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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!

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.

All Things New.

wesblackburn —  November 18, 2013 — 3 Comments

Today’s #MusicMonday features the reappearance of our friends at Elevation Worship, with their song “All Things New!”

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

Take a look at these words from Revelation 21:1-5 with me:

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

We serve a God who has promised all will be made new. You might be familiar with the famous verse from 2 Corinthians 5, where Paul proclaims that if we are in Christ, we are new creations! Here in Revelation John hears the voice in the Holy City that proclaims our world is made new. It is restored into the perfect place that God created it to be.

As Christ followers, we get a chance to celebrate being made new in Christ. Many of us don’t feel new. If you’re like me, you’re all too aware of the sin you carry and the struggles that you have. I think God’s invitation and reminder to us today is that starting now, we can live a new life. We don’t have to be defined by a sinful past but instead our glorious future. And what’s more, God is inviting each and every one of us to bring that glorious future about, joining him in the work of restoring our world. Each time we serve, each time we share Christ, each time we step into situations and allow God to use us, we are joining him in his work of restoration as we live sent.

Let’s celebrate God’s redemption and restoration today, and let’s also join him in that amazing and wonderful work!