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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!

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Build Your Kingdom Here.

wesblackburn —  September 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today’s song for #MusicMonday is from the band Rend Collective Experiment and their song, “Build Your Kingdom Here.” Let’s watch together!

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Certainly, there’s a lot of cool stuff to note about this song (for one, fire breathers in the background? What kind of worship song is this?). But I think what’s cool to me is that what lies at the heart of this song is a prayer of surrender; that we would simply follow God where he leads and allow him to use us to change lives. I hear echoes to Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6: “Our Father… Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Those are happy words to pray. But what lies at the center of them is a commitment to place our agenda, our ideas of how the world works, and our stuff on hold, so that we might yield to the will of God and allow him to advance his kingdom through us.

Here’s praying we do that today. And I trust that as we do, we’ll see God build his kingdom here, starting with (and through) us.

Desert Song.

wesblackburn —  September 9, 2013 — 1 Comment

This week’s #MusicMonday is a cool song that I was reminded of at our St. John Campus a few weeks ago called “Desert Song.” Here’s a cool video of the crew from Elevation Church leading it!

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It seems relevant as we dealt with the story of Joseph this weekend, but our lives are filled with desert seasons. Oftentimes, it’s really easy for us to get focused on thinking, “If God was really here, then surely this never would happen, right?” In Joseph’s life, lots of unfair stuff happened. He was beaten by his brothers, sold into slavery, thrown into prison for a crime that he did not commit, and even forgotten about in prison for two years. Yet Genesis 39:20-21 contains this strangely cryptic, yet truthful line: “The LORD was with Joseph.” What?

In the midst of our struggles with life, let’s not mistake the silence of God for his absence in our lives. When results aren’t turning out the way we would hope or expect, let’s not turn our backs on God – let’s instead respond in praise and humility, trusting that God will lead us, provide for us as he sees fit, and transform our hearts as we obey him… even when we’re in the desert.

Believe.

wesblackburn —  August 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

We’ve got another new Digital Age song for #MusicMonday this week (sorry for putting everyone reading this on “Digital Age overload” recently). It’s a song called “Believe.” Watch it below!

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Kind of a different feel for what you might consider a typical worship song, isn’t it? For me, the structure and key of the song almost evoke this mystical and somber, reflective feeling typical of Christians in ages past. Against that setting comes a song that simply lays out some of the foundational truths of the Christian faith, affirmed first by Scripture, and captured beautifully in creeds, songs, and hymns from the beginning of Christendom. A couple of the things captured in this song are that God is triune, three in One. Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Jesus was, still is, and is to come (return).

As you listen to this song today, I hope it affirms in you some of those foundational truths in the faith. I hope it also causes some pause for reflection in you as well; what do all these things mean? Are there things about God I’ve believed wrongly? Are there things about my faith I need to start clinging to that I haven’t before? All great questions. All worth our consideration, and I hope potentially spurred in us by this song today. Happy listening!