lives as Christians. We know the end of the story. At the end, we know that Jesus wins, good will prevail, and heaven on earth will be restored. As we live our lives, we aren’t fighting day in and day out wondering if God’s on his throne, if he’s worthy of our trust, and if we’ll see his will prevail. We already know. He’s the King… forever. We can live from this place of security and trust, knowing our God will triumph. Like this song says, from age to age he reigns, and we just get the privilege of trusting him and watching him work out his will in our lives in the meantime!

Found In You.

wesblackburn —  January 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today’s song for #MusicMonday is from Vertical Church and it’s called “Found In You.”

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If you pressed me to identify the most transformational truth that God has used to shape my life as a Christ follower, I’d point you to the simple fact that God can always be trusted to have the best interests of his children at heart. That doesn’t mean that we always get what we want, but exactly what we need. (I hated that my mom made me go to the dentist every six months as a kid, but I know that’s exactly what I needed to have teeth now as a 25-year-old.)

In Galatians 5:1, Paul writes that “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” In other words, God’s agenda in sending Christ to offer his life for us wasn’t to get something from us, but because he desired something for us: freedom. In another verse, Paul would write that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). In other words, when I go where God is, I’m connecting myself to the source of ultimate freedom. When I spend time with him, I’m getting connected to the source of life, freedom, and every other good thing.

Truly, all we could ever want (and definitely need) is found within Jesus. But for some reason, that always feels counterintuitive to me. It’s probably because the culture in which we live inundates us with messages that all we want or need is found in a relationship, in buying this new thing, in owning a particular kind of house, or having a certain type of job (or something else). But the more and more we discipline and train ourselves to desire Christ, the more and more I think we are going to find satisfaction, life, and freedom in him. I hope you are led to discover that in a really cool way today.

Out Loud

wesblackburn —  January 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today’s Music Monday comes from the crew at Crossroads Cincinnati and a song that they wrote exclusively for their fall all-church journey last year called “Out Loud.” Watch and listen below:

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This is just a really cool reminder for us to live in a way that makes God’s kingdom known to all around us. It’s neat to me to dream about what God could do with a group of people (just like us) who are committed to bringing God’s kingdom to our earth. Today, let’s bring it! Let’s make God’s kingdom loud.

Grace So Glorious

wesblackburn —  January 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today’s song is called “Grace So Glorious” from the crew at Elevation Worship. This song will be on their newest CD, Only King Forever, and it releases on January 14! Take a listen below:

(Can’t see the video? Click here to watch it on YouTube.)

God’s grace lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It’s what moved him to send Jesus to the cross to forgive our sin. It’s how we are able to be counted as a part of God’s family. I think the times in my life where I am farthest from God are when I forget about the power of his grace. Sometimes this comes out as “God could never forgive me for that.” More often than not for me, though, it comes out in me taking God’s grace for granted. I forget how much I’ve been forgiven and how wonderful God’s mercy and grace have been to me. In the words of Jesus to Simon the Pharisee, “Whoever has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:47, NIV). My love and desire for God wane because I forget just how great he has been toward me.

Today, may we be reminded of his grace. For some of us, that’s going to take the form of being reminded that God really does forgive our sin (just take a look at 1 John 1:9 if you don’t believe me). But for others of us, it’s a reminder that we are all sinners and all equally saved by God’s great grace. It really is a pretty glorious thing.