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New Year

wesblackburn —  December 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today’s song is one that I’ve always loved… and it’s more applicable to this time of year than any other! It’s called “New Year,” by Charlie Hall.

Here’s the song:

And here’s a cool video of Charlie sharing a little bit of the story behind it:

(If you can’t see the videos, click here for the song and here for Charlie’s story.)

Several years ago I was the worship leader for an awesome community of Christ followers at Southwest Church in Springboro, Ohio. This song was one that I loved dearly and incorporated into our worship pretty regularly. I really like the imagery of a new year; I’m always struck in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day how for many (myself included) it really does feel like a fresh start. Anything’s possible. Change can happen.

One of the things I’ve been surprised by since “entering the ministry” several years ago now is how many of us disqualify ourselves from service of God because of our past or some other factor at work in our life that we feel dishonor us or make us “tarnished” to God. Into that challenge, I’m always reminded of Jeremiah’s words in Lamentations 3:21-23: “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this; the faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (NLT).

Every day we wake up and are given a “new year” where we can shine the light of Christ into a dark world. God has a mission in our world, and he wants to use each one of us to bring that about! What an honor! Some of you reading this already feel like you’re there. Others of you feel like you’re miles away. I hope today is a wake-up call to each of us that God wants to use us to change lives! Let’s join him in that endeavor.

Light Has Come

wesblackburn —  December 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today’s song for #MusicMonday is by Charlie Hall and entitled “Light Has Come.” Take a listen:

(Can’t see the video in your email or blog reader? Click here.)

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was madet through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  -John 1:9-14

Today’s song is sort of like a Christmas hymn that proclaims the truth of Christmastime that light has come into the darkness of our world. The light of Jesus Christ illuminates our lives; he came to show us what God is really like and he came to offer us hope that no matter who we are, what we’ve done, or where we’ve been, that we can be reunited in a restored relationship with God. The chains of our sin have been torn apart, and we are given new life! I hope that today’s song leads us all into a spirit of worship in this Christmas season.

Rock of Ages.

wesblackburn —  September 23, 2013 — 1 Comment

Today’s song for #MusicMonday is “Rock of Ages” by Charlie Hall. Take a listen. (And sorry for the small video… can’t believe there’s not a better version on YouTube!)

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

I had a theology professor in college who always commented that he felt the song “Rock of Ages” was the most theologically rich and beautiful song ever written. That’s mighty high praise. But it’s a beautiful song of our faith that evokes so much great imagery. It speaks very honestly and accurately about our sin problem. But it also speaks strongly to the depths and the power of God’s grace for us. It’s a beautiful song… spend some time reflecting on the lyrics today!