Tag Archives: Chris Lockwood

Spotlight on Chris Lockwood – Coming Alive: I’m Still Standing

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Did you know that Chris Lockwood has a new EP out? Have you purchased / downloaded his Coming Alive EP? You can find out more at his website.

I can’t think of enough words to adequately describe this music. Full of heart and passion. My goodness – some phenomenal talent. The vocals and music are amazing. I will share my thoughts on the other songs on this EP as well, but this song – man, it’s good! The raw emotions – the perseverance – the fight — so real.

Do you ever feel out of place – like the new kid on the block? Like an outsider peeking in?

This song tackles the idea that life isn’t always easy. It isn’t always going to be smooth sailing, and you won’t always want to plaster on a fake smile. There may be times where you look around, eager to grasp onto anything – anything at all – that will give you strength. You may realize that things that were once of paramount importance are nowhere to be found. The question is – will you give up?

There will undoubtedly be times when you look around, and simply do not like what you see. Even when it seems like your world may come crashing down around you at any moment, never give up. Don’t ever allow life’s circumstances to get to you to the point that you lose your footing. Stand firm. Even if you find yourself staring life in the face, and feel like you’re losing that staring contest, always remember hope — and to stand. Keep on standing.

Never give up. Life’s not always going to be easy, but keep on standing.

Chris – I just want to thank you for creating this EP. Talk about moving and powerful. It really speaks volumes, on so many levels. You, my friend, are an inspiration.

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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!

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