Songs We Sing (05.08.2016)

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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 May 8, 2016, CCJ 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.
 
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.
 
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
Written by Charles Crozat Converse and Joseph Medlicott Scriven, 1855, 1868. “Take it to the Lord in prayer.” So simple, yet something we fail to do so often. In Jesus, we find a friend and we find peace. Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land.
Download “What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Live at CCJ)” by The Reprise.
 
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.
 
MISSION’S FLAME
Written by Matt Redman, 2004. This song has such great words. “We’re going with a passion for Your name/Send us out.” I often wonder about myself, just how much am I going with a true passion for His name?
Buy “Mission’s Flame” by Matt Redman.
 
GOD OF THIS CITY
Written by Aaron Boyd, Andrew McCann, Ian Jordan, Peter Comfort, Peter Kernaghan, Richard Bleakley; 2006. With all that is happening and has happened at CCJ, this song always gives me hope that there are even greater things to come here. I believe (and certainly hope) that even after I’m long dead and gone, there will be even greater things happen here.
Buy “God Of This City” by Bluetree.
Download “God Of This City (Live at CCJ) by Alyssa + The Trio.

Songs We Sing (05.01.2016)

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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 May 1, 2016, CCJ band We Come Alive led music and we sang:

 

FREEDOM IS FOUND
Written by Daniel Ross, 2010. Read Romans 8. That’s where most of the lyrics came from. Hopefully, this song helps us to understand that there is no other way to freedom except through Jesus.
Buy “Freedom Is Found” by (CCJ outreach band) Narrow Path.
 
GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN
Words written by Julia H. Johnston (1911) and music by Daniel B. Towner (1910). Ephesians 2:8 says, “for it is by grace you have been saved … .” This song is a great reflection on God’s grace. “Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide. Whiter than snow you may be today.”
Buy “Grace That Is Greater” by Bart Millard.
 
I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
Words: Katherine Hankey, 1866. Music: William Fischer, 1869. I love these lyrics about sharing the Gospel: “I love to tell the story/’tis pleasant to repeat/What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.”
Buy “I Love To Tell The Story” by Alan Jackson.
 
THE LOVE OF GOD
Written by Frederick M. Lehman, Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai; 1917 (Arrangement by MercyMe). No matter how often we sing it or say it or write it, nothing can describe the love of God for us.
Buy “The Love Of God” by MercyMe.
 
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.
 
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.

Songs We Sing (04.24.2016)

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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 April 24, 2016, CCJ band At One led music and we sang:

 

YOU CARRIED ME
Written by Daniel Ross, Mike Crockett, Kyle Street, 2014. Inspired by Psalm 16 and Psalm 30, this is a song of remembrance of God’s power, carrying us through trials and difficulties, and, ultimately, bringing us freedom from sin through Jesus.
Buy “You Carried Me” by (CCJ band) At One.
 
YOU ARE MY VISION
Written by Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Rend Collective; 1919, 2011. This is a modern rendition of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” The lyrics of the first verse set the tone for what we are singing: “You are my vision/O King of my heart/Nothing else satisfies only You Lord.” This is truth.
Buy “You Are My Vision” by Rend Collective.
 
BLESSED BE YOUR NAME
Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2002. This song, lyrically, is never as upbeat as it can sound. It reminds me of the book of Job (where the title was taken from). No matter the circumstances of our life, God is in control. Blessed be His name.
Buy “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman.
 
OH GOD
Written by Zach Bolen, 2012. In the valleys, in the heights, God has shown us through the sacrifice of Jesus, He will won’t abandon or forsake us.
Buy “Oh God” by Citizens & Saints.
 
10,000 REASONS (BLESS THE LORD)
Written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin, 2011. Taken from Psalm 103, this song is a great song of adoration and praise. We have so many reasons (and eternity to do it) to praise God for His goodness toward us.
Buy “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman.
 
WE ARE CALLED
Written by Daniel Ross, 2008. This song was written for our study of I Peter (preached in early 2009). This is a reminder of who we, as Christians, are in God’s eyes and we have no need to fear, even in the face of trials or persecution, because we (Christians) are His people.
Buy “We Are Called” by Narrow Path.

Songs We Sing (04.17.2016)

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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 April 17, 2016, CCJ outreach band Narrow Path led music and we sang:

 

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY
Written by Daniel Ross, Kurt Neighbors; 2010. This is a song of hope and trust knowing that God is in control of things, not us.
Buy “A Way Out Of No Way” by (CCJ band) Narrow Path.
Download “A Way Out Of No Way (Live at CCJ)” by We Come Alive here.
 
ENDURE
Written by Kurt Neighbors, Daniel Ross, Andrew Kieffner and Mike Weisensteiner; 2011. This song was inspired by Psalm 72 and II Timothy 2 and has lyrics that focus on the goodness and might of God and how we should live in light of that truth.
Buy “Endure” by Narrow Path.
 
HERE IS LOVE
Written by William Rees, sometime in the mid- to late-1800s. Music by Robert Lowry, 1876. Arrangement by Ex Nihilo and Narrow Path. “Who can cease to sing His praise?” In eternity, this won’t be a problem.
Download “Here Is Love (Live at CCJ)” by Narrow Path.
 
OH GOD
Written by Zach Bolen, 2012. In the valleys, in the heights, God has shown us through the sacrifice of Jesus, He will won’t abandon or forsake us.
Buy “Oh God” by Citizens & Saints.
 
ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
Written by Francis of Assisi, circa 1225 (i.e. this is REALLY old). Arrangement by David Crowder, 2002. This song really says it all. “Alleluia” (Praise be to God!). Everything praises Him.
Buy “All Creatures Of Our God And King” by David Crowder Band.
 
LIKE A LION
Written by Daniel Bashta, 2009. “My God’s not dead/He’s surely alive/And He’s living on the inside/Roaring like a lion.” This is an anthem and one not meant to be sung quietly, but instead with confidence and faith that God — who alone brings dead faith to life — is mightier than all things.

Buy “Like A Lion” by Daniel Bashta.

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