Category Archives: When Music Comes Alive

I am highlighting a song or band that has touched my heart, and that I feel needs sharing!

Chris Habermehl – All Things New CD Release Concert – January 6, 2013

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Last night was a phenomenal CD release concert from Chris Habermehl – Skyline Church’s worship pastor. He leads Skyline in worship Sunday mornings. In time, I will be doing separate posts about the songs on Chris’s new CD. Please know I speak the truth when I mention what an amazing heart Chris has – for God and for people. What a blessing it is to be able to hear his heart through music on such a regular basis as well. I know God will use the music from Chris’s new CD to touch and share His love in the lives of countless people.

I’d like to personally say thank you to Chris for following after the heart of God with the passion that you do. It is an honor to call you and your beautiful family my friends and to do life together with you guys. Thank you for making this concert possible, and for sharing the talents God has given you. You are very much a blessing.

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Spotlight On 33Miles – Let It Be Glory

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In the coming days and/or weeks, I will be doing a series of blog posts about these guys (Jason Barton and Chris Lockwood – together, making up 33Miles) and their new CD that is set to release in a few months. The heart and passion that these guys operate with is very much a blessing in countless lives. From their website…For Chris and Jason, it’s that pursuit of a Christ-focused, heaven-minded life that fuels everything they do, especially their music. “nothing we can accomplish in business, no amount of education –nothing compares to Jesus,” says Chris, “But how our salvation translates to how we live today is the question. To wake up every day and make the choice to live with heaven in mind, to not let the circumstances of this day override that choice. It’s easier said than done, but getting up every day trying to make it more and more possible.” Jason put it well when he had this to say, “…it came down to, ‘What are we doing to live for Christ today, to make a difference?’ A lot of people live for the future, and a lot of people live in the past, but very few people tend to look at their lives and think about what life can be like right now.”

I recently had the opportunity to ask Chris if there was anything he’d like to say to his listeners. His response was heartfelt as he shared his own gratitude: “With the music industry being such a difficult place to work in these days, it’s our fans that allow us the privilege to even do it. We are nothing without them. Thanks!”

These, my friends, are artists with heart.

Here is a handful of questions I posed on Facebook, with the following thought from me: (If you’re reading this on my blog, and have answers – I’d love to hear your replies as well – feel free to comment below, or to send me a message via my “contact me” page.)

First Question: How many of you have heard of 33Miles with Jason Barton and Chris Lockwood??

Second Question: What is your favorite song by them?

Third Question: Did you know there was a way to support (via Kickstarter) their new worship CD production? And, in so doing, have the ability to hear their new songs as a pre-release?

If you were a part of their Kickstarter campaign, have you listened yet? What’s your favorite song on their new CD?
For those of you who did not participate in their Kickstarter campaign, and who are wondering what in the world I’m talking about it – trust me when I tell you, you need to get your hands on their new CD when it releases in a few months. Talk about God’s heart shared in music, for such a time as this.

What I said on Facebook was just the tip of the iceberg, with regards to my thoughts on this. These songs are the kind of songs that will reach out and touch you – right where you are. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you are going through – there is something for you in each and every song on this CD. Whether you need encouragement, love or to just take time in worship – this is beautiful music with such a greater message.

As previously mentioned, I will be highlighting my thoughts from the songs on their upcoming CD. I encourage you to get ahold of this CD when it’s released. Let’s support 33 Miles, and show them how much we appreciate the love and heart they put into their music, and on behalf of their fans!

Jason and Chris, always know how much you, also, are loved. Thanks for following the heart of God with passion. What you do has such impact. From a grateful world, thank you!

A Call To Action: Prayer (Sixteen Cities ~ Pray You Through)

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Today’s blog post is about a group of guys with a heart and passion for God, and clearly passionate for people. These guys, Josiah Warneking, Josh Miller, Joel Warneking and Chad McCutchen, make up the Christian Band, Sixteen Cities. Their songs have become quick hits, and have even been featured on TV shows such as “One Tree Hill” but that is far from all they are as people, and as a band.

This is a quote taken from their website (Sixteen Cities) “It is our desire to be a band of servants, humbly offering our giffts and talents to reach this world for Christ. We know we’re just a bunch of normal guys, living each day in the grip of God’s grace“, says Josiah Warneking. As of this point in their career, they are following the heart of God, and are in a process of transitioning into being less of a pop band that is concerned about where they are on the charts (though I know they will still soar) and more of a band whose desire is to be worshipers above anything else — letting people know who Jesus truly is and what He’s all about.

I’d like to ask you to pray for them, as they are heading off to a tour starting in Herlev, Denmark — starting November 21, 2012. They are truly taking His love and grace into all the world. Talk about a Thanksgiving blessing! Let’s just pray that God continues to give them favor, to hold them close and keep them safe during their travels, that He gives them rest as they tour, and above all – that they are able to make a difference sharing Him in a land far from home.

Time and time again, God breathes life through the words and message of their music. One song (Pray You Through) is not only beautiful, but also life-changing. I will post the lyrics below, but this song speaks of prayer, and reaches out to the person who is heartbroken, hurting or struggling – for whatever reason.

Sometimes the reality is that nothing we say or do can truly make a difference, or change a situation. People have pain, and tears sometimes flow. This song speaks of friendship on a God-inspired level.

Friends, this is our call as Christians – to love one another. Every human being alive struggles in some way, shape or form. As a person whose life has been changed by the power of prayer, I can say that prayer is paramount, and a truly vital part of living and walking through life. I would urge you to seek out people who you can simply be a friend to/for. You may have no idea what they’re going through, but just know they need prayer. Take the time, and be the person to pray them through. You never know what a difference just being a friend, being willing to pray and stand in the gap for another person will mean. Life change happens when we are willing to listen to Him and reach out on behalf of others.

On the other hand, if you are a person needing help, and seeking hope – please take the time to reach out. Allow a friend to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Know that you are worth it, and another person would be blessed to reach out, offering you a hand of hope and strength. Know this – you are human, and it’s okay to not always be okay. There is strength in community, and strength when people come together in prayer.

Friendship, together with prayer has the potential of being life-changing — to them, but also to you. When you allow God to work through you, He also works IN you. So, no matter what you are facing, take the reality of His love and hope with you.

This song specifically (with lyrics below) has seen me some tough times. During moments where I just need gentle reminders of the love and support available through Him, this song has brought me an immeasurable amount of peace and strength. I posted the link above to their official song on YouTube.

Whether you are hurting or not, I strongly urge you to just sit back and listen to the message contained in this song. Bookmark it. Take the time, follow God’s lead, and be willing to share it with a friend who may need to hear the words that someone cares enough to pray them through. As I have said and echoed previously — always remember that you may very well be the only Jesus some people see. Allow Him to shine through you, bringing hope and peace in a broken world.

Pray You Through lyrics

The walls are closing in
You feel alone, you feel afraid
Your heart begins to bend
You take a breath and then
It starts to break

Chorus:
I’m all out of words
There’s nothing I could say to you
To take away the hurt
So let me pray you through
Let me pray you through

So lift your shaking hands
Don’t say a word
I’ll stay with you
The tears will heal the pain
You shouldn’t be ashamed
To come undone

Chorus:
I’m all out of words
There’s nothing I could say to you
To take away the hurt
So let me pray you through
Let me pray you through

Fall down
And let me carry you
I’ll carry you

Chorus:
I’m all out of words
There’s nothing I could say to you
To take away the hurt
So let me pray you through

Chorus:
I’m all out of words
There’s nothing I could say to you
To take away the hurt
So let me pray you through
Let me pray you through
Let me pray you through

The Arms that Hold the Universe

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There is a song that has become one of my favorite songs.  My friends from 33 Miles (33 Miles) sing a song entitled “Arms That Hold The Universe” that I find comforting and pertinent in so many situations.  

I just want to share this song with each of you, in hopes that it will touch you, or that God will meet you right where you are – in the midst of any storm you may be facing – now or in the future.

Our local radio station has a daily request hour. If I am feeling down, need encouragement, or want to show love and/or encouragement for a struggling friend, I routinely request this song.  For a community mourning the loss of a friend to suicide, I have asked for this song (sadly, more than once).  

SO many people can relate to and understand the pain behind thinking it seems like the darkest day they’ve ever known.   This song shares hope and brings life in the midst of so many storms.

This song (lyrics below) speaks so many volumes.  I mean, in some of the darkest hours you might ever know, the God of strength won’t let go of you.  He’ll hold you tight, and He’ll keep you safe.  The one who created the entire universe, those hands are holding you.  

It just really touches me during times that I need to just remember how much He loves me.  Truth be told, it has had such a big impact in my life.  I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to the words of this song.  There have been times, and situations I could  not see the end of.  I have had trouble realizing the hope is real, even for me.  He thinks both you and I are that special.  He loves us with an unrelenting, passionate love.  

Know that no matter what situation, no matter how much pain, and no matter how heartbreaking your situation may seem, He will NEVER let you (or me) go.  Just knowing that the arms that hold the entire universe are holding me today (and always) – priceless!

Take a moment to listen to the words of this song.  Let it sink in.  Whether you are happy, or whether you are in pain – take a moment to let God, through this song, meet you right where you are.  There is nothing you can do to make Him stop loving you.  You are His child, and He loves you.  No matter what you are going through today, remember – it is temporary, and you are in good hands!  Never forget how very much you are loved.

Here are the lyrics written below, as well as a YouTube video, found here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2D13kAxUEs

I know it seems like this could be
The darkest day you’ve known
But believe you me
The God of strength will never let you go
He will overcome I know

And the arms that hold the universe
Are holding you tonight
You can rest inside
It’s gonna be alright

And the voice that calmed the raging sea
Is calling you His child
So be still and know He’s in control
He will never let you go

Through many dangers toils and snares
You have already come
His grace has brought you safe this far
His grace will lead you home

And the arms that hold the universe
Are holding you tonight
You can rest inside
It’s gonna be alright

And the voice that calmed the raging sea
Is calling you His child
So be still and know He’s in control
He will never let you go

You can hope you can rise you can stand
He’s still got the whole world in His hands
You can hope you can rise you can stand
He’s still got the whole world
The whole world in His hands

And the arms that hold the universe
Are holding you tonight
You can rest inside
It’s gonna be alright

And the voice that calmed the raging sea
Is calling you His child
So be still and know He’s in control
He will never let you go
He will never let you go

He’s still got the whole world in His hands
Still got the whole world in His hands

I know it seems like this could be
The darkest day you’ve known
But believe you me
The God of strength will never let you go
He will overcome I know