Songs We Sing (09.11.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of September 11, 2016, Redemption band The Reprise led music and we sang:

 

ONE GOD
Written by Cam Huxford, 2011. Huxford says of this song, “One thing that I have seen throughout my life is that God is faithful to crush our idols. He can do that because he is simply bigger and more powerful than all of the other things that we might choose to worship. The song “One God” was written out of the continual experience of seeing a big God rule over everything else.”
Buy “One God” by Ghost Ship.
 
AMAZING GRACE (FAITH’S REVIEW AND EXPECTATION)
Written by John Newton, John P. Rees, Sandra McCracken. Public Domain (arrangement © 2010). This is a different arrangement of the classic hymn, giving more focus to the gospel roots of the song. We’ve sung this song so much as a culture that it seems to have lost a lot of its meaning — the focus on God’s grace saving ‘a wretch’ like me.
Buy “Amazing Grace (Faith’s Review And Expectation)” by Sandra McCracken.
 
ADOPTION
Written by Cam Huxford IV and Ghost Ship, 2015. Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Solid lyrics reflecting on what God has given us by adopting us as His own.
Buy “Adoption” by Ghost Ship.
 
MY SAVIOR’S LOVE (I STAND AMAZED)
Written by Charles H. Gabriel, Edwin O. Excell, 1905. Arrangement by Chris Tomlin, 2006. This is a slowed-down version of the hymn “I Stand Amazed In The Presence.”
Buy “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)” by Chris Tomlin.
 
COME AS YOU ARE
Written by Ben Glover, David Crowder, Matt Maher, 2014. Isaiah 55:1 says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” This song, along with songs like the old hymn “Just As I Am” reflect that thought. We can come to Jesus and find forgiveness just as we are, not having to clean ourselves up first. Thank God, he finds us in our lowly estate and rescues us from darkness.
Buy “Come As You Are” by Crowder.
 
LIFT YOUR HEAD WEARY SINNER (CHAINS)
Written by David Crowder, Ed Cash. Seth Philpott; 2014. This “stomp” song is an anthem for all of us as “prodigals” stumbling towards grace. The chains of sin can no longer hold us as Jesus has wiped away all our sins and broken the bondage of sin.
Buy “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)” by Crowder.

Songs We Sing (09.04.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of September 4, 2016, Redemption band At One led music and we sang:

 

NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD
Written by Robert Lowry, 1876. I love the lyric “Nothing can for sin atone/Nothing but the blood of Jesus/Not of good that I have done/Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” This is a song that helps us focus on Christ’s work for us and helps us take our eyes off of our own work.
Buy “Nothing But The Blood” by Page CXVI.
 
THE SOLID ROCK
Written by (Lyrics) Ed­ward Mote, 1834; (Music) Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1863. This is another great song about Christ being our only hope and the fact that when we stand before God, we can be clothed in only Jesus’ righteousness.
Buy “The Solid Rock” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).
 
ADOPTION
Written by Cam Huxford IV and Ghost Ship, 2015. Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Solid lyrics reflecting on what God has given us by adopting us as His own.
Buy “Adoption” by Ghost Ship.
 
NEAR THE CROSS
Written by Fanny Crosby and W. Howard Doane, 1869. A great hymn of prayer and reflection on the cross.
Download “Near The Cross” by Narrow Path on NoiseTrade.
Download a free live version of “Near The Cross” by At One.
 
NEVER THE SAME
Written by Bob Foote, Mike Crockett, Daniel Ross, 2013. This song springs from the idea that after one comes face to face with the risen Jesus, things are never the same. The curse of Adam has been displaced by Christ’s work on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
Buy “Never The Same” by (Redemption band) At One.
 
ONLY HOPE
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. The song is more or less taken from Ephesians 2, a great part of Scripture dedicated to explaining how we are dead in our sins but God’s saving grace makes us alive. Verse one leads into a pre-chorus that is a question (“born of man and choosing sin/who will bring me to life?”). Verse two leads into the same pre-chorus but is now a statement (“set me free and now I can see/who will bring me to life.”).

Buy “Only Hope” by (Redemption outreach band) Narrow Path.

Songs We Sing (08.28.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of August 28, 2016, Redemption band At One led music and we sang:

 

HERE IS OUR KING
Written by David Crowder, 2005. God is a God of redemption and forgiveness. “Here is our God who’s come, to bring us BACK to Him. He is the One, He is Jesus!”
Buy “Here Is Our King” by David Crowder Band.
 
READY, WILLING, ABLE
Written by Daniel Ross, Mike Crockett; 2012. Taken from Luke 12:35-56, this original song focuses on keeping our hearts ready for the Master’s return. We are not called to know the hour, but only to be ready.
Buy “Ready, Willing, Able” by At One.
 
BREAK EVERY CHAIN
Written by Will Reagan, 2009. A simple song reminding us there is power in Jesus’ name. He alone is able to break the chains of sin that bind us so easily.
Buy “Break Every Chain” by The Digital Age.
 
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY
Words written by Reginald Heber (1826) and music by John B. Dykes (1861). A great song proclaiming the glory and just plain bigness/holiness/grandeur, etc. of our God.
Buy “Holy, Holy, Holy” by Sufjan Stevens.
 
BECAUSE HE LIVES
Written by Gloria Gaither and William J. Gaither, 1971. This song is a great declaration of faith in the face of the trials of the world. We can face uncertain days because Jesus has risen.
Buy “Because He Lives” by Crowder.
Download “Because He Lives (Live at CCJ)” by The Reprise.
 
GLORY TO HIS NAME
Written by Elisha Albright Hoffman and John Hart Stockton, 1878. This song is also known as “Down At The Cross.” “Come to this fountain so rich and sweet/Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet/Plunge in today, and be made complete/Glory to His Name!”
Download “Glory To His Name (Live)” by We Come Alive.

Louisiana Flood Relief

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Redemption has made contact with Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, La. Bethany is in the heart of the flooding in Louisiana and is leading part of the flood relief effort in that area. Redemption is offering assistance in their efforts. You can help in few different ways.

You can give financially toward the relief efforts. We will be accepting cash or checks (written to Redemption with a memo line of “Louisiana Flood Relief”) in the office during the week or in the offering on Sunday.

You can also purchase items needed for the massive clean up effort. Needed items include: trash bags, mops, push brooms, cleaning supplies, rags/paper towels, masks, 5-gallon buckets, and gloves. We have a trailer open and parked on the south side of our Jasper campus — near the office entrance — to collect these items.

Monetary donations and cleaning items to send to Bethany Church will be collected through Monday, Aug. 29.

Songs We Sing (08.21.2016)

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When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. “Songs We Sing” is an weekly effort to help us better learn the songs we are singing as well as to gather some small insight into what we are singing. If you’d like a copy of the songs listed, a link is provided (where available). For the services of August 21, 2016, Redemption band Always At The Ready (with Loogootee worship minister Caleb Spencer) led music and we sang:

 

MADE ALIVE
Written by Zach Bolen and Brian Eichelberger, 2012. This song is inspired by Colossians 2 and Ephesians 2 and focuses on how Jesus’ grace has bought us back and made us right before God.
Buy “Made Alive” by Citizens & Saints.
Download “Made Alive (Live)” by We Come Alive here.
 
THE SOLID ROCK
Written by (Lyrics) Ed­ward Mote, 1834; (Music) Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1863. This is another great song about Christ being our only hope and the fact that when we stand before God, we can be clothed in only Jesus’ righteousness.
Buy “The Solid Rock” by Austin Stone Worship (feat. Aaron Ivey).
 
COME THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Written by Robert Robinson, 1758. This is a favorite hymn at CCJ. It’s such a song of yearning, pleading with God to keep us in Him. “Jesus sought me when a stranger/Wandering from the fold of God/He to rescue me from danger/Interposed His precious blood.”
Buy “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” by Narrow Path.
 
CHRIST BE ALL AROUND ME
Written by David Leonard, Jack Mooring, Leeland Mooring, Leslie Jordan, 2014. “Above and below me. Before and behind me. In every eye that sees me, Christ be all around me.” In everything we do and everywhere we go, we are the hands and feet of Jesus.
Buy “Christ Be All Around Me” by All Sons & Daughters.
 
BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE
Written by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1863) and Vikki Cook (1997). The lyrics for this old hymn were written in the 19-century and revived with a new tune in the 1990s. “Before The Throne” is a song showing us that we have right standing before God because “the sinless Savior died.” It’s a really powerful song.
Buy “Before The Throne of God Above” by Sojourn.
 
MIGHTY TO SAVE
Written by Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan, 2006. I love the focus on singing for the glory of the risen king, Jesus. Only He is mighty enough to save us, there is none other.
Buy “Mighty To Save” by Hillsong Live.

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