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God of Us All.

wesblackburn —  August 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today’s song is a song called “God of Us All” by The Digital Age (whose band boasts membership of four former David Crowder Band members). What’s especially cool about this song, though, is it’s available to you for free! Just head to the band’s Facebook page, like the page, and a link will appear for you to download the song for free! (If nothing else, we here at the Cultivate blog are thrifty.)

(Can’t see the video? Just click here.)

The glory of God is a pretty prominent theme through this song. Growing up in church, I always heard that term a lot, but never really understood what it meant. Later on, someone said that the glory of God could be thought of as God’s “weight” or importance. As I’ve studied and learned more, I really think that the glory of God is whatever draws attention and praise back to him. That’s great for God, but also great for us – I think the Bible teaches us that as we focus and re-orient our lives around God, we find our lives pieced together in the process as well.

For me, this song is a reminder specifically about God’s plan for glory being greater than mine. Recently, I’ve been studying through the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John chapter 11. At the beginning of the story, Jesus announces that “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this” (John 11:4, NLT). Part of that makes me uncomfortable. Lazarus’ death for God’s glory? But at the end of the story, we see that ring true in a huge way. We are reminded that God’s plan (thankfully) is more about his glory than our comfort. A God who’s solely concerned with our comfort isn’t much of a god at all… he’s us. Definitely not the kind of God you can cling to and trust in when the going gets tough.

Here’s to hoping today that this song helps you step back and reflect on the God of Love, God of Glory, God of us all today. Happy listening!

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We Will Run.

wesblackburn —  August 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today’s song for #MusicMonday is one called “We Will Run,” by the band Gungor. Check it out in the video below! (I’d recommend you listening to the whole thing, but for all intensive purposes, the song ends around 4:45.)

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

Not a ton to say on this song here today, other than simply it’s a beautiful picture of repentance. With lyrics seemingly ripped straight out of Psalm 51, this song generates in me a heart and spirit that is both (a) readily aware of who I am before God and (b) thankful for God’s mercy and grace in the midst of my sin. Suncrest, it’s my hope today that we might be a church that runs toward and pursues our heavenly Father, knowing that he is slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness to us, his people (Exodus 34:6).

 

Today’s #musicmonday will be a little more low-key, with an acoustic offering from All Sons and Daughters called “Buried in the Grave.”

(Can’t see the video? Just click here to watch it.)

This song just felt appropriate to post today, given that over the past couple weeks (yesterday at Highland and St. John, a week ago at Hobart) our church has really grappled with the issue of where we find God when rough stuff happens in our lives and in our world. I really hope you enjoy it. I find that in tough times, the line about holding on to God’s promise like a thread rings especially true. If the gospel really is true, if Jesus really did take our sin, and if we really do have life through Christ rising from the dead, then we have hope. In light of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, our lives have a weird way of making sense. I hope if you’re facing something difficult today, that you might discover or be reminded of that truth too.

Always Will.

wesblackburn —  July 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

Here’s this week’s edition of Music Monday! It’s a song called “Always Will” by Hillsong Live. And it’s so new, there’s actually not a full recorded video performance of the song yet!

(Can’t see the video? No problem… just click here.)

There’s a lot of great stuff said in this song. I love the reminder that God’s love will always chase us, regardless of where we’ve been or what we have done. I think that the word “chase” is very crucial here. So many of you reading this have stories (as do I) of moments where it felt like we were running from God, yet we discovered his love to be chasing us the whole way. And when we were finally ready to turn or to come back… God’s love was there, ready to embrace and accept us.

But the lyric of this song that I especially love is that God’s “grace keeps changing me.” Man I have found that to be true in my life. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Literally, Paul wrote that the grace he experienced from his relationship with Christ was a powerful and life-changing presence.

An encounter with God’s grace does not leave us the same. I think today we have two opportunities: an opportunity to worship God for his incredible and life-changing grace and an opportunity to extend that life-changing grace to those in need of it today. Why not do both?