Hillsong: Heal my heart and make it clean

Heal my heart and make it clean

Open up my eyes to the things unseen

Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart for what breaks yours

Everything I am for your kingdom’s cause

As I walk from earth into eternity

Hosanna in the Highest, Hillsong

Image from UCB.co.uk.

Matt Redman: Mercies (New Every Morning)

This is a favourite new song from songwriter Matt Redman, Mercies (New Every Morning), recorded Live last year at Trafalgar Square.

Written last year by Matt Redman, Colby Taylor, DK Kim, May Angeles and Edith McNeill. You might recognise Edith McNeill’s The Steadfast Love of the Lord, which was used by permission.

In every season this I know:
Your goodness like the dawn will break again
All Your mercies rising
In this heart again
And my soul begins to sing…

Skye Jethani: The case against sermon-centric Sundays

Supply and demand have been inverted. In the past, there was a high demand for preaching, but finding a decent sermon was a hard task (you may have to travel for miles). Nowadays, a huge number of brilliant sermons can be downloaded and streamed online, and yet in our increasingly secular culture, the cultural demand for preaching is at an all time low. In this article from Premier Christianity magazine, Church leader Skye Jethani outlines the dilemma and proposes a possible solution.

I am a preacher. For hundreds of years my craft was in high demand. People travelled inconvenient distances to hear my sermons, they paid for my training so I could improve my skill, and they sacrificed to supply me time and space to study and write my weekly monologues.

But now the forces of modernity and technology have conspired against me. Seemingly overnight the conditions that made my vocation valuable have disappeared. I feel like a lamplighter at the dawn of the 20th Century, watching the cold glow of Edison’s lights replace the warm flicker of flames across my city. People still need light, just not mine.

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Romans 15: The fountain of Hope

Romans 15:13, image from CCM Magazine.

Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

Romans 15:13, The Passion Translation 

Laura Story: I Give Up

Faith, according to Laura Story, is surrendering to God.  This is how we begin “to know the fullness of my Father’s heart.”  The song is full of theology and bears repeated listening.