Show Me Your Glory

 

Several have been asking about the song Show Me Your Glory from our album, Never Let Go.

I will never forget the first time I heard this song. I was a wreck :)

Who are we that God would show himself and let us witness the Greatness of the works of His Hands. I am so thankful that He chooses to reveal Himself to each of us.

May we ever "walk in His presence, like Jesus did" and see His glory "like Moses did."

Worship with us: http://w.northlandchurch.net/media/show_me_your_glory_v2/

With One Voice Tour: Avalon, 4HIM, and Cindy Morgan

Amy and I are excited to announce that we will be touring with some CCM greats this spring. The tour is currently booking so if you are a promoter or worship pastor looking to host an awesome night of worship contact Christian Artists Group for tour information.

Check out www.AvalonLive.org for more information on this tour ... hope to see you this spring.

Christmas Joy: Some Children See Him

I love this time of the year and the feelings that are associated with Christmas. One of my favorite things about the season is the soundtrack.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Some Children See Him."

This tune celebrates our differences, yet we are ALL made in HIS image.

The turn around is prolific:

...so lay aside each Earthly thing and with thy heart as an offering.

Come worship now the infant King. 'Tis love that is born tonight...

Worship with us: SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM

Thanksgiving Reflections: Thanks Be To Our God

Last year, on Thanksgiving,  I found myself alone (my family was in Virginia and I was in Florida), questioning events of the year (to many to ask) , and holding to ever last once I hope I could muster up. This song began to play and the very atmosphere in my hotel room began to change. I realised that so many blessings had been given to me - all I could say to God was: "Thank You!"

This worship song is a powerful reminder about how much we owe God. Beautifully delivered by my friend Travis Cottrell and the Englewood Baptist Choir. Worship with us today as we say ... "Thank Be To Our God!"

Worship with us: THANKS BE TO OUR GOD

Story Behind the Song: You Are So Beautiful

“Behold, You Are beautiful, my love; 

Behold, You Are beautiful.” 

- Song of Solomon 1:15

In the late 90’s I began a sincere relationship with Praise and Worship music. I was moved by the sounds that I heard and could not get enough of the music that to me was the heartbeat of Heaven.

Many worship tunes (lyrically speaking) are lifted from the text of the Holy Bible. In my opinion there are two books that reflect worship music at it’s deepest: Psalm and Song of Solomon. Of course I am enthralled by the writings of David in Psalms but one of the styles of writing that was always interesting to me, are the writings of Song of Solomon. 

The lyrics and colorful imagery found in this book of the Bible are such a painting of love. 

The opening line is a favorite of mine: “We sing our song to You, it’s a love song - just for you...” that is what this project is all about, singing our love to Christ. When true love is established the world will see. The Bible actually says: 

“...they will know we are Christians by our love” 

- John 13:35 

I want the world to see my love for Christ, to hear it in my relationships and to recognize it in every facet of interaction I take part it. I want them to know me as a believer in Christ.

I pray that as you read this and listen to our project that you will be encouraged to love Christ deeper and represent Him bolder. I pray that your smiles will brighten and your eyes see Him more clearly. He deserves our love... I also pray that we will hear His song over us, it truly is beautiful!

Song of Solomon: Chapter 4 

“You're so beautiful, my darling, so beautiful, 

and your dove eyes are veiled

By your hair as it flows and shimmers, 

   like a flock of goats in the distance 

   streaming down a hillside in the sunshine.

Your smile is generous and full— 

   expressive and strong and clean.

Your lips are jewel red, 

   your mouth elegant and inviting, 

   your veiled cheeks soft and radiant.

The smooth, lithe lines of your neck 

   command notice—all heads turn in awe 

and admiration...”

Link to purchase You Are So Beautiful: You Are So Beautiful - Never Let Go

Story Behind the Song: It Is Finished

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, 

Jesus said, "I am thirsty.” 

A jar of wine vinegar was there, 

so they soaked a sponge in it, 

put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, 

and lifted it to Jesus' lips. 

When he had received the drink, 

Jesus said, 

"It is finished." 

With that, he bowed his head 

and gave up his spirit.  

- John 19:28-30 

When the world was made, God didn’t snap His fingers and light appeared. He spoke: “Let there be light!” and simply, there was light.

Words often are overlooked. Words and how they are spoken are etched into the fabric of our very beings. We can remember the loving words our families speak, the words our teachers taught, and even lyrics to the soundtracks of our lives. Yet, even knowing the power of these words; we praise and yet criticize with the same lips. The bible calls this life and death. 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, 

and those who love it will eat its fruits 

- Proverbs 18:21 

My children were out riding their bikes the other day and my oldest began to get restless. The time had come for afternoon “rest time.” I was getting things picked up and I said: “Girls, get your bikes and put them away!” My oldest, immediately frustrated, began to speak: “Why, do you always say, Finished. What does it is Finished mean?” Continuing on the conversation I shared with her that finished means done, nothing else can be said or added. Those words coming out of my mouth stopped me in my tracks. “It is finished!”

I began writing: 

“My broken heart began to beat, 

when His bloodstained body reached to me...”

These three words that I’ve known my entire life became a water color picture before my eyes. The movement, the mystery - how could I have made these three words have less value.  

Finished by definition:

1. ended or completed.

2. completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items.

3. polished to the highest degree of excellence: a dazzling and finished piece of writing.

4. highly skilled or accomplished: a finished violinist. 

I love how every definition can apply to the picture of the cross. With these words: “It is finished!” Our Savior ended the scene. He spoke and the crucifixion was completed. His sacrifice given. The perfect detail he provided, no one or nothing else could have made this moment perfect. He was the highest degree of excellence. The spotless lamb.

He became sin, who knew no sin... 

- 2 Corinthians 5:21 

He was highly skilled, the son of God. He was born to die. These three words condemned our sin; our pain and shame were doomed with the very breath that He used to free us from ourselves. His gift of life and the three words that sealed our fate: 

“It is Finished!”

Link to purchase, It Is Finshed: It Is Finished! - Never Let Go

Story Behind the Song: Never Let Go

“For I am convinced 

that neither death nor life, 

neither angels no demons, 

neither the present nor the future, 

nor any powers, 

neither height 

nor depth, 

nor anything else in all creation, 

will be able to separate us 

from the Love of God 

that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” 

- Romans 8: 38-39

One of my favorite, recurring, themes in the Bible is that God has chosen us. He chooses to keep us in His protective gaze. He takes us from a place of shame and plants us again in a garden of beauty. He changes our name... We all have wounds (even scars) that mark us. The beauty of Christ is that He doesn’t see us as scarred, He sees us ... beautiful and as His.

I am convinced that we all struggle with the feelings of emotions of being “let go.” I met several people in 2011 that deal with being deserted and dread being alone. I was amazed that these adults were often victimizing themselves. I am not saying that at some time in their lives they were not victims, but they walked in a daily place of fearing that everyone in their life would ... let go. They were afraid to trust. 

So I began writing this song:

“You never let go!

You hold me, change me...

You never let go!

You know me, and chose me...

You never let go!

You change my name

I’ll never be the same

for Your Love ... never let go” 

I spent some time seeing what the Bible says about God never leaving us. Here are three examples for scripture on the way God keeps us in His reach:

 

“Never will I leave you; 

never will I forsake you.” 

So we say with confidence, 

“The Lord is my helper; 

I will not be afraid. 

What can mere mortals do to me?” 

- Hebrews 13:5-6

 

“Be strong and courageous. 

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, 

for the Lord your God goes with you; 

He will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

- Deuteronomy 31:6

The power to live a free and fulfilled life is allowing the truth and promises of God to live and breathe in us. We can rejoice that God will never let us go. He keeps us in His reach and sings over us. He is our father and no greater love can be found in the world. There is nothing that can separate you from this strong, wise, rich, pure, measureless, and boundless love.

“What can separate us from the Love of God ... 

Nothing!”- Romans 8.

Link to purchase Never Let Go Never Let Go (feat. Shalom & Ariah) - Never Let Go

Story Behind the Song: Hallelujah (What a Friend)

The Son of man came eating 

and drinking, and they say: 

“Behold a man gluttonous, 

and a winebibber, 

a friend of publicans and sinners. 

But wisdom is justified of her children.” 

- Matthew 11:19

One of the best ways Jesus is described (in my opinion) is the friend of sinners. Sinner were drawn to Him, they felt His love toward them. He lived a life full of integrity and spoke truth in love. His ambition was never himself but to bring glory to His father... I am already convicted while writing this. How pure His motives were and how often impure our motives are.

So many people are broken, shattered, deceived, hurt and they are all around. They are looking for love, relief, answers; and often we give distain for not agreeing with their actions that we miss the entire point ... love!

What is true friendship?

When friendship is true; they motive is never you but someone else. You find yourself, unselfish and forgiving. Jesus showed us how to love with His actions. Never was anyone worthless: the child, the thief, the prostitute, even us. He was the greatest listener. He never threw them away and He will never throw you away! 

Saving me

Helping me

You redeem

What a friend...

Keeping me

Loving me

You are King!

What a friend...

So, here we are. We find ourselves all alone, in need of a friend. Then He shows up and immediately every need is provided. Our questions find answers; our hearts feel lighter, our vision changes. His name is Jesus and what a friend we’ve found in Him.  

Friends may fail me

Foes assail me

He will never let me go.

Link to purchase Hallelujah (What a Friend) Hallelujah (What a Friend) - Never Let Go

Story Behind the Song: We Prepare the Way

Just as the prophet Isaiah had written:  

“Look, I am sending my mesenger ahead of you, 

and he will prepare your way. 

He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,

 ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’s coming! 

Clear the road for him!” 

- Mark 1:2-3

Prepare the way of the Lord is such a common phrase in the church. I remember hearing this phrase and often wondering: “What does this mean?” 

I love the picture this text paints. A voice shouting in the wilderness. He was alone? Alone, and still heard; alone, and still important. Many times we struggle with we need to form a prayer group, or a club/organization to be strong in the Kingdom - however, this text proves that there was power in One. One voice crying: “Prepare the way!” This singular voice, written about, preached about, even sung about. One person ... important.

The voice, John the Baptist, was speaking about Jesus and His message was clear - get right with God, for He is coming...

John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet,  

"I am the voice of one calling in the desert, 

Make straight the way for the Lord.” 

- John 1:23

When writing this song, I thought, when anyone ministers, what they say carries this same message. If our motives are right we are saying: “People get ready, He is coming!”

We the believer wait for Christ’s return and anticipate seeing His eyes of fire, hearing His voice that calmed the sea, witnessing the giver of the greatest gift.

With these thought in mind I began to write: 

 

Come in Power, Lord, Most Holy

We are waiting... come

Send Your fire, and Your glory

we’re anticipating...come


How do we prepare? 

Prepare by definition: 

1. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion.

2. To put together or make by combining various elements or ingredients; manufacture or compound.

  1.  To fit out; equip.

How do we prepare something... first, we must be prepared. You can not prepare a lesson plan until you have prepared. How can you prepare the way of the Lord... until we prepare our lives to be like Him.

John was the voice crying in the wilderness, but who will be the voice crying today? I believe we are called to be this voice and share this message of love with the world. We must prepare ourselves so that our message is clear and full of truth. We prepare our hearts so that through us Jesus can begin to prepare others. Jesus came to fulfill the scripture and his return is our hope and future. Will you join me?

“…Surely I come quickly. Amen. 

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” 

 - Revelation 22:20

Link to Purchase: We Prepare the Way We Prepare the Way - Never Let Go