Pine Cove

I would like to introduce you to Pine Cove, a group of Christian camps in Texas. Pine Cove is making two songs available on worshipcorner. You can listen and download these songs for free using the link below.

“When creating our Pine Cove CD, our desire is to point campers back to the experience they had at Pine Cove and to cause them to remember the work God did in their life. We hope the cover songs ‘10,000 Reasons’ and ‘Our God’ cause you to dwell on the character of our holy God and sing because of an outflowing love for Him.

Psalm 103:1-2 says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, Oh my soul, and forget none of his benefits.” And then it goes on to list the benefits of God that are unchanging. The Psalmist is urging us to worship the Lord and dwell on his steadfast character, and this is what comes to mind when the body of Christ comes together in song. Exodus 34:14 says, “For you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” In our world today, we look at jealousy as a bad thing; harboring bitterness or resentment in rivalry or becoming fearful of losing affection or position. But in Exodus, when it says the LORD our God is a jealous God, it is describing the passion God has for a relationship with his people. This thrills me. The King of the universe is PASSIONATE about a relationship with ME. So much so he would die on a cross for the sins I have committed against him. What a powerful, beautiful, matchless love. THIS is why we worship. THIS is why the name of the Lord is worthy to be praised. THIS is the love that explodes from my heart and causes me to sing. THIS is our God.” (by Pine Cove)

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Repossess

Ok it’s official – I have a short attention span. Sometimes I joke that I became a preacher because I’m not too good at listening to other people. After 18 years my wife is starting to get used to it – I’ve gone from one hobby to another, revelling in discovering new things and learning new skills but struggling to stay focused on one thing for very long. Maybe it’s the joy of the chase, or maybe I’m just plain fickle, but it gives me hope sometimes that there is one thing that stands in marked contrast for me.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the sun rise many times in life, but there are times when in the early morning the horizon just begins to glow with the promise of something really amazing. There’s no Sun in sight yet, but the sky simply sings with the promise of its imminent arrival. When the blazing disc finally appears, driving itself like a fiery wedge between the sky and land, it fills your vision and sets every sense tingling. Every time I see it, it re-establishes the same perspective in my heart – creation is amazing and I am very small, but oddly enough it has never had the effect of making me feel insignificant. If I’m honest sometimes it feels like the whole show was purely for my benefit.

I saw it one day as I was driving to work. The odd thing is that the sun had been up for at least an hour. I had just started exploring song writing and was humming a tune to myself as I drove out of town. My thoughts turned to God and I began to talk to him. I was telling him aloud about how amazing he was and how I had never known a love like His, and that’s when I saw it. His glory burst into my heart like the searing light of a thousand sunrises. I pulled the car over to the side of the road, and after sitting for ages awestruck, I scrabbled around for a piece of paper and pen and began to write.

I’ve been writing songs for years now, but when I write about God and his love in Jesus, I am never short of stuff to write about. 20 years on from that moment and he is still holding my attention, still gripping me with the promise of more to come, of deeper surprises, more intimate moments. I have a challenge for you. Sit back close your eyes and listen to this new download song by Repossess[BAND] and invite God to show you his love. When he bursts into your vision there is simply no room for anyone else – none but Jesus.

by Phil Kingham

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Lisa Mowry

I’ve never been a very big fan of change. I’ve resisted it, hid from it, avoided it sometimes, until it inevitably finds me. “Change is like a vacation” I’ve heard someone say. Whatever change they are experiencing, I’d like some of that! Despite my interest in resisting change, I realize that it’s all around us. It is, the one thing, many say is constant in life. You can depend on the fact that things will change. This season will pass. Another will come. And it will be different.

I fell in love with the song One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture, because it reminds me that no matter how often things change, God’s love never changes. It always stays the same. It’s constant. It never gives up or runs out on you. How many things can we say that about in this day and age? Relationships change, jobs change, circumstances change, children grow up and move away, even the technology you use changes. But God’s love always stays the same steady love from day to day. It never leaves you.

I love how the song reminds us, “your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me….on and on and on and on it goes.” It continues to remind us that only this kind of love can truly satisfy our soul. May we constantly be reminded that change, whether good or bad, wanted or not, may lift us up or drag us down. But God’s constant and steady love is the one thing that remains. And this, is soul satisfying kind of love.

by Lisa Mowry

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Dave Hunt

Good songs that proclaim timeless truth can long outlast their authors. Many hymns are still sung today, hundreds of years after they were penned, and they still find a welcome place in our worship services. Sometimes, however, there are words here and there that seem to get lost in translation, mostly because our current culture doesn’t use them any longer. As I find myself leading some of these songs, I want to make sure that the congregation is aware of what we are singing, so I spend a moment or two explaining the meanings. I’ve found that, after a simple explanation, the songs are so much richer as we proclaim them together during our worship times.

Come Thou Fount is one of those songs. I’ve sung it for years, and have often told the story of the word “Ebenezer” – it comes from the passage in I Samuel 7 when God delivers the Israelites from the Philistines in a miraculous way, a way that could only be attributed to Him. Then Samuel sets up an alter of stones and names it “Ebenezer”, saying “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” It’s a great story of Israel setting up a marker of what God had done in their midst. I travel and lead worship at camps and conferences, and so I often see students experience moments where God does incredible things in their lives during the events. I encourage them to think of those moments as “Ebenezer” moments and to figuratively set up a marker. After the retreat is over, this can serve as a reminder of what God did in their lives.

This spring I recorded a hymns project and added “Come Thou Fount” as one of the tracks. During the summer I sang the song often and, in addition to the word “Ebenezer”, another word caught my attention. The word “fetter.” The last verse says, “Let thy grace Lord, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.” What is a “fetter?” It is defined as a chain or shackle for the ankles or feet, or something that serves to restrict; a restraint. The image that I kept having is a little odd, but it was one of a dog on a chain in a yard. Something outside of the yard catches the dog’s attention and he starts to run for it, forgetting that the chain is connected to him. He is running freely until he hits the threshold, and at that moment, is yanked back. I sometimes feel like that dog, in my flesh running as fast as I can away from the God I love, and running for something outside of what He has for me. The song asks for His grace to be like a “fetter”, a chain that would bind our wandering hearts to Him. Praise God for His grace that could potentially “yank” us back to Him, saving us from so much pain and sorrow. We so need his grace. We were once slaves to sin, but because of His great love for us, we have become slaves to righteousness!

So as we incorporate ancient songs with current ones, let us be mindful to educate our people as to what we are singing. It will lead to a more meaningful and heartfelt worship experience and, ultimately, glorify God because of how He is at work in our congregations!

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Adam Carmichael

Recently, I have been amazed by a show on TV called ‘Wonders of the universe’. I am fascinated by science, so much so that I decided to study chemistry at university, but unlike many I have never felt that science and faith contradict each other. On the contrary, science never fails to open my eyes to the wonder and awesome power of God and his amazing creation. How can something so perfect and magnificent ever be an accident? I find that hard to comprehend. I often feel I have my deepest connection with God when I stare into the night sky, or wander through the hills of Northumberland where I live, and simply breathe in the beauty of it all. My heart just wants to sing.

The two recent sets of tuition videos I have filmed for worshipcorner, songs by Chris Tomlin and Tim Hughes, have been great fun doing. I love the thought of aiding God’s people to connect with him through great music and words that are full of truth and good news. There is a line from Tim Hughes’ song ‘God is coming’ which reads,

“Here You come, running to find me, King of the universe, yes our God is the God who saves.”

I find this staggering. The same God who created everything we see, loves and cares for little me more deeply than I could ever imagine or comprehend. He will never give up on me. He is running to find me, he longs to be with me! He has more thoughts about me than there are grains of sand (Psalm 17-18)!

I hope you enjoy learning these great songs and worshipping our God who deserves our highest praise.

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Kurtis Parks

I would like to introduce you to Kurtis Parks. Kurtis just recorded and released his second worship EP, “Light will Shine” with acclaimed Nashville producer and friend, Akil Thompson. The album features some of Parks’ most heartfelt worship songs that he’s written since he started leading worship in churches, at age 14. Kurtis is making two songs available on worshipcorner. You can listen and download the songs for free using the link below.

“I’ve always been fascinated with light. Even as a little kid, after getting a telescope for Christmas, I went right out to our back window and fixated the lens on the brightest object I could find in the night sky, which I thought was Venus at the time, but apparently it was the North Star.  As a character in the movie Anchorman stated, “I love lamps”. I’m mesmerized with electricity and glowing bulbs. Scriptures like Acts 20:8 and Matthew 5:16 are just so cool to me. I think as believers who are called to walk in God’s “marvelous light”, there should be this wonder and awe when we see the sun, the moon, and the night stars. All of these beautiful displays of God’s creation were inspiration for my latest worship EP, “Light will Shine”, produced by my good friend and acclaimed Nashville music man, Akil Thompson. We approached the album with a very unique and distinct model – we wanted to be creators. We stretched ourselves, and threw out all the limits that people often place on worship music. We created sounds that I’m positive we’ll never be able to replicate again. We swung for the fences. I spent time praying in the spirit and seeking God every morning before the record button was punched. I really believe this created the atmosphere for true creation in the studio.

I think too often we limit ourselves as worship leaders, singers, and writers, and say, “No, that guitar part would never work”, or “How could you use a keytar in worship?” For too long, Christian music has taken a backseat to the trends and newest sounds in music worldwide. If we are created in the image of God, then it’s my belief that we are created to be CREATORS. No one has an imagination like God. He called the earth out of chaos, and created everything we see that is good in this world. He gave us dominion over this earth, and we all remember the Bible story, how God told Adam to name all the animals  (I bet that was a lot of fun). I think it’s our destiny to be at the forefront of culture. We’re called to be the head, not the tail, to be the leaders, and not the followers. This is how we sonically approached this album. If I had to pick one song off the CD to tell people to check out, it’d have to be “It is Finished.” This is a tune that was written right after a small group meeting I had with a group of about 20 young adults. Our entire night was spent discussing God’s grace, and just how much He loved us, to send His only son to die the most excruciating death, for a people that had turned their back on Him. I think grace might be the hardest concept of the New Testament for so many people in this day and age to grasp hold of. We live in a society where we have to give something, to get something. We think, “if I do bad, I get bad, and if I do good, I get good”. That’s not Christianity, that’s Karma. Because of what Christ did on the cross, and God’s grace, IT IS FINISHED. We don’t need to carry around guilt and condemnation, that Christ already paid for. I love the freedom that we have in Christ, and that is one of the key points of the whole album. We are a people saved by grace, and called to walk in His light.A preacher once told me “Light will always displace darkness, darkness can never overcome light.” That’s the phrase that brought about the album title – “Light will Shine.” (by Kurtis Parks)

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worshipcentral.org

I would like to introduce you to three new songs from worshipcentral.com. Worship Central is a school of worship from Alpha International, led by Tim Hughes and Al Gordon. You can listen and download the songs for free using the link below.

“Do you believe that God is good? We often say that He is good, but do we really believe that He is good? It’s easy to think that He is good when things are going our way. We can easily declare His goodness when we have what we need, even more so when we get what we want. Do we believe the same when things are hard? Do we believe He is good when we get a bad diagnosis? Do we believe that He is good when things don’t go our way? Is He still good when we get notice that we’re losing our job? or when we lose a loved one? or when some other tragedy strikes? The Bible tells us repeatedly that God is good but have you ever noticed that the verses that say, “He is good” tend to start with, “Give thanks to the Lord” and end with, “His love endures forever?” (1 Chronicles 16:34; 2 Chronicles 5:13, 7:3; Ezra 3:11, Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 118:29; 136:1). These verses don’t sound like suggestions. They sound like commands that we are to give thanks because He is good. Period. Not only is He good, but His love also endures forever. Period. I’ll be the first to admit that my perspective of God is not always accurate. I am human after all, and I am clouded by my own limited capacity to fully understand. I have walked through some situations where God’s goodness looked anything but good, and there have even been times when it felt like He must be out to get me. Yet, even when things are difficult, His goodness is still present. Even when we don’t see or feel it in the middle of our circumstances, He is still good. I remember sitting with a friend on a very difficult day in the summer of 2009. I was one year into the most painful journey I have ever walked. I spent several minutes rehashing some extremely painful details; details that seemed far from the fact that God is good.

When I finished, my friend lovingly pointed out to me that even though those details seemed so wrong and so unnecessarily painful, seeing where I had landed as a result of them undeniably screamed God’s goodness. Looking back over the year, I could see God’s hand working good in my life in spite of my circumstances, my choices and the choices of those around me. He is good. I can’t explain it, but somehow, in ways only God can pull off, His nature is that of “good” and He cannot go against His nature. He is God. We are not. As only He can, He finds ways to make all things: not just some, not just the things we like, but *all* things – even the horrible, the difficult, the painful…He makes *all* things work together for good. (Romans 8:28) “Give thanks to the Lord.” Why? Because “He is GOOD.” And because “His love endures forever.” You know what? Not only is He good, but I’d bank on the fact that He is also in a good mood.” (By Cathy Little from worshipministry.com)

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Michael John Clement

I would like to introduce you to Michael John Clement and two of his songs. You can listen and download the songs for free using the link below.

“I seem to be surrounded by Volcanoes these days.

First, I have started to read a book about Pompeii, the Italian city that was destroyed by the enormous explosion of Vesuvias in AD 79. This was a thriving metropolis, where men and women lived out their everyday lives oblivious to what was happening deep underground and building up, which would result in an eruption of such magnitude that at one point one and a half million tons of ash, lava and rock were shot thirty kilometres into the sky, per second. Yes, per second. The resulting cloud of debris literally ‘froze’ people into statues, which we can see in Pompeii today. And now, our twenty first century technology is grounded by another eruption. This time in Iceland. By a Volcano, which I cannot even, pronounce let alone spell. All our well thought out plans brought to nought. Chaos in the air, on land, and on the high seas.

The worship songs being introduced this month are very appropriate.

‘Ancient of Days’ is a title given to God who tells us that He has been the one who set the mountains in their place, ordered creation and presides over it. He also tells us that He threw some mountains at one stage, (which presumably explains why we have some upside down strata in some places in the World.) It is a timely reminder that we worship a magnificent God, whose power is unlimited and yet his grace towards us reaches down to the smallest areas of our lives.

The second song is ‘Shout to the Lord’. We are mid way between Easter and Pentecost, two important dates in the Christian calendar. Easter, that speaks of Christ’s death on a cross to remove everything that separates us from God, and His Resurrection three days later, showing His power over death and sin; and Pentecost, the time of the giving by God, and receiving by people, of the Holy Spirit. Given that we might have the power to live the life of Jesus here. Our ‘Shout to the Lord’, is one of thanks for victory in Christ, liberation by His Lordship, praise for His power and thanksgiving for His faithfulness.

Enjoy the songs, and I hope that they will inspire in you both a sense of awe and a desire to proclaim His greatness. ” (By Ken Swan, Senior Elder, Chase Family Church, UK)

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Evangel Lapore

I would like to introduce you to a new song by Evangel Lapore called He’s Alive Not a Lie. You can listen and download the song for free using the link below.

“Yesterday I took a good jog in my neighborhood, thoroughly enjoying the spring weather and new green landscape ahead of me. Here in Nashville, Easter corresponds with the beginning of Spring and it is always such a great reminder of the new life that comes as result of what we celebrate during this holiday – the truth that God came to earth as a man in Jesus, lived a life without sin, died a death that he did not deserve, and in doing so, fulfilled the law and became the perfect sacrifice for our sin, as well, he even became our sin and endured the wrath of God on our behalf so that we could be rescued and redeemed, brought to life, so ultimately that He would be glorified and exalted.

Even as I walked off my porch, I saw the budding hydrangea just outside our door that a week before, and actually since November, had just been twigs poking out of the ground. There are now leaves growing on those twigs that will soon turn into incredibly colorful, beautiful, blooming flowers. That simple moment caused me to be amazed at the story of God! What an amazing picture of the gospel. Just as plants that were dead come to life when the spring comes, He is constantly giving new life, and has been, all through eternity. The dead are brought to life!

As it says in Ephesians Chapter 2 –

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

He has made us alive! What a life-changing truth! We, who were once dead, can be given life through Christ and his sacrifice. Don’t miss that truth this Easter. In addition to being reminded of the truth, please don’t keep it to yourself. Don’t forget what it was like to not know that truth, and the slavery your souls were in, dead in your transgressions. Let that memory of who we once were compel us to go and share the news of Christ to all we can. Let us, in gratitude, share the truth of God to a world that so desperately needs to hear of the life that comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ! – (by Dave Hunt)

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Justin Jacobs

I would like to introduce you to Justin Jacobs.  You can listen and download his album using the link below.

“This past year and a half has been a crazy one for many of us. I know countless people whose marriages have been rocked, whose lives have been rearranged, who’ve lost their jobs and even their homes. Global turmoil, sickness, natural disasters, massive tragedies and economic chaos has plagued us and brought depression, hopelessness and broken hearts to many I know. However, in the midst of all of this insecurity and change we can still stand firm knowing that there is a Creator, a Redeemer, a Healer, a Restorer, a Faithful Provider, and an everlasting God named Jesus Christ who is alive, and who sits on the throne totally in control of everything going on. We do have hope, we just forget it. It’s so easy to be burdened and broken by everything going on when we live our lives based on what we feel. But, if we acknowledge how we feel, and yet live based upon what we know is true, we can have hope and victory in the midst of everything going on around us.

That’s what this cd is all about. It’s filled with songs that have become anthems in our church that remind us that God is an everlasting God! That He’s not only with us but In us, our hope of Glory. That His love never fails, and that He makes all things work together for my good. Songs that reminds us that we’ve been transferred out of the dominion of darkness and into a marvelous light, and that greater things are still to come and still to be done in my life and the life of this city.

I pray that with every song, your spirit is encouraged and your heart is ignited to live your life based upon what you know is true rather than how you feel. As the church, we need to be people filled with hope, filled with joy, filled with life and filled with unconditional love and generosity in the midst of this darkness. Why? Because the stage has been set, and just like the beginning of a massive rock concert, the lights are down, the bass is thumping, and the atmosphere is buzzing with energy and electricity. Anticipation and excitement are filling the air all awaiting the explosion of life and sound that will erupt from the darkness when the band takes to the stage. The stage is set! The church is God’s headlining band and all of creation is waiting for us to run out and STAND on the stage of life to bring forth the power and greatness of God in it’s fullness. It will happen, and when it does, basic creation will ring forth, “where there is light, darkness flees for darkness cannot exist in the existence of light.” When that day comes this verse in Isaiah will be the reality of the anthem being brought to life. Be blessed.” -JustinJacobs

Arise, shine, for Your Light has come, and the Glory of the Lord rises upon You! See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, But the Lord rises upon You! And His glory appears over you, Nations will come to Your light and kings to the Brightness of Your Dawn! -Isaiah 60:1-5 —

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