Songs We Sing (06.25.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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 June 25, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

LET GOD ARISE
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Jesse Reeves, 2006. I love the line “Death has no sting/No final word/Our God is a god who saves.”
Buy “Let God Arise” by Chris Tomlin.
 

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.
 
YOU NEVER LET GO (Jasper only)
Written by Beth Redman, Matt Redman, 2005. CCJ sings this one very well. We love singing this one with you. This is such a great song of hope and faith, nowing that there will be an end to the troubles of this life, but until then, we will praise Him.
Buy “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman.
Download “You Never Let Go (Live)” by At One.
 
GOD WITH US (Loogootee only)
Written by Jason Ingram and Leslie Jordan,
 2012. Jesus. Emmanuel. He is “God with us.” God doesn’t make us come to Him via works, but He came to us, to deliver us from ourselves, death, and hell.
Buy “God With Us” by All Sons & Daughters.
 
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.
 
GIVE US CLEAN HANDS
Written by Charlie Hall, 2000. This is a good song of repentance and one that we need to pray more often.
Buy “Give Us Clean Hands” by Kutless.
 
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.

Songs We Sing (06.18.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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 June 18, 2017, Redemption bands Narrow Path (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) 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.
 

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, 2004. This very popular worship song (one of the most popular since the mid-2000s) is a simple song of praise to our great God (“the name above all names/worthy of all praise”).
Buy “How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
 
COME BEHOLD THE WONDROUS MYSTERY
Written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa,Michael Bleeker; 2012. This awesome lyrical song walks us through the Gospel, from Jesus’ birth to second coming. “Praise the Lord, He is alive!”
Buy “Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery” by Matt Boswell.
 
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 (06.11.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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 June 11, 2017, Redemption bands We Come Alive (in Jasper) and Always At The Ready (in Loogootee) 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 (Redemption outreach band) Narrow Path.
 
ALL MY TEARS
Written by Julie Miller, 1993. A simple declaration and song of faith in eternal life with God. It’s an awesome assurance we have, knowing Jesus has paid it all. Musically, this is a really versatile song that can be done in many different ways.

Buy “All My Tears” by Julie Miller.
 
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 Redemption Christian Church (feat. We Come Alive).
Buy “Endure” by Narrow Path.
 
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
Written by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 (Music by Philip Bliss, 1876). This hymn has a great/horrific story behind it. If you’ve never read it, check it out.
Buy “It Is Well With My Soul” by Phil Wickham.
Download “It Is Well With My Soul (Live)” by At One.
 
IN CHRIST ALONE
Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend; 2001. This is a modern hymn (meaning, it’s written in the classic hymn format) that has also become a modern classic in the church. It’s the complete gospel in four verses and is a great, great song.
Buy “In Christ Alone” by Kings Kaleidoscope.
 
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.

Songs We Sing (06.04.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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 June 4, 2017, Redemption bands The Reprise (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

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.
 
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.
 
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.” We end each service reminding ourselves we are on the mission filed. This song helps us remember why we go.
Buy “Mission’s Flame” by Matt Redman.
 
HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US
Written by Stuart Townend, 1995. This is a song that people often think is an old hymn but is, in fact, relatively new. It’s a great song. “Why should I gain from His reward?/I cannot give an answer/But this I know with all my heart/His wounds have paid my ransom.” True words. Stylistically, we do this one a bit differently.
Download “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Kenosis (feat. Hannah Garvey).
 
NEVER ENDING
Written by Daniel Ross and Andrew Kieffner; 2016. A song about God’s goodness and strength inspired by Psalm 145, this also serves as a reminder that God is near and we can trust Him and His glory will never fade.
Buy “Never Ending” by Redemption Christian Church (feat. We Come Alive).
 
HOW GREAT THOU ART
Written by Stuart Wesley Keene Hine; 1953. It’s hard to believe that this song is less than 60 years old. The third verse is particularly impactful. “And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing/Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in/That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing/He bled and died to take away my sin/Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee/How great thou art.”

Download “How Great Thou Art (Live)” by Trio. (fast version)
Download “How Great Thou Art (Live)” by At One. (slow version)

Songs We Sing (05.28.2017)

When we sing together, we are corporately singing the praises of our God. It’s a participatory activity. This “Songs We Sing” post is a 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 28, 2017, Redemption bands At One (in Jasper) and The Loogootee Collective (in Loogootee) led music and we sang:

 

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.
 
HIS MERCY IS MORE
Written by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell, 2016. God’s grace has cast our sin as far as the “east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Our sins, they are many, but God’s mercy is more. This is a great song of confession and assurance rolled into one.

Buy “His Mercy Is More” by Matt Papa.
 
YOUR GRACE IS ENOUGH
Written by Matt Maher, 2003. Chris Tomlin first popularized this song but Matt Maher is the original songwriter. This is taken from 2 Corinthians 12.
Buy “Your Grace Is Enough” by Matt Maher.
Download “Your Grace Is Enough (Live)” by We Come Alive.
 
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
Written by George Bennard, 1913. This slow song of lament was a great way to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice. Through the cross, we gain new life.
Download “The Old Rugged Cross (Live On Good Friday)” by Narrow Path.
 
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.
 
ALL BOW DOWN
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash; 2004. We’ve amped up Tomlin’s version quite a bit. The words, though, are what are important to this song. One day ‘every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’
Buy “All Bow Down” by Chris Tomlin.

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