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Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 NASB

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User Image cgstewart Posted: Nov 5, 2017 11:09 AM (UTC)
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“Why” is a modern day parable of Christ’s crucifixion. Eloquently written and preformed by Nichole Nordeman, with its multi-layered viewpoints coming from each of three main characters; a young girl, followed by Jesus and then the Father.
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Within this parable, Nichole paints one of single best answers anyone will ever give you for Jesus crying out with a loud voice from the cross, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” — Matthew 27:46.
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Source: The Crucifixion by Antoine Coypel (French, 1661 - 1722)
User Image cgstewart Posted: Oct 7, 2017 9:38 PM (UTC)
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User Image cgstewart Posted: Sep 24, 2017 10:26 AM (UTC)
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“Oh, happy day
When Jesus washed my sins away.”
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Edwin Hawkins is an American gospel musician, pianist, choirmaster, composer, and arranger. He is also one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound. As a child, Hawkins first remembered hearing this old-time Baptist hymn while listening to the Philadelphia-based gospel group The Davis Sisters. Hawkins would later rearrange and teach it to the Northern California State Youth Choir. “Oh Happy Day” would go on to earn a Grammy in 1969, reaching the U.S. top five recordings that same year.
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The legendary Ray Charles preformed this Hawkins’ classic live, along with The Voices of Jubilation Choir in 2003. If you want to hear the perfect pairing of a soulful lead singer with powerful backing choir, this is it!
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Sources: Gospel Gal + ONWALLHD
User Image cgstewart Posted: Sep 17, 2017 10:26 AM (UTC)
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“The Rising” was released in 2002 as the title track from Bruce Springsteen’s 12th studio album. Springsteen wrote the song and the body of work on the album as a reaction to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. These attacks caused the death of 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others. The critical response to the single included a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
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The song tells the story of a firefighter, as he goes into one of the most desperate events in American history. It begins with the start of his day, the tools of his profession and the Cross of Saint Florian. It closes with a series of final visions: his wife, his children, and all human experience:
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Sky of blackness and sorrow (dream of life)
Sky of love, sky of tears (dream of life)
Sky of glory and sadness (dream of life)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (dream of life)
Sky of memory and shadow (dream of life)
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This day I thank God for everyone who is called to rescue and protect anyone in need. And most of all, I’m eternally thankful for Jesus Christ, the one God sent to rescue all who would call upon His name (Romans 10:13).
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Sources: Wikipedia + July Brenda Gonzales Callapaza + Christopher Burns
User Image cgstewart Posted: Aug 27, 2017 11:01 AM (UTC)
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“Fool for You” is Nichole Nordeman’s lament about being ridiculed by the world for being a Christian. For the thoughtful fan, it’s yet another heartfelt song off Nichole’s “This Mystery” album. And as the founder of Cross Rhythms Magazine, Tony Cummings puts it “as art of the highest order, pop doesn’t come much better.”
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Sources: AllMusic + Matthew Henry
User Image cgstewart Posted: Aug 25, 2017 5:49 PM (UTC)
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[ even the demons know ] Luke 4:41
User Image cgstewart Posted: Aug 1, 2017 9:58 AM (UTC)
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~ for the woman i love ~
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 30, 2017 10:20 AM (UTC)
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Like the Joni Mitchell song “Love,“ Lauryn Hill wrote and performed a bonus song entitled “Tell Him,” from her 1998 Grammy award winning album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” It’s a gorgeous R&B version of her interpretation about one of the clearest descriptions of love in biblical scriptures, the apostle Paul’s 1 Corinthians 13.
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Whether you believe she sings a prayer of love to her man, her child or her Savior, the merciful clarity of Lauryn’s lyrics are an absolute beauty to hear. It's a description of love I’ve both felt and admired. Most women seem to freely have and give it in abundance. Anyone who’s been so blessed, can easily see it in a mother’s love for her child and a wife’s love for her husband. It’s a love that covers a multitude of wrongs.
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You can hear it with accompanying lyrics at https://youtu.be/-RAqYg7bnmw.
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Sources: Idolator.com + Classic Album Sundays
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 27, 2017 1:53 AM (UTC)
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User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 23, 2017 10:34 AM (UTC)
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If you’ve heard Nichole Nordeman’s beautiful song “Every Season,” you might be surprised to learn the story behind it. The song was written about a friend’s wedding day and soon followed by the groom’s memorial service. Nichole first performed this song at this same memorial service.
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In Nichole’s own words, “It was so overwhelming to have these two really heavy life moments, one overflowing with joy and one unbelievably wrought with grief and to somehow still be able to believe… to really believe that God is not God only in a summer season. That God is not God only when our life is good. And it was so much more of a challenge to say to God, ‘You are still here and You are still in charge and You are still full of goodness and mercy’ in the middle of winter. ‘Every Season’ was my way of saying ‘I’m not going to let God’s sovereignty be ruled by my emotions or circumstances or I’ll be all over the map for the rest of my life.”
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It’s songs like “Every Season” that justify why Nichole often refers to herself as a “wrestling poet.”
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Source: The Christian Broadcasting Network + Beliefnet.com + Gábor Juhász
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 17, 2017 12:22 AM (UTC)
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[ johnny b on the middle prong trail ]
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 9, 2017 10:19 AM (UTC)
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“Cry from the Cross” was released in 1972 with what many consider Ralphy Stanley’s best band during his lengthy career. These band members included singer Roy Lee Centers, fiddler Curly Ray Cline, bassist Jack Cooke, mandolinist Ricky Skaggs and guitarist Keith Whitley.
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On this memorable album comes the hard-charging bluegrass number “I Am the Man Thomas,” written by Stanley and Larry Sparks. The tempo is fast and urgent with lyrics reflecting the words of Jesus as He greets Thomas, eight-days after the resurrection:
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Oh, I am the Man, Thomas, I am the Man
Look at these nail scars here in my hands
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They pierced me in the side, Thomas, I am the Man.
They made me bear the cross, Thomas, I am the Man
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They laid me in the tomb, Thomas, I am the Man
In three days I arose, Thomas, I am the Man
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This same Thomas, a disciple of Jesus Christ, gave birth to the term “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas’ made the infamous statement to the other disciples who had seen Jesus appearing first without him, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my fingers where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later, Jesus re-appears to the same disciples and asks Thomas to put his fingers on his hands and into his side with the words, “Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:24-29
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Sources: Like the Dew + Bluegrass Today + Greg Rakozy
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 8, 2017 1:31 AM (UTC)
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[ in the deep deep blue ]
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jul 2, 2017 10:24 AM (UTC)
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Lauren Daigle delivers powerful vocals on “How Can It Be” with both a painful yearning and wonder for God’s all-sufficient grace. Both the song and Lauren’s album by the same name became RIAA Certified Gold.
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This heartfelt praise was written by Paul Mabury, Jason Ingram and Jeff Johnson. Both Lauren as the performer and Paul as one of the writers found their inspiration for this song in the biblical story of grace that Jesus Christ showed a woman caught in adultery, John 8:3-12.
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These verses describe Jesus stooping down on the ground when a crowd of men threw a woman at His feet and said, “Look at what she’s done, shouldn't we stone her? That’s what the law requires,” they said. Listening to their accusations of being a lawbreaker… for a sin that would require her death, Jesus demonstrates God’s perfect justice, love and grace for her.
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Sources: NewReleaseToday.com + Premier Productions + Mira Bozhko
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jun 28, 2017 6:50 PM (UTC)
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[ life's rich pageant ]
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jun 18, 2017 10:27 AM (UTC)
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“Draw Me Nearer,” is a classic hymn by what many consider to be the greatest hymn writer of all, Frances Jane “Fanny” Crosby and her collaborator William Doane. William J. Reynolds provides the context for the following composition of this hymn:
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“One evening she and Doane talked at length about the nearness of God in their lives. When Fanny went to her room, her mind and heart were flooded with ideas from their conversation. Before she went to sleep, the lines of “I am thine, O Lord” were in her mind... The next morning she recited the words to Doane, who wrote down the stanzas and composed the tune.”
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The text appeared with the following inscription from Hebrews 10:22: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (KJV)
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Fanny’s inspired revelation becomes even clearer when reading the previous verses in Hebrews 10:
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“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having a high priest over the house of God...” (KJV)
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This hymn provides a timeless understanding of a heart’s desire for Christ’s grace and perfection.
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Source: Discipleship Ministries
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jun 15, 2017 10:13 PM (UTC)
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User Image cgstewart Posted: Jun 4, 2017 10:24 AM (UTC)
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“Sinner Man” is a gospel song of invitation from a Northern California band by the name of Marley’s Ghost. It’s a traditional a cappella Appalachian folk song, previously composed and performed by Ralph Stanley. Not to be confused with the well-known “Sinnerman” spiritual, recorded by a host of artists, including the 10-minute-plus definitive version by Nina Simone.
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I’ve long enjoyed this particular song for the straightforward simplicity of its message.
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Lyrics:
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Sinner man, so discouraged
while traveling through this land, this land.
Oh, Lord, this land.
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Come, let us have a little talk with Jesus
just to hear what He has to say.
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(Chorus:)
My God Almighty spoke and He said,
"Go! And I'll go with you.
Open your mouth and I will speak for you."
For the Lord, tell me what to say,
they won't believe on me.
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I would not be a sinner,
tell you the reason why:
'Fraid the Lord might call me
and I wouldn't be ready to die.
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(Chorus)
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Some say give me silver.
Some say give me gold.
I say, "Give me Jesus!
For He's precious to my soul."
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(Chorus)
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Sources: Wikipedia + YouTube (The Rainmakers) + Andrew Neel + Jilbert Ebrahimi
User Image cgstewart Posted: Jun 2, 2017 2:16 AM (UTC)
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User Image cgstewart Posted: May 21, 2017 10:38 AM (UTC)
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Chris Tomlin is a multi-platinum Christian singer, worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, who has sold nearly 30 million records. He’s known as one of Christian music’s biggest stars.
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“Home” is one of the hits from his 2016 album, “Never Lose Sight.” About this song, Tomlin has said, “We all know this world we’re living in is not what it was meant to be. There’s so much fear, so much suffering, so much sorrow, so much pain, but the beauty that this song points to is that one day Jesus is going to make all things new. There will be no more sin, no more sorrow, the chains will be broken and we will see what it was all meant to be.”
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For context, we only need to look at what the apostle John himself recorded in Revelation, ‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’” — Revelation 21:3-4 ESV
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Sources: FREECCM + Wikipedia + Samantha Sophia + Ioan Schlosser